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> Rumsfield replacement (Robert Gates) was director of voting company
> by Bev Harris
> Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfield will resign, reportedly to be
> replaced by former CIA director Robert Gates.
> company that was the biggest elections industry lobbyist for the Help
> America Vote Act (HAVA). VoteHere spent more money than ES&S, Diebold,
> and Sequoia combined to help ram HAVA through. And HAVA, of course,
> was a bill sponsored by by convicted Abramoff pal Bob Ney and K-street
> lobbyist buddy Steny Hoyer. HAVA put electronic voting on steroids.
> You can find copies of the VoteHere lobbying forms here:
> I can't get them to save to pdf, perhaps you can. Enter search terms
> in both "registrant" and "client" fields and put in terms "Rhoads"
> "Livingston" and "Votehere" (one at a time.). Then look at the gravy
> train while it was in the process of derailing American democracy.
> I first became acquainted with VoteHere when I met a source, Dan
> Spillane, who is the wonderful guy that identified the Diebold source
> code modules for me after I found the Diebold files. He is the person
> who introduced me, and subsequently everyone else, to the odd role of
> The Election Center and R. Doug Lewis in the elections industry.
> Spillane also filled me in on The Livingston Group, VoteHere
> lobbyists, run by Bob Livingston -- the fellow that Hustler publisher
> Larry Flynt outed during the Bill Clinton blow job days. Larry Flynt
> offered a million dollars to anyone who could locate a Republican
> congressman committing adultery, and out popped peccadilloes by
> Livingston couldn't live that one down, so he resigned his post as
> House Speaker-Elect and became a lobbyist -- but that's not all! He
> also launched a group called "Center for Democracy" which was going to
> "monitor elections." This group also featured several good old boys
> from the tobacco industry and some mining companies.
> Former VoteHere test engineer Dan Spillane was looking into all this
> because he had been fired after he questioned the certification
> process on a touch-screen system in which he had identified 250 flaws.
> It was way back in November 2002 that Spillane told me, "The voting
> machine industry is a house of cards. And the certification and
> testing process is the bottom card in the house of cards."
> BUT DON'T RUN OUT OF THE ROOM TO TAKE A SHOWER YET. There's more.
> VoteHere was a company shilling cryptographic solutions and filled
> with NSA types (another director was Admiral Bill Owens, another crony
> of Rummy, Perle and Wolfowitz). For some reason this company claims it
> was unable to prevent itself from being hacked. In this alleged hack,
> VoteHere claims that someone stole their source code. Said source code
> was offered to me in October 2003, an obvious attempt at entrapment
> which I refused.
> Nevertheless, VoteHere claimed to the media that its master security
> experts had supposedly "tracked" the hacker and had identified the
> hacker as an activist in the election reform community.
> For some reason, it was decided that I should be investigated in
> connection with this "hack" of VoteHere -- nevermind that I can't
> remember how to change the password on my own laptop. Therefore I was
> interviewed by the Secret Service several times about this. Curiously,
> they never seemed to ask any questions about VoteHere, only my role in
> finding the Diebold files and publishing the Diebold memos.
> This nonsense eventually culminated in a gag order and a letter from
> the U.S. Attorney to appear in front of a federal grand jury with
> information on all the visitors to the Black Box Voting Web site. (As
> if they couldn't get that in less dramatic ways in post-Patriot Act
> America). Attorney Lowell Finley (now with http://www.VoterAction.org
> ) went to bat for me on this. A reporter named George Howland from the
> Seattle Weekly also got wind of it. When it hit the press, and with
> Lowell Finley's help, their harassment of me stopped.
> VoteHere never sold any voting machines that I can find, but
> apparently did set up some deals to embed its cryptography into some
> voting systems. We found memos in the Diebold trash about VoteHere's
> crypto-crap, and Maryland Director of Elections Linda Lamone shows up
> in VoteHere-related letters. Sequoia Voting Systems signed an
> agreement with VoteHere, but its not clear to me whether they ever did
> anything about it.
> Robert Gates stepped away from VoteHere shortly before he showed up in
> Chapter 8 of my book, Black Box Voting, in a short bit about the
> VoteHere company history. You can read that here:
> I don't know about you, but I'd rather use a paper, pencil, and count
> by hand at the polling place than have former CIA director Robert
> Gates fooling around with my vote.
> But that's just me.
> -- Bev Harris
> Founder, Black Box Voting
> P.S. Since the HBO special, I have plenty of moral support, but even
> after the Secret Service interviews and all the rest of the nonsense
> my husband and I have had to put up with, there are others who have
> had it rougher.
> I'd like you to take a moment to visit this Web site -- not affiliated
> with Black Box Voting -- to meet one of the heroic citizens in this
> movement who has faced the most brutal retaliation of all:
> Stephen Heller. If you saw the HBO film "Hacking Democracy" you may
> remember a scene where I am chastising Diebold for lying about
> correcting problems with its product. I refer to "Release Notes."
> Those notes came from a source. Stephen Heller is being threatened
> with up to five years in prison for allegedly leaking me those
> documents. Kevin Shelley then decertified Diebold, and recommended
> criminal prosecution of Diebold. Diebold was never prosecuted, but
> Stephen Heller is being prosecuted RIGHT NOW. I hope you will donate
> to his defense. If not for citizens like him, where would your vote be
> To contribute to Stephen Heller's defense fund:
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