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Picture this:

You’re a voting machine in Georgia.

Like the loyal gun turrets in the game “Portal,” you spend your days bored but alert in a storage warehouse most of the year. Then you serve American voters without complaint during election seasons.

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As a voting machine, you’re not an American, but you are American property. This is why you feel safe; you feel proud; you know you are a key part of the American democratic process. Unlike in other countries, you are reliable and unhacked.

Or are you?

According to this Wall Street Journal article, maybe you aren’t.

The secretary of state of Georgia is asking the Department of Homeland Security to explain what appears to be an attempted breach of the state’s computer systems that house its voter registration database by someone in the federal government.

In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson dated Thursday, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp said the state had discovered an unsuccessful attempt to breach the firewall of state computer systems. The attempt occurred on Nov. 15 and was linked to an IP address associated with DHS, he said.

 

So much for “the integrity of our voting process,” right, Jill Stein? Jeh Johnson denies that he ordered anyone in the DHS to hack the servers–what, he’s going to say he oredered it?–but that doesn’t mean someone higher up than him didn’t.

Apparently, the attempted hack by the United States federal government on a state election computer system “was detected by a third-party security firm working for the state of Georgia.”

(Thank God for the free market!)

Interestingly, the voter database computers also house information about company incorporations. So, was this a case of corporate espionage gone awry? Was this the only illegal “scan” of its kind, or merely the only one that has been detected so far?

To its credit, the Department of Homeland Security took steps prior to election day to help states beef up their election systems against possible hacking, “as fears of foreign interference in the U.S. election process reached a fever pitch in the months leading up to Election Day.”
State governments were wary of this new level of intrusion by DHS. Originally, DHS “considered declaring election systems ‘critical infrastructure,’ which would have given the federal government additional authority to protect the systems.”DHS didn’t go that far, since many states expressed concern even more federal authority over their election systems and said the Constitution gave states the right to run their own elections. Not surprisingly, Georgia was one of the states that turned down the federal government’s assistance for election security, citing state sovereignty.

Maybe the hacking attempt was a way for DHS to prove that state election databases are too unprotected, so that next time around they MUST submit to federal intrusion.

For now, “DHS assistance is strictly voluntary and does not entail regulation, binding directives, and is not offered to supersede state and local control over the process,” Mr. Johnson, the DHS chief, said in September.

For now.
The irony of course is that, while Democrats and #NeverTrump fellow travelers keep screeching about how “the Russians” allegedly hacked this year’s election, it was the U.S. government itself that has been caught with its firewalls down, as it were. Aside from that hypocrisy, the liberals’ “Evil Russians” conspiracy theory can’t even get off the ground.

According to Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, the CIA has not only totally refused to sunbstantiate its accusations against Russia, but he knows the source himself–and it’s not Russian.

I have watched incredulous as the CIA’s blatant lie has grown and grown as a media story – blatant because the CIA has made no attempt whatsoever to substantiate it. There is no Russian involvement in the leaks of emails showing Clinton’s corruption. Yes this rubbish has been the lead today in the Washington Post in the US and the Guardian here, and was the lead item on the BBC main news.

First of all, notes Murray, the CIA claim they “know the individuals” involved, yet under Obama the USA has been absolutely ruthless in its persecution of whistleblowers, and its pursuit of foreign hackers through extradition. Are we really supposed to believe that even though the CIA “knows” who the hackers are, nobody is going to be arrested or extradited?

Nonsense.

For three hours, Murray tells us, “an article was accessible on the Guardian front page which actually included the truth among the CIA hype.”

The Kremlin has rejected the hacking accusations, while the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has previously said the DNC leaks were not linked to Russia. A second senior official cited by the Washington Post conceded that intelligence agencies did not have specific proof that the Kremlin was “directing” the hackers, who were said to be one step removed from the Russian government.

The Guardian article even cited Murray himself before it got yanked off the site: “I know who leaked them. I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.”

But then the article was taken down, and replaced by a ludicrous hack job repeating the CIA’s absurd allegations against Russia.

Meanwhile, the federal government can’t even get its own story straight, with the CIA blaming Russia and the FBI criticizing the CIA.

According to The Daily Caller, the FBI refuses to “corroborate the CIA’s claim that Russia had a hand in the election of President-elect Donald Trump”. One FBI official said that the CIA’s bold, saber-rattling report was full of “fuzzy” and “ambiguous” remarks.

A lack of evidence did not, of course, deter Obama from announcing last Friday he was commissioning “a full-scope investigation into the allegations against the Kremlin.” Obama wants the investigation to be completed before he leaves office in late January, and intends to declassify as much of it as possible.

“The worst thing about all this,” argues Murray, “is that it is aimed at promoting further conflict with Russia. This puts everyone in danger for the sake of more profits for the arms and security industries – including of course bigger budgets for the CIA.”

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This may be why, as Politico reports, former ambassador John Bolton claimed Sunday that hacks–again, these were leaks, not hacks, but anyway–during the election season “could have been ‘a false flag’ operation — possibly committed by the Obama administration itself.” President Trump will probably appoint Bolton to be deputy Secretary of State, so these remarks are worth noting.

Bolton wonders why FBI Director James Comey said there was no direct evidence of foreign intelligence service penetration in Hillary’s private server investigation, but Russian cyber fingerprints were found in the alleged presidential election hacks.

“Why did the Russians run their smart intelligence service against Hillary’s server, but their dumb intelligence service against the election?” Bolton asked rhetorically.

“If you think the Russians did this, then why did they leave fingerprints?” Such an inconsistency smacks of a false flag, and Obama’s new crusade to invalidate the election results only deepens suspicions.