cj#346> Arun re: CIA, drugs and spying trapdoors


Richard Moore

Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995
Sender: Arun Mehta <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: (resend) cj#341> CIA, drugs and spying trapdoors

> It reminds me of a story I read in the SF press a few months prior
> to the Nicaragua elections in which the Sandinista's supposedly
> lost.  It seems an NSA team raided an East Bay company that writes
> the vote-counting software used almost everywhere.  The NSA was
> purportedly checking for trapdoors -- to keep us all safe.  What
> more perfect opportunity to _emplant_ a trapdoor

I am very interested in tracking down that story, and the aftermath.
Currently, the Indian election commission has written to all political
parties, saying they plan to introduce electronic voting machines in some
constituencies in the '96 federal elections. They already tried to do
that in 1989, when we suggested possibilities of such trapdoors (same as
Trojan Horses?), as well as raised questions of training, transparency,
reliability, lack of independent recount possibility, etc. and managed to
stymie the whole thing.

I'm interested particularly in comments, expertise, etc. that people
might have (for instance, where would people be discussing this? the
risks forum?) because one of the parties has asked for my help in
formulating a reply to the Election Commission.

Arun Mehta, B-69 Lajpat Nagar-I, New Delhi-24, India. Phone 6841172,6849103
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The article about the NSA was in the SF Chronicle sometime in the six-month
period before the elections.  So far as I know, it went generally unnoticed
-- I've seen no other comment on the voting-fraud possibility, nor any
other suggestion of a connection between the two events.  But the potential
is clear and the possibility not to be ignored.

The Norman & Quin interview should provide some grist for your reply to the
Election Commission  -- modus operandi.



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