Will the Iowa Republican Primary get hacked? And by who?

According to the latest poll out of Iowa – Ron Paul is the new front-runner in the Iowa Caucus. However – Republican Party officials in Iowa are scrambling to defend the upcoming caucuses against a possible cyber attack by the hack-activist group known as Anonymous. A video message – believed to be from Anonymous – called for a “peaceful shut down” of the January 3rd Iowa Caucuses.

Party officials are calling on individual precincts to use paper ballots as a backup to Internet databases and websites that would normally calculate and display the voting results. We learned a few months ago that Diebold voting machines that are used all around the country to vote can be hacked into with just ten bucks worth of materials and a basic knowledge of technology. We have one of the most insecure voting systems in the developed world.

Time to kick corporate profits out of voting – stop buying unsecure e-voting machines – and go back to using good ol’ fashioned paper ballots.


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DRichards 11 years 24 weeks ago

Washington's Blog makes an excellent point...

How to Guarantee a Real Debate

Even if you intend to vote for Obama in 2012, you want him to have to answer debate questions on these issues … and you want the mainstream media to have to discuss them.

How can you do this?

Initially, Obama has the Democratic party nomination locked up. So Democratic primaries are not an issue.

So register as a Republican for one-year only to – as Huffington Post notes – ensure that Ron Paul gets the GOP nomination.

Even if you’ve never done so before and never will again (we all know how bad the mainstream Republican party has been!), register one time as a Republican to vote for Paul in the primaries.


If Paul gets the nomination, then he will debate President Obama in the election itself. Then 3 of the issues that are important to all of us – ending the stupid wars, restoring freedom on the Internet and in the real world, and reining in the out-of-control Fed – will finally be discussed.

Even if you intend to vote to re-elect President Obama, make sure that he is forced to answer tough questions about endless war, our drift towards a police state, and an unaccountable Fed.

Helping Ron Paul get the GOP nomination is the way to do so.

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Palindromedary 11 years 24 weeks ago

Thanks for the link...

"...in 2012, if you vote for the Democratic nominee for president, you better have a moral justification that is SO good that it is a) worth killing innocent people who don't threaten you, b) transferring wealth to the rich and well connected, and c) the complete suspension of your right to privacy and such basic rights as protecting your child from being touched by a government official with the full force of the law behind him as he just follows his orders."


Initially sounds like a good plan..ie: registering as a Republican for a year just to vote for Ron Paul in the primaries...in order to get Ron Paul to face Obama in the debates...so that Ron Paul will not let Obama evade or avoid the important issues. But, I wonder, how would that affect gerrymandering...would it help us or hurt us? It would sure confuse the heck out of some. I guess if Republicans can masquerade as Democrats and get away with swaying legislation in favor of the 1% then we should be able to play that same game and win some for the people for a change.

We sure can't let Obama get away with avoiding the real issues. If you vote for Obama...you are voting for the ruling elite....just as much as you would be if you voted Republican. Because Obama is a covert Republican who ran as a Democrat.

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Palindromedary 11 years 24 weeks ago

Maybe someone should sue the government for stealing the name of a popular macaroni soup...sopa.

DRichards's picture
DRichards 11 years 24 weeks ago

Palindromedary, Thanks for the Huffington post link! Another excellent article!!

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Pat Prachter 11 years 24 weeks ago

Brilliant article, great strategy. Most important is to get the word out to everyone you know, post it everywhere you can think of. Our weakest point is that we have a politically uneducated populace.

When people are made to understand they DO have the ability to make changes, and they are shown ways to do so, they will acquire the motivation to get involved. I hope this message gets spread far and wide.

Thanks also to Anonymous : perhaps forcing the paper ballot will indeed give us some of our democracy back.

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JohnLemessurier 11 years 23 weeks ago

Shouldn't that be "And by WHOM?"

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RLM8 11 years 23 weeks ago

I echo the proceeding, by John , by who? Themselves this is a traditional Republican strategy point the finger at anyone but yourself and then tell on yourself.

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