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Even I was a suspicious of the 2004 vote count in Ohio. CNN's exit polls had Kerry in front by 4% till about 1 AM and then suddenly he was 2% behind.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132x1293911

Mitch Connell however was previously discussed on this forum and there is no evidence he wanted to talk. He fought a subpoena calling him to testify and then when he lost he denied any knowledge of or involvement in any electoral fraud. He remained a partisan Republican till the end, he said Obama getting elected was the worst thing to happen to the US in a century. Nor is there evidence he felt threatened. Unfortunately the people pushing this issue in Ohio, Fitrakis and Wasserman etc, are as dishonest as Bush.

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Even I was a suspicious of the 2004 vote count in Ohio. CNN's exit polls had Kerry in front by 4% till about 1 AM and then suddenly he was 2% behind.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132x1293911

Mitch Connell however was previously discussed on this forum and there is no evidence he wanted to talk. He fought a subpoena calling him to testify and then when he lost he denied any knowledge of or involvement in any electoral fraud. He remained a partisan Republican till the end, he said Obama getting elected was the worst thing to happen to the US in a century. Nor is there evidence he felt threatened. Unfortunately the people pushing this issue in Ohio, Fitrakis and Wasserman etc, are as dishonest as Bush.

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A detailed review of serious security weaknesses in the 2004 Ohio presidential election system has been posted in the Free Press by co-council on the case.

The system appears to have been under-built and then, as the final tally was run, it switched processing over to an unmonitored and insecure location in a different state operated by a company with a close association to the winning candidate.

The King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell briefs are cited:

The filing also includes the revealing deposition of the late Michael Connell. Connell served as the IT guru for the Bush family and Karl Rove. Connell ran the private IT firm GovTech that created the controversial system that transferred Ohio's vote count late on election night 2004 to a partisan Republican server site in Chattanooga, Tennessee owned by SmarTech. That is when the vote shift happened, not predicted by the exit polls, that led to Bush's unexpected victory.

SmarTech, the location of the servers in Tennessee, is perhaps most infamous for hosting Republican Internet domains not the sort of environment one would expect to be used for a voting system. It was also later the site used by the Bush White House staff "to evade freedom of information laws by sending emails outside of official White House channels".

The location and partisanship aside, I find it extremely hard to believe there is not a single firewall let alone a DMZ architecture in the network diagrams. It must be a mistake. Were the vote databases really setup on a flat network?

These details of the network have been revealed only after a fight with Connell, who argued that they should be kept a secret while public yes, it's a contradiction.

Connell is refusing to testify or to produce documents relating to the system used in the 2004 and 2006 elections, lawyers say. His motion to quash the subpoena asserts that the request for documents is burdensome because the information sought should be "readily ascertainable through public records request"; but also, paradoxically, because "it seeks confidential, trade secrets, and/or proprietary information" that "have independent economic value" and "are not known to the public, or even to non-designated personnel within or working for Mr. Connell's business."

It's not the first time I have heard this odd and duplicitous argument from a network engineer. A District Attorney (DA) recently said he sent a man to jail for a similar argument in a fight with management. The engineer argued that the government network he was working on was copyrighted (public record) but secret.

The parallels continue. This other man, now in jail, had built a Man in the Middle (MitM) architecture. Connell is accused of creating the exact same security flaw. The Free Press cites "IT security expert Stephen Spoonamore", who gave a sworn affidavit to the court, that the Ohio presidential network design was intentionally designed to allow a MitM attack.

Until now, the architectural maps and contracts from the Ohio 2004 election were never made public, which may indicate that the entire system was designed for fraud. In a previous sworn affidavit to the court, Spoonamore declared: "The SmarTech system was set up precisely as a King Pin computer used in criminal acts against banking or credit card processes and had the needed level of access to both county tabulators and Secretary of State computers to allow whoever was running SmarTech computers to decide the output of the county tabulators under its control."

Spoonamore also swore that "…the architecture further confirms how this election was stolen. The computer system and SmarTech had the correct placement, connectivity, and computer experts necessary to change the election in any manner desired by the controllers of the SmarTech computers."

