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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 08:49 PM
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Lou Dobbs on E-Voting: "...something has to be done."
*The thing is, this isn't new*

Lou Dobbs Tonight June 27, 2006 Transcripts


More evidence tonight that an increasing number of elections in this country can be outright stolen. And no one would ever know. It's incredible.


Most Americans will be casting their ballots on electronic voting machines this November, but a new report has found widespread problems with these machines, problems that are placing our democracy at risk.

Kitty Pilgrim reports.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

KITTY PILGRIM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): This year, the majority of the country will be using electronic voting machines. But a new report says the three main types can be hacked.

REP. RUSH HOLT (D), NEW JERSEY: All three voting systems have significant security and reliability vulnerabilities which pose a real danger to the integrity of national and state elections.

REP. TOM DAVIS (R), VIRGINIA: Several years ago I realized that new machines purchased by Fairfax County, where I live, were vulnerable to electronic problems and would make it impossible to conduct an effective recount.

PILGRIM: The NYU Brennan Center report took more than a year to study the issue and found 120 potential threats to e-voting systems. Experts found an attacker could tamper with the software before Election Day or even on the day of the election with a commonly used handheld PDA device, like a Palm Pilot. That kind of wireless attack, a so-called "Trojan horse," impersonates the benign program already in the machine.

The report reads, "... an attacker aware of a vulnerability in the voting system's software... could simply show up at the polling station and beam her Trojan horse into the machine, using a wireless enabled personal digital assistant."

Some scientists say the e-voting machine vendors have not put in routine safeguards found in other interactive computer products.

DAN WALLACH, RICE UNIVERSITY: Gaming systems like your Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony Playstation 3, or what have you, are engineered to resist a wide variety of tampering attacks because they want to make sure that every game that you're playing is legitimate and, you know, not pirated. That level of engineering is entirely absent from voting machines.

PILGRIM: The study recommends paper records for each voting machine, as well as random audits to check the systems.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

PILGRIM: Now, the report gives examples of three types of voting systems they studied and includes a list of the main manufacturers. Listing machines that are routinely used in elections around the country -- Lou.

DOBBS: I keep asking this. Where are the companies that manufacture these machines? Why aren't they on this broadcast telling us and you at home how great these machines are, how all of these concerns are misplaced as we move toward November? Where is that reassurance?

PILGRIM: We called three manufacturers today. Diebold did not return our calls. ES&S did return with a reply. They said they put in paper trails, they put in very secure systems. So they're defending it. And Sequoia said they were not targeted exclusively in this report, so they just basically backed away.

DOBBS: And the American people are supposed to take these as reassurances that everything is just fine and that our democracy is not at risk? I mean, this is as feeble a reaction as I've ever heard from a group of companies or any organization that is circling under direct assault on the very essence of their product.

PILGRIM: And this is a very comprehensive report. They should have something a little bit more to say about this report because it took more than a year and it was a very wide panel. So they should have something to say about it.

DOBBS: Or inversely, the American people should be thinking about what we want to say about these e-voting machines. This is -- the level of concern here is so high that something has to be done.

PILGRIM: The more we get into it, the worse it seems.

DOBBS: Oh, gosh. All right.

Kitty, thank you. Appreciate it.


http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/27/ldt.01.h...
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 08:53 PM
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1. I lost all respect for Dobbs
but maybe this new campaign of his will earn some of it back.
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info being Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 10:54 AM
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7. or was he simply trying to play the game and get an audience..
prior to unleashing this ;)
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 05:17 PM
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10. I'm not complaining, and I'll tell you why
I sent a flyer on the Busby/Bilbray town hall meetings to a conservative friend in San Diego, not expecting anything to come of it. Not only had he already heard about it, he was planning on going. The only explanation I can think of is Dobbs.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 08:55 PM
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2. Revealing the gubmint spying on your finances, listening to your
phonecalls bad, rigging an election good. All is well in looking glass land.
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 08:07 AM
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3. Old (k)news indeed
Thing is, even tho it is old to some of us, most folks still don't have a clue. Even some here don't think the machines are anything more than just a Threat

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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 08:52 AM
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6. Gee, I wonder who you can mean.
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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 08:07 AM
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4. What Dobbs is doing looks like the best done on TV so far
about the voting theft scam, the worst political scam and con game in American history.
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OnionPatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 08:24 AM
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5. He says the American people should be thinking
about what do we want to say about these machines. Hey Lou, some of us out here have been screaming and pulling our hair out over this issue for years. My question is, what are our elected officials going to do about this?
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 01:37 PM
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9. At this point, I just hope he stays on it - we don't have many who will.
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Jigarotta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 11:32 AM
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8. about Dobbs...
he either infuriates me or I freakin' love the man and his guts to speak out on unspeakables.
I will forgive him Anything in the past if he hangs onto this issue like the bulldog he can be.

you go Lou!
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Reckon Donating Member (729 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 11:37 PM
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11. Dobbs has been keeping evoting
in the eye of the public for over 2 weeks. No-one else in the MSM is saying or doing anything!

Lou is giving some credence to the "Stolen election" people.

We need all the help we can get. GO LOU GO!

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