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Evidence? We Don’t Want
Your Stinkin’ Evidence!

January 24, 2005

By Ernest Partridge
The Crisis Papers

Like biologists with evolution and atmospheric scientists with global climate change, those who warn us that our elections have been stolen and will be stolen again must now be wondering, “just how much evidence must it take to make our case and to convince enough of the public to force reform and secure our ballots?”

The answer, apparently, is no amount – no amount, that is, until more minds are opened. And that is more than a question of evidence, it is a question of collective sanity.

In his new book Fooled Again, Mark Crispin Miller not only presents abundant evidence that the 2004 election was stolen, but in addition he examines the political, social, and media environment which made this theft possible.

When I first read the book immediately after its publication, I confess that I was a bit disappointed. What I had hoped to find was a compendium of evidence, from front to back. To be sure, Miller gives us plenty of evidence, meticulously documented. But evidence tells us that the election was stolen. Miller goes beyond that to explain how and why it was stolen, and how the culprits have managed, so far, to get away with it.
So on second reading, I find that it was my expectation and not Miller’s book that was flawed. We have evidence aplenty, to be found in John Conyers’ report, and the new book by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, in addition to the Black Box Votingwebsite among numerous others. Soon to be added is Prof. Steven Freeman’s book on the statistical evidence of election fraud. What we don’t gain from these sources is an understanding and appreciation of the context in which this crime was committed. This we learn from reading Miller’s book.

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"We dare not speak its name"

Hi folks,
this article will be published in the Feb-edition of THE SOURCE, Seattle’s monthly church newspaper. It is intended to provoke the clergy into conversation. I thought you might find it interesting.
rich lang

WE DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME
So when do we use the word? When do we actually say it? When do we, as clergy, take up the ministry of Ezekiel, and warn our people of that which is coming (Ezekiel 33:1-9)?

So far we have refused to say the word. So far we have not been so bold as to take up Ezekiel’s ministry. Perhaps we are afraid that even if we sounded the alarm our people wouldn’t listen nor would they understand (Isaiah 6). And so, because of our silence, our people are assaulted by fears and suspicions drifting into sleep, moving step by inevitable st! ep into the abyss traveled by all other empires before ours (Revelation 18).

The signs are clearly all around us. The mission and purpose of the United States is now that of a permanent war economy patrolling the globe and exterminating the infidels (1 Samuel 8). The office of the president, with the acquiescence of the Congress, is fast becoming the office of a supreme leader who can change law through “signing statements” and extinguish law through an a! ssumption of war powers. We have become a nation that practices torture. We have become a nation that targets and kills civilians. We have become a nation that disappears people. We imprison people without trial. We monitor what we say, who we say it to, when we say it, where we say it. All of this in the name of freedom and all of this disguised as justice. All of this covered with the silence and blessing of the clergy who will not blow the trumpet.
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The signs are clearly all around us. We have students spying on their professors. We have government agencies spying on us. We have our computer transactions monitored. We have our children accosted by military recruiters at school, through the mail, through the media, at the mall. Meanwhile the price of war rises into the multiple billions even as spending cuts slice through the poor and the working class. But, from the pulpit, we dare not speak its name: this name that has become the reality of our time.

Within the Church there is an irreconcilable divergence emerging (1 John 2:18-19). At its extremes we see the birth of Patriot Pastors in Ohio even as liberal churches become targets for IRS investigations. We see Justice Sundays and the growth of theocratic nationalism even as more are jailed because of their faith-based resistance to the further production of war. From the pulpits of the nation the Sermon on the Mount, christian identification with the poor, the declaration to love our enemies are! all replaced with strategies of church growth or manipulations to infiltrate political parties. Congregations insist that clergy dare not speak its name. Congregations insist that clergy stay embedded in their role as chaplain and golf partner. They insist that clergy provide comfort and offer therapeutic guidance. And clergy, with paycheck in hand, and a desire for career advancement in heart, oblige their congregations with false words of “peace, peace” (Jeremiah 8).
But when does it get said? When do we clergy preach I Samuel 8, Isaiah 6, Jeremiah 8, Ezekiel 33, 1 John 2, Revelation 18? When do we prepare our people for the next act of terrorism and the next seizure of power? When do we clergy declare that allegiance to a military security state committed to permanent war is idolatry? When do we cease our support for the regime that sends troops out to oppress, dominate and die while it chants the empty slogan “support our troops?”

