(WMR) -- A
high-level Democratic congressional source has told WMR that in 2004 the
Democratic National Committee outsourced a contract to an Israeli-linked
firm to count the votes in the critical Iowa caucus. The caucus, in which John
Kerry placed first, John Edwards finished second, and Howard Dean came in
third, effectively spelled the end of the Dean campaign.
Journalist Christopher Bollyn first reported the Iowa
Democratic Party�s use of a vote counting system from Orlando-based Voxeo,
linked by sinews of past corporate incarnations, including MedaGate and
IRdg, to Elron Electronics, an Israeli defense and intelligence firm. The
results of the caucuses were transmitted from some 2,000 caucus sites to a
Voxeo call center in Atlanta. Georgia. Democratic Party sources confirmed to
WMR the involvement of the Atlanta call center in counting the votes in Iowa.
WMR was told that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe
authorized the outsourcing of the Iowa caucus vote count to Voxeo.
WMR has also learned from the Democratic congressional
source that Athan Gibbs, president of Nashville, Tennessee-based TruVote
International and inventor of the TruVote voter verified paper audit
trail, which, unlike ES&S and Diebold, offered a more accurate voting
system, was courted by an Israeli firm to sell his company to it. The
Democratic source told WMR that phone calls were received from Israeli sources
asking for ways to �make inroads to Athan Gibbs to work out a sale of his firm.�
In the months after the Iowa caucus, Gibbs�s TruVote system
was being looked at by election officials across the country as a potential
replacement for problem-plagued voting machines supplied by Diebold, ES&S,
and other companies. Elections in 2000 and 2002 all pointed to major problems with
the accuracy of the vote tally using the machines from firms all linked to top
Republican Party donors and activists.
Gibbs, according to our source, rejected the Israeli
overtures. In March 2004, as Gibbs�s TruVote system was being lauded by a number
of Democratic leaders, he was killed in a suspicious crash when his Chevy
Blazer was struck by a semi-trailer truck on Interstate 65 in Nashville as he
was traveling from his home in north Nashville to his office downtown.
Charges that Israeli software companies have been involved
in rigging the vote in other nations are nothing new. In 2008, the Israeli firm
Cogniview, Ltd., a start-up data conversion software firm, was accused by
the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of rigging Zimbabwe�s vote
to favor President Robert Mugabe�s party.
Another Israeli firm, Midgam Research and Consulting, has an
affiliate relationship with Harris Interactive, which conducts the Harris Poll.
Midgam has conducted election sampling and exit poll forecasting for
Israeli elections. Harris conducts major polls in countries around the
world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Japan,
Germany, and France.
published in the Wayne Madsen
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