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KY Election Officials Found Guilty in Massive Election Fraud Have Verdict Overturned

Source: BRAD BLOG

New Trial Ordered for Clay County, KY Election Officials Found Guilty in Massive Election Fraud Conspiracy, Previously Sentenced to 156 Years

Eight top election officials from Clay County, KY previously found guilty in a massive vote buying and selling conspiracy --- which prosecutors charged had been run over several decades and included the manipulation of electronic voting machines in 2006 --- have had their convictions overturned and a new trial ordered by a panel on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of appeals.

The eight co-conspirators --- which included the County Clerk, a Circuit Court Judge and the School Superintendent, among others --- had previously been sentenced to a total of more than 156 years in federal prison following their 2009 arrest and 2010 trial and conviction over fraud carried out in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections.

The BRAD BLOG had covered the arrest, trial, defendant flipping, conviction and sentencing of the Clay County, KY election fraudsters in some detail over the years as each step was happening.

The group had been found guilty of complex, endemic vote buying and selling schemes carried out over many elections over several years, often meant to game the Republican primary elections in the very rural, very poor, Republican area of the Bluegrass State in a location where winning the GOP primary was usually a guarantee for also winning the general election.

The schemes became more sophisticated over the years, according to prosecution evidence and cooperating witnesses, including in 2006 when poll workers participating in the conspiracy were said to have changed the votes cast by voters on touch-screen voting machines after they'd left the "booth" on Election Day. (The same 100% unverifiable touch-screen systems, the ES&S iVotronic, which allowed for the manipulation of votes in Clay County, are still in widespread use across the country today)…

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10144


Read more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10144

LAPD Captain to Protesters Sunday: 'I Honor Your Commitment and Passion for Justice' (VIDEO)

LAPD Captain to Trayvon Martin Protesters Sunday: 'I Honor Your Commitment and Passion for Justice From Bottom of My Heart' (VIDEO)

'I, like you, have difficulties with what happened 3,000 miles away,' Capt. Cory Palka tells peaceful demonstrators in Hollywood

'We will continue to protect and honor your Constitutional rights to march in protest'...



FULL STORY, WATCH VIDEO: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10133

L.A. NBC Affiliate, LAPD Offer False Reports of '$15k of Damage' at Hollywood Hotel During Protest

Source: BRAD BLOG



EXCLUSIVE: L.A. NBC Affiliate and LAPD Offer False Reports of '$15,000 of Damage' at Hollywood Hotel by Trayvon Martin Protesters on Sunday Night
Hotel confirms to The BRAD BLOG that no such damage occurred, even as NBC4 reporters, at times, seemed to be hoping for riots...


Despite reporting to the contrary from both Los Angeles' NBC affiliate and the Los Angeles Police Department, Trayvon Martin protesters in Hollywood on Sunday night neither "stormed" nor caused "about $15,000 worth of damage" at a local hotel.

For the most part, protests in the wake of the "not guilty" verdict for George Zimmerman in Florida, have been peaceful here in L.A., though, at times, it seems as if NBC's local affiliate, NBC4 hoped they might not be.

The BRAD BLOG has confirmed with a spokesman at the W Hotel in Hollywood that "no protestors ever entered" the facility, even as NBC4's NewsChopper4 reporter Megan Reyes told both the studio and viewers watching their live web stream of protests on Sunday night that protesters were "getting very rowdy" and had "broken glass" at the hotel. She cited no source for her reporting, and NBC4 did not respond to The BRAD BLOG's request last night via Twitter for detailed on Reyes' sourcing.

By Monday on NBC4, false reports of "broken glass" had turned into false reports of "$15,000 worth of damage" at the hotel, after reporter Tony Guinyard informed viewers that protesters "stormed" the hotel and, as as an LAPD Commander, on camera, confirmed that report.

All of that, however, was completely disputed by two W Hotel officials we contacted on Monday...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10128

Read more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10128

'We're in the Abyss': My KPFK 'BradCast' Interview with Daniel Ellsberg on Edward Snowden

(Reposting here after thread was locked at LBN, for some reason.)



'We're in the Abyss': My KPFK 'BradCast' Interview with Daniel Ellsberg on Edward Snowden
EXCLUSIVE: Legendary 'Pentagon Papers' whistleblower offers frank comment on the NSA whistleblower; the dangers of our privatized surveillance state; the failure of Congressional oversight; and journalists 'discrediting their professions'...

In his column over the weekend, lauding the "conscience and patriotism" of NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, legendary "Pentagon Papers" whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg cited a 1975 warning about the NSA from Sen. Frank Church (D-ID), chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee tasked with investigating unlawful intelligence gathering by the NSA, CIA and FBI following the Watergate scandal.

"I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America," Church said, "and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."

On Wednesday, during a fascinating interview on The BradCast on KPFK/Pacifica Radio, Ellsberg said directly, in the wake of Snowden's disclosures: "We're in the abyss. What he feared has come to pass".

Ellsberg went on to share very frank thoughts on Edward Snowden, his disclosures, the privatized surveillance state, failure of Congressional oversight and he calls out several reporters, by name, for 'discrediting their professions' and for being 'stupid and misguided'...

LISTEN, FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10067

'We're in the Abyss': My KPFK 'BradCast' Interview with Daniel Ellsberg on Edward Snowden

Source: BRAD BLOG, KPFK



'We're in the Abyss': My KPFK 'BradCast' Interview with Daniel Ellsberg on Edward Snowden
EXCLUSIVE: Legendary 'Pentagon Papers' whistleblower offers frank comment on the NSA whistleblower; the dangers of our privatized surveillance state; the failure of Congressional oversight; and journalists 'discrediting their professions'...

