I’m thinking that we need to send out an all-points-bulletin for Mac Thornberry, the Republican member of Congress who represents the 13th Congressional District.
All this talk, all this chatter, all this debate over Russian hackers trying to influence the 2016 presidential election is missing a key voice.
That would be Thornberry.
John Boehner was speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives when he charged Thornberry with coming up with ways to secure our national computer grid. Thornberry chaired a special House committee to formulate a plan, a strategy, a defense against the kind of thing that appears to have been going on.
At this moment, I don’t know (a) whatever became of that committee’s findings and (b) why no one in the media has called on Thornberry to provide some context, perspective and expertise on what’s going on and how the nation can avoid this kind thing from ever happening again.
I have looked on Thornberry’s website and have found nothing from him about the issue that has consumed the national media.
Intelligence officials met with Donald Trump today to brief the president-elect on intelligence evidence that Russian spooks actually hacked into our cyber grid while trying to help Trump get elected president. Trump continues to downplay the allegation that our electoral process may have been compromised.
Didn’t the House speaker, though, commission our congressman to come up with answers to all this?
I’m all ears while I await what my congressman has to say about this issue.
Thornberry has served in the House since 1995. He’s a go-to guy on national defense issues, given that he chairs the House Armed Services Committee.
On this one, though, the chairman is missing in action.