There will be 2024 election interference and someone will have to be blamed for the outcome: Bring out the usual suspects

Avril-Haines Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, pictured at the US Congress on May 2, 2024, singled out Russia as the biggest threat to US elections (WIN MCNAMEE)

Isaiah 10:1-2 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
Proverbs 17:23 The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice.

Important Takeaways:

  • The 2024 US election is under threat from a growing number of foreign actors using ever more sophisticated methods to conduct interference, the country’s top intelligence official warned Wednesday.
  • Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines singled out Russia, China and Iran as the worst offenders — but added the federal government had never been better prepared to protect American democracy from foreign influence.
  • “(There) are an increasing number of foreign actors, including non-state entities, who are looking to engage in election influence activities,” she told US senators at a hearing on threats to the 2024 US election.
  • State actors are increasingly using private companies to conduct election influence operations, she said, making it harder to track down the instigators of such efforts.
  • She warned that innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) had enabled foreign actors to produce seemingly authentic political messages more efficiently, at greater scale, and with content adapted for different languages and cultures.
  • “And, of course, the most significant foreign actors who engage in foreign influence activity directed at the United States in relation to our elections are Russia, the People’s Republic of China, or PRC, and Iran,” Haines said.
  • “Specifically, Russia remains the most active foreign threat to our elections.”

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