2004...and this was the Bush opposition ?
Has "corporate philanthropy" become an oxymoron like "peace-keeping missiles" or "declining revenue growth"? As companies cash in on the benefits of nonprofit partnerships, business owners and nonprofits wonder where to draw the line between sponsorship and philanthropy.
Bush / Heinz / Kerry
meet Henry John Heinz III
the only child of philanthropist and industrialist H.J. Heinz II and Joan Diehl (Heinz) McCauley, was born on October 23, 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After his parents divorced in 1942, Heinz lived with his mother and stepfather, U.S. Naval Aviator Captain C.C. "Monty" McCauley. Heinz grew up in San Francisco, but spent many summers in Pittsburgh with his father who was chairman of the H.J. Heinz Company, the food processing corporation founded by the senator's great-grandfather in 1869.
After his graduation in 1956 from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Heinz enrolled at Yale University He completed his bachelor's degree in 1960 in "History, the Arts and Letters," a special honors major. Following graduation (and accompanied at times by an Australian friend) he piloted a single engine plane on a trip through Africa and the Middle East, carrying only road maps, a seven-crystal radio and a compass. Heinz spent the latter half of 1960 as a floor salesman for International Harvester trucks in Sydney, Australia. He entered Harvard Business School in 1961, and the following year worked for the summer with the Union Bank of Switzerland in Geneva. He received his Master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard in 1963. There he met his future wife, Teresa Simoes Ferreira, who was in Geneva attending graduate school "
Carnegie Mellon university
Meet John Kerry
John Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 at Fitzsimons Military Hospital in Denver, Colorado, where his father, Richard, who had volunteered to fly DC-3's in the Army Air Corps in World War II, was recovering from a bout with tuberculosis. Not long after Sen. Kerry's birth, his family returned home to Massachusetts. John Kerry was raised in the Catholic faith and continues to be an active member of the Catholic church.
A graduate of Yale University, John Kerry entered the Navy after graduation, becoming a Swift Boat officer, serving on a gunboat in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. He received a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat.
Pro-gay in just about every other way, Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry says he just won't support same-sex marriage
"Kerry is far from a flower child. Dressed in an elegant tailored suit and displaying a formal, almost aloof, bearing, he seems far removed from the days of free love and gay liberation. Kerry is a liberal on most issueshe opposes "don't ask, don't tell," is a proponent of workplace protections for gay people, and thinks George W. Bush's AIDS prevention policy is a jokebut his conservative appearance is right in line with his opposition to gay marriage. In an exclusive interview with The Advocate, Kerry repeatedly defended his stanceeven as his own state's highest court stands on the verge of legalizing it."
"President Bush's AIDS policy has been criticized for a reliance on abstinence-only prevention at the expense of condom distribution and more comprehensive education:
The president's HIV/AIDS policy is a cave-in to the right wing. It defies common sense and reason. It's a completely craven posture about how the world works and how life works.
Abstinence is a fine goal,
and we should all urge people to abstain in the appropriate circumstances. It is one tool in a toolbox. But anybody has to understand, for all of human life people have not abstained and won't. If you know people are going to have sex, you have to promote safe sex and make sure the word condom is not a source of embarrassment. That's critical here and in Africa, where the epidemic is taking off. "
Kerry on AIDS:
"Kerry authored much of the Global AIDS and Tuberculosis Relief Act of 2000, and has authored the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2002 to create a five-year plan in combating AIDS. Kerry's agenda to fight AIDS involves shoring up research funding at the NHI and CDC, and has promoted incentives for developing AIDS vaccines and microbicides. He will eliminate the Global Gag Rule, and use both abstinence and contraception programs as part of a global strategy. Kerry advocates debt cancellation for nations bearing the worst of the AIDS epidemic, along with nutrition, medical, and legal services for children orphaned due to AIDS."
Kerry on the war on terror
"Fri Feb. 27 LOS ANGELES,
-- John Kerry looked past the eventual day of reckoning for Osama bin Laden and pledged Friday to return diplomacy to U.S. foreign policy so that future terrorists will never have the chance to build up the type of global organization bin Laden was able to create.
Kerry said in a foreign-policy speech at UCLA that while bin Laden's days were numbered, the war on terrorism would not end with his capture or death, and the cooperation of foreign governments would be vital in ferreting out other violent anti-American extremists and their networks of financial supporters.
an eternal war...?
nice to know the alternative to Bush is a war mongerer too isn't it?
[he also supports the death penalty for 'terrorists']
Meet Teresa Heinz Kerry
..After studying in South Africa and Switzerland, she moved to the United States to work for the United Nations.
...Turning down offers to run for her husband's Senate seat, she became chair of The Howard Heinz Endowment and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. Under her leadership, the Heinz foundations are widely known for developing innovative strategies to protect the environment, improve education and the lives of young children, broaden economic opportunity, and promote the arts.
She was first introduced to John Kerry by Senator Heinz at an Earth Day rally in 1990. In 1992, she ran into Kerry at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where she was representing U.S. non-governmental organizations.
Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz, is a prestigious visionary who chairs several philanthropic organizations
vote with a vengeance
Teresa Simoes-Ferreira was born and raised in Mozambique in East Africa. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in romance languages and literature (French, Italian, and Portuguese) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She speaks five languages. After graduating from the Interpreters School of the University of Geneva, she worked for the United Nations in New York.
"As the widow of Pennsylvania senator and ketchup heir John Heinz, who died in 1991 when his plane collided with a helicopter, she inherited around $500 million and responsibility for the billion-dollar Heinz family endowment. "
"(Born in Mozambique to a prosperous Portuguese family, Heinz speaks five languages and has worked as a translator for the United Nations.)"
She focused on the environment, and in 1993, one of the Heinz endowments put up $20 million to found the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, which brought together businessmen, academics, and environmental advocates and sought to find nonpartisan solutions to ecological problems. She subscribed to the pragmatic and controversial belief that environmental solutions were useless unless they might one day be adopted by industry. It was not what many environmentalists wanted, but Heinz did it anyway.
"John Kerrys wife, Teresa Heinz, who runs the $1-billion Heinz Endowments, named after her deceased husband, Republican Senator John Heinz."
"...former CNN correspondent Chris Black was hired to serve as a Heinz spokesperson, or "handler," before the presidential campaign. Over the course of his political career, according to the Center for Public Integrity, Kerry has received $140,710 in political contributions from CNN parent company Time Warner."
