The 2000 Mules from Outer Space

2000 Mules from other space

I hate to be a killjoy, but D’Souza’s 2000 Mules is just another targeted disinformation operation. Allowing for the remote possibility that D’Souza and his friends were conned into producing this sci-fi B film by True The Vote (TTV), and that they are not an active participant, I’ll cut them some slack; the same doesn’t apply to his two TTV collaborators, Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips.

If you are interested in a detailed explanation of why 2000 Mules is a disinformation operation, read-on, otherwise, here is an executive summary:

2000 Mules is the culmination of multiple lines of grifting and political warfare effort the likes of the bogus Italian Job, Absolute Proof, Amistad Project Phill Kline’s fake Bethpage ballot trafficking scam, and Lin Wood’s/Sidney Powell’s Kraken. Just like with these and other republican establishment active measures, the goal of 2000 Mules is to create stupefying shiny object claims in order to divert attention and funding away from real and urgently needed election integrity investigations and legislation with the ultimate result (intended or not) of hurting President Trump by discrediting his election fraud/rigging claims.

A Portrait of a Grifter
Gregg Phillips (61), is the technical mastermind behind the 2000 Mules. Phillips has spent the last 35 years in the lucrative business of high-end republican grift and cronyism. In a November 2016 tweet, he described his main achievements: “I’ve torn down govt in two states, eliminated 20k jobs, and saved $5 billion”; such an act, he wrote: “requires enormous stones.”

By way of a short bio, Phillips got his bachelor’s degree majoring in transportation from the University of Alabama (c. 1982). After graduation, he had a number of gigs including one as a failed stockbroker. He managed to wiggle his way into state government after he served as chief fundraiser on the 1991 election campaign of Kirk Fordice. In 1993, a year after his election, Governor Fordice nominated him (at the age of 33) to head the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The Mississippi State Senate approved his nomination despite discrepancies in his resume. The investigation into his background identified several red flags, one was that on his job application Phillips said that he majored in “finance”, not true, his major was in transportation. Not a big deal unless the job description called for heavy finance experience—which it did. Another was that he failed to prove he was not delinquent in child support payments for a previous marriage.

In 1994, Philips moved to Mississippi and got a similar job with the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) where he privatized the collection of child support in two Mississippi counties by signing a contract with a private company based in Virginia. Phillips left MDHS a year later in 1995 under fire from the legislature for his management of the state welfare programs. A week after leaving MDHS, Phillips was hired by Synesis Corporation, a division of Centec Learning which had a $878K contract to lease mobile learning labs to the University of Mississippi at Oxford as part of LEAP, a literacy program that Phillips favored when he headed the Department of Human Services.

From March 2003 to August 2004, Phillips had an 18-month gig as an executive deputy commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services (THHS) which oversees Medicaid and SNAP food benefits. Once again, he played a key role in crafting legislation to privatize parts of the Texas safety net and was involved in multiple conflicts of interest/cronyism allegations there and in a similar position he held in Mississippi. By 2005, Phillips was again beset with allegations of cronyism stemming from contracts signed at both HHSC and the Texas Workforce Commission. A 2005 Houston Chronicle investigation found that he had helped craft the privatization legislation in a way in which he personally profited along with his private consultant Chris Britton.

Specifically, the investigation of their joint venture disclosed that:

  • Britton’s company joined with one founded by Phillips to get a $670K state contract in January 2004 from the Workforce Commission, a state agency run by Temple, one of Phillips’ longtime friends.
  • When Phillips headed the human services system in Mississippi, the legislators criticized him for giving a major state contract to a company and then going to work for the firm. In Texas, Phillips played a role in a major state contract going to another former employer in 2003.
  • Phillips apparently helped a business partner, Paige Harkins, get work advising companies on how to win Texas human services privatization contracts that he could influence. On at least one occasion, records indicate Harkins set up a meeting between Phillips and potential state vendors.
  • Britton’s consulting company explored bidding on state contracts that were mandated by legislation were primarily drafted by Britton and Phillips during the 2003 Legislature.

By the end of 2004 after acquiring a toxic reputation, Phillips finally got out of the government Health and Human Services business and founded AutoGov, an Austin-based company which claimed to have developed analytic software to help hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care organizations decide whether to admit Medicaid patients. Catherine Engelbrecht his future TTV collaborator was his Chief Revenue Officer and a massage body. In 2015, AutoGov was mentioned in reports questioning the state’s $20 million Medicaid fraud tracking software deal with Austin-based 21CT which was not competitively bid. Jack Stick, the former top HHSC lawyer at the center of the scandal that led to a string of resignations and prompted multiple investigations, worked for AutoGov.

In 2005, Ashley Elkins from the Daily Journal summarized Gregg Phillips’ character with the following observation: “A bad penny like Gregg Phillips always seems to turn up in some kind of state government job somewhere doing his usual mischief.“

Southern Comforts
Phillips’ involvement in southern Republican politics goes back to the 1980s. In 1989, he served as finance director of the Alabama Republican Party, as finance director of Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice’s successful 1991 election campaign, and in the mid-1990s as executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party. Phillips went on to become the managing director of “Winning Our Future”, a super PAC founded to support the failed 2012 presidential run of former Republican US House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia.

