Diebold Demands Censorship of HBO Documentary

November 1st, 2006 by Andy in Elections & Electronic Black Box Voting

I found this interesting. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that Diebold thinks they should have the power to control those who disagree with them. I guess they forgot that the dictatorship they are promoting is not yet fully installed. This is a case of counting their chickens before they are hatched - but of course Diebold are experts at counting things that aren’t there.

“We stand by the film,” said Jeff Cusson, a spokesman for HBO, which is a unit of Time Warner Inc.

“We have no intention of withdrawing it from our schedule. It appears that the film Diebold is responding to is not the film HBO is airing.”

David Bear, a spokesman for Diebold, said the company bought another firm, Global Elections, in 2002 that served about 8 percent of balloting in 2000, including voters in Florida. The company, which hasn’t seen the film, based its complaints on material from the HBO Web site, Bear said.

This is Diebold’s second recent defense of its system. On Sept. 26, Byrd wrote to Jann Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone, saying a story written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., “Will the Next Election Be Hacked?” was “error-riddled” and that readers “deserve a better researched and reported article.”

The HBO documentary is based on the work of Bev Harris, the Renton woman who founded BlackBoxVoting.org, which monitors election accuracy. In 2004 the attorney general of California took up a whistle-blower claim filed by Harris against Diebold and settled with the company for $2.6 million in

What is really worth noting is how Diebold is complaining about a film they admit to have never even seen.

Read the complete Bloomberg News article Here

- Ed Lacy, USTV Media

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