In 2006, Republican cyber
security expert Stephen
Spoonamore was interviewed
by a major news outlet and he
blasted Diebold voting
machines and the stealing of
elections. The story was
killed but now you can see
that explosive interview
thanks to VelvetRevolution.
Bush Insider Who Planned To Tell All Killed In Plane Crash: Non-Profit Demands Full Federal Investigation
Michael Connell, the Bush IT expert who has been directly implicated
in the rigging of George Bush’s 2000 and 2004 elections, was killed last
night when his single engine plane crashed three miles short of the Akron
airport. Velvet Revolution (“VR”), a non-profit that has been
investigating Mr. Connell’s activities for the past two years, can now
reveal that a person close to Mr. Connell has recently been discussing with a
VR investigator how to tell all about his work for George Bush. Mr.
Connell told a close associate that he was afraid that the George Bush
and Dick Cheney would “throw [him] under the bus.”
A tipster close to the McCain campaign disclosed to VR in
July that Mr. Connell’s life was in jeopardy and that Karl Rove had
threatened him and his wife, Heather. VR’s attorney, Cliff
Arnebeck, notified the United States Attorney General , Ohio law enforcement
and the federal court about these threats and insisted that Mr. Connell be
placed in protective custody. VR also told a close associate of Mr.
Connell’s not to fly his plane because of another tip that the plane could
be sabatoged. Mr. Connell, a very experienced pilot, has had to abandon
at least two flights in the past two months because of suspicious problems
with his plane. On December 18, 2008, Mr. Connell flew to a small
airport outside of Washington DC to meet some people. It was on his
return flight the next day that he crashed.
On October 31, Mr. Connell appeared before a federal judge
in Ohio after being subpoenaed in a federal lawsuit investigating the rigging
of the 2004 election under the direction of Karl Rove. The judge ordered
Mr. Connell to testify under oath at a deposition on November 3rd,
the day before the presidential election. Velvet Revolution
received confidential information that the White House was extremely concerned
about Mr. Connell talking about his illegal work for the White House and two
Bush/Cheney 04 attorneys were dispatched to represent him.
An associate of Mr. Connell’s told VR that Mr. Connell
was involved with the destruction of the White House emails and the setting up
of the off-grid White House email system.
Mr. Connell handled all of John McCain’s computer work
in the recent presidential campaign. VR has received direct evidence that the
McCain campaign kept abreast of the legal developments against Mr. Connell by
reading the VR dedicated website, www.rovecybergate.com.
VR demands that the Justice Department conduct a complete
investigation into the activities of Mr. Connell and determine whether there
was any foul play in his death. VR demands that federal law enforcement officials
place the following people under protective custody pending this
investigation. Heather Connell who is the owner of GovTech
Solutions, Randy Cole, the former President of GovTech Solutions, and Jeff
Averbeck, the CEO of SmartTech in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Both GovTech
and SmartTech have been implicated in the rigging of the 2000 and 2004
elections and the White House email scandal. Our prior request to have
Mr. Connell protected went unheeded and now he is dead.
Don Siegelman’s Appeal To Be Heard Tomorrow
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, a leader for progressive change in the Deep South, was
the first Governor to endorse AL Gore when he ran for President. This was too
much for Karl Rove, who launched a personal war to destroy Don, first with a
political prosecution and then with a rigged election.
Don's legal battle is now at a critical stage. Tomorrow, the 11th Circuit Court
of Appeals will hear his appeal, which could throw out the false charges. But Don
needs our help to raise $30,000 to cover legal costs to clear his name. The government
has reportedly spent over 40 million dollars to prosecute Don and his family has spent
virtually all of their life's savings to fight these false charges.
For over a year, we have been reporting the story of
Siegelman’s political prosecution, and the American Trial Lawyer Magazine
labels Don Siegelman as America's #1 "Political Prisoner." Time Magazine
exposed how selective prosecution was used by Karl Rove's Republican prosecutors and
CBS's 60 Minutes exposed how they knowingly extorted false testimony to
secure a conviction. Earlier this month, Time
revealed that the Department of Justice has been involved in a cover-up of
unethical and criminal activity within the Department and the U.S. Attorney's
office. Last week's New York Times story reveals further prosecutorial misconduct. Don
was handcuffed, shackled, and put into solitary confinement in a maximum-security
prison for something The New York Times has said has never even been
considered a crime in America. Fifty-four former state Attorneys General agreed and
filed a support brief
Don is now engaged in two important fights: One for his own
freedom and the other to save our democracy by seeing that Karl Rove is brought
to justice. As Don recently said, "We must win these fights to unravel the
injustices that have been perpetrated against our democracy. With your help,
Karl Rove and his accomplices will be held accountable for their abuse of power
-- and I can clear my name for good."
Tomorrow's hearing can put this right. Don's Legal
Defense Fund can take donations of corporate, PAC, foundation, or personal
money of any size. Please give right now online or mail your contribution to:
Siegelman Legal Defense Fund
3963 River View Drive
Birmingham, AL 35243
VR To California Secretary Of State: Investigate Proposition 8 Vote Count
VR has called on California Secretary of State Debra Bowen
to order an immediate investigation into the accuracy of the vote count on
Proposition 8, the ballot measure to amend the state's Constitution by
repealing marriage equality.
VR believes an investigation is warranted due to witnessed
failures in election auditing procedures, complaints from voters and election
monitors, equipment failures, and more, including:
Exit poll discrepancy. The exit poll conducted
by Edison/Mitofsky produced initial results indicating defeat of Prop 8.
Edison/Mitofsky later "adjusted" the exit polls to match the
announced vote count, thus destroying their usefulness in flagging possible
election irregularities. However, the Election Defense Alliance captured
screen shots of the initial exit poll results, documenting a predicted defeat
of Prop 8.
Premature 'calling' of the election. Prop 8 was
announced to have passed when, according to the Secretary of State's official
website, an estimated three to four million votes remained uncounted. The
margin of passage for Prop 8 was reported to be approximately 435,000
votes. As of this date, many votes still have not been counted!
Extremely high stakes. The passage of Prop 8
creates a dangerous precedent of subjecting the rights of a minority to a
popular vote. Quite frankly, that is unconstitutional and
un-American. Because of this, we believe that the California Secretary of
State has an even greater responsibility than usual to ensure that the election
results are accurate.
VR believes there are enough indications of potential
problems with the Prop 8 vote count to warrant a thorough statewide
investigation by the Secretary of State, and we request that such an
investigation begin at once. This investigation should be transparent,
auditable, and performed in a manner that can be independently overseen, so the
voters of California can be assured that the announced election results are
accurate. Voters should not have to simply trust that the reported
election results are correct.
Should the investigation reveal that the election results on
Prop 8 or any other contest or ballot initiative were incorrect, swift and
decisive action must be taken to rectify the results.
VR Releases Chambliss YouTube Video And Display Ad
Velvet Revolution (“VR”), a non-profit dedicated
to clean and honest elections, has released a YouTube video about the Chambliss
election fraud at www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_gBfUo9dPs.
VR will be running a display ad in the Atlanta Journal
Constitution on Monday, December 2nd, about this explosive legal
development. Blogs and other media can use this ad by downloading
Saxby Chambliss Election Fraud: Attorney Files RICO Notice On Georgia Secretary Of State
On November 24, 2008, Attorney Cliff Arnebeck served the
following letter on the Georgia Secretary of State alleging a pattern of rigged
elections, including that of Saxby Chambliss.
State Karen C. Handel
214 State Capital
Atlanta, GA 30334
RE: Public record and document hold request
Dear Secretary of State Handel:
We are in the process of preparing a racketeering claim under the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act
against Karl Rove as the principal perpetrator, and other individuals acting in
association with him, to corrupt elections in the United States over the course
of this decade.
Ground zero for this activity in 2000 was Florida, in 2004 was Ohio, and in 2002 was Georgia.
In each case, exit polling, the international gold standard for detection of
vote count fraud, indicated fraud in the officially recorded vote for President
or for the US Senate, in the case of Georgia 2002. Furthermore, the direct
recording electronic voting machines that have been used in Georgia since 2002
are the election burglary tool of choice because of the multiplicity of avenues
they provide for wholesale election fraud.
This is to request any records of official investigation of the reported use of
uncertified patches by Diebold in two Democratic Georgia counties in 2002,
reported by former Diebold consultant Chris Hood. Also, we request protocols,
inspection and audit procedures that have been prescribed to protect against
other introductions of uncertified patches into federal elections in Georgia.
We also request information as to the availability for inspection of the memory cards, tapes and
all electronic records and hard drives on which these were originally recorded,
for the November 2008 election.
Finally, we request your confirmation that all such records for the runoff election will be
retained for the federally prescribed 22 month period.
Please regard this as a public records request, as a well as a document-hold notice in
connection with our planned litigation.
Clifford O. Arnebeck, Jr.
Attorney at Law
$100,000 Reward For Information Regarding Election Fraud in California's Proposition 8
Velvet Revolution (“VR”), a non-profit dedicated to clean and honest elections, today
offers a $100,000 reward for hard information leading to the arrest and conviction
of any person or persons who may have committed election fraud affecting the
passage of Proposition 8.
California's Prop 8, an amendment to the state Constitution eliminating the right of
same-sex couples to marry, was declared on election night to have passed, even
though approximately four million ballots remained uncounted, approximately eight times
more than the margin of victory.
Citing the unreliability of the state's electronic voting systems as well as
complaints by voters, election monitors and election integrity advocates
alleging election irregularities, VR yesterday called on the Secretary of State to
launch an investigation into the Proposition 8 election. We now ask whistleblowers
to come forward.
"If there was foul play in the Proposition 8 race, somebody knows it, and we're
asking them to speak out," says Velvet Revolution spokesperson Emily Levy.
"The possibility that millions of Californians could have the right to
marriage equality revoked based on incorrect election results is deeply disturbing,"
says Levy. "In this age when California counts its votes with computers
that repeatedly fail, produce incorrect results, and can be manipulated, the
public and our election officials must go the extra mile to ensure that the
election results are accurate." Velvet Revolution has also asked the
public to monitor the post-election processes currently underway in California
In addition to the new reward being offered in the Proposition 8 race, Velvet
Revolution is offering rewards for information related to alleged election
manipulation in the 2004 presidential election in Ohio, the break-ins at
ACORN's offices in Massachusetts and Washington state, and the 2002 Georgia
Senate race in which Saxby Chambliss prevailed. Chambliss is currently fighting
to retain that Senate seat in a runoff election to be held December 2.
Tips can be left by phone at 1-888-VOTETIP or by email: tips (at)
velvetrevolution.us. All tips will remain confidential.
100K Reward For Information About Rigging Of 2002 Saxby Chambliss Senate Race In Georgia
VR today offers a $100,000 reward for hard information
leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons who rigged the
2002 Senate race in Georgia in favor of Saxby Chambliss. That election
pitted popular incumbent Max Cleland, a war hero, against conservative novice Saxby
Chambliss. The pre-election polls showed Cleland with a comfortable lead
but the end results had Chambliss winning by a wide margin.
Diebold whistleblower Chris Hood has stated publicly that,
in the days leading up to that election, he was ordered by Diebold President
Bob Urosevich (a GOP partisan) to place uncertified patches on hundreds of voting
machines in the Democratic leaning counties of Fulton and DeKalb. Hood
was told not to discuss these patches with Georgia elections officials.
Documents provided by Hood show that Cathy Cox, the former top Georgia
elections official, was unaware at the time that these patches had been placed
on the machines.
Cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore has stated that Mr.
Hood gave him a copy of the Georgia patch and that he analyzed it and turned it
over to the FBI Cyber Team in Washington for investigation. Spoonamore
stated that the patch was a comparative patch and could have been used to flip the
votes in the Diebold machines. He stated that in his expert opinion, Max
Cleland was the real winner of that election and that Saxby Chambliss stole it
with the Diebold machines.
Georgia uses paperless Diebold touchscreen machines for its
elections. The machines it uses have been shown by computer
scientists to be very vulnerable to manipulation and rigging with a computer
patch or virus that can be installed in seconds.
VR wants to ensure that the December 2nd runoff
election in Georgia between Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin is not manipulated
by an uncertified patch placed on voting machines by persons who have a
partisan interest in the results. In order to ensure a clean election without
vote machine rigging, the person or persons who may have rigged the 2002
Chambliss race must be exposed and prosecuted. All tips will remain
confidential and can be left by phone: 1-888-VOTETIP or by email: tips (at)
More DOJ Misconduct Disclosed In Siegelman Case
Just weeks before the appeal of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman’s case is to be heard by the
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, more explosive evidence of DOJ misconduct
has come to light by none other than a DOJ legal staffer who worked in the
office that prosecuted Siegelman. > In short, that staffer, Tamarah T. Grimes,
has provided emails that prove that Leura Canary, who had recused herself from
the case, continued to follow every detail and provide advice and facts to the
prosecutors. Ms. Grimes also provided emails showing that jurors had
improper contact with the prosecution and that one juror had a crush on one of
the prosecution team. Canary was a U.S. Attorney in Montgomery whose
husband was Alabama's top Republican operative and who had for years worked
closely with Karl Rove.
We interviewed Siegelman in July and he told us then that Karl
Rove directed his prosecution and ordered the rigging of his election. It
is time to get to the truth in this case and AG Michael Mukasey should not wait
for the appeal court to rule. Mukasey himself should file to dismiss all
charges against Siegelman.
Top MD Elections Official Rips Off Microphone When Asked About Diebold Voting Machines
VR has obtained an unaired major TV interview with Maryland’s
top election official, Linda Lamone, in the weeks prior to the 2006
election. This is a must see video.
The dogged reporter who conducted the interview tried
valiantly to get candid answers from Lamone (Administrator of Maryland's State
Board of Elections and President of the National Association of State Election
Directors) regarding the security and accuracy of the Diebold paperless
touchscreen machines used in Maryland. Lamone, in response, said that
respected computer expert Avi Rubin had done more than anyone to undermine
confidence in electronic voting, that the reporter was living in a “fantasy
land” to believe that voting machines are unsecure, and that source code
used in the voting machines is “not relevant.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyWVB9RmwpE
Finally, rather than answer further questions, Lamore ripped
off the microphone and stalked out of the interview. Wow, so much
There is an interesting postscript to this interview.
Despite the rabid opposition of Lamone, Maryland last year passed legislation outlawing
paperless voting machines starting in 2010. Supporters of this new
law argued that Lamone had no credibility since she was the person who helped
cover-up and sanitize the SAIC report about the Maryland DRE machines.
That report, leaked to VR in October 2006, http://www.bradblog.com/?p=3719, showed
that the machines had hundreds of major vulnerabilities that could be exploited
to compromise an election. Here is our video about that report. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8EeaFyY4y4
Barack Obama was overwhelmingly elected by citizens in all
regions of the country. Unlike the past two elections where the results
were contested in two states run by partisans who rigged the results, this
election was won hands down by the person who ran the best campaign. This
is not to say that there were not massive problems with voting systems in
many states. But this election did not come down to one state or county controlled
by corrupt officials.
Four years ago, VR was formed out of the chaos of the 2004
election. Since then, we and all of you have fought a long battle to ensure
that our elections are fair, honest and transparent. We demanded accurate
voting machines and paper ballots. In this election, both Florida and
Ohio, now with paper ballots, went Blue and there is no one questioning that
Over the past several months, we have raised the specter of
a Man in the Middle computer attack on the vote tabulators controlled by
partisan evangelicals. We identified Michael Connell as the key GOP IT
expert who created these nefarious networks. We took legal action against
Connell in the form of a federal deposition. Karl Rove responded by
threatening Connell to either take the fall or keep his mouth shut.
Connell’s Bush/Cheney attorneys did everything possible to keep
Connell from testifying.
Well, last Friday, something important happened: Michael
Connell was forced to appear before Solomon Oliver, a Clinton appointed African-American
federal Judge in Cleveland. After Attorney Cliff Arnebeck accused Connell in
open court of rigging elections for Karl Rove, the judge ordered Connell to
submit to a sworn deposition 18 hours before the polls were to open. On
Monday at noon, Connell was placed under oath and grilled about election
fraud, Man in the Middle attacks, Trojan horse manipulations and threats
In short, at VR, with all the help from you, our affiliates,
our supporters and others, we played a role in helping to make this presidential
election more fair than the past two. Our education campaign, our paper
ballot campaign, our whistleblower campaign and our legal strategies
worked. That’s what democracy is all about.
Thank all of you for your confidence in our work, your
dedication and your kind and generous support. We hope to continue to do
our small part to make our government more accountable to everyone.
Connell Stonewalls At Deposition: Attorney Instructs Him Not To Answer Key Questions
The first deposition of Michael
Connell took place yesterday in Cleveland. Connell was put on notice that
he was being questioned about election fraud. Connell quickly adopted the
posture of many Bush staffers who have been questioned about wrongdoing, such
as Scooter Libby, Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove, Stephen Hadley, Donald
Rumsfeld and others. Attorney Cliff Arnebeck said that Connell is a classic ”Bush/Rove
Team player” who was schooled on how to not answer.
Connell’s attorney helped Connell by telling him not to answer many questions
including, “Who directed you to set up the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth IT
The only admission of substance was, after an initial denial, Connell said that he brought
Triad and SmartTech into the Ohio election game. Of course, these are the two companies
identified by Spoonamore as rigging the election, Triad by pulling hard drives
prior to the recount and SmartTech by running the election results
through its GOP servers in Chattanooga before they got to the Ohio election
Mr. Arnebeck said that Connell denied that there were “any” problems at
all with any voting systems and he never heard of any fraud. He said he did not “know
of any vulnerabilities” to voting systems in Ohio. In other
words, he said that everything’s fine, no one did anything wrong, and
everyone should trust people like him to count their votes.
Mr. Arnebeck “Connell has just ensured that he is Exhibit A of the soon to be filed
RICO lawsuit against Karl Rove et al for manipulating elections.” Arnebeck also said
that Connell demonstrates the epitome of unethical conflicts of interest for
running George Bush’s election IT network while counting the votes in the
key state of Ohio.
The silver lining to all of this is that Connell and his handlers know that their gig is up. They
should not believe for a minute that Connell’s two hour performance
yesterday will do anything to slow down our investigation. Once the dust
clears from today’s election, the attorneys will go full force to charge
Connell and others with Racketeering and Corrupt Practices.
OK, tomorrow is Election Day and we expect many problems across the country.
However, there are many people who are on the front lines trying to protect
the vote. We want to remind you of a few of the things we are doing.
Today, Monday November 3, Mike Connell, known as the Republican IT Guru,
will be deposed in Cleveland, Ohio at 12:00 noon EST. This is part of a
long-standing voting rights violations lawsuit, King Lincoln v. Blackwell,
which has been previously covered by The BRAD BLOG and by Velvet
Revolution's Election Protection Strike Force. Mr. Connell's company,
GovTech Solutions, created Ohio's 2004 election results computer network.
Connell will be questioned on many topics including Man in the Middle
attacks, remote trojan horses, threats from Karl Rove, and Triad's
manipulation of the election. The judge has ruled that information
considered to be trade secrets of Connell's company will be under seal, as
will any information gathered about witness intimidation, specifically the
allegations of Karl Rove sending word to Connell that unless he "takes the
fall" for election fraud, Rove will see to it that Connell's wife will be
brought up on money laundering charges. Hopefully, all other questions and
answers regarding all other topics will be available on Monday afternoon.
Regardless of what happens in this deposition, it will likely be a dramatic
day with many revelations and will help ensure that Connell and his cohorts
have not rigged this election.
On Election Night, Brad Friedman of The BRAD BLOG will be anchoring Nova M
Radio's coverage from 3:00 p.m. to at least Midnight (and possibly later),
PST. That coverage will be not of the horserace, but of the track
conditions, with stories of disenfranchisement, voter suppression, long
lines, last minute legal rulings, any challenges that arise, etc. The
networks and cable won't give any attention to these issues, but you know we
will! We'll have up-to-the-minute information and a number of live guests.
Listen live at this link http://www.novamradio.com/live/. Find a radio station broadcasting the
show here http://www.novaMradio.com.
We are also working closely with Video the Vote to make sure that people
with video cameras are present to document problems with the election. VR
is one of the VTV east coast coordinators. Check it out a
if you see something going wrong, call 1-866-OURVOTE.
We are also working with a new organization called The Uptake,
www.theuptake.com, which is doing something
similar to VTV but more instantaneous. The UpTake uses video phones to take footage and give audio
reports that feed directly into the Internet. Nokia has donated video
phones to them for use in this election and VR helped to fund this new
technology. We expect to have UpTake reports coming in all day.
Also, remember to call our fraud hotline if you have a tip you want
investigated, 1-888-VOTETIP. And check our Election Protection Strike Force
for the latest election news.
Judge Orders Mike Connell To Submit To Deposition 24 Hours Before Election
Yesterday, after a contentious three hour hearing in an
Akron, Ohio federal court, the judge ordered Bush/Rove IT expert Michael
Connell to submit to a two hour deposition less than 24 hours
before the start of the 2008 election. The
Court ruled that Ohio attorney Cliff Arnebeck can question Connell under oath
about Man in the Middle computer manipulations, the use of Trojan horses to
control election results from a remote location, and the role of Triad in
However, in a strange twist, the judge agreed with demands
from Connell’s attorney to keep under seal any testimony about threats
and intimidation of Connell by others including Karl Rove. This is seen
as necessary to protect possible criminal charges against those who may have
engaged in obstruction of justice in this case.
A couple of notes here: We believe that Connell should
not pull an Alexander Butterfield by waiting for a direct question from Mr.
Arnebeck as to what he knows about rigged elections. Instead, Connell
should be prepared to come clean from the start knowing that this is just the
beginning of the inquiry. We have lots of names and lots of people
providing us information about these rigged elections. Connell is not
longer under the protectorate of the Bush family. There is a new dynamic here
and Connell can either fight it and go down with the ship or get out in front
and cooperate with full immunity for him and his wife.
Also, Connell must now know that the gig is up—he can’t
steal this election. If he has set up the network for such a theft, he
knows that he has to shut it down prior to Tuesday because he will get caught.
People must now be held accountable and Connell has a unique opportunity to do
that by cooperating in full and telling what he knows about election rigging,
White House email destruction, front groups, and orders from Karl Rove and
others to do illegal things.
VR Interviews Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi About Prosecuting George Bush For Murder
America’s most famous prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi, sat
down with VR for an interview about his new book, “The Prosecution of
George W. Bush for Murder.” He lays out his case in great detail
and promises that he will lead the prosecution if appointed to do so. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULq9Ha7aKO8&feature=related This is a must see, candid interview about a criminal president. When
asked why so many people have been afraid to take on the Bush Administration,
Bugliosi blames the right wing fear machine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B59IRr_1Nzk
Attorneys File To Compel Testimony Of Mike Connell: Spoonamore Attests That King Pin Attack Manipulated The 2004 Election
Yesterday, Attorneys in Ohio filed papers in federal court
to compel the immediate testimony of Michael Connell, the GOP’s top IT
expert. In short, they argued that Connell, once a willing witness, has
hunkered down after threats from Karl Rove and his minions.
here. They allege that Connell is a witness to a crime to steal prior
elections, and his knowledge will be helpful to ensure that next week’s
election is not stolen.
Attached to the motion is a powerful affidavit from Stephen
Spoonamore, a cyber-security expert advising the attorneys. Spoonamore
states that the 2004 election in Ohio was attacked by a Man in the Middle King
Pin computer manipulation that changed the results from Kerry to Bush.
See Spoon Declaration here. This is a must read for everyone to see how this
was, and can be, done.
Kelsie Asks John McCain to send Sarah Palin Back To School To Learn About Global Warming “So
Everyone Can Have A Clean And Healthy Environment”
This is our last Kelsie video of the campaign where she asks
Senator McCain to enroll Sarah Palin in her fourth grade class so Sarah can
learn about the cause of global warming. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8JHqRQiCic
Voting Machines Flipping Votes At Many Early Voting Sites: Where Are The Election Protection Attorneys?
Non-Profit Election Watchdog Demands Failed Machines Be Removed from Service, Impounded
In a national press release today, Velvet Revolution called
for elections officials in all states to immediately impound any voting machine
that has flipped votes from one candidate to another. It has been widely
reported in the media over the past week of early voting that Direct Recording
Election (DRE, usually touch-screen) voting machines made by ES&S, Diebold,
Sequoia and Hart InterCivic have been flipping votes, predominantly from
Democratic candidates to Republican candidates, but in some reported cases,
just the opposite. (See:
Vote flipping has also now reported to have occurred in
Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, Nevada, Colorado, Georgia and elsewhere.
“Machines that flip votes should never be
recalibrated,” said Brad Friedman, co-founder of Velvet Revolution.
“Accessing these election-ready machines in this way, when they are most
vulnerable to malicious software and manipulation, is wholly inappropriate. It
is outrageous that election officials have ordered such action. Instead,
failing machines must be immediately removed from service, impounded for later
inspection, and voters should be given paper ballots to assure their vote may
be counted accurately."
VR also demands that the legal teams associated with the
candidates step up and take immediate legal action to quarantine these faulty
voting machines. The Obama campaign has made much of the fact that it has
thousands of lawyers on the ground to ensure that this election is fair and
everyone’s vote is counted. “Unfortunately, these lawyers,
the lawyers for McCain and the lawyers for the DNC and RNC are AWOL and asleep
at the wheel,” continued Friedman. “”We insist that
they keep their promise to the voters by demanding that these machines be
taking out of service immediately. We should not have to wait until after the
election for a candidate to sue because voters were not allowed to properly
register their votes."
Thirteen Election Integrity Experts Discuss E-Voting Problems and How to Stop Them
This important report is designed to wake up candidates of all parties about the dangers of electronic
voting machine problems and manipulation. It details strategies and solutions that candidates
should use to protect the vote -- and their political careers.
In test after test, electronic voting systems have been shown to be vulnerable to hacking from
people who want to manipulate elections. Moreover, in the past week of early
voting, these voting machines have repeatedly failed, flipped votes, and
miscounted results. Therefore, it is crucial to the fairness of the upcoming
election that citizens and candidates understand and take action against the
menace of electronic voting machines and vote tabulators. This new report
provides a road map on how to do just that.
The following election experts contributed to the report. Simon Ardizzone, filmmaker,
“Hacking Democracy”; John Bonifaz, Constitutional Law
Attorney, National Voting Rights Institute; Clint Curtis, computer
programmer, E-voting whistleblower; David Earnhardt, Director,
“Uncounted;” Dr. Robert Fitrakis, Attorney, Prof. of
Political Science, Author, Editor; Brad Friedman, Investigative Journalist,
Founder, BradBlog.com; Bev Harris, Founder, BlackBoxVoting.org; Holly
Jacobson, President, VoterAction.org; Dr. David Jefferson, Computer
Security Expert; Ion Sancho, Supervisor of Elections, Leon County, FL; Gov.
Don Siegelman, Former Governor of Alabama; David Swanson, Washington
Director, Democrats.com; Ellen Thiesen, Co-Director, VotersUnite.org
VR Calls For DOJ Investigation Into Why Bush/Rove IT Expert Mike Connell Asked
How to Destroy White House Emails
Reporter Rebecca Abrahams wrote this week at Huffington Post that
on October 11, 2006, longtime Bush/Rove IT expert Michael Connell met with
cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore to
learn how to destroy data on White House computer hard drives
This was during the height of the United States Attorney scandal and during the
tenure of Connell's former employee, David Almacy, as director of the White
House Internet and E-Communications Director.
Abrahams quotes from Spoonamore's emails which reference notes
taken at the time of the meeting. Connell was accompanied at the meeting by
Randy Cole, the former President of Connell's company, GovTech Solutions, now
running for Ohio Congressional seat 41. When Spoonamore realized that Connell
and Cole were asking how to destroy White House data, he terminated the
conversation and told them that what they were asking about was illegal.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey recently appointed prosecutor
Nora Dannehy to investigate whether criminal charges should be brought against
those involved in the US Attorney scandal. Today, in a press release, VR called
for that investigation to include what role and knowledge Michael Connell and
Randy Cole have regarding the destruction of White House computer data, and, as
Abrahams suggests, whether Connell knows where the White House email backup is
Kelsie Tells Sarah Palin Not To Interfere With Her Choice Of Medical Help
Kelsie’s latest letter to Sarah Palin expresses shock
that Sarah would not want girls who get hurt to get the best medical
help. She blasts Sarah for not trusting her to make medical decisions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKXvzPUWoDM
VR Offers 5K Reward For Information About ACORN Break-ins
Today VR offered $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction
of those responsible for the break-ins of the Seattle and Boston offices of
ACORN. In both cases, property was destroyed or stolen. ACORN issued a
press release about the reward which can be seen here. Tips can be given to us on our toll free hotline, 1-888-VOTETIP
or by email – tips at velvetrevolution.us.
Judge Rules GOP Caging Of Voters Is Illegal
The GOP has pulled out all the dirty tricks this election to
make sure Republicans win, not by getting people to vote, but by making
sure that people don’t vote. One of its tricks is called caging,
where the GOP sends a letter to a voter and when it is returned as
undeliverable, the voter gets purged or challenged. In Michigan, this
took a very cynical turn when the GOP got lists of people who had lost their
homes due to the mortgage crisis and then sent voters at those addresses caging
letters. Of course, many of them were returned and the GOP used those
return lists to purge voters.
However, Obama lawyers, The Advancement Project and
the ACLU sued a few weeks ago, and yesterday Judge Stephen J. Murphy of the
U.S. District Court of Michigan's Eastern District concluded that the program
of eliminating these voters from rolls is in violation of federal law. “This
is a very significant ruling for Michigan voters," said Matthew Lund, the
ACLU cooperating attorney and a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP who argued the case,
in a release. "The court recognized – and repeated several times
– that the state of Michigan is conducting unlawful voter purges that
clearly violate the National Voter Registration Act. Michigan voters who were
removed from the voting rolls for no reason other than failure to receive their
ID card in the mail will now be allowed to vote in November.”
Well, one down for the people who believe in the rule of law
and the right to vote. Now let’s see a court decision debunking the
ACORN voter fraud myth and ordering Michael Connell and Karl Rove to testify
about vote manipulations.
Velvet Revolution Calls On John McCain To Fire Michael Connell For Covering Up For Karl
Rove In Federal Election Manipulation Lawsuit
Velvet Revolution today issued a press release calling for
Republican candidate John McCain to fire computer expert Michael Connell from
his campaign for covering up alleged election manipulations of Karl Rove and
others. Mr. Connell, the GOP’s top computer expert, was
subpoenaed based on a September 19th court order to testify under
oath in an Ohio federal lawsuit looking into serious allegations that Mr. Rove
has directed a strategy to illegally manipulate elections through the use of
computer technology. Rather than cooperate in the investigation,
Mr. Connell hired attorneys close to the Bush/Cheney Administration and
refused to appear for the deposition arguing client (GOP)
confidentiality. Those attorneys have said that they will do everything
possible to keep Mr. Connell from testifying before the November general
Mr. Connell’s refusal to comply with a federal subpoena looking into credible
evidence that the upcoming presidential election will be manipulated is at odds
with John McCain’s promise to run a clean campaign. Another GOP cyber
security expert, Stephen Spoonamore, has stated that Mr. Connell has vast
experience and knowledge of the GOP computer networks at issue in the federal
lawsuit.Mr. Connell has admitted to Mr. Spoonamore that in his zeal to 'save the
unborn' he may have helped others who have compromised elections.”
Cliff Arnebeck, the Ohio election attorney who issued the subpoena, said Friday that
he is aggressively moving to enforce the subpoena. “Mr. Connell has
information about how the votes are tabulated in key states in the upcoming
election. In order to ensure that the election is fair and accurate, Mr.
Connell needs to testify under oath and pursuant to a lawful subpoena about how
these votes are tabulated, whether the tabulation will be compromised and
whether anyone has directed him to compromise those tabulations.”
According to federal filings, Mr. Connell is working for John McCain to help him win the
election. VR believes that until Mr. Connell testifies under oath about
his apparent knowledge of election manipulations, he should not be working for Mr.
McCain. If he does, the McCain campaign will appear to be in league
with Mr. Connell to cover up criminal conduct and engaging in election
tampering. This will call into question the results of the November
election and again cast a shadow over our election process.
Kelsie Tells Sarah Palin, "I'm Not Going To Let You Take My Books Away"
In our second of four ads prior to the election, nine-year old Kelsie writes
to Sarah Palin about a story she read about the Taliban in Afghanistan
burning books in the girl school. Kelsie says that she will never let Sarah
take her books away. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DywfhNDbSRM
VR Offers $100,000 Reward For Information About Michael Connell’s Election Manipulations
Today, VR offered a $100,000 reward for information from
whistleblowers who have knowledge of election related criminal activity by
Michael Connell, Randy Cole, Karl Rove and others. The full ad will be
published this week in the Akron newspapers and you can see it here. The
information must result in a conviction.
Calls for Special Prosecutor to Investigate Connell and Rove
In light of Mike Connell’s stonewalling of the subpoena in this case,
Velvet Revolution today called for Attorney General Mukasey to appoint a special
prosecutor to investigate the conduct, actions and knowledge of Michael Connell and
his confidential work for Karl Rove and George Bush vis a vis election manipulations
and destruction of data. VR also called on Congress to hold hearings and place Mr. Connell
under oath to testify about election rigging, destruction of White House emails, and spying on
Congress. See PDF news release.
Former Diebold Contractor Blows The Whistle On Election Manipulations
VR has an exclusive interview with former Diebold contractor
Chris Hood which talks about many disturbing actions by Diebold during prior
elections, including illegal, uncertified and unreported patches, and improper
feeding of tabulation results by Diebold Chief Bob Urosevitch. This
interview was prepared for a major news program special that was supposed to
air two weeks before the 2006 midterm election. At the last moment, however,
the special was killed by the corporate media. Check out this important ten
minute interview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKnIghBsU58
There have been many new twists and turns the past few days
in the Ohio federal case to protect the 2008 election by exposing those who
have been accused of manipulating past elections. On September 22, the
federal court lifted the stay in this case and ordered depositions to
begin, starting with Bush IT Expert Michael Connell.
(See Order in PDF) A few days later,
Connell was subpoenaed and ordered to produce documents. He hired three
high powered GOP-connected attorneys and filed a Motion to Quash
(See Motion in PDF)and an
affidavit stating that his information is confidential.
(See Affidavit in PDF) His attorneys
have refused to make him available for deposition and have indicated that they
will not let him testify unless forced to by the court. Attorney Arnebeck
intends to secure a court order to enforce the subpoena.
So Connell is using the Rove playbook of stonewalling to
cover-up his possible criminal conduct in election manipulations.
Fortunately, the Ohio federal courts will do everything necessary to protect
this election so Ohio is not again the laughing stock for running an election
suited for the third world. Moreover, there will be others subpoenaed who
will talk rather than hide behind lawyers and fallacious assertions of
confidentiality. Sorry, Mike, but you can’t hide by asserting that
work you did for federal and state governments is confidential. You can’t
hide by asserting that you possess trade secrets when you are covering up
criminal activity. The time has come for accountability.
New Spoonamore Interview - E-voting Machines are a National Security Threat
Last week, VR interviewed GOP Cyber security
expert Stephen Spoonamore about the upcoming election and his testimony
in the new Ohio litigation to take depositions of Karl Rove and others.
The video is posted in full below with ten short clips for
You Tube viewing. This interview is so important and explosive that we
urge everyone to watch it. Spoonamore says that the GOP wanted e-voting
to steal elections but now foreign governments will be hacking and the winner
will be determined by the best hackers. He says that if the GOP wins the
hacking competition, McCain will win 51.2 percent with three electoral votes
over Obama, and it will be a stolen election.
Spoon makes valid points about the people who have been
implicated in much of the election thefts such as, “they are religious
extremists.” He names those who know about stolen elections and he
insists that the only way to protect this election is with paper ballots, hand
counted. Check out this extraordinary interview here. >
New VR Video Ad, Every Week Till The Election—Nine
Year Old At Arlington Cemetery Tells John McCain, “Thou Shall Not Kill”
VR will be releasing a new video ad every week until the
election in the spirit of the famous “1964 Daisy Girl” ad featuring
a young girl counting the petals of a flower as the countdown proceeds to the detonation
of a mushroom cloud. Our first ad is called, “An Open
Letter from Kelsie to John McCain - Thou shalt not kill,” and is on YouTube.
Ohio Attorneys File Papers To Take Deposition Of Bush IT Expert Michael Connell And Others-Includes Spoonamore Affidavit
Yesterday, Ohio attorney Cliff Arnebeck asked the federal court in Columbus to allow him to place Bush IT guru
Michael Connell under oath to ask him about his 20 year work for the Bush
family, including his work for Jeb Bush in Florida 2000 and for Ken Blackwell
in Ohio 2004. “The public has a need and right to know, before the
next presidential election, that the top Republican IT expert shares a concern
about the vulnerability of electronic voting systems to fraudulent manipulation, and
that this is not just “conspiracy theory,” Arnebeck wrote. Arnebeck
also advised the court that he would seeking depositions from others, including Karl Rove.
See Court filing.
Attached to the filing are two affidavits, one from cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore
and the other from analyst Richard Hayes Phillips. The Spoonamore affidavit
asserts that the election computer setup used by Ken Blackwell in 2004 provided
the means and opportunity for the manipulation of the election results. “ The
vote tabulation and reporting system, as modified at the direction of Mr. Blackwell,
allowed the introduction of a single computer in the middle of the pathway. This computer
located at a company principally managing IT Systems for GOP campaign and political operations
(Computer C) received all information from each county computer (Computer A)
BEFORE it was sent onward to Computer B. This centralized collection of all
incoming statewide tabulations would make it extremely easy for a single
operator, or a preprogrammed single "force balancing computer" to
change the results in any way desired by the team controlling Computer C. In
this case GOP partisan operatives. Again, if this out of state system had ANY
digital access to the Secretary of State’s system it would be cause for
immediate investigation by any of my banking clients.”
The Hayes affidavit asserts that after reviewing hundreds of thousands of
documents, ballots and other election records, “it is my conclusion that
there is so much evidence of ballot alteration, ballot substitution, ballot box
stuffing, ballot destruction, vote switching, tabulator rigging, and old fashioned
voter suppression, that the results of the 2004 presidential election, would
have been reversed” had there been a real investigation.
Affidavit. He insists that the time is now to take depositions from those
implicated in the theft of that election.
We have a flash banner at the top of our website decrying
George Bush for destroying the Republican Party. However, the Grand Old
Party has sunk to another low with the campaign of John McCain. Bush lied
us into war and now McCain is lying about virtually everything. Even in
the face of blistering attacks from the press for exposing the lies, McCain
keeps them up. http://factcheck.org So
lying has now become the heart and soul of the GOP, to the chagrin of many
in the party. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY5Plqs5d98
We have a new 28 minute video of cyber security expert
Stephen Spoonamore that everyone should see. He explains, in clear and
understandable language, just how unsecure our voting system is and states
without equivocation that he believes elections have been stolen with the
Diebold and ES&S machines. Although Spoonamore is a Republican, he
truly believes in fair and honest elections even if that results in his
candidate losing. We all need to be extra diligent this coming election
and heed Spoonamore’s warnings.
Candidates Nationwide Called Upon to Challenge Suspicious Elections
'If You Want Our Votes, We Want Your Pledge'
VR has launched its newest campaign at StandingForVoters.org, calling on candidates across the country to pledge to
challenge elections when necessary.
In recent elections, we have witnessed targeted disenfranchisement of voters,
non-transparent, unverifiable electronic voting systems, and many other
assaults on the election process. However, for various reasons, election
challenges have been few and far between. In the upcoming election, let's
make democracy the winner by ensuring that all candidates that have standing
can challenge suspect elections!
Our new campaign allows candidates to sign the Standing For
Voters Pledge or Super Pledge, stating that they will not concede and will
challenge suspect elections. Candidates of any party, for any office, in any
state, can sign. StandingForVoters.org helps to educate candidates about the
problems with elections, the types of election challenges available, and how to
decide when to contest an election. It asks voters to participate by
getting their candidates to sign the pledges.
Attend candidates' nights or other campaign activities, make a statement about
the importance of election integrity and ask the candidates publicly to
sign the Standing for Voters pledge.
Call radio shows where candidates are being interviewed and ask the candidates
on the air to sign the pledge.
Write letters to the editor and op-ed pieces in your local newspapers urging
candidates to pledge. You can also encourage the paper only to endorse
candidates who have made the pledge.
Visit candidates' websites and send them emails asking them to sign the pledge.
Include a link to StandingForVoters.org.
Talk to your local political clubs. Find out who has direct contact with
candidates and enlist their help.
Once one candidate for a particular office has signed on, call their opponents
and ask them to match that pledge.
and see who has taken the pledge so far! And then help us make that list much, much longer!
OH Secretary of State Issues Letter Warning Against Voter Caging
Two weeks ago, the Advancement Project and Project Vote raised concerns that as many as 600,000
people could be
thrown off the Ohio voter rolls because of vote caging and challenges. And last week Ohio Secretary
of State Jennifer Brunner responded with a long letter setting out the law and provisions regarding voter challenges in
In short, Brunner made absolutely clear that she will not allow the wholesale challenge of voters. She
stated that she will be informing all elections officials in the state that every challenged voter is entitled
to due process such as notice and a hearing. Moreover, any voter purged from the voter rolls is entitled
to cast his or her vote using a provisional ballot. A full copy of the Brunner letter is
Diebold Coverup-Stephen Spoonamore Confronts MD Board of Elections With Unredacted SAIC Report
We have been asserting for years that Diebold (now Premier Elections Systems) makes voting machines that
don’t work, are unreliable and that have flipped elections. Just last week, Diebold was forced
to admit that software in its machines has for a decade been
dropping votes. These machines are being used in 34 states in the upcoming election.
Two years ago, The Brad Blog broke the Pentagon Papers of E-Voting stories
about the SAIC report on the vast problems with Diebold vote machines.
In short, Diebold had issued a 40 page redacted version of the SAIC report which whitewashed the problems.
Computer cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore got a copy of the 197-page unredacted report which listed
hundreds of serious problems, and he released that report to us.
Well, Spoonamore did more than that – he took the report to the Maryland Board of Elections and
confronted them with it at a public meeting. He told them that if he were handed such a report in the
private sector, he would “shut down the system and open a fraud investigation.” The elections
officials expressed shock that they had not ever seen the same unredacted report. And when
the meeting was over, Spoonamore, with a concealed microphone, personally confronted the officials. And
what did one of them say to him –that him having the report was “a security risk.”
Following the confrontation, Spoonamore was contacted by law enforcement officials who demanded to know how he
got the report. We can say now that the report came from a high official in the Executive Branch who wanted to
We have this all in an exclusive video now posted on YouTube.
This exclusive report was prepared for a major news program but was killed prior to the mid-term
elections. Why was it killed, and why did we have to wait another two years before Diebold was forced to
admit that its voting machines are unreliable?
There must be transparency in the election process and this report underscores why these machines should be
investigated from top to bottom by independent investigators before even being considered for use in an
election. The lesson is clear – we cannot trust the vote machine companies and we need paper ballots for all
The Chamber Of Commerce Launders Money To Fake Front Organizations To Fund Attacks On Candidates
The untold story behind our new RoveCyberGate campaign is
We have learned from attorneys that the Chambers of Commerce, both US and
state, have a political arm that works closely with Karl Rove to raise
hundreds of millions of dollars for the purpose of manipulating
elections. That money is used to create fake front organizations as
so-called “advocacy groups” to attack candidates who are not
“pro-business.” The advocacy group donors are exempted from
The attorney who is handling the RoveCyberGate case, Cliff
Arnebeck , is one of the only lawyers in the country to ever sue the Chamber of
Commerce over this practice. He did so in the case of Ohio Justice Alice
Robie Resnick where the Ohio Chamber spent over $4 million to unseat her using
the front group, Citizens for a Strong Ohio. In short, the Ohio Elections
Commission and every court thereafter held that the Chamber criminally violated
election laws by taking large amounts of undisclosed funds to make political
attacks on specific candidates. http://www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/html/eng/2246-AA.shtml
This is a nationwide strategy to attack progressive candidates and stack the
judiciary with pro-business judges. Big business benefits with hands off
regulations, lax enforcement, and policies that pump billions of dollars into
the coffers of energy, tobacco, pharmaceutical and military corporations.
