Tuesday, December 20, 2016

President Obama Warns Russia: U.S. Could Use Offensive Cyber Muscle To Retaliate

                 According to a recent Associated Press report, “President Obama put Russia’s Vladimir Putin on notice Friday that the U.S. could use offensive cyber muscle to retaliate for interference in the U.S. presidential election.”
                “Whatever they do to us, we can potentially do to them,” declared the president. “Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia or others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you.” He also made clear that he confronted Putin back in September, telling the Russian leader to “cut it out!” What is he, 9-years-old?  Obama claimed that the U.S. “did not see further tampering” after that muscular threat was made.
                Yet, here he and Hillary are, after the election, whining about Russian interference in our democratic processes, and hinting that it may have cost them the election! If the President had properly confronted the Russians immediately after he first heard of the alleged attacks on the Democratic National Committee, he may have prevented any further possible malfeasance by the Russkies.
                Furthermore, Hillary Clinton fairly begged for hacking and intrusion into her illegal, ad-hoc, private email server. And we now know the DNC had virtually no protections for its electronic systems. Moreover, Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, failed to sign up for “two-factor authentication” on his own g-mail account. Had he done so, this intrusion that Obama himself characterized as a fairly primitive attack would likely have been prevented.
                White House press secretary Josh Earnest accused Donald Trump of being in on Putin’s alleged hacking. The truth is, the only presidential nominee who knew of it was Barack Hussein Obama, who in reality had it brought to his attention more than a year ago.
                As political commentator and best-selling author Mark Steyn said, “Earnest’s evidence that Trump was in on the shadowy ‘conspiracy’ is that a few months back Trump publicly invited Putin to release Hillary’s unseen emails. So Trump and Putin’s secret plan to subvert American democracy was so sophisticated they announced it to the whole world.”
                President Obama, on October 18th, averred that “There is no serious person out there who would suggest that you could even rig America’s elections.” This is because our elections are decentralized, run by state and local officials. In order for some entity to hack our elections, it would have to get into literally thousands and thousands of different county and municipal voting systems.
                If we were truly concerned about bad actors hacking and influencing our elections and overturning the will of the people, we should have been taking aggressive legal action against those attempting to bribe, coerce and threaten members of the Electoral College to disavow their responsibility to cast their vote for Trump.  

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