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General News    H2'ed 7/18/08

New evidence that Diebold fixed the GA Senate race in '02!

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Message Larisa Alexandrovna
And the DoJ, confronted with the evidence, looked the other way.
This makes three witnesses to Diebold's perfidy--i.e., the secret placement of an
illegal software patch on the e-voting machines in two largely Democratic counties, in order to "defeat" Sen. Max Cleland's bid for re-election.
The first was Diebold employee Rob Behler, who told his story to BlackBoxVoting,
then on Nightline and in an article by Ronnie Dugger for The Nation, before he vanished down the memory hole.
Then there was Diebold employee Chris Hood, who told the story to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., for the latter's major piece in Rolling Stone that came out just before the 2006 elections. (Bobby's piece is included in Loser Take All.)
And now this--confirmation, and more detail, from whistle-blower Stephen Spoonamore, who's helping out with the historic RICO lawsuit that was announced just yesterday.
So maybe Conyers et al. ought to take good hard look into that case--and all the others that Spoonamore can help them with.
And maybe now Max Cleland should pipe up! We've all been after him for years, to get him to weigh in on his "defeat," but he has stubbornly refused to say a word about it.
Mark Crispin Miller

GOP cyber-security expert suggests
Diebold tampered with 2002 election
By Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane

A leading cyber-security expert and former delegate for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says he has fresh evidence regarding election fraud on Diebold electronic voting machines during the 2002 Georgia gubernatorial and senatorial elections.
Steven Spoonamore is the founder and until recently the CEO of Cybrinth LLC, an information technology policy and security firm that serves Fortune 100 companies. At a little noticed press conference in Columbus, Ohio Thursday, he discussed his investigation of a computer patch that was applied to Diebold Election Systems voting machines in Georgia right before that state's November 2002 election.

Spoonamore is one of the most prominent cyber-security experts in the country. He has security clearances from his work with the intelligence community and other government agencies, as well as the Department of Defense, and is one of the world's leading authorities on hacking and cyber-espionage.

In 1995, Spoonamore received a civilian citation for his work with the Department of Defense. He was again recognized for his contributions in 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security. Spoonamore is also a registered Republican and a John McCain delegate who until recently was advising the McCain campaign.

Spoonamore received the Diebold patch from a whistleblower close to the office of Cathy Cox, Georgia's then-Secretary of State. In discussions with RAW STORY, the whistleblower -- who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation -- said that he became suspicious of Diebold's actions in Georgia for two reasons. The first red flag went up when the computer patch was installed in person by Diebold's Chief Executive Officer, Bob Urosevich, who flew in from Texas and applied it in just two counties, DeKalb and Fulton, both Democratic strongholds. The source states that Cox was not privy to these changes until after the election and that she became particularly concerned over the patch being installed in just those two counties.

The whistleblower said another flag went up when it became apparent that the patch installed by Urosevich had failed to fix a problem with the computer clock, which employees from Diebold and the Georgia Secretary of State's office had been told the patch was designed specifically to address.

Some critics of electronic voting raised questions about the 2002 Georgia race even at the time. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Max Cleland, who was five percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Saxby Chambliss in polls taken a week before the vote, lost 53% to 46%. Incumbent Democratic Governor Roy Barnes, who led challenger Sonny Perdue in the polls by eleven points, lost 51% to 46%. However, because the Diebold machines used throughout the state provided no paper trail, it was impossible to ask for a recount in either case.

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