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Early Voting Sees Reports of Voter Intimidation, Machine “Malfunctions”

Early voting has begun, and problems are already emerging at the
polls. In West Virginia, voters using touchscreen machines have
claimed their votes were switched from Democrat to Republican. In
North Carolina, a group of McCain supporters heckled a group of mostly
black supporters of Barack Obama. In Ohio, Republicans are being
accused of trying to scare newly registered voters by filing lawsuits
that question their eligibility. We speak to NYU professor Mark
Crispin Miller, author of Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the
Subversion of Democracy.

Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media culture and communication at
New York University. He is the author of several books, most recently
Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy,
2000-2008. His previous book is called Fooled Again: How the Right
Stole the 2004 Election and Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too.

AMY GOODMAN: Just days after reports that six early voters in at least
two West Virginia counties claimed their votes were switched from
Democrat to Republican, a couple in Nashville, Tennessee reported
similar problems with paperless voting machines. In West Virginia, one
voter said, ‘I hit Obama, and it switched to McCain. I am really
concerned about that. If McCain wins, there was something wrong with
the machines.” In Tennessee, a filmmaker couple also had difficulties
casting their vote for the Democratic candidate, the Brad Blog
reports. They had to hit the Obama button several times before it
actually registered, and in one case it momentarily flipped from Obama
to Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney. Patricia Earnhardt said,
“The McKinney button was located five rows below the Obama button.”
The couple in Nashville were using machines made by the same company
as those in the counties in West Virginia—by Election Systems and
Software. Meanwhile, there are reports of longlines at early voting
sites in several other states, including somecounties in Texas,
Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.

Mark Crispin Miller is a media critic who’s been focused on voter
problems and election fraud in this country. He’s a professor at New
York University, author of several books. Most recently he edited
Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy,
2000-2008. His previous book, Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the
2004 Election and Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too.

Mark Crispin Miller now joins us in the firehouse studio. Welcome to
Democracy Now!

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Great to be here.

AMY GOODMAN: What are your concerns right now, Mark?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, you’ve referred to a couple of them
already. We now see a burst of vote flipping by machines,electronic
voting machines in a couple of states. This is something that we saw
in at least eleven states in the 2004 election, hundreds and hundreds
of people coming forward to say, “I pushed the button for Kerry, and
the button for Bush lit up.” So, clearly, this was a systematic
programming decision by the people in charge of the machines, which in
that case and this one is the Republican Party.We’re also seeing
systematic shortages of working voting machines in Democratic
precincts only. This is also something that did not happen only in
Ohio in 2004, but happened nationwide. That election was, in fact,

AMY GOODMAN: How do you know that?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, I know because there’s been an audit of the
vote in eighteen counties of Ohio by a researcher named Richard Hayes
Phillips, who had his team literally scrutinize every single ballot
that was warehoused in eighteen Ohio counties. They took over 30,000
digital photographs. This is not speculation, Amy. This is a
meticulous, careful, specific and conclusive demonstration that John
Kerry actually won some 200,000 votes in those eighteen counties only
that were taken away from him. Bush’s official victory margin, you may
recall, was about 118,000. So there is no question about it. Ohio was

AMY GOODMAN: When they—OK, so they have the pictures of all these—

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Pictures, there’s a CD with this book that you can

AMY GOODMAN: But they have the pictures of the ballots.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Of the variously altered, mutilated ballots, yes.
Ballots with stickers placed over the square that people had blacked
in for Kerry/Edwards; somebody else blacks in Bush/Cheney.Thousands
and thousands of ballots that were pre-marked before they were
distributed, so that people would mark different boxes on them, and
then they would be invalidated.

