Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Naked Truth » GOP Paying Legal Bills of Campaign Official Who Conspired To Keep Democrats From Voting

GOP Paying Legal Bills of Campaign Official Who Conspired To Keep Democrats From Voting: "The Republican Party has repeatedly and pointedly disavowed any tactics aimed at keeping citizens from voting since allegations of voter suppression surfaced during the Florida recount in 2000 that tipped the presidential race to Bush.

Interestingly, while denying any conspiracy to keep possible Democrat voters from casting their ballots in both Ohio and Florida, a top New Hampshire Party official and a GOP consultant have pleaded guilty in conspiring with James Tobin, the president’s 2004 campaign chairman for New England, to interferre with the Democratic campaign. Apparently Tobin called the GOP consultant to get a telephone firm to help in a scheme to tie up the phone lines in New Hampshire to prevent Democrat campaigners from calling voters to encourage them to get out and vote on Election Day 2002. At the time Tobin was the RNC’s New England Regional Director."

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign

Diebold Editing Wikipedia: "On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company's machines. While anonymous, such changes typically leave behind digital fingerprints offering hints about the contributor, such as the location of the computer used to make the edits. "

Monday, August 13, 2007

Rep. Kucinich says:

DREs cannot be trusted:
"Congressman Dennis Kucinich tells Mary Ann Gould that DREs Cannot be Trusted.

Dr. Matt Blaze Joins the Ranks of Computer Experts Who Call DREs 'fatally flawed'"

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Politics - State curtails e-voting - sacbee.com

Debra Bowen curtails e-voting - sacbee.com: "California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, bowing to fears of computer fraud, Friday decertified Los Angeles County's electronic voting system and sharply curtailed the use of two other machines that California counties had hoped to use to conduct the February 2008 presidential primary.
She said she would allow unlimited use of one system, Hart InterCivic, as long as security and auditing safeguards are implemented."


I dont like the wording of this. Bowen didnt "bow to fears" SHE bravely slew the Dragon Diebold.
GOD BLESS BOWEN!!! "Clean elections" feels good rolling off my tongue!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Voter Caging (w/Video) on PBS NOW

Was there a White House plot to illegally suppress votes in 2004? Is there a similar plan for the upcoming elections? This week NOW examines documents and evidence that points to a Republican Party plan designed to keep Democrats from voting, allegedly by targeting people based on their race and ethnicity with key battleground states like Ohio and Florida of particular interest. "It was a partisan, discriminatory attempt to challenge voters of color," Eddie Hailes, a senior attorney for The Advancement Project, a civil rights group, told NOW.

Was the White House involved? David Iglesias, one of the fired U.S. Attorneys, thinks so: "It's reprehensible. It's unethical, it's unlawful. It may very well be criminal." Iglesias told NOW he was repeatedly urged by his superiors at the Justice Department to investigate allegations of false voter registrations. After his investigations came up short, Iglesias said Republican officials got angry and complained to White House aide Karl Rove. Soon after Iglesias lost his job. As a result of allegations by Iglesias and others, Congress is investigating whether the White House acted unlawfully.

While Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to answer many questions about the controversy as he testified before the Senate this week, Iglesias told NOW he believes the White House is keeping documents from Congress to protect the Bush Administration. "That's why there has been such a circling of the wagons around Karl Rove and Harriet Miers and Sarah Taylor. I believe there to be incriminating, possibly criminally incriminating evidence contained in those e-mails and other memoranda," he said.

Voter Caging in Nevada

Vote suppression in Nevada and the Civil Rights Act: "No matter how often the Republicans and their Echo Chamber repeat the mantra that 'The president can hire and fire U.S. attorneys at will,' IF some, any, of those attorneys were fired for not cooperating with the vote suppression activities of the RNC, then someone -- probably in the U.S. Department of Justice -- could be in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 241. [DK] More evidence is coming to light that the problem may not only reside in the Department of Justice, but spills out over the activities of the Republican National Committee, the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign, and perhaps even some prominent Nevadans. The Civil Rights Act, that may have been arguably violated, is quite clear:

'If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same;... They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both;...' [USDoJ]

'...in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution ...' as in the Right to Vote. "............


Saturday, July 28, 2007

Exclusive | Emails Detail RNC Voter Supression in 5 States

Exclusive | Emails Detail RNC Voter Supression in 5 States:Caging and other developments...

"The list of questionable voters that was compiled by the Ohio Board of Elections was quite similar to the vote caging lists used by the Republican campaigners. The Board of Elections sent out voter confirmation letters to targeted registered voters. The letters required the voter to return a confirmation request or have their name removed from the voter rolls. Because the confirmation letter gave the voter 60 days to respond, a voter who failed to respond to the confirmation request would still be on the voter rolls for the primary election, but would be purged prior to the general election.
The list was apparently checked by two people identified only as 'Ted' and 'Evan who' made handwritten notes in one of the columns. According to their notes, they described certain parts of Cleveland where low-income and minority voters were targeted as containing 'mixed use buildings' and 'single family apartments.' Another section said, 'looks like a parking lot ... doesn't look residential.'"

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Perrspectives: Resources

US Attorney Firings

Full timeline...newspaper coverage.

Think Progress » Goodling Dismisses Voter Supression Tactic Of ‘Caging’ As Just ‘A Direct-Mail Term’

Think Progress »
Goodling Dismisses Voter Supression Tactic Of ‘Caging’ As Just ‘A Direct-Mail Term’

Saturday, June 23, 2007

WorldNetDaily: North American union plan headed to Congress in fall

WorldNetDaily: North American union plan headed to Congress in fall

Raging Caging What the heck is vote caging, and why should we care? Greg Palast

Raging Caging What the heck is vote caging, and why should we care? Greg Palast:**snip**

"That would suggest that vote caging is a big deal. Is it?"

Vote caging is an illegal trick to suppress minority voters (who tend to vote Democrat) by getting them knocked off the voter rolls if they fail to answer registered mail sent to homes they aren’t living at (because they are, say, at college or at war). The Republican National Committee reportedly stopped the practice following a consent decree in a 1986 case. Google the term and you’ll quickly arrive at the Wizard of Oz of caging, Greg Palast, investigative reporter and author of the wickedly funny Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans—Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild. Palast started reporting allegations of Republican vote caging for the BBC’s Newsnight in 2004. He’s been almost alone on the story since then. Palast contends, both in Armed Madhouse and widely through the liberal blogosphere, that vote caging, an illegal voter-suppression scheme, happened in Florida in 2004 this way:

The Bush-Cheney operatives sent hundreds of thousands of letters marked “Do not forward” to voters’ homes. Letters returned (”caged”) were used as evidence to block these voters’ right to cast a ballot on grounds they were registered at phony addresses. Who were the evil fakers? Homeless men, students on vacation and—you got to love this—American soldiers. Oh yeah: most of them are Black voters.

Why weren’t these African-American voters home when the Republican letters arrived? The homeless men were on park benches, the students were on vacation—and the soldiers were overseas.

Palast supplies evidence linking Tim Griffin, then-research director for the RNC, to this caging plot; specifically, a series of confidential e-mails to Republican Party muckety-mucks with the suggestive heading “RE: caging.” The e-mails were accidentally sent to a George Bush parody site. They also contained suggestively named spreadsheets, headed “caging” as well. The names on the lists are what Palast’s researchers deemed to be homeless men and soldiers deployed in Iraq. Here are the e-mails.

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