Before Murphy was removed from office, the Washington Post reported that the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) of the US Department of Homeland Security had compiled an Open Source Intelligence Report on the work of two journalists who had leaked departmental documents. In another intelligence report, the office also analyzed the movement of protesters in Portland.
The acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, ordered I&A to stop collecting information about reporters after publishing the Post article on Thursday.
Murphy previously told Senate committee staff that his office did not collect, analyze or use electronic devices or information on protesters̵
Murphy (Murphy) is a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who has worked hard for the agency’s anti-radical work. Both current and former colleagues described him as tough and aggressive, and said he has a history of defying managers and bosses.
Some current officials who asked not to be named said frankly that they expressed concern that Murphy would abuse the power of the I&A authority.
For example, intelligence reports on the work of journalists seem to justify collecting information based on long-term requirements for intelligence on cybersecurity threats. It is not yet clear how a reporter’s tweet constitutes a threat to network security, and the department usually interprets it as an attempt by hackers to disable critical infrastructure or break into classified computers.
Recently, Murphy tried to broaden the definition of violent protesters in Portland, which some officials believed was to please the White House.
An internal memo stated that Murphy announced in an internal memo that his office’s label of “violent opportunist” used to describe people attacking law enforcement personnel and property would be changed to “inspired by violent anti-law anarchists” “.
Murphy believes that violent demonstrators are not only using a moment, but are “overwhelmingly” associated with radical ideologies, “driving individuals to violence.” This conclusion was weakened by a previous analysis by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which found that there was insufficient information about the Portland protesters and the Department of Defense had no way of knowing how they were associated with anti-fascist or anarchist groups , And what motivates them. Many of the protests in Portland were peaceful and were responses to police violence across the country.