Was the Election Stolen?
by Allen Roland
One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled
long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no
longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us.
It is simply too painful to acknowledge even to ourselves that we've been
so credulous: Carl Sagan
I want to know the truth and I'm not afraid to acknowledge that it appears
that we have been bamboozled again in this election. There is too much
evidence and I'm throwing a red flag on the field. Let's take a timeout,
have an instant replay and review the evidence from all angles and then
make an informed decision. The stakes are too high. Here's what makes me
1. WASHINGTON November 4 Teresa Fedor, [via Greg Lestini]
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."
2. Susan Truitt, Co-founder of the Citizens Alliance for Secure Elections,
Truitt said today: "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."
3. Bob Fitrakis, an attorney who monitored the election with the Election
Protection Coalition, said today: "There were far fewer machines in the
inner-city districts than in the suburbs. I documented at least a dozen
people leaving because the lines were so long in African-American areas.
Blackwell did a great deal of suppressing before the election like
attempting to refuse to process voter registration forms. The absentee
ballots were misleading in Franklin County. Kerry was the third line down,
but you had to punch number four to vote for him. Bush was getting both his
votes as well as Kerry's."
2. John Zogby, considered to be the "gold standard" of presidential
polling, predicted that John Kerry and John Edwards would win with over 300
electoral votes. Following Zogbys prediction to the letter, the
preponderance of the exit polling stated that John Kerry would carry all of
the major battleground states: Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio,
Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Oregon. These exit polls were
interpreted as further confirmation of Zogbys final predictions.
3. When comparing the exit polls to the actual "official" final results, it
appears that EVERY state that had electronic voting, without paper trails,
had an "unexplained" advantage for Bush of about 5%.
And it appears that EVERY STATE that had paper trails on their Electronic
Voting, the exit poll results match the actual results reported within the
margin of error.
So it appears that they remotely electronically messed with the electronic
voting results in every state where they could get away with it (because
there was no paper trail to disprove it in those states).
Does this sound like something Karl Rove might do to guarantee a victory
for Bush? Don't answer it's a rhetorical question.
SO HOW WAS THE ELECTION TECHNICALLY STOLEN?
Roz Hill explains how easy it is to steal an election with paperless
electronic voting machines.
So, here are the numbers (so far): 112,596,922 voters counted in the
presidential race. Bush has been consistently polling at 45%, which SHOULD
have given him 50,668,614 votes, instead of 58,073,612. This translates
into 7,404,998 votes being siphoned off from Kerry votes. Now, how does
that magic work???
Taxpayers get hit with a bill for $3600 (or more) for EACH of the
touch-screen "voting" computers, which are nothing more than dedicated
COUNTERS except that they are marketed by Republicans (who vowed to ensure
Bush's victory); and the American people have not been allowed to examine
or certify the software in these units.
Here is how easy it is to "make magic";
We need COUNTERS - (B) = Bush; (K) = Kerry; (V) = Vote; (T) = Tally
If V = B, add 1 to B
If T = 8, add 1 to B; Clear T; Skip 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, which is precisely what happened.
At this point, why has no one raised the spectre of criminality or a
criminal conspiracy to inflate votes for Bush and deflate tallies for Kerry
via hacking the computerized voting machines?
In addition, it is highly suspicious to note that the scale of Bushs vote
far exceeded the best of the pre-election polling, which could certainly be
explained by this scenario.
Time out is over and you've seen the evidence.
Is it too painful to acknowledge that we have been bamboozled or are you
going to demand the truth?
November 8, 2004
Allen Roland is a practicing psychotherapist who shares a daily political
and social commentary on his weblog and website. He also guest hosts a
weekly national radio show on Conscious talk radio.
Copyright © 2004 LewRockwell.com
Wake Up, Michael Moore
From Guy Williams
Though I appreciate your humor in general, this time it reminds me of
Charlie Chaplin starring in the movie, The Great Dictator (1940), which he
did to ridicule Hitler. Mr. Chaplin later lamented doing this movie because
he did not take Hitler's threat to world peace seriously.
The 2004 election was stolen through vote fraud.
You seemed to miss this vote fraud issue in your humor. Why? There were
negative vote counts. There was a county in Ohio where 638 people voted yet
Bush received over 4200 votes. There were over 2,000,000 people
disenfranchised in Florida. There was a machine in Florida that counted up
to around 67,000 and then started counting backwards. In predominantly
Black/Democratic areas, there were too few machines to use and some people
stood in line for up to NINE hours to vote. Every single state which used
electronic voting machines experienced problems, some major.
