On the Met Breuer exhibition re: conspiracy (by someone who knows something on the subject)

The Art World Weighs In On Conspiracy Theories

A museum exhibition review
By Cat McGuire
November 5, 2018

Met exhibition branding

Overview

An exhibit called Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy is currently on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York at The Met Breuer. According to the curator, this apparently is the first time the art world has mounted a significant exhibition on the topic of conspiracies (even though much of the work presented is in The Met’s own collection).

The Met is arguably the high cathedral of culture in America—The New York Times of the art world if you will. Curious to hear their official perspective, on October 30, I got a ticket for one of the very few Exhibition Tours the show offered.

The one-hour walking lecture was led by one of the two curators, Douglas Eklund, Director of Photographs, who started work on the exhibit in 2010. He seemed proud of his prescience. Who knew eight years ago what a topical subject conspiracy theories would become?

That Eklund had been employed by The Met since the ‘90s tells me that this controversial subject had not been assigned willy-nilly. Eklund’s decisions surely had the full imprimatur of The Met. As such, for the purposes of my review of the show, fair or not, henceforth for me Eklund represents The Met incarnate.

Eklund was quite pleased by the sold-out crowd of 25 people, and several times during the tour remarked how no one was wandering away as tour goers often do. Almost everyone stayed with him to the end, indicating a strong degree of interest.

The exhibit features 30 artists and is divided into two distinct parts:  theories that had proven to be largely true versus the Rabbit Hole (my capitalization, the show’s repeated use). The following explication from the entrance wall text does a good job of explaining the exhibit’s bifurcation:

The exhibition traces the simultaneous development of two kinds of art about conspiracy. Works based in historical research and investigative reporting open the show’s first half. The artists consider the factual nature of these works to be paramount. They uncover hidden layers of deceit beneath the bureaucratic complexity and often controlled media of postwar culture, hewing strictly to the public record to expose schemes such as the shell corporations of New York real estate investors and vast, interconnected networks encompassing politicians, businessmen, and arms dealers.

Works in the exhibition’s second half plunge down the rabbit hole, where facts and fantasy freely intermingle. No less thoroughly researched than those in the opening galleries, these works often aim to capture the interior ways in which people explain the world and their place in it with only partial information. Diving headlong into the fever dream of the disaffected, these artists create fantastical works that nevertheless unearth uncomfortable truths in an age of information overload and weakened trust in institutions.

The 3-minute video on the exhibit’s web page is worth watching both to see some of the art and to hear the curator’s spiel.

And now, on to the tour.

The Nation re-affirms its (ludicrous) defense of the official fantasy re: 9/11 (MUST-READ)

Why?

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Last week, I came across something I didn’t think I would ever see. But in hindsight, it shouldn’t have surprised me: one of the country’s leading left publications, The Nation, rebuking New York art museums and galleries for showcasing critical perspectives on official narratives of major events — or what we’ve come to know as “conspiracy theories” ever since the media’s embrace of the CIA campaign in the 1960s to discredit critics of the Warren Commission.

The article, “Conspiracy Theories Are Not Entertainment,” takes aim mainly at two exhibitions that opened in September: “Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy,” on display at the Met Breuer until January 6, 2019, and Fredric Riskin’s “9/11: The Collapse of Conscience,” which ran from September 11 to October 13 at the Ronald Feldman Gallery in Soho.

Zachary Small, a young “arts journalist” and “theatremaker,” purports to be writing art criticism, but his overarching point is a purely political one: Art institutions should not legitimize, intentionally or unintentionally, anything considered by the mainstream to be “conspiracy theory.” Doing so, he argues, “mutes the destabilizing and degrading effects of conspiracy on democracy.”

Small is not entirely opposed to the idea of “Everything Is Connected.” His complaint, rather, is against the show’s combining of pieces that “take an investigative approach,” documenting things like “the very real existence of government-sanctioned torture and money laundering,” with works of “artistic interpretation” that “revel in the passion of discontent” or that “glorify the notion that the September 11 attacks were an inside job.” (The latter are the paintings of Sue Williams, one of which shows the Twin Towers with the word “nano-thermite,” somewhat smudged out, hovering almost playfully above them.) Small insists that this mix “helps mollify the viewer toward conspiracy.”

