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December 3, 2020

But Not Enough to Matter …

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 5:01 pm

Election Fraud or Counterfeit $$$?

Nationally syndicated editorial cartoonists such as Steve Kelley can often use their gifts to capture the essence of a major news story faster and more convincingly than any skewspaper writers or eye nitwit electronic skews reporter ever hoped to.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, United States Attorney General William Barr publicly stated, “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the [November 3, 2020, presidential] election.”

Barr’s aversion to enforcing election laws to ensure election integrity is unfortunately far too typical among prosecuting attorneys at all levels of government, especially the lazy ones in counties where they are elected.  They’re not exactly slam-dunk cases to make, and the prosecutor (not to mention an elected trial court judge) knows that he’s going to upset some people enough to cost him votes.

Still, the national election-related crimes that are being revealed by this year’s presidential election are worth studying.  From what they learn, our elected national and state legislators should jump at the opportunity to evaluate applicable laws and procedures, repeal inapplicable ones, and update ones that have become outdated.  (I believe in Santa Claus, too.)

But we as citizens need to pay closer attention as well.  As we in Kootenai County and Coeur d’Alene have learned from an election contest lawsuit and from recall elections, we cannot count on our law enforcement officers, prosecutors, county clerks, and district court judges to be particularly well-informed or even mildly interested in having honest elections.

To help educate voters, the website everylegalvote.com has published two brief, easy-to-read online tutorials.

The first tutorial is entitled Fraud Primer.  It clearly and succinctly explains the various types of election and voter frauds we can expect to see in elections.

The second tutorial is entitled Fraud PhD.  As its title suggests, this tutorial goes into some depth to explain the warning signs of the various election frauds we might see.

The information from these two tutorials will not only make us better informed voters, but it will help prepare citizens to serve capably as election monitors and polling officials.

Because election fraud in any amount should be enough to matter.

November 20, 2020

Voting Systems & Software Standards … or Not

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , , — Bill @ 9:51 pm

Dominion Democracy Shredder

If you watched the Trump election challenge legal team press conference on Thursday, November 19, 2020, you heard attorney Sidney Powell talk at some length but in general terms about how Dominion Voting Systems voting system equipment and software had some design features which would allow votes cast to be weighted or switched between candidates either manually or according to an algorithm.  Sidney Powell went into much more detail in her interview on November 20, 2020, with Washington Examiner podcast host Larry O’Connor.

In this YouTube interview, television and radio talk show host Glenn Beck elicits a clear and simple description of how easily the Dominion Voting System equipment and software can be manipulated.  The interviewee is Jeff Brown, the founder and chief investment analyst of Brownstone Research.

At one point in the video, Beck asked Brown why some of the blatant security vulnerabilities were designed and built in.  Brown chuckled and said, “Why, to manipulate the voting results,” as if it should be obvious.  Brown went on to explain that Dominion machines are used in “some pretty nefarious countries” where the leaders want to ensure they win every election.

The Trump election challenge legal team asserts that the results of the 2020 presidential election were changed as a result of hundreds of thousands of votes being manipulated by illegally manipulating electronic voting systems and software.  The legal team represents that it has evidence that would be legally admissible in a court of law that would show that in about 10 large cities, there were votes cast for President Trump that were electronically counted as being for Joe Biden.

Most readers will ask this obvious question:  Doesn’t the United States have some technical standards, some rules and regulations, which would prevent equipment and software like this from being used in our national, state, county, and local elections?  The answer is a qualified “Yes.”

The United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) produces a set of Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG).

Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) are a set of specifications and requirements against which voting systems can be tested to determine if the systems meet required standards. Some factors examined under these tests include basic functionality, accessibility, and security capabilities. HAVA [Help America Vote Act] mandates that EAC develop and maintain these requirements.

HAVA requires that the EAC certify and decertify voting systems. Section 231(a)(1) of HAVA specifically requires the EAC to “… provide for the certification, de-certification and re-certification of voting system hardware and software by accredited laboratories.” The EAC has the sole authority to grant certification or withdraw certification at the Federal level, including the authority to grant, maintain, extend, suspend, and withdraw the right to retain or use any certificates, marks, or other indicators of certification.

To provide clear procedures to manufacturers for the testing and certification of voting systems to specified Federal standards, the EAC has produced the EAC Voting System Testing and Certification Program Manual.

The testing and certification program also was intended to serve four other purposes:

Support state certification programs.  (usually administered coordinated by the Secretary of State)

Support local election officials (county and city clerks) in the areas of acceptance testing and pre-election system verification.

Increase quality control in voting system manufacture.

Increase voter confidence in the use of voting systems.

