Dinesh D'Souza's latest film “2000 Mules,” which, according to Politifact, “suggests a nefarious conspiracy in which so-called ‘mules' submitted ballots en masse,” as part of a vote harvesting scheme in six swing states with quantities sufficient to determine the outcome of that state, and, in turn, the entire nation. The show debuted Wednesday night at Mar-a-Lago.
The findings of the film are based upon a study that includes more than four million hours of surveillance films from drop boxes obtained through public records requests and an analysis of a vast collection of mobile phone geo tracking data. True the Vote, a non-profit organization that focuses on issues of integrity in elections, has obtained the information and hired the services of an investigative expert, Gregg Phillips, to supervise the analysis. With the knowledge that fact checkers would appear in force right away to undermine any credibility issues with the documentary and the data contained in it, Engelbrecht set up a plan to have the investigator Phillips conduct a massive data dump that they've named “ripcord” so all of the information that True the Vote has will be publically available.
Ahh, transparency. What's not to admire?
Engelbrecht made the announcement in a video that was posted to the Instagram account of the group.
The video depicts an orchestrated exchange with Engelbrecht as well as Phillips (which appears to be recorded following the release of the film) where Phillips demanded what it was he would like to accomplish. Engelbrecht said:
Release everything. It's the video, the files, the entire thing. Make it all publicly available. The world needs to know this.
Phillips says to Engelbrecht that “we've already built a plan,” after which Engelbrecht wanted to know how long it was likely to take. Phillips responds:
Give me a couple of weeks. I'm off right now. Wait for my mark.
Then, we'll draw the ripcord.
“All of it” presumably contains the addresses and names that belong to the 501(c)(3) nonprofits which the group described as “stash houses” in the film. According to the True the Vote investigation, these non-profit organizations were used as a base for ballots to be stored after being collected from voters, as well as a base from where “mules” were assigned to deliver ballots to ballot collections boxes at various times and in amounts that didn't trigger alarm when they were reported on the drop box's chain of custody records. They were the organizations through which “mules” were paid per ballot that was delivered to drop boxes. Engelbrecht claims that “mules” were paid around $10 per ballot, but in the case for Georgia Senate runoff, the cost was much higher.
The group also spoke with numerous “whistleblowers,” one of whom is an observer for elections that contracted in conjunction with the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) during the Georgia Senate runoff and observed what appeared as a process of harvesting ballots and reported the same information to NRSC. He said that the NRSC didn't do anything about the allegations. It is likely that this “ripcord” data would have more details regarding the informant's claim and the others.
According to the New York Times, geotracking information from smartphones is extremely specific and is utilized by law enforcement agencies for “pattern-of-life” analysis. If the information in the “ripcord” data dump contains geo tracking information that shows an individual going to 10, 20, or 30 ballot drop boxes at the same election and then placing up to five or three ballots in each drop box, this would surely eliminate any doubts about the Associated Press and PolitiFact's laughable assertion that they were “debunking” articles that the videos True the Vote obtained only allowed people to legally return five or six ballots to relatives.
While the video from True the Vote states that we'll have to wait for “a few weeks” for the results to be made public, it shouldn't come as a shock if it's released sooner. Let's make this happen.