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Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software

By : Wayne Madsen
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by Wayne Madsen

The manipulation of computer voting machines in the recent presidential election and the funding of programmers who were involved in the operation are tied to an intricate web of shady off-shore financial trusts and companies, shady espionage operatives, Republican Party politicians close to the Bush family, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract vehicles.

An exhaustive investigation has turned up a link between current Florida Republican Representative Tom Feeney, a customized Windows-based program to suppress Democratic votes on touch screen voting machines, a Florida computer services company with whom Feeney worked as a general counsel and registered lobbyist while he was Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and top level officials of the Bush administration.

According to a notarized affidavit signed by Clint Curtis, while he was employed by the NASA Kennedy Space Center contractor, Yang Enterprises, Inc., during 2000, Feeney solicited him to write a program to "control the vote." At the time, Curtis was of the opinion that the program was to be used for preventing fraud in the in the 2002 election in Palm Beach County, Florida. His mind was changed, however, when the true intentions of Feeney became clear: the computer program was going to be used to suppress the Democratic vote in counties with large Democratic registrations.

According to Curtis, Feeney and other top brass at Yang Enterprises, a company located in a three-story building in Oviedo, Florida, wanted the prototype written in Visual Basic 5 (VB.5) in Microsoft Windows and the end-product designed to be portable across different Unix-based vote tabulation systems and to be "undetectable" to voters and election supervisors.

Yang, an engineering and computer services company subcontracted to NASA prime contractors like Lockheed Martin, was founded in 1986 by Dr. Tyng-Lin (Tim) Yang. Granted minority-owned "Section 8A" and woman-owned preferential status by the U.S. government, Yang’s clients also include the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT). Yang’s President, Li-Woan (Lee) Yang, is Tim Yang’s wife. Feeney was the registered agent for another Yang company, Y & H Greens, Inc., a company that was dissolved in 1988 and operated from the Yangs’ residence on Merritt Island. The Yangs also serve as co-trustees for an entity called Yang of Merritt Island, Ltd., founded on January 31, 2000, and also run from their residence.

In the autumn of 1999, Curtis, who served as a sort of technology adviser for Yang, first became aware of Feeney’s interest in election rigging. Curtis said at one meeting, Feeney "bragged that he could reduce the minority vote and deliver the election to ’George.’" At the same meeting, according to Curtis, Feeney said he had "implemented a list that would eliminate thousands of voters that would vote for Democratic candidates" and that "a proper placement of police patrols could further reduce the black vote by as much as 25 percent."

Feeney’s desire to manipulate the vote would be manifested in his home base of Volusia County in the 2000 presidential election. According to The Washington Post, at 10 p.m. on election night, Al Gore was leading Bush in Volusia County by 83,000 to 62,000 votes. One-half hour later, Gore’s vote total had been reduced by 16,000 to 67,000 and an obscure Socialist candidate saw a sudden surge to 10,000 votes in a precinct with only 600 voters. The information on the Volusia optical scanner voting anomalies came from a leaked internal Diebold memorandum. In the end, Bush won Florida and the White House by a mere 537 votes in the most controversial U.S. presidential election in history.

Feeney had long been a voice in Florida GOP politics. He was gubernatorial candidate Jeb Bush’s running mate in 1994, a race in which Democratic incumbent Lawton Chiles defeated Bush. Chiles once referred to Feeney as "the David Duke of Florida politics."

In 2002, Feeney asked Curtis if he could develop a touch screen voting machine "flip flop" program. According to Curtis, Feeney asked him, "Can you write a program to flip votes around on touch screen machines?" Curtis said Feeney wanted the program to merely reduce votes in heavily Democratic areas and flip Republican votes to 51 percent and keep Democrat votes to 49 percent. Curtis added that Feeney "did not want to win by a lot." In return, Curtis said Feeney offered him "big jobs." Curtis’s main tasks at Yang were to develop the Florida DOT’s Electronic Document Management System. He also worked on the Project Pipeline Information System at another one of Yang’s major clients, Exxon Mobil’s Coral Gables facility.

Curtis said he developed the voting program and eventually handed off his prototype to Feeney. The program was also reviewed by Curtis’s senior coder, Hai Lin (Henry) Nee, who according to Florida Department of Transportation sources, was an illegal alien working in the United States. According Curtis, not only did Nee review the vote switching program code but he constantly downloaded sensitive data to his computer from NASA’s computers. Nee, according to Curtis, moonlighted at an Orlando company called Azure Systems, described by The Orlando Sentinel as a "three person engineering firm" and one of a number of companies linked to Ting Ih-Hsu, a former Lockheed Martin employee. At the same time Nee was reviewing Yang’s vote switching program, he was also being investigated by U.S. federal investigators for illegally shipping Hellfire missile parts to China. Oddly, although U.S. law enforcement agents had put Nee and his associates under surveillance for illegal exports of technology to China in 1999, he and his colleagues were not arrested until March of this year.