The stories of vote fraud in this election are so numerous, that one cannot
keep count anymore. The documentary (http://www.votergate.tv) has been
hacked offline. Is there something Americans should not know?
Maybe you are not aware that there is a relationship between voting machine
companies and defense contractors. As pointed out in the article Democracy
Fails: Corporations Win by Peter Phillips
(http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1104-27.htm), "The real winners
November 2 are the military industrial complex, who will continue to feed
at the 500 billion-dollar military trough and the corporate media, whose
coffers were filled with billions of dollars for campaign ads."
Interesting, huh? He further writes, " And 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."
(And Accenture, if I recall, used to be Andersen Consulting which was
involved in the Enron debacle. So they changed their name and moved
I'm sure you're aware that defense contractors generate revenue by
developing weapons. And that we need wars to use weapons in thereby
generating the need for more weapons.. The article, Neo-Con Agenda: Iran,
China, Russia, Latin America... by Jim Lobe
(http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1106-01.htm) outlines the wars to
be fought over the next few years in the name of "freedom". Frank Gaffney,
the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy developed the
list of items the administration should follow. 'These items do not
represent some sort of neo-con 'imperialist' game plan'', Gaffney stressed.
''Rather, they constitute a checklist of the work the world will demand of
this president and his subordinates in a second term.''
A "checklist". Hmmmm.... "[W]ork the world will demand [sic] of this
president..." Oh, really?
The first item on Gaffney's list is the destruction of Fallujah. Fallujah
reminds me of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in World War II. I need not remind
you how that ended. Gaffney also calls for ''regime change -- one way or
another -- in Iran and North Korea, the only hope for preventing these
remaining 'Axis of Evil' states from fully realizing their terrorist and
nuclear ambitions.'' This is his second item. He also mentions Russia,
China, and Latin America.
Remember Bush stating emphatically during the town hall debate that there
would be no draft? We do not have the troops in the armed forces to realize
Gaffney's deluded dreams. Do you think there will be another phony
terrorist attack on US soil to stir up the masses to blindly strike out and
kill anyone the administration wants killed while we wrap ourselves in the
The destruction of Fallujah is occurring as I write this comfortably
ensconced in my California abode. This is item number one on Gaffney's
list. As reported by the Guardian, US ready for Falluja assault
Today, American Marines attack Fallujah
), the BBC, US strikes raze Falluja hospital
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3988433.stm), and TruthOut,
10,000 GIs Ring Fallujah in Preparation for Massive Battle
(http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/110604V.shtml), the US is being quite
successful in liberating more Iraqis.
My main concern as a result of this "second selection" of Bush is for the
children of this and other countries, specifically, my nieces. I wonder
what will happen with the draft. What kind of country consumes their
youngest and finest for pure profit? What kind of parents cannibilize their
children to save themselves? What kind of nation spreads freedom and
democracy by bombing and killing others? How many of Americas children,
young and old, will die in these delusional wars for "freedom"? What kind
of nation endorses torture?
Although you write about the need for surprise in 2008 to take the country
back, you're assuming that our Republic and this democracy is still
functioning. It is not. It is in intensive care and the prognosis is not
Mr. Moore, I feel that the savior for our nations ills, and that of the
world, lay in the spiritual. It does not come by preaching moral values but
by living and exemplifying them. We cannot spread peace through bombs and
suffering. We must live peacefully ourselves. We cannot condemn those who
are different than us. We can accept our differences and grow and mature.
We cannot strike out because we think someone looked at us in a funny way
or speaks with an accent or in another language.. We cannot strike out at
other countries because we think, maybe, they might, sometime in the
future, do something we do not like. Pre-emptive attacks do not a democracy
You, as a film maker have tremendous power you can wield.
You can show that the Osama bin Laden tapes were faked. You can show by
frame analysis and capture that these are different people speaking. You
can show the obituary and funeral service information that appeared in the
Egyptian media several years ago regarding bin Laden's death and that
al-Zarqwari is dead, too. You can point out the relationship between dead,
nonexistent terrorists and Emmanuel Goldstein in George Orwell's prescient
book,1984. Thomas Jefferson defined terrorism as "a mode of government by
terror or intimidation."