In 2013, Phillips told a conservative talk radio show that while he once identified as a “Reagan Republican”, he came to feel “less like a Republican and more like a conservative”. Since then, much of his political work has focused on building a grifting business dedicated to a never-ending variation of fake voter fraud cases.

Phillips honed his evolving pitch of an election integrity patriot to an art form. He told the same radio show, “I’m an aficionado of the way these Democrats commit voter fraud”. Regardless of the flavor of the day of his fraud claims, over the past 10 years, Phillips hasn’t provided a single shred of court admissible evidence to back up his claims, quite an achievement for someone who has collected millions on failed investigations where fraud could have been easily detected in plain sight.

Ironically, on the subject of election fraud, besides being registered to vote in Texas, Phillips was also registered to vote in Alabama under the name Gregg Allen Phillips, with the identical Social Security number and also in Mississippi. The Mississippi records list him under the name Gregg A. Phillips and the record includes the last four digits of his Social Security number, his correct date of birth, and a prior address matching one attached to Gregg Allen Phillips. In the past, he has lived in all three states.

As far as bad pennies are concerned, according to a lien filed by the IRS in Manatee County, Florida, in 2014, Phillips and his wife owed the federal government $100,961 in unpaid income taxes.

The Murky Swamp that is True the Vote
Since 2010, True The Vote (TTV) promotes itself as charitable nonprofit under IRS regulations but they have likely violated the nonpartisan rule in 2012 by contributing thousands of dollars to the Republican State Leadership Committee which supports GOP legislative candidates. It’s charitable status was questioned again when they got involved in the 2012 “Verify the Recall” effort in Wisconsin during which the group conned tea party volunteers nationwide to enter petition signatures into an online database which called for the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) to analyze them for fraud. TTV’s analytical black magic which attempted to provide smoking gun evidence turned out to be just another flop.

Using their proprietary and top-secret signature evaluation methodology, TTV concluded that more than 63K signatures were ineligible. It also identified 2,590 names that were “potentially false”. When challenged by the state examiners to make the list public, TTV declined. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB), a non-partisan state regulatory agency consisting of six former state judge appointees, also discounted TTV’s findings and methodology, concluding that they were “significantly less accurate, complete, and reliable than the review and analysis completed by the GAB” and that they “would not have survived legal challenge”. This pattern of making bombastic claims about finding voter fraud and having a smoking gun to prove it and then failing/refusing to back it up with hard evidence characterizes all of TTV’s investigations so far, 2000 Mules is no exception!

There is nothing new under the sun, and so are most of TTV’s fund raising causes and claims about their innovative election fraud technology. Four months after joining the TTV board in June 2014, TTV announced that it was releasing a product called VoteStand, a free smartphone app that allowed voters to report cases of election irregularities and fraud. However, Phillips’ @WinOurFuture Twitter feed shows that he was VoteStand’s founder and that the app was in fact released in 2012 and paid for by the Gingrich super PAC.

In 2016, Phillips was back with another earth-shattering revelation that 3 million votes were cast by non-citizens. When asked for proof, he responded, “That’s our opinion based on our research and analysis that we conducted and are prepared to stand by…” To back up the claim, Phillips resorted to his typical ‘millions of records analyzed’ routine. In a November 11, 2016 tweet (now deleted), he claimed that: “We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens. We are joining @truethevote to initiate legal action.” and “Completed analysis of database of 180 million voter registrations. Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. Consulting legal team.” But nothing ever came of it. Just like with his other election fraud claims and the promises to litigate, this claim too was eventually quietly abandoned.

OpSec, the Brother from Another Mother
By December of 2020, election fraud became the leading topic of conversation in the conservative movement opening the doors to unlimited grifting opportunities. To help support the disinformation generated by the republican establishment, TTV hired a company called OpSec, LLC to conduct its high-octane voter fraud investigation. OpSec claimed to provide crack data miners, intelligence analysts, field investigators, a wide range of subject matter experts, and cutting-edge video and data analytics software capabilities. OpSec even claimed to have provided bodyguard security services to their imaginary whistleblowers (whose lives were in mortal danger).

Some of the other fictitious functions that OpSec billed for was acquiring evidence sufficient to open criminal investigations, secure indictments, and support on-going litigation. To that end, OpSec claimed to have assembled teams in Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, which provided an “Election Integrity Hotline,” and claimed to have “the arduous task of vetting the information received”. It goes without saying that despite the millions of dollars that they siphoned from donors, none of these projects amounted to even one successful lawsuit or prosecution.

It’s noteworthy that TTV paid OpSec about $750K to perform voter analysis in 2020. But OpSec, beside TTV has no known customers or real digital footprint beyond incorporation records. Not surprisingly, the massive OpSec contract wasn’t reported as an expense on TTV’s 2020 tax return.

Another financial anomaly is that TTV gave a $500K retainer to Bopp’s (an old Bush and Romney crony) law firm to lead the prosecution of the 2020 election fraud cases. Bopp ended-up only filing four of the seven lawsuits TTV committed to Eshelman as part of his 2.5 million donation. All four lawsuits were then voluntarily dismissed less than a week after filing (likely to avoid discovery and frivolous lawsuit claims).

So, how is all of this possible, you ask? Well, it turns out that OpSec is owned and operated by none-other than Gregg Phillips and that it was likely the commercial alter ego of the not-for-profit TTV. Thus, using a one degree of separation trick (IRS take notice!), they ‘re-routed’ some of the TTV donations and delivered a few fictitious election investigations with the 2000 Mules being the culmination of the effort.