Curtis claimed that Yang’s corporate bosses stressed that the company had "unlimited" sources of money that came "mostly" from China. According to Florida DOT employees, House Speaker Feeney pressured their agency to give money to Yang for nonexistent software. The sources also revealed that Feeney was aware that Yang was employing a number of illegal aliens on State of Florida and federal contracts.

Feeney’s ties to Yang paralleled similar close ties to NASA. Feeney’s wife Ellen has worked as an engineer for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center since 1985. Jeb Bush ensured that Florida’s 24th Congressional District was redrawn so that Feeney would have an easy time in his 2002 race against Democratic opponent Harry Jacobs. According to Florida state officials, who spoke on the condition anonymity, 500 Yang employees at the Kennedy Space Center were paid for their time when they agreed to picket against Jacobs. In addition, NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe, according to the same sources, lobbied extensively for Feeney within NASA. In addition, O’Keefe and his close friend and former Pentagon boss, Vice President Dick Cheney, made campaign appearances for Feeney at the Kennedy Space Center.

Feeney’s close ties to Jeb Bush and Cheney paid off. In 2002, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a race that also saw the re-election of Jeb Bush. Early in "vote switch’s" development stages, Feeney had told Curtis that he wanted the program "made to control Palm Beach" in 2002. Palm Beach County’s Election Supervisor was still the controversial Theresa LePore, nicknamed "Madam Butterfly," who designed the infamous "butterfly ballots" in the 2000 election. LePore had once been an employee of Saudi multi-billionaire Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi link that is tied to a huge multi-billion tranche of money distributed throughout off-shore trusts, accounts, and corporations with interlocking directorships that are controlled by Bush interests in Houston. It was this Bush-controlled money cache, originating in the East, and known in Houston by the name "Five Star" and other cryptonyms that was, according to U.S. intelligence insiders, used to fund the rigging of the 2004 election.

When he arrived in Congress, Feeney was given a seat on the House Science and Technology Committee, which oversees NASA’s operations. Feeney was also appointed to the important House Finance and Judiciary Committees. He was also given a clean bill of ethical health by Florida’s Ethics Commission, a panel that has a Republican majority.

After Feeney’s ascension to Congress, Yang’s questionable billing activities with its Florida DOT contract came to the attention of Ray C. Lemme, a seasoned senior investigator with the Florida DOT Inspector General’s Office and a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Lemme had a lot of evidence to suspect that Yang was overbilling the DOT for "millions." After discovering Yang’s dirty laundry, Curtis went to work for the DOT. Mavis Georgalis, the DOT’s contracting officer for the Yang contract, was also aware of improprieties with the contract. As a result of pressure from the Florida State House, both Curtis and Georgalis were eventually fired by the DOT because of their complaints about the Yang contract. Someone was obviously trying to send Curtis a message when, on August 14, 2002, he discovered that someone poisoned his pet Pomeranian dog, Emily. Lemme was forced to stop his official investigation of Yang for similar reasons. However, he decided to continue an "unofficial" investigation of Yang and its practices on the side. It was a fateful decision.

According to DOT employees familiar with the Yang case, Lemme was aware that it was Jeb Bush who personally shut down his investigation of Yang. Lemme also leaked details concerning his investigation to the Daytona Beach News Journal. The investigator had previously requested a full audit of the Yang contract with the DOT, a request that was denied. Lemme also became aware of something else outside the framework of the DOT contract-that Yang had been involved in producing a prototype vote switching program for use with touch screen voting machines and that Tom Feeney was in on the scam. The last time Clint Curtis spoke to Lemme, he remembers the silver haired investigator excited about where his case was leading. Lemme told Curtis that the cover up of Yang was coming from "as high up as I could imagine" and that he had "proof" that was "shocking."

On Sunday, June 29, 2003, evidence indicates that Lemme drove from Tallahassee to Valdosta, Georgia, the home of Moody Air Force Base. A motel receipt indicated that Lemme checked in at the Knight’s Inn off Interstate 75 at 6:49 p.m. Lemme’s wife said that her husband left home for work on Monday, June 30, at 5:15 a.m., an hour earlier than usual. According to a Leon County Sheriff’s report, Lemme’s wife said she received a voice message after she returned home at 6:45 p.m. on Monday. The message was from her husband’s supervisor, Bob Clift, who informed her that earlier in the day, at 6:15 a.m., Lemme called into work, left a message, and said he would not be coming to work that day. Clift said he was checking up on Ray Lemme. Mrs. Lemme called Clift and told him that her husband was not at home. Mrs. Lemme told police that her husband was working on a "big case." Mrs. Lemme filed a missing person report with the Leon County, Sheriff’s Office. Clift later determined that Ray Lemme made his earlier call to work at 6:15 a.m., one hour after he supposedly left his home for work, from a pay phone at the junction of Interstate 10 and Highway 1 in Jefferson County, Florida. Shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, the maid assigned to clean Lemme’s room-132-received no answer when she knocked. The door was locked. There was no response when the maid called the room’s telephone. The hotel manager then called the police.

