NSA Director Uses "Russian Hacker Threat" To Gain Access To Voting Systems

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Authored by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) director Admiral Mike Rogers joined the chorus of other U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials who are using Russia to leverage their own agencies into having a wider role in U.S. elections. In a statement to the committee on May 9, Rogers positioned NSA to oversee a wider role in conducting surveillance over elections, not only in the United States, but in other countries, including France and Britain.

After accusing Russia of conducting «election hacking» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, while offering no proof to back up his allegations, Rogers proceeded to tell the committee and its reflexively anti-Russian chairman, John McCain, that NSA also warned France, Britain, and Germany of Russian election penetration and offered up the assistance of the American spy agency to the targeted countries. Of course, there was no mention that NSA, thanks to the revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, has thoroughly penetrated the communications systems of France, Britain, and Germany and their political leadership.

Rogers stated, «We [NSA] had talked to our French counterparts prior to the public announcements of the events publicly attributed this past weekend and gave them a heads up. 'Look, we're watching the Russians. We're seeing them penetrate some of your infrastructure'». Rogers added, «We're doing similar things with our German counterparts, with our British counterparts, they have an upcoming election sequence». The NSA’s «Tailored Access Operations» branch is strongly believed to have a sub-group that specializes in foreign election tampering, not from a defensive position but as an offensive tactic in conducting clandestine «regime change» operations.

The neoconservative think tank-media consortium in Washington, DC has tried to make Russia the villain in election engineering, although there is no actual evidence to prove it. If Russia, indeed, has the capabilities to influence elections abroad, the world would have witnessed entirely different outcomes since the British people voted in the Brexit referendum to depart the European Union (EU). Domestic British politics, including the sellout to corporations of British workers by the Labor Party, the influx of unskilled workers into the United Kingdom from poorer EU member states, and disgust with decisions made by «Eurocrats» in Brussels, lie at the heart of the Brexit vote, not some nefarious plot cooked up in Moscow.

Neocon circles have attempted to link several elections since the Brexit referendum to Russian interference. When one examines the record, there is not one iota of evidence suggesting any Russian involvement. Two days following the «yes» vote in the Brexit referendum, another NATO nation conducted an election for president. Iceland elected Guthni Johannesson as president. Johanneson’s biggest issue since taking office has not been to take a stand against NATO’s decision to restart operations at its old Keflavik airbase, but by calling on a ban on pineapple as a pizza topping. If Russia wanted a president who would have been beneficial to its interests, it would have actively backed Asthor Magnusson, Iceland’s perennial peace candidate. Magnusson called for the transformation of the NATO military base in Keflavik into the headquarters of a United Nations peacekeeping force. Alas, Mr. Magnusson received 615 votes to Johanneson’s 71,356. It is doubtful that Russia even noticed this election in a strategic NATO member state, let alone interfered in it.

The day following the Icelandic election, Spain, a NATO member, held a parliamentary election. Had Russia possessed the election tampering capabilities claimed by NSA, it is doubtful that the pro-NATO and pro-EU conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would have one. That victory should have gone to the leftist coalition under the «Unidos Podemos» flag. But «Unidos Podemos» won only 71 seats to the conservatives’ 137. The pro-EU/NATO Socialist Party garnered 90 seats. There is not one bit of evidence of Russian involvement in the Spanish election.

The July 2 parliamentary election in America’s ally Australia also saw no provable Russian involvement. The governing Liberal/National coalition of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull won 76 seats to the Labor Party’s 69. Both parties are unrestrained sycophants of U.S. foreign policy. The only party that, in any way, might be beneficial to Russian interests, the Greens, won a single seat.

On September 11, 2016, NATO member Croatia held a parliamentary election. This was one election that was very close. However, the right-wing and pro-NATO Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) edged out the equally pro-NATO/EU Social Democratic Party by three seats, 59 to 56. Although there is little difference between the two main parties on NATO and the EU, the Social Democrats would have been better for Russian interests, inasmuch as the President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi?, a former NATO official, is a member of the HDZ and not popular with the Social Democrats.