Since the election of George Bush, the Chamber of Commerce has been one of the
largest lobbying organizations, spending almost $400 million. It intends
to spend millions more in the upcoming election, much of illegally and
unreported. We intend to expose the Chamber, the fake front groups, and
the dishonest, partisan companies funding this anti-democratic operation.
VR Launches New Campaign To Investigate Karl Rove’s Election Manipulations
VR has launched a new campaign, www.rovecybergate.com, to galvanize
citizens and the press to support investigations of Karl Rove and his cohorts
for recent allegations of election manipulations. Just today, sources in
the Department of Justice leaked that the US Attorney scandal investigation is
now focused on a cover-up hatched out of the White House to protect
Rove. According to many, such as ex-Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, the US Attorney
scandal was part of Rove’s strategy to manipulate elections by ensuring
that the White House could use the power of the Justice Department to target
Democrats, cover up fraudulent elections, and intimidate organizations
registering citizens to vote.
Our new campaign involves a multi-pronged approach: first we want as many people to
send a letter to Congress asking
that it hold public hearings on the allegations and that the Department of Justice appoint a special prosecutor to
investigate. Second, we want to spread the word to citizens and the media, and therefore
www.rovecybergate.com has all the press articles about
the Ohio legal case targeting Rove; and third, we want to raise substantial funds to support the
Ohio attorneys’ legal case—legal fees, expert witnesses, press, investigators,
The catch phrase for the campaign is, “Protect Elections, Prosecute Rove.”
The word prosecute can mean either civil or criminal action. In this campaign,
we are supporting the civil action to get discovery and take depositions
and, if criminal activity is exposed, the attorneys will refer that for
criminal prosecution. Whistleblowers, such as GOP Cyber Sleuth Stephen
Spoonamore and others are saying that Rove architected and directed the actual
manipulation of votes in several elections. Spoonamore also says that the
GOP has been “stealing elections” and “lying about it.”
Green Party Endorses Ohio Legal Case To Seek Discovery Re Election Manipulations
King Lincoln/Cynthia McKinney News Conference
Columbus OH - The Green Party, which teamed up with the Libertarians to demand a complete
recount of the 2004 Presidential election in Ohio, has endorsed the plaintiffs'
in the King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association v. Blackwell, motion
to lift the stay placed upon the case during settlement negotiations with
Please join 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, and us for a
news conference on our mutual continuing efforts to assure the integrity of the
2008 Ohio election.
Our news conference will be held outside the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon
Ave., Columbus, OH at 12:00 Noon, this Saturday August 9, 2008.
GOP Cyber Sleuth Accuses GOP Of Stealing Elections
GOP cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore, in this
exclusive must see interview, boldly accuses the GOP of stealing elections and
lying about it. Please watch and send it to your friends. This
interview was supposed to air on national television prior to the last election
but was censored. Why was it censored? Who decided to censor it? Please
ask Congress to investigate Spoonamore’s allegations. Go to www.rovecybergate.com and send a letter
New Documents Show That Diebold Patches Use In 2002 Georgia Election Uncertified And Unauthorized
VR will be posting articles for the next several months from
former ABC reporter Rebecca Abrahams, who worked for over a year on an hour long
ABC special about election problems. After numerous rewrites, ABC got cold
feet and and killed the story. VR wants that story in the public domain so we
have asked her to contribute to VR. This is a terrific honor and gives us
exclusives on various matters that she has intimate knowledge. Here is
the first of her contributions—the back story on the use of the Diebold vote
machine patches in the 2002 Senate race between Saxby Chambliss and Max Cleland,
a race which had Cleland leading in all polls yet the final results had him
losing by three points.
By Rebecca Abrahams
The question of whether electronic voting machines can be
manipulated has for some been the holy grail of conspiracy theories. But a
large and growing body of evidence by computer scientists and cyber security
experts has revealed that only one person, not a conspiracy, is needed to
change the results of election. For years there have been reports of
significant software glitches and successful hacks to electronic voting
machines. The voting equipment manufacturers insist their systems are safe and secure,
stressing that they have replaced flawed components. However, no one will ever
know if corrections have been made, as the software that tabulates
America’s votes remains a closely guarded secret by four private,
for-profit companies. Indeed, experts from Princeton to Berkeley have
repeatedly proven them wrong.
Meanwhile, whistleblowers continue to come forward accusing
these companies of ignoring software glitches and in some cases, rigging the
vote. Last week the New York Times highlighted examples of ongoing
concerns regarding the security and accuracy of electronic voting machines --
Adam Cohen wrote of “secret patches” administered to Diebold touch
screen voting machines in Georgia’s DeKalb and Fulton counties two weeks
prior to the 2002 Senatorial election between incumbent Max Cleland and
challenger Saxby Chambliss.
I am quite familiar with the controversy surrounding this
election, as I spent almost two years investigating electronic voting fraud for
ABC News. I interviewed a confidential Diebold contractor who says he
installed the patch upgrade to these machines. He personally gave me the patch
after my correspondent and I spent six hours interviewing him in an undisclosed
hotel room hundreds of miles from our Washington news bureau.
This is the back story on the infamous “Georgia
Patch.” The patch is known in cyber security circles by the provocative
name, “RobGeorgia.zip,” was said to be a clock update patch that
Diebold President Bob Urosevich gave to Diebold contractors two weeks before
the election. Here is an excerpt from my February 2005 interview with the
A: The patch was not certified, it was not known to the
State of Georgia. In fact, the patch was applied in somewhat of a secret rush
Q: Diebold applied it secretly?
A: Yes. They did. It was sort of done very quickly and
there was no communication from my understanding with the State and we were
told just to do it and do it very quickly.
Q: How could you have gained access to those machines?
A: We had access and control of all the machines in
the state of Georgia.
Q: And who gave you that access?
A: The state of Georgia did. This was a fast
implementation. I’ll just put a time window of 6 months or less on the
implementation, and that’s not enough time to train poll workers and
voters and election officials on how to use this complex technology. It’s
just not enough time. So we were running the entire election in 2002 for the
state of Georgia.
Q: What do you think was on the patch?
A: Something illegal. Something illegal. Had it
been legal we would have taken it through the proper certification procedures
and we would have applied it as the rules call for. So something illegal, known
to be illegal, was put on those machines. That makes the election illegal.
It is unknown what was really on that patch. What is known
that any update to the equipment would have meant that Georgia’s
electronic voting machines should have been recertified by independent testing
authorities. That never happened.
In fact, when I asked Secretary of State Cathy Cox’s
office if they knew of any such update, they said they had no knowledge of the
clock patch. They did say that a patch to correct screen freezes was
implemented that July but that was the only patch they were aware of. (click
here to read their written response) This
means that whatever was on the patch that the former Diebold contractor, and
his colleagues inserted into the Diebold machines, was done unbeknownst to the
State and, hence, was never certified. So, it’s anyone’s guess what
that patch did.
Also, the screen freeze patch to the Diebold machines in
July 2002 was never certified. However, since it was too close to the election,
Secretary of State Cathy Cox decided to wait to certify the machines after the
election in December. This means that voters were using uncertified equipment,
in violation of state law, which should have made that election invalid.
According to my source, the secret software that was
installed to fix the clock took over a minute to download. Despite the download
of this software, the clocks were never fixed.
Diebold fought back with a strongly worded letter (click
here). What’s interesting to note is
that Diebold claims to have made only one system upgrade. But its spokesman
David Bear did not say what the patch was for or when it was installed. So at
least one of those patches is unaccounted for. And, again, the screen freeze
patch was never even certified. Diebold also vehemently denied any back door
vulnerabilities to its GEMS tabulation software – a statement that has
been proven false by computer science experts Hugh Thompson, Avi Rubin of Johns
Hopkins University and more recently by David Jefferson of UC Berkeley .
At that point, I still had no idea what was on the patch so
I took it to cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore to see if he could make
sense of it. Spoonamore could not confirm what was on the patch without
examining the machine hard drives. However, after reviewing the patch, he told
“It’s not a clock function. It’s a
comparator function. It asked for three different fields on the front end,
that’s information coming down from the screen into the operating system,
sits on the operating system entry platform. At that point, this piece of code
asks three fields, I don’t know what the three fields are and what their
totals are, compares them against each other and sends them somewhere else.
Well if it were me and I were to guess what that code is, it’s a vote
flipping code. It’s not a clock function. That I know. But ostensibly,
Bob Urosevich actually carried this himself, gave it to the people and told
them this is a clock function. None of them are programmers. They installed it
like they were instructed. But it’s not a clock function.”
While none of this information is new, and we may never know
what was installed on the Diebold machines in Georgia, we do know that Premier
Election Solutions (Formerly Diebold Election Systems) contractors will be on
hand to assist poll workers in the coming presidential election. The
question is: who will be overseeing the contractors? If Georgia 2002 is
any indication, no one will.
Ohio Attorney Says That Rove Will Be Questioned Under Oath
Last night, Ohio election attorney Cliff Arnebeck appeared on
the Peter B. Collins show and told the audience that he will question Karl Rove
under oath as part of the targeted discovery in the federal legal case. “A
RICO case is not limited by executive privilege … and President Bush
cannot stop a civil RICO case with a pardon. Also, because of the Paula
Jones case against President Clinton, where the Supreme Court held that a civil
case and depositions can proceed against a sitting president, Rove will have to
submit to our discovery,” Arnebeck said.
Listen to Arnebeck
Arnebeck identified Rove as the bad guy who directed the
manipulation of elections by illegally funding attacks on Democrats through the
use of corporate monies. He stated that confidential sources have indicated
that Rove and/or Rove minions have threatened and attempted to blackmail Bush
IT guru Michael Connell and his wife Heather recently and this has seriously “compounded”
Rove’s et al problems since, if proven, this will constitute a federal crime.
For the first time, Arnebeck disclosed that Connell has offered to cooperate
with the House Judiciary Committee about this matter.
Arnebeck expects to meet with law enforcement officials early
next week to discuss this stunning development.
Ohio Election Attorney Asks Attorney General For Witness Protection Of GOP IT Guru After Threats
Today Attorney Cliff Arnebeck, who last week filed papers seeking
discovery and depositions from Karl Rove and others for election manipulation,
wrote to Attorney General Mukasey asking for protection for GOP IT guru Michael
Connell and his wife Heather. Mr. Arnebeck stated that he had received credible
confidential information from various sources indicating that Rove and his henchmen
threatened Mr. and Mrs. Connell. In short, Rove et al, either directly or
indirectly, demanded that Connell take the fall for the election manipulation
or the Justice Department would target Mrs. Connell for some lobby related
Arnebeck, an officer of the federal court, took these
threats seriously. First he reported this to the federal judge handling
the case, the Ohio Attorney General and the United States Attorney in Columbus.
Next he wrote to Attorney General Michael Mukasey insisting on protection for the
In a short interview with VR, Mr. Arnebeck stated that Rove
et al “had just made things a lot worse for themselves. It is a federal
crime to threaten a witness – they are engaging in obstruction of
justice, blackmail, suborning perjury, and intimidation. These charges
alone could land them in the penitentiary for a very long time.”
The complete, short email, sent from Arnebeck to AG Mukasey, follows in full below...
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2008 10:51 AM To:XXXXX Subject: Report of Rove threats against witness Michael Connell
Dear Attorney General Mukasey:
We have been confidentially informed by a source we believe to be credible
that Karl Rove has threatened Michael Connell, a principal witness we have
identified in our King Lincoln case in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, that if
he does not agree to "take the fall" for election fraud in Ohio, his
wife Heather will be prosecuted for supposed lobby law violations.This appears
to be in response to our designation of Rove as the principal perpetrator in
the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act/RICO claim with respect to which we issued
document hold notices last Thursday to you and to the US Chamber of Commerce
Institute for Legal Reform. See: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=6189
I have informed court chambers and am in the process of informing the Ohio Attorney
General's and US Attorney's offices in Columbus for the purpose, among other
things, of seeking protection for Mr. Connell and his family from this reported
attempt to intimidate a witness.
Concurrently herewith, I am informing Mr. Conyers and Mr. Kucinich in
connection with their Congressional oversight responsibilities related to these
Because of the serious engagement in this matter that began in 2000 of the
Ohio Statehouse Press Corps, 60 Minutes, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,
C-Span and Jim VandeHei, and the public's right to know of gross attempts to
subvert the rule of law, I am forwarding this information to them, as well.
New VR Interview With Ohio Attorneys Who Have Targeted Rove
On July 17, VR sat down with the two Ohio attorneys who have filed to take targeted
depositions of Karl Rove and others to expose their strategy of election fraud. The
ten minute interview is a real eye opener because they talk about how they plan to
bring back the rule of law to this country and hold those accountable who have undermined
it over the past eight years. And they name names familiar to everyone—Jack Abramoff,
Bob Ney, Ken Blackwell, Grover Norquist, Michael Connell and others. This is a must see
video so watch it here.
VR Video Of The Ohio Press Conference Announcing The Civil Suit To Target Rove For Manipulating Elections
VR was present at the Ohio press conference yesterday and filmed it. We will be
posting an edited clip for YouTube shortly but for all those who want to see it unedited,
you can watch it here in eight segments for a total of one hour and two minutes.
We also have this available in high resolution for members of the press upon request.
Ohio Attorneys Launch Targeted Discovery To Expose Election Manipulation By Karl Rove And Others
Yesterday, Ohio Attorney Cliff Arnebeck launched a new legal
strategy to expose a national strategy of election manipulation directed by
Karl Rove. The implications are stunning. Arnebeck has asked the
Ohio Federal Court to allow for targeted under oath depositions of key
individuals including Rove, Bush IT guru Michael Connell, Jack Abramoff, Ken
Blackwell and others. This will be the first opportunity ever to place
these individuals under oath.
Arnebeck indicated that he has amassed a great deal of
information from various sources including whistleblowers implicating Rove.
He wrote in yesterday’s court filing that the “suspected lead
perpetrator of this conspiracy against the civil rights of the plaintiffs and
against the rule of law in the United States is Karl Rove…. Rove’s politicization
of the Justice Department is currently being investigation by the US
House Judiciary Committee.”
Arnebeck also notified both Attorney General Mukasey and the
Chamber of Commerce that he intends to “assert an Ohio Corrupt Practices
Act/RICO claim against Mr. Karl Rove and others based upon their activities
beginning in 2000 to illegally use corporate treasury money and government
power to establish single faction dominance in the United States, military
dominance in the world and generally undermine the rule of law as it had
developed over the course of the past century.”
See pdf 2 and
VR was at the press conference and extensive coverage is here
on our Election Protection Strike Force
and on THE Brad Blog.
Raw Story has also covered this with new details on the possible manipulation of the 2002 Senate Max Cleland Senate race.
VR will have a complete video of the press conference up shortly.
Ohio Federal Election Lawsuit to be Re-Opened to Protect 2008 Election—Discovery to Include Karl Rove Emails
Today, Ohio attorney Cliff Arnebeck, lead attorney in the
lawsuit over the 2004 Ohio election contest, issued the following press release.
“Counsel for plaintiffs in the federal King Lincoln
Bronzeville v. Blackwell case will hold a press conference at 11 AM
Thursday July 17, 2008 in the Mezzanine conference room of LeVeque Tower.
We are filing to lift the stay in the case in order to proceed
with targeted discovery in order to help protect the integrity of the 2008
election. We also will be providing copies of document hold notices
to the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and the US Justice Department for
Karl Rove Emails from the White House.
Our new data security expert in the case, Stephen Spoonamore, one of the
leading authorities on data security in the world, is planning to attend the
conference and will provide some of his perspectives in this matter.
Representatives from one of our plaintiffs, League of Young
Voters, will also be attending.
We look forward to seeing you there tomorrow.
Cliff Arnebeck, Attorney for the Plaintiffs”
Velvet Revolution will be covering the press conference and will
have video shortly. Stay tuned for some very important information
regarding the suit.
Rove Refuses To Comply With Congressional Subpoena-New Video of Don Siegelman
Today Karl Rove refused to comply to a subpoena from the
House Judiciary Committee to testify about his involvement in the political
prosecution of ex-Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Rove’s invocation of
executive privilege was quickly rejected by the Committee. The question
now is whether the Committee will hold Rove in contempt of Congress.
In our last post, Mr. Siegelman stated unequivocally on video
that Karl Rove directed his political prosecution and he urged everyone to
contact their Congress Members to demand that Mr. Rove be held in contempt.
This is a guy who has told Congress that he will not
show up under subpoena unless he is not sworn to tell the truth, unless he has
the questions in advance, and unless he is assured that nobody is writing down
his answers. Now does that sound like somebody who's prepared to tell the
We won't know the truth until Congress digs it out, and that's why it is so
incredibly important that anybody that reads your blog or listens to it or
watches it gets on the phone, gets on their computer, or writes Congress and
tells them to hold Karl Rove in contempt if he does not show up to testify on
[H]e needs to be held in contempt, needs to be arrested, needs to be brought in
and made to sit before Congress and answer questions.”
Our YouTube videos of Mr. Siegelman and are getting
thousands of views. We now have a new streaming 20-minute interview of
Mr. Siegelman with tons of new powerful information including allegations that
his last election for Governor was electronically manipulated—flipped—by
GOP partisans directed by Karl Rove. Watch that video here.
For members of the media, we have high resolution footage of
our Don Siegelman interview available for broadcast.
Don Siegelman Speaks—Hold Karl Rove In Contempt For Subverting Justice
VR spent several hours with Ex Alabama Governor Don
Siegelman recently discussing his political persecution at the direction of
Karl Rove and his minions. We will have the complete interview posted
tomorrow but we wanted you to hear what he has to say about Rove’s
refusal to testify under subpoena by the House Judiciary Committee. We
have two short YouTube videos where Siegelman emphatically asks everyone
contact their Congress Members and demand that Rove be held in contempt.
Rove has been subpoenaed to testify on July 10th
but his attorney last week informed the Judiciary Committee that he will not
comply. Siegelman wants you to let Congress know that Rove must face the
consequences of his actions. Please contact your Congress Members -- 202
224-3121 or www.house.gov.
VR RECOGNIZES PRESIDENT CARTER'S VISION ON RENEWABLE ENERGY AND CALLS FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT TO PROMOTE GREEN TECHNOLOGY
VR and many of our supporters are very concerned about global warming and
the environment. In supporting the research, development and extensive use of
green technology that will better the environment and help prevent global
warming, we want to recognize former President Jimmy Carter as a visionary
leader of renewable energy.
EQUIVALENT OF WAR
Thirty years ago, President Carter cautioned us about dependence on foreign oil and
provided a plan to lead us on the path to energy independence. He declared the
"moral equivalent of war" on our energy crisis and
Installed solar power panels on the White House.
Created tax breaks for people who installed solar panels on their homes.
Installed a wood burning stove in the White House living quarters.
Signed into law November 1978, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, PURPA, providing favorable terms to
entrepreneurial companies that produced electricity from solar cells, wind turbines, and other
renewable (i.e., non-fossil-fuel) resources.
Sought tax credits to spur individuals and businesses to insulate their homes, stores, and factories, thus reducing
Established tax incentives for Gasahol (now called ethanol).
Created the Energy Department and provided substantial funding dedicated to the research and development of
"green technologies" such as solar and wind turbines; as well as coal, nuclear, and domestic sources
of oil and oil shale with the goal of making America energy independent.
Proposed a bold and sweeping $142 billion energy plan, with 113 parts, which would achieve energy
independence by 1990.
Set a goal of obtaining a fifth of America's needs from renewable energy by the turn of the century.
He lobbied for acceptance of a tax on gasoline--rising to 50 cents a gallon--if consumption did not decline as
mandated, as well as a tax on "gas guzzler" cars.
Made speeches urging energy conservation and independence.
On July 15, 1979 President Carter said:
“Our excessive dependence on OPEC has already taken a tremendous toll on
our economy and our people.... This intolerable dependence on foreign oil
threatens our economic independence and the very security of our nation.
Point One: I am tonight setting a clear goal for the energy policy of the
United States. Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign
oil than we did in 1977– never. From now on, every new addition to our
demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation.
The generation-long growth in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped
dead in its tracks right now and then reversed as we move through the 1980s,
for I am tonight setting the further goal of cutting our dependence on foreign
oil by one-half by the end of the next decade — a saving of over four and
a half million barrels of imported oil per day.
Point two: To ensure that we meet these targets, I will use my presidential
authority to set import quotas. I’m announcing tonight that for 1979 and
1980, I will forbid the entry into this country of one drop of foreign oil more
than these goals allow. These quotas will ensure a reduction in imports even
below the ambitious levels we set at the recent Tokyo summit.
Point three: To give us energy security, I am asking for the most massive
peacetime commitment of funds and resources in our nation’s history to
develop America’s own alternative sources of fuel — from coal, from
oil shale, from plant products for gasohol, from unconventional gas, from the
THE SOLAR PANELS
In 1979, to set a good example and spur the development of solar and other
forms of renewable or "green" technology, President Carter had 32
solar panels installed on the West Wing of the White House. These panels were
visible from Pennsylvania Avenue to show a commitment to clean energy
development. They were dedicated in a Rose Garden ceremony on June 20, 1979. These
32 solar thermal collectors heated the water for the "Mess" in the
White House and remained on the White House for seven years. In 1986, they were
removed for roof repairs, and never reinstalled.
These solar panels ended up on the campus of Unity
College in Maine. In 1992, Unity College's development officer Peter Marbach
tracked them down to a warehouse in Virginia, and requested they be donated to
the school on permenant "loan.” Sixteen of the panels were
then refurbished and restored, using funds from donations. One of the leading
donors was the actress Glenn Close. These 16 panels were then installed on the
school's cafeteria, and heated the water for the school's cafeteria for some 12
years, and the rest were put into storage. Unity college, like President Carter,
practices energy conservation and renewable energy development. In 2004, after the
16 panels wore out and stopped functioning, Unity kept them on the cafeteria roof
as a symbol to inspire the development of renewable energy. VR salutes Unity
College’s commitment to renewable energy.
ROAD NOT TAKEN"
Being historical artifacts, Unity College decided to donate two of the panels in
storage to museums for posterity. One panel was selected to be given to the
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Georgia, and one for the
Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Two Unity College students, Sara Trunzo
and Jason Reynolds, drove down in a Dodge Ram pickup, converted to run on
vegetable oil, delivering one panel to the Smithsonian, and one panel to the
Carter Museum and Library in Atlanta, Georgia.
One of the panels is now on display at the Jimmy
Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. This exhibit is a testament to President Carter's
vision toward renewable technology.
The White House no longer employs solar panels. We urge the next President to renew
a commitment to renewable energy and to provide incentives and funding for the
development of these technologies.
This time, let's make sure that it is a road taken.
Obama Plans Offense In General Election-But What About The Machines?
Today, Barack Obama’s campaign manager
Plouffe said that the Obama campaign plans to think outside the box and play offense and
overwhelm the opposition by competing across the nation with massive voter drives.
Our question to you Mr. Plouffe is what are you going to do to prevent a manipulation
of the electronic vote counting and tabulation results? It is well
established that the last several elections have been gamed by electronic
machines and tabulators, most with no paper ballot or audit provision.
Mr. Plouffe, if you add a million new voters, the vote
counting apparatus can make those disappear either by deleting votes, flipping
votes or adding votes. If you really intend to think outside the box, you
need to aggressively address the certainty of vote manipulation. Give us
a call if you want to know how it is done and what to do to stop it.
Elections Boycotted In Zimbabwe—Where Is Obama?
The continent of Africa is reeling from despots, corruption,
war and terrorism. The presence of the US and other Western countries in
the region seems to be directly related to oil and the protection of Israel
rather than democracy and human rights.
The latest example of this is the sham election in Zimbabwe
where the opposition won the election several months ago but was forced into a
runoff by the dictator Mugabe, who then launched into a spasm of killing and
terror so horrible that the winner of the election was forced to stop
campaigning. So where is Bush and the West on this? Well, talking
to the UN Security Council and making denunciations but it is all a
But the real question is where is Barack Obama? Why
hasn’t he used his bully pulpit as presidential candidate and
African-American to push this issue front and center on the international
stage. This is his test to show leadership and support democracy and free
and fair elections.
VR Consulted On Two Articles Of Impeachment Related to Elections
Velvet Revolution is proud to announce that VR co-founder
Brad Friedman of The BRAD BLOG (along with Election Protection Strike
Force blogger Steve Heller) was consulted by the office of Rep. Dennis Kucinich
(D-OH) prior to his filing of Articles of Impeachment against George W. Bush. Brad
was asked to submit material as used in Article 28, "Tampering with Free and Fair
Elections" and Article 29, "Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights
Act of 1965." The entire resolution has been posted
here in both HTML and PDF format. We urge one and all to sign the petition of
support for Rep. Kucinich and impeachment at Democrats.com.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Resolution
Today, Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced a 35 count
resolution of impeachment against George Bush. http://chun.afterdowningstreet.org/amomentoftruth.pdf
VR has been urging this action for years with our Impeachmobile, our
partnership with AfterDowningStreet.org, our many ads, and our positions.
We have worked with Rep. Kucinich on various issues such as the NH recount, the
investigation of the stolen elections and other corruption by the Bush
Administration. We congratulate him for taking this courageous stand for truth
and the rule of law.
WH Press Spokesman Scotty McClellan To Testify Under Oath
Well, another former White House loyalist has broken ranks
with George Bush. Scott McClellan wrote a scathing book, “What
Happened,” indicting his former boss, saying that the White House
was in permanent campaign mode and used propaganda and fear to sell the war and
other harmful policies. This he calls the Bush “culture of
After McClellan was viciously attacked by Bush and his
surrogates for writing the book, McClellan has agreed to testify under oath before
the House Judiciary Committee about, among other things, Dick Cheney and the
sordid Valerie Plame affair. So now one of Bush’s top
propagandists is telling it like it is.
Abramoff Had High Access To The White House
More than a year ago, we placed a reward for a picture of
Jack Abramoff with Gorge Bush after Bush said he had never met the man. Well,
we got the picture, paid the reward and now all the media uses that photo (with
no credit given to us).
So it is not a big surprise that a Congressional
investigation has determined “that Mr. Abramoff had access to the White
House, [and] the record before the Committee contradicts White House claims
that with respect to his White House contacts, Mr. Abramoff got 'nothing out of
it.' Not only did Mr. Abramoff achieve some positive results from his White
House lobbying, but White House officials sought out the views of Mr. Abramoff
and his colleagues on matters of official business." http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20080609101725.pdf
The lies of this White House know no bounds.
The State Department announced today that the US will no
longer participate with the UN Human Rights Council because it has reported
human rights abuses by Israel. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2008/jun/105716.htm
It’s no wonder that the US has lost its moral leadership in the world and
many more countries have gone pell-mell in their abuses of civilians.
Siegelman Gets Backing From 54 Attorney Generals
We have been urging an investigation of Don Siegelman’s political
prosecution for months. Well, “fifty-four former state attorney
generals filed a brief Friday supporting the appeal of former Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama,
convicted two years ago on bribery and corruption charges in a prosecution
depicted by his supporters as politically motivated.
Robert Abrams, a former New York
attorney general and an author of the brief, said the document was unprecedented
in bringing together a large number of former top state judicial officers, mostly
Democrats but also some Republicans. Mr. Abrams said it reflected “strong
feelings” that an injustice had been done to Mr. Siegelman, a Democrat who
was freed on bond from a federal prison in March after serving nine months.” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/31/us/31siegelman.html...
It’s nice to know that someone is listening and acting, even if it
took the blogs like RawStory to break this story.
Thanks to all VR members, affiliates and others who helped
defeat the draconian Missouri Photo ID law promoted by the GOP there to
disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. Thousands of Missourians
contacted their State Senators and the media to create a groundswell of opposition
to the bill thus depriving the GOP backers with the necessary support to even
bring it up for a vote by yesterday’s deadline.
We worked closely with the Brennan Center to coordinate our
campaign against the bill. We want to particularly thank our affiliates
Progressive Democrats of America, Democrats.com, and After Downing
Street.org. We also want to thank Jim Dean the Director of Democracy for
America, for his support in this campaign. Congratulations to all.
As we noted in our previous post, the Indiana Photo ID law
was used successfully to deny many people the right to vote, including nuns,
college students and the infirm. Well, now the Missouri GOP wants to pass
a constitutional amendment to require a photo ID to prove citizenship as
a condition of voting. This will effectively disenfranchise hundreds of
thousands of Missouri voters.
VR has been actively working to oppose this Missouri law by
bringing together national and Missouri groups to call their Senators to stop
this bad law. We sent out this alert today and we urge any of you who know
people in Missouri to ask them to get involved with this important issue.
Protect Voting Rights in Missouri: A Vote on Photo
ID Amendment could come as early as FRIDAY!
today! Ask your Missouri State Senator to take active steps to defeat HJR 48,
the proposed constitutional amendment that could disenfranchise up to 240,000
registered Missouri voters who do not currently have a
state-issued photo ID.
Call the Communications Office toll-free:
(800) 88-GAVEL or (800) 877-5982
Missouri already has a commonsense voter
identification law that ensures that eligible voters are who
they say they are on Election Day.
fraud is not a problem
in Missouri. In fact, there are NO reported cases of it happening.
Photo IDs would not stop voter registration or
absentee ballot fraud.
photo IDs are provided free of cost, obtaining the underlying documents needed
to prove your identity costs money and can be difficult or impossible to obtain.
Missourian should be deprived of the right to vote because a
government bureaucracy will not provide them a copy of their birth certificate.
an overly-restrictive, burdensome
photo ID law doesn't make sense and is not justified because it
risks disenfranchising up to 240,000 registered Missouri voters who don't now
have a state-issued photo ID.
GOP Backed Photo ID Law Keeps Nuns and Students From Voting In Indiana
Heck of a job, Supreme Court. You have succeeded in
keeping at least a dozen nuns from voting in Indiana yesterday, and a whole lot
of college students. Justices, last week, you indicated that the
plaintiffs had not shown that anyone had been denied the right to vote under Indiana’s
new government issued photo id as a condition of voting law. Well, how
AP story about the 98 year old nun who does not drive because she
lives in a convent and does not need a government issued photo id and who was
known by the Sister who ran the voting place.
Time to make some noise about this and pass
legislation prohibiting the use of photo ids in federal elections.
Support John Kerry’s Investigation Of Military Propaganda
The Times described an extensive program, with dozens of television analysts involved,
some of whom had extensive business ties to the Defense Department -- in
fact they called it "an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of
media Trojan horse -- an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage
from inside the major TV and radio networks."
Since that story ran, there's been a virtual news blackout with no follow-up ,
and we haven't gotten any closer to finding out the real story. Is the
media covering up for being an instrument of military propaganda?
Senator John Kerry wants to get to the bottom of this scandal and yesterday sent
a letter to the Government Accounting Organization requesting an investigation.
Please show your support by virtually "co-signing" the letter with him.
“Only with an overwhelming display of grassroots energy can we put this
story in the spotlight and press for answers,” says Kerry.
Voter ID Laws And The Disenfranchisement Of More Voters
A respected Congressman once said, (paraphrased) “I
spend half my time trying to convince people to go to the polls and vote for
me, but you (GOP Congress Members) want to impose more barriers to voting.”
GOP did it again with its bogus voter ID laws. And
this time, it got the Supreme Court a la Bush v Gore, to yesterday uphold the
most draconian law in the country requiring a government issued photo ID as a
condition to vote.
So now instead of a preemptive strike on this anti democratic
voter suppression tool, the Supreme Court says that the law is ok unless someone
can prove that a potential voter did not get to vote because of the
On November 5, 2007, we urged quick passage of Minnesota
Congressman Keith Ellison’s legislation to prohibit election officials from
requiring a photo ID as a condition for voting. Here is the precise language
from the House bill.
In General- An election official may not require an individual to provide a photo
identification as a condition for receiving or casting a ballot in any election
for Federal office.
We now urge Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to
immediately pass this legislation in order to protect our elections.
Problems With Sequoia—The Company, The Machines
Last month we reported that Sequoia created a public relations nightmare by
threatening to sue NJ and Princeton University if the state turned over its
failed VC Advantage Touch Screen Vote Machines for independent testing. But
even we underestimated the fallout from this anti-democracy stand.
Don Siegelman Wants Conyers To Call Additional Witnesses
Last week we reported that House Judiciary Chairman John
Conyers had asked Karl Rove to testify under oath regarding the political
prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Rove’s
attorney had indicated that Rove would appear voluntarily.
Well, as expected, Rove is now backpedaling on his
testimony, invoking Executive Privilege.
So yesterday, we received a call from Siegelman thanking us
for keeping the pressure on in his case with our ads and posts, and asking us
to urge Rep. Conyers to subpoena the other three person’s
in the Jill Simpson affidavit. Those persons cannot invoke Executive
Privilege but they are aware of the involvement of Rove.
VR now urges the Judiciary Committee to subpoena Bill
Canary, Leura Canary, Alice Martin and Terry Butts.
VR Joins ACLU Call For Special Prosecutor To Investigate High Level Torture Approval
In a stunning admission to ABC news Friday night, President Bush declared that he
knew his top national security advisers discussed and approved specific details
of the CIA's use of torture. Bush reportedly told ABC, ‘I'm aware our
national security team met on this issue. And I approved.’ Bush also
defended the use of waterboarding.
Recent reports indicate that high-level advisers including Dick Cheney, Condoleeza
Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell and George Tenet were part of the National
Security Council's ‘Principals Committee’ that met regularly and
approved the CIA's use of ‘combined enhanced’ interrogation
techniques, even pushing the limits of the now infamous 2002 Justice Department
‘torture memo.’ These top advisers reportedly signed off on how the
CIA would interrogate suspects – whether they would be slapped, deprived
of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning. …
The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on Congress to demand an independent
prosecutor to investigate possible violations by the Bush administration of
laws including the War Crimes Act, the federal Anti-Torture Act, and federal
No one in the executive branch of government can be trusted to fairly investigate
or prosecute any crimes since the head of every relevant department, along with
the president and vice president, either knew or participated in the planning
and approval of illegal acts, ‘ said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of
the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. ‘Congress cannot look the other
way; it must demand an independent investigation and independent prosecutor.’
Fredrickson added, ‘Congress is duty-bound by the Constitution not only to hold the
president, vice president, and all civil officers to account, but it must also
send a message to future presidents that it will use its constitutional powers
to prevent illegal, and immoral conduct."
VR joins with this call for a special prosecutor. It is time to stop this
Conyers Asks Rove To Testify In Siegelman Case
VR Whistleblower Files Suit Against Vote Machine Manufacturer
Two years ago, we posted a reward for information about
fraud in our national elections. One person who contacted us was William Singer,
a former employee of the vote machine manufacturer, Hart Intercivic from
Texas. Mr. Singer made serious claims of fraud against Hart and we
assisted him in getting legal help. At the time, he filed a qui tam
lawsuit which, by law, must be first filed under seal with the Justice
Department to give it a chance to pursue the claims of fraud since they
involved federal Help America Vote money. Therefore, we were unable to
report about it.
Well, finally, on March 27, the DOJ decided that it
was passing on the suit so Singer was allowed to unseal it and file it through
his own attorneys. The
full pdf of the suit is here. What makes this even more newsworthy is that
just a few weeks ago, Hart made a hostile takeover bid of another vote machine manufacturer, Sequoia Voting
Systems. http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5893Sequoia has been embroiled in its own
scandal involving failed voting machines and unethical machine certification procedures. http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5897
What more will it take for these vote machine manufacturers
to come clean with truth and transparency.
The British Say General Petraeus Wants War With Iran And Soon
At VR, we have been warning for several years about the
White House plans to attack Iran. Well now,
the British in a Whitehall report have publicly stated that they fear that General
Petraeus will be the catalyst for such an attack. They believe that Petraeus will tell
Congress this week that Iran is conducting a proxy war against the US in Iraq and this will
be used by the White House as the basis for ordering a punishing attack on Iran.
Petraeus is going to go very hard on Iran as the source of attacks on the American
effort in Iraq," a British official said. "Iran is waging a war in
Iraq. The idea that America can't fight a war on two fronts is wrong, there can
be airstrikes and other moves," he said. "Petraeus has put emphasis
on America having to fight the battle on behalf of Iraq. In his report he can
frame it in terms of our soldiers killed and diplomats dead in attacks on the
George Bush believes that if he is going to attack
Iran, it must be done soon. So, again, we ask that you contact your
Congress Members to urge restraint and dialog rather than bombs and death.
Iowa Joins Other States In Banning DREs And Requiring A Ballot For Every Vote Cast
Well, this is why we always say that every vote should be counted
before awarding delegates (or the electoral college). Today, the Obama
campaign officially added Texas to its list of wins. On March 4, Hillary
Clinton made a big point of saying she won the Texas primary and Bill Clinton
said that she had to win Texas to stay in the race. Now, after yesterday’s
second step in counting the Texas delegates, it is clear that Hillary did not
win. In fact, Obama “won 59 percent of the delegates headed to the
state party's June convention to Clinton’s 41 percent. That translates
into 1,858 delegates for Obama and 1,270 for Clinton. That result made it
likely that when the delegate selection process is finally completed,
will have more Texas delegates to the national convention than Clinton, despite
Clinton's having won the March 4 primary vote 51 to 47 percent.”
At VR, we have been reporting on the political prosecution of
former Alabama Governor Don Siegleman for several months and just this week we started
running a new Internet ad demanding his release from prison. Well, our
efforts have paid off today big time. First, the House Judiciary
Committee ordered that Siegleman be transported from prison to testify about
his political prosecution. Second, late today, the 11th
Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Siegleman released on bail pending his appeal.
We want to thank everyone who took action to help with these
huge wins for democracy and justice. The fight is not over, but these
were very good steps toward accountability.
$25,000 Reward For Sequoia Whistleblower And We Want A Sequoia AVC Advantage Touch-Screen Voting Machine
Today, VR offers a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of
the person or persons who programmed the Sequoia AVC Advantage voting machines used in last
month's New Jersey election to mistally the votes in several counties throughout the state.
Please call our toll free hotline to report this information 1-888-VOTETIP.
We are also seeking a Sequoia whistleblower or elections official to provide us with one
or more Sequoia AVC Advantage touch-screen machine in order to have independent computer experts
analyze and test the machines.
As we reported earlier today, Sequoia has threatened legal action against NJ elections officials
if they provide such a machine to Princeton computer scientists for analysis. We will maintain
the confidentiality of the persons who make a machine donation. Call our confidential hotline if
you have a machine. 1-888-VOTETIP
Contact The New Jersey Attorney General And Urge An Investigation Of Malfunctioning Sequoia
Sequoia's AVC Advantage touch-screen machines mistallied vote totals across at least six
different counties in New Jersey's February 5th Presidential Primary Election.
During a post-election canvass, it was found that the number of voters for each
party, as reported by the internal printouts on the electronic voting machines,
failed to match totals on the internal memory cards inside the same systems.
When NJ Governor Corzine tried to vote on the Sequoia machines, they would not
boot up. http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5814
A Mercer County, NJ official sent a letter to the state Attorney General criticizing
Sequoia's bizarre explanation for failures discovered in the systems following the
state's recent Primary Election, characterizing what he describes as the
company's "strange, confusing solution". He said the company's
explanation for the problem, which succeeded in blaming voters and poll workers
as usual, was based on a "bizarre scenario, with no cited evidence or
Meanwhile, NJ's state clerks association voted unanimously to recommend that the Attorney
General commission an independent study of the machines. Velvet Revolution
supports the state Elections Officials call for such a technical review of the
failed Sequoia systems.
Urgency is key, since the very same Sequoia touch-screen machines will be used next
month in Pennsylvania's important Primary Election.
Last week, the statewide clerks' association urged the Attorney General to hire
Princeton Computer Scientist Ed Felten, who made national headlines two years
ago when he demonstrated how a computer virus could be easily inserted on a
Diebold voting machines to undetectably alter election results. VelvetRevolution
provided the Diebold machine to Felten after we received it from a Diebold
When Sequoia found out about the possibility of an independent technical review of their
machines, its VP of Compliance/Quality/Certification, Edwin Smith, threatened
Felten, and the NJ county which initially discovered the failure, with legal
action should they analyze the voting systems.
Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello told the New Jersey Times that
Sequoia's decision to block an independent analysis of its touch-screen voting
machines makes no sense if the firm is confident that they work properly.
"I think it's unfortunate that they're not letting an independent
investigation take place," Sollami-Covello said. "They should have no
problem with having a third party investigate the product if they are confident
in their product. It's unfortunate that they're not letting an independent
investigation take place...They should have no problem with having a third
party investigate the product if they are confident in their product."
A Union County, NJ attorney folded to pressure from the company which claimed that
Election Officials in NJ --- which spent millions on the voting systems --- are
not legally allowed to examine them independently because "the voting
machine software is a Sequoia 'trade secret' and cannot be handed over to any
Fear of a lawsuit from Sequoia, which will also control the state's elections in an
upcoming June primary, as well as the November general election, has led to
county attorney's backing down from their plans for the time being, unless the
state Attorney General jumps in to take action. “We're not going to
proceed and invite a lawsuit," said Norman Albert, first deputy counsel in
Rutgers University law professor, Penny Venetis stated what should be quite obvious in a
recent Star-Ledger article...
"We shouldn't have a corporation dictating how
elections are run in the state," Venetis said. "If an elected
official believes there was an anomaly and the matter has to be investigated,
then the official should be able to consult with computer experts without
Livermore Laboratory's computer scientist David Jefferson, who has worked on a number of
state studies of e-voting systems, told The BRAD BLOG, said."We
have only a matter of weeks before the Pennsylvania primary in which the same
machines will be used in Philadelphia, and only a few months more until the
general election," Jefferson wrote. "This bug (and any others
discovered) must be fixed."
He urged that concerned citizens contact New Jersey's Attorney General Ann
Milgram ASAP in order to request she commission a technical review immediately.
VR joins the call for an immediate, independent technical review of Sequoia's AVC
Please send AG Milgram a polite, but firm request for such an immediate review
In the meantime, VR will be letting Sequoia know that it has
a lot to lose by ignoring the will of the voters. Three years ago we
launched our Divestiture for Democracy campaign against Diebold for engaging in
similar conduct and it has been dealing with a public relations disaster ever
since, as well as lawsuits that we helped initiate, and a massive drop in
Secretaries of State Debra Bowen and Jennifer Brunner Win JFK Profiles in Courage
Award for Taking on Electronic Vote Machines
Today, the JFK Library Foundation Announced that two of our heroes, California SOS
Debra Bowen and OHIO SOS Jennifer Brunner have been awarded
the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage prize for taking on the
electronic vote machine companies.
Secretary of State, California
After a $450 million investment by California counties in electronic voting
systems aimed at modernizing elections, newly elected Secretary of State Debra
Bowen ordered an independent review of the new voting technologies to ensure
they adequately protected the integrity of the vote. When the study revealed
troubling flaws in the systems, Bowen strictly limited the use of
direct-recording electronic voting machines, and imposed significant security
and auditing requirements on systems to be used in California’s February
5 presidential primary election. Bowen’s decision was met with resistance
by voting system vendors and many county elections officials.
