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Midterm vote Russia's prey, senators told

Agencies pressed on plans for prevention; few offered

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was originally published February 14, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated February 14, 2018 at 8:48 a.m.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray (left) and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats arrive Tuesday to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Wray said the FBI is undertaking “a lot of specific activities” to counter Russian meddling but was “not specifically directed by the president.”



Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (left) and Chairman Richard Burr confer Tuesday after a hearing on worldwide threats, includin...

The nation's top intelligence chiefs were united Tuesday in declaring that Russia is continuing efforts to disrupt the U.S. political system and is targeting the 2018 midterm election, after its successful operation to sow discord in the most recent presidential campaign.



Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (left) and Chairman Richard Burr confer Tuesday after a hearing on worldwide threats, includin...

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RBear says... February 14, 2018 at 6:41 a.m.

As the article states, the 2016 presidential election was just a warm-up to what we can expect in 2018. In many cases, these state-actors were exploring the systems to see what is in place and the layers of security standing in their way. While states may have put in place measures to secure the vote, almost all elections are managed at the county level where technology investment will be lower.
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Granted, hacking an election in Newton County doesn't create the waves of hacking the results at the state level, but play with the voter registration rolls such as deleting voters or altering precincts and you have enough mischief to put an election in the chaos and in the courts.
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Add to that the social media amplification of bots in key races and you have a bad situation facing us in 2018. In many cases, no one will really know the impact of the bots until it's too late. Social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter are working to reduce their impact, but much of it comes from individuals amplifying those messages on their own. We are our own worst enemies. We LOVE to share.

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BOLTAR says... February 14, 2018 at 7:37 a.m.

Why would Agent Orange not seek to demonstrate his innocence of collusion allegations and his love for country by vigorously pursuing all appropriate measures to protect the integrity of our elections, the very bedrock of governmental legitimacy? I struggle to find an answer to this that does not point to a number of very serious issues with him personally.

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skeptic1 says... February 14, 2018 at 8:10 a.m.

Russia, Russia, Russia, too bad these stellar reporters were not paying attention because they testified that China and Iran were just as big a threat as Russia as they have and will attempt to influence our elections. And...where is this evidence Trump "colluded?"

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Packman says... February 14, 2018 at 9:41 a.m.

Wait! What's this? This can't be true. Libs have been telling us for months the Russians only meddled to help elect Donald Trump. Trump's not on the ballot in 2016 so, based on what the libs have been screaming for the past few months, this simply cannot be true.
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As to disrupting the American political system, can anyone think of a better way to do so that to have a recently elected POTUS investigated by a special counsel over bogus charges of Russian collusion? Charges, btw, born of collusion between the Hillary campaign, the Obama administration, FBI, DOJ, and Russia.

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hah406 says... February 14, 2018 at 10:12 a.m.

Yes Packman, it is all one giant conspiracy between tens of thousands of federal employees in multiple agencies, the Obama WH, of course Hillary, just to get Trump or keep him from getting elected. Especially that collusion by Comey to reopen the HRC investigation just days before the election. That was obviously done to help her get elected. Very believable. Why don't we wait instead on Muller getting to the truth. The Trump WH proved six times again yesterday that you can't believe anything they say. As for the Russians, we will never be able to measure the degree to which their propaganda interference campaign changed voters minds and votes. Nevertheless, Trump is our president, and he and his staff need to start dealing in the truth and not in alternate facts.

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Dontsufferfools says... February 14, 2018 at 10:17 a.m.

russkypack and putin keep declaring their innocence. So does Trump. Psychologists say the innocent don't constantly squawk about how innocent they are. But the guilty do.

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Packman says... February 14, 2018 at 10:32 a.m.

Hey hah - Why didn't you answer my question? Putin couldn't give a sh*t less who the President is but only about disrupting American governance. Can you think of a better way to undermine, delegitimize, obstruct, and DISRUPT the results of a bona fide presidential election than to have a special counsel investigate dubious allegations of misconduct against the newly elected POTUS?
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James Comey (a tall, skinny version of J. Edgar Hoover) admitted he leaked a memo he authored for the specific purpose of instigating the special counsel investigation. Comey also oversaw the use of the fictional Steele Dossier and the overall effort to tip the scales to Hillary and assure Trump wasn't elected. The facts are clear. The intent is obvious. Keeping your head in the sand changes nothing, although it does explain why there's sand in your eyes.

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mrcharles says... February 14, 2018 at 10:40 a.m.

Where is the evidence their is a trinity who cares about you? Cant be-- as the entire universe was just made for me.

sea bass , again posting from beyound the Ural mountains, or is from Art Bell somewhere beyond the rainbow.

At least the great RR was suffering from beginning stages of dementia when he indicated his administration surely did not have anything to do with our sworn enemy, Iran. Whereas this group of republican ilks with malice forethought, and with ignorance and the sean hammity tactic of , Well all allegations are all lies, but , but but , ok dont they have the right to hand us a great big cluster firetruck ........look, look car wreck/squirell.

So septic tank, there is a trinity of hackers? guess that lets those white russians off the hook?

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BOLTAR says... February 14, 2018 at 10:41 a.m.

Imagine the ability to know the mind of Putin better than our own intelligence agencies do. Imagine basing arguments on that assertion and then expecting that claim to serve as a basis for meaningful conversation. Imagine a ring of unicorns orbiting Uranus.

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hah406 says... February 14, 2018 at 11:14 a.m.

Parts of the dossier have proven to be true, so lets stop calling it fictional. I agree with you that the overall goal of Putin and Russia is to disrupt our governance, but I disagree that he didn't care who would be president. He in fact knows that Trump is so malleable and shallow that he can easily be manipulated. He found a willing, unwitting accomplice in Trump; one that he would not have had with Clinton. There is overwhelming evidence that Putin did not care for Clinton at all.
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If you care going to make the Hoover - Comey comparison, remember Hoover was the most feared and deadly person in DC for forty years. If he is as good as Hoover, Trump is toast. In the end, we just disagree on intent with the Russians, not the effect.

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