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Scandal: Did Expatriate & SoldierVote COUNT?

by CultureJamCleveland Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 at 8:10 AM

U.S. CitiZeNs; ON The FrontLines Of Int. Relations- DID Expat. & SoldierVote get Left Behind? A Pivotal, Hotly contested 'election of a lifetime' spurring Worldwide interest saw OverSeas Voters registration increase fourfold as these Americans are the Country's spokespeople, and best face forward. Recalcitrant insistence on conflict creating perpetual war, was on the table for We Decide, you saw the BillBoards reminding US whose Will was to be measured- The People's! RiP van Winkle Voters came out of the woodwork, contributing herculean volunteer efforts & enthusiasm were unprecendented and encouraging. NEVER in U.S. Presidential politics have MASSIVE crowds shown up to endorse an incumbent. But to throw out, Reject malfeasence and Get Rid of incompetence! The 51st state, as American's abroad were called because of it's swing potential, an estimated 4million civilians and 500,000 military, of course many in dubious, difficult, dangerous and DeaDly situations, it's numbers giving it an impact larger than the 24 smallest states. Participation was cool this time, many expressing eager desire to voice their vote. Also though, a haunting anxiety that the systemic flaws characteristic of confusing procedures and snafus investigated by the GAO in previous efforts at smooth and fair election process run by a mosaic of federal & state agencies would DisCount NOT AcCount accurately the absentee Vote. Expatriates tend heavily liberal, outnumber military significantly and the soldiers especially rank and file were said to be more mixed, varied not so monolothic, or predictable as usually seen said veterans of multiple elections. However, the pentagon, which for some reason took over from the state department, the handling of ballots, was criticized for registration websites not working, unequal mishandling of the CivilianVote, absentee ballots mailed late in 8 of 15 swing states, ballots hard to get, too many hoops to jump through and doubts whether they would get back in time, count and be honored fairly as a private firm owned by a republican donor and of the reelection team, was handling ballots historically counted at local levels. Typically 8% of absentee votes are discarded, with Bush possibly winning the popular vote by 2-3%, HOW assured at Legit can we be? when you also ADD the percents lost of provisionals thrown out, the undervotes thrown out, unequal distribution of election hardware, not random in the stunting of turnout toward one of the choices, including GAINS from unreal certification of results with more votes than voters, when the long lines were in the democratic precints!. Registration going up, up, UP Machines going DOWN, down, down, DOH! What level of fraud is sufficient to BeSmirch Confidence? Reports below abound of systemic pre-election suppression and NOW BlackOut and silence of OverSeas results are Signs of a Sinister Scandal. These OverSeas American's are ambassadors, this vote should not be treated cavalierly but be traceable, honored and COUNTED, foreigners, frontlines in someone elses HomeLand, they REALLY understand Vote or Die. I asked my roomate for a historical quote which could speak to this unseemly realization, scenario we've allowed to happen? She said there is NONE, because it has never happened before. So I say, an UNprecendented, UNheard of, UNfair, UNacceptable, UNnatural Results can only be Remedied, Adjudicated, Balanced by SomeThing that hasn't happened before a NewVote to Ameliorate this WaterShed MoMent! POST AS COMMENTS WHAT YOU'VE HEARD, FOUND OUT, RESEARCHED ON THE ACCURACY & VALIDITY OF OVERSEAS VOTE COUNTS. NO SoldiersVote Left Behind.

Scandal: Did Expatri...
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WARNING:

31 It should be clear that more is at stake than the presidency

itself. Use of computerized vote counting

will only increase, as mandated by law. Vote counting is the

bedrock protocol of a democracy and

meaningful reform of a broken counting system is dependent on an

expression of public will ultimately

exercised at the ballot box and fairly, accurately, and honestly

tabulated. If the system has broken down

and is no longer counting accurately and honestly, there is no

effective democratic mechanism to bring

pressure upon a governing majority to reform a vote counting status

quo which is seen to work in its favor.

This is, as may be seen, a potentially crippling catch-22 for a democracy.

*footnotes from statistical proof on examination of vote count data

http://www.spiral-stairs.dailykos.com/story/2004/12/30/223723/91

explanation of the ease of hackability at end of this post.

Let’s Get Real

By Mark Crispin Miller

http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/1692/

To let ourselves believe that the “election” was legitimate because

this claim or that has been disproved(apparently) is to not honor

reason. On the contrary, a veritable sea of evidence, statistical

as well as anecdotal and circumstantial, supports the claim that

Bush, again, was not elected by the people. "(NOW documentation,

statistical affidavits, concealing records, log books, ducking

inquiries, subpoenas, delaying due-process in court cases,

orchestrated, unprincipled caustic attacks and denials to distort,

distract and divert away from the onus of those in charge

preventing legislation requiring paper trails which increase

transparency and trust) per CJCleveLand."

To nod agreement that this was indeed an honest win is to forget

how Bush was shoehorned into office in the first place; to ignore

the ease with which electronic totals can be changed without a

trace; to suppress the fact that Diebold, Sequoia and ES&S—the

major manufacturers of touch screen voting machines and central

tabulators—are owned and run by Bush Republicans, who have made no

secret of their partisan intentions; to deny the value of the exit

polls, which turn out to have been “mistaken” only in the swing

states; to downplay the weird inflation of the Bush vote in county

after county, where the number of votes for president was somehow

higher than the number of voters who turned out; to ignore the bald

chicanery of the Bush supporters who ran the central polling

station in Ohio’s Warren County and forced out the press and poll

monitors so they could count the vote in secret; to forget the

numerous accounts of vote fraud coast to coast throughout the prior

weeks of early voting; to overlook the fact that every single

“glitch” or “error” that has been reported favors Bush; to ignore

the countless instances of ballots—absentee, provisional—thrown

away or left uncounted; to forget that the civilian vote abroad

(some four million Americans) was being mishandled by the Pentagon

(which had somehow become responsible for doing the State

Department’s job); and to ignore the many dirty tricks reported—the

polling places quickly relocated at the last minute, the fake

voter-registration drives, the thousands of Americans who found

themselves not on the rolls, the police road-blocks, the bullying

pro-Bush poll workers, the machines that kept translating votes for

Kerry into votes for Bush. And so on.

