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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-20-08 08:27 PM
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Here's something mentioning Connell that I ran into a couple of months ago and have been wondering about ever since. (Barry Jackson was one of those shadowy Bush White House figures who generally flew under the radar -- deputy to Karl Rove, ran the Rove political propaganda unit grandly known as the Office of Strategic Initiatives, had an email account.) At the very least, it suggests that Connell wasn't just some right-wing computer whiz who happened to hook up with Karl Rove. These connections go way back.

There was a national PR campaign to garner support for the Contras. During the mid-1980s, Barry Jackson was the chair of the Johnson County, Iowa, Republican Party. He handled an extensive rent-a-mob and dirty tricks operation, which chased then-candidate Tom Harkin around to disrupt rallies. During that period, I ran into Barry Jackson and Mike Connell at the Deadwood, an Iowa City campus bar. (Yes, the Mike Connell currently in trouble for hacking election computers for Karl Rove,) We were not friends, but enjoyed arguing. I invited them back to my home on Bloomington street, where we continued drinking and debating. During that session, Jackson bragged of his involvement of burglaries at several East-Coast CISPES (committees In Support of El Salvador) offices.

Connell was part of Jackson's crew at the University of Iowa in the early 1980s. I was there and remember then them well. Connell isn't the only computer jock out of that crew. Former Iowa State Rep and GOP chair Steve Grubbs is now the CEO of Victory Enterprises. Grubbs was initially a member of the Maranatha shepharding cult.

In 1984, Jackson was leading a College Republican dirty tricks squad against Dem Candidate Tom Harkin. The Republican incumbent, Roger Jepsen, was a joke. He was channeling funds from the South Afikan BOSS to Iowa Right-To-Life. That financed a traveling rent-a-mob and phone-bank scams through Per Mar Security and Research. They stole a student election at the University of Iowa and stripped the left groups of funding, did black bag jobs, and sent thugs to attack anti-aparthied demonstrations.

One of the funny things, they had to scramble to cover the stink when one of their guys, skipped to Bahrain with all the proceeds from the homecoming buttion sales. Little gangster do grow up. Now we have a major problem in America.

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