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Forensic News Roundup: Redistricting

October 18, 2021 7:38 am Adrienne Cobb

Virginia Commission The newly-created Virginia Redistricting Commission, approved by voters during the 2020 election, failed to approve final district maps after members walked out to prevent a quorum. Instead of the legislature drawing district boundaries, the commission shares power evenly between eight Republicans and eight Democrats. There is no tie-breaking […]

Forensic News Roundup: Audits and Redistricting

September 28, 2021 8:06 am Adrienne Cobb

Republican Audits Arizona “Audit” After months of delay, the Arizona ‘fraudit’ conducted by the Cyber Ninjas has finally concluded with the release of a “draft” report finding that Biden, in fact, won Maricopa County – by a larger margin than the official count. The final tally, according to Cyber Ninjas’ opaque […]

Nonprofits Decry Texas Abortion Law but Quietly Funded it

Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Medical Association funded the sponsors of Texas bill SB 8, yet denounce the law.

September 9, 2021 11:05 am Adrienne Cobb

A novel approach to undermining Roe v. Wade created by Texas legislators went into effect last week, prohibiting abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. Unlike all other so-called “heartbeat bills,” meant to ban abortions after electrical activity that sounds like a heartbeat is detected via ultrasound, Texas Senate Bill […]

NSO Group Affiliate Circles Sold Equipment to Uzbekistan ‘Secret Police’

September 3, 2021 3:03 pm Scott Stedman

[playht_player width=”100%” height=”90px” voice=”en-US-JennyNeural”]   Shipping records reveal that a lesser-known affiliate of the hack-for-hire company NSO Group supplied equipment in 2020 to Uzbekistan’s national intelligence agency (SGB), often referred to as a “secret police” force with a record of brutality and oppression. NSO Group creates hacking tools that governments […]

Forensic News Roundup: Jan. 6 Committee investigating members of Congress

August 30, 2021 7:38 am Adrienne Cobb

Subpoenas The Select Committee investigating the insurrection issued its first (publicly available) subpoenas last week, demanding information from eight federal agencies (docs): National Archives and Records Administration: All documents and communications within the White House on January 6 relating “in any way” to Trump, Trump’s tweets, reactions to Trump’s rally speech, […]

Forensic News Roundup: Jan. 6 Committee

August 3, 2021 6:34 am Adrienne Cobb

First hearing The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack kicked off last week with testimony from four law enforcement officers who helped defend the Capitol. D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges called the attackers “terrorists” and recounted the ideology of the crowd: The sea of people was punctuated throughout […]

Israeli Spyware Veterans Quietly Hired Trump Ally to Lobby Homeland Security

Orchestra Group hired Ballard Partners to lobby the Department of Homeland Security on “issues related to cybersecurity," in 2020 and early 2021.

July 30, 2021 3:14 pm Scott Stedman

A company run by a founder of the cyber-surveillance firm NSO Group hired a Trump-allied lobbyist in 2020 to lobby the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Forensic News can reveal. Documents filed with the U.S. Senate under the Lobbying Disclosure Act reveal that Orchestra Technology, a company purportedly based out […]