Teresa Heinz Kerry is a trustee of the Brookings Institution. She also sits on the Visiting Committee for the Kennedy School and the school-wide environmental committee for Harvard University, serves on the board of the American Institute for Public Service (which confers the Jefferson Awards), and is an emerita trustee of Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, she was recently elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
"After the second world war, Brookings supported the Marshall Plan and an active U.S. presence in the world, and by the 1960s had a reputation as a liberal think tank, but Brookings income flowed from Rockefeller and Ford Foundation grants and corporate contributions. By the mid-1980s, in keeping with the Democratic Party and other "liberal" institutions, Brookings positioned itself back in the "center" of the political spectrum again. In the 1980s Brookings studies called for government budget cutbacks, corporate competitiveness, and national security. In the 1990s Brookings studies promoted market-based incentives to replace regulation, increases in military spending, and "free" trade. In 1995, Michael Armacost, a U.S. State Department official under Reagan, became the president of Brookings."
Profiles in Corporate Power
Other groups supported by Heinz largesse include Environmental Defense, which, according to the Capital Research Center, received nearly $1.5 million from various Heinz foundations between 1995 and 2000. CRC cites Ted Turner's Tides Foundation a clearinghouse for foundations to funnel money to radical groups with a degree of separation as receiving well over $2 million from Heinz foundations over the same period. Other repeat beneficiaries include the Brookings Institution and the Earth Island Institute.
Like Pew, Rockefeller, Ford, and others, the family of Heinz foundations and advocacy groups are merely more in a sadly growing list of endowments dedicated to financing agendas that, if they'd held sway at an earlier date, would have precluded amassing the original fortunes. Whatever the motivation of Teresa Kerry, the League of Conservation Voters, and other left-leaning pressure groups, voters and the FEC would be wise to recall at all times the Heinz connection when these "independent" voices make their political desires known
Reporting for Tech Central Station, James Glassman revealed Wednesday, "The Kerry family business, H.J. Heinz Co. of Pittsburgh, operates 22 factories in the United States and 57 in foreign countries."
A quick check of the Heinz corporate Web site seems to confirm the fact that the Democratic presidential front-runner's family fortune derives from one of America's worst corporate traitors, at least according to the way Kerry defines the term.
Under World Locations, the Heinz Corp. Web site lists plants throughout the Third World, including the Middle East, Africa, Southern Africa, the Pacific Rim and Asia.
The company once owned by Mrs. Heinz Kerry's late husband seems to particularly favor the employee pool in Asia, where workers come dirt cheap and slave labor is not unknown.
Here are just a few of the locations where the corporate bucaneers who keep the prospective first couple living in such high style have their Third World workers toiling overtime:
Kerry's Wife a 'Benedict Arnold CEO'?
The Carnegie Mellon Heinz school
HEINZ SINGAPORE PTE. LTD.
Established 2001 Republic of Singapore Factory: Singapore Major Product Lines: chili sauces/ketchup/preserved beans/soy sauces. Brand Names and Trademarks: SinSin.
Established 1984 Guangzhou, People's Republic of China Factory: Guangzhou Major Product Lines: cereals for infants. Brand Name and Trademark: Heinz.
Established 1999 Qingdao, People's Republic of China Factory: Qingdao Major Product Lines: infant foods/ketchup/mayonnaise/puree. Brand Name and Trademark: Heinz.
HEINZ WIN CHANCE LTD.
Established 1987 Bangkok, Thailand Factory: Bangplee Major Product Lines: chili sauce/ketchup/oyster sauce. Brand Name and Trademark: Heinz.
HEINZ HONG KONG LIMITED
Established 2000 Wanchai, Hong Kong
HEINZ INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED
Acquired 1994 Mumbai, India Factory: Aligarh/Bangalore Major Product Lines: glucose powders/infant feeding products/ketchup/medicated powders/milk-based beverages. Brand Names and Trademarks: Complan/Farex/Glucon-D/ Heinz/Nycil/Sampriti.
PT HEINZ ABC INDONESIA
Established 1999 Jakarta, Indonesia Factories: Daan Mogot, Jakarta; Karawang Timur; Pasuruan Major Product Lines: chili sauce/fruit drink concentrates/ ketchup/soy sauces. Brand Name and Trademark: ABC.
PT HEINZ SUPRAMA
Acquired 1997 Surabaya, Indonesia Factory: Sidoarjo Major Product Lines: noodles/noodle snacks. Brand Names and Trademarks: Burung Dara/Heinz.
HEINZ UFC PHILIPPINES
Established 2000 Manila, the Philippines Factories: Cabuyao Laguna; Davao City Major Product Lines: banana ketchup/hot sauce/sweet chili sauce/tomato ketchup. Brand Names and Trademarks: Jufran/Mafran/Papa/UFC.
Meet George W Bush
President Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, and he grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1968, then served as an F-102 fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. After graduating, he moved back to Midland and began a career in the energy business. After working on his father's successful 1988 presidential campaign, he assembled the group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.
In his State of the Union speech last week, the president laid out his basic, tripartite strategy: meet concerns about health care and education with specific, market-oriented proposals; feed the Red State cultural base with a stirring defense of marriage, sexual abstinence and "faith based" welfare programs; dare the Democrats to engage him on what polls show is his strength, the war on terror. "It is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers," he said. "The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States, and war is what they got." America, he added, "will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people."
Mr Bush also appealed to his conservative support base by urging sexual abstinence as a way of cutting sexually transmitted diseases among young people.
He signalled his support for a constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage, vowing to "defend the sanctity of marriage".
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Left & Right Christian fundamentalists?
"It was Democratic President Bill Clinton who signed the act which paved the way for the expansion of abstinence-only programmes into law, but it has been under President Bush, a fervent Christian, that they have grown so rapidly.
Under the terms of the multi-million-dollar fund which have been made available under President Bush for abstinence education, schools and groups can only claim federal money for sex education programmes if the classes have as their "exclusive purpose" the promotion of abstinence. "
Bush has given his approval to groups such as:
"Silver Ring Thing (SRT) sexual abstinence program was created by Denny Pattyn and the Youth FORUM Southwest leadership team in 1995. The program was designed to attract the attention of the typical 21st century teenager and offer them protection from the destructive effects of America's sex obsessed culture. "
check out the corporate headquaters!!!
HOW MEEK...How understated...just look at those core christian values...
