It is no secret that foreign countries have been spying on the United States for many, many years, and have been unsuccessfully attempting to hack into government files, too. Espionage between counties is nothing new, and has been going on for ages.
But what makes the newly discovered hacks to the Democratic National Committee(DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee(DCCC) unique is the hackers decision to release the damaging information they have received while the United States is in the middle of trying to elect its next president. Although, this is not the first time hackers have tried to influence presidential elections, according to CNN, it is the first time that a major presidential candidate is alleged to have called upon a foreign country to conduct espionage against his political opponent.
The suspected Russian hackers have discovered through hacking the DNC’s emails that the Democratic Party’s former chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was very biased towards nominating Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee. This led to her resignation as the party’s chair, officially resigning July 28, the last day of the DNC Convention.
Additionally, by hacking the DCCC, the suspected Russian hackers gained information on donors to the committee by creating a website identical to the DCCC’s official website. The hackers redirected donors from the official website, to donate money on their website. By doing this, the hackers were able to receive a lot of personal information on many donors such as; email addresses, phone numbers and credit card details.
Although Russia has denied having any involvement in the committee hacks and any involvement in the U.S. presidential election, the FBI has discovered that the hacks had to be done by someone working in a foreign government or affiliated with a high ranking government official. In other words, the hacks just couldn’t be done by an ordinary criminal working alone.
In truth, whether Russia is involved in the hacking of the Democratic Party’s committees or not, it is no secret that the United States election process is being critically watched and commented on all over the world.
Our next elected president will be the first president since President Nixon to potentially appoint four justices to the Supreme Court. Our next elected president will also be responsible for either pushing our country forward and promoting peace, or pushing our country backwards and promoting fear. It is important that we do not let anyone or anything infringe upon our right as Americans to vote for someone, who, we feel, will put our country in a better state of being.
With this spotlight on our election, let us be able to personally and honestly think about the person we will vote for as our next leader and the impact our vote will have not only on the United States but also with countries worldwide. We should take our vote seriously and vote for the person who will bring about positive change and promote peace in our country.
Read more articles by Rayshaun Jordan in the July - August 2016 edition of East Palo Alto Today.