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truthout reports from D.C. hearing on Ohio votefraud

I think that was W.R. Pitt with the laptop sitting and typing at the end of the speakers table in the Rayburn building this morning on capitol hill. Plus, see "20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA" at the end of these news briefs.
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t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
1:05PM

I am taking a break to get some air during the Q&A portion. All in all, this has been an incredibly valuable forum, if only because Conyers's investigative team now has a lot more data to work with. That, and all those lawsuits...ho boy.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
12:40PM

And of course the wheels come off as soon as the floor is opened to questions. Everyone wants to make their speech, absent a question, and Conyers has to push people along, and the speechifiers get pissy, and we all look like fools. Progressives are uniquely gifted at this, and it never gets any less frustrating to watch.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
12:35PM

These Democratic congressmen just raised a collective plea to everyone: Please help us push the GOP majority to address these issues officially. The invitation was extended to GOP members to come to this hearing. None came.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
12:20PM

An interesting exchange. Nadler asked how fraud can be proven on electronic machines. Cliff Arnebeck said his lawsuit would employ the best experts in court to make the case. One such expert, Bob Fitrakis, is on the panel, and reeled off a slew of specific problems with specific machines. Nadler's eyes got real big.

Conyers then hinted that he might officially object to seating the Ohio Electors. Wow.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
12:10PM

Rev. Jackson: "We cannot vent and then have Congress not act. If these reports are not investigated, we have all wasted our time. This cannot simply be an academic venting session. Take this struggle to the streets and legitimize it there, as they did in Selma."

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
12:00PM

Jackson demands a constitutional right to vote. "If some can argue that the right to bear arms is explicit in the constitution, how can we tolerate our right to vote being described as 'implicit' in the constitution?"

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
11:50AM

Shawnta Walcott of Zogby International reports that her crew has seen an unprecedented level of suspicion over the results of this election. Zogby Inc wants a blue-ribbon panel to investigate the claims made in this hearing.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
11:40AM

There is such a volume of data being presented here that I am able only to take frantic notes. I will have a more complete report later tonight. This is historic.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
11:35AM

John Bonifaz is on fire. He is not merely waxing poetic about the value of voting. He has Blackwell bracketed and braced. This man has no quit in him, and is bringing yet another lawsuit in Ohio. If I were Blackwell, and I saw Bonifaz coming, I'd run like hell.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
11:25AM

Almost all of these panelists are bringing lawsuits against the election in Ohio. I guess they are correct when they say this election is not over. I think maybe it has just begun.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
11:20AM

Susan Truitt just said, "We have privatized public elections and this must stop. This election is not over. I saw a man come to the polls with an IV in his arm from the hospital because he could not get an absentee ballot in Ohio."

For Immediate Release

December 8, 2004

Progressive Democrats of America
www.pdamerica.org

CONTACT: Tim Carpenter, National Director, 413-320-2015

Progressive Democrats of Americas Response to Congressional Hearings on Ohio Voting Irregularities:

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) extends a heartfelt thank you to Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and the other progressive Democrats who are working hard to ensure every Americans vote is counted. An ad-hoc hearing is being held today because he is courageous and intuitive enough to listen to Americans at the grassroots level and respond to their need for answers on this issue. We are pleased that he is taking on this challenge and we pledge to support his efforts.

Our grassroots members and our allies are expressing a great deal of interest in and outrage about voting suppression and potential fraud in Ohio.

Whatever the specific outcome of today's hearing and other investigations into the irregularities, we know major election reform is absolutely necessary to restore democracy to America.

Specifically, PDA calls for the following:

A Constitutional amendment confirming the right to vote, as advocated by Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Required paper record for all electronic and electronically tabulated voting systems.
Same-day registration for all Americans.
The creation of unified federal standards for national elections.
Meaningful equal protection of voting rights by such means as equal voting systems, equal numbers of machines, and equal time to vote.
An end to partisan oversight of the electoral process.
Extended voting periods to allow all voters a meaningful opportunity to vote.
Instant Run-off Voting and Proportional Representation.
Publicly financed elections for federal offices.

The Progressive Democrats of America are prepared to rise to this occasion in support of Rep. Conyers and other Progressive members of Congress, who we urge to offer legislation to codify these reforms. Such legislative leadership would challenge other Democrats and Republicans to state, on the record, if they are for or against Americans' right to vote.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
11:10AM

The first panel has concluded, and the second group has begun. The horror stories continue. Reps. Jackson Jr. and Wexler have been seated at the dias.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
10:55AM

Cliff Arnebeck is laying down a marker. We can talk about the future all we want, but we have to deal with the now. We cannot accept a fraudulent Presidential election. How can we talk about Iraq democracy when we are not capable of preserving our own democracy here. The best precedent to set for the future is to not tolerate fraud now, is to not 'move on' until it is fixed.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
10:46AM

Neas just blew the doors off. There were less voting machines in Cuyahoga County on election day than there were during the primary vote. Neas says Blackwell wins the Katherine Harris Award, and there should be prosecutions for the vote fraud.

