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Graham, Gillibrand Call for 9/11-style Panel to Probe Election Cyberattacks

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Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (AP)

By    |   Friday, 15 September 2017 01:47 PM

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and Kirsten Gillibrand D-N.Y. are pushing legislation to create a special 9/11-style commission to look into the cyberattacks that plagued the 2016 presidential campaign, The Hill is reporting.

The bipartisan pair of lawmakers want to create a National Commission on Cybersecurity of U.S. Election Systems. The panel would study election cyberattacks, which the intelligence community has linked to Russia, according to the website.

The committee also would make recommendation on how to protect the U.S. from similar attacks in the future, The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, S.C. noted. It would be modeled after a 10-member bipartisan panel that probed the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Graham announced the issue goes "beyond partisan politics" and "strikes at the heart" of American democracy.

"We must take steps to ensure that we protect the integrity of our elections from hostile, outside and foreign influences," he said.

"Hostile governments like Russia don't believe in democracy. They have shown an eagerness to meddle in elections in the United States and other democratic nations. We need to ensure we fully understand the threat they pose and the best practices to protect ourselves from future attacks."

And Gillibrand added: "We need a public accounting of how (the Russians) were able to do it so effectively, and how we can protect our country when Russia or any other nation tries to attack us again. The clock is ticking before our next election and these questions are urgent."

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Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and Kirsten Gillibrand D-N.Y. are pushing legislation to create a special 9/11-style commission to look into the cyberattacks that plagued the 2016 presidential campaign, The Hill is reporting.
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