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who, curiously, have a namesake [links???] in the form of another food producer...
When we consider Boykins speaking and recruitment tour along with the fact he was addressing Baptists and Pentecostals who are the backbone of the religious right dominionist movement, alarm bells should go off. It may be that the Armys Inspector Generals office is simply ignorant of the goals of the religious right, but there is far more evidence that link the hard right religious world with the U.S. Military.|
Boykin not only went on a speaking tour to recruit warriors, but prior to the tour, hed invited a select group of Southern Baptist pastors to meet him at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, NC on April 22-23 of 2003. According to the promotional materials sent out to the group of Southern Baptist pastors, they would be given unprecedented access to the military base while being recruited for the denominations Super FAITH Force Multiplier program. Boykins invitation was extended in a letter authored by the Rev. Bobby H. Welch, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla -
Infiltrating the U.S. Military
Gen. Boykins Kingdom Warriors
On the Road to Abu Ghraib and Beyond
by Katherine Yurica
Neo Christian Dominionist Warriors for a New American theocracy:
Lt. Gen. William G. Jerry Boykin,
dry up those tears that have been shared over how philathropic and
thoroughly decent these people are...
Enough of the neo-puritanical christian far-right, already!!!!
"...if John Kerry gets the Democratic nomination and runs against George Bush, both candidates will already be bought, sold, and controlled. It wont matter to the ruling elite who ultimately wins because both of these men have already surrendered their souls to the evil cabal years ago.
What makes me arrive at this conclusion? Well, for starters, George Bush and John Kerry are both graduates of Yale University that long-heralded bastion of the Eastern establishment. In addition, each of these men were members of Skull & Bones, the most exclusive secret society/fraternity in America, and prime breeding ground for the CIA and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
But wait; theres more. John Kerrys wife, Teresa, was formerly married to Pennsylvania Senator John Heinz. Guess what college he attended. Answer: Yale. And guess what notorious fraternity he pledged to. Skull & Bones! Now ask yourself: what are the odds that both presidential candidates went to the same school, belonged to the same secret society, and that one of their wives was married to TWO different Skull & Bonesmen? Its infinitesimal off the charts.
To make matters even stranger, Teresa Kerrys widowed husband also had direct ties to the Bush family. According to researcher Rodney Stich in Defrauding America, when George Bush Sr. and CIA Director William Casey engineered the October Surprise to bribe Iranian officials into retaining U.S. hostages until after the 1980 elections, two of the passengers on Bushs BAC 111 flight to Paris were Senator John Heinz, along with Senator John Tower from Texas.
Even more intriguing is the fact that John Heinz chaired a three-man presidential review board that probed the Iran-Contra affair and had in his possession all the damning documents from that sordid affair, while John Tower led the infamous Tower Commission that investigated a variety of different CIA criminal activities and dirty dealings. Coincidentally, both John Heinz and John Tower died in plane wrecks on successive days in 1991 Tower in Georgia, and Heinz in Montgomery County, Pa. Once again I must ask: what are the odds of such an occurrence, especially when both men had close ties to George Bush Sr., who was a former CIA director in the mid-1970s? Did both of these men uncover information that they refused to keep silent about any longer?"
George Bush & John Kerry: Blood Brothers
Bones & Ashe
Heinz Family Foundation? more shit dished...
what is left wing, again?...remind me
what is right wing?... again, remind me...
"...there is a fact about Kerry's past that brings him closer to Bush than any of the other candidates. Both Bush and Kerry are members of a secretive society dating back to their respective days at Yale University - Skull and Bones. This fact has not been widely reported but when Kerry's campaign spokesperson was asked about it, she said, "John Kerry has absolutely nothing to say on that subject. Sorry."|
Democracy Now! Skull & Bones: The Secret Society That Unites John Kerry and President Bush
Yet another Doctrine of global domination:
"I will modernize our military to match its new missions, Kerry said. We must get the most out of new technologies. We must reform training and update the way we structure our armed forces -- for example, with special forces designed to strike terrorists in their sanctuaries, and with national guard and reserve units retooled to meet the requirements of homeland defense. - John Kerry [democrat????]
Kerry Pledges to Keep Commitment to Those Who Serve
"I will destroy the terrorists, but I am going to build a bridge to every last country we can so war is the last resort."
Kerry promises to 'destroy the terrorists,' pressed on U.S. troops in Iraq
"Since the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia, General Wesley Clark has not answered any in-depth questions about his targeting of civilian infrastructure in Yugoslavia, his bombing of Radio Television Serbia, the use of cluster bombs and depleted uranium, the speeding-up of the cockpit video of a bombing of a passenger train to make it appear as though it was an accident and other decisions he made and orders he gave as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander."
Democracy Now! Exclusive: Wesley Clark Admits Targeting Civilians In Yugoslavia
Clarke ist Now Kaput!!! along with his crazy dreams - whatever nightmares they were...!
John Edwards - is this Damien [as in : the omen] or what?
President Bush has repeatedly asserted that Congress had access to the same intelligence information he did. As far as I know, neither Kerry nor Edwards have denied that. So, perhaps they should tell us why on earth they and other Democrats voted for that dastardly resolution authorizing war against Iraq.
more BULLSHIT - Kerry, Edwards Selling Populism on Campaign Trail
Edwards lined up by the Bilderbergers
Several people pointed to the secretive and exclusive Bilderberg conference of some 120 people that this year drew the likes of Henry A. Kissinger, Melinda Gates and Richard A. Perle to Stresa, Italy, in early June, as helping win Mr. Kerry's heart.
Mr. Edwards spoke so well in a debate on American politics with the Republican Ralph Reed that participants broke Bilderberg rules to clap before the end of the session. Beforehand, Mr. Edwards traveled to Brussels to meet with NATO officials, brandishing his foreign-policy credentials.
"His performance at Bilderberg was important," said a friend of Mr. Kerry who was there. "He reported back directly to Kerry. There were other reports on his performance. Whether they reported directly or indirectly, I have no doubt the word got back to Mr. Kerry about how well he did."
"I will be voting to give the President of the United States [Bush] the authority to use force - if necessary - to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." |
- John F. Kerry.
"The President laid out a strong, comprehensive, and compelling argument why Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs are a threat to the United States and the international community."
