ADonald Trump refused to give in to the election, some of his staunchest allies were haunted by a strange new conspiracy theories about the race, insisting that Trump only lost the election because of a supercomputer The worm state named “Hammer” and a computer program called “Scorecard” were used to change the number of votes.
The head of the US Department of Cyber Security and Infrastructure has called the claim of supercomputer election fraud “nonsense,” and urged Americans not to promote it.
But the supercomputer myth has been adopted by prominent Trump supporters, including former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik, former Trump campaign adviser 2016 George Papadopoulos, wing expert friend John Cardillo and White House correspondent for Newsmax Emerald Robinson.
The claims of election fraud focus on Dennis Montgomery, a self-proclaimed former intelligence contractor and whistleblower who claims to have created the “Hammer” supercomputer and the “Scorecard” software that some fans Trump believes that was used to change votes.
“He’s a genius and he loves America,” said Thomas McInerney, a retired Air Force lieutenant general and one-time leader in the birther movement, of Montgomery on Tuesday on Bannon’s podcast, when Bannon praised an article about Montgomery’s claims. “He is the programmer who made all this a reality and he is on our side.”
Montgomery’s attorney, Larry Klayman – a favorite for rightists – did not respond to a request for comment. Klayman himself was suspended from law practice in June.
However, what Trump allies tend to ignore is that Montgomery has a long history of making outrageous statements that don’t come to fruition. As an intelligence contractor at the height of the War on Terrorism, Montgomery is behind what has been called “one of the most complicated and dangerous hoaxes in US history”, releasing data for is a fiction that once prompted the Bush administration to consider shooting down a plane.
And now, Trump’s allies want voters to believe Montgomery’s statement about the election.
“I think there’s anything they need to investigate, including the possibility that three percent of the total votes were changed in pre-election ballots that were digitally collected using the Hammer program. and the software program is called Scorecard, ”Sidney Powell, a lawyer for former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, said Friday in an appearance on Fox Business. “That will lead to a big change in the vote.”
“It’s called our election meddling,” said host Lou Dobbs.
“This is Coup 5.0, Lou,” said Powell.
Powell repeated the voter fraud statement on his computer Sunday on Fox News with no objections from host Maria Bartiromo.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, cash-rich American intelligence agencies began pumping cash to defense contractors in hopes of stopping another terrorist attack.
One of those who received the shock was Dennis Montgomery, a Reno, Nevada, a software designer and gambler who claimed that software was available to help the CIA penetrate deeper into the system. by al Qaeda.
Montgomery claims at various times that his programs can identify the faces and weapons of terrorists through drone footage, or detect submarines deep in the water, Received millions of contracts from the Air Force and the Army’s Special Operations Command. But the Montgomery company’s jewel is a program he claims can detect messages to al Qaeda’s sleeping cells hidden in broadcasts from Qatar’s al Jazeera network.
CIA employees attracted to Al Jazeera decoding technology are said to have moved to Montgomery’s Nevada office, and Montgomery companies received at least $ 20 million from the US government for the technology. later considered “most important, most sensitive” in the agency’s portfolio, The New York Times reported in 2011.
“They started to believe, in this war fever, that you might find Al Qaeda messages hidden in al Jazeera’s broadcasts,” The New York Times reporter James Risen, who has written a book about the Montgomery business, said in 2014.
Montgomery’s alleged knowledge of al Qaeda has reached the highest level of the US government, with the details provided by Montgomery prompting the George W. Bush administration to raise the level of terrorist threats to “color Orange, ”ranked second highest for this organization.
In December 2003, according to one Playboy Montgomery claimed he had discovered information in a television program proving that al Qaeda hijackers were prepared to hijack planes from Europe and Mexico to the United States.
President Bush himself intercepted the flights, ordered them to turn around or stay on the ground. The government even considered shooting down the plane based on information from Montgomery, according to the report Times.
But according to reports and former employees, Montgomery’s alleged technology was just a hoax. An employee is quoted in Playboy report claims Montgomery ordered him to falsify a test for US military officials, tricking officials into believing that Montgomery software could detect weapons in footage with drones .
French intelligence officials, angry that Montgomery data was used to land the French plane, exposed “the technology” and allegedly persuaded CIA officials to release Montgomery, according to the report. Times.
“We played,” a former intelligence official told Times In 2011.
Even as he emerged in the intelligence circles, Montgomery is said to have developed a huge habit of blackjack playing, losing $ 442,000 in a day at the casinos, according to Playboy.
