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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 01:56 PM
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Freepress: The GOP's Cyber Election Hit Squad
The GOP's cyber election hit squad
by Steven Rosenfeld and Bob Fitrakis
April 22, 2007

Did the most powerful Republicans in America have the computer capacity, software skills and electronic infrastructure in place on Election Night 2004 to tamper with the Ohio results to ensure George W. Bush's re-election?

The answer appears to be yes. There is more than ample documentation to show that on Election Night 2004, Ohio's "official" Secretary of State website which gave the world the presidential election results was redirected from an Ohio government server to a group of servers that contain scores of Republican web sites, including the secret White House e-mail accounts that have emerged in the scandal surrounding Attorney General Alberto Gonzaless firing of eight federal prosecutors.

Recent revelations have documented that the Republican National Committee (RNC) ran a secret White House e-mail system for Karl Rove and dozens of White House staffers. This high-tech system used to count and report the 2004 presidential vote from server-hosting contracts, to software-writing services, to remote-access capability, to the actual server usage logs themselves must be added to the growing congressional investigations.

Numerous tech-savvy bloggers, starting with the online investigative consortium epluribusmedia.org and their November 2006 article cross-posted by contributor luaptifer to Dailykos, and Joseph Cannon's blog at Cannonfire.blogspot.com, outed the RNC tech network. That web-hosting firm is SMARTech Corp. of Chattanooga, TN, operating out of the basement in the old Pioneer Bank building. The firm hosts scores of Republican websites, including georgewbush.com, gop.com and rnc.org.

_snip--

http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2007/25...

Bob Fitrakis is a political science professor and attorney in the King Lincoln Bronzeville civil rights lawsuit against Ken Blackwell. Fitrakis, Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman are authors of "What Happened in Ohio? A documentary record of theft and fraud in the 2004 election," (New Press, 2006).

KEY LINKS: To trace the site-hosting history of election.sos.state.oh.us, go to:
http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://elec...
(You will note on Nov. 3, 2004, the Ohio Secretary of State's website was moved from a Columbus-based company, OARnet, to SMARTECH CORPORATION.)

Ken Blackwell Outsources Ohio Election Results to GOP Internet Operatives, Again
http://scoop.epluribusmedia.org/story/2006/11/7/115314/...
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/11/7/144314/082

Who is Michael L. Connell? Part II: Behind the firewall
http://scoop.epluribusmedia.org/story/2007/4/2/6328/149...

The White House, vote theft, and the email trail
http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2007/03 / gwb43-white-house-vote-theft-and-email.html

Cedarville University A Major Player in Ohio's Election Tallying Efforts
http://www.cedarville.edu/departments / marketing/publicrelations/newsarticle.cfm? ID=2132271177

"What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud in the 2004 Election," by Robert Fitrakis, Steven Rosenfeld, Harvey Wasserman.
http://www.thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&t... =view_title&metaproductid=1597

Rove-ing emails: what else could go missing? by Todd Johnston
http://scoop.epluribusmedia.org/story/2007/4/22 / 33926/1773

http://scoop.epluribusmedia.org/story/2006/11/9/61233/1...
This shows a screen capture of the TN server 64.203.98.137 which in 2004 was where election.sos.state.oh.us was hosted from, and in 2006 it was still getting live data from Ohio, even though election.sos.state.oh.us was hosted on OARnet servers in Ohio.

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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 02:02 PM
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1. Bingo.
There is a lot to be found at SMARTech. I have been saying it for a while.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-24-07 02:28 PM
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12.  GET REAL: Steven Rosenfeld and Bob Fitrakis as "coincidence theorists"
In previous discussions, the many falsehoods conjectured in the current rehash were fully debunked.

CAREFUL is certainly an appropriate warning before reading the new Steven Rosenfeld and Bob Fitrakis article, refocusing on this old issue.

FIRST, before going into all the falsehoods promulgated by the Steven Rosenfeld and Bob Fitrakis article, here is where the authors ought to focus--THERE IS direct evidence of vote-switching. Why did these authers distract from that evidence in 2004, with the recount focus, and why do they continue to both ignore the evidence and focus attention elsewhere. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now. Here is the evidence they should focus on, vote-wsitching and probable ballot swapping between precincts:

The 2004 Ohio Presidential Election: Cuyahoga County Analysis
How Kerry Votes Were Switched to Bush Votes
http://jqjacobs.net/politics/ohio.html

I tired of correcting all the FALSEHOODS about this on many DU posts when it first surfaced.
Now, here we go again.
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Their article posts a question and does not even answer in the affirmative. Why, because they are WRONG!

