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ATS: Diebold Whistle Blower Faces Felony Charges

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posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 11:26 AM
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Stephen Heller, employee of law firm Jones Day, is being charged with felony access to computer data and burglary for his role in blowing the whistle on Diebold Election Systems which led to the banning of their AccuVote-TSx system. Heller discovered internal members that revield Diebold had broken eleciton law. Blair Berk, Heller's attorney has said, "Certainly, someone who saw those documents could have reasonably believed that thousands of voters were going to be potentially disenfranchised in upcoming elections."
 



www.latimes.com
In the memos, a Jones Day attorney opined that using uncertified voting systems violated California election law and that if Diebold had employed an uncertified system, Alameda County could sue the company for breaching its $12.7-million contract.

The documents also revealed that Diebold's attorneys were exploring whether the California secretary of state had the authority to investigate the company for alleged election law violations.

The Oakland Tribune published the legal memos on its website in April 2004. By then, the issue of whether Diebold used uncertified systems was already receiving widespread attention, because many of its systems failed during the March 2004 primary. As a result, poll workers had to turn away some early voters in San Diego County, and Alameda County voters had to use paper ballots.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


So here we have the clear message being repeated once again. If you discover criminal activity that has been supported by the current administration, you should expect to be treated as a criminal yourself.

Related News Links:
news.yah oo.com
www.laist.com

Related AboveTopSecret.com Discussion Threads:
The Diebold Factor
Democratic Voter Fraud, Intimidation Confirmed.
VOTE: Government Accountability Office Report Used By Freepress: 04 Election Stolen




posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 12:32 PM
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Bullhockey to that...

Whistleblowers are being targeted sure... and with the corruption of the various groups who target them it is obvious why...

What is not obvious is the legal manuevering that results from these disclosures...

Of course the company will try to go after the whistleblowers... but it is blowing in the wind at that point.
the ACLU and other citizens watch groups dont let this junk slide... or at least didn't used to...

We shall see in this case soon enough.
Let us all hope that whistleblowers win...



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 12:48 PM
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Wow thats real harsh!

At least it has precendents ie 1930's national socialist goverment of Germany. Political dissent resulted in inprisonment and public charges against you. This is no different today. Catch the goverment doing naughty stuff and you get sent to jail. This is a sad sad state for a so called democracy to get to.



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 01:15 PM
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"The people who cast the votes decide nothing.
The people who count the votes decide everything.”
~Joseph Stalin, forefather of Diebold
_________________________________

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Voting Device Case -LA Times

Tell the DA to go to hell and drop the charges at:

LA District Attorney's Office
County of Los Angeles
210 West Temple Street, Suite 18000
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3210

Email: lada@co.la.ca.us

Telephone: (213) 974-3512
Fax: (213) 974-1484
TTY: (800) 457-7778 (8:30am - 5:00pm M-F)
_________________________________

In related news:
Diebold AccuVote touch-screen voting machine: No voters required.
McPherson gives Diebold thumbs up, sells-out California voters
AP: 100,000 ERRORS REPORTED ON SEQUOIA VOTING MACHINES IN PALM BEACH, FL 2004 ELECTION!



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 02:37 PM
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You have voted Regenmacher for the Way Above Top Secret award. You have two more votes this month.

that was an easy one Reg... a simple address listing... but a great one...
I'll make you work harder for the next one...


Done and done...

I challenge all other ATSers to do the same... send a "very civilized and logical" suggestion that the district attorney drop the charges...

and seriously, be nice, or else they will just filter out the others e-mails after that.



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 03:03 PM
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I followed the article easily right up to the final concluding comments where I ran into a problem. Where and how is there a connection to the Bush administration that would warrant your concluding comment?



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 03:15 PM
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Where and how is there a connection to the Bush administration that would warrant your concluding comment?


You don't know much about Diebold or the other electronic voting machine makers do you?

Time to read up:

The Diebold Factor
Rise of the Reconstructionists
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posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 03:20 PM
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This is about this administrations efforts to squeltch critics and punish whistleblowers (except when it comes to there own loose lips)...

not Shrub specifically, but the overall administration.

And this one example is not making that case, true...but I think the thread author was adding it to the volumes of cases already discussed on ATS (of whcih there are many, and he/she should post some to make that point)



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 03:48 PM
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Is it a crime to attempt to stop a crime?

Stephen Heller could face up to three years and eight month jail time....
....and the irony is, if Heller is convicted of a felony for exposing Diebold's crimes against the California voters, he'll lose his right to vote.