- John F. Kerry
|A grinning idiot
and Hermann Munster...what an alternative
BUSH & CHENEY
KERRY & EDWARDS
Fear mongering - the new era of threataganda
NO POSTPONEMENT, JUST BEDLAM AT THE POLLS AND A LOW TURNOUT ON THE WEST COAST IS BUSH'S PLAN FOR "VICTORY"
"You have to give the right-wingers credit. The fear tactics they learned from arch-Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels remain at the front of their political playbook. First, they put out the notion that in the event of a terrorist attack around the time of the November 2 election, a postponement of the vote may be necessary. Second, they start talking about the Federal government's response to such a scenario. It's the second item we must all be focused upon."
The Northwest flight involved 14 Syrian men and the American Airlines flight involved six men of Middle Eastern descent.
"I've never been in a situation where I have felt that afraid," said Annie Jacobsen, a business and finance feature writer for the online magazine Women's Wall Street who was aboard the Northwest flight.
The men were seated throughout the plane pretending to be strangers. Once airborne, they began congregating in groups of two or three, stood nearly the entire flight, and consecutively filed in and out of bathrooms at different intervals, raising concern among passengers and flight attendants, Mrs. Jacobsen said.
One man took a McDonald's bag into the bathroom, then passed it off to another passenger upon returning to his seat. When the pilot announced the plane was cleared for landing and to fasten seat belts, seven men jumped up in unison and went to different bathrooms.
Her account was confirmed by David Adams, spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), who said officers were on board and checked the bathrooms several times during the flight, but nothing was found.
"The FAMS never broke their cover, but monitored" the activity, Mr. Adams said. "Given the facts, they had no legal basis to take an enforcement action. But there was enough of a suspicious nature for the FAMS, passengers and crew to take notice."
A January FBI memo says suicide terrorists are plotting to hijack trans-Atlantic planes by smuggling "ready-to-build" bomb kits past airport security, and later assembling the explosives in aircraft bathrooms.Washington Times
U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack
Sunday 11 July 2004
Washington - A senior House Democratic lawmaker was skeptical on Sunday of a Bush administration idea to obtain the authority to delay the November presidential election in case of an attack by al Qaeda,
U.S. counterterrorism officials are looking at an emergency proposal on the legal steps needed to postpone the presidential election in case of such an attack, Newsweek reported on Sunday.
"I think it's excessive based on what we know," said Rep. Jane Harman of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, in a interview on CNN's "Late Edition."
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned last week that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network want to attack within the United States to try to disrupt the election.
Harman said Ridge's threat warning "was a bust" because it was based on old information.
Many HUGE co-incidences + emergency Planning
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told Fox News on Sunday,
April 19, that the government is bracing for possible terrorist attacks
before November's Presidential election. Referencing last month's
Madrid bombings, she said the opportunity for terrorists to influence
the election may "be too good to pass up for them," and that "the
terrorists might have learned, we hope, the wrong lesson from Spain."
MUST READ : Webster Tarpley
White House officials say they've got a "working premise" about terrorism and the presidential election: It's going to happen. "We assume," says a top administration official, "an attack will happen leading up to the election."
And, he added,
"it will happen here."
There are two worst-case scenarios, the official says.
The first posits an attack on Washington, possibly the Capitol, which was believed to be the target of the 9/11 jet that crashed in Pennsylvania.
Theory 2: smaller but more frequent attacks in Washington and other major cities leading up to the election.
To prepare, the administration has been holding secret antiterrorism drills to make sure top officials know what to do. "There was a sense," says one official involved in the drills, "of mass confusion on 9/11. Now we have a sense of order." Unclear is the political impact, though most Bushies think the nation would rally around the president. "I can tell you one thing," adds the official sternly, "we won't be like Spain," which tossed its government days after the Madrid train bombings.
From the White House, a nightmare scenario
Ashcroft: Al Qaida Intends To Hit U.S Hard
"Al Qaida plans to hit the United States hard.
That's the warning from U.S Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Chief Robert Muller.
Ashcroft says intelligence indicates that al Qaida intends to attack the U.S in the coming months.
The U.S Government has re-released photographs of seven people being sought in connection with terrorism investigations.
Two of those seven are Canadian citizens.
Abderraouf Jdey was born in Tunisia but has a Canadian passport.
Amer El-Maati is of Egyptian and Syrian origin.
"This disturbing intelligence indicates al Qaida's specific intention to hit the United States hard," Ashcroft said in a news conference. "Beyond this intelligence, al Qaeda's own public statements indicate that it is almost ready to attack the United States."
Ashcroft says a number of upcoming events could be targeted including the G8 economic summit on Sea Island, Georgia, and the Democratic and Republican conventions in Boston and New York, respectively. "
CFRA News talk Radio [Mary McDonald ]
After Iraq...what 'Events' could possibly stop Tony Blairs re-election...
"I am convinced...from my talks with Tony, of course, that he would like to lead us into that election,"
Prescott told reporters on Wednesday in reference to an expected 2005 ballot.
"But he always considers events, events, events."
Like clockwork: Bin Laden makes pre '04 election video appearance!
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
OSAMA BIN LADEN (through translator): Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Any nation that does not attack us will not be attacked.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KING: OK, Walter. What do you make of this?
CRONKITE: Well, I make it out to be initially the reaction that it's a threat to us, that unless we make peace with him, in a sense, we can expect further attacks. He did not say that precisely, but it sounds like that when he says...
KING: The warning.
CRONKITE: What we just heard. So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign.
"Anyone who cannot see the sheer audacity of this development, its staging and timing, is blind. This is an incredibly transparent stunt. " Alex jones
Why did the CIA not verify the tape's authenticity of Azzam the American, which containes a logo of "an al-Qaida production group", but "approved" Bin Laden's video 1 day later, which had the same logo?
An hour-long videotape apparently released by al-Sahab Enterprises, the public relations arm of al Qaeda was reportedly obtained by ABC News in Waziristan, Pakistan last weekend. The tape is narrated by a terrorist who identifies himself as Assam the American. Videotaped with his face concealed by a head dress, he spoke with an American accent and promised that the next attack will "dwarf 9/11." He further stated "The streets will run with blood," and "America will mourn in silence" because they will be unable to count the number of the dead. The speaker added that America has brought this on itself for electing George Bush who has made war on Islam by destroying the Taliban and making war on Al Qaeda.
- North East Intell net
- INN Report
- October Video Jihad Surprise:
What's Wrong with This Picture? By J.J. Johnson
U.S. Democracy in 2004 - MAKE 'EM WAIT...
