There wasn't anything particularly new in the scientists' revelations other than the fact that the magazine PC World covered the issue and several other mainstream news organizations.
The scientists' warnings that this year's historic presidential election can be tinkered with came on the heels of the publication of a groundbreaking new book, "Loser Take All," click here a collection of eye-opening investigative reports into past issues of election fraud authored by voting rights experts, activists, and journalists, who used old-fashioned gumshoe reporting to expose the seedy side of the business of counting votes.
Unlike the reportage leading up the invasion of Iraq, which relied heavily on anonymous sources who spoon fed mainstream reporters wild tales of Iraq's vast weapons cache, lapped up by Pulitzer Prize winning journalists and printed as fact, the reports about stolen elections, the massive purge of minorities and poor people from voter rolls, in "Loser Take All" is backed up by smoking gun evidence in the form of documents and on the record accounts from public officials and behind-the-scenes executives employed by e-voting companies.
Perhaps no one has been passionate about this issue or has worked as hard to attract mainstream attention to the cause than bestselling author Mark Crispin Miller and blogger Brad Friedman, who co-authored an essay for the book with voting rights advocate Michael Richardson.
Miller, who wrote extensively in his book “Fooled Again” click here about the theft of countless votes cast during the 2004 presidential election--in Ohio and many other states-- were stolen from Kerry and handed to Bush, said in an interview that the 2008 election can be stolen "through pre-emption of innumerable votes, as well as through the use of e-voting machines, both paperless touch-screen machines and op-scans."
“It's safe to say that the entire federal government, insofar as it's controlled by BushCo's appointees, has been diligently working to suppress all but those votes that will support the [Republican] party,” Miller said. “The [Veterans Administration], for example, has announced that it will not help badly injured veterans register to vote since those who've been thus damaged by Bush/Cheney's war aren't likely to be big McCain supporters.”
“On top of all this, there is, of course, the fact that somewhere between 85 and 90 percent of the electorate will either cast its votes on, or have its votes counted by, computerized e-voting machinery that was manufactured, and that is being serviced, by private companies with close ties to the GOP,” Miller added. Warren O’Dell, the former chief executive of Diebold, the top manufacturer of electronic voting machines, famously declared in August 2003 that his company was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president [Bush] next year."
O’Dell’s promise became prophetic. Not only did Ohio “deliver” electoral votes for Bush in 2004, the votes were delivered to Bush illegitimately, which Bob Fitrakis documents heroically in the chapter, “As Ohio Goes...” Fitrakis has repeatedly documented the rip-off in Ohio in several books, and was instrumental in assisting the House Judiciary Committee’s probe of what took place in Ohio during the 2004 presidential election.
Miller said as long as the GOP makes the 2008 presidential campaign “look "close" enough--and, with a media system like ours, "close" can be as much as eight percentage points or even more--they're in a very good position to steal it...again.”
“All that they really need is a convincing rationale for the surprising victory of John McCain; and that rationale has been set up already--"America's not ready to vote for a black man" or "for a woman," and/or "for that woman", and, as well, "It was that long, fierce civil war within the Democratic Party," a "civil war" fomented by the GOP itself, through their manipulation of the e-voting machines used in many primaries, and the mass cross-over vote by thousands of Republicans,” he said.
However, progressive news organizations such as Online Journal, BuzzFlash, AlterNet, CommonDreams, OpEd News, have been covering the issue since 2002 and are largely responsible for disseminating much of the information that appears in “Loser Take All.”
Miller attributed such ignorance by the progressive elite to a “toxic combination of denial and careerism.”