Secretary of State, Ohio
A series of voting irregularities in several major Ohio counties that use
electronic voting systems led newly elected Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner
to order that paper ballots be provided to any voter who requested one during
the state’s March 2008 presidential primary. Furthermore, Brunner called
for the replacement of all of the state’s electronic voting systems
– used in 53 of Ohio’s 88 counties – with paper ballots and
optical scan technology before the November 2008 presidential election. Critics
have objected to the cost and questioned the necessity of Brunner’s
Congratulations to both.
Bush Vetoes Legislation Banning Waterboarding And Other Torture
Congress recently passed legislation, opposed by John McCain, prohibiting the use
of torture on US prisoners. And yesterday, George Bush vetoed the legislation because
it would intrude on decisions of the Executive Branch. This veto was carried as
headline news in the Muslim world.
So America's moral high ground continues on the decline and John McCain wants to
continue that freefall. We need elected officials who know the difference between
right and wrong.
VR Calls For New Elections In Florida And Michigan
Florida and Michigan violated the rules by moving up their primaries
and were therefore stripped of their delegates for the Democrat
Convention. Neither Obama nor Clinton campaigned in either state yet many
establishment officials are demanding that the two states’ delegates be
seated, to the obvious benefit of Clinton. At VR, we believe that
every vote should be counted and that the rules should be followed. In
this case, if the delegates are counted after violating the rules, then rules
mean nothing and voters everywhere will lose even more faith in the electoral
system. Moreover, it will harm the voters who did not initially vote in
the two states because they were told that their votes would not count.
Accordingly, we call for both Florida and Michigan to hold
new elections, either by primary or caucus, and award delegates based on those
elections and the established rules. This will ensure that every vote
counts and that everyone participates who chooses to do so. The
states should pay for the new elections since they chose to violate the
rules. The candidates should be given a reasonable time to campaign and
organize in each state. This is the fair solution and will negate allegations
of election manipulation.
New VR Sibel Edmonds Video on YouTube-Stop Nuclear Technology To Turkey Now!
VR launched a new video on YouTube today featuring FBI
whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and urging everyone to contact their Congress Members
to stop the planned transfer of nuclear technology to Turkey.
The Bush administration has said that it will begin such transfers on April 20,
2008 unless Congress enacts legislation to stop them. Sibel has stated
that US officials have taken bribes and engaged in corruption regarding nuclear
transfers to Turkey. We believe that this Bush order is being used
to immunize those previous transfers. We urge all of our members and
readers to spread the word.
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman Was Prosecuted Because He Was A Popular
Democrat-Karl Rove Directly Involved-Ties To US Attorney Scandal-60 Minutes Expose’
Gets Blacked Out-Take Action Now
We have been watching the story of Don Siegelman carefully and working behind the
scenes to get it exposed properly. Siegelman was the former Governor of
Alabama targeted by Karl Rove and the White House for being a popular
Democrat. The evidence against him was fabricated and now scores of
people are bringing attention to this sordid case of political targeting,
including dozens of attorney generals and congress members. Last night, 60
Minutes ran its own expose’ which was blacked out in parts of the US
including Alabama. Our partner at BradBlog has the whole segment here for
those who did not see it, along with all the great coverage by RawStory.
We ask all of you to go to Siegelman’s website and take the following action.
1. Contact Congress Today! Contact your Member of Congress and ask
them to move forward on the Don Siegelman Investigation. It's easy. Click
here to find out how!
................................................................................................................................................... 2. Write a letter to each
member of the Judiciary Committee Today! Thank them for their work so far and encourage them to press on!
Click on the link to the Judiciary Committee membership list.
On Oct. 23, 2007 a
hearing was held to review the Siegelman case and
other cases of selective Prosecution. Please take time to write a letter and
fax the Congressmen on the Judiciary Committee again to thank them and ask
that they keep the pressure on until a resolution is found.
................................................................................................................................................... 3. Thank these former
Attorneys General by email Forty-four former state Attorneys General from 40 of the 50 states,
both Democrats and Republicans, submitted a petition urging the
United States Congress to investigate the circumstances surrounding
the investigation, prosecution, sentencing and detention of Don
Siegelman, the former Governor of Alabama. It's simple! Click
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60 Minutes is interested in doing additional add-on
installments of this story. The show’s reporters and producers have much
more to tell about the duo of Bill and Leura Canary and the corrupt judge, Mark
Fuller. The network has agreed to run one or two more installments if there is
interest shown by the public. Please let them know you want more on Fuller, the
Canary couple, and the trial itself. Contact CBS here:
524 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
7. If you have seen the
broadcast, then you now know that the key witness against Don Siegelman lied
and that the prosecution was aware of it. There is more to the Nick Bailey
story too. His brother was threatened with jail time by the US attorney's
office (because he is allegedly as corrupt as Nick) if Nick did not testify
against Siegelman. Based on the Bailey issue alone, Don Siegelman's conviction
should be overturned. Moreover, US Attorney Leura Canary must be fired
immediately and fully investigated. To accomplish this, please demand that
Congress respond to this corruption of the Justice Department.
Three Million Dollars From RNC Buys Silence And An Acquittal
The Republican National Committee spent three million dollars on
legal fees for Mr. Tobin while throwing co-defendant Allen Raymond under the
bus. Raymond eventually wrote a book, “How to Rig an Election,
Confessions of a GOP Operative,” and we interviewed him for three hours
about his unethical and criminal experiences with the GOP. http://youtube.com/watch?v=vlR1a_oQSOQ
Reached this morning at his home in the DC Metro area, Raymond
said, “People should not mistake this for innocence on the part of Mr.
Tobin. The judge ruled on a technical legal issue. The RNC got what it
paid three million dollars for – an acquittal and a lot of silence and
protection.” In Raymond’s interviews with us, he
unequivocally stated that that Tobin and the RNC are liars and criminals.
VR has learned that the House Judiciary Committee has met with Mr.
Raymond recently and is planning to call him to testify at a hearing on
election dirty tricks later this spring. Raymond says that he is looking
forward to working with Congress to hold those responsible for dirty tricks
Raymond noted that on a human level, he is glad that Tobin did not
have to suffer the indignities of imprisonment, but that Tobin will have to
live with his wrongdoing and face a higher authority.
Mayor Bloomberg Says Fraud Occurred In NY Primary
Mayor Bloomberg charged yesterday that "fraud" was behind the unofficial
results in the New York Democratic presidential primary that produced zero
votes for Barack Obama in some districts. Unofficial tallies on election night
gave Obama no votes in 78 out of more than 6,000 election districts. It’s
no wonder that Hillary Clinton won NY.
"If you want to call it significant undercounting, I guess that's a euphemism for
fraud," said the mayor. We have been calling undervoting fraud
for almost three years so it’s nice to see a major politician doing the
Bush IT Guru Now Works For “100 More Years Of War” John McCain
We have mentioned our investigation of Michael Connell in
previous posts and our $500,000 reward for information about him and his companies,
GovTech Solutions and New Media Communications. He is the Bush family IT
guru who was in charge of the election computers in Ohio 2004 for Ken Blackwell
and a top man in the IT network in Florida 2000 for Jeb Bush. He has been
involved with the majority of GOP election scandals for the past decade and handles
a Who’s Who of GOP IT work.
Well, guess who Mr. Connell and his companies are working
for now? None other than John McCain. Connell has been hired to “win”
the election in November against the Democratic nominee. That’s “win”
as in George Bush win in Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004. So Democrats beware
and be prepared.
We have been investigating Connell and his associates for
quite a long time and we will soon be breaking some very disturbing stories
about his work for the GOP. Connell is a brilliant IT man who took the
wrong path, a Dr. Josef Mengele of the GOP. A man who believes so
deeply in his Catholic faith that saving the babies caused him to sell out
his soul and principles to the Bush family. He may be the key person
responsible for the Bush “wins” in Florida and Ohio, and by
extension the deaths and injury of tens of thousands of American soldiers in
Iraq, the destruction of that country and the death of up to a million
Iraqis. Heck of a job, Mikey -- we don’t think the Catholic Church
We believe a Congressional investigation and a special prosecutor are in order to
expose Connell. We hope that our upcoming exposes’ will prompt quick
action so Connell cannot be a key player in another tainted election.
Sign The Petition Demanding That California Election Officials Count 100,000
Non-Partisan Votes Discarded Because Of A Bad Ballot
On Super Tuesday in Los Angeles, the ballot provided to non-partisan voters
required that two bubbles be filled out rather than one required for partisan
voters. The ballot and the officials in the polling places caused such
confusion that nearly 100,000 non-partisan votes have been discarded because
both bubbles were not filled out. The elections officials are now saying
that they cannot count the votes because they cannot with certainty determine
the voters’ intent. This is wrong since most of the voters voted for a
particular presidential candidate. Attorneys from the Courage Campaign, a
VR affiliate, sent a three-page letter to the LA County Board of Supervisors
calling for all ballots to be counted, in response to Logan's report claiming
it would be "impossible." That letter
is here [PDF], and includes this notable graf:
In response to the Florida electoral fiasco in 2000,
California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 43 on March 5, 2002 which
amended Article II of the California Constitution as follows: A voter who
casts a vote in an election in accordance with the laws of this State shall
have that vote counted. Further, state law clearly states that when
reviewing votes and voting systems, Election Code requirements "shall be
liberally construed so that the real will of the electors will not be defeated
by any informality or failure to comply with all of the provisions of the
law." (See Cal. Elec. Code Sec. 19001.)
The group has created an online petition calling on Los Angeles County's Acting Registrar
of Voters, Dean Logan, to count every vote. Nearly 40,000 people have signed the
petition and VR urges all of our members to do so and pass this petition to
others. Every vote should be counted.
Senate Votes To Ban Waterboarding, McCain Flip Flops
Today, the Senate voted 51-45 in favor of the Intelligence Authorization Bill, which
contains a provision establishing that the intelligence community abide by the same
standards as articulated in the Army Field Manual which prohibits waterboarding.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a former prisoner of war, has spoken strongly in favor of
the standard. When confronted today with the decision of whether to stick with his
conscience or vote for torture, McCain abandoned principle and voted for torture.
John McCain was against torture before he was for it. What a shame, the Stockholm
Syndrome is alive and well in the McCain campaign.
Another Swing State Election Debacle-New Mexico Too Close To Call Because Of Voting Problems
We have been predicting problems with the primaries for several months but even we are
shocked at what has happened in New Mexico since the voting there on Super Tuesday.
The full story can be found on The BRAD BLOG but the short of it is that thousands of voters
went to the polls only to find that they were not registered. They
therefore had to vote on provisional ballots and almost 17,000 of them did. If
this weren’t bad enough, those ballots still have not been counted after two
days and the spread between Obama and Clinton is only 217 out of 136,000.
Oh, and the Democratic Chair whose husband endorsed Clinton, kept at least three boxes of
ballots home after the voting on Tuesday.
Governor Richardson issued a statement saying that he is deeply disturbed by the problems
in the voting. Fortunately, NM votes on paper ballots so all of this may be
fleshed out in the next few days.
Looks like we might be asking for another recount.
Allen Raymond's Third Interview WIth VR -He Who Wins Makes The Laws
Here is the final of three interviews we conducted with Allen Raymond. We can report
that a powerful House Committee is interested in what Mr. Raymond has to say and we have
directed that Committee to these interviews.
Went to RNC Campaign College in 1992, meant to be an intensive 3 or 5 day course to
replicated the campaign experience, late nights and so on.
"didn't call it vote-caging"
"called it ballot integrity"
"mail first class letters to address and if returned, it stands as evidence
the person is not at that address".
I didn't use it because it's very expensive.
Didn't anyone come up to you and say, "You shouldn't be doing these things?"
No. ...to the victor go the spoils.
Session 3 2/4
Were you aware of an explicit what I call, 'swing state strategy'?:
In my book, I wrote about a dinner meeting with Haley Barbour where I told
him we had a chance to pick up the governor's chair in West Virginia and he asked
me "Why would we want West Virginia?".
In fact, WV proved to be a key state [for one of the Bush races].
There was an emphasis on state legislative races,etc., while Haley Barbour
was chair because control of the state process establishes control over the
Yes, there was certainly an effort to win these races, there was emphasis
on Governorships and legislative races.
Gets to "is king law or law king?" It's the infrastructure they put in
place [that controls in the future.]
Session 3 3/4
Do you think drug laws are bad?:
Drug laws and sentencing laws are awful, we send way too many people to
prison. We imprison more people than Russia and Canada combined.
"I was flipping these switches without realizing what was the impact in people's lives".
...changed perspective on imprisonment.
I never got why we went into Iraq. The whole Powell/Tenet presentation
at the UN was a staged thing. "As it was going on, I thought to myself
that this is no different than an orchestrated political press conference.
I didn't buy it."
In politics, you know the point you want to make, you've poll-tested it,
you've tested it in the way you want to present it, now you've got to bring
people around to understand how you present it.
I talk about the 'infoslam' that will so overwhelm that the recipient
has to be convinced.
'tell the reporter to put 100 pieces of paper into the fax machine to
receive overwhelming information'
Iraq looked to you like an election campaign?
Yeah, had all hallmarks as a political campaign.
Session 3 4/4
Explicit goal to take elections by controlling the SOS such as in Ohio and Florida?:
Certainly a goal of taking legislative and constitutional offices.
But it's just common sense, that even if it is a constitutional office,
control of elections should not be by a campaign official.
My view in Ohio in 2004, it was simply not an equality of deployment to precincts.
Jane Millerick, surprise to learn she's now a contributor to DCI PAC?:
Jane Millerick is a liar. None of what she said was true, lied about me.
They should've just eaten the scandal up front and it would've gone away.
Millerick is among top 10 liars, in my experience.
I was part of the group, "we don't break laws, we make laws".
GOP Whistleblower Allen Raymond’s Second Interview With VR Details More Dirty Tricks
As promised, here are the next four segments of our
interview with reformed GOP dirty trickster Allen Raymond. And by the
way, we have some autographed copies of his book which we are giving away to
the first 25 people who donate at least $50 to us here.
Obama, he is a repudiation of the worst Bush Administration policies...war in Iraq primarily.
Dynasty: It's clear that if you're a Clinton, you can't be an agent of change.
All of the dirty tricks I talk about in my book which is delivering messages in a way that
predisposes or asssumes a predisposition among certain demographic groups.
The inverted race card. Osama Barack--Educated in a madrassa
Expect Hillary Clinton to be rejected vis a vis the dynasty phenomenon. Quarter century
of two family rule.
Is the law king or the king law?
What I mean by that is that once you get into this dynastic series, what it does is open
up (and I think you've seen it in the Justice Dept. the last 8 years) using the law to
essentially advance their goals. Specifically, in the Bush Administration it is the idea
of taking a statute and expanding it beyond its original intent in order to create new laws
rather than going through the legislative process.
Session 2 2/4
Re DCI Group, in the book you call them the black ops of the RNC. If you were to
recommend to a clean government organization such as ourselves...How to expose them
The way that DCI makes its living at least for the last eight years is its been
the nerve center for the Bush political operation outside of the RNC and the White
It's where PFA was hatched. Most of the telecommunications budgets would go through
there on the campaign and probably at the RNC as well.
So what to do about DCI may be taken care of for you by the electorate. The reason
I say that is Mitt Romney, in my political opinion, he's just an inauthentic guy...He
just is too many different positions on different issues.... So what does that
mean? Most of the Bushies, people involved with the Bush campaign are involved
in the Romney campaign.
Tony Feather of FLS-DCI was the co-chair of Romney campaign.
McCain doesn't have an operation like that, doesn’t’ have infrastructure
that Bush 43 had which was also the leftovers from his father.
If McCain loses the GE, it's all in flux again, then it's a battle internally for
who takes control of the Party.
That's where it gets interesting. DCI must perform and
win in order to maintain its status which is kind of the clearing house...I mean it seems
to me almost all Republicans end up working for DCI...not all but a good number of
Republicans end up working for DCI, it's a clearing house.
I never worked there but in my book I needed to go there and talk to Mr. Synhorst to
get his approval to get funding for my own company. So that gives you an idea of their
That's the track for an organization like yours, the academic proof, the clear
evidence of "here's a process that doesn't work".
I personally have never understood the rush to electronic voting...hanging chads...
Session 2 3/4
That that disclosure reports don't show a trail back to contract or buyer and it's
in two states, this indicates money involved.
Session 2 4/4
As regional political director, what levels of campaigns were you aware of?
Served as the eyes and ears of the RNC, told them who were the viable candidates
for decisions about where resources should be allocated and where they shouldn't.
Dole example of one who was clearly not viable.
Power of tobacco money: "I've ridden on a tobacco jet"
Where Is The US Media When Sibel Edmonds Talks About High Level Corruption And Treason
By Government Officials
For three weeks the past month, the UK Times of London has published explosive stories
about the cover-up of Sibel Edmonds’ allegations of corruption, bribes
and outright treason by high level US government officials. Much of this
information involves the illegal transfer of nuclear technology to Turkey and
bribes to Marc Grossman, a former State Department official.
As Sibel expert Lukery Ryland notes in a
recent interview with Sibel and
a blog post, after “the Times began this series three weeks ago,
the White House has quietly moved to legalize the sale of nuclear technology to Turkey in an apparent
attempt to 'Exonerate Neocon Criminals' who have been illegally selling this
technology for a decade. Congress has 90 days to block this legislation, otherwise
it becomes law. If Turkey wants and deserves nuclear technology, this decision
should be made openly and transparently, not the result of stealth decisions
made by this administration to hide crimes of senior US officials.”
We need a concerted effort to stop this law from going into effect.
Moreover, no major US press has even reported on this story since the Times
exposé series began three weeks ago.
We need public open hearings to determine which officials have been
supplying the nuclear black market before this becomes law.
How long, if ever, before the New York Times, Washington Post,
AP, or any other major U.S. media outlet begins reporting this story?
Three weeks ago, we posted an animation video on YouTube called Obama Asks Hillary
About Change which showed Obama serenading Hillary while news headlines flashed across
the screen about Hillary’s lack of change. In three weeks, the vid was viewed over
80,000 times and had hundreds of comments creating quite a fun political dialog.
Then this morning, YouTube precipitously removed the vid for “inappropriate
content.” Here is the video that YouTube found so objectionable.
We have asked them what is inappropriate about it but have so far received no response.
It appears that they don’t like political speech or they are supporting a
particular candidate through their censorship of this video. Hey,
YouTube, remember the First Amendment?
We are contacting the ACLU to see what legal remedies we have to deal with this
and of course we will be doing press releases about this shortly. So stay tuned.
GOP Political Operative Allen Raymond’s Exclusive Three Hour Dirty Tricks Tell-All
As promised, VR has three hours of video interview with Allen Raymond, the former GOP/RNC
political operative who was convicted for the 2002 New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal. Allen
sat down with us on three separate occasions over a week-long period and spilled his heart
out about the evils of the GOP election strategy, the failings of George Bush, and the schism within
the GOP after the rise of the Southern evangelicals. We will present
these over the next week in three installments. Because YouTube only
allows ten minute videos, the first installment is in four parts at the
following links. This is really fascinating information and we urge
everyone to watch so they can learn what goes on behind the scenes and just how
deep the corruption goes in the GOP political establishment.
Was a campaign manager who'd hung out his shingle to do telemarketing when he
got the call from the RNC in 2002.
Was set to be the guinea pig to run a beta test of the phone-jamming operation
as suggested by his attorney
I can't speak to DCI, they were not involved in this...DCI was only involved
tangentially in the jam operation.
That tangent was James Tobin, employed by DCI, who was the RNC's Northeast Regional
Tobin worked in the two national positions that Raymond had, as Regional Political Director
of RNC, and NRSC.
Attorney: look at this thing, they were probably trying to get you to do the beta
test, if successful, they'd probably roll it out.
Tobin's call is qualified by Raymond's experience who knows the process- no program
sees the light of day unless it's been vetted. This is not an organization of
Two assessments, unwaveable conditions -if he's calling me it must be approved,
if he's calling me, he also must be somehow in charge of the money.
The check for NH Phone jamming was forged -Victory Account of State Committee
The GOP uses various means to get around prohibitions on soft/hard money
GOP sells soft money for hard money like currency trading
The Northern Republicans have a distaste for the Southern Republicans and
Southern Republicans went after the old guard GOP when Bush came into office and
look what we got, it’s a shame
Southern Republicans are the snake-handlers, more ideological, less tolerant. They
said, we won, we have a mandate and we are running things
Dennis Hastert basically gave away the majority, he was lining up at the
RNC and the Bushies are “liars”
Bush did not have the level of accomplishment a President needs but did have
a high level of arrogance
I have earned the right to call them liars because they lied about me
RNC spent at least 3 million for lawyers for my co-conspirator whose line
of defense was that I was a liar
GOP will “commit crimes to win elections”
They committed a crime in my case and then denied it ever happened
Vast Right Wing Conspiracy—I am part of it, and proof of it
Elections are not about morality, they are about winning
Government should not be moral, only churches and cults
Elections are like criminal trials, and I was the defense attorney
When the judge asked where is my moral compass, I said my compass was to win
RNC believes that if GOP wins, they make the laws
Campaigns are not about dialog and debate but about winning at all costs
We take polls to find out what buttons to push, to find predispositions
Don’t believe what you see or read in political campaigns because everything
is targeted and polled
This book tells people what to look out for in politics
When the GOP won, that’s where the money was going to be
I could never stomach working for the Bushies
I saw Karl Rove inTexas and he was very impressive, in total control
and one of the best
RNC Chair Haley Barbour was a powerful presence and he gives his own
By 2004, I was neck deep with the FBI and attorneys
Ken Blackwell was former chair of Forbes campaign and I knew him that way
In Ohio 2004, Blackwell made sure to disenfranchise because people are supposed
to vote if in line on time
In Florida 2004, the Brooks Brothers riot was an orchestrated event
I was working the GOP convention in 1996 getting my section to do things
Florida 2000 was a travesty, but Bush would not lose that baby
Bush would win because James Baker was a lot tougher than Warren
The mentality was rigorous, Florida was not something to lose, no way
Politics is a business, and politics monetizes government
Republicans monetize through money and contracts
Democrats monetize through entitlement programs that lock people
into voting for them
The GOP is very good at monetizing government
John Conyers Introduces Bill to Fight Voter Caging
Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) introduced the
Caging Prohibition Act of 2008. Voter caging is a practice by which mail is sent
to a registered voter’s address and, if the mail is returned as
“undeliverable” or if it is delivered and the voter does not
respond, his or her registration is challenged in order to suppress voter
turnout. This may occur even if the voter has simply moved across a college
campus or to another location on a miltary base, or simply does not respond to
what one might assume is junk mail. It is estimated that the practice has
resulted in tens of thousands of voters - often soldiers, college students and low-income
families - being purged from the rolls.
“During the 2004 Election, challengers monitored every single one of Detroit’s
254 polling stations,” Conyers said. “With a Michigan lawmaker
advocating “suppress the Detroit vote,” it was obvious why the
challengers were at every polling place – to create a tense and hostile
environment for those eligible voters who simply wished to participate in our
democracy by casting a ballot.”
The bill was cosponsored by Reps. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD),
Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA), John Barrow (D-GA), and John Yarmuth
(D-KY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Steven Cohen (D-TN), and Keith Ellison (D-MN). It
seeks to make voter caging illegal with the following provisions:
· Provides that the right to register to vote or vote shall not be denied by
election officials if the denial is based on voter caging and other
questionable challenges not corroborated by independent evidence.
· Prohibits persons other than election officials from challenging a voter’s
eligibility based on voter caging and other questionable challenges.
· Requires that any voter challenge by persons other than election
officials be based on personal, first-hand knowledge.
· Designates voter-caging and other questionable challenges intended to
disqualify eligible voters as felonies, crimes eligible for fines up to
$250,000, five years imprisonment, or both.
“Voter caging is inconsistent with the principle that every eligible citizen should be
entitled to the right to vote,” Conyers added. “The Caging
Prohibition Act of 2007 will clearly define and criminalize voter caging and
other questionable challenges intended to disqualify eligible voters.”
Karl Rove Tries To Discredit Exit Polls To Make Sure That Election Cheating Goes Unquestioned
Guest Blogged by Allan Hunt Badiner
Politics makes strange bedfellows, and I am not one for
conspiracy theories. Yet, when I read Karl Rove's recent pro-Hillary Clinton
piece in the Wall Street Journal, particularly the part about how useless
exit polls are, my mind began to seriously entertain a clever dirty tricks campaign to
keep Obama from winning the Democratic nomination.
A more mean-spirited and undeserved trashing of Obama has
never been written, and coming from Karl Rove, his respectful if sympathetic
view of Hillary is peculiar. In his post mortem, Rove repeatedly
refers to the experience issue, and urges Hillary to more effectively
"raise questions about the fitness for the Oval Office of a first-term
senator with no real accomplishments or experience."
Obama was supported by New Hampshire's wine drinkers,
Rove explains, but he was rejected by its beer drinkers. One wonders
why the body of his NH analysis is then devoted to putting down Obama from a
more sophisticated perspective-- certainly not the criteria used by the beer
drinking crowd. "Obama," Rove writes "has failed to rise to
leadership on a single major issue in the Senate. In the Illinois legislature,
he had a habit of ducking major issues, voting 'present' on bills important to
many Democratic interest groups..." He proceeds to add on more
questionable vitriol: that Obama is "often lazy, given to
misstatements and exaggerations and, when he doesn't know the answer, too ready
to try to bluff his way through."
His newfound admiration for Hillary is
unconvincing. Yes, he admits Obama is playing a historical role, but
"not enough to push aside the former First Lady and senator from New York.
She's an historic figure, too." In his criticisms of
Hillary, "Obama comes across," Rove churlishly attacks,
"as a vitamin-starved Adlai Stevenson." It's widely
agreed that the Republicans are much more comfortable with running against
Hillary in November with her high negatives. If there is going to be
election fraud and cheating-- why wait until November? Why not take
steps now to engineer success for the preferred opponent? Can anyone
be sure Karl Rove is really "retired?"
Our media culture endows polls," Rove claims,
"especially exit polls -- with scientific precision they simply don't
Exit polls, unlike pre-ballot opinion polls, are clearly
the closest thing we have to recognizing election fraud. Widely respected in
Europe, they are never more than a fraction of a point off the ballot
count. Obviously pre-vote surveys can't be "scientific" since
the voter has more opportunities to change their mind-- and many do at the last
minute. Once voters emerge from the voting booth, however, there can be
no surprise changes. To lump the unreliability of opinion polling
with the established efficacy of exit polls is highly inaccurate, suspicious,
and misleading. I can understand why Rove is not fond of exit polls
since the most compelling case made about the illegitimacy of Bush's presidency
was the variance between exit polls and vote results in many specific precincts
in several states. Diebold has been implicated in many of these
instances. The vote in New Hampshire, it turns out, was
overwhelmingly tabulated on Diebold scanning machines. To top it off, the
percentages of the vote given for Obama and Clinton, according to which
counting method was used, were almost precise mirror images of each other. If
there was a hack, it may have been as simple as just switching the results
without even molesting the numbers.
Last Sunday's New York Times Magazine cover story on the
entire e-voting disaster titled, "The Bugs in the Machine," was well
timed. Hillary's unexpected success (no doubt a big surprise to her) could
possibly have been a massive failure for the nation. Election fraud
and cheating is nothing new in American politics- save possibly for its present
scope, sophistication and early deployment. Every citizen concerned
about the viability of our democracy should be raising their voice loudly and
firmly in opposition to elections using electronic voting outsourced to private
corporations. Our government, in order to remain of the people, by
the people, and for the people, is properly obliged to employ exit polling and
should ensure our precious votes are hand counted on paper ballots.
The Book How To Rig An Election Is An Excellent Read And You Can Get It Here—This Book
Is About A Past New Hampshire Election
Last week, Simon and Shuster released a new book about GOP dirty tricks titled,
“How to Rig An Election, Confessions Of A GOP Operative,” by Allen Raymond. We will
soon be releasing several in depth interviews with Allen as part of our Election
Protection Strike Force this year. In the meantime, VR has 20 autographed copies of
the book to the first 20 donations to
us of $50.00 or more here. And please support Mr. Raymond’s whistleblowing by
ordering a copy of his book for you and your friends directly from
Simon and Shuster here. This is a real eye-opener into the
mindset of the Republican National Committee’s win-at-all-cost election strategy.
The Recount In NH Is On For Both Parties –So Pitch In
The primary votes from the entire state of New
Hampshire will be recounted – both the Democrat votes through Dennis
Kucinich and the Republican votes through Albert Howard.
The candidates have to pay for these recounts before they start on Wednesday
January 16, 2008. You can make a donation to the GOP recount here and to the Dem recount
here. We will be watching closely, and we have been told that the chain
of custody is a prime concern so the ballots are still in the local
jurisdictions and will be only transported with armed security and signed off
at both ends.
Dennis Kucinich Asks For Recount Of The New Hampshire Primary Results
Late this evening, Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich formally requested a
hand-recount of the votes in New Hampshire. Here is a copy of his press release:
Kucinich asks for New Hampshire recount in the interest of election integrity
DETROIT, MI –
Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, the most outspoken advocate
in the Presidential field and in Congress for election integrity, paper-ballot
elections, and campaign finance reform, has sent a letter to the New Hampshire
Secretary of State asking for a recount of Tuesday’s election because
of“unexplained disparities between hand-counted ballots and machine-counted
He added, “Ever since the 2000 election – and even before –
the American people have been losing faith in the belief that their votes were
actually counted. This recount isn’t about who won 39% of 36% or even 1%.
It’s about establishing whether 100% of the voters had 100% of their
votes counted exactly the way they cast them.”
Kucinich, who drew
about 1.4% of the New Hampshire Democratic primary vote, wrote, “This is
not about my candidacy or any other individual candidacy. It is about the
integrity of the election process.” No other Democratic candidate, he
noted, has stepped forward to question or pursue the claims being made.
is in the unique position to address – and, if so determined, rectify
– these issues before they escalate into a massive, nationwide suspicion
of the process by which Americans elect their President. Based on the
controversies surrounding the Presidential elections in 2004 and 2000, New Hampshire
is in a prime position to investigate possible irregularities and to issue
findings for the benefit of the entire nation,” Kucinich wrote in his
official recount, the voters of New Hampshire and the rest of the nation will
never know whether there are flaws in our electoral system that need to be
identified and addressed at this relatively early point in the Presidential
nominating process,” said Kucinich...
VR, The Brad Blog and Progressive Democrats of America have
been working together to report as much information as possible on the problems
associated with the NH primary. VR requested an official
investigation and posted a $100,000 reward for information about fraud in that
election. Kucinich reviewed all the material and decided that democracy
is best served by a recount.
We believe that such a recount will help restore faith in
our elections, and that it will deter any planned fraud in the future. In
fact, our position at VR is that all votes should be cast on ballots and all ballots
should be counted and audited and, in close elections, there should be an
automatic hand recount with independent observers.
Analysts at the Election Defense Alliance (EDA) have
confirmed that based on the official results on the New Hampshire Secretary of
state web site, there is a remarkable relationship between Obama and Clinton
votes, when you look at votes tabulated by op-scan v. votes tabulated by hand:
Clinton Optical scan 91,717 52.95% Obama Optical scan 81,495 47.05%
Clinton Hand-counted 20,889 47.05% Obama Hand-counted 23,509 52.95%
The percentages appear to be swapped. That seems highly unusual, to say the
VR Offers $100,000 Reward For Information About E-Fraud In New Hampshire Primary
The primary election in New Hampshire on Tuesday has left a
lot of people with questions about whether something was wrong with the Diebold
vote machines used in 80% of the state. As The Brad Blog has been
reporting the past few days, http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5535,
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5537, http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5532, http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5530, the
exit polls, the pre election polls and the difference between the hand counted
ballots and the machine counted ballots tend to raise questions about the
results of the Obama/Clinton race and the Romney/other GOP candidate
races. In short, on the Democrat side, the polls all showed Obama winning
handily against Clinton, and the hand counted ballots across the state showed
Obama winning. It was only in key Diebold counted counties that the
results were skewed toward Clinton.
Now we don’t know if this discrepancy is attributable
to real dynamics on the ground or to something wrong with the Diebold counting
machines. However, we believe that the stunning election upset should be
scrutinized fully. Therefore, we are offering a $100,000 reward for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons who
caused a manipulation of the Diebold machines used in the New Hampshire
primary election sufficient to flip the Obama/Clinton race, or information that
results in an official change of the first place winner of that Democrat race.
We also recognize that there have been reasonable
allegations by the Ron Paul campaign that these same machines were manipulated
in the GOP race, but not sufficient enough to change the first place winner
results. (In Sutton County officials admitted to us that they had mistakenly
left off 31 votes for Ron Paul, although this was “human error.”
pdf.) Therefore, we urge the Paul campaign to join us in this reward with a
matching amount targeted toward the GOP race.
Tips can be confidentially given at 1-888-VOTETIP.
Other Pre-Election Numbers, For Republicans and Rest of Dems, Nearly Dead on
Democratic Presidential Candidates: Step Up and Show Us What You're Made Of!
Velvet Revolution co-founder Brad Friedman reports at
The BRAD BLOG that
there's reason to look very closely at New Hampshire Democratic Primary
We're not sure why, given the numbers we're looking at, Obama conceded so soon. His
quick concession does not offer Democrats any assurance whatsoever that he
understands the issues of election integrity we cover here at Velvet Revolution.
Brad writes, "While I have no evidence at this time --- let me repeat, no
evidence at this time --- of chicanery, what we do know is that chicanery,
with this particular voting system, is not particularly difficult."
Democrats absolutely need a nominee this year who they know will challenge any fishy
election results and stick with that challenge as long as it takes. Now is the
moment for every Democratic presidential candidate to step forward and show the
voters your stuff. Velvet Revolution calls upon all Democratic Presidential
Publicly call upon New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner to immediately, swiftly
and thoroughly investigate the discrepancy in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary in New
Hampshire, including comparison between the
approximately 40% of precincts (25% of votes) originally counted by hand and
the 60% of precincts counted by the same optical-scan machines that were
Publicly call upon the other Democratic presidential candidates to join
you in this action, and
Seize this golden opportunity to show Democratic Voters throughout the country what you can be
depended up on to do should there be suspicious results in other primaries or
in November's general election.
Next, the Republicans need to show the exact same respect
for the voters, and demand transparency, from top to bottom in the system.
As ever, this is not about Right or Left, but about Right and Wrong.
Every candidate, in every party, needs to begin standing up for the voters if
they expect us to stand up for them.
Again, the full story, with updates, can be found at
The BRAD BLOG.
New York Times Finally Exposes E-Voting Flaws
Three years ago, we launched our
Divestiture for Democracy Campaign against the major vote machine manufacturers
demanding, among other things, paper ballots, open source code, transparent audits and
independent oversight. Not a single one of the companies complied and so we
did what promised--we exposed the problems with their products, we helped
initiate lawsuits against some of them, we sent tens of thousands of petitions and
letters protesting their conduct, we urged states and counties to boycott and sue the
companies, and we worked behind the scenes to convince officials to
investigate the companies. This methodical campaign, which our members
and affiliates helped with, has had dramatic results. For example,
Diebold’s stock dropped over 30% and its CEO Wally O’dell was fired
after one of our lawsuits was filed against the company for stock fraud and now
it is being investigated by the SEC. States across the country are
banning and decertifying the machines and suing the companies for fraud and
breach of contract. And finally, the mass media is reporting on
this “train wreck.”
Today, in a massive 8000 word article on the cover of NYT Magazine, the
Times finally comes around to where we were three years ago
warning that the evote machines could be a threat to democracy and our country’s elections.
The Clive Thompson article, titled "The Bugs in the Machines," is quite chilling.
After the 2000 election," it opens, "counties around the country rushed to buy new
computerized voting machines. But it turns out that these machines may cause problems worse than
hanging chads. Is America ready for another contested election?" One key
passage: "The earliest critiques of digital voting booths came from the
fringe --- disgruntled citizens and scared-senseless computer geeks --- but the
fears have now risen to the highest levels of government. One expert says
that "about 10 percent" of the devices fail in each election.
One interesting point in the article is where Princeton computer scientist Ed
Felten states that an “anonymously donated” Diebold machine was
used by his team to prove that a malicious virus could be inserted into a
machine to infect all the machines in an election and change the results.
Well, that is not true--we at VR loaned that Diebold machine to Princeton after
getting it from one of our whistleblowers who worked for Diebold. Professor
Felten knows this and why he won’t give credit where credit is due is
really beyond us.
Another note is that for years we have been hounding reporters at the Times to
investigate and report on the problems with the machines but we were met with
derision, silence and outright hostility. Now, although the article
vindicates much of our work, it does not admit how culpable and wrong the
Times has been for not taking this story seriously when we first broke it after
the 2004 election. At that time, the Times called us a bunch of sore losers and whiners.
So we would have liked to see this article written as a mea culpa like the
Times did when it admitted that it was wrong on Iraq when it bought into all
the lies of the Bush White House??? But better late than never, and let us be
clear, there is more to the story of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections that
has not yet been reported by the New York Times (a hint Mr. Intrepid Reporter:
not just dirty tricks, but outright illegal conduct when a small cadre of Bush Family
loyalists took over the computer systems used to tabulate the votes and thereby
manipulated those elections and yes, this is also coming to us from our whistleblowers. If you
care to investigate before three years passes, drop us a line).
Bush’s Hometown Paper Reports On Our Mike Connell Investigation
Some good news out of Texas recently and a tip off to all
those press people who ignored our previous scoops about problems with our
elections. Bush’s hometown newspaper, the Lonestar Iconoclast, recently
did a nice story about our investigation of Bush loyalist Mike Connell and how
he was tapped by George Bush Sr. in 1986 to embed the
takeover of the government into the country’s IT network.
Connell is a computer genius who Daddy Bush introduced to
Karl Rove and Jeb Bush way before Dubya took the White House. Connell created the
first GOP website, controlled the election computers in Florida 2000 and Ohio
2004, launched www.georgebush.com, and
has been involved in virtually every election scandal the past decade –
NH phone jamming, Swift Boat Veterans Against Kerry, false phone and direct
mail scripting, WH email scandal, US Attorney scandal, and others. His
companies control the majority of GOP IT work, and the scary thing is that his company
GovTech Solutions is now behind the firewall of key committees in Congress,
including Judiciary, Intelligence, Ways and Means, and Administration.
We have been investigating Connell and his companies for
many months using whistleblowers to provide us with hard incriminating evidence
against him and his associates. More will be coming out in the near
future. When you see a dirty trick during this election, even one against
a Republican, be aware that the odds are that one of Connell’s companies
is involved in some way. We are going to expose this attack on democracy
front and center so Connell and his ilk are persona non grata. We will be
launching a campaign shortly demanding that candidates pledge not to use
Connell’s companies or the tactics they have been engaging in over the
Today The Voting Starts And The Bad Guys Are Already Trying To Rig Another Election
Please note that VR has an election protection hotline to
report instances of fraud and theft in the 2008 elections, starting with today’s
caucus in Iowa. Please spread it far and wide, 1-800-VOTETIP.
Last election, the election reform community was virtually alone
in warning of a “train wreck” from the use of electronic voting
machines, and we were right with thousands of reports of problems nationwide.
Well, this year the mainstream media is finally taking notice due in
large part to the recent reports out of California, Ohio and Colorado that most
of the e-voting machines are unsecure and ripe for rip-offs. CNN
today calls e-voting a “failure”, http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5504 , USA
Today warns that millions have been wrongfully purged from voter rolls,
and the Associated Press reports that our election system is broken.
But e-voting is only part of the problem – another
part involves the use of illegal practices by the GOP/RNC as outlined in the book,
to Rig an Election, Confessions of a Republican Operative, due out
on January 8th. The author reports that the GOP has an entire playbook of
dirty tricks run by black ops staffers at the RNC and operatives at DCI Group. These include illegal phone jamming, false phone scripting,
false direct mailers, slush funds, shell companies, co-mingling of soft and hard monies, vote caging and
intimidation of voters. For example, in South Carolina, cards falsely attributed to the Romney
campaign were sent to Republicans to
taint his campaign. In Kansas, the Chairman of the Kansas GOP recently bragged about
how many voters the GOP had already caged. And today, the Swift Boat Veterans
were exposed as at it again with their war chest of lies.
So be diligent and keep an eye out for all this illegal and unethical conduct by the haters of
democracy. Please let us know when you see something.
Obama Asks If Hillary Is Really For Change!
Everyone is talking about change now that 2008 is here and
the election is in full swing. Barack Obama and John Edwards are arguing
over who represents change the most. Dennis Kucinich, who really does epitomize
change, just endorsed Obama, while Ralph Nader, who changed the 2000 election
results, endorsed Edwards. On the other hand, many people are saying that
Hillary will play it safe, at least for four years, and her big policies
will be more of the same, catering to lobbyists, corporations and the war
So we decided to have a little fun and create this short
music video with Obama serenading Hillary about how he dreams of her as the
Junior Senator from New York. Of course, we at VR want change, big
change, but we will leave it to another day to discuss who we think will
cause the biggest change. Until then, enjoy
this ditty and vote your conscience this year.
The USA holds
itself out as a protector of life and liberty but it is one of the few
countries in the world that actively supports the death penalty for a variety
of crimes, including non-violent ones. In fact, many politicians in this
country run on a platform of death, especially those evangelical hypocrites who
preach the sanctity of life yet rally around war and death.
Well, this week brought some welcome news to those of us who actually follow our belief that
killing is wrong. First, New Jersey became the only state in more than 40 years to actually
outlaw and overturn its death penalty statutes. Democrat Governor Corzine signed the bill
after it passed with strong support by the NJ House and Senate.
Second, the United
Nations passed a non-binding resolution condemning the death penalty and
those countries that use it. The US was among 19 countries that voted against the
resolution. According to Amnesty International, more than 90% of all known
executions took place in six countries: China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and the
United States. And in the US, 60% of all executions this year took place in
VR Launches New Online Voter Registration Form
VR, in cooperation with its co-founder, Justice Through Music, www.jtmp.org,
has just launched a new online voter registration form that you can fill in right from your
computer. It tells you exactly where to send the form to ensure that you are properly
registered. Please feel free to put this linkable voter
registration button on your site to help us register a record number of voters
this election. We will be partnering with several other sites and organizations
that will use this form so let us know if your site wants to join this
New Music Video Brings Attention To The Genocide in Darfur
VR co-founder Justice Through Music just released a new music
video called Black Specter, The Killing Of Darfur to inspire people to take
action to stop the genocide in Darfur. Check it out on YouTube and spread
it far and wide.
We have been doing a lot of ads this year about Darfur urging the Bush Administration to show some leadership
and initiate a no-fly zone in the area to stop the militias from killing the innocent black Africans.
This new video includes never before published photos taken
by Brian Steidle, a military observer in Darfur who was so frustrated with the
lack of action that he brought the photos back to the US and took them to the
New York Times. This led to a full feature documentary movie
called The Devil Came on
Horseback that opened to wide acclaim this fall.
Brian kindly made all of his photos available to Justice Through Music for this
video. Other footage was donated by the Save Darfur coalition,
Ohio Secretary of State Everest Report Recommends Banning DREs
We believe that the focus on central tabulating here is
important especially in light of the fact that there were so many problems in
past Ohio elections with the vote totals, the recounts and the allegations of
fraud. Of course, DRE machines are subject to manipulation and paper
ballots can alleviate that problem. However, who watches the central
tabulators especially if there is not audit or recount. We have received
tip after tip from whistleblowers who say that elections have been flipped at
the central tabulator level in Ohio and elsewhere. So kudos to SOS
Brunner and let’s see if she has the staying power to head off the
corrupt OHIO GOP – home of Bob Ney, Ken Blackwell, Wally O’Dell and
Tobji neighborhood, girls walk to school wearing
the hijab, or Islamic head scarf. Teenage gunmen from Shiite cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr's Mahdi Army imposed the mandate on the first day of school
The reports from the White House on the success of the surge
are filled with platitudes and self congratulations. But the real truth
that really angers us and probably most Americans are coming from, lo and
behold, mainstream media. A few weeks ago,
Minutes aired a report that showed that Christians, a faith left alone by Saddam, have been
killed, displaced and threatened more since the American invasion than any time in the past 2000 years.
