As tensions with Iran remain high, some of the impact is being felt here in Texas.
This week, Governor Greg Abbott revealed that state agencies have seen an increase of attempted cyber attacks. He said many of those new attempted attacks are coming from Iran.
Almost all of the attacks have been stopped. But one did manage to breach the website of the Texas Department of Agriculture. A hacker replaced the agency’s site with a picture of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. raid.
The site has been restored, but concern over more attacks remains.
“I think it is important that everybody be particularly vigilant right now about what may happen out of Iran,” the Governor said. He said the hacking attempts are likely to continue.
Many Texans worry that the conflict with Iran could grow, potentially putting troops and even civilians at risk of deadly violence. Texas Republican Congressman Michael McCaul is hearing concerns like that from the people he represents. But McCaul said he believes President Trump took the right action to protect Americans.
“I know the President doesn’t want to start a war, he wants to end it,” McCaul said, echoing the President’s previous statements.
McCaul is the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was briefed by Vice President Mike Pence after the attack that killed Soleimani.
“The fact is there was an imminent threat to Americans and our military bases,” McCaul said. “I think the President had a duty to protect Americans and respond to this threat and they did and they stopped the threat from happening,” he concluded.
Democrats have been more skeptical of the President’s claims of an imminent threat. Congressman Lloyd Doggett called the attack that killed Soleimani an “assassination” that could put Americans at greater risk of attack.
“Trump has united those who were once opposing Iran,” Doggett said in a speech on the House floor. “This House must act to assert its Constitutional authority to rein in this out-of-control President,” he said in his speech.
House members voted Thursday to require President Trump to get Congressional approval before using military force against Iran. All Texas Democrats voted for the resolution. All the state’s Republicans voted against the measure.
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