Several Huffington Post blogger took up on Heller's behalf, Peter Soby, Jr. offers some talking points:



Whistleblower Charged With Three Felonies for Exposing Diebold's Crimes

BE POLITE. Remember you are writing, calling and emailing the office of the Los Angeles District Attorney

Talking points:
  • Don't prosecute Stephen Heller. He's a whistleblower, not a criminal, and he should not be prosecuted.

  • Diebold is the criminal here. Stephen Heller is alleged to have exposed Diebold's criminal activity, and that makes him a whistleblower. He should not be prosecuted.

  • Diebold's election malfeasance strikes at the very heart of our democratic republic. Without clean elections, we don t have democracy anymore. Those who expose such crimes are whistleblowers and should not be prosecuted.

  • America has a long history of whistleblowers exposing criminal activity, and prosecuting them is wrong; it puts a chilling effect on others who might see criminal activity and want to expose it.




[edit on 27-2-2006 by Riwka]



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 03:51 PM
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can't help the one liner here.....sorry...

love the hat!!! great picture, ad, or whatever you care to call it!!

where'd you pick it up at? I need a few laughs tonight, were there more for my amusement?



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 05:52 PM
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Bump.

And also: "You have voted Regenmacher for the Way Above Top Secret award." ...Now I need to quick use my other two votes. Yipes. Forgot. Thanks for the heads-up LtL.



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 06:20 PM
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Can anyone think of a better way to get the most public exposure to Diebold's sins--a public trial.

So he stole some (state) secrets from Diebold's attorneys. I can understand waiting till after the 2004 elections, but I have to wonder why the law firm would want this to go public now.

Or on trial at all for that matter, considering the evidence will become public property?



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 06:37 PM
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Next time you go to your diebold machine to cast your vote remember who is your daddy


Is nice to know that we have the best voting system in the entire world.

At least the dreams of making a difference is still alive.


The only criminal activity that our administration wants is the one that is to benefit the big daddies in the white house.



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 06:54 PM
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So here's the deal... ATSNN Is broken and we're going to fix it.

I submitted this important conspiracy-themed story as a test, to see if an important conspiracy-themed story would be voted up by members. It was one-point shy of being rejected before the staff jumped in to vote it up. Not good.

The changes to ATSNN will be outlined soon.



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 06:58 PM
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You have voted Regenmacher for the Way Above Top Secret award. You have two more votes this month.

Good lord I needed to laugh like that. Felt good, really good. Thank you my friend for making my night.

Wupy



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 06:59 PM
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Originally posted by Astronomer68
I followed the article easily right up to the final concluding comments where I ran into a problem. Where and how is there a connection to the Bush administration that would warrant your concluding comment?


The concluding comment is an Opinion which is allowed, due to submission guidelines. The first section should just be about the facts, the second a quote from the original news source, and the third is where the author puts in his/her opinion and/or analysis.



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 07:03 PM
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Sorry Skeptic, it sounds like Republicans control ATSNN. Anything that makes them look bad is voted down, if I had seen it in time I would have voted yes, it is a news story, therefor belongs on ATS News Network.



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 07:04 PM
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Originally posted by DevinS
Republicans control ATSNN.


Not for long.



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 07:07 PM
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"You have voted Regenmacher for the Way Above Top Secret award. You have one more vote left for this month."

this is pitiful, another blow to the "democratic" society.....no forget it i dont consider the US to be democratic anymore....it just no longer fits enough of the requirements to be considered as such....like the majority vote actually count. its a sad day for "freedom"



posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 07:08 PM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
So here's the deal... ATSNN Is broken and we're going to fix it.

I submitted this important conspiracy-themed story as a test, to see if an important conspiracy-themed story would be voted up by members. It was one-point shy of being rejected before the staff jumped in to vote it up. Not good.

The changes to ATSNN will be outlined soon.


Darn right its broken. I haven't submitted much to ATSNN, my first story was about operation Northwoods and was upgraded right away. I don't think it was even voted on.

I submitted a story last week about detention camps and quite frankly, it will be my last submission. Here is why:

If someone votes NO the person that submitted the story gets an immediate U2U telling them why. If someone votes yes they don't hear a thing. It was like taking a beating for trying to contribute to the site.

For the contributor to have a fair view of their submission they should get the good news along with the bad. If someone votes yes they should get a U2U telling them so. atleast that way they can keep a score and not get ONLY the bad news. They can keep a tally of not only the flaws, but the yes votes that approve.

I love contributing to this site, but i'll be damned if I contribute in a way that leaves me emotionally drained. There is to many other ways that are uplifting.

Just my thoughts,

Wupy




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