Given the DA explanation of the other case it is possible the outcome of this one might go the same way. It's a great example of the reality of insider and domestic threats. While much of the news talks about the foreign threats to US government infrastructure, it is always worth considering that weaknesses in networks may be intentionally created by insiders who seek an unfair advantage.

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Not Threatened Charlie ???? (from Yes,I DID say that BLOG)

Key Bush insider set to testify dies in plane crash.

You probably heard about flight 1404 crashing in Denver the other day. However, there's a plane crash probably you didn't hear about. This should be one of the biggest stories for 2008, but it probably won't be. I'm usually a very skeptical person, but this has my conspiracy detector off the charts.

Michael Connell was an IT expert for the Bush Whitehouse and Karl Rove. He died on the evening of Dec. 19th when his single engine airplane crashed. The plane is purported to have ran out of fuel. Pretty conspicuous for a man who was known to be a very experienced pilot. And on top of that, running out of fuel does not mean airplanes just fall out of the sky. as long as they don't stall out, they can glide long distances provided that the hydraulics work, and can land if there's a clear place to do it.

Who is this guy? Remember the US attourney scandal? This was when we learned that the Bush Whitehouse didn't actually use government computers, but instead used Republican party owned equipment, and a GWB43 domain name. My understanding is that after a freedom of information request was made to get emails from the Republican party, they apparently "lost a few million emails." Well, he was Rove & Bush's #1 computer man --he was also under investigation for vote tampering in 2004. A non-profit watchdog group has been collecting information on him for years.

Well, he decided to testify, was threatened by Karl Rove, denied protective custody, and is now dead.

From PRNewswire-USNewswire

A tipster close to the McCain campaign disclosed to VelvetRevolution(a non-profit investigating Mr. Connell over the last 2 years) in July that Mr. Connell's life was in jeopardy and that Karl Rove had threatened him and his wife, Heather. VR's attorney, Cliff Arnebeck, notified the United States Attorney General , Ohio law enforcement and the federal court about these threats and insisted that Mr. Connell be placed in protective custody. VR also told a close associate of Mr. Connell's not to fly his plane because of another tip that the plane could be sabotaged. Mr. Connell, a very experienced pilot, has had to abandon at least two flights in the past two months because of suspicious problems with his plane. On December 18, 2008, Mr. Connell flew to a small airport outside of Washington DC to meet some people. It was on his return flight the next day that he crashed.

On October 31, Mr. Connell appeared before a federal judge in Ohio after being subpoenaed in a federal lawsuit investigating the rigging of the 2004 election under the direction of Karl Rove. The judge ordered Mr. Connell to testify under oath at a deposition on November 3rd, the day before the presidential election. Velvet Revolution received confidential information that the White House was extremely concerned about Mr. Connell talking about his illegal work for the White House and two Bush/Cheney 04 attorneys were dispatched to represent him.

The Bush administration is now trying to erase the truth from the history book. This is par for Soviet Russia, not America. Expect GWB to pardon lots of people who had direct contact with his administration at the end of his term. The idea that a witness dies in a suspicious manner is far beyond chilling to me.

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At least this article was upfront about Connell denying everything instead of pushing the lie from your previous posting he "wanted to talk", however it still pushes the probable lie his life had been threatened.

Contrary to the claim his "plane is purported to have ran out of fuel" it was reported that the propellers were still working. The NTSB determined "the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows."

The pilots inappropriate control inputs as a result of spatial disorientation, which led to an aerodynamic stall and loss of control.

Contributing to the accident were the pilot's decision to conduct flight into known icing conditions, ice accumulation that reduced the

airplane's aerodynamic performance, and the pilot's failure to initially intercept and establish the airplane on the proper approach

course.

http://dms.ntsb.gov/aviation/AccidentReports/ygj15xy40njc1s55jhdpvu551/H0727201

http://dms.ntsb.gov/aviation/AccidentReports/am04qdnqclnasz45bbmziknv1/D07282011120000.pdf

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http://nomadicjoe.blogspot.com/2011/05/republican-faust-rise-and-fall-of-mike.html

http://www.maxim.com/amg/humor/stupid-fun/86265/mysterious-death-bushs-cyber-guru.html

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rugger9 on July 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm said:

