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    The elections were stolen using Diebold and a series of attacks by hackers. This must be talked about with EVERYONE!!!! Election 2004: Sour Grapes or Voter
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2004
      The elections were stolen using Diebold and a series of attacks by
      hackers.

      This must be talked about with EVERYONE!!!!

      Election 2004: "Sour Grapes" or Voter Fraud

      A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
      by Mike Whitney

      If you believe that George Bush won last nights election "fair and
      square" then forget about reading this article. If you know however
      that tens of thousands of people who lined up for up to four hours at
      a time in Ohio and Florida to have their vote counted, were not
      standing there to endorse the aggression and suicidal policies of the
      current administration then read on.

      The unprecedented high turnout coupled with new registrations (that
      were overwhelmingly in favor of John Kerry) suggest that there was
      foul play at the voting booths. As a result, consumer investigator and
      activist Bev Harris (founder of Black Box Voting) "is conducting the
      largest Freedom of Information action in history. On election night,
      Black Box Voting blanketed the US with the first in a series of public
      records requests, to obtain internal computer logs and other documents
      from 3,000 individual counties and townships."

      If the Bush people are so confident in their victory let them "put up
      or shut up."

      The fact of the matter is (as every reasonable person who hasn't been
      hoodwinked by the pageantry of election night fraud realizes) that the
      election was stolen again in full view of the American public. The
      Republican owned voting machines prevailed over exit poll projections
      and the will of the American people.

      If that's not the case, then let's investigate the computer logs.
      According to Lynn Landis' article "Could the AP rig the Election":
      "The Associated Press (AP) will be the sole source of raw vote totals
      for the major news broadcasters on Election Night.. They refused to
      confirm or deny that the AP will receive direct feed from voting
      machines and central vote tabulating computers across the country.
      But, circumstantial evidence suggests that is exactly what will happen.

      And what can be downloaded can also be uploaded. Computer experts say
      that signals can travel both to and from computerized voting machines
      through wireless technology, modems, and even simple electricity."
      Landis just confirms what is already known about "sketchy" electronic
      voting and how it invites vote tampering. Her connection between
      election machinery, vote totals and the AP, however, has not
      previously been made. She goes on to explain that, "AP spokespeople
      would not give out information on who sits on their board, however AP
      leadership appears quite conservative."

      Landis continues: "Burl Osborne, chairman of the AP board of
      directors, is also publisher emeritus of the conservative The Dallas
      Morning News, a newspaper that endorsed George W. Bush in the last
      election. Kathleen Carroll, senior vice president and executive editor
      of AP, was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News before joining AP.
      Carroll is also on the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME)'s
      7-member executive committee. The APME "works in partnership with AP
      to improve the wire service's performance," according to their
      website. APME vice president, Deanna Sands, is managing editor of the
      ultra conservative Omaha World Herald newspaper, whose parent company
      owns the largest voting machine company in the nation, Election
      Systems and Software (ES&S)."

      It's a cozy relationship considering that ES&S voting machines count
      50% of all the votes in the country. The second largest company,
      Diebold, is also tied to the Republican Party and promised (in a
      comment by Wally Diebold that got widespread attention on the
      internet) to "deliver the vote" in Ohio to President Bush.

      Both Wally and ES&S apparently succeeded admirably in their task of
      undermining the election.

      Many readers are probably wondering what happened to the "Help America
      Vote Act" that was passed by Congress to avoid the problems of Florida
      2000? As Landis reports in an earlier article: "What Congress really
      did was to throw $2.65 billion at the states, so that they could
      lavish it on a handful of private companies that are controlled by
      ultra-conservative Republicans, foreigners and felons." (Diebold, ES&S
      and Sequoia were among the big winners)

      None of the facts related to the presidential election add up. Voter
      registration went up from 105 million to 120 million. In Ohio alone it
      went up a whopping 17%. Whenever registration has surged like this in
      the past, it has always favored the challenger and precipitated a
      change in government.