The following is from the Valdosta Police Detective Report filed by Detective Craig Spencer and dated July 1, 2003: "On July 1, 2003 at approximately 1330 hours, I received a page advising me to be en route to Knights Inn at 2110 West Hill Avenue in reference to an unattended death." When Spencer and other police officers and detectives arrived at the motel, the manager told them that the occupant of Room 132, Ray Lemme, was to have checked out by 11a.m. The officers yelled through the slightly ajar door but received no answer and they discovered the upper swing latch was locked. The officers used a special tool provided by the motel to open the swing latch lock. Spencer said that one of the officers entered the room and found a suicide note and then proceeded to the bathroom where Lemme was found dead in the bathtub. Police also discovered that the inside of Lemmes’s left elbow-the cubital tunnel-was slashed. There were spurts of blood on the wall but no blood found on the floor. A belt possibly used as a tourniquet and a double- edged straight razor blade were found on the side of the tub. A bath towel was unfolded and neatly placed on the floor next to the tub.

Later on July 1, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory in Moultrie informed the Valdosta Police that based on the "suicide" details, no autopsy would be performed on Lemme. Unlike Florida, Georgia does not perform mandatory autopsies. A doctor, with 25 years’ clinical experience, who was interviewed for this story claimed that the circumstances of Lemme’s death appeared to him to be a classic "mob hit." If the Leon County Sheriff missing person report is to be believed, it is clear that someone other than Lemme checked into the Valdosta motel on Sunday evening using his name. Clearly, the Leon County Sheriff’s report contains a number of details that directly conflict with facts found in the Valdosta Police report. In addition, the Lowndes County, Georgia, Coroner’s report fails to indicate an estimated time of death based on a full medical examination-it surmised that the time of death was the same time as indicated on the suicide note: 8:10 a.m. on July 1.

An empty manila folder and a blank legal pad notebook were found on the hotel room’s desk along with an undated and unsigned suicide note written on lined paper, which lacked any identifiable fingerprints, from Lemme’s day planner. The note merely contained the time 8:10 a.m. with the following notation: "I love my family (family underlined once) with all my heart. I am sorry. I am depressed and in pain. Mary Ann (Lemme’s wife), I love you." ("I love you" underlined twice). It was certainly not indicative of a person who was ecstatic that he was finally going to nail a long investigation that involved vote rigging, overbilling, and fraud abetted by the very top political leadership in Tallahassee. Interestingly, the last number on Lemme’s pager (an 850 960-XXXX) ended with the number "911." It is also interesting that Lemme’s watch, when discovered by the police, was stopped at 12:34 p.m. on June 30-a possible indication that Lemme was trying to convey the time of a possible in extremis situation. Also, Lemme’s Florida driver’s license was in his room while his wallet was in the glove box of his car, which was parked in front of the room. Two motel receipts were found in Lemme’s room by the police. One was a check-in receipt dated June 29 and timed at 6:44 p.m. The other was a receipt, without a notation of check-in or check-out, dated June 30 and timed at 6:54 a.m. A witness told police that Lemme’s car was parked in front of his room on the afternoon of June 30.

Sergeant Eugene Bell of the Valdosta Police Department interviewed a 39-year old female guest who was staying in Room 236 over the weekend. She and her daughter noticed three men standing in the parking lot across from Lemme’s room at 8 a.m. on the morning of July 1. The behavior of the men made the guest suspicious enough that the woman initially believed the men were engaged in a drug deal. According to the police report, the camera used to photograph the crime scene was later discovered to have a defect in the flash memory card. The defect resulted in no usable photographs being submitted with the official police report.

Lemme was no stranger to Florida politics. His wife, Mary Ann, worked as a secretary for Martha Walters Barnett, a partner with the politically-connected Holland & Knight law firm in Tallahassee, where she specializes in campaign finance and election law and government contracts. Another Holland & Knight partner, Ginny Myrick, was appointed by Jeb Bush as the vice chair of the Florida Community Trust, a state land acquisition and grant program. Although officially a bipartisan law firm, even Democrats working for Holland & Knight largely support Jeb Bush. In addition, Bill McBride, Bush’s Democratic opponent in the 2002 gubernatorial race and a Holland & Knight partner who had defeated former Attorney General Janet Reno in the Democratic primary amid reports of voting irregularities from around the state, commented that his race against Bush "may be the Democrats’ race to lose."

The NASA connection to the money trail that is linked to the development of the vote switching program is of particular note. When the first sketchy details of the vote switching operation emerged, a Houston-controlled money tranche associated with an offshore entity called Five Star Trust, registered in the Isle of Man, was reported by high-level intelligence sources familiar with past Bush-related covert activities to be behind the operation. Five Star has been connected by these informed sources to have originated in 1983, when deposed Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi, and then-Vice President George H. W. Bush were allegedly looking for a repository for an estimated $3 billion in looted Philippine gold and gems. Since that time, Five Star’s accounts are said to funnel more funds from Saudi Arabia as well as cash reserves hidden away in offshore artificial shells by Enron before it collapsed. What is not yet certain is whether Sean O’Keefe, the NASA administrator and close Cheney friend who supported Feeney’s and Yang’s activities in Florida, facilitated the transfer of Five Star funds from Houston to Cape Canaveral using contract vehicles of both the Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers to disburse the funds to the principal players. A NASA insider in Texas said he has long suspected large amounts of money have been moved into the United States and that these transfers involved NASA and Saudi and Chinese money sources.