To forget or ignore all this and to accept—on faith—the mere say-so

of Bush & Company (and our compliant media) is to make clear that

you are not a member of what the Busheviks deride as “the

reality-based community.” Those who help discredit false reports

are doing that community, and this erstwhile democracy, a precious

service. But, those who would abort the whole inquiry in the name

of science or journalistic probity and “closure” are putting that

community, and this nation, at grave risk.

http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/1692/

*****

Suppressing the overseas vote

Record numbers of Americans abroad have registered, but

bureaucratic snafus may prevent many from actually voting, writes

Alix Christie

Alix Christie

Monday October 25, 2004



Guardian Unlimited

http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0%2C3858%2C5047076-114319%2C00.html

~Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat is pumped. Two weeks ago, sitting in an

internet cafe on Munich's Odeonplatz, the software marketer who

crafted a hugely successful voter registration website, pulls up

numbers that show a remarkable spike in Americans overseas

mobilising to defeat George W Bush. Between her site and another

out of Hong Kong, Democrats have registered 140,000 new voters, 40%

of them from swing states - and that is just the tip of the

iceberg. Americans abroad, roused to a boiling fury by a Bush

doctrine that has smeared America's good name across the globe, are

looking like the "silent swing vote" in several key battleground

states. Overseas registration for both parties is up by 400% over

2000.

~Then the panicked emails start flooding in. Today, less than two

weeks before the tightest presidential race in memory, untold

thousands of overseas voters still have not received their ballots

- and clearly won't be able to get them back in time.

~The Government Accountability Office excoriated the agency for

losing thousands of overseas votes in 2000, but the FVAP insists it

has corrected its problems this year. Frustrated civilian

advocates, however, say the FVAP remains biased and ineffective.

Despite reforms, they attest, it still has not shaken its Pentagon

roots: It spends the bulk of its energy getting out a heavily

Republican vote among half a million service people - but has

failed the far greater numbers of civilians (an estimated 4

million, by most counts) who tend to vote a different way.

~The tsunami of overseas civilian voters this year has only made

the inequity more glaring. The agency was overwhelmed by a flood

that has clogged its fax lines, telephones and email. It has

blocked access to its website to civilian voters abroad, given

military voters access to electronic ballot-request systems that

civilians cannot use, and subcontracted sensitive election work to

a company with strong Republican ties.

~In one pathetic twist, employees of DaimlerChrysler in Stuttgart

had to beg forms from the military at the gate of the base last

week, a voting officer said.

~The overarching problem is the scant resources allotted civilian

voters, who outnumber the military overseas by at least eight to

one. While all applaud the goal of making sure men and women

fighting for our country can exercise their right to vote,

civilians point out that they are Americans, too.

~More worryingly, a pilot email voting system signed on to by

Missouri, Utah and North Dakota, in which soldiers can email

ballots to a contractor that then faxes those ballots to local

jurisdictions, is being operated by Omega Technologies, headed by a

former Republican Party donor, according to the New York Times.

(MORE ABOUT THEM IN DemocracyNow InterView BELOW)

~The Times also reports that earlier this week two Democratic

members of Congress, Henry Waxman of California and Carolyn B

Maloney of New York, asked the Government Accountability Office to

investigate the FVAP. Among their concerns is that the agency's

online ballot-retrieval system is not open to most civilians abroad.

~Which way these hordes of new voters go is, in fact, the big

overseas question - assuming they get to vote. Democrats and

Republicans alike see gold in both the civilian and military camps.

What's undisputed is that the Bush administration has galvanised

overseas voters as never before. "The entire world is against Bush,

and we reflect that view that America has lost all its credibility

abroad," says McQueen of Democrats Abroad. "I was tired of cringing

in the supermarket whenever I spoke English to my kids, knowing how

much we as Americans were hated," says Dzieduszycka-Suinat. Hills,

for her part, reports that many Republicans, angered at what they

see as unjust attacks, are coming out in equal droves to support

the president. On both sides, stories abound of older Americans,

and dual citizens who've kept their American passports, emerging

like Rip Van Winkle to vote for the first time in 30 or 40 years.

~"There's a definite interest in participating," echoes Charles

Keene of Democrats Abroad and the NAACP. "From almost everyone you

heard, it was, 'You better believe I'm going to vote.'"

Despite several recent polls showing staunch support for President

Bush among high-ranking officers, soldiers on base and Pentagon

civilians active in Democratic politics say the mood in the

military is far more mixed. The controversial mission in Iraq has

brought a sea change in political attitudes on base, these

observers report. McQueen, a retired military civil servant, says,

"You're not seeing the kind of pressure to vote Republican you

always had in the past."

The strong pro-Republican culture that emerged in the military in

the wake of Vietnam has begun to splinter, many observers say. A

report in the Washington Monthly last year described rank-and-file

soldiers, who are disproportionately non-white, working-class and

female, as increasingly diverging from an ideologically

conservative officer corps. "For a long time here, Democrats were

in the closet," concurs Trenton Browne, a military security

contractor who works on bases from Heidelberg to Kaiserslautern.

"Now in the lower ranks you hear people speaking openly about their

dissent."

~The survey, however, concentrated on higher-ranking service

people, and is not representative of the rank and file. Along

Heidelberg's main street, off-duty soldiers, some fresh from combat

in Iraq, divided evenly between rejecting Kerry because "he doesn't

support the troops" and supporting him "because a lot of us feel

jerked around". "People think the military is totally Republican,

and that's definitely not true," says one strolling soldier, a

burly 30-year-old from Florida. "There's a lot of different views

within the ranks." Capt Maxwell-Borges, the Stuttgart voting

officer, agrees. "Surprisingly, it's been really mixed," she says.

"A lot of people support Kerry because he's a veteran and says he's

going to increase military spending, and others are the more

traditional pro-Republicans. But I've been on bases in the past

three elections and I have to say that this time [political views]

seem a lot more varied."

~Thousands of lawyers on both sides are renting office space in

battleground states, ready to pounce on illegalities in stateside

balloting and absentee votes. For now, overseas voters groping

their empty mailboxes can only download the write-in ballot, send

it in - in the faith that local election officials will accept it -

and pray.

·Alix Christie is a reporter and former editor of the foreign

service of the San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0%2C3858%2C5047076-114319%2C00.html

*****

The Pentagon doesn't want you to vote overseas

A Web site maintained by the Department of Defense is blocking

access to non-military Americans. Could it be worried that

expatriates are leaning toward Kerry?

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

By Farhad Manjoo

Sept. 21, 2004 |

http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2004/09/21/overseas_voting/index_np.html

~"This is a completely partisan thing," one Defense Department

voting official told Salon. The official, who asked to remain

anonymous for fear of being fired, is one of the many people in the

department assigned to help both uniformed military personnel as

well as American civilians register to vote. The offical described

the Pentagon as extremely diligent in its efforts to register

soldiers stationed overseas -- for instance, voting assistance

officers have been told by the department to personally meet with

all of the soldiers in their units in order to help them register.

But the department has ignored its mandate to help overseas

civilians who want to vote, the official said.

Not surprisingly, political pollsters believe that uniformed

military personnel, especially military officers, lean toward

Republicans in their voting habits; American civilians who live

abroad, meanwhile, are particularly progressive. One recent Zogby

survey, for example, showed that voters with passports supported

Kerry over Bush by a margin of 55 to 33 percent.

