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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 02:48 PM
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Green Party Call: Put HEAT on Media to Cover GAO Report on Election Fraud
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@greens.org

MEDIA IGNORE MOUNTING EVIDENCE OF WIDESPREAD VOTE FRAUD AND ELECTION MANIPULATION, CHARGE GREENS

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders urged the mainstream media to cover evidence, including a report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that electronic voting machines can be manipulated without detection, along with other evidence of election fraud and obstruction.

"Why won't the media cover the GAO report?", asked Gwen Wages, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. "Just as major newspapers and broadcast media ignored indications that intelligence of Iraqi WMDs and collusion between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda had been cooked before the U.S. invaded Iraq, they're now ignoring the destruction of American democracy."

After Election Day, 2004, Green presidential candidate David Cobb <http://www.votecobb.org > led efforts to investigate widespread reports of vote obstruction and manipulation by Republican and Democratic officials in Ohio and New Mexico, especially targeted at African American and young voters. Unlike 2000, the major U.S. media dismissed evidence compiled in 2004 by the Cobb campaign and revealed during hearings led by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) that Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and other Republican election officials used various means to fix the election's outcome.

Greens cited recent news about election manipulation, covered in independent print and Internet media:

The GAO's 107-page report, released publicly on October 20, confirms that electronic voting machines are not secure, can easily be hacked, and often use secret, in-house software that is neither certified nor adequately inspected. The report supports many claims widely dismissed as 'conspiracy theories' that George W. Bush was placed in the White House through a fixed election in 2004, repeating the 2000 election theft. Mainstream media ignored the report's release.

Voter Action <http://www.voteraction.org > reports that New Mexico election officials have refused to allow the voter plaintiffs in a law suit challenging the results of the 2004 Presidential Election (Patricia Rosas Lopategui v. Rebecca Vigil-Giron, et al.) to inspect electronic voting machines. ("Plaintiffs Blocked During Discovery Phase of New Mexico '04 Election Lawsuit", The Brad Blog, November 12, 2005)

Investigations by journalists Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman exposed electronic vote manipulation to prevent passage of four election reform proposals on the ballot in Ohio, after the outcome on November 8 was inconsistent to the point of statistical impossibility with polls of voters conducted by The Columbus Dispatch. ("Has American Democracy died an electronic death in Ohio 2005's referenda defeats?", The Free Press, November 11, 2005)

The Green Party has called for voter-verified paper ballots to provide an auditable record of votes cast on computer voting machines, and for voting machine source code designed to be open for public inspection and verification before and after an election.


MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org
1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20009.
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

"Federal Efforts to Improve Security and Reliability of Electronic Voting Systems Are Under Way, but Key Activities Need to Be Completed"
United States Government Accountability Office, September 2005
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05956.pdf
http://www.gao.gov/htext/d05956.html

"Deep-rooted Voting Irregularities Persist,
Watchdogs Say" By Catherine Komp, The News Standard, November 10, 2005
http://newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&it...

"Powerful Government Accounting Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings" By Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, Axis of Logic, November 1, 2005
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_19846...

"None Dare Call It Stolen: Ohio, the election, and America 's servile press" By Mark Crispin Miller, Harper's Magazine, August, 2005
http://harpers.org/ExcerptNoneDare.html
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Fiendish Thingy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 02:54 PM
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1. kick and recommended n/t
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Angry Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 02:55 PM
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2. It's disgraceful and a sign of complicity if the media don't report!
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 03:09 PM
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3. Thats my party! :) nt
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 04:32 PM
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7. I never thought twice about the Green Party until
November 2004. Within a week of the theft I contacted both the Badnarik and Cobb Campaigns and was impressed as all get-out that they actually DID something. They put out a call for funds needed to get Ohio to recount, organized volunteers and did the job (as well as possible considering interference of Ohio BOEs). I got to hear David Cobb speak in Columbus last January - the auditorium was full and the crowd responded to him like he was a rock star - :headbang: -

Major Props to Cobb and all of the Greens who came to the aid of the country last winter and who continue to work for us all!