"Did the most powerful Republicans in America have the computer capacity, software skills and electronic infrastructure in place on Election Night 2004 to tamper with the Ohio results to ensure George W. Bush's re-election?"

"The answer appears to be yes."

SO WHAT? Appearances mean nothing. These authors are ignoring real evidence in favor of distracting from it.

Let's discus the FACTS instead.

"... on Election Night 2004, Ohio's "official" Secretary of State website -- which gave the world the presidential election results -- was redirected from an Ohio government server to a group of servers that contain scores of Republican web sites,

on Election Night 2004, Ohio's "official" Secretary of State website -- which gave the world the presidential election results -- was redirected from an Ohio government server to a group of servers that contain scores of Republican web sites, ...."

WRONG: The Ohio SoS utilized a hosting service for their election night posting of results. It is not a coincidence that the GOP uses the same "hosting" service, but it is WRONG to infer that the State of Ohio was not directing the election results site w/o evidence beyond a coincidence.

WRONG: "On Election Night 2004, the Republican Party not only controlled the vote-counting process in Ohio, ..."

The vote counting/reporting was controlled by government entities at a county level as usual. The SoS only reports what is reported to that Ohio government office. In no way, shape, or form does the SoS count votes.

WRONG: "... the Republican Party ... also controlled the technology."

The vote counting technology was controlled by the State of Ohio and the counties.

WRONG: "...Privatizing elections and allowing known partisans to run a key presidential vote count ..."

The election was conducted by the county BOEs, not private, and counted by these government organizations. This rhetoric is both false and inflammatory. Why?

WRONG: "there is abundant evidence that Republicans could have used this computing network to delay announcing the winner of Ohio's 2004 election while tinkering with the results."

Now we also have "could have theorists" too!! How does that move anything forward except confusion?

WRONG: "On Election Night 2004, many of the totals reported by the Secretary of State were based on local precinct results that were impossible...."

The election night results gave Bush a substantial margin. Citing several precincts, a la Reagan's anecdotal logic, is now a tired old verse, discredited soon after the election, and proves nothing of substance even when true. A good analogy is Republicans using "voter fraud" to advance a different agenda.

WRONG: "... the facts are not in, but enough is known to warrant a serious congressional inquiry."

Not on this issue. The serious congressional inquiries underway since 2004 do not need to be misdirected by "coincidence theorists." The have real evidence to persue.

WRONG: "... for roughly 90 minutes the Ohio election results reported on the Secretary of State's website were frozen .... vote totals from these last-to-report counties ... were highly improbable and suggested vote count fraud to pad Bush's numbers."

"Improbable." "Suggested." Don't attorneys know how valueless such "proofs" are? Vote counts are always frozen on web sites, then a new result total is posted and they change. Bush was winning Florida in 2000, and the results moved Gore forward to a tie, for all practical purposes. The same fallacious logic would indicate Gore stole the last reporting counties in Florida.

WRONG: "... The most eyebrow-raising example to emerge from parsing precinct results was finding 10,500 people in three Ohio's 'Bible Belt' counties who voted to re-elect Bush and voted in favor of gay marriage, if the official results are true ... in Warren, Butler and Clermont Counties. The most plausible explanation for this anomaly ... was Kerry votes were flipped to Bush while the rest of the ballot was left alone. While we have some theories about how that might have been done by hand in a police-guarded warehouse, could full Republican control of the vote-counting software and servers also have played a role?"

This is easy to explain. These authors know of a plausible explanation and ignore it, as if part of the cover-up themselves. What happens when punch card ballots are switched between precincts with different ballot orders. Kerry votes can be switched to Bush votes while a distinct outcome may or may not result for other, down-ticket races with a different number of options. Warren and Butler Counties used punch cards, and Clermont used optical scanning, so all the ballots are still preserved.

WRONG: "Baiman compared the number of voters who signed in with the total number of votes attributed to precincts. He found hundreds of "phantom" votes, where the number of voter signatures was less than the reported vote total. That discrepancy also suggests vote count fraud."

This is a common problem when voters do not sign in, a well known problem with a well known cause. It does not suggest fraud in and of itself. This is iase argumentation.

WRONG: "... the highest ranks of the Republican Party's political wing, including White House counselor Karl Rove, a handful of the party's most tech-savvy computer gurus and the former Republican Ohio Secretary of State, created, owned and operated the vote-counting system that reported George W. Bush's re-election to the presidency."

This is just beyond ridiculous. Only those with no critical reasoning will not see the lie in this statement.