But who decides what is “very real” versus “conspiracy” toward which the viewer must not be mollified? Perhaps that line is not so sharply defined for curators Douglas Eklund and Ian Alteveer, who apparently want to nudge viewers to be more skeptical of official narratives. In the final moment of the show’s video preview, Eklund affirms: “I would like to bring back the idea of art as a way of jolting people to get rid of their preconceived notions and to hopefully question more.”

Instead of probing his own preconceived notions about the topics explored in the art, Small berates Eklund and Alteveer for believing “there is value in scavenging through the most contested chapters of American history to find plausible alternatives to today’s hard truths.” In Small’s view of the world, it seems, everything he believes is “hard truth.” Everything he doesn’t believe is “conspiracy theory.”

The blinding effect and harsh consequences of Small’s immovable boundary between truth and falsehood are on full display in the second part of his piece for The Nation, which turns into a diatribe against Fredric Riskin and his installation “9/11: The Collapse of Conscience.” The primary target of Small’s attack is Riskin’s contention that the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and Building 7 collapsed not because of the airplane crashes, but from controlled demolition.

Partway into his assault, Small lays bare his extreme lack of knowledge about the science of the World Trade Center’s destruction when he alleges that Riskin “baldly ignores the available evidence, produced by MIT’s Civil Engineering Department less than a month after the attack.” Small goes on to call the omission of this evidence “purposefully irresponsible.”

In fact, the article by MIT professor Thomas Eagar and his research assistant, Christopher Musso, was positing a theory of the Twin Towers’ collapse that was in vogue in the first year after 9/11 but that official investigators would rule out by 2004. Eagar was hypothesizing that the “weak points . . . were the angle clips that held the floor joists between the columns on the perimeter wall and the core structure.” “As the joists . . . gave way and the outer box columns began to bow outward,” Eagar speculated, “the floors above them also fell.”

Lest we forget: Michael Connell was assassinated ten years ago this week

From Mitchel Cohen:

As Election Day is here, and as many of us consider whether there’s a role for stopping fascism through elections and try to draw lessons from history, here’s something I originally posted to listserves at the time.

Ten years ago this week, Michael Connell was killed in a small plane crash in Ohio, similar to the crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone. Connell was Karl Rove’s “fixer,” and had been subpoenaed to testify about how the had flipped votes electronically in the U.S. elections since the turn of this millenium and especially in the Kerry vs. Bush debacle in 2004.

A “Deep Throat” Emerges in the Mike Connell Plane Crash
By Roger Shuler

http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2009/12/deep-throat-emerges-in-mike-connell.html >

An anonymous informant has provided information indicating that an airplane piloted by Republican computer expert Mike Connell was sabotaged before it crashed on December 19, 2008, near Akron, Ohio.

One of Connell’s sisters says she believes the family will file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Republican strategist Karl Rove if foul play ever is proven in the plane crash.

Those are two of the major revelations in a stunning recent investigative piece http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7509 at BradBlog, by award-winning television producer and writer Rebecca Abrahams.

Connell, the founder of New Media Communications in Richfield, Ohio, was considered a skilled and experienced pilot. He developed campaign Web sites for a number of Republican clients, including George W. Bush and John McCain.

Connell had been forced to give a deposition in an election-fraud lawsuit on November 3, 2008, the day before the general election. Roughly six weeks later, his plane crashed next to a vacant house in Lake Township, Ohio, as Connell was returning from a business trip to Washington, D.C. The cause of the crash is unknown, and it remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Why was Mike Connell a central figure in election-fraud issues? And why have questions been raised about the nature of the plane crash that killed him? Abrahams summarizes:

 

Although mainly un-reported, there’s a great deal of controversy surrounding Connell’s death–largely in part because he was the architect of many Republican websites including GeorgeWBush.com and GWB43.com, the site Karl Rove used for 95% of his email correspondence. Connell was also considered a key witness in the election fraud lawsuit King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association v. Blackwell. The suit implicates Former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth J. Blackwell, Karl Rove and others of 2004 election night vote rigging.
Attorneys in the case believe that Connell, who had not been accused of any wrongdoing, had firsthand knowledge about the missing White House emails and Rove’s alleged wrongdoing with respect to the 2004 Presidential election.