Even more chilling is the fact that after Phillips did his research,
the boards of elections in fifty-five Ohio counties destroyed all or
some of their ballots in defiance of a court order. So we have
criminal behavior here of a kind of grand and systematic kind. But the
point is—not to engage in what Sarah Palin calls finger-pointing
backwards, the point here is to note that we’re dealing with a
consistent pattern of subversive behavior by the Republican Party
since2000 and extending all the way up to the present. What we’re
seeing now is an especially brazen and diverse range of dirty tricks
and tactics that are being used both to suppress the vote and also to
enable election fraud.

AMY GOODMAN: Ohio has been very much in the news this past week, not
around the issue of voter suppression, but around the issue of
fraudulent registration forms, the concern about them being handed in
by the organization ACORN.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Yeah, the whole ACORN thing is a first-class
propaganda drive. ACORN has done nothing wrong. ACORN has,however,
been guilty of trying to register low-income citizens to vote.Because
they’ve been in the sights of the Republican Party for several years
now, they’ve always been extremely scrupulous about checking the
registration forms that they garner from their volunteers.

You know, they pay people, basically, to register other voters. So,
naturally, from time to time, some volunteer who wants the money will
fill out a registration form, you know, with Mickey Mouse or the names
of the Dallas Cowboys, something like that. Precisely because that is
an ever-present possibility, the people at ACORN have always
scrupulously checked the forms before submitting them.

And ten days ago, what they did was, in Las Vegas, their office in Las
Vegas, they found a number of these suspicious forms, handed them over
directly to the Secretary of State in Nevada, and his response was to
turn around and say, “Aha! Here is evidence that you’re conspiring to
commit voter fraud.” Now, that effort, that drive went from Nevada to
Missouri to Ohio, and now we hear that the FBI is investigating ACORN.

The important point here, Amy, is that voter fraud is practically
nonexistent. Several studies have taken a close look at this and found
that there really is no voter fraud of this kind.

AMY GOODMAN: Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films has put out a new
short film about ACORN and the attacks against them. Let me play an

SEN. JOHN McCAIN: We need to know the full extent of Senator
Obama’s relationship with ACORN, who is now on the verge of maybe
perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this
country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.

GOV. SARAH PALIN: John and I are calling on the Obama campaign
to release communications it has had with this group and to do so

CARMEN ARIAS: These attacks on ACORN are part of a pattern of
voter suppression that the GOP has been carrying on for a long time.

PAUL WEYRICH: They want everybody to vote. I don’t want
everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They
never have been, from the beginning of our country, and they are not
now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections, quite
candidly, goes up as the voting populace goes down.

ANDREW SULLIVAN: The McCain campaign has now two camps.And one
of them is already assuming that he’s lost, and he’s aiming for the
post-election warfare in the Republican Party, and part of that isthe
ACORN strategy, which is trying to delegitimize the result in advance,
if Obama were to win, by saying it was rigged by minority voters.
That’s what this is about.

SEN. JOHN McCAIN: Someone here keeps yelling “ACORN, ACORN.”
Now, let me just say to you, there are serious allegations of voter
fraud in the battleground states across America. They must be

NATHAN HENDERSON-JAMES: Let’s look at North Carolina. We turned
in 28,000 applications in North Carolina, and there are investigations
into four of them right now. Over 95 percent of the cards we turned in
were error-free. So we’re talking about an extremely small percentage
of the overall 1.3 million cards collected. To suggest that this is
some kind of widespread criminal conspiracy is just absurd.

radical—extremist community group.

CARMEN ARIAS: This is hardly the first time that these Rove-
style tactics have been used to suppress low-income minorities.

NATHAN HENDERSON-JAMES: They did it in 2000.

GREG PALAST: Voters were being removed from the registries by
the Secretary of State, Katherine Harris.

NATHAN HENDERSON-JAMES: They did it in 2004.

UNIDENTIFIED: Evidence has emerged that in the last presidential
election the Republican Party organized efforts to suppress the votes
of active-duty military, low-income and minority voters by challenging
their registrations. The Republicans put in motion a plan to hold down
the Democratic vote in key battleground states. Many are convinced
that Republican officials broke the law.

