Saturday, December 17, 2005



WESH, the CBS-TV affiliate in Central Florida, ran a story this week that explains how simple it was to hack Florida's Diebold voting machines in 2000, which is exactly how Bush was able to claim he "won" that state-- and hence the national election-- even though he had far fewer votes than Al Gore, the man who actually was elected President in 2000. Under the innocuous title, "Elections Official: Some Voting Machines Could Be Hacked," WESH offers another underpinning to what all Americans who cared to look into it know: that Bush stole the presidential election in 2000.

"Voting machines used in four Central Florida counties might be flawed," the report starts. "There's new evidence that computer hackers could change election results without anyone knowing about it.
The supervisor of elections in Tallahassee tested voting machines several times over the last several months, and on Monday, his workers were able to hack into a voting machine and change the outcome. He said that same thing might have happened in Volusia County in 2000... In other words, someone could fix an election and no one would know."

"The expert that we used simply programmed it on his laptop in his hotel room," explained Ion Sancho, Leon County Supervisor of Elections, who started investigating the problem after watching the votes come in during the infamous 2000 presidential election. "In Volusia County precinct 216, a memory card added more than 200 votes to George W. Bush's total and subtracted 16,000 votes from Al Gore. Sancho is certain that this is exactly how Bush won so many more votes in Florida than were cast for him by actual voters. "Someone with access to the vote center in Volusia County put it on a memory card and uploaded it into the main system," Sancho said. Florida's crooked Secretary of State at the time was Katherine Harris. Aside for being responsible for Florida's elections, she was also Bush's Florida campaign manager. To this day Sancho said he's gotten no cooperation from either Diebold or from the Florida secretary of state's office.

Florida's Acting Secretary of State is a crooked partisan hack, eager to stamp out any remnants of democracy left in the state and award as many elections as feasible to Republicans. He claims he is "confident that those machines will carry on an election when they're used within the context of the security parameters that all supervisors follow."

WESH reports that these "concerns come on the heels of the resignation of Diebold CEO Wally O'Dell, a Republican fundraiser and staunch Bush supporter. Diebolds were used in Florida and Ohio in 2004, and skeptics are raising a lot of questions." 30 Florida counties have been using the Republican-controlled vote counting machines. (Keep in mind, particularly in light how completely Stalinist the Republican party has become in the last decade, Stalin's famous quote about elections: "Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.")

The BradBlog has been all over this scandal and last week they reported that a second Florida county, Volusia, has joined Leon County in dumping Diebold. If counties in Ohio and the rest of Florida follow suit, we'll never have to worry about another bogus Republican "victory" again.


At 2:24 PM, Blogger Helen said...

I find it astounding that the Dems aren't screaming to replace all the Diebold machines everywhere. What's wrong with them? Don't they ever want to win an election?

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Timcanhear said...

The diebold machines are toast. But if we wait for dems in congress to do ANYTHING, we'll have to wait a long long time.
If the entire dem party isn't screaming about bush's invasion of our privacy, then we don't have a party. bush has 3 years to ram his neocon antiAmerican, anti-worker agenda down our throats and if dems don't get in the way and start making noise, I'll be looking for another party.
Russ Feingold can't do EVERYTHING for the people. He's going to need SOME help.

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dems don't scream to replace the machines because they manipulate the ones used in California.


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