 

Connell’s sister, Shannon, says she believes her brother’s work related to politics led to his death. Reports Abrahams:

 

Although her brother never spoke of his work, Shannon believes that Mike’s ties to the Bush Administration and the GOP are somehow related to his death.
“It just seems way too convenient, the timing since he had been deposed. He didn’t get to testify. But I don’t think he would’ve perjured himself. When it comes down to it, he was basically an honest person. If push came to shove and he was under oath testifying, I believe that he would’ve told the truth. I think that there were other people who believed that as well.”

 

The Connell family has received tangible evidence that suggests foul play in the plane crash. Reports Abrahams:

 

Recently, the Connell family has been dealt another blow–an anonymous memo penned by someone identifying themselves as “Mark Felt” (the name of the man who was ultimately revealed to be “Deep Throat”), cataloguing an order and mission to remotely intercept and rig the instrument panel of Mike Connell’s plane then “sanitize” the area.
Heather confirms receipt of this memo, which was cc’d to six unknown recipients.

 

What does the memo mean? Abrahams reports that it is being taken seriously:

 

Those close to the case believe the person behind the memo is a real informant with inside knowledge about Connell’s plane crash. There are a number of Intelligence officials looking into it, including the FBI. The FBI field agent in charge of the case, Jack Vickery, did not return my calls. But Cliff Arnebeck, the prosecuting attorney in the case and the one who deposed Mike Connell last November, issued the following statement:

 

We received copies of the “deep throat” letter and redacted report of a jackal that “is not supposed to exist.” We passed on to the FBI this and other information we have relevant to the matter. Our impression is that the FBI is doing its job of investigating specific allegations regarding the assassination of a vital witness in our federal election fraud case.

 

The term “jackal” refers to a hired assassin. And Abramhams quotes an expert on the subject:

 

Former CIA operative John Perkins wrote about such “jackals” in his book, Confessions of an Economic HitMan, and says while he doesn’t have any inside knowledge about Connell’s death, he would not be surprised if he was murdered.
“It wouldn’t surprise me a bit. They’ve certainly assassinated a lot of people in this country. The Kennedys were assassinated. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It’s entirely possible that Paul Wellstone was assassinated. We’ve had a long, long history of assassinations. It’s extremely successful in terms of turning politics around and getting people off cases. In a way, Bill Clinton was assassinated but it was a personality assassination. The Connell case is just one more possibility.”

 

Perkins says that the mysterious plane crash long has been a popular tactic with hired assassins:

 

“It’s so easy to cover it up. The evidence is destroyed and everybody knows airplanes are fragile anyway, small airplanes in particular. So it’s a very clean type of assassination in terms of ways to do it because the area where the plane crash happens can be quickly cordoned off . . . and the evidence can be cleaned up very quickly and most of it is destroyed anyway. But if there’s anything left, it can be disposed of very, very quickly.”

 

The Connell family wants to know the identity of the informant. The family also wants to know more about threats Mike Connell reportedly received in the weeks leading up to his death.

Shannon Connell is quick to say that justice will be difficult to achieve in her brother’s death. Reports Abrahams:

 

Shannon says if there were proof of foul play, she believes her family would file a wrongful death suit against Karl Rove. But she says she’s not sure her family will ever know what really happened that day in December.
“I think Mike got caught up in some other people’s lives and didn’t know how to get out or was trying to get out. You know, I’m real cynical about whether justice will be done. A lot of the government officials probably have gotten away with a lot of things. My position now is what’s going to make this different? What’s different with my brother’s death that’s any different than Paul Wellstone’s?”

 

Posted by legalschnauzer at 11:06 AM http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2009/12/deep-throat-emerges-in-mike-connell.html

For those who care about tonight’s results—and plan to study them.

From Jonathan Simon:

 

Friends,
 
Well it’s once more into the breach, down a dark alley with a dying flashlight. I’ve attached spreadsheets that you may find helpful in charting patterns and anomalies tonight. There are separate sheets for US House, Senate, Gubernatorial, and Ballot Props, all updated to this morning with the latest aggregate-polling forecast.
 
Vets will know that there are no individual CD House exit polls (EP). Some may also know that word has been passed that the EPs are being tweaked in advance of public posting to address the over-representation of highly educated voters that was seized upon in 2016 to explain why the EPs were so “off,” when in fact, nationally they were “on,” varying from the popular vote for president by a mere 1.1% (it was in the battleground and suspected vote-padding states – necessary perhaps to keep Trump from losing the popular vote by a huge and suspect margin – that we saw “failed” EPs with large red shifts). The tweaking will shift the EPs significantly to the right (this is the insidious votecount-poll feedback loop on full display), so don’t be surprised if the is little to no red shift across the board tonight. That is why I’ve included several waves of pre-election polling (PEP) in the charts. We’ll be looking for PEP red shift and competitive-noncompetitive disparities in the red shift, all of which can be tracked using the charts provided.
 