Given what Mr. Brown said in the YouTube video about the intentional design features in the Dominion Voting Systems equipment and software, we and our public officials ought to be demanding an explanation about how Dominion’s equipment and software could possibly have met the VVSG and the requirements in the Manual.  How could Dominion’s equipment and software ever have received approval for use in a local mosquito abatement board election, let alone the 2020 general election to elect the President of the United States?

Until that question is answered to the satisfaction of over 72 million voters who thought they voted for President Trump’s re-election in November 2020, the EAC won’t be able to look voters in the eye and tell us we should have complete confidence in the accuracy of the voting systems and software used in our states regardless of our state’s selection from the FEC’s “approved” list of voting systems and software.

August 16, 2017

Understanding the Subversion of the Trump Presidency

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , , , — Bill @ 2:15 pm

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If you have been surprised, even shocked and dismayed, by the efforts to subvert the presidency of President Donald J. Trump, the two books shown above should be on your read-soon list.  Both are available from the Community Library Network.

But before you read the books, you will want to read this online publication entitled Democracy Matters — Strategic Plan for Action.  The person behind this plan is David Brock.  It was begun on November 9, 2016.

Brock’s groups (Media Matters, American Bridge, CREW, and Shareblue primarily seek to remove President Trump from office.  They also seek to encourage local groups to use the same tactics to discredit and attack state, county, and municipal officials.  For example, see The Indivisible Guide webpage.  Do a bit of searching on this webpage and you’ll find Indivisible North Idaho.  Go to Indivisible North Idaho’s Facebook page to meet and greet your friends and neighbors.

In none of these documents will you see words that could be properly characterized as unlawfully seditious or inciting to illegal acts of violence.  Violence, however, does further their purpose.  News coverage of acts of violence (e.g.,  Charlottesville, VA) does get the public’s attention.    Biased and intentionally deceptive by omission news coverage shapes public opinion.

Some of the disruptions at state legislators’ townhall meetings across the country (remember the red and green cards?) were scripted and choreographed.  Do some research into the Town Hall Project to help understand and recognize the techniques used.

Many citizens do not attend town hall meetings  or forums to disrupt; they attend hoping to ask questions and get complete and informative answers.    Possible disruption at an elected official’s meeting is the “draw” that now gets the news media to attend these meetings and allocate more column-inches and photo space in print and more airtime during  broadcasts.   If the meeting is disrupted, the disruption rather than the quality and completeness of the official’s answers and comments dominates the news story.

OpenCdA hopes the books and documents we’ve suggested will help you better understand “How shady political operatives and fake news control what you see, what you think, and how you vote.”   We also hope they will help you better understand and reject “the outrage industry.”

March 30, 2017

SSCI Hearings: Russian Influence on the 2016 US Presidential Election

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) held an entire day of public hearings in Washington, DC.  The SSCI was looking into the allegations that the Russians had influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election which elected Donald F. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.  The nature of its duty, Congressional oversight of US intelligence activities, results in very few open public hearings.

OpenCdA watched these hearings lasting just over five hours.   Congressional hearings are nearly always predominantly boring speechifying by self-serving elected Congressional representatives.  These two hearings today were not boring, and there was nearly no partisan speechifying.

The Senators on the SSCI were exceptionally well-prepared and asked on-point, insightful questions.  The content of their questions and the perspectives and expertise offered by the witnesses suggested that Congress has finally recognized the ongoing threat that information warfare or information operations presents to the United States.  Senators took these hearings and the information from them very seriously.  We should, too.

OpenCdA urges citizens who are serious about understanding how effectively the Russians use information warfare strategies and tactics to offset a superior kinetic warfare force will find these five hours of hearings remarkably understandable and educational.  The same readers will also better understand just how effectively Russia has manipulated our free press (AKA:  the skews media) to influence public opinion.  Unfortunately, the hearings also revealed in living color just how derelict our elected officials have been since about 1990 in recognizing the existence, let alone the gravity of info war and info ops.

Here are links to video of Thursday’s hearings.

Morning Hearing:  Disinformation:  A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns

Afternoon Hearing:  Disinformation:  A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns

OpenCdA hopes that especially younger readers will take time to watch these hearings.   You need to understand just how your choice of news delivery platform, often social media like Twitter and Facebook and not just the traditional print and broadcast media, is being manipulated to shape the disinformation you read every day.  You will also hear just how easily the Russians turned President Trump’s frequent Tweets against him.

February 8, 2016

New Voting Machines in Ada County

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 7:13 am

0201 Local Election 02Ada County voters will see a new type of voting machine starting with the March 8 Republican primary election.

According to this morning’s Idaho Statesman newspaper article headlined Ada County voters may see faster results with new election system, voters will still complete a paper ballot just as in prior elections.   The tabulation process will be done at each precinct, and each voter will immediately receive confirmation that his ballot has been accepted or rejected.  A rejected ballot can be corrected in the voting booth and resubmitted.

