Trump’s Unsecured Android and ‘Extreme Carelessness’
As usual, ironies piled on top of ironies. James Comey accused Hillary Clinton of ‘extreme carelessness’ in a moment of the most extreme carelessness on his own part that he then compounded in his indefensible and unforgivable letter on October 28, 2016: a day that will live in infamy, the day democracy died.
Let’s be clear: what Comey did was wrong, indefensible, and unforgivable. And it matters not if you believe the Comey letter changed the outcome or not.
Now I believe it did. It is a much more heroic assumption to claim that this letter released on such a volatile issue-thanks to the absurd way the media had hyped it for 16 months-didn’t impact the result to the tune of even 1 percent in a race decided by 77,000 votes in three swing states than to believe it did impact it.
But even if you believe it didn’t, you should be just as outraged at Comey’s actions. After all, if Trump would have won by exactly the same 77,000 votes in three swing states without the Comey letter then think of all the harm he did. Now at least half the country will put an asterisk next to a win for Trump that would have been exactly the same 77,000 vote margin either way.
Interesting that neither the media or Trump thought it had zero impact on October 28. Trump had said it changed everything and the media coverage was full of headlines that it had blown the race wide open.
But whether it did or did not effect the outcome it’s just as indefensible and has done just as much harm. Comey’s intervention was a body blow to faith in the democratic system and there’s nothing he can do to undo it.
Speaking of ‘extreme carelessness’ Trump is still using his unsecured android.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 13, 2017
Yet-shockingly enough-Jason Chaffetz isn’t interested in holding a single hearing about Trump’s unsecured phone hooked up to the RNC’s private server-as was Karl Rove’s.
It’s almost as that whole email server furor was just cynical politics.
Trump ran a campaign based on intelligence security. That’s not how he’s governing.
Close observers of the 2016 election will remember that, on occasion, President Trump liked to draw attention to his opponent’s security practices as a way of criticism. There was, you may recall, something about an email server.
“Hillary Clinton … sent classified information, even during her travels overseas, jeopardizing the national security of the American people by allowing her emails to be hacked by foreign intelligence services,” Trump’s campaign website declared. But it wasn’t just Clinton who was the target of his criticism: The Democratic National Committee got hacked because it didn’t have a “very strong defense system against hacking” the way the Republicans did (as he said during a cybersecurity session on Jan. 31). The government was hacked by China because “we’re run by people that don’t know what they’re doing” (as said in his Jan. 11 news conference). Trump, the idea went, would not be so naive on the critical subject of national security.”
“Perhaps it’s harder than it looks.”
“Sunday night, CNN reported details of the moment that Trump, joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, learned about a missile launch in North Korea. Trump and Abe were enjoying dinner at Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida at the time, but, CNN reported, began to discuss the details of this international incident right there at their table.”
“Mobile phones have flashlights, yes — and cameras, microphones and Internet connectivity. When Edward Snowden was meeting with reporters in Hong Kong at the moment he was leaking the material he’d stolen from the NSA, he famously asked that they place their phones in the refrigerator — blocking any radio signals in the event that the visitors’ phones had been hacked. This was considered the most secure way of ensuring that the phones couldn’t be used as wiretaps, even more secure than removing the battery. Phones — especially phones with their flashes turned on for improved visibility — are portable television satellite trucks and, if compromised, can be used to get a great deal of information about what’s happening nearby, unless precautions are taken.”
“Precautions weren’t taken. One of DeAgazio’s photos shows Trump using a phone at the table, within view of other diners (and while sitting next to a foreign leader). It’s not clear what phone Trump is using in that picture, but it’s known that he uses a relatively old Android device, even while serving as president. As we noted last week, Trump generally uses that device when he’s not in the middle of a work day. Shortly before the dinner with Abe, he tweeted from it.”
“The problem is that Trump’s Android phone would be very simple to hack to provide precisely the sort of access described above. NPR dug into the question of how secure that phone might be, and Berkeley computer scientist Nicholas Weaver was blunt.”
“Donald Trump for the longest time has been using a insecure Android phone that by all reports is so easy to compromise, it would not meet the security requirements of a teenager,” Weaver told NPR, and while he couldn’t say for sure, “we must assume that his phone has actively been compromised for a while, and a actively compromised phone is literally a listening device.”
Paul Ryan-used to-take careless handling of classified info very seriously.
Individuals who are "extremely careless" with classified information should be denied further access to such info. pic.twitter.com/0C76Ae95LD
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2016
As SE Hinton would put it ‘That was then and this is now.’
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