In his column over the weekend, lauding the "conscience and patriotism" of NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, legendary "Pentagon Papers" whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg cited a 1975 warning about the NSA from Sen. Frank Church (D-ID), chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee tasked with investigating unlawful intelligence gathering by the NSA, CIA and FBI following the Watergate scandal.

"I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America," Church said, "and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."

On Wednesday, during a fascinating interview on The BradCast on KPFK/Pacifica Radio, Ellsberg said directly, in the wake of Snowden's disclosures: "We're in the abyss. What he feared has come to pass".

Ellsberg went on to share very frank thoughts on Edward Snowden, his disclosures, the privatized surveillance state, failure of Congressional oversight and he calls out several reporters, by name, for 'discrediting their professions' and for being 'stupid and misguided'...

LISTEN, FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10067

Read more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10067

NY Legislature Intros Bill to Restore Lever Voting in NYC

NY State Legislature Introduces Bill to Restore Lever Voting Machines in NYC This Fall

Not to say we told ya so, but... Rachel Barnhart of Rochester's WROC-TV just tweeted this: "Wow, state assembly intro's bill to allow NYC to bring back lever machines for primary"...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10048

How 'Radio Ink' and the Right Attempt to 'Silence' Opponents: Lie About Them



How 'Radio Ink' and the Right Attempt to 'Silence' Opponents: Lie About Them

-- Guest blogged by Sue Wilson…

The radio industry magazine Radio Ink caught wind of my recent article, "Tell the FCC: Talk Radio is NOT 'Bonafide News'", as published at The BRAD BLOG, (and subsequently reprinted by the Huffington Post.)

As might be expected by an industry with a long track record of willfully misinforming the public, perhaps it is not surprising that Radio Ink --- which bills itself as "Radio's Premier Management & Marketing Magazine" --- would wildly mischaracterize not only the piece I wrote, but the legal underpinnings of the case which is helping to bring the question of what comprises "Bonafide News" to the forefront.

In other words, rather than challenge my actual argument or what I actually wrote or what is in our published legal filings, the unbylined Radio Ink article simply made up a straw man --- she wants to "stifle" and "silence" and "censor" Talk Radio by "government mandate"! --- and then knocked it handily down. That is, of course, what they do in Talk Radio…

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10047

Tell the FCC: Talk Radio is Not 'Bonafide News' (A petition that matters!!!)



Tell the FCC: Talk Radio is Not 'Bonafide News'
Corporate media outlets are using our public airwaves to promote their favorite candidates --- in violation of the law...

-- Guest blogged by Sue Wilson…

President Obama recently nominated Tom Wheeler as the new Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the federal agency tasked with protecting the public interest in broadcasting, particularly over our public airwaves
.
One of the first questions Wheeler's FCC will have to (reluctantly?) decide: Is Talk Radio the same as "bonafide news"?

More than three quarters of the American public say no, according to Pew Research, and one would think an agency sworn to protect the public interest and its airwaves would agree with that vast majority. But will Wheeler choose to put the public interest first, or will his FCC continue to simply turn a blind eye, as the agency has done since the Reagan administration?...

FULL STORY, LINK TO PETITION: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10034

IRS 'Scandal' Appears Nearly as Phony as Shirley Sherrod, Van Jones, ACORN 'Scandals'



IRS 'Scandal' Appears Nearly as Phony as Shirley Sherrod, Van Jones, ACORN 'Scandals'
But the Obama Administration falls for it again...

"Listening to the nightly news, this appears to be just the latest example of a culture of cover-ups --- and political intimidation --- in this administration," declared the opportunistic Republican Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee during a hearing today on the "scandal" related to the IRS use of Rightwing words such as "Tea Party" to help identify groups applying for tax-exempt status which might be operating in violation of the tax code.

The key phrase there is: "Listening to the nightly news..."

Rep. David Camp (R-MI) was correct in at least that part of his statement. If you listened to the way this supposed "scandal" is being reported by the bulk of the corporate media, you'd think the poorly chosen criteria used by low-level IRS officials in trying to identify taxpayer-subsidized organizations that might be carrying out political operations in violation of the law, was part of a "culture of cover-up" and "political intimidation" on par with Richard Nixon ordering his Dept. of Justice to target political enemies.

Then again, if you listened only to the corporate media, you --- like the Obama Administration --- also probably thought that the phony, trumped-up "scandals" that led to the inappropriate firing of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, the cowardly firing of White House green jobs adviser Van Jones and the outrageous federal defunding of ACORN were also the unhappy result of an endemic culture of corruption by the Obama Administration, the Democratic Party and its insidious political apparatchiks.

Those fake scandals, however, all three of them, were shams. And the closer one looks at the IRS "scandal", particularly after today's U.S. House hearings (and our report yesterday on what the IG report actually said), this one seems to be almost as trumped up…not that that has kept Obama (and the media) from falling for it. Again…

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10021

Internet Voting Hacked on NBC's 'The Voice'?

Source: BRAD BLOG

Internet Voting Hacked on NBC's 'The Voice'?

It might be funny, but for the fact that beating back the Internet Voting virus --- even here in California, where it is Democrats who are being dumb enough to push for it, despite warnings from virtually every world-class computer scientist and security expert in the world that it's an insane, non-solvable idea --- but it appears that voting for NBC's show The Voice may have been hacked this week.

According to a statement from NBC tonight…

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10002


Read more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10002
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