New details on Bush/Cheney’s stolen “re-election,” and (what looks like) the murder of Mike Connell

Cybergate: Was The White House Stolen By Cyberfraud? [Kindle Edition]
by Simon Worrall

Robert Kennedy Jr. calls it ” more important than Watergate.” In this gripping, investigative work, critically acclaimed author, Simon Worrall, follows the trail of evidence to show that the 2004 Ohio election, which put George Bush into the White House for the second time, may have been hacked. At the center of the drama is Karl Rove’s, brilliant IT expert, Michael Connell, who died when his Piper Saratoga plane crashed mysteriously in 2010. Was Connell murdered to cover up the truth? Drawing on extensive, forensic evidence and candid testimonies, including an exclusive interview with Connell’s widow, Worrall unravels the mystery of Connell’s death. Previously unpublished, secret documents obtained by the author point towards a chilling, possible cause. The result is a dramatic, True Crime story underpinned by colorful characters and painstaking research, which takes the reader inside the shadowy world of electoral fraud. And with a Presidential election looming this year, Worrall’s detailed exposure of the vulnerability of digital voting machines to abuse could not be more timely.

4 replies on “New details on Bush/Cheney’s stolen “re-election,” and (what looks like) the murder of Mike Connell”

Mark — first, your emails are head, shoulders, and torso above everything else I receive. Go, man!

Second, I had to write to you about this because I’m sure you’d want to see it. Sometimes things slip through that warrant correction, n’est-ce pas?

The reply failed on your email from “newsfromunderground”, so here it is as it would have been:
Mark —

I bought the kindle version of this [“Cybergate &c.”] — fascinating, but I forgot where the offer of the images [e.g., the Action Report] were, so looking for the original page at Amazon where the version came from, I discovered it had been taken down. Hmm — the link on Google is dark red, ie., that’s the one I used. Hmm here’s the google cache. Hmm save that page. Look! here’s a review by Bev Harris. Wow! She’s panning the book really bad. “Spoonamore” plagiarizes her work with the chimp and claims it as his own.

If the google cache [] is gone, I have a copy.

Wait — this is so important, I’m pasting in her whole review:


10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
1.0 out of 5 stars Someone needs to get their facts straight., February 5, 2012
By Bev Harris – See all my reviews

This review is from: Cybergate: Was The White House Stolen By Cyberfraud? (Kindle Edition)

Riddled with errors and what factual information it does contain is usurped from others and reattributed.

The author quotes a fraudulent poser named Stephen Spoonamore as saying “I can train a monkey to hack this machine. And I did. You can see it on YouTube.” If Spoonamore even said that, he’s even less credible than I thought. It was Dr. Herbert Thompson, working with Black Box Voting, who said “I could train my 13-year-old sister to hack it. No wait, I could train a monkey.” Then Black Box Voting, a national nonpartisan nonprofit organization, visited an animal training camp called Working Wildlife in California, and had a chimp trained to hack the Diebold tabulator. I was there and I handed the check to the trainer; it took only 3 hours to train the chimp. Spoonamore had nothing to do with it, nor had any of us ever heard of him, nor, as far as I know, was he even claiming credit for others work until late 2006 (the chimp hack took place in Sept. 2004 and made the New York Times). You can assess the credibility of author Simon Worrall, who could have fact-checked for two minutes, or Stephen Spoonamore, here: chimp video on YouTube: […]

That’s not the first whopper Spoonamore’s told (he also claims that he worked for John McCain, who he claims asked him to rig the 2008 election.) This sounded so absurd that I pulled McCain’s campaign finance records; I found no expenditure to Spoonamore or any entity Spoonamore ever worked for. Then it all fell apart. Spoon admitted that maybe he was a volunteer for McCain. When? Oh maybe it was a long time ago. But waita minute — Spoonamore was on record as far back as 2006, sending loony press releases full of anti-Republican propaganda.