Notice Of Claim And Pre Suit Demand

Declaration Of Catherine Engelbrecht

Document 1 and 2: Con 101 – How to scam $2.5 million from one donor and get away with it

Gregg Phillips
Image 1: Gregg Phillips, election fraud investigator extraordinaire

Pulling the Rip Cord
TTV and 2000 Mules make the following claims:

  • That between 400K-810K ballots were harvested and delivered to drop boxes.
  • That they identified the staging sites for the ballot collection and distribution.
  • That TTV knows the identity, phone number, license plate number, and home address of the ballot traffickers.
  • That the ballots delivered by the traffickers were forged/illegally obtained and resulted in hundreds of thousands of illegal votes.
  • That TTV shared the evidence with law enforcement but LEA refused to investigate or take action.
  • That TTV has worked with several election fraud investigations and assisted them using TTV’s technology.
  • That TTV played an active role in solving cold murder cases using their tracking technology.
  • That TTV has the ability and performed video analytics (including face recognition, license plate recognition, and object classification and searches) on 2 Petabytes of video.
  • That TTV successfully fused cell phone tracking data with video footage to positively identify the illegal ballot traffickers.

A Note About the Anonymity of Commercial Mobile Tracking Technology
Before we jump into the technical discussion of why most of the claims above are bogus and the rest are misrepresentations, it’s important to understand the cornerstone of the TTV cell geotagging/tracking narrative. TTV bases its cell phone tracking claim on commercially available Mobile Advertising Identifiers (MAID). On iOS it’s called the Identifier for Advertisers or (IDFA). These IDs are an alphanumeric string like the following hyphen-separated sequence:


MAIDs and IDFAs were designed to be privacy-safe identifiers that would allow for data collection but wouldn’t allow the collector to tie it back to an identifiable device or person. The identifiers are pseudo-anonymous because they lack any personally identifiable information about the device. So yes, you can use the MAID to show the location of a device on a map but you can’t reverse the identity of that user from the device or the phone number from the MAID/IDFA.

Also, in order to comply with privacy requirements, by design these identifiers are resettable. Both Apple and Android devices offer mechanisms to opt-out of data collection. So if professor Moriarty was indeed running this criminal ballot trafficking enterprise (whose members also allegedly used their cell phones to document the ballot harvesting), it’s likely that the evil mastermind’s first edict would have been to disable/regularly reset the MAID/IDFA in order to prevent tracking.

True the Vote and Voter GA Harvesting
Image 2: Digital snake oil salesmanship in action Part I–Imagery and footage from the 2000 Mules alleging that TTV successfully tracked and identified the names, cell phone numbers, vehicles, and addresses of the individuals delivering multiple ballots to drop boxes. Many of the drop box images shown in the movie are cropped versions of the same camera field of view.

2000 Mules staged footage of a ballot trafficker
Video 1: Digital snake oil salesmanship in action Part II – Staged footage of a ballot trafficker from the movie 2000 Mules. The site of the TTV interview and their secret HQ is an industrial container fabrication building made to look like a high-tech facility.

2000 Mules Map Issues
Image 3: The GIS used in 2000 Mules isn’t based on actual data or accurate location maps and is a post-production. The map locations, map projection, and scale are all wrong (i.e. some of the maps are in Moscow and were produced by the Russian company Conceptcafe)

A Scoundrel, Lives by Crooked Speech and Winking his Eyes (Proverbs 6:12-19)
The following is an abridged list of issues with the 2000 Mules claims mentioned above. These observations are based on the statements made in the movie and in-person debriefings with Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips:

  • Phillips’ claims of obtaining, storing, and processing 2 petabytes of video are logistically and operationally implausible. This conclusion is based on actual hands-on experience working on nationwide surveillance/video analytics projects involving data sets in the 2 petabyte ranges. The datacenter and processing and analytics for such a project are cost prohibitive and could run into the tens of millions of dollars.

  • Based on the Q&A with Phillips/Engelbrecht, we determined with a high degree of confidence that TTV neither has the technology nor know-how to be able to deliver reliable SIGINT and IMINT products described in the 2000 Mules.

  • During the debriefings, Phillips made multiple erroneous technical claims about the AI-based video analytics they allegedly developed and used to generate the detections. His claims regarding their ML models and training capability, speed, accuracy rates, object classification capability, face recognition, and license plate recognition bordered on infantile.

  • Phillips lacked even a basic understanding of terminology, CONOPS, and tradecraft involved in framing a target and wireless and mobile device tracking and he dissembled when challenged about his non-reconcilable technical claims. For example, he said that a cell phone that is turned-off could still be geotracked via an apps and its MAID/IDFA (min 21:30 in the movie), that is patently false.

  • It is impossible to convert a MAID/IDFA to a cell phone number or to an International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) unless you are a Telco, LEA, have a tracker like Pegasus, or have access to intercept technology like a stingray/IMSI catcher. In the movie (min 23:00), Phillips confirms this as well by stating that only the government can unmask the ownership of the phone (i.e., the phone number and subscriber details). Phillips keeps on conflating what LEA/Telco can do in terms of device tracking with what he can/has done.

