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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:38 PM
Original message
What David Cobb said at Conyers hearing today
Edited on Mon Dec-13-04 02:00 PM by dotcosm
Here is a very rough transcript of what David Cobb reported at the Conyers hearing today: There were alot of dropouts on the audio, so some was garbled, so it's not a completely exact transcript, but darn close.

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Rep Conyers, I have the most recent, breaking information, it will be brief but I think very important.

It's probably the most ? incident that has been related to my campaign, it was related only on Sunday, Dec 12th, regarding a very shockig event that occurred last Friday, Dec 10th. The person who is reporting it, at this point, wishes to remain anonymous but I will bring it to this committee because this must be investigated

A representative from Triad Systems came into this county's BOE offices unannounced on this Friday. He said he was just stopping by to see if they had any questions about the upcoming recount. He then headed into the back room where the Triad ?? that is, the machine that COUNTS the ballots, is kept.

The Triad representative then told them that there was a problem with the system, that the system had a bad batttery and had quote "lost all it's data" endquote

He then took the computer apart and started swapping parts in and out of it and in another spare ??? (tower PC?) in the room

(garbled -- something about having spare parts in his coat?)

...he finally reassembled everything and said that it was working, but that not to turn it off.

He then asked which precincts would be counted in the 3% reount test, and the ones which had been selected, as if it had the right number of votes, was relayed to him, and he did something else to the tabulator.

The Triad Systems representative suggested that if the hand recount had to match the machine count exactly, and since it would be hard to memorize the several numbers that would be need to get the count to come out exactly right, that they should post this series of numbers on the wall where they would not be noticed by observers, such that to make them look like employee information or something similar. The people doing the hand count could then, he said, (garbled -- record? those numbers?) no matter what they actually counted in the ballots.

This would then quote "match" endquote the tabulator report for this precinct exactly.

Conyers then replied: "David Cobb I need you to arrange a meeting with our staff immediately as soon as possible so we can go into detail on this matter"

edit: for typos but i'm sure some remain
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:40 PM
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1. I have nothing but respect for Cobb
first as the Green nominee he made sure he didn't campaign in states which held the key to the election. Second, he has really been pushing the vote fraud problems.

He seems like a good guy.
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Pachamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:46 PM
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6. This is outragous! If it were a basic ballot box, would the manufacturer
of the ballot box be allowed to access it behind closed doors and do anything to it?

I don't think so...yet why is it okay that this private for profit corporate employee can access this, no questions asked?

And if the battery was bad, why now, right before the recount?

:eyes:
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burn the bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:21 PM
Response to Reply #1
33. yes, he does seem like a stand up guy and I hope we all remember
that when he runs again.
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KerryReallyWon Donating Member (297 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 06:37 PM
Response to Reply #1
67. Is this why the 3 precincts match exactly in Warren County? just counted.
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pbartch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:42 PM
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2. THIS INFORMATION NEEDS TO GET TO 20/20, 60 minutes or some other MAJOR
news program.

HEADS ARE GOING TO ROLL AND BUTTS ARE GOING TO BE KICKED BECAUSE OF THIS!!

Hey.........THIS IS MY 300th post!

(I should have been here years ago)
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:49 PM
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9. 'Nightline'..would rock the world
n/t
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cyn2 Donating Member (438 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:43 PM
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3. Hello? They let a guy come in and replace parts????/
What are they, nuts? This is incredible.

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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:55 PM
Response to Reply #3
13. How smart was it to break into someone's watergate office....
"When Did Bush Know?"
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Chimpanzee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:18 PM
Response to Reply #3
31. And he just happened to have the parts in his pocket??
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:43 PM
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4. WOW! Is this for real???
Sounds like they're determined to cover their tracks.

