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Petition Before SCOTUS Seeks To Nullify Election

The main argument for the writ is that, per Article IV § 4 of the U.S. Constitution, it is the job of the federal government to keep U.S. territory safe from foreign invasion. The Constitution stipulates, "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion." The petition cites evidence of such an invasion, namely the Russian hacking, and asks that the entire 2016 election be nullified, all the way back to the primaries, on the grounds that cyber-territory in the U.S. was invaded with the intention of altering the results of our Presidential election. [Source]

It makes sense, to me, but I don't know if it'll actually go further. Still, cyber-warfare, no longer the stuff of SciFi, is becoming an increasingly worrying problem, much of it focused lately on Russia's tinkering with various elections, including, most pertinently, the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. I can't think of an area that qualifies more as cyber-territory than a nation's election programs, and I firmly believe that it is something that has to be clarified last year sometime in order to address these sorts of situations.

But I'm not a political scientist, and I'm really hoping to hear better analysis from someone who is. If I see it, I'll let you know.

Given the extreme effort that went into creating books, scribes and book owners had a real incentive to protect their work. They used the only power they had: words. At the beginning or the end of books, scribes and book owners would write dramatic curses threatening thieves with pain and suffering if they were to steal or damage these treasures.

They did not hesitate to use the worst punishments they knew—excommunication from the church and horrible, painful death. Steal a book, and you might be cleft by a demon sword, forced to sacrifice your hands, have your eyes gouged out, or end in the “fires of hell and brimstone.”
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