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Federal judge says Trump has responsibility for January 6, calling rioter a ‘pawn’



Speaking at sentencing hearing for rioter John Lolos, the judge said rallygoers like him were “called to Washington, DC, by an elected official, prompted to walk to the Capitol by an elected official.”

Judge Amit Mehta called individuals who stormed the building “a pawn in the game played by people who know better.”

“People like Mr. Lolos were told lies, were told falsehoods, were told the election was stolen when it was not,” Mehta said. “Regrettably, people like Mr. Lolos who were told those lies took it to heart. And they are the ones paying the consequences.”

“Those who created the conditions that lead to Mr. Lolos’ conduct have in no meaningful measure been held accountable,” he said. “You were a pawn. You were a pawn in the game played by people who know better.”

While many judges have expressed continuing concern about the volatile political climate, Mehta is one of the first to call out Trump — although not by name — for using his supporters for political gain and then abandoning those supporters to suffer the consequences, something Mehta believes should perhaps weigh in favor of lighter sentences for January 6 defendants charged with less serious crimes.

Mehta is a crucial judge overseeing some of the more than 660 Capitol riot cases in federal court because he is also handling the largest and most significant conspiracy case against defendants connected to the Oath Keepers. It was his first sentencing of a January 6 defendant.

“That kind of conduct needs to be deterred because, frankly, conditions in our country don’t give me a lot of confidence that this sort of thing won’t happen again,” Mehta said.

Lolos, 48, pleaded guilty in August to illegally demonstrating in the Capitol building. Mehta sentenced Lolos to 14 days in jail and ordered him to pay $500 for damage done to the Capitol during the riot. Of the 40 defendants sentenced so far, 18 have been sentenced to jail or prison time.

In a rambling speech to the court, Lolos, at times speaking with different accents, rehashed debunked claims of widespread voter fraud, said police encouraged him to go into the Capitol, claimed evidence against him was tainted, and encouraged anyone listening in on the court’s public call-in line to look up a video of himself online. Lolos refused to speak to his defense attorney, who repeatedly tried to stop Lolos from talking.

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“I may have failed to explain why incarceration is necessary here, but I think Mr. Lolos just summed it up,” prosecutors said when Lolos was finished talking.

Mehta said it was ‘regrettable” that Lolos still believes that the election was stolen, but said it was understandable because “a lie isn’t easy to unhear.”

According to court documents, Lolos spent almost 45 minutes inside the Capitol on January 6, and was videotaped shouting, “They left, we did it” as he exited the building.

On January 8, a Delta flight crew decided to turn the plane around because Lolos, a passenger on the flight, was continuously yelling, “Trump 2020!” Lolos was escorted off the plane by a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department officer, and was rebooked on a later flight. About 45 minutes later, the same officer recognized Lolos in an Instagram video that showed him leaving the Capitol. The officer reported Lolos to Capitol Police officers in the airport, and Lolos was arrested.


CORRECTION — CAST Achieves AWS Migration and Modernization



NEW YORK and PARIS, Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a release issued under the same headline earlier today by CAST Software Inc. (Euronext Paris: CAS), please note that the hyperlink featured in the first paragraph has been updated. The corrected release follows:

CAST announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Migration and Modernization Competency status for AWS Partners. This designation recognizes that CAST has demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success accelerating customer application migration and modernization journeys.

To support the seamless integration and deployment of AWS solutions, AWS established AWS Competency Program to help customers identify AWS Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.

AWS launched the AWS Migration and Modernization Competency to allow customers to easily and confidently engage highly specialized AWS Partners that help AWS customers modernize their applications, either before or after they are moved to AWS. The AWS Migration and Modernization Competency takes on the heavy lifting of identifying and validating industry leaders with proven customer success and technical proficiency in migration and application modernization tooling.

Achieving the AWS Migration and Modernization Competency differentiates CAST as an AWS Partner with deep domain expertise, delivering software products that make it easier for clients to embrace cloud and application transformation, thereby reducing licensing costs, optimizing operational costs, and improving performance, agility, and resiliency.

“CAST is proud to be one of the first AWS Partners to achieve the new AWS Migration and Modernization Competency status,” said Marc Zablit, Executive Vice President Business Development at CAST. “Enterprises are increasingly looking to take advantage of the agility, breadth of services and pace of innovation that AWS provides for their complex custom-built applications, which have been mostly designed over the years on different environments and need to be modernized. CAST technology helps enterprises to assess, prioritize, and modernize for cloud their applications easier, safer, and faster.”

