Risks of Online Voting Systems – Iowa Voter Fraud – Feb 2016

Did Microsoft Commit Voter Fraud In Iowa To Ensure Donald Trump’s Defeat?

– Matt Forney

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– From an eyewitness on the ground in Iowa. Who you gonna believe?

“I’ll freely admit that I was wrong when I predicted that Trump would win Iowa by a convincing margin. While Trump’s rallies were drawing the biggest crowds by far of any candidate (Democrat or Republican), I also warned that because the Iowa caucus structure favors long-time party loyalists over first-time voters, the Donald’s supporters might be underrepresented at the actual vote. My predictions on where the other candidates would fall (Rubio in 3rd, Carson 4th, Paul 5th, and Bush 6th) were on the money.

However, the “Rubio surge” makes no sense whatsoever, matching neither what I saw on the ground or what pollsters were reporting. There’s now evidence to suggest that Rubio’s unexpectedly good performance—coming in a close third behind Trump—was the result of voter fraud committed by Microsoft and sanctioned by the RNC. While it’s too early to make a definite call, given that Donald Trump stands against everything that the GOP establishment represents, it’s not out of the question that they would try to fight him with foul play.

In my time in Iowa, Trump’s rallies consistently drew crowds that were larger than all the other candidates’ (Democratic and Republican)combined. Only Bernie Sanders can attract audiences that can compete with Trump in terms of size, though Trump still outpaces Sanders by a wide margin. For example, Trump’s Pella rally on January 23rd drew well over 3,000 people, the majority of whom had to be shunted into an overflow auditorium due to space limits.

Conversely, Marco Rubio could barely move the needle in terms of audience size. His Indianola event drew 150-200 people at most, the bulk of whom were senile old farts.

On Sunday, Breitbart reported that Microsoft would be providing technology for tallying votes in the Iowa caucuses. Given that Microsoft is Rubio’s second-largest campaign contributor, this represents a massive conflict of interest. Other sources claim that the GOP establishment had a deliberate plan to goose Rubio’s vote count.”

Read the on the ground reporting by Matt Forney @ ReturnofKings.com.  I am in no way endorsing any site by quoting a story, I am simply looking for the salient details relative to the issues at hand. Please bear in mind, it is very difficult to get relevant details on this story currently.

– For those seeking more info on the vulnerability of commercial voting systems you can read more here @ The Trash Attack which is a paper done by a Microsoft researcher.

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Microsoft accused of Iowa Caucus voter fraud with hashtag #MicrosoftRubioFraud

– BetaNews.com

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“Here’s the deal, folks. As I said in a previous article, open source is a necessity when it comes to voting. I praised Bernie Sanders’ campaign for questioning Microsoft’s motives in providing the platform for the Iowa Caucuses. With that said, Microsoft was ultimately not the problem, closed source was.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, as could be expected, it is now being accused of voter fraud by apparent Donald Trump supporters. Since Ted Cruz won last night, you would think the claim is that the Windows-maker fraudulently boosted him. Nope. Actually, conspiracy theorists are claiming Microsoft increased the number of votes cast for Marco Rubio, who placed third. This movement is using the hashtag #MicrosoftRubioFraud.

According to Fortune, who shed light on the below tweets, it seems conspiracy theorists are pointing to Microsoft’s large donations to Senator Rubio as a motive for helping him. True, his performance was better than expected last night, but committing fraud in order to improve a candidate to third place doesn’t seem like a very worthwhile risk.”

– A  great article by Rick Fagioli @ BetaNews.com

– The Iowa Debacle was not a totally bad thing.  It points up several areas of improvement and caution not the least of which is the risk of trusting commerical cloud voting systems implicitly. There is simply no historical reason for such a measure of trust.

Voter Beware.

/ CJ

 

Microsoft on the hot seat in Iowa

– TheHill.com

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“Microsoft volunteered to provide the technology to help tally up the results of Iowa’s caucuses, free of charge. Now it will be put to the test Monday night.

