In Part 1 of this series, we took a high-level look at the evidence for and against allegations that Dominion voting machines were one of the methods used to steal the 2020 election on behalf of Joe Biden.
Conservative-populist media is split on the issue simply due to the amount of circumstantial evidence out there. While others have done analysis and claim there is nothing to the story.
In Part 2 we looked at the suspicious “vote flip” incident that occurred in Antrim County, Michigan and hypothesized if it might have been a staged event meant as a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from the problems with mass mailout absentee ballots.
We also looked at the role Russell Ramsland Jr. and Allied Security Operations Group (ASOG) might have played in the incident and as part of a larger disinformation campaign.
In Part 3 of this series, we took a look at eccentric tech millionaire Patrick Byrne. We examined his past, connections to the Intelligence Community (IC), his involvement in all different aspects of the voting machine conspiracy, and asked if he might be the the central figure behind the entire scheme and the nexus that ties all the elements together.
When it comes to the “They stole it with voting machines” theory, there are two elephants in the room that must be explained because they are held up as absolute proof. The first is the Democrats own warnings about the potential for election fraud by hacking voting machines in the lead up to the 2020 election. The other is the very unusual, uncooperative, and downright shady actions taken by Dominion Voting Systems; a company that by its nature should value transparency above all else.
Democrats Prior Concerns About Voting Machines
One of the key facts consistently brought up by proponents of the Dominion theory is the Democrats own, repeated concerns about the vulnerability of voting machines to being hacked and votes changed. These concerns though mysteriously vanished before the election sometime in early 2020.
So what could explain the relentless warnings from Democrats such as Elizabeth Warren, Adam Schiff, Sheila Jackson Lee, Ron Wyden, Amy Klobucher, and Comma-La Harris other than it must be true and that’s how they stole it?
Corporate media previously was doing regular news segments highlighting the danger. There were also D-List celebrities like shameless hypocrite Alyssa Milano, who took time out from accusing Brett Kavanaugh of leading teenage rape gangs to do a series of podcasts organizing a grassroots campaign to bring attention to the issue.
This follows along the same lines of another disinformation campaign we all got to watch play out in real-time back in August of 2020. Democrats, the corporate media, and has-been celebrities pushed a dopey conspiracy theory that President Trump was attempting to dismantle the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) ahead of the 2020 election.
This #BlueAnon conspiracy theory was laughably stupid at the time and had no basis in reality (obviously). It was probably concocted by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats to squeeze some additional funding for USPS public sector unions and to limit the Trump administration’s ability to step in if USPS employees were found helping schemes to illegally stuff the ballot box in the upcoming election.
So what explains all the Democrat’s concerns and sudden silence unless the vulnerability was exploited to help “fortify” the 2020 election for Joe Biden? With the Post Office Hoax in mind, let us propose an alternative theory:
What if the Democrats and media were originally laying the groundwork to claim the 2020 election had been stolen for Trump by hacking voting machines?
Remember, the Democrats tried to concoct a conspiracy theory in 2016 that Vladimir Putin and Russia had used “election hacking” to interfere and steal the election on behalf of Donald Trump. The theory started off focused on voting machines but was quickly shifted when recounts started uncovering voting irregularities in Detroit and elsewhere that would have exposed Democrat election fraud in 2016 and added to Trump’s margin of victory. The definition of “election hacking” quickly shifted away from voting machines and instead became about hacking email accounts and Russian-bought Facebook ads.
The Democrats never let up on their claims that Trump was somehow beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout his presidency despite all facts, reason, or logic to the contrary. Perhaps the groundwork was being laid for a new conspiracy theory that voting machines would be hacked in 2020 in the event Trump had won reelection. It might have been “Trump-Russia Collusion 2.0” with the Democrats intending to claim Russia had “hacked our democracy” for a second time to steal an election for Donald Trump. They could then use the claim to investigate and harass President Trump for another four years with incessant “Russia, Russia, Russia!!!” claims by members of Congress and their sycophantic, bootlicking acolytes in the media.
