"Voting-Machine Testing Lab Suspended Over Lax Methods
In voting news, the New York Times is reporting the laboratory responsible for testing most of the nation’s electronic voting systems has been barred from approving new machines after election officials concluded it hasn’t kept proper records. The company, Ciber Inc. of Colorado, is the largest tester of voting machine software in the United States. Experts say Ciber’s lax procedures could mean many current machines were not properly tested for crucial features like vote-counting software and security against hacking. Aviel Rubin, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins, said: “What’s scary is that we’ve been using systems in elections that Ciber had certified… This calls into question those systems that they tested.”"
Negroponte to Resign, Become Deputy Secretary of Statefunny. can you imagine him working for condi?
In news from Washington, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte is reportedly set to resign to become deputy secretary of state. Negroponte has overseen the nation’s fifteen spy agencies since his appointment in April 2005. His career includes stints as Ambassador to Iraq after the US invasion and ambassador to Honduras, where he played a major role in the US efforts to topple the Nicaraguan government. Former National Security Agency director Navy Admiral John McConnell is expected to be named Negroponte’s replacement.
Group: Exxon Spent $16 Million to Discredit Global Warming Science
Meanwhile, the oil giant ExxonMobil is again being accused of funneling millions of dollars towards public campaigns to discredit the science behind global warming. On Wednesday, the Union of Concerned Scientists said Exxon gave sixteen million dollars to more than forty groups over a seven-year period. The group says Exxon used the money to help create a false debate to prevent governments from curbing global warming caused by human activity.
Nixon, Reagan Ordered Spying on Rehnquist Witnesses
And finally, newly-released FBI documents reveal both the Nixon and Reagan administrations ordered the monitoring of witnesses set to provide critical testimony about former Chief Justice William Rehnquist. In 1971, the Nixon White House ordered the FBI to run background checks on witnesses in Renquist’s initial Senate confirmation hearing. When Renquist was nominated to chief justice fifteen years later, the Reagan administration told the FBI to check on the witnesses and find out what they planned to say. The FBI obtained the names from then-assistant attorney general John Bolton. Bolton was the Bush administration’s UN ambassador until last month.
Journalist Avoids Watada Hearing, Remains Prosecution Witnessyay.
And finally, this update on a story from yesterday’s broadcast – a judge has ruled independent journalist Sarah Olson does not need to testify at Thursday’s pre-trial hearing for First Lieutenant Ehren Watada. Watada is facing six years in prison over his refusal to deploy to Iraq. Olson is challenging her subpoena to testify based on her interview with Watada earlier this year. On Tuesday, Olson was told she will not need to appear at the pre-trial hearing but will remain on the prosecution’s witness list.