10 Years after Florida, 6 Years after Ohio, We Still Cannot Count The Votes

The results of elections tabulated by the computers are like an electronic ouija board without the check of a paper trail that can be used to keep the electronic counts honest.

It has been shown that the machines are easily and quickly hacked. So, let’s look at what Bev Harris at Black Box Voting is working on these days.

Thank you for your work, Bev

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This article is about our right to know, not about Martha Coakley or Scott Brown. And lest you think something here favors a Democrat, just you wait, I’m still working on anomalies in the NY-23 election that are just plain hard to ‘splain. As Richard Hayes Phillips says when people tell him to forget it, “I’m a historian, I’ve got all the time in the world.” NY-23 still has history to be written. My public records are starting to arrive. But that’s another story.Back to Massachusetts, I think you have a right to know that Coakley won the hand counts there.
That’s right.
According to preliminary media results by municipality, Democrat Martha Coakley won Massachusetts overall in its hand counted locations,* with 51.12% of the vote (32,247 hand counted votes) to Brown’s 30,136, which garnered him 47.77% of hand counted votes. Margin: 3.35% lead for Coakley.
Massachusetts has 71 hand count locations, 91 ES&S locations, and 187 Diebold locations, with two I call the mystery municipalities (Northbridge and Milton) apparently using optical scanners, not sure what kind.
The greatest margin between the candidates was with ES&S machines — 53.64% for Brown, 45.31% for Coakley, a margin for Brown of 8.33%. It looks like ES&S counted a total of 620,388 votes, with 332,812 going to Brown and 281,118 going to Coakley. Taken overall, the difference — 8.33% Brown (ES&S) added to 3.35% Coakley (Hand Count) shows an 11.68% difference between the ES&S and the Hand Counts. Of course, as Mark Twain used to say, there are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics. These statistics don’t prove anything, and probably shouldn’t be discussed without a grain of salt handy before examining more detailed demographics.
As a point of reference, however, in the Maine gay marriage issue recently there was no significant overall difference between machine count and hand count locations.

Diebold’s results are 51.42% for Brown, with 791,272 Republican votes counted by Diebold, vs. 47.61% for Coakley, with 732,633 Democratic votes counted by Diebold, for a spread of 3.81% favoring Brown.
It’s always interesting to watch hand counts beat machine count results to the newspaper.
In the Massachusetts special senate election, results from six of 71 hand count locations were reported about 2 1/2 hours after the polls closed, with the remaining 65 hand count locations in right away. The slower hand count results represent 8.45% of all hand count locations.
These latecoming hand-counted results favored Coakley very heavily (she got 55.68% of these, earning 4,610 votes to Brown’s 42.9%, representing 3,552, a 12.78% margin) Whether the reports came to the media late or the media posted them late is unclear.

Read more at oped news or go right to black box voting.


Bev Harris is executive director of Black Box Voting, Inc. an advocacy group committed to restoring citizen oversight to elections.

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Obscenity of Wealth

I don’t know what a person should do if they have booked a cruise to Haiti and end up there right now, but the picture and idea of these comfortable people “cutting loose” and “buying trinkets” at the same time that Haitians are trying to recover and bury bodies from the rubble looks obscene to me.

I don’t see a cruise ship trip in my life. The socio-economic policies of oppression and exploitation are just too close to the surface for this distraction to work for me.

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Cruise ships still find a Haitian berth

Luxury liners are still docking at private beaches near Haiti’s devastated earthquake zone for holidaymakers to enjoy the water


Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines faced a difficult decision over whether to dock as per itinerary at Labadee Beach, Haiti after last week’s tragic quake. Photograph: Daniel Morel/AP

Sixty miles from Haiti‘s devastated earthquake zone, luxury liners dock at private beaches where passengers enjoy jetski rides, parasailing and rum cocktails delivered to their hammocks.
The 4,370-berth Independence of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean International, disembarked at the heavily guarded resort of Labadee on the north coast on Friday; a second cruise ship, the 3,100-passenger Navigator of the Seas is due to dock.

The Florida cruise company leases a picturesque wooded peninsula and its five pristine beaches from the government for passengers to “cut loose” with watersports, barbecues, and shopping for trinkets at a craft market before returning on board before dusk. Safety is guaranteed by armed guards at the gate.

To their credit, some of the cruise ships passengers were uncomfortable with their situation.  Read on:

The decision to go ahead with the visit has divided passengers. The ships carry some food aid, and the cruise line has pledged to donate all proceeds from the visit to help stricken Haitians. But many passengers will stay aboard when they dock; one said he was “sickened”.

“I just can’t see myself sunning on the beach, playing in the water, eating a barbecue, and enjoying a cocktail while [in Port-au-Prince] there are tens of thousands of dead people being piled up on the streets, with the survivors stunned and looking for food and water,” one passenger wrote on the Cruise Critic internet forum.

“It was hard enough to sit and eat a picnic lunch at Labadee before the quake, knowing how many Haitians were starving,” said another. “I can’t imagine having to choke down a burger there now.”

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Identifying the Leads in the Underwear Bomber Crime

The well-dressed man and the man in orange.