      Not so, this time, and Republican pollsters are eager to convince us
      that the reason for this is a renewed interest among the American
      public for "moral values". Is that it or are the results simply an
      indication of massive (but well calculated) voter fraud?

      The exit polling was equally skewed, showing a clear victory for
      Kerry. Exit polling has traditionally been a reliable way of
      determining the outcome of elections. Not so in Bush-world, where vote
      totals are invariably higher for Bush in the contentious areas that
      ultimately decide the election.

      Give strategist Karl Rove his due; he knew what had to be done and did
      it. The rest, of course, has been papered over by the pollsters, pimps
      and pundits in American press corps.

      Do we need to remind ourselves that representative government can only
      be established by the power of the vote? It is the electoral process
      that confers legitimacy on government. Without a popular mandate state
      power can only be vindicated through force of arms.

      Last night American democracy was skillfully subverted and replaced
      with a mutant form of corporatism that operates independent of the
      will of the people. It's impossible to know what the long term affects
      of this will be, but it is a development that should greatly concern
      us all.

      http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/04/11/con04482.html
      ___

      The Case For Fraud


      November 3 2004
      Counterbias.com
      by Joseph Cannon





      Ignore the rightist snickers. Ignore those who would straightjacket
      permissible thought. We have a right to ask difficult questions.

      And the question of the moment concerns exit polls and electronic voting.

      Some have criticized my pessimistic attitude toward this election, but
      I always heeded the warnings sounded by Bev Harris and others
      regarding computerized voting. If Kerry did not win handily, he could
      not win at all. A truly lopsided vote would have been impossible to
      hide, because oversized gaps between polls and election night counts
      would prove too suspicious.

      Although the vote was tight, such gaps nevertheless exists. And
      although they are not massive, the pattern gives us every right to
      voice our suspicions.

      Remember when networks used to trumpet the accuracy of exit polling?
      Last night, I saw on-air talking heads (especially on CNN) loudly
      deride these same exit polls as untrustworthy.

      Perhaps the methodology has become sloppy. Perhaps respondents have
      learned to enjoy fibbing to pollsters. Or perhaps something in our
      current vote-tabulation system is fishier than an all-you-can-eat
      sushi bar.

      Before proceeding, recall the commonly-heard axiom that Democrats tend
      to vote late, while Republicans tend to vote early. Many challenge
      that belief. Still, keep the notion in mind.

      Exit polls published yesterday afternoon (by Slate and a number of
      blogs) gave this portrait of certain key results:

      OHIO: Kerry 50, Bush 49. FLORIDA: Kerry 50, Bush 49. NEW MEXICO: Kerry
      51, Bush 48.

      At times, the poll data was even more favorable to Kerry in these
      three key states. See, for example, this screen capture of CNN data in
      Ohio. No exit poll showed a Bush lead in any of these states.

      Here are grounds for suspicion. Electronic voting machines figured
      heavily in the final tabulation of the results in Ohio, Florida, and
      New Mexico. Moreover, in all three, paper audit trails do not exist.

      These states therefore offered the best, safest opportunity for
      manipulation of the final count.

      Question 1: Even if we grant the potential inaccuracy of exit polls,
      how likely is it that in all three cases the inaccuracy would show a
      "non-existent" Democratic advantage? Why doesn't the discrepancy ever
      work in the other direction?

      Question 2: Why did problems afflict exit polling in three swing
      states that have widespread computerized voting with no paper trails?

      In other states, the exit polling matched the final results rather
      well. In Nevada, Illinois, and New Hampshire, computer votes do have
      paper trails -- and in those instances, the exit polls tracked the
      final totals.

      To recap: In three states with no paper trails, we have exit
      poll/final tally disagreement. In three states with paper trails, we
      have exit poll/final tally congruence.

      Coincidence?