The Russian election hacking scheme became unnecessary however when as we detailed back in our first TWP Hush Hush story as we know now,
[A] well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it.From the Time article ‘The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election’
Believe it or not, Democrats voting machine conspiracies did not just come about between 2016 and 2020. Democrats have been pushing this conspiracy theory as far back as at least 2004 when Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) joined with House Democrats in an act of ‘sedition’ by objecting to the certification of Ohio’s electoral votes for George W. Bush. The reason? Claims the 2004 Ohio election was stolen using Diebold voting machines. Diebold’s CEO at the time was prominent Bush supporter Walden O’Dell, but the company would be acquired in 2010 by Dominion Voting Systems. The alleged Ohio Diebold hack would be documented extensively in the often cited 2006 HBO documentary Hacking Democracy.
After the 2004 presidential election, Democrats continued to push their BlueAnon voting machine conspiracies after almost every election. From 2008, when Obama supporters claimed Hillary Clinton had used voting machine manipulation to unexpectedly win the new Hampshire primary, all the way through to the 2018 midterms when Sen. Elizabeth Warren claimed voting machines had “switched” or otherwise impacted votes in South Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and as many as ten other states.
So Democrats had been pushing their unproven voting machine conspiracies for a decade and a half with no success in actually overturning an election. When the Covid-19 bug came spreading out of Wuhan, China in late 2019 and early 2020, they may have very well decided to scrap an existing voting machine scheme to focus on one of stuffing illegal mail-in ballots. But as detailed in Part 1 of this series, they needed a “patsy” to deflect attention away from their actual plan long enough to get the election fraudulently certified for Joe Biden. The Democrats already had a conspiracy theory with a long history and fleshed out infrastructure. There were countless voting machine rabbit holes to keep Trump supporters, investigative reporters, and grassroots researchers occupied. The ‘cabal’ knew the theory would never actually lead anywhere, because they had made the whole thing up. And as long as those working on Trump’s behalf were chasing Venezuelan generals around Hamburg, Germany, they wouldn’t be focused on things that could expose fraud related to mass absentee ballots like voter canvassing or signature match checks.
So did pro-Biden forces just repackage a discarded Democrat conspiracy theory into a perfect disinformation campaign? If so, it would certainly explain a lot.
Other Voting Machine Related Issues
There are two other minor voting machine-related issues that help feed the conspiracy narrative that also need to be explained.
“Vote Flips” Seen Live On TV
Viral videos now seem to come out after each election showing what seems to be votes being “flipped” or deleted in real-time on vote count graphics during election night news coverage. It happened again the night of the recent California governor recall election, and proponents of the voting machine theory point to this as proof positive that illicit vote changes via electronic hacking are being captured in real-time.
Seems pretty convincing. What else could it be other than election officials or hackers changing vote totals that are being reflected in real-time, right? This is what I like to call the “Skynet Theory”. Presumably there’s a central database repository somewhere where official tabulation of all votes is happening. The CNN chyron and vote count graphics of other news networks are hooked directly into this same database, and the public can see changes being made in the database in real-time. That simply is not the case.
CNN and most of the mainstream news outlets all collaborate as the “National Election Pool” (NEP), and all get their data from a single source, a third party media research company called Edison Research. Edison “scrapes” data from different state and local data sources, aggregates it, and then using an algorithm to project the current vote totals. While the methodology is an improvement over exclusively relying on exit polling or other methods, it still incorporates exit polling data and voter surveys into the vote totals being displayed live on air.
Bottom-line: You are still looking at vote projections, not official or even raw vote totals being reported by government election sources.
There can be a variety of reasons for what would appear to be strange updates in the displayed vote totals. There is no degree of a seamless and uniform method of data aggregation. The “data scraping” is occurring on a variety of different sources, most often extracting data directly off web pages that will vary wildly in their design. A particular county’s website might be midway through its own process of updating at the moment the NEP sweep occurs, and would appear as if votes are being deleted from a prior update.
