MCM and Bo Lipari at Pace Law School

WILL YOUR NEXT VOTE COUNT?
Monday April 24 7:30 PM
Pace Law School Campus
Moot Court Room
78 North Broadway
White Plains 10603

You are invited to a panel discussion on the critically important issue of which machines will be chosen to count our votes in future elections in New York.

If we get this decision wrong, political activity and action on all other issues won’t much matter. Nothing is more precious or more basic to the democratic process than our right to have our votes counted.

The panel features two of the most knowledgeable and interesting speakers on this subject — NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election and Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too, and Bo Lipari, executive director of New Yorkers for Verified Voting, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization.

Sponsored by Citizens for Voting Integrity, Westchester Progressive Democrats, Westchester-Putnam Chapter of Working Families Party, Pace Law Democrats, Westchester Progressive Forum and the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group.

Directions to Moot Court Room on Pace Law School Campus:
By Car From I-287 Exit 6 onto North Broadway (Route 22 south). Proceed to the fifth light and turn left onto campus. The Moot Court Room is on the bottom floor (“Ground”) of the Gerber Glass Library.

By Train: Harlem Division of Metro North stops in White Plains. It is a 35 minute ride from Grand Central Terminal. At the White Plains station, you can either take a cab ($5) or look for the Pace shuttle bus — a small white bus that shuttles back and forth between the train station, the Business School campus in White Plains, and the Law School at times and frequencies loosely coordinated with the trains. http://law.pace.edu/currentstudents/shuttle-bus.html. It is a ten-minute walk from the station. Go directly across Main Street to North Broadway, turn left, and go about a half-mile uphill to the Law School campus.

C-SPAN2 Appearance

Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them)
Mark Crispin Miller

Watch now

Description: Mark Crispin Miller argues that the outcome of the 2004 election, in many states including Ohio, was manipulated to favor George Bush and the Republican party. He discusses the evidence he has for this charge and talks about the reaction that Sen. John Kerry had when presented with the evidence. Professor Miller also argues that the Republican party has been taken over by religious fundamentalists who see their opponents as evil and whose ultimate goal is to bring about Armageddon. The talk was hosted by the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

Also airing on C-SPAN2 – Monday April 24th, 2:30am

A crucial essay

Cramdown, Stripdown, Lockdown Democracy In The USA
Thursday, 20 April 2006, 10:44 am
Article: Michael Collins

SIMPLE QUESTIONS — TROUBLING ANSWERS

  • Q&A Session with a Commissioner of the Elections
  • Assistance Commission Reveals Massive Violations of Citizen Rights
  • Secret Vote Counting Crammed Down the Throat of Democracy

Special Report for “Scoop” Independent Media
First in a Series on HAVA and the EAC
by Michael Collins
Washington, DC

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) was passed on the heels of the Florida 2000 presidential election and its “hanging chad” problem. These ambiguous ballot chads riveted and frustrated the nation for a couple of months in late 2000. However, few thought the solution to the ambiguity of hanging chad evidence of a voter’s intent would be to completely eliminate that evidence.

Read more.

And some day he will do something about it!

Howard Dean on Diebold: “These machines are a problem”
by David Grossman
Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 10:37:28 PM PDT
The transcript of the breakfast I attended with Howard Dean is now online. The night before the breakfast, I asked folks on here what would be a good question(s) to ask, and the question I ended up asking Dean was from ronald III.

The question was about Diebold and voting fraud and I picked the question because after searching around, there didn’t seem to be almost anything on record from Dean or the DNC on the subject (and it’s an important subject).

David Grossman’s diary :: ::
Here’s my question and Dean’s answer from the transcript (if you’ve got 15 to 20 minutes and are very interested in Howard Dean, it’s a good read):
David Grossman: Governor, one question by way of the blog Daily Kos. How concerned are you and others at the DNC about Diebold voting machines, and…
Dean: Very.
Grossman: …other issues of voting fraud?
Dean: Very concerned. I am actually calling Democratic public officials. I called one yesterday to try to head off the use of these machines. We spent half a million dollars after the election with a task force, headed by Donna Brazile but made up of academics that were relatively neutral and very careful, to look at these machines very carefully. We concluded that are easily hackable and cannot be verified and that they are not reliable. And we concluded the best machine you can use is an opti-scan machine because at least it has paper ballots and you still get the rapidity of the counting. There are Democratic officials who still use these because they get huge amounts of money from the federal government to buy these kinds of machines, well, not just … the other machines, the Sequoias and Diebolds and such. I’m not an expert on these machines, although someone did actually teach me how to hack one on live TV once, which was kind of fun. It’s pretty shocking — I know so little about the intricacies of all this stuff so … I wouldn’t pretend I … I did change the vote totals on the machines, but I don’t know if it was really — could have been a program that was elaborately programmed to fool me into thinking I was doing something I really wasn’t doing.

Read more.

More bad news

Released at 11:00 p.m. on Friday night….

Army suicides hit highest level since 1993
83 soldiers killed themselves in 2005, up from 67 the previous year
The Associated Press
Updated: 11:27 p.m. ET April 21, 2006

WASHINGTON – The number of U.S. Army soldiers who took their own lives increased last year to the highest total since 1993, despite a growing effort by the Army to detect and prevent suicides.

