Wednesday, May 31, 2006

[political-researchp] Bloglines - Benefit for a whistleblower

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Benefit for a whistleblower

By Joseph

There are, to my knowledge, four great "insider" whistleblowers in the area of computerized electoral fraud: 1. "Dieb Throat" (readers of Brad Friedman will understand the reference), 2. Wendy Orange (she quit ES&S over the use of uncertified software), 3. Clinton Curtis (but of course!) and 4. Stephen Heller.

Heller's in trouble. From his web page:

Stephen Heller is a whistleblower; he is alleged to have seen and then exposed legal documents proving that Diebold Election Systems, Inc., the country's leading manufacturer of electronic voting machines and voting machine software, was using illegal, uncertified software in their California voting machines, thereby defrauding the state of California, the taxpayers of California, and disenfranchising the voters of California. On February 21, 2006, Stephen was charged in Los Angeles Superior Court with 3 felonies: felony access to computer data, commercial burglary and receiving stolen property. He pleaded not guilty. This is an outrageous abuse of the law and of power.
The guy happened to come across these incriminating documents while working a temporary gig in the offices of the lawyers used by Diebold. Heller doesn't have much money. But he does have a whole lot of legal bills.

And that's why some people of good will are trying to help the guy out. If you live in Southern California area and you're looking for something to do on Friday, you may want to check out an extremely well-reviewed and popular piece of comedic theater called Straight Up With a Twist. The Friday night show is a benefit for Heller. The show's at the Grove Theater in Burbank (818) 288-3855.

Have some laughs. Save democracy.

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