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My purpose in writing this is not to disgust you with politics. My goal is to show you what kind of corporations and people will inevitably end up in positions of control, to illustrate that insiders must never be "trusted" when it comes to conducting elections. There can never be a place where counting votes in secret, or governmental snooping on how we voted, or hidden money behind campaigns, or hiding records on elections, can be accepted by the public, yet that is happening right now.
Before we go skipping down the road trusting any politician to know what's best for us regarding our own right to see and authenticate elections... Before we agree to some pie-in-the-sky idea that secret vote counting processes are safe because some company tested them... Before we accept the idea that some legislators can pass a law telling us we have to cede over our right to know... We need to understand that when it comes to elections, trust is childlike. It's wishful thinking. It's immature. It's not how the world works, and we owe it to our children to remember that.
Next time you hear that voting machines are reliable and safe "because they have been tested and certified," think of this important article, which reveals proven corruption, payoffs and bid-rigging connected to Ciber, Inc., a firm that signed off on our voting machines. Ciber's okay was the foundation for federal acceptance of voting machines all over the USA. A few weeks ago, I decided to examine electoral fraud from the other end. What happens if we start with known public corruption cases and work backwards to the intersection with elections? What I found were kickbacks and bid-rigging schemes in New Orleans and Pennsylvania which both connect back to Ciber, the firm that supposedly tested and then signed off on most of the U.S. voting machines currently in use in all fifty states, on behalf of the federal government. I learned of a now-admittedly corrupt government technology official who had placed, as one of his first priorities, setting up an Internet voting system. And while looking into money-laundering systems, the mechanism that provides the juice for such corruption, I learned of a particularly odious situation: a New York City Democrat who bribed New York City Republicans to help him run for Mayor (as a Republican). "You pull this off, you can have the house. I'll be a tenant," he said. As part of the New York deal, the bribe facilitator was to be appointed New York City Deputy Chief of Police when the would-be-mayor got into office.
But last month, a corruption investigation hit Ciber and its employee, Dennis Miller, listed as a Ciber vice president, and charged with bid-rigging, theft, and conspiracy. Criminal charges have been filed against eight current and former turnpike officials, employees and contractors. One of the whistleblowers in the case says $82 million in toll-payer funds have gone to or through Ciber.
Originally posted by Ex_CT2
reply to post by 727Sky
You sound guardedly hopeful. Let me slap that out of you: A couple of careless jackasses get caught and held up as an example--an example to the next bastard not to get caught so easily. The problem with voting machines will never go away as long as there are voting machines and insiders. Actually, you might as well say that the problems will never go away as long as there is voting and somebody has the keys to the machines and ballot boxes.
I've been saying for years that the problems do not lie in the voting, I don't care how many dead people and Mickey Mouses vote: The problem will always be in who's doing the counting....
The problem will always be in who's doing the counting....