The contests in both parties are expected to go down to the wire. And the spotlight will be on precinct officials who have been trained on a new Microsoft app, which is meant to cut down on human error and speed up the reporting process.

Both the Republican and Democratic parties in Iowa have expressed strong confidence in Microsoft, dismissing late suspicion of corporate influence from the campaign of Bernie Sanders early last week.

Party officials have said no errors have been spotted in caucus dry runs. But the Sanders campaign has created its own backup reporting system, as has the Hillary Clinton campaign.

“It will be interesting to see what happens if and when there are discrepancies between the Microsoft system and either Democratic or Republican campaign tabulations,” Iowa State University professor Mack Shelley said.

Only four years ago, the Iowa Republican Party suffered an embarrassment with its caucus reporting when Mitt Romney appeared to be the winner for weeks, only for the final tally to show a narrow victory for Rick Santorum. ”

Read more here @ TheHill.com

 

 

Now Clinton Cheating in Iowa Caucus? – Feb 2016

More Fraud in Iowa – This time Hillary Clinton supporters cook the votes

– CSPAN / Infowars

Update: Note at approx. 2:25 of the above video roll, a Sanders supporter in a red shirt, comes up to the ad hoc conference, and asks, “You counted everyone again, right?”

The Clinton supporter tells her, ‘we counted everyone.’ And with a nod of her head the issue is dropped for the moment. She lied.

She lied to tilt the vote to Hillary.

One major takeaway from this, is in the video, later while they are tabulating, a woman asks if she can video the process, and a woman seated at the table, agrees she has the right. That is the point, every public process can be captured via video, and the truth can be exposed as in this case.

/ CJ

“This is, apparently, what a caucus looks like in a Presidential race in America in 2016.

The footage is taken from precinct #43 in Des Moines, Iowa, where supporters of Clinton and Sanders gathered to determine the delegate count for the candidates.

The description of the video, posted on the C-SPAN website, claims “Caucus chair and Clinton precinct captain do not conduct actual count of Clinton supporters and deliberately mislead caucus”.

Reports suggest that Sanders was winning during an initial vote, but when a recount was called, Clinton gained the lead.

One person who was at the event at Roosevelt High School took to Reddit to explain:

So basically in the caucus they have to hand count everyone depending on what side they’re sitting on. Well when it came time to do the second count the numbers were off. The first vote breakdown was like this:

FIRST VOTE: 215 Sanders 210 Clinton 26 O’Malley 8 Undecided 459 TOTAL

And this is the SECOND Vote: 232 Clinton 224 Sanders 456 Total

So somehow they lost 3 people but Clinton’s vote went up by 14.

So basically what had happened was Hillary’s team didn’t take the time to do a full recount instead she just added the new people who joined the second vote. Which clearly wasn’t an accurate count.

The footage appears to verify this with the Clinton camp admitting they did not do a second full count and that “they just added the (new) people”.

“Does that add up right?” one of the organiser is heard asking the caucus chair, who replies “I don’t think so.”

Nevertheless, a challenge by Sanders supporters for a third count was rejected and Clinton was handed a victory.

This monumental cluster f*ck was just one 1,600 caucus sites around the state of Iowa. Who knows what went on elsewhere.”

See and read more @ InfoWars.com

 

– To see the whole video on CSPAN see below:

 

Iowa Democratic Caucus Meeting

– CSPAN

“Democrats from three Polk County, Iowa, precincts held their caucus at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. Participants broke into groups supporting different candidates, selected team captains, and then tried to persuade uncommitted voters or those supporting “not viable” candidates to join their group.”

See the whole video @ C-SPAN video library

There is a transcript available as well.

 

 

Cruz Campaign Cheating in Iowa – Feb 2016

Ted Cruz ADMITS his staff spread ‘shameless’ whisper campaign that Dr. Ben Carson was quitting presidential contest just before Iowa caucus voting began –

– DailyMail

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Ted Cruz admitted on Tuesday that his presidential campaign spread a false rumor, just hours before Monday’s Iowa caucuses began, that conservative rival Ben Carson was dropping pout of the presidential race.

