While Democrats and establishment media contend vote fraud is largely a myth, an abundance of evidence surfaced in the 2012 election to indicate it is flourishing in American politics.
Did it impact the outcome Nov. 6? The fact that any reasonable observer who does his homework can’t give a definitive answer to that question is cause enough for concern.
The reports of vote fraud top WND’s annual list of the 10 most “spiked” or underreported stories of the last year.
At the end of each year, many news organizations typically present their retrospective replays of what they consider to have been the top news stories of the previous 12 months. WND’s editors, however, long have considered it more newsworthy to publicize the most underreported or unreported news events of the year – to shine a spotlight on those issues that the establishment media successfully “spiked.”
WND Editor and CEO Joseph Farah has sponsored “Operation Spike” every year since 1988, and since founding WND in May 1997, has continued the annual tradition.
Produced with the help of WND readers, here are the WND editors’ picks for the 10 most underreported or unreported stories of 2012:
1. Vote fraud
WND has reported extensively on allegations of vote fraud during the 2012 election, with the conclusion that while no single instance or aspect of fraud likely was enough to give Obama the election, the aggregate of corrupt activities may well have tipped the vote.
Irregularities reported include illegal campaign donations, taking advantage of states without voter ID requirements, voter registration fraud, voter fraud, lost and late-delivered military ballots, millions of deceased people on voter rolls and computerized voting machines automatically defaulting to Democratic candidates.
Reports of illegal activities by poll workers abound, including photographic proof of an Obama “hope and change” poster on the inside wall of a polling place and poll workers wearing Obama baseball caps. Senate candidate Wendy Long, an attorney who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, told Fox News that when she voted, “a poll worker who was at the scanner studied my private ballot and proceeded to tell me that it was rejected because I did not ‘fill in every space.’ She then proceeded to indicate that I should mark the Democratic line all the way down.”
Prior to the election, WND was first to report the son of Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. – who served as the field director for his father’s campaign – resigned after he was caught on video advising an undercover reporter how to fraudulently cast ballots in the name of registered voters by forging utility bills and relying on the assistance of Democrat lawyers.
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas team also captured on video a regional director of the voter mobilization group launched by Barack Obama, Organizing for America, helping an undercover reporter vote for the president in two states. This year, Project Veritas conducted an ongoing series of investigations in more than a dozen states “demonstrating the ease with which election fraud can be committed and legitimate voters can be disenfranchised.” In April, a Project Veritas investigator was offered the ballot of Attorney General Eric Holder at a polling place.
On Election Day, in 59 Philadelphia voting divisions, Romney received zero votes compared to Obama’s 19,605, a result experts consider statistically almost impossible.
In 10 counties in Colorado, another closely contested state, more people were found to be registered to vote than the number of people of voting age residing in those counties.
A WND investigation showed Obama’s presidential re-election campaign repeatedly accepted illegal foreign donations in the name of “Osama bin Laden.”
Absentee ballots are particularly vulnerable to vote fraud. In one notorious recent case in upstate Troy, N.Y., eight local Democrat politicians were indicted and four have pleaded guilty to falsifying absentee ballots. Anthony DeFiglio, a Democratic committeeman who pleaded guilty, said that absentee ballot fraud was a “normal political tactic.”
Glenn Cook of the Las Vegas Review Journal reported in early November that illegal aliens were being pressured, even threatened, by Culinary Union Local 226, to register and vote. In Florida, an NBC investigative report found that illegals were registered to vote and indeed have been voting.
According to Paul Herrison of the Center for American Politics at the University of Maryland, most incidents of wider-scale vote fraud occur in inner cities, which are largely populated by minority groups.
Some liberals, he said, even feel they are justified in committing vote fraud, because the poor and dispossessed have so little political clout, “extraordinary measures are required to compensate.”
The Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder has arguably encouraged voter intimidation by refusing to prosecute the most egregious case of voter intimidation in modern times, that of club-wielding New Black Panther Party members in camouflage fatigues standing in front of the door of a Philadelphia polling place in 2008.
