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Welcome to My Third World Home. May I Take Your Vote?

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Posted: Nov 12, 2020 12:01 AM
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Welcome to My Third World Home. May I Take Your Vote?

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"There’s no evidence of fraud!" is my leftie friends and family members’ reflexive response to any suggestion that the Biden campaign benefitted from chicanery on Election Day (or is it Election Season now?). It's almost creepy in its cult-like stridency and uniformity. 

The rest of us look at the litany of allegations – even if largely anecdotal – and wonder which South American hellhole we’ve been transported to. Republican poll watchers not being allowed to observe ballot counting and being told to “call the police” in order to get in? Windows of Detroit polling stations being covered with cardboard so no one can peer in to watch the goings on, all helpfully captured on videotape? Hundreds of thousands of ballots being dumped at 4 a.m., all going to one candidate, Joe Biden?  Mysterious computer “glitches” causing millions of votes to flip from Trump to Biden – and seemingly always from Trump to Biden – in multiple jurisdictions or to simply disappear in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan? The Wisconsin Elections Commission issuing an illegal directive to county clerks to “cure” (i.e., fix) improperly completed ballots in order to make them acceptable? (This same illegal “ballot-curing” problem occurred in Democrat-run jurisdictions in Pennsylvania.) Voting districts in Milwaukee with over 200 hundred percent turnout?

Despite all the “glitches” and anomalies always seeming to favor only one candidate, Joe Biden, leftists insistently tell us that there’s no evidence of widespread fraud, and as one leftie friend said, “[T]o sow seeds of doubt in our system and fight the efforts of peaceful transition is not the right path.”

Hmm… Well, ask I innocently, what about the past four years when the Democrats, media, national security establishment, special counsel, etc. etc. were accusing Donald Trump of colluding with Russia, completely without foundation, as determined by the Trump-hating Robert Mueller? "Well, two wrongs don’t make a right!" he tells me. 

Oh, I see. So basically, he’s telling me the same thing that Whoopi Goldberg told any hapless Trump-voters who had the misfortune to be in her viewing audience recently: “Suck it up!” 

What my friend seems to miss is that the FBI and then the Mueller team spent years and tens of millions of dollars illegally eavesdropping on, running spies against, and otherwise chasing down every possible rabbit hole trying to find evidence of Russia-Trump collusion, and any other crime that might turn up, that they could pin on Donald Trump. And they came up blank.

But the mere suggestion of investigating the ample evidence of election fraud that occurred by the Democrats in this election might, per my friend, sow seeds of doubt and prevent a peaceful transition of power. 

This is about as Third Worldy as it gets. Fully 70 percent of Republicans believe that Biden won the election through fraud. That’s no small thing.  Every mention of the phrase “President Biden” over the next four years (or four months, if Biden makes it that long before being declared non compos mentis by his own party) will grate on that huge bloc of Americans like nails on a chalkboard.

As ably described by John Mills at Epoch Times, the creativity and number of channels by which fraud (or apparent fraud) occurred in this election was remarkable. It was almost as if those intent on winning wished to take no chances that Orange Man could possibly be returned to office, which he appeared on track to do on Election Night, until ballot counters in five swing states suddenly and near-simultaneously decided they needed a three hour respite, or something, in an unprecedented and highly suspicious move.  

Perhaps the most insidious and frightening form of voter and electoral fraud is the manipulation of vote tallies through computer hacking. In an incredibly informative presentation that every American voter should watch, cyber security expert Russell Ramsland of Allied Security Operations Group walks us through the enormous vulnerabilities that are present in virtually all electronic state election systems, which are contracted out to six private companies controlling at least 92 percent of US elections. 

Even to the layman, like myself, Mr. Ramsland’s discussion is understandable and breathtaking. He dispels many of the myths surrounding the so-called security of these voting systems. A principal myth is that these systems are “air-gapped”, i.e., not connected to the Internet. That is false. Virtually of them are, thereby making them exceedingly vulnerable to outside penetration and data manipulation. 

Mr. Ramsland explains that under misguided 2002 legislation governing U.S. election systems, called the HAVA Act, there are no uniform security standards for this “patchwork” of systems. Mr. Ramsland’s security experts, who are veterans of top U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, discovered over a dozen entry points into these systems where votes “can and are being switched.” He says, “The software is so bad and so porous that anyone wishing to hack this system and change votes can then also change the audit trails.” 

Mr. Ramsland’s company became involved in studying this issue when political activists in Texas, concerned over voting irregularities in the 2018 election, brought in the 1,137-page computer log for the Dallas County central tabulation system. ASOG agreed to do the analysis pro-bono. They were stunned by the number of disturbing anomalies they found in the Dallas system when looking at the Ted Cruz vs. Beto O’Rourke tabulations in their 2018 senate race when compared to similar data from the Bexar County election computer logs.

The subsequent analysis done by ASOG of source code used by the vote tabulation system companies, studies done by other IT experts, and their own studies revealed dozens of critical vulnerabilities in the contract private election companies’ IT systems. These problems have been known for years but were never corrected. ASOG further discovered from these companies’ public-facing websites that anyone could locate administrator names and passwords for critical files, as well as personal identifying information, that are posted in the open. They found that operators of the systems as well as “outside players” could change votes undetected, and without an audit trail or with an erasable audit trail.

ASOG’s experts were able to hack into and explore with ease Dallas County’s election cloud database and observe Dallas ballots before Dallas officials did. They observed all the counting and tallying functions.  They discovered that voting sites operated across the country by one company were using the same SSL certificates – which is like using the same key to unlock many houses. 

One of the biggest problems with the presidential election system is voter data for 28 states gets transferred from computers across the US, and into servers in Germany, owned by a Spanish company called SCYTL, and then looped back. ASOG’s experts would have been able to alter vote tabulations at numerous points in this system and Ramsland assures us that malevolent actors could easily as well. 

In one particularly stunning segment to demonstrate computer vote-switching, Mr. Ramsland walks us through a frame-by-frame analysis of CNN coverage during the Kentucky gubernatorial election in 2019 between Andy Beshear and Matt Bevin, where votes are literally flipped from Republican Bevin to Democrat Beshear. That is, as the night progressed, you could clearly see 560 votes disappear from Bevin’s tally on the CNN board and get added to Beshear’s tally. That represented 25 percent of the margin of victory for Beshear. “That is a problem,” says Mr. Ramsland.

The election of 2020 was disastrous on so many levels that it makes elections in places like Bolivia or Zimbabwe seem like the paragon of integrity. Donald Trump has every right, and indeed an obligation, to ensure that every legal vote counts, and every unlawful vote does not. We must restore our elections to First World caliber.

William F. Marshall has been an intelligence analyst and investigator in the government, private, and non-profit sectors for more than 33 years. He is a senior investigator for Judicial Watch, Inc., and a contributor to Townhall, American Thinker, and The Federalist. Follow him on Parler and Twitter at @BillMarshallDC1. (The views expressed are the author’s alone, and not necessarily those of Judicial Watch.)