Any hope of prosecuting the perpetrators of the stolen 2004
presidential election ended when Mike Connell died Dec 19 in a plane crash.
As reported in Raw Story �Connell is a long-time GOP
operative, whose New Media Communications provided web services for the
Bush-Cheney �04 campaign, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Republican National
Committee and many Republican candidates.�
One day before the 2008 presidential election, attorneys
Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis, working on the King-Lincoln Bronzeville v.
Blackwell lawsuit, deposed Connell regarding the role of Connell�s company, New
Media Communications, in collaboration with SMARTtech and Triad in Ohio�s 2004
election. After the 2004 presidential election, a movement of election rights
activists concluded that the election had been stolen. Exit polls, designed to
be accurate within 1 percent, were off 8.8 percent in Ohio, which was a consistent
pattern in swing states. Steve Freeman�s book �Was the 2004 Presidential
Election Stolen� explains in great detail the anomalies in the election
results, and why the exit polls were accurate. The exit poll discrepancy was
the red flag indicating a fraudulent election, but the mainstream media looked
the other way and sought to discredit the exit polls.
The numerical evidence in combination with a serious
distrust of electronic voting fueled a vigorous election reform movement. But
the method used to steal the election remained a mystery. Although citizen
activists immersed in the subject were and are very much opposed to electronic
touch screen voting, many of the problematic counties voted on punch card
systems. How did the results change between 11 PM and 1 AM on the night of the
On a cold and wet election day 2004, thousands of voters
were disenfranchised by lines four to 10 hours long. Prior to election day, low
income and black voters were selectively purged from the rolls. Voting machines
switched votes from Kerry to Bush in Mahoning County. Impossible voter turnouts
were recorded in several precincts. Entire inner city precincts in Cleveland
voted for third party candidates due to ballot design or intentional
malfeasance. However, none of this was enough to swing the vote. Electronic
theft at the tabulation level was required to secure the presidency for George
Many American�s are only vaguely aware that John Kerry would
have won a fair election in Ohio. Officially, George Bush won the election by
118,601 votes in Ohio. Ohio was the key swing state that determined the results
of the national election.
Few Americans know Mike Connell or Stephen Spoonamore.
Spoonamore is a recognized expert in the field of data security and digital
network architecture. Early this summer, Republican cyber-expert Spoonamore
submitted an affidavit in the King- Lincoln federal court case. Spoonamore
designed or consulted for MasterCard, American Express, Chubb Insurance,
Bloomberg, Boeing, NBC-GE, NewsCorp, the US Department of Energy, the US Navy, the
US Department of State and other government agencies, according to the
affidavit filed in federal court.
Mr. Spoonamore testified that the �vote tabulation system. .
. . allowed the introduction of a single computer� between computer A and
computer B. This is called a �man in the middle� attack. According to
Spoonamore, �This centralized collection of all incoming statewide tabulations
would make it easy for a single operator, or a preprogrammed �force balancing
computer� to change the results in any way desired by the team controlling computer
complete testimony describes his relationship with and knowledge of
Connell, the computer expert who built system servers which served the
Republican National Committee, and Karl Rove.
Now recall that on election day 2004, when candidates
normally pace nervously while awaiting a long night watching election returns,
George W Bush and Karl Rove boarded Air Force One for an unscheduled visit to
Columbus Ohio. Kerry supporters working in downtown Columbus recognized that
this was a scary development. What to make of it? The Dispatch reported that
the president and Rove came to Columbus to encourage the folks working the call
center, and indeed Bush did tour the call center. Rove and Bush met with
Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. Blackwell controlled Computer B in
the scenario described by Spoonamore, in addition to serving as the co-chair of
the Bush/Cheney campaign while also serving as the chief election officer as secretary
of state. Also, the Free Press has learned that Connell reportedly sent the
Ohio Secretary of State�s chief IT officer, Bob Magnan, home at 9 p.m. on election night, leaving partisan
private contractors in charge of the state�s official election count.
