Popular vote loser Donald Trump has yet to give orders to the heads of national cyber security to do something to stop more Russian interference in US elections, heading into the November midterm elections.
We’re watching the erosion of the free election, the most basic tenet of American democracy, and it’s being enabled, even encouraged, by our “president.”
Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, said earlier this week that President Trump had not given him permission to counter possible Russian attacks on the midterms.
Scott Dworkin with the Democratic Coalition puts it this way:
In a senate testimony, Admiral Rogers was asked by Sen. Bill Nelson (D. FL) about the Defense Departments’ ability to counter attacks from Russia “against our forthcoming elections. “We have been attacked and there are a lot of us that feel like we are still being attacked and that we’re going to be attacked particularly with regard to our elections. So, what’s the holdup?”
Here is Rogers’ jarring and alarming response:
“The challenge for us is right now we have this thing called the law,” Rogers replied. “And the legal framework shapes what DOD can and cannot do.”
“What do you need as the commander to say go after and punish these guys that are trying to tear apart our critical infrastructure?” Nelson pressed.
“I need a policy decision that indicates that there’s specific direction to do that,” Rogers said. “The secretary [of defense] would ultimately make a recommendation to the president… and then based on that, we’d be given specific direction and specific authority.”
“So you need a direction and specific authority from the White House?” Nelson asked.
“The president ultimately would make this decision,” Rogers added.
That’s right, the President would make this decision. Meaning he hasn’t yet. Meaning that Russia can do whatever they want to our elections, again, without the United States trying to stop it…at least currently.