All About Smartmatic

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American Thinker and contributors Andrea Widburg, R.D. Wedge, Brian Tomlinson, and Peggy Ryan have published pieces on www.AmericanThinker.com that falsely accuse US Dominion Inc., Dominion Voting Systems, Inc., and Dominion Voting Systems Corporation (collectively “Dominion”) of conspiring to steal the November 2020 election from Donald Trump. These pieces rely on discredited sources who have peddled debunked theories about Dominion’s supposed ties to Venezuela, fraud on Dominion’s machines that resulted in massive vote switching or weighted votes, and other claims falsely stating that there is credible evidence that Dominion acted fraudulently. 

These statements are completely false and have no basis in fact. Industry experts and public officials alike have confirmed that Dominion conducted itself appropriately and that there is simply no evidence to support these claims. 

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American Thinker published my article about Smartmatic voting systems in Venezuela on Sept. 5, 2017, titled How the Venezuelan Elections Were Rigged

The other day Andrea Widburg published an article citing the “irregularities” that were experienced in the Nov. 3, 2020 elections with Dominion Voting Systems that use Smartmatic software.

What happened in Venezuela is highly relevant to what is happening here and now, so this is how it happened there:

On July 30, 2017, President Nicolas Maduro conjured up a vote to replace the National Assembly (where 67% of the seats were held by opposition representatives) with a new Constituent Assembly whose representatives would be handpicked by Maduro. The fix was in prior to the vote.  The president and co-founder of Smartmatic, Antonio Mugica, told the press from his office in London three years ago that his company noticed irregularities in voting during Venezuelan national elections three years ago, amounting to about one million ballots cast over the number of actual voters.  (The Wall Street Journal reported how that played out on the ground, here). Of course, this message was not released until the Smartmatic people left Venezuela. 

Why would Mugica stir this up?  Well, most likely, it was because he had not been paid.  He had vast contracts with the Venezuelan government, and Maduro wasn't paying his bills. The press noise died down shortly thereafter since he was finally paid by Maduro.

Mugica’s associate co-founder of Smartmatic, Alfredo Anzola, is worthy of mention, too.  Anzola was a passionate supporter of then-President Hugo Chavez.  When Chavez faced his first recall referendum vote in 2003, Chavez needed to act quickly to ensure his Bolivarian revolution would continue. 

First, Chavez stalled through his reconfigured Supreme Court (think court-packing comments if Democrats gain control) stating that signatures collected for the recall vote were invalid.  As Chavez continued his electoral kabuki dance, he engaged a company, SBC, to devise computerized voting systems to be used in national elections for the first time.  SBC was comprised of Smartmatic, a Venezuelan-owned computer company based in Boca Raton, Florida and Sunnyvale, California; Bizta, a Venezuelan company of seven people, based in Caracas; and CANTV, the Chavez government's partially owned telecommunications company, with 28% stake.

The August 2004 recall referendum, held a year late, resulted in a startling victory for Chavez, garnering 58% of the vote to have him stay, versus exit polling from Penn, Schoen & Berland which showed the exact opposite.  Oddly enough, the computerized voting systems sold and managed by Smartmatic were “bidirectionally networked” to communicate with CANTV (the government-controlled telecommunications company and partner of Smartmatic).  Basic Boolean algebra was that a “1” became a “0” and vice versa at the central server.  Local printers showed people how they had actually voted. 

Yet there was no collusion, according to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who witnessed the voting on behalf of the U.S.-appointed observer, the Carter Center, and then stated that there were less than 0.1% irregularities. Carter "applauded" (his own words) Venezuela's use of electronic voting but in recent years has tried to walk them back.

In early 2008, Alfredo Anzola was getting a new contract with the CNE (National Electoral Council) from his paramour’s brother, then-CNE President Jorge Rodriguez.  In April 2008, he complained openly about irregularities in his contracted scope of work including software changes. Shortly after, Anzola was involved in a small plane crash in Catia La Mar.  He was rushed to a hospital where the Rodriguez’s and Chavez buddy, Diosdado Cabello (considered the most powerful man in Venezuela, after Chavez), looked over him while he died. 

Cabello presided over the National Assembly with Chavez’s initial constitutional change.  He has since been credibly accused by the U.S. Treasury of international drug trafficking as kingpin of the "Sun Cartel."  

As an aside, do you remember the health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate who died in a plane crash in December 2013?  Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport (Molokai) at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Dec. 11, 2013. The other eight people on board were rescued, according to Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed.

My interest in Venezuela is obvious once one knows that my wife was born in Venezuela.  One of her many Venezuelan friends who lives in San Diego, California, is thankful that her family was rescued from that hellhole.  Her friend's husband went to university with another Venezuelan who has been in the news lately, a former Smartmatic employee.  Both studied computer science. 

Heider Garcia was hired in Texas as the Tarrant County Elections Administrator in 2018. 

In 2019, Tarrant County got new computerized voting machines.  And with Garcia at the helm, Tarrant County, for the first time since 1964, voted “blue.” 

Garcia worked for Smartmatic for 12 years.  See the Gateway Pundit article about Garcia here Texas County Goes Blue for the First Time Since 1964 After Hiring former Executive with Smartmatic as Elections Administrator.

It sickens me to my soul to see the outright dishonesty, deceit, whatever you want to call it by the lamestream media, Big Tech and Democrats in general regarding fraud perpetrated in this election.  I used to believe in the rule of law.  About the only things I believe Joe Biden to have said that are true are these statements:

  • “We’re in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for our administration…President Obama’s administration before this. We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics,” October 2020.
  • Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid to Ukraine if Special Prosecutor Viktor Shokin who was investigating Burisma’s shady dealings, was fired.  Hunter Biden, with zero experience in Burisma’s main work, energy development, or in Ukraine for that matter, was on their Board receiving upwards of $83,000 per month.  “…and son of a B, they did it…”

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