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Sequoia Voting Systems Accidentally Releases Source Code, Possible Evidence of Election Rigging

Voting machine source-code leak shows election-rigging subroutines? – Boing Boing 10/21/09

Sequoia, a company that makes many of the electronic voting machines used in the US and elsewhere, has inadvertently leaked much of the secret source-code that powers its systems. The first cut at analysis shows what looks like illegal election-rigging code (“code that appears to control or at least influence the logical flow of the election”) in the source.

Sequoia blew it on a public records response. We (basically EDA) have election databases from Riverside County that Sequoia insisted on “redacting” first, for which we paid cold cash. They appear instead to have just vandalized the data as valid databases by stripping the MS-SQL header data off, assuming that would stop us cold.

They were wrong.

The Linux “strings” command was able to peel it apart. Nedit was able to digest 800meg text files. What was revealed was thousands of lines of MS-SQL source code that appears to control or at least influence the logical flow of the election, in violation of a bunch of clauses in the FEC voting system rulebook banning interpreted code, machine modified code and mandating hash checks of voting system code.

I’ve got it all organized for commentary and download in wiki form.

This is the first time we can legally study a voting system’s innards without NDAs or court-ordered secrecy.

Sequoia Voting Systems – Metafilter 10/21/09

Sequoia Voting Systems seem to have inadvertently released SQL code from their voting machines. And people are saying that the code is incriminating. People who have analyzed the code claim that it contained code designed to control or influence the outcome of an election.
The code and the technical details are here for those inclined to look at it.

Torrent for the code in question.

The story is being discussed on the usual suspects for political stories related to programming.

 

PREVIOUS ELECTION FRAUD POSTS



US Voter Fraud & Election Fraud Update

Diebold Quietly Patches Security Flaw in Vote Counting Software – Wired 8/17/09

Computer scientists reveal new voting machine hack successfully changed votes – Raw Story 8/12/09

E-Voting’s Continuing Scandals – Boing Boing 3/21/09

The Unreported Story of Obama’s Election – Global Research 4/17/09

CIA: Most electronic voting systems can be hacked – Raw Story 3/25/09

“You can very easily erase entries” – Cleveland State University Finds Problems In Election Machines – Cleveland Plain Dealer 3/24/09

The Premier software does not keep track of ballot deletions, according to a recent report by the California secretary of state. The software also records the wrong entry date and time for some ballots and allows audit logs to be deleted.

Such flaws mean that insiders could tamper with election results, then erase their electronic trail.

Diebold admits all versions delete ballots – Raw Story 3/18/09

Machines are bad at counting votes – Guardian, UK 4/29/09

Head of CA GOP Voter Registration Firm Pleads Guilty to Voter Registration Fraud – BradBlog 6/18/09

Voting System Adds Nearly 5,000 Ballots to Tally – Wired 6/8/09

A software glitch in an optical-scan voting system added nearly 5,000 ballots to the tally of a South Dakota election this week. The error was discovered only after the election results were called, according to the Rapid City Journal.

FLASHBACK – Was the 2004 Election Stolen? – Rolling Stone



No Real Change in First Weeks of Obama Administration

On Washington: Pakistan an Early Test of Obama’s Approach – NYTimes 1/27/09

President Obama is clearly in no rush to terminate some Bush administration policies. The not-so-covert attacks into Pakistani territory are a prime example.

President orders air strikes on villages in tribal area – Guardian, UK 1/23/09

Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for his first military action yesterday, missile strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan which killed at least 18 people.

New admin not talking about missile strike – Raw Story 1/23/09

Obama: “Afghanistan and Pakistan are the central front in the America’s war against terrorism”  – Global Research 1/23/09

Chomsky: No change coming with Obama  – Press TV, Iran 1/25/09

Obama’s program of war – Global Research 1/29/09

No Change for Iran under an Obama Administration – Global Research 1/24/09

The Caucus: War Czar for Bush to Keep His Job – NYTimes 1/13/09

Obama to Ignore CIA War Crimes – National Expositor 1/12/09

Campbell Brown: Obama’s hypocrisy showing – CNN 1/28/09

Unfortunately, we are again asking the president to explain why exactly he announced, with great fanfare, new ethics rules if he had no intention of abiding by them.