On October 2, 2016, the Colombian peace referendum with the leftist armed opposition, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), failed in a razor-thin 50.22 to 49.78 percent vote. The agreement was backed by all of Russia’s Latin American friends, including Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. If any country played a part in engineering the referendum to arrive at a «no» vote, it would have been the United States, which never liked the idea of the FARC playing a legal role in Colombian politics. After all, the CIA and NSA sank billions of dollars into «Plan Colombia», which was designed militarily defeat the FARC.

The same day as the Colombian referendum, Hungary, a NATO nation, held one on whether to reject the EU’s mandatory quotas for relocating mainly Muslim migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is friendly to Russia, backed a «no» vote. Although the «Yes» side went down to defeat, garnering only 1.64 percent to an overwhelming 98.36 percent «No» to the EU quotas, only 44 percent of the eligible electorate voted, nullifying the referendum’s decision. If Russia had the capabilities it is accused by the Western intelligence agencies of possessing, clearly it could have engineered an increase in the total number of voters in the Hungarian referendum, ensuring a success for Orban and a bitter defeat for the EU.

On October 16, the Montenegro election resulted in a victory for the pro-NATO membership Social Democrats. The Social Democrats won 36 seats to 18 seats for the opposition Democratic Front, which consists mainly of Serbs and Communists. Not content with its victory, the Social Democrats later claimed that Russia tried to engineer a coup against their pro-NATO Prime Minister, Milo ?ukanovi?. There were practically no substantiated allegations of Russian interference in the October 16 election, so the Sorosites and neocons had to come up with another fake conspiracy to be blamed on Russia.

The October 23 elections in Lithuania resulted in a win for the Farmers and Greens Union, which votes with the generally anti-NATO Green bloc in the European Parliament. However, there were no allegations from the George Soros-controlled media and Western intelligence services that Russia hacked the Lithuanian election. Is that because Soros money constantly flows into the coffers of the Greens in Europe?

After the November 8 upset of Trump over Hillary Clinton, there were two presidential elections in NATO member Bulgaria and non-member Moldova. The victors of both elections were friendly to Russia, resulting in unsubstantiated charges of Russian interference. The second round of the Austrian election on December 4 went to anti-Russian Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, a native of Estonia, and not to his Euroskeptic opponent Norbert Hofer. There were no charges that Russia interfered in the 53.8 to 46.2 win by Van der Bellen. Those charges only arise when politicians friendly to Russia and opposed to NATO and the EU are victors. That is the Soros-neocon electoral math.

In 2017, the Dutch parliamentary and French presidential elections, as well as the Italian constitutional referendum, were predicted to be hacked by Russians. The anti-EU right lost in the Netherlands and France. The Italian government reform referendum was defeated with spurious charges of Russian involvement.

With nothing else left in their propaganda bags, people like Admiral Rogers of the NSA are now advancing the goal posts to the British and German elections to accuse Russia of nefarious plans. The record speaks for itself, however. If Russia had such capabilities, why did it not use them in Austria, France, the Netherlands, Montenegro, Iceland, Hungary, Colombia, and Spain where its interests were clearly at stake? The answer is that Russia’s «cyber-election heist» capabilities exist merely in the minds of such Cold War «nervous Nellies» as Admiral Rogers, John McCain and his partner Senator Lindsey Graham, and the recently-fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

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AustrianJim's picture

Wasn't the NSA in the news for something else recently?

NidStyles's picture

You mean for being incompetent? They are never in the news unless it's because of their incompetence.

 

Letting the intel agencies have an impact on voting will just be handing the Jews the complete power to select whomever they wish to destroy what's left of the US.

07564111's picture

You need to think more bigger than the US NidStyles.. The JWO needs this.

AltRight Girl's picture

The Deep State (kikesters) want whitey to be purged, one way or the other.

If not illegal aliens voting in sanctuary cities then bringing muzzies with legal visas:

US Death Coming by a Thousand Visas


knukles's picture

Oh, this is gonna work out soooo fine.
The Deep State is like Pancreatic Cancer

By the way, the real problem is in Democratic controlled mega cities.  They do voting right.
Like Chigago.

TwelveOhOne's picture

I see a juxtaposition between this article and the previous, headlined: "UofA Hires "Social Justice Advocates" To Police Fellow Students For "Bias Incidents""...

