What a difference! Mitrano proposes to do more, Reed even less.
Tom Reed tells us what we have been told repeatedly much of our lives: “Better dead than red; Russia is not our friend.” Describing Russian activity as “meddling” trivializes a hostile attack on our country. Mischaracterization of the Mueller investigation–limited to a search for collusion with Americans, undermines faith in democratic electoral process–reflects Reed’s commitment to extreme partisanship rather than the public interest.
While Mitrano’s statement also lacks detail, Mitrano offers support for US intelligence services, identifies foreign interference in elections–cyberwarfare–as a problem and proposes to address it.
What few dare say is that foreign interference did succeed in changing the course of history in 2016, and unless we take action, will succeed again and again in the future.
Tracy Mitrano’s statement
PENN YAN — In response to the president’s excruciating July 16 press conference in Helsinki, Tom Reed offered the weakest of statements. Using playground language—“Russia is not our friend,” “meddling”—Reed called for an end to the Mueller investigation while never once standing up for the outstanding work of our intelligence community and justice department.
Neither Reed nor the president takes cyberattacks seriously, because neither Reed nor the president understands them. As a cybersecurity expert, I am certain that 21st-century warfare will be cyberwarfare. The hacking of 2016 was just the first skirmish, and I want to make sure that America is well-fortified into the future. Right now, we are terribly vulnerable, and neither Congress nor our executive is doing anything to improve our position.
We have three branches of government so that no one branch will have too much power. Our district must send a person to Congress who will question and push back against dangerous or craven executive speech and actions. Tom Reed is not that person; I will be.