Call the DNC, and then geCall the DNC, and then get everyone you know to call themt everyone you know to call them

I called Anna Martinez at the DNC (202 863-8000) who is responsible for voting rights issues. Talked with her for about half and hour. She was receptive but very guarded about what Dean and the DNC would be doing about rigged elections. Of course she cited the party line about the investigations conducted by the DNC and that they have lawyers working on a “message”. She also said it hadn’t been proven that the elections had been stolen and that they were working on fixing “irregularities” through legislation. Of course, she had no alternative but to quote the party line.

I told her so long as they work on “message” without talking with you and Fitrakis and Bev Harris, nothing was going to happen and that Dems would lose 2006 and 2008 not only because of stolen elections but because people would refuse to vote for Democrats.

I think part of the strategy must be for people to call the DNC, Kerry’s office, Reid’s, Pelosi’s, etc. The more phone calls they’re flooded with the more responsive they may become. If it’s clear that money and votes are drying up they’ll have to rethink sitting on their hands. What will they fear more: the GOP attack machine and echo chamber or the indignation of core progressives. If the purse strings are pulled their hands may be forced, unless they go the Denny Hoyer way and start a feeding frenzy again at the corporate trough.

What do you think about putting out the word on your site to encourage people to call the DNC and leading Democrats. The more calls and emails the better. This is only one part of the strategy, but it can be an important part of it.

Robert C.
Richmond CA

He sees clips

President Bush Clarifies His Newspaper Reading Habits, Sort Of
By E&P Staff
Published: December 13, 2005 2:05 PM ET

NEW YORK Reports on President Bush’s reading habits in regard to newspapers have ranged from “almost never” to “six or seven a day.” Some have said he does read the paper every day–but only the sports pages. In one of his several chats with the president on Monday, NBC anchor Brian Williams asked him directly about it.

From the transcript:

WILLIAMS: “Once and for all — and I know you’ve had some fun with members of the press on this subject — how much television news do you watch? How much do you read the morning papers, news magazines? How much do you see in an average week?”

BUSH: “I don’t see a lot of the news. Every morning I look at the newspaper. I can’t say I’ve read every single article in the newspaper. But I definitely know what’s in the news. Occasionally, I watch television. I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but it’s occasionally. I’m working at that point, as are you.

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So much for that great plague of "voter fraud"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 14, 2005
10:46 AM

CONTACT: Project Vote
Kathleen Barr, Project Vote, 202-546-4317
Michael Slater, Project Vote, 503-375-9377

One Year Later: Results of 2004 Voter Fraud Investigations Give Vote Groups a Clean Slate
Community Group ACORN Vindicated as Baseless Lawsuits, Investigations Collapse

WASHINGTON – December 14 – Today, Project Vote congratulated the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) on the dismissal of the third and final voter registration fraud lawsuit brought against the group in 2004. ACORN, in partnership with Project Vote, ran the largest non-partisan voter outreach program in the 2004 election cycle, registering 1.15 million low-income and minority citizens in 26 states and contacting 2.3 million through Get-Out-the-Vote efforts. In 2004, several politically motivated law firms brought baseless charges of voter registration fraud against ACORN in an effort to inhibit its work to register low-income and minority voters.

“For twenty years, we have worked with ACORN to ensure the voices of low-income and minority Americans are heard at the ballot box,” said Holli Holliday, National Director of Project Vote. “We have complete confidence in ACORN’s quality control process and are not at all surprised these lawsuits and investigations have collapsed. Today, we celebrate this as a victory for voters.”

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Bob Barr hears the duck quacking

Remember when, ten years ago, Clinton et al. were “jack-booted thugs,” according to the NRA?

My, how times change! Check out the pentultimate paragraph below:

Republican Congressman Says Totalitarian Regime a Danger
Bob Barr says military dictatorship close
By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
Tue, 2005-12-13

Former Republican Congressman and CIA official Bob Barr says that there is a danger recent developments describe a trend of America slipping into a totalitarian society and that the Bush administration are doing everything in their power to see that this happens.

During a radio interview with host Alex Jones, Barr outlined where the country is heading.

“Basically, as long as you smile when you demand to see somebody’s ID at gunpoint sitting on a bus I guess it’s OK for the government, that’s sort of the way they operate. It can be a totalitarian type regime.”

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TALON

Pentagon May Be Tracking Activists
From Reuters
December 14, 2005

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has a secret database that indicates the U.S. military may be collecting information on Americans who oppose the Iraq war and may be monitoring peace demonstrations, NBC reported Tuesday.

The database, obtained by the network, lists 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the United States over a 10-month period and includes four dozen antiwar meetings or protests, some aimed at military recruiting, “NBC’s Nightly News” said.

The network said the document was the first look at how the Pentagon had stepped up intelligence collection in the U.S. since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The report quoted what it said was a secret d! ocument as concluding: “We have noted increased communication between protest groups using the Internet” but not a “significant connection” between incidents.

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Deibold banned from Leon County, FL

BREAKING: Due to contractual non-performance and security design issues, Leon County (Florida) supervisor of elections Ion Sancho told Black Box Voting that he will never again use Diebold in an election. He has requested funds to replace the Diebold system from the county. He will issue a formal announcement to this effect shortly. This comes on the heels of the resignation of Diebold CEO Wally O’Dell, and the announcement that a stockholder’s class action suit has been filed against Diebold by Scott & Scott.