You can show the glaring discrepancies in the Nick Berg decapitation video
and that Nick Berg worked at Abu Ghraib prison. You can publicize the
Project for a New American Century (http://www.newamericancentury.org/) and
the report they published, Rebuilding America's Defenses
on page 51 calls for a new Pearl Harbor.
You can document the three lawsuits against the entire Bush administration,
the ones by William "Willie" Rodriguez and Ellen Mariani
(http://www.911forthetruth.com) and Stanley Hilton's lawsuit
(http://911review.org/Wiki/StanleyHiltonLawsuit.shtml). Hilton represents
over 400 9/11 families and, having deposed numerous military personnel, has
evidence Bush signed the order for 9/11.
You have the ability to show that American corporate media is under no
compulsion to report the truth. (http://www.foxbghsuit.com/). They are only
beholden to their advertisers and must keep people viewing and not
thinking. You can show that they prey upon people's "victimhood".
You have the ability to document and publicize these underreported stories.
If Americans knew more of what was happening around them, things might
change overnight. As Thomas Jefferson stated, "If a nation expects to be
ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was
and never will be." Even Patrick Henry stated, "For my part, whatever
anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to
know the worst, and to provide for it." This is part of his Give me Liberty
or Give me Death speech.
Recently, I listened Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam" address
he gave at Riverside Church in April 1967.
How utterly timely this speech is for today. Dr. King closed by saying, "If
we but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over
America and all over the world, when justice will roll down like waters,
and righteousness like a mighty stream."
Charlie Chaplin was not happy with the choice he made. Are you?
Mothers and Children, Run and Hide! America is Coming to Town!
By Kirsten Anderberg
Imagine walking down the street in your town, and finding yourself in a
hailstorm of pamphlets, from another country, being dropped on you from an
airplane above, telling the women and children to leave town, now, as war
is impending and they will be in harm's way. I can only imagine such a
scene, as I have never lived in a war zone. I am from the country doing a
lot of the killing abroad, but my own personal safety, as well as that of
my fellow Americans, has never been directly threatened by an occupying
country within my country's borders, in my lifetime. So when I hear news
reports that Americans have dropped pamphlets telling women and children to
flee Fallujah, I can only imagine that scene. As a mother.
I imagine that scene in the context of the stories I have read about what
Vietnamese villagers went through when Americans did door to door searches
in the Vietnam War, and how villagers waited in the forests around their
towns, until the U.S. military had done the damage they were set on doing,
then the villagers would return to try to rebuild the mess left. An
unsettled fear forever permeated the village thereafter as well, and
indeed, intimidation is part of the American war tactics arsenal. Often the
villagers could even watch the pillaging of their town from perches afar.
And I have read accounts of Vietnam Vets, accounts of remorse and regret
for what they participated in, while burning villages, innocent people's
homes, and conducting brutal door to door occupations. I also saw a lot of
pain and suffering when America invaded Afghanistan and refugee camps
became swollen with hungry, sick and cold women, children, and the elderly.
Refugee camps full of the exact people America is telling to flee Fallujah
right now, by pamphlet drops.
I can imagine walking down my street and picking up one of those fliers,
and reading that women and children need to flee the town. In my real
situation, as a single mother, with no family and coming from poverty, with
no car or savings, I can only imagine rushing home to pack our belongings,
in a panic. I suppose you would need to put on your best walking shoes, if
you had any. And your warmest coats. Candles and matches seem like they
would be good, but maybe that would be a luxury. Socks would be nice if you
had any. Something to carry water in. Food that could be transported.
Utensils for eating and cooking. Any medicinal compounds and supplies.
Necessary tools, scissors, knives, needles, thread, rope. A comb and
toothbrush? Papers, such as birth certificates and passports. Phone numbers
and addresses of people in other places that maybe could help me. Herb and
Plant identification booklets. Pen, paper. Plastic sheets, tarps, anything
waterproof. Clothing. Any maps I had of the region. One toy for child,
perhaps, if there was room. And the heaviest of all, bedding. All of this I
would need to be able to carry on my back for many miles and many days.
While being responsible for a child in tow as well. I feel there is great
pain and suffering among the residents of Fallujah right now. Mothers are
going through packing their things, just as I have described, to make way
for the Americans.