U.S. Democracy in 2004 - for REAL?
exit polls are live interviews conducted with voters after they cast their ballots and leave polling places. These interviews are then crunched by a tallying system and put through a projection model to predict a winner, long before final vote counts are in.
News relies on a team of social scientists and journalists to project election winners. This team, called the Decision Desk, is overseen by three experienced decision makers, all of whom hold Ph.D.s in the social sciences and are experts in quantitative methods.
To project a race, the Decision Desk analyzes exit polling and actual vote data using a variety of statistical models. The Decision Desk waits until the models indicate that there is at least a 99.5 percent certainty that the leading candidate is the winner. The team also considers the possible impact of absentee and early voters and a number of other factors, which vary by state - ABC - How projections are made
Here is how easy it is to "make magic" -- we need COUNTERS (B) = Bush; (K) = Kerry; (V) = Vote; (T) = Tally
1. If V = B, add 1 to B
2. If T = 8, add 1 to B; Clear T; Skip 3
3. If V = K, add 1 to K; Add 1 to T
This extremely simple bit of programming would shift 12% of the vote from Kerry to Bush, it would defy exit polls, and it would make it look like Bush had a huge popular win. It is time that the software in these SECRET Republican-owned computers be examined with a deliberate check for instructions that could modify the vote tally.
Reports of problems with voting machines...
Everything Voting Guide.
The Military industrial complex owns 'democracy'
can we be sure we actually had a fair election among those who did vote? Election Systems & Software (ES&S), Diebold, and Sequoia are the companies primarily involved in implementing the new voting stations throughout the country. All three have strong ties to the Bush Administration. The largest investors in ES&S, Sequoia, and Diebold are government defense contractors Northrup-Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Accenture. Diebold hired Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC) of San Diego to develop the software security in their voting machines. A majority of officials on SAIC's board are former members of either the Pentagon or the CIA including:
Army Gen. Wayne Downing, formerly on the National Security Council
Bobby Ray Inman; former CIA Director
Retired Adm. William Owens, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Robert Gates, another former director of the CIA.
So we have a CIA/military private firm that programmed the security in the voting machines for companies owned by some of the largest military contracts in the country. No wonder the Co-founder of the Citizens Alliance for Secure Elections, Susan Truitt said November 3: "Seven counties in Ohio have electronic voting machines and none of them have paper trails. That alone raises issues of accuracy and integrity as to how we can verify the count. A recount without a paper trail is meaningless; you just get a regurgitation of the data. Last year, Blackwell tried to get the entire state to buy new machines without a paper trail. The exit polls, virtually the only check we have against tampering with a vote without a paper trail, had shown Kerry with a lead. ... A poll worker told me this morning that there were no tapes of the results posted on some machines; on other machines the posted count was zero, which obviously shouldn't be the case."
- Democracy Fails: Corporations Win
by Peter Phillips
Can we trust the vote count anywhere? In any race? In any election?
Now we come to the exit-poll versus actual vote-count debate. This is breaking all over the Internet, as people compare exit-poll results from various states with actual vote totals. Some people are reporting that exit-poll results exactly mirror eventual voting results and winners in states where the electronic vote machines are backed up with a paper trail, but in certain states where there is no paper trail, the exit polls are at great variance with the vote outcomes. In other words, some states with no paper trail show exit polls favoring Kerry, but Bush turns out to be the winner. The implication is, with no way to verify the integrity and accuracy of electronic voting, computer manipulation was worked to give Bush victories through fraud.
- Jon Rappaport|
"problems involved e-voting machines that appeared to record votes correctly when voters touched the screen, but indicated a different selection on the review screen before voters cast their ballot. In some cases voters had to redo their ballot five or six times before the correct votes took." - Wired
Equipment failures delay final US poll results
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2004 02:15:32 PM
Projections are outstanding in the US Presidential Elections as George Bush leads over John Kerry with 269 votes over 211.
The final results, however, have been put off for the moment, owing to some mechanical problems. The problems with vote-counting machines in two small Iowa counties have led to the delay in final results by at least one day.
According to the latest predictions, the US President is leading in New Mexico & Iowa and needs just 1 more state for victory, say networks.
Deputy Secretary of State Barb Huey said optical scan machines used to tally votes in Greene and Harrison counties, which have a combined total of about 15,000 registered voters, needed repairs.
Huey said the state was also still in the process of counting several thousand absentee ballots.
A U.S. election mid-counting shenanigans reminder:|
Bush camp declares victory
Wed 3 November, 2004 14:45
President George W. Bush's campaign has declared victory over Democratic Senator John Kerry and claimed a second term in the White House, but Kerry refused to concede until all ballots were counted in the undecided state of Ohio.
In a dispute that evoked memories of the prolonged election recount in Florida in 2000, questions about provisional and absentee ballots in Ohio delayed the final outcome of a presidential election.
But White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, in a pre-dawn appearance before Bush supporters at a planned victory rally, said on Wednesday Bush had a "statistically insurmountable" lead in Ohio and had won a majority of the popular vote.
"We are convinced that President Bush has won re-election," Card said, adding Bush would make a statement later on Wednesday. - Reuters
Hours after White House chief of staff Andy Card declared Bush the winner, aides to the president said they were giving Kerry time to consider his next step.
He did, in a series of private meetings in Boston, where talk of concession was in the air.
One senior Democrat familiar with the discussions said Edwards was suggesting to Kerry that he shouldn't concede.
The official said Edwards, a trial lawyer, wanted to make sure all options were explored and that Democrats pursued them as thoroughly as Republicans would if the positions were reversed. -
So, The Whitehouse says Bush won?
How insane would a politician have to be to admit defeat BEFORE ALL the votes are counted?
How arrogant for Bushes JUNTA to assume, and aggressively assert, via the news media, that he has won?
A U.S. election mid-counting Blair-Witch reminder: laughing Matter?
Blair pokes fun as outcome delayed
03 Nov 2004 -
While Britain awaited Wednesday the official result of the US presidential election, Prime Minister Tony Blair poked fun at the delay by pausing in parliament as he congratulated Hamid Karzai, the newly-elected president of Afghanistan.
"I'm sure the whole house will join with me in sending my warmest congratulations to president...Karzai of Afghanistan," Blair said, pausing long enough mid-sentence to prompt a round of laughter in the House of Commons.
After a few moments pause, Blair continued more seriously.
