Bush's NSA was spying on us BEFORE 9/11

Breaking: Spying started well before 9/11

By Evan Derkacz
Posted on July 3, 2006, Printed on July 4, 2006

Bloomberg News reported, on the Friday before a four day weekend, that Bush administration NSA spying plans began well before 9/11.

“The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court.”

Whoops.

John in DC writes: “if true, it negates Bush’s entire argument that the spying was needed to fight the war on terror…”

More than that, it negates the administration’s legal defense that it was the Authorization to Use Military Force that authorized the program.

It obliterates it and seems to point to the expansion of presidential power as the true reason for the program.

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Hand count in San Diego race

Hand count to be requested in Congressional race
Miriam Raftery
Published: Monday July 3, 2006
The San Diego County Registrar’s office has notified election integrity advocates that the deadline to request a manual hand count will be on Wednesday due to the 4th of July holiday tomorrow, which would have otherwise been the deadline for filing, RAW STORY has learned.
“This is not about Busby or Bilbray. This is about November and the entire election,” Brad Friedman of Bradblog.com told residents of San Diego County at an emergency town hall meeting in Oceanside, California on June 28th.
Bilbray was sworn into Congress following the special election in the 50th Congressional District, despite the fact that thousands of absentee ballots remained uncounted. According to the Registrar’s office, Bilbray nosed out Busby 49.57% to 45.02% in the final tally, which was certified late Thursday on the eve of the 4th of July weekend.
The holiday-eve certification posed a major hurdle for activists, as California law allows only five days to file for a hand count or challenge. However, sources tell RAW STORY that the Registrar has extended the deadline to Wednesday, given the holiday.
At the Oceanside event, Friedman, who is the co-founder of Velvet Revolution, a voting reform movement, called for a hand-count of ballots and urged that San Diego Registrar of Voters Mikel Haas be held accountable for allegedly lax security procedures, including allowing poll workers to take home voting machines with programmable memory cards up to two weeks before the election. Under state law, violating the chain of custody for voting machines decertifies the machines.

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HR 3099

Hi Dr. Miller,

Was curious if you’ve mentioned anything about House Bill 3099, a clean elections bill for federal congressional office. Here’s an excerpt of an article I wrote on it:

Currently there is a bill languishing in the House Telecommunications and Internet Sub-Committee, H.R. 3099 (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:h.r.3099:) that makes clean elections available for candidates running for the US House and Senate. It’s the creation of Representative John Tierney, D-Connecticut, (http://www.house.gov/tierney/press/cleanmoneycleanelections01242006.shmtl) and he has been introducing the Bill since 1997. Over the years, Tierney has gathered forty Democratic co-sponsors. It’s a comprehensive Bill which allows candidates from the major parties to gather five dollar donations from 1500 citizens in their districts (2250 for other party candidates). The clean candidates then qualify for federal funding which matches the funding of candidates who choose private over public financing. Generally, H.R. 3099 conforms to the clean election laws for State candidates in Arizona, Maine and most recently, Connecticut.

If this hasn’t been thoroughly discussed in News From the Underground already, I’ll post it there.

Thanks!
Larry

Richard Power notices a "fan" in Marietta, GA

MCM —

As soon as I posted this piece on the Mexican election, my site was visited by someone from Choicepoint in Marietta, Georgia.

They are watching.

All the Best,
R

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

GS(3) Thunderbolt 7-3-06: Palast on the Case in the Mexican Presidential Election
is now available at —

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case.html

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Rep. John Lewis on the Voting Rights Act

Atlanta Progressive News
June 29, 2006
APN Chat with Rep. John Lewis on the Voting Rights Act Renewal
By Matthew Cardinale, APN News Editor and National Correspondent

‘I’m shocked, I’m surprised, and I’m also very saddened, to relive some of these issues over again, using some of the same language that was used in the 1950s and 1960s,’ US Rep. John Lewis told Atlanta Progressive News in a phone interview.

‘I think the Voting Rights Act was good and necessary in 1965 and it is still good and necessary in 2006,’ Rep. Lewis said.

Congressman Lewis’s comments are in response to the fact that two Georgia Republican Congressmen delayed a US House vote on reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act
just two days ago, on June 27, 2006.

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It's happening in Mexico

Greg Palast in London
Matt Pascarella in Mexico City
Monday, 3 July The Guardian
Dispatch from Mexico City

The election race south of the US border is officially too close to call. Now, where have we heard that before?

As in Florida in 2000, and as in Ohio in 2004, the exit polls show the voters voted for the progressive candidate. The race is “officially” too close to call. But they will call it – after they steal it.

Reuters reports that, as of 8pm eastern time, as voting concluded in Mexico, exit polls showed Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the “leftwing” party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) leading in exit polls over Felipe Calderon of the ruling conservative National Action party (PAN).

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NYC Paper Ballots/Optical Scanners PETITION SIGNING PARTY TODAY

Hi Patriots!