As mentioned earlier, exit polling and voter surveys make up part of the algorithm. I will not go too far into the wonky details. If you wish, you can go read for yourself. But for a quick illustrative example, if new voter survey data feeds into the algorithm in between graphic changes and adjusts the projected candidate vote percentages for a given area by 0.2% without changing the overall total votes:
Total Votes: 50,000 x (Biden 45.5% / Trump 43.5%)
= Biden Votes 22,750 / Trump Votes 21,750
Total Votes: 50,000 x (Biden 45.7% / Trump 43.3%)
= Biden Votes 22,850 / Trump Votes 21,650
Someone watching the CNN chyron changing when the example above occurs might view it as 100 votes being flipped from Trump to Biden. With DVR technology, they can make a quick TikTok video and suddenly you have viral evidence of electronic election hacking. The corporate media could easily explain this and put the controversy to rest, but the videos perpetuate the voting machine conspiracy and keep attention away from absentee ballot fraud. So they really have no incentive to do so. They are happy to keep feeding the beast because it helps their side win.
At the end of the day, these are not even unofficial vote totals from government reporting sources. It is a haphazard vote projection aggregated from a variety of different sources by a third party vendor. It is not how the final results are determined or reported.
The graphs above are from hour-by-hour (and sometimes minute-by-minute) updates of data that is desperately being acquired as quickly as possible. Due to the various different ways counties report data this is a partly manual process, and mistakes are made, then later corrected.
But the final result comes from pieces of paper that can be verified and recounted.Mick West from Metabunk.org
Votes Were Counted Over Seas
Another accusation that falls into the “Skynet Theory” is that votes are sent overseas to be tabulated and can be manipulated. The story took off after the 2020 election when a leaked Zoom call of Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) began circulating where he described a conversation he had with former Intel officials about a Spanish owned company named Scytl. Gohmert talked about how the company had been contracted to tally up votes in the 2020 election, and about a dramatic raid by U.S. military special forces that had supposedly confiscated the company’s servers located in Frankfurt, Germany.
The theory that Scytl was aggregating and manipulating votes in U.S. elections did not just pop up in 2020. It is another recycled electronic voting theory that dates back to at least 2012 when it had to be debunked by no less than conservative pundit Michelle Malkin. This time a right wing conspiracy theory, rumors had been swirling months ahead of time that President Obama would use Scytl to steal the 2012 election from Mitt Romney. Much like Edison Research, Malkin explained Scytl was just a media research and graphics software company that played no role in the official vote counting.
FICTION: According to alarmists, Scytl’s acquisition of SOE amounts to a complete takeover of America’s election system. No, not really. While SOE boasts of a presence “with 900 jurisdictions as customers in 26 states,” there is no single contract that the federal government has entered into, or could, with Scytl to count the 2012 presidential election votes. Much of the work Scytl/SOE analysts do is number-crunching and graphics software work after local and state officials have done the vote-counting.From Michelle Malkin’s May 2012 column ‘Scytl: Voter Fraud Facts and Fiction’
The other major question that needs to be answered is the role Dominion Voting Systems actually played in the alleged scheme because their actions throughout the controversy have been unquestionably suspect. Again as mentioned in Part 1 of this series, their conduct has not at all been in keeping with a company falsely accused of being the central nervous system of a massive scheme to steal an election through electronic vote manipulation. Given the industry they operate in, transparency and cooperation with investigations and audits would seem to be the best course of action to take in order to clear their good name and restore faith in their products. Instead they have been opaque and downright hostile to any attempt to examine the election results. Not exactly good for business moving forward. So what exactly was their role if in fact voting machines were not at least part of the scheme to steal the election? Quite honestly, we do not know exactly. We can speculate based on what is now known and comparing it to actions taken at the time with the benefit of hindsight.
