posted on Feb, 21 2006 @ 09:53 AM
You like political conspiracies? Well, here's one for you: The Secretary of State of California (appointed, not elected), has done a stunning
about-face by re-certifying the previously uncertified Diebold election machines, just months short of what will be a hard-fought election in
In 2004, when it was revealed that Diebold had installed illegal software updates on their voting machines, the Diebold machines were deemed not
suitable or trustworthy for free and fair elections. See, there's a law that once a voting machine is certified, there can be no last-minute
fiddling with the software. No updates that weren't themselves deemed kosher by the election commission. But that's exactly what Diebold did back
in '04. A few months before an important statewide election, a "mystery update" was run on all the voting machines installed. The federal
Independent Testing Authority immediately senses something fishy, and by bringing evidence to the state authority, had the machines decertified. This
might be part of the reason the Republican administration's propositions took such a terrible beating last year. Who knows what might have happened
in that election had those "updated" machines been put in place?
So yesterday, Sec'y of State McPherson quietly, announced that those same machines were now good to go after a "hack test" revealed that an entire
election could have its results reversed by a hacker exploiting one line of interpreted code - without a trace.
See, although Diebold had appealed to have their machines put back in service, a test by the ITA was required before that could happen. The test
would have to show that there was no funny business going on with the voting machines' software. Well, McPherson didn't want to wait for the
results of the ITA test, and went ahead with the recertification.
Remember, the coming election in California is considered crucial to the continued preservation of the current administration's control of congress.
Further, efforts by the California Secretary of State to redistrict areas of California that vote heavily Democratic will be on November's ballot.
This election is a must-win if the people in power are going to maintain their strangle-hold on government. Interesting that this is where (and when)
there would be shenanigans regarding crooked voting machines.
An associate of mine thinks that this is much ado about nothing. What's the problem, after all, with Republicans making the voting machines,
redistricting heavily Democratic districts? It's not like they'd do anything crooked. Remember, this is the state that gave us that great
war hero and patriot "Duke" Cunningham, who turned out to be a war profiteer and took money from military contractors to have substandard gear
purchased by the Department of Defense.
Thing is, despite all the GOP/Dem references in this story, it's really not at all about partisan politics. It's about the people in power doing
anything required to hold on to that power. It shows just how afraid the people who have seized power in this country are of something as basic as a
fair election. They're all for elections in the Middle East (as long as the right parties get elected), but God forbid there should be a free
election in California. I'm thinking that the operations of US elections is something that we can keep from being outsourced to private industry.
Don't you think?