There is additional information that the election rigging principals connected to the State of Florida and Jeb Bush may have also tried to use contractors tied closely to state contracts to parlay the touch screen software into Maine, which has proportional distribution of its electoral votes by congressional district, and Ohio, the key state in 2004. The information was provided by insiders in Tallahassee who are close to offices involved in procurement by the state government.

Sources close to U.S. intelligence pointed to a $29.6 million check supposedly issued on October 22, 2004, by Laurentian Bank in Montreal, Canada, that was rumored by intelligence circles to have been used to pay for the technicians who developed the software to rig the election. The computer voting machine technicians and maintenance personnel involved with the rigging were reported to have included Russians, Mexicans, and Brazilians.

According to Laurentian Bank, the check, a U.S. dollar "money order," is a bogus instrument tied to Nigerian scamming activities. Laurentian Bank said that a U.S. dollar money order would never be for amounts over $1,000 and any higher amount would be in the form of a bank draft that would require the signature of two senior bank officers. In addition, the bank would never use a cell phone number (514-588-5569) on their checks. The payer on the "check," Equity Financial Trust of Toronto, is said by the Canadian Fraud Office to be involved with Nigerian scammers. In fact, the Canadian Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions reports that Equity Financial Trust, Toronto, Ontario "may be violating provisions of the Bank Act (Canada) or other Canadian financial institution regulations" and "may also be conducting unauthorized banking transactions in the United States."

The payee on the "check," Five Star Investments, Ltd., once registered on the Isle of Man, is a Lexington, Kentucky-based entity tied to Marion "J.R." Horn, convicted in 2002 by Judge Joseph M. Hood of the U.S. District Court for Eastern Kentucky for wire fraud. He was also ordered to serve time in Buckner Federal Penitentiary, North Carolina for a "mental study." He eventually served an unusually light 18-month sentence while on parole for another fraud case. When interviewed by a researcher for this article, Horn expressed surprise that the check his lawyer in Nassau was waiting to clear a bank in New York, was, in fact, a fake. According to CIA documents obtained from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Five Star Trust may have, in fact, had a past relationship with Horn. According to Offshorebusiness.com, Five Star Trust has been linked with an "illegal" bank.

The connection of Enron money and Nigerian scammers to Five Star is intriguing because of a September 23, 2004, Houston Chronicle report that said Enron was involved in an off-the-books deal to invest in Nigerian power generation barges. Tina Trinkle, a former Merrill Lynch banker, said she was asked not to do the normal background checks for such a business deal.

A former Justice Department prosecutor who investigated the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) said that the bogus check and those responsible for it are typical "feints" used to mask actual clandestine money movements from law enforcement investigators. In addition, the former prosecutor said the purported check lacked the necessary SWIFT codes in the numbers found at the bottom of the check to facilitate the movement of money through international financial networks. He said that in his experience as a prosecutor, the name "Five Star Trust" came up in relation to the covert activities of the Nugan Hand Bank, a CIA-connected activity that was involved in covert activities in Australia and South East Asia.

Five Star entities, active and dissolved, have been discovered in the Isle of Man, the island of Nevis, the Bahamas, Florida, Kentucky, and Texas. Other Five Star-related entities stored large sums of money in the Cook Islands, according to U.S. intelligence sources, and these funds were directly linked to Khashoggi and BCCI. Khashoggi also approached top Nigerian leaders in 1982 to set up a company there that would deal exclusively in minerals. According to knowledgeable insiders, Khashoggi used a company called Triad to hammer out lucrative international deals on precious minerals. In 1994, Five Star Investments, Ltd., the entity tied to Horn, attempted to buy International Standards Group ISG), Ltd., a consulting company based in Boca Raton, Florida. According to the Palm Beach Post, Horn was the person who proposed the acquisition. ISG was also the target of a bid by UMI, Inc., a mortgage banker based in Coral Gables, Florida. The Palm Beach Post was never able to determine the source of UMI’s cash.

Phony checks are not the only telltale signs associated with some of the various Five Star entities. Another bogus document, a bogus UN customs declaration for a shipment to a "Counter Terrorist Unit" in Lagos, Nigeria, was also obtained in the investigation of this story.

Horn has had a running battle with the CIA over allegations that he is owed money for his past activities on behalf of the agency. Although Horn has produced a number of dubious documents to support his claims, one of the names mentioned in documents filed in U.S. court in Washington, DC is that of E. Warren Goss, an actual attorney in Boulder, Colorado. It has not been established if E. Warren Goss has any family connection to Porter Goss, the current CIA director.