NATHAN HENDERSON-JAMES: And they’re doing it again right now.

CARMEN ARIAS: Suppressing the low-income minority voters can
swing an entire election. A handful of improperly filled-out voter
registration cards cannot.

AMY GOODMAN: That, an excerpt of a piece by Robert Greenwald and Brave
New Films. Professor Mark Crispin Miller?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Yeah, well, I think he hit the nail right on the
head. The important point to get here is that the party that is itself
engaging in disenfranchisement on a massive scale, the deliberate,
systematic disenfranchisement of arguably millions of Americans, is
clouding the issue by accusing—essentially accusing its victims of
doing the same thing. OK?

Voter fraud—I want to repeat this—is virtually nonexistent.There have
been several academic studies of this notion of whether individuals
actually stuffed ballot boxes or show up at polling places pretending
to be somebody else. There’s actually not a single known case of any
such type of voter fraud being prosecuted by the Department of
Justice. And yet, that notion of voter fraud is used as the pretext
for taking steps that do demonstrably result in tens of thousands of
people being unable to vote, you see? It’s a really masterful
strategy.And I only wish that the Democratic Party had all this time
been aggressive in pointing out that the Republicans are the party
engaged in disenfranchisement.

AMY GOODMAN: Mark Crispin Miller, we have to break. When we come back,
I want to ask you about a man named Stephen Spoonamore—


AMY GOODMAN: —a prominent expert, supposedly, on computer fraud, and
what he has to say. Stay with us.


AMY GOODMAN: Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media, culture and
communication at New York University is our guest. His most recent
book, Loser Take All. Who is Stephen Spoonamore?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Stephen Spoonamore is a conservative Republican,
a former McCain supporter and, most importantly, a renowned and highly
successful expert at the detection of computer fraud. That’s his
profession. He works for major banks. He works for foreign
governments. He works for the Secret Service. Those are his clients.

He knows personally the principal players in Bush-Cheney’s conspiracy
to subvert our elections through electronic means since 2000, and he
has named these principal players. Specifically, he has named a man
named Mike Connell. Mike Connell, according to Spoonamore, is Karl
Rove’s computer guru. This is the guy who has helped Bush-Cheney fix
election results through computers since Florida 2000, in Ohio in
2004, also in the stolen re-election of Governor Don Siegelman in
Alabama in 2002, also in the stolen re-election of Senator Max Cleland
in Georgia in 2002.


MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, basically, they use a kind of architecture
that’s called Man in the Middle, and it involves shunting election
returns data through a separate computer somewhere else. This is
something that computer criminals do all the time with banks.
Spoonamore explains that the Man in the Middle setup is extremely
effective and basically undetectable as a way to change election

Now, the scariest thing is that Connell told Spoonamore that the
reason why he has helped Bush-Cheney still these elections for the
last eight years has been to save the babies. See? We have to
understand that there’s a very powerful component of religious
fanaticism at work in the election fraud conspiracy. We saw a little
bit of that in Greenswald’s film, where Paul Weyrich was talking about
how we don’t want people voting.

AMY GOODMAN: The conservative activist.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, because the majority is a majority of
unbelievers. They’re pro-choice. They’re corrupt. They’re evil. They
don’t get it. It’s therefore necessary to fix election results in
order to prevent the unjust and the unrighteous from taking over.

AMY GOODMAN: Professor Mark Crispin Miller, you keep saying the
election was clearly stolen in 2004. This is not a widelyheld belief.
Why do you think more information is not known about this?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Because the press and the Democratic Party have
steadfastly refused simply to mention, much less discuss, the

AMY GOODMAN: You talked to John Kerry.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: I talked to John Kerry. In fact, the last time I
was with you, I was here to talk about that conversation with him. On
October 28th, 2005, we met. I gave him a copy of my book Fooled Again,
and we discussed the last election, and he told me, with some
vehemence, that he believed it was stolen.

