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Sunday, November 09, 2003

Help America Lie

One of the surest things in politics. If it sounds like too much of a good thing then it's probably really, really evil. Take the "Patriot Act". When it was passed, many people thought "sounds good" without reading it. Now we know that it allows the U.S. government to spy on its own citizens and arrest people and put them in jail without a trial.

Now there's the "Help America Vote Act". Red warning signs all over that one. This act will replace all of our paper balloting systems with electronic systems that have lousy security. Any hacker with the source code could break into the counting servers by making a phone call to the server center. In addition, the companies that are building these machines are all backed by wealthy special interest groups.

My suggestion to build an open source alternative and lobby for HAVA money needs about a quarter million in funding... if anyone knows anyone who can come up with the cash, I'd gladly build it.

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