Ray LaHood: The Obama Appointment You Should Be Really Worried About – Alternet 1/17/09

He’ll guide the spending of vast amounts of stimulus money, oversee the auto bailout and be responsible for a raft of critical policy.

Under Eric Holder, ‘War on Terror’ Would Still Define the DOJ – Alternet 1/16/09

In his confirmation hearing, Holder called waterboarding “torture,” but his support for preventive detention and warrantless spying is bad news.

Obama’s intel nominee vows ‘no unlawful surveillance’ – Raw Story 1/22/09

Obama Appointments: CFR, Bilderberg and Trilateral Commission – Global Research 1/23/09

Raytheon lobbyist picked for deputy Defense post – LA Times 1/23/09

A day after President Obama issued tough new ethics rules for administration employees, a key lawmaker raised questions about his nomination of a lobbyist to the No. 2 position at the Pentagon.

Classic Case of Revolving Door at Defense Department – Center for Media and Democracy 1/12/09

Until June 2008, William Lynn was senior VP-government operations for Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defense contractor. Despite that recent stint as a lobbyist, President-Elect Barack Obama has nominated him to become deputy defense secretary, which would put him “in charge of day-to-day Pentagon operations.” The nomination requires Congressional approval. According to O’Dwyer’s, “The Washington Post predicts Lynn will oversee Defense Secretary Robert Gates‘ program to overhaul DOD‘s weapons acquisition activity.” Before his stint with Raytheon, Lynn was the Pentagon’s comptroller and chief budget officer. He also previously worked as director of DOD’s program analysis and evaluation.

The Obameter: Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises – via Metafilter 1/22/09

Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises. PolitiFact has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on their Obameter.

Obama’s orders leave torture, indefinite detention intact – Global Research 1/23/09

Obama’s Torture Loopholes – Global Research 1/26/09 

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Obama Administration News Round-Up
December 28, 2008, 3:48 pm
Filed under: 2008 election, Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Bush, business, empire, imperialism, Israel, news, obama, politics, war

APPOINTMENTS, APPOINTEES

What Change Looks Like  – The Doomsday Report 12/12/08

A quick look at the background of Obama appointees

Bradley Simpson : Obama’s New Intel Chief, Dennis Blair, Ran Interference for Indonesia’s Butchers – CounterPunch 12/26/08

Dennis Blair: Corporatist Candidate for Director of National Intelligence – AntiFascist Calling 12/25/08

Untangling Obama’s Cabinet – Alternet 12/25/08

There are real personnel differences between the team Obama is putting together and what a progressive administration would look like.

Obama’s War Cabinet  – Global Research 12/5/08

Obama’s Most Hawkish Advisor – Alternet 12/23/08

It’s hard to imagine a less likely choice to be Obama’s go-to guy on foreign policy than James L. Jones.

Clinton Moves to Widen Role of State Dept. – NYTimes 12/23/08

As she prepares to helm the State Department, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking a bigger budget and an expanded role in dealing with global economic issues.

How Rahm Emanuel Made Mega-Millions and Bought His Way to Power – Alternet 12/9/08

Change We Can Believe In: Obama Chooses Monsanto Creature, Tom Vilsack, for Secretary of Agriculture – Raw Story 12/17/08

V.P. Cheney lauds Obama’s choice of national security team – USA Today 12/16/08

Change You Can Eat: Obama’s Pick for Secretary of Ag May Finally Shake Things Up – Alternet 12/15/08

As someone who eats organic and knows what a CSA is, foodies have high hopes for Obama challenging Big Ag.

David Sirota: What’s with Obama’s Deputy Telling Progressives to Pipe Down? – Alternet 12/9/08

Obama aide Steve Hildebrand explicitly attacks “the left wing of the Democratic Party” with Fox News-style talking points. 

 

POLICIES, ACTIONS, APPEALS

 

 

Max Hastings: British troops are stuck in Afghanistan until Obama sees the war is unwinnable – Guardian, UK 12/21/08

Obama: No more ‘blank checks’ for Israel – Raw Story 12/7/08

Breaking: Obama unveils 21st Century New Deal – Politico 12/6/08

Bush to leave ‘crisis’ plans – Raw Story 12/17/08

Contingency plans prepared in case of crisis in opening days for Obama.