In a September 17, 2003, declaration by Marilyn A. Dorn, Information Review Officer in the Directorate of Operations at the CIA, in response to Horn’s Freedom of Information Act request, it was determined that the agency had no records containing the names "Five Star Trust" or a reported subsidiary, "U.S. Mortgage and Trust (Bahamas)." Dorn reported that no records containing references to either entity were discovered but that two documents, cables-"field traffic consisting of one and a half pages and eight partial lines of message text, respectively, dating from the early 1980s"-were responsive to Horn’s request. It is interesting that the CIA admits the time frame because the genesis of Five Star Trust was 1983, when, according to U.S. intelligence insiders, then-Vice President Bush authorized a Boeing 747 with a special "carriage" to airlift several tons of gold bars from Clark Air Force base in the Philippines to LaGuardia Airport in New York.

The gold bars were then transported to the International Diamond Exchange Vaults near Rockefeller Center. A CIA proprietary firm called Oceaneering International of Houston was reportedly involved in airlifting some of the gold from the Philippines, in addition to sealifting the remainder to Oregon. After George W. Bush’s victory in 2000, the last of the gold in New York was moved to UBS Bank in Zurich. Marcos and Khashoggi set about to create Five Star Trust in 1983 as a means to create a vehicle to use the Philippine wealth to create and funnel fungible assets. In 1989, Five Star Trust was officially established in the Isle of Man by a Houston-based attorney who was a close friend of the Bush family.

The CIA’s explanation of its decision to withhold the release the two cables was partly based on the use of cryptonyms-artificial words used as substitutes for the actual name or identity of a "person, organization, or project." The CIA statement continues: "when obtained and matched with other information, a cryptonym possesses a great deal of meaning for those who are able to fit it into the proper cognitive framework." The denial of Horn’s FOIA request also stated that the two responsive documents could "reveal the existence or location of covert CIA field installations in multiple foreign countries." In addition, the CIA stated that release of the documents in question would "reveal specific and sensitive subjects in which the CIA is or was interested." Finally, disclosure of the requested documents was denied because of "foreign relations." The agency emphasized that, "in carrying out its legally authorized intelligence activities, the CIA engages in activities that if known by foreign nations, could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to U.S. relations with affected or interested nations."

The story of this corruption is nothing new. What is new is the purpose. The use of this old and covert tranche of money for a special Bush operation to deny the American people their right to a free and fair vote was not the typical illegal sale of arms to a terrorist nation, the overthrow of a foreign government, or the payment of bribes to foreign potentates. It was a high crime in every constitutional sense. The target was the American political system and not just in 2004 but also in 2003, 2002, and 2000. The scandal goes right up to the White House and the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee. It involves an extremely crooked Florida national politician and other Florida state government officials. And, as with all modern American political scandals, we have at least one dead body, a number of whistleblowers and anonymous "Deep Throats," powerful but corrupt politicians, counterfeit and real documents, con men, and a money trail tied to off-shore foreign bank accounts.

People may wonder why a group of intelligence insiders would come forward to a non-major media outlet with such tantalizinginformationat this time. The corporate-beholden media cannot be trusted to report such a news story. A common theme from all the intelligence and ex-intelligence officials with whom I have communicated is that George W. Bush made a major mistake in attacking and purging the clandestine service of the CIA. The "agency," which extends far beyond the confines of Langley, Virginia, is having its revenge. It has willingly exposed a portion of a traditional clandestine CIA money route to expose the vote scam that was used to ensure Bush’s election.

The clues, for example, the bogus check, were conveyed to us as exactly that-clues. Those markers pointed to the illegal nature of the covert money flows. The connections between NASA contracts, Texas, and Florida were additional clues to one of the major sources of the money used for the vote rigging. There were a number of roads that led to the same destination. But that is the nature of covert intelligence. Some patriotic and brave people, who have served in silence for a number of decades, have chosen their country over a corrupt family and administration. It is now time for the constitutional process to begin. Rectification of the criminal conspiracy that denied John Kerry and John Edwards the White House must begin in Ohio, and extend to Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, and other states where votes were flipped by computers from the Kerry to the Bush column. Past elections must also be investigated and those who were done in by this fraud, namely, people like Max Cleland, Gray Davis, Al Gore, and others must also have their day in court.

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and syndicated columnist. He is the author of "Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates."

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> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
7 December 2004 - 16h49 - Posté par 1ebd73fbe1f545ca...

This is SUCH an important article. This evidence is mindblowing and overwhelming. ALL self -respecting AMERICANS must ACT to regain the COUNTRY !! The media must surely NOW RESPOND !!




could it be disinformation?
8 December 2004 - 03h24 - Posté par 407d315eb1a032d2...

this is what blackboxvoting.org posted regarding this article.

Why the Feeney vote-rigging story sounds like disinformation

ABOUT DISINFORMATION: Like a good lie, it has elements of truth. Trouble is, the truth doesn’t relate to the nuts and bolts of the story. For example in the Tom Feeney vote-manipulation story, people are documenting relationships between Tom Feeney and Yang, and between the writer of the story and other scandals, but so far the evidence presented does not back up the vote manipulation story itself.

