Department of Homeland Security Seeking to Take Control of U.S. Elections

Democrats are claiming that hackers have breached a number of databases for elections in Illinois and Arizona. According to a number of reports, the FBI alerted Arizona officials in June that Russians were supposedly behind the hack on the election system in that state.

The FBI described the threat as “credible” and significant, “an eight on a scale of one to 10,” Matt Roberts, a spokesman for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan (R), said Monday. As a result, Reagan shut down the state’s voter registration system for nearly a week.

President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

But even before these supposed Russian hacks, The Department of Homeland Security was already considering plans to declare the election a “critical infrastructure,” giving DHS the same control over security as it has over Wall Street and the electric power grid.

“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

“There’s a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure,” he said at a media conference earlier this month hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

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Critics of the Obama administration are claiming this is nothing more than an attempt to influence the election, saying there is very little evidence anything was hacked, let alone hacked by the Russian government.

Not surprisingly, Democrat Minority leader Harry Reid, who is actively campaigning for Hillary Clinton, is asking the F.B.I. to get involved saying Russia may try to manipulate voting results in November.

In a letter to the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., Senator. Reid wrote that the threat of Russian interference “is more extensive than is widely known and may include the intent to falsify official election results.” Recent classified briefings from senior intelligence officials, Mr. Reid said in an interview, have left him fearful that President Vladimir V. Putin’s “goal is tampering with this election.”

According to Yahoo News, the letter was followed on Tuesday by a letter from four Democrats asking F.B.I. director Comey to assess whether campaign officials working for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may be colluding with Russian interests to carry out recent hacks against the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in order to “interfere with the U.S. presidential election.”

That letter was signed by Representatives Elijah Cummings, John Conyers, Elliot Engel and Bennie Thompson, each of whom serves as the top Democrat on a different congressional committee. Republicans control both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

12 Comments

  1. Alert
    August 30, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Russians my Butt? This is nothing but liberals getting ahead of the fraud they are about to commit during the elections, the machines are already rigged in their favor! I also think they are blaming it on the Russians because they can then declare that the election is not valid if Trump wins. These people are as crooked as they come! Imagine Reid now wants the FBI to investigate hacking… where was he when Hillary’s servers were hacked?

    • Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh
      September 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Absolutely.

  2. JJ
    August 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    This will not end well, I fear this is just Obama trying to stay in office past his term.

  3. John
    August 30, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    It is the end of the republic!

  4. Dingus
    August 30, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    It isn’t the russians messing with the election system it’s the democrats. If they can’t rig it enough to win they will have it shut down so it doesnt count. And ya’ll fall for it.

  5. redstarbear
    August 30, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    This isn’t going to end well. Set your sites on being out of major cities before November. Check and position your preps. I smell smoke and as the say where there is smoke there’s fire.

  6. JAS
    August 31, 2016 at 6:04 am

    It is interesting that quite a few people who tried to vote yesterday in Florida’s primary were told they had already voted and could not vote. They finally blamed it on improper configuration of the ipads that were used to sign in and gave them paper ballots to fill out.I would like to know if they were all from one specific party affiliation and if the ballots were actually counted.

  7. B from CA
    August 31, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Obama and his Goldman Sucks buddies at work stealing the election from Trump, the wild card, for Hillary, the sure thing (and I don’t mean that in a nice way).

    If a States computer gets hacked, do it again the old fashioned way.

    By the way, keep your own hard copies of important info of yours on your computer. It can all be erased. What if you were accused of a major crime. If the government set you up, they could delete your info, or just refuse you access to your electronic devices. Address books, daily calendars, and technical books should all be real hard copy and easily accessible to you but not the government employees.

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  8. scoutsout
    August 31, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I just love how this country is going to hell in a handbag. I use to be proud of the United States and what we stand for, but when our government is doing things like this it makes me sick to my stomach. Its not only the federal government destroying this country its the new generation of kids growing up also. Lets take the singer John Legend as an example who says that our National Anthem is a weak song. WTF REALLY!!!???? How about the San Fran QB that refused and disrespected the National Anthem by sitting through it. I mean what a shit bag. Its people like them that are making the impressions on our kids in which they think is “cool”. Why don’t we just get rid of these communist who are retarding our children?

  9. Travis
    August 31, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Simple solution:
    Make election day a national holiday
    dump digital voting methods, early voting and go analog
    set voting hours, adjust for timezones so everyone is voting at the same time
    hell I don’t know maybe it is to late, time to start over

  10. moman
    September 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Considering the preceding article mentions highest gun ownership rate, it would appear the .govs are having things go horribly in the opposite direction of the intent.

  11. Albert
    September 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    This is what happens when the citizens of a country allow themselves to be influenced by the divisive political propaganda of the left. People become more gullible, malleable, and sheepish, and the wrong people ascend to power and then refuse to leave. And make no mistake, this is a blatant attempt by obama to take control of the presidential election in order to rig it in his favor and remain in power indefinately.

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