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PDVSA Papers | Doubts about fingerprint capture machines raise warnings about the appropriateness of their use in the electoral process

In a communication that we addressed last week Ming Sieh CEO of cogent systems, we refer to a trip from Los Angeles to Mexico in 2004 to meet Jorge Rodríguez, the then rector of the CNE, and to give talks on fingerprint capture machines. The recall referendum was set for two months later on 15 August. Returning from that meeting with malicious intent, Rodríguez tried to lead opponents to believe that Ming Hsieh was the owner of a mysterious company in China, intentionally intended to instill fear among opposition voters.

The fact is that Ming is an American of Sieh name and Chinese descent, whose fingerprint scanners enjoy the full confidence of the CIA, the FBI, and the domestic security of “Yankee imperialism”.

Upon his return from Mexico, Rodríguez signed Memo ORP-101/2004 approving Automated Fingerprint Recognition System for Voter Authentication through Satellite, Hours later, Cogent Systems reported in the United States that “the President of the CNE of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez” (actually it was Carrasquero) had announced the selection of Cogent Systems for fingerprint verification in the upcoming presidential recall referendum.

Given that the CNE did not even have the million-dollar budget to finance that impromptu event, the PDVSA was tapped as a financier.

Neither the CNE nor Cogent Systems clarified that this complex system was not used for electoral purposes or voter identification in any other country in the world. The United States and the European Union use it specifically to identify criminals and terrorists. In Venezuela he was received by the grace of arrogant opposition leaders who, as now, claimed that with or without fingerprint scanners they would win.

The government, some opponents and the CNE have arbitrarily attributed the system to a constitutional hierarchy, as its use is conditional on exercising the right to vote.

Fingerprint capture machines

These moves by Rodríguez, with the consent of a certain opposition leadership, have convinced the psychiatrist that his specialty gives him an advantage over opponents who, after losing so many elections, are convinced that with or without fingerprint scanners Any election can be won.

Rodriguez tried to create concern with the voting machines. He initially stated that Smartmatic was an Italian company, although he knew it was registered in Boca Raton, Florida. Smartmatic operates out of a small rented office with two cubicles that we visited in person and its machines were originally for lotteries manufactured by Italy’s Olivetti, which were transformed into voting machines sold to the CNE And from there to loot the votes of the opponents.

Where did the psychiatrist get the idea for the fingerprint scanner? In 2002, Washington was paralyzed with fear for 22 days after a secret sniper killed randomly selected people. A Jamaican-born teen had a fingerprint left by her partner turned up in an immigration service database. The company that made the equipment was Cogent Systems, founded by Ming Hsieh, a Chinese-American electrical engineer.

The manufacturer of fingerprint capture machines caught Rodríguez’s attention and is the firm that eventually settled in Venezuela, not to capture some of the perpetrators of the 10,000 or so murders, but to take fingerprints with them to identify opposition voters and their Let the indisputable fact of knowing and thereby intimidate them and prevent them from voting for a just cause to avoid the well-known vendetta of this government.

Cogent Systems’ system involves providing the CNE with servers with software that uses an algorithm to identify some 110 unique points in a typical fingerprint.

The idea of ​​a service with these characteristics is so absurd and hard to accept that the Venezuelan opposition leadership is the only one on the planet to have approved of it despite the fact that they have been shown time and time again that they have never been able to win elections. are capable of and they will never do so.

Following this major deal with Rodriguez, Cogent Systems firmly landed at #1 on BusinessWeek’s Fastest Growing Companies list. A 2005 Los Angeles Business Record report signed by Ming Hsieh, CEO of Cogent Systems, leaves no doubt: “We are pleased to report record revenue, bolstered by increased demand from two of our most important customers: the National Electoral Council of Venezuela (three contracts) and Homeland Security of the United States”,

United States Homeland Security and both bolivarian government Ming Hsieh said, “It accounted for more than 60% of Cogent Systems’ operating income in 2005.”

Who is Ming Hsieh?

Ming Sieh is a billionaire and philanthropist who helps educate millions of Californians. But this is a disservice to a poor country located in these latitudes where millions of poor live who are likely to be forced to abstain from voting in fear of the government and intimidation of an advanced technological product.

When these machines, which serve the CIA, the FBI and the domestic security of the United States, were acquired by the psychiatrists with whom Ming Hsieh interacted in Mexico, Commander Hugo Chávez spoke every week of his fascination with imperialist invasion. Warned similar captives schemes.

How is it that this fanatically anti-imperialist government has hired the C.I.A. and F.B.I. Canceled millions of dollars for the services of Cogent Systems, a security provider for the ? The explanation is that, in every equation of this government, two factors are always present: a patriotic fervor and dollars, hundreds of millions of dollars.

In 2007, Luis Panizzo from the University of León in Spain, and GST, Mario Torre from Caracas conducted extensive research on fingerprint capture machines which they titled Technical solutions for electronic voting and guaranteeing the integrity of the electoral process. a case study. One of their conclusions is translated literally: “The VAS (Voter Authentication System), as currently designed, performs the functions for which it was designed in an incomplete and inefficient manner. , It provides privileged and confidential information about the presence of voters in polling stations during voting. It is used as a political weapon to gain advantage for the political party in power by controlling and intimidating the population of voters. carries the risk of being used in

As we indicated earlier, last week we wrote to Ming Hsieh, CEO of Cogent Systems in Los Angeles. In the communication we have summarized what is reflected in this report and with natural concern and kindness, we request that you assure us of publishing them National That Cogent Systems did not share or sign contracts with the government for the purpose of identifying Venezuelan opposition voters with intimidation or voter selection.

Likewise, to indicate the viability of the Bolivarian government through CNE officials and Cogent Systems’ fingerprint scanners system, to be able to verify voter’s identity and their selection through a system sold by them.

Ming Sieh has not responded even after so much waiting, which leads us to believe that the CEO of Cogent Systems does not want or cannot answer for the mystery of the Venezuelan vote, which comes from some clause of the contract made with the CNE. are compelled and have a conversation with George. Rodriguez.

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