Interruption -- Blessed be the killers, Part II will have to wait
November 18, 2004

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Was the 2004 presidential election stolen???

Friends:

      A close and trusted friend of many years forwarded me the article with the title immediately above. I personally have believed from the start that the election was very likely stolen. The legalities currently being pursued are far from adequate to insure a fair result. Am I a 'conspiracy theorist'? Absolutely! I have not a shadow of doubt that there was a massive conspiracy by a substantial part of the Republican Party's extreme right wing to try to steal the election. I have no doubt that there were many criminal acts carried out with that intent, and I'm not referring to the time-dishonored practice of manipulative gerrymandering of election districts to negate the votes of parts of the population.

Was theft necessary for Bush's 'victory'?

      That I do not know. I don't know whether -- if there had been a fair election with no intimidation and/or disenfranchisement of potential legitimate voters, and with a scrupulously honest count of the votes -- whether Kerry or Bush would have captured the electoral vote needed for the presidency. I believe it might well have been Kerry. My personal position is simply that if there had been a fair election and if Bush had won another four years, I would accept the result, believing that we, the American people, had made an enormous, disastrous mistake for which we and the rest of the world's people would pay dearly.

      But I know it was not an honest election, and am unwilling to accept the idea that it reflects our will. It is our right to reject the 'official' result, and to insist upon invalidating the election wherever it was fraudulent because of all the coercive tactics employed and/or technical tricks with the actual counting.

      We are THE supreme court, not those political appointees clothed in black dishonesty. We won't have another Warren Commission lying to us, like the one led by that 'chief justice' telling us that in their learned judgment John F. Kennedy had been the victim of a single bullet.

Here's the e-mail I received:


Subject: Beckwith, Stolen Election
From:
James Herod <anarresodo@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 04:29:20 -0600
To: George Salzman <george.salzman@umb.edu>

Gary Beckwith
Solarbus
November, 2004

      When actress Susan Sarandon appeared on the Bill Maher show he asked her what is the biggest issue we face as a nation. Her reply was "voter fraud."

      The usually knowledgeable Maher had no idea what she was talking about. When he asked, she replied:

      "Something BIG is about to happen."

      What I'm about to tell you is going to be hard to swallow at first. But if you're like most of us, once you start looking at the evidence, you'll scrape yourself off the ceiling, put your eyeballs back in their sockets, and you'll try to figure out what to do.

      So here it is.

      The highest crime in the history of our country took place on November 2nd. The evidence is now mounting (into a HUGE mountain) that the election was stolen. There is already a congressional investigation underway and a consumer investigation (headed by Ralph Nader).

      Electronic voting machines that were manufactured by supporters of the Republican Party were used to alter the will of the people.

      The internet message boards and chat rooms are bursting with talk about this. You can wait another couple days to hear about it in the mainstream media, or you can read on. Just remember where you heard it first.

      I will outline the key points, however, more information is coming out literally by the minute.

      The election was stolen with not just one tactic, but with several.

Key Points:

      "Black Box" Electronic Voting Machines: The key to it all was the use of electronic voting machines that produce no paper trail. These were manufactured mainly by the two companies ESS and Diebold. Both of these companies are big supporters of the Republican Party. Walden O'Dell, the owner of Diebold, said in a 2003 fundraising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

      Similarly, Chuck Hagel, the owner of ESS used his own machines to get elected to the United States Senate in Nebraska. A bill was introduced in the House and Senate to outlaw these machines and require a paper printout of each vote so that they could be verified and/or recounted. The bill was stalled by the GOP, led by Senate Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and it was not allowed to come to vote.

      Shortly after the November 2rd election, countless stories of problems with the machines began to surface. Many people tried to vote for Kerry and said that when the final confirmation screen came up it said they voted for Bush. In one precinct in Ohio, 4,258 votes were given to Bush where there were only 638 registered voters. Many more stories about the black box voting machines, their problems, and the investigation into their tampering are circulating. Blackboxvoting.org is leading the way in the investigation to proving the results were tampered with.

Exit polls:
      Exit polls were taken in every state. In those states that had verifiable paper trails for their ballots, the exit polls were virtually the same as the real results. However, in the states where electronic voting machines were used, the exit polls were mysteriously very different from the final reported totals. You can view the exit poll data directly yourself with the link at the bottom of this article.

