(Robert Gates) was director of voting company by

Bev Harris
(Robert Gates) was director of voting company by
Thu Nov 9, 2006 17:49

Rumsfield replacement (Robert Gates) was director of voting company by
Bev Harris

T Lee Buyea - Fla News Service

(Good Work Bev Kick them Again They Are Still Wiggling !)

( How about opening a Fed.Cabinet level office of the Overseer of the
Elections with Bev Harris and a few other vote corruption researchers as
the heads ?)

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfield will resign, reportedly to be
replaced by former CIA director Robert Gates.
Gates was on the board of directors of VoteHere, a strange little
company that was the biggest elections industry lobbyist for the Help
America Vote Act (HAVA). VoteHere spent more money than ES&S, Diebold,
and Sequoia combined to help ram HAVA through. And HAVA, of course, was
a bill sponsored by by convicted Abramoff pal Bob Ney and K-street
lobbyist buddy Steny Hoyer. HAVA put electronic voting on steroids.
You can find copies of the VoteHere lobbying forms here:

I can't get them to save to pdf, perhaps you can. Enter search terms
in both "registrant" and "client" fields and put in terms "Rhoads"
"Livingston" and "Votehere" (one at a time.). Then look at the gravy
train while it was in the process of derailing American democracy.
I first became acquainted with VoteHere when I met a source, Dan
Spillane, who is the wonderful guy that identified the Diebold source
code modules for me after I found the Diebold files.
He is the person who introduced me, and subsequently everyone else,
to the odd role of The Election Center and R. Doug Lewis in the
elections industry.
Spillane also filled me in on The Livingston Group, VoteHere lobbyists,
run by Bob Livingston -- the fellow that Hustler publisher Larry Flynt
outed during the Bill Clinton blow job days. Larry Flynt offered a
million dollars to anyone who could locate a Republican congressman
committing adultery, and out popped peccadilloes by Livingston.
Livingston couldn't live that one down, so he resigned his post as
House Speaker-Elect and became a lobbyist -- but that's not all! He also
launched a group called "Center for Democracy" which was going to
"monitor elections." This group also featured several good old boys from
the tobacco industry and some mining companies.
Former VoteHere test engineer Dan Spillane was looking into all this
because he had been fired after he questioned the certification process
on a touch-screen system in which he had identified 250 flaws. It was
way back in November 2002 that Spillane told me, "The voting machine
industry is a house of cards. And the certification and testing process
is the bottom card in the house of cards."
VoteHere was a company shilling cryptographic solutions and filled
with NSA types (another director was Admiral Bill Owens, another crony
of Rummy, Perle and Wolfowitz). For some reason this company claims it
was unable to prevent itself from being hacked. In this alleged hack,
VoteHere claims that someone stole their source code.
Said source code was offered to me in October 2003, an obvious
attempt at entrapment which I refused.
Nevertheless, VoteHere claimed to the media that its master security
experts had supposedly "tracked" the hacker and had identified the
hacker as an activist in the election reform community.
For some reason, it was decided that I should be investigated in
connection with this "hack" of VoteHere -- nevermind that I can't
remember how to change the password on my own laptop.
Therefore I was interviewed by the Secret Service several times
about this. Curiously, they never seemed to ask any questions about
VoteHere, only my role in finding the Diebold files and publishing the
Diebold memos.
This nonsense eventually culminated in a gag order and a letter from
the U.S. Attorney to appear in front of a federal grand jury with
information on all the visitors to the Black Box Voting Web site.
(As if they couldn't get that in less dramatic ways in post-Patriot Act
America). Attorney Lowell Finley (now with http://www.VoterAction.org )
went to bat for me on this. A reporter named George Howland from the
Seattle Weekly also got wind of it. When it hit the press, and with
Lowell Finley's help, their harassment of me stopped.
VoteHere never sold any voting machines that I can find, but
apparently did set up some deals to embed its cryptography into some
voting systems. We found memos in the Diebold trash about VoteHere's
crypto-crap, and Maryland Director of Elections Linda Lamone shows up in
VoteHere-related letters. Sequoia Voting Systems signed an agreement
with VoteHere, but its not clear to me whether they ever did anything
about it.
Robert Gates stepped away from VoteHere shortly before he showed up
in Chapter 8 of my book, Black Box Voting, in a short bit about the
VoteHere company history.
You can read that here:


I don't know about you, but I'd rather use a paper, pencil, and
count by hand at the polling place than have former CIA director Robert
Gates fooling around with my vote.
But that's just me.
-- Bev Harris
Founder, Black Box Voting
P.S. Since the HBO special, I have plenty of moral support, but even
after the Secret Service interviews and all the rest of the nonsense my
husband and I have had to put up with, there are others who have had it
I'd like you to take a moment to visit this Web site -- not
affiliated with Black Box Voting -- to meet one of the heroic citizens
in this movement who has faced the most brutal retaliation of all:
Stephen Heller. If you saw the HBO film "Hacking Democracy" you may
remember a scene where I am chastising Diebold for lying about
correcting problems with its product. I refer to "Release Notes." Those
notes came from a source. Stephen Heller is being threatened with up to
five years in prison for allegedly leaking me those documents. Kevin
Shelley then decertified Diebold, and recommended criminal prosecution
of Diebold. Diebold was never prosecuted, but Stephen Heller is being
prosecuted RIGHT NOW. I hope you will donate to his defense. If not for
citizens like him, where would your vote be now?
To contribute to Stephen Heller's defense fund:
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