The official -- a self-described Democrat who adheres to

requirements of non-partisanship as a voting officer -- could see

no explanation other than pure political trickery in the Pentagon's

decision to block the FVAP Web site. "There is no way in hell that

this is not a deliberate partisan attempt to systematically

disenfranchise a large Democratic voting bloc," the official said.

It's easy to see why the Bush administration might be worried about

the prospect of huge numbers of American civilians living abroad

exercising their right to vote. In efforts to register Americans

living overseas, the official has come across a host of people who

say they're signing up specifically to hasten Bush's defeat. "I've

had so many old people coming to register say, 'I haven't voted in

such a long time,' or 'The last time I voted in an election was

when Kennedy ran, but we've got to get rid of this man. This man

makes me ashamed to be an American.'"

http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2004/09/21/overseas_voting/index_np.html

*****

FOUND THIS BY ACCIDENT AND MOVED IT TO THE FRONT OF THIS REPORT!

November 08, 2004

Can I still vote? It depends...

A highly unusual email sent from the Pentagon to Voting Information

Officers at US military installations around the world ON ELECTION

DAY contained a very specific reminder that it was not too late to

vote in OHIO, clearly explained why, and encouraged one last bit of

taxpayer-funded GOP GOTV. Is this criminal? It should be. It is

certainly unpatriotic and un-American.

http://www.aokerry.com/aok/2004/11/can_i_still_vot.html#more

*****

September 29, 2004

ABSENTEE VOTES

Hurdles Remain for American Voters Who Live Overseas

By MICHAEL MOSS

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/29/politics/campaign/29military.html?ei=5090&en=bb18d7c4c5718420&ex=1254110400&partner=rssuserland&pagewanted=print&position=

~Election officials concede that tens of thousands of Americans

overseas might not get ballots in time to cast votes. Late

primaries and legal wrangling caused election offices in at least 8

of the 15 swing states to fail to mail absentee ballots by Sept.

19, a cutoff date officials say is necessary to ensure that they

can be returned on time, a survey by The New York Times shows. In

Florida in 2000, late-arriving ballots became a divisive issue when

some were counted and others were disqualified.

~Republicans and Democrats are pushing hard to solicit these voters

after some assessments indicating that President Bush's support

among the estimated 500,000 members of the military and their

families overseas may have weakened. There is little direct polling

of soldiers, but Peter D. Feaver, a sociology professor at Duke

University, says surveys have shown that while most officers are

staunchly Republican, the rank and file newest to the military has

been more closely divided between the parties.

"Kerry will do better in this group than Gore did,'' Mr. Feaver

said, "but he will not reverse the Bush advantage."

There is also little polling of the 3.9 million civilians abroad.

But last month, a Zogby poll of Americans who had passports found

that they supported John Kerry over Mr. Bush, 58 percent to 35

percent.

~Of the eight swing states that missed the 45-day mailing mark,

only three will accept ballots that arrive after Election Day.

Overseas voters have until Nov. 10 to send their ballots to

Florida, which experienced problems four years ago that prompted

widespread calls for improvements to overseas balloting.

In 2001, the General Accounting Office examined overseas voting and

found numerous problems, from inadequate public education on the

subject to late ballot mailings. In surveying small counties

throughout the country, for example, the G.A.O., now the Government

Accountability Office, found that 8.1 percent of the overseas votes

had been thrown out mostly because they were late or not properly

completed.

~In recent weeks the federal effort has also been clouded by a

series of missteps that appear to have affected mostly civilian

voters.

~New questions have also arisen about the private contractor hired

by the Pentagon to handle these faxes and unsealed completed

ballots at its offices in Alexandria, Va. The company, Omega

Technologies, was sued last year by Adams National Bank, which

accused it of failing to pay off a loan of more than 0,000. In

court records the bank also said Omega improperly gained access to

a Pentagon computer to reroute payments to the company's new lender.

http://vote2004.eriposte.com/overseas.htm

*****

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Making Votes Count: Is a Theft of the 2004 Election Already Underway?

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/26/144227



AMY GOODMAN: The military. How does the military vote?

ADAM COHEN: Well, again, it's shocking how little transparency

there is about this. You would think that people who are handling

federal votes in a presidential election would have it all written

down somewhere, and we would all be able to see how it's done and

be sure it's fair. Completely not true. In this year's election,

there was a little bit of a dust-up over the fact that two states

said they would allow the military to e-mail non-confidential

ballots. A bunch of us wrote about that.

AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean, “non-confidential ballots?”

ADAM COHEN: When you e-mail a vote, if you are a soldier and e-mail

your vote, it's not a secret ballot. Your vote is an attachment to

an email that anyone along the way can read. There's controversy

about that, but then it led us to realize, 37 states allow the

military to vote by fax. Also not a secret ballot.

AMY GOODMAN: Where are you faxing to?

ADAM COHEN: You have two choices. You can fax to your local

elections office, but what the Pentagon has done for your

convenience, you soldiers around the world, is they have set up a

hotline that you can fax to, which goes to Washington. So, I called

the Pentagon and I said, could you explain to me where these

non-secret ballots that come in from soldiers go? Do they go into

the Pentagon? How do we know that you're -- they're supposed to

then send these ballots to the correct states, to the correct

county offices. I said, could you please explain how we know that

you're sending them off the way they should be sent? That you're

sending all the votes for both candidates? They said, actually,

these ballots, the faxed ballots from soldiers and the e-mailed

ballots from soldiers don't come to the Pentagon, they go to a

defense contractor called Omega Technologies. Well, I had never

heard of Omega Technologies. It seems that it had been never

described anywhere. It was not in any written materials that I

could find. I talked to Omega Technologies. It turns out it is a

Pentagon contractor. The CEO of it is a contributor to the

Republican Congressional Re-election Committee. In this cycle,

she's given ,600. She's on a committee of this Republican

Congressional Re-election Committee. She's handling the non-secret

ballots, and there's no oversight of any kind. There's no ability

for the parties or the candidates to go in and make sure that the

ballots are being handled correctly, and that they're all being

transferred to the states. I mean, we don't know that they're not,

say, throwing out the John Kerry ballots. It's just shocking. The

other thing we don't know is how many ballots get handled in this

way. There seem to be no reporting requirements. We have no idea

how many ballots go in, how many come out. One little disturbing

thing that I learned is that this is the process that was used in

2000. Remember when the military ballots came in at the last minute

in Florida and may have changed the outcome of the election? We

don't know how many went through this office. Now, I should say,

many of them went directly to county elections offices, and it may

be that this office only handled a few ballots, but we really don't

know.

AMY GOODMAN: Do they say? Have you talked to the head of Omega Technologies?