Thank God for whistle-blowers: true patriots!
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:45 PM
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5. ..and isn't it a FELONY to tamper with evidence??
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:51 PM
Response to Reply #5
10. Votergate
Certainly has all the componants for many criminal convictions.
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:47 PM
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7. Link Please
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:52 PM
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11. no link
I transcribed that myself from the audio feed from Radio Left broadcast from the hearing
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lthuedk Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:48 PM
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8. Demand production of the removed parts. Discovery has begun in
the fraud action.
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Chimpanzee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:19 PM
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32. How do you know that they were the 'real' removed parts?
That person needs to see jail time, as do the people at the BOE that allowed him top tamper with the machine.
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idealista Donating Member (85 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:27 PM
Response to Reply #32
37. isn't this how they start to put the screws on - talk or jail tm
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:55 PM
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12. Would you include in your original post what Conyers said after that
testimony? People might like to know that also.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:59 PM
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16. Conyers then said...
"David Cobb I need you to arrange a meeting with our staff immediately as soon as possible so we can go into detail on this matter"
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:56 PM
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14. wtf, we're living in bizarro world.
How much you want to bet nobody got his name or has any way to track him down.
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:58 PM
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15. Sounds like they want an exact match in ??pre-picked?? random precincts...
so that a recount of ALL precincts isn't triggered.

:shrug:
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delphine Donating Member (148 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 01:59 PM
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17. If they screw with
the central tabulators there is no way to discover the actual votes. So then what do we do? We'd have to prove fraud and ask for a new election, because otherwise there' no way to know the real vote tally.
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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 10:14 AM
Response to Reply #17
61. Triad tabulated 41 punch card counties in OH so the punch cards
if counted by hand should catch the fraud, if the chain of command on the punch cards has not been broken.
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ClintCooper2003 Donating Member (629 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:01 PM
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18. Holy F*cking Sh*t!
This is highly significant!

This election really was hijacked from A to Z.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:01 PM
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19. Nobody knows the precincts chosen for 3 percent recount yet, do they?
Wasn't this one of the requests in John Kerry's letter, to be allowed to choose the precincts?

Did this "technician" show up before or after the news of John Kerry's impending letter.

Are we being duped again with another "Don't look here, look there" maneuver?

I'm just sayin'
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:06 PM
Response to Reply #19
24. Before.
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rockedthevoteinMA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:07 PM
Response to Reply #19
25. They said this happened on Friday 12/10 and Kerry's letter didn't
come out until 12/12.

BTW - I can vouche for this, I heard it all too.
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momzno1 Donating Member (434 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:25 PM
Response to Reply #19
36. we don't know if Blackwell has already "fixed" which
precincts that he wants counted. He has been such a dickhead, and I wouldn't be surprised if he has already hand picked which precincts he determines to recount.
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jamboi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:28 PM
Response to Reply #19
38. This is direct election fraud evidence, so even if its not the biggest
thing, any "Don't look here, look there" maneuver would entirely backfire.
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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 06:39 AM
Response to Reply #19
58. Anon, I always look for Rove. Sorry. But Dan Rather is not far from
my mind these days.
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:01 PM
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20. If they were attempting to cover their tracks, why would they
tamper with one machine? Can somebody tell me what does this signify?
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rockedthevoteinMA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:08 PM
Response to Reply #20
26. It's the central tabulator - at least for the county ...n/t
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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 10:15 AM
Response to Reply #26
62. Yes punch cards are centrally tabulated. n/t
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weeve Donating Member (427 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:01 PM
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21. Anonymous Source
Edited on Mon Dec-13-04 02:03 PM by weeve
Let's hope this anonymous source got all the pertinent info on this Triad repairman. I wonder if this is legit ? (Wouldn't THAT be something! ) It seems almost too good to be true , and you know what they say...
Who's going to be in charge of picking which 3% will be counted? Why isn't this going to be completely random ? Why are they disseminating this info early, to those who have the power/opportunity to then muck with the machines to match up with the alleged vote totals? Where can we get the info on the 3% districts - and then who can make a video log of everyone coming into contact with the tabulators ? HELP !!!!!!
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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:02 PM
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22. Ahem.
Think it's pretty clear they cheated now?
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:12 PM
Response to Reply #22
27. Who cheated?
:hi: :7

No one cheated. No way. No how. Nope. Didn't happen. You're just a conspiracy nut. You're a dissident. You're a sore loser. You just need to move on.