Unusual results:
      In the areas where computers were used to cast votes or tally them, some very strange results have surfaced. Here is just one example. In Baker County, Florida, there are 12,887 registered voters, 69.3% of them registered Democrats and 24.3% of them Republicans. The vote was only 2,180 for Kerry and 7,738 for Bush.

      Are we supposed to believe that five out of every seven registered Democrats voted for Bush??? This pattern repeats itself in many Florida counties. You can view all the raw data for every Florida county at the link at the bottom of this article.

Shenanigans:
      In addition to the electronic voting machines, there was widespread voter intimidation and disenfranchisement on election day. In many democratic areas, people waited hours to vote, while Republicans "challenged" voters' rights to vote, forcing them to fill out a provisional ballot instead of a real ballot. The provisional ballots were not counted on election day and we may never know how many of them there were, or what rules will be used to qualify them. Flyers were sent to democratic areas with an array of false information on them.

      People were told their voting precinct had changed, that their voter registration was not valid, or that they would go to jail if they tried to vote. The list of shenanigans goes on and on. You can see some of the flyers that were sent out and read about more of the shenanigans at the link at the bottom of this article.

Investigations:
      This is not conspiracy theory. This is not hearsay. There is evidence. There are witnesses. There are investigations underway. Three Congressmen have sent a letter to the General Accountability Office requesting urgent action and an investigation. Ralph Nader is leading a consumer investigation into voter fraud countrywide, and has already filed an official challenge to the voting results in New Hampshire. You can read the letter to the GAO and more about Nader's efforts at http://votenader.org

      They will call us sore losers. They will have their lawyers and computer experts too. They will refute the evidence. But the truth is on our side and we will prevail.

      Here is the link to the information, if you would like to look into the details and become more aware of the biggest story about to break. http://www.solarbus.org/stealyourelection

      What we need now is for the information to get out to more people. The mainstream media will bury this until it's shoved down their throat. So please forward this email to your friends and family. If every person tells three other people, everyone will know before the media decides to wake up.

      Blackboxvoting.org is leading the way in the investigation to proving the results were tampered with. Solarbus is Tracking election returns against registered voter counts and gathering the facts.

From: Teed Rockwell, Philosophy Dept., Sonoma State University, Sonoma, California

      Cuyahoga County in Ohio submits 97,489 more votes than voters !

      You may have seen the associated press story about the precinct in Cuyahoga county that had less than 1,000 voters, and gave Bush almost 4,000 extra votes. But that turns out to be only the tip of a very ugly iceberg. The evidence discovered by some remarkably careful sleuthing would convince any reasonable court to invalidate the entire Ohio election.

      In last Tuesday's election, 29 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, reported votes cast in excess of the number of registered voters --- at least 93,136 extra votes total. And the numbers are right there on the official Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website:
Bay Village - 13,710 registered voters / 18,663 ballots cast
Beachwood - 9,943 registered voters / 13,939 ballots cast
Bedford - 9,942 registered voters / 14,465 ballots cast
Bedford Heights - 8,142 registered voters / 13,512 ballots cast
Brooklyn - 8,016 registered voters / 12,303 ballots cast
Brooklyn Heights - 1,144 registered voters / 1,869 ballots cast
Chagrin Falls Village - 3,557 registered voters / 4,860 ballots cast
Cuyahoga Heights - 570 registered voters / 1,382 ballots cast
Fairview Park - 13,342 registered voters / 18,472 ballots cast
Highland Hills Village - 760 registered voters / 8,822 ballots cast
Independence - 5,735 registered voters / 6,226 ballots cast
Mayfield Village - 2,764 registered voters / 3,145 ballots cast
Middleburg Heights - 12,173 registered voters / 14,854 ballots cast
Moreland Hills Village - 2,990 registered voters / 4,616 ballots cast
North Olmstead - 25,794 registered voters / 25,887 ballots cast
Olmstead Falls - 6,538 registered voters / 7,328 ballots cast
Pepper Pike - 5,131 registered voters / 6,479 ballots cast
Rocky River - 16,600 registered voters / 20,070 ballots cast
Solon (WD6) - 2,292 registered voters / 4,300 ballots cast
South Euclid - 16,902 registered voters / 16,917 ballots cast
Strongsville (WD3) - 7,806 registered voters / 12,108 ballots cast
University Heights - 10,072 registered voters / 11,982 ballots cast
Valley View Village - 1,787 registered voters / 3,409 ballots cast
Warrensville Heights - 10,562 registered voters / 15,039 ballots cast
Woodmere Village - 558 registered voters / 8,854 ballots cast
Bedford (CSD) - 22,777 registered voters / 27,856 ballots cast
Independence (LSD) - 5,735 registered voters / 6,226 ballots cast
Orange (CSD) - 11,640 registered voters / 22,931 ballots cast
Warrensville (CSD) - 12,218 registered voters / 15,822 ballots cast