ADAM COHEN: I talked to the head of Omega Technologies, and all I

can say is it was very confusing. She said to me that she was very

angry because we had written that she handled the actual ballots

because this was not true. And I said to her, “Well, the Pentagon

says that you are handling them this year and you have in the

past.” When I talked to her again, she admitted that they had

handled actual ballots, but she seemed unaware of that the first

time. They now say that it's a matter of hundreds of ballots an

election. I think they said 300 or so. We have no idea if that's

true. We have no idea if they have taken all of the ballots -- if

they have reported them accurately and transferred them accurately.

AMY GOODMAN: And if these are not secret ballots, what does it mean

if you decide not to vote for your commander in chief?

ADAM COHEN: Well, people who know the military have said to me this

is a huge issue. It could mean a lot. Because it's not only not

secret at the Pentagon level, it may not actually be secret at your

base, wherever you are. You may have to take your ballot into the

commanding officer's office. That might be the only fax machine on

the base. His secretary or he himself may be leaning over the fax

machine. Absolutely, there could be ramifications. It's often said

that the commanders in the military are very Republican, that the

lower-level soldiers less so. It can have a lot of ramifications.

There is no legitimate reason for having this not be a secret

ballot. It's not clear to me that, you know, that isn't one of the

intentions in all of this, is to make sure that, you know, voters

in the military feel they are being watched a little bit.

AMY GOODMAN: We're talking to Adam Cohen, New York Times editorial

writer. What about non-military -- what about civilians overseas?

How do they vote?

ADAM COHEN: This is another problem with the system. The way it was

set up, there's one office, the Federal Voting Assistance Program,

that's supposed to help military and non-military voters overseas.

The office is part of the Pentagon. It's not clear to me why, if

you are in the Peace Corps or spending a year abroad in France, why

the Defense Department should be involved in your voting. Also,

it's not clear that the Pentagon is as interested in other overseas

ballots. They seemed very interested in getting the military to

vote, less so for all these other groups. There was a bit of a

partisan dust-up over this recently, because the military vote is

heavily Republican. The other overseas vote tends to be more

Democratic. It appears that the people in charge of helping

overseas voters vote have made it quite a bit easier for military

voters to vote than non-military voters.

AMY GOODMAN: Pushing soldiers to vote.

ADAM COHEN: Pushing soldiers to vote and making it much harder than

it should be for those people in the Peace Corps or taking that

year abroad in Europe to get their registration materials, to

register, and get absentee ballots, and to vote.

AMY GOODMAN: How does it work on the website? Wasn't there an issue

about where you could vote online?

ADAM COHEN: Yeah, you can’t actually vote on the Internet, but you

can use it to get your voting materials and so forth, and yes, the

military was making it available only to members of the military,

saying it was easier for them to verify the ID of military voters.

But again there should be no discrimination. Any service like that

should not be weighted towards some voters and against other voters.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/26/144227

*****

~

NEWS | By Bob Neer - Sunday, 31 October 2004

Republicans Say Kerry Will Win up to 80% of U.S. Voters in Canada

Canada.

The head of Republicans Abroad Canada estimated that up to

80% of the approximately 500,000 U.S. citizens who live in Canada

will vote Democratic, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported. The

paper said Democrats Abroad Canada alone have distributed over

40,000 absentee ballots to their supporters in the country.[+]

Battleground States. Reuters reported large numbers of expatriates

are returning to volunteer for the final days of the U.S. election

campaign.[+] The Washington Post said most volunteers of this kind

appear to support Kerry.[point] Japan. U.S. troops in Japan were voting

in record numbers.[+] The Chicago Sun-Times, however, reported on

widespread concern that many military ballots will not be

counted.[+] Singapore. Channel News Asia reported on the race for

U.S. votes in Singapore.[+] Munich. The Munich chapter of Americans

Overseas for Kerry (AOK) completed their last Run Against Bush on

the sunniest day of October.[+] Draft. The satirical website

Enjoythedraft.com presented a blistering critique of the Bush

administration's military policies.[+]

[point]=Bush sued to stop any recounting of the votes, and, on

Tuesday, December 12th, the United States Supreme Court gave him

what he wanted. Bush v. Gore was so shoddily reasoned and

transparently partisan that the five justices who endorsed the

decision declined to put their names on it, while the four

dissenters did not bother to conceal their disgust. There are rules

for settling electoral disputes of this kind, in federal and state

law and in the Constitution itself. By ignoring them—by cutting off

the process and installing Bush by fiat—the Court made a mockery

not only of popular democracy but also of constitutional

republicanism.

A result so inimical to both majority rule and individual civic

equality was bound to inflict damage on the fabric of comity. But

the damage would have been far less severe if the new President had

made some effort to take account of the special circumstances of

his election—in the composition of his Cabinet, in the way that he

pursued his policy goals, perhaps even in the goals themselves. He

made no such effort. According to Bob Woodward in “Plan of Attack,”

Vice-President Dick Cheney put it this way: “From the very day we

walked in the building, a notion of sort of a restrained presidency

because it was such a close election, that lasted maybe thirty

seconds. It was not contemplated for any length of time. We had an

agenda, we ran on that agenda, we won the election—full speed

ahead.”

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/content/?041101ta_talk_editors



October 31, 2004 in NEWS | Comments (1)

Conservative Newspapers Endorse Kerry

An unprecedented collection of right-wing periodicals and leading

conservatives have turned away from George W. Bush's reckless

economic policies and religious fundamentalism to endorse John

Kerry as the conservative choice for America in the coming

election. Kerry is supported by among others the Editor of The

American Conservative, The Orlando Sentinel (its first Democratic

endorsement since 1964), John Eisenhower, son of the former

Republican President, and The Economist. For an exhaustive

collection of Republicans who have abandoned Bush and switched to

Kerry visit RepublicanSwitchers.com. Other periodicals that have

endorsed Kerry include The New Yorker, Bush's hometown newspaper

the Crawford Texas Lone Star Iconoclast, and The Yale Daily News.

For a catalog of 2004 presidential endorsements by periodicals,

including a list of those that endorsed Bush in 2000 but now favor

Kerry, visit Editor & Publisher magazine.

October 31, 2004 in NEWS | Comments (0)

Group Urges Bush to Re-open GeorgeWBush.com

THE HAGUE, LONDON, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, SEATTLE, STOCKHOLM,

TORONTO— This week the Bush campaign decided to block its web site

to visitors from outside the USA. The World Speaks

(www.theworldspeaks.net) urges them to change their policy. Kajsa

Klein of The World Speaks says: “It’s a fine example of world

leadership; what kind of signal does this send to the rest of the

world – not to mention the millions of US Citizens with voting

rights living abroad? It’s not only an aggressive and undiplomatic

gesture, it makes America look like a closed undemocratic country.”

Solana Larsen of The World Speaks says: “It’s blocking our efforts

to encourage understanding. Thousands of people have visited our

web sites and we know they are thirsty for information and dialogue

about the election. Why would the Bush administration purposefully

stand in the way of international dialogue with concerned world

citizens?”

