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Old July 25th, 2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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Old news in a way, yet reaffirming what many felt in 2004.



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New Court Filing Reveals How the 2004 Ohio Presidential Election Was Hacked

Monday 25 July 2011

by: Bob Fritakis, The Free Press | Report



A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State election production system configuration that was in use in Ohio's 2004 presidential election when there was a sudden and unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush.



The filing also includes the revealing deposition of the late Michael Connell. Connell served as the IT guru for the Bush family and Karl Rove. Connell ran the private IT firm GovTech that created the controversial system that transferred Ohio's vote count late on election night 2004 to a partisan Republican server site in Chattanooga, Tennessee owned by SmarTech. That is when the vote shift happened, not predicted by the exit polls, that led to Bush's unexpected victory. Connell died a month and a half after giving this deposition in a suspicious small plane crash.



Additionally, the filing contains the contract signed between then-Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and Connell's company, GovTech Solutions. Also included that contract a graphic architectural map of the Secretary of State's election night server layout system.



Cliff Arnebeck, lead attorney in the King Lincoln case, exchanged emails with IT security expert Stephen Spoonamore. Arnebeck asked Spoonamore whether or not SmarTech had the capability to "input data" and thus alter the results of Ohio's 2004 election. Spoonamore responded: "Yes. They would have had data input capacities. The system might have been set up to log which source generated the data but probably did not."



Spoonamore explained that "they [SmarTech] have full access and could change things when and if they want."



Arnebeck specifically asked "Could this be done using whatever bypass techniques Connell developed for the web hosting function." Spoonamore replied "Yes."



Spoonamore concluded from the architectural maps of the Ohio 2004 election reporting system that, "SmarTech was a man in the middle. In my opinion they were not designed as a mirror, they were designed specifically to be a man in the middle."



A "man in the middle" is a deliberate computer hacking setup, which allows a third party to sit in between computer transmissions and illegally alter the data. A mirror site, by contrast, is designed as a backup site in case the main computer configuration fails.



Spoonamore claims that he confronted then-Secretary of State Blackwell at a secretary of state IT conference in Boston where he was giving a seminar in data security. "Blackwell freaked and refused to speak to me when I confronted him about it long before I met you," he wrote to Arnebeck.



On December 14, 2007, then-Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who replaced Blackwell, released her evaluation and validation of election-related equipment, standards and testing (Everest study) which found that touchscreen voting machines were vulnerable to hacking with relative ease.



Until now, the architectural maps and contracts from the Ohio 2004 election were never made public, which may indicate that the entire system was designed for fraud. In a previous sworn affidavit to the court, Spoonamore declared: "The SmarTech system was set up precisely as a King Pin computer used in criminal acts against banking or credit card processes and had the needed level of access to both county tabulators and Secretary of State computers to allow whoever was running SmarTech computers to decide the output of the county tabulators under its control."



Spoonamore also swore that "...the architecture further confirms how this election was stolen. The computer system and SmarTech had the correct placement, connectivity, and computer experts necessary to change the election in any manner desired by the controllers of the SmarTech computers."



Project Censored named the outsourcing of Ohio's 2004 election votes to SmarTech in Chattanooga, Tennessee to a company owned by Republican partisans as one of the most censored stories in the world.



In the Connell deposition, plaintiffs' attorneys questioned Connell regarding gwb43, a website that was live on election night operating out of the White House and tied directly into SmarTech's server stacks in Chattanooga, Tennessee which contained Ohio's 2004 presidential election results.



The transfer of the vote count to SmarTech in Chattanooga, Tennessee remains a mystery. This would have only happened if there was a complete failure of the Ohio computer election system. Connell swore under oath that, "To the best of my knowledge, it was not a fail-over case scenario – or it was not a failover situation."



Bob Magnan, a state IT specialist for the secretary of state during the 2004 election, agreed that there was no failover scenario. Magnan said he was unexpectedly sent home at 9 p.m. on election night and private contractors ran the system for Blackwell.



