Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters appeared on the Conservative Daily Podcast Monday to discuss the latest “Mesa County Forensic Examination and Analysis Report,” which she said provided evidence that the county’s Dominion voting machines were not secure and able to connect to the internet. The Grand Junction Sentinel Daily reported that Mesa County officials have debunked the claims in the 146-page report.
Peters touted the credentials of the report’s author, cybersecurity expert Doug Gould.
“It’s a blockbuster,” said Peters Conservative Daily host Joe Oltmann. “As you can see from Doug Gould’s biography and references, he is well overqualified to make a report like this.”
Oltmann noted, “Doug Gould is consulting for ASOG, and ASOG is retained by Tina Peters’ legal defense team.”
A representative from Tina Peters’ legal defense team confirmed that Oltmann’s statements were accurate and said in an email, “Mr. Gould is a highly qualified individual and expert in the area of cybersecurity.”
ASOG is the Allied Security Operations Group, founded by Russell Ramsland, a former Republican candidate for Congress who has a history of promoting false allegations of voter fraud and is a leading promoter of unsubstantiated election rumors in the county of ‘Antrim, Michigan. Phil Waldron, a former military intelligence officer who released a PowerPoint presentation explaining how to cancel the 2020 presidential election on January 6, was also an ASOG employee.
Although Gould has a wide variety of cybersecurity credentials, he is not an election software expert, and in a January 2021 appearance on The John Woodard Showa podcast, Gould discussed a wide range of since-debunked conspiracies regarding the 2020 presidential election.
“I actually have a copy of the affidavits that Sydney Powell submitted for her Supreme Court case in Arizona,” Gould said in a video posted to YouTube on January 7, 2021. “I received a copy. Very interesting. Some of the details that have been made public talk about how some of the core software in our voting systems has been written to create the potential for manipulation. When you learn that our voting systems have been manipulated, there’s an affidavit, which – if the Supreme Court hears the case – will go before the Supreme Court, of an individual who sat with Cesar Chavez in Venezuela, when he detailed the rules of operation of this manipulation software The same individual testified under oath in an affidavit that he was present in several elections where Chavez used this vote manipulation software in Venezuela to stay in power and later Nicholas Maduro took advantage of it when Ma duro took over the country. There is a history of corrupt software and countries using this software not only to gain power but to retain power.
Powell’s lawsuits relating to the 2020 election were all dismissed, and Powell is currently charged in a defamation case, alongside Oltmann, brought by former Dominion executive Eric Coomer. During her deposition, Powell admitted that she had not actually verified the accuracy of the claims submitted in her affidavits.
Gould went on to note, “The company that did this is called Smartmatic, and Smartmatic wrote the core part of the voting machines that are included in the Dominion Voting machine software.”
Smartmatic’s website notes, “Smartmatic has never owned any stock or had any financial interest in Dominion Voting Systems. Smartmatic has never provided Dominion Voting Systems with any software, hardware or other technology. The two companies are competitors in the market. Smartmatic has no connection with governments or political parties in any country. It has never been owned, funded or supported by any government.
The Dominion website states: “Dominion and Smartmatic are separate companies. Dominion does not use or license Smartmatic software.
Gould went on to mention Michigan’s forensic audit, which found no evidence of fraud. In part two of Gould’s interview with Woodard, posted to YouTube on January 12, 2021, Gould indulged in some wild conspiracy theories about a potential civil war, the antifa intelligence trade, and the QAnon conspiracy according to which the Trump administration has thousands of sealed indictments ready to unleash against the deep state.
“Those of us on the conservative side tend to think that Donald Trump won this election by a landslide,” Gould said. “If that’s correct — and I’m saying if — there are far more people who are conservative and believe in the patriotic values that Trump and his agenda stand for than there are liberals who want to oppose them.
I would think that an uprising in this country could lead to a civil war, and then I have to ask, ‘Oh, which side is pro-gun and which side is anti-gun? Which side are you most likely to find more weapons and ammo on? and “Gee, doesn’t that explain why Biden wants to put Beto O’Rourke in as gun czar and cease all our guns?” What might happen is up in the air.
Gould claimed that antifa received professional intelligence training. “Antifa uses a professional intelligence craft,” he said. “What does that mean? It means they are trained the same way our CIA trains spies. They are trained in the use of intelligence trades, the use of deception, the the use of extortion, the use of weapons, the use of creating and manipulating spies, and how to influence and control people. human intelligence element, and these people are trained as professional insurgents.
To back up his claims about antifa’s intelligence skills, Gould shared an anecdote about a rumored action against a Confederate statue. Although he received credible “insider” reports about the plan, Gould found no evidence of the antifa operation that he could pass on to law enforcement, which he said was the evidence of their advanced intelligence craft. During the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, unfounded rumors of “whole busloads” of antifa members spread through right-wing media.
“Doug Gould is an independent forensic expert,” Peters said. “His credentials and credibility can stand alone.”