Long-time Justice Department attorney, J. Christian Adams, who resigned from DOJ in protest of Holder’s race-based application of the law, says many “states are infested with dead voters on the rolls.” He charges Justice Department investigations into eight states with widespread voter roll problems were spiked and points out data show that illegal aliens are participating in American elections.
The Justice Department also has legally challenged states that have attempted to institute basic voter-ID laws to assure fair and accurate elections by verifying the identity of those voting.
Mitt Romney won every state requiring voter photo ID, while Obama won in closely contested states that require no voter ID, including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado and Pennsylvania.
2. The findings of Sheriff Joe’s Cold Case Posse
In March, at a news conference at the headquarters of the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office in Phoenix, famed Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse team of former cops and lawyers announced they found probable cause to believe the Obama birth certificate the White House posted on its website is fraudulent.
At a follow-up news conference in July, the team declared it had conclusive proof the document was forged. Arpaio urged that the Cold Case Posse’s investigation be advanced to the federal government, based on further information released at that time.
Arpaio’s investigators also concluded Obama’s Selective Service Registration form was a forged document. Lead investigator Mike Zullo explained that along with new information discovered regarding the birth certificate since the posse’s March 1 press conference, his team has discovered Hawaii provides easy access to a birth certificate, even if the child wasn’t born in the state.
The posse has identified at least one person of interest in the alleged forgery, and Zullo said his team believes the Hawaii Department of Health engaged in a systematic effort to hide from public inspection any original 1961 birth records it may have in its possession.
Arpaio has explained his original intent was to put to rest the claims that Obama didn’t meet the constitutional requirements to hold the presidency.
“I told these guys, ‘I want you to do a good job. I hope we clear the president,’” he explained. “I said give me the microfiche in Hawaii to show that he was born in that hospital. Give us the microfiche … and that would clear everything up.”
But as his team went into it with an open mind, he said, it came to a different conclusion.
3. Obama’s real agenda for the next four years
President Obama’s re-election campaign was long on harsh criticism of his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, and short on his own specific plans to revive the economy and promote stability around the world.
But by examining the proposals of the progressive groups, activists and advisers behind Obama’s first-term agenda, combined with the president’s own statements and policies, a specific agenda can be clearly seen.
That’s what WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein and researcher Brenda Elliott did to produce their New York Times bestselling book, “Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed”.
The book uncovers Obama’s plan over the next four years to push “economic fairness” and a “new economic patriotism, ” an agenda that boil down to one theme – massive, unprecedented government involvement in the private sector.
Among the second-term Obama policies “Fool Me Twice”:
- An expansive, de facto amnesty program for illegal aliens via executive order and interagency directives linked with a reduction in the capabilities of the U.S. Border Patrol and plans to bring in untold numbers of new immigrants with the removal of caps on H-1B visas and green cards.
- Government-funded, neighborhood-based programs to better integrate the newly amnestied immigrants into society, including education centers and health-care centers. A “federal solution” to ensure that the amnestied immigrants are treated “equitably” across the United States.
- The re-creation of a 21st century version of FDR’s Works Progress Administration program within the Department of Labor that would oversee a massive new bureaucracy and millions of new federal jobs;
- Specific plans for a National Infrastructure Bank. This entity would “evaluate and finance infrastructure projects ‘of substantial regional and national importance’” and would finance “transportation infrastructure, housing, energy, telecommunications, drinking water, wastewater, and other infrastructures.”
- Wresting control of the military budget from Congress by attempting to place an “independent panel” in charge of military spending while slashing the defense budget in shocking ways.
- The vastly reduced resources of the U.S. armed forces will be spread even thinner by using them to combat “global warming,” fight global poverty, remedy “injustice,” bolster the United Nations and step up use of “peacekeeping” deployments;
- A new “green” stimulus program and the founding of a federal “green” bank or “Energy Independence Trust,” which would borrow from the federal treasury to provide low-cost financing to private-sector investments in “clean energy.”
- Detailed plans to nudge closer to a single-payer health-care system controlled by the federal government.
- Federal government intervention to determine the “value” of individual jobs in the private sector instead of allowing employers to pay what they want.
- The enactment of a “living wage” that would force all employers to increase the salaries of the nation’s workers to meet “basic needs” such as housing, food, utilities, transportation, health care and recreation.
