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BIG FIX 2004, pt.1: Convicted Felons, 'Shadowy Financiers' Own E-Vote Co.'s ES&S & Sequoia

An investigation into the surprisingly-sordid history of America's election services industry has revealed that executives and owners of the two largest companies, ES&S and Sequoia Pacific, have been convicted of bribery and suborning public officials in more than a dozen states. ***While a felony conviction may be enough to prevent you from voting in Florida, convicted felons can take heart in the fact that the blemish on their record in no way disqualifies them from owning companies counting the votes.*** --- Through multi-billion dollar federal subsidies, electronic voting has been pushed onto the American electorate. And its not hard to see why... the heady prospect of a sure thing. But America may never again have an honest Presidential election. Former Manhattan Commissioner of Elections Douglas Kellner told the MadCowMorningNews, "The problem is that, with an electronic voting system, you can never be sure that the vote is being recorded the same way it was cast. Because the only record is done electronically, there is no paper audit trail. "And any good computer person can alter the electronic record." --- Most Americans, if they think about it at all, expect that the people standing behind the voting machines on which their votes are cast and tallied look like computer experts wearing white lab coats from IBM. Nothing could be further from the truth....[read this!]...Investigating the ownership of the two companies that together dominate the American elections industry reveals evidence of routine and systemic bribery of public officials, not just here but overseas (the recent Prime Minister of Ireland, to give just one example.)
MAD COW MORNING NEWS INVESTIGATES.....

"THE BIG FIX 2004"

Pt. I: Convicted Felons, 'Shadowy Financiers' Own Companies Counting Votes

November 15 2004-Venice,FL.
by Daniel Hopsicker

An investigation into the surprisingly-sordid history of America's "election services industry" has revealed that executives and owners of the two largest companies, E S & S and Sequoia Pacific, have been convicted of bribery and suborning public officials in more than a dozen states.

And while a felony conviction may be enough to prevent you from voting in Florida, convicted felons can take heart in the fact that the "blemish" on their record in no way disqualifies them from owning companies counting the votes.

In fact, the word 'coverup' itself was invented to describe the activities of the original owner of Sequoia Pacific, "shadowy financier" Lewis Wolfson, who got caught bribing no less a personage than a Supreme Court Justice of the United States of America.

While Abe Fortas was forced to resign in disgrace, no such harsh fate befell Wolfson. When you own a company that counts the votes, politicians smile more kindly on you than they might otherwise... and for good reason.


"Somebody Blinked"

Continuing this dubious 'tradition,' the owner of Sequoia Pacific until recently was also accused of bribing public officials, in this case the Prime Minister of Ireland.

While the name Dr. Michael Smurfit is not well-known to Americans, his company manufactures the software used to compile more than two-thirds of the nation's electronically-counted votes.

Perhaps this may help explain why, for the second Presidential election in a row, a Democratic bandwagon was derailed early on Election Night by an unusual television appearance by the Bush Family, after exit polls showed them losing in key battleground states.

While what transpired remains closely guarded, whatever went on behind the scenes was clearly decisive: Bush took the lead in the election, and John Kerry suffered the same fate as Al Gore had four years earlier...perhaps even in the same way.



"A Spaghetti Western Would Have Been Better"

Prima facie evidence that this year's American Presidential Election was fixed can be found in the recent statements by numerous computer security experts that it could have been. And if it could have been, it probably was...

"If you leave the door to the bank vault open, sooner or later you're going to get robbed," said one. "Its just human nature. And besides, fixing elections is far more lucrative than robbing banks."

Analysts describe the software as "spaghetti code," tangled strands of instructions indecipherable to outsiders. Experts say the code can be manipulated without detection. In fact, many believe it may have happened already.

So it may be of interest to learn the Smurfit (the richest man in Ireland, though he's not Irish) has a penchant for hanging out at Geneva racetracks with international gamblers and Zurich currency speculators. He must have a habit for picking winners, too: his company was successful in suborning the Louisiana Commissioner of Elections for over a decade...

Jerry Fowler had run up some big gambling debts at Harrah's in Atlantic City, we learned. So he found the chance to pay off by making his voting machines "pay off" irresistible. In all, 22 people were indicted, 9 pled guilty, and Fowler went to jail.