The World Speaks’ pre-election message: “Without dialogue there is

no understanding. Americans need to hear the concerns of non-U.S.

citizens as much as non-Americans need to understand the decision

of American voters, regardless of who is elected. World peace

depends on it. The United States isn’t alone on the planet.”

http://www.usabroad.org/2004/10/

*****

The Silent Vote

As Election Day approaches, Americans abroad are determined to make

their voices heard. Will their ballots make a difference?



Courtesy Donkeys in the Desert

'Donkeys in the Desert': Kerry supporters show their colors in Baghdad



The overseas Web site peaked in mid-September with 5,000

registrations in one 24-hour period. Privately sponsored Web sites

are proving a valuable alternative for both sides: the government’s

Federal Voting Assistance Program’s site was blocked in

mid-September to Internet service providers in at least 25

countries, in what the Pentagon initially said was an effort to

deter hackers.

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6257852/site/newsweek/

*****

NEWS | By Bob Neer - Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Democrats Barred from U.S. Korea Bases

The Los Angeles Times reports today that Democratic voter

registration workers have been barred from U.S. military bases in

South Korea -- but Republicans were allowed on to the bases. "In

South Korea, the Democrats have been barred from U.S. military

bases, while Republicans have been allowed in to set up booths and

tents. "We're there on a nonpartisan basis…. I cannot tell them who

to vote for," said John Lee, chairman of the Korea chapter of

Republicans Abroad. But his booths have small "Republicans Abroad"

signs on them, he acknowledged. "Whoever comes to our tent, most of

them are Republicans."

*****

United States

The Global Battleground

Americans abroad are registering in record numbers, and their votes

could swing the U.S. election

BY BRYAN WALSH | HONG KONG

http://www.time.com/time/asia/magazine/article/0,13673,501041025-725177,00.html

~The last time Chris Shannon voted for a President, it was for a

Republican, Ronald Reagan, and the year was 1980. This time, the

42-year-old former U.S. special-forces soldier, who has lived in

Japan for the past seven years, will be casting his ballot for

Democrat John Kerry. Shannon is eager to vote because he thinks

President George W. Bush has mishandled the Iraq war. But Shannon

is doing much more than exercising his own civil rights: he's also

helped register some 200 other Tokyo-based Americans and is leading

a group of them to Florida, the state that narrowly gave Bush

victory over Al Gore in 2000, to canvass and "do whatever they need

us to do to make sure Kerry wins."

~ Casting a vote from overseas can be "really complicated," says

Jeffrey Wilson of AmDems in Shanghai. "In the U.S. it's simple: you

just register and walk down to the polling place. But here you have

to jump through a bunch of hoops."

Those complications, however, haven't stopped the political

sparring overseas. Last Thursday the Democrats and Republicans

Abroad held a debate in Hong Kong's Ritz-Carlton hotel attended by

a spirited audience more than double the size that showed up in

previous election years. One spectator was Tom Goetz, a former

member of Republicans Abroad whose anger over Iraq, where his son

is a U.S. intelligence officer, has prompted him to support Kerry.

"I never saw this much interest and conflict among the two sides,"

he says, looking around the crowded ballroom. For Americans in

2004, political passion doesn't stop at the water's edge.

—With reporting by Chaim Estulin/Hong Kong



From the Oct. 25, 2004 issue of TIME Asia Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/asia/magazine/article/0,13673,501041025-725177,00.html

*****

September 23, 2004

(Dis)Counting Overseas Votes

We're continually being told that every vote counts, but if you're

an American overseas, don't count on the U.S. government to protect

your right to vote.

http://www.motherjones.com/news/dailymojo/2004/09/09_522.html

~Following an uproar among Democrats, the Pentagon issued a rapid

reversal of the Internet blockade on Wednesday. This was

remarkable, not least because the block seems to have been in place

for months, if not years. However, the Pentagon continues to refuse

to explain why the blockade was in place in to begin with, and now

claims it had been left in effect "inadvertently."

~Given that the civilian overseas vote is predicted to go in

Senator John Kerry's favor, Democrats were quick to cry foul,

questioning the Defense Department's motives. It is estimated that

there are around 6 million American civilians and 500,000 military

troops overseas. According to a recent Zogby poll, Americans who

hold a passport favor Kerry 58 percent compared to 35 percent who

favor Bush, and requests for overseas ballot are way up this

election.

~In fact, however, the Democrats have high hopes for picking up

more than their usual share of the Republican-leaning military

vote. The non-existent WMDs, continuing violence in Iraq and

Afghanistan, extended tours of duty, the calling up of the National

Guard troops and retirees, and scrutiny of Bush's Guard days, may

all mean gains for Kerry with this constituency.

http://www.motherjones.com/news/dailymojo/2004/09/09_522.html

*****

The Pentagon's Troubling Role

by Editorials/Op-Ed, story here

September 3rd, 2004



Article available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/31/opinion/31tues1.html

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Pentagon's Troubling Role

Published: August 31, 2004

~The Missouri and North Dakota announcements call attention to the

larger issue of why the Pentagon is directly handling so many

presidential ballots. The Federal Voting Assistance Program, a unit

of the Defense Department, is charged with helping not only

military voters, but all eligible voters overseas, a total of about

six million people. But it is a fundamental aspect of the American

election system that handling and counting of votes is supposed to

occur at the local level. The Defense Department should stop

handling actual ballots, and instead help military and other

overseas voters send them directly to local elections officials.

In the 1960 election, there was widespread skepticism when Mayor

Richard Daley waited until hours after the polls closed to release

the Chicago vote, and it turned out to be almost precisely what was

needed to put Illinois in the Democratic column. [It invites

cynicism about our democracy to operate a system in which employees

who answer to the secretary of defense could control the margin of

victory in a close presidential election.]

http://www.verifiedvoting.org/article.php?id=2668

*****

Overseas military votes could sway outcome, but will they be counted?

The Associated Press

October 30, 2004

~Hills and other election watchers say that failing to count

military ballots in this election is even more unforgivable than in

2000 because the votes now represent Americans risking their lives

in battle.

~More than a dozen states -- including those too close to call --

missed the recommended deadline to mail ballots overseas. One of

the reasons: legal arguments over whether independent candidate

Ralph Nader should be listed on ballots.

~Nearly 30 percent of registered military voters did not get a

ballot 2000, or got it too late. This year, Wright estimates

between 20 percent and 40 percent of servicemembers will not have

their vote counted because of slow mail and differing state rules.

http://www.thedesertsun.com/news/stories2004/election/20041029233826.shtml

*****

October 26, 2004

The military vote

I just got an email from my brother, a specialist in the 1st

Armored Division, who as I've mentioned here before is disgusted

with both sides of The Most Important Election Ever (boom, boom,

ba-boom, boom!).