      Let's return to the notion that Republicans vote earlier than
      Democrats. Many dispute that bit of folk wisdom. Even so, is it likely
      that the people waiting four, five or more hours in long lines, well
      into the cold of the night, underwent this endurance test to demand
      more of the same? Shouldn't the polls have showed Kerry's lead
      expanding as the night went on, instead of evaporating?

      Intriguingly, CNN's exit poll results underwent a mysterious revision
      not explained by an increased number of respondents.

      Black Box Voting plans to file the world's largest FOIA request to
      uncover the internals of the compu-vote. Don't presume that such an
      inquest will come up goose eggs:


      Such a request filed in King County, Washington on Sept. 15, following
      the primary election six weeks ago, uncovered an internal audit log
      containing a three-hour deletion on election night; "trouble slips"
      revealing suspicious modem activity; and profound problems with
      security, including accidental disclosure of critically sensitive
      remote access information to poll workers, office personnel, and even,
      in a shocking blunder, to Black Box Voting activists.
      Today's Boston Globe expands on some of the points I've made here:


      Although some of John F. Kerry's leads in the state exit polls
      narrowed during the course of the day yesterday, there was a
      significant discrepancy between the actual vote total and the polling
      numbers, particularly in two states believed to be keys to the outcome.

      While the exit data had Kerry winning Florida and Ohio by a narrow
      margin, the actual tabulated vote late last night had Bush carrying
      Florida by about five points and winning Ohio by two. In addition, a
      projected Kerry win of about five points in Wisconsin turned into a
      very tight contest, and what was projected as a close race in North
      Carolina turned into a double-digit win for Bush.
      Again: Note the pattern. Why do the exit polls always go wrong in the
      same way? Pundits who assail these polls never address this question.

      Logic tells us that about half the exit polls would show "false
      positives" for the Republican side. But in the past two presidential
      elections, they have almost always (should I strike out the word
      "almost"?) delivered "false positives" for Democrats only.

      The simplest explanation: The Democratic "false positives" are not, in
      fact, false. The computerized tally is false.

      Remember: If malign parties have tampered with the electronic result,
      then our first, best -- and perhaps only -- indication of fraud will
      be a conflict between the exit poll data and the "official" results.

      As for what to do about it: May I at least suggest a visit to
      www.blackboxvoting.org?


      Joseph Cannon is a writer and graphic designer in Los Angeles,
      California. He runs the Cannonfire weblog.

      http://www.counterbias.com/152.html



      ______

      Voting without auditing. (Are we insane?)

      SEATTLE, WASHINGTON Nov 3 2004 -- Did the voting machines trump exit
      polls? There's a way to find out.

      Black Box Voting (.ORG) is conducting the largest Freedom of
      Information action in history. At 8:30 p.m. Election Night, Black Box
      Voting blanketed the U.S. with the first in a series of public records
      requests, to obtain internal computer logs and other documents from
      3,000 individual counties and townships. Networks called the election
      before anyone bothered to perform even the most rudimentary audit.

      America: We have permission to say No to unaudited voting. It is our
      right.

      Among the first requests sent to counties (with all kinds of voting
      systems -- optical scan, touch-screen, and punch card) is a formal
      records request for internal audit logs, polling place results slips,
      modem transmission logs, and computer trouble slips.

      An earlier FOIA is more sensitive, and has not been disclosed here. We
      will notify you as soon as we can go public with it.

      Such a request filed in King County, Washington on Sept. 15, following
      the primary election six weeks ago, uncovered an internal audit log
      containing a three-hour deletion on election night; "trouble slips"
      revealing suspicious modem activity; and profound problems with
      security, including accidental disclosure of critically sensitive
      remote access information to poll workers, office personnel, and even,
      in a shocking blunder, to Black Box Voting activists.

      Black Box Voting is a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer protection group
      for elections. You may view the first volley of public records
      requests here: Freedom of Information requests here

      Responses from public officials will be posted in the forum, is
      organized by state and county, so that any news organization or
      citizens group has access to the information. Black Box Voting will
      assist in analysis, by providing expertise in evaluating the records.
      Watch for the records online; Black Box Voting will be posting the
      results as they come in. And by the way, these are not free. The more
      donations we get, the more FOIAs we are empowered to do. Time's a'wasting.

