Daniel John Sobieski,
Noted Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson has often been one of the few bright spots on a network whose continued leftward tilt is no longer possible not to notice. For example, his commentaries on the true pandemic facts and how manufactured COVID hysteria has been used to carve out huge exceptions to our constitutional liberties have been on point. But on Thursday, Tucker Carlson tested positive for bloviating stupidity in surrendering to the conventional wisdom that charges of systemic computer hacking of our elections by pro-Biden foreign actors.
At issue is the Thursday press conference held by Team Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney and New York Mayor, and Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor and most recently Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney as he fights the Deep State’s entrapment of President Trump’s former designated national. Giuliani has an unrestrained personality that can grate on you while Powell has a rather dry manner. Both are damn good lawyers with an encyclopedic knowledge of the rules of evidence and what constitutes a provable and winnable case. They have stellar legal records. Tucker Carlson has none, yet on Thursday he claimed neither had presented any convincing evidence, particularly to him… he with no legal or courtroom experience. Tucker went further, saying that Sidney Powell had repeatedly rebuffed his requests for evidence, essentially telling him to stop bothering her and get lost. That, as Tucker Carlson repeatedly says on his show is a lie. According to Tucker on Thursday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight:
Giuliani, along with former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell and a number of others, alleged that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. To demonstrate that, they exhibited some of what they found after two weeks of investigating….
But back to Thursday’s press conference, which Giuliani kicked off by saying the Democrats stole the election by means of coordinated fraud in a number of states. Giuliani did not conclusively prove that, but he did raise legitimate questions and in some cases, he pointed to what appeared to be real wrongdoing….
All of which brings us to the bombshell at the center of today’s press conference that was delivered by Powell, who also serves as Gen. Mike Flynn’s lawyer. For more than a week, Powell has been all over conservative media with the following story: This election was stolen by a collection of international leftists who manipulated vote tabulating software in order to flip millions of votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. The other day on television, Powell said of Trump that when the fraud is finally uncovered, “I think we’ll find he had at least 80 million votes.” In other words, rigged software stole about seven million votes in this election.
On Sunday night, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” texted her after watching one of her segments. What Powell was describing would amount to the single greatest crime in American history. Millions of votes stolen in a day, democracy destroyed the end of our centuries-old system of self-government. Not a small thing….
we simply wanted to see the details. How could you not want to see them? So we invited Sidney Powell on the show. We would have given her the whole hour. We would have given her the entire week, actually, and listened quietly the whole time at rapt attention.
But she never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of polite requests. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her. When we checked with others around the Trump campaign, people in positions of authority, they also told us Powell had never given them any evidence to prove anything she claimed at the press conference.
Powell did say that electronic voting is dangerous, and she’s right, but she never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software from one candidate to another. Not one.
If Tucker had been paying attention to the press conference, both Giuliani and Powell were not presenting their case. They were, for the benefit of those who, like Tucker Carlson, apparently get their legal knowledge from watching Judge Judy, establishing probable cause and making the equivalent of their opening statements. The actual evidence will be presented in an actual court before an actual judge and through a process called discovery where there is even more evidence not in their hands. Sidney Powell does not have any of the servers used by Dominion, some located in foreign countries. Nor does she have copies of the software in her office. Forensic analysis of the servers and software has yet to be done. As someone who has spent four decades in information systems, I can attest that this is not an easy process that can be explained or done on the set of Fox News. Tucker Carlson is not a forensic computer expert, nor is he a judge or jury. I would trust their legal expertise over his.
Sidney Powell remembers her exchanges with Carlson somewhat differently with Tucker being anything but polite. As the Washington Examiner reported on her response to Tucker’s rant:
Sidney Powell, an attorney on President Trump’s election legal team, shot back at Fox News host Tucker Carlson the morning after he said she “got angry” and refused to provide evidence on his show for her claims of voting software flipping votes.
“No, I didn’t get angry with the request to provide evidence,” the former federal prosecutor said Friday morning during an interview with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo.
“In fact, I sent an affidavit to Tucker that I had not even attached to a pleading yet to help him understand the situation, and I offered him another witness who could explain the mathematics and the statistical evidence far better than I can. I’m not really a numbers person,” she added.
“But he was very insulting, demanding, and rude, and I told him not to contact me again, in those terms,” Powell concluded….
Carlson’s show followed a wild press conference featuring Powell and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in which they laid out their claim of a “massive” vote-rigging scheme, laying much of the blame on Dominion Voting Systems.
“We have one very strong witness who has explained how it all works,” Powell said. “His affidavit is attached to the pleadings of Lin Wood and the lawsuit he filed in Georgia. … As soon as he saw multiple states shut down the voting on the night of the election, he knew the same thing was happening here.”
Powell alleged that various “spikes” in the vote count following election night were evidence that someone was using the software in order to steal votes from Trump and propel President-elect Joe Biden to victory.
Tucker notes that Powell has been all over conservative media presenting her case, for example, on Lou Dobbs Tonight and with Rush Limbaugh, but apparently, Carlson has not been paying attention to any of it. So for his edification, here are a few more choice examples:
Speaking on Lou Dobbs last night, Sidney Powell began explaining just part of the evidence she has of massive, widespread election fraud that occurred to steal the race from President Trump.
Earlier in the day, Powell spoke on the Rush Limbaugh show, outing the process of stopping the counts, and the fact that Brian Kemp (Georgia Governor) collected kickbacks from the Dominion company and widespread election fraud that occurred to steal the race from President Trump….