Joint Bush-Obama terrorism drills – USA Today 12/22/08

Rezko attorney ‘owns’ Obama mansion – World Net Daily 12/26/08

Obama to offer Israel “nuclear umbrella”: report (Reuters)  – Yahoo 12/11/08

Obama’s Unprogressive Foreign Policies – Dissident Voice 12/20/08

All This Talk About Pragmatism Doesn’t Cut It — What’s Your Vision, Obama? – Alternet 12/15/08

If Obama wants to set America on a new path, he needs to make clear what that path is.

Obama and US-Russia Tensions – Consortium News 12/14/08

President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of Robert Gates at Defense and Hillary Clinton at State suggests continuation of policies that have strained U.S.-Russian relations.

Binoy Kampmark : Humanitarian Imperialism: Obama and the Genocide Task Force – CounterPunch 12/12/08

Obama’s calls to lawmakers ‘unheard of’ – USA Today 12/11/08

With the election over, Obama is courting another set of voters: the 535 members of Congress who can or break his administration.

Obama policy docs to live on Change.gov – CNet 12/8/08

The president-elect’s transition team is making all the policy documents it receives available on its Web site and is letting visitors upload their own.

A Trap in Obama’s Spending Plan – NYTimes 12/21/08

Huge public investment projects may not bolster the economy this time.

Septimius Severus – the Barack Obama of the Roman Empire? – Metafilter 12/8/08

Lots of comparisons have been drawn between Obama and various Roman leaders.  An active comments section.

Revealed: Britain’s torture of Obama’s grandfather – Guardian, UK 12/3/08

Inauguration donor info released – Politico 12/12/08

The list, activated on the Inauguration website, puts donors in a searchable database.

Obama energy plan could include solar ‘microwave’ satellites – Raw Story 12/12/08

Jello Biafra’s open letter to Obama – Raw Story 12/16/08

Obama, Let the Economy Shrink – Alternet 12/25/08

For Obama to artificially support American growth at the unsustainable current levels is an ill-advised waste of money



OBAMA NEWS ROUND-UP: POLICIES & APPOINTEES

Report says Obama’s small-donor base claim is off – USA Today 11/24/08

Despite attracting millions of new contributors to his campaign, President-elect Barack Obama received about the same percentage of his total political funds from small donors as President Bush did in 2004

Obama to be next neocon US president? – Global Research 12/1/08

In Barack we trust?– Salon 11/29/08

Wielding his campaign’s massive e-mail list, the new president could mobilize supporters to press Congress for a new New Deal. Or, he could mobilize that army to blunt pressure on his government for a new New Deal. The point is that Obama alone gets to choose — that for all the talk of “bottom-up” politics, his movement’s structure grants him a top-down power that no previous president had.
For better or worse, that leaves us relying more than ever on our Dear Leader’s impulses. Sure, we should be thankful when Dear Leader’s whims serve the people — but also unsurprised when they don’t.

The U.S. will work “with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks,” Obama’s transition team said in a statement – Bloomberg 11/27/08

Barack Obama plans 20,000 troop surge to boost Afghan effort  – Telegraph, UK 11/27/08

Major Green Groups Offer Plan to Obama   – Alternet 12/1/08

How should Obama act on the environment? A report by 29 major enviro groups gave Obama a list of actions and policies.

 

OBAMA & THE ECONOMY 

Obama’s Treasury Pick Is Making Bad Economic Decisions Right Now – Alternet 11/25/08

Obama is too smart to allow the past to define his presidency. But Timothy Geithner is an architect, and now an enabler, of the unfolding crisis.

Obama picks a budget chief – CNN 11/25/08

President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Peter Orszag to head the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is the president’s chief number-crunching department.

Obama Crushes Hopes of Progressives with Rubinesque Economic Team – The Progressive 11/24/08

Obama Proposes New Economic Stimulus Plan – NYTimes 11/22/08

Barack Obama offered a broad sketch of a plan to put Americans back to work through infrastructure and energy projects. 

