Three separate groups take responsibility for the same attack, Florida takes another crack at expanding the Stand Your Ground law there, and a PSA regarding technology and a recent data drop are the highlights this week.

1.) Dortmund. No fewer than three organizations are trying to claim responsibility for the Borussia Dortmund bus blast in Germany. According to Sky News, a a far-right group is trying to take responsibility. This is in addition to the possibility of Islamic extremists, and a left-wing group apparently looking to do the same. This raises a multitude of strange possibilities, ranging from all three having some hand in it, to all three just wanting to claim credit.

Of course, regardless of who is at fault, it does bring up something we have discussed before, and it’s something I want to bring up again.

All violence has a logic behind it. Regardless of the actual perpetrator, all three groups would have their own motives. Indeed, there have been reports that far-right extremists carried out the attack, with the intention of framing Islamic extremists (in essence furthering their supposed goals).

Here on the Midnight Run, we have discussed acts of violence perpetrated by a racist and extremely hateful man, a man looking to start a race war, and a man who (while not technically part of ISIS) was radicalized by Islamic propaganda. All of whom had different motives, tactics, and psychological profiles.

All of whom knew exactly what they were doing, why they were doing it, and how to get into a position where they could do it. In other words, none of it was senseless, nor was any of it random. By their nature, people looking to plan out events like the ones we have discussed go through their plans in a very thorough manner, including how to circumvent laws (if necessary) to achieve their ends.

All additional laws do, therefore, is put more roadblocks in the way of the people who should be able to defend themselves. It certainly does not prevent those planning on committing horrific acts of violence from doing so. It’s just something else to plan around for them.

2.) Florida. WTVT puts it best.

The Florida Senate passed a bill that would tweak the state’s “stand your ground” law to make it clear residents don’t have to be attacked before using force against someone threatening them in their home.

The bill, SB 1052 “addresses an inconsistency in law caused by 2014 legislation amending s.
776.013(3), F.S., a statute governing the right to self-defense in a person’s dwelling, residence,
or vehicle. The bill also minimizes the circumstances in which a person might be required to
retreat within or from a dwelling, residence, or vehicle before using deadly force in self-defense,” according to an analysis by the Senate.

In other words, The bill revamps the SYG law, and fills in a lot of the blanks that could be used against somebody for shooting an intruder. It is the direct opposite of the completely backward bill from Nevada we discussed in last week’s edition of State’s Fights.

3.) Microsoft. This week, a ton of tools the NSA allegedly used to hack virtually every system they wanted, ended up being dropped by a group of hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers. Microsoft has now announced that, while the tools did take advantage of exploits in the Windows OS, were patched in OSes the company still supports (right now, that is almost exclusively Windows 10).

It’s worth noting that this came quite a few hours after the tools were released. During which time, there were reports that the hacks worked on all Windows operating systems, thus essentially opening everybody to various forms of state-level hacking.

The moral of the story is three fold. If you don’t have a firewall, get one; keep all of your software (particularly your operating system) up-to-date, and realize that security can be extremely fragile.

As an aside, this drop also had a motive. Apparently, it was political in nature

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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