Black Box Voting: Leon County Election Supervisor Ion Sancho

Finnish security expert Harri Hursti proved that Diebold lied to Secretaries of State across the nation when Diebold claimed votes could not be changed on the memory card.

A test election was run in Leon County Tusday Dec. 13 with a total of eight ballots – six ballots voted “no” on a ballot question as to whether Diebold voting machines can be hacked or not. Two ballots, cast by Dr. Herbert Thompson and by Harri Hursti voted “yes” indicating a belief that the Diebold machines could be hacked.

At the beginning of the test election the memory card programmed by Harri Hursti was inserted into an Optical Scan Diebold voting machine. A “zero report” was run indicating zero votes on the memory card.

In fact, however, Hursti had pre-loaded the memory card with plus and minus votes.

The eight ballots were run through the optical scan machine. The standard Diebold-supplied “ender card” was run through as is normal procedure ending the election. A results tape was run from the voting machine.

Correct results should have been:

Yes:2

No:6

However, just as Hursti had planned, the results tape read:

Yes:7

No:1

The results were then uploaded from the optical scan voting machine into the GEMS central tabulator.

The central tabulator is the “mother ship” that pulls in all votes from voting machines. The results in the central tabulator read:

Yes:7

No:1

This exploit, accomplished without being given any password and with the same level of access given thousands of poll workers across the USA, showed that the votes themselves were changed in a one-step process. This hack would not be detected in any normal canvassing procedure, and it required only a single a credit-card sized memory card.

On Oct. 17, 2005 Diebold Elections Systems Research and Development chief Pat Green specifically told the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) board of elections that votes cannot be changed using only a memory card.

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Protect democracy in Bucks County, PA

Group will challenge voting machine move
By BRIAN CALLAWAY
The Intelligencer

A local citizens group is planning legal challenges to the federal law that’s forcing Bucks and many other counties to replace their voting machines.

Mary Ann Gould, a founder of the Coalition for Voting Integrity, said Monday her group has started a legal fund to help get a court to allow Bucks to keep its Eisenhower-era lever-operated machines or to delay the implementation of new machines for at least a year.

She acknowledged that getting a court to allow either option could be difficult.

“We’re David going against Goliath,” she said. “But just remember who won.”

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Diebold hit with class action suit!!

EXCLUSIVE: SECURITIES FRAUD LITIGATION FILED AGAINST DIEBOLD, INC!
Eight Current and Former Executives Named as Co-Defendants, Including former CEO O’Dell and New CEO Swidarski
Class Action Suit Alleges Fraud, Insider Trading, Manipulation of Stock Prices, Concealment of Known Flaws in Voting Machines and Company Structural Problems

The BRAD BLOG can now report that a Securities Fraud Class Action suit has been filed against Diebold, Inc. (stock symbol: DBD) naming eight top executive officers in the company as co-defendants. The suit has been filed by plaintiff Janice Konkol, alleging securities fraud against the North Canton, Ohio-based manufacturer of Voting Systems and ATM machines on behalf of investors who owned shares of Diebold stock and lost money due to an alleged fraudulent scheme by the company and its executives to deceive shareholders during the “class period” of October 22, 2003 through September 21, 2005.

The suit was filed today in U.S. Federal District Court in Ohio and alleges the company “artificially inflated” stock prices through misleading public information designed to conceal the true nature of Diebold’s financial and legal situation. The defendants are also alleged to have attempted to disguise well-known and ongoing problems with Diebold’s Voting Machine equipment and software. Additionally, the suit alleges insider trading by defendants resulting in proceeds of $2.7 million. Remedies are sought under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

The suit, filed by the law firm SCOTT+SCOTT on behalf of Konkol and the plaintiff class, names former Diebold CEO and Chairman, Walden O’Dell as a co-defendant along with seven other current and former officers of the once-venerable company including the new CEO Thomas W. Swidarski who was named yesterday as the new CEO replacing O’Dell after his sudden surpise resignation yesterday.

News of the pending litigation was first reported as imminent in an exclusive report by The BRAD BLOG late last week. Complete details on the suit filed moments ago are now available…

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Wake up, Dr. Dean

Dear Howard Dean: Why Bother?

December 13, 2005
By Ernest Partridge, The Crisis Papers

December 13, 2005
Dr. Howard Dean, Chair
Democratic National Committee

Dear Dr. Dean,

Every week I get dozens of solicitations from the Democratic National Committee, from the Democratic Senate and Congressional Campaign Committees, or from various Democratic candidates and office-holders, each of them asking for contributions. “You can help us achieve victory next November,” I am told.

If by “victory” is meant a majority vote cast at the polls, then the Democrats achieved “victory” in 2000, 2002 and 2004. And yet, the Republicans remain in control of the Congress and the White House.

Small wonder! Republicans build the voting machines, Republicans write the secret software, Republicans count and compile the totals. The Republican machines allow no auditing of the vote totals they report. So Republicans have the ability to “win” elections, regardless of the will of the voters. There is compelling evidence that they have done just that.

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