ANALYSIS OF OBAMA APPOINTEES, AND MORE BACKGROUND

Would appointing Sen. Clinton to State be unconstitutional? – Raw Story 11/26/08

This is Change. 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama’s White House – Global Research 11/22/08

The war Cabinet at a glance – Politico 12/1/08

5 things the war Cabinet says about Obama – Politico 12/1/08

Obama’s odious entourage – Global Research 11/26/08

McCain and Obama Camps Coordinated on Building Staff Rosters for Next Government – Washington Note 11/23/08

A senior Obama campaign official shared with The Washington Note that in July 2008, the McCain and Obama camps began to work secretly behind the scenes to assemble large rosters of potential personnel for the administration that only one of the candidates would lead.
Lists comprised of Democrats and Republicans were assembled, sorted into areas of policy expertise, so that the roster could be called on after the election by either the Obama or McCain transition teams.
This kind of out-of-sight coordination is rare between battling presidential camps and provides some indication that both Obama and McCain intended to draw expertise into their governments from both sides of the aisle — or at least they wanted to appear interested in doing so if the information leaked out about the list development process.

22 to Know: Pick for an Obama Cabinet – In These Times 9/26/08

Obama Cabinet Picks: A Who’s Who of Establishment Insiders – Charting Stocks.net 11/24/08

Obama Crushes Hopes of Progressives with Rubinesque Economic Team – The Progressive 11/24/08

Barack Obama decided to please Wall Street instead of deliver on his promise of change.

Ramzi Kysia : An Administration in Search of a Progressive: the Team Obama Should Have Picked – CounterPunch 11/24/08

Hillary Clinton’s Disdain for International Law – Parts 1 & 2 – Alternet 12/1 & 12/2/08

Are Key Obama Advisors in Tune with Neocon Hawks Who Want to Attack Iran? – Alternet 12/3/08

Leaked Memos Reveal Holder’s Involvement In OKC Murder Cover-Up  – Prison Planet 12/4/08

More on the unanswered questions of the Murrah bombing here

Berkeley economist to head Obama economic council – Politico 11/24/08

Holder and the Marc Rich pardon – Raw Story 11/23/08

Players emerge in Obama national security team – CNN 11/24/08

Obama’s Treasury Pick Signals Continuity with Bush’s Failed Economic Policies – Alternet 11/25/08

Obama’s Treasury Pick Is Making Bad Economic Decisions Right Now – Alternet 11/25/08

Obama is too smart to allow the past to define his presidency. But Timothy Geithner is an architect, and now an enabler, of the unfolding crisis.

New AG Choice Advocated To Stifle Speech On Web – NewsBusters 11/21/08

Damien Millet / Eric Toussaint : Obama’s Economic Team: Records of Failure – CounterPunch 12/1/08

Why Robert Gates is a Terrible Pick – Alternet 12/1/08

The appointment of Robert Gates — a vocal critic of Obama’s Iraq withdrawal plan who will undoubtedly shape policy– is alarming.

With Gates, Obama Opts for Empire – The Progressive 11/26/08

Obama’s OMB Head Would Cut Social Security – The Progressive 11/25/08

Obama’s Treasury Pick Signals Continuity with Bush’s Failed Economic Policies – Alternet 11/25/08

Video: Barack Obama and Alistair Darling’s economic plans compared – Guardian, UK 11/25/08



American Elections

The Invisible Election – Alternet 11/18/08

The 2008 presidential election did not end with a contested vote count, but that doesn’t mean it went smoothly for voters or election officials.

Consensus Builds for Universal Voter Registration – Alternet 11/19/08

More Unfinished 2008 Election Business: Verifiable Vote Counts – Alternet 11/25/08

The ongoing Senate races in Minnesota and Georgia highlight America’s disparate systems of voting and auditing the count.

 Election Day fell short – The Progressive 11/24/08

Democracy never intended for a simple majority of the people to take away the fundamental rights of the minority. A cornerstone of democracy is found in the belief that our Constitution, and not our contempt, should be the driving force insuring equality for all.

Minn. Senate race could hinge on scanning machine mistakes – CNet 11/19/08 

Franken worries about missing ballots – Politico 11/25/08

Franken camp finds 6,400 uncounted absentee ballots – Raw Story 11/25/08

Allegations about 2002 Georgia election raise doubts on current voting – Raw Story 11/21/08

Republicans Turn to Dirty Tactics in Georgia – Alternet 11/23/08



The Upcoming Obama Administration – Business as Usual

ANALYSIS OF OBAMA APPOINTMENTS

Obama’s transition: A who’s who of imperialist policy – Global Research 11/19/08

The Agents of Change on Obama’s Transition Team – Mother Jones 11/18/08

The Progressive Transition–Putting Pressure on Obama – The Progressive 11/19/08 

It could be a very short honeymoon for progressives who supported Obama, with all the Clinton Administration officials crowding into the cabinet