Carson finished a distant fourth in the nation’s first nominating contest, and observers at two caucus precincts told DailyMail.com that he lost supporters to the Cruz camp when Republicans speaking on behalf of Cruz said Carson was suspending his campaign.

It turned out not to be true, however, and Carson himself complained Tuesday about ‘shameless tactics and dirty political plays’ that pushed Cruz to victory on the strength of political sabotage.

Cruz won the caucuses by a total of 6,239 votes over Donald Trump, less than four Republicans in each of the state’s 1,681 precincts – representing the number Cruz’s forces would have had to ‘flip’ at each caucus location in order to overcome what had been a strong Trump polling lead going into Monday night.

‘Isn’t this the same thing we see with the Obama administration, the IRS scandal – no responsibility. Let’s see what in fact the Cruz campaign will do about those individuals who inappropriately disseminated this information knowing that the caucuses were not over – they were awfully anxious to get it out there weren’t they?’

Read more @ DailyMail.co.uk

 

 

 

Burnett: Does Cruz Blaming CNN for Carson Email Raise Questions About His Integrity?

– Mediaite

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“It’s clear CNN really isn’t happy with Ted Cruz for blaming his campaign’s emails about Ben Carsonpotentially dropping out on them, and Erin Burnett tonight asked if that raises questions about Cruz’s integrity.

Burnett got visibly frustrated as she repeatedly asked major Cruz surrogate Bob Vander Plaatswhy Cruz can’t just apologize without blaming CNN, given the fact that CNN’s reporting was accurate and whoever on the campaign emailed the Carson alert to supporters extrapolated something false from it.”

Read more here @ Mediaite

 

 

Carson: Cruz campaign just like Obama

– WashingtonExaminer

 

Dr. Ben Carson said on Fox News Tuesday night he believes fellow GOP candidate Ted Cruz did not know about his team’s attempt to sway votes at the Iowa Caucuses Monday night. Yet he condemned the senator’s “dishonest” campaign, comparing it to the Obama administration….

Here’s the issue, a culture exists within the Cruz camp that would allow people to take advantage of a situation like this in a very dishonest way. Isn’t this the same thing that we see in the Obama administration, the IRS scandal, no responsibility.”

Instead, Carson has charged Cruz with taking action to ensure the individuals on his team who shared that information are held responsible. He also said it is up to voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina not to allow Cruz or his staffers to get away with similar shenanigans.”

Read more @ WashintonExaminer

– Dr. Carson went on to say that he believed Ted Cruz. That’s what you have to do in politics up to now. I for one don’t believe that Ted Cruz would not have known about this tactical manuever in the absolute pivotal point in the caucus process. It was coordinated and well-timed.

Unless, Cruz has his own Col. North or G. Gordon Liddy, Cruz had to have known. There was too much at stake, and the Cruz campaign boasts that it has voter data down to the individual record.

This is wrong on so many levels, but let me start with this:

Here in California as in other states, the state collects certain voting data and activity as a result of the public’s private process of voting.

These same agencies are also in the business of selling that private voting data. This should not be allowed to occur. Voting is a right as well as a duty. As such, and being that you are compelled by the state give this data freely, the state has no right to collect fees or ‘profits’ on the sale or use of this data to politicial entities.

The Cruz  Carson Lying debacle would not have occurred if they did not have their hands on this type of detailed voter data in the first place.

There should be a check mark for all publicly given data to state agencies, wherein, you must elect or specify by checking a box, giving assent to private exploitation of your data. That isn’t too much to ask.

Moreover, I think this is a game changer and something every campaign must have a contingency for, in the event of ‘event x’ occurring, what happens next. For instance, if there is a rumor or unauthorized announcement, we should look for an official twitter confirmation, in its absence, carry on.

One bad rumour can kill a campaign now. In the past this was all done behind closed doors. Cruz’ mistake is has let the proverbial ‘cat’ out of the bag with this. And it doesn’t look good.

