You may recall that amid all the talk among liberals and the media about Russians hacking the 2016 election there were reports of several attempted hacks of the state of Georgia’s election system, though those thwarted attempts were not traced back to the Russians.
Instead, it was discovered that the attempted hacks had originated from IP addresses belonging to the Department of Homeland Security, and it now appears as though the inspector general of DHS has opened an investigation into the matter, according to The Daily Caller.
Inspector General John Roth is reportedly searching for legitimate reasons why DHS launched at least 10 separate cyber attacks on the system run by Georgia Secretary of state Brian Kemp. As Election Day approached last year, Kemp was an incredibly outspoken opponent of DHS efforts to “federalize” local and state elections by declaring digital and physical election machinery to be “critical infrastructure,” and therefore under the purview of DHS.
Former President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made just such a declaration in the first week of January, literally in the last days of the Obama administration.
A letter from Roth to Kemp dated Jan. 17 revealed that Roth’s office was “investigating a series of 10 alleged scanning events of the Georgia Secretary of State’s network that may have originated from DHS-affiliated IP addresses.”
Kemp had written a letter in December to then-President-elect Donald Trump requesting the investigation, but it is unclear if the investigation was officially begun at the behest of Trump or his administration.
Fox News reported that House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz had also called for the IG to open an investigation, citing the fact that if DHS were really behind the attempted hacks, it would most likely be in violation of “state sovereignty laws” and constitutional laws.
Chaffetz is particularly interested in seeing any correspondence between Kemp and former DHS secretary Johnson.
Cyberscoop reported that DHS had offered to “assist” several states with their election system cyber-security efforts, but most states, including Georgia, had rejected the offer, as it was viewed as little more than an “overreach” and “power grab” by the feds.
Kemp had written to Johnson in December to declare, “At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network.”
“Moreover, your department has not contacted my office since this unsuccessful incident to alert us of any security event that would require testing or scanning of our network,” Kemp added. “This is especially odd and concerning since I serve on the Election Cyber Security Working Group that your office created.”
Johnson had dismissed the incidents as being nothing more than normal activity conducted by an unnamed DHS contractor in Georgia.
We will keep an eye on this investigation and let you know if anything else comes of it. Regardless, this news should have some of President Barack Obama’s administration cronies freaking out a little bit, as their shenanigans to press a progressive agenda could all soon come to light thanks to internal investigations.
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