"Like everyone else, I await the outcome of the other (US) presidential election with interest," he said during his weekly parliamentary question period. -
BBC Results based on Associated Press projections
"We will fight for every vote." Sen John Edwards [Damien!!!]|
Kerry gives in way way too easy...over a short phone call...
"Nov. 3, 2004 Sen. John Kerry will concede the presidential election this afternoon after a victory in the battleground state of Ohio appeared hopelessly out of reach, ABC News has learned."
Why did Kerry Really concede? Mathmatical impossibilities...
and OHIO...Even the democrats have a vested interest in upholding
the illusion of democracy, as the world watches...
Kerry Calls Bush To Concede|
KERRY: "Hi George, it's your skull & Bones brother here"
BUSH: "Oh hi John, what gives in Ohio?"
KERRY: "It's your mess, you clear it up"
BUSH: "Thanks for making it a great show"
KERRY: "no problem, Buddy...anytime"
BUSH: "322, good buddy"
KERRY: "322, right back at ya...!"
Skull & Bones
Ohio Avoids 'Next Florida' Tag as Kerry Concedes
Echoing the vow of his defeated opponent, a triumphant President Bush promised today to unite a divided nation after becoming the first Republican to be re-elected to the White House since Ronald Reagan.
"America has spoken, and I'm humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens," Bush told cheering supporters at the Reagan Center in Washington.
Bush's victory caps a successful Republican showing at the polls. The GOP retained control of both the House and the Senate.
Among the Democratic defeats, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle lost his South Dakota seat to former Rep. John Thune, marking the first time in 52 years that a party leader had been defeated.
In all, 34 Senate seats, 11 gubernatorial seats and all 435 House seats went before voters, who also approved measures in 11 states banning same-sex marriage.
- Bush Wins! - sickening & fawning ABC coverage
Shenanigans reminder - OHIO
A worker loads ballots onto a pickup with Bush affilliation sticker visible - this is ILLEGAL
| J Kenneth Blackwell|
As all America now knows, Ken Blackwell is the secretary of state of Ohio. He controls every aspect of the voting process, from his office.
It was Blackwell who supposedly told Andy Card that there were not enough provisional ballots on tap to make up the difference between Kerry's count and a possible victory for Kerry. In other words, no need to actually tally those provisional ballots.
We've heard stories that, in Ohio, certain precincts didn't have enough voting machines ready to handle what everyone knew would be an avalanche of voters---some of whom ended up waiting nine hours to cast their ballots---some of whom wandered off into the night, too frustrated to stand and stand and stand. It is ultimately Blackwell that presides over the disposition of those machines.
MUST READ: Jon Rappaport
In a nutshell, Stefan Skirtz is a poll manager for the Kerry campaign in Cincinnati. His precinct is heavily made up of minorities and students (i.e., leans Kerry). One of the duties of the poll managers, Stefan told me in a phone call minutes ago, is to follow the poll workers to election headquarters as they drop off the ballots and ballot boxes. Stefan followed the poll workers who didn't go directly to the election headquarters. Instead, they went to a local public school where workers put the ballot machines into a semi trailer, and then the poll workers handed off the sealed bags containing the ballots to someone Stefan assumed was with the county board of elections.
The first problem he noticed was that there was no sign off of the transfer of the ballots. Nothing was written down and given to the poll worker as proof that the ballots were passed off to the county employee.
What's worse, Stefan noticed the pick-up truck of the supposed county board of election - the truck the ballots for 40 precincts were loaded into - had a big Bush-Cheney 2004 sticker in the back window. Stefan did say that he followed the truck to the election headquarters, though he didn't see what transpired after the truck pulled into the election hq parking lot.
As Stefan explains it, the poll managers had such an extensive list of voters rights and regulations that they had to follow, including it being illegal to have any partisan buttons etc. in the polling place, yet the ballots for voters in over 40 precincts were put in the hands of Bush-Cheney partisans.
I don't know whether the Bush partisans did or didn't play any games with the ballots they received, but it sure doesn't look good, and I wonder whether it's even legal. And let's not forget, this is a state that was already well on its way to becoming the new Florida of GOP election fraud.
Stefan says he has 6 or 7 witnesses who also saw the sticker on the truck. I have Stefan's contact info for members of the media. - AmericaBlog
Ohio State Senator Teresa Fedor said today: "There was trouble with our elections in Ohio at every stage. It's been a battle getting people registered to vote, getting to the ballot on voting day and getting that vote to count. There is a pattern of voter suppression; that's why I called for [Ohio Secretary of State] Blackwell's resignation more than a month ago. Blackwell, while claiming to run an unbiased elections process, was also the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio. Additionally, he was the spokesperson for the anti-business, anti-family constitutional amendment 'Issue 1,' and a failed initiative to repeal a crucial sales-tax revenue source for the state. Blackwell learned his moves from the Katherine Harris playbook of Florida 2000, and we won't stand for it."
On November 9, 2003, the New York Times reported: "In mid-August, Walden W. O'Dell, the chief executive of Diebold Inc., sat down at his computer to compose a letter inviting 100 wealthy and politically inclined friends to a Republican Party fund-raiser, to be held at his home in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.
'I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year,' wrote Mr. O'Dell, whose company is based in Canton, Ohio. That is hardly unusual for Mr. O'Dell. A longtime Republican, he is a member of President Bush's 'Rangers and Pioneers,' an elite group of loyalists who have raised at least $100,000 each for the 2004 race.
But it is not the only way that Mr. O'Dell is involved in the election process.
Through Diebold Election Systems, a subsidiary in McKinney, Tex., his company is among the country's biggest suppliers of paperless, touch-screen voting machines. Judging from Federal Election Commission data, at least 8 million people will cast their ballots using Diebold machines next November. ... Some people find Mr. O'Dell's pairing of interests -- as voting-machine magnate and devoted Republican fund-raiser -- troubling." -
Was The Ohio Election
Honest And Fair?
Kerry won - Greg Palast
A U.S. election mid-voting Terror reminder:
Article Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - Denver Post|
editorial - Chilling message from Osama
Osama bin Laden has made his first appearance on video since September 2003, delivering an especially eerie message that underscores why the war on terrorism must be at the top of the nation's public agenda. And it's corporate agenda, too.
On Friday, the Arabic-language network Al-Jazeera released video excerpts of the bin Laden message. On Monday, the network released a full transcript of the video to quell rumors it had edited out direct threats to specific countries. U.S. intelligence experts said the transcript seemed to be complete.
