Thursday, February 09, 2006

No Honor Among Thieves

It's been said on this page, on more than a couple of occasions, that the Busheviks stole the elections of 2000 and 2004. And with it came madness.

Mark Crispin Miller is the pre-eminent go-to theorist of this conspiracy, except his theory is well documented in his book Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them). Miller is also the guy whom John Kerry approached saying he agreed with Miller about the '04 election being stolen, denied later by Kerry's people, though the plausible deniability for Kerry pales.

An utterly fascinating interview in Buzzflash captured my attention today. Nice opening question:
Let’s talk about a major problem that the press refuses to discuss: the privatization of the voting process. That’s really what the spread of computerized voting machines is all about. Diebold, ES&S and Sequoia—the three largest manufacturers of such machines—are private vendors. They keep their programming codes secret as “proprietary information,” and, worse, all three are extremely close to the Republican Party. There is no way to determine whether these machines are accurate. Using them is tantamount to having secret vote counts.

Diebold in particular has been in the news. Some months before Election Day, 2004, Wally O’Dell, Diebold’s CEO, sent a Bush/Cheney fundraising letter out to other rich Ohio Republicans, promising to do everything he could to “deliver Ohio’s electoral vote to the President.” In December, he suddenly resigned. What’s going on?

Read the rest here.

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