The Forbes Group made a striking announcement on April 3 just prior to the Wisconsin election. The announcement is below :
In my research on this, I found that Forbes tweeted out a snippet of a video of court testimony of the man who created the software that the Establishment would be using to steal the election via rigged machines:
— Gary Forbes (@gqforbes) April 4, 2016
As I continued to research, I found a much larger video of this programmers court testimony. See for yourself :
Forbes also tweeted out this very interested question on April 4 – the day before the Wisconsin Primary :
— Gary Forbes (@gqforbes) April 5, 2016
Interestingly enough, after the Wisconsin Primary last night there were reports of Trump supporters seeing their votes being switched from Trump to Cruz.
When this was brought to Mr Forbes attention, he had this to say :
— Gary Forbes (@gqforbes) April 6, 2016
I continued to research this issue that Mr. Forbes was speaking about in regards to the rigging of the voting machines. I am really stunned, as I am sure you will be too.
Below is a demonstration done by Princeton University in 2006 about how easy it is to rig a voting machine. Let’s start there:
Now, let’s take a look at a video that was done by Fox News in 2008. This video also gives a demonstration of how the machine is rigged to change a vote.
Let’s move on to a video done by Lou Dobbs in 2008. The title on this video says that it was banned on CNN, FOX, & NBC, so I can’t say for sure whether or not this segment was actually aired, but here it is nonetheless:
Below is another video put out in 2012 with a VERY good & detailed example and explanation of exactly how the hacking / rigging is done and why it is undetectable. The part about the rigged machines starts at 4:25:
Now, if you watched the video above with Lou Dobbs, you would have heard Dobbs speaking about an HBO documentary that Diebold was not all that happy about having aired. You will also remember Dobbs saying that he had asked Diebold to come on the show & address it, to which they declined. Below is the HBO documentary that Dobbs was speaking about:
Hacking Democracy is the 2006 documentary film broadcast on HBO and created by producer / directors Russell Michaels and Simon Ardizzone and producer Robert Carrillo Cohen and executive producers Sarah Teale & Sian Edwards. Filmed over three years it documents American citizens investigating anomalies and irregularities with ‘e-voting‘ (electronic voting) systems that occurred during the 2000 and 2004 elections in the U.S.A., especially in Volusia County, Florida. The film investigates the flawed integrity of electronic voting machines, particularly those made by Diebold Election Systems, exposing previously unknown backdoors in the Diebold trade secret computer software. The film culminates dramatically in the on-camera hacking of the in-use / working Diebold election system in Leon County, Florida – the same computer voting system which has been used in actual American elections across thirty-three states.
My biggest takeaways from this investigation are pretty much summed up in the introduction of Election Defense’s How to Rig an Election :
As the twentieth century came to a close, a brave new world of election rigging emerged, and two major events paved the way: the mass adoption of computerized voting technology, and the outsourcing of our elections to a handful of corporations that operate in the shadows, with little oversight or accountability.
This privatization of our elections has occurred without public knowledge or consent, leading to one of the most dangerous and least understood crises in the history of American democracy: We have actually lost the ability to verify election results.
Old-school ballot-box fraud at its most egregious was localized and limited in scope. But new electronic voting systems allow insiders to rig elections on a statewide or even national scale. And whereas once you could catch guilty parties in the act, even dredge ballot boxes out of the bayou, the virtual vote count can be manipulated in total secrecy.
By means of proprietary, corporate-owned software, just one programmer could steal hundreds, thousands, potentially millions of votes with the stroke of a key. It’s the electoral equivalent of a drone strike.
Let’s take a look at a Breitbart article done by Aaron Klein just after the Iowa election:
The use of Microsoft’s vote-counting technology in Monday’s Iowa Caucus may foreshadow a future in which corporate technology plays a central role in U.S. elections, raising concerns about the possibility of private firms skewing the democratic process.
In a disclosure largely unreported by the news media last year, President Obama’s Special Commission on Election Reform recommended that commercial software and computers, such as iPads, be used to accurately record and count Americans’ votes — even though companies’ financial interests can be helped or hurt by the outcome of those elections.
Following election issues that plagued the Iowa Caucus in the 2012 presidential race, Microsoft partnered with the technology firm InterKnowlogy as well as the Democratic and Republican parties to develop and deploy an electronic reporting system used in the caucus on Monday. But now questions have been raised as to the effectiveness of the Microsoft volunteer effort.
