Posted: Oct 28, 2008 5:37 pm
Doods. I watched this documentary on HBO last night (also avl On-Demand).
Oh boy. Talk about feeling HELPLESS. Sheesh. I know all elections have been fucked since day one -- but after watching this -- I don't understand why the MEDIA isn't talking about or even discussing electronic voting scenarios like in this doc. I think it's on the minds of millions.
Dana Gould (Simpson's writer) was recently on Bill Maher and he basically said the same thing I've been spewing to anyone who will listen -- the big, old and powerful Republicans are not gonna let this man get to office -- no matter what. He spoke about electronic voting corruption. I HOPE I am dead-wrong. But I just don't see this happening.
I also think election will go exactly as the 2004 election did -- it will be close and all kinds of bullshit will go down and people will call for a recount and we will all watch the election circus happen once again. But I HOPE that unlike Kerry who graciously bowed-out before an (long-drawn-out-probably-useless) official investigation could be initiated -- I HOPE Obama will AT LEAST do what Kerry did not. That election had the opportunity to MAYBE expose SOME of the bullshit election-machine corruption -- found in this documentary. It’s nuts what these ladies uncovered in this doc -- shit they found in the trash and through open records -- she found the (Diebold’s) election machine software program code on their own FTP server (??)/on the website for crissakes.
Should this election re-peat 2004 and go to hell in a hand basket and should there somehow be a mandatory investigation --- I know shit’s so corrupt that people performing any investigation will get paid off too just like the vendors selling the electronic voting machines. All of it’s so fucked -- makes me wonder why I care to do my part -- or why I’m disappointed in several of my buddies who refused to register to vote.
Anyways -- had to get that off my chest -- I probably shouldn’t have watched this a week before the election. Sometimes ignorance ‘is’ bliss.
Regarding the bolded sentence below in the documentary: a memory card that stores the counts for the Diebold machines was tested by some nerd who found the memory card had some ‘live’ software on it that changed the numbers. To the voter, the screen totals/selections/summaries were accurate but when they hacked the memory card later the totals were modified.
So. Sad. Alright -- laters -- gonna go join the Alex Jones cult.
In the 2000 presidential election, an electronic voting machine recorded minus 16,022 votes for Al Gore in Volusia County, Fla. While fraud was never proven, the faulty tally alerted computer scientists, politicians and everyday citizens to the very real possibility of computer hacking during elections.
In 2002, Seattle grandmother and writer Bev Harris asked officials in her county why they had acquired electronic touch screen systems for their elections. Unsatisfied with their explanation, she set out to learn about electronic voting machines on her own. In the course of her research, which unearthed hundreds of reported incidents of mishandled voting information, Harris stumbled across an "online library" of the Diebold Corporation, discovering a treasure trove of information about the inner-workings of the company's voting system.
Diebold software, or other software like it, is installed in thousands of counties across 32 states. David Dill, professor of computer science at Stanford, says the problem is that there are "lots of people involved in writing the software, and lots of people who could have touched the software before it went into that machine. If one of those people put something malicious in the software and it's distributed to all the machines, then that one person could be responsible for changing tens of thousands of votes, maybe even hundreds of thousands, across the country."
Also: [url=http://www.hackingdemocracy.com/]Hacking Democracy[url]