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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.

February 5, 2012

Relaunch the Satellites?

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 9:38 am

OpenCdA’s August 22, 2011, post titled Pulling the Plug on Satellites explained that Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes had decided to close all but one absent electors’ voting place in Kootenai County.

According to an Associated Press article on November 10, 2011, other county clerks in Idaho had made the same decision — limit absent electors’ polling places to one, and have it located in the county’s elections administration office.  That same article observed that Idaho’s Secretary of State Ben Ysursa  would likely support some changes to the election consolidation law which had taken effect only eleven months earlier.  Whereas the county clerks were concerned about election integrity and ballot security, Ysursa was apparently primarily concerned about voter convenience.

Still, there may be a way county clerks could relaunch satellite voting locations in municipalities without sacrificing election integrity and ballot security.

(more…)

January 31, 2012

Dangerous Legislation, Part 3

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 9:37 am

Rep. Susan Chew

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Representative Susan Chew is sponsoring House Bill 428.  This bill “Amends existing law to provide that an elector may elect to have an absentee ballot sent to his or her residence on a permanent basis by signing a form supplied to the county clerk and to provide that if such election is made the elector shall receive an absentee ballot for all elections conducted by the county clerk and shall be ineligible to vote at the polls in such election.”

This is another very dangerous piece of legislation which will essentially make it very difficult for Idaho’s county clerks to enforce residency requirements for municipal elections. (more…)

January 23, 2012

Voters Wanted: Dead or Alive

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 9:02 am

The South Carolina Attorney General sent data to the US Attorney for South Carolina suggesting potential voter fraud in South Carolina.  Specifically, data reviewed by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles suggests that 953 dead people voted in recent elections.

Here is the letter from South Carolina’s Attorney General to the US Attorney for the District of South Carolina.

And that’s why Idaho was right in passing legislation requiring positive photo identification for voters.

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