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Could the Associated Press (AP) Rig the Election?

The Associated Press (AP) will be the sole source of raw vote totals for the major news broadcasters on Election Night. However, AP spokesmen Jack Stokes and John Jones refused to explain to this journalist how the AP will receive that information. They refused to confirm or deny that the AP will receive direct feed from voting machines and central vote tabulating computers across the country. But, circumstantial evidence suggests that is exactly what will happen.

And what can be downloaded can also be uploaded.

 http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041022/phf016_1.html
Press Release

Source: Lynn Landes

Could the Associated Press (AP) Rig the Election? Asks Journalist Lynn Landes

Friday October 22, 11:15 am ET
 http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041022/phf016_1.html

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Associated Press (AP) will be the sole source of raw vote totals for the major news broadcasters on Election Night. However, AP spokesmen Jack Stokes and John Jones refused to explain to this journalist how the AP will receive that information. They refused to confirm or deny that the AP will receive direct feed from voting machines and central vote tabulating computers across the country. But, circumstantial evidence suggests that is exactly what will happen.

And what can be downloaded can also be uploaded. Computer experts say that signals can travel both to and from computerized voting machines through wireless technology, modems, and even simple electricity. Computer scientists have long warned that computer voting is an invitation to vote fraud and system failure. An examination of Diebold election software by several computer scientists, including Dr. Avi Rubin and his staff, proved that secret backdoors can be built into computer programs that allow votes to be easily manipulated without detection.

ES&S, the nation's largest voting machine company that will reportedly count 50% of all votes, describe on their webpage how "accessible" their results are, "At ES&S, we know election administrators and the public want fast and accurate election results. That is why we have developed several election management system software solutions to make the reporting process easier, more reliable, and more accessible." Diebold, the second largest voting machine company, advertises a similar service. Both ES&S and Diebold have close ties to the Republican Party.

But, can't the AP be trusted? Isn't it an objective non-partisan news organization? Some say no. The AP is batting for a Bush presidency.

In Online Journal, Stephen Crockett and Al Lawrence, the hosts of Democratic Talk Radio, wrote, "...the Associated Press ran a story that was widely published in newspapers and on the Internet, headlined "Bush Leads Kerry In Electoral Votes," that could have been written by the Bush campaign. The assignment of states to candidates, the headline and the conclusions were all simply wrong. The Associated Press should print a retraction and work to see that it is widely published."

And on WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin ran an AP article reporting that Bush has won the election, weeks before the election is to take place. The AP reported, "At this hour, President Bush has won re-election as president by a 47 percent to 43 percent margin in the popular vote nationwide. Ralph Nader has 1 percent of the vote nationwide. That's with 51 percent of the precincts reporting." According to reports, the AP is now saying the article was a "test article," a never-heard-before journalistic practice.

Who is the AP? The Associated Press was founded in 1848. It is a not- for-profit news cooperative, some would say "monopoly," that rakes in about $500 million dollars a year. The AP is owned by its 1,500 U.S. daily newspaper members. Their board of directors is elected by voting "bonds." However, it is not clear who controls the bonds. AP spokespeople would not give out information on who sits on their board, however AP leadership appears quite conservative.

Burl Osborne, chairman of the AP board of directors, is also publisher emeritus of the conservative The Dallas Morning News, a newspaper that endorsed George W. Bush in the last election. Kathleen Carroll, senior vice president and executive editor of AP, was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News before joining AP. Carroll is also on the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME)'s 7-member executive committee. The APME "works in partnership with AP to improve the wire service's performance," according to their website. APME vice president, Deanna Sands, is managing editor of the ultra conservative Omaha World Herald newspaper, whose parent company owns the largest voting machine company in the nation, Election Systems and Software (ES&S).

Many Americans believe that polling organizations and the broadcasters will raise the red flag on any election shenanigans. But others have their doubts.

