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Coded Computers to Rig Elections, Computer Programmer Testifies under Oath*

Coded Computers to Rig Elections, Computer Programmer Testifies under Oath*

If you are a citizen of the United States and you think that all is well with the electoral system, you probably have to re-think again after watching this video.

Since the end of colonialism, one of the basic tenets America has been espousing in the international arena is democracy. In the opinion of successive American governments, democracy means going to the ballot box in every four years for the people to decide who should rule them.

There are many examples we can cite regarding America condemning or even cutting aid to a particular country, simply because elections organized in that country were not free and fair.

But it will shock you from this video published by the Free Though Project, that  the America who has been condemning and criticizing countries on election matters, does not practice what it preach to others.

According to the Free Though Project, in 2006, the documentary Hacking Democracy exposed Diebold Election Systems’ role in rigging elections with their electronic voting machines. Diebold used to make and sell voting machines. It has now been acquired by Dominion Voting Systems, and the name changed to Premier Election Solutions.

Hacking Democracy was filmed over three years. It documented American citizens investigating anomalies and irregularities with electronic voting systems that occurred during the 2000 and 2004 elections in America. To confirm that rigged election is real in America, the American computer programmer, Clinton Eugene Curtis also exposed similar issues which were investigated by Hacking Democracy. Curtis has also worked as an attorney – an ex-employee of NASA and ExxonMobil.

Curtis is notable chiefly for making a series of whistleblower allegations about his former employer, and about former Republican Congressman, Tom Feeney.

Curtis alleged that in 2000, Feeney and Yang Enterprises requested his assistance in a scheme to steal votes by inserting fraudulent codes into touch screen voting systems. Curtis did not just make the allegation in public. In the video, he is seen testifying under oath in front of the U.S. House Judiciary Members in Ohio. He told the members how he was hired by Congressman Tom Feeney in 2000 to build a prototype software package that would secretly rig an election to sway the result 51 / 49 to a specified side.

Observers say what happened in 2000 – that Curtis exposed – will still happen in this year’s elections. Some believe that the ruling class would never leave it up to voters to decide who gets elected. And the sad thing is,  if you are the candidate who wants to challenge the status quo, you easily become a threat that will most likely be eliminated from the race.

Allegations of voter fraud have been captured on video multiple times in the ongoing exercise to elect candidates for the two dominant parties in America, for the impending national elections.

Last Month, Hillary Clinton declared herself the winner of the Democratic Party in the much-anticipated Iowa caucuses. Immediately after her self-proclaimed ‘victory,’ she went on CNN to say

“I am so thrilled. My luck was not that good last time around, and it was wonderful to win the caucus, to have that experience.”

Meanwhile, as she was on air ‘blowing her own trumpet’ a C-SPAN video caught her campaign team busily rigging votes. Her ‘victory’ would seem to have nothing to do with ‘luck,’ and her premature declaration of the “razor thin” tie, was no mistake.

Remember what was allegedly attributed to Joseph Stalin:

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

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U.K. Elections Rigged!?*

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Hillary Clinton and the Ex-Im Bank Financing of the World’s Largest Coal Plants in South Africa*

Hillary Clinton and the Ex-Im Bank Financing of the World’s Largest Coal Plants in South Africa*

By Itai Vardi

 

In 2009, the South African government announced a major energy plan to construct two new coal-fired power stations. The project, which aimed at building the world’s largest coal plants, came under intense criticism by various governments and climate activists, who saw it as a disastrous blow to the fight against climate change.

Yet newly released emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State, reveal that she acted in support of a World Bank loan for the construction of one of the plants.

Furthermore, a DeSmog investigation finds that the other plant, which received funding from a U.S. government agency led by a close Clinton ally and fundraiser, is being built by an American construction firm tied to another associate of the former Secretary.

These actions seem contrary to Clinton’s tough campaign talk on curbing CO2 emissions and investing in renewable energy. They also raise new questions about Clinton’s ties to the revolving door lobbying culture that connects major corporations to top officials in Washington, DC.

The Medupi Plant and World Bank Loan

Following a series of blackouts in 2008 and fears of system incapacity for the upcoming 2010 World Cup, South Africa unveiled in 2009 a plan to increase power generation. Through its state-owned utility, Eskom, the government planned to construct two massive coal-fired power plants.

Located only 50 miles apart in the country’s northeast, the plants – named Medupi and Kusile – were set to each emit a staggering 25 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere a year.