DISINFORMATION IS DANGEROUS TO THE CLEAN VOTING MOVEMENT: Black Box Voting is finding real evidence consistent with fraud. We are even finding, in one of our investigations, evidence consistent with a systemic, or widespread breakdown in security, possibly exploited. Getting the facts is tedious, unexciting work, consisting of auditing and personal interviews, and it takes time. Many Americans want a magic bullet, a single shot that will blow the lid off everything at once.

That’s risky. If the mainstream media continues to be bombarded with stories that sound credible, but aren’t, when the real thing comes down the pike it will be ignored.

http://blackboxvoting.org

imo- we don’t need this madsen stuff, we need someone in the mainstream media to interview bev harris and/or cliff arnebeck in ohio.



> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
7 December 2004 - 18h39 - Posté par a986969457cff611...

Absolute trash representing the dregs of manufactured conspiracy theory.

This article appears in a "non-traditional" "media outlet" (note that in this usage the connotation of outlet is basically equivalent to the extreme south end of the GI tract) because "mainstream" media have assets that would be vulnerable in a lible suit.




> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
7 December 2004 - 19h29 - Posté par 247e38fde93504d9...

Here’s a link to the affidavit by Clint Curtis:

http://www.buzzflash.com/alerts/04/...

Let’s see where the investigation leads...




> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
7 December 2004 - 19h43 - Posté par cc966a45ff5c45cb...

What a bunch of crap. Now they are blaming the Chinese?!




> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
7 December 2004 - 19h53 - Posté par bd48d64c07e155f5...

You either have poor eyesight, only read every fifth sentence or have a reading comprehension problem. I don’t believe Tom Feeney is Chinese.



> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
7 December 2004 - 20h00 - Posté par cc966a45ff5c45cb...

Feeney may not be chinese but the Yangs certainly are. It’s all a crock of bull.



> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
7 December 2004 - 22h31 - Posté par 62337a3f229ed6bb...

To the person refering to the south end of the GI tract I am a Healthcare professional and have actually seen the south end of the G.I. tract up close and believe me it is alot cleaner and doesn’t smell half as bad as W. and his accomplice’s.
W. and his gang of Liars have not given us ANY proof that they actually won on Nov. 2 and there is actually alot more anecdotal evidence to say they lost.
Here’s to the non "Mainstream" media as this is the ONLY place that we are hearing the truth. All the other media seems to be bought out, as they feel the Ukranian Election irregularities are more important to discuss then the US Election irregularities.




> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
19 December 2004 - 02h10 - Posté par 0ef7bf4d9c41c893...

The Ukrainian President elect means big weaponry business for the U.S., as long as it’s Viktor Yushchenko.



> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
8 December 2004 - 01h08 - Posté par c02fd530f2929b10...

What’s going on here?

This story is in it’s earliest stages, which puts a great amount of responsibility on the shoulders of those who wish to analyze disseminate it. Whatever is said now will influence how it’s evolution unfolds as more and more people learn about it. That is why I have set out to clarify what appears to be happening at this point in time. If we don’t have a clear understanding when we tell others about this story, then empty spaces and untied ends will leave ample opportunity for disinformation and spin to take hold further down the road.

1. The affidavit says Curtis is a former employee of Yang Enterprises while Curtis’s website says that he is an employee of Wong enterprises. This is most likely a result of Curtis’s original attempt not to reveal his identity or give any clues that could blow his cover. He claims he is concerned for his safety, so he probably wanted to wait until he had public attention before pinning a target to his head. If he is telling the truth, it is understandable to any of us that he would have every reason to fear being just another “unfortunate accident” or “crime victim”, in the obituary before anybody got to hear his story.

2. I heard that Yang Enterprise’s is just some sort of Restaurant business. I have no Idea how this mistake was made. I googled Yang Enterprise’s, and the first website that came up was this: http://www.yangenterprises.com/ Further more, Feeney (with lightning speed) has responded to the accusations leveled against him http://www.informedvolusian.com/200... and confirms that Curtis is, in fact a “disgruntled” (of course) former employee of Y.E.

3. The Feeney response reveals that Curtis is a crook. Doesn’t that mean he’s a liar who can’t be trusted? OK, this gets tricky. Assuming Feeney is not exaggerating to an excessive degree, Curtis does appear to have a shady history. However, we should not fall into the possible trap of automatically assuming that this discredits his whole story. In fact, it adds a certain amount of ironic credibility. Let’s say you are going to rob a bank in the dead of night, and you need someone crack the lock’s code. Fortunately, you have two friends who work at a lock manufacturing plant, and know all there is to know about this type of lock. One friend is an upstanding citizen who has a family, goes to church on Sundays, and has a lot of social contacts. The other friend is an anti-social outcast who has a shady history with the law. Which friend are you going to approach about the robbery? Yes, the shady outcast. Not only is he infinitely more likely to take you up on the offer for the right price, but you can rest assured that if he squeals, you can discredit him as a “disgruntled” criminal who can’t be trusted. I am not saying that Curtis’s shady history proves he is telling the truth, but I am more suspicious of a criminal organization (the Republican Party) with the means and motivation to carry out yet another crime, then I am of a man who’s history is shady, but who has no logical motivation to lie. The risk for Curtis is tremendous. If the Feeney or the Republican Party counter sued, and proved that he has lied, Curtis’s life would be destroyed.

