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Election Night Projections: Cover For Vote Rigging Since '64? CORP. MEDIA VOTESCAM: '64 -

VOTER NEWS SERVICE warrants an investigation!

WHY THROW OR RIG AN ELECTION BEFOREHAND, WHEN YOU CAN SIMPLY 'PERFORM' THE CORPORATE OUTCOME YOU WANT ON NATIONAL FAKE T.V., VIA 'PROJECTIONS' (WITHOUT ANY CONNECTION TO ANYTHING), AND LATER, YOU CAN COMPLETELY IGNORE OR RETROACTIVELY CHANGE VOTE TALLIES TO FIT WHAT PERFORMED TELEVISION ANCHORS SAID HAPPENED.

The news networks don't just report election news, they create it. But do they also conspire to control election results?

This scenario did not originate in my imagination. The authors of Votescam, The Stealing of America, James and Kenneth Collier (both deceased) chronicled vote rigging from 1970 to 1992, that followed a similar scheme. The Colliers also included government officials, such as employees of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as players in this decades-old scam. Media critics have long complained about an unethical relationship between the CIA and the news networks. --- BILL HEADLINE was VNS's executive director during the notorious 2000 Bush - Gore presidential election. Headline started his career as an Air Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957... Voter News Service warrants an investigation.
Election Night Projections: Cover For Vote Rigging Since 1964?

by Lynn Landes

Dissident Voice

September 23, 2002
[note 2002 date of this repost article]



The news networks don't just report election news, they create it. But do they also conspire to control election results?



Voter News Service (VNS) is a top-secret private consortium owned by ABC News, The Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News. It's current headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York. It's been around (under different names) since 1964. It's the only company whose exit poll results are used by the news media to announce the "projected" winners in races for the president, U.S. House and Senate, state governors, and select races.



By 1964, computers were used to predict election outcomes, as well as to count votes on "punch cards." With the use of computerized vote counters and the news networks exclusive control over polling data in major elections, the gates to election fraud were wide open. Computerized voting machines have now made election fraud as easy as stealing candy from a baby.



So how could VNS help rig an election? VNS could conspire with corrupt government officials and crooked voting machine companies (whose reputation for fraud and "error" grows with every election) to come up with projections that closely mirror the expected election results. Then all that's needed is some 'tweaking' in targeted precincts where voting data can be manipulated, voting machines rigged ....and elections swung. VNS follows through with its de facto certification of election results that have already been fixed. If someone suspects vote rigging, there's always VNS to say that the results match their projections.



And with no oversight, who's to know?



This scenario did not originate in my imagination. The authors of Votescam, The Stealing of America, James and Kenneth Collier (both deceased) chronicled vote rigging from 1970 to 1992, that followed a similar scheme. The Colliers also included government officials, such as employees of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as players in this decades-old scam. Media critics have long complained about an unethical relationship between the CIA and the news networks. [BUY THEIR VOTESCAM VIDEO AS WELL...]


Most people believe that the networks compete to be the first to announce the "projected" election night winners. And the networks do their best to create that impression. But they haven't competed since 1964.



However, VNS officials are still trying to obscure their lengthy history. On February 14, 2001, in testimony before Congressman Billy Tauzin's (LA) Committee on Energy and Commerce, VNS executive director, Ted Savaglio, said that the networks first got together in 1990 and that VNS was created in 1993. The name "Voter News Service" was created in 1993, and new members have come on board over the years. But the original group of news networks has collaborated since 1964. They used two different names - News Election Services and Voter Research and Survey - before becoming VNS.



In a telephone interview I had with long-time VNS communications director, Lee C. Sharpio, she agreed to the 1964 date. But that's about all she would reveal. There is no transparency to VNS. Shapiro will not tell you how big their budget is, nor who hires the 46,000 people she claims they use on election night to collect exit polling data, nor will she give you any proof that these 46,000 employees exist...no phone logs, no emails lists, no documents to prove that they do what they say they do. Shapiro would not let me talk to any employee of VNS's regular staff of 30. She says that VNS will not let anyone witness their operations on election night nor would she disclose its location. VNS has no website and a very uninformative brochure.



Undeterred, I placed a direct call to VNS's current executive director, Ted Savaglio. I left a message, but he hasn't returned my call.



Bill Headline was VNS's executive director during the notorious 2000 Bush - Gore presidential election. According to information on a University of Miami webpage, Headline started his career as an Air Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957. Seven years later, in 1964, he was hired at CBS where "as a member of Louis Harris and Associates, he directed field research and vote collection activities for CBS coverage of the 1964 Presidential elections." From there his career skyrocketed to Senior Vice President of CBS News, CNN Vice President, and past President of the Radio/Television Correspondents' Association.