When the accusations first came out right after election day November 3rd, 2020, Dominion remained oddly silent for almost a month. Outside of some statements posted on their website, they made almost no effort to do damage control as their company’s reputation was being destroyed in the media. They declined opportunities to testify before state legislature committee in hearings, and waited until almost the end of December to begin sending “cease and desist” letters to media organizations such as Fox News and Newsmax, as well as notable Trump supporters making the accusations like Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, and Rudy Giuliani. You would expect to see these actions almost as soon as the accusations began to be made if the goal was truly to minimize the negative press coverage. There were also odd actions taken by people connected to Dominion such as almost half of their employees deleting their LinkedIn profiles. Granted this might have been just because of the level of harassment they were receiving online from angered Trump supporters, but again that should have been even more reason for Dominion to speak out forcibly in public. Yet they seemed to remain mostly quiet, and it only contributed to the theory there was a coverup underway.
So what could possibly explain the delay other than Dominion was caught off guard and had to formulate a plan of action to cover up their malfeasance?
Here is a theory:
Dominion knew the accusations would be coming and they were holding back to lay down a Lawfare Trap.
From a business standpoint, Dominion’s actions post-election make almost no sense. Their early silence and suspicious behavior followed by their open hostility towards the Trump campaign, his supporters, and post-election audits has made their brand even more toxic. Remember, Democrats were the ones adamantly opposed to voting machines before the 2020 election. Why would a company in damage control mode act in a manner that not only makes any future contract bids guaranteed to be met with angry opposition, but also lead to calls nationwide to have their existing products already in the market be ripped out entirely? Has any other company ever reacted to a public relations crisis like this before? No, so there has to be an ulterior motive outside of business reasons.
Dominion’s actions make very little sense for a company falsely accused suddenly of wrong-doing, but they make a lot of sense if they knew the accusations were coming and would be provably false in court ahead of time. Lay low, allow the story to spread and gain momentum, and then launch a lawfare trap that ensnares a large swath of your political opponents and opposition friendly media organizations. In addition to figures like Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, Dominion has filed suit against Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network (OAN). On top of that, they are using the lawsuits to demand donor lists from the non-profit organizations that raised funds for the purposes of the election contests by defendants in the suits; presumably to identify other individuals who might be politically targeted as well.
As detailed in Part 2 of this series, stories about Dominion and a possible voting machine hacking used to steal the election dominated conservative media and cable news networks in the immediate aftermath of the 2020 election with reliable figures like Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, Dan Bongino, and Mark Levin reporting on the story relying mainly on the credibility of Sidney Powell and Gen. Michael Flynn.
The story lost most of its steam on the major networks when in late November, Tucker Carlson went on air and said it was “time for Sidney Powell to show her evidence“. Soon after, the major conservative media outlets started issuing retractions and with the exception of OAN, have not covered the story since in any kind of real detail. This was highlighted by a bizarre incident on Newsmax TV when host Bob Sellers walked off in the middle of an interview after being unable to stop Mike Lindell from talking about voting machine-related fraud.
More recently, Lindell famously pulled all his advertising off of Fox News after they declined to run a paid advertisement for his August 2021 Cyber Symposium. This has fueled speculation that maybe the corporate boards that own these networks and are opposed to President Trump decided to step in and suppress news coverage about election fraud. The more likely answer is media outlets ran with the story initially, but after doing their own investigations with their own reporters realized there was no merit to the stories. They were in fact being sucked into a lawfare trap, and moved to extricate themselves as quickly as possible.*
*(Editor’s Note: If this in fact is what happened, history will look kindly on Tucker Carlson for his actions. He was taking an enormous risk of permanently alienating a large segment of his audience when it did not benefit him personally to do so. By using his platform to challenge the cyber hack narrative early, he likely greatly minimized the damage that otherwise might have been done and gave Trump’s campaign a fighting chance in the election contests.)
Impact of the Voting Machine Ruse
We have already detailed the damage done by the voting machine theory to the election contest legal challenges in Part 2 of this series by the Kracken lawsuits and misdirection of Trump’s grassroot support. TWP was in fact one of the few conservative-populist media outlets calling out the scheme in real-time as far back as December 2020.