InjectTheVenom's picture

NSA needs :

>>>>    a "wider role"    OR

>>>>    to be eliminated

East Indian's picture

Changing the name; burying it deeper inside the govt; and doubling the budget.

nmewn's picture

If I recall correctly, the Department of Homeland Security tried to "hack" into Georgia's system on election night 2016...

https://www.wsj.com/articles/georgia-reports-attempt-to-hack-states-elec...

...yep sure did.

And Indiana...

http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/21/exclusive-obamas-feds-tried-to-hack-in...

...seems to me the only people doing any "hacking" are the feds.

SoDamnMad's picture

"And forget about them fixing this voting corrutption. Verifiable paper ballots with ID and proof of citizenship would be RACIST, therefore we will never get them as long as Democrats have any power.  Never mind that Guyana requires ID + proof of citizenship + an address check.  Guyanans can't be racist because they aren't white."

JRobby's picture

If they all have access, never will know who really hacked the elections

One World Mafia's picture

The Russians are accused of hacking the DNC, not the elections.  They just keep repeating they hacked the elections so they have a dumb excuse to assert they must control every machine.

HRClinton's picture

What do you mean "handing the J... the complete power"?

After all, Judge Merrick Garland is being considered to replace Comey.

That's a man who even Chuck Schumer or Diane Feinstein can endorse.

mary mary's picture

Would that be the NSA-created Ransomware that just closed-down hospitals and trains throughout Europe and Britain?

If so, then I "can't wait" to give the NSA authority over my vote.  Since the NSA is such a "competent and trustworthy" bunch of JACKASSES.

 

InjectTheVenom's picture

you just yugely insulted all jackasses that ever existed

mary mary's picture

Correct, sir.  I apologize.

DeathingerStar's picture

Eternal Blue elections... I'll be needing a gallon shake and the jumbo box of fries.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

This is a joke, right?

07564111's picture

Nope, no joke, and several other countries are already on the list.

Giant Meteor's picture

'Look, we're watching the Russians. We're seeing them penetrate some of your infrastructure'».

The level of bullshit is off the fucking charts ..

Chupacabra-322's picture

Astronomical PsyOp Full Retard Bullshit.

Ignatius's picture

Hey, man, this shit is real. The Russians took out a bulb in my bathroom this morning. Thank God it was only one of six.

OverTheHedge's picture

Which systems? Where? That do what, exactly?

Are we talking about more Facebook posts, or election rigging? The UK STILL uses pencils and bits of paper - how do you hack that?

And given that NSA and GCHQ are joined at the hip, what EXTRA powers are they looking for?

Finally, my understanding is  that they do whatever they want already, but are now looking for some kind of after the fact authority, which seems odd, given the previous 8 years of carte Blanche.

Giant Meteor's picture

They are attempting to rationalize obvious known exploits and behaviors, if not crime itself, now covered under various provisions making "legal", that which has already occurred. Much like (as analogy) for years the ploticians and banksters pissed alll over Glass Steagall, as example, chipped away at it bit by bit piece by piece, until the "signature repeal act" was moved into place, to legitimize that which had already occurred ..

In other words, these things, are already a done deal. Now the campaign and cover stories, to achieve the goal seeking initiatives, which obviously entails more boogeymen and villains, who , are you know, trying to take over the world, or in short, the pot calling the kettle black. These are the war of words, propaganda 101 .. textbook.

The US hasn't figured out a way to live without enemies, that is to say, to keep the money machine rolling, without enemies to fight.

The game has been largely exposed, confirmed, what many had concluded long ago.

To admit anything less, than perpetual ever changing enemies, the barbarians knocking on every man's door, is to watch the system of debt, and patronage, implode like a death star, while presently, the United States is increasingly swimming naked, in a vast sea of red ink and massive bullshit, that is loosing it's mojo  ..

The sociopaths will destroy everyone, all all things, before allowing for the fact that this game is over, all but the shoutin and of course the shootin  ..

Nekoti's picture

Only if it were. And if it was, not enough people are paying attention to the punchline.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Yeah, it's a fucking joke the UK uses ballot papers to cast votes the collected papers then go to a regional centre for counting; all done in the open. I would like to see how Russia hacks that!!

Catullus's picture

Just make voting public. It's the easiest audit possible.

Did you vote for ...? No? Ok. We have a problem.