Heck of job, Dubya, and another reason you should be impeached—gross incompetence resulting in
terror and death.
New National Intelligence Estimate Exposes More Warmongering And Lies From The White House
George Bush has been telling us that Iran is close to creating an atomic bomb and
that we are facing WWIII if Iran is not stopped. His threats against Iran have
been non-stop for years reaching a recent crescendo. But yesterday,
release of the latest National Intelligence Estimate, the world can see clearly that
Bush has been spinning, and lying and warmongering to keep the American people in fear.
According to the NIE, Iran gave up its nuclear ambitions five years ago. Bush
knew this because he was advised of this at latest last winter. Yet he continued
his charade of fear. This is a disgrace. But what we are seeing by this frank
assessment is that the NIE is now being run by people who do not want to get burned
with another Iraq debacle, people who are professional, and people who are not working
for a political agenda. These people are no longer afraid of George Bush and his
But the really good news for the American people is that this NIE greatly diminishes
the probability of war with Iran over its nuclear program. At VR, we have
long advocated for a policy of honesty, diplomacy and engagement with Iran.
Let’s hope that this ray of light opens that door.
White House Claims Secrecy on Bush Contacts with Abramoff-But VR Has The Picture of Them Together
Remember a few years back when Bush said he did not
even know Jack Abramoff and had never met him. Well, now the White House is
secrets to keep from answering several lawsuits about the Bush/Abramoff contacts.
But, we did not believe Bush then and we don’t believe him now. So we
put our money on it – we offered $500 for each different photo of them together.
And lo and behold, we had to pay out $500 for this picture, courtesy of a whistleblower
who wanted to remain anonymous who gave the picture to CREW,
It is amazing that this picture has not been picked up more by the MSM especially
when the Washington Post and Time
Magazine said that they were shown photos but were not allowed to publish them.
Two Big Reasons To Put Impeachment On The Fast Track
There were two stories recently that underscore just how
important and pressing impeaching Bush and his cartel has become. One
story made the news last night on the front page of most national newspapers,
but the other is even more sinister and it has gotten almost no press.
The first story involves former White House press secretary Scott McClellan who
states in his upcoming book that Bush, Cheney, Libby, Rove and Card knowingly passed
on false information to McClellan when they told him that Rove and Libby
were “not involved” in the outing of CIA Agent Valerie Plame.
So here we have Bush and his top staff providing false information to the
public and outing a CIA agent to get back at her husband for telling the truth
about non-existent Iraq yellow cake. And this caused false information to
be given to a federal grand jury and possibly a federal jury. And
finally, we have Bush giving a pardon to Libby which it now appears was done as
a payoff to cover-up Bush’s own criminal conduct. Nixon articles on
impeachment were for similar conduct.
The second story was reported in the foreign press but got
very little coverage here at home. In short, according
to a transcript of talks in February 2003 between George Bush and the then
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar at the President's Texas ranch, Saddam
Hussein, one month prior to the war in Iraq, offered to relinquish power and go
into exile for the sum of one billion dollars. Bush rejected the offer
saying, “We’ll be in Baghdad by the end of March.” Now as a result
of this decision, the United States has spent close to a trillion dollars on an unnecessary
war, with tens of thousands of American dead and injured, an entire country destroyed and in
chaos, and more than one million Iraqis dead, injured and displaced. This
Both of these are related to the war in Iraq and both show not just contempt of
the truth but actual criminality. When will the Congress say that enough is
New Music Video On The 2004 Election In Ohio And The Resulting Death Of Our Soldiers
Today, VR co-founder Justice Through Music, www.jtmp.org,
released a new music video tying the manipulation of the Ohio 2004 presidential election to the death of
thousands of soldiers in Iraq. It is called “More Dead Cause of Ohio,” and it is a re-make
of Neil Young’s anti-war song, “Ohio,” now with new lyrics and lots of contoversial
footage from Arlington National Cemetery, including the digging of new graves.
Regarding the election footage, JTM worked closely with David Earnhardt, the producer
of “Uncounted,” a powerful movie about the manipulation of the Ohio election, which
was released last week to rave reviews
and a sold out premier. You can see the trailer and buy the film at
Please spread this video all over and embed it on your site. This is all
you need to know about why it is important to protect our votes. If we
do, we also protect our men and women in uniform.
VR Supports Proposed Federal Legislation Prohibiting (1) Election Officials From
Requiring Photo ID And (2) Caging
On October 31,2007, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison introduced legislation
to prohibit election officials from requiring a photo ID as a condition for voting.
Here is the precise language from the House bill.
`SEC. 303A. PROHIBITING ELECTION OFFICIALS FROM REQUIRING INDIVIDUALS TO PROVIDE
(a) In General- An election official may not require an
individual to provide a photo identification as a condition for receiving or
casting a ballot in any election for Federal office.
The second piece of important legislation, introduced last
week by Sheldon Whitehouse and 12 other Senators, is called “The Caging
Prohibition Act of 2007,” and it forbids the use of caging which the GOP
also employs to keep people from voting. Here
is a copy of the bill.
VR supports both of these bills and we urge all of you to
write and call Congress and demand their passage. The days of GOP
electoral dirty tricks are coming to a close. These bills will help to ensure
that there will be no more White House Plumbers and Committees to Re-Elect the
President (CREEP) manipulating elections and committing coup d’etats
through such anti-democratic tactics.
Head of Non-Profit Undergoes Actual Waterboarding And Torture
Since Attorney General designate Michael Mukasey can’t figure out if
waterboarding constitutes torture, we are going to help him out. Brett
Kimberlin, the Director of Justice Through Music, a co-founder of VR,
wanted to know and to show the public actual waterboarding and torture.
He therefore agreed to be the subject of a music video featuring various
means of torture approved by U.S. officials and used by military personnel over
the past few years.
The video was filmed in the winter at an abandoned prison under actual
conditions. He told his "captors" not to hold back,
and to make it real. The video, now on YouTube at
is called "Exile" and it is a scathing indictment of torture
and extreme rendition complete with hoods, guns, handcuffs, hanging,
deprivation and humiliation. It has been viewed over 20,000 times on
various Internet sites since its release a few months ago.
President Bush's new US Attorney designate, Michael Mukasey, has refused
to state that waterboarding is torture and this has imperiled his nomination.
But Mr. Kimberlin has no such doubts: "I was tortured pure and
simple. The waterboarding was extremely frightening and there were long periods
when I couldn't breathe and started choking on my own vomit. The water and
air temperature were very cold and this added to my extreme discomfort.
Following the torture session, I was hobbled for three weeks, had scars on
my wrists for months, and contracted a life threatening respiratory infection
and shingles for which I had to seek medical treatment. I still have
nightmares about the torture even though I knew that I would get out
alive. I urge Mr. Mukasey to watch the Exile torture video and then
tell the Senators that waterboarding is torture. In fact, just as in my
case, waterboarding is just one of the tools of torture used against
prisoners. So it is not just whether waterboarding in isolation is torture
but also whether waterboarding used as part of a palette is torture.
If someone is waterboarded, then subjected to freezing temperatures and
becomes deathly ill like I did, then that is also torture.”
Justice Through Music has broadcast quality copies of the Exile video
available for Mr. Mukasey’s edification, Congress and the press
upon request: jtmpinfo at comcast.net
BILL TO BAN DRE (TOUCH-SCREEN) VOTING MACHINES FINALLY INTRODUCED IN SENATE!
At VR we have been advocating for over a year for Congress to pass a simple
election reform bill modeled on the bi-partisan bill that passed overwhelmingly
in Florida which bans DRE touch screen vote machines. After months of being
told over and over by Rep. Rush Holt's (D-NJ) office, People for the American
Way (PFAW), and many of the other most ardent supporters of Holt's flawed Election
Reform Bill (HR811) that "there
is no support in Congress for a ban on DREs," it appears that such support
does exist since Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and co-sponsor Sheldon Whitehouse
(D-RI) filed such a bill today.
RESTRICTION ON USE OF DIRECT RECORDING ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEMS -
A direct recording electronic voting system may not be used to administer any
election for Federal office held in 2012 or any subsequent year.
A ban on such machines, finally? Yes! By 2012? Unfortunately, yes. But let's
overlook that last point for a moment.
In a statement
issued by Nelson today, pointing out that DRE (often referred to as
"touch-screen") voting systems are "unreliable and vulnerable to
error," the senator says, "The bottom line is we have to ensure every
vote is counted – and, counted properly...Citizens must have confidence
in the integrity of their elections.”
It’s always nice to know that someone is listening to VR and all of
its thousands of members and affiliates who deluged Congress with demands to
DOJ Voting Rights Section Head Skewered At Conyers Hearing - VR Calls For His Firing
It is always nice to see a blog expose a bad apple in the
government and it is even nicer when that blog is our own Brad Blog and the
official is John Tanner, the head of the DOJ’s Voting Rights Section who
has done everything in his power to keep people from voting. And it was nice to
see the pent up anger from the all the bad deeds of Tanner and his ilk came out
yesterday in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. But first
let’s back up.
10/30/07: Conyers holds hearings and Tanner skewered
This all started a few weeks ago when Tanner told a conference that voter ID laws
would not affect minorities "because our society is such that minorities
don't become elderly. The way white people do. They die first."
The BRAD BLOG has a complete live blog and video tape of the official skewering of
John Tanner but suffice it to say that he did not get himself out of hot
water. In fact, his performance was so dismal and damaging that we at VR now
call for the firing of Mr. Tanner. He can’t be rehabilitated and his
department will not regain its credibility until he is gone. So let’s
be done with him.
Finally, congrats to Brad for exposing this story, getting presidential candidates and
the DNC involved, getting the MSM to take notice and getting Conyers to hold a
hearing all in three weeks. This is a real demonstration of Brad’s
credibility and hard work, and it shows precisely how investigative blogs are
driving the news and making a real difference. Look out bad guys, don’t
tread on us because we are on to you and we are going to hold you accountable.
VR is one of the lead sponsors of “Progressive Challenge 2008” which is
seeking politicians who promise to End Imperial Foreign
Policy, Redirect Military Funding, Support Clean and Fair Elections, Support
Media Reform, Provide Universal Health Care, Ensure Economic Justice, and Protect
Civil Rights and Reproductive Freedom. Representatives from this coalition will be
handing out tens of thousands of flyers at peace rallies being held across the nation
on Saturday, October 27th.
The Progressive Agenda has already been endorsed by such well known figures as
Barbara Ehrenreich, Jim Hightower, Jackson Browne, Mayor Rocky Anderson, Bill
Fletcher, Jr. and Tom Hayden. It will be utilized in the coming months by activists
to pressure candidates for office, including presidential candidates, to endorse it.
Other sponsoring organizations include Progressive Democrats of America, Justice
Through Music, Backbone Campaign, HealthCareNOW!, Democrats.com,
AfterDowningStreet.org, Camp Casey Institute, and Hip-Hop Caucus.
Help be a part of the Progressive Challenge 2008 by
Adding your name to the list of Progressive Agenda endorsers
that includes respected artists, musicians, elected officials and other peace and
Confronting politicians as they come to your communities in search of
votes. For example: Do they support full troop withdrawal from Iraq and pledge
no attack on Iran? If they claim to be for universal healthcare, why don’t
they support single-payer Enhanced Medicare for All?
Distributing the Progressive Agenda widely face-to-face and via email
to friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow activists.
Print out a copy and duplicate it. Refer to this agenda in
blog comments, letters to the editor and calls to talk shows.
Bird-dogging candidates for President, Senate and Congress at their
public events, in the media and elsewhere.
MoveOn Smells War With Iran And Bush Wants Stealth Bombers With Bunker Busters
It has been almost two years since VR starting making noise about a war with Iran.
In fact, in March 2006, we placed large ads in both the NY Times and Washington Post
warning of a war with Iran. You can download that ad
Although we got the attention of some in Congress and the military, other progressive
organizations rebuffed our efforts to broaden our campaign or make it an issue in the 2006 election.
But what should really get people’s attention is Bush asking for 88 million in
funding to modify stealth bombers to carry massive bunker buster bombs, the type that can
be used against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Why the emergency???
Look out Hillary. It appears that Rove and Bush just set you up and MoveOn knows it.
Let’s play this out for you. Bush bombs Iran, you get blamed by the Democrats for allowing
it to happen, you win the primary but lose the general election because the Dems abandon you
for being a warmonger. So, in this scenario, we will look for an attack on Iran right after
the primary. Another war started for political reasons, and you Hillary gave Bush this political
play. Bad move and all the more reason to prohibit the war with Iran.
VR Begins Preparations for Election Protection Strike Force 2008
Yes, it’s a year before the 2008 general election but since the stakes are so high,
we have decided to get ahead of the curve by doing a soft launch of our 2008 Election
protection Strike Force now. We are doing this because there are elections this November
in states across the country and we want to make sure to keep an eye on them. Moreover,
the presidential primaries are starting early this year, with the first ones in January.
So we are here to support election reform, registration and protection organizations
nationwide in every way possible. If your organization wants to join this effort, drop us a line.
To start off, pass around our vote fraud tip line, 1-888-VOTETIP if you know of any
wrongdoing by bad guys trying to manipulate the vote machines, tabulators or elections in
other nefarious ways. We also have an email for this purpose: tips at velvetrevolution.us
Next, if you know of conferences to educate people about the elections, we can post
those here and maybe even help sponsor them. If you know of a close election or one which
may be controversial, let us know and we will help to arrange some polling so there is
less chance of cheating.
We will let you know as we add to Strike Force 2008, and once we are fully up and
running we will make a lot of noise about the launch along with all of our campaigns,
partners and friends. Here is a list of the primaries and caucus dates, and soon we will
outline how we will be helping to watch the polls, video the vote and, offer rewards,
and challenge any election wrongdoing. We look forward to your suggestions on what
else we need to do to ensure that the 2008 election is as clean and honest as possible.
VR has started placing ads on the Net to focus attention on the genocide in Darfur
and the lack of action by George Bush. Please feel free to use the ads for your site.
450,000 Dead and Counting
Since 2003, Arab militias and government troops have systematically killed 450,000
Africans in Darfur. It has taken four years for Bush to impose economic sanctions
while coddling the Chinese/Sudan oil machine. Hold Bush accountable for allowing
this genocide and demand a UN enforced no-fly zone!
More People Die Every Day
The black African population of Darfur is being systematically destroyed by
Arab militias. The support of the Sudanese Air Force is a key element in these
actions. A UN-enforced no-fly zone over Darfur would greatly hinder their
genocidal efforts. Let Congress know economic sanctions are not enough!
No Fly Zone Now!
Sudanese Hind-D gunships like this one are supporting Arab militias in the genocide
of the Black population of Darfur. President Bush has imposed sanctions, but since
Sudan produces its own oil and sells most of it to the Chinese, these sanctions have
little effect. Tell Congress it's not enough!
The irony of it all. George Bush stole the 2000 election from Al Gore and went
on to become the most hated president in modern history and purveyor of death.
Gore in contrast became a man of vision and his stature and reputation grew larger
than any former vice president since Thomas Jefferson. Bush’s name is now synonymous
with war and Gore is synonymous with peace. And Gore was just given the ultimate
award for his work – the Nobel Peace Prize. This is what karma is all about pure
and simple. Congratulations Al.
VR Requests Criminal Investigations Of Multiple Voting By Members Of The Texas House Of Representatives
Last week, Austin Texas KEYE TV reported on its investigation of multiple voting
by scores of Members of the Texas House of Representatives. In short, Members engage
in a widespread practice of voting for other members who are not present when the
vote is called. In the investigation videotape, several Members are seen voting four
times. Watch the video here on YouTube. http://youtube.com/watch?v=b-uorcf6Uzs
This is a violation of Section 47 of the House Rules which prohibits the voting for another member.
Violations are supposed to result in disciplinary action. However, in the good-old-boy State of
Texas, no one gets disciplined. (Sounds like the way the Texas boys in DC also do it).
Coincidentally, the House Member targeted in the video is none other than Debbie Riddle,
the GOP Representative who introduced the recent Voter ID legislation requiring Texas voters to
produce a photo ID before casting a vote on election-day. She wants this law passed so citizens
will not commit vote fraud by voting more than once. So here we have hypocrisy at its worst –
House Members can vote as many times as they want because they are “trustworthy,”
but lowly citizens have to have a photo ID to vote even though all studies have
shown that the GOP boogeyman of vote fraud is virtually non-existent.
We don’t like hypocrites no matter what the party and we really don’t like
politicians who think they are above the rules. So we have sent three letters requesting
that action be taken against those who have engaged in multiple voting in the Texas House.
One letter went to the Speaker of the Texas House asking that he discipline the guilty parties. The
second and third letters went to the Texas Attorney General and the Texas FBI Office in Austin
asking that they conduct a criminal investigation into this multiple voting
scandal because many of the votes involved State and Federal funds and
therefore the multiple voting probably violated the respective fraud and
conspiracy statutes. We will be issuing a press release about this
tomorrow and we ask that all of you contact the parties mentioned and demand an
end to this shocking, third world conduct in the State of Texas.
Download the letters in word format here: _1_, _2_, _3_.
We are big supporters of free speech here at VR and we don’t
like hypocrisy. At the same time, we have been reluctant to post about
the MoveOn ad because so many others are already talking about it. However,
we want to make it clear that we support MoveOn’s First Amendment right
to speak out on the war. And it is nice that something got people talking
about the war even if it was an ad rather than the trillion dollar war budget
or the almost 4,000 dead American soldiers. Moreover, we want to chastise the
NYT for stating that the ad violated their policy against personal attacks.
Come on, this was not a personal attack, it was an attack on immoral war policy
and the crossing of the lines between the military and the White House. General
Petraeus has taken on the roll of WH spokesperson and he is therefore fair game
for attacks just as Bush would be. Indeed, we at VR have put numerous ads in
the NYT that attack Bush and his policies.
What is really worse than the NYT caving in to right wing
pressure is those Senators and Representatives who voted to condemn the MoveOn
ad. Where was the Congress when one of its own, Max Cleland, who lost
half his body in Vietnam, was personally attacked in an ad which included
footage of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein? Where was the Congress
when another of its own, John Kerry, was personally attacked during a presidential
election campaign by the Swift Boat Veterans with false information? And why
are Democrats buying into the right wing spin on this story? Well, last
night, the Big Dog Bill Clinton had enough and he spoke our sentiments on
CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. So here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFzs_qCEGxY,
– enjoy and realize that our job and your job is to speak the truth to
power, to lies and bullies.
Since 2003, Sudanese President al-Bashir and his Arab Janjaweed militias
have systematically destroyed the African population of Darfur
killing almost a half million people, displacing another three million and
causing millions to be dependent upon foreign food aid. Yet it has taken four
years for George Bush to impose limited economic sanctions on Sudan while
coddling the Chinese/Sudan oil machine. A UN sponsored no-fly zone would have
stopped the killing long ago. But Bush is asking the UN for more economic
sanctions. This is not leadership and it’s a little too late. We
don’t need more speeches. We need a no-fly zone and if the UN won’t
do it, the US should. Hold Bush accountable for failing to act decisively
to stop the Darfur genocide. Call Congress today, contact the media
and make some noise to demand a no-fly zone and criminal prosecutions of those
directly responsible for this genocide.
Corrupt Congressman Tom Feeney And The Clint Curtis Challenge
Last week, clean election advocate Clint Curtis announced his 2008 congressional
contest against Congressman Tom Feeney in FL-24. This is his
second attempt to unseat the veteran Florida Representative. In 2006,
after winning the primary with over 61% of the vote, Curtis allegedly lost
to Feeney in the general election, 42-58%. We say allegedly because Curtis
took the unprecedented step after the election of walking the precincts to
discover, lo and behold, that the election results were not accurate and that
Curtis, if the votes had been counted properly, actually won. Curtis went on
to mount an election challenge in Congress but was rebuffed. So, he is at it
again, this time starting more than a year early and seeking endorsements and contributions to make sure he wins hands down in
2008. And, it appears that Clint has a little more help on his side this time
underscoring Clint’s many previous assertions that Feeney is corrupt and
associating with criminals, http://www.bradblog.com/?p=4994.
We believe that it is time for the powers in Washington, both Republican and
Democrat, to call for Feeney’s ouster from Congress. If not, we urge the citizens
of FL-24 and all Democrats to elect someone who promises to run a clean ship that
is responsive to the people. Say, someone like Clint Curtis.
GW Has His Sights On Iran And Joe Lieberman Is His Loudest Cheerleader
VR has been warning for almost two years that GW has his sights on a
war with Iran.
Well lately, even the mainstream press is jumping on the new war bandwagon with stories in the
Washington Post, Times of London, Time Magazine, and the New York Times. Many of these
articles are repeating the White House line just as they did during the Iraq war run up.
And who, pray tell, has been the Administration’s strongest advocate for an attack on Iran
– none other than warmonger in chief Joe Lieberman. On CBS's Face the Nation, Lieberman
said, "If [the Iranians] don't play by the rules, we've got to use our force, and to
me, that would include taking military action to stop them from doing what they're doing."
And during this week’s testimony by General Petraeus, Lieberman asked if the general
wanted "the authority" from Congress to "pursue the Qods forces into
Iranian territory." Lieberman believes that an attack on Iran would protect Israel
but it would have the opposite effect causing massive retaliation against the Jewish State
and American interests everywhere, including against troops in Iraq.
Again, it’s time to call your Congress Members and tell them to condemn Lieberman’s
calls for another war, and to hold quick hearings to find out if indeed George Bush intends
to attack Iran.
This madness needs to end.
DRE Touch Screen Machines Turn Back The Clock On Minority And Handicapped Voting Rights
One thing that has really perplexed us here at VR is why, in light of all the evidence
of lost and disappeared votes on touch screen vote machines, do the major minority and
handicapped organizations support the continued use of DRE touch screen machines.
The reasons given are basically: 1) they are easy to use, 2) they are accessible to all
types of disabilities, and 3) they can be programmed to accommodate many different languages.
OK, fair enough, but certainly other types of voting machines are or could provide the same.
But more fundamentally, and what appears to be the elephant in the room that no one talks
about, is how these organizations that fought long and hard battles, even with lives and
blood, are so willing to give up votes to a machine that has been proven over and over to be
faulty, unsecure, and unreliable. And more startling is how these organizations can trust
those who make, run or have access to those machines when they know for a fact that they can
be programmed to flip votes, to erase votes, and to create votes. They know that the companies
that make many of these vote machines have extremely close ties to people who have spent their
entire political careers trying to suppress the minority and disability vote.
So what is going on here? Is it some form of collective amnesia or even worse a variation
of the Stockholm Syndrome that technology created by oppressors is somehow good for the victims
because it protects them by making them think they are voting when they really aren’t?
At VR, we believe that the right to vote is fundamental and that our fight for verification
of every vote cast is a continuation of the civil rights struggles of minority and disability
organizations. We urge these organizations to wake up by asking a simple question: How can we
justify our past struggles demanding a right to vote, if our votes can be taken away by a machine
without a trace and without recourse? Congressman John Conyers, a leader in the civil rights
movement, has shown conclusively that past recent elections have been manipulated by these machines.
Please, it’s time for civil rights and disability organizations to reconsider their reasons for
supporting DRE touch screen machines. It’s time for them to continue their stand for civil
rights, for voting rights and to honor all of those who paved the way, not only for the right to
vote but to have that vote counted as cast. Demand a paper ballot for every vote cast and to have
that ballot counted on election night.
Our $500,000 Reward For Election Fraud Whistleblowers Update
Last month we posted and advertised a big reward for whistleblowers to come forward
about several Ohio companies that have reportedly been implicated in election tabulation
fraud. These companies include Triad GSI, Gov Tech Solutions, Technomania and New Media
Communications, controlled by either Brett Rapp, Michael Connell or Randy Cole. We have
had some very interesting responses and we have launched a very serious investigation based
on those tips. We also had our ad censored by the Akron West Side Leader Newspaper. After
sending the Leader our ad along with payment for a full page ad, their representative called
and said that the ad was "killed by the legal department." Despite numerous requests,
we were never allowed to talk to anyone in the legal department nor given any policy whatsoever
on why our ad was killed. And to make things more interesting, the exact same ad ran the next
week in the Akron Beacon Journal without any problem. Clearly, the Leader engaged in
inappropriate censorship in violation of the First Amendment. So, was the Leader protecting
people or companies in Ohio? If you are in Ohio, maybe you should contact the Leader and ask why
they refused to run our ad.
On a side note, Congressman Henry Waxman long ago asked the White House for emails and
documents related to the US Attorney scandal, and he was informed that hundreds of such emails
were missing. So then he asked the White House for the name of the company that was in charge
of archiving those emails. And guess what? The White House refused to even disclose that company name. Well, based on information
from two of our whistleblowers, we believe that Congressman Waxman would be smart to subpoena
documents from Michael Connell and his companies, especially GovTech Solutions and SmartTech.
It was GovTech that set up the email severs used by Karl Rove et al in the US scandal,
including the infamous
Representative Susan Davis Wants A Law To Restrict The Use Of DRE Touch Screen Machines
The Holt election reform bill (HR 811) allows the continued use of DRE touch
screen machines even though virtually every expert in the field says they are a
threat to our democracy because they can be hacked and manipulated. We would have
thought that Holt would have pulled his bill after the recent California Red Team
Review that decertified
almost every voting machine in that state. But he kept it alive even after it
had been marked up by the corporate vendors to make it even worse. Now, even
past supporters of the bill like MoveOn are having trouble asking members to support it.
And so, it is with pleasure that we see Representative Susan Davis step up to offer
an amendment to HR 811 to severely restrict if not outright
ban those anti-democratic DRE machines. We hope that the amendment is allowed and
that it passes, but we still have grave doubts about HR 811 chances for passage. We
just can’t imagine GW signing a bill that gets rid of electronic vote machines,
especially before the 2008 election.
Attorney General Gonzales Resigns But The Torture Continues
GW’s protector in chief resigned, finally. So what does this mean? Well,
like Karl Rove’s resignation earlier this month, it means that there will be
one less lightening rod with which to attack the Bush Administration, and GW’s
poll numbers will reflect this in a month or so. However, the torture will go
on and the DOJ will not change because there will be no house cleaning on GW’s
watch. The federal prison population with continue to balloon and the privatization
of criminal justice will make more friends of the GOP very rich. In short,
nothing will really change until GW and his entire corrupt administration is gone.
So will congressional investigations falter now? You can make sure that they
don’t by letting your congress member know that you want complete investigations
and full accountability for all the nefarious conduct of Alberto and his cronies.
Karl Rove Resigns But His Legacy Of Nefarious Conduct Lives On
Yesterday Karl Rove resigned as George Bush’s wunderkind. We have been
urging his resignation for years so it is a welcome turn of events.
Moreover, without the White House walls to shield him, it will be easier
for Congress to finally put Rove under oath and ask him the kinds of
questions he needs to answer.
However, we believe that Rove did not leave Bush to spend more time with
his family. Instead, we believe that Rove wants to be free from government
service so he can try to engineer another GOP election victory (another
election manipulation). But beware, Mr. Rove, we are hip to your nefarious
tactics and we will be watching and waiting for any missteps by you and
PAPER BALLOTS FOR CALIFORNIA!
SECRETARY OF STATE ANNOUNCES DE-CERTIFICATION/RE-CERTIFICATION PLANS FOR E-VOTING SYSTEMS
Debra Bowen Announces DRE (Touch-Screen) Machines to be Used Only
One Per Polling Place for Disabled Voters with 100% Manual Count of Paper Trails
VR was present during a dramatic late-night press conference where
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen decertified, and then recertified
with conditions, all but one voting system used in the state. Her decisions,
following her unprecedented, independent "Top-to-Bottom Review" of all
certified electronic voting systems, came just under the wire to meet state
requirements for changes in voting system certification. This is what VR
has been working for since we launched our Divestiture for Democracy Campaign against the major vote machine
companies more than 30 months ago.
Bowen announced that she will be disallowing the use of Direct Recording
Electronic (DRE, usually touch-screen) voting systems on Election Day, except
for one DRE machine per polling place which may be used for disabled voters.
The paper trails from votes cast on DREs manufactured by voting machine
companies Diebold and Sequoia must be 100% manually counted after
The California Red Team review of voting systems last week found that
all Electronic Voting Systems certified in California were easily accessible
to hacking. A single machine, the testers discovered, could be easily tampered
with by an election insider or other employee or individual in such a way
that an entire election could be flipped without detection.
The Certification/Recertification documents for each of California's voting
systems, including security mitigation procedures and other requirements for
use, are now
posted on the CA SoS website.
The late-night press conference, following her decisions, was held in
Sacramento at 11:45pm PT, just in time to meet the state law requiring a
six-month notification, prior to an election, for changes to certification
of voting systems. California's Presidential Election Primary was recently
moved up several months by the state legislature to February of '08.
VR staffer Emily Levy was at the press conference and VR co-founder Brad
Friedman of The
BRAD BLOG was able to listen in to the presser via a poor cell
phone connection out of Bowen's office. Here is the story from their vantage
point along with Brad’s contemporaneous notes. Interestingly, the press
conference was supposed to take place at 5pm PST but did not occur until shortly
before midnight. A person on the scene said: "It's a few minutes to midnight,
with the Bowen decision on decertification due by midnight. This is an execution
death watch, hoping for the corporate death penalty, in this case."
Thank you all for hanging in there tough with us over the past years through
the long struggle to fix election security. There is much more work to do, but
we should take a moment to savor this victory, and see hope for our beloved
democracy, and thank Debra Bowen and those she entrusted to work on this issue.
A special thanks goes out to Lowell Finley, Bowen’s Assistant Secretary of State
in charge of elections, with whom we have worked extensively over the years when
he was Director of Voter Action.
The full report with Brad’s notes from the press conference are here.
Justice Through Music Video Shows New Torture Footage In Campaign To Oppose Torture And Extreme Rendition
VR affiliate Justice Through Music ("JTM") and the band Op-Critical have just released
a new music video called “Exile” as part of a campaign in opposition to the use of Torture and
Extreme Rendition by the United States government. "This video takes a very hard hitting
look at these inhumane and barbaric practices and makes a statement that this type of conduct
is wrong," says JTM Director Brett Kimberlin. "We wanted to make an authentic
video so we filmed it at an abandoned prison, and took hours of footage of me actually
being subjected to real torture, including waterboarding, hanging from my wrists till I
bled, and being hooded and handcuffed. I wanted to experience it unsanitized and in real
time – it was terrifying, and I still have nightmares about it months later," he added.
The video is on YouTube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=p2yOzV0BPMs. This video ties in closely with VR’s new
anti-torture ad campaign where we are releasing ads every week opposing these draconian
JTM and Op-Critical have been working together for the past year on a series of protest
videos. A few months ago, they released "Happy Springtime, Bush is Over," a take
off of the John Lennon song, "Happy Christmas, War is Over." That song has been
viewed and played more than 200,000 times on YouTube, MySpace, JTM, and Op-Critical sites.
It can be seen on YouTube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=Jco4etlHwaE.
VR Launches New $500,000 Reward For Whistleblowers With New Information Of Election Fraud
Today, we are launching a new campaign to attract whistleblowers to come forward with
new information about election fraud in 2004, 2006 and in 2008. We are offering up to a
$500,000 reward for information about illegal conduct by employees of GovTech Solutions,
SmartTech Corporation, New Media Communications, Technomania, Triad GSI and other companies
owned or operated by Mike Connell, Randy Cole, or Brett Rapp. We are placing large full color
reward poster ads in the newspapers where each company is located. Check out the ads
And here is the text of one of the ads:
ATTENTION GOVTECH SOLUTIONS, TECHNOMANIA AND NEW MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS EMPLOYEES
We are offering you up to a
Do you have documented information about improprieties and illegal conduct of the
Akron/Richfield, Ohio companies, GovTech Solutions, Technomania and New Media Communications
and their staff with regard to past and future elections? Specifically, can you add to
information we have already received from other whistleblowers regarding the manipulation
of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio through inaccurate election result tabulations,
interference with the 2004 Ohio recount, the manipulation of 2006 elections, the planned
manipulation 2008 election in Ohio and elsewhere, the US Attorney scandal, and illegal vote
caging by political partisans? We also want information regarding:
The removal, change, reprogramming or destruction of hard drives of local, county or
State of Ohio vote tabulation equipment.
The unsupervised access to and manipulation of vote tabulation hardware by any
The intentional destruction of official emails or non-official email, or the
email servers discussing these matters
The creation of non-official email servers and email accounts for government
officials to hide email from official email servers
The effort to re-write or modify computer code in election tabulation machines
The transfer and manipulation of Ohio vote tabulation results through third-party
or out of state computer servers prior to final tabulation by the Ohio Secretary of State>/li>
The surveillance of official emails and email servers used by the House Judiciary,
House Intelligence, and House Ways and Means Committees
The surveillance or other stalking of Ohio county Boards of Elections
Illegal plans or conduct between GovTech Solutions, Technomania and New Media
Communications or their staff, and companies owned or operated by Michael Connell or
Randy Cole or their families, including GovTech Solutions, New Media Communications,
SmartTech Corporation and Technomania Corporation, and Triad GSI owned by Brett Rapp
Illegal conduct between GovTech Solutions, Technomania and New Media Communications
or their staff and Diebold Elections Division
Illegal conduct between GovTech Solutions, Technomania and New Media Communications or
their staff and any other company, person, political operative, or politician
The planned manipulation of the 2008 presidential election
We are seeking new information not previously in the public domain. The
information must lead to or result in the arrest and conviction of those
responsible. Whistleblower and legal protections will be offered in addition
to the reward. All contacts will be kept strictly confidential.
VR has joined with Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films and a host of
other progressive organizations in a new campaign to impeach.
That's right, we said the "I" word again, loud and clear. And you should be
saying it too -- to your family, your friends, your neighbors, and the hearty
26% of Americans who somehow still believe the Bush/Cheney team more worthy of
sitting in the Oval Office than an undisclosed location stripped of all
authority to further damage the country we love.
You'll want to say it even more after watching the new Greenwald video with
articles of impeachment right there: http://impeachcheney.org
Dick Cheney has been a malevolent force on the checks and balances of
American government for over six years. He has subverted government
processes to lead us into this tragedy in Iraq, and is now seeking to do the
same with Iran. Two countries he did business with while CEO of Halliburton.
And this week, he got George Bush to issue a get out of jail free card to
his top aide, Scooter Libby, in order to buy his silence and subvert the
We are at an important moment in American history. If we don't take action
in light of the High Crimes and Misdemeanors committed by Richard Cheney, we
might as well throw the word away. Indeed, there has never before been a
time when impeachment was more justified.
Fourteen House Members already support H. Res 333, the articles of
Impeachment against Dick Cheney. Your signatures will be used to get other
members to sign on. We are working with a substantial and growing coalition
of progressive organizations to make this possible. >/p>
Let's make this travesty a turning point in our history. Please join us in
restoring democratic principles to our government by IMPEACHING DICK CHENEY. And yes, we have been advocating
the impeachment of Bush for years - more on that campaign shortly.
Yesterday, we were once again sickened by the crassness of George Bush.
Rather than allow justice to be served, Bush cut it short for his crony, Scooter
Libby, on the ground that the sentence of jail was excessive. But we all know
the real reason: Bush protects his friends, especially friends who committed
crimes on his behalf. And we all know that Bush doesn’t give one fig for excessive
sentences. He signed more death warrants in Texas than any other governor; he has
denied over 4000 clemency petitions the past six years; he has issued fewer pardons
and commutations than any recent president; and he has totally ignored the largest
federal prison population ever, most without a voice or a powerful friend.
So what do we do now? Well, we have a few suggestions. First, let’s
understand that Bush does not want Libby to turn on him and Cheney. In
other words, Libby knows well all the crimes this Administration has
committed and Bush cannot afford to let him talk. So Libby needs to be
made to talk and there are two ways of doing that outside of the criminal
process – through deposition in the Plame civil suit and through testimony
before Congress. Both of these will be conducted under oath. Of course,
Libby may choose to plead the Fifth, but that argument would fail since,
under double jeopardy, he cannot be again tried or convicted for his
criminal behavior in the Plame case.
Remember, Libby is still on probation for the next two years. That means
he must abide by all laws, including testifying truthfully. If he violates
probation, proof beyond a reasonable doubt does not apply, only proof with a
preponderance of the evidence before Judge Walton. Every month, Libby must
sign a probation report that swears under oath that he has committed no crimes.
Moreover, probation rules require that Libby cooperate in legal processes,
both civil and criminal. So let’s hold his feet to the fire.
Second, push for impeachment of Bush. George Mason, the father of the
Bill of Rights, argued at the Constitutional Convention in favor of providing
the House of Representatives the power of impeachment by pointing out that the
President might use his pardoning power to "pardon crimes which were advised
by himself" or, before indictment or conviction, "to stop inquiry
and prevent detection." James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution,
added that "if the President be connected, in any suspicious manner,
with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter him, the House
of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty."
Here we have a clear case of Bush misusing the clemency process to stop an
inquiry into his own illegal activity. We need to cut this cancer short by
quickly impeaching Bush and Cheney. This is a criminal regime abusing the
legal process to protect itself, by stonewalling inquiries, keeping Alberto
Gonzales running the DOJ, and now buying Libby’s silence.
Bush gets away with his behavior because Congress allows it. What more has to
happen to wake up Congress?? Impeachment must be on the table. The White House
must be fumigated now.
At VR, we remember vividly the day that we woke up to the inhumanity of
George Bush. It was when he was Governor of Texas and Karla Faye Tucker was
facing death in the execution chamber. Millions of people worldwide urged
Bush to commute her sentence, including from Waly Bacre Ndiaye, the UN commissioner
on summary and arbitrary executions, the World Council of Churches, Pope John Paul
ll, and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, among other world figures. Unusual
pleas came from conservative American political figures such as Newt Gingrich and
Pat Robertson. Huntsville Prison's warden testified that she was a model prisoner
and that, after 14 years on death row, she likely had been reformed. Despite
these pleas, Bush signed her death warrant. In 1999, during the 2000 presidential
primary, conservative commentator Tucker Carlson interviewed Bush for Talk Magazine
(September 1999, p. 106). Excerpt from this interview is quoted below:
In the weeks before the execution, Bush says, a number of protesters came to
Austin to demand clemency for Karla Faye Tucker. "Did you meet with any of
them?" I ask. Bush whips around and stares at me. "No, I didn't meet with
any of them", he snaps, as though I've just asked the dumbest, most offensive
question ever posed. "I didn't meet with Larry King either when he came down
for it. I watched his interview with Tucker, though. He asked her real difficult
questions like, 'What would you say to Governor Bush?'" "What was her
answer?" I wonder. "'Please,'" Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in
mock desperation, "'don't kill me.'" I must look shocked — ridiculing
the pleas of a condemned prisoner who has since been executed seems odd and cruel —
because he immediately stops smirking.
VR Launches New Hard Hitting Ad Campaign Opposing Torture And Extreme Rendition
VR is launching a new hard-hitting ad campaign to bring attention to the
immoral use of torture and extreme rendition by the Bush Administration.
Here is our first ad, appearing on The
BRADBLOG today. We will be partnering with many well known organizations over the
next few months to bring these ads to millions of readers. You can use the ad on
your website or in your print media for free. Copy the ad here. We will be posting a new ad every week for at least eight
weeks so please check back often.
6/30/07:The Constitution Stepped On In Blood
Here is our second anti torture ad – Blood On The Constitution. It’s up on
BRADBLOG, and you are welcome to copy it
for your website or print media.
VR, BradBlog And Justice Through Music Awarded The Paul Wellstone
Leadership Award At The Take Back America Conference
Last night, VR,
and Justice Through Music
were among a few dozen recipients of the Paul Wellstone Leadership Award for
being part of the blogosphere and making a difference. Several thousand well
known and lesser known progressives were on hand at the annual Take Back America conference to honor us.
Here are a few pictures of VR co-founder accepting the award at the gala dinner
and award ceremony. We are not used to getting formal awards, but it is really
nice to know that our work is being recognized.
VelvetRevolution’s Expose’ Of GOP Front Group ACVR: Is It Close To Implicating
Karl Rove In Illegal Activities?
More than two years ago, VelvetRevolution first exposed the American Center for
Voting Rights (ACVR) as a GOP front organization dedicated to helping the GOP win
elections by engaging in a campaign to disenfranchise voters through voter ID legislation,
caging, and intimidation
of voter registration orgs. ACVR was run by a host of Karl Rove operatives,
including Thor Hearne, chief counsel for Bush/Cheney/04. Over the past two years,
VR co-founder Brad Friedman has written dozens of exposes about ACVR.
VR launched a
vigorous campaign against the Baker/Carter election reform
commission because it included ACVR. ACVR wanted to use B/C to advance voter ID
laws nationally. VR’s campaign marginalized the B/C report and its recommendations,
including voter ID, were largely ignored.
With our help, ACVR has
now been exposed as a major player in the US Attorney scandal enveloping
Washington. We have learned and reported that ACVR demanded that many of the now
fired US Attorneys initiate voter fraud charges to intimidate Democrat voters.
We believe that ACVR contacted US Attorneys Iglesias, Graves and McKay, all
fired for not pursuing voter fraud charges. We believe that ACVR worked
hand in hand with Karl Rove in these matters and that ACVR had direct contact
with the Justice Department’s voting rights section about these fired US Attorneys.
Last month, immediately after we made the connection between ACVR, Rove and the
US Attorney scandal, the ACVR
website was suddenly taken off the Internet and references
to it were scrubbed from various other sites.
We have also learned that Tim Griffin the interim US Attorneys who replaced Bud
Cummins in Arkansas, was a right hand man for Karl Rove. We reported two weeks ago
that Griffin was the man behind an illegal White House campaign to “cage” hundreds of thousands of voters in the
2004 election. Caging identifies voters who may have moved, like soldiers, the
homeless and the poor. Griffin’s operation sent thousands of these voters letters
which, when returned undelivered, were used to strike them from the voting rolls.
Monica Goodling, Alberto Gonzales’s top aide in recent hearings on the US Attorney
scandal, mentioned in passing that there was a campaign of caging going on. Greg
Palast, who has been recently guest blogging on BradBlog (co-founder of VR), disclosed
copies of emails implicating Goodling and Griffin this illegal caging campaign. We
were able to tie Goodling’s testimony with Palast’s emails, and push this caging story
into the mainstream media and to the attention of Congress Members.
VR has initiated a campaign, both privately and publicly to urge Congress to issue
subpoenas and hold hearings on ACVR involvement in the US Attorney scandal, the caging
of voters, the false allegations of voter fraud, the frightening push of voter ID laws,
and the connections to Karl Rove and the White House. We will be urging that Congress
subpoena all of ACVR’s emails, and question under oath all of the employees of ACVR.
We plan to post a new reward for information about ACVR’s activities as they relate to
the White House and voter disenfranchisement.
We believe that criminal laws may have been violated by ACVR and its directors in concert
with Karl Rove, officials of the Justice Department and other private companies. We hope
that a Congressional investigation will lead to criminal charges.
GOP Engaged In Illegal Campaign To Steal Elections
On August 23, 2005, almost two years ago, VR exposed the agenda of the
American Center for Voting Rights, a phony GOP front group run by Bush/Cheney
attorneys – its sole purpose is to disenfranchise Democrat voters using voter
ID laws and legal intimidation. Now, it appears that the US attorney scandal
that has engulfed Washington was part and parcel of the AC4VR agenda. When
broke, the AC4VR website was taken offline and the principal’s
names have been scrubbed from other sites.
