Tuesday, January 08, 2008

BRAD BLOG: "What You Should Actually Be Concerned About"

Howie Intro: Because the results are so different than the last polls, some questions are being raised about the vote-counting in NH.

What You Should Actually Be Concerned About

However, for those in the media interested in actual concerns about the integrity of today's NH Primary, we'd strongly recommend the following video primer.

In it, you'll learn that the Diebold optical-scan system used across most of New Hampshire (some 40% of precincts still count paper ballots by hand, at the precinct), can be easily rigged by insiders, and only if the paper ballots are properly audited by hand, in some fashion, can the results of the op-scanners be trusted in any way, shape or form.

Reporters would do well to take note, particularly given the tightness of the race at this hour on the Democratic side, between Obama and Clinton --- curious, given the final Zogby polling numbers which were dead-on on the Republican side, but so far, seem wildly off on the Dem side. Zogby's numbers had predicted an Obama blowout, 42/29 over Clinton.

The machines used in the state, are the same ones seen being hacked in HBO's documentary, Hacking Democracy. As well, a single private company with a very bad record, LHS Associates, Diebold's distributor and technical contractor in New England, runs the elections and controls the vulnerable memory cards for the voting systems across the state. That company, has a horrendous record of lax security policies and has admitted to having replaced memory cards, on a whim, on their own, in the middle of past elections.

As well, their Director of Sales and Marketing, Ken Hajaar, has previously posted a comment on The BRAD BLOG under his own name, declaring: "You are totally full of shit."

His tirade went on those concerned about transparency and Election Integrity, such as ourselves and BlackBoxVoting.org's Bev Harris to be "deluded", "paranoid" and "loony ideologues".

His comments here succeeded only having him be banned from working on elections in Connecticut by Sec. of State there, where LHS Associates also irresponsibly and secretly, plies their trade at tax-payer expense.

The video below shows LHS Associate President John Silvestro challenging Finnish computer security expert Harri Hursti, during testimony in New Hampshire, after Hursti's landmark hack of a Diebold optical-scan machine in late 2005 in Leon County, FL, as seen in Hacking Democracy. That hack is again shown in this video, courtesy of BlackBoxVoting.org...

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