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sam1wiseone
Senior Contributor

smartmatic

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cmilligan1958g
Senior Contributor

Re: smartmatic

Foreign sedition. They targeted 4 areas to saturate with printed fake “ballots”. 

rickgthf
Senior Advisor

Re: What changed ar CNN? Well, for one, ....

What changed at CCN?  Well, for one, Lou Dobbs doesn't work there more. He got "let go", aka "fired" for his insisting on "birtherism", among other conspiracy theories.  CNN apparently learned the lesson that Fox didn't but will when Smartmatic and Dominion get done with them.

  You can count on Fox losing a few hundred million dollars over this one.

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: What changed ar CNN? Well, for one, ....

It was Barack Obama's own bio that he used for 20 years that claimed he was born in kenya. So Lou Dobbs got fired for reporting a Barack Obama claim?

rickgthf
Senior Advisor

Re: Ah, I should have known, a real ....

Ah, I should have known, a real birther believer.   What's it feel like not to any grip on reality?  Do you shake all the time? Be careful you don't end up Tony Warner and vaporize yourself in a pointless gesture.

sam1wiseone
Senior Contributor

Re: What changed ar CNN? Well, for one, ....


@rickgthf wrote:

What changed at CCN?  Well, for one, Lou Dobbs doesn't work there more. He got "let go", aka "fired" for his insisting on "birtherism", among other conspiracy theories.  CNN apparently learned the lesson that Fox didn't but will when Smartmatic and Dominion get done with them.

  You can count on Fox losing a few hundred million dollars over this one.


You're in a battle with nox for village idiot Rick. 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/venezuela-nicolas-maduros-constituent-assembly-vote-inflated-smartmatic... 

/ AP

Smartmatic was created by Venezuelans and began providing electronic voting machines in 2004 during the presidency of the late Hugo Chavez.

 

 

 

sam1wiseone
Senior Contributor

how is that koolaide tasting now rickster?

How'bout some outrage from prog central:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/exclusive-on-heels-of-die_b_620084 

EXCLUSIVE: On Heels of Diebold/Premier Purchase, Canadian eVoting Firm Dominion Also Acquires Sequoia, Lies About Chavez Ties in Announcement

As part of the transaction, Dominion has acquired Sequoia’s inventory and all intellectual property, including software, firmware and hardware, for Sequoia’s precinct and central count optical scan and DRE voting solutions, including BPS, WinEDS, Edge, Edge2, Advantage, Insight, InsightPlus and 400C systems.

That statement is an out-and-out lie — one which continues to propagate a years-long deception of the public, the media and election officials by Sequoia themselves.

As long time readers of The BRAD BLOG will recall, the matter of the true ownership of the intellectual property (IP) of Sequoia’s voting systems wasn’t at all what the company had represented to the public, to media, to election official customers, and even in courts of law.

As part of a detailed investigative exposé series in 2008, as we broke the story of Hart Intercivic’s quietly attempted hostile takeover of Sequoia, we revealed the fact that — despite representations to the contrary, possibly even to U.S. government investigators — the IP for the vast-majority/near-entirety of Sequoia’s voting systems was actually secretly owned by the Hugo Chavez-tied, Venezuelan-based firm, Smartmatic.

The continuing control of the IP was discovered by The BRAD BLOG long after the (largely) Rightwing outrage which had forced a federal investigation into Smartmatic’s control over American elections had died down. The initial concern had coming following revelations that Smartmatic seemed to be directly tied to the Venezuelan President Chavez. Angry sentiment led by CNN’s Lou Dobbs and some members of Congress (including NY’s Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney) led to an investigation by the federal Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), subsequently forcing Smartmatic to divest of Sequoia. Sequoia was then supposedly purchased away from Smartmatic by a team of its U.S. executives, in order to make it fully independent from the Chavez-tied parent company.

 

But that divestiture was a lie.

Sequoia hadn’t publicly disclosed that Smartmatic still retained legal ownership of the IP used in all of their voting machines, a fact that wasn’t publicly revealed until our exposé which forced a subsequent admission by Sequoia’s then CEO and President Jack Blaine. Blaine admitted — in what he thought was a “confidential” company-wide conference call convened to explain the attempted Hart takeover to employees after they’d read the news on The BRAD BLOG — that the company hadn’t actually acquired the the IP from Smartmatic in their deal.

We subsequently detailed how Blaine had utterly dissembled on that point, in writing, while under very specific questioning about it from one of Sequoia’s largest clients, the City of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois.

So who now owns the IP for Sequoia’s voting machines used in some 20% of the U.S.? If you believe Dominion’s press release, which states “Dominion has acquired Sequoia’s inventory and all intellectual property“, that would be Dominion.

But that is simply not true.

Dominion’s Riggall admitted directly in a follow-up reply email to The BRAD BLOG, after we’d sent a direct query on this point [emphasis his]: “Smartmatic IP was not included in the Sequoia transaction, since Sequoia did not own it.”

Despite Dominion’s asserted belief in “transparency” (the front page of their website boasts “Welcome Transparency”, and their announcement of the purchase of Diebold/Premier cites “Dominion’s culture of transparency”), Riggall was unable to share the company’s two purchase agreements with us due to “non-disclosure provisions in both” of them. “Legally,” he wrote, “neither can be shared.”

Nonetheless, the answer is clear: Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is still tied to a huge percentage of U.S. Elections, as now overseen by a Canadian firm.

When we asked Riggall for the company’s explanation for their misleading press release announcing that the Sequoia transaction included “all intellectual property” when it actually didn’t, he offered this Hoytian response:

The Smartmatic IP is Smartmatic IP. Sequoia did not own it, and thus it was not part of the transaction. Dominion purchased all of the IP that Sequoia owned. That’s what was reflected in the news release.

According to the Dominion press release, if the rest of it can be believed, the Sequoia purchase was “reviewed by the U. S. Department of Justice and nine state attorneys general,” and “also reviewed in detail and received approval by the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).”

Unfortunately, federal CFIUS investigations are held entirely in secret, so we are unable to find out from them whether the federal body was informed of Smartmatic’s continuing ownership of the Intellectual Property, and all the legal rights and privileges that go with it, as employed to conduct some 20% of U.S. elections.

Were the DoJ or any of those “nine state attorneys general” made aware of Smartmatic’s continuing ownership of the IP? Do any of the “26 million U. S. voters, including the City of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, the State of Louisiana, the State of Nevada and the majority of counties in California,” who use Sequoia’s systems, according to the Dominion announcement, know about it? Do they even care? How about the folks on the Right who were so outraged before?

Deafening silence continues on all fronts.

bruce MN
Advisor

Re: how is that koolaide tasting now rickster?

Bringing in Diebold to the conversation?

Okey Doak

sam1wiseone
Senior Contributor

Re: how is that koolaide tasting now rickster?


@bruce MN wrote:

Bringing in Diebold to the conversation?

Okey Doak


God you're a df

bruce MN
Advisor

Re: how is that koolaide tasting now rickster?

It’s where they stayed that warrants attention. 

Did you actually read and then follow forward through it?