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Anonymous had no impact on the presidential election

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   There is no such thing as a tunnel on the internet.  A very computer illiterate congressman once referred to the internet as a "series of tubes".  That's about as close a thing to tunnels as the internet has. 

   A "password protected firewall" can not lock someone out of a server that they are standing next to.  The technician would simply reboot and reinstall the operating system from a CD.  What about their backups?  Full hostile takeovers of server farms only happen on corny TV shows.

   The Secretary of State's website did not go down at 8pm.  It did go down briefly at 11:30 or so.  We had Volunteers watching the vote count at that website and at 40 counties throughout Ohio, watching for vote flipping in real time.  If the website had failed, I personally would have noticed in real time.

   Hackers name their programs after things that appear in current pop culture.  Hackers are generally young people or people who know and play video games with young people.  They name cool programs after cool things from video games in the early 21st century not early 20th century. When Anonymous attacked Visa in late 2010, they used a program called the LOIC (Low Orbital Ion Cannon) a shout out to the popular video game Command and Conquer.  Any hacker that gave a shout out to a movie with flying monkeys from 1939 would get told to become An Hero

   Claiming that they will expose Rove to Wikileaks if he does it again is laughable. Why not just expose him now and be done with it?  Bringing Karl Rove down would save Julian Assange, as Rove is an advisor to the Swedish prosecutor that is so determined to lock him up.  Anonymous took on major banking institutions to defend Wikileaks.  Why is maximum effort not an option for "The Protectors"

   Rove's expectations of a election fraud turned GOP miracle failed to materialize because of the efforts of thousands.  Journalists reported on the issues and connections.  Academics researched the architecture of the equipment.  Lawyers litigated.  Most importantly thousands of activists all over the country watched the polling places, monitored the count, tweeted and stood ready to hit the streets.

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   The gun was loaded, but the trigger was never pulled.  Karl Rove did not get the memo because the actual would-be executioners of our right to vote did not wish to be caught in contact with him.

   The real heroes, if there are any, are not anonymous or "The Protectors".  The election was not saved by Superman.  It was saved by Jimmy Olsen. It was saved by the thousands of work a day people who all did their part.

   These false claims make for good copy.  They sell stories.  The real story is not finished.  There are would-be perpetrators to catch.  The mechanisms of fraud are still in place, waiting dormant for the next cycle when our guard will be down. 

   There is an Election Integrity movement in this country growing slowly since 2000.  It is a movement for real transparency and democracy.  It is made up of ordinary heroes, for democracy must be saved by the many.  If voting comes down to a war between hackers, where does that leave the rest of us?  It took a comic book to discuss the dangers of a Superman within an "egalitarian" society.

   If we want democracy, WE have to take it.  It can not be won for us, either by skill or deception.

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Gerry Bello is a journalist and chief researcher at the Columbus Free Press.  A long time board member, he is also active as a street level anti-fascist activist.  Gerry graduated from Antioch College in 1997 with a degree in computer (more...)

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