The state of Georgia is asking President-elect Donald Trump to investigate what it described as “failed cyberattacks” on its secretary of state’s network that it traced to the U.S. Homeland Security Department.
In a letter Tuesday, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said his staff has uncovered nine more instances this year in which computers they traced back to the Homeland Security Department apparently attempted to infiltrate the state’s network between Feb. 2 and Nov. 8. His letter followed earlier complaints that his office had detected what it called “a large attack on our system” one week after the presidential election. Trump’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
My impression is the country is entering a weird phase, where agencies of the government, and even individuals within the agencies, are seemingly becoming more powerful than the political leadership of the nation, since it is the agencies themselves which have the weapons – and the fingers on the triggers. The uncertainty over the state of affairs has everybody in lower positions of power assuming the worst, and everybody at the top treading carefully lest things be as bad as they might be. I am not sure if Trump declared war on the security state, whether he wouldn’t end up assassinated. And I am not sure Trump could say with any certainty either.
It is impossible for us to tell what happened here, but clearly the state leadership just assumes somebody at DHS is hacking their system in retaliation for their opposing DHS’s proposed increase in authority. That distrust of the most powerful agencies of the federal government by state officials cannot be good for national unity as the Apocalypse closes in. Even worse is the possibility that things have gone on behind the scenes of which we are unaware, to precipitate such mistrust.
The only thing worse for the nation would be if DHS actually did it.