Our Elections have been hacked- NBC, AP, ABC, Bloomberg, etc stories
9-29-2016 – NBCNEWS – Hackers Target Election Systems in 20 States – There have been hacking attempts on election systems in more than 20 states — far more than had been previously acknowledged — a senior Department of Homeland Security official told NBC News.
9-13-2016 – NBCNEWS – NSA Chief: Potential Russian Hacking of U.S. Elections a Concern – The head of the National Security Agency said Tuesday that the potential for Russia to harm the U.S. electoral process in the upcoming general election is a concern.
8-29-2016 – NBCNEWS – Russians Hacked Two U.S. Voter Databases, Officials Say – Hackers based in Russia were behind two recent attempts to breach state voter registration databases, fueling concerns the Russian government may be trying to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News. The breaches included the theft of data from as many as 200,000 voter records in Illinois, officials say.
10-1-2016 ABCNEWS – Over 20 states’ voter registration systems have been hacked, officials say – It’s been a few months since Donald Trump invited Russia to look into Hillary Clinton’s email servers, and just a few days since he accused a 400-pound hacker of being behind the attack on the DNC earlier this summer. But all “joking” aside, cybersecurity is becoming a more relevant and recent issue than ever this election cycle. On Friday, a Homeland Security Department official revealed that hackers targeted the voter registration systems in over 20 states in the last few months, perhaps adding more fuel to the fire that is the mistrust in the election system this cycle. Sources told ABC News that of the attempted attacks on the voter registration systems, four were ultimately compromised. Russia is suspected to be behind the malfeasance.
10-3-2016 – Legal Insurrection – DHS: Hackers Targeted 21 Election Systems in 21 States – The FBI provided “eight separate IP addresses” and thinks they may have been linked since the hackers used one address in both the attacks. The department recognized one address since it “surfaced before in Russian criminal underground hacker forums.” Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer for cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect, told Yahoo News that “the method of attack on one of the state election systems — including the types of tools used by the hackers to scan for vulnerabilities and exploit them — appears to resemble methods used in other suspected Russian state-sponsored cyber attacks, including one just this month on the World Anti-Doping Agency.” However, the tools are not very sophisticated, but “very effective,” which is why “national governments or their proxies” use them.
10-1-2016 – Bloomberg – Wary of Election Hacks, U.S. Urges States to Get Security Help – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is urging state and local election officials to seek assistance from the federal government to fend off cyber attacks that could be used to manipulate the results of the November presidential elections. The agency is ready to provide any assistance to help states secure their systems, if they request it, Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, said in a statement Saturday. Threats are rising that criminals will use cyber attacks to try to disrupt the administration of U.S. elections, the agency said.
“These challenges aren’t just in the future — they are here today,” Johnson said in the statement. “In recent months, malicious cyber-actors have been scanning a large number of state systems, which could be a preamble to attempted intrusions. In a few cases, we have determined that malicious actors gained access to state voting-related systems.” Johnson’s statement is in response to a Sept. 28 letter from the top Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senate to the National Association of State Election Directors, urging states to take advantage of public resources available to help them secure their systems.
9-28-2016 Letter from Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell to the National Association of State Election Directors MUST READ– “Today, the states face the challenge of malefactors that are seeking to use cyberattacks to disrupt the administration of our elections. We urge the states to take full advantage of the robust public and private sector resources available to them to ensure that their network infrastructure is secure from attack.” [editors note:] Something simple and deeply troubling about this letter.
CICJ, Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, book and support Links
5-16-2016 – Columbus Free Press – Book Review: Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, THE STRIP & FLIP SELECTION OF 2016: Five Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft – according to the article: “THE STRIP & FLIP SELECTION OF 2016: Five Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft inspires, mandates, angers, mystifies, amazes, and revolts readers enough, like pepper spray, like a shot of Red Bull that, as I read it, I could hardly keep my seat to write this review.”
