Yesterday, Monday, March 20, 2017, Democratic and Republican congressmen gathered for a meeting of the House Intelligence Committee. The meeting featured testimony from FBI Director James Comey concerning the Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, as well as President Trump’s allegations that former President Barack Obama had the Trump Tower wire-tapped.
Russian Meddling is No News
U.S. intelligence already confirmed in 2016 that it was the Russians who hacked the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) emails. They definitely meddled and always do. It’s not just with our elections, but also the elections of many other countries around the world.
You might think that’s bad, but we do it too.
According to expert Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University, we’ve meddled more than 80 times in the elections of other countries around the world between 1946 and 2000. So what makes the 2016 meddling any different from all the other years?
Hopefully, that’s some of the information the committee will eventually uncover. In regard to Trump’s wire-tapping tweet, they were seeking information about any other Americans who might have been “caught up” in the surveillance of others from June 2016 to January 2017. The committee requested information from three intelligence agencies: FBI, CIA, and NSA, wanting to know if any accidental conversations of Americans were “swept up,” and if the proper protocols were followed to protect their identities. If those protocols were violated, that would indicate a much larger intelligence concern.
By last Friday afternoon, the Justice Department was supposed to send any information relevant to this investigation to the committee. Chairman, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, maintains he has so far seen no evidence that proves the Obama administration had the Trump Tower tapped.
This seems to be another one of those things that falls into the “wacked” category for President Trump. The Democrats thought they already knew how this was going to turn out. They were chomping at the bit to hear him apologize to Obama. But, President Trump isn’t showing any signs of being apologetic any time in the near future. If anything, his Tweets turn focus to the NSA statement that revealing those involved in surveillance techniques could put national security in jeopardy.
What Lessons Will We Learn From Russia?
In the midst of all this American election drama, Russia sits quietly and watches. While we know they have meddled in our elections before, that doesn’t make it okay. We still need to put our heads together and come up with some way close the holes in our cyber strategy so that we won’t be so vulnerable.
That’s part of the intent of the Senate Intelligence committee, which is scheduled to meet on March 30 to discuss the results of their 2016 investigation. This will be a comprehensive view with special members called to discuss how, historically, Russia has tried to influence elections in both America and in other countries, using cyber technology to accomplish those goals.
Note From the Editor:
As I watch the government’s hearings this week to get to the bottom of who may have leaked classified information that may have impacted the 2016 presidential election, I am reminded of what appeared to be Director Comey’s ironclad case back in July 2016 against then presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
I am also reminded of Bill Clinton’s coincidental meeting with then Obama Attorney General, Loretta Lynch on the tarmac at “airport” in July of 2016 where a deal may have been cut to NOT push the investigation to the point of recommending an indictment of Hillary Clinton. That being said, how can US citizens expect the FBI and other involved agencies to tell the truth in this current investigation? I can’t be the only American to feel this way. What are your thoughts on the matter?