FLASHBACK 2020 OPERATION BLACKOUT: Government Election-Hacking Exercise
Regardless of where we stand on the political spectrum, election integrity is everyone’s business. Without honest and fair elections, our Constitutional Republic is unable to function properly.
Election integrity is not a new problem. In American Blackout, 2008 Green Party Presidential Candidate, Dr. Cynthia McKinney described stolen elections of 2000 and 2004. Black voters were found to be systematically disenfranchised. Diebold voting machines were found to be easily hacked.
What is clear, is that it doesn’t matter who votes.
What matters is who is counting the votes.
In addition to the need for meaningful public oversight to ensure voting integrity, is the need to get military intelligence, alphabet agencies and the federal government out of our elections.
Did you know about OPERATION BLACKOUT & The TIP Exercises?
Operation Blackout was a 2019 election-disruption simulation exercise with participants from the Department of Homeland Security, the US Secret Service, the FBI, and D.C. law firm, Venable.
The exercise was organized by government software provider Cybereason, a cybersecurity firm founded by former members of Israeli military intelligence cyber division Unit 8200. The firm is advised by former and current officials of the CIA and Israeli military intelligence.
[**Remember former CIA director Mike Pompeo described how the agency lies, cheats, and steals].
It’s more critical than ever that voters are involved in the election process and work together to ensure honest and fair elections moving forward. –JD
Microsoft’s ElectionGuard a Trojan Horse for a Military-Industrial Takeover of US Elections
“The fact that we are handing over the keys of American democracy to the military-industrial complex — it’s like giving the keys to the henhouse to a fox and saying, ‘here come in and take whatever you want.’ It’s obviously dangerous.” — Investigative journalist Yasha Levine
May 24, 2019 | By Whitney Webb | Mint Press News
“Earlier this month, tech giant Microsoft announced its solution to “protect” American elections from interference, which it has named “ElectionGuard.” The election technology is already set to be adopted by half of voting machine manufacturers and some state governments for the 2020 general election. Though it has been heavily promoted by the mainstream media in recent weeks, none of those reports have disclosed that ElectionGuard has several glaring conflicts of interest that greatly undermine its claim aimed at protecting U.S. democracy.
In this investigation, MintPress will reveal how ElectionGuard was developed by companies with deep ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities and Israeli military intelligence, as well as the fact that it is far from clear that the technology would prevent foreign or domestic interference with, or the manipulation of, vote totals or other aspects of American election systems.
Election forensics analyst and author Jonathan Simon as well as investigative journalist Yasha Levine, who has written extensively on how the military has long sought to weaponize public technologies including the internet, were consulted for their views on ElectionGuard, its connections to the military-industrial complex and the implication of those connections for American democracy as part of this investigation.
In January, MintPress published an exposé that later went viral on a news-rating company known as Newsguard. Officially aimed at fighting “fake news,” the company’s many connections to U.S. intelligence, a top neoconservative think tank, and self-admitted government propagandists revealed its real intention was to promote corporate media over independent alternatives.
Newsguard was among the first initiatives that comprise Microsoft’s “Defending Democracy” program, a program that the tech giant created under the auspices of protecting American “democratic processes from cyber-enabled interference [which] have become a critical concern.” Through its partnership with Microsoft, Newsguard has been installed in public libraries and universities throughout the country, even while private-sector companies have continued to avoid adopting the problematic browser plug-in.
Now, Microsoft is promoting a new “Defending Democracy” initiative — one equally ridden with glaring conflicts of interest — that threatens American democracy in ways Newsguard never could. ElectionGuard is touted by Microsoft as a system that aims to “make voting secure, more accessible, and more efficient anywhere it’s used in the United States or in democratic nations around the world.” It has since been heavily promoted by mainstream and U.S. government-funded media outlets in preparation for its use in the 2020 general election.
However, according to Jonathan Simon, election forensic analyst and author of CODE RED: Computerized Elections and the War on American Democracy, this public relations campaign is likely just cover for more insider control over U.S. elections. “It’s encouraging that after close to two decades of ignoring the security issues with computerized voting, there’s suddenly a scramble to protect our next election that suggests those issues are finally being taken seriously,” Simon told MintPress. “Unfortunately the proposed solution is just more computerization and complexity — which translates to more control by experts and insiders, though of course that is not part of the PR campaign.”
As to the likely identity of those insiders, the fact that Microsoft’s ElectionGuard was developed in tandem with a private military and intelligence contractor whose only investor is the U.S. Department of Defense offers a troubling clue. As a consequence, ElectionGuard’s promise to “secure” elections is dubious, especially given that Microsoft itself is a U.S. military contractor. Furthermore, amid the unfolding scandal of Israeli meddling in foreign elections, Microsoft’s growing ties to Israeli military intelligence and private Israeli cybersecurity firms raise even more concerns about whether ElectionGuard’s real purpose is to “secure” American elections for candidates friendly to the establishment, especially the military-industrial complex.”
The Hill article on DHS partnership in 2019:
Soros-funded organizations have assisted with election security in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan
November 8, 2020 | By Joe Schaeffer | Special to WorldTribune.com
“If you thought the sheer brazenness of the Big Cheat was galling, brace yourself for the Great Certification Scam that comes next.
Notorious Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar publicly thanked leftist George Soros-funded organizations VotingWorks and the Brennan Center for Justice for helping audit the state’s primaries and making sure there was no fraud.”