• Government Officials Release Plan to Ensure Security for 2020 Elections

    Surge Summary: Government officials from agencies across the government are determined to enact a “whole-of-government” or “whole-of-society” strategy to protect the integrity of elections in 2020.

    Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, FBI Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, and CISA Director Christopher Krebs today released an email to a number of police, intelligence, military and security organizations regarding security considerations for the 2020 election cycle.

    Although the Democrats claim they sincerely believe President Donald Trump colluded with the Russian strongman dictator Vladimir Putin to beat the Heir Apparent to the presidency, Hillary Clinton, her loss literally brought tears to the eyes of Democrats and members of the news media.

    Despite having zilch as far as real evidence of a disruption to the electronic voting machines that would allow “hackers” to penetrate the systems in many states and then prevent voting, falsify tallies of votes, or disrupt vote reliability. The top Trump administration officials continue to vigilantly monitor any threats to U.S. elections.

    “Today, dozens of states and local jurisdictions are hosting their own elections across the country and, less than a year from now, Americans will go to the polls and cast their votes in the 2020 presidential election. Election security is a top priority for the United States Government,” said the top brass from the Justice Department, Defense Department, Homeland Security Director and chiefs of Homeland Security directorates (Border Patrol, Customs Department, Immigration Enforcement).

    “Building on our successful, whole-of-government approach to securing the 2018 elections, we have increased the level of support to state and local election officials in their efforts to protect elections. The federal government is prioritizing the sharing of threat intelligence and providing support and services that improve the security of election infrastructure across the nation,” said Attorney General Bill Barr.

    “In an unprecedented level of coordination, the U.S. government is working with all 50 states and U.S. territories, local officials, and private sector partners to identify threats, broadly share information, and protect the democratic process. We remain firm in our commitment to quickly share timely and actionable information, provide support and services, and to defend against any threats to our democracy,” noted the Attorney General, the Defense Secretary, and others involved in protecting the United States.

    While the Attorney General and other Trump appointees kept silent about President Obama’s Laissez-faire leadership, the fact was the Russians and the Chinese had been hacking into the U.S. top secret Internet files before Trump even mentioned running for President.

    Obama was told by both his CIA Director John Brennan and his Director of National Security James Clapper that the Russian government was highly suspect of intrusion into the U.S. system. Obviously, Obama didn’t care since he dismissed the notion that the Russians — or the Chinese, for that matter — were capable of penetrating the United States of America’s Internet security systems.

    In a final statement. which came from the Justice Department, American voters are told:

    • Our adversaries want to undermine our democratic institutions, influence public sentiment and affect government policies. Russia, China, Iran, and other foreign malicious actors all will seek to interfere in the voting process or influence voter perceptions. Adversaries may try to accomplish their goals through a variety of means, including social media campaigns, directing disinformation operations or conducting disruptive or destructive cyber-attacks on state and local infrastructure.
    • The U.S. government will defend our democracy and maintain transparency with the American public about our efforts. An informed public is a resilient public. Americans should go to trusted sources for election information, such as their state and local election officials.
    • We encourage every American to report any suspicious activity to their local officials, the FBI, or DHS. In past election cycles, reporting by Americans about suspicious activity provided valuable insight which has made our elections more secure. The greatest means to combat these threats is a whole-of-society effort.”

    Originally posted here.

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    Jim Kouri

    Conservative Base's editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist,  and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show. He's the author of two books: "Crime Talk: Conversations with America's Top Law Enforcement Officers" and "Assume the Position: Police Science for Journalists and Screenwriters."

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