Help Clint Curtis beat Tom Feeney!

Why am I running for Congress?

My name is Clint Curtis. I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 24th Congressional District. I will need your help.

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I am a former Republican who became a whistleblower that came forward and testified to Congress under oath, regarding the request from a sitting congressman to build a computer program that could, without detection, flip your vote in an election. This manipulation would allow a person or political party to take control of voting machine and decide who wins the election, regardless of the true vote count. In March of 2005, I passed a polygraph test as to the accuracy of my statements.

I believe our district is currently represented by one of the most corrupt politicians in history. I have attended closed-door meetings where Congressman Tom Feeney spoke candidly about altering election results.

Feeney is deeply involved with individuals like super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and has been an active participant in this unprecedented decade of corruption. Listening to Feeney has given me the impression that he never had a vote he wouldn’t sell or a law he wouldn’t side-step. District 24 deserves an alternative to reelecting a corrupt congressman.

I am running because our democracy insists that Americans know that their vote will actually count and that elections must not be pre-determined by manipulating electronic voting machines. Feeney believes that elections are nothing but sporting events. He believes it is acceptable to fix elections through voting machines, suppressing the vote through all types of creative methods, or in simply letting those in power declare a winner regardless of the vote outcome. He attempted to do this in the 2000 Election. Feeney’s actions show he is a big believer in a controlled concept of democracy –where elections are pre-determined.

Feeney’s actions would seem to support: “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. ” I humbly –and wholeheartedly –disagree”. Your vote must be counted!

I have put my name and reputation on the line for several years. I have spoken to the press, law-enforcement officials and even members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee –under oath and on video tape. Now I am putting my name on the line as a candidate against Mr. Feeney. His deliberate corruption forces me to provide this district with an alternative. I will need your help to achieve honesty in our district.

Feeney personally designed the boundaries of this district for himself when he was Florida House Speaker. It will take all of us to break his hold over our lives and future! Your contribution to my campaign will make a difference. Don’t lose your vote as others have. Send your check today, for a better tomorrow. Mail to:

“Clint Curtis for Congress Exploratory Campaign”- P.O. Box 1456 – Titusville, FL 32780 or online.

More on the meltdown in Cook County

ILLINOIS E-VOTE MELTDOWN:
414 Memory Cartridges Missing In Chicago and Cook County!
Poll Worker Training Blamed
Second primary of the year. Second e-voting meltdown of the year. 48 more states to go…

At noon Wednesday, Chicago was missing 252 memory cartridges, 93 from machines that scanned in paper ballots and 159 from touch screens. County officials couldn’t find 162 memory cartridges from suburban precincts–68 from optical-scanning machines and 94 for touch-screen balloting.


The problems led midday to the sight of Cook County Director of Elections Clem Balanoff–his tie loosened and eyes bleary–rifling through blue duffel bags at a county warehouse for precinct returns for uncounted votes on missing memory cartridges…

Who could have forseen such problems??

The family that preys together

Two nauseating items:

March 22, 2006, 11:58PM
Former first lady’s donation aids son
Katrina funds earmarked to pay for Neil Bush’s software program
By CYNTHIA LEONOR GARZA
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

Former first lady Barbara Bush donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund with specific instructions that the money be spent with an educational software company owned by her son Neil.

Since then, the Ignite Learning program has been given to eight area schools that took in substantial numbers of Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

“Mrs. Bush wanted to do something specifically for education and specifically for the thousands of students flooding into the Houston schools,” said Jean Becker, former President Bush’s chief of staff. “She knew that HISD was using this software program, and she’s very excited about this program, so she wanted to make it possible for them to expand the use of this program.”

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Bush’s Uncle Earned Millions in War Firm Sale
An SEC filing shows William H.T. Bush collected about $1.9 million in cash, plus stock valued at $800,000, from the deal.
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Times Staff Writer
March 23, 2006

WASHINGTON – As President Bush embarks on a new effort to shore up public support for the war in Iraq, an uncle of the commander in chief is collecting $2.7 million in cash and stock from the recent sale of a company that profited from the war.

A report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission shows that William H.T. Bush collected just under $1.9 million in cash plus stock valued at more than $800,000 from the sale of Engineered Support Systems Inc. to DRS Technologies of New Jersey.

The $1.7-billion deal closed Jan. 31. Both firms have extensive military contracts.

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New Jersey lawsuit challenges all DRE machines!

NJ Appeals Court Reinstates Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of Electronic Voting Machines
February 09, 2006

Newark, NJ, February 9, 2006 – The New Jersey Appellate Division announced today its agreement with concerns raised by the Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Rutgers School of Law-Newark that all electronic voting machines used in New Jersey may violate New Jersey’s Constitution and election laws.

In its decision, the Appellate Division reinstated a lawsuit filed by the clinic in 2004 that challenges the ability of New Jersey’s electronic voting machines to count votes accurately, in compliance with voting rights laws. The Court reinstated the lawsuit even though, as a result of judicial and legislative efforts led by the clinic, all voting machines in the state must be equipped with a voter verified paper ballot component by 2008. The Court was concerned with protecting the hundreds of millions of votes that would be cast on voting machines between now and 2008. The Court also expressed its concern that the Attorney General’s office would use a loophole in the statute and issue waivers to the 2008 voter verified paper ballot requirement – further jeopardizing the franchise.

The lawsuit is the first in the nation to successfully challenge electronic voting machines. Professor Penny Venetis, associate director of the clinic and lead counsel on the case, commented, “This shows that our courts take very seriously their role in protecting our most fundamental of all rights – the right to vote. Despite clear evidence that New Jersey’s voting machines are insecure, the other branches of government failed to take appropriate action. That is why the Court stepped in,” Venetis added.

