A GLOBAL PLAN FOR CLEAN ELECTIONS
REPRESENTATIVE RO KHANNA'S FIGHT
AGAINST U.S. INTERFERENCE IN FOREIGN ELECTIONS
People around the country are becoming increasingly agitated about the prospect of Russia meddling with American elections. Californian Democrat, Representative Ro Khanna, has taken steps to address this issue.
His philosophy is that if America wants to prevent future meddling to our own elections, we must take the steps to prevent our nation from interfering in the elections of foreign nations. Since World War II, the United States has intervened in more foreign elections than any other country in the world.
Ro Khanna recently introduced an amendment to this year's Intelligence Authorization Act that would prohibit funds appropriated by the act to be used to interfere in a democratic election of a foreign country, including by engaging in the hacking of foreign political parties, or engaging in the hacking and manipulation of foreign electoral systems, or sponsoring or promoting media outside the United States that favors one candidate or party over another.
Ro Khanna has said the following about this issue:
"First off, the US should begin diplomatic talks with Russia to prevent a new arms race. It is in both our nations’ national interest to avoid an arms race that will drain resources and decrease security. This is not a fringe idea. In March of 2018, US Senators Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders, and Ed Markey sent a letter to then-US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for a new Strategic Dialogue with Russia.
With regards to a cyber treaty—in, say, exchange for a commitment to end NATO expansion—an effort should be made to negotiate an agreement to end the intervention in our internal affairs and in those of our allies, including cyber warfare. Russia has engaged in major cyberattacks against the US and its neighboring countries beyond its attempt to influence our elections. The Russians are not alone, however. After it was alleged that President Putin instructed a cyber campaign to sow chaos and undermine the credibility of our democracy, President Barack Obama authorized that cyber weapons be planted within Russia’s infrastructure. This escalation of meddling in the internal affairs of our country, including through cyber warfare, is concerning and calls for an agreed framework regarding these matters. A set of norms and standards must be negotiated as these cyber technologies advance and meddling campaigns become increasingly easy to conduct." (Ro Khanna Official Site)
2018-2019 INTELLIGENCE BILL
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019
List of amendments to Intelligence Bill
Khanna's amendment restricting interference in the elections of foreign countries
Representative Ro Khanna's Fight Against American Election Meddling (Ro Khanna Official Site)
Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders, and Ed Markey letter to former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, calling for a new Strategic Dialogue with Russia (Jeff Merkley Official Site)
U.S. INTERVENTIONS OVERSEAS
BOOK: Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II (Amazon, William Blum)
Free Online Chapters of Killing Hope (William Blum Official Site)
Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List (William Blum Official Site)