Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election fits into a nearly two-decade pattern of meddling with governments around the world, and the United States' response to its brazen attack is being hindered by President Trump, a new report prepared by Senate Democrats concludes. The report ... is one of the most extensive to date on foreign interference by Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin. It tracks Russian efforts in 19 countries, chronicling misinformation campaigns, the funding of far-right political causes and the manipulation of energy supplies long before 2016 in an attempt to glean lessons for American officials considering how to counteract similar efforts here.

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But the report begins by calling on Trump to "assert presidential leadership" to establish a government wide response to the Russian efforts, including setting up an interagency center modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center to coordinate the American response to threats and policy related to their deterrence.

"Never before in American history has so clear a threat to national security been so clearly ignored by a U.S. president," the report asserts.

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In total, the report offers more than 30 recommendations to safeguard the country's electoral process and to work with allies, primarily in Europe, to establish new standards to address these types of threats. They include new sanctions to punish states that initiate cyberattacks on elections or critical infrastructure, an international summit meeting centered on such threats, an allied commitment of mutual defense against cyberattacks, as well as forcing social media companies to disclose the sources of funding for political ads.

Here's a link to the report:

www.foreign.senate.gov

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-10 01:23 PM | Reply

Let's be honest. Nobody would care about Russia's meddling with foreign elections unless it were effective.

#2 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-01-11 02:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

FBI Task Force to Expose Russian Social Media Manipulation

www.bloomberg.com

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-11 02:17 PM | Reply

This actually came out of the GOP controlled Senate???? Really???

#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-11 05:18 PM | Reply

This actually came out of the GOP controlled Senate???? Really???

It's the Senate Democrats report that's focussed on what Russia did independent of how it might have helped Trump. It was made so that recommendations for countermeasures could be raised and undertaken to protect our national security interests.

Doubtful that the GOP will see anything in it but for the same politics Trump parrots everyday to obscure the mountain of mounting evidence and convincing narratives likely illustrating his multi-pronged guilt.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-01-11 05:34 PM | Reply

"No it doesn't. Putin told me so."
-Trump

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-11 06:20 PM | Reply

Trump is doing nothing about a Clear & Present Danger to America from a hostile adversary.

But, let me be clear...and obviously everyone agrees, so trust me when I say...there was:

No Collusion! No Collusion! No Collusion! No Collusion!
No Collusion! No Collusion! No Collusion! No Collusion!
No Collusion! No Collusion! No Collusion! No Collusion!

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-11 08:03 PM | Reply

The Associated Press‏ @AP

BREAKING: Cybersecurity firm says Russia-linked hackers are laying groundwork to spy on US Senate staff.
5:01 AM - 12 Jan 2018

Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers' crosshairs

apnews.com

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-12 10:41 AM | Reply

Apparently there are a lot of commenters who don't know the difference between political collusion and business dealings.

#9 | Posted by humtake at 2018-01-12 12:08 PM | Reply

"Apparently there are a lot of commenters who don't know the difference between political collusion and business dealings."

And Humtake would be one of those commenters.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-12 12:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#10 | POSTED BY DANNI

That retort deserves applause.

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-12 12:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Other Scary Foreign Hacking Threat Trump Is Ignoring

Russia didn't just meddle in the U.S. election: it's trying to hack our critical infrastructure–and Trump may be keeping Americans in the dark.

www.fastcompany.com

Trump Official On Russian Hacking: 'A National Security Issue'

Bob Kolasky, an acting deputy undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), told a group of election officials gathered in Washington, D.C., this week that the threat of Russian hacking in future elections is "a national security issue."

"We have seen no evidence that the Russian government has changed its intent or changed its capability to cause duress to our election system. That may not be the only concern we have in the future," Kolasky said, adding that another nation-state or bad actor could also attempt to interfere in U.S. voting.

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-12 08:16 PM | Reply

Natasha Bertrand‏ @NatashaBertrand

@BenSasse on reports that Russian hackers targeted US Senate: Comey "said he was certain that Senate IT systems have been targeted and the Attorney General said we weren't doing enough to prepare for Russia's next attack. The Administration needs to take urgent action."

Sasse on Senate Cyber Report: Russia Is Just Getting Started
January 12, 2018

"Russia is just getting started and the hacks, forgeries, and influence campaigns are going to get more and more sophisticated. Moscow wants to undermine America's trust in our institutions and Putin couldn't be happier with Washington's obsession with making everything about settling partisan scores instead of preparing for 2018 and 2020. Last year, FBI Director Comey said he was certain that Senate IT systems have been targeted and the Attorney General said we weren't doing enough to prepare for Russia's next attack. The Administration needs to take urgent action to ensure that our adversaries cannot undermine the framework of our political debates and the Attorney General should come back to Congress and explain what steps he's taken since last year."

www.sasse.senate.gov

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-12 09:34 PM | Reply

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