Now it appears that those involved in the scandal have actually been involved
in criminal activity – at least that’s what secret emails are showing. In fact,
BradBlog reported today
that one of the emails actually has a title called "caging" and the GOP
actually disenfranchised thousands of soldiers, minorities and homeless. However,
it is a federal crime to cage voters.
VR will soon be initiating an action to pressure Congress into
investigating AC4VR, and we will need your support.
The Holt Election Reform Bill Passes Out Of Committee But DREs Are Still Allowed To Tally Votes
Earlier this week, the Holt Election Reform bill passed out of the House
Administration Committee with amendments, many of which we called for in our
Revisions document. Indeed, it appears that the Lofgren HR 811 Substitute,
which was passed, has incorporated six of
eight essential amendments. Several of the positive amendments are:
increased funding to one billion dollars; no Internet connections to machines
or tabulators; audits have been funded up to 100 million annually; audit
provisions have been clarified and audits must take place in front of
observers and in the place where the ballots are stored; and voters have a
right to request a paper ballot to cast their votes.
Unfortunately, the bill still allows states to use unverifiable DRE
electronic ballots for tallies instead of paper ballots, in violation of HAVA's
provision which requires that voters be allowed to verify their ballot before
it is cast and counted.
Furthermore, though the bill mandates paper trails on all DRE systems by 2008
(and misleading refers to them as "paper ballots" even though they are
never counted on Election Day and usually 97% of them will never be counted) such
paper trail systems are arguably worse than systems which use no paper trail,
since at least on those systems, we know what we don't know. A DRE system with
a "paper trail" adds only a false sense of security for the voter.
It's inexcusable that the Holt bill perpetuates such a fiction in our American
So we at VR along with our coalition partners are increasing our demand
for a paper ballot for every vote cast and the counting of those ballots.
We believe that the Holt bill, when passed, should really fix the problems
with our elections, and we will continue to work with Members of Congress make
sure that this occurs. This week, we were joined in this demand by the Puerto
Rican Legal and Education Defense Fund, which issued a letter demanding that
where DRE devices are used in elections, they must produce a paper ballot
is the official ballot for all tallies and audits."
We will push to have HR 811 amended before the full House vote on May 21st,
and we will work diligently with the Senate to make sure that its bill includes
our demands. We will be adding other organizations to our paper ballot campaign
in the near future. You continued support is needed
Congressional Task Force To Investigate FL-13 And DRE-Voting
On November 10, 2006, just days after the election, VR formally issued a
no-confidence declaration in the FL-13 race and demanded a revote and investigation.
Finally today, the U.S. House task force voted to formally investigate that disputed
congressional election in Sarasota County, and has asked the Government Accountabilty
Office to design a study of the electronic voting machines used there. This will be
the first federal investigation into 18,000 undervotes. Previous state investigations
have been found lacking and evidence was withheld from investigators by the DRE vote
machine manufacturer, ES&S.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, was sworn into office with a 369-vote margin
after the election in November, but Democratic challenger Christine Jennings, also of
Sarasota, challenged the results in the House.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-Texas, said it was the first time in knowledge that
the House has tackled an electronic voting machine case. Several other candidates are
contesting their Florida congressional elections on similar grounds, including
Justice Through Music Releases Song And Video, Happy Springtime, Bush Is Over, A Take
Off Of The Lennon Song, Happy Xmas, War Is Over
Today, VR co-founder, Justice Through Music,
a non-profit that works with famous bands to educate youth about peace, voting and civil rights,
released a new song, Happy Springtime, Bush Is Over, featuring the band
Op-Critical and the children’s
choir, Harmonic Angels. The song is a take off of the John Lennon tune, Happy Xmas, War
Is Over, with new lyrics and a modern sound.
"Like Lennon more than 30 years ago, we are hoping for a quick end to
an era of darkness," said Storm from Op-Critical. "So we are psyched that
Justice Through Music worked with us to get this song out so quickly," he said.
In the original tune, Lennon used the Harlem Children’s Choir to sing the chorus,
and Op-Critical brought in the Harmonic Angels, who really put the song over the top.
"We are making a statement with this song that we will not live in fear and by
imagining peace we will create peace. This is a real tribute to the message of Lennon,
and we want every person on earth to be inspired by the song and video." said Craig
Gillette, spokesman for JTM.
The video accompanying the song features the band and choir and includes new footage
of Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace billboard and her Peace Prayer Trees on the Washington, DC Mall.
It is getting thousands of views on YouTube at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jco4etlHwaE and on JTM.
The song is also getting hundreds of plays per hour on
Where Is The Peace – 33 Killed In Virginia In One Day And 100s Killed Every Day In Iraq
The sadness is palpable over the senseless loss of life at Virginia Tech
this week. The suffering of the families, the institution and the country gives
everyone pause as we reflect on this terrible tragedy. Leaders are saying that
this can never be allowed to happen again and we need to stop such gratuitous
attacks on human beings.
As we reflect, we must remember that every day for the past four years, we
have witnessed senseless violence in Iraq. Hundreds of civilians are killed
virtually every day, and several hundred violent incidents are reported every
day. How many times have we read about students being massacred at schools and
colleges in Iraq? How many families are suffering there?
In Virginia, we can blame a lone gunman who had mental problems. In Iraq,
the person ultimately responsible for all the suffering is our own president.
He unilaterally unleashed a bloodbath of civil strife that has already been called
the nation’s biggest foreign policy blunder.
It is no wonder, then, that a person of precarious mental state would somehow
believe that killing innocent civilians is ok when the president of his adopted
country, the country his parents came to for a better life, has demonstrated such
a callous disregard for human life. What a tragic lesson this leader of our beloved
America has taught…
Yesterday, Yoko Ono came to Washington to unveil a 55 foot square banner on
the side of the Verizon Center. It says simply, "IMAGINE PEACE." VR
was there and shot some great pictures and video. We are working with our Justice
Through Music affiliate on a new campaign in the spirit of John Lennon’s peace
campaign and we will have more on that in the near future. In the meantime,
imagine peace, it’s coming...
Gonzales And Bush And The Culture Of Death
Alberto Gonzales was GW’s general counsel in Texas. One of his duties was
preparing documents summarizing the cases of persons sentenced to death – and
152 were killed during the Bush reign of terror. Those summaries show that there
was hardly a single case that gave Gonzales any pause – it did not matter if the
person was female, retarded, rehabilitated, innocent, subject to police lies and
corruption or had an incompetent attorney. As long as they were found guilty and
sentenced to death, the process worked and GW signed the death warrant presented to
him by Gonzales.
These men get off on death, on the euphoria of their power to extinguish life.
That is why Gonzales wanted so badly to replace US Attorneys who were circumspect in
their use of the death penalty. That is why GW relished the hanging of Saddam and
does not give a fig about the deaths of soldiers, civilians and kids in Iraq and
elsewhere. That’s why these men had no compunction about ordering the torture and
disappearance of thousands of other human beings.
Our country and our Justice Department are led by men who lack a moral compass.
They have enshrined our flag in a culture of death and shame. History will be a harsh
judge and karma will be unforgiving. Let us all remember who we are dealing with.
New VR Ad In New York Times – Don’t Attack Iran
Today VR launched a powerful new ad on the New York Times editorial page
demanding that Congress Members and military officers stop an attack on Iran.
This ad is to coincide with the huge anti-war rallies this week across the country,
including the candlelight vigil at the White House by Christian leaders tonight
and tomorrow’s demonstration at the Pentagon. The full ad can be seen and downloaded
We plan to run a version of this soon in the Washington Post.
BLIND AND DISABLED VOTER ADVOCATES, GROUPS CALL FOR 'IMMEDIATE BAN' OF DRE VOTING SYSTEMS!
Voters with disabilities are finally beginning to speak out against the use of
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE, often known as "touch-screen") voting
systems! In two separate statements, these disability leaders call for the
discontinuation of unsecure, unverifiable, and disenfranchising DRE touch screen
voting technology, and the statements destroy the myth that the disability community
needs DREs for accessibility. As one statement says, "DRE machines are neither
fully accessible nor secure and accurate ... [They] are inappropriate for use, because
these systems make it impossible for voters to verify that their votes will be counted
After years of DRE supporters, and indeed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002,
using the canard that blind and disabled voters must use DREs to vote privately and
independently, a number of leaders in the disabilities community are speaking out
against their having been used as a wedge to force the nationwide implementation of
such disenfranchising, dangerous voting systems.
Two different landmark statements on the issue have now been released. One
statement [PDF] released last week by the Disability
Law Center and the ACLU speaks in support of the decision by the Massachusetts
Secretary of State to approve the use of ballot marking devices, as opposed to
DREs, for use by the state's disabled voters.
The second, released today to The BRAD BLOG in advance of Congressional
subcommittee hearings tomorrow, is signed so far by more than 20 leaders of
the blind and disabled communities and calls for "an immediate ban" on
DRE voting systems. Like the release from the Disability Law Center, the
newly released statement crushes the long-overused myth that such unsecure,
disenfranchising, failed technology is required for disabled access to private,
Scooter Libby Is Facing A Boatload Of Time And Had Better Cooperate
This week has been interesting on the legal front. On Monday, the Supreme
Court denied the appeal of Bernard Ebbers, the former CEO of WorldCom who had
been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for white collar corporate fraud.
Then on Tuesday, White House Chief of Staff Scooter Libby was convicted of four
counts of obstruction of justice, false statement and perjury, and he is facing
A year and a half ago, VR nudged the Libby case a little by widely publishing
a worst case analysis of the sentence that could be imposed on those involved in
the Valerie Plame outing. See VR
Post 10/7/05 and
At the time, with the investigation stalled and no indictments, we sent this analysis
out by press release and mailed it to White House officials and their attorneys.
Within a matter of days, several of these suspects were making a beeline for Patrick
Fitzgerald’s office and the indictment of Libby soon followed.
Our analysis of the US Sentencing Guidelines showed that those involved were
facing life in prison if all the charges being discussed in the press resulted in a
guilty finding. We noted, however, that even a single conviction of "perjury or
obstruction of justice … would result in the maximum sentence because both charges
have a base offense level of 14, and those convicted will most probably receive
enhancements of 3 levels for substantial interference with the administration of
justice, 6 levels for victimizing a government employee and family member, 2 levels
for abuse of the public trust, and 4 levels for being a leader. These total 29 levels,
which equals 87-108 months in federal prison under the Guidelines, far above
the …statutory maximum...."
We also noted just why a White House official would receive such a heavy
sentence. "[T]he Guidelines are very specific about adding enhancements
based on conduct of a defendant. In this case, there is a 6 level enhancement
under section 3A1.2(b) 'if the victim was a government employee or member of the
immediate family of a government employee and the offense of conviction was motivated
by such status….' Both Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson clearly meet this definition of
a victim since their lives have been risked and they have suffered severe emotional harm.
In addition, because an official such as Karl Rove or Scooter Libby would obviously
be considered 'an organizer or leader' of the criminal conduct under section 3B1.1, he
would receive another enhancement of 4 levels. Moreover, all the defendants' conduct
constitutes 'an abuse of the public trust' as set forth in section 3B1.3, which would
add another 2 levels.
Furthermore, because of the 'willing obstruction and impeding of the administration
of justice during the investigation' …, they will receive another enhancement of 2
levels under section 3C1.1.
Finally, because of the grievous harm to our country and the 'potential disruption of
governmental function,' the sentencing court, even if the guidelines were not so severe,
would most certainly find, under section 5K2.0(a)(1)(A), aggravating circumstances
sufficient to warrant an upward departure from the guidelines."
The hook to our analysis was that officials could only save their skins by cooperating
prior to indictment, and currently we know that Ari Fleischer and Karl Rove did just that.
So what does Libby do now? He has three choices: play the long odds of the appeal with
no guarantees; hope for a pardon, again with no guarantees and with odds getting longer with
each new Bush scandal; and, cooperate with Fitzgerald to nail other corrupt officials in the
White House. Only the last choice is guaranteed to reduce his sentence or stop him
from going to prison.
Scooter, VR urges you to come clean. It will be good for your soul, your karma, your
family and the country. Plus, VR has a standing offer to donate $100,000 to the Scooter
Libby defense fund if your cooperation/testimony against Bush, Cheney or Rove results
in a conviction.
And Scooter, think about Bernie Ebbers when you sit around the table with your wife and
two kids. Ebbers never believed that he would be sentenced to 25 years in prison for
defrauding stockholders, and he thought he would win on appeal. Don’t make the same mistake
or continue protecting the people who put you up to this, especially since your actions
helped to start a terrible war that has caused the grievous suffering and death.
John Edwards Wants To Ban Touch-Screen Vote Machines
Presidential candidate John Edwards, who lost the last presidential election
due to fraud, became the first candidate to state publicly that touch-screen (DRE) vote machines should be banned.
Edwards is the second national politician to take a stand against these
anti-democracy machines. Last week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters threw down
the gauntlet on the new Holt
bill because it would allow such machines to keep miscounting our elections.
It appears that your voices are being heard but we need more big names to
lead this fight to save democracy. So over the next few days and weeks, we will
be issuing some new action items for all of you to take this to another level.
VR’s New Hard Hitting War Crimes Ad Debuts Today
VR has launched a new ad that will appear today in full page spreads in the Washington,
DC City Paper and the Crawford, Texas Lonestar Iconoclast warning those who support an
attack on Iran that they will be accomplices to war crimes. The ad asserts that Congress
Members and Generals must take that long overdue trip to the White House and demand that
George Bush resign. The complete text can be read
you can download
VR Presents Reward To CREW For Abramoff/Bush Photo
Today, VR presented a $500.00 check to Melanie Sloan, the Executive Director
of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington ("CREW") for
posting the first photo of George Bush together with convicted felon Jack Abramoff.
Florida Governor Recommends Paper Ballots For Every Vote Cast (Almost)
Well, we are really making headway when the new Republican Governor of Florida takes
a strong stand against the DRE vote machines that have rocked our democracy.
This week Governor Charlie Crist announced plans to abandon the touch screen voting
in favor of paper ballots, and to do so before the 2008 presidential elections.
He will allow some form of DREs with paper records for early voting and disabled
Asked about the $32 million price tag for the new system, Crist said, "The
price of freedom is not cheap. The importance of a democratic system of voting that
we can trust, that we can have confidence in, is incredibly important."
Also, on Monday, Congressman Rush Holt will be introducing a new bill in Congress
to require a paper ballot (not exactly and not what we consider a paper ballot) in
time for the presidential primaries. The bill will also provide for $300 million
to help pay for the upgrade. Unfortunately, there are serious concerns with
Holt bill that must be rectified before VR and others in the
Election Reform movement can support it. Despite endorsements by VoteTrustUSA,
Common Cause and People for the American Way, please make sure to read the bill
before adding your support. We will have more on this shortly. Also, there will
other competing legislation introduced in the near future by other members that
may hopefully address concerns and loopholes in the Holt bill. The last thing we
need is HAVA2 passed with the support of the very organizations that are supposed
to protect our right to vote.
Clearly, all of you have been helping to push for paper ballots but now we need to
keep the pressure on to make sure that politicians do not backslide or compromise on
this number one protection of elections. Please join the 50 organizations and tens of
thousands of people who have signed the Paper Ballot Petition demanding that Congress quickly pass real paper
The January 27 Peace Rally In Washington DC
VR was part of yesterday’s Peace rally on the Washington Mall. There were
hundreds of thousands of people there and, for the first time ever, they completely
surrounded the US Capitol as they marched. Here is a little VR clip featuring
Jane Fonda speaking against the war for the first time in 34 years. And here are a bunch of pictures we took including several
of our Impeachmobile which was parked in some prime real estate right at the end
point of the March. As you can see, it was an ocean of people from 3rd Street to
7th Street. We also participated today with thousands of others lobbying Congress
to stop this war and The Decider. The revolution is starting to be broadcast.
Now the same scientists have reported that they have been able to make a key to open all Diebold machines
right from the photo on the Diebold website. This is a profound security flaw for which
Diebold itself is responsible. This underscores why these machines must be relegated
to the trash heap and replaced with paper ballots for every vote cast.
the Paper Ballot Petition here.
Last night, Senator Jim Webb, a combat Marine vet, gave the Democratic response to the
State of the Union Address. In short, he stated that the President was wrong to start a
war with Iraq and is still wrong in his prosecution of the war.
It is time to recognize that progressive voices have been right about virtually every
issue since Bush took office. It is time to admit that Bush and his cheerleaders have
been wrong about virtually every issue. These include, the Iraq war, the war on terror,
bin Laden, the Patriot Act, wiretapping of phone calls, global warming, tax breaks for
the rich, Alito, Katrina, pre-emption, Dept. of Homeland Security, privacy, torture,
engagement of Russia, media reform, electronic voting machines, and Bush v. Gore.
By progressives we do not necessarily mean Democrats, because many of them joined Bush
in these dreadful policies. No we mean people such as Howard Dean, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy,
Robert Byrd, John Conyers, Barbara Boxer, and all those who were labeled as traitors
for speaking the truth to power.
Mr. Bush, as several members of Congress have said recently, "the jig is up."
Spare the country and the world any more of your reckless and dangerous actions. Resign,
leave the stage or, as Jim Webb said, "we will show you the way."
More Organizations Endorse The Paper Ballot Campaign
Ballot Campaign that was launched last month by 35 organizations has now grown to
almost 50. Here is a list of new signers and endorsers and we will add new endorsers
to this list as they come on board.
Progressive Democrats of America
Friends of the Earth
Hip Hop Caucus
Peacemakers of Schoharie County
Hip Hop Caucus Colorado
Election Reform Network
The American Voter
Missourians for Honest Elections
Defenders of Democracy
Citizens for Accurate Mail Ballot Results
If your organization wants to endorse this important campaign, please
let us know. And make sure you
petition to Congress demanding a paper ballot for every vote cast.
Thousands of petitions have been sent to Congress already and we need your help to send more.
VR's Year-End Report Of Our Campaigns, Causes And Issues
We are proud of our track record at VelvetRevolution of taking action and getting
things done. While we take pride in what we've been able to accomplish, we recognize
that these successes would not have been possible without all of you who make up the
Revolution and the many other activists who are toiling hard every day to make sure
our elections are transparent and auditable, and our country is a place in which we
want our children to live. These citizen activists are making a huge difference in
their local communities and nationally. VR's role only complements their work. Many
of our efforts, of course, continue to be works in progress and we will be launching
many other hard hitting campaigns throughout 2007 to create a progressive society based
on the rule of just laws, enlightened policies and accountability. We ask for your
continued support and want to thank all of you for making them possible.
Rewards for Whistleblowers
VR posted large six-figure rewards for whistleblowers that have knowledge of
vote rigging and faulty e-vote machines.
Several whistleblowers came forward who helped to expose efforts to defraud
elections and expose the untested, unreliable, hackable voting systems made by Diebold,
ES&S, Sequoia and Hart Intercivic. VR arranged for several whistleblowers to meet
with and/or testify before members of Congress.
The Princeton Report
VR received several voting machines from whistleblowers and we supplied Princeton
University with a Diebold touch-screen system, for the first ever such independent
investigation of one of those machines.
Princeton showed that the Diebold machines are not secure and that a virus can be
inserted into the machines capable of stealing an entire election without a trace being
left behind. The scientists from Princeton testified before Congress and on national
TV concerning their landmark findings.
The RFK Jr. Articles and Lawsuits
VR and co-founder Brad Friedman of The BRAD BLOG worked closely with Robert F.
Kennedy, Jr. in his articles for Rolling Stone outlining how American
elections have been manipulated and we enabled him to contact several of our
whistleblowers. These articles help to force the important issue of Election
Integrity into the national mainstream and resulted in RFK Jr. and his partner
Mike Papantonio filing qui tam (fraud) litigation against voting machine
companies in federal court.
The Science Application International Corporation Report
The SAIC report commissioned by the State of Maryland in 2003 was heavily redacted
and kept from the public. VR worked to help expose the first public released copy of
In October 2006, we received a copy of the unredacted SAIC report and we released
it on our website. It shows that Maryland officials were informed that the Diebold
voting machines are not secure and could cause a catastrophic failure in an election.
Sources have told us the FBI has launched an investigation into the matter.
The Election Protection Strike Force
In the summer of 2006, VR launched the Election Protection Strike Force,
seeking to bring together VR affiliates, members and scores of other groups to help
protect the 2006 election from fraud and manipulation and fight against voter
disenfranchisement via voting machine failure and other means.
VR used ads, lawsuits, videos, pollwatchers, rewards, whistleblowers, hotlines,
a tip line, exit polls and the media to help deter wrongdoing. We coordinated with
leaders of election protection groups around the nation to deal with election problems
in real time with an Election Protection War Room. We sponsored and funded many election
protection conferences around the country to educate and mobilize citizens.
Government Accountability Campaign
VR singled out numerous government officials for corruption and urged investigations
of them, including Congressmen Bob Ney, Tom Delay and Tom Feeney, Bush pal Tom Noe, Jack
Abramoff, Susan Ralston, Ken Lay, George Bush, Richard Cheney, Michael Scanlon and others.
We launched a Government Accountability Reward Fund of 100K for info leading to the arrest
and conviction of high government officials and pushed information we received to the FBI
and into the media.
Many of those singled out by VR have been arrested and/or convicted including Ney,
Noe, Abramoff, Delay, and Scanlon.
VR worked closely with Justice Through Music to register youth to vote.
VR promoted JTM's text messaging voter registration campaign and its ROCK YOUR
RIGHTS DVD campaign which donated tens of thousands of the DVDs to voter registration
organizations around the country to encourage a record number of youth at the polls
Emergency Paper Ballot Legislation
Following the release of the Princeton report, we launched a campaign for emergency
ballot legislation which was introduced by Rush Holt in the House and Barbara Boxer
in the Senate.
Scores of Congress members co-sponsored the legislation but Congress was unable to
pass it before the election recess.
VR then led a strong coalition of more than 50 election reform groups and national
leaders demanding that each Governor and Secretary of State make emergency paper ballots
available, along with plans for their use during the November election.
Media Propaganda Campaign
VR initiated the Truth in Media campaign to demand that the press report real news,
and we insisted that every TV affiliate in the country institute policies against the
use of prepackaged government news and paid government journalists.
VR sent letters to approx 1000 TV stations and networks nationwide informing them
that the use of such propaganda was illegal and improper, and that we would be watching
and holding them accountable. We demanded that they institute policies against such
propaganda. Every one of the dozens of TV stations that responded, except Fox stations,
promised not to use such pieces.
The National Institute of Standards And Technology Campaign
In spring of 2006 VR initiated a letter writing/email campaign calling on NIST to
protect elections with paper ballots, tough standards for secure voting systems and that
they stop siding with the voting machine vendors.
The new December 2006 NIST guidelines recommend that voting machines have an
independent verification system such as a paper ballot.
The Paper Ballot Campaign
In December 2006, we were one of the leaders in a new campaign to require Congress
to pass legislation to requiring a paper BALLOT (not a paper "trail" or paper
"record") for for every vote cast in America.
Thirty five non-partisan election integrity organizations signed on to this PBC
campaign and many other organizations have endorsed it. Congressman Rush Holt plans
to amend his HR550 legislation to require paper ballots. VR is hosting the petition
being sent to Congress and thousands of citizens have sent the petition to their
In the June 2006 special election/primary in California's 50th district
between Francine Busby (D) and Brian Bilbray (R), we learned of vote machine
"sleepovers" that undermined the confidence and integrity of that election.
In short, it is a violation of state and federal law to allow pre-programmed,
election-ready voting machines to be given to pollworkers unsecured in the days and
weeks prior to the election. Studies have shown that a single person with such
unrestricted access to such voting systems can steal an entire election.
We generated public interest in this issue, raised money for the lawsuits to
contest the election and the use of sleepovers, and brought this to the attention
of the media and politicians. The new Secretary of State in California, Debra Bowen,
has now stated that she believe such sleepovers are, in fact, illegal. Howard Dean
has called for an end to the practice, and the DNC Voting Rights Institute, for the
first time in it's history, called for a full hand-count count of the CA50 election.
Divestiture for Democracy Campaign
In the spring of 2005, VR launched a Divestiture for Democracy Campaign to
hold the nine major vote machine companies, most controlled by Republican interests,
accountable for their actions.
VR's campaign helped to drive Diebold stock down by more than 30%, helped lead
to numerous investigations of Diebold and other companies, helped result in a major
stock fraud securities lawsuit to be filed against Diebold, factored into the removal
of Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell (who had promised to deliver the electoral votes of Ohio
to George W. Bush in a Republican fundraising letter prior to the '04 Election) and
helped to drive a relentless publicity campaign to expose the lack of transparency and
illicit conduct of the e-voting machine companies. The campaign, as so many that we've
sponsored, continues to this day and is encompassed in many of other campaigns to hold the
voting machine companies accountable for their unpatriotic, anti-democratic actions.
The Baker/Carter Election Commission
VR launched a campaign to fight against the stacking of the Baker/Carter
Commission on election reform and helped expose the scam - the commission was
created by Republican operatives to call for disenfranchising ""Photo ID"
restrictions at the polls and was dominated by GOP and voting machine interests.
VR protested, and sent over 70,000 emails to the Commission and its members demanding
James A. Baker step down from the commission. Several members withdrew, helping to
discredit the ""Photo ID" movement, and ensuring that the final report was
taken with the large grain of salt it was due.
Out of Iraq Campaign
In June 2005, VR launched an Out of Iraq campaign to focus attention on the
criminal nature of the Iraq war.
This campaign has used ads in major and minor newspapers, actions to Congress,
Camp Democracy on the Mall in September 2006, and many other activities to continue
the pressure to bring an end to Iraq War.
Downing Street Memos
The Downing Street Memos were disclosed in England in early May 2005 proving that
George W. Bush cooked the evidence to create the basis for war with Iraq.
VR was a founding member of www.afterdowningstreet.org (ADS), which collected 560,000 signatures
on a petition for Congressman John Conyers to demand that the White House come clean about
the run-up to war. VR continues to fund ADS which was named as the Best Progressive Blog
of 2005 and Best Accountability Blog of 2006 by The Nation magazine.
VR worked to promote Cindy Sheehan before she was a household name. VR co-founder
had her appear on his syndicated radio program and in June 2005 he took the program
to Crawford, Texas where VR sponsored the program for two straight weeks in August
during Cindy's camp-out there. The program was the only regular, live daily program
to broadcast from on the ground, inside of Camp Casey.
VR worked to promote Cindy Sheehan before she was a household name. VR co-founder
had her appear on his syndicated radio program and in June 2005 he took the program to
Crawford, Texas where VR sponsored the program for two straight weeks in August during
Cindy's camp-out there. The program was the only regular, live daily program to broadcast
from on the ground, inside of Camp Casey.
The Florida 13 Election Contest
The 2006 congressional election in Florida 13 between Christine Jennings (D)
and Vern Buchanan (R) had 18,000 missing votes and studies shown that had the
votes been properly registered by the ES&S voting systems, Jennings would have won.
VR immediately called for "no confidence" in the election results, for
the resignation of the elections supervisor Kathy Dent, for a revote and for an
investigation by Congress. We also helped to fund a lawsuit to contest the election.
Now Congress is investigating the entire election and could seat Jennings in the
The Impeach Campaign
VR was the first org to demand accountability via impeachment for George W.
Bush in a series of print and Internet ads.
At the time we first ran the ads, there was very little talk of impeachment,
but now impeachment is on the minds of millions of Americans as recent polls have
shown a majority of Americans support impeachment, and there are finally Congress
Members demanding investigations and even articles of impeachment. We have just
launched a new campaign to pressure George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their minions
to do the right thing for the country by resigning.
The Valerie Plame Investigation
In the summer of 2005, the investigation into the leaking of Valerie Plame's
name by the White House was bogged down in legal wrangling. VR filed a written
analysis of the crimes involved and how long a sentence people in the White House
would face for committing those crimes. VR noted that the only way people could
get a lesser sentence was to cooperate with Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald. VR
published this on the Internet, sent out press releases, and had it delivered to
WH officials and their attorneys.
In December 2005, VR built a 14x8 foot double-sided billboard with Impeach
Bush signs on both sides.
On dozens of occasions, VR has driven this mobile billboard around the Capitol,
the White House, The Mall, and at numerous events to bring impeachment to everyone's
attention to help raise awareness of this issue and courage at the grassroots level.
The Iran War
Prior to March 2006, no one in the mainstream media was talking about a US war
with Iran with plans to use nuclear weapons. On March 17, 2006, VR put an
Iran/Impeachment ad in the Washington Post and on March 31, placed a similar
ad in the New York Times.
Soon thereafter, the press began its own investigation into the Iran war and
the WaPo reported that the White House plans included n-weapons.
Congress members got on board and this became a real news event. Citizens
sent hundreds of thousands of petitions to the Congress and the media demanding a
stop to the drumbeat to another unnecessary war. Now the war with Iran is a hot
topic and scrutiny is on both the United States and Israel for their reported plans
to use tactical nuclear weapons against Iran.
The VR Media Campaign
VR has issued scores of press releases on our different campaigns; Brad Friedman
of our co-founding organization, The BRAD BLOG,
has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows to talk about them; in the summer of 2005,
we supported The BRAD SHOW to highlight these issues; and Brad has written articles that
have appeared in dozens of media, both Internet and mainstream. VR has posted print
ads in mainstream media, progressive media and weekly media. We have produced and
publicized radio ads and PSA's.
Many of these media appearances have been breaking news stories, including the
SAIC report, the Princeton report, the RFK Jr. articles, and Abramoff's trips to the WH.
VR posts detailing most all of these issues and campaigns can be found on the VR
site -- just scroll down the front page and visit our special Election Protection Strike
Force Site at http://www.VelvetRevolution.us/ElectionStrikeForce. Again, a
big thank you to the VR citizens' brigade is in order - that means all of you VR members,
affiliates, funders and supporters. Without you, we're nothing…
A Year Ago VR Warned Against A War With Iran And Now Everyone Is Talking About It
On March 17, 2006, VR, as an adjunct to our NYT and
launched a petition to
Congress to stop a war with Iran. Thousands of you signed the petition then and the war
was averted for the time.
VR believes that the American people would be well served by the diplomatic
engagement of Iran and Syria per the recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study
Group. We have joined a coalition called Americans Against the Escalation in Iraq to bring pressure
from citizens opposed to more escalation. We will be launching more ads to make this
point and get people to sign our petition to hold Bush accountable for his military
hubris. Years ago, sailors used to mutiny when the captain of the ship became reckless.
More recently, politicians relied on the impeachment process. Now, however, the
stakes are so grave that we believe that the Generals and the Senate and House
leadership need to take that long overdue walk down Pennsylvania Avenue and demand
that Bush and his minions resign before they embark on another military debacle.
Congratulations to Lowell Finley Of VoterAction – Now Deputy SOS of California
The new Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, today announced that she has appointed
Lowell Finley of the election reform group VoterAction to be her new Deputy Secretary
of State for Voting Systems and Technology. Wow! It was Finley who filed many of
the lawsuits against different states using DREs, and he is one of the attorneys
who filed the lawsuit in FL-13 where 18,000 votes were missing in the
Jennings/Buchanan race. VR has worked closely with VoterAction and Finley in our
CA-50 lawsuit, our Paper Ballot Campaign, our Emergency Paper Ballot Campaign,
our Election Protection Strike Force and we have provided funding for the FL-13 suit.
We want to congratulate Lowell and VoterAction, and commend Debra Bowen for keeping
her word and standing strong for accountable elections. A complete rundown of this story
can be found on The BRAD BLOG.
Citizens For Responsibility And Ethics In Washington Wins VR Reward For Photo Of Bush And Abramoff Together
On January 31, 2006, VR, as part of its Government Accountability Campaign,
posted a $500 reward for any previously unpublished photo of Jack Abramoff and George
Bush together. Well, today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington,
CREW, published such a photo on its website. VR will deliver a $500 check to the Washington
offices of CREW later this week. Congratulations on the winner!!
VR Supports The Right Of Felons To Vote, And Congress Should Too
Now that a new Congress is in the office, it is time to enact legislation based on
fundamental fairness, due process and equal protection guaranteeing every American
citizen the right to vote, including the more than five million felons who have been
disenfranchised simply because of a felony conviction.
According to an editorial in the Washington Post, these disenfranchisement
"laws are a vestige of a time when states sought to discourage blacks from voting,
and they do, in fact, disproportionately disenfranchise African Americans."
The non profit
Sentencing Project states: "This fundamental obstacle to participation
in democratic life is exacerbated by racial disparities in the criminal justice system,
resulting in an estimated 13% of black men unable to vote. … Public opinion data clearly
shows strong support for reform - 80% of the public supports restoration of voting rights
for ex-felons who have completed their sentences, and 64% and 62% respectively support
the right of probationers and parolees to vote."
We are not alone in our position here. Human Rights Watch, The Brennen Center,
American Correctional Association,
Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Howard Dean, Wesley Clark and many others support allowing voting rights to
felons. It is high time that Congress step up to the plate and stop these disgraceful Jim Crow laws.
America will be better off by having all citizens, including felons, participate in our political process.
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney Must Resign. For the Good of this Nation
As we enter the new year, VR renews our call for George W. Bush, Richard Cheney and
their minions to do the only respectable thing in the wake of the myriad disasters they
have wrought on our country and our world. It is time for them to resign and spare the
nation two more painful years spent by Congress bringing accountability for the
recklessness and disregard for our Constitution by this Administration.
We urge all of those good Senators and Generals who have enabled this administration
to take that long overdue walk up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House to demand the
end to our long, six year national nightmare.
Americans -- and indeed the world -- deserve better than this House of Shams.
Bush was placed into office via a sham decision after a sham election. He declared a
war via the use of sham intelligence. He has instituted sham policies, based on sham
"science" and the sham "advice" of lobbyists and corporate interests
disguised as consultants. He has given the American people sham "facts" about policies
both foreign and domestic, and now he has killed Saddam Hussein in the wake of a sham trial.
Bush leaves behind a legacy of shams and failures. However, it is anything but a sham
for the thousands of families who have lost loved ones due to Bush's many selfish schemes
and ill-conceived shams. Nor will it be a sham to those of us forced to clean up, for
generations, after his self-deserving arrogance and utter incompetence.
It is said that karma is a powerful force. Those with clarity of vision and intellectual
honesty can see the writing on the wall and the karma now pounding loudly on the door of
this administration. The House of Bush teeters on complete collapse and can’t be stopped,
but the damage during the downfall may be minimized if grown-up steps are now taken.
If George W. Bush ever had the ability to make one single honest and unselfish decision,
let it be soon, and for the good of the country. It is time for him to step down.
No doubt, his enablers understand they too will be prisoners of Bush's karma if they
don't act soon to stop the bleeding. The recompense of 2008 is only around the corner. It's
time to save the ship before those enablers are sent down with it.
Americans are tired and ashamed by the stain on the White House, on the country and
on the world. We are exhausted by the lies and shamed by the deaths brought by this
It is time for that one honorable move, Mr. Bush. It is time for you, Mr. Cheney and
your minions, to take your leave. It is the right thing to do and there will be no better
moment for you to do it than now. Spare us the last of your self-righteous indignation and,
for once, put your country before yourselves. We call for you to resign your office before
any more damage is done. We will be taking steps to ensure you make that decision as soon
Time Magazine Names The Online Movement As Person Of The Year
All of you should be proud to be part of VR and the whole new media revolution.
Election Reform Coalition Launches Paper Ballot Campaign
A coalition of more than 30 election reform organizations today launched a new campaign to
urge the new Congress to quickly pass legislation requiring paper ballots for every
vote cast. A copy of the complete letter to Congress is
VR is hosting the petition for the campaign and we are asking everyone
to sign it and to pass it along to your friends. We have seen what problems paperless
vote machines cause and want to reform our elections before the next election.
Moreover, we do not want paper trails or paper records -- we want paper ballots.
Please sign the petition
VR Campaign Succeeds: National Institute on Standards and Technology Recommends Paper Ballots
Last spring, VR
launched a campaign to pressure the Election Assistance
Commission (“EAC”) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology
("NIST") to protect elections rather than vote machine vendors by
enacting standards for paper ballots for all votes cast.
Well, it now appears that all those tens of thousands of emails that you
sent had a huge effect because, as reported today on the front page of the
Washington Post, NIST has now recommended to EAC that all vote machines
without paper ballots be decertified, and that future elections include a paper ballot for
This is a big win for all of you who made your voice heard. Shortly, VR will launch
a new campaign to pressure the incoming Congress to enact federal legislation to require
paper ballots, not paper trials or paper records, but paper ballots starting in the 2008
presidential election season. We will demand that this be a first order of business,
hopefully in the initial days of the new Congress.
Today, VR corruption target Tom Noe, the $150,000 Bush Pioneer and Ohio's GOP
moneyman, was sentenced to 18 years in state prison for corrupt activity,
theft, money laundering, tampering with records and forgery. He is still facing a
host of federal charges for other corrupt activities.
Mr. Noe's wife, Bernadette, was chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party and the
Lucas County Board of Elections and was accused of massive irregularities
during the 2004 general election.
On September 15, 2005, VR offered a $100,000 reward for evidence proving that the 2004
election in Ohio was rigged in favor of George Bush. Well, Mr. Noe, since all those evil deeds
you did for Republicans don't seem to be helping you out of your present difficulties, maybe
you should take up our offer because we will pay off and you will certainly need that extra
100K in the coming months. Moreover, if your attorneys haven’t told you, the only way to
get a sentence reduction is to cooperate against a bigger fish. But don’t wait too long
since everyone seems to be spilling the beans on the GOP culture of corruption nowadays.
VR Demands Resignation Of FL-13 Supervisor Of Elections Kathy Dent
Today VR is demanding the resignation of Kathy Dent, the Supervisor of Elections in FL-13,
in Sarasota, Florida. That race, a week after the election, has still not been decided
because of 18,000 ballots for Congress are missing from the non-paper ballot touchscreen
machines. Kathy Dent vehemently opposed any paper ballots in the race prior to the election,
and she denigrated the people asking for paper ballots.
There is a recount going on in FL-13 which we predict will show the same results from
the election because the machines will only be spitting out the same garbage. This is why
we have always insisted on paper ballots as a backup insurance policy. We also have our
doubts about the court ordered audit, although we expect it to show some anomalies but not
the true extent of the problem. As we said last week, we believe that a revote is the only
way to correct the mistakes made in FL-13.
If this were 2008 and the presidential election hinged on FL-13, the whole country would
be up in arms insisting that nothing has changed since 2000. We can’t afford to have
incompetents such as Kathy Dent making decisions and running elections. She has failed
miserably and she should resign or be removed immediately.
VR Declares "No Confidence" In Fl-13 Because Of 18,000 Lost Votes
By Electronic Vote Machines
In Fl-13, unofficial results show that Republican Vern Buchanan defeated Democrat
Christine Jennings by only 373 votes -- triggering a likely recount. However,
there were more than 18,000 blank ballots -- representing 13 percent of the 142,284
ballots cast – which surely affected the outcome of one of the most hotly contested
congressional races in the country.
Florida officials have ordered an audit of that election. However, VR believes
more should be done – the machines should be impounded and analyzed by the best IT
security analysts, vote company officials and technicians should be questioned under
oath, and steps should be taken to rid the electorate of this type of vote machine.
There have been problems in elections all over the country and we at VR are monitoring
numerous races and awaiting the final counts before deciding to take action. However, at
this time, we are issuing a "NO CONFIDENCE" declaration in the results of the
Congressional race in FL-13. If the audit cannot find the missing votes, then we demand
a district wide revote on paper ballots. We demand that the results not be certified
nor a winner be declared until all the votes are counted.
We are working with other organizations that are contesting the FL-13 race,
including VoterAction, Common Cause, MoveOn, People for the American Way and
Progressive Democrats of America. We will not accept this blatant assault on
'THE PENTAGON PAPERS OF E-VOTING' — THE LONG-SOUGHT 2003 STATE OF MARYLAND'S 'SAIC REPORT'
ON DIEBOLD SECURITY VULNERABILITIES — NOW RELEASED IN FULL AT THE BRAD BLOG!
Previously Unreleased 200-Page Report Said to Document Some 180 Security Flaws and
Recommendations Made to Diebold and the State
Tonight, The BRAD BLOG is
releasing that report exclusively in full as provided by "a patriotic high-level state
official" very close to this situation in the Maryland government.
The original, never-before-released SAIC report was nearly 200 pages in all as
completed, and details a number of extraordinary security vulnerabilities found in
Diebold's AccuVote-TS (touch-screen) voting systems as deployed by the state of
Maryland initially in 2002. The version of the SAIC report that was eventually released
to the public, after extreme redaction, was a mere 38 pages long.
Regarded by many in the computer science, security and election integrity community
as "The Pentagon Papers of E-Voting", the report as released by MD's State
Election Administrator, Linda Lamone, was edited, changed and, of course, highly
redacted by someone.
If security vulnerabilities were indeed found in 2003 by SAIC, but subsequently kept
covered-up by Diebold or their allies such as longtime booster Lamone, within the MD
State Elections division, the question of accountability — and even the specter of
malicious out-and-out fraud — has been raised.
During an interview with Abrahams and Stephen Spoonamore, the CEO of computer
security firm Cyberinth LCC,
on a radio program we
co-hosted yesterday, they suggested that an FBI investigation may
currently be under way in Maryland concerning several events surrounding the use
of Diebold machines in the state.
Given the importance of this never-before-released information — and after
close consultation with Abrahams and several others, we believe the national
public interest in the information contained in this report requires full and
immediate release and disclosure.
VR SPECIAL ELECTION INTEGRITY MARATHON RADIO BROADCAST ELECTION NIGHT!
CO-ANCHORED BY RADIO HOSTS PETER B. COLLINS
AND ELECTION INTEGRITY ADVOCATE/JOURNALIST BRAD FRIEDMAN
LIVE Team Broadcast to be Carried over Multiple Radio Networks, Stations,
Internet Outlets -- All Invited to Carry Program Free All Night Long!
Coverage will focus both on continuing, growing election problems
around the country, as well as the "horse race." Beginning Tuesday,
Nov. 7nd at 3pm PT (6pm ET) and continuing until 1am PT or as long as
events on the ground warrant.
Peter B. Collins (host of the daily syndicated Peter B. Collins radio show)
and Brad Friedman (radio personality, investigative journalist at BradBlog.com,
election integrity advocate and co-founder of VelvetRevolution.us) are announcing
plans for a coast-to-coast Election Night Marathon Broadcast to be carried LIVE
over multiple air affiliates via the Jones satellite feed and multiple streaming
internet outlets. The landmark broadcast is as a joint effort of Collins, Friedman
Election Protection Strike Force effort in coordination with a number of
national organizations and sponsors to be announced soon.
All interested networks, air affiliates, and Internet networks are invited to
carry this special one-of-a-kind programming free of charge all evening! This
special broadcast is available to any radio station in the country, and stations
are welcome to carry as much of the broadcast as they wish. The satellite feed
will be on the Jones Starguide system, channel Jones 1 left. For the program clock
and traffic information, contact Collins Media Services at 415-258-9467 or
While the rest of the media will likely be focusing on the "horse race"
on Election Night, Friedman and Collins' special coverage will focus on the issues
of election integrity and the massive trouble expected at polling places with new,
untested, electronic voting systems -- found to be vulnerable to both failure and
tampering -- which now litter the nation's electoral landscape for the first time
Drawing on Collins' and Friedman's considerable knowledge, sources and expertise
on these issues, the program will feature live, as they break reports from a raft
of high-profile guests, election integrity activists on the ground and callers around
the nation. As well, regular reports on the incoming numbers will featured on a regular
basis each hour during the broadcast.
The co-hosts will be working with and interviewing many of country's foremost
experts on Election Integrity issues across the county, hoping to draw from their
team of colleagues and sources including Thom Hartmann in OR, Greg Palast in NY,
Mark Crispin Miller in NY, Bev Harris in WA, Bob Fitrakis in OH and many many more.
