Words by Caelin Mills
President Trump has officially been in office for 50 days. In the past week, we’ve seen the rollout of a new healthcare bill, a revised travel ban and last but most definitely not least, a WikiLeaks bombshell of CIA technology and surveillance.
The new healthcare bill has arrived with criticism from both sides of the aisle. Some Republicans feel the plan is too much like the Affordable Care Act. The reasons for this include the bill not repealing all of “Obamacare’s” tax increases and the fact it keeps tax credits, a form of government entitlement. Democrats think it won’t be as effective and will take away insurance from many Americans. There are legitimate concerns on both sides, however, it’s imperative “Obamacare” is replaced. The copays people are experiencing are astronomical. It leaves people with little to no coverage, when many Americans found it less expensive to pay the fines rather than insurance. This is not working policy. While I’d like to see a more conservative plan, I trust the new plan and I believe it will be a better solution than “Obamacare” ever was.
Travel Ban 2.0 is here! After an absolute meltdown in response to the first executive order, President Trump has revised the mandate. The new ban excludes Iraq, due to its relationship with the United States and its democratic government and their commitment to help defeat ISIS. Exceptions to the order were presented more clearly for green card and visa holders. This caused major confusion with the original rollout, to allow this one to go more smoothly. It still has specific suspensions of incoming refugees and defends the exception for persecuted minorities from the countries affected by the ban. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m an absolute supporter of this ban. Our national security is to be of the utmost importance at this point and I’m 100 percent supportive of the policy moves the president has been making in this area.
Without further ado, let’s talk about the WikiLeaks extravaganza. On Tuesday, they revealed thousands of confidential CIA documents detailing technology hacks conducted by the agency. Turns out, the CIA has been hacking into our cell phones, computers and even Samsung smart TVs! Even when you think your television is off, it’s really not, and it’s being used as a microphone.
They bypassed encryption on programs such as WhatsApp, and were researching hacking into modern vehicle systems. Yeah, the GPS built into your car? Don’t worry, the CIA has more ability than the NSA, with next to no accountability or transparency. It’s fine.
That’s not even the best part. Turns out, they were using Russian hacking tactics. This helps them cover their tracks. Meaning hacks that appear to have been of Russian origin, could actually be the CIA. Does this sound familiar?
I thought it might.