The whole episode about Ohio transferring its results server to a Republican Party server in Tennessee is true, and it would have been nice if the author would have credited the citizen who did that research. I think you’ll find there is more to come on that, because other reporters that are actually credible are working that story deeper right now.

Now, there is a remote long-shot possibility that the Tennessee server was a middleman to reverse election results, but that is unlikely, since results were published on poll tapes at the precinct before they arrived at the Tennessee server. It’s more likely that they were getting “first look” so they could figure out how much they needed; then, using more old-school tactics like stickers over punch cards, ballot stuffing and spoliation, they worked with counties that had not yet reported and were “open for business” to achieve what was needed. The fake “Homeland Security” lockout in Warren County, blocking anyone from seeing the count, is certainly more indicative of old-school tampering than middleman computer fraud. Note that in 2004, most of Ohio was still on the old punch cards, and portions that were using electronic voting machines had various makes and models, each of which would require a different methodology to tamper, so the middleman theory, while it would work in some scenarios like South Carolina (which currently uses a uniform hackable paperless DRE system and routes its results through Tampa before announcing them), it is an unlikely scenario for Ohio in 2004. Not that Ohio wasn’t tampered; it was, but not using an electronic middleman out of Tennessee.

What disturbs me about half-truth, half-crock reporting like this is that it can discredit the whole ball of wax.

Other factual errors … he states that the “Urosevitch” brothers are Christian fundamentalists from Ohio, but they are from Nebraska and nothing in the record indicates that they are Christian fundamentalists, and by the way their name is spelled “Urosevich”, which anyone can find in two minutes on Google.

He claims that the voting machines are not inspected by anyone; that’s certainly not true. That the testing and certification model does not work IS true, but we waste a lot of taxpayer dollars on testing and “certification.”

The author attributes the story about the replacement of the Georgia voting system to Spoonamore. In fact, I broke that story in July 2003, following an interview with Rob Behler, the technician involved, and after I found the file “” on the Diebold server, which contained instructions to replace the voting system. That file has been posted on my Web site since 2004. (Spoonamore didn’t even get involved in claiming credit for other people’s work until 2006). The claim that this was a “clock fix” had nothing to do with Spoonamore either; in fact, while he could not even remember the name of the file he supposedly studied, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that the file would fix a clock, since it was named “clockfix” and that file, too, was thoroughly explained in my book and is posted on my Web site. In fact, that’s probably where Spoon got the file, if he ever looked at it at all, which I doubt. Most of what Spoon seems to be pretending to have researched and authored was published here: […] in 2003, three years before he became involved.

Yeah, I take this personally. This type of thing not only disrespects my work, and that of at least half a dozen others who put in the real effort, but it reflects quite badly on the author for failing to fact-check.

In fact, just about everything attributed to Spoonamore was done by any number of other researchers which the author fails to credit, ranging from Harri Hursti to Herbert Thompson to Black Box Voting to e-Pluribus Media to Michael Wertheimer. Stephen Spoonamore had nothing whatever to do with any of it, except that he appears to have read the studies done by others, attributing the work to himself. By the way, if you want to see the proof of concept on preloading the machine with minus and plus votes, view the Emmy-nominated HBO film “Hacking Democracy” which is on YouTube. Spoonamore had nothing to do with that either; the study featured work by Black Box Voting and Russell Michaels, one of the producers of the film. The actual hack that is shown in the film was done and written up more than a year before Spoonamore started taking credit for things he saw in movies and read on the Internet. So if the author is this sloppy about verifying even the simplest, easily checkable facts, beware of the rest of what he says.

It is true that Mike Connell was killed in a plane crash. It is true that he was being targeted as a witness in a lawsuit. The Mike Connell story deserves a lot more research, from someone more careful with fact-checking.

The Tennessee server story already reeks to high heaven, and will probably get worse.

And maybe that’s the whole point: Maybe this book is just a Dan Ratheresque poison pill.

Bev Harris

Amazon has taken down Bev Harris’ review.

Bev does much great work, but also has a history of attacking righteous activists, like Stephen Spoonamore and Clint Curtis.

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