TungstenBars's picture

These assholes all need to disappear for the sake of world peace.

mary mary's picture

You can tell the guy is a Reptilian - one of the nocturnal ones that dries out and dies quickly in sunshine.  That's why he stays in the cool humid dark mega-computer tunnels, playing Absolute Control of All Life and Everything Else in the Solar System.

Whoa Dammit's picture

He looks more like a Junkie to me--look at his eyes. 

Giant Meteor's picture

No coincidence, he resembles every B movie villain ever portrayed in film ..

A real shape shifter ..

bruno_the's picture

Here is a HD pic of the dude. Has blood on his finger. Scary. And the ring...

http://media.washtimes.com.s3.amazonaws.com/media/image/2016/04/06/4_6_2...

 

Gold Pedant's picture

Give him a break, man. It takes a while for a finger to grow back.

Confucious 222's picture

Hey Mike Rogers -

Who runs Hymietown???

Sam.Spade's picture

Another Deep State power grab.

Don't bother to write your representative to complain.  That won't work.

Taking to the streets won't do much good, either.  Not with NSA surveillance ready to identify you and a dozen Federal and State agencies ready to act on their information.

But there is a growing world from which you can fight back.

It's a place where, by learning a few techniques, you can engage in anonymous communications, commerce, and travel.

Of course, The Deep State will make you a criminal for using those techniques.

So you will have to choose:  Stay a new-age data serf, or become a free criminal.

Thieves Emporium is a primer on this choice delivered in the form of fast-paced technically-accurate fiction to keep you interested.

The Daily Anarchist loved it and called it "Barely fiction".  The editors of The Daily Bell thought it was so good they ran it as a serial (which you can still read for FREE beginning at http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/max-hernandez-introducing-thieves...).

Or you can buy a copy at Amazon (rated 4.6 in 120 reviews), Nook (same rating, fewer reviews), Smashwords (ditto), or iBooks.

But you need to look at it because, until you do, you will never understand what is really going on in our world.

https://www.amazon.com/Thieves-Emporium-Max-Hernandez-ebook/dp/B00CWWWRK0

lester1's picture

You cannot hack voting machines that are not connected to the internet!! 

 

How fucking stupid are these people?

Ms No's picture

Under what authority do we know that premise to be fact again?  Maybe they do have some portion of election software accessible and they lied about it. 

 

IndyPat's picture

Air gap or no....they still have a firmware update interface.

Paper ballots and a shitload of scrutiny at the counting location are the only way to even think about a vote being somewhat clean.

Nekoti's picture

I have read claims of being able to discern numbers and locations of individuals in a room using a wifi signal. It has been claimed even through walls, into rooms the wifi server is not in. How can one truly know what they are capable of doing?

Ms No's picture

I saw that and I agree.  We likely wont know until after the fact. 

http://www.newsquench.com/article.php?n=wi-fi-signals-can-let-hackers-see-into-your-house&id=123529

Edit: This is also what IndyPat must be talking about:  https://www.hackread.com/hacking-offline-computer-and-phone/

FIAT CON's picture

I remember when Ron Paul was running, they showed how a voting machine was pre programmed to select a winnner!

So as above paper ballats only!

OverTheHedge's picture

And how do you show your contempt for the system without the option to.spoil your ballot, write in other names, and generally put a spanner in the works, if your only option is to pull a lever?

Hikikomori's picture

Actually, you can - it's how the US hacked the Iranian nuclear weapons program, and got the computers, which were no connected to the internet to cause the centrifuges to self-destruct.  One bent Iranian scientist with a USB memory stick.  Not being connected to the internet only means the machines cannot be REMOTELY hacked.

TwelveOhOne's picture

And I'd even go so far as to say that that was a "remote" "hack" -- the people who invented the hack stayed safely remote, and sent a mole in for the dirty work.

xrxs's picture

They know that.  Deep state for president, MIC for VP.

logicalman's picture

If you own the machine and control access to it, hacking isn't neccessary.

It matters not who casts the votes, and all that.

MrBoompi's picture

Actually you can hack voting machines.  

http://www.hackingdemocracy.com

 

 

cherry picker's picture

If NSA is involved in our elections, couldn't that be considered an act of war?

A Canadian