To help finance the Medupi plant, the South African government turned to The World Bank, requesting a $3.5 billion loan. The loan application, coming around the time of the COP15 Copenhagen climate summit, generated an outcry from governments and activists in South Africa and beyond.

To counter the backlash, South Africa lobbied World Bank officials and sought to gain the support of the U.S. government. A series of diplomatic cables from then-U.S. ambassador to South Africa to Washington reveal a number of quiet efforts to persuade the U.S. government to support the loan. The cables, released by Wikileaks, were written in the latter part of 2009 and early 2010, leading up to the decisive vote on the loan in April 2010.

In the cables, Ambassador Donald Gips provided the State Department with background information on the energy project and outlined some of the major environmental and economic concerns surrounding the project. Gips stated that he met with the World Bank team in South Africa, who confidentially shared with him the specifics of the government’s plan. Gips asked that this detail be “protected” by recipients of the cable.

In another cable, Gips discussed a South African government-sponsored tour of the Medupi site for foreign diplomats, which included the U.S. embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission. A month later, Gips met with Eskom’s acting Chairperson, Mpho Makwana.

In late March 2010, only days before the crucial vote at the World Bank, lobbying efforts by the South African government intensified.

According to newly released Clinton emails, the South African foreign minister contacted the State Department requesting to speak with the Secretary on the phone. The emails state that the minister was specifically seeking the U.S. government’s “support” for the loan.

An email chain ensued involving Clinton, several of her close aides, and a number of high-ranking officials. It culminated with Clinton speaking with the foreign minister the following day. Though parts of the email chain were redacted, it is still possible to make out some important points.

On March 31st, 2011, Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, first sent a message to Jacob Sullivan, Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, relaying the request from the South African Foreign Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. After some back-and-forth between Carson, Sullivan and Huma Abedin, another close Clinton aide, on the scheduling of the call, Sullivan told Abedin he has spoken to U.S. Ambassador Gips.

Sullivan reported heavy “traffic” at the embassy, meaning a large volume of communication between the U.S. and the South African government, saying that the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Helen La Line, has been “frenetically engaged with the South African MFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs].” Sullivan added,

“Hormats and Lew are negotiating with the Treasury,” referring to Robert Hormats, then Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, and Jack Lew, at the time Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.

On the following day, Secretary Clinton joined the email chain, asking “Who is acting for So Africans in response to our mitigation concerns?”, to which Sullivan replied

“Their Minister of Finance is their lead interlocutor.”

Two hours later, Clinton wrote to Sullivan again, updating that she has now talked to South Africa’s Foreign Minister. Clinton said:

“she made the point that Zuma [several words then redacted] and they intend to use variety of energy sources in the future but this project is essential to deliver electricity – which I think our experts agree is right.” [Emphasis added].“Zuma,” of course, is Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa.

The closing sentence of the message is redacted.

Seven days later, The World Bank approved the huge loan. The United States, along with the U.K. and Holland, abstained during the vote.

Climate activists blasted the Work Bank for the loan, but many also criticized the US for abstaining rather than trying to block the decision.

“I am not going to give them points for abstaining. This was totally the easy way out,” said Karen Ornstein of Friends of the Earth.

“If the U.S. were to follow its own clean coal guidance for multilateral development banks it would have had to vote no on this loan.”

The Kusile Plant Decision

To construct the Kusile coal plant, South Africa sought a different funding route, now eyeing private capital.

To this end, in 2010 Eskom solicited its main contractor for the plant, Kansas City-based infrastructure engineering and construction company Black & Veatch to apply for financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank). As an independent government agency, the bank invests in projects that guarantee the employment of American workers and suppliers.

In April 2011, the Ex-Im Bank approved the $850 million loan for the Kusile plant — again to the great dismay of environmentalists. The decision came despite more than 7,500 public comments in opposition to the project. Activists were baffled as to why the governmental bank approved the loan for the controversial project.

By Leo za1 / © Rute Martins of Leoa’s Photography

Black and Veatch Director Parties with Hillary Clinton 

One of Black & Veatch’s directors, Harold (“H.P.”) Goldfield, wears several other important hats.

A veteran Washington insider, Goldfield is a former Reagan-era administrator and ex-director at the Ex-Im Bank. He is currently the vice chair of Albright Stonebridge, the lobbying and advising firm of long-time Clintonite and former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. Goldfield is also a Senior International Affairs Advisor at the international law firm Hogan Lovells. One of the firm’s Partners, Howard Topaz, is Bill and Hillary Clinton’s personal tax advisor.

