Such is history, that ironic pursuit that conceals as much as it narrates.
There follows the largest-by-far section, the Critical Anthology, covering 2004--2008, which collects articles previously published by the authors (most originally published at Freepress.org), including "Diebold's Political Machine," first published in Mother Jones in 2004. It documents, probably for the first time, Walden O'Dell's notorious promise to win Ohio for Bush in 2004. O'Dell was the infamous CEO of the company at that time.
Bev Harris's emergence as a key leader of the emerging Election Integrity movement is next documented when the authors turn to describing the other industry giant, ES&S, and Harris's stunning account of how its former CEO, Chuck Hagel, easily won Nebraska's 1996 senatorial election he entered after stepping down from this post.
Other events chronicled in this article include the reason for Gore's first concession in the early morning after Election Day 2000 and Harris's role in informing the public of the details of the massive and deceptive Diebold computer error that subtracted 16,022 votes from Gore's total--she obtained the details by means of internal memos she got ahold of, a total of thirteen thousand pages pirated from the infamous company by various hackers.
The successful theft of the 2004 Ohio election and thence the presidency is anticipated and then chronicled in meticulous detail, focusing on events within the Buckeye State's eighty-eight counties, fifty-six of which, the authors reveal, illegally disposed of their election records before the authors and their colleagues could subpoena them for research purposes. The actual recount, paid for by the Green and Libertarian parties rather than the $7 million that had been reserved for this purpose by the Kerry campaign, was totally inaccurate and compromised because the sample counties were purposefully chosen, rather than at random, as was legal and also statistically far more valid.
Key events outside of Ohio, including in Texas and Florida, are also covered--lists of supposed ex-felons and blatant racism, respectively.
Particularly notable is the 2008 article that argues for the need for paper ballots in the wake of a large hurricane, Ike (landfall in Texas Sept. 13, 2008), which deprived the Midwest of power for several days. To use electronic equipment would definitely jeopardize the validity of the results (as if it didn't before then). A controversial outcome in Ohio, where Obama's lead has been described as "razor-thin," is anticipated. Also chronicled is the Supreme Court decision not to allow a recount of Ohio's votes that involved slight inconsistencies in documenting voter names across various major databases and invalidating any registrations, and hence votes, which deviated in terms of typos or misspellings. "Based on projected demographic and voter turnout statistics, the elimination of these four-fifths of a million voters (some 5.4 million votes were counted in Ohio 2008) could have shifted a 200,000-vote victory for Obama to a 40,000-vote"-triumph for McCain," write Fitrakis and Wasserman.
More speculations about and retrospectives on Election 2008 follow, in particular an event that should be common knowledge, Cybergate. That term describes the successful project in Ohio the night of Election 2004 to shift the electoral advantage of the candidates by means of a "man in the middle" cyber structure that extended from the secretary of state's (Kenneth Blackwell at the time) office down to a contracted server in Tennessee. A map of this complex structure is reproduced, part of the legal brief submitted by co-counsel Fitrakis and his colleague, Cliff Arneback, chief counsel in the lawsuit, the same one later offered as evidence of the theft of Kerry votes in Ohio as part of the ongoing King-Lincoln Bronzeville v Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell (and subsequently SoS Jennifer Brunner) lawsuit that attempted to prove and out the infinite number of acts of corruption that had prevented the rightful winner, John Kerry, from prevailing in the state and hence in Election 2004.
Articles published after Election 2008 explore the highly suspicious death of Rove's IT guru Mike Connell, who engineered the Cybergate event, and other attempted strikes against the master manipulator of politics and human destinies here and throughout the world. At one point Rove is served with a subpoena in front of a television network building in Manhattan and throws it on the ground. Somehow, though no longer employed by George W. Bush, this guru of all things destructive and evil has previously ducked two subpoenas by the House Judiciary Committee under Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and numerous other attempts to corner and punish him. When I asked Bob Fitrakis how Rove got away with it again and again, his answer was "clever lawyers."
Can Rove come over to your house for a bowl of soup when he goes bankrupt over all the legal bills, or are his attorneys blackmailed in return for their services? A well-kept secret?
Other stunning research further explores Election 2004 and then ruefully anticipates Election 2012: "1,092,392 voters . . . removed from the voting rolls since the last presidential election"; the publicity the press has finally given to election corruption in many of its hideous forms; and "the defeat of millionaire Republican Governor John Kasich's union-busting Issue 2 by more than 20%[, which] actually squared with exit polling and other reliable political indicators."
The Afterword, by Greg Palast, which comprises the first chapter of his Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, offers compelling statistics on how many voters were disenfranchised in Election 2008--nearly six million, which the Truth Sleuth says are simply not enough for Rove. He wants more.
The only way to fully appreciate Wasserman and Fitrakis's massive, masterful, and ongoing effort to inform the public about the infinite number of backstage machinations that threaten the integrity of future elections at every level, is to read the book. This invaluable archive is available for only $4.95 at www.freepress.org as an e-book.
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