*sarcasm off*
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burn the bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:24 PM
Response to Reply #27
35. u forgot tin foile hatter n/t
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SueZhope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:28 PM
Response to Reply #35
40. no conspiracy/ghost votes here move along nt
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rdmccur Donating Member (622 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:02 PM
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23. How bout if someone
does a recording of the hearing (if someone hasn't already)
and blast it to (at a minimum) internet and television news media via our media blaster?
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:13 PM
Response to Reply #23
28. C-SPAN will be airing it at 3;30 Centarl. 4:30 Eastern. n/t
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:14 PM
Response to Reply #23
29. I recorded it
I have a 3.3MB mp3 of the Cobb portion of the hearing.
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JoAnnSimon Donating Member (37 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 07:08 PM
Response to Reply #29
53. Conyer's Hearing Mon. 12/13
dotcosm,

Great! I've forwarded your message about the hearing to Bob Fitrakas, who is the editor of the FreePress in Ohio. I didn't mention your name, but I alerted him to what you've reported. He's been following the Ohio recount closely and has testified in front of the Conyer's Committee in Washington. He's on our side.
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idealista Donating Member (85 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:15 PM
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30. the rigging of the recount of the rigged election in full swing
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Terre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:22 PM
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34. UNBELIEVABLE
My jaw still hurts from hitting the floor!

Shouldn't that room be guarded now? Where are the police or other authorities?

Impound the machine and have a computer forensics expert look it over (assuming that's who'd do that kind of thing).

How 'bout getting fingerprints, etc. in case the name of the perpetrator is unknown. This is a CRIME SCENE for heaven's sake!

I'm still shaking my head in disbelief and fearing what the other shoe will look like.

God I wish I were a fly on the wall with Conyers now.
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:28 PM
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39. The particular county wasn't named, was it? Would be interesting.
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TexasChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:31 PM
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41. How do we know that this asshat hasn't gotten rid of the evidence he
took out of the machine? Aren't those true votes lost forever now?
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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:43 PM
Response to Reply #41
43. That's the sort of thing that should be grounds for invalidating
the election.
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TexasChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:46 PM
Response to Reply #43
45. No kidding! I concur. n/t
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angrydemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 06:22 PM
Response to Reply #43
49. I Agree Totally
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buddysmellgood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:42 PM
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42. What most don't know is that the Triad guy left the BOE office and went
back to headquarters to report to his evil overlord. HQ is located beneath and active volcano. Soon, we will storm this facility and if we can just get to the red button on the control panel, we can destroy all of the black box voting machines. If only that evil Dick Cheney would put down his ray gun.

What is with that odd little monkey he keeps by his side?
At least that is typically how this sort of thing unfolds.
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IAMREALITY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:45 PM
Response to Reply #42
44. Hope Ya Don't Think
That DU'rs find that funny? :shrug:
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Alizaryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:51 PM
Response to Reply #42
46. The Republicans running this charade of an election are the
people taking this to the Science Fiction/Cartoon. They should be embarrassed.
Open the damn books, allow transparency, STOP CHANGING THE RULES AND INTERPRETING THE RULES TO SUIT THEMSELVES. What are they afraid of?
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AnarchoFreeThinker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 02:59 PM
Response to Reply #46
47. The repugs are going to take themselves out of the game
for the next 8 or ten elections if they don't step forward and demand transparency soon. Attention trolling freepers--return to your home planet and spread the word. If you don't join the call for uncovering all fraud, you'll forever be the Pro-Fraud Party.
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buddysmellgood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 03:03 PM
Response to Reply #46
48. It's all so unreal. Once we have one ratting on the others, more will
follow and the whole house of cards will come down.
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JoAnnSimon Donating Member (37 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 06:30 PM
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50. Conyer's Hearing
dotcosm,

You heard this on what C-span broadcast? Anyone know if there are transcripts of today's Conyer's hearing in Ohio? We need more details about this. If true, it's big!
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 08:03 PM
Response to Reply #50
54. late reply, sorry, had to leave for awhile
I transcribed that from the live feed from Radio Left -- they had broadcast much of the hearing today, but it cut off right after Curtis spoke, I believe (and I missed the Curtis part anyway).

But, I see below that someone has posted a link to an online source of the audio so you've probably verified it by now.
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JoAnnSimon Donating Member (37 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 07:00 PM
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51. Conyer's Hearing Mon. 12/13
I just sent this message to Bob Fitrakas, editor of FreePress in Ohio. He's been on top of the election problems there, so I hope he responds.