“He was, in the gambling room parlance, a ‘whale’,” Playboy write about Montgomery.
In 2011, Montgomery was fighting with Nevada allegedly writing $ 1.8 million bad checks at casinos. The Daily Beast has been unable to determine a final settlement of those allegations.
As the government was annoyed by his claims about al Qaeda, Montgomery increasingly became involved with his business partner, a former top trader for the convicted junk bond king Michael Milken. Montgomery allegedly split from the company he founded with his partner, taking top secret government records, under an affidavit from the FBI.
The FBI raided Montgomery’s home and archival units in an attempt to recover lost data. But Montgomery was never charged with government contracts, with a federal judge presenting evidence gathered during the FBI raids.
The federal government tried to prevent software-related evidence from being disclosed in court during a civil war between Montgomery and his former business partner, in what Times reported as an attempt to avoid embarrassing the CIA and other agencies that paid Montgomery millions of dollars.
Despite avoiding federal allegations of contracts, Montgomery did not make astonishing claims about her software.
Montgomery re-exported in 2013, as a “confidential informant” for the controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio was embroiled in a federal case of the department’s treatment of Latino drivers, and was angry with a federal judge who ruled against him. According to court reports and testimony, Montgomery convinced Arpaio that he had a piece of software called “Hammer” that could prove that a federal judge was colluding against Arpaio with the Justice Department and the Department of Justice. France was then Eric Holder.
Arpaio bought into Montgomery statements, even when Arpaio’s attorneys and detectives discovered that the “evidence” Montgomery provided of the judge was forged.
At one point, Arpaio was said to have exploded with his subordinates after they complained that he was wasting money on Montgomery and pointed to the controversy over Montgomery’s al Jazeera software. However, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office paid Montgomery $ 120,000 for the data he provided to Arpaio during his fight with the judge.
By 2017, when Trump supporters were furious with the intelligence community and former FBI Director James Comey over the investigation of Trump’s campaigns, Montgomery had re-created herself as a poor intelligence whistleblower.
In June 2017, Klayman and Montgomery sued Comey and other top Obama officials – including Obama himself. In a lengthy complaint, the pair released a complicated story claiming that Montgomery had taken 47 hard drives filled with evidence of an illegal surveillance program from a military base, alleged that Comey had somehow misused the hard drives and that intelligence officials hacked both Klayman and Montgomery.
Montgomery’s statement was overblown by journalist John Solomon, whose reporting on Ukraine would then be reprimanded by Fox News officials and research department during Trump impeachment hearings.
“This is way bigger than Snowden,” Solomon said of Montgomery’s allegations during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News.
Montgomery’s case was quickly dismissed, with a federal judge calling them “a real collection of conspiracy’s complaints.”
Montgomery found new fame to the right in the final days of the election. On October 31, a cryptic conspiracy website called The American Report posted a story claiming that “Biden used SCORECARD and PUNCH to steal another US presidential election,” Biden’s graphic illustration next to Josef Stalin.
The US report claims that Montgomery invented “SCORECARD” and “HAMMER” for intelligence purposes, a clear reference to his controversial programs aimed at spying on al Qaeda. In this story, the Obama administration stole Montgomery software to steal the elections.
The gloomy report was accepted by Bannon and McInerney a few days later, Bannon calling the news “very disturbing” and praising the site for “the staggering report.” Montgomery himself appeared to have kept quiet openly, even though he was cited as evidence that the government stole the presidential election for Biden.
Spurred by Bannon’s podcast and Powell’s appearance on Fox, the “Gavel and Score Card” plot found a home with Trump’s premises. During calls to C-SPAN and its talk show hosts, Trump supporters insisted that serious consequences are ahead for anyone involved in the non-existent story. Hammers and Scorecards ”. Posts related to “Hammers and Scorecards” are posted every few seconds on the site even as Twitter tries to prevent the spread of false information.
“Twitter’s Trust & Safety Team will take action against Tweets that violate our Fairness policy, including where these terms are used to undermine the legitimacy of the regulation. submission to the election, ”Twitter said in a statement.
According to Twitter, Hammer and Scorecard conspiracy the posts can be labeled as false information or removed entirely from the site.
However, Montgomery conspiracy theories about supercomputers exploded to the right. On Sunday, Judge Washington columnist Paul Bedard tweeted a story from a promising fringe store about a “Hammer and Scorecard smoking gun.”
“Anyone who uses HAMMER SCORECARD to change a vote in our US elections will be prosecuted,” former football player and Republican speaker Herschel Walker tweeted on Sunday.