In Stunning Last Minute Power Grab, Obama Designates Election Systems As "Critical Infrastructure"

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In a stunning last minute power grab by the Obama administration with just 14 days left in his Presidency, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement this evening officially declaring state election systems to be "critical infrastructure."  The statement from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson defines "election infrastructure" as "storage facilities, polling places, centralized vote tabulations locations, voter registration databases, voting machines" and all "other systems" to manage the election pretty much everything.

I have determined that election infrastructure in this country should be designated as a subsector of the existing Government Facilities critical infrastructure sector. Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law.


I have reached this determination so that election infrastructure will, on a more formal and enduring basis, be a priority for cybersecurity assistance and protections that the Department of Homeland Security provides to a range of private and public sector entities. By “election infrastructure,” we mean storage facilities, polling places, and centralized vote tabulations locations used to support the election process, and information and communications technology to include voter registration databases, voting machines, and other systems to manage the election process and report and display results on behalf of state and local governments.

Of course, it's likely not a coincidence that the DHS made this announcement just hours after the "intelligence community" declassified their "Russian Hacking" propaganda which basically noted that RT has a very effective social media distribution platform while once again providing absolutely no actual evidence.

Jeh Johnson


Johnson's statement goes on to note that while many "state and local election officials are opposed to this designation" he went ahead with his decision anyway, because that's just what the Obama administration does.

Prior to reaching this determination, my staff and I consulted many state and local election officials; I am aware that many of them are opposed to this designation. It is important to stress what this designation does and does not mean. This designation does not mean a federal takeover, regulation, oversight or intrusion concerning elections in this country. This designation does nothing to change the role state and local governments have in administering and running elections.


The designation of election infrastructure as critical infrastructure subsector does mean that election infrastructure becomes a priority within the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. It also enables this Department to prioritize our cybersecurity assistance to state and local election officials, but only for those who request it. Further, the designation makes clear both domestically and internationally that election infrastructure enjoys all the benefits and protections of critical infrastructure that the U.S. government has to offer. Finally, a designation makes it easier for the federal government to have full and frank discussions with key stakeholders regarding sensitive vulnerability information.


Particularly in these times, this designation is simply the right and obvious thing to do.

Of course, one of the most vocal opponents of this move has been Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp who recently told Politico it is nothing more than an attempt to "subvert the Constitution to achieve the goal of federalizing elections under the guise of security."

During an earlier interview with the site Nextgov, Kemp warned: "The question remains whether the federal government will subvert the Constitution to achieve the goal of federalizing elections under the guise of security." Kemp told POLITICO he sees a “clear motivation from this White House” to expand federal control, citing Obama’s health care law, the Dodd-Frank financial-reform legislation and the increased role of the Education Department in local schools.


To some election officials, this sounds like the first stage of a more intrusive plan.


“I think it’s kind of the nose under the tent,” said Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, a Democrat. “What I think a lot of folks get concerned about [is] when the federal government says, ‘Well, look, we’re not really interested in doing that, but we just want to give you this,’ and then all of a sudden this leads to something else.”

Meanwhile, Kemp continued on by noting that "this administration only has 15 days left in its term" and to make such a critical decision during the 11th hour "smacks of partisan politics."

But we're sure it's nothing, Obama doesn't really strike us as the type to play the "partisan politics" game.

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IridiumRebel's picture

Motherfucker has WEEKS left. He ain't done yet.

SilverRhino's picture

This won't last hours past January 20th

Jim Sampson's picture

He could do something actual beneficial to the Citizens... instead he tries to fuck them over. 


He is the niggest!

Handful of Dust's picture

"Fundamentally phucked over America."

gmrpeabody's picture

I suppose this means non-citizens won't be voting..?

Save_America1st's picture

our borders are critical infrastructure too, but this treasonous piece of shit and all in DHS who have been trafficking illegal aliens into America should be put on trial for treason.

Encroaching Darkness's picture

No. Just NO. Once the Feds claim they have to protect the "election databases" then nothing regarding the elections will be safe, will be unaltered, will be trustworthy.

NOW: lawsuits from EVERY state to the SCOTUS claiming 10th Amendment grounds to nullify this decision, and anything else done after the election and before Jan. 22nd.

auricle's picture

This is a great opportunity for Trump. Elections are the most critical infristructure the US has. Now Trump will be able to preside over how this critical infrastructure will be protected and I'm sure he will ensure its design will be the most partisan possible. 