“The AWS Migration and Modernization Competency provides the widest and deepest variety of migration and modernization solutions that allow customers and Partners to migrate and modernize to AWS at scale,” said Bill Platt, General Manager, AWS Migration Services.

CAST products provide insights into the inner workings and structural condition of software applications, essential for speeding up and de-risking their migration and modernization to cloud:

  • CAST Highlight can analyze hundreds of applications in a week to pinpoint what needs to change in the source code, the effort required, the best-suited AWS services to use, and the best migration path to take.
  • CAST Imaging then automatically reverse-engineers the actual architecture of a given application into interactive application maps to help architects and developers navigate key modernization steps, such as re-platforming, re-architecting, framework or database replacement, breaking monoliths into services.
  • Once in the cloud, continuous use of CAST ensures the applications remain agile, safe, and resilient.

CAST software is already used to enable safer and faster migration to cloud by hundreds of enterprises and by leading system integrators, such as Accenture, CGI, DXC, IBM Services, Infosys, LTI, Wipro.

“A global manufacturing company with 95,000 employees embarked on a massive AWS migration effort for applications using multiple technologies, including Java, .NET, VB, PowerBuilder and COBOL, many requiring modernization,” said Zablit. “Using CAST Highlight, 633 applications were assessed in less than 12 weeks, and in just 3 months, the complete, detailed AWS migration roadmap was in place. The manufacturer could begin the migration, start cutting data center costs, and take advantage of AWS benefits.”

About CAST
CAST is the pioneer and category leader in Software Intelligence, providing insight into the structural condition of software assets. CAST technology is renowned as the most accurate “MRI for Software,” which delivers actionable insights into software composition, architectures, database structures, critical flaws, quality grades, cloud readiness levels and work effort metrics. It is used globally by thousands of forward-looking digital leaders to make objective decisions, accelerate modernization, and raise the security and resiliency of mission critical software. Visit Contact Stephanie Watkins at [email protected]

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QAnon Follower Writes Open Letter to Trump, Says Predictions Are False



  • Donny Warren wrote to Trump expressing his frustration about QAnon’s inaccurate predictions.
  • The conspiracy movement believed a supposed group of “deep state” elites would be arrested in October.
  • Warren complained that the group’s conspiracy theories kept turning out not to be true.

AQAnon supporter wrote an open letter to Donald Trump expressing his frustration that the conspiracy theories pushed by the movement kept failing to happen.

Donny Warren’s letter, which was reviewed by Insider, appeared on the Telegram channel of the prominent QAnon adherent Ron Watkins on Sunday. It was first reported by Newsweek.

Adherents of the far-right group believe, baselessly, that a global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles were embedded in institutions including the “deep state” and the Democratic Party, and were responsible for mind control and other nefarious acts.

They also believe that former President Donald Trump was elected president as part of a plot to launch a counter-coup against that cabal.

In his letter, Warren complained that “Red October” — one of the multiple dates on which leading QAnon proponents promised that the alleged cabal would be rounded up and arrested — had not come to pass.

“At the beginning of October, we were told of a Red October, with rumors of mass arrests across the world,” Warren wrote. 

“We were given hints by ‘Q’ experts that November was to be THE month,” he wrote. “I told a few of my awake friends that either this would be the best Thanksgiving ever, or the worst. Guess which one it was?”

The term “awake” is used to describe other adherents of the QAnon movement and is a reference to “The Great Awakening,” an event in January when Trump was supposed to declare martial law and imprison his political enemies — which also did not happen.

“For months, I have anticipated each day with excitement knowing that I was watching my president and his crew of Patriots take back our country and our freedom. I am losing that excitement now,” Warren said. “This is starting to get very old.”

Warren also described the toll that his belief in the conspiracy theory was taking on his family, writing: “They think I am a nut for believing in all this.”

The letter was addressed to Trump, his former national security advisor Michael Flynn, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and John F. Kennedy Jr., “if he is alive.”

Hundreds of QAnon supporters gathered in Dallas earlier in November in the belief that Kennedy Jr., who died in 1999, would reappear and announce that he wasn’t dead.

Tom Porter contributed reporting.

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