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The Clint Curtis Story, Ten Years Later: A KPFK 'BradCast' Special Edition
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Being the Media...Cuz Someone's Got to!
Open Show Thread...
By Winter Patriot on 4/23/2005 6:59pm PT  


HOUR 4:The BRAD SHOW's Big Gay Hour! Featuring Jim Key, the spokesman for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, who's asking Microsoft for their award back, and then closet-buster, Mike Rodgers, the blogger at BlogActive and the Managing Editor of Raw Story Q.

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Being the Media...Cuz Someone's Got to!
Open Show Thread...
By Winter Patriot on 4/23/2005 5:57pm PT  


HOUR 3 GUEST: Washington State Attorney, Paul Lehto, who is suing Sequia Voting Systems and Snohomish County in WA!
Details of the lawsuit (in PDF format) here!

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Being the Media...Cuz Someone's Got to!
Open Show Thread...
By Winter Patriot on 4/23/2005 4:59pm PT  


HOUR 2 GUEST: Former U.S. Congressman, Chris Bell, the man who filed ethics complaints against Tom Delay last year, before such a thing became so very popular.

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Being the Media...Cuz Someone's Got to!
Open Show Thread...
By Winter Patriot on 4/23/2005 3:56pm PT  


HOUR 1: Election Reform-apalooza! This week in the Baker/Carter National Election Reform Commission (and on The BRAD BLOG)! What happened, and what didn't!

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No, Not Baker...Not His Commission...But Getting Closer!
Bush Appointed Chairman says Commission 'Underfunded', 'Neglected' by Lawmakers!
By Brad Friedman on 4/22/2005 10:36am PT  

Another intellectually-honest Republican is found!

Just in from AP...

The first chairman of the federal voting agency created after the 2000 election dispute is resigning, saying the government has not shown enough of a commitment to reform.

DeForest Soaries, a Baptist minister, said Friday that his resignation from the commission created by Congress would take effect next week.

Soaries, 53, cited personal reasons for resigning and said he wants to spend more time with his family in New Jersey --- but he added the decision was prompted in part by a lack of support for the commission from Congress and the federal government.

"All four of us had to work without staff, without offices, without resources. I don't think our sense of personal obligation has been matched by a corresponding sense of commitment to real reform from the federal government," Soaries told The Associated Press.

Soaries is a Republican who was the White House's pick to join the Election Assistance Commission, which was created by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to help states enact voting reforms.
...
Soaries and the other commissioners complained from the beginning that the commission was underfunded and neglected by the federal lawmakers who created it.

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And Around the World!
...And the Tribune Syndicate's Bob Koehler does it again!
By Brad Friedman on 4/22/2005 10:21am PT  

So while we're on a roll...it seems that Clint Curtis' name and story (even briefly) are popping up in papers all around the country, and even around the world. Good folks (no doubt fine BRAD BLOG readers and patriots all!) seem to be contacting their local papers with letters to the editor to discuss the Election 2004 debacle, and tossing in the relevance of Curtis' story along with it! (See this page for more on Curtis if you need...and if so, where in the hell have you been for the last six months!?! ;-)

So while we spend some hours working on some important things today, please feel free to take the time to jot a letter or two to your local papers. As we hope you've realized, "6 or 7" letters can make a difference.

Some recent examples... Chicago's Northwest Herald in a letter headlined "Election thieves":

Then, there is the complicated story of Florida computer programmer Clint Curtis, who recently passed a lie-detector test on his claim that he was asked by Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla., a Bush family friend, to design an undetectable program for flipping touch-screen votes, which he did.

From Nashville's City Paper, in a letter headlined "The most important issue":

Clint Curtis, the Republican whistle-blower who has testified that he was asked by (a current Republican Congressman) Tom Feeney ? who has denied it ? to write a program to hack a vote computer, came and demonstrated to us how it could be done. Curtis also announced that he had passed a lie-detector test about his allegation.

Then in the Ireland's Irish Times last Saturday earlier this week, they ran an article (paid subscription required) which included the following:

The arguments have been given a boost by a story in the St Petersburg Times in Florida, which is sceptical of conspiracy claims, but details charges by Clint Curtis, a 46-year-old computer programmer, that he was asked by a Republican Congressman, Tom Feeney, to come up with an undetectable system to fix elections.