Dear Bob Fitrakas,

Someone listening to the hearings today, posted this on Democratic Underground today:

---"Here is a very rough transcript of what David Cobb reported at the Conyers hearing today: There were a lot of dropouts on the audio, so some was garbled, so it's not a completely exact transcript, but darn close.
***********************************

Rep Conyers, I have the most recent, breaking information, it will be brief but I think very important.

It's probably the most ? incident that has been related to my campaign, it was related only on Sunday, Dec 12th, regarding a very shocking event that occurred last Friday, Dec 10th. The person who is reporting it, at this point, wishes to remain anonymous but I will bring it to this committee because this must be investigated

A representative from Triad Systems came into this county's BOE offices unannounced on this Friday. He said he was just stopping by to see if they had any questions about the upcoming recount. He then headed into the back room where the Triad ?? that is, the machine that COUNTS the ballots, is kept.

The Triad representative then told them that there was a problem with the system, that the system had a bad battery and had quote "lost all it's data" endquote

He then took the computer apart and started swapping parts in and out of it and in another spare ??? (tower PC?) in the room

(garbled -- something about having spare parts in his coat?)

...he finally reassembled everything and said that it was working, but that not to turn it off.

He then asked which precincts would be counted in the 3% recount test, and the ones which had been selected, as if it had the right number of votes, was relayed to him, and he did something else to the tabulator.

The Triad Systems representative suggested that if the hand recount had to match the machine count exactly, and since it would be hard to memorize the several numbers that would be need to get the count to come out exactly right, that they should post this series of numbers on the wall where they would not be noticed by observers, such that to make them look like employee information or something similar. The people doing the hand count could then, he said, (garbled -- record? those numbers?) no matter what they actually counted in the ballots.

This would then quote "match" endquote the tabulator report for this precinct exactly.

Conyers then replied: "David Cobb I need you to arrange a meeting with our staff immediately as soon as possible so we can go into detail on this matter"----

I presume you were at the hearing. Can you verify that the above is factual, and, if so, can you fill in some of the blanks and give us more information on this. Obviously, since the mainstream media is ignoring/dismissing the Ohio recount, we out here who question what went on in the Ohio vote don't have access to news of what's happening on the ground out there.

I'd appreciate hearing from you on this, and if you have clarification on the above complaint, that you send or copy your response to http://www.buzzflash.com http://www.democraticunderground.com and to http://www.dailykos.com, as well as publishing this information in your Free Press.

Thank you very much. I'm not an Ohioan, but I'm one of millions across this county that believe our Presidential election has been stolen again, and I'm not going to silently sit by and let it happen!

Sincerely, Jo Ann Simon Camden, Maine
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nomatrix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 07:01 PM
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52. Thanks to the source who posted this in another thread
Mp3
http://www.breakfornews.com /

Click on the link beside the radio for Cobb testimony.
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Carl Brennan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 08:25 PM
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55. Why is it that when I see the Green Party in action
I keep saying: "That is exactly how I would do things"?

Cobb is savvy as hell and hardworking. One thing is for sure. They are getting a well deserved reputation as real freedom loving patriots in this fight to expose voting fraud.
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jamboi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 05:29 AM
Response to Reply #55
56. Because its your inner Green speaking. You want to register Green. :-) n/t
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Carl Brennan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 05:42 PM
Response to Reply #56
63. I'll wait until they change DU to GU.
:evilgrin:

I contributed money to the Green Party. I sure like to see them working with the dems on this. Maybe this coalition can stay put for a while.
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MikeNY Donating Member (242 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 05:39 AM
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57. Absolutely amazing that this happened
I posted about this too but didn't see it was mentioned

This is very serious and here is a real chance..

Conyers then replied: "David Cobb I need you to arrange a meeting with our staff immediately as soon as possible so we can go into detail on this matter"

Who knows what happens when Conyers meets with the staff. The way this is looking now the DNC might just have thrown the election on purpose, and I hate to say that. Maybe they will tell Cobbs to shut up about it in the private meeting.. who knows?
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lbr Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 07:46 AM
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59.  Triad Systems Bush Connection
"representative from Triad Systems"

FYI

The Triad Systems Bush connection may not be as well known as the Diebold/Bush connection for most folks...so here is a quick review.

Triad Systems recently changed its name to Activant.