4. What was really going on at the Benghazi U.S. mission?
WND published a series of investigations showing the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi was deeply involved in the rebel-led Mideast revolutions, the so-called “Arab Spring.”
WND was first to report the mission served as a meeting place to coordinate aid for rebel-led insurgencies, according to Middle Eastern security officials.
In September, WND also broke the story that the slain U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens, played a central role in recruiting jihadists to fight Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, according to Egyptian security officials.
Stevens first arrived in Libya secretly in a cargo ship to serve as a liaison to the rebels fighting the Libyan regime of Moammar Gadhafi.
The ambassador’s last official meeting was with “a Turkish diplomat,” according to sources. Turkey is the main force behind Arab support for the opposition currently targeting Assad.
Last month, Middle Eastern security sources further described both the U.S. mission and nearby CIA annex in Benghazi as the main intelligence and planning center for U.S. aid to the rebels that was being coordinated with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Many rebel fighters are openly members of terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida.
Most news media covering the results of former Ambassador Thomas Pickering’s State Department investigation did not note the possible non-diplomatic nature and status of the Benghazi mission.
Pickering’s group concluded that systematic management and leadership failures at the State Department led to “grossly” inadequate security at the mission in Benghazi.
WND’s reporting showed how the mission’s special status may help explain why there was no major public security presence at what has been described as a “consulate.” Such a presence would draw attention to the shabby, nondescript building.
The security officials divulged Stevens served as a key contact with the Saudis to coordinate the recruitment by Saudi Arabia of Islamic fighters from North Africa and Libya. The jihadists were sent to Syria via Turkey to attack Assad’s forces, said the security officials.
The officials said Stevens also worked with the Saudis to send names of potential jihadi recruits to U.S. security organizations for review.
5. Black attacks on whites
Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse.
WND has featured the reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concern that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.
In his book “White Girl Bleed a Lot,” Flaherty documents hundreds of examples of black mob violence in more than 80 cities, big and small, throughout the country.
He also shows how the media and public officials ignore, condone, excuse and even lie about the wave of lawlessness.
Despite a growing mountain of evidence, some still deny the problem exists, which is why he has provided links to reported incidents of racial mob violence throughout the country.
In his book, Flaherty quotes St. Louis writer and activist Umar Lee, who says police often ignore the racial element of a crime, because it makes their city look bad.
“Most of the people who get beat up are vegans, gays, artists, non-violent types,” Lee said. “Many are kids from the suburbs or recent immigrants. People who are not prepared to defend themselves. There are white neighborhoods – blue collar, middle class neighborhoods – where these folks will not go because they know that people there are willing to defend themselves.”
The latest “random” happened earlier this month in downtown Wilmington, N.C.
Four black people decided they needed money for marijuana and travel, so they decided to look for a “white person in a good neighborhood (because) they’re bound to have money lying around,” said one of the suspected killers to the Wilmington Star News.
They tried to break into a home but ran away after they discovered someone was there. So they moved to the downtown area, where three of the group followed a woman for several blocks while the fourth trailed in their getaway car.
The woman escaped. And almost, but not quite, dialed 911.
Joshua Proutey was next, sitting nearby in his truck eating a sandwich when the mob found the 20-year-old white college student. They demanded money. He gave them all he had, $10. They took his cell phone.
Then they shot him in the head.
6. The feds’ unwillingness to prosecute HSBC’s massive fraud and support for terrorists and the drug cartel
WND’s “Whistleblower of the Year,” former HSBC vice president and relationship manager in Long Island, N.Y., was ignored by law enforcement authorities until he brought to WND approximately 1,000 pages of customer account records.
Earlier this month, as WND reported , Cruz, called the $1.92 billion fine the U.S. government imposed on HSBC “a joke” and filed a $10 million lawsuit for “retaliation and wrongful termination.”
Significantly, the HSBC settlement with the Justice Department allows all bank officers and directors who may have been aware of or participated in the alleged criminal banking activities to be free of criminal investigation and prosecution in exchange for HSBC agreeing to pay the $1.92 billion fine.