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National, FL, AZ Election Issues
9-5-2016 Salon.com – “There’s no such thing as a victimless billionaire”: Inside the shadowy voter fraud conspiracy that’s “still in progress” Greg Palast uncovers voter suppression beneath alleged fraud in new documentary, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” – Greg has a lot to say about the Interstate Crosscheck process to purge voters. This is covered in his RS article. He has a petition to sign. – Here is an article on it in AZ: AZ Officials Deny Crosscheck System Targets Minority Names – Over the years more and more people are aware of election fraud. Naked Capitalism has articles about the need for paper ballots publicly counted and follows the issue. The Bernie campaign educated many people about the issue.
When even a politician who is an actual member of the democratic party, and then John Kerry also a democratic do not want to challenge the US voting system, it was probably too much to expect that Bernie who was not a democrat and challenged the entire political establishment, that in his uprising, too much to expect that he would also have forced the issue of election integrity. The corruption is now so deep, and the stakes are so high – e.g., TPP, and the establishment likes the way things are, that it doesn’t look like any meaningful action will take place in the near term.
The Native American uprising and their dog bites like those on the blacks in the south 50 years ago, and the new activism across many issues, and …. who knows
9-7-2016 update from trustvote.org article by Lori Grace that exit polls showed Bernie won CA – Lori ecounts the stolen elections that were not challenged – asked Gore about 2000 and he was worried it would cause a revolution and he didn’t have the energy for it
I sat with with a small group of people together Al Gore one day in 2006 as a Climate Project trainee and asked him why he did not push for being president since he felt that the election was stolen. He said to us that he would have caused a revolution and just did not have the stamina to survive what would ensue.
Some of the lack of energy is because the Republicans spent years going after Clinton every which way and Gore did not want to get gored. We learn today on a post on Naked Capitalism that Clinton’s change in tax policy helped fuel the rise of CEO pay
9-7-2016 – Cincinatti Free Press – Distrust of 2016’s Hackable Election Is a Media Landslide With Just One Solution: Hand-counted Paper Ballots – New article by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman- Finally, the major for-profit media is approaching consensus that it’s easy to hack U.S. political elections. Even candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are raising unprecedented doubts – from very different directions – about the reliability of the upcoming vote count. Ultimately, there is just one solution: universal hand-counted paper ballots, with carefully protected voter registration rolls, and a transparent chain of custody.
The corporate media and the Democrats are obsessed with the “Russians.” Donald Trump rants about a mythological army of voters voting multiple times. But the real threat to our election system comes from private for-profit corporations that register voters, control voter databases, then count and report the vote with secret proprietary software and zero transparency, accountability, or recourse.
In other words, many people now know that voting machines are easy to hack. Here is a link to that article http://columbusfreepress.com/article/distrust-2016%E2%80%99s-hackable-election-media-landslide-just-one-solution-hand-counted-paper
9-8-2016 – The United States: The Country That Can’t Count an Election Right – ROBERT C. KOEHLER FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT – Bob mentioned that Greg Palast is looking for funding for widespread distribution of his movie so it can qualify for the Oscars this year and can be in theaters across the country. Greg wrote the introduction to Bob & Harvey’s recent book and they have worked together for years
9-9-2016- Robert Fitrakis: Sanders May Have Lost Due to Election Fraud:
Robert Fitrakis says that the partisan firms which manage election data and technology targeted young Sanders supporters to ensure a Clinton victory
9-19-2016 – Attorneys who filed DNC class action lawsuit have made a public records demand to the Supervisors of Elections for Broward and Miami-Dade counties to conduct an audit of the Wasserman Schultz and Canova primary race.
Jared Beck: “We have received concerns from members of the public regarding the accuracy of the results. In order to best address these concerns, we believe that a comprehensive, independent audit is necessary. At this stage of our investigation, we would emphasize that we are not drawing conclusions.
“To conduct a rigorous audit will entail significant expense. We are confident that we can raise the necessary funds in order to complete this investigation, but we are going to need the public’s help with this. Maintaining the integrity of our elections is integral to our democratic process.”
9-10-2016 – 1M to 7.2M voters may lose their right to vote in NOV because of Republican Controlled Crosscheck – 85% of whom are likely persons of color – SAT 9-10-2016 Election Updates – GA, VA, OH, NC, and perhaps 25+ more states
Privately funded exit poll in 3 CA Counties showed a reported Sanders Win by 3.1% was really a Sanders Win by 7.5% – likely Sanders won CA election