Moscow Times article says US Elections Rigged by CA Secretary of State

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sun Mar 05 2006 - 14:57:12 CST

For 2008, it won't matter if Democrats run "Jesus H. Christ in an Uncle Sam
suit...."

I don't know if I agree with that, but perception of election integrity (or
lack thereof) just as important as fact. Right now, the perception of what
McPherson has done is not good.

AD

http://context.themoscowtimes.com/story/166395/

Global Eye

Party Hacks

By Chris Floyd
Published: March 3, 2006

Two weeks ago, an obscure, unelected, Republican-appointed official in
California decided the future of the world. That future -- at least for the
next several years -- will be an accelerating nightmare of war, corruption,
repression, atrocity and terror. That's because the loyal apparatchik has,
with the stroke of a pen, guaranteed the perpetuation of the Bush faction in
power in 2008 and beyond.

One of the few certainties in modern U.S. politics is that no Democrat can
win the presidency without carrying California. Thanks to the Electoral
College system set up by the Founding Oligarchs to keep the low-born rabble
from voting directly for president, the big haul of California's electoral
votes is crucial for Democrats to offset the multitude of small, sparsely
populated states that reliably vote Republican. Bagging California doesn't
guarantee Democratic victory, but without it, the cliffhanger electoral
counts in the goosed elections of 2000 and 2004 wouldn't even have been
close.

Thus, the sudden, hugger-mugger decision by California Secretary of State
Bruce McPherson to override the objections of his own experts and certify
the eminently hackable voting machines of the politically partisan firm,
Diebold, for use throughout the state means, quite simply, that the fix is
in for 2008. It doesn't matter who the Democrats run -- Hillary Clinton,
Barack Obama, John Edwards, George Clooney or Jesus H. Christ in an Uncle
Sam suit. It won't make a bit of difference. California is lost, the
presidency is lost and the Bushists are in -- already. It's over.

After Diebold's machines failed miserably in a battery of tests last year,
McPherson vowed to put their certification on hold until his own hand-picked
panel of experts had fine-combed the system to a fare-thee-well, blogger
Brad Friedman reports. The panel delivered their conclusions last month --
and the results were staggering, far beyond the worst fears of the most
hard-core "conspiracy theorist." The panel found that Diebold's machines
were riddled with curious built-in glitches that effectively "ceded complete
control of the system" to hackers who could "change vote totals, modify
reports, change the names of candidates and change the races being voted
on."

What's more, "hackers wouldn't need to know passwords or cryptographic keys,
or have access to any other part of the system to do their dirty work," the
Los Angeles Times notes. "Voters, candidates and election monitors wouldn't
necessarily know they'd been rooked." A more perfect vehicle for fixing an
election can hardly be imagined. And it would require nothing more than a
handful of high-tech zealots, not a vast conspiracy.

Naturally, after such a blistering condemnation, McPherson did what any
official charged with guaranteeing the integrity and credibility of his
state's elections would do: He approved the slipshod system by the dark of
the moon, on a Friday before a holiday weekend, without any public
hearings -- indeed, without waiting for the results of a pending federal
review of Diebold's mole-infested code. Now, the Diebold contraptions, whose
chronic "breakdowns" have featured in numerous contested elections and
last-second "miracle" victories by Republican candidates across the country
in recent years, will control California's pot of electoral gold.

A good example of how this control works can be found in Alaska. There, the
state Democratic Party has long been seeking an audit of some of the 2004
Diebold-counted returns, which produced a series of strange anomalies --
including awarding President George W. Bush an extra 100,000 votes that
turned out to be phantoms. First, state officials blocked the request
because that information, the vote count of a public election, was a
"company secret" that belonged exclusively to Diebold, Friedman reports.
Then they decided that the returns could be examined -- but only on the
condition that Diebold and the Republican officials be allowed to
"manipulate the data" before it was released. In the end, even this tainted
transparency was too much for the Bushist ballot crunchers; late last month,
Alaska officials suddenly declared that examining the returns would pose a
dire but unspecified "security risk" to the state.

America's votes are increasingly controlled by a small number of
interrelated corporations: Diebold, ES&S and Sequoia, all of which have
close political and financial ties to the Bush faction -- and to other dark
forces as well. Diebold and ES&S were both bankrolled by tycoon Howard
Ahmanson, who was also a major funder of the Christian "Reconstructionist"
movement, which openly advocates a totalitarian theocracy in America,
including the death penalty for homosexuals, slavery for debtors, stoning
for sinners and stripping nonbelievers of citizenship. As journalist Max
Blumenthal reports, these extremists have been welcomed as a key part of the
Bushist base of politicized evangelicals, whose cadres have been quietly
filling government posts for the past five years. Meanwhile, Sequoia --
whose machines racked up 100,000 "mistakes" in just one Florida county in
2004, according to a recent audit -- is owned by a business partner of the
Carlyle Group, the investment firm whose insider deals and war profiteering
have earned millions for the Bush family.

Thus, the 2008 election will be conducted largely on wide-open machines
programmed by avowed partisans and paymasters of a ruthless gang that has
already committed demonstrable vote fraud on a massive scale in engineering
narrow "victories" in 2000 and 2004. So it doesn't matter who runs, who
votes or how unpopular the Bush faction becomes through the murderous ruin
of its radical agenda. The "consent of the governed" will be drowned in the
blood money that has bought the nation's electoral process.

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