Breaking news and interviews will be featured side-by-side with the "horse race"
numbers and featured guests will come not just from the Election Integrity Advocacy
movement, but also from among the nation's top politicians, newsmakers, journalists and
Beginning during Collins' regular daily broadcast on Tuesday (starting 3pm PT,
6pm ET), the special LIVE programming will continue throughout the night until 1am
PT (4am ET), or as events warrant and will likely feature live cross-over simulcasts
with other Election Night programming as both Friedman and Collins will be interviewed
on other networks throughout the night as well. Collins' will be working out of his
San Rafael, CA studios and Friedman will be broadcasting from Los Angeles.
We'll soon be announcing some of the air affiliates and Internet networks -- such
as WhiteRoseSociety.org in Chicago and KPFTX.org in Houston -- who will be adding
capacity and streaming our special live coverage. We expect to be announcing several
late-joining sponsors for this revolutionary broadcast shortly as well. Please
if you're interested in being a sponsor.
Maryland Election Officials Cover Up And Alter SAIC Report – FBI Investigates
This is big, so big it is being called the "Pentagon Papers of Election Fraud."
In short, we got a copy of the SAIC (Scientific Applications International Corporation) Risk
Assessment Report for Diebold vote machines in the state of Maryland. The 280 page unredacted
report was commissioned in 2003 but was only released in a 38-page redacted version.
VR co-founder Brad Friedman did an exclusive
release on this story last night on The BRAD BLOG which lays out how Maryland
officials, in concert with Diebold, covered up the real substance of the report and
actually changed language and meaning. In short, the SAIC found that the Diebold
machines were unsecure and that they pose a high threat of changing the will of the voters.
We have been informed that the FBI has been alerted to this massive fraud on the
citizens of this country and that it is now investigating. The cat is out of the
bag and we will be reporting more on this shortly.
VR Sponsors New Lawsuit in CA-50 To Require Paper Ballots And Prohibit Sleepovers
On Monday October 30, 2006, a VR funded lawsuit by San Diego County voter
Kathy Peterson was filed with the California Court of Appeals, seeking a writ
of mandamus compelling Registrar of Voters Mikel Haas to do his job by providing
and counting paper ballots of all voters in CA-50 and prohibiting sleepovers of
the Diebold election machines.
Ms. Peterson is represented by Carlsbad attorney Ken Simpkins, who has also
served the cause of democratic elections along with attorney Paul Lehto in the
election contest involving the 50th Congressional District in California, the
Busby/Bilbray race to replace imprisoned former Congressman Duke Cunningham.
The lawsuit, set for expedited decision prior to the election and served on
the defendants on Monday as well, seeks additional relief to guarantee an adequate
supply of "emergency" paper ballots, which are required by a California order of the
Secretary of State to be available to any voter upon request, as well as for
distribution to all voters in the event of a meltdown or other voting machine
breakdown. Preliminary indications are that absentee ballots, another "paper
ballot" option, are being requested in far higher numbers than in the most recent
off year federal election in 2002.
As its third and final form of relief requested, the lawsuit requests a
peremptory writ regarding "sleepovers" of electronic voting machines, seeking
appropriate security logs and precautions to be instituted, since the Registrar
of Voters has failed completely to secure the machines, apparently preferring
plausible deniability of scattering the voting machines to innumerable volunteers
for one to two weeks over the accountability. As reported by The BRAD BLOG, Haas has sent already sent all the voting machines
home with pollworkers in violation of state federal law.
VR LAUNCHES ELECTION PROTECTION STRIKE FORCE INTERACTIVE WEB PAGE
Please spread our new VR Election
Protection Strike Force far and wide. We have tons of information there to provide an
insurance policy to voters in the November mid-terms. The Election Protection Strike Force
reveals a new approach to grassroots action, a multi-pronged hot-as-lightning campaign to
put U.S. elections where they belong, in the hands of the people. So please get involved.
VR Commissions Zogby Poll in Clint Curtis/Tom Feeney Florida Congressional Race – It’s a Dead Heat!
As part of our VR Election Protection Strike Force, we commissioned Zogby to conduct a
poll in FL-24 between Democrat Clint Curtis and Republican Tom Feeney. The Zogby poll
shows a dead heat, and reveals that Curtis is leading among likely voters who describe
themselves as independent by a full 11 points! Large majorities of Hispanics (60%) and
African Americans (71%) also support Curtis.
According to the report from Zogby International of 402 likely voters in Florida's
24th district, when asked "If the election for Congress were held today and the candidates
were Democrat Clint Curtis and Republican Tom Feeney, for whom would you vote?", respondents
replied as follows:
Feeney - 45%
Curtis - 43%
Other - 2%
Not sure - 10%
"The race for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 24th District is a
virtual toss-up. Incumbent Tom Feeney holds the slimmest of leads over challenger Clint
Curtis, 45% to 43%, with one in ten (10%) undecided," noted Zogby.
It appears that Feeney’s close relationship with corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff
and sexual predator Mark Foley has had a big effect on the Curtis/Feeney race.
VR Sponsors No Vote Machine Sleepovers Forum In San Diego
Velvet Revolution Election Protection Strike Force is hosting an Emergency Town Hall
Election Forum in San Diego on 10/25/06 from 5:50 - 9:00 p.m.
Please come and participate.
VR Leads Effort With Open Letter to States Urging Emergency Paper Ballot Plans and
Procedures for November Election
Urgent Plea Mailed to 50 State Governors, Sec's of State and Election Directors
Signed by Broad Coalition of Election Integrity Advocacy Orgs, Congressional Members,
Elections Officials, Computer Scientists, Civil Rights Attorneys and Journalists Initial
Federal Effort Calling for Back-Up Paper Ballots Now Moves to States, Citizens Asked
to Join the Call!
An urgent letter has been sent today to the Governors, Secretaries of State and State
Election Directors of all 50 states urging them to immediately create and implement plans
and procedures for allowing the use of Emergency Paper Ballots at every local jurisdiction
during this November's general election.
The missive, signed by a broad coalition of more than 50 Election Integrity Advocate
groups, congressional members, elections officials, computer scientists, attorneys and
journalists comes on the heels of Federal legislation recently introduced in both the U.S.
House and Senate. Those bills, which were not brought up for a vote before Congress adjourned
for the Election Recess, called for funding to states who implement plans to provide Emergency
Paper Ballots. The legislation was introduced in the wake of recent primary elections around
the country where voters were unable to cast a vote due to failure, malfunction, or other
inability of electronic voting systems.
The two-page letter [PDF] was signed by individuals such as: Sen. Barbara Boxer, Robert F.
Kennedy Jr., Sen. John Kerry, Rep. Rush Holt, Leon County, FL Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho,
OH elections attorney Cliff Arnebeck and University of Iowa computer scientist Doug Jones.
Organizations signed on include: Common Cause, VerifiedVoting.org, VotersUnite.org,
BlackBoxVoting.org, VoterAction.org, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation,
MoveOn.org, TrueMajorityAction.org and many other national, state and local Election
Integrity advocate groups.
$500,000 Reward For Information About Election Fraud In The November Election
VelvetRevolution is offering a $500,000 reward for information about election fraud
and manipulation in the November 7th mid-term elections. That’s a quarter million
dollars to the persons or persons who provide us with definitive and conclusive proof
that a United States House or Senate election has been rigged by illegal means.
The information must result in an overturning of a congressional election and a
conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fraud. We want whistleblowers to
come forward and to provide us with evidence, documents, tape recordings, and admissions.
Send to tips at velvetrevolution.us.
This reward is one part of VR’s ongoing Election Protection Strike Force, with
lots more to come.
10/1/06:DONATIONS NEEDED FOR LEGAL EFFORTS TO ENSURE ACCURACY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
IN THE SPECIAL BUSBY/BILBRAY U.S. HOUSE ELECTION!
VR’s Proposal For Emergency Paper Ballots Has Been Endorsed By Senators,
Representatives, The DNC And Lot Of Others
A week ago, following all the primary election failures, VR proposed an emergency
paper ballot law to provide paper ballots for all elections this November. We called this
the "Let America Vote Act" and urged Senators and Representatives to introduce
Many of our affiliates have endorsed the bills and asked their members to contact
Congress, including Progressive Democrats of America, AfterDowningStreet, The Peoples
Email Network, Democrats.com, VoteTrustUSA, Verified Voting and others. Moreover,
Common Cause, the New York Times,
and Debra Bowen, have done the same.
Late yesterday, the DNC also
came out in support of the bills.
Now Congress is ready to adjourn for the fall recess so where does that leave these
important bills? Well, everyone needs to support those Congress Members who endorsed
the bills and condemn those who did not. Additionally, everyone must now take this fight
to the states. This is a non-partisan issue that everyone should be able to understand – having
a paper ballot insurance policy when the machines crash.
Princeton Scientist Testifies Before Congress About Hacking Diebold Machines With Virus To Rig Elections
Today, in incredible testimony, Ed Felten, testified before a packed House Administration Committee
about Princeton’s recent hack of Diebold touch screen machines with a computer virus. See full
testimony and a demo hack here.
VR was there since we provided the machine to Princeton. Afterwards, Felten and Congressman
Holt held a press conference which was attended by CNN, ABC, NBC, Reuters, Washington Post and
others where Felten did the hack to close-up cameras.
are some highlights.
VR URGES IMMEDIATE CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF THE 'LET AMERICA VOTE ACT'
Call on Congress to Mandate Emergency Paper Ballots at Every Polling Place in America this November!
VR calls on Congress to pass an emergency measure requiring Paper Ballots be made
available at the polls during this November's general election. In primary after primary
this year, voters have been told to "come back later" or, at best, given a provisional ballot
(which may or may not ever be counted) when voting machines either failed to work or, frequently,
weren't even present by the time voters showed up to vote. That is voter disenfranchisement,
pure and simple, and it affects voters of any and all political stripes. Things were so bad in
Maryland’s primary last week that today GOP
Governor Ehrlich called for the total scrapping of the Diebold
vote machines and a return to all paper ballots.
VR now urges all citizens to contact their Congress Members — as well as their state
and local officials — to demand that non-provisional Paper Ballots be made available at
the polls this year! This is simply common sense.
For more reasons and information on why this legislation needs to be passed by both
Houses of Congress and signed by the White House with Terry Schiavo-like speed in the
last days before they recess for the election -- and for the complete suggested legislative
language for the bill, and a few words in response to naysayers --
Read BRAD BLOG's coverage here..
The complete suggested language for the LET AMERICA VOTE ACT is posted below. It will
take you 30 seconds to read in its entirety. Please do whatever you can to help it find
sponsorship and see it passed by Congress immediately! American democracy is worth the effort!
LET AMERICA VOTE ACT (EMERGENCY PAPER BALLOT MANDATE OF 2006)
WHEREAS significant failures of electronic voting machines have occurred in
various jurisdictions during primary elections held in Illinois, Texas, Georgia,
Maryland and other states during 2006, and
WHEREAS such failures have forced legitimate, registered voters to have
been turned away from the polls by the thousands so far in 2006 primary elections
simply because neither voting machines nor paper ballots were available for
use when the voters arrived at their polling place, and
WHEREAS the probability exists that such failures will continue and the
adverse results of such failures will be multiplied and increased in magnitude by
the additional number of voters participating in the November 7, 2006 General Election, and
WHEREAS the potential exists for massive disenfranchisement of American voters
in the November 7, 2006 General Election, by such failures of electronic voting machines,
NOW THEREFORE be it enacted that:
A. For the November 7, 2006, General Election, each election jurisdiction
shall be required to prepare and print Emergency Paper Ballots of the proper ballot
style for all races and propositions which shall be contested in that jurisdiction.
B. Such Emergency Paper Ballots shall be printed in sufficient quantity to guarantee that every voter who may require one, either as requested or as a result of voting machine unavailability, shall be able to receive such an Emergency Paper Ballot.
C. As with all provisional ballots, such Emergency Paper Ballots shall be
printed in all languages specified for ballots in that jurisdiction.
D. Any voter eligible to vote in the jurisdiction in which he or she requests
an Emergency Paper Ballot shall be entitled to receive and cast such Emergency Paper
Ballot, regardless of the type of ballot that shall have been specifiied in that jurisdiction
through operation of law, without further qualification, request, proof or furnishing of
reason for such request.
E. Such Emergency Paper Ballots shall be official ballots for purposes of casting,
tabulating, audits, redundant counts and recounts, and shall not be considered
F. Emergency Paper Ballots shall be cast and tabulated in the same manner as all
other ballots cast on November 7, 2006.
G. The associated costs to states for this mandate will be reimbursed out of Help
America Vote Act funding.
H. This Act shall terminate and cease to have effect on February 28, 2007.
VR Strike Force Presents STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote
A New Documentary Film Produced by DOROTHY FADIMAN
EMMY Award winning, OSCAR-nominated Documentary Filmmaker
STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote brings together behind-the-scenes perspectives from
Election 2004. Interviewees include voters who experienced hardships, poll workers,
computer experts, nationally recognized journalists, as well as others concerned about
the Presidential election of Nov. 2, 2004 and democracy in the United States. For more
information or to arrange a screening, please visit www.stealingamerica.org.
Tuesday, September 19
City: Washington, DC
Place: Peoples Congregational Church, 4704Thirteenth Street NW
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: FREE. Viewers will be invited to make a donation.
Film will be introduced by Matthew Segal. The filmmaker will be in attendance.
Sponsor: Velvet Revolution (www.velvetrevolution.us)
RSVP: Kat L'Estrange, email@example.com
Tuesday, September 19
City: Mountain View, CA
Place: Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Boulevard
Time: 7 PM
The filmmaker will not be in attendance.
Contact: Tamara Colby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: League of Women Voters of Los Altos
Thursday, September 21
City: New York, NY
Place: Millennium Film Workshop, 66 East 4th Street, Manhattan, NYC
Time: 8 PM
Cost: FREE. Viewers will be invited to make a donation.
Film will be introduced by Mark Crispin Miller.
The filmmaker will be in attendance.
Contact/RSVP: Kat L'Estrange, email@example.com
Sunday, September 24 - OHIO PREMIERE
City: Columbus, OH
Place: Drexel Gateway Theater, 1550 North High Street
Time: 7:30 PM
Film will be introduced by Bob Fitrakis.
The filmmaker will be in attendance.
Contact: Suzanne Patzer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: Free Press (www.freepress.org)
Monday, September 25
City: Cincinnati, OH
Place: Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave
Time: 7:30 PM
The filmmaker will be in attendance.
Contact: Andrew Warner, email@example.com
Thursday, September 28
City: Youngstown, OH
Place: Youngstown University, McKay Auditorium in Beeghley Hall - Building #5
Time: 8:00 PM
Cost: FREE. Viewers will be invited to make a donation.
The filmmaker will be in attendance.
Contact: Kim Akins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: Peace Action
Saturday, September 30
City: Cleveland, OH
Place: Cuyahoga County Community College, 2900 Community College Avenue. The Theater
in Media and Theater Arts (MTA) building. http://www.tri-c.edu/maps/docs/metrocampus.htm#Theater
Time: 4:30 PM
Cost: $5/ticket. Free for We Count conference attendees.
The filmmaker will be in attendance.
Sponsor: We Count 2006 (www.wecount2006.org), Velvet Revolution, Election Defense Alliance
Wednesday, October 4
City: Oakland, CA
Main Speaker: Mark Crispin Miller
Place: Oakland Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Avenue
Time: 7 PM (film at 9:30 PM)
The filmmaker will be in attendance.
Sunday, October 15 - LOCAL PREMIERE
City: Palo Alto, CA
Place: Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, California
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: FREE. Viewers will be invited to make a donation.
The filmmaker will be in attendance.
Contact: Ana Hays, email@example.com
Tuesday, October 26
City: Mountain View, CA
Place: Michael's on Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Time: 6:30 registration 7 pm dinner 7:30 pm Program
Cost: $25 Fundraiser for ACLU
Cost: Free. Viewers will be invited to make a donation.
The filmmaker will be in attendance.
RSVP: Tamara Colby firstname.lastname@example.org by October 14
Sponsor: The Mid-Peninsula Chapter of The American Civil Liberties Union
9/14/06:A VIRUS CAN BE INSERTED INTO DIEBOLD MACHINES TO STEAL ELECTIONS
Finally.... An Exhaustive Analysis Of The Diebold Machines From Top To Bottom
Brad reported yesterday at Salon, "the Princeton computer scientists obtained the
Diebold system with cooperation from VelvetRevolution,
an umbrella organization of more than 100 election integrity groups, which I co-founded a few months after
the 2004 election. We acquired the Diebold system from an independent source and handed it over to
university scientists so that, for the first time, they could analyze the hardware, software and
firmware of the controversial voting system. Such an independent study had never been allowed by
either Diebold or elections officials."
Here is part of the Executive Summary concluding in short that these machines are dangerous and unfixable.
Malicious software running on a single voting machine can steal votes with little if any risk
of detection. The malicious software can modify all of the records, audit logs, and counters kept
by the voting machine, so that even careful forensic examination of these records will find nothing
amiss. We have constructed demonstration software that carries out this vote-stealing attack.
Anyone who has physical access to a voting machine, or to a memory card that will later be
inserted into a machine, can install said malicious software using a simple method that takes
as little as one minute. In practice, poll workers and others often have unsupervised access
to the machines.
AccuVote-TS machines are susceptible to voting-machine viruses — computer viruses
that can spread malicious software automatically and invisibly from machine to machine during
normal pre- and post-election activity. We have constructed a demonstration virus that spreads
in this way, installing our demonstration vote-stealing program on every machine it infects.
While some of these problems can be eliminated by improving Diebold's software, others
cannot be remedied without replacing the machines' hardware. Changes to election procedures
would also be required to ensure security.
Please let your elections officials know that these machines must be discarded and that
they cannot have any confidence in the results of their elections. More information will
9/10/06:VR Launches Election
Protection Strike Force For The Mid-Term Elections
VelvetRevolution has launched an election protection strike force campaign for
the mid-term elections this November. This campaign consists of three major
components – legal, media and activists.
Legal- VR is working to coordinate with a dream team of the best, brightest and
most fearless attorneys and investigators specializing in election law. We will be
ready in key states and key races to immediately and forcefully challenge
specific subversions of the voting process through illegal means.
Media- VR will brief the media prior to the election to be on the
lookout for a laundry list of possible manipulations of the vote. Concerned
reporters who are interested in this issue will be identified and on call prior
to, during and after the election. The blogs and independent news outlets
including radio and TV will be included in this campaign. VR will retain a PR
firm to mobilize the mainstream media and VR will be mobilizing the online media.
Activists- VR will put millions of activists on various organizational lists and
blogs on notice to be on the lookout for election problems and to be ready at a
moment's notice to send hundreds of thousands of emails, letters, and phone
calls to those in a position to stop the problems. The activists will also
be primed to engage in protests, marches, meetings and rallies to stop the
A big component of this strike force will be a large reward fund of at least $500,000 for
information about electoral illegalities that change the result of an election. This
will be tied into a election fraud hotline for whistleblowers to call for quick
investigation of their allegations. We are presently getting pledges for this
fund and it will be announced shortly. Whistleblowers can contact us at:
tips at velvetrevolution.us.
A second component will be an awareness campaign targeting
all elections officials, secretaries of state, voting registrars, poll workers,
campaign workers, and vote machine employees and election volunteers. They will
be told, in very clear and direct terms, that Americans expect a clean and honest
election and that any violations of the law or other improprieties will be
discovered, exposed and prosecuted civilly and criminally to the full extent of
the law. In short, they will know that they are being watched, and that they can
lose their job, money, reputation and freedom if they participate in illegalities.
VR is not waiting until November to use this strike force. Indeed, we started
in June with our campaign to challenge the procedures used in the CA-50 Congressional
race in San Diego to replace Republican Duke Cunningham. We had whistleblowers in
place prior to the race and they knew what to look for. They reported illegalities to
us on the day of the race. We rallied activists and sent tens of thousands of petitions
to officials demanding a ballot count. We conducted town hall meetings and created tons
of press. We brought in other organizations to join with us and persuaded the DNC and Howard Dean
to support our call for a complete handcount of the election. We raised money for an elections
lawyer and we filed suit to
decertify the election, contest the procedures used and enjoin the state from allowing the
illegalities to occur again in November.
Moreover, we have started our education process by sponsoring election reform
conferences across the nation to educate activists. See post below. Now we need
your help – spread the word, get involved, donate, and we will do everything we
can to protect this election.
VR Sponsors More Election Integrity Conferences Across The Country
VelvetRevolution is sponsoring more election integrity conferences across the country to educate
and activate people about election integrity and what they can do to protect themselves. If any
of you are located in these areas, please participate and get involved. And if you know of an org
that wants to put on an election integrity conference, drop us a line for support – we may be
able to help you with media and money.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – CAMP DEMOCRACY -- Sept. 15
Electoral Reform Day sponsored by Focus on Democracy. Senator Mike Gravel speaks at noon,
at 3p.m., and at 6p.m. about "How" the people exercise democratic power and what we must
do to "Take Back America & Keep It" from the military/industrial cabal. At 1p.m. and 4p.m.
electoral reform experts Rob Richie, Robert Fitrakis, Jonathan Simon and Kevin Zeese will
talk about uniting the electoral reform issue groups and what every citizen can do to help
fix our broken democracy. All discussions will be highly interactive. At 8p.m. we will
premier the new movie "Stealing America, Vote by Vote". Please come talk and learn about
what we must do about our democracy and while you're out make the movie your perfect Friday
night movie date on the mall, under the stars and twinkle lights,.
Location: Between Mall and Constitution Avenue, between 14 and 15 Streets
CALIFORNIA: "If They Can Steal Ohio... they can steal California."
Saturday, September 16, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
On September 16, 2006, VR Co-Founder Brad Friedman will emcee the SoCal Grassroots
Election Protection Forum, featuring Congresswoman Maxine Waters, State Senator Debra
Bowen, Alan Dechert of Open
Voting Consortium, Mimi Kennedy of PDA,
and Bob Fitrakis of the Columbus FreePress.
Join them to also get a sneak peek at the propaganda your election officials don't want
you to see, an advance look at the new film, "Votergate," a first-ever look deep into
election systems and participation in a live, mass cell phone call-in to the media.
Camp Democracy is
alive and well in Washington DC and we have a
virtual video tour here as it was being set up. Every day has something
different: lots of workshops, new connections and alliances, and well known names
We will update
this post occasionally so drop on by.
Clint Curtis Wins Florida 24 Primary—Now He Faces Tom Feeney
Today, Clint Curtis won the
primary race in FL-24 by an astounding 64 to 35% of the vote. This landslide was brought about
by the netroots and grassroots. Congratulations are in order to Clint, his campaign team and
to all those of you who supported this election protection hero. Now Clint faces GOP Congressman
Tom Feeney, who has been named one of the most corrupt members of Congress.
VR and The BRAD BLOG have reported on Clint’s election reform work and his race
when no one thought he had a chance of winning against a well funded Democratic opponent.
Now it’s time for all those who sat on the sidelines to step up and support Clint big time.
This will be one of the hottest and most exciting races this November with Clint demanding
that Feeney take a polygraph test to prove that he is not corrupt. "Take the test, Tom."
THIS IS A VELVETREVOLUTION ELECTION PROTECTION ALERT
GOP Power Grab In CA-50
--GOP RUSHED BILBRAY TO D.C. SO THEY COULD THWART OUR CA-50 ELECTION CHALLENGE--
As all of you know, VR has been leading
the challenge of the fraudulent election in CA-50 -- the Busby/Bilbray race to replace Duke Cunningham.
In short, laws were broken, Diebold machines were used in an illegal manner, security protocols were not
followed, the paper ballot count was thwarted by the GOP Registrar and transparency was violated. VR
succeeded in getting a lawsuit filed to challenge these improprieties and yesterday, there was a hearing
on the Registrar's and Bilbray's Motion to Dismiss. In that motion, they argued that the California
State Court did not have jurisdiction to hear the case because once a Congress member is sworn in, only
the House of Representatives itself can hear an election contest. The State Judge agreed late yesterday
and the case was dismissed. See full report on The BRAD BLOG.
So why are we up in arms about this -- because this is a GOP power grab pure and simple just like
Bush v. Gore in the Supreme Court. Oh yes, the GOP loves to talk about states rights except when the
states might rule against them. In the 2000 presidential election, they moved it to the Supreme Court
and here they moved it to the House, and they did it blatantly and with hubris.
The Busby/Bilbray election occurred on June 6, and VR started raising questions about it on
June 8th. On June 13, Bilbray was rushed to Washington DC by Dennis Hastert for his swearing in.
Normally, such swearings do not take place for at least 30 days and certainly not until all the
votes are counted and the election is certified by the state officials. In this case, however,
all the votes had not been counted and the election was more than two weeks away from certification.
Moreover, Bilbray was sworn on the basis of a fax listing unofficial and uncertified results sent
from a GOP official in California.
Francine Busby said yesterday that the judge's decision was wrong. "It's outrageous that
this judge just said the state of California doesn't have jurisdiction over our own elections,
over this election," Busby said. "What happened today should be of concern to all
VR is urging a quick appeal of this decision because of the terrible precedent it sets --
any Congressional candidate can be rushed to D.C. and sworn in thereby depriving the state and
federal courts of jurisdiction to hear any challenge to any Congressional election, even outright
fraud. In Bilbray's case, VR has no confidence whatsoever that he won the election yet under the
Court's decision we and the voters of CA-50 are powerless to do anything about it because of the
GOP power grab. This is what dictatorships do, and it is a stain on our Constitution which relies
on checks and balances.
VR will be sounding the alert to the mass media and everyone who matters. Voters have a right to
clean and honest elections. The Bilbray election is neither and now we know why he was sworn in
such an unconventional way. Chalk it up to another dirty trick in the GOP playbook -- but VR and
you are not going to sit on the sidelines and let this go unnoticed.
VR has been raising the funds for this CA-50 legal fight and the appeal will not be inexpensive.
So please dig deep. We regret having to come back to all of you after just sending out an alert
yesterday, but the election season is here and it is you, the people who care about our country,
who will be saving it. Clearly, we can't count on officials in Washington.
VR co-founder Justice Through Music has launched a simple, new and innovative way of getting
young people to register to vote – with a text message from their cellphones. Here is a quote from the
JTM website on how easy it is:
"Now you can register to vote by texting MYVOTEROCKS to 75444 on your cellphones.
You will get a response back with instructions on how to reply with your name and address, or
email address. If you send your name and address you will receive a completed voter registration
form in the mail, and all you will have to do is sign it and send it in! If you send an email,
you will get a link to a registration form. A voter registration form will be generated and
you can print it out. Then all you have to do is sign it and mail it in! You can choose to get a
text message telling you of your voting location, and on Election Day you will receive a text
message reminder to go out and vote. So, text away and text all your friends telling them to do
All voter registration orgs should contact JTM to link to this cool new get-out-the-vote
campaign. Jtmpinfo at comcast.net.
New Zogby Poll Finds That 92% Of Public Support Election Transparency
Zogby released a poll
that supports what VR has been saying for years – that most Americans, 92% in fact, want
transparent public viewing of vote counting and oppose secret vote counting outside the
observation of the public. Moreover, most of those surveyed— 80%—said they want votes to
be counted in front of observers representing the public, and that elections officials
should not rely solely on the proprietary software that operates electronic voting machines
that are presently being installed all over the United States. Finally, 61% said that they
are aware of the problems associated with e-vote machines.
It looks like we are getting through to somebody – wonder when the politicians will wake up.
The next Ned Lamont lies
just across the Connecticut border in Massachusetts, where voting rights leader John Bonifaz
is similarly taking on the Democratic Party establishment in his grassroots campaign for
Secretary of State. John, the Democrat who sued George Bush on the eve of the Iraq war on behalf
of soldiers, families of soldiers and members of Congress trying to prevent the illegal invasion,
squares off against the incumbent, Bill Galvin, on September 19.
But the Lamont connection runs even deeper. Bill Hillsman, the media guru who produced the
winning ads for Lamont and Paul Wellstone, is eager to jump into the race on the Bonifaz
campaign, which could be the final ingredient that puts John over the top. What John needs
now is the financial support to make the Hillsman addition a reality -- $25,000 raised by
August 23 will make this happen.
Meeting this goal would lead to Hillsman joining the campaign through the primary and
the production of ads that would be used on the air, on the web and as tools for further
fundraising success. Please go to John’s web
site today to help make this winning combination possible.
is vital. We must support Democrats who stand up against entrenched interests
and stand up for our rights as voters.
Under the current Secretary’s watch, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield are
all under separate Justice Department investigations for potential voting rights
violations. According to a report by the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project,
approximately 122,000 Massachusetts voters were unable to vote in 2000 due to registration
problems or difficulties encountered at polling locations. Last year, MassVOTE, a
non-partisan voting rights organization, reported that in 2004, at least 100,000 and as
many as 200,000 voters were denied the right to vote when arriving at the polls.
As Secretary of State, John will create an election system that will serve as a
model for the rest of the nation. He'll also use the position as a platform to pressure
other secretaries of state to protect voting rights rather than exclude voters to skew
election results – as was the case with Katherine Harris in Florida and Ken Blackwell in
The next week is crucial. John needs our support to help put him over the top. This
is too great and important an opportunity to pass up. Please make a contribution today.
VR Sponsors Election Integrity Conferences Across The Country
Almost 50 years ago,
Americans marched and died to protect their right to vote. Now, with e-voting and partisan
disenfranchise efforts, we are facing another threat to that fundamental right. Therefore,
VelvetRevolution is sponsoring a number of election integrity conferences across the
country to educate and activate people about election integrity and what they can
do to protect themselves. If any of you are located in these areas, please participate
and get involved. And if you know of an org that wants to put on an election integrity
conference, drop us a line for support – we may be able to help you with media and money.
ILLINOIS: The Illinois Ballot Integrity Project is hosting
outside of Chicago to be emceed by VR Co-Founder Brad Friedman. The
event will several election protection luminaries including Mark Crispin
Miller, author of Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal
the Next One Too. Miller will speak during the TAKE BACK THE VOTE RALLY which
will take place from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 19th at the IBEW (Local 701)
HALL in Warrenville - 28600 Bella Vista Parkway - Warrenville, IL, 60555. Admission to
the event is FREE. Miller’s remarks will be followed by a question and answer period
and a book-signing session.
In addition to Miller’s appearance, a Panel Discussion about the Coming Trainwreck in
November will feature Bob Fitrakis of The Free Press, Bob Koehler from Tribune Media Services
and members of the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project who will present views on voting
irregularities in DuPage County and incontrovertible evidence of vote fraud in Ohio in
the 2004 presidential election. The program will also feature a showing of the video,
"Help America Vote . . . On Paper," a production of EON, the Ecological Options Network,
and Mainstreet Moms.
CALIFORNIA: "If They Can Steal Ohio... they can steal California."
Saturday, September 16, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
On September 16, 2006, SoCal Grassroots Presents an Election Protection Forum,
featuring Congresswoman Maxine Waters, State Senator Debra Bowen, VR
Co-Founder & BradBlog.com
creator Brad Friedman,
Alan Dechert of Open Voting
Consortium, Mimi Kennedy of PDA, and Bob
Fitrakis of the Columbus FreePress.
Join them to also get a sneak peek at the propaganda your election officials don't
want you to see, an advance look at the new film, "Votergate," a first-ever
look deep into election systems and participation in a live, mass cell phone call-in
to the media.
Congressional Candidate And Election Reformer Clint Curtis Needs Your Help
Clint Curtis is running for Congress in Florida’s District 24 against
Abramoff-tainted GOP Congressman Tom Feeney, named as one of the most corrupt members of
Congress. While VR is not in the habit of endorsing candidates, we do want to help
Clint with his race because he is a champion for election integrity and he will raise
awareness of this issue with a win. For all those who don’t know about Clint, please
read The BRAD
BLOG investigation reports about Tom Feeney requesting that Clint create a software
program to rig the vote in favor of the GOP.
Last week, the Orlando Sentinel wrote a terrific story about Clint that
would make all progressives proud to support him. His primary race against a
missing-in-action Democrat is coming up in about a month. Clint needs money,
volunteers, phone callers and all the other things necessary to win the election.
If he wins the primary, then the DNC, DCCC and lots of other groups will come in
with boatloads of help in an epic battle to unseat Feeney.
Let’s help out Clint from the grassroots and the netroots. Contribute to
him now at https://www.completecampaigns.com/public.asp?name=CurtisClint&page=1 and
contribute to him again after the primary. Write to his campaign and offer to volunteer
and to make phone calls, and call all your friends in his district and ask that they help
Clint with money, volunteers and money.
Ned Lamont Wins Democratic Primary In Connecticut And Joe Lieberman Loses
VR wants to congratulate all those
in the VR brigade who supported Ned Lamont in the Connecticut Democrat primary. Lamont got a
well deserved win with the help of all of those who want change in our government and its
priorities. Joe Lieberman became a symbol for entrenched special interests and out of touch
politics which led to his downfall.
Much has been made about Lieberman’s support for the war, but that is only part of his problem.
Indeed, his underlying problem is that he suffers from a type of Stockholm Syndrome where he
identifies and ingratiates himself to those who harmed him and his interests. In this case,
George Bush and the GOP literally stole the 2000 election from Gore/Lieberman. Yet, Lieberman
did not react as would a normal victim to such a heinous crime, by rejecting the criminal
behavior of the criminals. Instead, he embraced, kissed and assisted Bush at every step and
backed his criminal behavior. And now, he has stated his every intention of turning his back
on the democratic process itself by running as an independent thereby possibly creating the
means for a GOP win in November. Joe is the GOP gift that can’t stop giving.
However Joe, the VR brigade has your number and you better start counting because your
days are numbered. Just ask Patty Hearst.
VR Becomes The Prime Sponsor Of Camp Democracy – Make Sure To Participate And Donate.
VelvetRevolution is now the prime sponsor of Camp Democracy which will take over of the Washington Mall
from September 5-21. We want everyone to participate with their friends to let the
world know that it is not ok to steal elections, strip away basic rights, spy on
citizens, and launch wars based on lies.
People across the world are gathering and protesting unenlightened policies based
on military might rather than discourse and diplomacy, and Camp Democracy will be our
chance to do the same. There will be music, rallies, training and lots of food. So
come and plan to camp out. Cindy Sheehan will move her Camp Casey here and we expect
lots of appearances by politicians, celebrities, and other well known activists. So
mark your calendars and please donate.
Election Contest Lawsuit Filed In Busby/Bilbray Race Because Of Violations Of
State And Federal Law
Today in the San Diego County Superior Court, an
election contest lawsuit is being filed by famed election attorney Paul Lehto on behalf
of voters of CA-50. The suit asserts that the election must be decertified because it
was conducted in non-compliance with state and federal laws regarding the security of the
Diebold voting machines used on June 6. As VR and The BRAD BLOG have reported earlier, the machines were sent
home with poll workers for weeks prior to the election.
"Given the fact that all the voting machines were circulating in the county for
at least a week prior to the election, and manipulation of a single machine can rig
an election, there is no basis for voters to have confidence in the election results,"
attorney Lehto said.
Court TV’s Catherine Crier Succinctly Defines All The Election Problems And
Singles Out VR Co-Founder Brad Friedman As The Go-To Person For Info About
Election Issues – And Yesterday She Had Brad And RFK Jr. On Her Live Program
Well, it’s about time that someone with
a loud mouthpiece in the MSM came out and distilled what we have been saying at VR for the past 20 months
re the problems with these new fangled, highly unreliable and fallible electronic vote machines.
Apparently, Catherine Crier from Court TV has been reading VR and The Brad Blog for months and now
has taken on this cause with gusto. Last week, she reported on many of our election stories
and urged everyone to read what VR co-founder
Brad Friedman has been saying about the problems facing our elections and democracy.
Click here to view the video.
she had Brad on her show
live with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to discuss the "stolen" 2004 presidential
election and the criminal and fraudulent conduct of the major vote machine manufacturers.
For ten minutes during prime time, Brad and Bobby were finally able to tell the frightening
truth about our elections. Clearly, we have finally gotten through and now we have to keep
up the pressure until we save our democracy and hold those accountable who have undermined it.
Click here to view the video.
The VR Brigade Is Moving Election Reform Into The National Consciousness –
The DNC Supports Our Demand For A 100% Count In The CA-50 Race
Five weeks ago, VR came out
with a demand for a full count of all the paper ballots and trails in the Busby/Bilbray
special election to replace convicted Republican Duke Cunningham. Over the next few
weeks, numerous orgs, press and politicos joined our demand, and tens of thousands of
our VR brigade sent emails to the San Diego Registrar, the California Secretary of
State and the Busby campaign demanding an accurate paper count. We raised over ten
thousand dollars for a legal challenge and to support the count. However, San Diego Registrar Mikel Haas stonewalled the count demand
by refusing to provide the documentation necessary for the count and allowing the time
limit for the count to lapse. He also demanded almost $150,000 to conduct the count.
Well, all this has not fallen on deaf ears because last Thursday, the DNC,
after monitoring the situation for the past month, came out swinging with a statement condemning the administration of the
race and calling for "a swift and verifiable 'manual count' of all 150,000 ballots cast in
California's 50th District's 'bellwether' June 6th special election." Also, on Friday at
Dem Fest in San Diego, DNC Chairman Howard Dean, with hundreds of activists chanting
and holding signs saying "Count The Votes," said that poll workers must be
prohibited from taking home vote machines and that all the paper ballots in the Busby race must be counted.
Brad Friedman demanded that California Attorney General William Lockyer investigate
the illegal acts of Haas surrounding the election. Friedman explained that votes cast
on uncertifiable machines, once out of custody of the ROV, are "illegal votes".
Friedman also exhorted the press and crowd to be at the San Diego County Board of
Supervisors meeting Tuesday July 18, at 9 am to witness and support Jess Durfee,
Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee, who will be asking
the Board to investigate the wrongdoing of Haas.
VR will continue to raise money to contest this race both through the civil courts
and court of public opinion. Please donate here
so we can build a war chest to fend off all these challenges to our democracy.
Bush’s Criminal Financier Ken Lay Died Before He Could Cooperate With Federal Prosecutors,
And Now His Conviction Will Be Annulled
Last month, VR posted ads
in newspapers around the country showing that convicted Enron CEO Ken Lay financed GW's
election and the GOP Florida recount effort. Ironically, on the night of July 4th,
"Kenny Boy," as his good friend George W. Bush referred to
him, was facing the prospect of years in federal prison or cooperation with Federal
Prosecutors for a reduced sentence. Now that's he gone, however, an interesting piece of information that may raise many an eyebrow –
Kenny Boy’s conviction will now be set aside as if it never happened.
Under federal law, if a defendant dies during the pendency
of an appeal, the entire conviction is abated.
So it would seem that the citizens who were bilked out of billions of
dollars in pension funds and tax payers (like those in California who were
scammed by Enron) may never see justice brought. A fitting ending,
perhaps, for George W. Bush and his administration who rarely seem to be
held accountable for anything despite there years prior to the
election endlessly discussing the importance of the "Rule of
Law." Apparently, they were just kidding about that.
As usual, with this gang, nobody may be held accountable for anything.
But at VR, we will continue to fight to make sure that happens eventually,
hopefully with your help.
Bobby Kennedy Jr. Plans To File Whistle-Blower Lawsuits Against Two Major Vote Machine Companies
This week’s Rolling Stone, reports that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. plans to file whistleblower
lawsuits against two major vote machine companies for misleading states about the reliability
and security of the machines. Humm … do you think, since The BRAD BLOG was given an
exclusive on the release of Bobby’s article
that maybe, just maybe, that the whistleblowers Bobby is talking about are our DIEB-THROATS?
In Light Of New Supreme Court Decision, George Bush And Others Must Be Held
Accountable Under The Geneva Convention And Federal Law
This week, the Supreme
Court ruled in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that Article 3 of the Geneva Convention applies to Al
Qaeda and the Bush Administration – a ruling that makes high-ranking Bush administration
officials subject to prosecution under the federal War Crimes Act. For the past four
years, GW and his minions have argued that they are not bound by the Geneva Convention
because Al Qaeda is not a country. This argument is now without merit.
Indeed, the Bush Administration has argued that it could torture Al Qeada
prisoners because they are not noncombatants under the Geneva Convention. However,
"Common Article 3 forbids 'cruel treatment and torture [and] outrages upon
personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment.' The
provision's language is sweeping enough to prohibit many of the interrogation
techniques approved by the Bush administration. That's why the administration had
argued that Common Article 3 did not apply to the war on terror, even though
legal experts have long concluded that it was intended to provide minimum rights
guarantees for all conflicts not otherwise covered by the Geneva Convention.
It is time to hold the Bush Administration and those who followed its illegal
orders accountable under the Geneva Convention. The legal issues are settled –
let the prosecutions begin.
UPDATE - Illegal Voting Machines Used in Busby/Bilbray Race Requires
Immediate Manual Hand Count To Verify Results!
The BRAD BLOG reports that the Diebold machines used in the
Busby-Bilbray congressional race to replace the corrupt Duke Cunningham are not in
compliance with state or federal law. Sending them home with poll workers
overnight immediately decertified them for use in the election by both
state and federal law. This is another reason that Americans must demand
the results are verified! Please sign our petition demanding a 100% hand count of the paper
ballots and paper trails from that election. The CA-50
results are as suspect as possible because the machines and memory cards were
unsecured prior to the election, and using non-compliant machines provides the basis
for invalidating the election. Sign our petition demanding
a hand count. Then spread the word! We have added Secretary of State Bruce
McPherson’s email address to the petition now as well.
VR DECLARES NO CONFIDENCE IN REPORTED RESULTS OF THE U.S.
HOUSE SPECIAL ELECTION (CA-50) TO FILL RANDY 'DUKE' CUNNINGHAM'S SEAT!
Breach as County Registar Allowed Poll Workers To Take Home Highly Hackable
Diebold Voting Machines for Days and Weeks Prior to the Election Between
Francice Busby and Brian Bilbray.
A Manual Hand Count Must Occur to Assure Validity of Election!
VR is very careful about making allegations of vote fraud and stolen
elections and we are not making those claims here. At this time, we are
stating NO CONFIDENCE in the reported results of the special election
that took place last Tuesday to replace disgraced former Congressman
Randy "Duke" Cunningham for California's 50th district due to deliberate
corruption of the chain of custody in the unsecure and hackable Diebold
voting machines. Officials announced that Democratic candidate Francine
Busby lost by three percentage points to former lobbyist Republican Brian
Bilbray on election night. VR believes that the results should not be
certified unless and until there is a 100% recount of all the paper ballots
and the paper trails from the Diebold optical scan and DRE vote machines
used in the election. The BRAD BLOG has covered this issue extensively.
Why, if we are not alleging fraud, should there be a manual hand count
of the ballots? Well, it is very simple. The poll workers took the
Diebold machines home in the days and weeks prior to the election in
violation of all established security protocols (not to mention common
sense) as implemented by California's Secretary of State Bruce McPherson
after demonstrating that Diebold voting machines, both optical scan and
touch screen, are highly prone to tampering. Since then, dozens of
revelations have been made concerning alarming vulnerabilities in Diebold's
voting equipment that could allow a single malicous person to change the
results of any election carried out on these machines if they are able to
have two-minutes, or less, of unfettered physical access to the machines.
Diebold itself has even admitted these flaws.
McPherson recently implemented special security procedures and mitigation
threat requirements which were violated when the San Diego County Registrar
of Voters sent hundreds of machines out to spend days and weeks in the homes,
cars and garages of San Diego poll workers.
We have no idea if the results of the optically-scanned ballots or the
touch-screen systems have been corrupted. But with a race of this
importance to the entire nation and billions of dollars at stake in the
bargain, election results based on the machine counts of contaminated machines
is inexcusable and intolerable for a democracy in which the American electorate
must have confidence.
