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"How much is published about the push to use computerized voting in the next election -- using proprietary software with no paper trail? And if the Iraqis do eventually get an election, how will their votes be counted, and by whom?" -Bob.steel1 I understand the electronic voting machines mau be introduced in UK. Watch out. This is not really such a joke. http://www.cntrybob.com/Fun/Voter/voter.html ----- Original Message ----- From: <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 3:25 PM Subject: Re: [casi] "...my last story from Baghdad" > > >> It is, to say the least, ironic that, as a federal > >> judge, I was asked to come here to try to help erect > >> and establish constitutional values for the Iraqis, > > >So someone had better tell Judge Merritt, the > >media, and the Bush administration that whatever > >the Iraqis are feeling right now, it isn't likely > >to be admiration. And any admiration the world > > I suspect he knows, and that it's part of the irony he speaks of. Perhaps > he will speak out when he returns home? > > Here in the US the situation reminds of one of those old "zombie" or > "space alien" movies where invaders start taking over people's minds, and > a few escape and spend the movie trying to set them free again. > > On the Newshour tonight, in a segment on the importance of the missing > WMD, they talked about how public opinion is shifting away from support > for the war with the mounting deaths -- near 65 now. Apparantly, to the > journalist speaking, the thousands of dead and dying Iraqis count for > naught or never enter her zombified mind. > http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/july-dec03/wmd_07-02.html > > I am rather concerned about the question of uncensored e-mail from Iraq > (perhaps through satellite phones?) coming through, since it's apparant > the the US is working hard to shut down criticism from both Iraqis and > foreign nationals both -- including in Iraqi newspapers. This has > certainly been a priority in the US media, although done on a more subtle > level -- through self-censorship and corporate group-think -- as typified > by the Newshour report, and more so by the regular commercial media. > > The "war of fog" is being fought everywhere. > > However -- the good news is that war of fog IS being fought. The articles > you you post are old news -- sadly only somewhat obsolete -- but neither > are these things unknown or unprotested in the US. That they were even > published at the time is a good sign. > > While I worry about the things I read, I worry even more about the things > I do not -- the things which we never hear about ("Those in darkness are > not seen" - Bertold Brecht). > > Not everyone hears it, but there IS information about the lack of water, > power, security, freedom, etc. in Iraq. There is precious little about > the abuse of prisoners, and that worries me. What really scares me is > imagining the secret plans being drawn up for God knows what -- like the > Patriot II act BEFORE it was leaked -- the evils we don't know about! > > How much is published about the push to use computerized voting in the > next election -- using proprietary software with no paper trail? And if > the Iraqis do eventually get an election, how will their votes be > counted, and by whom? (What of Robert Kaplan's "Supremacy by Stealth in > the Jul/Aug Atlantic Monthly -- critiqued by Jonathan Schell in the 7/7 > issue of The Nation (Letter From Ground Zero)?) > > It was the falsification of intelligence that made the war possible, > because so very few understood it was false. > Now things are moving, however: the stories about the lies and abuses are > slowly moving into the mainstream, and a lot of people are becoming > concerned. That "old news" is still new to many, and needs to be widely > disseminated among the people. > > With a little luck and a lot of work this affair will eventually result > in new and stronger safeguards, and a new respect for and insistence upon > international law and human rights. At least in this, we know who the > enemy is and where they need to be engaged: in the political, media and > legal arenas in the US and UK, on the ground in Iraq, and in the > info-sphere of the world. This battle, for free speech and media, is > critical to uncovering the monsters who yet lurk in the dark. > > > ________________________________________________________________ > The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! > Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! > Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today! > > _______________________________________________ > Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. > To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss > To contact the list manager, email email@example.com > All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. 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