But why did Bush/Rove really make an unscheduled visit to
Columbus? We may never know, but consider this scenario. Bush/Rove realized
that Bush would lose Ohio, but by a small margin. The infrastructure was set up
to steal the election. So Rove called Ken Blackwell to inform him that his
people were prepared to pull the trigger at the tabulation level. Ken
Blackwell, concerned about a long prison sentence, balked. Possibly Blackwell
asked for the visit to Columbus, more likely Rove insisted upon it in order to
pressure or reassure Blackwell. In either case, the unscheduled visit put Rove
and Bush at the scene of the crime. Via tape recorded conversations or simply
by making notes of the meeting, Blackwell had ensured that he would have cover
at the highest levels.
It appears that Connell�s IT apparatus, using the methods
described in Spoonamore�s affidavit, focused on the three southwestern counties
of Warren, Belmont, and Clermont. Bush�s total margin of victory was achieved
through these three counties. As first reported in the Free Press, additional
analysis by Richard Hayes Phillips documented that votes were switched in these
three counties as well as Auglaize, Brown, Darke, Highland, Mercer, Miami,
Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert, and Delaware counties.
One of the favorite methods of explaining away a conspiracy
is to offer that, if it were a conspiracy, someone would talk. Students of the
JFK assassination know well the trail of 20 or more dead bodies of people with
knowledge of that history-changing event.
One day before the 2008 presidential election, attorneys
Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis deposed Mr. Mike Connell. For all practical
purposes, Connell refused to answer. However, reporter Larisa Alexandrovna
reports that Mr. Connell was a source; that he may have been willing to talk.
It is certain that he was threatened, as witness protection was requested from
the US Attorney General and Ohio Attorney General via the attorneys. Connell
was concerned that the White House would throw him under the bus, according to
a credible source. Both Connell and Spoonamore approached the House Judiciary
Committee about testifying regarding the 2004 election.
The alternative media group ePluribus Media discovered in
November 2006 that election.sos.state.oh.us was hosted on the servers of a
company in Chattanooga, Tenn., called SmarTech, which also provided hosting for
a long list of Republican Internet domains. Also Connell�s IT work in Ohio
during the 2004 election involved bringing in SMARTtech and Triad to run the
state�s vote count. Connell�s involvement in creating Ohio�s official state
election website, in combination with his other partisan activities, raises
questions in and of itself. Connell was involved in Karl Rove�s missing emails
which would clarify Rove�s involvement in the Justice Department firing of
eight US attorneys. In addition, Connell was involved in the political
prosecution of Alabama Governor Don Siegleman, as well as hosting the website
for �Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.�
Possibly Connell was not a conspiracy realist. Maybe he had
not studied the recent plane crash deaths of Senator Paul Wellstone, Senator
Mel Carnahan and John F. Kennedy, Jr. He may have not have been aware of other
political assassinations by plane crashes in Mexico, Rawanda, Ecuador and
Panama. But he did cancel two flights in the past two months due to �suspicious
problems� with his plane.
Initial crash reports speculated on poor weather. Another
claimed wrongly that he ran out of gas, despite the explosion on impact.
Further investigation revealed that Connell had declared an emergency as he
approached the airport for a second time, evidently being unable to make a
course correction when notified by the tower that he was �left of course.� An
eyewitness stated that Connell was flying down towards the ground. Records from
the air traffic controllers document that they instructed him to climb up to 3,000
If a conspiracy existed to steal the 2004 presidential
election by intercepting the votes as they were transmitted from the county
Boards of Election to the Ohio Secretary of State, someone would have talked.
Unless of course, that someone was dead. Chances are good that Connell saved
electronic data to protect himself. The question is, does Connell have friends
who are courageous enough to see that justice is done on his behalf?
In all likelihood, Connell�s death moved the 2004 stolen
election from being a solvable case, proved beyond a reasonable doubt to the
general public, into a different category. Now it will become another of
history�s mysteries, along with the political assassinations of the 1960s, the
October Surprise, the Iran Contra scandal, and so many other events.
To paraphrase author Martin Schotz, the public will be
allowed to believe that the 2004 presidential election was stolen, but we will
not be allowed to know it. Because knowing it would mean that we have the
responsibility to do something about it.
This article originally appeared in The Free