CBS News reported:
The company — which teamed up with Interknowlogy to create party-specific applications on mobile and PC platforms so that Iowa’s nearly 1,700 precincts could quickly report vote tallies — said in a statement Monday night that the “mobile apps for both parties have been working without issue.”
An Iowa Democratic Party spokesperson also confirmed to CBS News that the app itself “worked well.”
But even that 2016 technology — a far cry from the caucuses’ original touch-tone phone reporting system — wasn’t foolproof.
Some voters complained on social media that they were having difficulty with accessing the central website reporting the caucus results, leading Microsoft to release a statement saying high traffic temporarily overwhelmed the website. “National interest in the Iowa Caucuses has overwhelmed the Democratic and Republican Party Iowa Caucus websites,” the company said in a statement Monday.
Conflict of interest?
Already, some political participants are raising the alarm about Microsoft leaders’ ties to presidential candidates.
The Hill reported on concerns from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign about Microsoft’s ties to the Clinton Foundation:
Pete D’Alessandro, who runs the Sanders operation in Iowa, last week questioned the tech giant’s motivations. However, the campaign declined to expand on its concerns after multiple requests for clarification.
Other aides to Sanders noted that Microsoft employees have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton campaign, according to MSNBC.
“You’d have to ask yourself why they’d want to give something like that away for free,” D’Alessandro said.
Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin noted last month that “Microsoft, founded by leading H-1B/amnesty cheerleader Bill Gates, has been [Marco] Rubio’s No. 2 corporate donor the past five years.”
Breitbart’s Julia Hahn further reported:
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is a member of Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration lobbying firm FWD.us and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is a co-chair of the immigration lobbying firm the Partnership for a New American Economy—along with Fox News’s founder Rupert Murdoch.
Both immigration lobbying firms have endorsed and lobbied for Marco Rubio’s 2015 immigration expansion bill—known as the Immigration Innovation Act, or I-Squared—which would have tripled the issuances of low-wage H-1B guest worker visas.
Corporate involvement; ballot reform
Iowa seems to have been a test drive for the use of Microsoft, InterKnowlogy, and other firms in future U.S. elections.
Indeed, Tim Huckaby, InterKnowlogy’s founder and chairman, told the CRN.com website that his company in September and October will unveil two 3-D, touch-enabled big data visualization apps to track results in the 2016 presidential election.
It is notable that Microsoft is a strategic partner of Scytl, an international company that in 2012 purchased the leading U.S. electronic voting firm SOE Software.
In 2014, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s venture-capital fund announced an investment of $40 million in Scytl. “This is a very powerful global trend,” said Abhishek Agrawal, a managing director of Vulcan Capital, the investment branch of Allen’s Vulcan Inc. “There is a pathway toward gradual modernization.”
This reporter previously documented Allen’s political contributions to both Democrats and Republicans, including the campaigns of Democratic Reps. Norm Dicks and Dennis Heck, both from Washington state, where Allen owns the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks National Football League team.
One of Allen’s philanthropic organizations, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, earmarked a $60 million annual donation to support Obama’s initiative to map the activity of every neuron in the human brain.
In April 2013, Obama announced his plan, the BRAIN Initiative, or the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative.
Another of Allen’s charitable groups, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, donated a total of $250,000 to the immigration-reform advocacy group Centro de la Raza.
The same foundation provided $450,000 to the Urban Institute.
The supposedly “nonpartisan” Urban Institute’s employees have a record of donating nearly 100 percent of their political contributions to Democrats. Officially, the Urban Institute advocates for socialized medicine, carbon taxes, and amnesty for illegal aliens.
Meanwhile, in 2012 Scytl announced the successful implementation of technology that allows ballots to be cast using Google and Apple smartphones and tablet computers.
Such methods may become part of the official voting process in the U.S.
In January 2014, Obama’s 10-person Presidential Commission on Election Administration released its recommendations for reforming the U.S. election process, including transitioning to voting via tablet computers and other technologies.
The commission recommended:
Software-only products can be integrated with off-the-shelf commercial hardware components such as computers, laptops, tablets, scanners, printers, and even machine-readable code scanners and signature pad products.
Tablet computers such as iPads are common components of these new technologies. They can be integrated into the check-in, voting, and verification processes in the polling place.
The commission highlighted new technologies in which the voter can “pre-fill” sample ballots at home to be later scanned at the polling place.
The panel dismissed concerns about hacking. The commission stated: “The fact that a tablet or off-the-shelf computer can be hacked or can break down does not mean such technology is inherently less secure than existing ballot marking methods if proper precautions are taken.”