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12-29-17 -- John Brakey - Karen Kwiatkowski - Richard Mack (MP3 & Video Loaded)

John Brakey (AUDITAZ; Election Nightmares) on the lack of election/ballot integrity in Alabama's recent special election - Karen Kwiatkowski (Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel) predictions for 2018 - Richard Mack (Founder of CSPOA; The Freedo

Program Date:  Friday, December 29, 2017
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Media Type: Audio   •  Time: 180:0 Mins and Secs
Guests John Brakey
Topics Elections , Vote Fraud

Hour 1 - John Brakey (AUDITAZ; Election Nightmares) on the lack of election/ballot integrity in Alabama's recent special election? 

Hour 2 - Karen Kwiatkowski (Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel) predictions for 2018

Hour 3 - Richard Mack (Founder of CSPOA; The Freedom Coalition) talks about his campaign to fill Trent Frank's congressional seat

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December 29th, 2017

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John Brakey

John Brakey is a co-founder of AUDIT-AZ (American's United for Democracy, Integrity,and Transparency in Elections, Arizona) and Special Task Force leader for Citizens Oversight for Verifiable Elections








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Voters in Roy Moore - Doug Jones Race Sue to Prevent Election Officials From Destroying Evidence of Hacking

Updated on December 13, 2017


An Alabama Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, and a minister have filed a lawsuit asking a Montgomery circuit court to order Alabama election officials to not destroy an audit trail generated by most Alabama vote-counting machines in next week's contest between Judge Roy Moore and attorney Doug Jones. The audit trail consists of a digital image of each ballot that is fed into the machines, which makes it possible for citizens to detect vote hacking without always resorting to requesting hand recounts. [Copy of lawsuit] [Notice of hearing] [Court exhibits]

The principle defendant and chief election official, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, is a Republican. The hearing is set for Monday, December 11, at 9:00 a.m. in room 4A at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

John Brakey, an election expert from Arizona who is assisting the plaintiffs, said in the group's press release:

"I have been informed by election officials in three of the state's largest counties that they intend to save only the images of the write-in ballots...This means an election official will intentionally change the setting to destroy ballot images."

In Arizona in a similar lawsuit, Brakey succeeded in having a judge order that digital ballot images not be destroyed, and that they are to be considered part of the audit trail the same as paper ballots.

The machines, the Election Systems and Software DS200 and DS850, are in use in 85% of Alabama precincts. As with many optical scanner vote-counting machines in use across the US, the machines automatically generate a digital image of each ballot as it is fed into the machine. The machine then tabulates the votes in accordance with software instructions. Vote-counting machines of this type have been demonstrated to be prone to hacking. At a hackers conference in Las Vegasthis year, hackers broke into similar machines in under 90 minutes, and could change vote totals. 

Brakey said in the press release:

"The Secretary of State's office is legally required to set procedures to assure all election materials for 22 months after a federal election...Even the envelopes from absentee ballots have to be kept. Destroying the ballot images is illegal. We're only asking the Secretary of State to follow the law."

The digital images of each ballot automatically generated by the vote-counting machines make it possible to detect irregularities without physically accessing and recounting, by hand, the paper ballots. Many election integrity activists have been arguing that the online publication of the images, or making them available on a DVD, is one of the best ways to cheaply and easily detect the hacking of the optical scan vote-counting machines now widely in use across the US.

Ordinary citizens who wish to could recount the votes tabulated by the machines, and call for examination of the actual paper ballots when significant discrepancies are found.

The election integrity organization VerifiedVoting.org publishes a directory of the kinds of vote-counting machines in use in every state and county.

The Alabama race is seen as of utmost importance in political circles, in some ways a referendum on President Donald Trump, who has thrown his full-throated endorsement behind Moore. The race is considered too close to call going into the final hours. Republicans presently maintain a razor-thin majority in the US Senate, while the Democratic Party has aspirations to seize the majority in 2018.

Marketing literature from Dominion Systems explaining

Marketing literature from Dominion Systems explaining "audit" feature of digital ballot image taken of each ballot. | Source








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Guests Karen Kwiatkowski

Topics Predictions , Trump

Hour 2 - Karen Kwiatkowski (Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel) predictions for 2018


Hour 2


Karen Kwiatkoswki,PhD

Retired Lt Colonel

(Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, Former Pentagon Officer, Professor)

Karen Kwiatkowski (ka-tao-skee) was commissioned in 1982 as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. She served at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, providing logistical support to missions along the Chinese and Russian coasts. After tours in Massachusetts, Spain and Italy, Kwiatkowski was assigned to the National Security Agency, eventually becoming a speech writer for the agency's director.

