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Diebold has more influence on American elections than almost any other company, though few people are aware of what it does. Ever since the federal government passed the Help America Vote Act in October 2002, many states began modernizing their voting equipment. Armed with $3.9 billion in federal funds and eager to avoid a scandal like Florida’s 2000 election, state election boards turned to Diebold—37 states now use more than 40,000 of Dieobld’s electronic voting machines
The report cataloged hundreds of flaws, which ranged from lack of password protection on central databases to a glitch that would allow holders of a certain “smart card” to vote as many times as they liked. As Avi Rubin, the principal researcher, explained, “We found some stunning, stunning flaws.
The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
The Aug. 14 letter from Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. - who has become active in the re-election effort of President Bush - prompted Democrats this week to question the propriety of allowing O'Dell's company to calculate votes in the 2004 presidential election.
O'Dell attended a strategy pow-wow with wealthy Bush benefactors - known as Rangers and Pioneers - at the president's Crawford, Texas, ranch earlier this month. The next week, he penned invitations to a $1,000-a-plate fund-raiser to benefit the Ohio Republican Party's federal campaign fund - partially benefiting Bush - at his mansion in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington.
If Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell has his way, Diebold will receive a contract to supply touch screen electronic voting machines for much of the state. None of these Diebold machines will provide a paper receipt of the vote.
Something very odd happened in the mid-term elections in Georgia last November. On the eve of the vote, opinion polls showed Roy Barnes, the incumbent Democratic governor, leading by between nine and 11 points. In a somewhat closer, keenly watched Senate race, polls indicated that Max Cleland, the popular Democrat up for re-election, was ahead by two to five points against his Republican challenger, Saxby Chambliss.
Those figures were more or less what political experts would have expected in state with a long tradition of electing Democrats to statewide office. But then the results came in, and all of Georgia appeared to have been turned upside down. Barnes lost the governorship to the Republican, Sonny Perdue, 46 per cent to 51 per cent, a swing of as much as 16 percentage points from the last opinion polls. Cleland lost to Chambliss 46 per cent to 53, a last-minute swing of 9 to 12 points.
Originally posted by donwhite
Jefferson is famous for having said the "Tree of liberty must be nourished by the blood of tyrants" every generation or 25 years.
posted by Elsenorpompom: “Much of what you say is true one thing you are forgetting is . . American troops will be effective only for so long and continuously break his own internal paradigms before they succumb to good conscience. This is Psychological Fact. [Edited by Don W]
The mind can only deal with so much cognitive dissonance before it begins to break down. This is true for all humans, even those who have been indoctrinated and broke down the way military men women are.
The underlying Unconscious goal as a Military person is to protect the Country and People. Yes in the beginning they will be able to be used to pacify certain areas . . but they could not be used in a large full scale rebellion put down . . Some yes . . because their loyalties are not to the Country and its People but rather to specific commanders or units.
But . . history has shown us that if there is a loud enough noise by the people of a country . . and their government sends in their own troops . . eventually those troops turn on their commanders . . This is history . . Open any text book on Modern Civics . “
“ . . use of military force on a population either intensifies the rebellion, drives it deeper, or causes chaos in government. See Africa past several decades. One slays another who slays another is slain by another.
The enlightenment paths are littered with the remains of those who came before in an attempt to make right what has gone wrong . . I never said this could be a bloodless revolution. It may be bloodless on our side . . but the opposition will use any and all means to pacify those who would not acquiesce to their wishes.
We must not be stopped by perceptions of fear. We must not be stopped by illusions and fear. Fear is both our governments greatest tool and yet their weakest. They have the FBI, CIA, DEA and a whole host of other acronym agencies . . I have an Idea . . and Ideas never die . . you can kill the messenger but never the idea . . I am not the only one with this idea . . all it takes is for all of us to have This idea together . . to be willing t
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[edit on 4/29/2006 by donwhite]