F.William Engdahl: The Murky Foreign Actors Behind US Election Fraud
"Amid documented stories of “ordinary” US election fraud for the November 3 Presidential voting, including false ID, dead voters voting and suspicious one-sided mail in votes in key Democrat-run states, more evidence points to the role of highly sophisticated foreign actors, in concert with elements of the US deep state bad actors, making a brazen highly-illegal effort to topple President Trump and replace him with a more compliant, compromised Joe Biden, who will follow the Great Reset Agenda of the World Economic Forum and Bill Gates. At the center of this seems to be a group of murky private companies which since 2002 have come to dominate elections in not only the USA but also many other countries. If allowed to go unchallenged it will have catastrophic consequences not only inside the United States.
Today the companies which provide US voting machines and related software are dominated by three entities: Dominion Voting Systems of Toronto Canada, SGO Smartmatic of the UK, and ES&S of Omaha. Two of the three are foreign companies. That in itself is ground for concern. But it goes far deeper.
The 2002 HAVA Act
Before the 2000 US election where a thin margin of defective paper ballots, the famous “hanging chads” count, determined the election of George W. Bush, the role of computerized voting machines was very limited. In 2002 that changed, as Congress passed a law seemingly designed to end the problem with punch card ballots. Private companies have run elections since then.
On October 29, 2002, President G.W. Bush signed the “Help America Vote Act of 2002” (HAVA). The law created a new federal agency, United States Election Assistance Commission, to serve as a clearinghouse for election administration information; it created Federal funds to help states improve election administration and “replace outdated voting systems.” Finally the Act proposed to create minimum standards for states to follow in several key areas of election administration. Russell Ramsland, a cyber security expert who founded LI Security Operations, told a recent TV interviewer that the so-called minimum standards were never created. What the law did was provide funds to the states to outsource their election management to private companies like ES&S, Dominion, Smartmatic and some smaller ones. By 2018, these cyber electronic voting companies controlled 92% of the market share of US elections. No longer could bipartisan vote monitors theoretically insure election vote integrity. Computers, proprietary software and all their vulnerabilities were now in control.
By 2004 several young software professionals in Caracas, Venezuela were called in by the embattled socialist regime of Hugo Chavez to help him and his Bolivarian Revolution, backed by Castro’s Cuba, to survive a referendum. The previous Christian Democratic regime of Rafael Caldera had passed a law requiring automated voting and the US voting companies ES&S and the Spanish Indra Systems had established a presence in the country. ES&S was close to the Bush Republican Party.
In response to a bid process for the 2004 Venezuela recall election by Venezuela’s CNE election authority, a new consortium known as SBC Consortium was formed and won the bid to run the referendum counting process. The SBC Consortium comprised Smartmatic (51%), Bitza software (2%), and state telecommunications organization CANTV (47%). The Chavez-appointed R&D Software head of Bitza was Omar Montilla Castillo, a Chavez Government official. Smartmatic had been founded a couple years before by two Venezuelan engineers living in Florida, Antonio Mugica and Alfredo Anzola. The 2004 referendum was their first venture into voting machines. The pro-Chavez Floridians won the bid and were awarded $128 million, with Smartmatic retrofitting gambling machines to be used for the process. Apparently it wasn’t such a big step from rigged gambling machines to rigged voting machines for the clever Venezuelan entrepreneurs.
The Smartmatic consortium successfully falsified the referendum for Chavez. Chavez was behind 40% to 60% in polling. But in the election, Chavez pulled off a “miraculous” 52%-48% win. At the time the New York Times, then somewhat more objective than today, wrote, “Smartmatic was a little-known firm with no experience in voting technology before it was chosen by the Venezuelan authorities to replace the country’s elections machinery ahead of a contentious referendum that confirmed Mr. Chávez as president in August 2004.”"
The fix was in and has been for a long time. Great job by Engdahl.