The Collier brothers, authors of the book, VoteScam: The Stealing of Democracy, wrote about vote fraud and the role the news media and polls played. In 1970, Channel 7 in Miami projected with 100% accuracy (a virtual impossibility) the final vote totals on election day. When asked where they got their exit poll data, both Channel 3 & Channel 7 claimed that the League of Women Voters sent it in from the precincts. But, the League's local president tearfully denied it, say, "I don't want to get caught up in this thing." The broadcasters then told the Colliers that a private contractor used the data from a single voting machine to project the winners, but the contractor said he got the data from a University of Miami professor, who in turn denied this. In the end, the news broadcasters appeared to have got the polling numbers out of thin air.

One thing is clear. The air will be thick with distrust and doubt on Election Night 2004.


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Source: Lynn Landes

SEE ALSO -

Two Voting Companies & Two Brothers Will Count 80% of U.S. Election -- Using BOTH Scanners & Touchscreens

 http://www.dissidentvoice.org/April2004/Landes0427.htm

by Lynn Landes
www.dissidentvoice.org
April 27, 2004

homepage: homepage: http://www.ecotalk.org/VotingSecurity.htm

america is the land of... 22.Oct.2004 14:56

this thing here

>And on WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin ran an AP article reporting that Bush has won the election, weeks before the election is to take place. The AP reported, "At this hour, President Bush has won re-election as president by a 47 percent to 43 percent margin in the popular vote nationwide. Ralph Nader has 1 percent of the vote nationwide. That's with 51 percent of the precincts reporting." According to reports, the AP is now saying the article was a "test article," a never-heard-before journalistic practice.<

no, something like this certainly couldn't be happening in america. no, this author must be talking about cuba or burma. yes, that "must" be the problem here. because america "is" the land of freedom and democracy, where the people trust their superiors just like they trust in the lord, because their superiors are such pure, godly people, who always know what's best and would "never" engage in any unlawful activity...


would sure love to be in green bay on election night, and when 51% of precints report their totals, refer to this "test article". i wonder what exactly this "article" is "testing"...

AP Connections to CIA 22.Oct.2004 16:42

previous poster


Great Quotes: Whats Wrong with the Mainstream Media 22.Oct.2004 19:54

repost

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone
of any significance in the major media."
- William Colby, former director of the CIA

"Any dictator would admire the uniformity
and obedience of the media"
- Noam Chomsky

"Truth is the greatest of all national possessions.
A state, a people, a system which suppresses the truth
or fears to publish it, deserves to collapse."
- Kurt Eisner

"Whoever controls the media--the images--controls the culture."
- Allen Ginsberg

"We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things
the general public does not need to know, and shouldn't.
I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take
legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press
can decide whether to print what it knows."
- Katherine Graham, late owner of the Washington Post,
in a speech to CIA recruits in 1988.

What else is in Omaha? 02.Nov.2004 19:52

hmm

"APME vice president, Deanna Sands, is managing editor of the ultra conservative Omaha World Herald newspaper, whose parent company owns the largest voting machine company in the nation, Election Systems and Software (ES&S)."

That is bizarre, or rather closer to what I mean, that is tellingly bizarre. First, the voting machine company of Omaha, NE (ES&S) owning newspapers/media? I don't like that. Talk about a seamless little private world there from tabulating ES&S votes to 'publishing' their own ES&S results?

Second, it shows that this "conservative" Omaha paper with ES&S connections is deemed important in some way, since the AP Vice President, Deanna Sands, is the managing editor of this Omaha paper as well.

When I hear Omaha, Nebraska I think of two things:

1. Warren Buffett, supposedly the second richest man in the United States--major investor in insurance companies through his closely held holding company Berkshire Hathaway, whose limited stocks sell for over $16,000 dollars per share last time I checked.

2. Warren Buffett of Ohama, NE is reputed to have connections to CIA front companies, which are the source of a great deal of his laundered wealth.

3. I think of the shennanigans found out in the book _The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska_ by ex-Senator John W. DeCamp
 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0963215809/qid=1099452957/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/104-8310775-1109526?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

4. The Offutt Airforce Base, NORAD secure command site for the Northern Hemisphere

Offutt's host unit is the 55th Wing, the largest wing within the Air Force's Air Combat Command. Additionally, the base is home to many significant associate units, including US Strategic Command Headquarters, the Air Force Weather Agency [!], the Omaha operating location of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and many others.