So please have at it – redundancy is the least of our worries. But, as we all know by now, election forensics tends to get us pretty much nowhere with the media and poobahs. For some time now, the real value to me has been just to know (sort of) what’s likely going down; just to not be completely blind like the rest of America.
 
But when the dust settles – and however it settles – we would do well to ask two fundamental questions: 1) Where does our power as a public lie, given that we strongly suspect it is no longer in our votes? 2) What specific measures can we take to prevent this wretched cycle from repeating ad nauseam? I draw particular attention to the fact that, of the more than 20 ballot measures nationwide calling for changes (both good and bad) to the way we run our elections, not a single one says “Amend the state constitution to require HCPB and/or RLAs.” Just food for thought for now.
 
Wishing the best to all and a big thank you for your hard work – Jonathan
 
Jonathan D. Simon
Executive Director, Election Defense Alliance
@JonathanSimon14

MSNBC “mistakenly” airs results of FL governor race one day early

So Gullum's team can now be loudly charged with "voter fraud."  

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MSNBC “Mistakenly” Shows Results Of Florida Governor Race One Day Early

Tue, 11/06/2018 – 13:44

MSNBC‘s Chris Hayes had egg on his face Monday evening after an infographic aired a full day before the election showing Democrat Andrew Gillum prevailing over GOP rival Ron DeSantis by more than 45,000 votes with 99% of the votes counted, as first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Hayes told viewers: “Quick clarification here. Just want to say, earlier this hour, uh, we showed a graphic of the Florida gubernatorial race. May have caught your eye because our system had inadvertently populated some test numbers.”

“Obviously, we do not yet have any vote totals here, the night before the election,” Hayes. “That was a misfire. Don’t worry. I was pretty confused when I saw it up there, to see it there myself.”

According to a Saturday survey by St. Pete Polls, Gillum leads DeSantis 49-48% with a 2% margin of error.

How many votes have been suppressed already? And WHY don’t the “Democrats” want UNIVERSAL voter registration?

Even with due allowance made for all those voters who have died or moved away—those whose names should be scrubbed from the voter rolls—the numbers noted here, of those unfairly disenfranchised, to ensure more "victories" by the GOP, are startling.

Indeed, so startling are those numbers that they should impel the Democrats to mount a vast campaign for automatic voter registration of all citizens on their 18th birthdays: i.e., a plan of universal voter registration that would obviate the anti-democratic hodgepodge of exclusionary rules in place from coast to coast today.

So why aren't the Democrats promoting such a plan? Not even the Congressional Black Caucus seems ever to have bothered even to discuss the possibility, much less push for it.

What this tells us is that neither party really wants the USA to be a democratic country, as that would put an end to the vast spoils system that enriches the elites both "left" and right (and whose real job it is to keep the war machine in place, enriching the elite that both those parties really serve).

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From Victor Provenzano:

 

According to the Brennan Center at NYU, almost 16 million voters — more often than not minority and disproportionately African American — were removed from the voter rolls nationwide between 2014 and 2016 (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2018/08/09/many-states-are-purging-voters-from-the-rolls). According to BBC journalist Greg Palast, another 14 million voters were removed from the U.S. voter rolls in the year 2017 alone (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubTsM6bdlGA). Yet this kind of “vote scrubbing” is only one of the major elements in the GOP’s nationwide effort at “voter suppression” (which is now the most widely used euphemism in the U.S. for “election theft”). In addition to the 30 million disproportionately minority voters — or FIFTEEN PERCENT of the U.S. electorate — that were removed from the voter rolls in the U.S. from January 2014 until the end of 2017, there are also more than 30 U.S. states with ID laws (http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx) that often seem to be designed to prevent minorities, the poor, youth, students, the disabled, and the elderly poor from voting. Moreover, hundreds of polling places in strongly Democratic voting districts have been shut down in the Sun Belt from Georgia to Arizona (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/10/30/midterm-elections-closed-voting-sites-impact-minority-voter-turnout/1774221002/), electronic votes are often “flipping” from “D” to “R” in Texas and elsewhere ( https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Voting-machine-errors-changed-some-Texans-13339298.php), and the list goes on. Charlie Cook, the premier expert in the U.S. on election outcomes, said earlier this year that if it had not been for the wide-scale gerrymandering in 2010, there would have been up to NINETY-NINE House seats in play in 2018 (https://www.cookpolitical.com/analysis/national/fivethirtyeight/hating-gerrymandering-easy-fixing-it-harder). How many might be in play, then, if it were not for wide-scale voter suppression? In the end, an informed citizen has to ask if the supposed “Blue Wave” this year will be anything more than a “Blue Ripple.” We shall soon see. What is quite certain, however, is that the 2018 election is being stolen on a new and unprecedented scale by the GOP and its dozens of secretaries of state.  