      We look forward to seeing you participate in this process. Join us in
      evaluating the previously undisclosed inside information about how our
      voting system works.

      http://www.blackboxvoting.org/
      _____

      Central Tabulating Machines Connected to Modems



      New Info proves that Central Tabulating Computers have modems
      connected and are open to manipulation. ie- all this stuff about vote
      challengers is just a diversion, because one person can change the
      state total from their home computer. Take the day off of work to help
      save our country.

      Yeah sure conspiracy nuts- they can't steal it- wrong. We now have
      evidence that certainly looks like altering a computerized voting
      system during a real election, and it happened just six weeks ago.

      Concerned citizens around the country need to get off their duffs and
      do something to save our country. Namely go down to their polling
      places and ask that the modems be disconnected. Take a zoom camera and
      take pictures for evidence.

      Bev Harris- THE authority on securing the vote

      =============

      MONDAY Nov 1 2004: New information indicates that hackers may be
      targeting the central computers counting our votes tomorrow. All
      county elections officials who use modems to transfer votes from
      polling places to the central vote-counting server should disconnect
      the modems now.

      There is no down side to removing the modems. Simply drive the vote
      cartridges from each polling place in to the central vote-counting
      location by car, instead of transmitting by modem. "Turning off" the
      modems may not be sufficient. Disconnect the central vote counting
      server from all modems, INCLUDING PHONE LINES, not just Internet.

      In a very large county, this will add at most one hour to the
      vote-counting time, while offering significant protection from outside
      intrusion.

      It appears that such an attack may already have taken place, in a
      primary election 6 weeks ago in King County, Washington -- a large
      jurisdiction with over one million registered voters. Documents,
      including internal audit logs for the central vote-counting computer,
      along with modem "trouble slips" consistent with hacker activity, show
      that the system may have been hacked on Sept. 14, 2004. Three hours is
      now missing from the vote-counting computer's "audit log," an
      automatically generated record, similar to the black box in an
      airplane, which registers certain kinds of events.

      COMPUTER FOLKS:

      Here are the details about remote access vulnerability through the
      modem connecting polling place voting machines with the central
      vote-counting server in each county elections office. This applies
      specifically to all Diebold systems (1,000 counties and townships),
      and may also apply to other vendors. The prudent course of action is
      to disconnect all modems, since the downside is small and the danger
      is significant.

      The central servers are installed on unpatched, open Windows computers
      and use RAS (Remote Access Server) to connect to the voting machines
      through telephone lines. Since RAS is not adequately protected, anyone
      in the world, even terrorists, who can figure out the server's phone
      number can change vote totals without being detected by observers.

      The passwords in many locations are easily guessed, and the access
      phone numbers can be learned through social engineering or war dialing.

      ELECTION OFFICIALS:

      The only way to protect tomorrow's election from this type of attack
      is to disconnect the servers from the modems now. Under some
      configurations, attacks by remote access are possible even if the
      modem appears to be turned off. The modem lines should be physically
      disconnected.

      We obtained these documents through a public records request. The
      video was taken at a press conference held by the King County
      elections chief Friday Oct 29.

      The audit log is a computer-generated automatic record similar to the
      "black box" in an airplane, that automatically records access to the
      Diebold GEMS central tabulator (unless, of course, you go into it in
      the clandestine way we demonstrated on September 22 in Washington DC
      at the National Press club.)

      The central tabulator audit log is an FEC-required security feature.
      The kinds of things it detects are the kinds of things you might see
      if someone was tampering with the votes: Opening the vote file,
      previewing and/or printing interim results, altering candidate
      definitions (a method that can be used to flip votes).

      Three hours is missing altogether from the Sept. 14 Washington State
      primary held six weeks ago.

