On Sunday’s episode of Meet The Press, Tom Brokaw mentioned to John McCain that Bush predicted in an off-air moment that he would win the election in southeastern ohio. How did Bush know that he would overcome the polls to win in Ohio?
Time to explore another political conspiracy theory. Did Bush steal the last two elections??? The past few presidential elections may have been stolen. I don’t know. I can’t prove to you that they were stolen, but neither can I prove to you that they were not stolen. To say that they were definitely stolen would make me a conspiracy theorist, and to say that they were definitely not stolen would make me naive and foolish. I don’t want to be known as a conspiracy theorist, nor do I want to casually accept that I should trust the system.
So where does that leave me? Hopefully, somewhere in the middle. I’m willing to accept that the election may have been stolen, but I’m also adamant that absolute statements should not be made about the issue unless there is solid evidence. Let’s explore the topic framed in a neutral way that doesn’t make any claims one way or the other.
First, I should start with whether hacking and manipulating voting machines is possible. Yes, it is. A hacker can infiltrate voting machines in several ways: a hack can exist on the individual voting machines, the sub-tabulators, the voting cards, and also the master tabulators. In addition, hackers can manipulate the votes as they are passed in cyber transit between sub and master tabulators by using a MIM attack. How do I know that they can be hacked? Any computer is hackable, Diebold machines have been hacked publicly, and hackers admit that they can hack them. Other than that, I would LOVE to be proven wrong.
Second, I should ask whether there is motive to steal an election. The answer is obvious, so I think it might good to clarify the question with a follow-up question. Who has a motive to steal an election? You have the politician him or herself who wants to win. You have the political parties that want to stay in power. You have corporations who are financially invested in a winner. You have foreign governments that may strongly prefer a certain candidate. You have private organizations that have their own agenda. And finally, you have zealots and advocate voters on either side who are passionate for their causes. On top of all that, you have Diebold itself who is not regulated openly, who doesn’t allow anyone independent to verify the vote machine security, and who, by virtue of human nature, is vulnerable to executives’ political preferences. It only takes one of these groups, all with individual motives, to have enough money to buy the services of a hacker and steal an election.
But where is the evidence that Diebold machines have been hacked? There is no smoking gun, no hacker who has blown the whistle. The circumstantial evidence is based on statistical anomalies that can just as easily be attributed to machine failure or statistical chance than it can to fraud. And yet, the evidence adds up to vulnerabilities in the system that should spur us toward investigation, election reform, possible indictments, and possible prison sentences. And worse than all that, the circumstantial evidence of voter fraud casts doubt on our democracy. That being said, let me post some links to certain examples of circumstantial vote fraud. I encourage you to check them out, examine the validity of the claims, and decide whether the conspiracy theory has merit.
- Serious statistical anomalies occured in the 2004 election in Georgia in both the race for governor and senate.
- Senator Chuck Hagel won two landslide elections in Nebraska. The machines used by the voters came from a company that he headed.
- The exit polling in the 2004 presidential race showed Kerry with a lead in the three battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The actual votes in those states had a wide margin of error in favor of Bush with no explainable reason for the discrepancy.
- When the Green party asked for a vote recount in Ohio, the Triad Organization (the Rapp family) swooped in to exchange the hard drives in several vote machines in Ohio.
There are far more examples than I can explore, and a great article by my mortal enemy Robert F. Kennedy Jr that everyone should read with their skeptical glasses on.
I also encourage everyone to check out the series of videos on youtube from Stephen Spoonamore, who is a professional “white hat” hack consultant. He is a republican, who has publicly accused the GOP of rigging the 2000 and 2004 election, and in the video below he predicts that McCain will win the 2008 election with “51.2 percent” by three electoral votes. Obviously, Spoonamore will be proven right or wrong on election day, but the fundamental complaint that the votes could be hacked will not change.
Do you have an opinion on the subject? Would you like to correct me? Feel free to do so in the comments. I’m just a full-time Dad who writes these posts during nap time. I welcome corrections from people who may have more knowledge on the topic. My goal is fairness and accuracy, so please set me straight if I went astray.