  • True the Vote claims that they acquired 4 million minutes of government-security-camera recordings of the drop boxes. They also confirm that “It would take seven years and eight months to watch all these images at normal speed”. Phillips’ claim of processing over 10 trillion cell signals totaling over 1 Petabyte of data and 4 million minutes of video totaling 2.4 Petabytes and accurately fusing and geotagging them is virtually impossible without NSA/NGA/NRO grade storage and processing. But even if TTV could, cell phone GPS accuracy without RTK correction only has a ~5 meter radius accuracy (depending on number of visible satellites, signal blockage, atmospheric conditions, and receiver design features/quality), which is insufficient for a verified fix on a specific individual or a car.

  • Phillips and Engelbrecht refused to provide written answers or submit any of their evidence for evaluation during the official PA Senate investigation. It’s noteworthy that Jay Costa, the democratic Minority Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate democratic caucus, immediately seized on the TTV narrative to try and stop the real ballot trafficking investigation in PA on the basis that the TTV cell geo-tagging claim was a conspiracy theory (which it is).

  • Phillips and Engelbrecht claimed that they identified instances of traffickers in Michigan and PA (1,155 mules). But when asked to disclose the redacted identity of some of the traffickers (who we identified independently of TTV), they dissembled and claimed that they were still working on their data and were only about 40% done. They also falsely claimed that some of the video footage from Michigan was corrupt and couldn’t be used.

  • After the identification of multiple ballot traffickers in PA, we presented the evidence to the PA Senate and the Lehigh County DA. The DA, a republican by the name of Jim Martin, investigated, confirmed the findings, and identified some of the 288 individuals involved, but refused to prosecute them on the grounds that he didn’t have all of the identities of the traffickers. Phillips and Engelbrecht never provided any of their alleged 1,155 mule to any PA DA (which itself could be considered a violation of PA 5101 – “Obstructing administration of law or other governmental function.”)

  • Both in the movie and during the debriefings, Philips and Engelbrecht exhibited fluid biographies and storylines that didn’t survive even a cursory evaluation. In one example of resume padding (min 15:30), Engelbrecht claims that Phillips has 30 years of deep background in the “Election Intelligence” space. Phillips on the other hand (min 16:00), claims that he has 40 years of experience. Phillips, who is now 61, then must have been doing “election intelligence” while still in college. In his 2015 bio, he makes no mention of any election fraud expertise. In another example, Phillips kept on changing the location of where they were storing their 3 petabytes of data. First it was a local university and then it changed to a secret location.

  • Phillips told the PA Senate leadership that he was currently working on several cold murder case investigations in GA and FL using their proprietary cell geo-tracking technology. When pressed on the details, he refused to give the FBI/PD point of contact to corroborate their involvement. One of the cases discussed in the movie was the July 4, 2020 shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, which TTV claims to have helped crack. This case however had absolutely no TTV involvement. It was solved independently by the GA PD within two weeks of the murder. Phillips and Engelbrecht also claimed that in November 2020, they met FBI Agents from the Washington field office in Houston, TX and passed on the trafficker’s cell phone numbers, names, and home addresses. When asked to provide the names of FBI agents for verification purpose, they again refused.

  • Some of the TTV video clips of the ballot drop boxes shown in the movies are staged (see Video 1). Other videos have been stripped of their forensic watermark and overlays that were produced when exported from the VMS. Because of this, the videos have no evidentiary value because they’ve been clearly post edited.

  • Thirty-one (31) states permit people other than the voter to return a completed ballot on behalf of another voter. For example, the ballot collection laws in Michigan state that: “An immediate family member or household member may deliver a ballot…” TTV didn’t filter out their footage detections by legal/illegal locations.

  • In March 2022, TTV had a stolen valor incident involving a case of ballot harvesting prosecution and conviction in Yuma, Az. TTV claimed that they were involved in that investigation and that the “FBI nailed them [the persp]” using fingerprint detection. TTV had absolutely nothing to do with the Yuma case. Furthermore, on a related note, the movie claims that voters in Georgia started wearing gloves to prevent their fingerprints from touching ballot envelopes after the two women in Yuma, AZ, were indicted on Dec. 23, 2020. This is also false becuse in AZ, ballot fraud falls under the AZ AG’s (Mark Brnovich) jurisdiction. It was the AG who investigated and persecuted the case.  The FBI didn’t “nail anyone” nor had TTV anything to do with the investigation. The Arizona indictment had nothing to do with fingerprints. The charges against the women in Yuma, Az, came about after two Yuma men (Gary Snyder and David Lara) set up a hidden camera in hopes of uncovering  ballot abuse long suspected to be occurring in their county. The video evidence was turned over to the Yuma County Sheriff who forwarded it to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office who then used it to identify and prosecute the women.

  • TTV’s portrayal of the ballot trafficking practice as leading to fraud on the scale of 400K-810K illegal votes (min 52:00) is not supported by any concrete evidence, its hundred percent narrative based. In this context, (min 54:10) Dennis Prager asks the million-dollar question, “What do you suspect, if you actually caught that person… [who is stuffing the drop box] at that moment, what would you see… whose name is on it [the ballot]?” Instead of providing a simple answer along the lines of ‘the ballot would have no name on it’ or ‘the name would have been forged’, or ‘the person was dead’, the group proceeds to provide an ambiguous response about not having signature verification standards in place. Yes, there may have been illegal ballots printed on-demand at various locations, however, neither the Amistad Project nor TTV has provided any real evidence to support this claim. In fact when it comes to “illegal ballots”, TTV speaks from both side of its mouth as they’ve told the PA and the Wisconsin lawmakers that they didn’t believe that the trafficked ballots were illegal.

