December 4, 2003
Bev Harris on the Perils to
Democracy by Electronic Voting
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
The complete article,
with links, is currently (3/28/04) available on the BuzzFlash website at-- http://www.buzzflash.com/interviews/03/12/int03323.html
BUZZFLASH: Explain the implications
of Diebold withdrawing its lawsuit and how this impacts you?
BEV HARRIS: First, the impact
of Diebold's abusive use of copyright law did very serious damage to my organization and me. ...
I was sent the Diebold memos by a leaker
on September 5, during the middle of the night. On September 6, I delved into them and didn't come up for air until two days
later. During that time, I read 7,000 memos and made 300 pages of notes divided into five categories. The impact of Diebold's
withdrawal from the lawsuit is that I have arranged to make this body of work public. Until now, aside from placing a copy
in the hands of someone who could disseminate the work were I to become unavailable, I have done nothing with them.
If the Diebold FTP files are in some
ways similar to the Pentagon Papers, the memos are analogous to the Watergate Tapes. And whether or not issue is "as big as
Watergate" -- it is actually more important than Watergate.
BUZZFLASH: Do you think that
they feared what would come out in the discovery process would only worsen the credibility of their electronic voting machines?
HARRIS: I think that they feared
a congressional investigation. In my opinion, the lawsuit could have gone either way, but what made this unwinnable was Congressman
and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich placing the memos on his web site and then publicly calling for Diebold to step
down on its DMCA claims. There were other pressures from congress that I cannot release the details on. The U.S. Congress
will, I believe, have a historic impact on this issue. ...