As I wrote in my April 28 post, we need the DOJ to take action and put a halt to the odious, democracy destructive shit show and atrocity being carried out in Arizona in the guise of a post-2020 election "audit"., e.g.
The AZ state Senate commenced this latest bloodless (so far) insurrection by using its subpoena power to take possession of all 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County and the machines that counted them, along with computer hard drives full of data. In so doing, and by using a fraudulent intent and process, they have effectively tarnished all the county ballots so they now become unusable for any future judicial review. Why? Because we have no idea how they are fucking them up to conform with their conspiracy ideations and QAnon-fueled fantasies! (They are keeping all procedures hidden, calling the methods of audit and re-counting "proprietary".)
But what's actually happened? Well, a few days after that post the DOJ sent a letter to the Arizona Senate asking it to respond to "concerns about the audit." Noting:
"the department had reviewed news reports and complaints regarding the procedure being used for the audit and was concerned by the number of reports that the ballots, machines and voter information was no longer under the control of state and local officials."
Hello! That's been known for months! What are you guys doing about it? Up to now, evidently nothing, even as this toxic clown show gets geared up to go nationwide to other GOP -controlled legislatures. Wake up and act! Each day this goes on one more nail gets pounded into the coffin of our democracy.
This is no longer a curiosity to be looked upon with detached bemusement, but a crime! As Maddow pointed out last night, you can't turn over ballots - that needed to be secured for 22 months after an election - to a normal contractor, far less a bunch of traitor rats like the "Cyber Ninjas".
According to Maddow: "Arizona was warned about that by the U.S. Department of Justice in a sternly worded letter just weeks ago. But Arizona brushed it off. They apparently don't care. Is the Justice Department cool with being brushed off like that?
They warned them about potential violations of federal law. If those violations aren't remedied are they going to enforce federal law? Will the Justice Department do anything else besides their one sternly -worded letter to the Arizona Senate? Which has been blatantly ignored? "
This is what concerned citizens - real ones, not the Trump insurrectionist traitors - want to know. Or will the DOJ simply allow this democracy - what is left after Trump - to slowly circle the drain bit by bit?
The question has assumed new urgency now as we also learned last night the Arizona Secretary of State (Katie Hobbs) has notified Maricopa County officials about the vote tabulators. Evidently the chain of custody has been broken with their use by the Cyber Ninjas rats. According to the letter written by Hobbs:
"I have grave concerns regarding the security and integrity of these machines given the chain of custody - a critical security tenet - has been compromised. And election officials do not know what was done to the machines while under Cyber Ninjas control.
Indeed, such a loss of custody constitutes a cyber incident to critical infrastructure - an event that could jeopardize the confidentiality, integrity or availability of digital information or information systems.
Therefore my office consulted with election technology and security officials at the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency ,,,,regarding the appropriate next steps. Each advised that once election officials lose control of voting systems and components those systems should not be used in future elections.
Rather, decommissioning and replacing those devices is the safest option as no methods exist to adequately ensure those machines are safe to use in future elections."
Ms. Hobbs then advised that none of the "subpoenaed machines" was to be used in any future elections. In other words, all the equipment that the Repuke-ian AZ Senate traitors allowed the Cyber Ninja nuts to use, now has to be tossed out in the trash. It's as useless as yesterday's fishwrap.
Again, this is deadly serious shit, and the nascent malignancy could spread to other states with the same M.O. So why isn't the DOJ getting involved, especially after having its stern letter blown off? Who knows? Maybe the DOJ has too much mess to clean up there after Barr and his reprobates left. But this Arizona fraudulent audit and destruction, compromise of voting machines needs attention - and not only from the Dept. of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity division.
One hopes the DOJ and Merrick Garland will act before it's too late and our democracy is beyond reclaiming from the stooges who've already defiled Arizona's system. As I wrote in my earlier post:
Once a democracy is lost it usually doesn't come back. Ours is fragile and needs to be protected as it is now under sustained attack by insurrectionists, seditionists, sore losers and wacko conspiracy seeders. The best way is to snuff out these rancid rats in Arizona before they can bring their infection to other states - while trying to make a mockery of the electoral system - to appease Trump.