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

"Nigga' please, stop."

But he won't. He's throwing everything out there and seeing what will stick. If he loses 90% of the shit he proposes then he'll shrug it off because he got 10% to stick.

I'm still convinced he will become the first American ex-president to be assassinated. I do not advocate it, I do not condone the thought of it, but someone will one day up and shoot his ass, and it wouldn't surprise me if his security detail either does it or lets it happen. He is one treasonous son of a bitch. 

waspwench's picture

Wouldn't it be treason if someone were to say "I can but hope"? It would be threatening the President, would it not?

Joe Mama 3's picture

"Butt, who said butt, where? I hope for some butt" - James Alefaggot

Max Hunter's picture

Someone or something is putting him up to all this.  There is a reason for it.. These are not happening in a vacuum... Something is being orchestrated. 

nmewn's picture

As far as I'm concerned its one of his last flaccid, futile gestures towards down-in-the-mouth dims with the "hope" it pisses everyone else off, which he was pretty good at for 8yrs. 

Elections are run by the states and nothing of value in performing that action is connected to the internet...on "designating" elections as "infrastructure" worthy of federal cybersecurity is like "designating" Tuesday to be a Sunday...everybody is still going to show up for church five days

It also remains an indisputable fact that the only attempt to hack into the 2016 election last year was done by Jeh Johnsons federal Department of Homeland Security against the state of Georgia without request or permission. 

froze25's picture

100% correct, DHS was caught attempting to break into Georgia Board of Elections.

Offthebeach's picture

Only true proven election hack.

CuttingEdge's picture

The DNC is a fucking vacuum, Max. And if not, it will be if Ellison gets the nod to lead. 

If Obama wants to make himself look a bigger cunt than he already is (were that possible), its all gravy going forward (apart from the effort taken to eradicate his cuntishness on the 20th).


jcaz's picture

Won't break my heart to hear he got double-tapped a few years down the road......

ReZn8r's picture

I will be clapping my hands and cheering.

JRobby's picture

What's next? County Sheriffs, Tax Collecters and School Districts are under FEDERAL CONTROL!?!?!? Obviously this would "fix" the primary voting so a candidate like Trump would never get started. And also a direct move against the Electoral College. Thia is all TREASON!

What about State GOVTs?

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"What's next? County Sheriffs, Tax Collecters and School Districts are under FEDERAL CONTROL!?!?!?"~

School Districts and county tax collectors who knows, but we have seen the Federal Government go up against a county sheriff and come out pretty much a draw. That is because the highest law in the land is not the President, nor his AG, but the CLEO of the county. The CLEO, (Chief Law Enforcement Officer), of any county is the county sheriff. Federal marshals suck hind titty to a county sheriff, constitutionally speaking. The sheriff, while within his county, has the power to arrest any who get in his way. It may not last long, but it does pack a punch for a while. Just ask Joe Arpaio.

Personally that man's a fucking hero, IMO. He stood up to Obama for his entire two term. He lost office this last November, but he held the fort long enough for the cavalry to ride in, hopefully, in the name of Donald Trump. Time will tell, but Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Sheriff Joe.

JRobby's picture

"Black Suburbans pulling up un the lawn, helicopters overhead"

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"Black Suburbans pulling up un the lawn, helicopters overhead""~


"I want a lawyer."

flaunt's picture

He won't be "assassinated."  He'll be dragged into court, tried, and convicted.  Then he will face punishment.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"He'll be dragged into court, tried, and convicted."~

As my understanding of it goes, he's immuned from prosecution while in office save for an impeachment by the House and a trial and conviction in the Senate. Short of that, the man's immune.

effendi's picture

I agree, I aplaud Obummer for making polling places as critical infrastructure. Naturally such infrastructure needs high levels of security to keep out Russian hackers so of course everybody entering a polling place must show a photo ID to prove that they are American citizens and their entry to the polling place will be recorded to prevent Russian agents from impersonating them and voting dozens of times. (I hope a sarc tag isn't required).

SafelyGraze's picture

websites are critical infrastructure

reading and writing are critical infrastructure

hookers are critical infrastructure

kids are critical infrastructure

pizzas are critical infrastructure

hoidays are critical infrastructure


TwelveOhOne's picture

That air you're breathing?  Critical infrastructure!

