Cybersecurity expert informed DHS that voting machines were vulnerable to tampering BEFORE the election
12/02/2020 // Arsenio Toledo // Views

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was warned by a cybersecurity specialist before the election that the country's voting machines were vulnerable to manipulation by hackers.

Retired United States Army Col. Phil Waldron made his statement during a public hearing with the Arizona State Legislature where he relayed what he and his team of election watchdogs learned about the Dominion Voting Systems machines. (Related: Arizona witness: Truck loads of ballots kept coming in for 10 days after election officials thought they were done counting votes.)

He testified that he had previously informed the DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of his team's findings.

“When I started working on this project in August, I called them up and said, ‘You guys have got to come out and look at it.’ They did. They spent an initial three hours going through this data. At the end of that, one of them said, ‘I think I need to go outside and throw up.’”

The DHS followed up with Waldron's team and their findings. At one point several employees, who are based out of Arlington, Virginia, flew to Dallas to obtain over 600 gigabytes of data.

“After they analyzed, there was a scan – a passive scan done. They conducted a limited scan and determined that there were vulnerabilities,” said Waldron.

The retired colonel was questioned as to why nobody followed up on their concerns. Waldron answered that it was most likely due to either incompetence or a lack of commitment to fix the problems at the senior level.


He was even told by DHS workers that CISA did not act like there was any problem to begin with.

“I was told [CISA] would never attend the meetings or the briefing that were conducted internal to the DHS on the material that we had presented,” he said.

CISA has not responded to requests from media outlets for comments. However, a week after Election Day, they did release a statement calling the election “the most secure in American history.” They even alleged that there was no evidence that any voting system changed, lost or deleted votes.

Days after this statement, President Donald Trump fired CISA director Christopher Krebs for the “highly inaccurate” statement.

Krebs initially responded by saying that he never claimed there was no fraud. He later clarified this statement during an interview with CBS, where he said that the vote manipulations did not occur on the machine count side.

“There was no indication or evidence that there was any sort of hacking or compromise of election systems on, before or after November 3rd,” he said.

Listen to this special Situation Report episode of the Health Ranger Report, a podcast by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, as he talks about how Democratic nominee and former vice president Joe Biden may be preparing to concede the election in exchange for a pardon deal from Trump.

Arizona certifies Biden win despite testimony of election irregularities

Also present at Waldron's testimony was Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who railed against the state legislators – a majority of whom are Republicans – over their willingness to concede the election to Biden.

“You also had numerous situations of your workers, your citizens, observing the poll officials helping people vote to the point of telling them who to vote for,” said Giuliani. “Poll workers being observed changing votes, taking ambiguous votes and making sure they were cast for Biden.”

Giuliani also took some time during this hearing to question Waldron regarding his experiences investigating the Dominion Voting Systems machines used by Arizona.

During his questioning, Waldron pointed out that there were potential instances of voter fraud in Maricopa and Pima Counties, two of the state's most populous counties, that have yet to be investigated.

Waldron said that Maricopa election officials did not validate signatures on many of their ballots, creating a “1.9 million vote fraud potential.” He further said that a reliable witness told him of officials in Pima “embedding” votes in various precincts to make it look like Biden had more support in the county.

“What I take from your testimony, Colonel, is that 35,000 votes were embedded to each Democratic candidate in Pima County,” said Giuliani.

Despite the testimony, Arizona still certified the election results. Because Trump supposedly lost by a margin greater than a tenth of one percent – over 10,000 votes – he did not qualify for an automatic recount.

Nevertheless, Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward said that the party is going to file a challenge to the results after certification.

Learn more about the ongoing legal battles surrounding the certification of election results in battleground states like Arizona by reading the latest articles at

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