/ CJ

 

 

Porter Ranch Gas Leak: Blame Jerry Brown – Feb 2016

California’s Gas Leak Disaster Signals a State of Emergency for Us All

– The Fiscal Times

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“Regulators describe the Aliso Canyon facility as gleaming on the outside but junk beneath the surface. Incredibly, when the leaking well was last upgraded — all the way back in 1979 — officials removed a safety valve that would have prevented the disaster. Even more incredibly, that valve was not required under state or federal rules; only wells within 300 feet of a home must have them. SoCal Gas apparently lied to regulators about replacing the valve.

Briana Mordick of the Natural Resources Defense Council cites flawed state regulation of underground oil and gas wells as a major culprit here. The state Underground Injection Control program suffers from inadequate staffing and a lack of testing (pressure tests only occur every five years, for example). The program also allows corroding wells like the one leaking, which was built in 1953 as an oil well and converted to gas storage in 1973, to remain in use despite outdated construction. Like the missing safety valve, state regulations do not required older wells to be retired. “In fact, California’s UIC rules don’t include any standards for well construction,” Mordick writes.

Critics have implicated Jerry Brown in this leniency, citing his industry ties. He has resisted tougher regulations on fracking. He has explored for oil and gas on his own private land. Brown’s sister, Kathleen Brown, is a board member with Sempra Energy, the parent company of SoCal Gas.”

Read more here @ Fiscal Times

– So the gas leak reveals a disturbing pattern by the Gov Jerry Brown, the pseudo-environmentalist, who neglects the basics to protect Californians, yet traipses the globe to protect against global warming.  Lest we forget, the recent Santa Barbara oil spill was also the result of a lack of an auto-shutoff valve.

Gov Dementia has turned into Gov Disaster.

But then let’s remember his campaign slogan from his failed and quixotic 1980 presidential run:

His 1980 campaign slogan was “protect the earth, serve the people and explore the universe.”

Read how Jerry Brown came to be known as Gov Moonbeam here @ NYT.com

PIPELINE HAD NO AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF VALVE IN CALIFORNIA SPILL

– CalFrack.org

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“The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil into the waters off California earlier this week did not have an automatic shut-off valve, a Santa Barbara county official said Sunday.

In fact, the pipeline was the only one of its kind in the area without an automatic shut-off valve, the Associated Press reported. Its original owner fought – and won – a late 1980s court battle to skirt the requirement.

Since the pipeline formed part of an interstate network, the former owners argued it should be subject to federal, not county regulations. Federal regulations do not require auto shut-off valves.

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“It’s the only major pipeline that doesn’t have auto shut-off,” Kevin Drude, deputy director of the county’s Energy and Minerals Division told the AP. “For us, it’s routine.”

Read more @ CalFrack.org

Obama’s Hillary Prosecutorial Discretion – Feb 2016

The State Department: Hillary Clinton’s email correspondence contained ‘top secret’ material

– WashingtonPost

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“Seven of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email chains will be withheld from public release because they have been found to contain top secret information. (Reuters)

The State Department acknowledged for the first time Friday that “top secret” information has been found in emails that passed through the private email server Hillary Clinton used while leading the agency, elevating the issue in the presidential campaign three days before the hotly contested Iowa caucuses.”

– So Hillary lied when she said she didn’t send or receive ‘top secret’ communications on her server?

Read more here from the article by Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger @ the Washington Post

 

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22 Clinton Emails Deemed Too Classified to Be Made Public – 18 exchanged with the President

– NY Times Jan 29 2016

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“WASHINGTON — The State Department on Friday said for the first time that “top secret” material had been sent through Hillary Clinton’s private computer server, and that it would not make public 22 of her emails because they contained highly classified information.

The department announced that 18 emails exchanged between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama would also be withheld, citing the longstanding practice of preserving presidential communications for future release. The department’s spokesman, John Kirby, said that exchanges did not involve classified information.

The disclosure of the top secret emails, three days before Iowans vote in the first-in-the-nation caucuses, is certain to fuel the political debate over the unclassified computer server that Mrs. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, kept in her home. The State Department released another set of her emails on Friday night in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

The department announced that 18 emails exchanged between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama would also be withheld, citing the longstanding practice of preserving presidential communications for future release. The department’s spokesman, John Kirby, said that exchanges did not involve classified information.”