Very impressive... but something may also be... very wrong. Victoria Collier (daughter of James Collier) interviewed Headline before he retired from VNS. She was shocked at how nervous he sounded over the telephone. I telephoned Headline the other day and left a message asking for information about Voter News Service, what he did between 1957-1964, and if he ever had a working relationship with the CIA or any other intelligence agency. He hasn't returned my call.



If VNS is helping to rig elections, why are they doing it? Generally speaking... I believe that the same people who can't rake in enough money, also can't get enough power. The news networks are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the richest corporations and individuals in the world. They certainly have an agenda. Their arrogance and disregard for the little guy is clear. They may think that we're not smart enough to pick the 'right' kind of leaders... right for them, that is. So they might try to do it for us.



Voter News Service warrants an investigation. Its operations should be shut down regardless. It's in a perfect position to sabotage the election process. Let the counties count the vote and report it to the states. If it takes a day or two for the states to report the results... so be it. Democracy takes time.



Meanwhile, we should bring back hand-counted paper ballots and use computerized voting machines for confirmation purposes only. If we don't take these precautions, we may continue to have our corporate-owned media, corrupt government officials, and crooked voting machine companies electing our leaders for us.



Lynn Landes is a freelance journalist specializing in environmental issues. She writes a weekly column which is published on her website www.EcoTalk.org and reports environmental news for DUTV in Philadelphia, PA. Lynn's been a radio show host and a regular commentator for a BBC radio program.



Links & Info:



www.Votescam.com

 http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0916-04.htm

Voter News Service (VNS), 45 Main Street, Brooklyn NY, 11201 Ph: 718-694-2350

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Small world. electronic ballot tabulators arrive in '64, just like VNS in '64 25.Oct.2004 00:00

1964 when it all came in

After the JFK assassination, computerized voting machines first made their debut in the USA in 1964 as well: the scanners. Small world.



"Although touchscreens have been getting the bulk of negative publicity lately, electronic ballot scanners have a long and sordid past, as well. Electronic scanners were first introduced into U.S. elections in 1964, and ever since then a steady stream of reports of technical irregularities have caught the attention of scientists, journalists, and activists, most notably the 1988 report, Accuracy, Integrity, and Security in Computerized Vote-Tallying, by Roy G. Saltman, and the 1992 book, Votescam: The Stealing of America, by Jim and Ken Collier."





Two Voting Companies & Two Brothers Will Count 80% of U.S. Election -- Using BOTH Scanners & Touchscreens
by Lynn Landes
www.dissidentvoice.org
April 27, 2004








Voters can run, but they can't hide from these guys. Meet the Urosevich brothers, Bob and Todd. Their respective companies, Diebold and ES&S, will count (using BOTH computerized ballot scanners and touchscreen machines) about 80% of all votes cast in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.


Both ES&S and Diebold have been caught installing uncertified software in their machines. Although there is no known certification process that will protect against vote rigging or technical failure, it is a requirement of most, if not all, states.


And, according to author Bev Harris in her book, Black Box Voting, "...one of the founders of the original ES&S (software) system, Bob Urosevich, also oversaw development of the original software now used by Diebold Election Systems."


Talk about putting all our eggs in one very bogus, but brotherly basket.


Even if states or counties hire their own technicians to re-program Diebold or ES&S software (or software from other companies), experts say that permanently installed software, called firmware, still resides inside of both electronic scanners and touchscreen machines and is capable of manipulating votes. For those who are unfamiliar with the term 'firmware', here's a definition by BandwidthMarket.com: "Software that is embedded in a hardware device that allows reading and executing the software, but does not allow modification, e.g., writing or deleting data by an end user."


The ability to rig an election is well within easy reach of voting machine companies. And it does not matter if the machines are scanners or touchscreens, or are networked or hooked up to modems.


So, for those states and counties who think they're dodging the bullet by not buying (or not using) the highly insecure and error-prone touchscreen voting machines (which will process 28.9% of all votes this year), a huge threat still remains - computerized ballot scanners. They will count 57.6% of all votes cast, including absentee ballots.


And don't count on recounts to save the day. In most states, recounts of paper ballots only occur if election results are close. The message to those who want to rig elections is, "rig them by a lot." In some states, like California, spot checks are conducted. But, that will not be an effective way to discover or deter vote fraud or technical failure, particularly in a national election where one vote per machine will probably be enough to swing a race.


Although touchscreens have been getting the bulk of negative publicity lately, electronic ballot scanners have a long and sordid past, as well. Electronic scanners were first introduced into U.S. elections in 1964, and ever since then a steady stream of reports of technical irregularities have caught the attention of scientists, journalists, and activists, most notably the 1988 report, Accuracy, Integrity, and Security in Computerized Vote-Tallying, by Roy G. Saltman, and the 1992 book, Votescam: The Stealing of America, by Jim and Ken Collier.


Even though there are several foreign and domestic corporations involved in the U.S. vote counting business, ES&S and Diebold clearly dominate the field. ES&S claims that they have tabulated "56% of the U.S. national vote for the past four presidential elections", while a Diebold spokesperson told this writer that the company processed about 35% of U.S. electronic vote count in 2002.