In 2005, a total of 83 soldiers committed suicide, compared with 67 in 2004, and 60 in 2003 – the year U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq. Four other deaths in 2005 are being investigated as possible suicides but have not yet been confirmed. The totals include active duty Army soldiers and deployed National Guard and Reserve troops.

“Although we are not alarmed by the slight increase, we do take suicide prevention very seriously,” said Army spokesman Col. Joseph Curtin.

“We have increased the number of combat stress teams, increased suicide prevention and training, and we are working very aggressively to change the culture so that soldiers feel comfortable coming forward with their personal problems in a culture where historically admitting mental health issues was frowned upon,” Curtin said.

Read more.

The cyber-noose is tightening

News Update from Citizens for Legitimate Government
21 April 2006

Gonzales calls for mandatory Web labeling law 20 Apr 2006 Web site operators posting sexually explicit information must place official government warning labels on their pages or risk being imprisoned for up to five years, the Bush administration proposed Thursday… Attorney General Alberto Gonzales also warned that Internet service providers must begin to retain records of their customers’ activities to aid in future criminal prosecutions and indicated that legislation might be necessary there as well.


Read more.

Alert for Dutchess County voters!

From Vicky Perry:

Hello friends,

We must quickly mobilize all Dutchess county voters! Please forward this email to all concerned citizens in Dutchess County. We are pushing an email campaign for paper-ballot, optical scan voting.

Please go to: http://www.mhvv.org/letters_dutchessCL.htm

The form on that page helps you to compose a special email to your county legislator pressing for support of a May resolution.

Let’s follow the good example set by Ulster County this month!

Vicky Perry,
MidHudson Verified Voting, coordinator
http://www.mhvv.org

Brownshirt tapped as Rove's replacement

From Eileen Sutton:

New Bush Policy Chief Was “GOP Rioter” During Bush-Gore Recount
The man Bush tapped to fill Karl Rove’s spot as his policy wizard is none other than Joel Kaplan, who took part in the infamous “Brooks Brothers riot” of 2000. That’s when a bunch of Washington GOP operatives, posing as outraged Floridians, waved fists, chanted “Stop the fraud!” and pounded windows in an effort to intimidate officials engaged in the Florida recount effort.

Save the Internet!

Congress Sells Out
After accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from big telecom firms, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is sponsoring a bill to hand over the Internet to these same companies. He’s not alone.
Congress is about to sell out the Internet by letting big phone and cable companies set up toll booths along the information superhighway.

Companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are spending tens of millions in Washington to kill “network neutrality” — a principle that keeps the Internet open to all.

A bill moving quickly through Congress would let these companies become Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow — and which won’t load at all — based on who pays them more. The rest of us will be detoured to the “slow lane,” clicking furiously and waiting for our favorite sites to download.
Don’t let Congress ruin the Internet:
Our elected representatives are trading favors for campaign donations from phone and cable companies. They’re being wooed by people like AT&T’s CEO, who says “the Internet can’t be free” and wants to decide what you do, where you go and what you watch online.

The best ideas never come from those with the deepest pockets. If the phone and cable companies get their way, the free and open Internet could soon be fenced in by large corporations. If Congress turns the Internet over to giants like AT&T, everyone who uses the Internet will suffer:

  • Google users — Another search engine could pay AT&T to guarantee that it opens faster than Google on your computer
  • iPod listeners — Comcast could slow access to iTunes, steering you to a higher-priced music service that paid for the privilege.
  • Work-at-home parents — Connecting to your office could take longer if you don’t purchase your carrier’s preferred applications. Sending family photos and videos could slow to a crawl.
  • Retirees — Web pages you always use for online banking, access to health care information, planning a trip or communicating with friends and family could fall victim to Verizon’s pay-for-speed schemes.
  • Bloggers — Costs will skyrocket to post and share video and audio clips — silencing citizen journalists and amplifying the mainstream media.
  • Online activists — Political organizing could be slowed by the handful of dominant Internet providers who ask advocacy groups to pay a fee to join the “fast lane.”
  • Small businesses — When AT&T favors their own services, you won’t be able to choose more affordable providers for online video, teleconferencing, and Internet phone calls.
  • Innovators with the “next big idea” — Startups and entrepreneurs will be muscled out of the marketplace by big corporations that pay for a top spot on the Web.
We can’t let Congress ruin the free and open Internet.
We must act now or lose the Internet as we know it.

Onward,
Robert W. McChesney
President
Free Press
www.freepress.net

Oregon suing ES&S, and other hot new legal actions

From Brad Friedman:

In my article just posted on Oregon as the latest state just announced to file suit against an Electronic Voting Machine Company, I’ve taken the opportunity to list just a few of the other legal actions in states around the country concerning E-Voting issues. Hope it’s useful. Other stuff so far today: the Ohio election official who predicts disaster this year, and, of course, more videos… Brad


LATEST E-VOTE LAWSUIT: Oregon Sues ES&S for Breach of Contract!
2006 Election ‘Train Wreck’ Continues as Company Fails to Meet Obligations in Yet Another State
Complaint Latest in Growing String of Legal Battles, HAVA-Related E-Voting Meltdowns Around the Country…
In the latest amongst a spate of lawsuits being filed against Electronic Voting Machine Companies around the country, the Oregon Sec. of State has announced today that they have filed a complaint against Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S) for breach of contract in failing to provide the state with disabled-accessible voting machines, as promised, in time to meet the January 1, 2006 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) deadline.