Anyhoo, I had assumed his vote for the voice of Kit was an

abberration among the military absentees, usually a stalwart GOP

bloc, but among the mechanized grunts in the 1st Armored Division,

at least, it's fairly typical:

{D}on't fret about the absentee military vote. It won't be nearly

as Republican as usual. It's hard to find anyone who spent 15

months in Iraq who is voting Bush. There's a machine-gunner down

the hall with a t-shirt picturing our Commander in Chief, bearing

the inscription "Operation Enduring Stupidity."

Can't say how true this holds for the military as a whole. (If any

bunch of soldiers has a good reason to hate Bush, it's the 1st

Armored: their Iraq tour was extended at the last minute by 90

days, a move that had some transport planes turning around

mid-flight and some other soldiers enjoying a few hours of false

relief on the ground in Germany before they were told they had to

go back. I'd be bitter, too.) But I thought I'd pass it on.

Posted by Danimal at October 26, 2004 12:53 PM

http://www.oregoncommentator.com/archives/000358.html

*****

OverseasVote.com Predicts Huge Overseas Turnout

OverseasVote.com yesterday predicted an unprecedented turnout of

approximately two million overseas voters. The website estimates

there are five million overseas Americans and that 80% are of

voting age: four million potential voters. Most observers estimate

that 22% of overseas Americans voted in 2000: about 880,000 votes.

This year, according to OverseasVote.com, turnout will be at least

50%, which implies 104,000 votes from abroad in Florida, 85,000 in

Pennsylvania, and 52,500 in Ohio, based on registration patterns

observed at the site. "Our calculations indicate that Kerry easily

wins the overseas vote with 60% to 65% of Americans abroad. This

includes the military vote which, even with a 90% turnout, accounts

for just 23% o f the overseas vote. More than 40% of the overseas

votes are in swing states," said the site's Brett Rierson. Kerry's

overseas voting edge will be about 599,900 votes, Rierson added.

Voters have until 10 November to send their ballots to officials in

Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Click here to visit the

USAbroad.org Last Minute Overseas Voting Information Center.

http://www.usabroad.org/news/index.html

*****

I found a link during this research to report problems with

OverSeas Voting, when you go to check out what happened , THIS PAGE

SHOWS UP!



Error 403: Access Forbidden

You do not appear to have permission to access this part of the site.

You should be able to easily find all of the publically available

information on the site by starting at the main page. If you have

problems or believe that you should have permission to access this

page please contact webmaster (at) democratsabroad.org.

http://www.democratsabroad.org/problems/

*****

November 09, 2004

From the Desk of Diana Kerry:

Dear Overseas Voter:

But I want you to know that as disappointed as I am about the

election’s outcome, I am downright angry about the way US citizens

living abroad have been treated by those charged with helping them

exercise their right to vote. Despite millions of dollars in

taxpayer funding, the Pentagon’s Federal Voter Assistance Program

defaulted on their obligation to serve two important groups:

civilian overseas voters and local election officials.

Poor customer service, inaccurate, conflicting and outdated

information, blocked websites, last minute rules changes and all

the rest: it was an unmitigated disaster. As a result, many voters

saw their absentee ballot requests wrongly denied, and a large

number of duly registered voters did not receive ballots from their

States in time, or at all. Based on preliminary results reported by

local election officials, perhaps as many as 30% of registered

overseas voters did not return their ballots in time to have them

count. A great many of you have been effectively disenfranchised

during this election, either deliberately or through blunders,

bureaucratic negligence, and worse. Whatever the reason, depriving

you of your vote, never mind how you intended to cast it, is wrong.

http://www.aokerry.com/aok/2004/11/from_the_desk_o.html#more

*****

November 08, 2004

Can I still vote? It depends...

A highly unusual email sent from the Pentagon to Voting Information

Officers at US military installations around the world ON ELECTION

DAY contained a very specific reminder that it was not too late to

vote in OHIO, clearly explained why, and encouraged one last bit of

taxpayer-funded GOP GOTV. Is this criminal? It should be. It is

certainly unpatriotic and un-American.

http://www.aokerry.com/aok/2004/11/can_i_still_vot.html#more

*****

UOCAVA Horror Stories: Chapter 1

We learned a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of the UOCAVA

voting system this past year. Despite all the talk and money

lavished on the topic of "Uniformed and Civilian Overseas Voting"

since the 2000 election we still have a system that is scandalously

inept, and maddeningly inefficient. Almost makes you think there

are people who don't want US civilians living overseas to vote.

Here's a story from Foster's Online written by Marc Fortier,

pictured here with his NH ballot, which reached him in Turkey so

late he couldn't get it back in time for it to be counted. It was

sent with insufficient postage the first time. And it seems that

no one in his local election office ever thought to tell him about

his UOCAVA rights, including the emergency "Federal Write-in

Absentee Ballot." AOK and OverseasVote will be compiling a report

of voting problems and calling for reforms in the process, so if

you have a story to share, please send to Jim (at) AOKerry.com. Thanks.

November 7, 2004 at 10:27 AM |

Missing the election by an absentee ballot

Editor’s note: Newmarket resident Marc Fortier is spending a year

in Turkey with his wife, his 1-year-old daughter, and his in-laws.

Fortier, 31, wrote for Foster’s from 1995 to 1998. His column

appears monthly in Foster’s Sunday Citizen.

http://www.fosters.com/november_2004/11.07.04/news/home_11.07.04b.asp

*****

Soldiers overseas hope ballots will count

Massive effort under way on U.S. bases to get out the vote

By Andy Eckardt

Producer

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5697049/

~The military asks its active duty members not to openly display or

voice their political opinion while in uniform. Yet, many soldiers

and airmen still exercise their right to freedom of speech these

days.

"Even though active duty members tend to be nervous about open

political involvement, I have seen people wearing VOTE KERRY

T-shirts on base," Ronald Schlundt, the chairman of “Democrats

Abroad,” who lives near Ramstein Air Base.

*****

In the military, out of the ballot loop

By ROBERT L. JAMIESON Jr.

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER COLUMNIST

If a man or woman is willing to take a bullet for the country, his

or her vote ought to count.

Period.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/205686_robert29.html

~Every ghost in the political machine becomes a screaming banshee.

But the broader issue here is one worth visiting.

Regardless of party affiliation, it is only fair that a fighting

chance be given to ballots belonging to the men and women we

readily send off to war.

*****



American Legion Commander Says



On the eve of his 11-day Far East trip, which will include

Thanksgiving supper with U.S. troops in the Korean demilitarized

zone, American Legion National Commander Ray G. Smith issued the

following statement in regard to the discounting of more than 1,400

absentee ballots from U.S. military personnel assigned overseas.

Smith, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, was in Florida

for a weekend gathering of The American Legion Department of

Florida. The 2.8-million member American Legion is the nation's

largest veterans organization.

