Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Democracy in Danger

IT's about time the media looked into this but will it be in time? I'm grateful it's finally
being unveiled but frankly steams me how very long it has taken. The BBC has been
reporting on voter Fraud in the U.S. since the 2000 Election as has Robert Kennedy
with some shocking evidence on voter fraud in 2004. Will it make Americans want to
stay away from the polls? That's how it makes me feel. Who wants the feeling that
their vote could morph into something else entirely?

Spiritually I am getting alot of
strong information that this is a great test for us as the Chasm grows. The Truth is
being illuminated and unveiled no matter where we look. In the Catholic Church, in
Rush Limbaughs behavior today attacking Michael J. Fox, in the stories the Media is
finally covering as we near the Election- and Americans need to act on it. If we head to
the polls and send Washington a resounding message of giving ALL incumbents a pink
slip but the polls don't reflect that reality how will we react this time? It's like the saying
if a tree falls in the woods does anyone hear it? It is my hope and my prayers and I
hope yours, that Divine government will begin to emerge in the U.S in November. and if
the reality of the results do not reflect that movement as I'm being told it might not, then
we as Americans must speak up and face the consequences of the unknown and uncertain
road ahead without fear of civil discourse and democracy in danger. Do not qo quietly!
Be brave and courageous! Vote! And be prepared to speak quietly and carry a big stick after the election! Onward and Upward Christian, Muslim, Jewish, American Indian, Hindu, Unitarian, and all other spiritual soldiers!!!!!! This is the most critical "hour" of the Emergence. I believe in you.

Diebold Source Code Leaked Again
Robert McMillan, IDG News ServiceMon Oct 23, 9:00 AM ET
Source code to Diebold Election Systems voting machines has been leaked once again.
Last week, former Maryland state legislator Cheryl C. Kagan was anonymously given disks containing source code to Diebold's BallotStation and Global Election Management System (GEMS) tabulation software used in the 2004 elections. Kagan, a well-known critic of electronic voting, is Executive Director of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Olney, Maryland.
The disks were created and distributed by two federal voting machine testing labs run by Ciber and Wyle Laboratories. They had been testing systems on behalf of the state of Maryland, Diebold said in a statement. Earlier Breech
This is not the first time that Diebold source code has been leaked. In early 2003, Diebold critic Bev Harris uncovered similar source code while conducting research using Google's search engine.
Soon after, researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Rice University published a damning critique of Diebold's products, based on an analysis of the software.
They found, for example, that it would be easy to program a counterfeit voting card to work with the machines and then use it to cast multiple votes inside the voting booth.
Diebold says it has since introduced security enhancements to its products, but the fact that the company's sensitive source code has again leaked out is not a good sign, according to Avi Rubin, a computer science professor with Johns Hopkins and one of the authors of the 2003 report.
The first leak should have taught Diebold a lesson on securing its source code, he said. "You would think that given the amount of embarrassment that caused them, they would do a better job of protecting it." Evaluating Criticism
Rubin, who was shown the latest source code by a reporter at the Washington Post, said that it appeared to be "just another version" of the code that was published in 2003.
The disks came with a letter that was highly critical of Maryland State Administrator of Elections Linda Lamone, Rubin said. "It read like it was from somebody with a very, very serious axe to grind," he said. "It was one of the more outlandish things I've read." The researcher commented further on the source code leak on his blog.
Rubin believes the disks were given to Kagan because of her past criticism of electronic voting machines. "I guess whoever did this knew she would pursue it doggedly, which she did."
Diebold said the source code was for BallotStation 4.3.15C, which is no longer being used in the U.S., and for GEMS 1.18.19, which is being used in a "limited number of jurisdictions."
The FBI is investigating the leak, Diebold said. Ready for Election
The leak comes with just three weeks before elections in the U.S., but Maryland Board of Elections Deputy Administrator Ross Goldstein expressed confidence in the Diebold voting machines. The leaked code was "not software that's in use in this election," he said. "The software now is different and has many more security features."
Diebold echoed Goldstein's comments. "Voters and election officials can be confident that on Election Day, votes and vote totals will be safe, secure and accurate," the company said.
Kagan, however, wasn't so sure, saying that the security of the source code raised concerns. "The idea that it could be that readily available and could be delivered to me and who-knows-who-else around the state [is disturbing]," she said. "Who know what any other people may be doing with it?"

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