David Cobb is giving an advertisement for the Green Party.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
10:45AM

Conyers just told Jackson he will see congressional hearings on this issue, but down in Ohio and not here.

Ralph Neas is speaking now, mocking the mainstream idea that this was a fair and successful election.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
10:40AM

Jackson is giving an impassioned call to arms. I will provide a transcript as soon at it becomes available. He is tossing barbs at Kerry for conceding too early, and reminding the Democrats en masse that they live and die by the minority vote, that it was minority voters who bore the brunt of the 2004 'irregularities,' and that something better be done.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
10:30AM

Nadler: the stability of our democracy is at stake. We do not have the luxury of time to fix these problems.

Scott: the problems were not just in Ohio. 500 complaints in Virginia.

Watt: if we can bring ballots to rural Afghanistan by donkey, we can have fair elections here.

Rev. Jackson: the 2004 election is not past-tense. Amend the constitution to secure the right to vote.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
10:05AM

The hearing has been gaveled to order, and opening statements have begun. I am taking notes, will be back with more in a few minutes.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
9:50AM

Rev. Jackson just came into the room and thanked all the people here for coming and caring. The hearing room has filled quickly, and there are 13 news cameras.

I was standing on the steps of the building this morning when Rep. Conyers showed up. He bounded out of his cab and up the stairs like a teenager, looking for all the world like a man who woke this morning ready for a throwdown.

t r u t h o u t | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage
By William Rivers Pitt

Wednesday 08 December 2004
9:20AM

I have secured a great seat inside the hearing room here in the Rayburn building. If you are in the neighborhood, it is in room 2237. Better hurry, though. The staffers are talking about overflow rooms. They are expecting a big crowd.

There are a lot of cameras here. Pacifica Radio is already set up. The whole world is watching.

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20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA

Did you know....

1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
 http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/04280...2804landes.html
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diebold

2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.
 http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0916-04.htm
 http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/04280...2804landes.html

3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
 http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/private_company.html
 http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/04280...2804landes.html

4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/28/...ain632436.shtml
 http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1647886

5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
 http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/colu.../03/03_200.html
 http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/03100...04fitrakis.html

6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.
 http://www.blackboxvoting.com/modules.php?...=article&sid=26
 http://www.hillnews.com/news/012903/hagel.aspx
 http://www.onlisareinsradar.com/archives/000896.php

7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice-presidential candidates.
 http://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_28/b3689130.htm
 http://theindependent.com/stories/052700/new_hagel27.html

8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.
 http://www.essvote.com/HTML/about/about.html
 http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/04280...2804landes.html

9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.
 http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0225-05.htm
 http://www.itworld.com/Tech/2987/041020evo...es/pfindex.html

10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.
 http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0225-05.htm
 http://www.diebold.com/solutions/default.htm

11. Diebold is based in Ohio.
 http://www.diebold.com/aboutus/ataglance/default.htm

12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as senior managers and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states.
 http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,61640,00.html
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/301469.shtml

13. Jeff Dean, Diebold's Senior Vice-President and senior programmer on Diebold's central compiler code, was convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree.
 http://www.chuckherrin.com/HackthevoteFAQ.htm#how
 http://www.blackboxvoting.org/bbv_chapter-8.pdf

14. Diebold Senior Vice-President Jeff Dean was convicted of planting back doors in his software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection over a period of 2 years.
 http://www.chuckherrin.com/HackthevoteFAQ.htm#how
 http://www.blackboxvoting.org/bbv_chapter-8.pdf

15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.
 http://www.globalexchange.org/update/press/2638.html
 http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/10/26/loc_elexoh.html

16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it. (See the movie here.)
 http://wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,63298,00.html
 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4874190

17. 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines with no paper trail.
 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/28/...ain632436.shtml

18. All - not some - but all the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.
 http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,65757,00.html
 http://www.yuricareport.com/ElectionAfterm...esBushIsOut.htm
 http://www.rise4news.net/extravotes.html
 http://www.ilcaonline.org/modules.php?op=m...article&sid=950
 http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00227.htm

19. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the President's brother.
 http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee...cal/7628725.htm
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...-2004Oct29.html

20. Serious voting anomalies in Florida - again always favoring Bush - have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending further investigation.
 http://www.yuricareport.com/ElectionAfterm...esBushIsOut.htm
 http://www.computerworld.com/governmenttop...1,97614,00.html
 http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/tens_of_thousands.html
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1106-30.htm
 http://www.consortiumnews.com/2004/110904.html
 http://uscountvotes.org/

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dump the repost-not this one 08.Dec.2004 12:00

allright!

Glad to see we are all on the same page. Whomever posted this one did a much better job. Here's some extra links:

 http://votefraudnews.com/news/index.php
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 http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/archives/cat_vote_fraud.html
(There is such a volume of data being presented here that I am able only to take frantic notes. I will have a more complete report later tonight. This is historic.)
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 http://www.fairnessbybeckerman.blogspot.com/

 http://www.linkcrusader.com/

 http://inn.globalfreepress.com/