Whistleblowers in India and London are joining Cruz in charging the HSBC settlement amounts to a massive “cover up.” Avoiding criminal investigation and prosecution, they say, allows not only HSBC bank officers and directors to avoid further public scrutiny but also any government officials who may have turned a blind eye to HSBC improprieties.
Cruz has insisted to WND that it is impossible to believe HSBC laundered billions of dollars in Mexican drug cartel money, worked with terrorists through affiliate banking operations in Saudi Arabia and circumvented Obama administration banking sanctions against Iran – all activities specifically charged by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations – without the knowledge and perhaps complicity of U.S. government officials in the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the CIA and the NSA in an era in which government officials are capable of reading the emails of ordinary citizens.
In response to WND’s reporting earlier this year of Cruz’s evidence, HSBC lodged a complaint that blocked Internet access to one of the WND stories, and senior reporter Jerome Corsi was fired by the New York City investment firm he had worked with for two years as a senior managing director, Gilford Securities.
In June, WND reported evidence Eric Holder’s Justice Department has not investigated money-laundering charges in deference to bank clients of his Washington-based law firm, where Holder was a partner prior to joining the Obama administration.
WND reported in October HSBC was engaged in a systematic scheme to defraud citizens of India who live abroad out of billion of dollars in investment accounts, according to an Indian source who provided evidence.
See WND’s two-part interview with John Cruz:
7. The real cost of Obamacare
Though Democrats priced Obamacare at "only" $938 billion when it passed, the Congressional Budget Office's conservative estimation shortly after the surprising 5-4 Supreme Court decision in June upholding its individual mandate placed the cost at more than $2 trillion over the course of its real first decade, 2014 through 2023.
The so-called Affordable Health Care Act also would still leave 30 million people uninsured, the CBO said in July.
Obamacare’s overall 10-year costs would likely surpass $2.5 trillion, based on the CBO's previous estimates.
This month, the CBO said Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes, and five of them will be in effect Jan. 1. From 2013 to 2022, taxpayers will face a net $1 trillion hike.
In addition, health insurance premiums and overall U.S. health costs are going up. Along with the increase in taxes for individuals and businesses, it will drain some $1 trillion from Medicare from 2014 through 2023.
Obamacare also will reduce reimbursement rates for Medicare and establish a 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board to establish further Medicare cuts.
The CBO has said Obamacare would cause between 4 and 6 million Americans to lose their employer-sponsored insurance.
Employers already have indicated they will cut back employee hours to avoid paying the costs, eliminating an estimated 800,000 jobs by 2020-2021, according to the CBO.
At the International Franchise Association convention in Washington, D.C., in September, David Barr, a Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchiser, said Obamacare likely will cut his profits in half.
This month, 18 senators who voted for Obamacare are lobbying against its "job-killing tax" regarding medical devices.
The lawmakers sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this month saying they wanted to delay the start of the tax, because the medical technology industry "directly employs over 400,000 people in the United States and is responsible for a total of 2 million high-skilled manufacturing jobs."
"With this year quickly drawing to a close, the medical device industry has received little guidance about how to comply with the tax – causing significant uncertainty and confusion."
Zimmer Holdings, which makes hip replacement implants, laid off 450 workers in expectation of a $60 million tax bill in 2013. Stryker Corp., a similar company, laid off 5 percent of its employees for the same reason.
Critics say shortfalls will leave the American taxpayer on the hook for Obamacare. They contend it's part of a larger plan to move everyone out of private insurance and into the government system.
Meanwhile, Obamacare has a cost of another kind. Religious organizations and business owners who object to its mandate to pay for abortifacients have had to go to court to defend their constitutional rights.
District judges in four states have issued rulings to protect companies while they fight what they describe as a blatant violation of the owners' religious rights.
8. National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens.
The NDAA, signed by Barack Obama at the end of 2011, effectively, according to critics and at least one judge, created a new power for the federal government that declares the United States to be a battlefield in the war on terror and authorizes indefinite detention, without charge or trial, of all persons on U.S. soil suspected of terrorist activity or accused of "belligerent behavior."