But the Sequoia Pacific "Southeast Sales Manager," a man named Pasquale "Rocco" Ricci of Marlton, New Jersey, barely even got a slap on the wrist. For the crime of suborning democracy in the state of Louisiana for over a decade, Mr. Ricci was sentenced to just a year...

A year of home detention.

Through multi-billion dollar federal subsidies, electronic voting has been pushed onto the American electorate. And its not hard to see why... the heady prospect of a sure thing.

But America may never again have an honest Presidential election.

Former Manhattan Commissioner of Elections Douglas Kellner told the MadCowMorningNews, "The problem is that, with an electronic voting system, you can never be sure that the vote is being recorded the same way it was cast. Because the only record is done electronically, there is no paper audit trail.

"And any good computer person can alter the electronic record."

Most Americans, if they think about it at all, expect that the people standing behind the voting machines on which their votes are cast and tallied look like computer experts wearing white lab coats from IBM.

Nothing could be further from the truth.


"They Could Steal the Presidency!"

Investigating the ownership of the two companies that together dominate the American elections industry reveals evidence of routine and systemic bribery of public officials, not just here but overseas (the recent Prime Minister of Ireland, to give just one example.)

It is a world filledónot with guys in lab coats and pocket protectorsóbut with guys with links to the Mob, or international money launderers, Zurich currency manipulators, telecom scandals, off-shore Channel Islands accounts in the names of fictitious people, "untraceable shareholders," Bahamian resort owners, and supra-national financiers.

Tests performed and videotaped by candidate Susan Bernacker in New Orleans in 1994 demonstrated that votes she cast for herself were electronically recorded for her opponent. This test was repeated multiple times with the same result thus confirming that the machine had been fraudulently altered to influence the outcome of the election. In Louisiana there, was an election in 1996 , which was for local

After Susan Bernacker lost a New Orleans City Council race in 1994, she decided to exercise her legal right to inspect the voting machines three days after the election... and she took along a video camera.

(The shocking results can be seen in our documentary "The Big Fix 2000". )

Three times she keyed in her own name on the voting machines. and three times a vote for her opponent was registered. After these proceedings she perhaps justly feared for her life if she kept the secret to herself...She convened a hastily-called press conference, and then retired from public life.


"A Nostradamus for our times"

"The next president of the United States may not be chosen by the voters of the United States. Instead, he or she may be the choice of whomever controls or manipulates the computer systems that tally the votes," wrote Ronnie Dugger in the New York Times a decade ago.

"With the entire system shrouded in mystery and absent of assurances that the voting process is tamper-proof, voters these days have more reason than ever to ask, "Does my vote count?" "The whole damn thing is mind-boggling," said someone who investigates computerized elections. "They could steal the presidency."

"I don't believe in counting votes in secret," Manhattan Commissioner Doug Kellner told us. "I think the public has a right to see what's happening at every step of the way."

The problem is so manifestly obvious that even humor columnist Dave Barry was moved to offer a desperate solution, in the Miami Herald: "My suggestion - call me crazy - is that we print the ballot on paper, with a box next to each candidate's name. We instruct a voter to put an X in their candidate's box. Then we have human beings count the Xs."

Sounds easy, practical, and cheap.

In the coming weeks we'll see why they'll never let that happen.

 http://www.madcowprod.com/mc6912004.html




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On this weeks show:

The Big Fix 2004: Anyone heard about slanted exit polling, tainted voter rolls or dangling chad? See why that's the way the 'Election Services Industry' wants to keep it.

Plus never before seen footage of our exclusive interview with Amanda Keller, Mohamed Atta's American girlfriend who goes into excrutiating detail regarding her relationship with the world's most notorious terrorist.

ES&S, Sequoia, Diebold collating; KERRY E-VOTE MACHINE RIG TO OUST DEAN 17.Nov.2004 18:54

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ES&S, then Sequoia, then Diebold

Please feel free to collate more as required.


ES&S

1.

