Tucker: FAA Held “Hostage” in Some Shadowy, Secret Ransomware Attack

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There was a glitch in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) system that led to thousands of flight delays across the United States in December. Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, said it is up to his department to clean things up. Americans are furious at what seems like a government out of control.

Following problems with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system last week, which led to flight delays all across the nation, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg finds himself embattled and under scrutiny for the breakdown. However, while many critics have been quick to lay blame at Pete’s feet, there is an important context that has been otherwise unreported, prospect media reported, adding:

That whistleblower protection was particularly important with Dickson at the helm, given his reported retaliation against a whistleblower who raised safety concerns at Delta while he was an executive at the airline. After a Delta pilot presented a report documenting safety concerns and what she considered possible FAA regulation violations, Dickson forced her to see a psychiatrist who diagnosed her with bipolar disorder. That diagnosis was rejected by a panel of doctors at the Mayo Clinic. Following the ordeal, the FAA substantiated one of the claims made by the pilot.

But under Dickson, we didn’t see the massive problems we saw under Buttigieg, and he is trying to look like he can handle it.

“When there’s a problem with a government system, we’re going to own it, we’re going to find it, and we’re going to fix it,” said Buttigieg shortly after the system was fully restored and travel resumed its normal operations.

Buttigeg said there is no indication to believe it was a cyberattack,” WIBC reported last week.

“We’re not prepared to rule that out. There hasn’t been any indication of that. The FBI and FAA are looking closely at that,” Buttigieg told the media earlier in January.

WIBC went on:

“Buttigieg says the system is periodically updated and upgraded, although he wonders if the system is efficient enough moving forward.

“Is everything set up for what we know is going to be a period of continued change and continued rising demand and pressure? We also have to make sure we know everything there is to understand about the situation so that something like that never happens again,” said Buttigieg.

Buttigieg would like to see layers of protection get added.

Republicans have criticized Buttigeg. Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton said Buttigieg “was never remotely qualified for this role.” Texas Congressman Troy Nehls asked if Buttigieg was “on vacation again.”

Independent media reported more details on the disastrous airline breakdown:

“Remember last week when the entire US aviation system was brought to a grinding halt when the FAA literally grounded every flight in the nation, and just kinda shrugged their shoulders and were like “Hey, no big deal…just a glitch…”? That was bizarre, and Mayor Pete, the so-called “Transportation Secretary” was nowhere to be found…typical. I am not even sure why that guy has a job, to be honest.:

Anyway, they claim they know what happened now, but many people aren’t buying it,” Wayne Dupree media reported.

“NBC News reported that flights across the U.S. resumed Wednesday morning, several hours after the Federal Aviation Administration suffered a computer outage that forced it to halt all departures nationwide while it scrambled to resolve the issue,” Sophia O’Hara reported for Wayne Dupree media, adding:

“The FAA said the crippling delays that affected thousands of flights appear to have been caused by a problem in the Notice to Air Missions system, or NOTAM, which sends pilots vital information they need to fly.

A corrupted file affected both the primary and the backup systems, a senior government official said Wednesday evening, adding that officials continue to investigate.”

“The FAA is continuing a thorough review to determine the root cause of the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system outage,” the agency said in a statement. “Our preliminary work has traced the outage to a damaged database file. At this time, there is no evidence of a cyber attack.”

O’Hara went on:

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday evening that the FAA will further pinpoint the source and identify steps to prevent it from happening again, and he echoed the agency in saying there is no evidence of a cyber attack.

But Tucker says, not so fast little boy… he thinks there’s more to the story than meets the eye, and he’s asking, could the FAA been held “hostage” by a ransomeware attack? We’ve seen it happen before, and everyone around the world knows how weak the United States is right now, they can SEE and hear it every time Joe Biden opens his mouth.

I can tell you one thing, if that did happen, they’d never tell us, and our media will never dig to find out, so we’ll likely never know what happened.

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