Read more of the story by Steven Lee Myers @ NYT

– So Obama and Hillary exchanged 18 emails. That’s a lot considering Obama stated in Mar 2015 that he found out about Hillary’s email server from the media.

President Obama discovered Hillary Clinton’s personal email use through news reports

– NY DailyNews Mar 07 2016

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President Obama discovered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email at the same time as news readers.

Obama, after delivering a Saturday speech in Selma, Ala., was asked when he found out about Clinton’s personal email system run from her Chappaqua home.

“The same time everybody else learned it through news reports,” he told CBS News.”

More @ NY DailyNews

Global Media Consolidation – Jan 2016

10 Publishers Account For Half Of All US Internet Online News

– MediaPost

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“Overall, the top 10 publishers — together owning around 60 news sites — account for 47% of total online traffic to news content last year, with the next-biggest 140 publishers accounting for most of the other half, SimilarWeb found.

The biggest online news publisher for the U.S. audience was MSN, owner of MSN.com, with just over 27 billion combined page views across mobile and desktop, followed by Disney Media Networks, owner of ESPN and ABC News, with 25.9 billion.

Time Warner, owner of CNN and Bleacher Report, had 14.8 billion, followed by Yahoo with 10.3 billion, and Time, Inc. with 10.2 billion.

A bit further down the totem poll were CBS Corp., owner of Cnet.com, with 9.9 billion combined page views; NBC Universal, with 9.5 billion; Matt Drudge, with 8.5 billion; Advance Publications, with 8 billion; and Fox Entertainment Group, owner of Fox News, with 7.9 billion.

Turning to specific publications, MSN.com accounted for all of MSN’s traffic, again with 27 billion page views, followed by ESPN.go.com, with 23 billion; CNN.com, with 8.8 billion; Drudge Report, accounting for all of Matt Drudge’s traffic at 8.5 billion; Buzzfeed.com, at 6.8 billion; Foxnews.com, at 6.9 billion; NYtimes.com, with 6.3 billion; News.yahoo.com, at 6 billion; Cnet.com, at 5.2 billion; and Huffingtonpost.com, at 4.3 billion.”

Read more here @ MediaPost

 

More National Insecurity – Visa Overstays – Jan 2016

DHS Official Acknowledges Nobody in Fed Govt is Looking for Visa Overstays At Senate Hearing

– Daily Caller Jan 21

“Nobody’s looking for these people, right?” Sen. Sessions asked the Customs and Immigration Enforcement official, referring to foreigners who travel to the country legally but do not leave when their visa expires.

Sessions called the official, Craig Healy, to testify Wednesday before the immigration subcommittee he chairs for a hearing to examine this massive bloc of illegal aliens in America, referred to as “visa overstays.”

Healy told Republican Sen. David Perdue during the hearing the administration is currently investigating about 3,000 visa overstays, out of a total overstay population estimated between 4 and 6 million people. DHS reported Tuesday that in just one visa category, more than 500,000 foreigners overstayed their visas in 2015 alone. The vast majority of them have not been deported.

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“What I’m saying to you, Mr. Healy, is plainly obvious,” Sessions said. “That if somebody comes here and keeps their nose clean, and doesn’t have a criminal record, and they come here on a visa, and they stay, nobody’s ever going to come look for them under the policies of this government. And it’s a wide open method by which millions of people can enter our country unlawfully.”

Read more here @ DailyCaller

– With 4 to 6 million visa overstays, and few resources to chase down that many people illegally in the USA, maybe it’s time we put a severe limit on visas for any reason.

 

DHS Official: ICE Investigated .05 Percent of Visa Overstays

– Breitbart

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“The Obama administration investigated just 3,000 visa overstays out of an estimated population of some six million illegal immigrants who remained in the U.S. after their visa expired last year, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official testified before a Senate panel Wednesday.”

Read more @ Breitbart