U.S. Senators Offered Satellite Phones In Case of “Man-Made” or Natural Disaster

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Satellite phones were recently offered to members of the U.S. Senate giving them the ability to communicate in case of a “man-made” or natural disaster.  CBS News cited sources familiar with the matter who reported that all 100 senators were offered the phone and more than 50 accepted them.  Senate Sergeant at Arms Karen Gibson said offering the phones was a way “to ensure a redundant and secure means of communication during a disruptive event.”  It was reported by CBS News that this effort was one to bolster security for Congress members following the January 6 protest at the Capitol, but Gibson implied the technology would be useful in the event of a disaster.  It is uncertain if Gibson or others leaders have a reason to anticipate such circumstances.