Invisible Ballots

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Press Release: For immediate use, April 23rd, 2004.

Will your November vote count if the black box eats
it and there is no paper record to back it up?

INVISIBLE BALLOTS
A Temptation for Electronic Vote Fraud

NEW video documentary!
For a preview, visit www.invisibleballots.com.

Thousand Oaks, California. Monday April 21st, 2004.

American Media President G. Edward Griffin announced today the release of a new video documentary entitled INVISIBLE BALLOTS. A Temptation For Electronic Vote Fraud.

Does the proverbial “Black Box” (read: touch screen voting machine) jeopardize the sanctity of the voting process? Governments are installing computerized voting systems with no paper record to verify accuracy. Companies that will not allow voters to inspect their software will control elections. If vote counting becomes privatized, there may be no way to get it back. High-tech vote fraud is already a reality.

INVISIBLE BALLOTS is an in-depth exposé of all-electronic computerized voting. Underneath the radar of public scrutiny, election officials and voting machine manufacturers are putting into service tens of thousands of touch screen voting machines that cannot be relied upon for accuracy or security from tampering. Elections already using these machines are often plagued by "glitches" and “technical problems” that only technicians working for the manufacturers can solve. Voting is swiftly coming under the control of private corporations using secret software with little or no independent oversight. These companies and the people who run them are rife with corruption and insider alliances. Mysterious election upsets are increasing, and verified recounts are impossible. If we are to preserve representative government, the public must learn the secrets revealed in Invisible Ballots and take action quickly.

INVISIBLE BALLOTS touches on a number of crucial topics such as: errors & glitches in real elections, fraud and tampering, conflicts of interest, the voter-verified paper ballot, and much more. This documentary arrives just in time for the November 2004 elections. It is essential viewing for all voting Americans!

PRODUCTION TEAM: Invisible Ballots was produced, directed, photographed, and edited by William Gazecki, director of the Academy Award nominated documentary, WACO; The Rules of Engagement. The program host and Executive Producer is G. Edward Griffin, Founder of Freedom Force International and author of The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at The Federal Reserve.

Biographical information for program participants is attached to this release.

INVISIBLE BALLOTS is available in either DVD or VHS. The DVD contains two versions: A feature-length 90-minute documentary and a separate 50-minute version for use in public presentations where time is limited. The VHS contains only the 90-minute version. www.realityzone.com/ballots

American Media is a publishing and documentary film production company located in Southern California with a long history of outstanding and award-winning productions.

Reality Zone, the marketing arm of American Media, is a global marketplace for documentary books, audios, and videos dealing with freedom, health, and monetary issues, dramatic events of history, ancient-earth mysteries, and true-life adventures. Its extensive catalogue may be viewed at www.realityzone.com.

For a preview of Invisible Ballots, visit www.invisibleballots.com.

For more information contact: G. Edward Griffin
By Phone: (800) 595-6596 or (805) 498-2333
By E-mail: griffin@realityzone.com
On the Internet: www.invisibleballots.com or www.realityzone.com/ballots.html
By mail: Reality Zone, PO Box 4646, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359

Biographical Information

Dr. David DillDr. David Dill is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University where he has been on the faculty since 1987. He has an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979) and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University (1982 and 1987). His primary research interests relate to the theory and application of formal verification techniques to system designs, including hardware, protocols, and software. He has also done research in asynchronous circuit verification and synthesis and in verification methods for hard real-time systems. He was the Chair of the Computer-Aided Verification Conference held at Stanford University in 1994. From July 1995 to September 1996 he was Chief Scientist at 0-In Design Automation. Prof. Dill's Ph.D. thesis "Trace Theory for Automatic Hierarchical Verification of Speed Independent Circuits" was named as a Distinguished Dissertation by ACM and published as such by M.I.T. Press in 1988. He was the recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator award from the National Science Foundation in 1988, and a Young Investigator award from the Office of Naval Research in 1991. He has received Best Paper awards at International Conference on Computer Design in 1991 and the Design Automation Conference in 1993 and 1998. He was named a Fellow of the IEEE in 2001 for his contributions to verification of circuits and systems.

