FBI and Justice Department take charge for election day security amidst cyber breaches

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Amongst the many scandals that hit the current U.S. Presidential Elections, the most dramatic and potentially scary one has been the number of cyber security breaches that have ...

• Officers will respond to potential threats

• More security will be ensured by a centralised command post at the FBI headquarters

• Monitors will be placed at the polls

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Amongst the many scandals that hit the current U.S. Presidential Elections, the most dramatic and potentially scary one has been the number of cyber security breaches that have come to light over the last six months.

With increasing hack attempts in the virtual space and the threat of on ground attacks increasing - the country’s premium security and law enforcement agencies have strategised for months to ensure both, online and offline security on the crucial election day is handled with care.

According to the Justice Department and FBI, that have taken charge of all security surrounding the election day - the conduct at polls will be closely monitored and lawyers and officers will be designated at some polls to respond to any crime or an untoward incident that might take place.

In specific, the lawyers will reportedly be placed to deal with complaints relating to voter intimidation, discrimination and fraud such as vote-buying.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert Mosakowski will reportedly lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced that Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia Carris will lead the office's efforts to monitor Massachusetts' poll integrity on Election Day.

The agencies further said that more security will be ensured through a centralised command post at the FBI headquarters - which will monitor potential security threats across the country.

However, in spite of the threat looming large over the current elections - the Justice Department pointed out that the number of observers at the polls would be lesser than the number present in 2012. This, the department said was because of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that was gutted by the Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department stated that lawyers who concern themselves with civil rights and criminal divisions would work in order to let the voters have their ballots “counted free of discrimination, intimidation or fraud in the election process.”

The command post of FBI will include the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. 

The command is said to be placed so “that allegations relating to violations of federal criminal law and security threats to the election are appropriately handled.”

While routine procedure calls for the country’s security department to place their officials at polls for every Presidential Elections - this specific election is said to have demanded much more planning and strategy on part of law enforcement agencies.

This, specifically because of the unending protests, discriminatory statements and other incidents throughout the two-year campaigning that have proved to be swift triggers to violent incidents.

Further, the virtual space too has been dominated with dangerous hack attempts that have threatened to topple campaigns. The U.S. has blamed many of the hacking incidents on Russian hackers, claiming to have proof linking them to the controversial DNC hacks.

With the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump further bringing the debate to the fore, by repeatedly calling the elections ‘rigged’ - the onus further falls on security agencies to ensure law and order is maintained.  


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