who votes that counts. It's who counts the votes."
- Joseph Stalin
doesn't ring true about Hillary's "upset" victory in the [January
8] New Hampshire primary. It just doesn't pass the smell test. All
the exit polls showed Hillary Clinton trailing Barack Obama by significant
margins. In fact, in the Gallup Poll taken just days before the
election, "Crocodile tears" Hillary was down by a whopping 13 points.
Her "turnaround" was not only unexpected, but downright shocking.
The results for the rest of the candidates - excluding Clinton and
Obama - were all within the margin of error. Clinton was the only
anomaly. Surprise, surprise.
this election had been conducted in any other country in the world,
the Bush administration would have immediately dispatched an independent
team of election observers and demanded a recount. But not in the
good old USA, where stealing elections is replacing baseball as
the national pastime. Would it surprise you to know that (according
to Black Box Voting) the Marketing and Sales Director of the company
that tallies the votes (LHS) "was arrested, indicted, and pleaded
guilty to "sale / CND" and sentenced to 12 months in the Rockingham
County Correctional facility, and fined US$2,000." That would be
LHS Sales Director Mr. Ken Hajjar. Here's an excerpt from Bev Harris's
Black Box Voting web site:
ballot printing plant at the time we got records on the overages
[that is, more ballots than needed for election; MW] was
being run by a convicted felon who had spent four years in prison
on a narcotics trafficking charge. No, not New Hampshire's voting
machine programming exec Ken Hajjar, who cut a plea deal in 1990
for his role in cocaine distribution. This was another convicted
felon, John Elder, who ran the Diebold ballot printing plant; he's
now an elections consultant." (http://www.bbvforums.org/cgi-bin/forums/
confident about the election results?
the exit polls showed Hillary Clinton trailing Barack Obama
by significant margins. In fact, in the Gallup Poll taken
just days before the election, "Crocodile tears" Hillary
was down by a whopping 13 points. Her "turnaround" was not
only unexpected, but downright shocking.
Then why not
spend five minutes perusing this youtube demonstration that shows
how anyone with a screwdriver and a brain the size of a walnut can
transform a 'humiliating defeat' into a miraculous Clintonesque
video also shows LHS's owner defending the dubious record of his
optical scanning hardware in court. The reader can decide for himself
whether we're dealing with a man of impeccable integrity or another
flannel-mouth opportunist who has enriched himself at the expense
of our basic democratic institutions.
Dori Smith reports that Sales Director "Hajjar totes memory cards
around in the trunk of his car and defends the practice of swapping
out memory cards during the middle of elections." http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5320
Nice touch, eh?
this election had been conducted in any other country in
the world, the Bush administration would have immediately
dispatched an independent team of election observers and
demanded a recount.
adds this revealing tidbit:
staff members we spoke with, including Mike Carlson and Tom Burge,
provided similar comments. They said they would open machines up
during an election and swap memory cards as needed. This is illegal
under Connecticut law and Deputy Secretary Mara told us she has
since informed LHS that such actions were in violation of Connecticut
all the fuss? I'll just slip this little card in the slot and -
Lookee here - Hillary's a winner; just like I figured."
Tobi provides a great summary of the back-room machinations
in her article "Democracy for New Hampshire" which came out the
day after the primary:
"81 per cent
of New Hampshire ballots are counted in secret by a private corporation
named Diebold Election Systems (now known as "Premier"). The elections
run on these machines are programmed by one company, LHS Associates,
based in Methuen, MA. We know nothing about the people programming
these machines, and we know even less about LHS Associates. We know
even less about the secret vote counting software used to tabulate
81 per cent of our ballots. People like to say 'but we use paper
ballots! They can always be counted by hand!'
they're not. They're counted by Diebold. Only a candidate can request
a hand recount, and most never do so. And a rigged election can
easily become a rigged recount, as we learned in Ohio 2004, where
two election officials were convicted of rigging their recount.
(Is it just a funny coincidence that Diebold spokesman is named
need to get the count right on election night. Right now, nobody
in New Hampshire, except the programmers at LHS Associates and Diebold
Election Systems, knows if we are getting it right or wrong."
rigged election can easily become a rigged recount... The
media's job is to make us feel like we have a choice. We
it seem to you, dear reader, that we could save the taxpayer a lot
of money and trouble by just returning to the "old system" of letting
nine judges on the Supreme Court chose our leaders? Why do we continue
with this pointless sham?
our elections are being run by corporations that have an obvious
stake in the outcome. There's a heap of money involved and nothing
is left to chance. The media's job is to make us feel like we have
a choice. We don't.
only reason the farce continues is because the ruling elite believe
that perception management is the cheapest way to control the bewildered
herd. And, of course, they're right. Pulling a lever every four
years is a type of political empowerment. It makes us feel like
we're part of the decision-making process, which makes it easier
to accept the "shittier and shittier paying jobs", the curtailed
civil liberties and the endless wars. (Thanks George Carlin)
This year we
can choose from a slate of eight candidates; all of whom are members
of the secretive Council on Foreign Relations; and all of whom are
wholly committed to the off-shoring of businesses, the outsourcing
of jobs, the expansion of police-state powers, and the obscene enlargement
the already over-bloated War Machine. The only exceptions are Ron
Paul and Dennis Kucinich who are treated like pariahs by the establishment
for Hillary; she won nothing. The results are completely bogus.
Her weepy performance before the balloting was orchestrated to create
a credible narrative to explain the fraudulent shifting of votes
away from Obama. It was exactly the same trick that Karl Rove played
in 2004, when he had the entire corporate media standing behind
his cockamamie story that three or four million fundamentalists
- who had never voted before in a general election - suddenly poured
down from the mountains to cast their ballot for their champion,
weepy performance before the balloting was orchestrated
to create a credible narrative to explain the fraudulent
shifting of votes away from Obama.
narrative was spouted from every media-soapbox in the nation until
it was generally accepted as fact. The media then proceeded to quash
any investigation of the massive voter fraud which took place across
the country (particularly in Ohio) while discrediting critics as
Is it a conspiracy
to think that the same guys who abduct foreign nationals off the
streets of cities around the world and take them to black sites
- where their eyes are gouged out and their finger nails ripped
off - would get squeamish over something as trivial as ballot stuffing?
antics were right out of Karl Rove's "Dirty Tricks Playbook". Chapter
one: Invent a believable storyline, run it through the Propaganda
Ministry (the media) and stick with it no matter how ridiculous
I carry no
brief for Obama or Clinton and I don't see any substantial difference
between either of them. They are both water carriers for their far-right
constituents. It is the system that's important. And the system
was stolen. End of story. Now, it's our move.
Note: Mike Whitney is a well respected
freelance writer living in Washington state, interested in politics
and economics from a libertarian perspective. He can be reached
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