Granny Rant
Saturday, September 27, 2003
::: The Awful Truth ~~ Spoken in The Worst Language :::

Warning .... some of the comments herein may be offensive, but I wanted
to present an accurate picture of what I saw while surfing re the DieBold
Black Box Voting Scandal.

The research and activism arm of BlackBox
Fri Sept 26 2003
Diebold Demands Pull-Down of Black Box Voting
We'll get to that in a minute, but first: Here's a message from our friendly neighborhood cyberthug:

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So your silly little web site got taken down? couldn't have happened to a nicer C*NT.

Glad the information that was given to Diebold lended a helping hand in having your bullshit bad they haven't thrown you in jail yet (big emphasis on YET).

You sure are playing a dangerous game of chicken with the authorities. What will you tell your kids when mommy goes to prison?

Maybe you and Martha Stewart can share a prison cell?

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And this:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: a question
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 12:13:59 +0200
From: "Engeler, William"

"You can't hide much longer"


And there is much MORE ....

Yeah whatever.

Okay, so here's what you can do to help:

Get the word out far and wide that Diebold has done this thing. More info:

1. Diebold issued a pull-down demand under DMCA for the web site, citing a link posted on a forum in the site, claiming that the link allowed web visitors to visit an unrelated page, containing Diebold internal memos, which they say they own the copyright to.

2. Not only was pulled down, but ALL of the documents, databases and programming for approximately 500 pages of material, most of which did not relate to Diebold at all, was confiscated, upon the (incorrect) advice of a North Carolina attorney named James Baker. Dozens of web pages were pulled down which had nothing whatever to do with the disputed information. First, the offending item was a post in a forum which contained a link. Nothing in DMCA allows Diebold to abuse the law to pull down unrelated web pages, but this is the direct result of their threat. To make matters more egregious, we were then prohibited from accessing the ftp server even to retrieve our files in order to place them elsewhere. After David Allen, the publisher of Black Box Voting, negotiated with the ISP, they decided to ignore their attorney's advice and reinstate access to the ftp server, and we have secured a First Amendment attorney to force the reinstatement of the site itself.

3. The confiscated pages included personal contact information for 200 activists, and the private strategy sessions for voting machine activists. received no satisfactory explanation as to what authority they were confiscated under. We will demand a formal statement from the ISP that logs every single person who looked at them, accessed the files, or made copies of them.

"The .org site had an active discussion going on among people from all over the US and world about election security and flaws found in Diebold's voting system software. The idea that these discussion boards were confiscated is rather chilling. The discussions were password protected and not open for public view.

"In addition to the impact this action will have on the election security debate, it also may represent the first time the DMCA has been used to shut down a discussion. Although I don't know much about the DMCA, I do think it wasn't written with this kind of purpose in mind."

-- Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation

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