Dr. Rebecca MercuriDr. Rebecca Mercuri, Research Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, is the founder of Notable Software and Knowledge Concepts. As a computer scientist, she has been employed by and consulted for many Fortune 100 firms, including AT&T Bell Labs, Intel, Merck, and RCA. Her specialties are interactive systems (multimedia, digital audio, computer graphics), microprocessor applications (real-time and distributed systems), computer security and forensics. An avid educator, Rebecca has taught in various capacities at colleges and universities in PA, NJ and NY, and she has written and presented training courses for industry and government agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and SRI's Sarnoff Center. She publishes extensively, and is interviewed and quoted frequently by the media (including the Associated Press, National Public Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, The Economist). Dr. Mercuri holds Ph.D. and M.S. Eng. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a M. Sci. from Drexel University.

Bev HarrisBev Harris independent investigator and author of Black Box Voting: Ballot-Tampering in the 21st Century, began writing on the subject of electronic voting machines in October 2002. Her investigative journalism has since been cited in The New York Times (three times), and on CBS, Fox News, and CNN. In writing Black Box Voting, Harris spent over two thousand hours researching voting machines, and interviewed hundreds of witnesses including many election officials and even voting machine programmers who work directly for the firms that build these machines. During the course of writing Black Box Voting, Harris discovered that one of the largest voting machine companies, Diebold Election Systems, had committed a massive security breach, leaving thousands of sensitive voting system program files on an unprotected Web site. These files have now triggered a national investigation and activism movement to restore clean, trustworthy voting systems.

Dr. Avi RubinDr. Avi Rubin, is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Technical Director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins Rubin was a research scientist at AT&T Labs. Rubin is author of several books including Firewalls and Internet Security, second edition (with Bill Cheswick and Steve Bellovin, Addison Wesley, 2003), White-Hat Security Arsenal (Addison Wesley, 2001), and Web Security Sourcebook (with Dan Geer and Marcus Ranum, John Wiley & Sons, 1997). Dr. Rubin is Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, Associate Editor of IEEE Security & Privacy, and an Advisory Board member of Springer's Information Security and Cryptography Book Series. Rubin serves on the board of directors of the USENIX Association and on the DARPA Information Science and Technology Study Group.

Kim AlexanderKim Alexander, is the president of the California Voter Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization she founded in 1994 to advance new technologies to improve democracy. Under her leadership, CVF has published the California Online Voter Guide for every statewide election since 1994, and has been at the forefront of successful efforts to mandate electronic filing and Internet disclosure of California campaign finance data. She was named one of the "25 People Changing the World of the Internet and Politics" by Harvard University, the American Association of Political Consultants and Politics Online. CVF's web site, www.calvoter.org, won the prestigious Webby Award in 1999 and was also inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's permanent research collection that same year. In 1996 and 1997, Alexander and CVF received the James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, for efforts promoting online disclosure of campaign contributions. She writes and co-edits CVF-NEWS, the California Voter Foundation's electronic newsletter, published since 1995. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, with degrees in political science and philosophy.

G. Edward GriffinG. Edward Griffin, is a writer and documentary film producer with many successful titles to his credit. Listed in Who's Who in America, he is well known because of his talent for researching difficult topics and presenting them in clear terms that all can understand. He has dealt with such diverse subjects as archaeology and ancient Earth history, the Federal Reserve System and international banking, terrorism, internal subversion, the history of taxation, U.S. foreign policy, the science and politics of cancer therapy, the Supreme Court, and the United Nations. His better-known works include The Creature from Jekyll Island, World without Cancer, The Discovery of Noah's Ark, Moles in High Places, The Open Gates of Troy, No Place to Hide, The Capitalist Conspiracy, More Deadly than War, The Grand Design, The Great Prison Break, and The Fearful Master.


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