The way the mainstream news is talking about the invasion of Fallujah, is
as if it is a town full of toys, or robots, as in Toy Story, that can just
be wound up and pointed in a new direction and there they will go! Leaving
all their possessions, buildings, and town behind to be destroyed. I cannot
believe the cold manner in which the American news announcers on TV tell us
that the U.S. Military is dropping fliers on Fallujah telling the women and
children to leave. Can you IMAGINE if such a thing happened in Seattle? I
can, and I am not liking what I am *feeling*. I can FEEL those mothers
frantically trying to pack their belongings now, wondering what will happen
to them, wondering if they will come home to burned houses and bombed
buildings and infrastructure. I FEEL this because I have read the memoirs
of Vietnam Vets who will *never* forget what they saw and what they were
ordered to do in that war. Who forever are haunted by feelings of
inhumanity after burning Vietnamese villages, as the villagers sat
terrified in the woods nearby, watching, and waiting for the "liberators"
to leave so they could go try to rebuild their villages and lives.
I recently read a book about the Vietnam War which had a section on door to
door searches and village invasions. The brutality involved in door to door
searches is inherent and frightening. Often the invading military personnel
do not speak the language of the people whose homes they want to invade and
pillage. The invading soldiers often are unfamiliar and disrespectful of
cultural differences, as well. Additionally, there is a frantic panic from
the soldiers' adrenaline (and guilt), and if we are going to keep troops
there against their will, after they were to be released from their tour of
duty, who will they take that anger out on? The people who live in the
country they are invading, of course. And when one's buddy is killed in
action, while he is on extended tour duty, in the Vietnam War or in this
Iraq War, it is often the tendency of the soldiers to want to take revenge
on all Vietnamese, or all Iraqis, due to racism, for the death of their
buddy. Indeed, some American soldiers, and many American citizens, seem to
think *any* Iraqis deserve to die for what *they* did to America on 9/11,
even though the connection between Iraq and 9/11 has yet to be proven! I
have heard Americans say over and over that we should just "nuke them,"
meaning all of Iraq! I remember these same people saying the same thing
about Iran in the 1970's.
When American soldiers invade a city or town, there is a frantic panic from
villagers who cannot understand what the soldiers want or why they are
destroying their villages. Additionally, American soldiers traditionally do
not know how to differentiate the enemy guerillas from every day citizens
in the foreign countries they invade. So, basically, they shoot anyone who
runs! On the Jim Lehrer News Hour on Nov. 5, 2004, I was saddened to hear
this exact subject broached by several military officials. When Mr. Lehrer
asked these military officials how the troops would be able to
differentiate who is an enemy combatant and who is an ordinary citizen when
invading Fallujah, the answer from the officers seemed to be that everyone
who is not an enemy combatant will have fled the city by then, due to
American military warnings, thus we do not need to care about that. I had
heard someone talking on a news show not long ago about this idea of
shooting whoever runs, like we did in the Vietnam War again. So, it only
adds more chaos to the villagers' trauma when they cannot understand the
language of the occupying troops, at their doors, while officers shoot
their neighbors dead in front of their eyes, if they try to run!
I see the same ideas we used in the Vietnam War in play now in Iraq.
General Westmoreland said during the Vietnam War, that the more Viet Cong
dead, the better, basically. And in the Vietnam War, the U.S. soldiers
could not tell ordinary Vietnamese citizens from "the enemy," mirroring our
experiences in the Middle East right now. So they shot farmers as well as
guerilla fighters. This caused an outcry, so the military told soldiers
only to shoot Vietnamese people "if they were running." When that system
failed also, the policy often became, if they were dead and Vietnamese,
they were just considered Viet Cong (or the enemy). THAT is what I expect
to see in Fallujah. If we shot them dead, and they are Iraqi and in
Fallujah, they were the enemy militia. Period. Or as the military officials
on the Jim Lehrer News Hour intimated, if they stayed in Fallujah, they
*must* have been enemy fighters, because we told everyone else to leave.
The thing that I did not see the American military officials explain was
where all these sick, elderly and parenting citizens of Fallujah were
supposed to go! Did we bring in large transport vehicles and moving vans to
help these people relocate? Of course not! So, we are just telling the
poorest sector in town to *disappear* and if they don't leave, and they are
killed, these women, children, and elderly will probably just be tallied as
part of the enemy militia in death. Just like Vietnam.
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