4. What if Curtis is an agent working to feed disinformation to the left, in order to discredit them? This is worth considering, and it is good that we have this defense mechanism burned into us, but it does not make sense in this case. Feeney has already come out swinging with all of the “proof” needed to discredit Curtis, and anyone associated with him. If this were a trap, then Feeney has already sprung it before the left got anywhere near taking the bait. The fact that Feeney seems to have already had Curtis’s criminal and work history on hand to quickly quell his accusations makes me very suspicious (although, I readily admit to being generally very suspicious of any Republican). And, in his defensive response, nowhere is there any mention of a possible motive for Curtis to lie, other than that he is “disgruntled”. That would make sense if Curtis were attacking his former employer, but it doesn’t explain why he would bring his “disgruntled” crusade of vengeance to the Republican party.

In conclusion, this does seem to good (as far as “good” evidence) to be true, and I do feel a bit queasy about the possibility of the left once again being baited into a trap by Rove. But it would be equally to the Republican party’s advantage if, because of our past experiences, we reflexively ignored all of the best evidence against them. We would prove that we have been very well trained, indeed. Therefore, I weigh in on the side of responsible dissemination. This story should reach a much wider audience then it has, but we should retain rational reservations as to the validity of Curtis’s side, reporting further evidence as it develops.

A.C.




> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
8 December 2004 - 01h58 - Posté par bd48d64c07e155f5...

Your link to Feeney’s swift response is from the Informed Volusian, dated June 12, 2002. (Didn’t you check the date?) Therein, Feeney, then still Speaker of the Florida House of Reps., is reacting to Curtis’ allegation regarding FDOT overcharges by Yang Enterprises and his alleged role in that matter. Curtis’ vote-rigging charge, with respect to the deceptive software program he created for Feeney, is new, as evidenced by the affidavit he signed on December 6, 2004, with respect this allegation. There’s a disconnect in your argument.



> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
9 December 2004 - 04h15 - Posté par 6a78f680889510cb...

They shot Clint’s second dog within a few hours of the release of Wayne’s article. Clint never hid any of his story, in fact two weeks ago he pleaded with WIRED to listen to him. There are other backup legal trails e.g. Mavis Georgalis. There are other affidavits. Mainstream US press does not touch whistleblowers any more. Colleen Rowley, for her efforts exposing FBI’s 9/11 high crimes, is known as dead lady walking in the FBI. The two top FBI men she exposed for this were given extremely high bonuses in a public ceremony at Bush’white house in 2002.

The political killing machine is ruthless in Florida and Texas, two private label banana republics.

Of course Clint could be a Rove plant and could have shot and poisoned his own dogs. The best Nazi’s always did.

However, Clint is no Nazi. He’s a US civilian who got sucked into the Bush black hole a bit before everyone elses turn. In the world.



> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
10 December 2004 - 08h25 - Posté par 558275d79cbc6320...

"There are widespread vote fraud perpetrated through a Juvenile Detention / Rehab facility called Bay Point Schools In South Miami, with connections to Mel Sembler and possibly Joe Klock atty to Katherine Harris. These connections lead directly to Jeb Bush and of course the White House. By using Juvenile Detention & Drug Rehab facilities and under the guise of criminal computer retraining, we believe Sembler has financed a well tested vote fraud scheme to assure his cronies Jeb & George Bush, among others, guaranteed elections.

Specific evidence includes copies of internal memo’s and emails as well as testimony of the MIS Director of one Florida facility where much of the hacking was perpetrated. The work was replicated and limited to one location to avoid easy detection. The MIS Director is currently in hiding. By internally tampering with Diebold Optical Scanners as well as Diebold Electronic E voting machines, the hacking, ( done from remote locations under the control of Mel Stembler’s facilities ( see below ) , votes were altered, switched , deleted or detroyed in numerous Florida, Ohio and New Mexico counties and then switched from John Kerry to George Bush.

Mel Sembler’s Drug Rehab and Juvenile Detention Center’s are under investigation and are and have been sued for a huge laundry list of extremely abusive behaviors ( see ww.thestraights.com or search under www.melsembler.com ).

The vote fraud system was first tested in 1999. Used in the Florida Presidential Election in 2000. Tested again successfully in Jeb Bush’s race against Janet Reno and then Bill Mc Bride and finally in the 2004 Presidential Election. Also Georgia. The second part of this scheme seems to be that they also cover their tracks by using the names of Felons and others purged falsely onto the Felon voter roles. This I believe allows them to seem to use legitimate numbers by first inflating the roles and them flipping or using them in some places with out drawing to much attention. This also may be why we saw so many overvotes in places where there weren’t enough felon votes. This last sentence is my speculation.

The scheme used computers at their facilities, an MIS director who trained juvenile delinquents under custody as well as others to hack into Diebold systems around the country and place software kernels that would raise votes for one candidate while deleting the others. This would explain both the erratic polls discrepancies reported in especially swing states but also here in North Carolina.