  • All of the screenshots in the movie are post production CSI style bullshots. None show a real production system or live data. Everything we see in the movie by way of graphics is a rip-off of POI and other Hollywood fictitious portrayals of intelligence operations.

Cost of a petabyte chart
Image 4
: Ranges of cost for the storage of 1 Petabyte. In order to run analytics on 2 petabytes of video, the software would require $2-$6 million in a cluster of hardware like DGX A100, which TTV admitted to not having. The cost to stand up a data center to house this operation, IT services, and the software development team could add an additional $4-$8 million, bringing the total cost of this little project to $20-$40 millions.

Jay Costa PA Senate hearing
Video 2
: Jay Costa, the democratic Minority Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate, using the false TTV cell geo-tagging ping narrative to try and stop the real ongoing ballot trafficking investigation in PA

At this point, every neuron in your brain should be screaming that the 2000 Mules is just another grift/active measure fresh from the election disinformation assembly line of the republican establishment. This cheap glass trinket has been embellished and polished through a massive marketing disinformation campaign and is now being packaged and sold as a certified high-grade diamond.

The fact that people like Patrick Byrne—a notorious disinformation artist—is one of the leading endorsers of the movie should be a huge red flag. Byrne, who was the moneyman behind most of the failed elections investigations so far, is likely himself guilty of mail-in ballot fraud as he violated Utah state statute by listing his place of business as his principal place of residence on his own voter registration form.

On a final non-technical note, Mr. D’Souza, you may want to get yourself someone to vet the statements your subject matter experts make before you put them into your next blockbuster production. When you asked Hans von Spakovsky (min 1:09: 42) where the organizations get all of those ballots, his response was “To quote Shakespeare, let me count the ways…”. The line is actually from the Sonnets from the Portuguese, a collection of 44 love sonnets written by Elizabeth Browning. If Shakespeare reviewed your movie, he would have likely said: “Thy sin’s not accidental, but a trade.”

*** Update 05/20/2022 ***

Since the release of 2000 Mules, there has been a large number of posting that attempt to confirm the validity of the movie by attributing investigations, arrests, and persecution of ballot traffickers to the work done by TTV. Here are a few examples:

  • A May 3, 2022 claim that Buchanan County supervisor Trey Adkins’ indictment for election fraud and that TTV/2000 Mules were somehow involved. TTV had nothing to do with this case. Adkins was under investigation by the Virginia State Police for more than two years prior to the May 2, 2022 indictment. According to the grand jury’s report, Adkins has relied on an illegal absentee vote harvesting scheme since he was first elected to public office in 2011, repeating the process in his 2015 and 2019 bids for re-election. Zach Stoots, the special prosecutor, was appointed to handle the case long before TTV made any ballot mule claims. The Grand Jury also found that Adkins falsified absentee ballots and forged signatures in order to win his own election. Sherry Lyn Bailey, also charged in the case, is Trey Adkins’ aunt. So the whole thing was a corrupt family business and not an organized trafficking enterprise. The jury report makes it clear that TTV/2000 Mules had nothing to do with that case.

  • On May 16, 2022 on Jason Whitlock’s “Fearless” podcast, Dinesh D’Souza claimed that the Yuma sheriff was investigating election fraud because of 2000 Mules. D’Souza said: “The Sheriff of Yuma saw our movie, went berserk and has opened up an investigation in Yuma, Arizona and I believe there will be arrests very soon.” However, the Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot came out with the following statement:

    “I am not familiar with, nor have I ever communicated with, any individuals who may now be claiming I am investigating on their behalf [TTV] or because of any supposed inspiration from a documentary film [2000 Mules].” 

  • A press release from the Yuma sheriff’s office also makes it clear that they have been investigating the 16 voting/registration cases long before the movie came out. Additionally, just like with the other Dead cat claims made by TTV/2000 Mules, the movie has nothing to do with voter fraud cases being investigated.

  • On May 10, 2022 a fake wanted poster claiming that a Gwinnett County GA sheriff was searching for a ballot mule (making such false claim is a crime) was circulated on SM and was attributed to the investigative work of TTV/2000 Mules. The Gwinnett County GA sheriff office quickly issued the following statement:

    “This flyer is circulating social media. This message is false, and we encourage citizens to visit our official platforms for any up-to-date announcements or updates confirmed that this was a fake.”

Two weeks after the release of the movie, the facts remain the same, TTV/2000 Mules haven’t generated even one valid identity of a ballot trafficker that broke the law. The irony of ironies about most of these mule trafficking TTV confirmation claims is that they are now coming from Russian IRA accounts.

Fake Ballot Mule
Image 5
: A sample of a fake wanted ballot mule poster in circulation that is being attributed to TTV/2000 Mules. The person seen in the image is an official Gwinnett County poll worker who was legally depositing ballots. TTV and the producers of 2000 Mules were fully aware that this ballot drop was legal but nevertheless, used the footage and falsely claimed that it showed illegal ballot harvesting activity.