Obama Throws No Bones to Progressive Base  – The Progressive 11/19/08

Antiwar groups fear Barack Obama may create hawkish Cabinet – LA Times 11/20/08

This is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama’s White House – Alternet 11/20/08

Key new members of Obama WH staff – Raw Story 11/17/08

 

ABOUT THE APPOINTEES

Report: Top Obama Transition Staffer Led “Backdoor” Lobbying Campaign For Fannie Mae – TPMuckraker 11/7/08

Ex-CIA Officials Tied to Rendition Program and Faulty Iraq Intel Tapped to Head Obama’s Intelligence Transition Team – Democracy Now! 11/17/08

John Brennan and Jami Miscik, both former intelligence officials under George Tenet, are leading Barack Obama’s review of intelligence agencies and helping make recommendations to the new administration. Brennan has supported warrantless wiretapping and extraordinary rendition, and Miscik was involved with the politicized intelligence alleging weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the war on Iraq. We speak with former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman and Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights

Obama to pick Holder as Attorney General: report (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/18/08

Lawyer for Chiquita in Colombia Death Squad Case May be Next U.S. Attorney General – Huffington Post via Cryptogon 11/20/08

Will Eric Holder Shift Justice Away From The Bush Model? – TPMuckraker 11/19/08

Mario A. Murillo : Holder, Chaquita and Colombian Death Squads – CounterPunch 11/19/08

NBC: N.Y. Fed’s Timothy Geithner to be tapped for Treasury chief  – USA Today 11/21/08

Arab Americans Should Be Worried About Rahm Emanuel – Alternet 11/20/08

Emanuel’s history and positions give plenty of cause for concern.

The story of how Rahm got rich – Politico 11/19/08

The incoming White House chief of staff’s career as an investment banker was short but sweet.

Obama may consider Summers as Fed chief: Democrat (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/21/08

Tracy McLellan : Obama’s Crony Democracy: the Return of Tom Daschle – CounterPunch 11/20/08

Obama taps Arizona governor for homeland security: report (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/20/08

 

INDICATIONS OF UPCOMING OBAMA POLICIES

Nader: Obama just more of the same – Raw Story 11/20/08

Obama leaves hawkish hints – Politico 11/20/08

The latest buzz: Obama will go for big, liberal projects on domestic policy and tack right on foreign policy.

Obama’s Heavy Agenda: Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine …  – Global Research 11/20/08

Obama’s “Coalition of the Willing” Against Iran? – Global Research 11/20/08

What the Antiwar Movement Should — and Shouldn’t — Do Now – Alternet 11/18/08

In the wake of Obama’s victory, the antiwar movement must be ready to identify new pressure points or it risks losing credibility and relevance.

Obama advisers: Bush war criminals to walk – Raw Story 11/17/08

Early Test for Obama on Domestic Spying Views – NYTimes 11/17/08

Obama-tied Group wants ‘Dramatic’ Shift in Policy Towards Pakistan – Global Research 11/19/08

George C. Wilson : Perils of Pakistan: Will It Prove to be Obama’s Cambodia? – CounterPunch 11/18/08

Obama Promises “New Chapter” in Climate Leadership  – Alternet 11/21/08

Obama made big promises to the international community, despite turning down an invite to attend the next meeting in Poland.

The Trail of Broken Promises: Why Nothing Will Change Under the Democrats – CounterPunch 10/29/08

Obama might get rid of daylight saving time – Boing Boing 11/21/08

What Obama Should Do for Women – Alternet 11/20/08

From women’s reproductive health worldwide, to child care and equal pay, women activists are ready to speak with Obama about what needs to be done.

Obama calls on Net army to march again – Raw Story 11/20/08

President-elect Barack Obama’s 3 million campaign volunteers got re-enlistment notices this week.
Campaign manager David Plouffe, in a mass e-mail sent Wednesday to former workers, asked how much time they can spare for four missions integral to Obama’s effort to transform his victory into a broader political movement.
The volunteers’ options are, Plouffe wrote:
  • Campaign for progressive state and local candidates  
  • Undertake grassroots local efforts to advance Obama’s agenda  
  • Train others in Obama’s organizing techniques  
  • Focus on local political issues.