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WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that Donald Trump is unfit for office after the former president suggested he might pardon supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
“He defended the actions of his supporters who stormed the Capitol and brutally attacked the law enforcement officers protecting it,” Psaki said during Monday’s White House press briefing. 5G Home Internet at VerizonAdAdVerizon
“I think it’s important to shout that out and call that out,” she added.
During a rally in Texas on Saturday, Trump raised the prospect of pardons for supporters who participated in Jan. 6 assault, if he returns to the White House.
“If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from Jan. 6th fairly,” Trump said at the rally. “And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly.”
More than 700 individuals have been charged with crimes related to the insurrection, in which a mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol, assaulted police officers and sent lawmakers fleeing from the House and Senate chambers.
Psaki also criticized Trump for a statement he issued Sunday evening in which he excoriated his former vice president, Mike Pence, for not overturning the 2020 election results. Ahead of Jan. 6, Trump pressured Pence to unilaterally reject state-certified results that showed Joe Biden winning the Electoral College, 306-232. As vice president, Pence had a ceremonial role in the Jan. 6 congressional certification of the election results.
“Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away. Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!” Trump said in his statement Sunday.
The rioters were trying to stop the certification of Biden’s victory and were chanting, among other things, “Hang Mike Pence.”
Psaki slammed Trump for attacking “own vice president for not — in his words — having overturned the election.”
“It’s just a reminder of how unfit he is for office,” Psaki said of the former president’s comments. “It’s telling that even some of his closest allies have rejected those remarks as inappropriate in the days since.”
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Trump’s comments drew rebukes from lawmakers we in both parties, including at least one top GOP ally.
“I think it is inappropriate. I don’t want to reinforce that defiling the capitol is okay,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Sunday during an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
“I don’t want to reinforce that defiling the Capitol is okay. I don’t want to do anything that would make this more likely in the future,” Graham said.
“Those who did it, I hope they go to jail and get the book thrown at them, because they deserve it,” Graham said of the rioters.
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The Atlanta-area prosecutor who is weighing whether to bring election-related criminal charges against former president Donald Trump is seeking FBI help in securing a county courthouse and government center in the wake of “alarming” rhetoric from Trump at a rally this weekend.© John Bazemore/APGeorgia prosecutor asks FBI for security assistance following Trump comments at Texas rally
In a letter Sunday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis pointed to comments from Trump at a rally in Texas about “racist” and “mentally sick” prosecutors examining a range of issues, including his company and his actions following the 2020 election.Wayfair Drusilla Tufted Low Profile Standard Bed Upholstered/Linen In Brown, Size 43.1 W X 80.5 D InAdAdWayfair
“Security concerns were escalated this weekend by the rhetoric of former President Trump at a public event in Conroe, Texas that was broadcast and covered by national media outlets and shared widely on social media,” Willis said in her letter to J.C. Hacker, the special agent in charge of the Atlanta field office of the FBI. “His statements were undoubtedly watched by millions.”
In the letter, Willis asked that Hacker immediately conduct a risk assessment of the Fulton County Courthouse and Government Center and provide “protective resources to include intelligence and federal agents.”
“We must work together to keep the public safe and ensure that we do not have a tragedy in Atlanta similar to what happened at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021,” Willis said.
She noted that several other buildings are located in close proximity to the courthouse, including the George State Capitol, Atlanta City Hall and dormitories at Georgia State University.
Willis asked that resources be in place “well in advance” of May 2. That is the day that a special purpose grand jury is set to convene to hear evidence in Willis’s criminal probe involving Trump and his associates.
The probe is focused on whether Trump and others tried to improperly influence the presidential election results in Georgia. Part of the investigation centers on a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) in which Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state.
At Saturday’s rally in Texas, Trump raised the prospect of massive protests in cities where he is being investigated.
“If these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal, I hope we are going to have in this country the biggest protests we have ever had in Washington, D.C., in New York, in Atlanta and elsewhere because our country and our elections are corrupt,” Trump said.
Trump claimed he is the victim of “prosecutorial misconduct” by “vicious, horrible people” whom he called “racist” and “mentally sick.”
