Elections are run by state governments, but a new Obama administration directive may change all that.
Investigative reporter Jon Rappoport calls it a coup.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said it’s an attempt to subvert the Constitution under the guise of security.
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos said it’s the federal government getting “the nose under the tent”.
Alex Jones says this is Obama’s sneaky way of unconstitutionally overturning the 2016 presidential election and holding a new election — after trying and failing to undo the Nov. 8 election via recounts, “faithless” Electoral College electors, and intelligence reports claiming that Russia had intervened in the election.
What has Rappoport, Kemp, Condos and Jones concerned is an announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just 14 days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. President, that elections are now “designated” as part of the U.S. government’s “critical infrastructure”.
On January 6, 2017, Secretary of DHS Jeh Johnson said in a press release:
“I have determined that election infrastructure in this country should be designated as a subsector of the existing Government Facilities critical infrastructure sector. Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law.
I have reached this determination so that election infrastructure will, on a more formal and enduring basis, be a priority for cybersecurity assistance and protections that the Department of Homeland Security provides to a range of private and public sector entities. By ‘election infrastructure,’ we mean storage facilities, polling places, and centralized vote tabulations locations used to support the election process, and information and communications technology to include voter registration databases, voting machines, and other systems to manage the election process and report and display results on behalf of state and local governments.“
The reason for the new designation is because “Election infrastructure is vital to our national interests, and cyber attacks on this country are becoming more sophisticated, and bad cyber actors – ranging from nation states, cyber criminals and hacktivists – are becoming more sophisticated and dangerous.”
Noting that “many state and local election officials . . . are opposed to” the DHS designating the election infrastructure as part of the “critical government facilities infrastructure,” Johnson then proceeds to explain the new designation’s meaning:
- What it is not: Johnson says the designation of election infrastructure as critical infrastructure subsector does not mean “a federal takeover, regulation, oversight or intrusion concerning elections in this country” nor will it “change the role state and local governments have in administering and running elections.”
- What it is: The new designation does mean that —
- “election infrastructure becomes a priority within the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.”
- DHS will “prioritize our cybersecurity assistance to state and local election officials, but only for those who request it.”
- “election infrastructure enjoys all the benefits and protections of critical infrastructure that the U.S. government has to offer.”
- “makes it easier for the federal government to have full and frank discussions with key stakeholders regarding sensitive vulnerability information.”
- In other words, the new designation “enables the states, should they request it, to leverage the full scope of cybersecurity services” that the DHS provides.
Other “critical infrastructure” sectors and subsectors that receive DHS “prioritized cybersecurity assistance” are chemicals; commercial facilities; critical manufacturing; dams; defense industrial base; emergency services; energy; financial services; food and agriculture; government facilities; healthcare and public health; information technology; nuclear reactors, material, and waste transportation systems; water and wastewater systems — some of which are in the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
DHS provides cybersecurity assistance to the above “critical infrastructure” sectors and subsectors by:
- Working closely with them on cybersecurity.
- Conducting joint cybersecurity exercises to improve DHS’ “incident response capabilities”.
- Streamlining access to unclassified and classified information to critical infrastructure owners and operators.
What do you make of this?
Can you trust what Jeh Johnson said in his press release, given that six states, including Georgia, Kentucky and West Virginia, have said Obama administration’s DHS, not Russia, hacked into their cyber-networks during the 2016 primary and Nov. 8 elections?
Is the DHS’ designation of elections as part of America’s “critical infrastructure” a coup? A subversion of the Constitution? Obama’s way to overturn the Nov. 8 presidential election?
Or are Jon Rappoport, Brian Kemp, Jim Condos and Alex Jones being alarmist?
H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV and Will Shanley