September 19, 2014
‘Recount’ Gets It Right, Even if America Didn’t
Posted on May 28, 2008
By Brad Friedman
Moewe further informs us, chillingly…
Moewe’s husband, Rogers Cadenhead, a computer programmer who blogged quickly about his wife’s article this weekend, states the obvious: “As a programmer, I’ve never understood how Diebold’s voting software accepted negative votes and lowered a candidate’s total. You’d think the logical impossibility would’ve caused the input to be rejected before it altered the course of American history.”
“Logic” had little to do with anything in Florida 2000, of course. And that failure in Florida would, apparently, recommend those voting machines made by Global Election Systems (GES) to Diebold, Inc., who is similarly less than concerned about “logic” or security, it seems.
Hacking Democracy goes on to explain that Diebold, shortly after the 2000 election, would acquire GES, the company whose voting system “failed” that night in Volusia. Neither film is able to definitively explain exactly what happened to cause the miscount, which became the basis for Bush’s cousin at Fox “News” calling the state for Dubya late on Election Night, followed quickly by Gore’s “concession”, and later, the argument made to the Supreme Court that Bush would be “irreparably harmed” if votes were allowed to be counted since the media had already declared him the “winner”.
The documentary film proceeds to reveal that our system is just as vulnerable to hacking and/or error today—- and this coming November—- as it was back then. It also offers some rather startling evidence for what may have caused that 2000 “anomaly” which has, as Moewe detailed, never been explained by the state of Florida, Diebold, or anybody else.
So what will horrify you about the election system as seen in Recount, is only multiplied when Hacking Democracy informs you that little has changed…other than things becoming arguably much worse now than they were back then.
Machines similar or identical to the ones that failed on Election Night in Florida, and the ones that Tom Feeney (who is now a U.S. Congressman) allegedly attempted to arrange vote-stealing software for, would be deployed across the entire country thanks to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, legislation created by felonious Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio and other jailed cronies, in purported reaction to the 2000 debacle.
Hacking Democracy’s Cohen pointed out to me that when they first went to HBO with their documentary, they were told the cable behemoth stayed away from political films. But that was, perhaps, 20 or 30 Bush approval points ago.
While we’re tens of thousands of dead bodies later, there will never be the apologies due from the Republicans (including those on the U.S. Supreme Court) who tragically put party and power over country in Florida in 2000, and the Democrats who allowed it to happen.
As Kevin Spacey’s character Ron Klain, who headed the recount for Gore’s team, says tearily into the phone near the end of Recount—- the actor, clearly informed by the 7 years of carnage that have occurred since then—- he “just couldn’t get ‘em counted, Mr. Vice President.”
HBO could not have picked a more tragically appropriate day, Memorial Day, to premiere their new film. It will be airing constantly over the next several days and via OnDemand. Please try to see it, and share it with as many folks, Right, Left and Center, that you possibly can. You owe it to both history and the future. We all do.
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