- A French police officer, Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, died the day after he was shot by the ISIS terrorist who attacked a supermarket in Trèbes. Beltrame offered himself (unarmed) as a hostage in exchange for a female hostage. Beltrame left his cell phone on a table in the supermarket, which enabled other officers to listen to what was happening inside the store. When the terrorist started shooting, the police assaulted the store, but by that time Beltrame had been shot three times.
The Department of Justice is preparing to ask Congress (again) for a law requiring technology companies to provide law enforcement with a back door to encrypted data stored in devices like smartphones.
George Weigel writes on the Vatican’s negotiations with China’s government over the future of the Catholic Church in that country:
And most ominously for the pact being negotiated with the Vatican, Xi Jinping announced this week that the government Religious Affairs Bureau was being closed and that full responsibility for supervising religious organizations was being transferred to the Communist Party — of which Xi said, in 2016, all members ought to be “firm Marxist atheists and never find any of their beliefs in any religion.”