These software fixes are supposed to leave no audit trail. This also would explain the seemingly random gltiches of people voting Kerry and getting Bush on review or the strrange over vote errors. I believe by the seizing of evidence under your FOIA we will be able with the help of experts to discover the audit trail and other evidence of tampering. Our specific evidence centers around Bay Point School in So Miami as the epicenter facility.

Mel Sembler made his money, hundreds of millions, building Shopping malls. This was not enough as he wants much more power and influence and has been willing to donate millions to the Republican Party over almost 20 years to buy his access and influence.

And now due to his complete disregard for basic civil and human rights ( his abusive facilities are legendary ) he is willing to exploit drug addicted juveniles and others under his companies custody to do his dirty work under threat and penalty of death or semi permanent incarceration. Mel has been awarded for his Ranger level contributions to the Republicans and other misdeeds a prime cherry, the Ambassadorship to Italy by George Bush. "

I don’t know if the above is true or false. But there are lot scattared pieces of the puzzle that indicate the Jeb Bush is involved in this racket. George Bush is involved too and so is Rove. A bunch of Republican Senators and congressmen like Tom Feeney, Chuck Hagel are also involved. Not everybody though. The fraud allegations are so serious and if true will seriously destabilize US credibility to the world. So why are the ’good republicans’ not taking this seriously and jumping in to probe the fraud allegations. Actually the ’bad republicans’ have convinced the good republicans that this is all junk. After all who would believe junk right ? Mainline media is ignoring this as crap.

It is very much possible that Clint is a Rove plant. If he is genuine whistle blower he could be hit by the florida mob. So he should move away to some safe location. Dan Rather got burnt by walking into the Rove trap. I hope Brad Blog did a proper background checking before breaking Curtis story. Any investigative journalists should not post unauthentic information. They will do more harm to voterfraud then good.

One thing is for sure that Fraud has taken place. And big fraud has taken place. There is no way GWB can win by 3.5 mil. votes. The math is not there. See the links at electionsmoking.blogspot.com The trillion dollar question is "can it be proved beyond a reasonable doubt?" Till that happens GWB will continue to destroy the ’free world’ as OJ walked out smiling even after killing Nichole Simpson.



> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
27 July 2005 - 20h20 - Posté par c9d6d1714d116fc3...

I am a computer programmer and an expert in Visual Basic (the computer language which is reported to have been used by Clint)

I have reviewed Clint’s technical description of the program and I can tell you that what he said about the program is entirely feasible and valid. He clearly has the technical knowledge to write the program as described.


Up above, one commenter said that a bunch of Juveniles in a detention center were used to hack into the Diebold system. This is absurdly ridicules for a zillion reasons, not the least of which is that they could never keep the kids from bragging about it.... and statistically, these children are probably illiterate.

But more relevantly, it is silly to concoct such a wild tale when the truth is well documented and very clear, and also very accessible.

"I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President next year."
- Wally O’Dell, CEO Diebold

"They have a C.E.O. named Wally Odell He is a close crony of Dick Cheney, in fact just recently in July he had Cheney come to his house and he held a fundraiser for Cheney that raised $500,000"

see http://mcwahtdesign.com/election-20...
also see www.blackboxvoting.org

Now if the CEO of the company that makes the voting machines has stated publicly that he can’t be trusted, why the heck do you need to invent some screwball story about children who are taught how to break into Diebold and change their code... Yeah, right, as if none of the Diebold programmers would notice... can I sell you the Brooklyn Bridge too??


The other question is; Why did they need Clint, when Diebold has programmers on staff who will write the vote flipping code into the machine.


Did vote flipping happen?
Yes, absolutely, it is true that this did happen. I myself have personally talked to people who had this experience when they went to vote. They pushed the button for Kerry and the screen confirmed that they voted for Bush...



> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
10 December 2004 - 12h39 - Posté par 568a56e32c5a2a34...

This article represents nothing but sensationalist trash. I can say conclusively that Investigator Ray Lemme was never asked not to pursue any assignment, that he never had an assignment regarding "vote switching" software, and that the assignments he was working at the time of his unfortunate death were transferred to coworkers who carried them to legitimate conclusion. Each of there "facts" could have been verified by a true journalist.

I’d point out that the insensitive and indiscrete author of this article have refreshed the wounds of heartbroken family and friends when they quote from public records police reports - including the personal comments he made in the note he left for his family - and why - only to sprinkle a kernal of accuracy to their otherwise unsupportable conclusions.

I’d emplore readers to recognize that Madsen’s story represents his (and selected sources) fictional and parasitic imagination rather than any honest attempt at journalism. Just remember, anyone can write anything; it’s up to you to believe or to question.




> Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software
6 January 2005 - 06h27 - Posté par 667acf51bc70db5a...

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am sorry to be coming into this story so late, considering it was released almost a month ago. But like many others, I have a burning curiosity to determine its truthfulness. Your allegations if credible would be very useful in quelling the spread of falsehood.

What are your credentials to be making such bold statements?




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