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NSA's Rogers: No White House Request for Action Against Russian Hacking

US Cyber Command head Michael Rogers told US Senate Armed Services Committee that actions to deter Russian hackers from interfering with upcoming US elections requires an order from the White House.

NSA director and US Cyber Command head Admiral Michael Rogers today testified in an open hearing of the US Senate Armed Services Committee that his agency has not been asked to do anything about Russian hackers targeting the US election system. Rogers told the committee that he doesn't "have the day-to-day authority" to authorize activity to counter the attacks, according to a Politico report.

A request for direct action would have to come from the President, through the Secretary of Defense. This is the second time in a month that the head of a US security agency has confirmed that no request to address Russian election interference has come from the White House. In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Feb. 13, Rogers, FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo, all confirmed that Russia had used "active measures" against the integrity of the 2016 US election and the upcoming 2018 elections are a significant potential target.

Rogers said Russia continues to target the US election process in part because "... they haven’t paid a price ... that is sufficient to get them to change their behavior." He also confirmed that he has shared with individuals in the Trump administration his opinion on the attacks and what might be done to stop them. But Rogers said he has neither asked for, nor volunteered, a formal plan in writing.

When asked whether it might be possible to stop the cyberattacks at their point of origin, rather than simply working on a US endpoint defense, Rogers said that he felt a plan to do so could be developed that was both legal and implementable. As to whether it would be effective, Rogers was more cautious: "It depends on the specifics," he said. "I don't want to over-promise."

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Here is a video clip from CSPAN of Rogers' testimony today:

 

 

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2/28/2018 | 1:01:38 PM
SO he's admitting that he is not doing his job?
"his agency has not been asked to do anything about Russian hackers targeting the US election system. Rogers told the committee that he doesn't "have the day-to-day authority" to authorize activity to counter the attacks"

"He also confirmed that he has shared with individuals in the Trump administration his opinion on the attacks and what might be done to stop them."

"But Rogers said he has neither asked for, nor volunteered, a formal plan in writing."

Isn't it his job to develop a formal plan of exactly what his agency would do to combat this threat and then formally submit that in writing to the White House for approval? Does he sit around always waiting for someone to request that he do his job, and doesn't do anything until then? Shouldn't the heads of all the intelligence agencies be constantly developing plans to deal with not only this threat, but all other threats to national security? And if they don't have the authority to implement those plans, then submit those plans to the commander-in-chief and the White House for approval? And not just tell a few people about their opinions?

If they did that and the request was turned down by the White House, then this would be a different story. But as is, it is partisan BS being pushed by media bias.

If someone asked me what I was doing to prevent a breach into my organization, and I said that I haven't had any request from my executive officers for any action to prevent a breach, so I'm not developing a plan to submit to them for approval, I would be justifiably FIRED for not doing my job.
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