*** Update 01/02/24 ***
TTV narrowly survived a Ga voter suppression lawsuit by Fair Fight. The case clearly shows that TTV failed to identify illegal voters, had no technology to perform such function, that it misled it’s customers by providing them false identifications of illegal voters.  The trial judge has also determined (see page 26 in the pdf below) that Gregg Phillips was an “unreliable witness lacking credibility”.

Fair%20Fight%20and%20TTV%20Ruling Usdc Northern Georgia

*** Update 02/14/2022 ***
TTV’s responses to the Court’s order compelling them to answer a subpoena as part of the GA Board of Elections lawsuit shows that “TTV does not have in its possession, custody, or control identity and contact information. Any otherwise potentially responsive…” records, evidence, or any other supporting evidence to back up any claim made in 2000 Mules.


Operators, Hammers, Scorecards, and a Con Man
My Name is Jack Maxey, and I’m a Fabricator

PA Senate Public Hearing on Ballot Drop Boxes Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee hearing, March 31, 2022
Jim Martin, the Lehigh County republican DA confirms the PA Senate investigation results into ballot trafficking but refuses to persecute
Eshelman v. True the Vote, Inc. (4:20-cv-04034) District Court, S.D. Texas
Virginia senator’s law firm promotes GOP voter fraud lies
Jay Costa and PA AG Josh Shapiro had directed paid communications staffers to edit their Wikipedia pages with positive material
BILL MINOR: Ex-Mississippian lands in Texas hot water, 2005, Mississippi Daily Journal

A Sampling of Republican Establishment Operations

  1. Ben Hendrick, a Microsoft cyber executive his influence network and one of his partners in crime.
  2. One of Ben Hendrick’s Republican establishment active measure productions –The movie makes numerous
    false narrative about people and events related to the 2020 elections in Georgia.  Hendrick’s movies were designed to target the Gateway Pundit in hope that they will publish the content and then get sued for defamation
  3. Flynn’s/McCrystal’s Q and Italian Job
  4. Garret Ziegler’s HB laptop disinfo
  5. Patrick Byrne’s numerous fake election investigation initiatives such as the Iranian Hacking
  6. Lindell’s Absolute Proof
  7. Mary Fanning’s Hammer and Scorecard
  8. Phill Kline’s Bethpage ballot trafficking
  9. Jack Maxey’s HB laptop fabrications
  10. Lin Wood’s/Sidney Powell’s Kraken
  11. The formation of multiple USG controlled Manosphere related organizations the likes of the Patriot Front (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and the Liminal Orde

Sonnets from the Portuguese – Sonnet 43 –  By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Copyright 2022 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

32 thoughts on “The 2000 Mules from Outer Space

  1. Learned clerics used to argue about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin.There is a lot of that to read online about anything. Stopping the vote in key states and discovering hundreds of thousands of votes was what? Good luck? Having votes collected for weeks is what ? Fair ? The USA is a fckd up oligarchy with a ruling elite, voting means nothing,.For a believable vote there must be voter ID,citizens only can vote,and there is voting day,not weeks,and ”counting” should have no opportunity for manipulation.The placed is f’d up and most of the people are sheep,all anyone has to look at is the number of people who got masked cus they were told to–they ignored the fact that their political masters didn’t much bother with masks and distancing.How many illegals will walk in this year? 6 million? 10 million ? There is a great reset coming,and it wont be the WEF one.The NATO war using Ukrainian cannon fodder wont win anything.We are in for some excitement.

  2. Thank you for your comment Mr. Szabo,

    By “Learned clerics used to argue about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin.” I assume you are referring to Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica question 52 discussion of the angles in relation to space. Specifialy:

    “We now inquire into the place of the angels. Touching this there are three subjects of inquiry:

    (1) Is the angel in a place?
    (2) Can he be in several places at once?
    (3) Can several angels be in the same place?”

    If it is, I’ll have to disagree with you on this point. Aquinas’s discussion is often misunderstood as trivial and is used to discredit scholastic philosophy. I believe that Aquinas’s questions were relevant then as they are today, with the main objective being a thought experiment to illustrate the concept of space, time, and infinity.

    On the subject of 2000 Mules, my criticism of this ‘project’ is not theoretical. It’s practical and it goes to the heart of many of the points you raised, mainly, the problem with the leadership of the republican party and their wholesale corruption and use of information warfare operations such as Q-Anon and the 2000 Mules against their own constituents.

    I don’t remember when was the last time Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney, Lindsey Graham, and the rest of the republican hyenas called for President Bidnen’s impeachment based on the Hunter Biden laptop evidence.

  3. It’s not difficult to identify wide scale instances of election fraud and to publish it accurately (like in PA).

    So why don’t you do it, then? After 18 months, I’d hoped you were training your considerable talents on the 3 Nov 2020 election. I’m certain I am not alone in saying I would be just as interested in seeing what you could do to bring some clarity to this subject as I am in observing you finding fault with others efforts to (allegedly) do the same.