“I’ve got a firsthand witness. In fact, I’ve just emailed you an affidavit from a witness who can now be used publicly. It’s redacted in some places but he was present for the creation of the system for this specific purpose of falsifying election results for Hugo Chavez and then Maduro. They exported this all over Latin America. It’s the Smartmatic and Dominion systems that were built to do this very thing, for changing the results of elections… And he realized when things were happening the way they were here, particularly with the states the suddenly went down, they stopped counting the votes. It was because the need was so great to [beat] President Trump that they had to go in and do a separate reset on the machines to have them come out for Biden.”
Sidney Powell has presented clear evidence that this has been done before here and overseas using computer and software manipulation tools loosely referred to as “Hammer and Scorecard,” developed and used by our intelligence agencies including the CIA:
Sidney Powell is not some click-baiting queen… she announced that there is evidence that the CIA tools were used to alter election counts on software systems in the swing states.
Last week, CDP posted a story about how democrats were conspiring with rouge agents in the Central Intelligence Agency in order to utilize a tool called SCORECARD, which has the power to alter voting machine numbers.
And now, Sidney Powell (attorney for Michael Flynn and part of the president’s legal team) has announced that they have evidence that this tool was used, in conjunction with THE HAMMER to rig the election for Joe Biden…..
In February 2009, the Obama administration commandeered a powerful supercomputer system known as THE HAMMER. THE HAMMER includes an exploit application known as SCORECARD that is capable of hacking into elections and stealing the vote, according to CIA contractor-turned-whistleblower Dennis Montgomery, who designed and built THE HAMMER.
THE WHISTLEBLOWER TAPES, confidential audio recordings released by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow’s courtroom in November 2015, revealed that SCORECARD was deployed by the Obama team against Florida election computers to steal the 2012 presidential election on behalf of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden….
The Democrats tested their technology during the Democrat party primaries. Otherwise, Bernie Sanders would have won the 2020 nomination. SCORECARD was utilized on behalf of Joe Biden during the 2020 primary against Bernie Sanders. The Democrat primary was stolen from Bernie Sanders.
CIA whistleblower Dennis Montgomery turned over a massive cache of illegally harvested surveillance and election data in August 2015 and December 2015 to the FBI and CIA under two immunity agreements that were granted to Montgomery by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Curtis and FBI General Counsel James Baker.
If Tucker Carlson wants evidence of anti-Trump foreign actors being able to meddle in our elections, he should get in touch with Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughes of Texas and read her report, “REPORT OF REVIEW OF DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS,” detailing why Texas rejected the use of their voting machines and software:
The nation’s three largest voting machine manufacturing vendors — Election Systems & Software (ES&S), Dominion Voting Systems, and Hart InterCivic — have all publicly acknowledged that they place modems in some of their vote tabulators and scanners.
While the vendors claim that their “firewalls” protect computers from outside interference, many of the nation’s leading technical experts say this claim is bogus
“Once a hacker starts talking to a voting machine through the modem,” says Princeton University Computer Science professor Andrew Appel, “they can hack the software and make it cheat in future elections.” It’s as straightforward as that.
So, what can we do?
“We should be unplugging all of these machines from the internet,” says Kevin Skoglund, the computer scientist who led the 10-expert investigatory team. This means keeping elections technologies disconnected all the time, including on election night.
“We cannot make our computers perfectly secure,” says Andrew Appel. “What we should do is remove all of the unnecessary, hackable pathways, such as modems. We should not connect our voting machines directly to computer networks. That is just inviting trouble.”
States like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and Wisconsin invited such trouble and got it. Software developed in Venezuela under the auspices of Maduro and votes stored on foreign servers connected via the Internet is an invitation to foreign hackers with malign interests.
An investigation into the connection of Dominion Voting Systems with Georgia politicians, ironically Republican ones, as the Democrats are preparing to march through Georgia on January 5 and steal two Senate seats from the GOP, enabling them to destroy our democracy and end our constitutional liberties, is being conducted by the good folks at American Oversight:
In July 2019, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that the state had awarded a $107 million contract to manufacturer Dominion Voting Systems to replace existing voting machines with a new “verified paper ballot system.” As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, both Dominion and the state’s former elections company, Election Systems & Software, had connections with Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration. Dominion lobbyist Jared Thomas had been a longtime political and campaign aide to Kemp, who previously served as secretary of state, and another lobbyist, Barry Herron, had worked for Diebold Election Systems, which had originally sold Georgia its electronic voting machines.
Georgia voters had complained about malfunctioning voting machines after the November 2018 midterm elections, even filing a lawsuit aimed at overhauling the state’s election system, including the electronic machines. But critics worry that the new electronic ballot-printing devices from Dominion won’t be much better, contending that hand-marked paper ballots remain the most secure voting method. In fact, the new devices were given a test run in six Georgia counties during the November 2019 election and ran into a number of issues. And records we’ve already obtained showed that voter check-in devices used “1234” as their default password — an “exceptionally weak security measure.” (State officials have said the passwords have been changed.)
Elsewhere in the state, voters reported long lines and ballot issues, and concerns remain about the hidden costs of the new voting system, the state’s planned purge of 300,000 names from its voter rolls, and security weaknesses in voting equipment. With the 2020 elections looming and the security of U.S. voting systems less than certain, American Oversight is investigating state officials’ communications with Dominion Voting Systems and its subcontractor KnowInk and is requesting records that could shed light on how the state is working to ensure secure and accurate elections.
A presidential election is stolen and our democracy has been “hacked “ to pieces by foreign actors. This is the crime of the century, perhaps of all human history, and Tucker Carlson is splitting hairs about evidence that is right in front of him. Sidney Powell is on the hunt while Tucker Carlson is getting quite comfortable with the pomposity, smugness and groupthink he allegedly opposes.
*Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.