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OPINION: Cyber Ninjas’ connection to Big Lie runs far, deep and dangerous
Chris Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune January 25, 2022
The presiding government body in Windham, New Hampshire is the Board of Selectmen, and their meetings are so mind-numbingly dull even the gavel no longer goes.
A drainage study one week, a boat ramp debate the next. Who can take it? Finally, on April 19, things kicked up a notch. That’s when the ninja from Sarasota slinked in and sat down.
Indeed, the mysterious Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, emerged from the shadows to denounce the evil forces of election fraud, and by attending this particular meeting, he revealed his connections to some of the most dangerous conspiracy-spewing people in the country, including the King Spewer himself.
It was the craziest thing, how this meeting came to be. After a Democratic candidate in a New Hampshire state House race lost in November by 24 votes, she demanded a recount. To the surprise of all, the recount added 300 votes to her Republican opponents while she lost 99.
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Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill in April authorizing an audit of the voting machines, and see? Right there! Voter fraud! There’s your proof! And if it’s here, in a town so small Cory Lewandowski is the most famous resident, you know it’s everywhere, and maybe Joe Biden isn’t really President after all.
Donald Trump, upon hearing the big news, cranked up the fertilizer spreader to 10 and pushed it across conservative America’s dying lawn.
“Congratulations to the great patriots of Windham, New Hampshire for their incredible fight to seek out the truth on the massive voter fraud in New Hampshire and in the 2020 presidential election,” Trump said.
That secured it all right, fraud. So all they needed now was an auditor, which was the hot topic at the April 19 meeting, and you should have seen who streamed out of the clown car ready to take on the job.
First, there was Logan, whose Sarasota computer security company was already in charge of a ballot “audit” in Arizona. Groups tied to Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne are funding Logan’s Arizona project with nearly $6 million of privately-raised money that has caught the interest of the state of Florida.
Now, no one seems to know much about Logan and the company he runs from a P.O. Box on Fruitville Rd. Even top Democrats in the House Oversight Committee are concerned about his lack of experience in election audits and are investigating.
The minutes from the New Hampshire meeting, however, prove that maybe Logan wasn’t so inexperienced after all.
In his pitch to the board, Logan said he also has done forensic work in Michigan (we’ll get to that later) and Georgia, where Trump pressured the Republican Secretary of State to “find more votes.”
A conspiracy nut named Col. Phil Waldron also threw his tinfoil hat into the ring in New Hampshire, and he backed up Logan, claiming he had done work with him in Arizona, Michigan and Georgia.
According to the New York Times, Waldron believes that China invested money in Dominion voting machines and owns access to its data and files. He also claims that servers in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain helped manipulate the presidential election in favor of Biden.
Waldron told the board he was at the meeting on behalf of Russ Ramsland, who owns a company called Allied Special Operations Group in Texas. Ramsland, according to the Washington Post, has been screaming to conservative lawmakers since 2018 that voting machines are unreliable. No one ever listened. Until Trump.
Ramsland has had some interesting theories too. For example, he publicly claimed the 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial race was rigged by voting machines using “Venezuelan election-stealing software controlled by a George Soros operative, and that votes were sent to a CIA-funded database in Spain where they were changed and sent back to the United States,” according to a lawsuit.
The meeting grew even wackier when a local from Windham stood up and claimed to have thousands of emails from people across New Hampshire who wanted Jovan Pulitzer to run the audit. Pulitzer is more than just the man who unsuccessfully searched for the Ark of the Covenant. He also invented something called a “CueCat,” which was essentially a barcode reader for computers about as useless as a paperweight. Time magazine ranked it as the fifth-worst invention of all time. Fourth was Agent Orange.
Pulitzer now claims to have invented a barcode scanner that can be used to detect bamboo shoots in ballots, which reportedly is what was being used in the Arizona audit to determine if they came from China. Logan and Pulitzer have been working together in Arizona, reports have said.
A local resident at the New Hampshire meeting actually suggested that Waldron, Logan and Pulitzer work together on the audit, and he would pay for it.
Oh, if only that’s all there was.
On Jan. 18, Michael Flynn (an Englewood resident and admitted liar to the FBI), Powell (Flynn’s former attorney who helped him secure a Trump pardon) and Byrne (the former Overstock.com CEO who resigned from a billion-dollar company after having an affair with a Russian spy), showed up unannounced at the White House and somehow met with Trump. Axios called it the wildest meeting of Trump’s presidency.
Byrne, according to a lawsuit, argued that “guys with big guns and badges” should confiscate all Dominion voting machines across the country, to which a senior White House official in the room replied: “What are you, 3 years old?”
Even Trump couldn’t handle Byrne’s infantile outlandishness and cast him aside. Hurt, but undeterred, he turned his gaze to Michigan. Rudy Giuliani saw it too.
Antrim County is in the northern part of the state, and election night tabulations showed Biden as the surprise winner in the county. That was wrong. A human mistake was to blame, the error was quickly fixed, and Trump was certified as the winner by a large margin. No problem.
Still, a lawsuit was filed claiming the Dominion voting machines were faulty. This was another chance to prove if fraud existed here, it existed everywhere, and they pounced on it.
Giuliani even went on TV and stated 19 Michigan precincts recorded more votes than there were voters. Proof! Right there! Just one tiny problem. Giuliani relied on an affidavit from Ramsland, who mistakenly used data from 19 precincts in Minnesota, not Michigan. Ramsland had the wrong state.
And take a guess who was listed as witnesses in the Michigan election fraud lawsuit? Ramsland, Waldron, and Doug Logan, Sarasota’s resident ninja.
From the failed lawsuit in Michigan, it was on to Arizona. Maricopa County, to be exact. Republicans in the state Senate originally entered into a contract with Ramsland’s company, according to a report, but it fell through and somehow Logan signed one on March 30 for $150,000.
What no one knew at the time was that Flynn, Powell and Byrne — through various groups — made sure Logan had nearly $6 million more to work with.
Flynn, Powell and Byrne are now being sued by Dominion for over $1 billion apiece for spreading misinformation about their machines, and in Byrne’s lawsuit, it said:
“Having fooled tens of millions of people with the Ramsland report in Michigan, Byrne and his collaborators set out to repeat their strategy in Arizona: Find someone with zero experience in election security who has already committed themselves to the preconceived notion the election was stolen, and pay them to manufacture evidence to support that conclusion.
“Byrne and his collaborators found exactly what they were looking for in Doug Logan.”
And while Logan did secure the contract in Arizona, he was not as fortunate in New Hampshire. That particular job went to a man named Mark Lindeman, who is co-director of something called Verified Voting.
It didn’t take long for people to call for his removal, either. The reason? He wrote a letter to Karen Fann, President of the Arizona Senate, saying he was “disturbed” by the presence of Cyber Ninjas in her state.
As for the vote discrepancies in Windham, well, maybe that’s better left forgotten. Turns out, folds in the absentee ballots were the cause, not fraud. Because some folds went through the name of the Democrat on the ballot, either the Democrat vote didn’t count or it counted in favor of the Republican.
If you didn’t know better, you’d swear it was the work of a ninja.
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