That transcript revealed a long, rambling speech admonishing the American people that the United States is still vulnerable to attacks, and that al-Qaeda aims to bankrupt the country.
- Denver Post
"We want people to think 'terrorism' for the last four days," said a Bush-Cheney campaign official. "And anything that raises the issue in people's minds is good for us."
A senior GOP strategist added, "anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush."
He called it "a little gift," saying it helps the President but doesn't guarantee his reelection.
- NY Daily News
David Emory : Evidence of a Second Bush Coup?
labelling Opposition mentally ill...Only joking?|
"When the 109th Congress convenes in Washington in January, Senator Bill Frist, the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928, plans to file a bill that would define 'political paranoia' as a mental disorder, paving the way for individuals who suffer from paranoid delusions regarding voter fraud, political persecution and FBI surveillance to receive Medicare reimbursement for any psychiatric treatment they receive," writes Hermione Slatkin, Medical Correspondent for the Swift Report. "Rick Smith, a spokesman for Senator Frist, says that the measure has a good chance of passingsomething that can only help a portion of the population that is suffering significant distress."
"If you're still convinced that President Bush won the election because Republicans figured out a way to hack into electronic voting machines, you've obviously got a problem," says Smith. "If we can figure out a way to ease your suffering by getting you into therapy and onto medication, that's something that we hope the entire 109th Congress will support."
How a Satire Becomes a Hoax
But, this IS Really happening
Flashback: Senator Frists vaccine coup-
This bill would amend the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in a way that
would completely shield a drug company from liability for vaccine injuries.
The hurdles parents have had to jump over which currently shield
manufacturers have been high enough There are many bad provisions to this
bill, but the most problematic one will stop
the ability of a vaccine injury victim to bring a lawsuit in civil court.
ALERT! Pharmaceutical industry whore Frist visits Tsunami zone|
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will go to south Asia to assess the situation and help deal with the "the next wave of threats."
Frist said he wants to help with the fight against diseases arising from poor sanitation and other health problems.
Frist, who is a heart surgeon, may operate on victims who need help.
"To be on the ground, as a physician, I do best when I see what's actually happening, see the patients, see the people affected, see the orphans, see the aid that is coming in being used effectively and efficiently and not just piles of supplies over in some building," Frist said.
Senator Frist Supports Ban on Gay Marriages
"... only the union of a man and a woman."
After expressing concern with the Supreme Court's recent decision overturning a Texas law against sodomy, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has stated he would support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages.
"I very much feel that marriage is a sacrament, and that sacrament should extend and can extend to that legal entity of a union between, what is traditionally in our Western values has been defined, as between a man and a woman," said Frist, appearing on ABC's "This Week" program.
"So I would support the amendment." -
Four more years...GOD help us all...|
A Bush inauguration is a mix of pageantry, solemn oaths and cowboy-booted balls. The centrepiece this time around will be a 17 minute presidential speech. Mr Bush can say as little or as much as he likes here - George Washington's second was 135 words, William Henry Harrison delivered 8,445 words in an ice storm and died of pneumonia soon after - but is expected to use the platform to set out his second term vision. - Guardian
ALL HAIL THE SPACE CADET!
"Like generations before us, we have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom." - Bush
Have the attacks on 9-11 'spoiled' US security?
or, have they actually helped to instigate a security state?
This is you...|
This is your Fear
This is the controller of that fear
consider the way the word 'disillusion' is used
in a modern context.
Authority figures use it to assert that
it means a cynical outlook, an apathetic approach to life.
but what the word actually suggests is that
one has had all their illusions removed...
[many thanks to Fintan Dunne for this analogy]
that they can see through the fakery, the shenanigans,
the politics, the vanity, the necessary illusions that
are put in place to convince modern homo-sapiens that what
they are in fact experiencing, and accepting is the enforced choice
of a designed reality.
the results of reality design are all around us...
this result can be reverse engineered
to see what makes it tick...
the curtain is pulled aside to
reveal the wizard of Oz is
a little insignificant man...
using 'necessary illusions' to maintain control
Powerful Government Accountability Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman - October 26, 2005
As a legal noose appears to be tightening around the Bush/Cheney/Rove inner circle, a shocking government report shows the floor under the legitimacy of their alleged election to the White House is crumbling.
The latest critical confirmation of key indicators that the election of 2004 was stolen comes in an extremely powerful, penetrating report from the Government Accountability Office that has gotten virtually no mainstream media coverage. Click here for GAO Report
The government's lead investigative agency is known for its general incorruptibility and its thorough, in-depth analyses. Its concurrence with assertions widely dismissed as "conspiracy theories" adds crucial new weight to the case that Team Bush has no legitimate business being in the White House.
Nearly a year ago, senior Judiciary Committee Democrat John Conyers (D-MI) asked the GAO to investigate electronic voting machines as they were used during the November 2, 2004 presidential election. The request came amidst widespread complaints in Ohio and elsewhere that often shocking irregularities defined their performance.
According to CNN, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee received "more than 57,000 complaints" following Bush's alleged re-election. Many such concerns were memorialized under oath in a series of sworn statements and affidavits in public hearings and investigations conducted in Ohio by the Free Press and other election protection organizations.
The non-partisan GAO report has now found that, "some of [the] concerns about electronic voting machines have been realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes."
The United States is the only major democracy that allows private partisan corporations to secretly count and tabulate the votes with proprietary non-transparent software. Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others, has asserted that "public elections must not be conducted on privately-owned machines." The CEO of one of the most crucial suppliers of electronic voting machines, Warren O'Dell of Diebold, pledged before the 2004 campaign to deliver Ohio and thus the presidency to George W. Bush.
Bush's official margin of victory in Ohio was just 118,775 votes out of more than 5.6 million cast. Election protection advocates argue that O'Dell's statement still stands as a clear sign of an effort, apparently successful, to steal the White House.
Among other things, the GAO confirms that:
1. Some electronic voting machines "did not encrypt cast ballots or system audit logs, and it was possible to alter both without being detected." In other words, the GAO now confirms that electronic voting machines provided an open door to flip an entire vote count. More than 800,000 votes were cast in Ohio on electronic voting machines, some seven times Bush's official margin of victory.
2. "It was possible to alter the files that define how a ballot looks and works so that the votes for one candidate could be recorded for a different candidate." Numerous sworn statements and affidavits assert that this did happen in Ohio 2004.
