That's according to the former head of the US National Counterterrorism Center.…
And it doesn’t grow out of the his voiced concerns about the use of that visa to displace U.S. workers.
Instead it affects tourists, business and student visas.
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Local and online box offices were temporarily knocked offline Saturday.
America's largest independent film festival became the target of a cyber attack over the weekend.
The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Friday in Park City, Utah, with movie premieres, midnight showings, and a network failure.
"Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office," a spokesman told Variety, adding that "all screenings will still take place as planned."
The official Twitter account on Saturday promised that "our team is working hard to get our systems back up [as soon as possible]." Within an hour, the Salt Lake City and Gateway box offices were "back up and running," and online ticketing for future shows was quickly restored.
Update: The Salt Lake City Box Office is back up and running. #SLC #Sundance— SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) January 21, 2017
Update: Online ticketing for future shows is back up. #Sundance— SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) January 21, 2017
Update: The Festival Box Office at Gateway in #ParkCity is now up and running. #Sundance— SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) January 21, 2017
"Our artist's [sic] voices will be heard and the show will go on," the organizers tweeted.
The hack, according to Variety, occurred around noon MT (2 p.m. ET)—shortly after comedian Chelsea Handler led a Women's March in Park City in protest of Donald Trump. It was also the same day as several big premieres, including films about war, terrorism, Chinese dissonance, doping in sports, and race and class in America.
It remains unclear whether the incidents were related, or how many Festival guests were affected by the box office interruptions. The Sundance Institute did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.
This month's showcase includes the premiere of Dear Angelica, the first animated experience created entirely in virtual reality, according to Oculus, whose in-house Story Studio produced the movie—available for Rift owners to download from the Oculus app store.
As you know, I have also initiated the greatest internal change within GCHQ for thirty years, and I feel that we are now well on the way to being fit for the next generation of security challenges to the UK in the digital age. GCHQ will be celebrating what it regards as its centenary in 2019, having originated as the Government Code and Cypher School, by which time Hannigan hopes a successor will be appointed. He said he was lucky to have had "some extraordinary roles in public service over the last 20 years, from Northern Ireland to Number 10, the Cabinet Office and the Foreign Office" but that such roles "demanded a great deal of my ever-patient and understanding family, and now is the right time for a change in direction". The Foreign Secretary responded by wishing Hannigan "the very best for your future career". There will now be an internal competition within government to identify candidates (our guess) to succeed Hannigan for onward recommendation to the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister.
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The president, with just days remaining in his presidency, said Manning can be freed on May 17 of this year instead of 2045. The 29-year-old Army private was court-martialed in 2013 for forwarding a cache of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
After being convicted of leaking more than 700,000 documents and video, Manning—then known as Bradley—announced that she is a transgender woman and would be going by the name Chelsea. Manning has been both reviled and lauded for her 2010 document dump and has been in prison longer than any other convicted US leaker.
In a military first, Manning was approved in 2015 for hormone therapy as part of transition-related care, nearly a year after she made demands for such treatment. Along the way, Manning has had several run-ins with the authorities at the military brig at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
She has tried to commit suicide twice and even took on a hunger strike in a bid to win reassignment surgery. Manning said in a petition to Obama that she "did not intend to harm the interests of the United States or harm any service members." She said an early release, not a pardon, was needed so she could continue her medical treatment. The development begs the question of whether Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, will surrender to US authorities.
Assange has been living in a self-imposed exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, amid fears he could be charged in the US for exposing the secrets Manning had leaked to the whistleblowing site.
Five days ago, Wikileaks tweeted: "If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case." WikiLeaks did not immediately respond for comment. Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker living in Russia, urged the president last week to grant leniency to Manning. "Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life." Many have also called for the departing president to show a sign of mercy toward Snowden.
But White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said there was a "pretty stark difference" between the Manning and Snowden cases. "Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing," Earnest said. "Mr.
Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary, and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy." Meanwhile, in 2013, Manning described to a military courtroom why—and in precise detail, how—she sent WikiLeaks confidential diplomatic cables and "war logs," saying: I felt we were risking so much for people who seemed unwilling to cooperate with us, leading to frustration and hatred on both sides.
