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Programmer Built Vote Rigging Prototype at Republican Congressman's Request
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07 Dec 2004
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Florida computer programmer has now made remarkable claims in a detailed sworn affidavit. An ex-Republican programmer claims that he designed and built a "vote rigging" software program at the behest of then Florida Congressman, now U.S. Congressman, Republican Tom Feeney of Florida's 24th Congressional District.
Blogged by Brad on 12/6/2004 @ 10:57am PT...
WHISTLEBLOWER AFFIDAVIT: Programmer Built Vote Rigging Prototype at
Republican Congressman's Request!
CLAIM: Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) Asked Company to Create E-Vote Fraud
*** A BRAD BLOG EXCLUSIVE! PLEASE CREDIT! ***
In stunning revelations set to rock the vote from Tallahassee to Capitol
Hill -- and perhaps even a bit further up Pennsylvania Avenue -- a Florida
computer programmer has now made remarkable claims in a detailed sworn
affidavit, signed this morning and obtained exclusively by The BRAD
- Affidavit in .PDF format - (Generously hosted by Raw Story!)
The programmer claims that he designed and built a "vote rigging" software
program at the behest of then Florida Congressman, now U.S. Congressman,
Republican Tom Feeney of Florida's 24th Congressional District.
Clint Curtis, 46, claims that he built the software for Feeney in 2000
while working at a sofware design and engineering company in Oviedo,
Florida (Feeney's home district).
Curtis, in his affidavit, says that as technical advisor and programmer at
Yang Enterprises, Inc. (YEI) he was present at company meetings where
Feeney was present "on at least a dozen occasions".
Feeney, who had run in 1994 as Jeb Bush's running-mate in his initial
unsuccessful bid for Florida Governor, was serving as both corporate
counsel and registered lobbyist for YEI during the period that Curtis
worked at the company. Feeney was also concurrently serving as a Florida
state congressman while performing those services for YEI. Feeney would
eventually become Speaker of the Florida House before being elected to the
U.S. House of Representatives in 2002. He is now a member of the U.S. House
At an October 2000 meeting with Feeney, according to the affidavit and BRAD
BLOG interviews with Curtis over the past three days, Feeney inquired
whether the company could build a "vote fraud software prototype".
At least three YEI employees are said to have been present at that
Curtis, company owner, Mrs. Li Woan Yang, and her executive secretary, Mike
Cohen. Two other YEI employees may have come in and out at different points
of the meeting according to Curtis.
Curtis says that Feeney "was very specific in the design and specifications
required for this program."
"He detailed, in his own words, that; (a) the program needed to be
touch-screen capable (b) the user should be able to trigger the program
without any additional equipment (c) the programming to accomplish this
needed to stay hidden even if the source code was inspected."
Though there was no problem with the first two requirements, Curtis
explained to the Congressman that it would be "virtually impossible to hide
such code written to change the voting results if anyone is able to review
the uncompiled source code"
Nonetheless, he was asked at the meeting by Mrs. Yang to build the
Curtis, "a life-long Republican" at the time, claims that it was his
initial belief that Feeney's interest was in trying to stop Democrats from
using "such a program to steal an election". Curtis had assumed that
Feeney, "wanted to be able to detect and prevent that if it occurred."
Upon delivery of the software design and documentation on CD to Mrs. Yang,
Curtis again explained to her that it would be impossible to hide routines
created to manipulate the vote if anybody would be able to inspect the
precompiled source code.
Mrs. Yang then told him, "You don't understand, in order to get the
contract we have to hide the manipulation in the source code. This program
is needed to control the vote in South Florida." [emphasis in
Mrs. Yang then took the CD containing the software from Curtis, reportedly
for later delivery to Feeney.
In other meetings with Feeny prior to the 2000 elections, it became clear
to Curtis that Feeney had plans to suppress the vote in strong Democratic
precincts. In the affidavit, Curtis claims that in those meetings Feeney
had "bragged that he had already implemented 'exclusion lists' to reduce
the 'black vote'." Feeney also mentioned that "proper placement of police
patrols could further reduce the black vote by as much as 25%."
Curtis says that he submitted his resignation to YEI effective December
2000, but stayed on until they had found someone to replace him in February
of 2001. He eventually became employed by the Florida Dept. of
Transportation (FDOT) after leaving YEI.
But the scandals didn't stop there.
For the complete report, see the Portland IMC story of the same name
(the Brad Blog is currently overwhelmed).
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