:patriot:
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 09:39 PM
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13. They have a lot more cajones than the Dems!
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 09:27 AM
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19. I hear you. when the Dems (except the noted few) failed to scream foul
in 11/04, I witnessed the caving in of the Dems to their corporte interests over their base. I was so horrified how Dem leaders allowed low income African American voters to be disenfranchised AGAIN.

The DNC's joke of an investigation with it's faux experts ignoring the facts lead me to resign all activity (and I stepped away from my buiness in April '04 to volunteer to work FULL TIME for the Kerry campaign-you name it I did. Worked 9 rallies,3 commercials, organized 3 fund raisers, started a neighborhood Kerry group that grew into 300+ volunteers, used my store windows for visibility, worked every festival and gallery hop recruiting volunteers, phone banked , canvassed not only my neighborhoods but also low income African American neighborhoods, drove in a Kerry motorcade, found housing for field staff, provided dinners for field staff, cleaned out the kitchen at the steel workers union hall, established election day staging sites etc. My point here is not to toot my own horn-but to show how the Dem lack of backing for their voters lost a dedicated volunteer) I now consider my self a progressive first and will vote my conscious over straight party ticket, even if it means a Dem loss.

All I expected was for my (former) party to stand up for their voters and the truth. I feel the party as a whole, failed.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 03:56 PM
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23. Thank you, mainegreen.
:toast: to you and to David.
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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 03:20 PM
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4. Kick-n-Recommended.nt
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 03:46 PM
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5. Wonderful! k&r from a proud Green.
:kick:
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pauldp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 03:50 PM
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6. Kick for all the nay sayers with their fingers in their ears. n/t
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 04:39 PM
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8. Thank you Greens & David Cobb for DEFENDING DEMOCRACY
Edited on Thu Nov-17-05 04:40 PM by autorank
Here's how it works. The Greens are fighting for our votes and our country nationally by their strong election integrity stance and also in Ohio and New Mexico with specific challenges to the corrupt elections in those states.

Also David Cobb, Green Pres. Candidate has been a fearless advocate for voting rights, election integrity, and the exposure of fraud.

We owe them a great debt of gratitude!

THANK YOU GREENS (and Libertarians too) FOR OHIO AND THANK YOU GREENS FOR ALL THE OTHER ELECTION INTEGRITY WORK YOU DO
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 06:48 PM
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11. We try.
Let's get these bastards.

:hi:
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 10:00 PM
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15. You walk the walk...and walk it tall. I have endless respect for the ...
Greens and Cobb (and you too!). What could be more patriotic than defending the right of free and fair elections.

:patriot:
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 05:11 PM
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9. Recommended
Too bad our party doesn't get more involved in this.
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GuvWurld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 06:18 PM
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10. GuvWurld Joins Call For Media Coverage of Month-Old GAO Report
http://guvwurld.blogspot.com/2005/11/guvwurld-joins-cal...

GuvWurld Joins Call For Media Coverage of Month-Old GAO Report

On Oct. 20 a report condemning the security of U.S. elections was issued by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report was added to the GuvWurld News Archive but I did not blog about it. It is unfortunate, but I do not have time to write about everything I see as important. Instead, GuvWurld is and always has been a vehicle for advocacy journalism where I write about the things I am DOING to bring about change, and writing in order to contribute to achieving that change. And so it is a reaffirmation of this blog's mission, today, to join the call for all media to end the blackout of the GAO report.

As is often the case lately, BradBlog.com was the first place I saw writing about the GAO report. About 10 days later, Brad lamented the lack of coverage the report had received (giving due credit to the few links to be found). Brad tagged his column with a specific appeal to Editor and Publisher, who promptly took note of the call without doing the substantive reporting suggested. I should point out that upon release of the GAO report, a bi-partisan group of six Congressmembers issued a statement in support of its findings. It is just all the more absurd that this continues to be ignored. Today the Green Party of the United States has issued a press release calling for the GAO report to be covered.

Now consider for a moment, what would be the impact of a media industry that routinely kept such important information from the public? Why, under such circumstances, we might be lead to war by a false threat; we could conceivably fail to investigate a deadly attack despite contradictory and scientifically impossible elements of the "official story"; and the possibility would have to exist that election conditions designed to produce inconclusive results would also produce something short of unanimous consensus about the outcome.