Located in the heart of the nation, Offutt's 4,000 acres reside in the rolling hills of southeastern Nebraska, next to the city of Bellevue and just south of Omaha. Offutt's heritage began with the construction of Fort Crook between 1894 and 1896, some 10 miles south of Omaha and two miles west of the Missouri River.

The flying field was designated Offutt Field, May 10, 1924, in honor of 1st. Lt. Jarvis J. Offutt. Lieutenant Offutt was killed while flying with the Royal Air Force in France and was Omaha's first World War I air casualty.

In June 1946, the Army Air Force redesignated Fort Crook and the [top secret] Martin-Nebraska facilities as Offutt Field. Just 18 months later on Jan. 13, 1948, Offutt Field transferred to the new Department of the Air Force and became Offutt Air Force Base.

The old frontier fort underwent startling changes in the Cold War years that followed World War II.

Operations at Offutt included the basing of alert bombers and tankers in the late 1950's and 1960's, support for intercontinental ballistic missile sites in Nebraska and Iowa in the 1960's and worldwide reconnaissance from the mid-1960's to the present.

Located on the Iowa side of the Missouri River at a place called Missouri Valley, three Atlas D launchers of the 566th (redesignated 549th) Strategic Missile Squadron contributed to America's deterrent forces from 1960 to 1964.

Throughout 1958, the Corps of Engineers Omaha District repeatedly received new construction schedules, design changes, and basing modes from the Air Force Ballistic Missile Division. Finally, the district received bidding documents in January 1959. The documents contained 359 sheets of drawings and 680 sheets of specifications. The project was advertised on February 6, 1959, and bids were opened in the following month. Malan Construction Company of New York City won the contract with a bid of almost $12.9 million to build three missile complexes in the vicinity of Omaha.

The local media gave the project mostly favorable coverage, highlighting visits by VIPs. However, not everyone was pleased with the ongoing construction. On June 24, 1959, peace activists converged at site "A" and picketed at the entrance for about 4 weeks. Some were arrested on occasion for scaling the fence or blocking traffic. In November 1960, a pair of investigators from the House Appropriations Committee visited the Omaha District to look into the project's problems. One investigator questioned if political influence had been a factor in the award of the contract and asked about accusations of fraud in Malan's operations.

In April and May 1961, the three complexes became the last Atlas D missiles to go on alert. On July 1, 1961, SAC redesignated the 566th SMS as the 549th SMS. These Atlas Ds would be the last to be removed from alert status. The last Atlas D left Offutt on October 22, 1964.

Offutt's population and facilities grew dramatically to keep pace with increased operational demands. Several new dormitories and over 2,000 family housing units-built in the late 1950's and 1960's under incremental Wherry and Capehart projects-quickly replaced the early quarters of Fort Crook. The former Army outpost, once hardpressed to support a few hundred soldiers, now accommodates a combined military and civilian work force of more than 11,000, while supporting nearly 24,000 family members and retirees.

New base facilities in the 1960's and 1970's included a hospital, main exchange, commissary and library. Increased defense spending in the 1980's brought additional operational improvements including the wing's special operations building and the Bennie L. Davis Aircraft Maintenance Complex.

The 3902nd Air Base Wing was inactivated March 1, 1986, and the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing assumed host unit responsibilities.


US Strategic Command Headquarters

At one minute past midnight, Nov. 9, 1948, Offutt gained international prominence when it became the host base for Headquarters, Strategic Air Command. Air Force Secretary Stuart Symington chose to headquarter the Air Force's crucial long range atomic strike force at Offutt primarily because the base was centrally located on the North American continent-placing it well beyond the existing range of potentially hostile bombers or missiles.

Headquarters SAC moved from the Martin-Nebraska complex to Building 500 in 1957. The establishment of the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff in 1960, the Looking Glass airborne command post in 1961, the ***activation of the Air Force Global Weather Central in 1969,*** and the arrival of the National Emergency Airborne Command Post mission in 1977 further enhanced Offutt's role as a center of military importance.

Increased defense spending in the 1980's brought additional operational improvements including a new underground command center for Headquarters SAC.

