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Letter: Key issues with Russia are overlooked

In its July 4 edition, the Herald asked people in the Grand Forks area, "How are things going for America?"

My answer would have focused on my concern that America's democracy is threatened by the cyberwar of the Russian government and the KGB against our 2016 elections.

I am not accusing Trump or Trump's party of colluding with the Russians to steal the election. We don't yet know if they did or didn't do that. But we do know, for certain, that Russia interfered in our 2016 election. All the intelligence agencies agree they did. Special Counsel Mueller has already indicted 20 Russians and Trump campaign officials for improper contacts. And the Senate Intelligence Committee recently released its bipartisan report agreeing that Vladimir Putin was behind the hacking and disinformation campaign designed to turn Americans against each other.

When I was growing up, Republicans were adamant in finding and rooting out Russian sympathizers in our government. Now we have an all-Republican delegation of senators—including our own Sen. John Hoeven—meeting with high-level Russian operatives in Moscow on the Fourth of July. When patriots were celebrating Independence Day in the USA, these senators were going out of their way to be nice to the KGB and Russian intelligence.

Do they not know the history of centuries of Russian tyranny and geographic expansionism? Do they not know they must not be such weaklings in defending America?

We heard nothing about them telling the Russians we would not put up with their interference in our 2018 or 2020 elections.

We heard nothing about not defending Crimea, Ukraine, the Baltic States, Poland from invasion by Russia. Nothing about America's disgust at Russia's assassination of journalists and Putin's political opponents.

Going forward, I hope the senators will spend more time upholding democratic values and defending against the next cyber-attack.

Dyan Rey

Grand Forks

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