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Panic! Fear! Electronic Voting Systems ... what if they change my vote to satan? An antidote to despair thread.
At the Rosenstein talk the other day he was asked whether our elections were safe. He emphasized that much was going on behind the scenes to secure the elections. He specified (again) that the RU attack was an influence op against voters, and not a hacking/vote changing op.
He was also asked who was working on protecting the vote. His answer: The Department of Defense.
That statement, and my semi-ragey feelings toward the twitterati that goes on and on about only paper ballots and the grave dangers of electronic voting machines, reminded me I wanted to think about what the DOD might be doing.
(Important Aside: The Reality Winner Op and the Paper Ballots Only thing both build: 1) distrust in government; and 2) a loss of faith that one's vote will be counted. We must not give in to despair. The US vote is very strong, and has been much hardened).
So - what has the DOD been up to defend the US vote? Let's ask General Mattis, the warrior philosopher of our days: dod.defense.gov/News/Article/A…
First off, he isn't kidding around. "All support necessary."
Both the NSA and Cybercommand are involved, but no, he is not going to say how.
And VP Pence can have the Space Force, but not election security.
Local officials have day to day responsibility for the vote (which makes it hard to hack - too many players and systems). The DHS shares threat info, coordination, cybersecurity and threat sensors.
I'll be honest, I don't love these names on the signature bars, but I trust that DHS still has good folks pulling the sled.
I'd forgotten this fact: The DOD deployed election security teams to the field for the 2018 Mid terms. I'm sure that discouraged some bad actors. defensesystems.com/articles/2018/…
Here's some concrete stuff: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency put $10,000,000 into secure voting software that can be loaded into existing machines. defensesystems.com/articles/2019/…
The systems would be verifiable and testable.
I am happy to have renewed focus on securing our elections. I really hope that the DOD is also working on how to protect our minds from the psyops. I am not happy about people beating the despair drums night and day. An election is coming up. Get ready to vote.
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