Who are they? Is anyone in the media talking about the other players in this crime or are we too busy arguing over how to prosecute the delusional patsy?

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The Underwear Bomber: More to the story. Kurt Haskell describes The Well Dressed Man and the Man in Orange.

As we all know, on Christmas Day Umar
Farouk Abdulmutallab (Mutallab) boarded a plane in Amsterdam with a
makeshift bomb hidden in his underwear. Thanks to an alert passenger
and the technical difficulty involved, the bomb did not detonate, the
bomber caught himself on fire, the plane landed safely and the young
man, Mutallab , is in custody.
Michigan attorney Kurt Haskel witnessed
two important events, neither of which has been widely reported
although his testimony and collaborating testimony is available via
You Tube videos of local news coverage including Mlive (Michigan
live), NPR interviews,Fox News, Antiwar radio, and Alex Jones Prison

Mr. Haskel reports that he and his wife were sitting on the floor in a crowed room playing cards when he witnessed the so called “sharp dressed man.” Haskel, who speaks carefully as an attorney, states that “While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit”. He says the suited “Indian” man asked ticket agents whether a supposed “Sudanese refugee” (the terrorist, Mutallab) could board without a passport”. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.'” Mr.. Haskel makes clear that this does not mean that Mutallab did not have a passport, only that the well dressed man attempted and evidently succeeded in getting him on a plane with out displaying a passport. Haskel has clarified that the Indian looking man could have been Pakistani or other, that he would not been able to discern nationality. Mr.. Haskel has confirmed that normal surveillance video would have been taken in this crowed departure area. This is the essence of Haskel’s testimony, until the flight landed in Detroit.

According to Haskell, upon landing the FBI prevented passengers from leaving the plane for 2 to 3 hours, and then they were moved to a crowded customs room. Haskel’s states that “During this time period, all of the passengers had their carry on bags with them. When the bomb sniffing dogs arrived, 1 dog found something in a carry on bag of a 30 ish Indian man. This is not the so called “Sharp Dressed” man. I will refer to this man as “The man in orange”. The man in orange, who stood some 20ft away from me the entire time until he was taken away, was immediately taken away to be searched and interrogated in a nearby room. At this time he was not handcuffed. When he emerged from the room, he was then handcuffed and taken away. At this time an FBI agent came up to the rest of the passengers and said the following (approximate quote) “You all are being moved to another area because this area is not safe. I am sure many of you saw what just happened (Referring to the man in orange) and are smart enough to read between the lines and figure it out.”

The story takes on importance when Haskel notes that “The FBI has, since we landed, insisted that only one man was arrested for the airliner attack (contradicting my account). However, several of my fellow passengers have come over the past few days, backed up my claim, and put pressure on FBI/Customs to tell the truth. Early today, I heard from two different reporters that a federal agency (FBI or Customs) was now admitting that another man has been held (and will be held indefinitely) since our flight landed for “immigration reasons.” Notice that this man was “being held” and not “arrested”, which was a cute semantic ploy by the FBI to stretch the truth and not lie.

Then, Customs agent Ron Smith went further, denying that the man arrested was on flight 253 at all.

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Ask the Right Question

The underwear bomber is an interesting story. Here is the first thing that ought to be asked about this incident: how did this happen?

There is a lot of misdirection and political use of this incident for political gain, but the primary question should be how did this happen. A guy with no luggage, no passport, and paying cash for his ticket gets on an international flight. How does this happen? Who let this happen? Who worked to have this happen?

An effective approach to this mess would be to conduct the basic criminal investigation. Identify the conspirators, trace the crime back up the chain to the people who planned and facilitated this crime, then prosecute them, whoever they are.

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The Real Terror Is at Home

By Dean Hartwell (about the author)
Passengers flying without luggage across continents should be laughed at.
Passengers paying for a plane ticket over $2,000 in CASH should have their backgrounds checked.
Passengers flying internationally without a passport should not be allowed on the plane.
The passenger who tried to set off a bomb on the Christmas Day flight achieved an amazing feat to get a seat on the plane and the most logical question should be asked and answered:

It wasn’t the customer service representative at the counter. They would get fired for allowing someone like this onboard.

It wasn’t the airline. They don’t need the bad publicity that scares people from wanting to fly.

It wasn’t the Obama Administration. They needed this incident like they needed a hole in their heads. It provides mud for Fox News to sling at them.

So who benefits?

The companies that make the machines that can detect the kind of underwear bomb this person used stand to make a profit. But they did not likely have the opportunity to get the man on the plane.

Who had the opportunity?

Someone who could pressure the intelligence and security leaders not to put the man on a “No Fly” list in spite of a call from the man’s father warning the CIA about his son’s “radicalization.”

Someone who could talk the airline to “make an exception” for the man.

Someone familiar with using people as scapegoats to cause a scene that would embarrass Obama.

It would be logical to form an idea about a suspect for this case. But while political pundits talk about the suspect on the plane, our logic is suspended because the real culprit is out of our reach, helping to misdirect the investigation.

The truth loses again because the real terror is our own right here at home.

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