This Is A Coup: Homeland Security Takeover Of US Elections

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This is a coup: the Homeland Security takeover of US elections

On a scale of importance from 1 to 10, with 10 being the most important, this breaking development is a 500.

(Part 2: here)

On Friday, the traditional day of the week for quietly releasing big news that will hopefully be ignored by the public—and also obscured by the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting—the chief of Homeland Security announced that his office will be taking over US elections.

If you can’t see the coup in progress, you need to keep looking until the message comes through.

Read carefully—ABC News reports. My comments are in brackets:

“Citing increasingly sophisticated cyber bad actors and an election infrastructure that’s ‘vital to our national interests’, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Friday that he’s designating U.S. election systems critical infrastructure…”

[Also known as: “we’re taking over.”]

“’Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law’,” Johnson said in a statement. He added: ‘Particularly in these times, this designation is simply the right and obvious thing to do’.”

[Also known as: “we’re taking over.”]

“The determination came after months of review and despite opposition from many states worried that the designation would lead to increased federal regulation or oversight on the many decentralized and locally run voting systems across the country. It was announced on the same day a declassified U.S. intelligence report said Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘ordered’ an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election.”

[Also known as: “we needed an excuse, a fake cover story for our takeover, and Russia is it.”]

“Such a change [in who controls the US election process] does not require presidential action [or Congressional approval], and only requires the secretary [of DHS] to first consult with the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.”

[Also known as: “this is a coup by the White House.”]

“Johnson said election infrastructure included storage facilities, polling places and vote tabulation locations, plus technology involved in the process, including voter registration databases, voting machines and other systems used to manage the election process and report and display results.”

[Also known as: “We’re taking over every significant aspect of the national election process.”]

“The designation [of US elections as critical infrastructure] allows for information to be withheld from the public when state, local and private partners meet to discuss election infrastructure security — potentially injecting secrecy into an election process that’s traditionally and expressly a transparent process. U.S. officials say such closed door conversations allow for frank discussion that would prevent bad actors from learning about vulnerabilities. DHS would also be able to grant security clearances when appropriate and provide more detailed threat information to states.”

[Also known as: “we can intercede in the election process and determine its outcome without any need to pretend we’re being transparent; only people we approve will know the details of how we run elections; secrecy works.”]

“The Obama administration has proposed international cyber rules for peacetime that would expressly note that countries shouldn’t conduct online activity targeting critical [US] infrastructure, which will now also include election systems.”

[Also known as: “in case there is any doubt, elections systems in America will be property of the federal Executive Branch.”]

This is a coup.

This is equivalent to declaring a national state of emergency, including martial law: the DHS, if it deemed it necessary, could utilize armed agents to enforce the new directive and take over states’ offices that resist.

Election-processes belong to the states. But not anymore.

And of course, with this awesome new power, the DHS could intercede, behind the scenes, in the voting process and rig elections.

There is an additional aligned factor at work in this op: the proposed elimination of the Electoral College—yet another measure designed to “federalize” the election process.

Most people are entirely ignorant of the fact that the Constitution was a pact among states. With reluctance, the independent states agreed to relinquish certain specified powers to the newly created central government, while retaining all other powers.

The Electoral College was, therefore, a natural invention, because the states would maintain crucial influence in determining the outcome of presidential elections. State Electors would cast their presidential votes based on which candidate won in their state.

Eliminating the Electoral College now would add one more layer of federal control over the whole country, and take control from the states. More centralization.

Imagine it. Only the popular vote counts. The states are dumped. And on top of it all, the Dept. of Homeland Security has the power to run the election process as a piece of “critical infrastructure.”

Rigging the vote in New York and California, plus a few other populous states, would decide the election. And in time, no one would think about “New York” or “California” as separate entities—because they wouldn’t be. They would just be “more land and people” that are part of “wholly unified” America.

This is perfect for the “unity politicians” who spout empty rhetoric every chance they get—“we’re all in this together.” As I tirelessly point out, such slogans are nothing less than covert ops, and their goal is roping in as many dullards as possible under a messianic banner of A Better Life for All under a Beneficent Government.

Also known as: we the rulers decree, you the people submit; your survival depends on us; we give and take as we will, and that shall be the whole of the law.

Eventually, why have presidential elections at all? Just allow the DHS to determine which candidate will best serve the needs and desires of the controllers.

It’s cleaner, simpler, and more direct.

It’s a coup.

Will Trump cancel it?

Obama is basically challenging him to do it—which would create one more firestorm in the press directed at Trump.

“See, the new president just stopped the DHS from protecting our sacred free elections. Trump is exhibiting more treasonous cooperation with his Russian masters…he’s leaving the door wide open for their secret invasion against our liberties…”

The timeline is clear. One: Hillary will surely win the election. Two: Trump won the election. Three: Trump won because Russia “hacked the election” in his favor. Four: We must protect our national election process from foreign hacking. Five: Homeland Security must put itself in charge of national elections.

Stay tuned.

A coup just occurred.

  • tibetan cowboy

    I think the coup was when Ashton Carter / Defense Dept. attacked Syrian troops after Kerry / Obama made an agreement with Russia to wage peace instead of war in Syria. Just a few days later, Carter attacked Syrian troops in defiance of his Commander-in-Chief, and followed up with another treasonous act by shooting a Hellfire missile into a UN relief convoy entering Syria. He could defy orders because Obama is a coward, afraid of all and any confrontations of anyone / anything. That was awhile ago, in the Autumn (someone will have the dates of these treasonous acts who reads this, I’m sure). I already accepted the fact that a coup /military conquest of America by the Defense Dept. had occurred before this article’s discussion of more takeover and destruction of democracy by the goons who ruin all of our lives now, worldwide.

  • mwildfire

    I think it was long before that…I’d pick 1963-7, when the CIA got away with assassinating Kennedy when he refused to take their orders. Ever since, I suspect, any president who shows signs of insubordination, gets a little talking-to with info about the Kennedy assassination, and what will happen to his family and self if he doesn’t get in line. I don’t think Trump will be an exception–he doesn’t really want to make decisions, he just wants to strut around in the limelight.

  • DHFabian

    Yet, we’ve been told that this (election rigging, etc.) has been going on all along. And who didn’t know that the NSA/DHS was essentially a fascist tool?

    The only salvation in the face of an authoritarian government comes in the form of a massive People’s push-back. That can’t happen today because decades of work went into splitting people apart (esp. those who aren’t on the right wing) by class and race. We’d love to have a revolution, but can’t get enough time off from work. We can’t risk losing our jobs because there’s nothing to fall back on, and this country has no mercy on the jobless poor.

  • DHFabian

    The problem there is that this distinctly falls into the “conspiracy theory” category, and such theories are just that — guesses based on incomplete (or assumed to be incomplete) information.

    We’re in the mess we’re in because the American people embraced or accepted incremental fascism since the “Reagan Revolution” began. After 9/11, we surrendered remaining rights and freedoms in exchange for a sense of security.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    You don’t realize that you just pushed an invention by the CIA and the Warren Commission to slander people too curious about the nonsensical incoherence of their report?

  • Jon

    Bingo! Jackpot!

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    Thanks, but it was begging to get clobbered.

  • kevinzeese

    The unproven conspiracy theory is that Russia hacked the elections. Those of us challenging it are pointing out the lack of proof.

  • Kapricorn4

    Did we have a choice when the Patriot Act was passed ?