Title: Florida's Broward County ES&S Vote Machines Programmed to COUNT BACKWARDS at 32,000
Author: repost
Date: 2004.11.06 10:56
Description: Officials found the software used in Broward can handle only 32,000 votes per precinct. After that, the system starts counting backward. Why a voting system would be designed to count backward was a mystery to Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman. She was on the phone late Wednesday with Omaha-based Elections Systems and Software. [ES&S is the company that fradulently created the fake vote totals for Gov. Bush of Florida in 2002, says US House of Representative member of Florida's 16th district [see link below.] AND THE BACKWARDS COUNT CAN BE PROGRAMMED on only specific issues: "They affected only votes for constitutional amendments 4 through 8, because they were on the only page that was exactly the same on all county absentee ballots. The same software is used in Martin and Miami-Dade counties; Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties use different companies."
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/302492.shtml




2.


Title: Christian Zionist Reconstructionists, CIA, Carlyle Corp, & E-Vote Fraud = Bush crime '98 -'04
Author: fascism watch
Date: 2004.11.06 12:24
Description: same networks as 9-11 are in play here: FLORIDA "GOVERNOR" JEB BUSH IS FRADULENTLY ELECTED IN 1998 AS WELL--ON ES&S MACHINES. spread the info where it will do some good--likely to the people taking out the court suits against the occupational criminal syndicate of the Bush family right now
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/302400.shtml




3.

KERRY USED ES&S/DIEBOLD VOTE MACHINES TO RIG THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, TO OUST DEAN
newswire article reposts united states 05.Feb.2004 11:27
election fraud | government | human & civil rights selection 2004
Kerry Beat Dean in New Hampshire by Only 1.5% When Computers Weren't Doing the Counting
author: Posted by: Dire Wolf
Welcome to the land of Skull & Bones, with the help of Diebold are Republic is now gone. The New World Order is here, what do you wanna do about it ?.
In the New Hampshire Democratic Primary, exit polls, which are seldom far wrong, indicated a very close race. The final vote was not close. A close race would have constituted a win for Dean, given expectations. There is serious reason to be dubious of computerized vote counting systems (see Verified Voting or Black Box Voting for details). Such systems were used in New Hampshire, especially those of Diebold, the company that has attracted the most controversy, so I decided to analyze the New Hampshire Democratic primary vote in terms of who was doing the tabulation. According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office there are three possibilities:

Some ballots are counted by Diebold machines.

Some ballots are counted by ES&S machines.

Some ballots are counted by hand.

. . .

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/02/279893.shtml




4.

HAGEL USES HIS OWN ES&S MACHINES IN HIS OWN NEBRASKA 'ELECTIONS'
newswire article 30.Oct.2002 18:06
election fraud
US Senator (Hagel, R-NB) owns company that will count his votes
author: repost
Chuck Hagel (R-NB), is a partial owner of the company that will count the votes in his US Senate Race on Tuesday. Hagel is part owner of the McCarthy group (CEO is Treasurer to Hagel campaign), which in turns owns 35% of "Election Systems and Software". ES&S will count the votes in Tuesday's Nebraska Elections. (Gee, I wonder who will win. The suspense is killing me)
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2002/10/30507.shtml




5.

Title: BIG FIX 2004, pt.1: Convicted Felons, 'Shadowy Financiers' Own E-Vote Co.'s ES&S & Sequoia
Author: Daniel Hopsicker
Date: 2004.11.17 01:11
Description: An investigation into the surprisingly-sordid history of America's election services industry has revealed that executives and owners of the two largest companies, ES&S and Sequoia Pacific, have been convicted of bribery and suborning public officials in more than a dozen states. ***While a felony conviction may be enough to prevent you from voting in Florida, convicted felons can take heart in the fact that the blemish on their record in no way disqualifies them from owning companies counting the votes.*** --- Through multi-billion dollar federal subsidies, electronic voting has been pushed onto the American electorate. And its not hard to see why... the heady prospect of a sure thing. But America may never again have an honest Presidential election. Former Manhattan Commissioner of Elections Douglas Kellner told the MadCowMorningNews, "The problem is that, with an electronic voting system, you can never be sure that the vote is being recorded the same way it was cast. Because the only record is done electronically, there is no paper audit trail. "And any good computer person can alter the electronic record." --- Most Americans, if they think about it at all, expect that the people standing behind the voting machines on which their votes are cast and tallied look like computer experts wearing white lab coats from IBM. Nothing could be further from the truth....[read this!]...Investigating the ownership of the two companies that together dominate the American elections industry reveals evidence of routine and systemic bribery of public officials, not just here but overseas (the recent Prime Minister of Ireland, to give just one example.)
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/303673.shtml




5.