The reason Triad gives for the name change is that "We felt that it was time to create a new name that would better reflect the company's evolution and market position"

All of Activants outstanding stock is owned by its parent company, Activant Solutions Holdings Inc. Activants outstanding equity securities are majority owned by affiliates of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, Incorporated.


On Tom Hicks of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, Incorporated from topplebush.com

Tom Hicks is a Dallas billionaire and investment banker who began raiding the University's public funds after the University refused to invest in his dental company in the early 90's. Hicks first appeared on the public scene when he donated $17,500 to Ann Richards, Texas governor at the time. He was subsequently appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Richards in 1994.

After Ann Richards was defeated in 1994 by George W. Bush, Hicks shifted his heavy donations to Bush. Hicks gave $146,000 to Bush in both of his gubernatorial campaigns. In return for the gratitude, Bush approved legislation to form UTIMCO in 1995. Hicks had used a full-court press strategy, spending between $50,000 to $110,0001 in lobbying and using with the powerful lobbying team Vinson and Elkins, who represents several Texas business interests, to achieve this dream.

Conveniently for both men, Bush appointed Hicks as the first chair to UTIMCO, which began the tradition of tit-for-tat management and good-ol' boy favoritism that has defined the relationship between UTIMCO and Texas politics since. In 1998, Hicks would make Bush a multi-millionaire by purchasing the Texas Rangers. In addition, Hicks' company, Hicks, Muse, Tate, & Furst, Inc., is now Bush's number 4 career patron. The company is still donating to the GOP; Rick Perry has received $283,481 from Hicks Muse, with another $176,500 coming from Charles Tate . Hicks's brother Steven has also thrown in $138,516.

For several years, UTIMCO acted in secrecy under the protection of the Texas Attorney General, which facilitated the process of questionable investments in return for political favors. UTIMCO invested some $525 million in assets run by Hicks associates and other major GOP donors. After the Houston Chronicle exposed such insider dealings in a 1999 article, Tom Hicks resigned from the board.

Investments made by UTIMCO under the watch of Tom Hicks include the following, as reported by the Multinational Monitor, Texas for Public Justice, and Bushwatch.net:
The Carlyle Group: the Group's partners include Bush Sr. and ex-Secretary of State James Baker III.
Maverick Capital Fund: Major project of the Wyly brothers.
Bass Brothers Enterprises: The Bass family donated $210,000 to Bush's campaign through PAC's, with $273,000 from themselves, and they invested $25 million in Bush's Harken Oil venture.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts: This corporate buyout firm would soon join Hicks Muse in a $1.5 billion takeover of Regal Cinemas.
Evercore Partners: Evercore and Hicks joined forces for a $900 million television buyout.
American Security Partners: Landed a contract with UTIMCO months after selling several radio stations to Tom Hicks.
Wand Partners and Inverness Management: Firms run by friends of Tom Hicks, such as former frat brother Bruce Schnitzer.

Another notable company not covered by the Multinational Monitor was an investment in Capstar Broadcasting, run by R. Steven Hicks- Tom's brother. The brothers have had strong interests in national communications companies, and some deals that have been proposed (some sought after by trustbusters) have reached the billions. Clear Channel Communications/AMFM (owned by Hicks Muse with Tom Hicks as the vice-chair) is the largest chain of radio stations in the U.S. Hicks Muse also owns the second largest chain in the U.S., Chancellor Media.




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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 10:03 AM
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Zan_of_Texas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 06:31 PM
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66. Wow, nice work!
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mdb Donating Member (398 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 05:56 PM
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64. This sentence seems a bit odd to me.
"that they should post this series of numbers on the wall where they would not be noticed by observers, such that to make them look like employee information or something similar".

This appears to me, to look like there could have been a memo passed out previously, and the technician reminded them of the instructions and to post the info. All to make their job easier and faster.

My thoughts anyway.

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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 06:11 PM
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65. A casual observation regarding the "bad battery..."
The Triad representative then told them that there was a problem with the system, that the system had a bad battery and had quote "lost all it's data" endquote

Wouldn't you think that something as important as a national election would warrant a new battery, or a new battery that proved to be operational? I find it difficult to believe they used an old battery. You would think the contract to place these machines would include the insertion of a new, operational battery. I just don't buy the "bad battery" story as a cover story, and I hope all Americans don't either.

You'd think they could come up with something more believable...
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