Col. Kwiatkowski transferred to the Pentagon, first working on the Air Staff as a political military affairs officer, then moving over to the Italy Office of the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary for Policy, in the Sub-Saharan Africa Directorate. From May 2002 to February 2003, she served in the Pentagon's Near East and South Asia directorate (NESA). While at NESA, she wrote a series of anonymous articles, "Insider Notes from the Pentagon" that appeared on the website of David Hackworth, protesting neoconservatism inside the Pentagon and the pro-war propaganda being put forth by Pentagon appointees. Kwiatkowski was in her office inside the Pentagon when it was tragically attacked on September 11, 2001. She left NESA in February 2003 and after 20 years of service, retired from the Air Force.

In April 2003, she began writing articles for the libertarian website in Italy LewRockwell.com. In June 2003, the Ohio Beacon Journal, published her op-ed "Career Officer Does Eye-Opening Stint Inside Pentagon" which attracted international notice. Kwiatkowski became publicly known for criticizing a corrupting political influence on the course of military intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Her most comprehensive writings on this subject appeared in a series of articles in The American Conservative magazine in December 2003 and in a March 2004 article on Salon.com.

Kwiatkowski has become a respected columnist for various international media outlets. She is a regular contributor to Lewrockwell.com and has had articles about her work with the Department of Defense published in the American Conservative. She has hosted the popular call-in radio show American Forum, and blogs occasionally on Liberty and Power. Since her retirement, she has taught American government related classes at Lord Fairfax Community College and James Madison University, and teaches information systems related classes for the University of Maryland. She and her husband raise beef cattle in Shenandoah County, Virginia. They have been married

since 1982 and have four children.

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Karen's latest article on LewRockwell.com


Freshman Year Musings


December 25, 2017

2017 was Trump's freshman year.  Here are ten things we learned in 2017.

10) The Democratic-Republican Party is passé, out of touch and old.  We should have learned this long ago, but it became a teaching point this year.  Anyone watching US national politics gets a steady drumbeat of decrepit, dementia-ridden crankiness, and that's with the sound turned off.  Any of the younger folks representing the uni-party have an air of a harried caretaker pulling double shifts in a memory-impaired facility.  If the internet provided smells with the sound, we'd have the scent of urine and old sheets.

9) The Democratic-Republican Party does not like being called a uni-party.  It also is wary of the newly popular and even chic term "deep-state" because it suspects the term refers indelibly to something they deeply admire and fundamentally need.

8) The Democratic-Republican Party hates the young.  Perhaps, they resent the young, rather than hate them, with the resentment of beggars and borrowers to their betters and their slaves.  Or perhaps it is simply fear.  They look into the contaminated maw of the debt and dependency monster they created – and the young increasingly behave as if repudiation of that debt system and abandoning the monster is a rational and necessary course of action.

Time to buy old US gold coins

7)  Trump is a winning combination of grand vision and oppositional defiant disorder.  In other words, youthful.  (See items 8 through 10 above).

6) The progressive core of middle and upper class women between the ages of 30-60 are fantastic bullies.  Who knew?  In fairness and full disclosure, #metoo.

5) Many people living in the US and around the world don't respect bullies, and even more don't like them.  As shocking as this may be to contemplate, bullies arouse shared feelings of anger, disgust, and a collective desire to right wrongs.

4) Trump is incessantly called a big bully by the progressive big bullies.  Something about this is hugely satisfying for the rest of us.  It feels like a safe space.

3)  When Trump was a child, they didn't give participation trophies.  However, his mother loved him fiercely and always told him he was a winner.  Families raise children, not villages.  Incidentally, for well over a decade now, those laughed-at millennials – with their tricked up school loans, on their parent's health insurance, living in the family basements and over the garages – get it.  They innately value their own money, their own ideas, their own creativity, their own liberty, and family over government. Snowflakes they are truly not. They will, however, rain down ice on the generations that stole from them and lied to them.

2)  President Trump can be amazingly rude, by modern American Victorian standards.  He has disrupted D.C.'s murderous, deceitful and rapacious rule more than any modern predecessor, embarrassed the King's court, deprived the executive branch of coin and prestige, demanded that federal agendas and activities be rolled back, and he has done so in a way that puts his opposition on defense, every time.  Perhaps we really learned simply that Trump can be amazing.

1)  We are watching the empire smolder and burn, and many of us are enjoying the spectacle, if not directly benefiting from it.  It's been a good year.