      The audit log is 168 pages long and spans 120 days, and the 3 hours
      just happen to be missing during the most critical three hours on
      election night.

      Election officials: Disconnect those modems NOW. If you don't: You
      gotta be replaced.
      Reporters: Some election officials will lie to you. Show your kids
      what bravery looks like. Be courageous. Report the truth.
      Citizens: Please help us by joining the Cleanup Crew. For now, e-mail
      crew@... to join, since our signup form has been taken out.
      Candidates: Make a statement. Do not concede on Election Night. Wait
      until audits and records can be examined. Note that most voting
      machine problems will be found between Nov. 3-12, during the canvass,
      and a few weeks later, when public records requests are obtained.


      More from Bev here, including a video they made of the chimp pushing
      some buttons to start a script to steal the vote.

      http://blackboxvoting.org/

      ===========

      Anonymous:

      It's not just about the Presidential race, but the Bush and the
      neocons need to steal the House and Senate races too, or else they'll
      be facing trial and Bush/Cheney impeachment. They know it- that's why
      they're going to steal it- unless we stop them.

      Call all of your friends and family tonight, get organized to hit as
      many polling places as possible. Maybe you could each need to pick a
      location and keep an eye on them all day... got an ipod and/or
      boombox? Bring some inspirational music to make it a festive occasion ;)

      http://www.benfrank.net/nuke/Free_Peace_mp3s.html

      (must get MOSH, MLK, Eddie Vedder)

      Take the Day off Work

      Go down to your local polling places (ie google "toledo polling
      locations") and ask that the modems be disconnected. Bring a camera
      and take pictures for evidence. The phone lines need to be unhooked,
      anything less is unacceptable. We need to demand the the 'memory
      cards' are driven to the central tabulator, and we need you to watch
      them box the memory cards, seal the boxes, follow their car as they
      drive it to the next location, where you can ensure the seals are
      intact and the number of boxes is unchanged.

      If we want to reclaim our country, it's going to be up to regular
      people like you and me to demand a secure system tomorrow. Think about
      it, if they steal this one, after four more years of Bush, will we
      ever have an honest election again?




      by : Bev Harris

      http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=4116

      ___

      movie at http://www.votergate.tv/
      votergate.tv Documentary

      The producers of this film have created a thirty minute documentary on
      the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines and are making this
      film available as a free educational public service in time for the
      presidential election. For more information, go to www.votergate.tv.

      What This Film Achieves

      This film is an investigative documentary uncovering the truth about
      new computer voting systems, which allow a few powerful corporations
      to record our votes in secret. But the film is not just a warning. It
      strongly concludes that elections are harder to defraud when voters
      turn out in
      big numbers. This documentary is designed specifically to help viewers
      navigate past the fear and spin already being thrown at this critical
      issue.

      The film educates viewers about the dangers now threatening the voting
      system. The film surprises and entertains as characters, like
      grandmother/investigator Bev Harris, expose the truth, take on the
      gatekeepers and hold them to account. It educates citizens about how
      to keenly observe and question the process on Election Day and
      empowers viewers to hold their election officials accountable.

      George Wendt, the actor famous for his role as the good friend Norm on
      the hit comedy Cheers, is the narrator.

      Bev Harris, is the Executive Director of Black Box Voting
      www.BlackBoxVoting.org. According to Vanity Fair Magazine her
      investigations are breaking newsthat would have made her career at The
      New York Times or Washington Post.

      Andy Stephenson, Associate Director, Black Box Voting, is uncovering
      nationwide evidence of security risks in America's voting system .

      The producers Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels and Robert
      Carrillo-Cohen are independent filmmakers who decided to create this
      30 minute film when they realized that most of the information on this
      vital story was not reaching the public through the mainstream media.
      They are producing the film in association with Sarah Teale/Teale
      Productions and Earl Katz of Public Interest Pictures.