Feeney denied the charge saying: " . . . and I didn't lead the purple Martian invasion of Earth either". But Curtis passed a lie detector test, and the blogs are lighting up again.

And finally, our new friend, Robert Koehler of the Tribune Syndicate, follows up his courageous and frank "Silent Scream of Numbers" piece --- the first that we know of from the "mainstream" to out and out charge that "Election 2004 was stolen" --- with another triumphant home run in his latest column. Titled, "Democracy's Abu Ghraib" the piece asks "If they can disable an election, what's coming next?" Just one of the many worthwhile money quotes:

I never doubted, even after moving to Chicago in the mid-'70s, with the old Daley Machine (?vote early and vote often?) still huffing and wheezing, that elections mattered and could alter the balance of power. I never felt disenfranchised. Now that certainty is gone, replaced by dread.

Read on. Then write on! The march of the "6 or 7" must continue and will prevail! Keep making noise!

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(Because we haven't had one for a while...and could well use one...)
By Brad Friedman on 4/22/2005 10:13am PT  

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Scheduled Guest Line-Up...
(Now Also Available via www.BradShow.com!)
By Brad Friedman on 4/21/2005 5:21pm PT  

Coming together...who knows what you'll get...But amongst the currently scheduled stuff on this week's hall-of-fame, seat-of-our-pants broadcast (everything subject to change as events warrant!):

  • Former U.S. Congressman Chris Bell (Author of the original ethics complaints against Delay!)
  • Attorney Paul Lehto (Suing Sequoia Voting Machine Company in WA State!)
  • L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Jim Key
    (Asking Microsoft for their award back!)
  • BlogActive Blogger & , Raw Story Q Editor Mike Rogers (The Ethics of Outting and other Big Gay Issues!)
  • PLUS: Election Reform-apalooza, News from the Baker/Carter Election Reform Commission, a crazy week on The BRAD BLOG, your phone calls, and more surprises, trouble-making, muck-raking, breaking news and maybe even the kitchen sink!
  • Quick and easy access to LIVE listening links, archives, upcoming guests, donation links and ad info (not to late to advertise!) and more via www.BradShow.com!

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    By Brad Friedman on 4/21/2005 12:51pm PT  

    The BRAD BLOG has just received a personal phone call from Congressman John Conyers (not from his staff, but from the good Congressman himself), thanking us for the work that everyone has done on behalf of the nation to get the message through to the Baker/Carter National "Election Reform" Commission that their current make-up and apparent direction is wholly unacceptable.

    Conyers has just finished meeting with Dr. Robert A. Pastor, the executive director of the commission, and has been told that he will be able to continue working and meeting with the commission and it's various members over the coming weeks and months.

    He plans on meeting with former Jimmy Carter personally to discuss some of his concerns.

    As a good faith measure, Conyers has told Pastor that for the time being he would ask us (and you) to direct all Email with concerns or information for the commission to CDEM@american.edu. We will shortly change the Email to the Commission page at Velvet Revolution to reflect that address change in similar good faith. We would only do that at the request of Mr. Conyers, and so it will be done. For the time being.

    He will be issuing a full statement concerning his meeting and the commission shortly at ConyersBlog.

    ...DEVELOPING...

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    Plans to Meet With Jimmy Carter, Daschle and Others on Commission to Detail Concerns!
    By Brad Friedman on 4/21/2005 12:42pm PT  

    The BRAD BLOG has just received a personal phone call from Congressman John Conyers (not from his staff, but from the good Congressman himself!), thanking us for the work that everyone has done on behalf of the nation to monitor the Baker/Carter "election reform" commission and to seek fairness from it.

    Conyers has just finished meeting with Dr. Robert A. Pastor, the executive director of the commission, and has been promised that the commission and its members will continue to work and meet with him about his concerns over the commission, its make-up and its current direction over the coming weeks and months.

    He plans on meeting with former President Jimmy Carter personally to discuss some of these serious concerns.

