The Mike Sax Congress NY2 Campaign is Calling for a 9/11 Style Commission for Russian Interference
Russian interference in our 2016 election is the biggest political scandal in American history and we must have an exhaustive report which where an independent commission would come in.
John McCain to his credit has been calling for this for many months.
Other are now making the case:
Every day the world learns more about the reach and scope of Russia’s coordinated campaign against the 2016 U.S. presidential election, two contributors say.https://t.co/Q9wKU3v2hC
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) November 28, 2017
That we need an independent commission-and a full select committee has been the position of my NY2 Congressional campaign since soon after that illegitimate election.
If we had a select committee for fake scandals like Benghazi and Whitewater-as well as legitimate ones like Iran-Contra and Watergate-then I think a hostile foreign power interfering in an American election deserves at least as much. But to get a select committee we will need a Democratic Congress.
Speaking of Iran-Contra, it’s actually the collusion between the Reagan campaign and the Iranian government-so that Iran wouldn’t free the hostages until Reagan became President-that likely started Reagan on the road to Iran-Contra.
As for an independent counsel, it’s clearly an idea whose time has come.
“America needs a better way forward to safeguard its democracy in cyberspace. Every day the world learns more about the reach and scope of Russia’s coordinated campaign against the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In recent congressional hearings, Facebook, Google, and Twitter faced questions over their failure to secure their platforms against foreign manipulation. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) scolded the technology giants for doing too little in the face of a dangerous threat. “We’re talking about the beginning of cyberwarfare,” she said, “we’re talking about a major foreign power sowing discontent across this country.” Feinstein has a point, but the implications go well beyond technology companies and well beyond the United States.
“In 2015, Russia’s military and intelligence agencies began a coordinated cyberattack against the weak underbelly of America’s political institutions, businesses, and citizens. This reflects an increasing trend of malicious Russian activity in cyberspace, from distributed denial of service attacks on Estonia in 2007 to destructive attacks on Ukraine’s electric infrastructure in 2015 and 2016. Technology companies need to adapt rapidly, as Senator Feinstein and others have said, but protecting Americans from hostile foreign operations in cyberspace is at root a national-security mission and a government responsibility that the Trump administration and Congress are failing to meet.”
Some good points. The social media companies can’t save us on their own in the private sector. We need the sort of engaged governmental response missing under Trump’s WH and the GOP Congress.
As we saw in an earlier post Trump’s State Department under Rex Tillerson has dismantled State root and branch and has now closed down the sanctions office. The GOP Congress is willing to provide only so much oversight of Trump.
To say what can’t be said enough we need a Democratic Congress.
“Russia’s assault on the 2016 election should be seen as what British sociologist Anthony Giddens terms a “high consequence risk,” a disruptive event that can alter people’s perceptions of the world and even a nation’s trajectory. In Giddens’ thinking, the globally interconnected economy and our information technologies make human societies more susceptible to attacks by smaller groups of people using less expensive means. 9/11 presented one such risk. Russia’s election attack is another.”
“While the analogy is jarring given the extraordinary loss of life and global impact of 9/11, the terrorists and the Russians exploited American businesses and legal and policy loopholes to attack from within. The terrorists used airlines, flight schools, and weaknesses in airport security. The Russians exploited technology companies, weaved through election-law loopholes, and penetrated weak cybersecurity.”
Obviously 9/11 was a tremendous loss of precious human life. But just the same our democratic ideals are also precious and they have been sullied with the collusion of Trump and Russia-with no small assist from James Comey and the FBI.
We need a Democratic Congress. If you agree join the Impeachment Train today. It’s not just a campaign it’s a movement.
P.S. I’m Mike Sax, I’m running for Congress in the NY 2nd District and I’m a Hillary Clinton Democrat.
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