      Target Audience

      The documentary speaks directly to voters of all ages, and also to
      people who have never considered voting before. This is the one issue
      that can wake up the people, whether they're Democrats, Republicans,
      Libertarians or Greens -- who believe democracy means that every vote
      counts.

      Production

      We are continuing to shoot through the Presidential election and are
      receiving contributions to fund the completion of the Post-Election
      DVD / Feature
      film.

      ADDRESS

      There are other web sites with Votergate in the title. Please be sure,
      when referencing our film that you use the correct web address:
      www.votergate.tv.

      ABOUT TEALE PRODUCTIONS

      Teale Productions (www.tealeproductions.com ) was formed in 1988 and
      has since built a reputation as a cutting edge investigative
      documentary production and entertainment producing company. Teale has
      produced award winning original documentaries and television series
      for HBO, AMC, PBS, Channel 4 (UK), and the BBC. Teale Productions is
      in constant development with high quality documentaries and original
      productions.

      ABOUT PUBLIC INTEREST PICTURES

      Public Interest Pictures (PIP)www.publicinterestpictures.org) is a
      non-profit organization committed to creating documentaries that will
      not only be seen
      by the masses but will also move them. PIP explores progressive issues
      currently threatened by governmental policies at odds with the public
      interest.


      http://www.archive.org/movies/movies-details-db.php?collection=election_2004&collectionid=VotergateTheMovie&from=thisJustIn/

      _________

      E-voting irregularities raise eyebrows, blood pressure
      Concern over electronic voting technology was not assuaged Tuesday as
      glitches, confusion and human error raised a welter of problems across
      the country, even while e-vote watchdogs prepared to file suits
      challenging the results derived from the controversial machines.

      New rules, new voters and a tight presidential contest combined to
      create "a recipe for problems," said Sean Greene, who was watching
      Cleveland polls for the Election Reform Information Project, a
      nonpartisan research group on election reform.

      Nearly one in three voters, including about half of those in Florida,
      were expected to cast ballots using ATM-style voting machines that
      computer scientists have criticized for their potential for software
      glitches, hacking and malfunctioning.

      In South Carolina, problems were reported in a handful of precincts in
      two counties using electronic machines. Officials said voters were
      forced to switch to paper ballots while technicians got the iVotronic
      touch screens from Electronic Systems & Software up and running within
      about 90 minutes.

      And in Volusia County, Fla., a memory card in an optical-scan voting
      machine failed Monday at an early voting site and didn't count 13,000
      ballots. Officials planned to feed the ballots, in which voters fill
      in a bubble, and count them Tuesday.

      Many of the problems with electronic voting — whether accidental or
      intentional — may not be known until well after Tuesday, if at all.
      Most of the ATM-style machines, including all of Florida's, lack paper
      records that could be used to verify the electronic results in a recount.

      The Electronic Frontier Foundation's VerifiedVoting.org, which has
      been monitoring the implementation of e-voting machines in the U.S.,
      warned on Monday that over 20 percent of the machines tested by
      observers around the country failed to record votes properly. The
      organization recommended that voters choosing to use touchscreen
      voting methods be sure to double-check the summary screen to confirm
      that their votes had been properly registered.

      BlackBoxVoting.org, the site organized by e-voting activist Bev
      Harris, announced early Wednesday that it plans to conduct what the
      site describes as the largest Freedom of Information Act request in
      history, requesting internal computer logs and other documents from
      3,000 individual counties and townships using electronic voting machines.

      According to a release posted on the site, "Such a request filed in
      King County, Washington on Sept. 15, following the primary election
      six weeks ago, uncovered an internal audit log containing a three-hour
      deletion on election night; 'trouble slips' revealing suspicious modem
      activity; and profound problems with security, including accidental
      disclosure of critically sensitive remote access information to poll
      workers, office personnel, and even, in a shocking blunder, to Black
      Box Voting activists."

      http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techpolicy/2004-11-03-evote-trouble_x.htm


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