    As a good faith measure, Conyers has told Pastor that he would ask us (and you) to direct all Email with concerns or information for the commission to CDEM@american.edu. We will shortly change the Email to the Commission page at Velvet Revolution to reflect that address change in similar good faith. We would only do that at the request of Mr. Conyers, and so it will be done. For the time being.

    Conyers will be issuing a full statement concerning his meeting and the commission shortly at ConyersBlog.

    UPDATE: Conyers' full statement is now online.

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    By Brad Friedman on 4/21/2005 11:14am PT  

    Much going on today...So for now, Open Thread! Let the voices of the mighty 6 or 7 be heard!...

    QUICK UPDATE: A bit of news...just booked Congressman Chris Bell, the man who filed the ethics complaints against Tom Delay last year --- the ones that led to his sanctions --- for this weekend's radio show! More info on guests etc. soon...

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    Hard Right Media Outlet Actually Runs Non-Hit Piece on Velvet Revolution Concerns!
    (We are definitely through the looking-glass now...)
    By Brad Friedman on 4/20/2005 2:32pm PT  

    The hard-right Washington Times running a fair piece on Velvet Revolution's demands that James Baker leave the National Election Reform Commission? What's their game?...Either way, we're happy to see it...

    Bipartisan?

    We wrote earlier about a newly impaneled bipartisan presidential election reform commission made up of the likes of former President Jimmy Carter, former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, both Democrats, and former White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III, a Republican.

    Now, an election-reform advocacy group wants Mr. Baker, who served under former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, removed as the commission's co-chairman before the panel gets busy on whatever reform it can accomplish.

    Representing about 100 affiliated election-reform organizations, the Velvet Revolution considers Mr. Baker "a partisan political operative and Bush family loyalist" who "will irreconcilably sully the credibility of such a commission and render its findings completely suspect, wholly useless and, regrettably, without merit."

    "Mr. Baker is, in fact, the architect behind the invidious scheme implemented to ensure that the votes of all Americans would not be counted in the unfortunate and undemocratic 2000 presidential election fiasco," says the group, referring to when the soon-to-be-inaugurated George W. Bush dispatched Mr. Baker to voter-challenged Florida.

    The piece above ran on March 31, but we only caught it today thanks to BRAD BLOG commenter, Bushw@cker. Now waiting for the other shoe to drop...

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    Dr. Robert A. Pastor Accuses Velvet Revolution of 'Harassment', Sending Fake Email!
    Supplies no evidence for his conspiracy theory, nor his firm belief that Republicans won Election 2004.
    By Brad Friedman on 4/19/2005 10:17pm PT  

    Earlier this evening, we received a phone call from Dr. Robert A. Pastor, the Executive Director of the Baker/Carter National Election Reform Commission.

    It was an interesting conversation.

    Apparently, he was irate at us because Americans are sending Email to him and the commissioners complaining about the fact that James A. Baker, III is co-chairing the Commission. Baker, of course, is the long-time Bush Family loyalist and Bush/Cheney trial law attorney who architected the strategy to ensure that Americans' votes would not be counted in the 2000 election.

    Pastor made it clear that he felt those Emails, sent by individual American citizens to the commission, actually constituted "harassment" and he charged that the thousands of Emails that he and the commissioners were receiving was, in actuality, being sent by "about 6 or 7 people"!

    Velvet Revolution is a coalition of some 100 Election Reform and Voting Rights organizations, none of whom were invited to participate in this commission in any way, nor even knew anything about its creation. VR is co-founded by BRAD BLOG and has created a page where Americans can send Email to Jimmy Carter and the commissioners to let them know how they feel about Baker sitting as Co-Chair and some of his other cronies being seated on this commission.

    If you are not one of the "6 or 7 people" who have already sent Email via that page, feel free to do so now.

    If you are one of the "6 or 7 people" that have sent email via that page, you can let Bob Pastor know that it was really you who sent the email hoping to make your voice heard, by sending him another email to that effect at his email address, rpastor@american.edu (Ed Note: Please write to Pastor for now at CDEM@american.edu - See this later article for an explanation as to why), which is posted on his public webpage at the American University, Center for Democracy & Election Management site. His phone number is also listed on that page if you'd like to chat with him, but we will do him the courtesy of not reposting it here.

