Woke up maybe an hour late. I think I forgot my nose spray last night, which is why I was in such rough shape in the morning?
Lunch = pb sandwich - coffee.
Standup easy, 1:1 with boss easy, 2 new tickets, didn't take back any of the ones that were offloaded, lots of reviews.
Dinner = salmon & wings from Teri Teri.
Virtual WNA - just randomly chatting while the others played Terraria.
Still working on my centers for skaven control mod, got good ideas on how to proceed...
The CIA will not leave Iran alone, because why would it?
Are we seriously attacking another country in the middle of a pandemic? Yes, yes we are. Is it the country we're mad about for sabotaging our elections? No, no it isn't.
The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter.
The secret authorization, known as a presidential finding, gives the spy agency more freedom in both the kinds of operations it conducts and who it targets, undoing many restrictions that had been in place under prior administrations. The finding allows the CIA to more easily authorize its own covert cyber operations, rather than requiring the agency to get approval from the White House.
Unlike previous presidential findings that have focused on a specific foreign policy objective or outcome -- such as preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power -- this directive, driven by the National Security Council and crafted by the CIA, focuses more broadly on a capability: covert action in cyberspace.
… The involvement of U.S. intelligence agencies in hack-and-dump activities also raises uncomfortable comparisons for some former officials. "Our government is basically turning into f****ing WikiLeaks, [using] secure communications on the dark web with dissidents, hacking and dumping," said one such former official.
… The CIA's new cyber powers prompted concerns among some officials. "Trump came in and way overcorrected," said a former official. Covert cyber operations that in the past would have been rigorously vetted through the NSC, with sometimes years-long gaps between formulation and execution, now go "from idea to approval in weeks," said the former official.
Former officials declined to speak in detail about cyber operations the CIA has carried out as a result of the finding, but they said the agency has already conducted covert hack-and-dump actions aimed at both Iran and Russia.Zach Dorfman, Kim Zetter, Jenna McLaughlin, and Sean D. Naylor
I will never understand police in America. Right wing terrorists are murdering them, Antifa isn't. So who do cops think is the real problem?
Abolish and start from scratch, please.
As protests against police violence spread to every state in the U.S. and dramatic images flooded in from cities across the country, President Donald Trump and his attorney general spun an ominous story of opportunistic leftists exploiting a national trauma to sow chaos and disorder. They were the anti-fascists known as "antifa", and according to the administration they were domestic terrorists who would be policed accordingly.
But while the White House beat the drum for a crackdown on a leaderless movement on the left, law enforcement offices across the country were sharing detailed reports of far-right extremists seeking to attack the protesters and police during the country's historic demonstrations, a trove of newly leaked documents reveals.
Among the steady stream of threats from the far-right were repeated encounters between law enforcement and heavily armed adherents of the so-called boogaloo movement, which welcomes armed confrontation with cops as means to trigger civil war. With much of the U.S. policing apparatus on the hunt for antifa instigators, those violent aspirations appear to have materialized in a string of targeted attacks in California that left a federal protective services officer and a sheriff's deputy dead and several other law enforcement officials wounded.
The cache of law enforcement materials was recently hacked and posted online under the title "BlueLeaks," providing an unprecedented look at the communications between state, local, and federal law enforcement in the face of the nationwide protests. In an analysis of nearly 300 documents that reference "antifa," The Intercept found repeated instances of antifa and left-wing protesting activities cast in cartoonishly grim terms alongside more substantive reports of lethal right-wing violence and threats that have received scant mention from top Trump administration officials.
"Throughout the documents you see counterterrorism agencies using extremism so broadly as to mean virtually anything that encompasses dissent," Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project, told The Intercept. "There are instances in which people engaging in white supremacist violence get the benefit of the doubt as potential lone offenders, while people of color and those who dissent against government injustice are smeared as threats with guilt by association."Ryan Devereaux
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