Add Ivins to the list [or as I call him for FBI snark purposes, Contestant #2, after Hatfill, for the Amerithrax investigation] of those conveniently dead. No one as far as I know says anything other than the suicide is involved, the issue for Ivins is that the FBI, et al., pushed him into it which is really murder on their part. Ivins deserved his day in court, and deserves better than FBI character assassination in the press. The fact that the FBI still keeps pinning blame on Ivins (after paying out big bucks to Hatfill) when at least 95% of their “evidence” really isn’t incriminating Ivins means they have not yet figured out who Contestant #3 is going to be. And because they’ve guessed wrong twice I can’t see any jury convicting C#3 even if the FBI collared the right one. Imagine bmaz on cross, if you will…..

As far as Connell conspiracy theorists go, the ball was started rolling by an [Akron?] Ohio TV station, Channel 19, on 12/25/08, the day after the NTSB preliminary report was issued and holes were poked by them in their report. Google away. Bradblog.com has this as well, with links to the video that shows a fire (which burned Connell’s body, yet the wallet with an intact receipt and his blue suit were recovered, hmmm) and further digging by Raw Story which got some heat in the bradblog comments, plus links to interviews and reports about Connell getting death threats from Rove, as well as warnings of a sabotaged plane. However, nothing seems to have been in play after early 2009, so draw your own conclusions. Maxim did a story on this in 2010, probably tied to the NTSB final report release, as if anyone reads it for the news stories…. [OT, but one of the more amusing articles I had read years ago in the barbershop was a joint effort allegedly with the Cosmopolitan staff on dating etiquette, covering useful items like just how far around could the guy's head turn if a hot chick walked by without getting in trouble. They said 60 degrees, I'd get zero]

The NTSB final report says Connell became disoriented while turning in a cloud (although the stations’ footage and weather showed clear skies just above freezing), it was issued 1/28/10, # CEN09FA099 accorind to the wiki references. However, my review of the NTSB website for aviation incidents showed no reference to this report sorting by incident date, location, or report date on a db extending to 1994. There are nonfatal incidents large and small, as well as fatal ones listed before and after this one. So, what’s going on here? No incidents at all are listed for Akron/Canton or Canton/Akron crash site, or College Park Maryland where the flight originated. This is the kind of situation / gap that feeds conspiracy theories, and needs to be cleared up.

Could someone get a link to the NTSB report so we can see this?

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rugger9 on July 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm said:

Update: The site of the incident is listed as “North Canton” and one has to go to the NTSB docket management system using the CEN number [via "accident dockets"]. It’s 154 pages long, developed starting 2/19/09 and publicly released (according to the NTSB docket management system) on 11/9/09, so I’m not sure why there is the discrepancy on the release dates.

31 separate docs of varying lengths go into this report. Using the NC reference there is still no report listed in the reports area.

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http://nomadicjoe.blogspot.com/2011/05/republican-faust-rise-and-fall-of-mike.html

http://www.maxim.com/amg/humor/stupid-fun/86265/mysterious-death-bushs-cyber-guru.html

One has to wonder how seriously the editors of Maxim (better know for bikini clad babes than journalism) took the story since it is in the "Humor" section and further classified it as "stupid fun". Next you'll be citing "The Onion". I didn't see much in the 1st that supports your case.

As far as Connell conspiracy theorists go, the ball was started rolling by an [Akron?] Ohio TV station, Channel 19, on 12/25/08, the day after the NTSB preliminary report was issued and holes were poked by them in their report.

Please provide a links to the supposed articles.

plus links to interviews and reports about Connell getting death threats from Rove, as well as warnings of a sabotaged plane
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As previously pointed out he supposedly was threatened with criminal persecution not being killed by Rove. After he died the lawyers who deposed him edited down the threat to make it sound more sinister. And even the supposed threat of persecution was never reported by any one connected to Connell but rather the same dishonest lawyers who battled him in court. One has wonder if he really was afraid of his plane being sabotaged why he continued to fly it.

Proponents of the Connell was murdered theory have to yet to provide a real motive, the risk of him talking were close to zero, he fought being deposed and after he was compelled to testify denied everything under oath. If he for some mysterious reason changed his testimony his credibility would be blown and he open himself up for prosecution for purjury

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