AMY GOODMAN: In Ohio in 2004—and Ohio, key battleground state right now


AMY GOODMAN: And we remember at Kenyon, for example, those long, long
lines in 2004, people waiting for hours.


AMY GOODMAN: When you talk about the computer setup for 2004, explain

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, what happened was, with the election
results that were coming into Ken Blackwell’s website, right, in real

AMY GOODMAN: The former Secretary of State of Ohio.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: The former Secretary of State.

AMY GOODMAN: The former chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign there.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: And co-chair of Bush-Cheney and a big-time
election thief and an ardent theocrat, by the way. The election
returns went basically from his website to another computer that was
in a basement in Chattanooga, Tennessee, under the control of
Spoonamore and a guy with another private company, another
evangelical.The data was shunted through that computer and then back
to the Secretary of State’s website.

Spoonamore says that this Man in the Middle setup has only one
purpose, and that is fraud. There’s no other reason to do it. And he
believes that such a system is still in place in Ohio, it’s in place
in a number of other states. And the crucial fact to bear in mind
here,since we’re talking about John McCain attacking ACORN and so on,
is that Mike Connell is now working for John McCain.

Now, on the strength of Spoonamore’s testimony, right, it’s driving a
RICO lawsuit in Ohio. On the strength of his testimony, Connell has
been subpoenaed. He was subpoenaed last week for a deposition, so that
he can answer questions on the record, under oath, about what he’s
been up to. He and a bevy of Republican lawyers have been very, very
vigorously fighting this subpoena, because, of course, they don’t want
him to testify ’til after Election Day.

AMY GOODMAN: Professor Mark Crispin Miller, the Bradley Effect that is
being discussed, explain what it is and how you feel it’s being used.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: The Bradley Effect is a theory which holds that
African American candidates do better in pre-election polls than they
do in elections, because white racists are shy about admitting to
pollsters that they wouldn’t vote for a black man. So they will tell
pollsters, “Sure, I’ll vote for him.” Then they sneak into the polling
booth and listen to the inner Klansman, you know, they vote as

Now, the problem with this theory is that there are almost no examples
of its having happened. It’s named for Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los
Angeles, who ran for the governor of California and did much better in
polls beforehand than he did on Election Day. Well, it turns out, if
you study that race, that the reason why he lost was that a lot of bad
news about his tenure in Los Angeles came out just before the
election. That’s the reason why people often lose elections. There are
only two races that we know of where the Bradley Effect may arguably
have obtained, both in 1989: Doug Wilder’s run for the governor of
Virginia and David Dinkins’s first run for the mayor of New York,
where Dinkins didn’t do as well as we thought he would. Well, in his
second run, the polls were dead on.

The point is, we’re talking about two races that may form the basis
for this idea that Barack Obama, with his enormous lead, may lose
because of millions and millions of closet racists, you know, who will
say one thing to pollsters, out of a fear of not seeming politically
correct, and then vote a different way. I’ll tell you why I worry
about this. Something that you very, very badly need to steal
elections, aside from the apparatus and the volunteers and all the
money and everything, is a narrative. You have to have a convincing
rationale toexplain an upset victory. Four years ago, the rationale
was millions of values voters materialized on the horizon at the end
of the day, and like Jesus with loaves and fishes, they suddenly
multiplied and voted for Bush, and then they disappeared. Well,
there’s no evidence that that actually happened. But it served as a
narrative. This time, I’m afraid the primary narrative will be racism:
Barack Obama actually lost, despite all predictions, because so many
Americans are racist.

I think that this is, first of all, unverifiable. We don’t know that
it’s true, whereas we do know all the stuff about vote suppression and
election fraud. But I’m afraid that people will be encouraged to
accept this line to prevent them from taking a hard look at the real
reasons why Obama may have “lost”—and I put “lost” in quotation marks.