The same voting machines used by almost all of New Jersey’s five million registered voters have been found too insecure to use and have been de-commissioned by California, Ohio, Nevada, and New York City. New Jersey does not check the software of electronic voting machines to determine whether they have been tampered with or whether they are faulty.

The Rutgers clinic filed the suit on behalf of the Coalition for Peace Action, a citizens group based in Princeton that has been in the forefront of advocating for safe, transparent and auditable elections, as well as voter Stephanie Harris, a farmer whose vote was lost by a malfunctioning Mercer County electronic voting machine. Other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include State Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, an early proponent of the voter verified paper ballot.

Contact: Janet Donohue, Manager of Public Relations, jdonohue[at]andromeda.rutgers.edu

Allegra Dengler
http://citizensforvotingintegrity.org/
http://www.nyvv.org/

“… touch-screen machines are highly vulnerable to being hacked or maliciously programmed to change votes. And they cost far more than voting machines should.” New York Times editorial, March 9, 2005

California voters suing SoS to stop Diebold!

CALIFORNIA VOTERS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST STATE’S USE, PURCHASE OF DIEBOLD VOTING SYSTEMS!
Sec. of State Bruce McPherson, 18 County Registrars Named as Defendants
Violations of State, Federal Laws Alleged, State Senator Releases Comment Condemning McPherson, Outlining Violations
As The BRAD BLOG broke yesterday, a lawsuit has today been filed in San Francisco Superior Court demanding that California Sec. of State Bruce McPherson follow state and federal law in regards to his recent re-certification of Diebold voting machines in the state.

McPherson is named, along with 18 California county registrars, as defendants in the suit which calls for a ban on the use and new purchase of Diebold voting systems. The suit was filed by VoterAction.org on behalf of 25 California voter/plaintiffs.

REMINDER: As California (or as Diebold refers to them, “America’s largest voting market”) goes, so goes the nation…This suit matters. Big time…
— Complete PDF of Lawsuit
— Links to Reuters coverage (who got it wrong, and had to re-issue their story)
— State Senator Debra Bowen’s Full Reply
— Timeline on McPherson’s illegal re-certification of Diebold in California

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WH staffers pose as Secret Service

WH Staffers caught impersonating Secret Service agents–again!
Update on the D3 Case
by Magorn
Tue Mar 21, 2006

Do you Remember the Denver Three? Those three Ordinary folks who were thrown out of a Bush Rally because they committed the horrible crime of having the wrong Bumper Sticker on their car ? Well they are back in the News again it’s bad news for the White House

As you may recall, The person who threw them out of the rally, and threatened to arrest them falsely claimed to be a Secret Service Agent (Thereby committing a federal Crime). You may also remember that the Whitehouse described the culprit only as a “local volunteer”. Then they refused to any more questions from reporters or Lawyers for the D3.

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E-voting screws up elections in Chicago, Texas

I. Illinois

ELECTION 2006: THE PRIMARIES
Voting machine woes force ballot backup
By John McCormick and James Janega, Tribune staff reporters.
Published March 22, 2006

A high-tech voting system in Chicago and suburban Cook County provided plenty of frustration and confusion for voters during its first test Tuesday, as election officials dealt with missing power cords and ballots, jammed equipment and broken electronic voting machines.

The problems left some pining for the old days, even if they included the notorious punch-card ballot.

“It was easier to worry about hanging chads,” said Daniel Fore, an election judge in Oak Park.

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II. Texas

San Angelo Standard-Times
Court-at-law recount suspended
Electronic machines not providing all info
By Paul A. Anrthony
March 21, 2006

On orders from the Texas Secretary of State’s office, the recount for the Tom Green County Court-at-Law No. 2 race has been suspended midway through its second day.

About 1:30 p.m. today, county Republican Chairman Dennis McKerley stopped the recount after workers found discrepancies of as much as 20 percent between what was counted Monday and what was reported Election Night.

“We’re having some trouble with the electronic equipment,” McKerley said.

Read more.

What do you don't know will hurt you

U.S. quietly tightens access to classified information
John Byrne and Larisa Alexandrovna
Published: March 13, 2006

National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley quietly revised the guidelines for determining access to classified government information last year, increasing emphasis on allegiance to the United States and allowing the government broader latitude in rejecting candidates without a clearly articulated cause, RAW STORY has found.

In a December 2005 revision of the “Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information,” Hadley made semantic but substantial changes which seem to mirror a broader shift in Bush Administration policy. The document, found online, shows numerous variations from a previous copy of the guidelines published in 1997. Both are linked at the bottom of this article.

Many of the changes were minor or involved updates to catch up with technological advances. For example, the guidelines expand on certain areas with regard to storing or transferring classified information in electronic form.

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Press black-out on Barbara Lee's amendment

even though the latter passed.

March 19, 2006
Media Avoids Covering Vote on Permanent Bases
By David Swanson

Something is happening in Iraq that most Americans have never heard about, but many Americans think the war is being fought for: the United States is building what look like permanent military bases.

Something happened in Congress last Thursday that most Americans have not heard about. A number of Congress Members, led by Barbara Lee and Tom Allen, proposed an amendment to the latest giant spending bill for the war, an amendment forbidding the United States to establish permanent bases in Iraq.

Both Lee and Allen spoke on the floor in support of the amendment, as did Jan Schakowsky, John Conyers, Dennis Kucinich, Sheila Jackson Lee, David Price, Maxine Waters, Lynn Woolsey, Maurice Hinchey, and the militantly pro-war Jane Harman. That’s a lot of speeches. Did you read about any of them anywhere? See them on TV? How about on the radio?

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