First off, the voting machines and technology of Smartmatic. Some now long closed tab had an article about the Maduro election in Venezuela and how many votes he got from people rioting in the streets against his government, and pointed out that there were “concerns” over the voting machines used. Made by a company named “Smartmatic”. A trivial amount of searching leads to the Wiki on them. It says, basically, ~”Designed to be hackable”. Best Venezuelan Dictator Approved, and all.
Smartmatic (also referred as Smartmatic Corp. or Smartmatic International); is a Venezuelan-owned multinational company that specializes in technology solutions aimed at governments. It is organized around producing electronic voting systems, smart cities solutions (including public safety and public transportation), and identity management systems for civil registration, as well as authentication for government applications.
All in one place for easy one stop shopping by those in Power who want to stay in Power. Round up your citizens, manage their “identities” (and create more voters if needed?) and make sure YOU can count the votes.
But surely they are not beholden to the office holders or working a little too closely with them, right?
In 2003, Bizta was losing money with “barely a sales deal to its name”. It was at this time that Bizta was awarded a $150,000 “loan” from Marieta Maarroui de Bolívar – wife of the then-Chavista governor Didalco Bolívar – who was president of FONCREI, the Venezuelan government’s organization dedicated to industrial funding. Smartmatic also received an additional $200,000 loan from the Chávez government. Smartmatic later responded to the bid process initiated by the CNE for the 2004 Venezuela recall, forming the SBC Consortium in the third quarter of 2003, prior to bidding. The SBC Consortium comprised Smartmatic, Bizta, and Venezuela’s state-run telecommunications organization CANTV. The SBC Consortium deal was notarized by then-Vice President José Vicente Rangel’s daughter Gisela Rangel de D’Armas in Caracas. The deal with Bizta required the Venezuelan government to own 28% of Smartmatic and placed Venezuela’s Head of the Council of Ministers and advisor to Hugo Chávez, Omar Montilla, on Smartmatic’s board of directors. Montilla was also appointed director of Bizta on 15 December 2003.
After it was reported that the Venezuelan government had been involved with funding and managing Mugica’s Bizta for over two years, Smartmatic quickly repaid Bizta’s “loan” a month before the election. A Venezuelan government propaganda organization, the Venezuela Information Office, also released a “fact sheet” about Smartmatic, defending the company from allegations at the time.
By the time Smartmatic made its first large deal with the Venezuelan government in 2004, the majority of employees worked in its Venezuela offices shared with Bizta, with 70 in Caracas while only 7 worked between Boca Raton, Florida and Sunnyvale, California. During the election, Smartmatic operated the voting machines, Bizta sent manual votes in remote areas to software centers and CANTV provided logistical assistance.
Well, I’m sure they are all moral upstanding folks and everything is above board…
But who cares about elections in Venezuela, anyway? Well, an attractive product can have wide adoption…
The company was contracted in 2004 for the automation of electoral processes in Venezuela. Since 2004, its election technology has been used in local and national elections in: Africa, Venezuela, United States, Belgium, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, the United Kingdom, Mexico and the Philippines.
Well I guess it’s just the case that the UK, Belgium, and the USA just don’t have the technical skills to make a voting system. Or perhaps harder to make one with all the necessary “features” and controls… or is that adjustments?
2016 Utah republican presidential primaries
In the 2016 Utah Republican caucus, where Utah Republicans voted to choose the party’s nominee for president in the 2016 US Presidential election, the voters had the opportunity to vote using traditional methods or to vote online. For online voting, the Utah Republican Party used an internet voting system developed by the Smartmatic-Cybernetica Internet Voting Centre of Excellence, based in Estonia.
Despite warnings from security experts, Utah GOP officials billed the online voting system, for which the state paid $150,000. Multiple issues occurred with the system, with voters receiving error messages and even being blocked from voting. Smartmatic received thousands of calls from Utah voters surrounding issues with the process. The Washington Post states that “the concern seems to be less with the technology and more with the security of the devices people use to vote”.
According to Joe Kiniry, the lead researcher of Galois, a technology research firm:
Several of us did a lightweight analysis of it remotely, to see how it was built and deployed and this sort of thing … we found that they were using technologies that even modern Web programmers stay away from. … It’s like the dumbest possible choices are being made by some of these companies with respect to deployed technology that should be mission-critical!
Now that’s a bit harsh. It may not be dumb at all, depending on your goals.
Smartmatic has been criticized by various entities for its motives and handling of elections in the Philippines.
The Manila Times has stated that Smartmatic’s system was unreliable, glitchy and vulnerable to tampering. After the newspaper reported that Smartmatic had been funneling voter information through “unofficial servers”, The Manila Times ultimately called on officials from the country’s electoral body, Comelec, to resign. In early 2017, The Manila Times reported that Smartmatic machines were equipped with SD cards where voter entries are recorded, citing Glenn Chong, a former congressman of the NGO Tanggulang Demokrasya (TANDEM) stating that “at least one SD card was tampered with”, allegedly showing that Smartmatic’s system was “very much open to hijacking or sabotage”.
Hijacking? Isn’t “quality adjustment” a better sounding phrase?…
Just OMG. Who on this Earth would possibly think that a system funded by Socialist Dictators for their own vote counting “adventures” would be anything solidly secure from tampering.
RINO Deep State
Then from this link at SDA:
With ‘friends’ like these…
June 22, 2018
And the GOP wonders why their own base hates them.
I ran into this article that is, well, “chilling” is just not enough…
Clearly any creature too long submerged in the Swamp starts to smell of decay and get covered in slime; eventually adopting the habits of all the other successful swamp dwellers.
Judicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Revealing McCain’s Subcommittee Staff Director Urged IRS to Engage in “Financially Ruinous” Targeting
JUNE 21, 2018
McCain minority staff director Henry Kerner to IRS official Lois Lerner and other IRS
officials: “the solution is to audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous”
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.” Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.
The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.
Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”
In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”
Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.
“The Obama IRS scandal is bipartisan – McCain and Democrats who wanted to regulate political speech lost at the Supreme Court, so they sought to use the IRS to harass innocent Americans,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.”
And they wonder why Trump got elected, why we no longer hear their FUD claims (Fear Uncertainty & Doubt), no longer care what sob story and angry-of-the-day rent-a-mob is on the nightly Propaganda Show called “news”. Because we’ve seen that it is All Slime All The Time!
If ever there was a good example of why term limits are needed, IMHO, this is it.