Daily Archives: July 8, 2017
Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the eponymous antivirus firm, has reiterated his offer to give the US government access to his source code.
The company is moving to try and head off budget legislation which, as we wrote last week, would shut Kaspersky out of American military contracts.
The US Senate committee that’s proposed the ban cites concerns about the company’s alleged links to the Russian government.
Visiting Australia in May for the CeBIT conference, Kaspersky said he was willing to let the US look through his company’s products’ source code, and in an interview with the Associated Press over the weekend reiterated the offer.
Speaking at his Moscow HQ, Kaspersky said: “If the United States needs, we can disclose the source code,” adding that he’s prepared to testify to US lawmakers if needed.
He also claimed that unnamed government agencies – not necessarily Russian – had tried to gauge his interest in moving from defensive research to offensive, but he said: “I don’t even want to talk about it.”
House Democrats are on a mission to educate the American people about a little-known power of the 25th Amendment — the ousting of the president.
Led by freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a group of growing Democratic co-signers has put forth a bill that could force President Donald Trump from office if he were found mentally or physically unfit.
Although it was introduced in April, the bill has gained steam in the past week as Trump’s tweet storms have grown in ferocity.
“Given Donald Trump’s continued erratic and baffling behavior, is it any wonder why we need to pursue this legislation?” asked Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida, a co-signer. “The mental and physical health of the leader of the United States and the free world is a matter of great public concern.”
If successful, the law would create an 11-member bipartisan commission known as the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, which would medically examine the president and evaluate his mental and physical faculties.
Rankin hopes to take advantage of Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, which allows the vice president to remove the president if he or she has the consent of the majority of the Cabinet or “such other body as Congress,” if they believe he cannot “discharge the powers and duties of the office.” If all goes according to plan, the bipartisan commission could provide that consent after a medical examination of the president.
Germany has taken its war on “hate speech,” also known as free speech, to the people.
Already Germany has pretty strict laws against citizens using Nazi symbols and denying that the Holocaust happened. Apparently, lawmakers miss the irony of going full Gestapo on citizens for free speech, as offensive as it may be.
But they are not stopping there. The German government has raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful posting on social media.
Most of the raids concerned politically motivated right-wing incitement, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office, whose officers conducted home searches and interrogations. But the raids also targeted two people accused of left-wing extremist content, as well as one person accused of making threats or harassment based on someone’s sexual orientation.
“The still high incidence of punishable hate posting shows a need for police action,” Holger Münch, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office, said in a statement. “Our free society must not allow a climate of fear, threat, criminal violence and violence either on the street or on the internet.”