These days, it's rare that I watch movies in theaters. But if my friend Phil Roberts is able to get Dinesh D’Souza's new documentary "2000 Mules" at Star Cinemas in Hillsboro, I'll be there.

"2000 Mules" provides a closer examination of the 2020 presidential election, with its concentration on just a few key so-called swing states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Arizona. (In this usage, "mules" are the human couriers for illegal activities.)

Jacqueline Timmer, founder and director of the American Voter's Alliance, issued the following statement reacting to the premiere of D'Souza's new documentary about alleged illegal ballot harvesting: "'2000 Mules' validates everything the American Voter's Alliance and The Amistad Project have been doing for the past two and a half years. This film does an excellent job of shining light on one of the many worrisome practices that took place during the 2020 election – a practice funded by billionaires in pursuit of partisan gain." (See https://americanvotersalliance.org/.)

"Ballot harvesting of any kind violates the principle of 'one person, one vote' and contributes to voter apathy, distrust of institutions and lack of faith in the legitimacy of our elected officials," Timmer said. "The kind of organized, large-scale ballot harvesting – more appropriately, ballot trafficking – depicted in '2000 Mules' is the worst possible kind, demonstrating a disdain for democracy and contempt for the will of the people. Free and fair elections must be transparent, inclusive and accountable – but that's not currently the case in many parts of the country."

I have read D’Souza's columns for many years and, more often than not, found myself in agreement. D'Souza was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) India. He is known as a conservative commentator and writer. It is predictable in 2022 that an online search of D’Souza begins with mudslinging, both at his new film and at his character.

Yes, I am aware of this. For full disclosure, in 2012, D’Souza contributed $10,000 to a Senate campaign on behalf of himself and his wife, agreeing in writing to attribute that contribution as $5,000 from his wife and $5,000 from him. He directed two other people to give a total of $20,000, which he agreed to reimburse. At the time, the Election Act limited campaign contributions to $5,000 from any individual to any one candidate. Two years later, D'Souza pleaded guilty in federal court to one felony charge of using a "straw donor" and was sentenced to eight months in a halfway house near his home in San Diego. In 2018, D'Souza was issued a pardon by President Donald Trump.

Compared to the Ohio House Bill 6 scandal, D'Souza swiped a pack of chewing gum.

With that said, I still intend to watch "2000 Mules."

An online promotion for the film says "They thought we'd never find out. They were wrong." This is followed by appropriate attribution: D’Souza Media LLC presents a film produced by Dinesh D’Souza. Music by Bryan E. Miller. Featuring Catherine Engelbrecht, Gregg Phillips, Dennis Prager, Charlie Kirk, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Eric Metaxas, Larry Elder. Written and directed by Dinesh & Debbie D’Souza, Bruce Schooley. Executive Producers: True The Vote, Salem Media Group, Inc.

In what seems to be a painstaking attention to detail, "2000 Mules" uses cell phone tracking records that D’Souza said are routinely used by big business, law enforcement and others.

As someone who has not owned a cell phone in 20 years, I am nonetheless aware of the fact that they serve as one's personal cowbell. The cell phone tracking mechanism in 2022, I suspect, can let Big Brother know when you take your morning constitutional and what you had for supper the night before.

Through these cell phone records, along with footage from security cameras in cities like Atlanta, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, "2000 Mules" documents as many as 400,000 potentially harvested ballots in the 2020 presidential election. D’Souza has stated that the documentary set its guidelines to ensure they underestimated the exact number of dubious ballots.

If given its due – which will never happen by today's liberal media – "2000 Mules" might be the smoking gun that indicates something very questionable happened in November 2020.

This is not a suggestion by any means to remove the current president or implicate him. Instead, it is something that members of Congress ought to give serious consideration. If "2000 Mules" passes the credibility test, steps must be taken to ensure voter security in the future.

There has been more than enough speculation of voter fraud in 2020. The only way to address that is for elected officials to be straightforward with the American people. If there's any accuracy in "2000 Mules," this needs to be addressed on the floors of the U.S. House and Senate as well as in state legislatures and secretaries of state offices.

Maybe this is why the Biden administration needs a new "Ministry of Truth" or Disinformation Governance Board as his people call it. By the way, this week 20 state attorneys general – including Ohio's Dave Yost – are demanding that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “immediately disband” the agency’s new Disinformation Governance Board.

“No statutory authority exists to support your creation of a board of government censors,” the attorneys general wrote. “Although Congress has considered a variety of measures to address the perceived dangers of ‘disinformation’ in the United States, none has passed."

There's a reason Biden needs a Disinformation Governance Board and is comparing conservative voters as "really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history." He is running scared. Or, more likely, his deep state handlers are.

For more information on "2000 Mules," visit https://2000mules.com/ and https://flashpoint.govictory.com/episode/flashpoint-2000-mules-election-fraud-found-may-10-2022/

Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.