When, in other words, will clergy name the disease that is our present reality? When do we speak of it from the pulpit? What are we waiting for? What other signs do we need? Are we waiting for the inevitable arrests of dissidents? Are we waiting for the next invasion, and then the next? Are we waiting for further heresy trials, further church harassment, further cultural friction? Are we waiting until the waters of the coming economic flood finally bubble up under our own chins? When do we dare blow the trumpet and warn our people? When do we dare cast aside the comforts of popularity, prosperity, and privilege so that we finally speak its name? And having spoken it from the pulpit, from the Bible study, from out of each pastoral visit we make, having spoken the Word then perhaps we can lead our people in doing that which only the Church can do: casting out the demon while repenting for the sin of this republic now turned empire. Just like Jesus encountering the man in the tombs, we must begin this exorcism by naming its name: some might call it militarism but I think it is better understood as fascism (Mark 5).

Rev. Rich Lang is Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard. He is currently preaching on THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN A TIME OF WAR and can be contacted at trinity_ballard[at]yahoo.com or through www.tumseattle.org

Sec. 605: Run for cover!

January 24, 2006
Unfathomed Dangers in PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
by Paul Craig Roberts
A provision in the “PATRIOT Act” creates a new federal police force with the power to violate the Bill of Rights. You might think that this cannot be true, as you have not read about it in newspapers or heard it discussed by talking heads on TV.
Go to House Report 109-333 USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and check it out for yourself. Sec. 605 reads:
“There is hereby created and established a permanent police force, to be known as the ‘United States Secret Service Uniformed Division.'”
This new federal police force is “subject to the supervision of the Secretary of Homeland Security.”
The new police are empowered to “make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such felony.”
The new police are assigned a variety of jurisdictions, including “an event designated under section 3056(e) of title 18 as a special event of national significance” (SENS).
“A special event of national significance” is neither defined nor does it require the presence of a “protected person” such as the president in order to trigger it. Thus, the administration, and perhaps the police themselves, can place the SENS designation on any event. Once a SENS designation is placed on an event, the new federal police are empowered to keep out and arrest people at their discretion.
The language conveys enormous discretionary and arbitrary powers. What is “an offense against the United States”? What are “reasonable grounds”?
You can bet the Alito/Roberts court will rule that it is whatever the executive branch says.
The obvious purpose of the act is to prevent demonstrations at Bush/Cheney events. However, nothing in the language limits the police powers from being used only in this way. Like every law in the U.S., this law also will be expansively interpreted and abused. It has dire implications for freedom of association and First Amendment rights. We can take for granted that the new federal police will be used to suppress dissent and to break up opposition. The Brownshirts are now arming themselves with a Gestapo.
Many naïve Americans will write to me to explain that this new provision in the reauthorization of the “PATRIOT Act” is necessary to protect the president and other high officials from terrorists or from harm at the hands of angry demonstrators: “No one else will have anything to fear.” Some will accuse me of being an alarmist, and others will say that it is unpatriotic to doubt the law’s good intentions.
Americans will write such nonsense despite the fact that the president and foreign dignitaries are already provided superb protection by the Secret Service. The naïve will not comprehend that the president cannot be endangered by demonstrators at SENS at which the president is not present. For many Americans, the light refuses to turn on.
In Nazi Germany, did no one but Jews have anything to fear from the Gestapo?
By Stalin’s time, Lenin and Trotsky had eliminated all members of the “oppressor class,” but that did not stop Stalin from sending millions of “enemies of the people” to the Gulag.
It is extremely difficult to hold even local police forces accountable. Who is going to hold accountable a federal police protected by Homeland Security and the president?
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MCM on "Ring of Fire" this Saturday

Dear Mark,

Your interview with Bobby Kennedy is scheduled to air on our show this Saturday. Ring of Fire airs 5:00-7:00 p.m. EST Saturdays and is rebroadcast from 3:00-5:00p.m. EST on Sundays in most markets.

You can find your local Air America station at airamericaradio.com or listen online at that site. Next week, the show will be archived at our show website, ringoffireradio.com. (Please note: some of the local affiliates do not carry Air America on weekends, but you can always listen to the show online.) We hope you’ll forward this message your friends and family and invite them to listen.

Thanks again for sharing your expertise with our audience. We’d appreciate hearing any feedback you get from your appearance on Ring of Fire.

Best wishes,

Scott

The Marianas, sinkhole of Republican corruption

And for more on the most corrupt of U.S. territories, see William Betz’s excellent Web site, www.saipansucks.com
Burns changed vote on bill about the Marianas islands
By JENNIFER McKEE Missoulian State Bureau
HELENA – U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., met with a Marianas official who had close ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in the weeks before Burns received an Abramoff-related $5,000 contribution from the Marianas and reversed his earlier position on a bill about the islands.
The politician, Gov. Benigno Fitial, has said he will cooperate with the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into potential bribery of public officials involving Abramoff, a man Fitial once described as a “close friend,” according to Pacific Magazine, a Hawaii publication that covers the Pacific region.

The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands is a U.S. territory near Guam. Citizens there are U.S. citizens, although the island is exempt from many U.S. standards, including minimum wage.