Laws of the State of Ohio created the system, the People of Ohio own it, and Boards of Election operated it. GET REAL!!
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 02:24 PM
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2. Barbara Comstock
She is heavily involved in the dirty tricks and the message control.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 03:53 PM
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3. K&R This post must be read - kudos to Rosenfeld and Fitrakis


I can't believe how humbled I am when I look at what you have to fight, had to, in Ohio.

Let's get A.G. Dann motivated to do what he promised in Sept.30, 2006, at the "We Count" Conference, Cleveland.

1. OH Democratic Attorney Gen. Candidate - Investigate Electoin Fraud
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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:12 PM
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4. Thanks mod mom!
:hi:
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:22 PM
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5. Thanks for compiling these links
nice to have them in one thread!
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:28 PM
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7. That was how the article was presented to reference. It is helpful!
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:23 PM
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6. I think they paid techies to do the work for them. And I don't think
they're brilliant enough to have that much computer know-how in their own party. That means that somewhere, some none-GOP techie knows something. And why that techie doesn't come out and talk, is anybody's guess.
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:40 PM
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8. A few of your links are broken. Here they are, fixed:
The White House, vote theft, and the email trail
http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2007/03/gwb43-white-hous...

Cedarville University A Major Player in Ohio's Election Tallying Efforts
http://www.cedarville.edu/departments/marketing/publicr...

"What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud in the 2004 Election," by Robert Fitrakis, Steven Rosenfeld, Harvey Wasserman.
http://www.thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&t...

Rove-ing emails: what else could go missing? by Todd Johnston
http://scoop.epluribusmedia.org/story/2007/4/22/33926/1...

And thanks for the post. Very interesting.

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Piedras Donating Member (89 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 05:53 PM
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9. Ohio's votes "delivered" by Baptist university
Edited on Mon Apr-23-07 05:56 PM by slosteve
CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY A MAJOR PLAYER IN OHIO'S ELECTION TALLYING EFFORTS by Public Relations Office

January 13, 2005

Cedarville, OhioWhile the world awaited results from Ohio`s election tallies, Dr. Alan Dillman, a Cedarville University faculty member, was helping Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell accurately count the votes. Blackwell has prided himself on building the finest technology infrastructure of any state and raising the technology bar for all secretary of state offices nationwide. His technology strategy was never more public than on election night.

Dillman, along with a cast of faculty, staff, and students, played key roles in making Ohio`s election a success. Dillman is an associate professor of management information systems (MIS) and one of the principles in Government Consulting Resources, Ltd. (GCR), a professional services firm which had the contract to build, test, and manage Ohio`s election night Web site. Dillman personally led the effort from the GCR side, teaming with key members of Blackwell`s staff. Additionally, GCR teamed with several other firms including key players such as GovTech Solutions, which performed the software development to deliver the end result. SmartTech provided the backup and additional system capacity, and Mercury Interactive performed the stress testing.

***

"Mr. Blackwell took center stage many times that evening on major news networks, and each time he was able to report the most current and accurate results of the Ohio election," explained Dillman. "Mr. Blackwell`s goal of a fair, honest, and accurate vote in Ohio was achieved through, arguably, his management of the best-run election in U.S. history, and thanks, in part, to the efforts of the faculty, staff, and students of Cedarville University."




About Cedarville University
Home to 3,070 Christian students, Cedarville is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs. Cedarville is located in southwestern Ohio on a beautiful 400-acre campus.

Mission Driven
Cedarville University is a Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth. Read the objectives of the University that flow out of this mission statement.

Christ-Centered Mission
Unwavering commitment to the inerrancy and authority of Scripture
Creationist approach to scientific research and study
Required Bible minor a part of all academic programs
Daily chapels with relevant biblical teaching and authentic praise
Discipleship groups that provide opportunities for Bible study, mentoring, accountability, prayer, and open discussion

***

World-Class Academics
Christian professors who challenge students to think biblically in every subject area



A religous university was integral to counting Ohio's vote "to deliver the end result."



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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 05:59 PM
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10. My my, look at all the computers, phone and Blackberries
in this election night picture.



That's Karl with Susan Ralston, his chief assistant, and formerly Jack Abramoff's secretary.

Probably just checking for the closest pizza place, or following an eBay auction. Right?
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 09:06 PM
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11. I wonder about other states, too.

IA, IN, NM, WI.

I've even wondered if they gave Kerry votes in places it wouldn't cost them, just to make the exit poll MOR swing in both directions and make them questionable.

: headscratch :

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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-07 01:19 PM
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13. Kicked and bookmarked. (nt)
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