Seven months after the Ex-Im Bank approved Black and Veatch’s financing for the project, Hillary Clinton attended an exclusive 60th birthday party thrown for H.P. Goldfield at the posh Hamptons home of investor George Hornig. In a photo from the party Clinton is seen in extremely good spirits, glowingly hugging a group that included Goldfield and former U.S. ambassador and State Department official, Richard Haass.

Image credit: Hamptons Magazine

The Albright Stonebridge Connection

During the time Ex-Im Bank considered Black and Veatch’s request, Madeleine Albright’s daughter, Alice Albright, served as the bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

The released Clinton emails show that at the time the bank was considering the Kusile loan, Clinton and Madeleine Albright maintained a close relationship.

According to a February 2011 email, sent two months before the Ex-Im Bank approved the loan, the two met in person. Then, two weeks prior to the bank’s deliberations, Albright sent a direct email to Clinton, suggesting she hire “Wendy.”

This presumably refers to Wendy Sherman, then Vice Chair at Albright Stonebridge – a title she shared at the firm with H.P. Goldfield – who later that year was appointed by Clinton to serve as Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Albright ended the message with “I’m off to Prague to research new book but always ready to talk. Love, Madeleine.”

According to an email from December 2011, Clinton and Albright met again, this time in Prague. Albright wrote,

“Happy to help on whatever you need wherever and whenever.” Six months later, Clinton’s schedule reveals she attended Madeleine Albright’s 75th birthday party at Alice Albright’s house.

Since the approval of the coal plants, several figures involved in the matter landed positions at Albright Stonebrige. Upon retiring from the Foreign Service in 2013, former Ambassador Don Gips was hired as Senior Counselor. Former State Department official Johnnie Carson, who was part of the Clinton team during South Africa’s lobbying for the World Bank loan, also became Senior Counselor for the firm.

Ex-Im Bank’s Ties to Hillary Clinton

The Ex-Im Bank is headed by Fred Hochberg, a long-time Clinton family associate, financial contributor, and campaign bundler. Hochberg’s partner, Tom Healy, was nominated during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, a State Department body. Between 2012-2014 Healy served as Chair of the Board.

Hillary’s emails during these years reveal her close connection to both Hochberg and Healy. In February 2012, one of Clinton’s daily schedules includes attending Hochberg’s 60th birthday party at the upscale DC dining spot, Sidra’s Home Restaurant.

A few months later Hochberg extended a personal invitation to Clinton to attend a friend’s book launch. Hochberg then sent a happy birthday wish to Hillary, signing with “Much love, Fred.” Tom Healy sent his own personal birthday note that year, adding “I didn’t get to say hello in Haiti on Monday because the rain started and we rushed to the airport.”

In 2014, The Ex-Im Bank announced the appointment of new members to its Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee. Former ambassador Gips, and Shahid Qadri, Black and Veatch’s Vice President and Regional Director Africa, were among them.

Two years ago, Mother Jones revealed how under Clinton, the State Department exported oil and gas fracking technologies to the rest of the world.

It’s clear that Clinton’s policy toward coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels, requires similar scrutiny.

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Germany in the Poison Gas Business, with ISIS*

Germany in the Poison Gas Business, with ISIS*

The 5th Regiment of the people’s militia in the Iraqi province of Anbar in the city of Ramadi discovered these new warehouses.
In the video, an officer of the national militia not only pointed to the canisters containing the dangerous substance, but also showed the procedure that the militants used to produce these chemical weapons. They charged their missiles and mines with it.

The ISIS warehouse for chemical weapons in Saudi Arabia

“This is a so-called mixer. The common people call it the ‘beater’. Over here the chemicals were mixed with secondary raw materials in order to fill them into mines and rockets, which they (Daesh) then launched at the security forces and civilians,” the officers of the national militia said.

German executives controlling ISIS precursor access

According to the video, in addition, there were cans of a substance called phenyltrichlorosilane, which falls under the U.N. classification of ‘corrosive substance’. The substance is corrosive to human flesh and to metal. The bottles were found with Polyolefins Polybond which was used as a secondary raw material by mixing it with phenyltrichlorosilane.

more German poison gas suppliers, what did they know and when did they know it?

This warehouse was found not far from the previous warehouse in an industrial area. It was an adapted building, which used to be a residential house belonging to a family of refugees. Militants of Daesh decided to remake it as a warehouse for storing chemical weapons.

