Exposed! The Pentagon Papers of Electronic Voting
EXCLUSIVE: LEAKED 2003 REPORT ON MARYLAND'S DIEBOLD VOTING SYSTEMS REVEALS SERIOUS SECURITY CONCERNS WERE WITHHELD FROM ELECTION BOARD, GOVERNOR, PUBLIC!
Long-Sought Document Finally Surfaces Showing America's Largest Voting Machine Company, MD State Election Director, Hid Major Flaws From State, Country!Original 200-Page Security Report — Said to be 'The Pentagon Papers of Electronic Voting' — Previously Released Only in 38-Page Highly Redacted Form…Until Now…
Special to The BRAD BLOG by Guest Blogger and Freelance Network News Producer, Rebecca Abrahams
In September, 2003 Linda Lamone, the Administrator of Maryland's State Board of Elections and President of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) hands over a critical study on the security of the Diebold Election Systems machines that count all of Maryland's votes.
Between the time that the State of Maryland commissioned the highly respected Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to evaluate the effectiveness and security of their electronic voting machines and the time that the study is made public, critical pieces of information have been edited, omitted and, in some cases, words added, to fundamentally alter the original meaning of the report's conclusions.
The original SAIC report, coming in at nearly 200 pages, was reduced, redacted and altered such that the only version the public — or even state officials including the Governor and the full State Board of Elections — would ever be allowed to see was a wholly sanitized 38-page version of the report.
For the first time, we've been able to review the complete, much sought-after, unredacted version of the SAIC report which has been kept at bay from Maryland state officials…as well as the computer science and security community…as well as the election integrity community and public at large since it was originally completed in 2003.
It has been called "The Pentagon Papers of Electronic Voting Systems" by some members of the computer science and security community.
Our EXCLUSIVE access to that document — which we will be releasing in full shortly — was made possible by a patriot whistleblower. The information, some of which is detailed below, could be explosive in the final days before the Midterm Elections.
As well, a transcript of an EXCLUSIVE unaired network interview that I carried out with Lamone — in which she tore off her microphone and cut off the interview after I dared to confront her on some of these issues — will follow below as well…
Enter the world of electronic voting machines, the 2002 "cure" to 2000's hanging and dimpled chads.
It is a seamy world of secrecy, proprietary software, partisan executives "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president," politicians asking programmers to design software to flip vote totals, and lots and lots of money.
And it is a world of completely inconsistent realities. Diebold and the other manufacturers insist that their machines are safe and secure yet every single cyber security expert and computer scientist has, for years, been screaming into an empty wilderness of media attention, that…
* The machines can be hacked, by the implanting of malicious code, at the factory
* The machines can be hacked during transport from the factory
* The machines can be hacked while on "Sleepovers" before the election
* The machines can be hacked (in 1 minute with a .50 cent mini bar key) during the election, nd
* These machines can be hacked, at the tabulator, after the election.
Still more, and more to come.