Victor Provenzano

The reason WHY that caravan is coming

A reason that both Trump AND "the resistance" won't address, and don't want anybody else addressing, either..

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Behind the endless throngs of desperate Central American children arriving on the U.S. border and a steady wave of illegal immigrants from Mexico and beyond is a plan.

“A generation of sending American jobs offshore under NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT and the WTO, dumping cheap corn on Mexico thereby destroying millions of farming jobs, and unleashing disruptive retailers like Wal-mart upon the fragile economies of Latin America have created turmoil, uncertainty and rivers of human migration… and along with it bitter tension and discord over the dynamics of immigration, illegal immigration and the struggle for a lasting standard of living under the New World Order.”

Behind the endless throngs of desperate Central American children arriving on the U.S. border and a steady wave of illegal immigrants from Mexico and beyond is a plan for global economic warfare — those building up the world of globalization are tearing down the sovereignty and financial strength of the United States and Europe to make way for the coming corporate new world order. 

A generation of sending American jobs offshore under NAFTA, GATT and the WTO, dumping cheap corn on Mexico thereby destroying millions of farming jobs and unleashing disruptive retailers like Wal-mart upon the fragile economies of Latin America have created turmoil, uncertainty and rivers of human migration… and along with it bitter tension and discord over the dynamics of immigration, illegal immigration and the struggle for a lasting standard of living under the New World Order.

Obama’s CIA covertly intercepted Congressional emails about whistleblowers

The sort of thing that "our free press" would scream about if Trump or Putin did it (or even if he didn't, but someone said he did).

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Fri, 11/02/2018 – 19:45
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Authored by Sharyl Attkisson,

CIA intercepted Congressional emails about whistleblowers in 2014

The Inspector General expressed concern about “potential compromise to whistleblower confidentiality” and “chilling effect”

Newly-declassified documents show the CIA intercepted sensitive Congressional communications about intelligence community whistleblowers.

The intercepts occurred under CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The new disclosures are contained in two letters of “Congressional notification” originally written to key members of Congress in March 2014, but kept secret until now.

In the letters, then-Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough tells four key members of Congress that during “routing counterintelligence monitoring of Government computer systems,” the CIA collected emails between Congressional staff and the CIA’s head of whistleblowing and source protection. McCullough states that he’s concerned “about the potential compromise to whistleblower confidentiality and the consequent ‘chilling effect’ that the present [counterintelligence] monitoring system might have on Intelligence Community whistleblowing.”

The idea that the CIA would monitor communications of U.S. government officials, including those in the legislative branch, is itself controversial. But in this case, the CIA picked up some of the most sensitive emails between Congress and intelligence agency workers blowing the whistle on alleged wrongdoing.

John Brennan, former Obama CIA Director and Homeland Security Adviser

“Most of these emails concerned pending and developing whistleblower complaints,” McCullough states in his letters to lead Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees at the time: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia); and Representatives Michael Rogers (R-Michigan) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland). McCullough adds that the type of monitoring that occurred was “lawful and justified for [counterintelligence] purposes” but

“I am not confident that Congressional staff fully understood that their whistleblower-related communications with my Executive Director of whistleblowing might be reviewed as a result of routine [CIA counterintelligence] monitoring.”–Intelligence Community Inspector General 2014

The disclosures from 2014 were released late Thursday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “The fact that the CIA under the Obama administration was reading Congressional staff’s emails about intelligence community whistleblowers raises serious policy concerns as well as potential Constitutional separation-of-powers issues that must be discussed publicly,” wrote Grassley in a statement.