ORLANDO (SUNDAY, Nov. 19, 2000) - "It is un-American to deny the

protectors of democracy their constitutional right to participate

in the electoral process. I therefore urge Florida election

officials to reverse the wholesale invalidation of more than 1,400

absentee ballots submitted by U.S. military personnel stationed

abroad. Further, I urge members of Congress to look into this

shameful situation.

"The men and women whose votes have been disqualified are part of

the tradition of the American citizen-soldier whose sacrifices

preserve the right to vote for all of us. There is nothing partisan

about counting the votes of these citizens who took an oath 'to

support and defend the Constitution of the United States against

all enemies'...

"Unless an absentee ballot is so mutilated that the choices cannot

be determined, the ballot should count. Soldiers, sailors, airmen,

Marines and Coast Guardsman must not be penalized because the

system that delivered those ballots was protracted. American troops

are deployed to more than 130 different countries and on ships on

the high seas around the world.

"I am especially sensitive to the patriotism of the troops serving

abroad as I plan to spend Thanksgiving thanking our troops between

the two Koreas for their service. I cannot look those troops in

their eyes and turn my back on the invalidation of their votes."

Stars and Stripes

Letters to the editor

Investigate election results

With widespread election irregularities, how can we as a nation try

and impose democracy around the world when our own democracy is in

shambles? There must be an investigation into the election results

in Florida and Ohio and other states to instill integrity into our

elections. We as a nation used to joke about this type of stuff in

elections in Communist Russia and Third World countries. This does

not happen in my country.

Gabriel Rodriguez

Yokohama, Japan

Jesus was a liberal

Some conservatives think they have a monopoly on Christianity. They

have even turned “liberal” into a dirty word. Liberals were against

slavery, segregation and child labor, and for equal rights

regardless of gender and race. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert

Kennedy were liberal. Strom Thurmond and George Wallace were

conservative. If you had to choose a side, which one would you be

on?

I consider myself a centrist, but my favorite liberal is Jesus. No

matter how hard you thump your Bible, Jesus wasn’t orthodox or

liberal. He wasn’t a hard-liner, hawk or warmonger. Jesus believed

in peace, love and the Golden Rule. He didn’t support pre-emptive

war, the death penalty or tax breaks for the rich.

Jesus was liberal. What’s wrong with that?

Chuck Mann

Greensboro, N.C.

Wounded are forgotten

I was so glad to read “Disabled vets get red tape, not ticker tape” (Oct. 20).

The soldier, Tyson Johnson III, was wounded in the same attack that

got another from my unit killed. Over the year since it has

happened, the soldier that was killed has been made into virtually

a saint; his family has been showered with blessings and flown here

to attend a prominent building dedication ceremony to him; he’s

been used as a model soldier in formation speeches, and things like

soldiers wearing his name on memorial bracelets.

However, other soldiers, like Johnson, who were wounded to the

point of being disabled for life, are all forgotten and never

mentioned. Many soldiers don’t even know who they are (and it’s not

like this unit had many wounded, either). Even worse, just a day

after the article was printed, a senior enlisted noncommissioned

officer who knew him actually decried Johnson’s situation like he

had nothing to be complaining about. What does that say and what

message does that send?

The movie “Fahrenheit 9/11” pointed out this very thing, regardless

of what may be thought of the film itself — that while the dead are

counted, the wounded are done so almost secretly. It breaks the

heart when confronted with the reality of it.

Sgt. Samuel Provance

Heidelberg, Germany

Fight for America goes on

The re-election of President Bush brings a sad and fearful morning

to America. His words of unity and conciliation ring hollow. As the

Bush administration continues its arrogant agenda of isolation and

ignorance, freedom-loving Americans who oppose those attempts to

further limit civil liberties and who fight an administration

grounded in fear and intolerance will find themselves labeled as

uncooperative and unpatriotic. It is and old and scary game, one

that the Bush machine plays masterfully.

As Sen. John Edwards said on Wednesday, the fight to save America

has only just begun.

Laurel Samson

Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Stripes is nonpartisan

http://cf.rrstar.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=14&threadid=4293

*****

Did every vote count?

Many overseas Americans did not receive absentee ballots even

though they applied well in advance. This is the story of one US

citizen's bum rush against a disenfranchising bureaucracy to become

one of 116 million opinions

Trista di Genova

~They checked our bags, and made Jennie drink some of her water "to

test it." For some unknown reason, a Taiwanese lady guard

suggested, "Why don't you come back tomorrow?"

"No. Today is election day," I said. "Tomorrow will be too late."

A white security official in civilian clothes, presumably in the

foreign service came out and interviewed me. Who do you work for? I

told him I was a freelance journalist, covering issues of voting -

and voter intimidation. Who do you sell your work to? I said

"anyone that wants to buy it." Information is free, right?

They took away my bag with the camera, and the security tool took

us aside and took down all our passport information - very, very

slowly. It was 3:15pm, and it seemed he was trying to delay us. I

told Jennie to go ahead. He said "You're not going anywhere until

I'm finished with you."

"What's your name?" I asked. When he didn't say anything, I tried

to turn over his badge to see it. He wouldn't let me.

~Then they all closed in around me. I moved away and held my hands

behind my back when they tried to take my arm in passive

resistance. The white tool tried to twist my arm behind my back,

but as Jennie noted later, "he wasn't very good at it, and didn't

know how to do it right." She said he was shaking and was

intimidated, but I didn't notice, because these people were trying

to drag and force me out the door. I got out of his lame grip, then

he tried to hurt my left hand. He broke one of my prayer bracelets

in the struggle, and my hair band came off. As I was being forced

out the door toward the stairwell, I noticed a young black guy in

civilian suit standing in the doorway, watching. I was saying, "I

want to vote. I want her to vote."

They took me into the stairwell, and just held me there, standing.

I started to cry, and the Taiwanese lady guard patted my back. They

all stood holding on to me, keeping me still. But I was already

still, sobbing, with shock and grief. Why? The trauma of being

forcibly removed by a gang of people, maybe. But it was more than

that. It was grief about the things to come, for all of us.

~my own case was alarming. I had received two ballots, one from

heavily Democratic Washington, DC and another from my home state of

Arizona - a swing-state. I managed to send the Arizona ballot back

in order to arrive Nov. 1. It was tempting to vote twice, but the

prospect of a US,000 fine was daunting, ultimately. So I voted

once last week, and crossed my fingers it would be counted. And

wondered - don't they cross-check voter registrations between

states? Can anybody vote several times?

~Trista di Genova is a writer in Taipei: trista2000 (at) yahoo.com. You

can see video of Jennie's Election Day at www.rentacrowd.com.

*****

June 08, 2004

Donkeys In The Desert

by Gary Farber of Amygdala at June 8, 2004 12:09 AM

(Gary Farber's home blog is Amygdala.)

