by Robert Wilkinson
In typical Mercury Retrograde fashion, today we'll revisit something past and present. America's voting machines continue to be hacked, and a few bad people are controlling the outcome of many of America's elections. It's worse than you think....
This is not a new thing. I posted dozens of in-depth articles on the various ways election machines and results can be manipulated on my now-extinct political blog, "Political Physics." There is extensive evidence that every American election since 2004 using electronic vote machines has to one degree or another been cooked to favor certain Republican candidates on many levels of government.
I bring this up every election season, since it directly affects who is running our country. Not just the US, but Canada and anywhere else in the world that uses electronic vote machines provided by Diebold, Sequoia, ESS, or any other manufacturer.
These machines all have past and present records of inaccuracy, from serious to disastrous. Later in this article I have several very interesting videos showing these machines can be manipulated to give wrong vote counts.
I found the inside skinny on the latest failed election via the ever-vigilant BradBlog in the article "Ten Candidates File Suit as 'Massive Improprieties, Tampering' Seen in Shelby County, TN, Election." One Election Watchdog stated, "Most brutal voter disenfranchisement, election tampering case we have witnessed yet..."
That Election Watchdog is none other than the estimable Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting and Velvet Revolution. These two organizations, along with BradBlog, are attempting to make sure that elections are determined by who votes rather than those who manipulate the vote count in various ways.
From the BradBlog report by Bev Harris on the recent Nashville elections:
... she explained that over the past two weeks she and Pynchon "watched as [election officials] wheeled cartloads of computers out of the building. Thousands and thousands of votes don't add up...poll tapes in trash and much more."
"Even the candidates could not get their own results and were told they were 'not available,'" she wrote. "They certified [the elections] and STILL did not give out results until threatened by a lawyer and even then the results said 'unofficial'. There is hilarious video of repub lawyer shouting 'keep those women away from me!'"...
Harris wrote that "after 2 weeks of legal stalling they let us see 20 percent of [the] poll tapes [the records printed out by the electronic voting machines before and after close of polls, as signed by poll workers] yesterday but after those were found to be in - uh - 'disarray' they shut down any further inspections."
"This is basically like watching a 2 week bank robbery in process," she typed.
We now move into the bigger picture of the larger problem.
For a great example of how an Election official had his mind blown by being shown how a Diebold machine can easily be hacked and the vote changed, check out this segment of HBO's Emmy-nominated documentary Hacking Democracy. The process is very simple. (Here's the link to the "Hacking Democracy" website.)
Now for a scientific treat! Here's Experts Easily Reverse Diebold Results & No One Would Know. This clip shows Princeton researchers demonstrating how it's done.
Even Lou Dobbs has figured out what's up! From CNN, one of Dobb's guests shows us the 1 Minute Diebold Memory Hack, demonstrating it really doesn't take long to cook the results.
In some of my early research I found that besides the machines and their codes being easily hacked, elections are also vulnerable at the server level, with several possible points in the process where votes can be changed or totals manipulated. While poking around finding the videos linked up to now, I found a very interesting and fairly weird video showing how you can hack a remote server and alter whatever you want. Here's How to Hack Private Server's Voting System. (The music is "Paralyzer" by Finger Eleven)
So as we approach the time when we can exercise true democracy in action with our votes, please remember to use paper ballots when possible, and if you must use a touch screen machine, see if you can get a printout verifying that your true vote was recorded.
"It's not who votes that counts. It's who counts the votes." -- Joseph Stalin
Copyright © 2010 Robert Wilkinson