The architectural maps, contracts, and Spoonamore emails, along with the history of Connell's partisan activities, shed new light on how easy it was to hack the 2004 Ohio presidential election.
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As disgusting as the strong likelihood that Ohio's votes were hacked is the fact that no serious investigation has been made of the persistent allegations.



Bush, Rove, and Cheney long ago should have had charges filed against them. Since they haven't had any charges leveled, the problem clearly runs deeper than Bush, Rove, and Cheney.



That is a "conspiracy theory" for sure, but doesn't mean it should be tossed aside.
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As disgusting as the strong likelihood that Ohio's votes were hacked is the fact that no serious investigation has been made of the persistent allegations.



Bush, Rove, and Cheney long ago should have had charges filed against them. Since they haven't had any charges leveled, the problem clearly runs deeper than Bush, Rove, and Cheney.



That is a "conspiracy theory" for sure, but doesn't mean it should be tossed aside.


What I thought was the most scary thing about this event was Al Gore stood down and let the Status Quo go uncontested !

I think is was because the DEMS would rather lose and have the system rigged as it is, then to open a can of worms for voting reform.



Imagine if we could have instant runoff election ! Them everyone would not have to be forced to for the Lesser of Two Evils ! They could first vote for

a candidate that they think would be bes tfor America, rather then voting out of FEAR that the Greater Evil will win.



This is just like how N. Pelosi did not investigate the "Evidence" that the Bush Admin lied to Congress to go to war with Iraq !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7abu9...eature=related
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Originally Posted by imaginethat' timestamp='1311626111' post='343746

As disgusting as the strong likelihood that Ohio's votes were hacked is the fact that no serious investigation has been made of the persistent allegations.



Bush, Rove, and Cheney long ago should have had charges filed against them. Since they haven't had any charges leveled, the problem clearly runs deeper than Bush, Rove, and Cheney.



That is a "conspiracy theory" for sure, but doesn't mean it should be tossed aside.


What I thought was the most scary thing about this event was Al Gore stood down and let the Status Quo go uncontested !

I think is was because the DEMS would rather lose and have the system rigged as it is, then to open a can of worms for voting reform.



Imagine if we could have instant runoff election ! Them everyone would not have to be forced to for the Lesser of Two Evils ! They could first vote for

a candidate that they think would be bes tfor America, rather then voting out of FEAR that the Greater Evil will win.



This is just like how N. Pelosi did not investigate the "Evidence" that the Bush Admin lied to Congress to go to war with Iraq !

http://www.youtube.c...feature=related




The incident IT is citing is the 2004 election. Al Gore was not a candidate then. It was John Kerry vs G.W. Bush.



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Originally Posted by NoMoreDems-Reps' timestamp='1311666082' post='343817

[quote name='imaginethat' timestamp='1311626111' post='343746']

As disgusting as the strong likelihood that Ohio's votes were hacked is the fact that no serious investigation has been made of the persistent allegations.



Bush, Rove, and Cheney long ago should have had charges filed against them. Since they haven't had any charges leveled, the problem clearly runs deeper than Bush, Rove, and Cheney.



That is a "conspiracy theory" for sure, but doesn't mean it should be tossed aside.


What I thought was the most scary thing about this event was Al Gore stood down and let the Status Quo go uncontested !

I think is was because the DEMS would rather lose and have the system rigged as it is, then to open a can of worms for voting reform.



Imagine if we could have instant runoff election ! Them everyone would not have to be forced to for the Lesser of Two Evils ! They could first vote for

a candidate that they think would be bes tfor America, rather then voting out of FEAR that the Greater Evil will win.



This is just like how N. Pelosi did not investigate the "Evidence" that the Bush Admin lied to Congress to go to war with Iraq !

http://www.youtube.c...feature=related




The incident IT is citing is the 2004 election. Al Gore was not a candidate then. It was John Kerry vs G.W. Bush.

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True of course. however Kerry followed Gore's lead, actually capitulating more quickly than Gore. It stunk to me then, and the stench hasn't dulled with time.



