Batears Never Told 21 States Russians Were Hacking Their Voting Systems

From the Daily Caller:

State election officials still don’t know which 21 of their jurisdictions Russian hackers targeted, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Secretaries of state — who are the top election officials in 40 states — told TheDCNF they were shocked to learn of the Russian hacking when Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials first divulged it at a June 21, 2017, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing.

“We can’t find any secretaries of state who say they have been told they are part of this list of ‘targeted’ states.” said a spokeswoman for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), which is the oldest nonpartisan professional organization for public officials, representing top state election officials in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

The testimony of Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, stunned NAAS.

“We have evidence of election-related systems in 21 states that were targeted,” she said.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, a Republican from Vice President Mike Pence’s home state, said she was shocked to learn of the hacking during the hearing and incredulous that federal officials have provided no further information.

“Well it is extraordinary and is somewhat ridiculous,” Lawson said. “It’s frustration beyond belief. I have never heard from any secretaries of state and I believe that NASS has not heard either from any secretary that they have been told that their state was one the states that was targeted during the 2016 election,” she said.

“Here’s what I’m learning unless a secretary of state gets the proper clearance, I’m not sure we will ever find out if our state was mentioned,” Lawson said. She is president of NASS and co-chairwoman of the group’s election cybersecurity task force.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, who is a Democrat and president-elect of NASS, agreed with Lawson. “We were not notified. None of the states were notified,” he said.

“One of the reasons why they said they couldn’t tell us about the 21 states is because we didn’t have security clearances. Doesn’t it make sense that they might find a way to give us a security clearance so we can talk to each other about this?” Condos added.

A DHS spokesman confirmed to TheDCNF that state election officials were out of the loop when the Russians targeted them. “When we become aware of a potential victim, DHS notifies the owner or operator of the system, who may not necessarily be the secretary of state’s office,” the spokesman said.

Owners and operators are usually private vendors that maintain election registration lists, according to the DHS spokesman. Russian hackers never attacked actual tabulation systems but voter registration rolls, most of which are public and available for purchase.

“If a local election system is hacked, you should notify the state system, and you probably should be notifying all state systems to let them know this breach was made so we can all take action to prevent it from impacting us,” Condos said.

State election officials are also disturbed that former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson designated state election systems as “federal critical infrastructure” with no prior consultation. DHS officials informed the states the federal designation was being considered in August 2016. But Johnson made it official in January 2017 just weeks before the Obama administration ended.

Both Democrat and Republican secretaries of state have opposed the federal designation. Many see it as a power play to “nationalize” our election system, which is now run at the state and local level. They also charge federal officials are clueless about how state and local election systems operate.

“The disconnect is what we’ve been saying since last August that they need to understand how our system works before they start creating regulations to secure it,” Condos said.

“We plan to work with secretaries of state and senior election officials to determine how best to share this information, while protecting the integrity of investigations and the confidentiality of system owners,” the DHS spokesman told TheDCNF.

“As part of this effort, we have begun the process to grant security clearances in coordination with the National Association of Secretaries of State, and have made this a priority for the election sector,” the spokesman said.

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It figures, don’t do anything about our security because Batears and the entirety of the Left had convinced themselves that Hildabeast would win the election.  Wrong…

Then on November 9, 2016 they hatched the whole Russia, Russia, Russia meme to discredit Donald J. Trump and our votes.  Flock them.

It’s no wonder POTUS is frustrated given all the bullshit coming from all sides.

~ Hardnox

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11 Responses to Batears Never Told 21 States Russians Were Hacking Their Voting Systems

  1. Wise Owl says:

    It doesn’t take Einstein to see it, yet all the libtards are glued to CNN, think Trump is evil, and are more interested in the Kardashians. How sad. How utterly sad and disappointing. We have the greatest country in the world and these morons are letting it slip through their fingers. Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.” We are perilously close to losing it, if this continues.

  2. Wise Owl says:

    How can we stop the barrage of lies without infringing on the 1st Amendment? Can we hold the media accountable for their lies? Can we force them use use disclaimers, like the pharmaceutical industry, where potential side effects must be listed? Can we force the media to acknowledge conjecture/editorialism over proven news? Something must change! At the very least, we can hope to increasingly show the libtards that they are being lied to, and hope that a new, truthful NEWS industry emerges. This sure is the time for it.

    BTW, guys, can you give us a LITTLE more space so I could have included the above in my first post, without the Post Comment box scrolling offscreen? You don’t have enough commenters yet to need to limit our comments so strictly.

  3. Jules Smith says:

    The media will always play to their audience. I know, I’ve worked in it. They will run with the popular agenda. Spineless. Talking of spineless, I hate the Kardashians. And talking of Russia, I think I’ve been hacked. I’ve just found a bottle of Smirnoff that I haven’t drank…..weird…

  4. Uriel says:

    Im not sure how that works WiseOwl It may be a new “improved” update or something. I have been having trouble in replying also though I didn’t last year.

    Not mentioned in MSM is that Georgia (I think) wasn’t hacked by Russia but said it and several states were hacked by —wait for it—our own intelligence gatherers during the general 2016 election

    • Wise Owl says:

      I have no doubt this is what the CIA does all the time. I also believe the CIA may be the world’s largest drug dealer. The Taliban were eradicating opium poppy fields in Afghanistan, on religious grounds. Suddenly, they are the enemy and our military fights them. Could the CIA reap $BILLIONS from the opium trade? To fund its black ops? I have read bits and pieces that allude to this, so interfering in other elections seems like just the tip of the iceberg.

      • Uriel says:

        lots of theories but where in all of it is truth? facts paymentI honestly get that we need incountry intel and just how dangerous and deadly that occupation is but the HEAD honchos seem to have little if any oversight which means there is no telling what is in reality going on

  5. Wise Owl says:

    As for the scrolling Post Comment button, I will just break up long-winded replies, if necessary. I just thought it might be a parameter that you set, and asked for more space, LOL. Brevity is not my strong suit.