He offered no explanation of why he considers Willis, who is Black, or other prosecutors to be racist.
Several other prosecutors and lawmakers who are investigating Trump are also Black, including Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr., New York Attorney General Letitia James and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairman of the House select committee examining the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
“My staff and I will not be influenced or intimidated by anyone as this investigation moves forward,” Willis said in her letter to Hacker.
Tim Craig contributed to this report.
Waiting for Russia to invade Ukraine feels a bit like Waiting for Godot. In this edgy reworking of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, is cast, appropriately, as the restless Vladimir while the US president, Joe Biden, is the bowler-hatted Estragon, frequently dozing off.© Provided by The GuardianPhotograph: Joint Forces Operation/Reuters
The play’s central conceit is that the mysterious Godot, expected at any moment, never actually arrives. After Russia agreed last week to keep talking, Ukraine’s citizens have reason to hope the crisis will turn out to be a comparably vacuous non-event – a peculiarly Putin-esque contribution to the theatre of the absurd.Silverado EVAdAdChevrolet
The border standoff, which commenced in earnest in November, has lasted so long that the tea leaf-reading Biden reckons Russia “has to do something”. This penetrating Mystic Meg analysis is not necessarily correct. No one, perhaps not even Putin, knows whether “something” will happen today, next month, or never.
Continuing the existentialist theme, even the definition of “invasion” is endlessly debated. Biden anticipates a D-day-scale Russian operation. But many analysts expect any attack to be fast, covert and asymmetrical, using special forces, sabotage and cyberwarfare, as in the Donbas in 2014.
While this slightly surreal waiting game continues, it’s possible, and instructive to assess what damage has already been done – and which individuals and countries are winning or losing so far in Ukraine’s phoney war.
For example, Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s brand-new foreign minister and co-leader of the Greens, has had a good war to date. Ignoring chauvinist sneers about her inexperience and gender, she faced down Sergei Lavrov, her grisly Russian counterpart, when they met recently in Moscow.
In contrast, her boss, Germany’s chancellor Olaf Scholz, is having a miserable time of it. His prevarication over what anti-Russia sanctions Berlin may support, and his blocking of arms supplies to Ukraine, has raised wider questions about his competence – and about German leadership in Europe.
Having long resisted American pressure to scrap the newly completed Nord Stream 2 gas Baltic pipeline from Russia, Scholz last week appeared to cave. It’s been an unlucky beginning for Angela Merkel’s less popular successor.
France’s Emmanuel Macron, facing a spring presidential election, is struggling to reconcile his vision of European “strategic autonomy” with the reality of continuing dependence on Nato, amid offstage jeering from Britain’s Boris Johnson.
Now, thanks to master-strategist Putin, Nato is experiencing a mini-renaissance
“We will never give up dialogue with Moscow,” Macron declares. But his bridge-building is repeatedly undermined by Putin’s recidivism, symbolised by the 2020 poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Undeterred, Macron continues to pursue “de-escalation” and a “European solution”.
Yet how real is that? Putin insists on dealing with the US, not the EU, which he disdains and has deliberately bypassed. The so-called “Normandy format” talks finally resumed in Paris last week. But Brussels, sliding towards irrelevance, is the big loser so far in the undeclared war for Ukraine.
The opposite may be said, surprisingly, of Nato. Obituaries were written for the 30-member alliance after last year’s Afghanistan humiliation. Macron famously declared it “brain dead”.
Yet now, thanks to master-strategist Putin, Nato is experiencing a mini-renaissance. “Frontline” east European states have scurried under its protective umbrella, appealing successfully for more troops and weapons. There is revived talk of membership for Finland and Sweden. Even more improbably, Putin’s Beckett-like inscrutability has changed Washington’s calculations, as analyst Paul Taylor noted.
“Putin’s grandstanding has dragged the US back deeper into European security, just when two successive American presidents had tried to pivot Washington’s strategic focus toward China,” Taylor wrote. This is a big plus for Moscow’s ally, President Xi Jinping, who feels the same way about Taiwan as Putin does about Ukraine.