The Statesman article asserts, “The machines do not go online, so there is no risk of hacking.”  Unfortunately, the article did not explain if the equipment has been designed, tested, and certified to be resistant to external manipulation or data contamination by electromagnetic interference or radio frequency interference.  Neither did the article state if the equipment has been similarly tested and certified to prevent premature revelation of data through electromagnetic or radio frequency emanations.

It will be interesting to see the Idaho Secretary of State’s technical evaluation of the new equipment’s real-world performance after its first election in Ada County.

July 25, 2014

What We Left Out …

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 7:16 am

ALARCONOpenCdA left out something very relevant from yesterday’s post reporting the conviction of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife on charges of voter fraud and perjury.  Thanks to alert reader and commenter Susie Snedaker for bringing the omission to our attention in her comment yesterday.

We agree with Susie:  The Los Angeles Times editorial posted online on July 23, 2014, and titled Alarcon prosecution sends the right message to other politicians, DAs is well worth reading.  Carefully.

The Times editorial board clearly gets it.  As they said in their editorial, “…, residency is in most cases a pretty good proxy for engagement with and knowledge of a district, and there is value in having a member of a community represent that community in government.”

We also completely agree with the Times editorial observation that, “The L.A. County district attorney’s office seems to be the only prosecutor in the state willing to bring these types of public integrity cases, and that’s a shame.”  Yes, it is a shame that is not limited to prosecutors in California.

But the Times editorial board saved its strongest point for last.  “The residency requirement is not a technicality; it’s a core tenet of our democratic system enshrined in the law. No politician should gain an advantage by lying, and no prosecutor should ignore evidence of voter fraud.”  To that we would add that no prosecutor and no judge is worthy of their position or the public’s trust and confidence if they ignore evidence of voter fraud and perjury.

Thankfully the Los Angeles County District Attorney, his Deputy DAs, and his Public Integrity Division take their sworn duties seriously.  We wish they would come visit Idaho.  Maybe some of that would rub off on prosecutors and judges here.

July 24, 2014

Guilty — Of the Crime That Doesn’t Exist…

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 8:31 am

ALARCONFormer Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted of voter fraud and perjury in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday.  Alarcon and his wife had lied about where he actually lived so he would be eligible to run for a particular Los Angeles City Council seat.  He and his wife both lied under oath in furtherance of his illegal candidacy.

Alarcon is not the first California official to be convicted of voter fraud in recent history.   In January 2014 State Senator Roderick Wright was convicted of voter fraud and perjury for lying about his residence so he could run for the state senate.

Fortunately for the citizens of Los Angeles County, they have a Prosecuting Attorney who takes public corruption seriously enough to have a Public Integrity Division in his office.   Here is more but somewhat dated information about the Division and a sampling of cases it has prosecuted.

There are many people who deny the existence of voter fraud.   It’s fair to say that many of the deniers are those who choose to engage in fraud as candidates or encourage it as lazy or incompetent county clerks and  secretaries of state as well as politically-directed prosecutors and state attorneys general.

As the State of California and Los Angeles County in particular have shown, they pursue voter fraud rather than deny it exists.

January 15, 2014

Politiqueras

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 11:34 am

For Sale Sign - VotesPolitiqueras,” roughly translates into “politickers.”

The FBI has a slightly more detailed translation:  “Politiquera:  A person who works for a candidate to encourage people to vote, to bring voters to the polls, to ensure that voters select the appropriate candidate, and to pay voters for their votes.”

Wait.  What?  Pay voters for their votes?  Pay them to vote for the appropriate candidate?  Why, that would be illegal!  That would be voter fraud!  Yes, it was. (more…)

November 17, 2012

2009 Election Contest Lawsuit Appeal Decision

On Friday, November 16, 2012, the Idaho Supreme Court filed its decision affirming the trial court’s decision in the 2009 Coeur d’Alene election contest lawsuit.  Here is a link to the Supreme Court’s decision.

In response to OpenCdA’s request, appellant Jim Brannon provided this prepared statement.

Thanks to the efforts, diligence, and integrity of Jim and Christine Brannon, Starr and Matt Kelso,  and the many volunteers who donated time, money, and labor beginning November 6, 2009, many flaws in Idaho’s election laws and many failures of duty by city, county, and state public officials have been exposed for public scrutiny.  To the extent those flaws either have been corrected by the election of new officials or legislative action, the election contest lawsuit served to benefit all legal voters in Idaho.  (more…)

July 30, 2012

2009 City Election Contest Lawsuit Update

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The Idaho Supreme Court has notified the parties’ attorneys that oral arguments in the 2009 election contest lawsuit appeal (Brannon v. City of Coeur d’Alene, et al) will be heard Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 11:10 a.m. at the Kootenai County Courthouse.

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