According to Grassley, he originally began trying to have the letters declassified more than four years ago but was met with “bureaucratic foot-dragging, led by Brennan and Clapper.”

James Clapper, former Obama Director of National Intelligence

Grassley adds that he repeated his request to declassify the letters under the Trump administration, but that Trump intelligence officials failed to respond. The documents were finally declassified this week after Grassley appealed to the new Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.

History of alleged surveillance abuses

Back in 2014, Senators Grassley and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) had asked then-Director of National Intelligence Clapper about the possibility of the CIA monitoring Congressional communications. A Congressional staffer involved at the time says Clapper’s response seemed to imply that if Congressional communications were “incidentally” collected by the CIA, the material would not be saved or reported up to CIA management.

“In the event of a protected disclosure by a whistleblower somehow comes to the attention of personnel responsible for monitoring user activity,” Clapper wrote to Grassley and Wyden on July 25, 2014, “there is no intention for such disclosure to be reported to agency leadership under an insider threat program.”

However, the newly-declassified letters indicate the opposite happened in reality with the whistleblower-related emails:

“CIA security compiled a report that include excerpts of… whistleblower-related communications and this reports was eventually shared with… the Director of the Office of Security and the Chief of the Counterintelligence Center” who “briefed the CIA Deputy Director, Deputy Executive Director, and the Chiefs of Staff for both the CIA Director and the Deputy Director.”

Clapper has previously come under fire for his 2013 testimony to Congress in which he denied that the national Security Agency (NSA) collects data on millions of Americans. Weeks later, Clapper’s statement was proven false by material leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

“During Director Clapper’s tenure, senior intelligence officials engaged in a deception spree regarding mass surveillance,” said Wyden upon Clapper’s retirement in 2016.

“Top officials, officials who reported to Director Clapper, repeatedly misled the American people and even lied to them.”

Clapper has repeatedly denied lying, and said that any incorrect information he provided was due to misunderstandings or mistakes.

Clapper and Brennan have also acknowledged taking part in the controversial practice of “unmasking” the protected names of U.S. citizens – including people connected to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump – whose communications were “incidentally” captured in US counterintelligence operations. Unmaskings within the U.S intelligence community are supposed to be extremely rare and only allowed under carefully justified circumstances. This is to protect the privacy rights of American citizens. But it’s been revealed that Obama officials requested unmaskings on a near daily basis during the election year of 2016.

Clapper and Brennan have said their activities were lawful and not politically motivated. Both men have become vocal critics of President Trump.

Why Republicans will probably “win” in Georgia on Election Day

And now Brian Kemp, Georgia's feral SoS and would-be governor, is investigating the Democrats who reported that the voting system is corrupt.

MCM
NOVEMBER 4, 2018 | JORDAN WILKIE AND TIMOTHY PRATT

EXCLUSIVE: GEORGIA’S VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEM LIKE ‘OPEN BANK SAFE DOOR’

Two days before the midterm elections, a series of security vulnerabilities have been discovered that would allow even a low-skilled hacker to compromise Georgia’s voter registration system and, in turn, the election itself. It is not known how long these vulnerabilities have been in place or whether they have already been exploited.

Just before noon on Saturday, a third party provided WhoWhatWhy with an email and document, sent from the Democratic Party of Georgia to election security experts, that highlights “massive” vulnerabilities within the state’s My Voter Page and its online voter registration system.

According to the document, it would not be difficult for almost anyone with minimal computer expertise to access millions of people’s private information and potentially make changes to their voter registration — including canceling it.

In this election and during the primaries, voters have reported not showing up in the poll books, being assigned to the wrong precinct, and being issued the wrong ballot.

All of that could be explained by a bad actor changing voter registration data — and at this point there may be no way of knowing if that happened.

It is not clear what impact — if any — this will have on Tuesday’s elections, or what it has had on early voting. Voters should still go to the polls and, if they are encountering problems, ask to cast a provisional ballot as is their right.

WhoWhatWhy contacted five computer security and election systems experts to review the document.

None of these cyber security experts tested the vulnerabilities described, downloaded any files, or altered any data.

All five noted that testing these vulnerabilities without permission would be illegal.

Instead, several logged onto the My Voter Page to look at the code used to build the site — something any Georgian voter could do with a little instruction — and confirmed the voter registration system’s vulnerabilities.

They all agreed with the assessment that the data of voters could easily be accessed and changed.