- Trump retweeted Posobiec on Monday
- Posobiec promoted the “Pizzagate” conspiracy
Posobiec is a Navy reservist and intelligence officer who has trafficked in debunked conspiracy theories and was retweeted by President Donald Trump this week. A Navy official told CNN on Wednesday that Posobiec’s security clearance is now being reviewed by his command, which considering whether his statements and behavior are in violation of the conditions of his clearance. Posobiec is one of many bombastic right-wing voices who have picked up steam online, posting nearly constantly to Twitter and earning the praise of Trump’s supporters as well as attention from the President himself.
NBC1 was first to report on Posobiec’s security clearance review.Posobiec responded to NBC’s report on Twitter, writing2, “‘I’ve always been honest and open about my military service and am proud to have worn the uniform . Why did no one from NBC simply ask me?”
“Outrageous that fake news media’s first reaction was to attack my service record with the US military . Shameful!” he tweeted later. Trump on Monday retweeted a post from Posobiec decrying the lack of “national media outrage” over shootings in Chicago during the weekend that Charlottesville, Virginia, became a national flashpoint. Posobiec’s military record showed he enlisted in the US Navy in 2010 . His latest rank was junior-grade lieutenant, and as of April 2017, he was a Navy reservist who worked in Strategic Command Intelligence . His record said he served in Guantanamo Bay for nearly a year.
CNN’s Ryan Browne contributed to this report.
HAMBURG (Reuters) – The migrant who killed one person and injured six others in a knife attack in a Hamburg supermarket was a radicalised Islamist known to German security agencies, but also believed to have psychological problems.
Officials said on Saturday the agencies had believed he posed no immediate threat.
A security lapse in a second deadly militant attack in less than a year, and two months before the general election, would be highly embarrassing for German intelligence, especially since security is a main theme in the Sept .
A Tunisian failed asylum seeker killed 12 people by driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in December, slipping through the net after intelligence officers who had monitored him reached the conclusion he was no threat.
Hamburg Interior Minister Andy Grote told a news conference that Friday’s 26-year-old attacker was registered in intelligence systems as an Islamist but not a violent one as there was no evidence to link him to an imminent attack.
He also said the attacker, a Palestinian asylum seeker who could not be deported as he lacked identification documents, was psychologically unstable . Police said on Friday the man was born in United Arab Emirates.
The Palestinian mission in Berlin had agreed to issue him with documents and he had agreed to leave Germany once these were ready, a process that takes a few months.
“What we can say of the motive of the attacker at the moment is that on the one side there are indications that he acted based on religious Islamist motives, and on the other hand there are indications of psychological instability,” Grote said.
Security forces and ambulances are seen after a knife attack in a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, July 28, 2017.Morris Mac Matzen
“The attacker was known to security forces . There was information that he had been radicalised,” he said.
“As far as we know .. .
there were no grounds to assess him as an immediate danger . He was a suspected Islamist and was recorded as such in the appropriate systems, not as a jihadist but as an Islamist.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on a summer vacation and is seeking a fourth term in office in September, praised the civil courage of Hamburg residents who threw chairs and other objects at the attack, helping police to detain him.
Police investigators work at the crime scene after a knife attack in a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, July 28, 2017.Morris Mac Matzen
“This violent crime must and will be investigated,” she said in a statement. “I thank the police for their effort and all those who stood up against the attacker with civil courage and bravery.”
Merkel’s decision in 2015 to open Germany’s doors to more than one million of mainly Muslim migrants has sparked a debate about the need to spend more on policing and security and contributed to the rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) populist party.
Yet her conservatives have recovered from losses in regional elections last year and are in a leading position to win the general election . Opinion polls put them 13-17 percentage points ahead of the centre-left Social Democrats.
The Hamburg attack did not feature on the front pages of most major broadsheets, which dedicated their coverage to the emissions scandal engulfing the German car industry.
Prosecutors said the attacker pulled a 20 cm (7.9 inch) knife from a shelf at the supermarket and stabbed three people inside and four outside .
A 50-year-old man died of his injuries.
Prosecutors said the attacker, who had not been named, appeared on police records in April after he was caught stealing in a shop but he was convicted of no crime given the petty nature of his offence.
Writing by Joseph Nasr in Berlin; Editing by Jeremy Gaunt
The next big update to Windows 10 Creators Edition is out in the Fall1 and Redmond is hyping up its security chops. For a start, we’re told Windows Defender will be extended from client to Microsoft’s server operating systems . In addition, Redmond is adding Windows Defender Exploit Guard and Application Guard to the security suite and updating its Device Guard and Defender Antivirus software. Exploit Guard is basically Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) security software reworked for the new operating system . Last year Microsoft was forecasting the death of EMET, but now it appears it has listened to advice from its users2 and security experts3 that the code should be retained.
“We love EMET so much we built it fully into Windows 10,” Rob Lefferts, director of the Windows and Devices Group, told The Register. “Everything you could do with EMET you can do with Exploit Guard.”
Exploit Guard will come with new rules designed to detect unauthorized system access, and will take advice from Microsoft’s security center in real time . Redmond even says it will protect against zero day exploits. Application Guard is designed to work with the browser to detect whether local users have downloaded or installed code that they shouldn’t . The new code will lock any infection onto a local machine to stop it spreading, and notify the security team that something has gone seriously amiss.
Device Guard is getting an upgrade and uses whitelisting to keep dodgy software off PCs . Lefferts said that Microsoft is working with developers to constantly update the whitelists and ensure that legitimate code will run without a problem. On the pure antivirus side, IT admins running Defender will get a new security analytics screen that will use data from all Microsoft customers to advise on potential or incoming threats . APIs will also be released so third-party app vendors can use the same information to secure their apps.
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