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The shocking results of the New Hampshire primaries (both Republican and Democratic) have raised grave doubt as to the results.  Investigation has uncovered:

  1.  the failure of Diebold (the maker of the voting machines used in New Hampshire) to fix known security flaws

  2.  admitted "impropriety" by the management of Diebold

  3. warnings from computer security experts regarding the voting machines

  4.  evidence of the ease of 'hacking' the voting machines

  5.  publicly admitted previous wrongdoing by LHS - the company who sold and operated the New Hampshire voting machines

  6.  a history of criminal activity within LHS management

  7.  wide divergence between the predicted and actual outcome of the New Hampshire primary

  8.  evidence of votes not being correctly reported

  9.  evidence of votes not being rapidly reported to the New Hampshire Secretary of State -- allowing time for a 'hack'

9A. witness' observing vote manipulation

  1.  evidence of unqualified personnel having access to the voting machines

  2.  statistical evidence of unusual, if not unique, statewide voting patterns

Any one of these, by themselves, is not significant.  Together they raise serious questions that demand further investigation, if only to lay them to rest.

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Support for Claims:

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  2.  Walden O'Dell, then-CEO of Ohio-based Diebold, wrote an invitation to a Bush re-election fundraiser in 2003 stating that he intended to help "Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president." Ohio did get counted in the red column the following year, with its result providing the decisive margin of victory for the Republican incumbent.

The uproar over O'Dell's comments, compounded by allegations of voting irregularities in some Ohio precincts in 2004, culminated with his resignation two months ago. Company officials privately acknowledged the impropriety of such partisan remarks by O'Dell, who was also a major donor to Bush's re-election bid.

But Diebold's new CEO, Thomas Swidarski, is also a Republican stalwart. Swidarski was one of about a dozen Diebold executives who helped fund the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004, with Swidarski himself making the maximum individual contribution of $2000.

Diebold has since barred its top administrators from making political donations. But the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported recently that three Diebold executives not covered by the ban have continued to contribute to GOP candidates in Ohio.

Two groups of investors are meanwhile suing Diebold in federal court on the grounds that the company gave misleading assurances about the security of its voting machines. Those allegedly false claims led to artificial inflation of Diebold's share prices, the lawsuits charge. The disgruntled investors complain that Diebold is "unable to assure the quality and working order of its voting machine products."

Taking note of these developments, The New York Times criticized Diebold's "flawed approach to its business" in a December editorial. "The counting of votes is a public trust," the Times declared. "Diebold, whose machines count many votes, has never acted as if it understood this."

Source here

3.  Vote fraud expert Bev Harris has warned that New Hampshire's electronic voting machines are wide open to fraud and that even modestly skilled computer programmers were able to identify key vulnerabilities within ten minutes of assessing them as key Democrat and Republican primaries unfold today.

Harris points out that LHS is a private company that will count over four fifths of the New Hampshire vote with no oversight whatsoever.

    LHS is not subject to public records requirements, as the government is, at least, not in New Hampshire. The control over memory card contents is absolute; when cards malfunction or get lost, LHS brings the replacements.

    Since LHS maintains the machines, repairs the machines, and replaces the machines -- often on Election Day -- when they malfunction, they have intimate access to the chips, sockets, ports, communications devices and other electronic components.

A recent CNN report featured on Lou Dobbs' show highlights just how easy it is to hack a voting machine and change how votes are tallied with just rudimentary programming skills. Experts warn that it takes only a minute for an unsupervised machine to be inserted with a virus and hacked.

Source:  here

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5.  In last week's program LHS President John Silvestro admitted his staff violated Connecticut security protocols during the 2006 election. Memory cards were swapped by LHS staff members who saw protocols from the State indicating they were not to touch machines.

Hajjar [see #6, below] doesn't limit his involvement in the voting machine business to sales. According to an interview conducted by Dori Smith, Hajjar totes memory cards around in the trunk of his car and defends the boggling concept of swapping out memory cards during the middle of elections.

Other LHS staff members we spoke with, including Mike Carlson and Tom Burge, provided similar comments. They said they would open machines up during an election and swap memory cards as needed. This is illegal under Connecticut law and Deputy Secretary Mara told us she has since informed LHS that such actions were in violation of Connecticut election laws.

Source: here

6.  LHS Marketing and Sales Director Ken Hajjar grew up with owner John Silvestro in Lawrence, Massachusetts. They both moved to Londonderry, New Hampshire, where Ken Hajjar was arrested, indicted, and pleaded guilty to "sale / CND" and sentenced to 12 months in the Rockingham County Correctional facility, and fined $2000. As things go for the politically connected, he was then given a deferred sentence and $1000 of his fine was suspended.

Source: here

7.  This needs to be nailed down.  there is exiting polling data here that needs to be qualified and verified

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9A.  This comes from Ron Paul people here  we need to nail this down AS THIS IS OUR SECOND SMOKING GUN

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11.  NOTE:  This is our 'smoking gun' and Migeru or another qualified person needs to write this section.

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Observation:  the Ron Paul people are really pissed and some were on the scene and witnessed voter count tampering.  These reports need to be verified.


Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 01:28:43 PM EST
9a.  The head clerk of the New Hampshire town of Sutton has been forced to admit that Ron Paul received 31 votes yet when the final amount was transferred to a summary sheet and sent out to the media, the total was listed as zero. The fiasco throws the entire primary into doubt and could lead to a re-count.

As we reported earlier today, an entire family voted for Ron Paul in Sutton, yet when the voting map on the Politico website was posted, the total votes for Ron Paul were zero.

Vote fraud expert Bev Harris contacted the head clerk in Sutton, Jennifer Call, who was forced to admit that the 31 votes Ron Paul received were completely omitted from the final report sheet, claiming "human error" was responsible for the mistake.

source here

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 01:39:31 PM EST
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We need to get in touch with Ron Paul.  The Paul supporters are our eyes on the ground, and they've figured it out.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 02:18:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I think you should start by n°7, Then 11, 9, 9A, 10, then 1, 2, 3...

It's more logical (and powerful) to start by mentioning what caught our attention first.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 02:24:34 PM EST
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I think those ar the main things that we bring to the party, most of the earlier  numbers could make us look like we've reached our conclusion and are then bending the figures to fit the details.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 02:28:28 PM EST
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That's what I'm hoping to note in my writing -- a step-by-step on how things came to us, with a short summary at the beginning for the SoS.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 02:34:53 PM EST
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I have no ego in this.  

You're the one with the contacts into the K campaign, so the final edit should - must - be yours.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 02:45:37 PM EST
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The structure reflects a Top/Down General/Specific organization.

Not defending, explaining.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 02:56:17 PM EST
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9. evidence of votes not being rapidly reported to the New Hampshire Secretary of State -- allowing time for a 'hack'

May be, but I repeat: given that we observed Clinton in the lead throughout in the evening, the likely effect of this is limited.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 03:08:10 PM EST
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If you go back and re-read the US Primaries - New Hampshire Open Thread diary around 10:15 (blog time) we start noting voting reports stopped and it was in districts were Obama was predicted to do well.

What this hiatus means, if it means anything, is beyond me but it was noted in real time.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 03:22:46 PM EST
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No, Drew was watching for college towns, but there were other districts not yet reporting, too.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Jan 13th, 2008 at 05:00:42 PM EST
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