The ground beneath you?  Critical infrastructure!

I liked the end of the movie Ghost, and can picture him being dragged away by shadows.

OverTheHedge's picture

I don't know if it will be designated critical, butl definitely a) air and land will be owned by the government and b) you will be taxed for using government resources. Your taxation may be in the form of forced labour on state farms. You will be allowed to tend to your own garden on Sundays. After obligatory attendance of state "education" service every Sunday morning. Welcome to neo-feudalism, the lifestyle for the new millennium.

ed31337's picture

Sure, why not? They've already claimed all the water as critical infrastructure. And all that CO2 regulation is essentially a claim against every breath of air you exhale. Fuck da EPA.

International building codes and zoning ordinances have already stolen your rights to the ground beneath you. You can't even shit or piss on your dirt these days.

Next they'll be instituting a federal property tax on top of your existing county property taxes. How about a bank balance tax? Cause you know, income taxes and sales tax aren't enough already. They'll spin it as a way to instigate economic activity.

Offthebeach's picture

Water.  Ever see a commie drink water Mandrake?

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"hookers are critical infrastructure"

Dude, you forgot the Pimps & Drug Dealers...!

onthesquare's picture

Infrastructure is a mess.  It is collapsing all over the world.  Roads are in disrepare.  Water supply is full of lead and other contaminents.  Sewage collection and treatment is useless and now he wants to completely fuck up the mostly fucked up voting system.  After January 20 this guy is going to have to find a rock to crawl under just like that last doofus, w.

stumpknocker55's picture's so critical that the DHS has been caught trying to hack into multiple states' Secretary of State servers after the election....It's never been an issue trying to steal an election until the thieves got caught with their pants around their ankles by Julian Assange and other whistleblowers.  Now it's a problem.  Never waste a [contrived] crisis.

Danedog's picture

Jeh Johnson is a Sunni muslim according to wiki.  Two peas in a pod.

land_of_the_few's picture

Surprised he hasn't designated the current SoS as critical infrastructure .... :P

Dungeness's picture

Why didn't he include the DNC and RNC email systems as critical infrastructure?

land_of_the_few's picture

"Why didn't he include the DNC and RNC email systems as critical infrastructure?"- because only the RNC had taken adequate security precautions and the comparison would look bad? :D

SoDamnMad's picture

Same thing with the dead people, the illegals, and the >100% turnout in some black neighborhoods in Philadelphia (during previous elections... I don't know about this one).  All these bogus votes could theoretically have gone either way, therefore they will be ignored.  The only votes they will recount will be some extra ones they will find somewhere.  Filling in ballots of those who didn't vote for President, finding an extra ballot box in the trunk of someone's car, etc. 


And forget about them fixing this bullshit.  Verifiable paper ballots with ID and proof of citizenship would be RACIST, therefore we will never get them as long as Democrats have any power.  Never mind that Guyana requires ID + proof of citizenship + an address check.  Guyanans can't be racist because they aren't white.

land_of_the_few's picture

Guyana had to do this kind of thing because of heavily polarised elections - the (African) blacks (ex slaves,
Guyana is in South America with sugar cane plantations, so....) would get into power and do outrageous things like *ban flour* that they knew the
(Christian) Asians/Indians specifically used in much of their cooking (flatbreads etc)...

land_of_the_few's picture

Yep totally, seems these may be the systems that illegals, zombie corpses and multiple doppelgangers were caught violating for which party predominantly? Is he trying to shoot himself in the foot? ;)

researchfix's picture

"I suppose this means non-citizens won't be voting..?"

And cannot get president.

ejmoosa's picture

What this means is Obama is pursuing a single point of control(failure) because decentralized voter control contributed to Clinton's loss, in their eyes.

AtATrESICI's picture

Obama likes getting fucked in the ass, so I am thinking he thinks that is what the plebs want as well. FEDERALIZE EVERYTHING... TKS MF

supersajin's picture

I really want to up vote, so i'll pass...longest 2 weeks in history

drendebe10's picture

This illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile needs its skin sand6off, buried in salt then thrown out in the middle of a Syrian desert with a can of Pennzoil.

cheka's picture

he/she/it is just doing what ithe skype make it do

Father ¢hristmas's picture

*spits vodka all over phone*

Lol oh shit hahahaha