Archive for February 23rd, 2008

February 23, 2008

Hollywood idol Chavez is master of blacklist

Many people has compared the Venezuela political persecution to what was known in the world as “apartheid”. It sounds like an exageration but you should research before forming an opinion. The strongman uses his power to effectevely eliminate anyone that feels like having a different opinion. You are here probably searching for Chavez or Venezuela, read it will be good for you.

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Venezuela strongman uses database of opponents to turn ideological discrimination into a science

Rocio San Miguel had worked as a Venezuelan government attorney for 13 years when, in December 2003, she signed a petition to recall President Hugo Chavez. Two other colleagues in her office signed the petition as well. All three believed Chavez was abusing his power, turning his presidency into a fiefdom or dictatorship.

One month later, all three were fired from their positions.

Welcome to the world of Venezuela’s Maisanta program, in which Chavez employs 21st century technology to perfect the art of blacklisting, to bring real material harm to those who oppose him, and, as one observer put it, to “turn ideological discrimination into a science.”

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February 23, 2008

U.S. voting-machine shocker:

This is a sort of old article but… the issue is real and still unsolved

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Does Hugo Chavez own ’em?
Feds probe money trail behind company for ties to Castroite Venezuelan president

WASHINGTON ? Just 10 days before Americans vote in midterm congressional elections that could result in a historic shift of power, the federal government is investigating whether anti-American Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may control the company that operates electronic voting machines in 17 states.

Many questions have been raised about the reliability of the new machines, which leave no paper trails for the purposes of recounts. But now federal officials are investigating whether Smartmatic, owner of Sequoia Voting Systems, is secretly controlled by the Castroite revolutionary leader of Venezuela who denounced President Bush as Satan in his most recent United Nations address, the Miami Herald reports.

An informal investigation of Smartmatic’s ownership begun last summer has, the paper reveals, become a formal probe.

One of the other major concerns raised about the electronic voting systems is that they could, under the right circumstances, be tampered with to deliver fraudulent results.

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