Henkel brands

“Militia discovered this warehouse in the industrial area of the city of Ramadi in the process of demining houses that the militants had mined before their defeat by the Iraqi armed forces and the people’s militia,” the source said.

photo of ISIS chemical weapon precursor label courtesy of Iraqi Army

Earlier, the people’s militia in Iraq’s Anbar province found two warehouses with the substance phenyltrichlorosilane that belonged to the militants.

On February 11, 2016 on the outskirts of Iraq’s Sinjar the militants of Daesh used this chemical against the Kurdish militia of Peshmerga and Yezidi militia. The attack resulted in 23 people choking and receiving skin burns. The wounded were taken to a hospital in the city of Dohuk in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Daesh is a brutal terrorist group controlling large oil-rich areas in Iraq, Syria and Libya, with the goal of becoming a “caliphate”. Daesh has received a large part of its revenues from smuggling oil, in addition to antiquities, human organs trafficking, taxes and ransom payments.

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The U.S. Just Killed 150 People in a Country They Aren’t Even At War With*

The U.S. Just Killed 150 People in a Country They Aren’t Even At War With*

By John Vibes

 

This week, the U.S. government used drones and airstrikes to fire missiles and drop bombs in a country that they aren’t at war with, killing at least 150 people. This act of aggression took place in Somalia, where the U.S. military regularly stages drone strikes and other attacks, despite the fact that they have not declared war on the country. The government claims that every single one of the victims were “militants” or terrorists; however, they have not revealed the identities of the victims and have not provided any evidence to support their claims.

Another important thing to point out is that not everyone who is labelled as a “militant” is dangerous. Whenever the mainstream media releases a story about drone attacks, they typically use the word “militant” to describe the victims.  This label implies that the victims are not civilians or are somehow involved in terrorism or violent military activities.

However, this is not what they are actually saying, this is a deception.

Back in 2013, the Obama Administration redefined “Militant” to mean “Military Aged Male”, so this way nearly any male who gets killed is considered a violent enemy, at least in the eyes of the general population.

After 9/11, the Bush administration put forward a philosophy of pre-emptive war that has infected American politics ever since and kept the country in a constant state of war. The “war on terror” was basically an excuse for the U.S. government to go to war whenever they wanted to, and both the mainstream media and the American public have accepted this mentality ever since, although some on the left waited for Obama to get into office before they began openly supporting pre-emptive war. When Obama became president, the anti-war left disappeared and began to support the war on terror mentality that they fought so hard against during the Bush years.

In the years since the war on terror began, the U.S. and NATO have created a total disaster in the Middle East, destroying the infrastructure of entire countries, and funding opposing sides in civil wars and other conflicts. The further violence that this has created has then provided the US military with even more justifications to create even more war, in the name of fighting terror.

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Pentagon’s Trillion Dollar Warplane’s Radar Doesn’t Work*

Pentagon’s Trillion Dollar Warplane’s Radar Doesn’t Work*

The troubled $1.5 trillion dollar F-35 fighter jet is facing yet another problem, this time with its radar, which requires the pilot to turn it off and then back on each time it stops working.

In development since 2001, the Lockheed Martin plane has faced a slew of problems, and is failing even the most basic flight and sensor tests. The beleaguered “crown jewel” of the US military’s technology investment portfolio has had so many problems that the jets are expected to cost over $142 million each.

The radar failings are just the latest problem for the F-35: it previously had structural problems that put it at risk to lightening, weight issues, software bugs, gatling guns that do not work, and a limited fuel supply making it unable to stay in an area to offer air protection for ground troops.

The website Shadowproof also noted that there are concerns about whether the F-35 can be traditionally fuelled, as they have a problem with accepting hot fuel — the only solution that the Air Force has come up with for that problem so far is to paint fuel trucks a darker colour to absorb less sunlight and keep temps down — hardly a long term solution.

The jet has proven to be such a failure that it does not even hold up to the F-16, which was introduced in 1978.

“Some systems like the radar control are fundamentally worse than the earlier version, which is not a good sign,” Keith Joiner, who is responsible for evaluating the plane’s performance for the Australian defence force, told Radio National Background Briefing.

“The next software version is block 4. It won’t be available until 2020. So there’ll be nothing but fixing bugs in the original software between 2013 and 2020.”

Shockingly, the massively expensive jet, which is primarily software driven, has also not been tested for resistance to hacking yet.

“The only system that has done cyber security, vulnerability and penetration testing is the logistics software. So ordering spares. And it didn’t go very well,” Joiner explained.

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