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FLASHBACK: 15-year-Old British Teen Accessed Information to Intelligence Operations in Afghanistan and Iran by Pretending to be CIA Head

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According to a British court in 2018, a 15-year-old accessed sensitive plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be the head of the CIA.

The youth from Leicestershire, Kane Gamble used “social engineering” — a process where a person constructs a picture of information and uses it to manipulate other individuals into handing over more information — in order to access the personal and work accounts of some of America’s highest-ranking intelligence officials.

The teenager was able to convince employees at an internet giant that he was John Brennan, the CIA director at the time, to be able to access his computers.

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Similarly, the teenager pretended to be Mark Giuliano, the FBI’s Deputy Director, when calling the FBI helpdesk in order to access the intelligence database.

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Gamble also targeted the US Secretary of Homeland Security and Barack Obama’s Director of National Intelligence.

The British teenager taunted his targets online, leaked personal information, flooded them with calls and messages, downloaded pornography onto their computers and took over their iPads and TVs, according to a court.

Justice Haddon-Cave stated: “He got these people in his control and played with them in order to make their lives difficult.”

The prosecutor, John Lloyd-Jones, claimed that Gamble founded Crackas With Attitude (CWA) in 2015.

Gamble told a journalist: “It all started by me getting more and more annoyed about how corrupt and cold blooded the US Government are so I decided to do something about it.”

Lloyd-Jones said this incident did not involve hacking but instead involved the use of “social engineering” to get information from emails, phones, computers and law enforcement portals.

“It involves manipulating people, invariably call centre or help desk staff, into permitting acts or divulging confidential information,” the prosecutor stated.

Gamble pleaded guilty to ten offences under the computer misuse act.

He first targeted Brennan and was able to enter his Verizon internet account by initially pretending to be an employee of the company and then Brennan himself in order to build up a fake persona.

Gamble was at first denied access to Brennan’s computers because he could not name Brennan’s first pet, but the handler changed the pin and security questions in subsequent calls.

He later employed similar methods to gain access to Brennan’s AOL account. Afterwards, Gamble successfully accessed Brennan’s emails, contacts, his iCloud storage account and his wife’s iPad remotely.

Lloyd-Jones stated: “He accessed some extremely sensitive accounts referring to, among other things, military operations and intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran.”

Gamble, who is now 18, then posted sensitive information on Twitter and Wikileaks and taunted officials about gaining access to sensitive information.

Occasionally, he used the tag #freePalestine and claimed it was because the U.S. Government was “killing innocent people”.

Gamble employed similar techniques when he hacked the home broadband of Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and was able to listen to his voicemails and send texts from his phone.

He overwhelmed Johnson and his wife with calls, asking her: “Am I scaring you?” and left messages threatening to “bang his daughter”, according to the court.

Gamble’s actions are reprehensible and should be punished accordingly given how they were directed towards former and current officials of the U.S. government.

 

Nevertheless, this kind of antagonism is to be expected.

 

Politicians have become beholden to defense interests and the regime change fanaticism of individuals sheltered away in their posh think tanks.

 

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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