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February 01, 2003
Candles in the dark

From TruthOut.com.

Americans everywhere -- concerned about how the USA PATRIOT Act, various executive and administrative measures, and the Homeland Security Act, among other laws, have shredded the Bill of Rights -- are speaking up, telling their local authorities to protest, demanding they pass resolutions against these measures.

Twenty-seven cities have now passed resolutions (San Francisco being the latest), and there are nearly eighty-five more currently considering such motions, according to Nancy Talanian of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

While these efforts are "largely symbolic," according to the New York Times, "many of them provide some legal justification for local authorities to resist cooperating in the federal war on terrorism when they deem civil liberties and Constitutional rights are being compromised."

I wonder what Denver is doing? I need to surf around.

Also on TruthOut, I'm glad to see speculation and skepticism about rigged voting machines is still underway.

The respected Washington, DC publication The Hill (www.thehill.com/news/012903/hagel.aspx) has confirmed that former conservative radio talk-show host and now Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel was the head of, and continues to own part interest in, the company that owns the company that installed, programmed, and largely ran the voting machines that were used by most of the citizens of Nebraska.
I'm smelling something, here. Something rank. Whether or not there were shenanigans, this is a clear conflict of interest.

Of course, there might have been shenanigans.

Back when Hagel first ran there for the U.S. Senate in 1996, his company's computer-controlled voting machines showed he'd won stunning upsets in both the primaries and the general election. The Washington Post (1/13/1997) said Hagel's "Senate victory against an incumbent Democratic governor was the major Republican upset in the November election." According to Bev Harris of www.blackboxvoting.com, Hagel won virtually every demographic group, including many largely Black communities that had never before voted Republican. Hagel was the first Republican in 24 years to win a Senate seat in Nebraska.
It smells worse every second.

Check out www.blackboxvoting.com and then sit back and worry.

Or, you know, start now and beat the crowd. Demand clean, clear, non-partisan vote-counting.

Barring any other viable solution, I agree with Bev Harris of this site. We need to create and maintain a paper trail of votes. No more all-electronic voting until we can figure out how to make sure votes are counted honestly and responsibly.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:07 AM | Comments (0)
January 27, 2003

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