Title: Report: Touchscreen Voting Flawed in Fla. [ES&S and Diebold]
Author: AP
Date: 2004.07.11 07:25
Description: An analysis of just under half of the ballots from the March 9 election shows that votes were not recorded for about one out of every 100 people using the new machines, or a 1.09 percent rate of undervotes, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. An undervote is when a selection cannot be detected on a ballot. That's at least eight times the number of undervotes in the same election on paper ballots marked with pencils and tallied by an optical scanner, which had a 0.12 percent rate of undervotes, the newspaper reported.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/07/292428.shtml




Sequoia



1.

Title: More Voting Machines Problems, SEQUOIA'S MACHINES, IN RIVERSIDE CO., CA.
Author: repost this widely in CA please
Date: 2004.08.30 03:31
Description: "What seemed particularly unnerving to me was that Mr. Foss tried to avoid giving me answers to my questions, would not make eye contact, and seemed very angry with me for asking questions. Brian Foss tried to get me to sign the document for a little bit.... I asked him for a copy of the document that everyone had signed. He told me that the only way I could get a copy of the document is if I signed it. After I refused to sign the document, he hissed at me," stated Jeremiah. When Jeremiah asked him not to hiss, Mr. Foss seethed, "I'll hiss at anyone I want." Jeremiah has made all his experiences and findings public: Click here. This action, along with his steadfast refusal to sign the test verification document have triggered the ire of Mischelle Townsend, who seems to be on a mission not only to continue her cozy relationship with Sequoia, but also to discredit Jeremiah. She has gone so far as to use the word "dishonest" to describe him. In the minds of many people, Jeremiah Akin is a patriot. He's a fellow who has taken a stand for an honest election. Why would anyone disagree with that? An attempt was made to contact Mischelle Townsend, but she was not available for comment.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/08/295886.shtml




2.

Title: FOIA: 3 Sep. Voting Machines [Diebold/Sequoia/VoteHere], Tamperability Tests, NOT Done
Author: bev harris repost
Date: 2004.11.08 03:22
Description: E-VOTE VENDORS **CERTIFIED, THOUGH UNTESTED,** USED IN 2004 ELECTIONS: Diebold, Sequoia, VoteHere THE "NON-TESTING" ORGS MENTIONED: Ciber Labs Wyle Laboratories ...there may be more...story breaking...
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/302674.shtml




3.

Title: Voting Machines Gone Wild!
Author: Mark Lewellen-Biddle
Date: 2003.12.13 01:54
Description: Why are major defense contractors like Northrop-Grumman and Lockheed-Martin mucking about in the American electoral system? And who are Accenture and EDS? Until January 1, 2001, Accenture was known as Andersen Consulting, a part of Arthur Andersen. Despite having offshore headquarters, Accenture is a member of the U.S. Coalition of Service Industries (USCSI), an industry association that promotes vastly extending the privatization and free trade in services via the WTO and GATT. It also is a member of U.S. Trade, the coalition that pushed for fast-track trade authority. Why Northrop-Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, EDS and Accenture have been hired to alter the election process in America becomes clear when personnel is considered. The three largest voting machine companies in America are Election Systems and Software (ES&S), Sequoia and Diebold. Like Accenture, they, too, have tarnished pasts.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/12/276412.shtml




4.