I began to become depressed at the situation we found ourselves mired in year after year. [CBS News] We were obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists and ignoring goals and missions.
I believed if the public, particularly the American public, could see this it could spark a debate on the military and our foreign policy in general [that] might cause society to reconsider the need to engage in counter-terrorism while ignoring the human situation of the people we engaged with every day. [The Guardian] Manning was upset by a classified video of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack in Iraq that was ultimately found to have killed civilians and a Reuters journalist. "For me that was like a child torturing an ant with a magnifying glass," Manning said, adding that the military "seemed" to have "bloodlust." Using Tor, Manning uploaded the video to WikiLeaks, and it went viral, becoming known as the infamous "collateral murder" video. Manning said that after deciding to leak the millions of war documents from Iraq and Afghanistan, she tried to give them to The New York Times and to The Washington Post. Manning said a message left at the Times was not returned and said the Post did not take the offer seriously. Manning also considered Politico, but ultimately didn't meet up with that site because of bad weather. She leaked the information to WikiLeaks from a Barnes & Noble in suburban Maryland. Manning saved the files on the memory stick of a camera and uploaded them from the bookstore during a 2010 mid-tour leave. Obama on Tuesday granted 209 sentence commutations, bringing to 1,385 the number of commutations, the most granted by any US president.
The president has also issued 212 pardons. "While the mercy the President has shown his 1,597 clemency recipients is remarkable, we must remember that clemency is an extraordinary remedy, granted only after the President has concluded that a particular individual has demonstrated a readiness to make use of his or her second chance," the White House said. A noteworthy pardon issued Tuesday benefited Marine Gen. James Cartwright, who lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about having conversations with reporters and leaking information about the US reportedly using the Stuxnet virus to sabotage an Iranian nuclear facility nearly a decade ago.
Terrorist groups have begun to live stream their attacks, and they are using the internet to launch “innovative crowdfunding” campaigns, he said at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. “The technology is advanced,” Wainwright added. “They know what to do, and they know how to use it.” It’s imperative that countries start working more closely together to combat terrorism and to develop an online counternarrative that dissuades potential members from joining groups like ISIS, said members of a panel on terrorism in the digital age. Governments need to trust each other more and be willing to share their terrorism intelligence, said Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, former director of national intelligence in Saudi Arabia. “Terrorist is a cancer,” he said. “The terrorist cell uses these online methods to metastasize.” Raheel Sharif, former chief of staff for the Pakistani army, called for a combination of tough penalties for violent terrorists and deradicalization education efforts for others. Pakistan, in recent years, has cut the number of terrorist attacks in the country dramatically, he said. But Prince Turki emphasized the need for a stronger counternarrative, on the internet and in schools, churches, and mosques.
Tough penalties for terrorists need to avoid collateral damage to innocent people, he said.
Counterterrorism efforts cannot “eliminate the terrorist and create 10 others,” said Prince Turki, now chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. Counterterrorism efforts cannot “eliminate the terrorist and create 10 others,” said Prince Turki, now chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. Some panelists suggested that a culture of free speech online complicates efforts to fight terrorism.
The international community needs to find a balance between freedom of expression and safety, said Yemi Osinbajo, vice president of Nigeria. “Each person has a ... digital device, and it has tremendous power,” he said. “They don’t even require any formal agreements. [Anyone] can reach millions of people.” Europol’s Wainwright also seemed to suggest some limits on free speech. “We want to enjoy, we want to protect the freedom of the internet, but not to such an extent that there are absolutely no rules of governance,” he said. Panelists disagreed about the effectiveness of current online efforts to craft a counterterrorism message.
Efforts in the U.S. and elsewhere to counter online terrorism campaigns have been “singularly unsuccessful,” said Louise Richardson, vice chancellor at the University of Oxford. But Wainwright disagreed, saying some counternarrative efforts appear to have reduced the number of Europeans and U.S. residents joining ISIS.
But more efforts are needed to counter the “fake news” terrorist groups are putting out about themselves, he added.