God tell them to steal the votes?
by Faun Otter
Nov 14, 2002
I have been digging about the web for sometime
looking at the companies
that make our vote casting and counting
machines. These are not always the
same thing but are equally as important.
One question haunts me as I do this research
and that is WHY? What could make
such a huge vote rigging scheme palatable
to a group of individuals? The money to be
made is large but the illegality is enormous.
Subverting the electoral process in the US
is illegal in and of itself but could also
constitute treason, a RICO offense, fraud and
so on for several pages on a charge sheet.
I personally believe that stealing votes is a
breach of ethics and common decency. The
answer I came up with was that perhaps
a group driven by a belief that they were doing
God's work and that Democracy should
be demolished would have the gall to carry
out such a plot.
Meet John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford
Institute and a key player in the Arkansas
Project to 'get' Clinton by any means possible.
He is a high ranking Christian Reconstructionist:
"Whitehead shares with Rushdoony, along
with many other far-right members of the Biblical America
establishment, membership in the secretive
Council for National Policy (CNP). As of 1996, both
Whitehead and Rushdoony, along with others
such as Pat Robertson, Howard Phillips of the U.S.
Taxpayers Party, Oliver North, Jesse Helms
and Lauch Faircloth, were members of the CNP."
"We note that John Whitehead and R.J. Rushdoony,
along with Rutherford founding board member
Howard Ahmanson, are members of the Council
for National Policy, a secretive organization that has
been called the "virtual who's who of the
Hard Right." Two members of the CNP, Jesse Helms and
Lauch Faircloth, were seen lunching with
a member of the judicial panel that appointed independent
counsel Ken Starr. We see that allegations
of abuse by Starr and his staff - the kinds of abuses that
one might expect from people who have demonized
their opponents, resorting to any means necessary
to bring them down - are now surfacing."
"While Biblical America views the secular world
as the harbinger of the totalitarian state, its faithful
minions have begun to act, not as a conspiracy
but as a subculture, subverting democratic institutions
to eventually warp our government into something
resembling a fascist theocratic state. It is their vision
of a future totalitarian regime, in which
only approved Christians would have full citizenship, the Bible
the basis of all law, and many of us live
as slaves, that drives them. "
Notice Lauch Faircloth, a CNS leader, was
recipient of a concerted pattern of campaign donations
on the same day from the board members
and senior staff of Diebold.
Diebold make the touch screen voting machines
that were used in Georgia and that produced election
results incredibly at odds with all the
Faircloth also had money funneled to him
through a PAC from Howard Ahmanson, another founder
of the Rutherford Institute. Check out
the 1998 donations page for the horribly misnamed PAC,
"Campaign for Working Families"
This donations page from the FEC reads like
a check list of far right Reconstructionist candidates.
Note for example, the money for Mike Fair,
an extreme radical and openly Theocratic candidate
even by South Carolina's standards. Fair
was running in a primary against the fiscal conservative
Republican Jim DeMint.
How does Reconstructionist Ahmanson tie
into the voting machine scam?
Look at this item abstracted from data
Systems & Software (ES&S)
Election Systems & Software operated
under the name American Information Systems from its
inception in the early 1980s until around
1998. It was founded by Todd and Bob Urosevich,
originally under the name Data Mark. The
Urosevich brothers obtained financing from the
Ahmanson family, who took a 68 percent
controlling interest. The investment group related to
the Ahmansons sold their shares in 1987
to the McCarthy Group (35%) and the World-Herald
Company, Inc. (45%) Michael R. McCarthy,
Chairman of the McCarthy Group is listed in FEC
documents as Campaign finance principle
for Chuck Hagel (R - Senator for Nebraska)
Not only are the party political affiliations
of the ES&S and Diebold senior staff and owners
obviously all Republican BUT there is another
common link: The Republicans who are supported
by the owners and staff of these companies
are not just standard issue conservative Republicans
... they are Christian Reconstructionists.
You might want to learn more about the beliefs
of the people who control the two companies
that dominate American vote casting and
"Christian Reconstructionism is an extreme
form of post-millenial, Calvinistic Protestantism which
argues that it is the moral obligation
of Christians to reclaim every "worldly" institution for Christ.
Reconstructionism also holds that the entire
Law of the Pentateuch continues as a standard of
righteousness even today for Christians,
and that Christians must exercise dominion through the
power of God's Law over all the Earth before
Christ shall come again. As part of their theology,
reconstructionists hold that, under the
coming "kingdom of God", which they are actively engaged in
bringing about, that the Biblical penalty
for homosexuality (death) will be enforced, though they will
always demur that they do not advocate
that the penalty be applied today, but only in some nebulous
future time when they believe that God
will have instituted a theocratic form of government."
* - The machines used to cast and count votes
in American elections can be caused to give false results
any paper trail as proof.
* - The two companies that produce most of the
machines and write the software to drive them are
both staffed by
partisan Republicans and many are openly Christian Reconstructionists.
* - These companies refuse to allow any inspection
of the code in the voting machines on the grounds
that it is a "trade
* - Ballot results from their machines do not
tally with tracking or exit polls.
* - Vote tampering is illegal and unethical in
a democratic society but the people behind these companies
are opposed to
democracy and believe their actions are the work of God.
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