One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 1 point ago +1 / -0

There's going to be a nuclear war, but a shield is going to lift and thrust all the warheads into space. These are the codes for the shield. I just gave them to Elon Musk. I work for Tesla.

One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 10 points ago +10 / -0

From my home state of Washington:

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is not running for re-election

Inslee, who was elected to a third term in 2020, said it is time to "pass the torch." May 1, 2023, 11:17 AM PDT

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday that he will not be seeking a fourth term, opening up a governor's race in a deeply Democratic state.

"During a decade of dynamic change, we’ve made Washington a beacon for progress for the nation," the 72-year-old Democrat said in a statement. "I’m ready to pass the torch."


One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 2 points ago +2 / -0

Adolf Swiftler

One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 5 points ago +5 / -0

NBC NEWS 2.1.2024


Ex-CIA hacker who leaked secrets to WikiLeaks sentenced to 40 years

Former CIA employee Joshua Adam Schulte was convicted of the so-called Vault 7 leak and also of possessing child sexual abuse images.

A man convicted of carrying out one of the most damaging data breaches in the CIA's history — the public disclosure of secret hacking tools — was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison Thursday, prosecutors said.

Former CIA officer Joshua Adam Schulte, 35, was convicted of the so-called Vault 7 leak, and also of possessing child sexual abuse images, in two trials in 2022 and 2023.

Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, said Thursday that Schulte betrayed his country.

"He caused untold damage to our national security in his quest for revenge against the CIA for its response to Schulte’s security breaches while employed there," Williams said in a statement after the sentence was imposed.

Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence.

Schulte, who left the CIA in 2016, “stands convicted of some of the most heinous, brazen violations of the Espionage Act in American history,” prosecutors said in their sentencing memo to the judge, adding that he stole “an arsenal of extremely sensitive intelligence-gathering cyber-tools” from the CIA and handed it to WikiLeaks, “which in turn publicized it to America’s adversaries” in 2017.

The defense asked for nine years, saying that Schulte has been “subjected to continuous torture” during his six-year confinement since his arrest, and calling him “a bright, kind young man” whose crimes “represent aberrant behavior in an otherwise law-abiding life.”

Schulte’s attorney, César de Castro, said they hoped for a lighter sentence but were relieved the 40-year sentence was not longer.

“We are very disappointed that Mr. Schulte received 40 years imprisonment, however, relieved that he did not receive life imprisonment as strongly urged by the government,” he said.

In a letter to the court, Deputy CIA Director David Cohen called the leak “one of the largest unauthorized disclosures of classified information in the history of the United States” and said it caused “exceptionally grave harm to U.S. national security.”

He said the leak “placed directly at risk CIA personnel, programs, and assets.”

Evidence at the trial showed Schulte worked for an elite CIA hacking unit, became disgruntled at work and may have leaked the material in a spiteful attempt to lash back at his colleagues.

After being caught, prosecutors say, Schulte declared what he called “my information war,” and “attempted to disclose even more classified information from jail in flagrant defiance of numerous warnings and a court order.”

Before and after his arrest, prosecutors say, “Schulte fed an abhorrent personal fixation through his collection and viewing of an enormous trove of child sexual abuse materials.”

Approximately 3,400 images and videos were found of what the U.S. attorney's office described as "disturbing and horrific" sex abuse images of children. They were among other images hidden under layers of encryption on a personal computer, the U.S. attorney's office said.

After Schulte's prison term, he will be on supervised release for life, the prosecutor's office said.

One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 3 points ago +3 / -0

I can't edit my post for some reason. I'll try on my phone. I'm able edit comments though.

One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 13 points ago +13 / -0

Quitting marijuana for the first time in my life. For good hopefully.

1 Peter 4:7

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 4 points ago +4 / -0

Often times I got allergies from sitting in the grass. Same thing would happen, I'd get rashes all over. I'll take a look at what you sent me, thanks. I probably do need to change my diet.

One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 3 points ago +3 / -0

This is most likely. I did get very bad allergies when I was in high school.

One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 2 points ago +2 / -0

Maybe. I eat pretty healthy though. I even cook my own food.

One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 2 points ago +2 / -0

I take showers every day and I'm starting to take meds for it. It still happens though.

