Hardly a day has gone by, it seems, since the November 2020 election without some news article decrying the election’s “big lie.” The alleged lie? "There was widespread fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election" with some adding "causing it to be stolen from Trump."
Having been the target of fraud rhetoric, Dominion Voting Systems or SmartMatic have responded by bringing disinformation or defamation lawsuits against Rudy Giuliani (former mayor of New York), Sydney Powell (former advisor to President Trump), Mike Lindell (CEO of My Pillow), Fox News, and three of its broadcasters because they have tied voting irregularities to these two companies.
It has been almost six months since the election. So has any evidence of fraud been uncovered, or is the “big lie” just that – a big lie?
John Poulos, CEO of Dominion, allegedly told the Michigan State Oversight Committee on Dec. 15, 2020, that “voting systems are by design meant to be used as closed systems that are not networked meaning they are not connected to the Internet.” Why is this important? If a voting machine is not connected to the internet it cannot be manipulated remotely. However, hackers have found Dominion voting machines through the internet.
Former US Army Col. Phil Walgrin (who worked in an information warfare unit and now works in cyber security), as well as Mary Fanning (a National Intelligence researcher) investigated internet traffic to and from voting machines starting before the 2020 election and ending after the election. What did they find? They found that voting machines were connected to the internet, and servers receiving and storing votes, resided in foreign countries. Server locations, down to street addresses, were found in Germany, Spain, Serbia and Toronto.
Data collected by Walgrin, Fanning and colleagues showed that voting machines were manipulated during the election from IP and MAC addresses in China, Iran and other places modifying votes in Biden’s favor.
Voting machines’ vulnerabilities to hacking have been known for awhile. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., for example, in a 2018 interview acknowledged this and voiced concerns.
While it is not possible to know whether the FBI and CISA (the U.S. cyber security agency) are investigating this, no reports have been issued yet. General Thomas McInerney (ret.) has said the November 2020 election was the most severe cyber attack in history, and to his knowledge and concern there has not yet been any audits.
Mike Lindell has stated he does not fear Dominion’s suit against him. His reason: an insurmountable defense against defamation is truth. So his take is basically "bring it." The facts are on his side and he can now issue subpoenas to force the release of additional evidence. In light of this, perhaps the big question is how do we fix this before the 2022 election?
Scott Hoaby lives in Fargo.
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