Braintrust Also Adds a Former Election Official and a Military Intelligence Officer Just to Help Keep Up Their Image...
By Brad Friedman on 2/20/2008, 5:35am PT  

If it wasn't for the damage they're doing to the very core of our nation, the billions of dollars in fraud they've perpetrated on American tax-payers, the insider trading at the expense of rank and file stockholders, and now the hundreds of employees that will be laid off due to all of the above failures by the e-voting machine company, Diebold would be one of the funniest corporations in America!

The latest chuckle comes by way of the company's latest press release, natch, as issued yesterday by their newly lipsticked pig renamed election division which they are calling "Premier Election Solutions" instead of "Diebold Election Systems." (Try not to notice the bait-and-switch, please. They would appreciate that.)

"As the next step forward in its revised corporate governance structure, Premier Election Solutions has named a new, independent board of directors to guide the realigned company," reads the release.

And who comprises this "new, independent" board of directors? Back to the geniuses at Diebold...

Premier's new board includes: Sharon Priest, former Arkansas Secretary of State; M.H. (Mac) McMillan, co-founder and CEO of CynergisTek, Inc.; Dave Byrd, president of Premier Election Solutions; Sheila M. Rutt, vice president and chief human resources officer for Diebold; and Chad F. Hesse, corporate counsel and assistant secretary for Diebold.

Granted we don't have the accurate tabulating expertise of the folks at Diebold, but by our count, out of 5 board members on the "new, independent" board of directors, there's 1 former election official just through the revolving door (Priest) , 1 20-year military intelligence man who should come in handy (McMillan), and 3 senior Diebold officials.

Brilliant! We can smell the new independence from here!

The release explains the formation of the board is part of the company's plan to "increase its operational independence from its corporate parent, Diebold, Incorporated."

Well, they're off to a great start!

"Forming an independent board of directors continues our focus and emphasis on providing the best election solutions for current and future customers," said Premier's President and new board member Byrd, in Premier's press release about Premier's new independent board featuring Premier's Byrd and his fellow independent Diebold officials.

Keep up the bad work, boys! And good luck finding those "future customers"!

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