It seems the N.Y. Times outdid themselves with a recent article stating the U.S. Military now has the capability to hack into the electrical systems of Russia to deter any military actions they may consider in the future.

The systems that Russia uses in their electrical grids are virtually “unhackable” since they are powered by non-computer analog technology. The Times also claim that legislation has been passed permitting the military to bypass presidential authorization to initiate their capabilities because, “The president can’t be trusted” based upon “secrets” he was alleged to have given to a Russian ambassador in the Oval Office in 2017.

It is highly usual for the military to apprise the public of operations of this sort. If our military claims they have capabilities that are unsubstantiated based upon their opinions of what their commander-in-chief may or may not do, I fear for the first line of defense of our country.

After a Special Counsel recently spent two years and approximately $30 million of our tax-payers money investigating unverified information concocted by President Trump’s political opponents, I, for one, am getting a little disgusted with the so-called “paper-of-record” and their false claims. They evidently have no shame.

H. L. Messinger,

New Braunfels

Differing view doesn’t mean someone is a fool

Mr. Hillje can parse my letter as finely as he chooses, but everyone who reads his first letter knows exactly what he was implying with his use of the Schenk article. We are not “fools” who take something literally when it is evident the writer has an underlying message. Hillje’s clear implication was: if you don’t endorse my views on abortion, you are “indeed a fool.”

This will be my last comment on Mr. Hillje’s letter. He can continue arguing but not with me.

John K. Landry,

New Braunfels

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Martha Mendez

“Both General Nakasone and Mr. Bolton, through spokesmen, declined to answer questions about the incursions into Russia’s grid. Officials at the National Security Council also declined to comment but said they had no national security concerns about the details of The New York Times’s reporting about the targeting of the Russian grid, perhaps an indication that some of the intrusions were intended to be noticed by the Russians.” “Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation in Syria to the Russian foreign minister.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/15/us/politics/trump-cyber-russia-grid.html “For instance, investigations of Clinton over Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky, headed mainly by Kenneth Starr and his successor Robert Ray, cost around $70 million over about eight years.” https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/mar/26/mueller-investigation-cost/ “But ultimately, none of the many investigations into Whitewater — including, most famously, one by independent counsel Kenneth Starr — found that the Clintons did anything criminal. The conclusion was that it's likelier they were victims of Jim McDougal's malfeasance than that they were co-conspirators.” https://www.vox.com/2015/4/13/8397309/hillary-clinton-whitewater “Seven Trump associates have been convicted of crimes or indicted, and Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, has supposedly provided further leads.” https://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-mueller-probe-was-money-well-spent-015006842.html And as for shame... https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/atrocities-1-to-112

Stephen Baird

Good information, Martha! Thanks.

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