Satellite phones have been offered to U.S. Senators, a move that some believe is related to concerns raised on alternative news platforms regarding potential communication blackouts.
According to the Western Journal, security officials provided the phones to enable Senators to communicate in the event of either a man-made or natural disaster.
The cost of the phones and service will be covered by taxpayers.
Over fifty Senators reportedly accepted the offer of the phones.
Karen Gibson, the Senate Sergeant at Arms with 30 years of experience in the U.S. military, stated last month that the satellite phones were intended to ensure redundant and secure communication during a disruptive event.
Senators were advised to keep the phones close at hand when traveling.
As part of a broader effort to enhance Congressional security, CBS News reported that providing these advanced phones was implemented.
Notably, Gibson highlighted that the phones would prove useful in case regular communication channels were unavailable.
Sgt. of Arms, Karen Gibson, offers US Senators Satellite phones in case of a "natural disaster".— Santa Surfing (@SantaSurfing) May 22, 2023
Wonder why only 50+ took this offer, why not all of the Senators? Will those that did not want the phone go to a place where no phones are allowed…ever?? (Rhymes with Witmo… pic.twitter.com/jIlTlU5k5e
As per CBS’s report, Gibson stated that the phones serve as a security measure in the event of an emergency that disrupts regular communications.
Referring to an advisory from the Department of Homeland Security, Gibson explained that satellite phones are a resource for government agencies to respond to and coordinate services during a man-made or natural disaster that renders communication systems inoperable.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced Gibson’s appointment to her current position in March 2021.
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