It apparently worked. The U.S. court system all the way up to the Supreme Court were able to run or hide under their desks long enough to allow the election to be certified for Joe Biden. So one might think any disinformation campaign centered around voting machines would come to an end, correct? Sadly, no. It appears the theory is now so deeply embedded in the psyche of the conservative base that it will prove to be a useful tool into the future to keep misdirecting election integrity efforts. Because any minute spent focused on voting machines theories is a minute not focused on mail-in balloting.
Arizona Audit of Maricopa County
As an example, let us look at how it has impacted the Arizona Audit of Maricopa County. When the Arizona Senate sent their July 26th subpoena to the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, 4 (arguably 5) of the 6 subpoenaed items related directly to Dominion voting machines, tabulation devices, or cyber security in general. What was the one item not related to voting machines that got lost in the shuffle and largely ignored in media coverage? The absentee ballot envelopes needed to do a full signature match check. But for almost 2 months, the Maricopa board delayed and Dominion refused to cooperate at all. In the meantime, most media coverage centered around “why are they hiding the routers” with hardly a peep about the ballot envelopes, which again, traditionally were the single most important pieces of evidence in almost every election contest before 2020, and now merely an afterthought.
The delay also allowed Maricopa County to issue press releases taunting the Arizona Senate by saying they should “tell the truth and stop encouraging conspiracies” and mocking the Senate by stating “there wasn’t an injection of ballots from Asia nor was there a satellite that beamed votes into our election equipment“. The statement of course coming out about a week before Mike Lindell’s own cybersecurity experts blew his Cyber Symposium up in his face.
See how that works? Almost as if it was planned that way. Notice also, Maricopa County choose not to mention anything related to mail-in ballots or signatures in their condescending mockery. They just seemed to skip right over it.
When the Arizona Audit Report did get released, it found a multitude of issues including over 57,000 ballots that were in question, about 6 times Biden’s margin of victory in the Arizona. However, it was not the public relation bombshell most Trump supporters had expected that would show hundreds of thousands of the fraudulent votes had been cast.
The forensic audit of Maricopa’s electric election equipment showed significant security concerns including anonymous internal logins using shared administrator passwords, deleted files and overwritten data logs, and serious network vulnerabilities including access to the outside internet. The auditors noted Maricopa had not been cooperative and even obstructionist, and not turned over all requested items. The auditor recommended further investigation, but were unable to show any evidence of outside access or hacking into the system or votes counts had been manipulated. Probably the most disappointing finding that the mainstream media latched onto and plastered all over their headlines was the Cyber Ninjas hand recount agreed to the machine count used in Arizona’s election certification. Something you would not expect had the Dominion voting machines been used to change vote totals.
What became apparent but not surprising in the presentation is no meaningful signature match audit was ever done. Maricopa was able to hide behind all the noise about routers and user passwords long enough to avoid turning over the ballot envelope images until just two weeks before the report was presented, not enough time to conduct a full signature match audit. Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai was enlisted to do a quick review of the ballot images. But with only a short window of time, he was still able to find numerous issues and anomalies including over 17,000 duplicate ballots from unique voters as well as over three times as many blank or simple “scribble” signatures than reported by Maricopa. But there was no time to compare the signatures on the envelopes to those in the voter files where they would have found mismatches for dead people, voters who moved out of state, ballots filled out for all the residents of a nursing home and signed by the same person, etc.
The Arizona Audit spent 5 months and $6 million, and never bothered to do a signature match check. See, that’s how a disinformation campaign works; getting your opposition to commit most of their resources where it will do the least amount of good and have the least impact.
The Arizona Audit was not a disaster by any means. There were plenty of irregularities found and the legislative reforms recommended by the report will greatly improve Arizona’s election integrity if passed into legislation. But the impact of the audit will be somewhat tempered in the minds of “normies” by the specter of the voting machines conspiracies. From Antrim County, Michigan, to the Kracken cases, to Lindell’s Cyber Symposium, to Maricopa County, Arizona have all promised time after time to bring out the irrefutable proof, but for the most part failed to deliver. It is getting mixed in with the all the other evidence of fraud related to absentee balloting and from voter canvasing, and tainting the final results as a whole.