3. "Vendors installed uncertified versions of voting system software at the local level." 3. Falsifying election results without leaving any evidence of such an action by using altered memory cards can easily be done, according to the GAO.
4. The GAO also confirms that access to the voting network was easily compromised because not all digital recording electronic voting systems (DREs) had supervisory functions password-protected, so access to one machine provided access to the whole network. This critical finding confirms that rigging the 2004 vote did not require a "widespread conspiracy" but rather the cooperation of a very small number of operatives with the power to tap into the networked machines and thus change large numbers of votes at will. With 800,000 votes cast on electronic machines in Ohio, flipping the number needed to give Bush 118,775 could be easily done by just one programmer.
5. Access to the voting network was also compromised by repeated use of the same user IDs combined with easily guessed passwords. So even relatively amateur hackers could have gained access to and altered the Ohio vote tallies.
6. The locks protecting access to the system were easily picked and keys were simple to copy, meaning, again, getting into the system was an easy matter.
7. One DRE model was shown to have been networked in such a rudimentary fashion that a power failure on one machine would cause the entire network to fail, re-emphasizing the fragility of the system on which the Presidency of the United States was decided.
8. GAO identified further problems with the security protocols and background screening practices for vendor personnel, confirming still more easy access to the system.
In essence, the GAO study makes it clear that no bank, grocery store or mom & pop chop shop would dare operate its business on a computer system as flimsy, fragile and easily manipulated as the one on which the 2004 election turned.
The GAO findings are particularly damning when set in the context of an election run in Ohio by a Secretary of State simultaneously working as co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign. Far from what election theft skeptics have long asserted, the GAO findings confirm that the electronic network on which 800,000 Ohio votes were cast was vulnerable enough to allow a a tiny handful of operatives -- or less -- to turn the whole vote count using personal computers operating on relatively simple software.
The GAO documentation flows alongside other crucial realities surrounding the 2004 vote count. For example:
The exit polls showed Kerry winning in Ohio, until an unexplained last minute shift gave the election to Bush. Similar definitive shifts also occurred in Iowa, Nevada and New Mexico, a virtual statistical impossibility.
A few weeks prior to the election, an unauthorized former ES&S voting machine company employee, was caught on the ballot-making machine in Auglaize County
Election officials in Mahoning County now concede that at least 18 machines visibly transferred votes for Kerry to Bush. Voters who pushed Kerry's name saw Bush's name light up, again and again, all day long. Officials claim the problems were quickly solved, but sworn statements and affidavits say otherwise. They confirm similar problems in Franklin County (Columbus). Kerry's margins in both counties were suspiciously low.
A voting machine in Mahoning County recorded a negative 25 million votes for Kerry. The problem was allegedly fixed.
In Gahanna Ward 1B, at a fundamentalist church, a so-called "electronic transfer glitch" gave Bush nearly 4000 extra votes when only 638 people voted at that polling place. The tally was allegedly corrected, but remains infamous as the "loaves and fishes" vote count.
In Franklin County, dozens of voters swore under oath that their vote for Kerry faded away on the DRE without a paper trail.
In Miami County, at 1:43am after Election Day, with the county's central tabulator reporting 100% of the vote - 19,000 more votes mysteriously arrived; 13,000 were for Bush at the same percentage as prior to the additional votes, a virtual statistical impossibility.
In Cleveland, large, entirely implausible vote totals turned up for obscure third party candidates in traditional Democratic African-American wards. Vote counts in neighboring wards showed virtually no votes for those candidates, with 90% going instead for Kerry.
Prior to one of Blackwell's illegitimate "show recounts," technicians from Triad voting machine company showed up unannounced at the Hocking County Board of Elections and removed the computer hard drive.
In response to official information requests, Shelby and other counties admit to having discarded key records and equipment before any recount could take place.
In a conference call with Rev. Jackson, Attorney Cliff Arnebeck, Attorney Bob Fitrakis and others, John Kerry confirmed that he lost every precinct in New Mexico that had a touchscreen voting machine. The losses had no correlation with ethnicity, social class or traditional party affiliation---only with the fact that touchscreen machines were used.
In a public letter, Rep. Conyers has stated that "by and large, when it comes to a voting machine, the average voter is getting a lemon - the Ford Pinto of voting technology. We must demand better."
But the GAO report now confirms that electronic voting machines as deployed in 2004 were in fact perfectly engineered to allow a very small number of partisans with minimal computer skills and equipment to shift enough votes to put George W. Bush back in the White House.
Given the growing body of evidence, it appears increasingly clear that's exactly what happened.
Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman are co-authors of HOW THE GOP STOLE AMERICA'S 2004 ELECTION & IS RIGGING 2008, available via http://freepress.org and http://harveywasserman.com. Their WHAT HAPPENED IN OHIO, with Steve Rosenfeld, will be published in Spring, 2006, by New Press.
Free Press uncovers evidence of ballot tampering in Warren County, Ohio
April 19, 2006
After locking out all media observers and declaring a Level 10 Homeland Security Alert, the Republican-dominated Warren County, Ohio reported the vote tally in the wee hours of the morning on November 3, 2004 -- and gave George W. Bush a surprising 14,000 vote boost. Two election workers told the Free Press that the ballots had been diverted to an unauthorized warehouse where they had been possibly stuffed. That is, punched for Bush only. Maps were supplied to the Free Press showing the locations of the warehouse and the Board of Elections.
Warren County officials refused to allow the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism to handle the ballots, but they did allow us to photograph a few. Richard Hayes Phillips, Ph.D., has analyzed the ballots for the Free Press and concluded that there is evidence of fraud in Warren County. The ballots as photographed with Dr. Phillips' commentary below each ballot are included here for the first time.
The Free Press predicted early on that the ballots would be found punched only for Bush in Warren County. The Moss v. Bush lawsuit pointed to Warren, Butler and Clermont Counties as the three counties that provided more than Bush's entire margin in the Buckeye State: Bush won Ohio by 118,000, and 132,000 votes were supplied in these three southwestern Republican counties.
Now, for the first time, the Free Press is releasing images of the obvious election fraud in Warren County. The Free Press will continue its ongoing investigation in Ohio despite stonewalling by Republican state officials. See the images by clicking on the link below.
View the actual ballots. (6.48MB -- PDF)
Additional Richard Hayes Phillips commentary (88KB -- PDF)