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NYT and WSJ Finally Get It

At last, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times seem to be slightly comprehending the horrors of e-voting. Granted that mainstream corporate papers are usually willfully ignorant on the great issues of the day, but their glacial pace in reporting on e-voting problems ranks as one of their all-time blunders. Nevertheless, WSJ ran the following kicker: “Some former backers of technology seek return to paper ballots, citing glitches, fraud fears.” They could have run that story last year, after the bipartisan commission on federal election reform, co-chaired by President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, noted in no uncertain terms that: “Software can be modified maliciously before being installed into individual voting machines. There is no reason to trust insiders in the election industry any more than in other industries.” Indeed. There’s every reason to trust them less than anybody else, because of the unprecedented power and money involved in U.S. politics.

With the recent e-voting primary meltdowns in Texas, Illinois and Ohio, even the most ardent attackers of e-voting critics are finally getting the message. Remember that the New York Times originally, without any facts, denounced as a as a “conspiracy theorist” anyone suggesting that voting fraud was a possibility. Today, they were forced to quote Carnegie Mellon computer science professor Michael I. Shamos, stating that the Diebold touchscreen voting machines had “the most severe security flaw ever discovered in a voting system.” University of Iowa professor Douglas Jones, also a computer scientist, told the Times, “This is the barn door being wide open while people were arguing over the lock on the front door.”

We owe a great thanks to Black Box Voting, Inc. and their computer expert, Harri Hursti, who revealed the massive security flaws in the Diebold machines. As governor of Ohio, I will have the electronic voting machines impounded and inspected in anticipation of scrapping them, while putting a few in the Ohio Historical Society building for future historians to show how the Republican Party rigged votes in the 2004 and 2005 elections in Ohio. Avi Rubin, computer science professor at Johns Hopkins, who issued the first in-depth of analysis of e-voting security risks, told the Times in reference to the security flaw, “I almost had a heart attack. The implications of this are pretty astounding.”

What’s more astounding is that, to become president, the low IQ’ed former alcoholic son of the first CIA director miraculously beat every exit poll while the CEO of Diebold pledged to deliver Ohio’s votes to him and ES&S, the other major player in the voting machine field, has direct ties to Republican Senator Chuck Hagel. The Bush family has been using e-voting machines since 1988 to rig elections. That’s the year they stole the vote from Dole in New Hampshire.

It took nearly twenty years but, by god, the serious papers of record may be getting a clue. For the rest of us, we need a major campaign starting today to demand hand counted paper ballots in locked, transparent ballot boxes that are opened and counted before the media and the people.

2 replies
  1. kickass_in_columbus
    kickass_in_columbus says:

    It’s about time the mainstream media caught up to the rest of us. Bush and Blackwells’ motto should be “so much fraud, so little time.”

  2. dael4
    dael4 says:

    So WIll Blackwell recuse himself???? He pulled all the cards and had them programmed to his desire no doubt.

    Now that Karl Rove indictment is imminent, will it come out how they assisted Ken B in the 2004 hack?

    Prosecutor
    Fitzgerald, please seek all that is necessary to expose every treasonous act these guys have perpetrated since day one.

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