Agency director is questioned about reports of numerous security missteps.
Agency director is questioned about reports of numerous security missteps.
Pointing to various acts of violence carried out by Muslims – the recent beheading in Oklahoma, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 – the owner of the Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, announced this week that she was making the facility a “Muslim Free Zone.”
Owner Jan Morgan made the announcement in a post on her website, according to Raw Story, but that page appears to have been taken down as of Tuesday evening. Excerpts quoted by the website before the post was removed, however, offer some insight into the reasons behind her controversial decision.
“This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range,” she wrote. “In the range, people are shooting guns in close proximity to each other, so my patrons depend on me and my discretion regarding who I allow to shoot beside them. One mistake in judgment on my part could cost innocent people their lives.”
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— Bryan Conn (@4bryan) October 1, 2014
Specifically, Morgan said that Islam tells followers to hurt and kill people who choose not to convert to the religion, adding that she has received death threats for voicing her opinion about such verses from the Koran. She also called Islam a “theocracy” instead of a religion, claiming it is not protected by the US Constitution. Therefore, she argued, the ban does not infringe on Americans’ religious freedoms.
“Two Muslims walked in to my range last week with Allah Akbar ring tone and message alert tones on their smart phones,” she wrote. “They spoke very little English, one did not have proof of U.S. citizenship, yet they wanted to rent and shoot guns. Their behavior was so strange, it was unnerving to my patrons. No one would enter the range to shoot while they were there. Some of my customers left.”
Still, Morgan insisted that many of her customers come from numerous religious backgrounds, including atheists. When religions start to call for violence, though, she said her position takes on a new role.
“I not only have the right to refuse service but a RESPONSIBILITY to provide a safe environment for people to shoot and train on firearms,” she wrote, as quoted by local KRMG news.
The decision ignited debate between Facebook commenters who both agreed and disagreed with the move. One commenter called the business “blatantly bigoted” and questioned how employees would be able to tell Muslims apart from other customers.
“I also wonder how, exactly, one determines if a person is a Muslim or not,” the user wrote. “There are Muslims who look just like everyone else. If you don’t stop your discriminatory practices, you deserve to be put out of business.”
Others, meanwhile, raised concerns over Sharia law and expressed support for Morgan.
“That’s awesome!!” wrote another commenter. “I wish every business did the same. Good luck to ya.. And God Bless.”
In an indictment unsealed today, the Justice Department revealed that it had charged four men with stealing information from the US Army, Microsoft, and a host of other game developers. Two of the charged men pleaded guilty on Tuesday.
The unsealed indictment—which was returned by a federal grand jury in April—alleges that starting in 2011, the four men targeted Microsoft and stole “Log-In Credentials, Trade Secrets, and Intellectual Property pertaining to its Xbox gaming system,” specifically the still-in-development Xbox One.
The four men also allegedly turned to Epic Games and used SQL injection attacks “and other incidents of unauthorized access” like stolen passwords to pilfer “unreleased software, source code, and middleware” from the upcoming Gears of War 3 title.
The indictment goes on to say that Valve, Activision, and Zombie Studios were also broken into by the four men throughout 2011. Then the men apparently tried to up their game. “Beginning in or about October 2012, the United States Department of the Army was the victim of unauthorized access to and trespass into one of its protected computer networks that resulted in the theft of confidential data valued at more than ,000.” A Department of Justice press release accused the men of stealing Apache helicopter training software built by Zombie Studios for the US Army.
The four men were charged with 18 counts of “conspiracies to commit computer fraud, copyright infringement, wire fraud, mail fraud, identity theft, and theft of trade secrets,” the Justice Department says, as well as counts of “aggravated identity theft, unauthorized computer access, copyright infringement and wire fraud.” The men were identified as Nathan Leroux, 20, of Bowie, Maryland; Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, of Washington, New Jersey; David Pokora, 22, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; and Austin Alcala, 18, of McCordsville, Indiana.
Pokora and Nesheiwat pleaded guilty on Tuesday and will be sentenced in early January.
In the indictment, the Department of Justice noted that the men took pains to conceal their efforts, citing one instant message from Pokora from August 2011:
POKORA stated: Have you been listening to the shit that I’ve done this past month? I have shit to the U.S. military. I have shit to the Australian Dept. of Defense.
I have every single big company: Intel, AMD, Nvidia, any game company you could name, Google, Microsoft, Disney, Warner Brothers, everything.
It’s not like I’m trying to prove a point, but I’m just saying, if they notice any of this, eventually they’re going to come looking for me.
The indictment goes on to allege that the men sold log-in credentials, authentication keys, and other private data. Pokora, apparently, was eager to monetize the compromised accounts, stating in an Internet audio call, “I don’t think you understand the plan that I had. I’ve already compromised a fuckton of Paypals from those databases we have. Not that I logged into them, but I’ve compromised enough that we could have already sold them for Bitcoins which would have been untraceable if we did it right. It could have already been easily an easy 50 grand.”
After the men broke into Microsoft’s system, Leroux allegedly ordered parts from Newegg to build a counterfeit Xbox One, which was code-named Durango at the time. The indictment says that Leroux then sold the counterfeit console to a person whose name is redacted, and that person placed the console for sale on eBay for ,000.
The Guardian reports that the two men who pleaded guilty could face up to five years in prison when they’re sentenced in January. The paper also says that at least one defendant is hotly contesting the Department of Justice’s assessment that over 0 million in intellectual property was stolen.
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