    We did our best to make notes of the extraordinary conversation that took place during the phone call as it unfolded...These are some of the highlights...or lowlights as the case may be...

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    Reported on Page 17.
    Jimmy Carter expresses concern that 'electoral process' may be 'shot through with fraud'
    By Brad Friedman on 4/19/2005 2:23pm PT  

    A not too bad article on yesterday's Election Reform Commission hearing buried on page 17 of today's Washington Post. Amongst the quotes used from Carter and Baker --- seemingly taken from their unbroadcast press conference held after the hearing --- is this one from Carter:

    "[W]e want to make sure that the electoral process has integrity --- that it is not shot through with fraud."

    ...Well, that's somewhat encouraging to hear. Though a pity that more such discussion did not actually occur in yesterday's hearings (Live Blogged here).

    We've also heard from a reliable source that Carter spoke about "paper ballots" a number of times at that same press conference, and of using them as the counted ballot of record as they are overseas. That's also encouraging...if true...and if he can climb over the mountain of hard-right Bush/Cheney/GOP partisans and voting machine representatives who comprise and stack the commission against such real reform.

    Also of note from the WaPo article was this little turn o' phrase:

    Much of the testimony was anecdotal, with many bemoaning the lack of hard evidence that would indicate how widespread the problems are.

    We're not sure who "many" refers to in the above, nor which "hard evidence" was lacking. We do know that the mountains of existing hard evidence of Election Irregularities from '04 was not presented at all in yesterday's hearings, and that John Conyers --- who presented 102 pages of same --- was not invited to share that evidence with this commission.

    The evidence that was presented, specifically on the strawman argument of "Voter Fraud" and "Voter Registration Fraud" and even "Provisional Voting Fraud" was indeed anectodal, and yet that was the "evidence" that was allowed to be presented to the commission yesterday. We hope that things will change in the next (and presumably last) meeting of the commission, but we are dubious at best.

    The WaPo piece, however, did manage to offer add small bit of refreshing light to the mainstream media blackout on this issue. A few notable passages from the article:

    [T]he first hearing yesterday of the Commission on Federal Election Reform made it clear that the 2004 election was not without problems.
    ...
    [T]he academics, advocacy group leaders and politicians invited to testify yesterday provided a dizzying list of electoral problems that might make some wonder how any ballots were counted in November.

    They told of absentee ballots that were never delivered. Of voters who were arbitrarily struck from the rolls. Of confusing and poorly designed ballots. Of long lines at the polls. Of inadequate funds to train poll workers.

    Some complained that polls are frequently inaccessible to wheelchairs. That bilingual assistance is lacking. That there are too few voting machines, especially in minority communities.

    Others asked whether partisan officials ought to be in charge of elections. Whether the country needs a voting holiday to improve turnout. Whether the nation should adopt uniform poll closing times so elections called in the East do not depress turnout in the West. Whether photo identifications ought to be required to vote. And whether to create a "paper trail" for electronic voting machines.

    "Years of inattention and, yes, complacency at all levels of government have given us an election management system that is not up to the task," said Kay Maxwell, president of the League of Women Voters. "We must look more closely at the next steps that need to be taken to bring our election system back to health."
    ...
    "In the 2004 presidential election, the United States came much closer to electoral meltdown, violence in the streets and constitutional crisis than most people realize," professor Richard Hasen of Loyola Law School said in his written comments. "Less than a 2 percent swing among Ohio voters --- about 100,000 voters --- toward Democratic candidate for president John Kerry and away from incumbent Republican President Bush would have placed the Ohio --- and national --- election for president well within the 'margin of litigation,' and it would have gotten ugly very quickly."

    Hmmm...It's almost as if the WaPo is suggesting that the '04 Election didn't go quite as smoothly as they, and the other corporate media outlets, have led Americans to believe up until now. Who knew?

    Perhaps they'd like to begin investigating and reporting to the American people on some of the items in that "dizzying list of electoral problems"? America is still waiting...Perhaps we can bump it up to page 15 when that happens. As we like to say, it's only democracy at stake.

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