A national defense analyst says the U.S. government must take immediate steps to reassure the American public that foreign enemies cannot use cyberattacks to undermine the integrity of the country's presidential elections.
U.S. officials announced on Wednesday that the Iranian regime is behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that aim to intimidate them into voting for President Donald Trump. This news underscores the U.S. government's concern about foreign efforts to influence the election by spreading false information meant to suppress voter turnout and undermine American confidence in the vote.
Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, weighs in on this revelation during a "Secure Freedom Minute" aired on American Family Radio.
"Our democracy is under cyberattack," he says. "The director of national intelligence (DNI) revealed that Iranian operatives have sent threatening emails aimed at influencing voters' choice for president."
In response to the revelation, DNI John Ratcliffe has offered reassurances that the U.S. government is "on top of this." Gaffney believes, however, that confidence would be higher if Ratcliffe and other senior officials were acting to prevent "what appears to be a far more serious electronic threat to our elections."
The Center for Security Policy president also has another disturbing warning.
"Dallas-based Allied Special Operations Group has been warning for many months that 28 U.S. states rely on servers in Spain to process electoral returns," he points out. "The Group's Russ Ramsland recently presented evidence on my TV show, ‘Securing America,’ showing at least one race – for Kentucky's governor – being stolen in 2018 when such data streams were manipulated."
Gaffney concludes that the U.S. government needs to be on top of fixing this vulnerability.