Other authoritarian regimes are also enjoying the drama. The heat is off Iran’s mullahs. And who among western leaders is focusing on mayhem in Myanmar, Yemen or Tigray – or on resurgent Islamic State terror in Syria and the Sahel?
Ukraine’s unlikely president, Volodymyr Zelensky, formerly an itinerant thespian and comic, eschews a bowler hat – but is playing well to foreign audiences in the role of valiant underdog. Concerns about official corruption in Kyiv, democratic deficits, and Donbas intransigence have been brushed aside by the likes of Liz Truss, the UK foreign secretary. In her simplistic analysis, it’s about freedom versus tyranny.
Truss, a jet-setting Margaret Thatcher imitator, is not having a good war. Like her predecessor Dominic Raab during the Afghan withdrawal, she went walkabout as the Ukraine crisis peaked, blundering around in Australia when she and the baying, terminally distracted Johnson should have been leading the charge to keep the peace in Europe.
What of the principal architect of this protracted imbroglio? The US-based Russia expert, Fiona Hill, says Putin is winning without firing a shot. “He has the US right where he wants it,” Hill wrote. A “master of coercive inducement”, he was advancing his overall aim to evict America from Europe to belatedly avenge the Soviet Union’s defeat.
Maybe. It’s true Putin has succeeded in forcing the US to focus on Russia’s security concerns, including future missile deployments and Nato exercises. He will keep up the military and diplomatic pressure for now, to see what concessions and freebies he can get.
But Washington will not agree to freeze Ukraine out of Nato or remake Europe’s post-cold war security structures, and Putin surely knows it. Meanwhile, his aggressive tactics have rallied the fractious western democracies and stiffened opposition to his regime.
While a watching world is waiting for Putin, Biden is threatening to sanction him personally, as urged in this space last week. Like a thief in the night looking to see what he can grab, Russia’s leader makes a pariah of himself and his country on the global stage.
War or no war, real or imaginary, that look likes defeat.
What is a quantum computer?
Aquantum computer is a machine that uses the laws of quantum theory to solve problems made harder by Moore’s law (the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years). One example is factoring large numbers. Traditional computers are limited to logical circuits with several tens of transistors, while the number of transistors in a quantum processor may be on the order of one to two million. Meaning, these computers will have exponential power, solving problems that traditional computation can’t even identify or create solutions for.
The dangers of a quantum computer
In the near future, quantum computers will be so advanced that they will have the capability to simulate very complicated systems. This could be used for simulations in physics, aerospace engineering, cybersecurity and much more. However, once this computer is built, it has the potential to unravel data encryption protocols. It could also potentially compromise air gaps due to its ability to scan vast distances for nearby networked devices or applications that are open. This means that it can become even simpler for external hackers. They may already have access to your computer or computer system via other avenues, like vulnerabilities in web browsers. They could find it much easier because you’re not locking up all the doors.
Quantum computers point to a radically new understanding of computing. An understanding that could eventually be used to unlock problems now thought completely intractable. For now, the field seems ripe with potential. Scientists working on quantum computing call it one of the most interesting theoretical tools in artificial intelligence. Think of it as an incredibly powerful calculator programmed with deep domain expertise. Quantum computers promise answers to all sorts of mathematical, scientific and medical questions humans would never have the guts to tackle otherwise. They promise profound breakthroughs in imaging that will rival even experimental intracellular MRI scans; they may help crack wide-ranging databases that are currently unbreakable or they might pick up scant details like geological signatures warning us about tsunamis long before they happen.
Can quantum computers be reprogrammed?
