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Post Number: 672
Best of Black Box?
Votes: 13 (A keeper?)
|Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 6:37 pm: ||
On Valentine's Day two years ago, Black Box Voting was in Leon County, Florida with Dr. Hugh Thompson, proving that the Diebold GEMS system can be hacked in less than 60 seconds using a simple trojan horse script. GEMS is still in use and now it's in more places than ever. And the debate rages on about whether we should have voting machines at all.
A NOTE TO THE PEOPLE
By Michael Collins
I've been watching the discussion and debate about voting systems evolve. I pared it down to get the essentials, which I think are profound in their implications.
1) Without public participation and scrutiny of the election systems and processes, elections lack true meaning.
2) The use of computerized voting of any type effectively eliminates public participation and scrutiny of elections for the following reasons:
a) The vast majority of the public are not in a position to undertake such specialized scrutiny.
b) The process is handed over to 'experts' hired by those in power.
c) There is simply no reason to trust the experts and certainly no way to monitor them.
3) As a result of the previous point, by definition, any computerized elections remove the public from the election process thus supplanting citizens with a privileged class who are in the employ of either those in power or those contending for power.
The public is cast aside.
The elections lose meaning because they cannot be verified or the verification process cannot be understood except as an act of faith.
The public loses faith in the actual election of its leaders and finds no reason to recognize election results and the authority those results confer on candidates.
Point 2 above is critical. It shows both the source of public alienation and also the rise of a new expert class that hands down judgments that are incomprehensible to almost all involved.
This is not a criticism of the experts, rather it's a call for elections that actually have meaning and are run by the people.
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Michael Collins - http://www.electionfraudnews.com
As Ross Perot used to say:
"IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE."
Voting Rights Forum Participant
Post Number: 5
Best of Black Box?
Votes: 2 (A keeper?)
|Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 12:14 pm: ||
I think this is all that Rady Ananda and Richard Hayes Phillips and I have been saying but there are still more essentials.
The biggest one being that no party should intercede between your intention and the direction of government with your intention.
This is a big thing. It moves past simply election integrity. It means corporations, corporate campaign funding, churches, interest groups etc. need to get out of our ability to direct our government. Government by and for the people. Not by and for the entities made of people.
This is a philosophy of governance. Not just a voting integrity philosophy. You dig?
AND we have the right to demand this. Not simply to ask for it politely of our REPRESENTATIVES and the felons they employ. It's called having a spine.