Though proof ever will be lacking, a circumstantial case does exist for deal-making. Kerry held few positions substantially different from Bush's. Dean would have offered a real choice, but was castrated by his party, too "emotional." Unjust war provides ample reason for "emotion." By 2004, ample evidence for withholding the truth about the Iraq invasion had been presented, not to mention Rove's, Libby's, and the rest of the gang's indiscretions.



Yet, Kerry rolled over, just flat rolled over.
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[quote name='imaginethat' timestamp='1311626111' post='343746']

As disgusting as the strong likelihood that Ohio's votes were hacked is the fact that no serious investigation has been made of the persistent allegations.



Bush, Rove, and Cheney long ago should have had charges filed against them. Since they haven't had any charges leveled, the problem clearly runs deeper than Bush, Rove, and Cheney.



That is a "conspiracy theory" for sure, but doesn't mean it should be tossed aside.


What I thought was the most scary thing about this event was Al Gore stood down and let the Status Quo go uncontested !

I think is was because the DEMS would rather lose and have the system rigged as it is, then to open a can of worms for voting reform.



Imagine if we could have instant runoff election ! Them everyone would not have to be forced to for the Lesser of Two Evils ! They could first vote for

a candidate that they think would be bes tfor America, rather then voting out of FEAR that the Greater Evil will win.



This is just like how N. Pelosi did not investigate the "Evidence" that the Bush Admin lied to Congress to go to war with Iraq !

http://www.youtube.c...feature=related




The incident IT is citing is the 2004 election. Al Gore was not a candidate then. It was John Kerry vs G.W. Bush.





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My mistake, sorry. But the point I was making is still pertinent to the overall corruption of these two parties .
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[quote name='NoMoreDems-Reps' timestamp='1311666082' post='343817']

[quote name='imaginethat' timestamp='1311626111' post='343746']

As disgusting as the strong likelihood that Ohio's votes were hacked is the fact that no serious investigation has been made of the persistent allegations.



Bush, Rove, and Cheney long ago should have had charges filed against them. Since they haven't had any charges leveled, the problem clearly runs deeper than Bush, Rove, and Cheney.



That is a "conspiracy theory" for sure, but doesn't mean it should be tossed aside.


What I thought was the most scary thing about this event was Al Gore stood down and let the Status Quo go uncontested !

I think is was because the DEMS would rather lose and have the system rigged as it is, then to open a can of worms for voting reform.



Imagine if we could have instant runoff election ! Them everyone would not have to be forced to for the Lesser of Two Evils ! They could first vote for

a candidate that they think would be bes tfor America, rather then voting out of FEAR that the Greater Evil will win.



This is just like how N. Pelosi did not investigate the "Evidence" that the Bush Admin lied to Congress to go to war with Iraq !

http://www.youtube.c...feature=related




The incident IT is citing is the 2004 election. Al Gore was not a candidate then. It was John Kerry vs G.W. Bush.





[/quote]

My mistake, sorry. But the point I was making is still pertinent to the overall corruption of these two parties .

[/quote]



True, but this thread is about the 2004 election. And it reeked to high heaven.



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Although the overall result of the election was not challenged by the Kerry campaign, Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb and Libertarian Party presidential candidate Michael Badnarik obtained a recount in Ohio. This recount was completed December 28, 2004, although on January 24, 2007, a jury convicted two Ohio elections officials of selecting precincts to recount where they already knew the hand total would match the machine total, thereby avoiding having to perform a full recount.



At the official counting of the electoral votes on January 6, a motion was made contesting Ohio's electoral votes. Because the motion was supported by at least one member of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, election law mandated that each house retire to debate and vote on the motion. In the House of Representatives, the motion was supported by 31 Democrats. It was opposed by 178 Republicans, 88 Democrats and one independent. Not voting were 52 Republicans and Democrats.[38] Four people elected to the House had not yet taken office, and one seat was vacant. In the Senate, it was supported only by its maker, Senator Boxer, with 74 Senators opposed and 25 not voting. During the debate, no Senator argued that the outcome of the election should be changed by either court challenge or revote. Senator Boxer claimed that she had made the motion not to challenge the outcome, but to “shed the light of truth on these irregularities.”