State legislatures, declaring the law unconstitutional, are fighting back. The Michigan House of Representatives is one of the latest, unanimously passing a law that states "no agency of this state, no political subdivision of this state, no employee of an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state acting in his or her official capacity, and no member of the Michigan national guard on official state duty shall aid an agency of the armed forces of the United States in any investigation, prosecution, or detention of any person pursuant to section 1021 of the national defense authorization act."
WND recently reported a bill in Texas stipulates that anyone trying to enforce a citizen detention according to the NDAA could be apprehended and given a year in jail and a $10,000 fine.
House Bill 149The Texas Liberty Preservation Act explains that the president "has asserted that the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, enacted in 2001, authorizes the president to indefinitely detain, without charge, any person, including a citizen of the United States or a lawful resident alien, regardless of whether the person is apprehended inside or outside the borders of the United States."
The NDAA, according to the Texas bill, violates the Texas Constitution, the limits of federal power authorized by Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution and the legal doctrine of Posse Comitatus.
It also violates habeas corpus, the Texas bill says, the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, the Sixth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment and the 14th Amendment.
9. The real unemployment numbers
An unemployment rate of over 8 percent is a sign of an unhealthy economy, but the figures reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics don't give a complete picture.
The real conditions are much worse.
In January 2012, for example, when the rate was reported to be 8.3 percent, the true rate was closer to 22.5 percent, according to John Williams, author of the Shadow Government Statistics website.
He contends that the federal government manipulates the reporting of economic data for political purposes.
Williams recreates a Shadow Government Statistics alternative unemployment rate reflecting methodology that includes “long-term discouraged workers” who the Bureau of Labor Statistics – in 1994 under the Clinton administration) – removed from those considered “unemployed.”
The BLS no longer considers as “unemployed” workers without jobs who have not looked for work in the past year because they believe no jobs are available.
Williams has demonstrated that it takes an expert to truly decipher BLS unemployment statistics. For instance, in Table A-15, titled “Alternative measures of labor underutilization,” the BLS reports what is known as “U6 unemployment.” U6 unemployment includes those marginally attached to the labor force and the “under-employed,” those who have accepted part-time jobs when they are really looking for full-time employment.
While the BLS was reporting seasonally adjusted unemployment in January 2012 at only 8.3 percent, it was also reporting U6 seasonally adjusted unemployment in January 2012 was 15.1 percent.
The only measure BLS reports to the public as the official monthly unemployment rate is the seasonally adjusted U3 number.
Williams calculates his “Official SGS Alternative Unemployment Rate” by adding back into to the BLS U6 numbers the long-term discouraged workers who have not looked for work in the past year.
Interestingly, Williams’ “Official SGS Alternative Unemployment Rate” showed unemployment in January 2012 was 22.5 percent, a 0.1 percent increase over December 2011, whereas the BLS figures reported a .8-point decline, from a seasonally adjusted U3 rate of 9.1 percent in January 2011 to a seasonally adjusted 8.3 percent rate in January 2012.
10. Fast and Furious
Eric Holder, in June, became the first attorney general to be voted in contempt of a congressional subpoena when he refused to turn over tens of thousands of internal Justice Department documents related to the gun-smuggling scandal "Fast and Furious."
Holder instead opened an internal investigation by the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General that left critical questions unanswered.
In September, the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, testified to Congress that he was unable to pursue important leads in the case because of the White House's refusal to release relevant communications and the refusal of a White House official to be interviewed.
An external report in October from Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley and House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa found the program was a “deliberate strategy created at the highest levels of the Justice Department aimed at identifying the leaders of a major gun trafficking ring.”
The stated aim of the Justice Department program was to trace guns to the “big fish” in the Mexican cartel, but the practice of “gunwalking” put more than 2,000 weapons on the street south of the border that have been used in hundreds of murders. Two guns found at the scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder by cartel killers were traced to guns the ATF deliberately allowed to be sold to known cartel straw buyers in American gun shops in violation of federal gun laws.
In 2011, emails were uncovered showing that Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department has used the proliferation of cartel weapons to call for expanded gun control regulations.
Holder falsely testified in 2011 regarding when he first knew about Fast and Furious.
While Holder has kept his job, William McMahon, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms official who was in charge of field operations during Fast and Furious, was fired and acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler and Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, among others, were forced out.