At this time, the San Diego County Registrars Office is unable to demonstrate,
in any way, that the count announced on Election Night is indeed accurate. And
the onus is on them to prove the accuracy of their election, since that's precisely
what we, the American people -- who were forced to pay millions of federal dollars
to San Diego so they could purchase the world's most unreliable voting
equipment -- pay them to do.
In order for the election to be proven as valid, VR demands that San Diego
County elections officials immediately secure the chain of custody of all paper
ballots and touch-screen "paper trails" from the race, and manually count them to
determine the accurate results of the Busby-Bilbray race. It is only with such a
full manual count that the electorate can be sure who actually won the election
and that the election was decided accurately.
VR has launched a
petition that we ask everyone to sign which will automatically be sent to both the
Busby campaign and the County Registrar’s office and to your local media if you check
that box on the petition form. We, the people, must ensure that our democracy is
verifiable and that elections officials are held accountable for carrying out clean and
accurate elections in which American's can have confidence!
VR Launches New Ad Demanding Bush's Resignation For Running A Criminal Regime
Today VR launched this
new ad that will appear in papers across America
demanding that George Bush resign for using illegal money to finance his
election and running a criminal enterprise out of the White House. First, it
will appear as a middle two-page spread in George Bush's hometown paper,
the Crawford, Texas Iconolcast.
On Friday, it will appear in a full page Washinton City Paper spread and next Wednesday in the
VR is seeking additional donations to place the ad in the Washington Post and
New York Times.
Bush surrounds himself with criminals, allows them to formulate official
policy, and then protects them. Despite this, his criminal regime is
falling apart with some of his top capos getting indicted-- Delay, Abramoff,
Safavian, Libby, Noe, Lay, Skilling -- and lots more in line for years in
prison. And this has happened despite the fact that Bush and the GOP control
all three branches of Government.
If a drug dealer or mafia boss spent ill gotten gains on anything, he would
be accused of laundering money and the DOJ would seek the return of the funds
from the parties that recieved it. Bush and the GOP received at least two
million dollars from Ken Lay to put him in office and to fight the recount
effort in Florida. Wouldn't it be nice if the DOJ demanded that Bush return
that money to the Enron pensioners and stockholders. Wouldn't it be nice if
Bush and his band of felons did what criminals are supposed to do when
exposed -- accept responsibility and atone for their criminal behavior.
Of course, this is wishful thinking but to all those Congress Members who
do not want to be accomplices to criminal activity, pull yourselves up, chin
high, and march together over to the White House and demand Bush's resignation.
If he refuses, impeach him before it is too late.
generously to our ad campaign either by check, credit card or
Pay Pal. Spread this ad far and wide and urge your friends to get it
placed in your local papers. It is time for people to see Bush wearing
his true colors, black and white stripes. Yes, it is ok to judge Bush
by the company he keeps, especially when they are criminals who put Bush
in office and paid Team Bush millions of dollars.
Robert Kennedy Jr. Takes A Prosecutor’s View Of The 2004 Presidential
Election And Concludes That A Theft Occurred
VR has been arguing since
November 2004 that the presidential election was manipulated in favor of George Bush. At first
we were called crazies but after months and months of repeatedly being validated, the MSM has
finally started taking notice. And now,
in the most definitive article to date, Robert F.
Kennedy Jr. takes a prosecutor’s view of the election, especially the mess in Ohio, and concludes
that it was stolen in favor of George W. Bush.
VR doesn’t have much faith in federal investigations – remember the Carter/Baker Commission on
electoral reform. However, if it was run by a special prosecutor with subpoena power and threats
of jail time, then we would support it. Indeed, for almost a year, we have had a $100,000 reward
out for hard evidence on how the election was stolen. So please, all of those who have such
info drop us a line. We have heard that Jack Abramoff, Tom Noe and Neil Volz might be a good
place to start. We will ensure that it gets the attention it deserves.
Al Gore, The Stolen Election, And Good Old Karma
A new phenomena in politics has sprouted lately with people across the political
spectrum calling George Bush the "worst president ever."
This week, John Edwards
joined the chorus and backed it up with his reasons.
Gore pauses a long time and stares into the middle distance. "There may come
a time when I speak on that," Gore says, "but it’s not now; I need more time
to frame it carefully if I do." Gore sighs. "In our system, there’s no
intermediate step between a definitive Supreme Court decision and violent revolution.
Later, I put the question of Gore’s views on the matter to David Boies, his
lawyer in the Florida-recount battle. "He thought the court’s ruling was wrong
and obviously political," Boies says. So he considers the election stolen?
"I think he does—and he’s right."
What comes around, goes around, as they say. We call it karma - if you steal,
lie, cheat, and bribe, you are a criminal. Criminals tend to get their dues
because of universal justice. George Bush’s justice so far has been that he is a
failed leader – the worst president ever. But criminals who get away with their
crimes tend to gain hubris which leads them to bigger crimes, like torture, illegal
war and indiscriminate death. We believe that karma is not done with George Bush.
New York Times Editorial Calls Out White House Traitors
Defending journalists who have been castigated as traitors for exposing
government blunders, New York Times columnist Frank Rich writes that any "witch hunt"
for traitors should begin in the White House.
"What really angers the White House and its defenders about both the
Post and Times scoops are not the legal questions the stories raise about
unregulated gulags and unconstitutional domestic snooping, but the unmasking
of yet more administration failures in a war effort riddled with ineptitude," Rich writes.
"It's the recklessness at the top of our government, not the press'
exposure of it, that has truly aided the enemy, put American lives at risk
and potentially sabotaged national security," Rich continues. "That's
where the buck stops, and if there's to be a witch hunt for traitors, that's
where it should begin."
Ex-CIA Director Porter Goss should not be allowed to "escape into retirement
unexamined," Rich argues, calling him "so inept that an overzealous witch
hunter might mistake him for a Qaida double agent."
"His mission was not to protect our country but to prevent the airing
of administration dirty laundry, including leaks detailing how the White House
ignored accurate CIA intelligence on Iraq before the war," Rich writes.
Rich ends his column by suggesting that if Air Force General Michael Hayden
is confirmed by the Senate to replace Goss then "someone should charge
those senators with treason, too."
Diebold Machines Are A Threat To National Security
This week has demonstrated
that Diebold e-vote machines are not simply bad for democracy but also constitute
a real threat to national security. First, one of our sources contacted us to tell
us that there is a security flaw in Diebold Touch Screen machines that would allow
a person to install a virus into the machines through a manipulated voter card that
could then infect the entire system within a state and rig the vote in favor of a
particular candidate. This source, who is a security expert in international
corporate espionage, stated that the main concern is not the GOP, WH or RNC
rigging the vote, but rather foreign governments that do not want a Democrat
in the White House. We have a lot more info in this regard which we are pursuing
and will keep you informed as we are able.
Second, as was fully reported Friday on The Brad Blog, the state of Pennsylvania locked down all
of its Diebold touch screen machines due to a newly discovered threat which
it describes as a "major national security risk." In short, officials
found a flaw in the firmware that cannot be corrected with a software patch and
that flaw allows entry into the system where manipulation can occur over and over.
VR will be issuing a press release nationwide on Monday May 7, 2006 to alert
the country about these threats. Last month there was a storm of controversy
about foreign countries running our national ports. Well, now we face the
possibility of a clandestine security service deciding who wins elections in the
United States because it prefers the foreign policy decisions of a particular
party. And there doesn’t have to even be any collusion with US officials.
Now that’s scary.
Hear Neil Young’s Historic Living With War CD At Justice Through Music
VR affiliate Justice Through Music is working with Neil Young to promote the
release of his historic new CD, Living With War. JTM has the entire CD
here for you
to listen to in streaming format. The CD will be available for sale via digital
download on May 2nd at JTM and it will be in stores in a few weeks. Enjoy and get
inspired to get involved.
Neil Young’s New CD, Living With War – A Preview And A Review
Neil Young has had
enough of the state of our union and he is speaking out with his new CD, Living With War. VR
co-founder Justice Through Music was
invited to a special exclusive preview of the entire CD at Reprise Records this evening
with a handful of other folks. BradBlog guest blogger Jim Cirile got the lucky assignment
and his terrific review is at JTM. JTM
has set up a special page to cover the news, lyrics and music from this new historic CD.
VR Co-Founder Justice Through Music Launches New Protest Music Video Campaign And Contest
Today VR co-founder Justice Through Music
launched Harmony Vids!, a very cool campaign and contest to inspire people to
create music videos to protest the state of the union. The first video in the
campaign is called 'Ornament' and it is about a wife who lost her husband in the Iraq war and
it can be seen on the www.op-critical.com band website, a band which gave
JTM 12 songs for the campaign. This is probably the only music video ever
filmed at Arlington National Cemetery. Whoever makes the best videos will
win a cash prize, tons of exposure, inclusion on the best of DVD, submission
to cable, and a PR campaign.
Please tell all your video and filmmaker friends to get involved and spread the word.
We Need 100,000 People To Sign The Petition To Stop The War With Iran
Last month VR was the lonely voice in the wilderness screaming for people to
come together to stop the Bush Administration’s drumbeat toward war with Iran.
On March 17, we placed a large ad
in the Washington Post and did a repeat two weeks later in the New York Times. We put up
a petition on VR
and the response to these ads was phenomenal, including from the sleepy press and accommodating politicians.
This week, VR and a number of other progressive orgs came together and launched
to gather 100,000 signatures on a petition demanding a stop to the Iran war madness.
So far we have gotten more than 10,000 signatures. Also, other orgs, including MoveOn,
the People’s Email Network and True Majority asked all their members to oppose the
war. And now, numerous members of Congress are demanding an explanation from the White House.
Thanks to all of you who really made a difference in getting this issue into the
public consciousness. This shows that the revolution really is working. Please spread the
word and ask your friends to sign the petition at www.dontattackiran.org.
VR Launches Ad In New York Times Demanding That Congress Stop Bush From Starting Another War
Two weeks ago,
VR launched an ad in the Washington Post, see 3/17/06 post below, demanding that Congress listen
to the American people and stop George Bush from starting another foolish war, this time against
Iran. The response to this ad was so successful that we have now placed the same ad on
the op-ed page of today’s New York Times. Please sign our
Congress demanding accountability, investigation, censure and impeachment so that Congress
will have the fortitude to stand up to further military follies by George Bush. And please
donate generously to VR so
we can continue our ad campaign speaking truth to power.
The Mainstream Media Is Finally Getting It One Year After We Launched Our
Divestiture For Democracy Campaign
A year ago January, VR launched its
Divestiture for Democracy
Campaign to force changes in the way e-voting manufacturers conduct business.
Conyers put it, "the idea behind this campaign is to urge the voting
machine companies, recipients of large sums of our tax dollars, to do the right
thing -- voter verified paper ballots on every voting machine, open source code,
and refraining from partisan political activity. I hope they do."
When the companies rejected VR’s demands, we pulled out all stops to educate
the public and officials about the dangers of the machines to the future of our
democracy. We issued press releases, supported litigation, funded activist orgs
and investigations, uncovered whistleblowers, hired a PR firm, hollered on hundreds of
radio programs, created ads, wrote to all Secretaries of States, attended conferences,
worked with Congressmembers, and did many things behind the scenes, several of which
will soon become evident. At first, we were called conspiritorialists, nuts, lefties
and other unprintable nasties. Ah, but the glow of vindication is finally in the air
with so many election related stories breaking lately that we have to rely on
BradBlog to keep track of
them all. And the stories that Brad does not feature
he covers in the Daily Voting News from our affiliate at VotersUnited.
And to top it off, a story that Brad covered weeks ago about Ion Sancho today hit primetime in the A-section of
the Washington Post. And in that same paper, political cartoonist Tom Toles
even takes on Diebold.
Well, that will teach them to listen to VR, the citizens brigade that includes
all of you who cared, saw and acted. And for all the MSM out there, VR is now
taking on the Executive Branch for its disastrous policies, so don’t wait a year
to report the truth.
Join The Push For Paper Ballots And Election Integrity By Supporting H.R.
550 During Lobby Days On April 6 and 7
Congressman Rush Holt’s election
integrity bill, H.R. 550, which requires a paper ballot for every vote cast and
random audits to verify the vote counts, and prohibits secret software and wireless
communication devices, has the strong support in Congress. However, it needs greater
bipartisan support to pass. Please join the Lobby Days
effort by going here
and signing up to lobby in Washington or in your own congressional district.
VR Launches New Ad In The Washington Post Demanding That Congress Listen To The
American People And Stop Bush From Starting Another War.
On Sunday, March 19th,
this ad will demand that Congress stop the Bush march to war with Iran. How can this
march to madness be stopped? Through Accountability, Censure, Investigation and Impeachment.
A war with Iran will be yet another example of Bush's failed leadership and it will make
the world less safe. Please sign this Petition to tell the Democrats do the job they were
elected to do -- serving the best interests of the country. And tell the Republicans to
stop enabling a failed leader whose every major decision has been wrong, has undermined
the security of our country and has cut the heart and soul out of our beloved democracy.
Bush misled the American people about the war with Iraq, and the resulting
consequences have been disastrous. Bush has demonstrated that he is not an
effective or trustworthy Commander in Chief who deserves the people's support.
The citizens of this country have stated in no uncertain terms that they do not
want Bush to wreak havoc with another deadly misadventure.
We will make sure that Congress hears you so sign the Petition and also contact
your Congressmembers and demand that they initiate impeachment proceedings before
it is too late. Just yesterday, Bush reaffirmed his policy of pre-emptive war and he
singled out Iran as a target. Clearly, he is trigger happy and he fails to consider
the horrible consequences of more death and destruction or the aftermath of his shock
and awe. It is a real indictment that eight presidents deterred the former Soviet Union
for 40 years from using thousands of nuclear weapons pointed at the United States, yet
Bush cannot even deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Our ad is the proverbial canary in the coal mine speaking truth to power.
join VelvetRevolution and donate generously to our continuing ad campaign to force Congress
to protect the citizens and the country they were elected to serve.
We all know how Bush fixed the facts around the Iraq policy, and it looks
like his minions are at it again. But such fearmongering will not work this
time if the American people let their Congressmembers know that they
are "mad as hell and they are not going to take it anymore."
Is A Major Attack On Iran Coming -- It Sure Looks Like Deja Vu From Our Perspective
We at VR are not ones to speculate, but
from what we are hearing privately and through some very authoritative sources, GW is
planning to bomb Iran if he can get away with it. In short, the excuse will be to
rid the world of nuclear weapons facilities but the underlying reasons have to do with
GOP elections, control of oil, military power and fundamentalist religion. Here at VR,
we believe that threats posed by any country can be handled through effective leadership,
something sorely lacking in Bush, and that a resort to violence clearly demonstrates a
weak and misguided leader.
If all of this is true, as it appears to be, then there is a tremendous need to
hold GW accountable now for not fulfilling his constitutional duty as Commander in
Chief. A new poll this week finds that a plurality of
Americans favor plans to censure Bush and 42% favor removing him through impeachment due
to his past follies. His hubris, recklessness and arrogance are endangering us all, and of
course, we all know that GW does not plan for what happens after the bombing ends. Join
with VR in demanding a stop to another Bush disaster.
Senator Feingold Calls For Censure of GW For Illegal Wiretaps -- Add Your Support
On March 12, Senator Russ Feingold called on
the Senate to censure GWB for authorizing the illegal wiretapping of American citizens in
violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The People's Email Network, a VR affiliate, is
urging everyone to send emails to Congress and the press supporting this censure effort.
VR urges everyone sign up and sign on.
VR's Launches New Knock-Out Banner Ad -- And It's Spreading Fast Across The Web
Today VR launched a new hard-hitting web banner ad pointing out how much GW is
out of touch with reality. This ad will spread across the web, so if your org
wants to run with it, just copy from our
ad page, and let us know where it's posted. And by the way, these ads aren't
cheap, so don't forget to donate here.
Gagged Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Wants Congress To Allow Her To Talk About What She Knows--Sign Her Petition Now
Sibel Edmonds, co-founder
of VR affiliate National Security Whistleblowers
Coalition, has launched a petition drive to pressure Congress into letting
her tell everything she knows that the Administration is hiding from the American
public and it is a lot. To see the explosive list of
topics she is prepared to discuss, go here,
but don't forget to sign the petition.
Jack Abramoff's Birthday is today and
many of his friends will be in court to deal with all the party favors he passed out
the past several years.
David Safavian--lied to the feds, will be in court today
Michael Scanlon--Jack's DC partner in crime, will have a court status conference on Wednesday
Adam Kidan--Jack's Florida partner in crime, will be sentenced for fraud in a Florida court on Wednesday
Tom Delay--Jack's booster, will have his redistricting case heard in the Supreme Court on Wednesday
Duke Cunningham--Jack's California GOP competitor for most prolific briber, will be sentenced Friday for fraud and bribery
Tom Noe--Jack's Ohio GOP competitor for most prolific thief, watching from home and waiting for the next shoe to drop.
A reminder to all of these partygoers -- VR has some big rewards for you
if you give us some smoking guns on how the 2004 election was manipulated.
People are talking, so it would be a good idea to come clean because that's
what is now expected of you, and you are in the rehabilitation process, and of
course, confession cleanses the soul.
Diebold Gets Slammed This Week From Coast To Coast
Over a year ago, VR launched its Divestiture
for Democracy campaign against voting machine companies that did not meet a long list of
criteria necessary to safeguard democracy. Diebold was VR's poster child for all that
is wrong with vote machine companies.
In the past year, Diebold's stock has dropped by more than 30%, it's CEO
Wally O'Dell, has resigned under pressure from the board, its has been buffeted
by a series of stock fraud and insider trading lawsuits, and it has been
decertified in several states.
So, congrats to all of you who supported our Divestiture Campaign -- the dividends keep on paying.
Clint Curtis Announces Run for Congress Against GOP Rep. Tom Feeney
Shortly after the
2004 election, Clint Curtis contacted VR with allegations that GOP Representative Tom
Feeney, Fl 24, had asked him to create a software program to flip the votes in favor of
Republicans. Curtis swore out an affidavit,
testified before Congress Members and passed a rigorous polygraph test.
For all of those who believe in true democracy and representation by people who
will not sell out, Clint Curtis is the real deal. Volunteer for him, spread this
news far and wide, and donate
to his campaign.
Nonviolent Peaceful Demonstrations In Front of Congress Members' Homes Every Weekend
Bush Pioneer and Ohio Republican, Tom Noe, Indicted Today On 53 Felony
Counts Carrying 175 Years In Prison
The Ohio Republican scandal just keeps on breaking:
today, Tom Noe, the $150,00 Bush Pioneer and Ohio's GOP moneyman, was indicted
on 53 felony counts for corrupt activity, theft, money laundering, tampering
Mr. Noe's wife, Bernadette, was chairman of the Lucas
County Republican Party and the Lucas County Board of Elections and was
accused of massive irregularities during the 2004 general election.
On September 15, 2005, VR offered a $100,000 reward for evidence proving
that the 2004 election in Ohio was rigged in favor of George Bush. Well, Mr.
Noe, since all those evil deeds you did for Republicans don't seem to be
helping you out of your present difficulties, maybe you should take up our
offer because we will pay off and you will certainly need that extra 100K in
the coming months.
Sibel Edmonds Demands That House Speaker Dennis Hastert Come Clean About Allegations Of Bribes
On September 15, 2005, VR offered a $100,000 reward for information proving
that House Speaker Dennis Hastert accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars
in bribes to protect Turkish interests. These allegations were detailed in the
September 2005 issue of Vanity Fair. Well, in the February 2006 issue of that
magazine, Rep. Hastert's attorney challenged those accounts saying that "less
than $9,200 was donated in October 2002." See Brad Blog for the complete letter and story.
Sibel Edmonds, who runs the VR affiliate, National Security Whistleblowers
has been prohibited from speaking about the wiretaps she translated detailing
these bribes, although others have testified about them in closed door congressional
hearings. However, Sibel, in a long reply to the attorney's letter, reported
exclusively yesterday at Brad Blog, pointed out that the bribe allegations
covered a six- year period and were verified by several sources, and that
Hastert took trips to Turkey during that same period and lied about knowing
about the American-Turkish Council which sponsored those trips. In short,
she demands that Hastert come clean.
VR also demands that Hastert come clean and urges anyone who has information
about these bribes to contact us at email@example.com.
Diebold May Be Getting Out of Election Business???
According to CEO Tom Swidarski, Diebold seems to be looking to unload
its beleaguered Elections Division as part of his $100 million "restructuring plan" as
to share holders.
NORTH CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Diebold Inc.'s new chief executive,
determined to cut $100 million in costs over three years, said he is
reviewing whether the company should continue investing in its embattled
electronic voting business.
"There's pieces and aspects of each of our businesses that I'm
going to be looking at with a very critical eye in terms of what the future
holds for us," Swidarski said in his first media interview since
taking over in December the company best known for its automatic teller
machines and security systems.
Risk within any of Diebold's businesses will be weighed against profit
potential, Swidarski said. "If any of the pieces don't fit or any of the
pieces don't add the value we think is associated with that risk, then we'll
make appropriate decisions at that point," he said.
It is amazing what we have been able to accomplish with our VR Divestiture
for Democracy Campaign in just one short year. Congrats to everyone who
helped out but it's not over yet. Make sure to contact your local Board of
Election or Secretary of State if they are considering signing a contract with
Diebold and let them know that the company may not even be around in a few months!
VR's Impeachmobile Makes Some House Calls Around Washington
VR's rolling billboards have been making house calls around Washington
since their launch last week, and lo and behold, everyone who sees it gives
high fives, thumbs up, horn honks and yes yells. Even most of the cops have
been nice except for the few who pulled us over for no obvious reason.
We plan on making some more house calls shortly at events where some
very conservative names will be speaking. But of course we have our trusty
camcorder on hand to memorialize any uncivilized action against us...
In the meantime, please continue to donate to this campaign -- we have
to pay drivers, get gas and insurance, and create and buy these wonderfully
expensive ads. Click here
for a secure donation using all major credit cards.
Why Isn't America's Mainstream Media Covering The Newly Leaked 'White House Memo'
Which Shows Once Again That Bush And Blair Lied About The Iraq War
Last week, the international press
on a newly leaked document, dubbed the 'White House Memo,' which conclusively shows that
George Bush and Tony Blair decided to go to war against Iraq in January 2003 no matter
what the UN decided and no matter if no WMD were found. It also shows that they knew
that the war was unlawful and that they were trying to create a pretext for war,
including painting US aircraft with the colors of the UN in the hope that Saddam
would fire on the planes.
This White House Memo lends more strong evidence for impeachment since it
appears to prove that George Bush lied both to Congress and the American people
about the basis for the war, and that he acted in violation of international law.
Why then, has not the American MSM jumped all over this story?
Well, we at VR are taking notice and joining our AfterDowningStreet affiliate
to use all of our power to force the MSM to do its job. We urge everyone to
contact your local and national news outlets and demand coverage of this explosive
story. Here is an action link to get started.
VR Offers Cash To Anyone Who Provides A Bonifide, Unpublished Photo Of George
Bush With Jack Abramoff Or Michael Scanlon
As part of VR's Government Accountability campaign,
we are offering $500 for each bonifide, previously unpublished photo of George Bush together
with lobbyists Jack Abramoff or Michael Scanlon. In order to assure that the photos are
legitimate, they must include the time, date and place of the photo.
Reply at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VR Rolls Out Capitol Hill Billboard Truck Campaign!
The Velvet Revolution is
ready to roll! We've got a new billboard truck, and beginning next Tuesday
(State of the Union Day) we're gonna be all over Capitol Hill with it!
This will be on one side of the truck...
VR Offers Michael Scanlon $100k for Information Concerning the Tampering of Election 2004!
Republican lobbyist Michael Scanlon, partner of Jack
Abramoff, started cooperating with DoJ attorneys last month to
implicate scores of corrupt officials in Republican criminal activity.
The first result of Scanlon's cooperation was the quick plea by Abramoff,
which included his agreement to also cooperate with the DoJ. The probe
is expected to be extremely wide-reaching, beyond the already well reported
connections Scanlon/Abramoff had with the indicted former House majority
leader Tom Delay (R-TX) and Rep. Robert Ney (R-OH).
In light of these events, VR, on Janurary 2nd, offered to pay $100,000 toward
Abramoff's legal bills if he provides both us and the Dept. of Justice with
conclusive evidence (a smoking gun) of Republican rigging of the 2004 Presidential
Election. We now make that same offer to Mr. Scanlon. Of course, we will
compare the information we receive from both to see if they match and we urge
each man to come clean, as required by their plea agreements.
In September of 2005, VR offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of those who may have committed election fraud in the 2004 Presidential
Election and we have received numerous tips concerning Scanlon/Abramoff deals with
Republican power brokers in a position to illegally manipulate the vote count. As
well, we have indications that they had ties with folks associated with Voting
Machine Companies including both Diebold and ES&S. Finally, press accounts have
revealed that much of the money paid out by Scanlon/Abramoff was used to affect
elections, leading us to conclude that they should know of illegal schemes to rig
We hope Mr. Scanlon will take up our offer and we note that if he has informaiton
concerning illegal election tampering and does not disclose that information to
prosecutors, his plea agreement will be off and he can face additional charges.
VR Joins Congressmembers Who Warned Administration Officials That They Face Criminal Prosecution
Last Friday, several Congressmembers warned George
Bush and others in his Administration that future criminal charges are possible
against them for violating numerous criminal statutes with regard to their
conduct. "These are clearly crimes and the statute of limitations
extends beyond this president's term," which will end in January 2009, said
Rep. Jerry Nadler D-N.Y., at an ad hoc hearing called by House Judiciary
Committee's Democrats to assail Bush's contention that his order for warrantless
domestic wiretaps on American citizens is legal. Another member, Rep. Adam Schiff,
D-Pasadena, said, "I hope the administration ceases and desists, at least out
of respect for their own liability."
Clearly, if the political climate or the political party changes in Washington,
there will certainly be those who will demand prosecution of those presently making
decisions that violate the law. VR again reaffirms its position that any official
who has engaged in criminal conduct, even if approved by a superior, better make a
bee line for the career prosecutors at the Department of Justice and start cooperating.
We also urge all officials to start covering their backsides by collecting documents
that show criminal activity, and giving those to your attorneys. VR believes that if
an official engages in or knows about criminal activity but hides or withholds that
information, he or she should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Kudos to VR Affiliate GuvWurld For Its Campaign To Unite California Election Reformers
Urges citizens in each California county to contact the District Attorney,
Grand Jury, County Supervisors, local media and elections officials to
investigate who on the local level allowed Diebold, as the SoS report
revealed (p.3), to illegally install uncertified software in machines in
all 17 of its CA client counties. Asks if there was complicity, conspiracy
or simply negligence?
Insists that local government and elections officials commit to ceasing all
further business with Diebold, and ban all privately owned, proprietary technology
from future voting systems. Insists on the acknowledgment and affirmation of the
GAO's findings, or the resignation of those who accept the use of Diebold machines.
Its great to see our affiliates take the initiative to save our democracy.
Please visit the GuvWurld Blog for the full list of affected CA counties
and links to contact info and other resources.
Washington Post Finally Reports On The Possibility Of Vote Machine Hacking
For more than a year, we at VR have been pressing
the mainstream media to tell the truth about the problems with electronic
voting machines, especially the possibility of hacking and manipulating
election results. Well, lo and behold, in today's Washington Post on page A6, there is a huge article doing just that.
VR hopes that Avi Rubin is finally able to get to the bottom of all
these vote machine security problems, and that this Post article will
bring a lot of attention and credibility to this very important issue.
It's about time....
Arlen Specter: Impeachment Possible Remedy For Illegal Wiretaps (And Lots Of Other Illegal Actions)
George Stephanopoulos interviewed Senator Arlen Specter on today's edition of ABC's This Week.
On the issue of warrentless NSA Wiretaps authorized by the president,
Stephanopoulus asked Specter what the possible remedies would be if the
president's actions were found to be illegal. Specter replied, "...Impeachment is the remedy. After impeachment, you could have a criminal prosecution..."
Rep. Bob Ney Gets Hammered In A New Series Of Ads And In An Explosive Article On BRAD BLOG Connecting Ney To Electoral Fraud
VR Affiliate, Campaign for America's Future, www.ourfuture.org, released a new
set of hard hitting ads urging Reps. Bob Ney and Tom Delay to resign in light of all
the scandals and disrepute they have brought on Congress. The Delay TV ad is
the Ney radio ad is here,
the Ney billboard is here, and
the press release is here.
Once again, VR urges Rep. Ney, Mr. DiStefano and all others who have
knowledge of electoral illegalities to walk over to the Department of
Justice with piles of documents and come clean. If you don't, you will
go to jail for a very long time....promise.
update 1/11/06: Rep. Tom Delay threatens to sue any TV station that runs ads
accusing him of corruption. See KHOU-CBS video here and press
update 1/21/06: New Delay ad in Houston urges him to resign because of his corrupt practices. Press release
RawStory Map of the Republican Corruption Machine -- We Knew What Was Coming
RawStory worked with us on an article last
spring about the sleazy Republican ties to the Baker-Carter Commission on
Electoral Reform. As part of that article, RawStory spent months researching
those ties and created a
telling map which, in light of the recent exposure of the Republican
culture of corruption, should be viewed by all. It is frightening that these
people have been making decisions that affect all Americans. But the
revolution is happening and you all are on the side of right....
SUSAN RALSTON, ASSISTANT TO JACK ABRAMOFF, KARL ROVE AND GEORGE BUSH, KNOWS EVERYTHING
If someone were to ask who the key to the
Republican corruption vault is, Susan Ralston's name would be at the
top of many lists. She has been the personal assistant to serial
briber Jack Abramoff and serial leaker Karl Rove. She is also a
special assistant to George Bush. According to RawStory, Mrs. Ralston has been repeatedly
called to testify before the grand jury investigating Mr. Rove. It
appears that she also been called to testify before the Abramoff
grand jury because she was in charge of his skybox giveaways.
However, there is one event on which she has not yet testified -- the
2004 presidential election. In the accompanying photo, on November 2,
2004, Mrs. Ralston sits next to Karl Rove keeping track of the election
results as they came in. We would like to know if there is any truth
to the reports that Rove was told that GW was losing the election and
so he went to the WH war room to maniulate the votes in a half dozen swing
states. Our curiosity is strong because of Mrs. Ralston's duties at the
time as White House Liaison to the Bush-Cheney ’04 (BC’04) campaign. "I work on the coordination of all activities between the campaign and the White House, including the Republican National Convention," she told Asian Fortune.
Indeed, since it appears that she has a Forrest Gump-like history of being at
the heart of the most scandalous political crimes of the Bush Administration,
the odds are that she is the Rosetta Stone for all information about crimes
committed around the election.
Susan Bonzon Ralston, it is not enough to appear at a grand jury and answer
questions put to you about your bosses. Instead, you need to walk on over to the
Department of Justice with your attorneys and all those documents you have been
stashing to cover your backside (you were that smart weren't you), and tell it all.
It appears that your choices for employment have not been the best, and it would be
a shame if you were dragged down to the next official residence of those bosses.
Of course, like the wife of a mob boss, it is difficult to give up all the trappings
of wealth and power by turning on those who got you involved in criminal activity.
However, it is the right thing to do, for you, your family and your country. We
urge you to take that step today ... and don't look back.
Dear Elected Official...It's called 'Money Laundering' when you accept
ill-gotten gains from Criminals! Donating to Charity doesn't help you
get away from that!
Now that Jack Abramoff has admitted in federal court to years of
criminal activity involving dozens of DC politicos, the recipients of
his bribes and largess, such as
Bush and House Majority
Leader Dennis Hastert, are scrambling to unload that
hot money by donating it to charity. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there is a federal law against accepting
illegally gotten gains from a criminal and it is called
"money laundering." Under 18 USC section 1957, it is unlawful to engage in a monetary transaction of over $10,000 derived from
criminal activity. And, in a prosecution, the Government "is not
required to prove that the defendant knew that the offense from
which the criminally derived property was received was specified
unlawful activity." Each time a person receives such money, he
faces 10 years in federal prison and forfeiture of the money.
So, all you so-far unindicted co-conspirators of Mr. Abramoff
can clear neither your consciences nor the criminal slate by simply donating the
illegal money to charity. Like drug and mob money, it is subject to
forfeiture which will then be used to pay back the victims of the
criminal activity. You would be much better off walking into the Department
of Justice and coming clean in exchange for your cooperation against
other corrupt politicians. Then you may avoid indictment altogether, but at
least you would be able to get a reduced sentence. VR has repeatedly warned
corrupt officials not to wait until indictment before deciding to
cooperate in order to limit jail time. The time to come clean is now....
VR Offers Jack Abramoff $100k for Information Concerning the Tampering
of Election 2004!
Republican uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, reached an agreement with Department of Justice
prosecutors and pleaded guilty today to a host of charges
including fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion in exchange for his complete cooperation against
other political criminals who participated in his vast and decade long criminal enterprise.
Dozens of elected DC officials -- and even their spouses! -- are
reportedly "lawyering up" in the wake of the news that Abramoff
will be telling all he knows to criminal prosecutors. The probe is
expected to be extremely wide-reaching, beyond the already well reported
connections Abramoff had with the indicted former House majority leader Tom Delay
(R-TX) and Rep. Robert Ney (R-OH).
In light of today's plea, and with a particular eye towards Abramoff's
relationship to Ney who held phony "Ohio Election
in the House Administration Committee, which he chairs, last March, VelvetRevolution.us
is offering to pay $100,000 towards Abramoff's legal bills if he provides
both us and the Dept. of Justice with conclusive evidence of Republican
rigging of the 2004 Presidential Election.
In September of 2005, VR offered a $100,000 reward
for information leading to the arrest and conviction
of those who may have committed election fraud in the 2004 Presidential
Election and we have received numerous tips concerning Abramoff deals with
Republican power brokers in a position to illegally manipulate the vote
count. As well, we have indications that he had ties with folks associated with
Voting Machine Companies including both Diebold and ES&S.
Finally, press accounts have revealed that much of the money paid out by Abramoff was used
to affect elections, leading us to conclude that he should know of illegal schemes to rig
We hope Mr. Abramoff will take up our offer as we note that his plea agreement requires a
complete accounting of all his criminal activity and his knowledge of the criminal activity
of others. If he has informaiton concerning illegal election tampering and does not disclose
that information to prosecutors, his plea agreements in both Florida and Washington, DC
will be off.
And to help make our offer clear, if we don't get receive such
information from Mr. Abramoff, we will be more than happy to make similar
offers in the future to his co-conspirators
when they start rolling. Do yourself another favor, Jack. It's time to
come clean. About everything...
1/1/06:VR NEEDS YOU TAKE ACTIONNOW TO STOP HACKABLE ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES!
In light of recent revelations of "interpreted" code used on
Diebold voting machines, which allowed for the results of a test election
in Leon County to be entirely flipped without a trace left behind, we are
now calling for all American citizens to take
action and demand that the governing bodies and overseers responsible
for protecting elections from such unsecured software immediately
withdraw the previous certification that they've granted for such
"Interpreted" code is specifically banned in electronic
election machinery by the Help America Vote Act 2002 guidelines. And yet,
this dangerous code, that allowed hackers to change the way software in
Diebold election machines behaved in the recent hack test, has been found
in election systems against those guidelines.
Please use this action page to contact the Election Assistance
Commission (EAC) and the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) which grants
such certification, to request they immediately withdraw Federal
certification for all electronic election systems which contain any such
banned -- and dangerous -- software coding!
Your immediate participation is of the utmost importance at this time! Click
here now and fill in the easy-to-use form! It will take just a
minute or two of your time, but may be very key to restoring integrity and
confidence in our electoral system!
As well, national, state, and local election integrity groups can sign
Letter to the EAC which will be sent to both the EAC and ITA on
12/20/05:'THE CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS': Support Rep. Conyers' Motion to
Censure Bush and Cheney for Misleading Congress, Failing to Respond and
Violating Internation Law...
Judiciary Democrat Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has introduced a motion to
censure President Bush and Vice President Cheney for providing misleading
information to Congress in advance of the Iraq war, failing to respond to
written questions and potential violations of international law. The
motions were filed along with the release of a massive report today
entitled "THE CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS: The Downing Street Minutes
and Deception, Manipulation, Toture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq
The resolutions were introduced Sunday evening along with a third
resolution (HR 635) to create a Select Committee to investigate the
administration’s intent to go to war prior to congressional authorization.
The committee -- which has been compared to the Ervin Committee which led
to Watergate Impeachment charges -- would also be charged with examining manipulation of pre-war
intelligence, thwarting Congressional oversight and retaliatory attacks
against critics. As part of this resolution, House Judiciary Democrats seek
also to explore violations of international law as pertaining to detainee
abuse and torture of prisoners of war.
The Select Committee seeks to subpoena the President and other members
of the administration in hopes of ascertaining if impeachable offenses have
been committed. Sources close to the Judiciary Committee indicate they believe
this is the only avenue left after not getting responses to repeated letters
requesting answers about the so-called "Downing Street Documents" and the outing of covert CIA
officer Valerie Plame Wilson. HR 635, which would create the select committee,
could recommend articles of impeachment against both the President and Vice
House Resolution 636 seeks to censure the President for failing to respond
to repeated requests for information on pre-war intelligence, possible war
crimes against detainees and violation of international law, and retaliatory
action against critics of the administration. House Resolution 637 seeks censure
the Vice President for the same alleged abuses of power and failure to respond
to repeated requests for information and testimony.
For more information, links to the new report, a statement from Conyers,
and several Petition Campaigns launched along with this effort, see this
BRAD BLOG article...
12/16/05:CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER FOR THREE VR AFFILIATES AND ONE SENATOR THIS WEEK
VR is issue based and so we call it like it is when an issue we support is
trumpeted by Democrats, Republicans, Greens or Independents. So this week we
congratulate and thank Senator John McCain for his stand to codify
the law against torture by the United States and its contractors. We don't
agree with many of his McCain's positions but here he was right on the money. He
refused to be cowed by the Vice-President of Torture himself, Dick Cheney, and
his Partner in Crime, George W. Bush. McCain, who suffered years of torture as a POW during
Vietnam, made the point very succinctly when he said to his opponents, "this is not
about the terrorists, it is about us, about who we are." One of our VR affiliates,
The Peoples Email Network, took the lead on this issue by generating tens of
thousands of emails to Congress supporting the McCain position (and VR has its NO
TORTURE button on our left front page).
VR also wants to congratulate our affiliate
BlackBoxVoting.org for its work in
the highly successful hack of the Diebold machines in the mock election in Leon
County, Florida. In short, using a hacked card, the hackers "flipped" the votes
from 2-6 to 7-1 without any evidence trail. Today, the Director of Elections in
that county said that he believes that his Diebold machines were hacked during
the 2000 presidential election.
Finally, VR wants to congratulate our own Brad Friedman for his terrific work
on the Diebold lawsuit story. Of course, a lot more went on behind the scenes
that we are unable to report, but suffice it to say that it was BradBlog.com (and VR)
that worked with the law firm to bring you information on the developing
suit as they moved forward with litigation
against Diebold and its executives for stock fraud and insider trading.
week, its CEO, Wally O'Dell, had resigned, and the suit had been
filed. Brad has
also been reporting widely about the hacking of the Florida
There is a revolution happening....
12/15/05:CLASS ACTION STOCKHOLDER FRAUD AND INSIDER TRADING LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST DIEBOLD IN OHIO FEDERAL COURT
Here is the full Securities Fraud Class Action complaint as filed
yesterday against Diebold, Inc and eight top officers including former
CEO Walden O'Dell and current CEO Thomas Swidarski for fraud, concealment
and insider trading. . It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, case number is: 5:05CV2873. Case document in PDF
DIEBOLD CEO WALDEN O'DELL RESIGNS! FRAUD LITIGATION IMMINENT!
Controversial, Partisan Head of Voting Machine Company Steps
Down for 'Personal Reasons'
Diebold, Inc. CEO Walden O'Dell has resigned
due to what company officials describe in a press
release as "personal reasons". O'Dell has been replaced by the
company's president and chief operating officer, Thomas Swidarski.
As The BRAD BLOG reported
late last last week, the filing of
a securities fraud class action litigation against the company, O'Dell and other
current and former members of their Board of Directors is now imminent.
The case is reportedly to be filed as early as tomorrow in Ohio Federal District court.
We will, of course, have more details when that occurs.
VelvetRevolution.us announced our "Divestiture for Democracy"
campaign in February 2005 with the intention
of taking on those American Voting Machine companies who failed to do the appropriate and patriotic thing
for this country in opening their hardware and software to public inspection, including paper ballots with
every vote cast, and ensuring top-level executives stayed clear of partisan activities. Unfortunately, Diebold
was unwilling to do the right thing, and the country has suffered for it. We will continue to expose the
failures of Diebold as litigation moves forward and welcome those who owned or purchased stock in the company
anytime from October 22, 2003 through September 21, 2005 to contact us at
Lawsuit@VelvetRevolution.us so that we may forward your information to attorneys for consideration of
possible inclusion in the pending class action.
Domains Re-Directed to Ranking Judiciary Committee Democrat's Website
Names Suggest Report on DSM and Manipulation of Pre-War Intel by Bush Admin May be Imminent...
John Conyers has registered a
series of Internet domain names that suggest a forthcoming report
based on ongoing investigations held by the Ranking Minority member of
the U.S. House Judiciary Committee may be coming. The domain names, including
dsmreport.com, dsmreport.net, iraqreport.net, thedsmreport.com,
thedsmreport.net, theiraqreport.com and theiraqreport.net are all set to
for automatic re-direction to Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) personal campaign
VelvetRevolution.us has been partnering with AfterDowningStreet.org
to bring information forward about the "Downing Street Documents" and the Bush administration use of pre-war intelligence
which the mainstream media has been shamefully lax in reporting.
12/7/05:POTENTIAL SECURITIES FRAUD CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST DIEBOLD IN PROGRESS!
and comments provided by Company Insiders suggest Diebold could be the
next Enron as All-New Legal Troubles Mount for Voting Machine Giant...
Additional Individual, Union Owners of Diebold Stock, Mutual Funds Sought for Addition to Plaintiff Class
by Velvet Revolution!
BRAD BLOG has received exclusive detailed
information about a developing potential class action securities
litigation against Diebold, Inc. (stock symbol: DBD).
The class for the suit will involve shareholders who purchased or owned
stock in the Ohio-based company any time from October 22, 2003 through
September 21, 2005.
Though we are not at liberty at this time to discuss the specifics of the
potential litigation and the causes of action in the complaint being
BRAD BLOG has learned that the class action
lawsuit, currently being drawn up, will involve securities fraud
violations and other troubling matters for the controversial company, its
CEO as well as current and former members of its Board of Directors.
Those who owned or purchased Diebold stock, or mutual funds which carried
Diebold during the period mentioned, are asked to contact LawSuit@VelvetRevolution.us
where contact information submitted may be turned over to attorneys
currently working on the case for possible addition to the plaintiff
class. Union groups who own or owned shares of Diebold or mutual funds
which invest in the company are specifically urged to contact
VR about joining the class action...
12/5/05:THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS A NOW NOT SO SECRET AGENDA TO IMPOSE ONE PARTY RULE IN THE UNITED STATES
In two amazing news accounts in the Washington Post the past few
weeks, it has become clear that the DOJ is being used as the most audacious
political tool of the Bush White House to impose one party rule in the United
States. Not content to have manipulated the past two national elections in
its favor, the White House appointed loyalists to DOJ with the now clear
agenda to keep the Republicans in power through rigged elections no matter how
unlawful. These are two of the most brazen and sinister attacks on democracy
since the shameful days of Jim Crow and should cause all election reform
naysayers to reconsider.
