Donald Trump sat watching the news of the Iraqis invading the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and grew angrier and angrier. His advisors laid out a list of options. They tried to use assassinating the top-level General Qassem Soleimani as the most extreme, so that he would make other choices. Trump did not. He decided to kill Soleimani in an emotional burst of action.
The American president had no long-term plan, no strategy, just his churning gut advising him about which action to take. Well, there were consequences and will be more of them.
Apparently, an “#Iran-linked group already cyberattacked:
‘Apparent hacking by an #Iran-linked group of a US government website (the little-known Federal Depository Library Program). fdlp.gov is currently offline.’
Computer hackers, who claimed to be out of Iran, “defaced a U.S. government website” and posted an image on the powerful fist of Iran punching POTUS in the face, blood dripping from his mouth, The Newsweek magazine said.
The U.S. Federal Depository Library Program was changed for a bit on Saturday evening, CBS News reported. It included this message:
‘Hacked by Iran Cuber Security Group Hackers. This is only small part of Iran’s cyber ability! We’re always ready.’
This Federal Depository Library Program website was down until early Sunday morning. It appeared that an #Iran-linked group did the hacking.
Spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Sara Sendek released a statement noting that the source had not been confirmed yet, according to CNN:
‘We are aware the website of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was defaced with pro-Iranian, anti-US messaging. At this time, there is no confirmation that this was the action of Iranian state-sponsored actors. The website was taken offline and is no longer accessible.’
Chief Public Relations Officer of the U.S. Government Publishing Office Gary Somerset indicated that this site manages the Federal Depository Libary Program website. He said:
‘We are coordinating with the appropriate authorities to investigate further.’
Americans killed Soleimani, who commanded the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, with a drone strike. In response to this high-level attack, Iran promised “harsh revenge” The general has been “responsible for numerous attacks on U.S troops and American allies dating back decades,” The Associated Press said.
Then, should there be retaliation, Trump ratcheted up the rhetoric with tweets, promising to be:
‘[R]idding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others.
‘The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment. We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World. If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way…and without hesitation!’
Earlier, the U.S. president tweeted that America had:
‘[T]argeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats.’
The acting Secretary of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf tweeted:
‘The new @DHSgov NTAS Bulletin on the threat landscape was issued to inform & reassure the American public, state/local governments & private partners that DHS is actively monitoring & preparing for any specific, credible threat, should one arise.’
In addition, the Department of Homeland Security posted its bulletin warning Americans that an attack “may come with little or no warning:”
‘[Iran] maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber attacks against the United States. Iran is capable, at a minimum, of carrying out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the United States.’
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