In the late 1990s, some 58 percent of the island’s population were noncitizen immigrants, drawn to the island’s garment manufacturing jobs, government reports show. At the time, workers in the factories earned a minimum of $3.05 an hour, below the U.S. minimum wage of $5.15.
Burns voted against a bill in May 2001 that would have strengthened U.S. oversight over the commonwealth’s labor and immigration laws. A little more than a year before Burns had not opposed an identical measure.

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Today's Alito Day!

If you don’t support Bush as King…
Now is the time to Save our Democracy –Stop Alito!

TODAY is the committe vote (the Senate vote will be soon)
CALL your Senator TODAY (even if you called before!)
Calling is the most effective way of communicating with your Senator.
Tell your Senator to oppose Alito and support a filibuster!
>From 9am-5pm:
1-800-426-8073 (or 1-202-224-3121 if the 800 number is busy)

Below see the full text of award-winning reporter Robert Parry’s article
explaining that in Alito’s theory of “unitary executive”:

“Americans would no longer have freedoms based on
the Constitution and the law, but on Bush’s tolerance
and charity. Americans would, in essence, become
Bush’s subjects dependent on his good graces,
rather than citizens possessing inalienable rights.
He would be a modern-day king.”

It’s this simple, if you don’t support Bush as KING…
CALL your Senator TODAY:
1-800-426-8073
(or 1-202-224-3121 if the 800 number is busy)
Tell your Senator to oppose Alito and support a filibuster!
and…I’ve not been a fan of his lately, but John Kerry is saying he’ll take these
signatures to the senate, so sign his petition:
http://www.johnkerry.com/action/alito/
AND CIRCULATE THIS MESSAGE!

If you’re in Connecticut–Join the CT Rapid Response Action Network
They will be organizing quick action alerts announcing demonstrations
vigils and sit-ins at the Senator’s homes and offices.
Contact: Carolyn Gabel-Brett

Thank you!
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http://www.freedomfriesart.org
The Freedom Fries Art Collective
Dissent is Democracy
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Alaska withholds public voting records!

State denies Democrats access to election records
(January 23, 2006) The Alaska Democratic Party says there are major discrepancies in the numbers from the 2004 election. However, the State Division of Elections has denied access to the public records that would verify the election’s accuracy.

They claim the electronic computer file that contains all the final vote tallies is proprietary information belonging to Diebold Election Systems. That company is a contractor for the voting process in Alaska and other states.

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Get that filibuster going!

GrassrootsWest.org
CALL FOR A FILIBUSTER AGAINST ALITO
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) is on record as having stated that he thinks we’ve got 41 votes against the Alito nomination.

Various activist citizen lobbies maintain toll free numbers so you can lobby your own senators on this issue. Call the Capitol Switchboard toll free and ask for your senator’s office (both of them, one at a time, and if you live in a Republican-controlled state, even better yet):

  • 1-888 355 3588
  • 1-888 818 6641
  • 1-877 851 6437

If you have some really good arguments against the Alito nomination to offer your senators, faxing is the best way to get “read.” Find their fax numbers by clicking on your state here: http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/index.html

Need a good argument? Here’s one: Samuel Alito throughout his professional career has demonstrated that he’ll say anything and do anything to get the job he’s interviewing for. He’ll lie (if his testimony to date is to be believed), he’ll cheat (taking the opposite view of his testimony on the bench, just as he has as a judge writing stinking dissenting opinions), he’ll steal (by taking away our constitutional rights). After all, it’s the new Republican Way.

A victory in Dutchess County, NY

From Vicky P.:
Great news for paper-base voting activists.

The GOP-led Dutchess County Legislature has just tonight unanimously passed a resolution calling on the State Board of Elections to insist that optical scanners will be certified.
– If the State Board does so insist, then election commissioners will have a true choice of voting technology.
– If this resolution (and others like it) were to fail, it is possible that voting manufacturers might decide not to offer their scanners – effectively eliminating any chance that New Yorkers would get paper-based voting.

Thanks go out to all the people who came to the Board meeting to speak favorably for this resolution. There is still much more work to do but this marks a turning point for Dutchess County.

Here is the link for the county resolution

NY screening of "Invisible Ballots"

Resistance Cinema, a project of the Not in Our Name Education Committee, will screen Invisible Ballots on Sunday, February 12th at 1:30 p.m.

Location:

The Community Church of New York
40 East 35th Street (see map)
http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=40+East+35th+Street,+New+York,+NY

If you have a wider listserve that covers the NY metro area and wish to announce the screening, please do so.

This is a free event, open to the public and we are honored to have a speaker joining us: Teresa Hommel, co-founder of New Yorkers for Verified Voting (NYVV).

Spread the word. You can also get your local community church’s and movie houses to have a free showing. Just ask them.

Angela
www.coalitionforvisibleballots.org
www.visibleballots.com