Voting Machines Auto-Selecting Obama; Calibration issue or are they Hacked?

Numerous reports are surfacing about touch screen voting machines automatically selecting Obama, even when Mitt Romney was chosen. Even when Mitt was repeatedly pressed, the system selected Obama. Is this a touchscreen calibration issue, or could the machines have been hacked?

According to Foxnews one voter had to press Romney three times before it would take:

She said that the first time she pushed “Romney,” the machine marked “Obama.” So she pushed Romney again. Obama came up again. Then it happened a third time. “Maybe you make a mistake once, but not three times,” she told Fox News.

It could be a calibration issue, “This phenomenon can occur when a machine goes out of calibration. The need to re-calibrate frequently is an important reason for discarding these aging, unreliable, and inaccurate machines and replacing them with paper ballots,” said Barbara Simons a member of the US Election Board of Advisors.

And according to reports, in one location a machine that was suspect was taken out of service and recalibrated. But with reports coming in from several states, concerning numerous machines, could something else be going on?

A year ago the Vulnerability Asset Team of Argonne National Lab showed that some of the touchscreen voting devices could be hacked very easily. According to a CNNMoney report, on one model all it would take would be physical access to the system, a paper clip, and about $20 worth of electronics. And in under a minute they could have remote access to the device with the ability to change someone’s vote.

When I touch the touchscreen, that is going to send a signal to the CPU“, says Jon Warner of Argonne Laboratory in the video above. “Well, the CPU is going to respond back with something. And all I did was intercept that communication flow. If I like the vote, fine, let it go through. If I don’t, I change it.”

Many of these machines have the ability to dump a printed copy of who was voted for, but shockingly some do not, and there is no way to physically validate the votes.

Calibration issue or not, this is going to be a very close election and it does not bode well that there are already issues with the voting systems.

Putin President Again – Signs of a New Cold War?

Vladimir Putin is Russia’s president again (did he ever leave?), let Cold War 2.0 begin.

Love him or hate him, looks like Putin is the Russian president again. Though there are heavy challenges to the election’s legitimacy, and proof of voter fraud, check out these multiple votes:

The election will stand. Why? Even though his election count was surely padded, many Russians want him. I remember seeing a poll last year of Russian citizens. An overwhelming majority wanted the countries that broke away from Russian rule after being “liberated” during WWII to be returned to Russian control.

Putin wants a strong Russia and maybe even a return to the Cold War times with the US. He has pledged to increase military spending significantly. According to The Moscow News:

“His pledge included funds to build over 400 modern intercontinental ballistic missiles, 28 submarines, over 50 military surface vehicles, 600 modern warplanes, and anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems.”

Putin’s reasoning?

“This is not a militarization of the Russian budget,” Putin said in an article titled: “Being strong is a guarantee of Russia’s national security,” published in the government’s official newspaper, Rossiiskaya Gazeta. “It’s obvious we cannot strengthen our international position, develop the economy and democratic institutions if we are not able to defend Russia.”

One would have to ask “Defend Russia from who?”

President Obama folded when confronted by Russia about the US missile defense shield in Europe. According to a 2009 CNN article, Poland and the Czech Republic were depending on the missile shield as protection against Russian aggression:

Poland and the Czech Republic had based much of their future security policy on getting the missile defenses from the United States. The countries share deep concerns of a future military threat from the east — namely, Russia — and may now look for other defense assurances from their NATO allies.

With Putin fully in-charge again, you can expect anti-West rhetoric to increase. Heck, even Russia’s “Pravda” news website is getting in on the action. Check out these screenshots of from yesterday. Here is what Russian readers saw (translated):

A nice up-beat news spread about Putin’s election bid. Now, what did the English version of the Webpage look like?

Let’s see, we have:

  • Exposed:The handbook of American State Terrorism
  • North Korea Throws dust in the USA’s Eyes
  • Iranian Mosquitoes to bite US Navy Hard
  • Putin and the Tall Wall Against Western Mischief
  • Russia Confirms Foreign Invasion of Syria
  • Latin America prepared for US Financial Burst

A slight difference in article selections.

Well, looks like the Cold War and anti-West sentiment may heat up again, especially with Putin at the helm.