Title: BIG FIX 2004, pt.1: Convicted Felons, 'Shadowy Financiers' Own E-Vote Co.'s ES&S & Sequoia
Author: Daniel Hopsicker
Date: 2004.11.17 01:11
Description: An investigation into the surprisingly-sordid history of America's election services industry has revealed that executives and owners of the two largest companies, ES&S and Sequoia Pacific, have been convicted of bribery and suborning public officials in more than a dozen states. ***While a felony conviction may be enough to prevent you from voting in Florida, convicted felons can take heart in the fact that the blemish on their record in no way disqualifies them from owning companies counting the votes.*** --- Through multi-billion dollar federal subsidies, electronic voting has been pushed onto the American electorate. And its not hard to see why... the heady prospect of a sure thing. But America may never again have an honest Presidential election. Former Manhattan Commissioner of Elections Douglas Kellner told the MadCowMorningNews, "The problem is that, with an electronic voting system, you can never be sure that the vote is being recorded the same way it was cast. Because the only record is done electronically, there is no paper audit trail. "And any good computer person can alter the electronic record." --- Most Americans, if they think about it at all, expect that the people standing behind the voting machines on which their votes are cast and tallied look like computer experts wearing white lab coats from IBM. Nothing could be further from the truth....[read this!]...Investigating the ownership of the two companies that together dominate the American elections industry reveals evidence of routine and systemic bribery of public officials, not just here but overseas (the recent Prime Minister of Ireland, to give just one example.)
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/303673.shtml





Diebold


1.

Title: FOIA: 3 Sep. Voting Machines [Diebold/Sequoia/VoteHere], Tamperability Tests, NOT Done
Author: bev harris repost
Date: 2004.11.08 03:22
Description: E-VOTE VENDORS **CERTIFIED, THOUGH UNTESTED,** USED IN 2004 ELECTIONS: Diebold, Sequoia, VoteHere THE "NON-TESTING" ORGS MENTIONED: Ciber Labs Wyle Laboratories ...there may be more...story breaking...
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/11/302674.shtml


2.

Title: Voting Machines Gone Wild!
Author: Mark Lewellen-Biddle
Date: 2003.12.13 01:54
Description: Why are major defense contractors like Northrop-Grumman and Lockheed-Martin mucking about in the American electoral system? And who are Accenture and EDS? Until January 1, 2001, Accenture was known as Andersen Consulting, a part of Arthur Andersen. Despite having offshore headquarters, Accenture is a member of the U.S. Coalition of Service Industries (USCSI), an industry association that promotes vastly extending the privatization and free trade in services via the WTO and GATT. It also is a member of U.S. Trade, the coalition that pushed for fast-track trade authority. Why Northrop-Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, EDS and Accenture have been hired to alter the election process in America becomes clear when personnel is considered. The three largest voting machine companies in America are Election Systems and Software (ES&S), Sequoia and Diebold. Like Accenture, they, too, have tarnished pasts.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/12/276412.shtml




3.

Title: Report: Touchscreen Voting Flawed in Fla. [ES&S and Diebold]
Author: AP
Date: 2004.07.11 07:25
Description: An analysis of just under half of the ballots from the March 9 election shows that votes were not recorded for about one out of every 100 people using the new machines, or a 1.09 percent rate of undervotes, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. An undervote is when a selection cannot be detected on a ballot. That's at least eight times the number of undervotes in the same election on paper ballots marked with pencils and tallied by an optical scanner, which had a 0.12 percent rate of undervotes, the newspaper reported.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/07/292428.shtml




4.

KERRY USED ES&S/DIEBOLD VOTE MACHINES TO RIG THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, TO OUST DEAN
newswire article reposts united states 05.Feb.2004 11:27
election fraud | government | human & civil rights selection 2004
Kerry Beat Dean in New Hampshire by Only 1.5% When Computers Weren't Doing the Counting
author: Posted by: Dire Wolf
Welcome to the land of Skull & Bones, with the help of Diebold are Republic is now gone. The New World Order is here, what do you wanna do about it ?.
In the New Hampshire Democratic Primary, exit polls, which are seldom far wrong, indicated a very close race. The final vote was not close. A close race would have constituted a win for Dean, given expectations. There is serious reason to be dubious of computerized vote counting systems (see Verified Voting or Black Box Voting for details). Such systems were used in New Hampshire, especially those of Diebold, the company that has attracted the most controversy, so I decided to analyze the New Hampshire Democratic primary vote in terms of who was doing the tabulation. According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office there are three possibilities:

Some ballots are counted by Diebold machines.

Some ballots are counted by ES&S machines.

Some ballots are counted by hand.

. . .

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/02/279893.shtml




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