Both of these reports, by Dan Eggan, are based on leaked memos (which
leads us to believe that there is a DeepThroat at DOJ who is not buying into the
DOJ political agenda). The first shows that the Attorney General overruled staff
experts who had recommended against pre-approval of Georgia's
new Photo ID requirement at the polls. Although that new
law has since been found unconstitutional by a federal court as a "Jim Crow-era poll
tax," the leaked memo makes clear that the AG did not care that the law would violate
the Voting Rights Act and disenfranchise the poor, minorities and other typically
The second report shows that eight staffers at the DOJ, including the heads of the
Voting Rights Division, advocated against redistricting in Texas, but Attorney General agreed to allow the changes anyway!
The Voting Rights Act requires DOJ pre-approval of changes to electoral law in several
states where minority voting rights have historically been an issue. These changes
allowed Rep. Tom Delay to manipulate the Texas redistricting and led to seven new
Republicans being elected to the House of Representatives.
And there are still those who don't believe that the Bush & Co would violate
the law to rig an election. Folks, this is why we need a revolution... no more
partisan, loyalist hacks who want to hijack our democracy and our right to vote.
VR is in the process of determining how to best address this frightening information,
so stay tuned....
11/28/05:SCALIA WRONG TWICE LAST WEEK ABOUT BUSH V. GORE--THE ANOINTING OF A PRESIDENT
Antonin Scalia, the leading conservative on the Supreme Court, has demonstrated
once again that he is not a brilliant intellectual but rather a partisan loyalist
hack. In two statements last week regarding the shameful 5 to 4 decision in Bush
v. Gore decision, he revised history. First he said that the controversy around
the decision was Al Gore's fault because he brought the case to the Supreme Court.
Sorry Antonin, but, as the case title shows, Bush was the petitioner who brought
the case to the Court. Maybe you need to take a refresher course in court procedure
offered by the DC Bar Continuing Legal Education Board.
Second, in a discussion with editors from Time and other journalists, he said "What
did you expect us to do.... [G]ive the Florida Supreme Court another couple of weeks in
which the United States could look ridiculous?" (So now the standard for granting
cert is the appearance of ridiculousness). No, Antonin, we wanted you to decide in
favor of Bush so the United States could look ridiculous forever and so Bush could start
wars, create fear and havoc, ruin international relationships, impugn global warming,
become the world leader of torture chambers, flush civil rights down the toilet, steal
elections, lie to Congress, divide the nation and world, help big oil and the rich get
richer, and pack the Supreme Court with toadies like you.
But maybe Antonin, you know a little American history about how those judges who
ruled in favor of King George were not looked upon kindly after the Revolution. And
of course, you must know that from 1811 until the time of his death in 1820 King
George became progressively insane and blind from porphyria. He spent his time in
isolation, and was often kept in straight jackets and behind bars in his private
apartments at Windsor Castle. Yes, there is something called karma, and history
does repeat itself...
11/27/05:ALICE IN WONDERLAND IN THE TIMES AND POST NEWSROOMS,
AND THE WHITE HOUSE IS PATTING ITSELF ON THE BACK
Ok, did the WH set out to neutralize the two top newspapers in the country
or did it just work out that way? Let's back up for a minute, remember what
happened with 60 Minutes in its report about Bush's National Guard records --
egg on the face, tail between the legs, and reduced credibility along with long
term timidity. Humm, pretty good results from a classic Rovian strategy.
Now wait, what newspaper broke Watergate, and what was that reporter's name?
And, gee, what other newspaper has the clout, credibility and financial means to
dig into top level corruption? Right, those bastions of liberality, the New York
Times and the Washington Post. Humm, what would happen if their top reporters,
you know, the ones who would do anything for access and who really believe that
they have to protect their sources, were given confidential information about
that turncoat Joe Wilson? The secret is so important that they won't be allowed
to even tell their editors. Maybe, just maybe they could be bought, hook, line
Alice and Wonderland in the Times and Post newsrooms where the lunatics are in
control, where the inmates are running the jail, and where editors are so blind
and dumb they are led around by the line staff. How did the two top newspapers
in the country, if not the world, become the protectors of a mass of lies and
corruption in the Executive Branch? How did they become defenders of two reporters
who sold their souls to the devil just to get and keep access? Are the days of
accountability in the newsroom over with?
Although the Rovian strategists are pleased to have now reduced the credibility
and influence of the three top investigative news outlets in the country, we at VR
know that what has sprung up to take their place is a more powerful phenomenon -
millions of patriotic Americans who demand to know the truth, who investigate corruption,
and who will be heard. This is how the collective "we" hold the media and corrupt
politicians accountable. The revolution has begun...
11/25/05:IT'S NOT RIGHT VERSUS LEFT, ITS RIGHT VERSUS WRONG, AND THE
PROGRESSIVES HAVE BEEN RIGHT AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN WRONG
Oh that mainstream media, that bandwagon media. Here is something
that it should be reporting in every news outlet across America -- Not
only has the White House been wrong about virtually every issue the past
four years, but the progressives have been right about every issue. And
by progressives, we don't mean the Democrats, because many of them,
including many of the so-called Democratic leaders, have followed the WH
blindly. But we do salute some Dems for their correct stands, such as
Robert Byrd, John Conyers, Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy, and Barbara Boxer. So
let's take a minute to trumpet just a few of the issues on which we
progressives have been on the correct side: the war, preemption, tax cuts
for the rich, Dept. of Homeland Security, Patriot Act, privacy, global
warming, torture, engagement of Russia, media reform, electronic voting
machines, and Bush v. Gore. Just think what a better world and country we
would have today if the enlightened progressive agenda had been followed the
past four years rather than the dreadfully regressive, repressive, and deadly
policies of the WH. But don't dispair, the revolution has begun...
11/22/05:VP DICK CHENEY'S CREDIBILITY IS SO LOW HE IS IN LEAGUE WITH BAGHDAD BOB
VP Cheney's poll ratings have dropped in the 20's lately as virtually everyone with
a braincell realizes that most everything he says is either factually incorrect or an
Of course, we all remember Baghdad Bob, another information minister
who became the laughing stock of the world during the early days of the war when he
repeatedly went on international TV networks to say that Saddam was winning and the
infidels would be run out of Iraq within a few days. One wonders if such people actually
believe their lies or they are just spouting the party line.
Either way, like Baghdad Bob, Dick Cheney's warping of reality does tremendous damage to the credibility of American
ideals. In Iraq, Baghdad Bob lost his job because of the US invasion. In America, although
Cheney has already been largely marginalized by his own words and actions, the American people
should make sure that he too loses his job for lying them into war.
11/9/05:VR PROTESTS THE U.S. VISIT OF CRIMINAL PREVARICATOR AHMED CHALABI WHOSE
LIES HELPED FORM THE BASIS FOR THE DISCREDITED WAR IN IRAQ
VR, in a letter signed by
dozens of activists, including many VR affiliates, formally protested the visit by
Ahmed Chalabi to the United States because of his criminal activities, lies to
intelligence services and the media, and theft of taxpayers money. See letter
VR also actually protested at Chalabi's speech on Wednesday at the American
Enterprise Institute, who was rushed in the back alley by body guards so he would
not have to face the protesters. See video
Chalabi, who is supposed to be under investigation by the FBI, is in
the U.S. to urge for his coronation as the leader of Iraq. Basically
his pitch is that he is the only person who can keep Iran in check
because of his deep connections with the Shia leadership there.
And this is the same Chalabi who said two years ago that he had no
political ambitions in Iraq. So let's get this straight, we go to
war to rid the world of Saddam based on false info from an indicted
Chalabi. Then we coronate Chalabi as the new leader of Iraq so we can
keep Iran under control. But wasn't Saddam keeping Iran under control?
So we have traded a dictator for the criminal thief prevaricator in
waiting while destroying a country and killing over 2000 American soldiers
and tens of thousands of Iraqis. No, this is not our idea of democracy Mr.
11/7/05:VR IS BANNED FROM TAKING VIDEO OF THE IRAQ FUNERALS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
BECAUSE WE OPPOSE THE WAR WHILE FOX IS ALLOWED TO BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT THE WAR
VR is working with its affiliate
Justice Through Music on some music videos about the war in Iraq, and a few weeks ago
we asked to shoot some footage at Arlington National Cemetery. We got permission to
video some actual funerals and did so in the press area with the other national media.
However, when we left the press area to shoot footage of the thousands of graves throughout
the massive cemetery, we were told that we could not do so without specific permission
and we were escorted off the grounds.
On Monday, November 7th, we returned with permission to film another funeral.
However, this time we were stopped at the gate and told that we could not do any more
filming unless we received permission from the US Army Office of Public Affairs, LA
Branch. We immediately contacted OPA-LA and advised that we are a legitimate press
outlet that has covered scores of political events and stories for years. However,
we were told that we could not do any more filming at Arlington because we are an
advocacy group. When we pointed out that hundreds of tourists each day and those
attending the funerals shoot video without restriction, we were told that "they are
not the press." So the policy is really arbitrary. VR is the press, but it is
banned for advocating a certain position on the war while Fox news can film all the
funerals it wants because it supports the war. So much for freedom of the press
in America today.
10/26/05:VR LAUNCHES ANOTHER TOUGH NEW AD IN WASHINGTON TO EXPOSE THOSE WHO LIED US INTO WAR
VR launched another new ad in the Washington
DC City Paper to expose those who lied us into war. Since the start of the
war, 2000 soliders have been killed and over 15,000 soldiers have been maimed
and wounded. This death and destruction was unnecessary, and VR urges people
to reform our government with enlightened and progressive leaders. Please make
copies and give them to everyone you know, and donate to support this ad
campaign so we can blanket the country with these ads!
Donate to the VR Ad Campaign here. More info on the latest ad here. Download the ad in PDF format to print out here
10/21/05:NON-PARTISAN GAO REPORT CONFIRMS VR'S CONCERNS ABOUT SECURITY OF ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES!
REPORT: 'Loss and Miscount of Votes in Recent Elections'!
House issues BI-PARTISAN Press Release: Report 'A Wake Up Call',
'Foundation of Democracy Rests Upon Security, Integrity of our
"[C]oncerns about electronic voting machines have been
realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting
in the loss and miscount of votes."
That's just one of the chilling revelations from the non-partisan
Government Accountability Office's (GAO) 107-page report on the security of Election Voting
Machines in America as just released. The report confirms many of the
greatest concerns expressed by VR since the deeply flawed 2004 Presidential
10/18/05:VR AFFILIATE RAWSTORY BREAKS THE NAME OF A WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL
WHO IS COOPERATING WITH SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FITZGERALD…AS WE PREDICTED LAST WEEK
VelvetRevolution.us affiliate RAWSTORY, for the second time in a week, has
broken a major story about the Valerie Plame investigation, beating out all
the mainstream media. Last week, RawStory.com was the first to report that
Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald was actively investigating the role of Vice
President Dick Cheney in the outing of Valerie Plame as head of the White House
Iraq Group (WHIG). And today, RawStory is the first to report that a highly
placed White House Official is cooperating with Fitzgerald. "Individuals
familiar with Fitzgerald's case tell Raw Story that John Hannah, a senior
national security aide on loan to Vice President Dick Cheney from the offices
of then-Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
Affairs, John Bolton, was named as a target of Fitzgerald's probe.They say
he was told in recent weeks that he could face
imminent indictment for his
role in leaking Plame-Wilson's name to reporters unless he cooperated with
According to RawStory, Hannah was told that he was going to be indicted
in the matter and decided to cut a deal to limit his possible jail time.
Last week VelvetRevolution.us conducted an analysis of the federal
sentencing guidelines and concluded that senior White House officials
convicted in this case could face life in prison unless they decided to
cooperate with Fitzgerald.
Under the Guidelines, the only way to effectively lower a sentence is to
cooperate in the case against another person. It appears that, although Hannah
will be indicted along with a host of others, he, unlike the others, will minimize
his prison sentence. It's nice to see that VR had it right … again.
AGAIN BEATS THE MSM BY NAMING A SECOND CHENEY AIDE COOPERATING WITH FITZGERALD IN THE PLAME PROBE
Today RawStory again showed the MSM how real reporters work by naming the
second cooperating witness in the TreasonGate probe. "Now, those close to the
investigation say that a second Cheney aide, David Wurmser, has agreed to provide
the prosecution with evidence that the leak was a coordinated effort by Cheney’s
office to discredit the agent's husband....Wurmser, Cheney’s Middle East advisor
and an assistant to then-Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International
Security Affairs John Bolton, likely cooperated because he faced criminal charges
for his role in leaking Wilson's name on the orders of higher-ups, the sources said."
10/13/05:VR 'GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTIBILITY REWARD FUND' INCREASED TO $120,000
The pledges to our 'Government Accountabilty Reward Fund' have now reached
$120,000. We launched this reward with 100K on September 15th.
So pass the word to all those white knights who want to make history (and some
extra bucks) by exposing illegal activity in the White House, House of
Representatives, and the scandal ridden state of Ohio.
10/8/05:FULL PAGE AD IN NEW YORK TIMES DEMANDS PAPER BALLOTS AND ITS
NOT FROM THE USUAL ELECTORAL REFORM ORGS
A full page ad appeared in yesterday's New York Times demanding paper
ballots and endorsing H.R. 550, Rush Holt's Voter Confidence and Increased
Accessibility Act (which VR did last month). The cool thing about this ad
is that it was not placed by the usual electoral reform orgs but by an array
of very credible organizations and important people. However, it is nice to
see that one of them is Robert Koehler, the Tribune Reporter who appeared
last week at the Portland
Electoral Reform Conference with VR co-founder Brad Friedman. The
full text of the ad is here.
10/7/05:VR ANALYSIS OF THE FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES DEMONSTRATES THAT SENIOR WHITE
HOUSE OFFICIALS ARE FACING THE PROSPECT OF LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE OUTING OF CIA AGENT
VALERIE PLAME UNLESS THEY HURRY UP AND TURN ON EACH OTHER
It looks more and more like Karl Rove and his GOP associates made a huge
mistake when they decided to disclose the identity of Valerie Plame in retaliation
for statements by Ambassador Joe Wilson about the implausibility of President Bush's
statements about Iraq's nuclear capabilities. By going after Wilson and his wife,
they committed serious crimes which, apparently, they then compounded by obstructing
justice and committing and suborning perjury. As a result, they have virtually ensured
that, if convicted, they could receive a sentence up to life in federal prison under
the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are used to compute sentences based on severity offense levels. The higher the level,
the greater the sentence, and federal courts routinely follow the Guidelines in the vast majority
10/6/05:NEW VR AFFILIATE 'REFORM OHIO NOW' NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO CHANGE THE WAY
ELECTIONS ARE RUN IN THE SCANDAL-RIDDEN STATE OF OHIO
ReformOhioNow.org is a new VR affiliate that
deserves support from all those who care about democracy. They have successfully gotten four
issues on the November ballot that will have a profound effect on the way elections are run
in Ohio. So... VOTE YES on Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5 on November 8 -- real, common-sense reforms
to take Ohio back from the politicians who have failed its citizens:
Issue 2: Makes it easier to vote by allowing all Ohioans to vote by mail
Issue 3: Helps stop the influence of big money in elections by greatly reducing campaign contributions.
Issue 4: Stops the politicians from drawing their own legislative districts and puts an Independent
Commission in charge of this process.
Issue 5: Places a bi-partisan Board of Supervisors in charge of Ohio's elections, instead of a
partisan official who backs candidates and takes sides in elections.
Reform Ohio Now is working with thousands of volunteers across the state to pass these reforms. The Canton
Repository called RON "fresh air in the stale room that has become state government." But
they can't do it without your help, so get involved today. And, the folks at RON are spreading the word
about VR's Reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons who rigged the 2004 election in Ohio.
10/5/05:VR SUPPORTED ELECTION ASSESSMENT HEARING REPORT ISSUED IN FULL TO COUNTER DISASTEROUS BAKER/CARTER REPORT
Velvet Revolution supported the electoral
reform hearings held by the ElectionAssessment.org on June 29 in Houston, right around
the corner from the faux Baker/Carter hearings. Well, last week, the 54-page Election
Assessment report was issued, and sent out for peer review. In short, the report identifies
numerous problems with past elections and makes significant recommendations to insure that
all future votes are cast and counted. VR recommends that everyone take the time to review
this important document and congrats to all those who spent so much time to come up with this
real and honest report. Read the full report
here in pdf format.
10/4/05:BRAD SHOW BROADCASTS LIVE FROM NATIONAL SUMMIT TO SAVE OUR ELECTIONS
Velvet Revolution Co-Founder, Brad Friedman was invited to
speak and broadcast from the National Summit to Save Our Elections held 9/29-10/2 in Portland, Oregon.
The archives from that live "Democracy at Stake" broadcasts are now availble via Brad's BRAD SHOW page.
Highlights include interviews at the summit with Tribune Media Services' Bob
Koehler, Vote-Rigging Software Whistelblower
Clint Curtis, some amusing presentations by Brad at the summit, and an impromptu roundtable on the show
with Green Party Presidential Candidate David Cobb and Air America Radio's
Thom Hartmann. Listen up here...
10/3/05:GAO REPORT CONCLUDES THAT GOVERNMENT FUNDED NEWS REPORTS AND JOURNALISTS
CONSTITUTE ILLEGAL PROPAGANDA -- THE SAME THING VR SAID MONTHS AGO
On September 30th, the Government Accounting Office ('GAO') issued a
blistering report which concluded that the funding of government news
segments and the paying of journalists constitutes propaganda and violates
numerous statutes. In the words of the GAO:
"The failure of an agency to identify itself as the source of a prepackaged
news story misleads the viewing public by encouraging the audience to believe that
the broadcasting news organization developed the information. The prepackaged news
stories are purposefully designed to be indistinguishable from news segments broadcast
to the public. When the television viewing public does not know that the stories they
watched on television news programs about the government were in fact prepared by the
government, the stories are, in this sense, no longer purely factual. The essential
fact of attribution is missing."
As VR readers know, back on May 24th, we sent letters to almost 1000 TV networks
and affiliates making a similar argument and demanding that they stop using such
propaganda. It is nice to know that we were right... All three GAO reports are available
on Senator Frank Lautenberg's website, here,
9/27/05:ACCUPOLL MEETS VR DEMANDS FOR TRANSPARENCY,
LEGITIMACY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN ELECTIONS
Last February, VR launched a Divestiture Campaign demanding that nine
companies that make vote counting machines meet a list of conditions to
ensure that our votes are counted properly. These include a voter verified
paper ballot, open source code, no staff involvement in partisan elections,
and independent analysis of machines. Well, only one company rose to the
challenge and put it all in writing -- "Accupoll is
proud to say that we meet all of your demands and that our philosophy and
actions demonstrate that we are different than our competitors." See
full letter here.
Many thanks to all of you who have supported the VR campaign for honest
elections, and please spread the word far and wide about Accupoll. By the way,
Diebold has not met our demands and, as we reported last week, its stock has
lost over 30% since we launched our Divestiture Campaign. Congrats to everyone
who wants to see the good guys win and the bad guys lose.
9/25/05:VR VIDEO OF THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS AT THE
OUT OF IRAQ MARCH IN WASHINGTON
VR was at the Washington March and we will take you there with our ten minute video
of the actual March. Literally, there were people shoulder to shoulder in five
lanes on all the streets around the White House and the line did not stop for three
solid hours. It was truly an amazing event that showed that people do care about injustice.
More photos from the huge rallies here...
Videos of speeches before the march here...
Special Coverage all weekend long at BRAD BLOG...
9/22/05:VR LAUNCHES NEW TOUGH AD IN WASHINGTON TO TIE IN WITH SATURDAY'S
MASSIVE OPPOSITION PROTESTS AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE
a new ad today in the Washington DC
to tie in with the huge opposition protests around the White House this Saturday.
Cindy Sheehan and tens of thousands of Americans will be on hand to oppose the war and
other negative policies of the Administration. VR will distribute hundreds of the ads
at the protest and urge people to reform our government with enlightened and progressive
leaders. Please make copies and give them to everyone you know, and
donate to support this
ad campaign so we can blanket the country with these ads!
Donate to the VR Ad Campaign here. More info on the latest ad here. Download the ad in PDF format to print out here
9/19/05:BAKER/CARTER COMMISSION REPORT RELEASED! ATTEMPT TO DISENFRANCHISE
MILLIONS OF AMERICAN VOTERS WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW VOTING
New Report from Discredited Baker/Carter 'Election Reform' Commission
Recommended Jim Crow-Style Photo ID Restrictions Seen as 'New Poll Tax',
Roundly Criticized by Pols, Voting Rights Activists and Even Members of the
Landing with a mighty thud today in the Nation's Capitol, the so-called
Baker-Carter "National Commission on Election Reform" delivered
precisely what true voting rights advocates in America had been warning about
for months. FULL
FOR THE FIRST TIME... A DIEBOLD INSIDER SPEAKS!
DIEB-THROAT : 'Diebold System One of Greatest Threats Democracy Has Ever Known'
A source from inside America's top voting machine company speaks in
a BRAD BLOG exclusive! Identifies U.S. Homeland Security "Cyber Alert" issued prior to the 2004 Election warning that
votes can be 'Modified Remotely' via an 'Undocumented Backdoor' in Diebold's Central Tabulator Software! Read the full story....
VR LAUNCHES EMAIL CAMPAIGN TO URGE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT VOTING REFORM
Let’s Get Paper Ballots and Transparency Passed
VelvetRevolution supports legislation requiring accountability and transparency
in elections. Although there are several bills presently pending in Congress
proposing to address this, and none of them does everything we hope for, VR
believes that a bill introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), The Voter Confidence
and Increased Accessibility Act (H.R. 550),) is currently the most comprehensive
on this subject and has the best chance of passage. If it does pass, it will begin
to fix multiple fundamental problems with our voting systems in time for the 2006
election cycle. Moreover, it currently has over 100 co-sponsors and several of them
are even Republicans! This bill is a good starting point and if we pass it now,
we will be on a much stronger footing to continue our fight for truly verifiable
and transparent elections in the world's most important democracy.
Send an email to your
Congress Member here.
$100,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
VR WANTS YOU $100,000 REWARD
VR today launches the 'Government Accountability Reward Fund' to induce
whistleblowers to come forward with information about criminal activity
by high government officials. Specifically, VR has a reward of up to
$100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of officials
involved in the following three incidents: 1) the illegal outing of CIA Agent
Valerie Plame, 2) the illegal payment of bribes to Congressman Dennis
Hastert, and 3) the rigging of the 2004 Presidential election in Ohio.
In the event more than one person provides information or information
about more than one incident, the money will be split between
the persons. Details here.
VELVETREVOLUTION LAUNCHES 'NO MORE LIES' CAMPAIGN TO SAY THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
New Orleans Official Weeps On National TV Because The Disaster President And His Team Lied and Lied While People Cried and Died
VelvetRevolution launches 'No More Lies' campaign to say that enough is
enough of the spin, deception and lies of this Administration. VR cannot
say it any better than Aaron Broussard, the President of Jefferson Parish,
Louisiana, who was interviewed Sunday by Tim Russert on Meet The Press,
this video is a must see for all Americans.
BROUSSARD: "We have been abandoned by our own country. Hurricane Katrina will go
down in history as one of the worst storms ever to hit an American coast. But the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will go down as one of the worst abandonments
of Americans on American soil ever in U.S. history. … Whoever is at the top of
this totem pole, that totem pole needs to be chainsawed off and we've got to
start with some new leadership. It's not just Katrina that caused all these
deaths in New Orleans here. Bureaucracy has committed murder here in the greater
New Orleans area and bureaucracy has to stand trial before Congress now.
Three quick examples. We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water. FEMA turned
them back. They said we didn't need them. This was a week ago. FEMA, we had 1,000
gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. When we got
there with our trucks, FEMA says don't give you the fuel. Yesterday - yesterday
- FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them
without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line.
He posts armed guards and said no one is getting near these lines…
I want to give you one last story and I'll shut up and let you tell me whatever
you want to tell me. The guy who runs this building I'm in, Emergency Management,
he's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home
and every day she called him and said, "Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?"
and he said, "Yeah, Mama, somebody's coming to get you." Somebody's coming to get
you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get
you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday… and she drowned Friday night.
She drowned Friday night! [Sobbing] Nobody's coming to get us. Nobody's coming to
get us. The Secretary has promised. Everybody's promised. They've had press conferences.
I'm sick of the press conferences. For god's sakes, just shut up and send us somebody."
VR LAUNCHES A NEW SERIES OF RADIO ADS IN SUPPORT OF 'OPERATION NOBLE CAUSE'!
Special Daily BRAD SHOW radio broadcasts, Live on the ground from Camp Casey!
BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO is the only radio program in the country broadcasting
live from Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, and today it will begin airing VR's 30-second
'Dog Tags' ad with 'Taps' playing underneath.
Join in on the discussion as radio host VR co-founder Brad Friedman examines the reasons
behind the Iraqi invasion and the failed Bush policies that have led to the deaths of
nearly 1900 American soldiers. He is interviewing families of soldiers killed in Iraq,
veterans, lawmakers, celebrities, newsmakers and peacemakers from Camp Casey and around
the nation! Listen for continued debate on the most important national and international
issues we face today LIVE on The BRAD SHOW via RAW Radio
"I was actually on vacation, camping in the Great Basin National park with no phone
and and no net," Friedman says. "But I got a scratchy signal of Rush Limbaugh on my radio
lying about Cindy Sheehan and what's going on down here. I knew I had to get down here
and try to correct the record and tell the real story."
"I drove across the country and figured out how to get on the air with no remote
truck, no satellite uplink, no money, no nothing. We did it. So far we're doing at least
four or five hours every day. And we're not leaving until it's over in Crawford."
"Note to George W. Bush: Some things are worth interrupting your vacation for,"
This special radio program needs donations, sponsors and advertisers to keep it on the
air. Please tell your org to sign up for an ad today -- send the text or the mp3 for
your 60-second spots. Brad is giving special rates for the next two weeks to those
advertisers who support us during Operation Noble Cause. Please contact
Kat@BradShow.com for more information.
Make your donations online at www.BradShow.com.
8/15/05:VR LAUNCHES HARD-HITTING AD CAMPAIGN TO TAKE BACK AMERICA!
VR today launched a long-term advertisement and awareness campaign to
galvanize American citizens into taking their country back from those
who believe that they are untouchable and unaccountable. This campaign
will graphically show that those in power have lost touch with real people
through a pattern of lies, corruption, fear mongering, incompetence,
indifference and arrogance.
The first ad will appear today as a full two-page spread in the Crawford,
Texas Iconoclast newspaper
and will be delivered to the President's ranch during his long five-week
vacation. Cindy Sheehan and hundreds of others opposed to Iraq war are
protesting nearby and they will all be given free copies of the paper.
VR supports Cindy and her cause, and she was interviewed on June 18th
by VR founder Brad
Friedman on the BradShow. Cindy's son Casey was killed five days after
arriving in Iraq in what the President calls a "noble cause." Now,
however, in light of the Downing
Street Memos, the world knows that the war was based on lies and deception.
Read full story here.
Become a VR member here.
Donate to the VR Ad Campaign here.
VR Hosts Speeches Focusing on Election Reform from May's National Gathering to Save our Democracy in Nashville
VR is pleased to be the exclusive site hosting the speeches from the National Gathering for
Democracy held recently in Nashville. Listen to speeches from Cliff Arnebeck, Joanne Roush,
Dr. Richard Hayes Phillips, and Dr. Bernard Windham, and other speeches will follow.
Attny Clifford Arnebeck: Arnebeck is chairman of the Ohio Honest Elections Campaign of
the Alliance for Democracy. This campaign was the vehicle for the legal challenge to the
reported victory of George W. Bush in the 2004 election, contrary to the independent exit
poll results for Ohio and the nation. Arnebeck is also Co-chair of the Alliance and he also
serves on the Ohio Advisory Board of Common Cause, as Chair of its Legal Affairs Committee,
and he is on the National Advisory Board of Public Campaign. Arnebeck has successfully led
litigation against the Ohio Chamber of Commerce over the period 2000 to the present in its
use of illegal corporate treasury money to influence the outcome of Ohio Supreme Court
elections. He has twice run for Congress, once as a Republican and once as a Democrat, on
an election reform platform. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan and Juris
Doctorate degree from Harvard.
Dr. R.H. Phillips: Dr. Phillips resides in Canton, New York. He served as the leading
statistician in the AMoss v. Bush@ lawsuit seeking to overturn the Ohio election results. In
this capacity, Dr. Phillips analyzed precinct canvass reports in 15 counties and he presented
21 research papers under oath to the Ohio Supreme Court. A former college professor, he earned
his PhD in Geomorphology from the University of Oregon. He is a longtime environmental activist
and a recognized expert witness in karst hydrology. In this capacity, he has testified under
oath in federal proceedings as a forensic statistician in opposition to the Waste Isolation Pilot
Plant (WIPP), the world's first permanent nuclear waste dump near Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Listen to the speech by Dr. Richard Hayes Phillips here,
and to an addendum by Cliff Arnebeck here.
Joanne Roush: Ms. Roush is a resident of Menasha, WS who served as a recount volunteer
for the Ohio recount. She is a retired small business owner, freelance designer, and sometimes
truck driver who lives in a swing county in the swing state of Wisconsin. She is a passionately
practical Liberal with roots in the Vietnam antiwar movement, who believes in the power of grass
roots organizing, in the ability of minorities to become majorities, and in leveraging personal
commitment to achieve great things. She is currently working to elect progressive candidates in
her county, and working to find citizens who are willing to believe that peace is achievable and
absolutely essential to the survival of the human species.
Dr. Bernard Windham: A resident of Florida, Dr. Windham is a national election data-sets
analyst (including the Election Incident Reporting System). He is a statistician, mathematician
and demographer, with graduate degrees in each field. He has served on scientific advisory panels
for 4 federal agencies and several state agencies. He is the founder and member of several local
political and environmental programs and advisory committees. In the past, he has also served as
a lobbyist for Common Cause.
8/3/05:VR EXPOSES PHONY GOP FRONT GROUP POSING AS VOTING RIGHTS ORGANIZATION
A new organization of high-level GOP operatives, cynically named the American Center for
Voting Rights (“ACVR”), released six press releases this week to tout its new "report" accusing Democrats and
liberal organizations of massive "Election Fraud" in the November 2004 Presidential election. The releases
and report contain false and misleading information intended to advance GOP plans to disenfranchise millions
of voters via legislation calling for national voter registration databases and a demand for photo IDs at
the polls. Though the report claims to focus on "Election Fraud" by both parties, in fact, it documents
almost exclusively only incidents of alleged voter registration concerns, and only those which involve
left-leaning voting organizations. See full press release
here and full story
7/25/05:The Revolution Grows...The Truth Will Out... Downing Street Gatherings
while the White House Continues to Betray our National Security...
Hundreds of people were turned away today as capacity crowds packed public
forums in U.S. cities to discuss the Downing Street Memo and related evidence
that President Bush lied about the reasons for war. Halls were filled to
capacity and beyond in LA, Oakland, Seattle, Detroit, Northampton, New York, and
elsewhere, for events led by Congress Members, including Maxine Waters, Barbara
Lee, Jim McDermott, John Conyers, and Maurice Hinchey...
7/08/05:America and Velvet Revolution Lose a Freedom Fighter...
Last night, our friend Andy Stephenson passed away after a short but valiant fight against cancer.
He was a great supporter of VR's as well as one of the original advisors
for our "Divestiture
for Democracy" campaign. He was a tireless fighter for Election
Reform in this country, and his loss is a tremendous blow to that cause.
We will, however, fight on as Andy would have wanted us to.
He was a
friend, a great American, and he will be missed more than we can
adequately describe here.
Godspeed, Andy. We love you and will always miss you...
REAL Election Reform Hearing to be Held in Houston Prior to Baker/Carter's 2nd and Final Commission Hearing!
Please help VR inform the Baker/Carter Commission about ElectionAssessment.org's Hearings to be held
in Houston on June 29th, the day prior to the Baker/Carter National Election Reform Hearing in the same
city. ElectionAssessment.org's Hearings will feature the real Election Reform experts and advocates
and witnesses to what went horribly wrong in Election 2004 that the Baker/Carter Commission should have
invited to testify at their hearings! Unfortunately, the Baker/Carter Commission has now irrevocably
discredited themselves by stacking the deck with Partisan Operatives and Voting Machine Company Representatives.
So it's up to groups like ElectionAssessment.org to present the honest testimony required for any commission
to make real recommendations for Election Reform in the United States of America! Click here to send
Email to Baker/Carter Commission Members about ElectionAssessment.org's Hearings...
VELVET REVOLUTION BEGINS 'OUT OF IRAQ' CAMPAIGN! (And so does the U.S.
Just in time for the Conyers hearings on the Downing
Street Memos, VR launched our latest "issue" campaign last week,
officially named "Out of
The new VR issue brings together
a compendium of many resources on the matter, including the latest news and
items updated daily with the most important headlines you need to know
about. So keep an eye on it, and spread the word!
Downing Street Campaign Continues to Gain Traction!
The Downing Street Campaign pulls it off
with more than 560,000 signatures on a
petition demanding an inquiry into the basis for the war from George W.
Bush. John Conyers
held a historic hearing last week and then went to the White
House gate with boxes of petitions which many of you signed. And for
the first time in our campaigns, we were able to help bring in well established
orgs including MoveOn,
TrueMajority and Democracy for America to make this
a true revolution of massive proportions! And heat continues to bring attention to this most troubling issue.
The Mainstream Media is finally beginning to report on the matter, including a full hour-long
on MSNBC's Hardball last night devoted entirely to the Downing Street Minutes!
VR JOINS CITIZEN'S COALITION CALLING FOR CRIMINAL INQUIRY INTO DOWNING STREET MEMO!
Velvet Revolution helps launch the grassroots citizens movement, AfterDowningStreet.org,
calling for a Congressional "Resolution of Inquiry" into the now-infamous Downing Street
Minutes/Memo in which the Bush Administration is recorded as having determined to topple Saddam Hussein by military force
some eight months prior to the war. Most damningly, the minutes conclude that
"the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy" by the
VR DEMANDS THAT ALL TV NETWORKS
AND AFFILIATES REFUSE TO AIR
PREPACKAGED GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA
AND GOVERNMENT PAID JOURNALISTS
Today VR sent letters to almost 1000 TV networks and their
affiliates demanding that they institute internal company policies
against the use of Government packaged propaganda news and paid
government journalists. See full letter here. Because the Government
needs these networks to broadcast such propaganda, VR has put them on
notice that their credibility is at stake and that there is a price to
pay for partnering in such anti-democratic conduct.
Update 6/24/05 VR has received numerous responses to its letter,
and the networks seem to have gotten the message. Every response so far
states that the TV station either does not or will not ever broadcast
Voting Standards are for Citizens!
Not Voting Machine Companies!
YES to Election Reform!
NO to James Baker & his Anti-Reform Cronies!
Sign the VR webletter to Jimmy Carter calling for James Baker and the anti-reformers, partisans and voting machine
representatives to step down immediately from the National Election Reform Commission!
VR CONDEMNS INCLUSION OF JAMES A. BAKER III AS CO-CHAIR OF
ELECTION REFORM BLUE-RIBBON COMMISSION, UNCONDITIONALLY CALLS FOR REMOVAL!
Bush Family friend, loyalist, operative and architect of the 2000
Bush/Cheney strategy to keep American's votes from being counted
has no place as Co-Chair of bi-partisan commission with esteemed
former-President Jimmy Carter!
UPDATE 4/12/05:John Conyers sends letter to Jimmy Carter!
Says Baker on commission "Inappropriate"! Calls for Velvet Revolution and others to be included instead! Asks...
"How can an individual who played a critical role in the disenfranchisement of
tens of thousands of Floridians now co-chair a Commission which should have as
its mission ensuring that every vote counts?"
Democracy or Divestiture?
VR's Massive New Campaign for America Begins... [UPDATED 4/27/05]
It's time to call on America's Voting Machine Companies
to do the right thing for America!
And on February 21 -- President's Day -- VR did exactly that!
Now we need your help, so that they answer the call
for democracy! --->
AN EMAIL TO THE COMPANIES HERE! <---
Click the link to send a letter in 30 seconds!
Let them know you stand with the Velvet Revolution and support free and
fair elections in the United States of America!
4/27/05: We have received responses from a number of the American
Voting Machine companies and are currently reviewing them. We will be
announcing our strategies for the Divestiture for Democracy in the coming
days. In the meantime, please feel free to send
an email to the Voting Machine Companies if you have not done so
already! Thanks for all of your support for this important campaign!
4/4/05: E-VOTING SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS ENDORSE! - Today, in a letter
from 'Open Voting Consortium' President, Alan Dechert, the non-partisan
open-source election software group became the first election software
developers to endorse the principles of VR's DV4D Campaign! OVC's
letter to Velvet Revolution here!
CONYERS ENDORSES! - Ranking
minority member of the U.S. House Judiciary Comm., John Conyers' Endorses
VR's DV4D Campaign!Sends a letter to all 9 Companies urging them
to follow VR's requests! Threatens legislation to withhold HAVA funds to
companies who do not!
Howard Van Pelt, CEO of Advanced Voting Systems, was more frank about his
“What in the hell are these people talking about?” Van Pelt asked. “They
think we're all crooks, and I resent that!”
According to Van Pelt, who formerly ran Diebold’s Global division, the issue
of how to deal with voter verified paper trails is something that “every vendor
is grappling with.”...“Attaching a paper printer to the side of voting machines would inevitably
lead to problems,” he said.
Mr. Van Pelt, with all due respect, our letter asked you to do the right thing for our country and help restore
confidence in America's electoral system. We never accused anybody of being "crooks". And as to the "problems"
of paper printers, we've noticed that this technology seems to have worked well in the ATM machines that these
same companies produce, so we're somewhat at a loss to understand what the "inevitable problems" would be.
We'd love to hear more about your concerns, however, so please feel free to contact us
so that we can discuss them.
From the same article, a spokesman for Sequoia said about the letter we sent them,
"This is a political document and not much more".
While counting the votes of Americans would certainly be a part of the political process, we hardly feel that our
request to open up the way in which those votes are counted so that we can trust our political process is
a "political document". As VR Co-Founder, Brad Friedman mentioned in the same article, this is
“not left versus right, but right versus wrong.”
The content on Velvet Revolution is updated every day!
Be sure to click on any of the Issues and/or
categories in the left sidebar to access all of the latest News, Analysis, Action Items and more for
Election 2004/Election Reform as well as emerging issues and concerns for Velvet Revolutionaries
in the VR Watch
And use the new "Submit-a-Link" feature (you'll find a new button for it on each category on
all of the VR Issue
Pages) to help tell us about information and articles that you feel VR should be letting
members know about!
In other news...We hope to be announcing our first major mobilization effort early next week if the gods are with us!
And we hope you'll be on board for it! It's very exciting, and we think
So please sign-up as a VR Member
now (it's free) if you haven't already,
and be sure to spread the good news about VR far and wide until then! We're a citizens' brigade! So
please help us to bring your fellow citizens on board!
If you haven't noticed, we've been growing and adding affilliates like
crazy over the lasst several weeks. Scroll down the left side and take a
look if you haven't done so lately! Get on board! (And a note for webmasters: Show your support!
Add a VR Flag Logo or Banner to your website today!)
Oh, and P.S. Feel free to donate
to the effort! We are trying to do quite a lot with rather little right
now, and we can use all the help we can get! Saving democracy can be an
expensive affair, so your support is appreciated!
It is our hope that this video may serve as the definitive record of what happened in American during the
2004 Presidential Election. It documents -- in a few short minutes -- how your American right to a free, fair and
transparent electoral system has been taken from you by the cynical and un-democratic powers-that-be.
This sort of thing should never happen in the world's most important democracy. And yet -- again in 2004 -- it did.
Enough is enough.
It's time for the people to take both our country and our democracy back.
If you still have any questions about that, please take a look at this video:
1/15/05: Our Opening Week and Granny D on the Velvet Revolution...
The response from all of you in our first week has been tremendous! We hope that you will continue to
share the news about Velvet Revolution
with your friends, families and co-workers, and visit here frequently! We
will soon be adding a VR Banners and Logo page so that you can help spread
the word high and low! We are a citizens brigade, and the more we have on
board, the stronger our message will be.
Be sure to check our
2004" page regularly as it is updated everyday with the latest News,
Opinion/Analysis and Action Items on issues related to the Election and
the growing Election Reform movement.
As promised, we
will be continuing to add content and features to the site over the coming
days and weeks, and will be announcing an exciting VR Mobilization effort
very soon! So we'd like as many folks signed-up by then as possible to
help rally the forces! It's free, so what are you waiting for?
More on all of that soon, but we thought you'd be
interested in some of the news about Velvet
Revolution that is hitting the Internet and beyond as the VR movement
Activist Doris "Granny D" Haddock, best known for her cross-country walk for Campaign Finance Reform
spoke out yesterday with extraordinary eloquence about "Our Velvet Revolution".
(A RealPlayer slideshow of some of her heroic efforts over the last several years is available here.)
She will be participating in several of the upcoming Counter-Inaugural events in DC, and her 95th birthday will be four days later. Her statement, published by Democracy Week today, are meant as her 95th birthday remarks.
On velvet revolutions and the freedoms and pursuit of happiness, we'll quote just a few of her words from her beautiful piece:
We remember and honor the poet revolutionary Vaclav Havel of Czechoslovakia, where Charter 77 rendered the flowers and songs of a velvet revolution more powerful than the guns of oppression. We remember the shipyard hero, Lech Walesa, of Poland. We remember those who stood non-violently in Russia, in Yugoslavia, in Tiananmen Square, in East and West Germany.
When people stand united with certain courage, they get their way. ... [T]he pursuit of happiness? There it is, a phrase central to the world's idea of America. If some people in this country could erase those words from our Declaration, they would do so--and replace them with something more religious or otherwise authoritarian and demanding of obedience instead of the nurturing of our human potential. But the words remain there on that parchment, and indelibly upon our hearts and imaginations. That is why there is a velvet revolution brewing, and it is not the whining of spoiled children, but the song of freedom of brave men and women who are prepared to let the bales upon their backs fall and mix with the old tea in the harbor. ... I have long admired the Europeans for the fact that they discuss politics constantly. The sidewalk café conversation is superior for the maintenance of democracy, when compared to our sitting in front of endlessly dumbed-down news broadcasts and newspaper accounts. Even during this recent disclosure of election fraud in Ohio, the news channels all but ignored it, and the main story in the New York Times, even as Senators stood against a sham election, was a long report on the disruption made to Congress's mindless train schedule.
The sharing of email and our occasional standing together in protests is the best we Americans can do to create the community of democracy and raise the barricades of its defense. Or is it? ... This is our Velvet Revolution, American style. We resist what we must and what we can, but our victory is not in defense, but in a cultural offensive made irresistible by the power of love and courage, pulling our people together, and our own lives together, over time.
We have tried this before in America. Things got in our way: drugs, wars, fears. We became parents. We became distracted. It is now time to get it right.
"What we have learned (or at least I have) over the past two
months or so, is that leadership is desperately sought right now. Our ad
hoc groups made tremendous progress over the past weeks. Accomplishing
the invocation of an arcane Constitutional provision for only the second
time in well over one hundred years [the objection to the Electoral
votes cast from Ohio in Congress] was nothing short of miraculous, given
the disparate nature of all the folks working on these issues," Mr.
He expanded: "Imagine what we could do if we all came together! At
least with an umbrella organization set up to *support* all of the
disparate efforts. Not to drive them, or create them, or to force them
on anybody. But rather to be able to turn on a dime and funnel people
and resources and attention and money to those small groups...or even
those single citizens who are doing something so important for
democracy, but need the power of the people behind them. That's what I
hope Velvet Revolution will be able to do."
We thank both Democracy Week, who is one of our newest founding
Affiliates and the inimitable Granny D for both the coverage and the inspirational words of wisdom.