ow very telling it is that
Diebold pressured HBO to cancel the airing
of this documentary just days before tomorrow's midterm
elections. Fortunately, subsidiary of mega-corporation Time
Warner did not cave to the guilty psychology of the Diebold or
other electronic voting companies pleading to hide just
suspicion of the 'fallible' system behind our vote.
The documentary, Hacking
Democracy, did in fact air on HBO Thursday, November 3, 2006. It
is based on the research of Bev Harris and
Black Box Voting (blackboxvoting.org), as
well as that of other entities.
While known problems with the
electronic voting machines in 2000, 2002 and 2004 have been
generically answered away with dubious ideas of 'incompetence'
or 'confusion,'-- when these clearly at least raise serious
questions, the companies like Diebold who manufacture these
also ES&S, Hart InterCivic and Sequoia, all linked to the GOP)
seem to hold a converse and hypocritical universal dismissal of
any inquiries, tests or evaluations.
Consider the Diebold response
Princeton study that showed the machines could easily be
manipulated with little chance of detection. The
Princeton group specifically checked out the Diebold
AccuVote-TS, the most widely deployed machines for use in the
November 7 U.S. elections and found that they could be
compromised through software written to steal-votes or modify
records. The machines are vulnerable to physical interference
wherein anyone with access to the voting machine install this
type of software in less then one minute.
Diebold responded to the Princeton study
calling it 'unrealistic and erroneous.'
But is that also true of
joint-research efforts by John Hopkins and Rice
Universities? They also found that electronic
voting systems are 'vulnerable to tampering.'
University of Iowa computer science professor warns
of counties who rely on "inadequate security documents written
by the voting machine manufacturers." The same article reveals
another worried computer scientist at the University of
California, Berkeley. He says, "With this technology, we cannot
be certain that our elections have not been corrupted."
Rolling Stone published an article written
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., on Diebold's role in delivering the
Georgia vote to the Republican party,
Diebold claims that the story "falls short of
journalistic standards" and is full of
"mischaracterization" and other flaws.
Wall Street Journal layed out any number of
scenarios which could make the midterm elections go wrong.
Greg Palast is so certain of election wrong-doing
in this midterm, he has released a past-tense article the day
before the November 7, 2006 election entitled, "HOW THEY STOLE
THE MID-TERM ELECTION."
SEC is also investigating accounting
Yet, Diebold continues to act
guilty, acting like it has something to hide and still
pretending that it is some kind of upstanding, neutral
corporation. Never mind that the owner of Diebold pledged his
"to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the
president next year" in 2003.
But in the end, Diebold
continues to operate much like any other arm of the Bush
Administration-- pretend any criticisms or charges are
outrageous in the face of obvious criminal and/or unethical
behavior that it rightly assumes no one will bring to a halt.
How much longer can things go on like this?
Diebold Inc. sent a letter to HBO CEO Chris
Albrecht, concerned about "Hacking Democracy" airing before
elections and calling it-- of course-- "inaccurate and unfair."
"We believe the film contains
significant factual errors and does not meet HBO's standards for
accuracy and fairness," Byrd wrote in the letter sent Monday.
By all means, let us continue
to take the word of a partisan company readying for its fourth
run of smoke-and-mirrors for another stolen election who at a
minimal have seriously questionable conflicts of interest.
Let us please put aside
information in question of Diebold and other electronic voting
machines developed through research and testing. Isn't it
obvious that Diebold's credibility automatically outweighs
Princeton University and Black Box Voting.org and Rolling
Stone's reporting, along with that of most-- if not all-- the
network and cable news agencies, all of which have been
investigating the many faceted problems we can expect to face
with electronic voting through another high-stakes and
HBO and those involved with
its decision to continue airing "Hacking Democracy" should be
commended for refusing to be bullied by a criminal operation
lurking just behind the shadows, all but out in the open.
People should be at least
skeptical of electronic voting machines until they are thrown
out for good or become somehow verifiably unbiased and no longer
subject to malicious or even haphazard manipulation.