11 November 2004

Suspicions stir belief that presidential election was hijacked

Greg Guma | Vermont Guardian | Posted November 11, 2004

BURLINGTON-- Could sophisticated CIA-style "cyber-warfare" have helped George W. Bush change a three percent defeat, as measured by exit polls, into a victory of about the same margin? Yes, at least in theory. But it would require hacking into multiple local computer systems, presumably from a remote location.

There is as yet no solid proof that such a cyber-attack occurred on Nov. 2. But suspicions are mounting that the U.S. presidential election results were manipulated to some extent. Voting analyses of selected precincts in Florida and Ohio have found surprisingly high percentages for Bush, and critics say that spoiled ballots and provisional votes, both disproportionally affecting minorities, made the difference in at least two states.

[...] Writing for Common Dreams. Thom Hartmann reports that Jeff Fisher, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 16th District claimed to have solid evidence that the Florida election was manipulated through information warfare.

Since the mid-1990s, "information warfare" has been a hot topic within the U.S. military. The Pentagon has even produced a 13-page booklet, "Information Warfare for Dummies."


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