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Cyberattacks Increasing but Biden Executive Order Doesn’t Go Far Enough

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The United States has been painfully reminded this week of its vulnerability to cyberattacks. “They cut off a pipeline to the Eastern Seaboard for days, tried to poison a Florida water-treatment plant, held hospital IT systems hostage and stole an undetermined trove of information in the SolarWinds hack” reports Fox News. All the while, “the Biden administration searches for a way to respond.”

Biden didn’t particularly look very strong to the world when he consistently said China wasn’t a threat and that he was prepared to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal on the campaign trail. The world has taken notice and terror groups of all kinds are testing how far they can push the administration.

On Wednesday, Biden signed an executive order to strengthen U.S cyberdefenses and bolster the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, known as CISA” reports Fox News. Experts say the technology to prevent many of these attacks already exists, but attacks are on the rise.

Targets include major infrastructure installations such as transportation hubs, energy facilities and utility companies and to most, attacks are seen as acts of war. In a statement, the White House said, “U.S. public and private sector entities increasingly face sophisticated malicious cyber activity from both nation-state actors and cybercriminals.”

“These incidents share commonalities, including insufficient cybersecurity defenses that leave public and private sector entities more vulnerable to incidents” the statement continued. Fox News states the Biden administration “also called on private companies to increase spending on their own cybersecurity, but it stopped short of bolstering offensive capabilities.”

Representative Denver Riggleman (R-VA) who has 20 years of experience in intelligence for the military, the National Security Agency and in private industry says Biden’s executive actions do not go nearly far enough.

Riggleman suggests increasing spending for offensive cyber capabilities, and use them to respond to future attacks, particularly those from Russia, China, Iran or North Korea. “We need to pick the first country that f— with us in a cyber way and bring them to their knees,” he told Fox News.

“We choose a target that we have access to, and once we identify that target, we take out that target – and then we [should] take it another step…if you want to come in and hit the Colonial Pipeline, which only serves several states, we’re going to hit your major hub and want to take down half your country for a week” he added.

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  1. WILLIAM FLYNN

    May 17, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Dementia Joe is the Biggest Threat to National Security in the history of this country !

  2. marcia

    May 17, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    This country needs to be proactive not reactive. We’re so good at reacting but always think everyone is going to be a nice guy- WRONG. We need to get our hackle up and take them out at the knees in being prepared.

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Iran Launches Missile Into Space As Biden Admin Fails To Negotiate New Nuclear Deal

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On Sunday, Iran’s state television announced that the country had launched a solid-fueled rocket into space, drawing criticism from the United States ahead of plans for continued negotiations over the Iranian nuclear deal.

“It’s unclear when or where the rocket was launched, but the announcement came after satellite photos showed preparations at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s rural Semnan province, the site of Iran’s frequent failed attempts to put a satellite into orbit,” the Associated Press reported. “Iran had previously acknowledged that it planned more tests for the satellite-carrying rocket, which it first launched in February of last year.”

“Ahmad Hosseini, spokesman for Iran’s Defense Ministry, said Zuljanah, a 25.5 meter-long rocket, was capable of carrying a satellite of 220 kilograms (485 pounds) that would ultimately gather data in low-earth orbit and promote Iran’s space industry. Zuljanah is named for the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad,” the Associated Press added.

According to the report, the White House is aware of Iran’s announcement and said the move was “unhelpful and destabilizing.”

Iran’s state-run media aired dramatic footage of the missile launch amid heightened tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, which has accelerated as President Biden’s administration has failed to negotiate a new nuclear deal with Iran.

According to a report earlier this year, three Biden administration negotiators working on a renewed nuclear deal with Iran gave up and left the team because they thought that President Biden was being too weak in dealing with Iran during negotiations.

“U.S. officials confirmed over the weekend that Richard Nephew, the deputy special envoy for Iran, has left the team. Mr. Nephew, an architect of previous economic sanctions on Iran, had advocated a tougher posture in the current negotiations, and he hasn’t attended the talks in Vienna since early December,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Two other members of the team, which is led by State Department veteran Robert Malley, have stepped back from the talks, the people familiar said, because they also wanted a harder negotiating stance.”

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Biden Suggests Only Solution To Gas Prices Is Letting Putin Invade Europe

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On Wednesday, President Biden suggested that the only solution to high gas prices is to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade parts of Europe.

“For all those Republicans in Congress criticizing me today for high gas prices in America, are you now saying we were wrong to support Ukraine?” Biden said. “Are you saying we were wrong to stand up to Putin?  Are you saying that we would rather have lower gas prices in America and Putin’s iron fist in Europe?”

“I don’t believe that,” he continued. “Look, I get the easy politics of the attack.  I get that.  But the simple truth is gas prices are up almost $2.00 a gallon because of Vladimir Putin’s ruthless attack on Ukraine, and we wouldn’t let him get away with it.  And we’re doing everything we can to reduce this pain at the pump now.”

However, the increase in gas prices since Russia invaded Ukraine is closer to $1 than it is to $2. On February 24, the day Russia invaded Ukraine, national gas prices were at $3.54 per gallon, and on June 22, the day of Biden’s speech, gas prices were at $4.95 per gallon – which is an increase of $1.41.

Gas prices began rising shortly after Biden took office. From January 20, 2021, to February 24, 2022, gas prices soared from $2.40 per gallon to $3.54 per gallon – an increase of nearly 50 percent.

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