One_Of_Gods_Soldiers 6 points ago +6 / -0

1.17.2024 Interesting date. Who was agent 711?

The revelation came in a legal filing late Tuesday night in which Trump’s attorneys urged Judge Aileen M. Cannon — who is overseeing Trump’s federal trial in Florida for allegedly mishandling classified documents — to force prosecutors to produce more information about the evidence they have about the former president. A “motion to compel discovery” is a standard part of pre-trial legal proceedings.

In the 65-page filing, Trump’s lawyers disclosed some of the defenses they plan to use in the case, one of four criminal trials Trump is facing. They asked for communication between prosecutors and the Biden administration, which they said could show that the indictment against Trump is politically motivated, and they argued that prosecutors must show more evidence that Trump damaged national security by possessing the documents.

Among the more specific possible defenses: Lawyers for Trump say he had an active security clearance years after leaving the White House, based on a government document from June 2023 that still listed him with a “Q” clearance from the Department of Energy. The document was dated a few weeks after prosecutors indicted Trump in the case. He faces 40 counts related to willful retention of national defense information; obstruction, withholding or altering of documents; and making false statements, and has pleaded not guilty. Trump attorney Todd Blanche first publicly referred to the "Q" clearance at a November court hearing in Florida, saying he had learned Trump “continued to have an active clearance” when prosecutors turned over the Department of Energy documentation as part of what is known as Brady material — evidence that prosecutors must share with defense lawyers that could be helpful to the defense.

In the latest filing, Trump’s attorneys suggested they still do not know the entirety of what the Department of Energy filing entails and asked the judge to force prosecutors to provide more information about the “Q” clearance. The term refers to a type of security clearance handled by the agency, whose classified information focuses largely on nuclear secrets. It became popular in right-wing conspiracy circles because of the movement known as QAnon, which originated during Trump’s presidency and centers on made-up claims circulated by a person known as “Q”, who supporters claimed had that level of clearance. Trump’s attorneys did not suggest that they believed the clearance would allow Trump to store highly classified material at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida home and private club. Rather, they said it speaks to his state of mind and shows that he was acting in good faith when he stored the materials at his personal residence. Their filing accuses the Energy Department of trying to modify an “inconvenient truth” by removing Trump’s name from the clearance list weeks after his indictment.

“In order to permit President Trump to prepare his defenses and present them to the jury, the Office must produce documents and communications relating to that decision,” the filing says. So why would Trump be on a “Q”-level security clearance list even after he left the White House?

Security experts — who have not seen the list and do not know if Trump is on it — said that every agency has different protocols to track who is eligible to access certain information. The Department of Energy, they said, maintains a list that is not always updated regularly. Being eligible to view the sensitive material doesn’t give someone unfettered access to it, however.

“A clearance alone is not sufficient for access to classified materials,” said Steve Aftergood, a security expert. "You need a clearance and you need a need to know. As a former president, Mr. Trump’s need to know — unlike his security clearance — would have expired.”

Presidents do not go through the same security-clearance process as other government officials. Instead, they automatically gain access to restricted material upon taking office.

Former presidents retain some level of access to classified materials because they can be included on some sensitive discussions to offer their expertise, said Mark S. Zaid, a lawyer who has handled espionage cases. But he agreed with Aftergood that such access is only granted when there is a specific need. “The reality is that [Trump] wouldn’t necessarily still have access because no one would have given him access,” Zaid said. “But he would have had eligibility regardless as a former president.”

The charges Trump faces in Florida include 32 counts of improperly retaining national defense information, with each count representing a different document that was allegedly in Trump’s possession at Mar-a-Lago. According to court filings, one of those documents related to nuclear weapons and would have been off-limits to anyone without a “Q” clearance. That document is marked as “Formerly Restricted Data,” according to a previous court filing, which means that it contains information related to the workings, location or procedures for securing nuclear weapons. While the bureaucratic label has the word “formerly” in it, security experts say it is a misnomer because such information is still classified and restricted.

Other documents that Trump is accused of retaining require different types of clearance. Trump lawyers said in their filing that they may use the Department of Energy documentation as a basis to at least dismiss the charge for retaining the nuclear document.

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