Both by what is reported and not reported, the corporate media contribute greatly to defining reality. Don't miss the pattern here. The reality being defined is quite often one of inherent uncertainty. Thus, instead of investigative reporting, often we see information surface, an attack smearing the messenger, and then a report on the he said-she said without determination of the validity of the original charge. Inherent uncertainty then remains to cause public disagreement about what constitutes reality.

In Blueprint For Peaceful Revolution I argue that this rift in the perception of reality is one example of the intentional divisiveness that has launched a Cold Civil War between the reality-based community (so-named by the administration in the NYTimes) and the faith-based community (not necessarily the religious but the unquestioning citizens who accept the official line, on faith).

More recently in the GuvWurld blog I wrote We Are Being Set Up: The Manchurian Nation. This commentary described some of the innocent ways that many pillars of our society are indoctrinated into believing their harmful actions actually serve the greater good. That includes local law enforcement trained to regard peaceful protest as terrorist activity; schools where it is assumed student information should be available to military recruiters; elections officials placing expediency over transparency and verifiability; and media no longer interested in being watch dogs over the powerful.

These actions reinforce the foundation of the faith-based community. To reality-based citizens it is like watching a Trojan Horse, inside duped public figures carry out their implanted missions like the movie about that Candidate. The infrastructure of the faith-based community is populated by the Manchurian Nation. No longer should we apologize for the nice folks we know who run the local paper or work at the elections office. They have to hear loud and clear: STOP SELLING US OUT. Stop right now. Today. Immediately. Cover the GAO report and stop impeding election reform.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 08:42 PM
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12. Nice work, Guv! Props to You! (nt)
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GuvWurld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 02:00 PM
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22. Thanks. I also just...
called my local public radio station, KMUD, and got on the air to mention the report. David Cobb was in the studio and picked up the ball and ran with it. He pointed out that it is a virtual blackout by the corporate media and gave props to KMUD who had him on the air discussing the report when it first came out. Beautiful!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 04:01 PM
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24. That's wonderful! Thank you!
:loveya:
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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 09:43 PM
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14. Thanks for the great post. Just finished copying and sending off your post
via email to two guys I know on the local rag here in Wichita KS.

The hardest rock is eventually worn away by a constant trickole of water.
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 10:02 PM
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16. I'm thinking more green all the time
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 10:22 PM
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17. Why Doesn't the Media Report These Things?

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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 01:09 AM
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18. Not only the MEDIA are ignoring - even many Dem Congress people are
Edited on Fri Nov-18-05 01:09 AM by Nothing Without Hope
ignoring it.

INEXCUSABLE. UNACCEPTABLE. NOT THIS TIIME. :grr:

kicked and recommended
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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 09:58 AM
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20. Why is it the only elected officials
willing to speak out about this are the members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Barbara Boxer???

We know many Dems are aware of the hackability of the Tabulators, yet they are silent.

Thank God for the Greens, the Congressional Black Caucus, Boxer and Blogs!

I've been emailing and blogging the link to the GAO Report, along with the bi-partisan press release from the Committee on Government Reform, and the link to WHO'S COUNTING encouraging people to read at the very least the TECHNOLOGY and THE COMPANIES Chapters.

Obviously it's up to us to inform people that electronic voting is a sham... the Repubs, the Dems and the MSM seem to be fine with it.
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Ysolde Donating Member (368 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 11:15 AM
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21. This is the issue that starts me to despair....
I get happy when other things are reported and when the MSM reports how "well" the Dems did last Tuesday. But, when I actually think about the truth of our elections (and look at Ohio's results from Tuesday) I just despair.

Thanks for pointing out that others are continuing to work on this. It helps me know that I'm not the only one!

Thanks!
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 04:14 PM
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25. This is my weekend project, thanks indyop.
Does anyone have a link to a "media blaster" list here on DU? My search has turned up nothing. Thanks
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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 10:07 PM
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26. Green recount in Ohio found widespread fraud but nothing done
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