Bipartisan panel of U.S. senators calls for united effort to protect America from Russian interference in 2020 election.

By |2019-10-08T12:37:49-08:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |6 Comments

After being so successful in 2016 why would the Russians not do it again?

Courtesy of WaPo:

A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called for sweeping action by Congress, the White House and Silicon Valley to ensure social media sites aren’t used to interfere in the coming presidential election, delivering a sobering assessment about the weaknesses that Russian operatives exploited in the 2016 campaign.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, a Republican-led panel that has been investigating foreign electoral interference for more than two and a half years, said in blunt language that Russians worked to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton while bolstering Republican Donald Trump — and made clear that fresh rounds of interference are likely ahead of the 2020 vote.

“Russia is waging an information warfare campaign against the U.S. that didn’t start and didn’t end with the 2016 election,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the committee’s chairman. “Their goal is broader: to sow societal discord and erode public confidence in the machinery of government. By flooding social media with false reports, conspiracy theories, and trolls, and by exploiting existing divisions, Russia is trying to breed distrust of our democratic institutions and our fellow Americans.”

Though the 85-page report itself had extensive redactions, in the visible sections lawmakers urged their peers in Congress to act, including through the potential adoption of new regulations that would make who bought an ad more transparent. The report also called on the White House and the executive branch to adopt a more forceful, public role, warning Americans about the ways in which dangerous misinformation can spread while creating new teams within the U.S. government to monitor for threats and share intelligence with industry.

While I commend these Senators for trying to get the whole country working together to protect ourselves from Russian interference, they are wasting their time trying to draft the White House into joining the fight. 

Keep in mind that along with Trump’s atttempt to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, was also a request for them to undermine the findings of US intelligence agencies that determined Russia was the culprit behind the 2016 interference.  

Not only has Trump never accepted that Russia interfered in the election, but he and his cohorts, like Mitch McConnell, Devin Nunes, and Rudy Giluliani, are actively trying to remove obstacles that would keep them from doing the same thing in 2020.

It will be interesting to see how McConnell and the Senate Republicans respond to this call to action. 

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6 Comments

  1. anon October 9, 2019 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Its simple. Shut down the internet.

  2. anon October 9, 2019 at 8:23 am - Reply

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/10/08/ukraine-impeachment-zelensky-trump-biden.cnn

    Fmr. Ukrainian official: Don’t drag us into US politics
    Danylo Lubkivsky, former Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister, discusses Trump’s demands on Ukraine.

  3. Anonymous October 9, 2019 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Meanwhile Trump is downsizing the security departments. Maybe he thinks the Whistleblowers will be among those losing their jobs.

    And who has been enlisted to help Trump fight impeachment? Trey Gowdy!

  4. anon October 9, 2019 at 9:49 am - Reply

    @BarackObama
    As President, I leaned on @AmbassadorRice’s experience, expertise, and willingness to tell me what I needed to hear. In her memoir, Tough Love, you’ll see why. It’s a tribute to American leadership—and a unifying call for us to do our part to protect it. I hope you’ll read it.

    https://www.npr.org/2019/10/08/766842348/in-tough-love-former-u-n-ambassador-susan-rice-aims-to-reclaim-her-voice

    https://www.amazon.com/Tough-Love-Story-Things-Fighting/dp/1501189972

    “Rice provides an insider’s account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades, ranging from “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia to the genocide in Rwanda and the East Africa embassy bombings in the late 1990s, and from conflicts in Libya and Syria to the Ebola epidemic, a secret channel to Iran, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years. With unmatched insight and characteristic bluntness, she reveals previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the struggle to contain the fallout from Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration.”

  5. Anon October 9, 2019 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    It is timely this report has come out now. Perhaps enough people will change their mind about Trump to not elect him again.

  6. Anonymous October 9, 2019 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    The money Congress allocated for cyber security still sitting around unspent. There is no plan to protect us.

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