It's not who votes but who counts the votes and Ecuador
As the saying goes ""It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes.". And considering all the hoopla over Olympic apparel being made in China, it's incredible to me that there is simply no media coverage or outrage about the fact that the means by which elections are held in the U.S. is on systems made in countries other than the U.S. And that doesn't even take into account all the issues associated with electronic voting.
So to that end, publishing with permission:
NEW CERTIFICATIONS, PLANNED EXPANSION:
Black Box Voting has been investigating and reporting on this disconcerting
trend for nine years now. Everything we've been reporting has not only turned
out to be true, but is increasing. A press release today about the planned
expansion of Unisyn into more USA locations renews attention on foreign
ownership of corporations selling voting systems into the United States.
Unisyn is owned by a Malaysian gambling outfit. Another major elections industry
player, Canada's Dominion, purchased the massive Diebold Election Systems
division (which it shares with ES&S); Dominion also owns Smartmatic, which
handles electronic vote-counting in the Philippines and Belgium. Military voting
is now handled in several states by Barcelona, Spain-owned Scytl. In January
2012, Scytl acquired the largest election results reporting firm, SOE Software.
Accenture, now based in Dublin Ireland (formerly headquartered in tax-haven
Bermuda), claims copyright over the massive electronic voter registration/voter
history databases used in several states, including Pennsylvania, Tennessee,
Colorado, Wisconsin and Arkansas. Accenture purchased its voter registration
unit from Election.com, a Saudi-owned company based in the Cayman Islands.
Because a computer will only do what it's programmers and administrators tell it
to do, whoever issues the commands gains ultimate control over how it receives,
counts, and reports votes, voter registrations, and voter histories.
UNISYN: According to Barry Herron (formerly of Diebold Election Systems), now
Director of Sales for Unisyn, "Unisyn and our business partners are actively
supporting installations in the States of Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Mississippi,
and Virginia. We intend to expand into other states in late 2012 and early
Unisyn also recently made inroads into Puerto Rico. Another Unisyn election
product called "Inkavote" is used in 4 million-voter Los Angeles County (Calif)
and in Jackson County Missouri.
IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF USA ELECTION SOFTWARE?
Not if you don't mind some unknown guys working offshore controlling whatever
they choose to in the software processing votes and voters.
For more on Malaysian, Chinese, Canadian, Spanish, Saudi, Cayman, Irish
ownership of USA election software, see full Black Box Voting article with
supporting documents and links:
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NOW, as towards Assange and Wikileaks and the media that castigated Ecuador for considering asylum for Assange, here's a rebuttal that one can shove into the faces of all that oppose such asylum:
"For more than 19 months now, the Swedish government has refused to explain why he could not be questioned in the UK. Former Stockholm chief district prosecutor Sven-Erik Alhem testified that the decision of the Swedish government to extradite Assange is "unreasonable and unprofessional, as well as unfair and disproportionate", because he can be easily questioned in the UK."
"Sweden collaborated with the US in turning over two Egyptians to the CIA's "rendition" program, by which they were taken to Egypt and tortured. The UN found Sweden to have violated the global ban on torture for its role in this crime."
"Groups like Americas Watch and CPJ are seriously misrepresenting what is going on in Ecuador. Rather than being a heroic battle for freedom of expression against a government that is trying to "silence critics", it is a struggle between two political actors. One political actor is the major media, whose unelected owners and their allies use their control of information to advance the interests of the wealth and power that used to rule the country; on the other side is a democratic government that is seeking to carry out its reform program, for which it was elected."
And a cartoon about California 'elections'.