      http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/BOE/results/currentresults1.htm#top is the official website of the Cuyahoga county election board, providing irrefutable evidence that the vote was off by at least 93,000. Kerry lost Ohio by approximately 130,000, so this is not an insignificant figure that can be ignored, particularly when there are numerous other indications of voter fraud in Ohio and elsewhere. I think the only possible alternative is to invalidate the entire Ohio election, if not the entire national election.

      I'd say the game's up.

      America, it looks pretty much like you've been had.


      In an effort to learn more about the source of the above article, I wrote to James Herod and to Teed Rockwell. The relevant part of that correspondence follows:

Subject: Re: Beckwith, Stolen Election
From:
George Salzman <george.salzman@umb.edu>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 08:08:40 -0600
To: James Herod <anarresodo@comcast.net>

Hi James,

      I'm going to mass mail this (with a few corrections -- typos) . . . I'm determined to do everything I can to force a thorough, honest accounting and, where called for, invalidating the election wherever it was fraudulent because of all the coercive devices used and/or the technical tricks with the actual counting. Thanks James for all your help . . .
George

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Subject: More info
From:
George Salzman <george.salzman@umb.edu>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 08:30:58 -0600
To: James Herod <anarresodo@comcast.net>

Hi James,

      . . . Is it OK to give you as my source for the forwarded e-mail? . . . it's true that Beckwith provides many links to primary data and people can check it out independently. Still, my preference is to give the attribution.
George

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Subject: Reply about Beckwith
From:
James Herod <anarresodo@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 08:53:13 -0600
To: George Salzman <george.salzman@umb.edu>

Hi George,
I got the Beckwith essay off Albert Krebs' Calamity Howler #29, which I get because I subscribe to his Agribusiness Examiner . . . Krebs I believe is quite reliable . . . there is a web site giving links to lots of articles on the stolen election.
http://www.solarbus.org/stealyourelection/ . . .
James

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Subject: Request for information
From:
George Salzman <george.salzman@umb.edu>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 10:45:34 -0600
To: Teed Rockwell <mcmf@california.com>

Dear Teed Rockwell,

      I received an e-mail that contained the following:
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From: Teed Rockwell, Philosophy Dept., Sonoma State University, Sonoma, California.

Cuyahoga County in Ohio submits 97,489 more votes than voters !

You may have seen the associated press story about the precinct in Cuyahoga county that had less than 1,000 voters, and gave Bush almost 4,000 extra . . .
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      I am preparing a mailing to my e-mail distribution list and want to confirm that the above material attributed to you is not in error. In his article Gary Beckwith did not carefully delineate where your information stopped, and other information or his opinion began.
      Thank you in advance for your help. I . . . believe this issue of the election is of overriding importance.
George

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Subject: Re: Request for information
From:
Teed Rockwell
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 09:50:15 -0800
To: George Salzman <george.salzman@umb.edu>

I did write this post (although they changed it quite a bit. But new evidence has come in, and there is an alternative explanation for this discrepancy which appears plausible.

you can find this explanation at:http://pages.ivillage.com/americans4america/id20.html
Don't give up however. There is other good (although not decisive) evidence. Nothing has been proven yet, but there is still enough evidence to merit further investigation I'll keep you posted if I find anything else. The best centralized source I have found for Voter fraud evidence is:
http://www.solarbus.org/stealyourelection/

something especially remarkable happened just yesterday, which you can find at:
http://www.solarbus.org/stealyourelection/articles/blackbox-alerts.html

I think what this shows is that one of the most effective things you can do is to donate money to blackboxvoting.org

Teed Rockwell

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Subject: Re: Request for information
George Salzman <george.salzman@umb.edu>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 13:49:08 -0600
To: Teed Rockwell

Thank you very much Teed. I will include our exchange as a note right after Beckwith's article. It is . . . absolutely critical that we develop modes of grassroots communication that we can trust. We must become the trustworthy source of information on which the American people will come to rely.
George


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