Archive for September, 2006

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 — The dispute over a newly disclosed National Intelligence Estimate has threatened a pre-election script in which the White House had sought to put Democrats on the defensive on national security.

As the White House saw it, this was to have been the week in which Republicans seized the advantage by pushing two antiterrorism bills through Congress over the objections of recalcitrant Democrats.

Instead, on Wednesday for the second day in a row, Democrats seized on the intelligence report as confirmation of their case that the Iraq war has in fact compounded the global terrorism threat.

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Republicans responded by saying Democrats were distorting the findings or were exploiting important intelligence information for political gain. In Congress, the Republicans appeared to give up on passing one of the two antiterrorism bills, the one on surveillance.

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The Party is Over…GOP that is!!Did you know….
(Many thanks to ‘Global Evildoer Fighter’ for this info!)

1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.



2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.



3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.



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.”



5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.



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.




7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush’s vice-presidential candidates.



8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.



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.



10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.



11. Diebold is based in Ohio.


12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as consultants and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states.



13. Jeff Dean was Senior Vice-President of Global Election Systems when it was bought by Diebold. Even though he had been convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree, Jeff Dean was retained as a consultant by Diebold and was largely responsible for programming the optical scanning software now used in most of the United States.




14. Diebold consultant 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.



15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.



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://www.bbvdocs.org/videos/baxterVPR.mov.)



17. 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines with no paper trail.


18. All — not some — but all the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.






19. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the President’s brother.



20. Serious voting anomalies in Florida — again always favoring Bush — have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending further investigation.








1 in 5 Americans believe the elections were fraudulent.

That’s over 41 Million Americans.

You are NOT alone!

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Democrats Cite New Hope in Bid to Retake Senate

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 — Six weeks before Election Day, the Democrats suddenly face a map with unexpected opportunities in their battle for control of the Senate.

In Virginia, a state that few expected to be seriously competitive, Senator George Allen, a Republican, looks newly vulnerable after a series of controversies over his racial views, strategists in both parties say. In Tennessee, another Southern state long considered safely red, Representative Harold E. Ford Jr., a Democrat, has run a strong campaign that has kept that state in contention.

Elsewhere, Democratic challengers are either ahead or neck and neck in five states held by the Republicans — Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island — according to political strategists in both parties and the latest polls.

All of these races could shift direction in a matter of days, let alone six weeks, and Republicans are counting on their superior finances and large blocks of television advertising to hold the line. Democrats also have their own vulnerabilities, particularly in New Jersey, where Senator Robert D. Menendez has run behind his Republican challenger, State Senator Thomas H. Kean Jr., in recent polls.


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Libby’s graymail gambit

Judge to decide if jury will be allowed to hear national secrets.

WASHINGTON – In what is stacking up to be one of the most decisive pre-trial hearings in the CIA leak case against I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the parties involved will face off Wednesday to argue which — if any — classified documents Libby will be allowed to use in his defense against charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Libby’s legal gambit — threatening to reveal sensitive national security details when the trial begins in January — has the potential to derail the proceedings.
Attorneys for Vice President Cheney’s former top aide and for special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald will meet before Judge Reggie Walton on Wednesday in the first of several closed hearings dealing with classified documents. Judge Walton will decide the use, relevance or admissibility of the classified information.


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According to the latest Gallup Poll, more Americans blame President Bush than former President Clinton for the failure to capture Osama bin Laden.

“According to a recent Gallup Panel survey, the American public puts the primary blame on Bush rather than Clinton for the fact that bin Laden has not been captured,” writes Lydia Saad for the Gallup News Service.

In the telephone survey based on interviews with 1,010 national adults, aged 18 and older, which was conducted from September 21 to 24, before and after Clinton’s “heated” interview on Fox News Channel aired on Sunday, 53 percent blame Bush, while only 36 percent blame Clinton.

“Clinton’s reputation in this matter is far from unblemished, however,” notes Saad. “Forty-two percent of Americans believe Clinton deserves either a great deal or a fair amount of blame, while only 32% say he deserves no blame.”

Excerpts from Gallup News Service report:
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CondiMan ??!!

Condi Rice turns into a man to defend Dubya. (Screen shot from the Boston Herald.) I guess someone at the Boston Herald has a sense of humor.

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Sen. Clinton Disputes Rice’s Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has struck back at Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the escalating political bickering over which president – Bill Clinton or George W. Bush – missed more opportunities to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks.

Clinton, D-N.Y., took aim at President Bush and Rice over their roles in 2001 before the attacks, part of a growing argument that ignited after former President Clinton gave a combative interview on “Fox News Sunday” in which he defended his efforts to kill Osama bin Laden.

“I think my husband did a great job in demonstrating that Democrats are not going to take these attacks,” Hillary Clinton said Tuesday. “I’m certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled ‘Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside the United States’ he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team.”

The senator was referring to a classified brief given to Bush in August 2001, one that Democrats say showed the Bush administration did not do enough to combat the growing threat from al-Qaida.

When the brief was delivered, Rice was Bush’s national security adviser, and Clinton’s response was clearly designed to implicate her in the same criticisms that have been made of Bush.

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