Kerry would later state (in interviewer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s words) that "the widespread irregularities make it impossible to know for certain that the [Ohio] outcome reflected the will of the voters." In the same article, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said "I'm not confident that the election in Ohio was fairly decided... We know that there was substantial voter suppression, and the machines were not reliable. It should not be a surprise that the Republicans are willing to do things that are unethical to manipulate elections. That's what we suspect has happened."



Points of controversy



There is no individual federal agency with direct regulatory authority of the U.S. voting machine industry. However the Election Assistance Commission has full regulatory authority over federal testing and certification processes, as well as an influential advisory role in certain voting industry matters. Further oversight authority belongs to the Government Accountability Office, regularly investigating voting system related issues.



The Ohio Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell, who simultaneously served as co-chair of the 2004 Republican Presidential Campaign, came under fire for failing to uphold his legal obligation to investigate potential voter fraud, manipulation, and irregularities, in a 100-page report by the Congressional Judiciary Committee, Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio.



The former president of Diebold Election Systems (Bob Urosevich) and the vice president of customer support at ES&S (Todd Urosevich)[42] are brothers.



Walden O'Dell the former CEO of Diebold (the parent company of voting machine manufacturer Diebold Election Systems) was an active fundraiser for George W. Bush's re-election campaign and wrote in a fund-raising letter dated August 13, 2003, that he was committed "to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President."



Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, who was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice-presidential candidates, served as the chairman of ES&S in the early 1990s when it operated under the name American Information Systems Inc. (AIS). ES&S voting machines tabulated 85 percent of the votes cast in Hagel’s 2002 and 1996 election races. In 2003 Hagel disclosed a financial stake in McCarthy Group Inc., the holding company of ES&S.



Global Election Systems, which was purchased by Diebold Election Systems and developed the core technology behind the company's voting machines and voter registration system, employed five convicted felons as consultants and developers.



Jeff Dean, a former Senior Vice-President of Global Election Systems when it was bought by Diebold, had previously been convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree. Bev Harris reports Dean was retained as a consultant by Diebold Election Systems, though Diebold has disputed the consulting relationship. Dean was convicted of theft via "alteration of records in the computerized accounting system" using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection over a period of 2 years.



International election observers were barred from the polls in Ohio by then Republican Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. Blackwell's office argues this was the correct interpretation of Ohio law.



California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley decertified all Diebold Election Systems touch-screen voting machines due to computer-science reports released detailing design and security concerns.



30% of all U.S. votes cast in the 2004 election were cast on direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machine, which do not print individual paper records of each vote.



Numerous statistical analysis showed "discrepancy in the number of votes Bush received in counties that used the touch-screen machines and counties that used other types of voting equipment" as well as discrepancies with exit polls, favoring President George W. Bush.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...on_controversy



Most of the issues above are stand-alone issues, meaning, any one of them should have cast grave doubts over the integrity of the results. The 2004 election stank as much as the guy who won it, the guys who helped him win it, and the war they foisted on the American people.
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IMHO, if the election was really close enough to where only one state's results were fiddled with, then that's some very precise mathematics going on right there. I'd need a bit more proof.
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IMHO, if the election was really close enough to where only one state's results were fiddled with, then that's some very precise mathematics going on right there. I'd need a bit more proof.


It did come down to Ohio.... and Ohio was rife with irregularities.
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IMHO, if the election was really close enough to where only one state's results were fiddled with, then that's some very precise mathematics going on right there. I'd need a bit more proof.


It did come down to Ohio.... and Ohio was rife with irregularities.
And again, if an election across all 50 states came down to one state, either the results across other states were also screwed with as well, or the election was simoly very close and one state simply had issues that probably would have never been noticed otherwise. For example the problems with the chads in 2000 probably have been there all along, but were highlighted by the closeness of the election.
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