As The New Yorker notes, not everyone in Iraq working for the CPA

or to help Iraqis is a Republican.

"In late April, a group of Americans serving in Iraq sent a letter

to John Kerry, appealing to the candidate as both an ex-soldier and

a peace seeker. It read, in part, “Put bluntly: we believe you need

to get over here, suck in some sand and sweat a bit in the desert

heat while talking to, among others, U.S. soldiers, Iraqi

technocrats, Coalition officials, private sector reconstruction

contractors, and tribal leaders. Perhaps only then will you begin

to get a real sense of the real Iraq, for Iraq cannot be understood

from the halls of Washington or via briefing papers alone.” The

letter concluded, “As our next Commander-in-Chief, the sooner you

get over here, the better,” and it was signed, “Donkeys in the

Desert.”

The Donkeys in the Desert are a small but increasingly vocal

minority of Democrats working under the auspices of the Coalition

Provisional Authority. They now number about two dozen, up from an

original eight, last fall, and most of them are based in Baghdad,

although satellite members can be found on the front lines in

places like Baqubah and Ramadi. Roughly a third of the Donkeys are

soldiers (from sergeants to colonels), and the rest are civilians

working in various C.P.A. divisions—force protection, trade,

foreign affairs—through private contractors or assorted government

agencies.

The group meets weekly, on Monday nights at eight o’clock, at an

old Republican Guard swimming pool within Baghdad’s comfort area,

the Green Zone. They eat pizza, drink beer, and discuss voter

education and outreach.

[...]

Stratcom, the Coalition press office, is staffed by a number of

former Bush campaign workers. One Donkey reports chafing at a

colleague’s remark, “I’m not here for the Iraqis, I’m here for

George W. Bush.”

“A lot of Republicans walk around talking Republican stuff,” Weston

said. “We call them Palace Pachyderms.”

The Donkeys kept a low profile last fall and winter, during primary

season, but lately, as the violence has increased, and as morale

has sunk, the group has been emboldened, advertising its meetings

with flyers taped up around the palace. In recent weeks, several of

the flyers have been torn down or defaced—in one instance, with a

derogatory reference to Al Gore. Continued bombings, meanwhile,

have made the meetings’ prime attraction—good grub—harder to come

by; the group’s pizzeria of choice is an Iraqi-owned establishment

situated in the treacherous Red Zone.

[...]

“There’s a misperception that if you’re in the military you’re

going to vote Republican,” Weston went on. “But in the Army there

are a lot of rinos: Republicans in Name Only. I think there’s

frustration from a lot of reservists, whose terms of service keep

being extended.” (One reservist, Specialist Kevin Fisher, a New

Yorker stationed in Baqubah with the 415th Civil Affairs Battalion,

e-mailed last week to express his frustration with, among other

things, the adoption of the term A.I.F., for Anti-Iraqi Forces:

“Kind of a funny term in my opinion since I would guess that they

are increasingly made up of Iraqis who have grown tired of the

Americans being in their country.”) It is from the ranks of these

reservists that the Donkeys hope to recruit many new members.

Political leanings within the Donkeys range from “very left” to

ex-rino, but a hasty retreat from Iraq does not fall within the

group’s agenda. “I think we’re pretty happy that Kerry has at least

demonstrated that it is a complicated situation in Iraq, and not

just a case of ‘Get out tomorrow,’” Weston said.

Remember when politics was supposed to stop at the edge of the

border? There are things people in both parties, and no party, can

agree upon, such as the need to help the Iraqi people

*****

Videos of voter suppression in Ohio

http://shadowbox.i8.com/Suppression/ohio/ohiomachines.htm

House Committee Appendices: Eyewitness Accounts, Linda Byrket

Documentary, and Blackwell letter

In submitting their preliminary report, the House Judiciary

Democrats submitted three additional appendices :

A list of excerpts from affidavits of eyewitnesses to the Ohio

disenfranchisement.

http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/ohioquotes.pdf

A copy of Blackwell's illegal fundraising letter on Secretary of

State stationery:

http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/blackwellfundraisingltr.pdf

and

Lynda Byrket's landmark film, Video the Vote.

http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/video%20the%20vote.mov

Videotape of January 3rd Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Jackson Rally Now

Available on the Web

I have completed my videos of the Jan 3 Jesse Jackson Rally at the

Capitol Theatre available for download on my website

www.madogmusic.com.

Speakers include Jesse Jackson, David Cobb, Stephanie Tubbs Jones,

Teresa Fedor, Tim Carpenter of PDA, Dagmar Celeste, Bob Fitrakis,

Susan Truitt, Cliff Arnebeck and others.

And I have posted Linda Byrket's powerful documentary "The Vote"

about election day vote supression in Columbus, OH.

Enjoy.

Gary Polvinale

www.madogmusic.com

*****

UPDATE: Though I nor the above paper make any statements about how

this election was

stolen, many have expressed a belief that it would require an

implausably widespread

conspiracy. For many, this is a fundamental barrier.

No Conspiracy Required

Since so many votes are cast on DREs (touchscreens), or counted on

central tabulators, by

so few companies, it would literally require only one person to rig

an election. For those who

know little about computers, let me explain.

All these machines run software to perform their task. In this

software is thousands of lines

of code. Instructions so to speak. All that is required to alter

those instructions, say, to

add an extra 20 votes for Bush for every 100 votes counted, is just

another few lines of code.

Since there is no public oversight of this software and no access

to the privately owned,

proprietary code, no one would be the wiser.

And since so many machines, all running the same software, are

used, only 20 votes is all

they would need to add.

For example, Ohio has 11,360 precincts. Lets say your company

counts 5000 of them. That's

about the range of Diebold. So lets say you write a program that

gives Bush 20 measly votes

in every precinct and you gain 100,000 votes. Have your little code

add 20 for Bush and subtract

20 from Kerry, 200,000 net.

Steve Gibson of Gibson Research, a highly respected programmer who

discovered the Netscape

spyware scandal, describes how his website was attacked by a

teenager. This kid had written

a virus that spread around to hundreds, if not thousands of

computers. With a key command,

he could control all these computers (bots, as their called) and

had them all attack Gibson's

website with denial of service attacks. He did this presumably from

his mom's house.

There's a reason so many computer geeks are against computer voting

and vote counting.

Because they know a teenager could have stolen this election.

Not only does it not require a conspiracy, but it doesn't require

even the Bush campaign to

know about it. Imagine if you worked for Diebold and you knew that

you could undetectibly

secure Kerry's victory with a few simple lines of code. Tell me you

wouldn't think about it.

It is possible that Bush really thinks he won this election fair

and square and some guy named

Bob is sitting back right now knowing that he changed history. It

would be funny if it weren't

so horrifyingly possible.

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