2006, CNN Warned About Using Venezuelan Owned Electronic Voting Machines In The US…When Did They Stop Caring About Secure Elections In America?

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Lou Dobbs wasn’t always a Fox Business News host. The conservative host, who isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions was a host on CNN from 1980 -2009.

In 2006, Dobbs and CNN correspondent Katie Pilgrim shared her investigative report on Smartmatic voting machines.


Dobbs began the segment by warning, “A firm owned by Venezuela could be allowed to take over one of this country’s top voting firms.” He explained that Venezuela is owned by dictator Hugo Chavez. “Critics warn that our nation’s very democracy is now for sale without doing a thing about it,” Dobbs said.

CNN correspondent Katie Pilgrim joined Dobbs where she shared a frightening expose on 19,ooo electronic voting machines used by Chicago, IL Sequoia in their 2006 elections. In 2005, Sequoia, a US company that made the electronic voting machines, was bought by Smartmatic, a private company primarily owned by Venezuelan businessmen.

“When Chicago had problems with their machines, over a dozen Venezuelans were there to help with the elections,” Pilgrim explained. While Smartmatic was technically based in Boca Raton, FL, most of the employees were based in Venezuela.


BJ -
Is it when they couldn't win secure elections?
Yes, Yes it is.
 

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Lou Dobbs wasn’t always a Fox Business News host. The conservative host, who isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions was a host on CNN from 1980 -2009.

In 2006, Dobbs and CNN correspondent Katie Pilgrim shared her investigative report on Smartmatic voting machines.


Dobbs began the segment by warning, “A firm owned by Venezuela could be allowed to take over one of this country’s top voting firms.” He explained that Venezuela is owned by dictator Hugo Chavez. “Critics warn that our nation’s very democracy is now for sale without doing a thing about it,” Dobbs said.

CNN correspondent Katie Pilgrim joined Dobbs where she shared a frightening expose on 19,ooo electronic voting machines used by Chicago, IL Sequoia in their 2006 elections. In 2005, Sequoia, a US company that made the electronic voting machines, was bought by Smartmatic, a private company primarily owned by Venezuelan businessmen.

“When Chicago had problems with their machines, over a dozen Venezuelans were there to help with the elections,” Pilgrim explained. While Smartmatic was technically based in Boca Raton, FL, most of the employees were based in Venezuela.


BJ -
Is it when they couldn't win secure elections?
Yes, Yes it is.

The Dominion Voting Systems, the Smartmatic technology software, and the software that goes in other computerized voting systems here as well, not just Dominion, were created in Venezuela at the direction of Hugo Chavez to make sure he never lost an election after one constitutional referendum came out the way he did not want it to come out.”
None of this is true. Dominion and Smartmatic are separate companies, and indeed competitors; the tenuous connection between them is that Dominion once purchased assets from a firm that had been owned and sold off by Smartmatic years earlier. Smartmatic is an American company, though its founders are Venezuelan, and its software was not used in any of the swing states currently under scrutiny. (It has provided software used in Venezuelan elections, but the company itself has called out electoral fraud there.) Powell’s claim appears to be little more than an effort to insinuate guilt by (very indirect) association with an authoritarian regime.
 

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