House Resolution 1 (H.R.1)
One last point as evidence of a scheme. If Dominion machines were indeed the means (at least in part) used to rig the 2020 election in favor of Joe Biden, then you would expect expanding the role voting machines play in future elections would be a high priority for Democrats. Well is it? As soon as the new Congress was sworn in this year, their number one priority was of course H.R.1, a bill intended to nationalize all elections for federal office in order to dismantle election integrity safeguards, and cement permanent Democratic majorities in the House and Senate as well as make it nearly impossible for Republicans to ever again reclaim the Oval Office.
So was expanding the use of voting machines a top priority? Well, not really. You can read it for yourself. Paper ballots (or paper for ballots) are mentioned 75 times. Voting machines are mentioned only 17 times. The overriding objective of the bill is to require the same California style mass mailout ballot and harvesting model and eliminate Voter ID for the entire country. Voting machines are touched on in the bill, but only in the context of certifying and upgrading existing systems and there is no requirement for states to use them.
If you really think it through, in order to to use a voting machine you need a person to go to a voting location, and typically it is hard to get a dead person to show up. It is much easier to add votes from “ghost voters“, or discard votes and pretend you never received them from eligible voters you don’t want by using absentee ballots due to the lack of chain of custody. It just makes sense. Democrats would want to do everything in their power to avoid in-person voting and thereby create an electronic audit trail.
If in fact this was all a disinformation campaign and a lawfare trap, there could be real damage done to the conservative movement as a whole even beyond election integrity. Dominion is suing both Mike Lindell and his company MyPillow Inc. for $1.3 billion in damages. If successful, the ‘cabal’ will succeed in destroying someone who from all accounts is a genuinely good man with an amazing life story. Lindell also donates nearly all his wealth to charity including his own Lindell Recovery Network; a Christian-based foundation that helps with recovery for drug addicts, having struggled with addiction himself in the past.
They could also wind up taking down his company; a U.S.-based manufacturer that employs over 1600 people. This would also be extremely damaging for conservative media overall. MyPillow ads are a staple on nearly every major news outlet. The loss of revenue from a reliable advertiser that ignores regular calls from Leftists for boycotts could be crippling for conservative news coverage as a whole.
Gen. Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell
Perhaps the worst outcome is the impact the scheme could have on Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) and attorney Sidney Powell. Remember where we were right before Election Day 2020. Despite the trial of Gen. Flynn continuing to drag on due to the absurd legal antics of Judge Emmet Sullivan, it was clear Flynn was politically targeted, had been set up by the FBI and DOJ, and would soon be fully exonerated. There were serious discussions about Flynn returning to serve in the Trump administration in a possible second term, and finally doing the work the Deep State feared so much that they had gone to extraordinary lengths to take him out at all costs.
Likewise, Sidney Powell’s reputation as a fierce critic of corruption inside the Dept. of Justice and her work on behalf of Gen. Flynn in his criminal case reportedly had her name topping the list as a possible replacement for Chris Wray as Director of the FBI.
Both Gen. Flynn and Sidney Powell had obtained almost folk hero-like status amongst Trump’s supporters. But then it appears the Flynn and Powell camps were infiltrated in order to plant the seeds of the disinformation campaign unbeknownst to either of them. It took advantage of their sterling reputations to add credibility to the voting machine claims, brought enormous attention, and sent the information viral because of their mass popularity and devoted online following. But the damage done by their association to the Kraken cases has now tarnished them and strained their relationships with President Trump. So much so, it would be questionable if either would be offered a role in a possible Trump administration if he is reelected in 2024.
The plot very well may have accomplished what the FBI and DOJ could not. Take Gen. Flynn and Sidney Powell out of any kind of future official government role. Of all the theories and speculation throughout this four-part series, this is the one I most hope to be wrong about. Because that very well might be the most tragic consequence of all.
… but it’s just a theory. So as always, this is off-the-record, always on the QT, and very ‘hush hush’.
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