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Legislative Action

What is our government doing?

In 2017 Mueller indicted 13 Russians

In 2018, the Senate Intel Committee heard expert testimony

In 2018, the Senate Intel Committee heard expert testimony

What laws are being developed?

Given the lack of response, it is all too easy to believe that the Trump administration does not consider Russian interference in our elections to be a concern. Around the time of her resignation, word got out that Kirstjen Neilsen, former secretary of Homeland Security was instructed not to speak about Russian interference in front of Trump. He would take it as a personal insult. 

But, the Mueller report revealed that Russia had, in fact, interfered. 

Indictment Against Internet Research Agency (IRA) the Grand Jury for the District of Columbia shows that on February 16, 2018 Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 members of Russias's Internet Research Agency (IRA), stating that: "Defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016. "

 

Perhaps they don't understand the technology? They have been briefed.

On August 1, 2018, the Senate Intelligence Committee held a Hearing, "Foreign Influence and Social Media" (video). Senate Intelligence Committee members met with the following social media and disinformation experts:

Watching the 2-hour hearing is worth it as it provides valuable information and insight into the state-of-play for social media disruption. As well watching the responses and reactions from both sides of the aisle are revealing.  

There is legislation that is currently in Committee that we need to urge our representatives to move through the legislative process:

Defend Against Disinformation Act - HR5910

To strengthen the United States response to Russian interference, and for other purposes. 

Sponsored by Val Butler Demings (D-FL-10) on 5/22/2018

Honest Ads Act - S1989/HR4077

The purpose of this Act is to enhance the integrity of American democracy and national security by improving disclosure requirements for online political advertisements in order to uphold the United States Supreme Court’s well-established standard that the electorate bears the right to be fully informed.

Sponsored by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on 10/19/2017

Sponsored by Derek Klimer (D-WA-6) on 10/19/2017

In addition, the following legislation was passed, but is neither funded nor staffed in the current administration:

Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 - HR5181 

To counter foreign disinformation and propaganda, and for other purposes.


"As Russia’s virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million it has been allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections or sow distrust in democracy.

As a result, not one of the 23 analysts working in the department’s Global Engagement Center — which has been tasked with countering Moscow’s disinformation campaign — speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Russian efforts.

The delay is just one symptom of the largely passive response to the Russian interference by President Trump, who has made little if any public effort to rally the nation to confront Moscow and defend democratic institutions." (New York Times, March 4, 2018)