On the evening of Friday, Oct. 27, 2005, I met John Kerry at a fundraiser in Manhattan, having gone there to give him a copy of Fooled Again, which had just been published.
“You were robbed, senator,” I told him, handing him the book.
He answered, with a look of outrage and astonishment: “I know!”
We talked about the matter for about ten minutes, and ended with him promising to read the book, and then presumably consider what he ought to do.
A week later, on the morning of Nov. 4, I reported that exchange in an interview with Amy Goodman on “Democracy Now!” The show’s producers sent out a press release, and the Internet exploded, with some condemning Kerry for his silence, and others hailing him for breaking it.
And then, a few hours later, Kerry’s office came out with a statement claiming that I’d made the whole thing up.
(For a more detailed account, both of my exchange with Kerry and his office’s retraction, see the Afterword to the paperback edition of Fooled Again.)
I’m not the only one whom Kerry told he thinks that race was stolen. (Dick Russell had a very similar conversation with him.) So why does he not finally break his long, strange public silence, and tell the people what he knows about that race—before Karl Rove et al. attempt to “win” this next election, too?
Thanks to Harper’s and Victoria Collier, we’ve now seen the Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Esquire and even “Fox 19” in Cincinnati (among others) finally start to face the ugly truth about election fraud in the United States—and the high likelihood that the Republicans are going to try to pull that trick again on Nov. 6.
Thus the conversation that this nation has so badly needed for so long has started at long last; and so Kerry could now join it, without fearing that he’ll sound like he’s insane—an opportunity that he must not let slip a second time.
If he speaks out, it could make all the difference. If he does not, and Romney “wins,” John Kerry will be just as much to blame for it as all those rightist operatives who pulled it off, and even more to blame than all those Democrats who let it happen yet again.
John Kerry Must Speak Out on 2004 Election Theft Now
By David Swanson
The presidential election of 2004 left much to be desired. Millions of votes were suppressed, and the evidence is overwhelming that votes were flipped by interested parties. Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman summarize:
“The widespread use of electronic voting machines from ES&S, and of Diebold software maintained by Triad, allowed [Ohio Secretary of State Ken] Blackwell to electronically flip a 4% Kerry lead to a 2% Bush victory in the dead of election night. ES&S, Diebold and Triad were all owned or operated by Republican partisans. The shift of more than 300,000 votes after 12:20 a.m. election night was a virtual statistical impossibility. It was engineered by Michael Connell, an IT specialist long affiliated with the Bush Family. Blackwell gave Connell’s Ohio-based GovTech the contract to count Ohio’s votes, which was done on servers housed in the Old Pioneer Bank Building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Thus the Ohio vote tally was done on servers that also carried the e-mail for Karl Rove and the national Republican Party. Connell died in a mysterious plane crash in December, 2008, after being subpoenaed in the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville federal lawsuit focused on how the 2004 election was decided (disclosure: we were attorney and plaintiff in that suit). Diebold’s founder, Walden O’Dell, had vowed to deliver Ohio’s electoral votes—and thus the presidency—to his friend George W. Bush. That it was done in part on electronic voting machines and software O’Dell happened to own (Diebold has since changed hands twice) remains a cautionary red flag for those who believe merely winning the popular vote will give Barack Obama a second term.”
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