  4. Thank you for your technical analysis regarding the so-called evidence in this movie. I have not watched it, and probably would just to better understand your analysis if not for the fact that I don’t want to reward TTV or the producers.
    I have used cell phone, cell site, and gps data, including data from Google reverse location search warrants in homicide investigations and I can verify that what you are saying about anonymized add data is true. There is no way non-government parties would be able to correlate anonymous device identifiers from multiple locations to identify the same devices at said locations. I think it would be near impossible to unmask them even with the legal authority to do so as each location would assign the device a new identifier and the identifier would be constantly changing. The only way it would be feasible is if the time frame in the fenced areas was very limited and the fenced area was very small. If that was the case you would need know when the device was going to be in each location. Even pursuant to a search warrant Google does not assign a device the same ID when multiple “geofenced” locations are in the warrant, making identification of the same device extremely difficult in heavily trafficked areas. There is also a three step process to unmask the identity of the device. It would take an army of analysts to go through the data required to identify “2000 Mules”.
    As for the video surveillance of the drop boxes, how did they obtain the video without the legal authority to demand it? I doubt whatever agency was in possession would have given it up freely.

    • I’m not saying I disagree, but I’m trying to understand why it would be difficult at all to correlate MAIDs and IDFAs with ballot box footage to fairly easily ID the ‘mules’. I understand that MAIDs and IDFAs can be ‘reset’ but assuming all the ‘mules’ did that regularly doesn’t seem to make sense.

      What prevents someone from being able to purchase MAID and IDFA data, use location-data, ballot box footage and some deductive reasoning to easily ID phone owners?

      • MAID/IDFA are randomly generated strings, there is now way to convert them to a phone number or IMSI. Having either of these two is a prerequisite for obtaining a subscriber ID which = the person who owns the phone.

        As far as trying to cluster the MAID/IDFA around a drop box and looking at the overlapping footage (taken at the same time of the MAID/IDFA). It’s possible in theory, but you would need to run face recognition or license plate congregation on the images-which TTV didn’t do.

        Finlay, if TTV has over 2000 confirmed phone numbers, names, and addresses. Why not give it to LEA and then publish the name of the agency/DA, so that they can be scrutinized by the public?

        This is exactly what was done in PA and it forced the republican DA to confirm the violations and that he won’t persecute.

      • I understand that the MAIDs and IDFAs are randomly generated. However, if I understand your post correctly, the randomly generated number remains the same until/unless someone physically resets it, or opts out. It seems entirely plausible to me to track (yes random BUT consistent) MAIDs and IDFAs that go to drop boxes repeatedly and NGO buildings and then correlate that with the accessible time stamped cctv footage for the drop boxes.

        I see this claim in your post but I’m not at all convinced these people would be diligent enough to do this:

        “Also, in order to comply with privacy requirements, by design these identifiers are resettable. Both Apple and Android devices offer mechanisms to opt-out of data collection. So if professor Moriarty was indeed running this criminal ballot trafficking enterprise (whose members also allegedly used their cell phones to document the ballot harvesting), it’s likely that the evil mastermind’s first edict would have been to disable/regularly reset the MAID/IDFA in order to prevent tracking.”

        So again, what am I missing? Because, this method seems 100 percent possible; as long as the randomly generated MAIDs and IDFAs stay the same until someone requests a reset.

      • Tracking a random ID on the map is meaningless (beyond generic traffic flow) unless you can bind the ID to the identity of a Phone/individual. TTV CAN NOT legally and operationally derive phone numbers/names from MAIDAs/IDAFs. The only other way to positively identify a specific individual at a location would be via some form of of date fusion and Video analytics (like gate or face recognition, etc.). TTV has done neither.

        What TTV is $elling is fraud and they are knowingly targeting and defaming completely innocent individuals (many of which are blacks), which suggests that in addition to the disinformation about election fraud, that there could be a bigoted/racist driver here as well. Showing footage of innocent black man/women dropping off ballots and suggesting that they are engaged in a conspiracy and are committing crimes without any evidence is vile, defamatory, and bordering on a hate crime.

        The following is and example of real traffic analysis (density patterns and visualization) based on MAIDAs/IDAFs fused with video analytics. How do I know? Because this is one of our solutions. So, when I tell you that everything that TTV 2000 Mules is claiming about their ability to track, identify POIs, and tag them is BS, you can take this to the bank.

    • Yep, operation #ripcord is the latest in the corrosive overlapping tidal waves on the election fraud beach of Tsunamis the likes of: #italygate, #ultimateproof, #unleashthekraken. This maybe a complete coincidence, but I find it interesting that the formation of the the Ministry of Truth coincides with the release of this little active measure.

  5. Another magnum opus! Yaacov is simply the best journalist out there when he is not doing his day job.
    My take for what its worth: Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution requires the President to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” As Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces, the President is charged with the responsibility of protecting and defending the United States.
    If indeed our election was stolen (I question Biden getting 81 million votes ) then Trump was derelict in his duty as President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the military to allow the election to be stolen and Joe Biden installed as President. Trump talked about it all throughout 2020 and yet here we are.
    I have unregistered to vote and will never cast a ballot again. All I can do at this point is dodge the bullets of life.

  6. Given recent info dumps, is there anything you would want to update in respect to advertiser ID’s and IMSI’s, etc?

    (not that I see any issues,. but I think I might see something murky…

    • Nothing to update here. As predicted/expected, in the end, TTV failed to deliver any actual evidence. FYI, they’ve’ now pivoted to a new scam claiming that Chinese stole the elections using a a US company called Konnech, Inc.

      Konnech’s software only helps manage the poll workers, polling locations, campaigns, assets, mail-in ballots, and supplies necessary to run elections. It doesn’t run the elections themselves. So, this claim just like Mike Lindell’s PCAP claims is false.