Offutt faced monumental changes in 1992 when the easing of world tensions allowed the United States to reorganize its Air Force. The Strategic Air Command was disestablished here June 1, 1992, and the new, unified command, U.S. Strategic Command was activated. With this historical change, the operational control of Offutt became the responsibility of Air Combat Command, another of the Air Force's new commands. One of nine unified warfighting commands, USSTRATCOM is responsible for the planning, targeting, and wartime employment of the United States' nuclear forces.



Reconnaissance and Command-and-Control

Offutt Air Force Base is home to the United States Air Force's premiere reconnaissance and command-and-control operations. Among the base's numerous and diverse units and missions, all branches of the U.S. armed forces are represented in a workforce that exceeds 10,000 military and civilian personnel. The base's fleet of RC-135, OC-135, and WC-135 aircraft are in constant demand around the world to provide global situational awareness to military leaders and government officials. Additionally, its E-4B aircraft provide transport and command and control for the President, the Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State.

NEACP moved from Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington, D.C., to Offutt in 1975 and came under the jurisdiction of SAC as another command post at the installation. Construction for the Offutt NEACP, unlike that for PACCS, did entail new infrastructure. And while the alert crew quarters were functional, but otherwise undistinguished, the hangar for the modified Boeing 747 (E-4B) represented a major new design. Burns & McDonnell of Kansas City designed the NEACP hangar for SAC in April 1977. The hangar is sited near the end of Offutt's 10,000-foot runway, and as such reflects SAC planning similar to that undertaken for its moleholes and alert aprons of the late 1950s. Spanning 216 feet, and of 359-foot length, the hangar is supported by shops along its length. Its trussed gable roof system; recessing panel doors; and east / west fašade fuselage apertures continue the evolution for the two-aircraft maintenance hangar present sent the first designs for the Roberts & Schaefer B-36 hangar, but its deeply cut-in (approximately 60 degrees) angled north and south facades are entirely new for Air Force infrastructure and make viewing the east and west facades particularly dramatic. Facing for the roof trusses on the east and west facades are also cut with unusual emphasis on non-rectilinear angles, adding to the overall sculptural dynamics.


Air Force Weather Agency

In late 1940, the Army Air Corps chose Fort Crook as the site for a new bomber plant. The plant's construction included two mile-long concrete runways, six large hangars and a huge 1.2 million square foot aircraft assembly building. Production operations began under the [top secret] Glenn L. Martin Company in January 1942, with the plant reaching full-scale production June 8, 1942. A total of 531 B-29 Superfortresses and 1,585 B-26 Marauders were built at the Martin-Nebraska bomber plant before the end of World War II. These aircraft include the Enola Gay and Bockscar, the two B-29's that dropped the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

Production ended on September 18, 1945, when the last B-29 rolled out of the assembly building.

Air Force Weather Agency is a field operating agency of the Headquarters U.S. Air Force Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Weather Directorate (AF/XOW).

Each day, AFWA builds the world's most comprehensive weather database to provide forecast products to Air Force and Army warfighters, the National Command Authorities, base and post weather stations, the National Reconnaissance Office, and others.

[CHEMTRAIL CONNECTION?] It was formed October 15, 1997, and is located at Offutt Air Force Base. Air Force Weather Agency was formed as part of a reengineering effort to streamline and improve the structure of the former Air Weather Service. This was a result of the realignment of Air Weather Service headquarters staff from Scott AFB, Ill. and the former Air Force Global Weather Center [Central], DOD's primary centralized weather production facility at Offutt.

AFWA is organized into a headquarters element with two subordinate centers.

Nearly 574 of the agency's 729 members are located at Offutt AFB, Neb.

AFWA is not an automated production center. It is a computer-based operation heavily reliant on the interaction between people and computers to produce accurate and complete services in support of operational requirements.

AFWA products and services support the war fighter, the base or post weather station, national programs, command and control agencies and systems, and other validated operational and planning functions.

As new requirements emerge, AFWA applies information from the central database to the task.

. . .


 http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/facility/offutt.htm

What else is in Omaha--or is that more than enough to have in one place? I think so.