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03-10-2012, 07:01 AM   #1
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Conspiracy theory of the day

or at least food for thought on the law of unintended consequences................

First we have a major push for voter ID. As this ball rolls along the "perception" will be that elections are now MORE secure..
Than, unfortunately, we get this:
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Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. The experts say the newly developed hack could change voting results while leaving absolutely no trace of the manipulation behind.

“We believe these man-in-the-middle attacks are potentially possible on a wide variety of electronic voting machines,” said Roger Johnston, leader of the assessment team “We think we can do similar things on pretty much every electronic voting machine.”

The Argonne Lab, run by the Department of Energy, has the mission of conducting scientific research to meet national needs. The Diebold Accuvote voting system used in the study was loaned to the lab’s scientists by VelvetRevolution.us, of which the Brad Blog is a co-founder. Velvet Revolution received the machine from a former Diebold contractor
Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control - 2012 Elections - Salon.com

Being a nerdy thing it has the distinct disadvantage of having the yawn and fantasy factor attached.. like "oh that's too far fetched".....

Leading me to the conclusion that, if in fact, elections get "electronically" rigged nobody will see it nor believe it since we now have "ID" in place..

Fantasy, fiction, or a real possibility........kind of a buzz kill isn't it.........

So lack of voter ID will keep people more aware while voter ID will lull them into complacency......

Conspiracy, law of unintended consequences, or just plain "unlikely"???

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I'm not sure that I see the connection between the ID system and hacking. But the hacking issue is a crazy one that, quite simply, I don't comprehend. Here's why... When was the last time that you heard of an ATM being hacked? So, why can't we just have the ATM makers make the voting machines?!
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I'm not sure that I see the connection between the ID system and hacking. But the hacking issue is a crazy one that, quite simply, I don't comprehend. Here's why... When was the last time that you heard of an ATM being hacked? So, why can't we just have the ATM makers make the voting machines?!
Basically poll workers or "slip ins" would just download the software to the machine..
voting machines are portable and easily accessed on all sides, unlike ATM's.......and let's be honest, I'm sure banks spend more resources securing them than a "voters toy" company, which also has to be designed to a lower common denominator to function without requiring specialists everywhere..............

Now after thinking about the "grand scheme" of the US and it's eventual loss of "white majority" how will the "new minority" stay in power???....... the reasons/power/money to plan ahead seems all the more evident.
going throug a voter ID battle in my state it is obvious few see a problem w/ the "system" only the "people voting"....

Seems to be more to this "country going in the wrong direction" than meets the eye......
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The researchers demonstrated that for a total cost of $26, it was possible to hack the machines by inserting a piece of "alien electronics" into the voting machine - without tampering with the microprocessor or software in the machine. (It does require a decent amount of knowledge and access to the machine, however.) They said such a hack was possible "on pretty much every electronic voting machine." You can see a video demonstration below.

"This is a national security issue," Roger Johnston, leader of the assessment team, told Salon. "It should really be handled by the Department of Homeland Security."
Huh, lamestream media is somewhat "on it".............

2012 election: Disenfranchised voters, hacked machines? - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

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Holy friholes!!!!!

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"It should really be handled by the Department of Homeland Security."
I could probably spin another 1/2 doz. conspiracy theories of of that statement

Fed in complete control of polling booths..................

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