On the evening of the 2004 Presidential election, the polls showed John Kerry winning by a double digit margin in the key battle ground state of Ohio.
George Bush called in his closest advisor, Karl Rove who was speaking with the other campaign organizers in the next room.
As soon as Karl waddled into the room, George said, “The polls don’t look good.”
Karl laughed and took a seat without being asked. “We’re not in the days of Huey Long or the Kennedys where the mafia got more people to vote for a candidate than were alive in those cities,” he replied. “We’re way past gerrymandering districts, or making minorities stand in line for seven hours to vote, or passing voter registration laws so Latinos and Blacks would have to pay thirty dollars to get proper ID.”
The president liked what he was hearing. He pushed his chair away from the desk, leaned back, and interlocked his fingers behind his head.
“This is the age of the Internet, Mr. President. We control the voting machines, the counting process, even the back-up servers that kick in when the machines go down. There are a dozen ways we can manipulate the vote without ever getting our hands dirty.
The TV announcers were proclaiming John Kerry the winner by a wide margin.
“Karl, are you hearing what I’m hearing?”
“No, Mr. President; I’m watching the clock.
It said 11:47 on the east coast.
An announcer came on the air and declared George Bush the winner in every battle ground state.
Karl Rove laughed.
George Bush dropped his draw and asked “Goddamn it, Karl, what just happened is impossible!”
“Yes, sir. The chances of the exit polls indicating a four or six point lead for Kerry with just minutes before the vote counting was done in those states flipping to two or four point Bush win was 660,000 to one.”
“But it happened!!”
“Yes, sir, it happened right in front of your eyes and the newscaster’s eyes and the voters eyes. The makers of the machines, software and servers – which is Smart Tech – are all owned or operated by Republican partisans. Mostly by Bain Capital. You’ve heard of them, sir?
“Mitt Romney’s company?”
“Correct, sir.”
“Well, I’ll be Goddamned!”
“The secretaries of state are mostly Republican and they’ve given the key contracts for the voting machines to Michael Connelly.”
“Don’t think I know him,” Bush said, then decided he really didn’t give a shit.
“The guy’s a genius,” Rove assured. “Anyway, Connell’s company, VoteTrac, had the contract to count votes if the voting machines breakdown. He programmed the voting machines to crash just before midnight. The people in the polling stations thought it was a simple delay, when, in fact, it was a pre-programmed anal penetration of the voting process. And the vote tally was done on the same servers that also carried the e-mails for me and the national Republican Party. That was a huge mistake, and still, the great majority of people believe elections are honest and that their vote matters. It’s pathetic, Mr. President,” Rove added.
Bush slapped a flat palm on his desk. “And nobody sees through that thin veil?” he asked.
“US courts have consistently ruled that the software in electronic voting machines is proprietary to the manufacturer, even though individual election boards may own the actual machines. There won’t be vote count transparency on election night in any of the battle-ground states. As the deceased Michael Connell once famously said, ‘Electronically flipping an election is relatively cheap and easy to do, especially if you or your compatriots programmed the machines.’”
“Did you say ‘deceased?”
“Ah, no sir. I meant to say soon to be deceased.
Smartech in Chattanooga, Tennessee, owned by right-wing evangelical publisher Jeff Averbeck, subcontracted by Connell. The vote count inexplicably flipped at 12:21am changing from Kerry winning by over 3 percentage points to Bush winning by over 3 percentage points. Overall, there was an unexplainable rapid 6.7% shift in the vote count.

Smartech was also the company that handled Karl Rove’s private email accounts from the White House.
Did SmarTech had the capability to “input data” and thus alter the results of Ohio’s 2004 election.
Yes. They would have had data input capacities. SmarTech, a private company, had the ability in the 2004 election to add or subtract votes without anyone knowing they did so.
The filing today shows how, detailing the computer network system’s design structure, including a map of how the data moved from one unit to the next. Right smack in the middle of that structure? It was SmarTech.
SmarTech was a man in the middle. They were not designed as a mirror, they were designed specifically to be a man in the middle.”
A “man in the middle” is not just an accidental happenstance of computing. It is a deliberate computer hacking setup, one where the hacker sits, literally, in the middle of the communication stream, intercepting and (when desired, as in this case) altering the data. It’s how hackers swipe your credit card number or other banking information. This is bad.
A mirror site, which SmarTech was allegedly supposed to be, is simply a backup site on the chance that the main configuration crashes. Mirrors are a good thing.
The SmarTech system was set up precisely as a King Pin computer used in criminal acts against banking or credit card processes and had the needed level of access to both county tabulators and Secretary of State computers to allow whoever was running SmarTech computers to decide the output of the county tabulators under its control.”
SmarTech had the correct placement, connectivity, and computer experts necessary to change the election in any manner desired by the controllers of the SmarTech computers.”
SmarTech was part of three computer companies brought in to manage the elections process for Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a Republican. The other two were Triad and GovTech Solutions. All three companies have extensive ties to the Republican party and Republican causes.
In fact, GovTech was run by Mike Connell, who was a fiercely religious conservative who got involved in politics to push a right-wing social agenda. He was Karl Rove’s IT go-to guy, and was the IT brains behind the series of stolen elections between 2000 and 2004.
Connell was outed as the one who stole the 2004 election. Connell gave a deposition on the matter, but stonewalled. After the deposition, and fearing perjury/obstruction charges for withholding information, Connell expressed an interest in testifying further as to the extent of the scandal.
“He made it known to the lawyers, he made it known that he wanted to talk. He was scared. He wanted to talk. And I say that he had pretty good reason to be scared,” said Mark Crispin Miller, who wrote a book on the scandal.
Connell was so scared for his security that he asked for protection from the attorney general, then Attorney General Michael Mukasey. Connell told close friends that he was expecting to get thrown under the bus by the Rove team, because Connell had evidence linking the GOP operative to the scandal and the stolen election, including knowledge of where Rove’s missing emails disappeared to.
Before he could testify, Connell died mysteriously in a plane crash.
The 2004 election was stolen. There is absolutely no doubt about it. A 6.7% shift in exit polls does not happen by chance. And, you know, so finally, we have irrefutable confirmation that what we were saying was true and that every piece of the puzzle in the Ohio 2004 election was flawed,” Congressman Wasserman said.
Mark Crispin Miller also wrote a book on the subject of stolen elections, and focused on the 2004 Ohio presidential election. Here is what he had to say about it.
There were three phases of chicanery. First, there was a pre-election period, during which the Secretary of State in Ohio, Ken Blackwell, was also co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio, which is in itself mind-boggling, engaged in all sorts of bureaucratic and legal tricks to cut down on the number of people who could register, to limit the usability of provisional ballots. It was really a kind of classic case of using the letter of the law or the seeming letter of the law just to disenfranchise as many people as possible.

On Election Day, there was clearly a systematic undersupply of working voting machines in Democratic areas, primarily inner city and student towns, you know, college towns. And the Conyers people found that in some of the most undersupplied places, there were scores of perfectly good voting machines held back and kept in warehouses, you know, and there are many similar stories to this. And other things happened that day.

After Election Day, there is explicit evidence that a company called Triad, which manufactures all of the tabulators, the vote-counting tabulators that were used in Ohio in the last election, was systematically going around from county to county in Ohio and subverting the recount, which was court ordered and which never did take place. The Republicans will say to this day, ‘There was a recount in Ohio, and we won that.’ That’s a lie, one of many, many staggering lies. There was never a recount.
And now, it seems, there never will be.

Politics as usual with a party that places itself and its agenda above the people and the democratic process.

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