      Yes, Eugene Yu likely did brake the law when he uploaded the PII of election workers to Chinese hosted servers, but, this has nothing to do with the TTV claim that China hacked the 2020 election.


      • Yaacov,

        I found this article very interesting and it opened my eyes to the blind faith I placed in TTV and Gregg Phillips. However, I am not convinced their intentions and evidence is all a grift. First I just read that Eugene Yu was arrested for reasons related to TTV findings. I think that’s very recent news. Also if their intention was to create red herring operations that took the attention away form real voter integrity measures I would say their plan really backfired. More than half the country is now aware and concern with election integrity. Their popularity I believe played a part in getting the word out. Also, wouldn’t purporting to have all this information open them up to massive law suits from very well funded opponents? Also, their method of tracking phone data could easily be countered by the fbi or any legitimate authority simply by purchasing and examining it as well.

        I think they chose to ignore it because they know what it reveals. To me individual names aren’t the issue it’s the patterns revealed that’s the story. Revealing names would be a huge civil liability issue.

        The fact that so much of the camera footage was destroyed or not released also screams of cover up. TTV had to use that because it’s all they could get their hands on. And lastly anyone watching the film probably realized that their HQ was “Hollywoodized” for added drama. That’s true for most movies. Cheesy but doesn’t discredit it IMO. Your work is great I just discovered it.

      • See comments in-line

        “First I just read that Eugene Yu was arrested for reasons related to TTV findings. I think that’s very recent news.”

        (YA:1) Eugene Yu’s arrest had nothing to do with TTV. Konnech’s (Eugene Yu’s company) software only helps manage the poll workers, polling locations, campaigns, assets, mail-in ballots, and supplies necessary to run elections. It doesn’t run the elections themselves. Besides, he was under investigation long before TTV decided to claim ownership of the case. So, their claim just like Lindell’s Lindell’s PCAP claims is false. And even if it was true that they exposed Konnech hosting election poll worker PII in China, it has nothing to do with their 2000 Mules claims or election fraud.

        “Also, if their intention was to create red herring operations that took the attention away form real voter integrity measures I would say their plan really backfired. More than half the country is now aware and concern with election integrity.”

        (YA:1) It didn’t backfire at all! They actually achieved their goal which was to create misdirection in order to focus on the wrong election integrity issues. Instead of looking for thousands of non-existing mules we should have been focusing on the issue such as non-serialized ballots, poor quality election software, the usage of ERIC, and conclusively identifying cheating patters like unsupervised multiple ballot scans. As far as people being more aware, just because there is more awareness about election integrity, doesn’t mean that election integrity problems are going to go away.

        “wouldn’t purporting to have all this information open them up to massive law suits from very well funded opponents? Also, their method of tracking phone data could easily be countered by the fbi or any legitimate authority simply by purchasing and examining it as well. I think they chose to ignore it because they know what it reveals. To me individual names aren’t the issue it’s the patterns revealed that’s the story. Revealing names would be a huge civil liability issue.”

        (YA:1) I don’t think so, TTV already got sued by Fredric Eshelman for fraud, as far as owning real tech, TTV has no tracking/analysis tech, video analytics, or any other forms of surveillance capability-it’s all made up! The likely reason why the DOJ/FBI hasn’t kicked their doors/teeth yet is because they are either still investigating them or they are fully aware of their operation and are allowing it to run for obvious reasons. I believe that TTV and other disinformation projects the likes of Jack Maxey’s HB laptop are being ran by the same Republican establishment figures who are funding various anti-Trump initiatives such as the The Lincoln Project and the Republican Accountability Project.

        “The fact that so much of the camera footage was destroyed or not released also screams of cover up. TTV had to use that because it’s all they could get their hands on. And lastly anyone watching the film probably realized that their HQ was “Hollywoodized” for added drama. That’s true for most movies. Cheesy but doesn’t discredit it IMO. Your work is great I just discovered it.”

        (YA:1) Not sure why you think any camera footage was destroyed, TTV claims to have successfully collected >1 Petabyte of video footage (they were also given Terabytes of additional footage from Michigan in which they failed to identify any illegal ballot trafficking). There were multiple cases of validated illegal ballot trafficking that TTV failed to identify even though they had the footage. One example is Lehigh county PA where Jim Martin, the republican DA was aware of the illegal trafficking, but decided not to prosecute the individuals (even though he had trafficker names). The likely reason for this is that the Republican establishment doesn’t’ want it done. As far as the artistic license/dramatic effects in the movie. Keep in mind that the maps used in 2000 Mules were acquired from a Russian company called Conceptcafe. The maps showing the ballot harvesting drop box routes and locations are actually located in downtown Moscow (The GPS marker is about 150 meters from the Kremlin Armory), None of the “illegal” claim made in the movie are true and none of the evidence supports any of the claims.

        The bottom line is that this whole op was just a lucrative grift and a disinformation campaign against President Trump/MAGA movement.

  7. Yaacov,
    I have been studying debates about 2000 Mules since the spring and have collected hundreds of articles about it.

    I would be grateful for a chance to talk with you about your research, particularly on the computer equipment that would be necessary to handle the data Gregg says he has.

    I hope to hear from you. I am a Christian scholar, Canadian, who has studied about Trump for over six years. Written four books related to his presidency.

    Jim Beverley

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