In 2018 we will be wise fools together.  I hope the President continues to deliver a good show, and ups his game.  In terms of the party politics, the anti-Trump message is catchy and exciting.  It brings voters to polls.  The drama is real, the political battles as entertaining as ever before.

Closer to home, Virginia is newly blue and progressive, thanks to federal lavishment of money – money taken from the other 49 states and from 100 million unborn taxpayers and then partially redistributed to our 8 most populated counties around the DC beltway and the eastern military regions.   As with most progressive states, Virginia has started to lose population, even as state voting participation trends higher.

In one state district, an actual tie occurred in November, and an elected delegate will be selected on December 27th through a random drawing.

It's a wonderful idea that I hope spreads everywhere.  Happy New Year!

The Best of Karen Kwiatkowski


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Guests Sheriff Richard Mack

Hour 3 - Richard Mack (Founder of CSPOA; The Freedom Coalition) talks about his campaign to fill Trent Frank's congressional seat


Hour 3


Sheriff Richard Mack

Founder and CEO of CSPOA (Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association). Also, CSPOA is a member of The Freedom Coalition...




Author/speaker and former sheriff Richard Mack has served in a wide variety of roles over the course of his nearly twenty year career in law enforcement, which began in Provo, Utah.

Mack began his career with the Provo Police Department as a parking enforcement cadet while attending BYU. A couple of years later he became a full-time officer and was soon promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, and Detective. His most traumatic experience there was a one-year assignment as an undercover narcotics agent. After nearly 11 years at Provo PD, Mack decided to return to his childhood turf in Arizona and run for Graham County Sheriff. His campaign took off and he was elected in 1988.

He was sheriff for two terms until 1997. He was named Elected Official of the Year by the Arizona-New Mexico Coalition of Counties in 1994, received the NRA Law Officer of the Year, inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame, 1995 Cicero Award, Samuel Adams Leadership Award from the Local Sovereignty Coalition, and Gun Owners of America Defender of the Second Amendment Award.

During his tenure, federal officers informed the sheriffs of the state that they would be required to enforce the so-called "Brady Bill" and run background checks at their expense under the law. In 1994, Mack and six other sheriffs from across the country, challenged the constitutionality of the Brady Bill and ultimately, fought it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where they won a monumental decision for freedom. Three years later, in a landmark 5-4 split decision based on the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Mack won his case.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, some of Mack's positions include: patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, hostage negotiator, youth officer, school resource officer, communications supervisor, corporal, front desk sergeant, detective, sheriff, Search and Rescue supervisor, jail administrator, and DARE instructor.
Mack has been a consultant on numerous cases regarding police abuse, brutality, and other misconduct by public officials. He has joined with other members of the law enforcement community to speak out in favor of drug policy reform.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Mack now lives with his wife near the Phoenix, AZ area. 
During the past two years Sheriff Mack has been a speaker at more than 70 different Tea Party rallies all across the country, ranging all the way from Honolulu to Bangor, Maine. Mack has supported this noble movement, because it is both effective and peaceful.

Author/speaker and former sheriff Richard Mack has served in a wide variety of roles over the course of his nearly twenty year career in law enforcement, which began in Provo, Utah. Please see the Events page for a current list of events that Sheriff Mack will be speaking at.


Richard's previous interviews on the Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock Radio Show: https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Guest-Page.htm?No=00833


Sheriff Mack Runs for Congress


he Founder and President of CSPOA, Sheriff Richard Mack, announced today that he is a candidate for Congress in Arizona's 8th District.  Here is his news release:



Rick Dalton 480-234-2687

Dawn Mack 480-840-9091

Note: Calls may be screened and returned shortly after receipt

Sheriff Richard Mack


Former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack Announced today his intention to run for Congress in Arizona's 8th district. The current occupant of that seat, Trent Franks (R-AZ), announced recently his resignation from Congress. Sheriff Mack, who served two terms in the early 1990s, has been well-known for his strong stance in defending the Constitution and his victory at the U S Supreme Court against the Clinton Adm.

Mack has been inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame, has served as the communications director for Gun Owners of America (GOA), and currently is the President and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA.org). CSPOA has been in the forefront of training law enforcement officers and elected officials to keep their oaths to protect and preserve the Constitution.

Mack's candidacy will focus on bringing justice to the thousands of Americans who have been imprisoned by federal bureaucrats. He stands against the feds "creating criminals," the ruthlessness of the IRS, and the Department of Education's utilization of SWAT teams. "If we are going to really 'drain the swamp,' then these atrocities cannot continue." (Sheriff Mack)

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