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  •  Yea, those people are creeeepy (4.00)
    Read  about them here...

    In the early 1980s, brothers Bob and Todd Urosevich founded ES&S's originator, Data Mark. The brothers Urosevich obtained financing from the far-Right Ahmanson family in 1984, which purchased a 68% ownership stake, according to the Omaha World Herald. After brothers William and Robert Ahmanson infused Data Mark with new capital, the name was changed to American Information Systems (AIS). California newspapers have long documented the Ahmanson family's ties to right-wing evangelical Christian and Republican circles.

    In 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported, ". . . primarily funded by evangelical Christians - particularly the wealthy Ahmanson family of Irvine - the [Discovery] institute's $1-million annual program has produced 25 books, a stream of conferences and more than 100 fellowships for doctoral and postdoctoral research." The chief philanthropists of the Discovery Institute, that pushes creationist science and education in California, are Howard and Roberta Ahmanson.

    According to Group Watch, in the 1980s Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr. was a member of the highly secretive far-Right Council for National Policy, an organization that included Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, Major General John K. Singlaub and other Iran-Contra scandal notables, as well as former Klan members like Richard Shoff. Ahmanson, heir to a savings and loan fortune, is little reported on in the mainstream U.S. press. But, English papers like The Independent are a bit more forthcoming on Ahmanson's politics.

    •  Add to your diary? (none)
      This is so creepy, I suggest you add this boxed quote to the end of your diary, as "Update: Additional Interesting (and Scary) Background info", or something like that.

      W stands for WEAK

      by Winger on Tue Nov 16, 2004 at 11:08:11 PM PST

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    •  Another quote for your diary (4.00)
      Here's the scariest bit in the page you linked toin your diary.  You might want to add this as an "update / extra info" too, to help publicize these outrageous facts:

      Why do I call Diebold partisan and unethical, you ask?  How's this:

      "I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president." - Walden O'Dell, Diebold's CEO in a fundraising letter to Republicans, Fall 2003.  O'Dell and other Diebold Senior Executives are Republican "Pioneers", which is the designation you get when you raise over $100,000.  His brother is President of ES&S, the #2 vote machine maker, and is also a "Pioneer".  Is that partisan enough for you?  Well, what about calling them unethical?

      Check this out - No less than 5 of Diebold's developers are convicted felons, including Senior Vice President Jeff Dean, and topping the list are his twenty-three counts of felony Theft in the First Degree. According to the findings of fact in case no. 89-1-04034-1:

      "Defendant's thefts occurred over a 2 1/2 year period of time, there were multiple incidents, more than the standard range can account for, the actual monetary loss was substantially greater than typical for the offense, the crimes and their cover-up involved a high degree of sophistication and planning in the use and alteration of records in the computerized accounting system that defendant maintained for the victim, and the defendant used his position of trust and fiduciary responsibility as a computer systems and accounting consultant for the victim to facilitate the commission of the offenses."

      To sum up, he was convicted of 23 FELONY COUNTS of theft from by - get this - planting back doors in his software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection.  Do you trust computer systems designed by this man?  Is trust important in electronic voting systems?

      So here we are - Means, Motive, Opportunity - the whole package. And since the systems are so poorly designed, no audit trail to show any wrongdoing. Add some cries of "conspiracy theories" and "sore losers", and you've got yourself a mandate.  Four more years, indeed.  Surprise, surprise.

      W stands for WEAK

      by Winger on Tue Nov 16, 2004 at 11:13:18 PM PST

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      •  What I don't get is (none)
        ...with all this as public, easily gettable information, the Dems did not fight to put a stop to this company having ANYTHING to do with our electoral system BEFORE THE ELECTION!

        Why should it be up to us "grassrooters" to get incensed about it now?

        "Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to God alone."--Thomas Jefferson

        by hopesprings on Wed Nov 17, 2004 at 10:38:20 AM PST

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