Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's Over - I'm OUT (Disgraceful: Discredited E-Voting Vendor VP Appointed to U.S. EAC Advisory Panel)

This is the final straw for me (and you just gotta give props for the rewards given for failure by the other side (those are truly golden)). There is no reason for this to happen other than the Great O's unconcern if not outright disdain for those who voted for him specifically to stop the vote stealing. My thanks go to Brad Friedman at the Bradblog for opening the floodgates of my final revulsion. Thanks, Brad. No thanks, Obama.

By the way, a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology is one of those made-up degrees given to people who have no technical credentials (and aren't capable of earning any) so that the underlings think their managers (who possess these by magic today) are qualified technically. They aren't. And don't get me started on Phoenix University. As if. (Emphasis marks added - Ed.)

Disgraceful: Discredited E-Voting Vendor VP Appointed to U.S. EAC Advisory Panel Incredible. This would be the equivalent of appointing the sitting Vice President of Exxon Mobil to an EPA advisory committee, but Ed Smith has now been appointed to the disastrous U.S. Election Assistance Commission's (EAC's) Technical Guidelines Development Committee as one of their new "Technical and Scientific Experts."
From the EAC's email announcement on Friday (posted in full at end of article):
Edwin B. Smith, III, vice president of compliance and certification at Dominion Voting Systems. Before joining Dominion Voting Systems, Mr. Smith was vice president of manufacturing, compliance, quality and certification at Sequoia Voting Systems. He also served as the operations manager at Hart InterCivic and the senior director of operations at K*TEC Electronics. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in engineering technology from Texas A&M.

"So Smith went from voting machine company Hart Intercivic to voting machine company Sequoia Voting Systems and is now at voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems, where he is a VP, selling e-voting systems to jurisdictions around the country that receive federal money dolled out by the EAC. And now he'll also sit on an advisory board at the EAC helping to advise which one of those companies sees their systems certified for use in U.S. elections by the EAC. Just amazing."

But that's not even half the story of why this is just incredible, and another huge black eye for the EAC. (How many eyes do they have left to blacken at this point?) If you're not a long time reader of The BRAD BLOG reader, and don't recall who this Ed Smith is, read on. It's simply stultifying . . . . Smith is the guy who, after years of paying a crackpot contractor named Mike Gibbons to do this and that for Sequoia with loads of federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) tax-payer cash, assigned him to do an "independent" analysis of Sequoia's touch-screen machines after they failed in NJ's 2008 Super Tuesday election. That was just after Smith had sent a letter threatening two Princeton computer scientists with legal action "to stop any infringement of our intellectual properties, including any non-compliant analysis," if they performed the actually independent analysis of the machines as they were tasked by NJ election officials to do. (Addtional outrage/irony shortly thereafter uncovered by The BRAD BLOG: Sequoia didn't even own the Intellectual Property rights to the machines in question. Rather, the IP rights were, and are still to our knowledge, owned by Smartmatic, a Venezuelan firm tied to Hugo Chavez. Sequoia lied to both federal investigators and state election officials about that relationship.)

After The BRAD BLOG exposed who Smith's friend Mike Gibbons actually was - a Sequoia insider, as well as a drunk and a philanderer with an obnoxious Facebook page seeking a "well endowed blonde nymphomaniac," only to change the page after we'd outed him to feature a photo of him and George Bush Sr. and a professed love of Jesus Christ instead - Gibbons was fired. (He would be found dead a few months later, the actual cause of which we've never been able to ascertain.)

Smith was severely reprimanded at Sequoia for the embarrassing incident, and has now been rewarded by moving on to Dominion, which is in partnership with his old friends at Sequoia to supply the new, failed e-voting systems recently deployed, disasterously, for the first time in last November's election - the one where the results of the NY-23 Special Election for U.S. House will now forever be in question. The Sequoia/Dominion contract to supply faulty, secret vote counting machines to NY-23 is worth some $20 million federal tax-payer dollars.

And now Smith's been been named to advise the EAC, the actual federal body tasked with overseeing, testing, and approving voting systems for federal approval - the very body that is supposed to oversee the very scams that Smith attempts to pull off with his worthless, broken, easily hacked, often-failed, computerized secret vote-counting systems. And, in the case of the NY systems, they're being used even though they are neither federally nor state certified yet.

This isn't just the Fox in the Hen House. This is the Fox who has already devoured every Hen in the House, in the Hen House. With feathers in his mouth and a sub-machine gun in his hands.

The EAC is an absolute disgrace, and should long ago have been disbanded for one failure after another - including the approval of virtually every e-voting system in use today, virtually every one of which has failed spectacularly, even as the EAC has refused to decertify any of them.

Enough is enough.

Read the press release and much, much more here. Enough is waaaay too much. Suzan ______________________

7 comments:

One Fly said...

Another hideous story. They will keep coming on a daily basis and it has not made much difference since the election. In fact because we have the numbers in congress on our side but still get this kind of shit the situation overall may be worse than when the bushes were in power.

Suzan said...

Exactly what I have feared from the beginning of this disastrous historical moment, One Fly.

Assolutamente.

(If you get my drift.)

S

because we have the numbers in congress on our side but still get this kind of shit the situation overall may be worse than when the bushes were in power.

One Fly said...

Our side continues the attempt to get change we need but are only paid lip service that gets us off target for a couple days then a bit of hope once again some more days go by and soon after it's played out over and over years have gone by with no change with the left thinking that what ever the cause is can still happen.

Our side sometime soon has to come to the realization that the battle is lost in its present form.

Those in power will let us have nothing except more of the same!

Liberality said...

Yup, I agree: the system is broken.

Suzan said...

I, also, have thought this for years, which only makes me angrier and angrier, especially since thinking I would give Obama a "chance."

Fat chance.

I'm ready to join the Green Party or a new party that will really work for an honest change back (and that's back 30 years!) to our Constitutional form of democratic-republican government (you know, like we learned in school).

Who's with me?

S

lip service that gets us off target for a couple days then a bit of hope once again some more days go by and soon after it's played out over and over years have gone by with no change with the left thinking that what ever the cause is can still happen.

the system is broken.

Greendayman said...

I'm with you Suzan, especially after the HCR fiasco, the Bailout fiasco, the Guantanamo fiasco, the Afghanistan/Iraq Fiascos and soon the corporate sponsorship of elections fiasco along with this current EAC fiasco. We need good third party progressive, populist candidates like Bernie Sanders who actually give a shit about the citizens of the US and not the corporations. I cannot ever remember being so angry about our political system. When Bush was president I was really upset but now not only am I upset, I feel betrayed, taken advantage of and humiliated. I am truly disgusted. Unfortunately, my anger tends to spill out all over the place. I need some good third party candidates to get behind to channel this energy.

Suzan said...

Yes, yes, yes!!!!

Why can't Kucinich or Sanders or any candidates with integrity be seriously considered for President?

Have we gone so far around the bend that it's become ridiculous to consider decent people as leaders?

Do people accept that our future is going to be horribly black and thus we need to be led by charlatans and the repulsive?

I just CANNOT accept that.

Thanks for your comments.

We've got to get organized!!!

S

We need good third party progressive, populist candidates like Bernie Sanders who actually give a shit about the citizens of the US and not the corporations.
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