AMY GOODMAN: Mark Crispin Miller, I want to thank you for being with
us. Mark Crispin Miller is a professor at New York University and
author of, well, the latest book he edited, this came out just this
summer, Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of
Democracy, 2000-2008.





‘Here, in this shattering new interview, Stephen Spoonamore goes into
harrowing detail about the Bush regime’s election fraud, past, present
and–if we don’t spread the word right now–to come. Since he’s the
only whistle-blower out there who knows the perps themselves, and how
they operate, we have to send this new piece far and wide.

Here Spoon tells us that McBush’s team–i.e.,Karl Rove and his
henchpersons–have their plan in place to steal this next election: by
51.2% of the popular vote, and three electoral votes. He also talks
about the major role played by the Christianist far right in the
electronic rigging of the vote.

And he defines our electronic voting system as a major threat to US
national security, calling for it to be junked ASAP, in favor of hand-
counted paper ballots.

Since Spoon is a Republican and erstwhile McCain supporter, as well as
a noted specialist in nosing out computer fraud, his testimony is
essential–not only for its expertise, but, no less, for the impact
that his views will surely have on those Republicans who have been
loath to see what Bush Co. has done to our election system.
That whole story’s just about to break . . . starting with today’s
news on a breakthrough in the lawsuit that Spoon’s testimony has
enabled, and on other aspects of that all-important case.’  –MCM


Full-length video

Spoonamore video in 10 YouTube episodes

It’s a network, people

Electronic voting machines are a national security threat

The genie is out of the bottle. . .

Fifty ways to steal an election

Mike Connell: Bush IT Guru

The Rapp Family: Ohio election cover-up

Evangelicals and voting machines

Paper ballots please

McCain/Palin will win by theft

People should doubt the vote, it’s being stolen

and forward this to your friends who understand computers


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p/ 703.647.5862

‘Netcraft is showing that an event happened in the Ohio 2004 election
that is difficult to explain. The Secretary of State’s website,which
handles election reporting, normally is directed to an Ohio-based IP
address hosted by the Ohio Supercomputer Center. On Nov. 3 2004,
Netcraft shows the website pointing out of state to a server owned by
Smartech Corp. According to the American Registry on Internet Numbers,
Smartech’s block of IP addresses –
encompasses the entire range of addresses owned by the Republican
National Committee. Smartech hosted the recently notorious gbw43.com
domain used from the White House in apparent violation of the
Presidential Records Act, from which thousands of White House emails

‘On two occasions in recent elections, a third-party source
recordedthat the Ohio election results website
‘election.sos.state.oh.us’ wasoperating at an IP address which falls
within the range assigned toservice hosted by Chattanooga, TN-based
SMARTtech Corp. The IP addressassigned to ‘election.sos.state.oh.us’,, lies between IPaddresses assigned to VoterVault.com and
NRCC.org which are managed bythe RNC and affiliates.’

Akron Headquarters
302 N. Cleveland-Massillon Rd.
Akron, OH 44333
v/ 330.665.3483
f/ 330.665.3486
info [at] govtechsolutions [dot] com


Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S)
11208 John Galt Blvd.
Omaha, NE 68137 USA
Toll Free: 1-800-247-8683
Phone: 402-593-0101
Fax: 402-593-8107
email : info [at] essvote [dot] com



801 Broad Street
Suite 220
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone (423) 664-7678
email : support [at] airnetgroup [dot] com

‘… Jeff Averbeck, CEO of Smartech, which is running theRepublican
websites, says, ‘Politics today is getting people to get upand do
something.’ More than 1 million volunteers and 6 million e-mailand
letter-writing activists have signed up for the Republicans thisyear
over the Web.’

Coptix Inc.

Coptix Inc. (web), another Chattanooga-based company, ‘provides backup
DNS hosting for Smartech/Airnet.’ [1]
50 E. Main Street
Postal Box 2026
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37408
Telephone: 423.822.6850
Facsimile: 423.825.2001
email: info [at] coptix [dot] com

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