Quantum computers can theoretically be programmed to solve any complex computational problem. But, the act of programming the computer is so expensive and inflexible that someone would need to program it with all possible solutions. Quantum computers threaten everything. The worst part is that security experts can’t ever say for sure what you can do to protect against their programming capabilities. They do know, however, that it’s possible to reprogram them just as we would with a normal computer. It’s just that the task is so complex and difficult that programming would be such a high-level security risk, it might as well never exist.Find Sermons to Preach – Free Sermons at SermonSearchAdAdsignup.sermonsearch.com/Free
What does this all mean? It means we need to develop some sort of encryption technology on our smaller devices so not even those who hold all the world’s data can see or access it. Quantum computers work differently than traditional computers. That gives the maker of a quantum computer more control than with a conventional computer. They can do things like reverse time and process large data with greater speed. The manufacturer will program the machine before release, which also comes with certain risks. If they change their mind and reprogram it per client needs, they put themselves at risk for security breaches. The catch is that the cryptography keys are only secure if you keep them secret. The slightest leak — say a pinhole camera across the table from something like a quantum computer or a phone call or email intercepted while being decrypted — would enable an adversary to not just unscramble your message but steal your keys. The threat made by quantum computing has been speculated since before it was even technologically feasible to build a quantum computer. But now that we’re nearly there, the situation might be even more dire than you can imagine.
Current safety standards
As quantum computers allow for more efficient algorithms, the dangers of hacking increase. Such security risks have been a top priority at Google. They have high expectations for what approach they will take to create their future quantum machine. In the meantime, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has set out grand challenges for computer science with a hefty $2 million prize. DARPA’s goal is to keep U.S. cyber strength relevant amid the rapid decline in Moore’s Law and potential loss of global technological leadership. If quantum computers proliferate, they will threaten everything — not just bank records and medical documents, but everything. They represent a security leak so fundamental that it could be worse than the apocalypse. The quantum computer poses a possible threat to the infrastructure of the United States. Yet the American authorities do not have enough measures in place to stop this type of danger. One way that they can defend themselves is by inventing new safety standards that work with the current technologies.
Whenever quantum computing matures, however, it will present a vigorous challenge. Computer scientists will need to develop the protocols and protections necessary to ensure security for this emerging technology. If these precautions are not taken, quantum computing could lead to disastrous outcomes in cyber security. There needs to be a protocol developed to provide security for quantum computers. Hackers will be able to access and disrupt live systems, which calls for an urgent need of advancements in cyber security. These new systems can’t just implement existing protection protocols because they’re not fully developed yet. The cost of research and development is high and the profits once the product is finished are relatively low.
Quantum computing is a hot topic at this moment in time that will impact society in a way we can’t even predict if we don’t acknowledge its significance now. Most computers today work in accordance with digital signals. If someone tries to hack the computer, it will change that digital signal into another form or cancel it out, which can be easily noticed. However, quantum computers use quantum bits for calculations. They are tied together in a way that makes them so sensitive to changes in information that they are exponentially more vulnerable to hacks than digital computers. If someone manages to hack a quantum computer — though not yet possible — it would have serious implications for maintaining our safety standards.
How can companies protect themselves from the threat of quantum computers?
If the leaked NSA documents are to be believed, then we may be in for a rude awakening when quantum computers become technologically feasible. These machines will be able to perform calculations in far less time than any conventional computer and render our current encryptions ineffectual. The leaks claim that in 30 years, two medium-sized quantum computers would be able to even break the security of RSA (cryptosystem) — which is currently set at 2048 bits.
Any business that relies on modern cryptography is at risk of being hacked in the near future. But what can companies do to protect themselves? As it turns out, there are some pretty straightforward solutions which firms can preserve (or improve) security amid all this hullabaloo with quantum computing. The authors recommend investing in encryption techniques like Bitcoin, the blockchain and the TLS (Transport Layer Security).
In simple terms, quantum computers process information differently from today’s digital computers. This is because of their ability to have bits which sit in more than one state simultaneously, meaning they can perform many calculations at a time. In a future dominated by quantum computing, all regular computing will be made virtually obsolete. Hackers will be able to access the deepest secrets of companies without needing a password. To avoid this fate, companies need to embrace encryption techniques that guard against quantum technology, but they cannot afford to stop innovating too drastically.
The looming potential threat of quantum computing should be taken seriously, but this doesn’t mean you should panic. The best way to protect yourself is to plan ahead and think about possible solutions. Incorporating elements of quantum cryptography may not always be possible for every client because of the cost. But, it could help secure an important client who cannot risk future interference in their sensitive operations.