But, is there any real difference between Diebold and ES&S? Perhaps not.


Bob Urosevich is currently president of Diebold. Todd is vice president of ES&S. In 1999, American Information Systems (AIS), purchased Business Records Corporation (BRC) to become ES&S. AIS (1980) was formerly Data Mark (1979). Both AIS and Data Mark were founded by the brothers Urosevich. In 2002 Diebold acquired Global Election Systems. Global was founded 1991, which itself acquired the AccuVote system the same year. Bob Urosevich is a past president of Global.


Of course, most interested observers don't believe that the Urosevich brothers are the real brains behind their respective operations. For information on their financial backers, check out Chapter 8 of Bev's book -- www.blackboxvoting.com, and my webpage - www.ecotalk.org/VotingMachineCompanies.htm.


Diebold and ES&S have been involved in countless election irregularities over the years, involving both ballot scanners and touchscreens. But, it seems that they've always managed to finesse a happy ending for themselves. Now, it appears that at least Diebold might be in real trouble.


On April 22, 2004, Jim Wasserman of the Associated Press (AP) reported, "By an 8-0 vote, the state's (California) Voting Systems and Procedures Panel recommended that (Secretary of State) Shelley cease the use of the machines, saying that Texas-based Diebold has performed poorly in California and its machines malfunctioned in the state's March 2 primary election, turning away many voters in San Diego County...In addition to the ban, panel members recommended that a secretary of state's office report released Wednesday, detailing alleged failings of Diebold in California, be forwarded to the state attorney general's office to consider civil and criminal charges against the company."


Interestingly, no one in the U.S. federal government seems to be paying attention...as usual. There is no federal agency that has regulatory authority or oversight of the voting machine industry - not the Federal Election Commission (FEC), not the Department of Justice (DOJ), and not the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The FEC doesn't even have a complete list of all the companies that count votes in U.S. elections.


Once again we are witness to an 'eyes closed, hands off' approach to protecting America. The 2004 election rests in the private hands of the Urosevich brothers, who are financed by the far-out right wing and top donors to the Republican Party. The Democrats are either sitting ducks or co-conspirators. I don't know which.


My mantra remains - Vote Paper Ballots, Ditch the Machines.

Lynn Landes is the publisher of EcoTalk.org and a news reporter for DUTV in Philadelphia, PA. Formerly Lynn was a radio show host for WDVR in New Jersey and a regular commentator for a BBC radio program. She can be reached at (215) 629-3553, or by email:  lynnlandes@earthlink.net.

Other Related Articles by Lynn Landes



* Republicans Walk Out Of Federal Hearing On Voting Machines
* Faking Democracy: Americans Don't Vote, Machines Do, & Ballot Printers Can't Fix That
* Questions Mount Over New Hampshire's Primary
* Democrats Send Mixed Signals in Voting Technology Debate
* NIST Ignores Scientific Method for Voting Technology
* Republicans and Brits Will Count California's Recall Votes
* How We Lost The Vote - How To Get It Back
* Internet Voting - The End of Democracy?
* Voting Machine Fiasco: SAIC, VoteHere and Diebold
* Offshore Company Captures Online Military Vote
* Suspicion Surrounds Voter News Service
* Mission Impossible: Federal Observers & Voting Machines
* Republican Voting Machines, Election Irregularities, and "Way-Off" Polling Results
* Voting Machines - A High Tech Ambush
* Election Night Projections: Cover For Vote Rigging Since 1964?
* Elections In America: Assume Crooks Are In Control

 http://www.dissidentvoice.org/April2004/Landes0427.htm

Good stuff. 25.Oct.2004 00:28

Tony Blair's dog

Thank you.

thanks 25.Oct.2004 00:34

poster

I wish it was better news personally, Tony Blair's dog, though thanks.

peace

one source for info is suspicious. 25.Oct.2004 13:22

this thing here

>It's the only company whose exit poll results are used by the news media to announce the "projected" winners in races for the president, U.S. House and Senate, state governors, and select races.<

i am somewhat confused by this. it was my understanding that after the 2000 election debacle, all the major networks, or rather the ONE major network (CNNBCMSNBCFOXABCBS!), said they were no longer going to use exit polling to determine the winner of an election.

anyways, this kind of scam is pretty interesting and effective. the old making the numbers fit the outcome scam, which is bass ackwards and illegal. and, with this kind of single, exclusive source for ALL the media to go to, it really would not be surprising if they could pull it off.

but wait, now i get it.

perhaps the debacle in florida was due to the fact that there were multiple exit polls, some showing bush won, others showing gore won. so in order to get away from that "problem", all the big media players get together and decide they'll all use ONE exit polling source, the secretive one that doesn't feel like talking to anyone.

anytime there's only one source for anything, especially information, that should be more than a little suspicious...