Tuesday, September 21, 2004


EXCLUDED EXPATRIOTS: The Associated Press reports Americans abroad " are
being denied access
to a U.S. Department of Defense Web site designed to make it easier for
them to cast absentee ballots." While the overall program ignores
legitimate ballot security issues
-- including unprotected e-mailing and faxing of overseas ballots --
the Pentagon is now shutting down access to the program's website
(http://www.fvap.gov/) to Americans living in selected countries. The
Pentagon cites unspecified threats from hackers.