Let’s have a FIREWORKS WATCH petitioning party!
Join Teresa Hommel, Marjorie Gersten, and others!

When: July 4
get petitions signed, starting from 4:30 PM
watch fireworks, 9 PM

Where: Brooklyn PROMENADE, and refreshments at Marjorie’s home nearby!
Near the A, C, 2, 3, 4, 5, M, and R trains in Brooklyn Heights

People start camping out on the Promenade for a perfect view of the fireworks by 4:30 pm. We will be there with petitions for Paper Ballots/Optical Scanners instead of Electronic Voting!

RSVP to Marjorie at 718-624-8384

Teresa
PS–if you can’t join us, you can get petitions signed anyway–
http://www.wheresthepaper.org/July4.htm
http://www.wheresthepaper.org/July4Petition.htm
http://www.wheresthepaper.org/CM_NotSponsoringYet.htm

Peace,
Liz

Why a paper trail is not enough

From Jonathan Simon:

Re: VVPT-Voter-Verified Paper Trail, the idea being that, if the voter can check a “receipt” to see how he/she voted, all will be well. All will not be well.

The obvious problem is that the machine can easily be programmed to mark one vote on the receipt and store/transmit a different vote. Another problem is that most voters don’t verify. Another problem is that it dramatically slows the voting process, creating longer lines and more abandonments precisely in those Dem precincts where that’s a primo tactic for vote suppression. And another problem is that these receipts, if not aggregated and actually counted, are useless (see Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio 2004). You have to have a ballot of record that can be handcount-sampled as a check mechanism of the vote totals for the jurisdiction. Otherwise a determined rigger won’t be stopped.–Jonathan

Diebold's "horrendous" handling of financial data

From a friend:

Dear Mark,

I have a hunch that this may be of interest.

You have been pretty vocal about Diebold and electronic voting machines.

I am not in any sense knowledgeable about the issue, but I was
chatting recently about Diebold with a Very Serious Techie in the
banking industry.

“It’s not divulged to the public because a bank’s most important
asset is people’s trust, but Diebold is a major player in the
electronic banking industry, and their record for error-free
transmission of data is horrendous.”

Please don’t quote me, ’cause I don’t have any verification that what
he said is true, but it seems to me that the banking side of Diebold
is worth some close attention.

Bill Clinton's full remarks on RFK Jr.'s article

Here’s the longer version of Clinton’s remarks:

http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/ViewArticle?oid=oid%3A166649

Q. [to Clinton] Talking about elections, Robert Kennedy Jr. just wrote an article in Rolling Stone claiming the Bush Administration stole the last election. Do you think it was, and how can we guard against something like that going on in the future?

WJC: I must say I read Robert Kennedy’s article in Rolling Stone, and I think all of you should if you haven’t. And before I read it, I was convinced that President Bush had won Ohio… I… I thought it would have been ironic if he had lost the election in the electoral college and won the popular vote–that is, if he went out the same way he came in. ButÅ  but I think thatÅ  I think that — two things. I think there is no question that Al Gore would have won Florida if all the votes had been counted and the people who intended to vote for him had their votes counted.

Between the people whose votes were thrown out for erroneous double voting instructions in Jacksonville, and the 3400 Jewish Democrats who voted for Pat Buchanan in the butterfly ballot, and several others, there’s no question that several thousand more people in Florida intended to vote for Gore and showed up on Election Day. And I still believe that the two Bush v. Gore decisions will go down as one of the four or five worst decisions in the history of the United States Supreme Court. I think it was a disgrace. And I think ifÅ  if Gore had been ahead and Bush had been behind, the Supreme Court would have voted nine to nothing to count all the votes by uniform standard. That’s what I think would have happened. You may not agree but that’s what I… I used to teach that course, Constitutional Law. That’s what I think.

In this case, I think… You know, I don’t have an opinion, but I thought Robert Kennedy made a very persuasive case, and what was clear is that the Secretary of State, now their candidate for governor, was a world-class expert in voter suppression, and that he was doing everything he could to keep voters that he thought were Democrats from voting–in every way that he could. And I think that is wrong. And I hope that the voters of Ohio will repudiate it. I mean, you know, we ought to be in the business of getting more people to vote, not fewer.

We don’t have as many people–heck, they had 70 percent of the voters voted in Iraq in the last election, they had a better voter turnout than we did, and a bunch of them were risking their lives. So I don’t think we ought to be ratifying the public service of anybody who thinks it’s his job to keep people from voting and that’s [applause]… but I don’t have an opinion because I didn’t know anything about it ’til I read Robert Kennedy’s article. But he sure as heck raised a–he made a compelling case, those numbers that he said in some of those precincts, the probability of the vote total being that much at variance with the exit polls was one in 600,000.

And it happened over and over and over again. So if you haven’t read the article, I urge you to read it and when you go back home I urge you to look at… you know, again this is without regard to party, I just don’t think we ought to be suppressing voters. We ought to be getting them to the polls and letting them vote and letting them have their say.