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By John Gideon on 7/31/2006 5:58pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

Upon examining the inner workings of one of the most popular paperless touch screen voting machines used in public elections in the United States, it has been determined that with the flip of a single switch inside, the machine can behave in a completely different manner compared to the tested and certified version. "Diebold has made the testing and certification process practically irrelevant," according to Alan Dechert. "If you have access to these machines and you want to rig an election, anything is possible with the Diebold TS --- and it could be done without leaving a trace. All you need is a screwdriver." ...

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PLUS: Audio of Attorney Paul Lehto on Ed Schultz Discussing Details of the Case...
ALSO: Tons of Local Media Coverage of the Contest Filing...
By Brad Friedman on 7/31/2006 4:56pm PT  

Blogged by Brad on the road...

The case to challenge the announced results of the Busby/Bilbray election was filed today in San Diego County's California Superior Court as reported earlier this morning in some detail. The case number is: GIC870044 and may be downloaded here...

-- Busby/Bilbray Election Contest complaint, [PDF]

There's some extraordinary and fresh stuff in the suit that you'll want to read, since I'm still on the road and unable to cover as thoroughly as usual.

The local media covered the press conference held and attorney Paul Lehto appeared on Ed Schultz. Coverage of both follows...

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By Brad Friedman on 7/31/2006 11:48am PT  

Blogged by Brad from the road...

I was able to listen in via cell phone to the Press Conference just held outside the San Diego courthouse where Attorney Paul Lehto has filed a lawsuit to contest the results of the Busby/Bilbray election.

I wasn't able to hear everything...but here are a few quotes as transcribed as best as I could from speakers Lehto, Judy Hess, Barbara Gail Jacobson and Mimi Kennedy...

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Lehto on San Diego County Registrar's Inability to Deploy Voting Machines Securely: 'If he can’t handle it, he should get a new job.'
ALSO: Lehto Now Scheduled to Appear on Ed Schultz Today at 5:30pm ET (2:30pm PT)
By Brad Friedman on 7/31/2006 10:18am PT  

Blogged by Brad on the road...

RAW STORY's Miriam Raftery offers more details on today's filing of an Election Contest in the Busby/Bilbray race (covered by The BRAD BLOG late last night). Her excellent coverage includes an exclusive interview with attorney Paul Lehto who is speeding to the courthouse in San Diego even as I write this, with a press conference to follow at 10:30am PT as reported previously.

He's also now scheduled to appear on the nationally syndicated Ed Schultz radio program to discuss the lawsuit with Big Ed at 5:30pm ET (2:30pm PT). [UPDATE: Audio from Big Ed appearance now available for download here.]

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Press Conference to be Held on the Court House Steps in San Diego at 10:30am PT Just After Filing...
By Winter Patriot on 7/30/2006 8:58pm PT  


Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

[UPDATE: RAW STORY covers the filing here along with an exclusive interview with attorney Paul Lehto. Details from the press conference held earlier today here. Lehto to appear on Ed Schultz radio show at 2:30pm ET to discuss the case.]

[FURTHER UPDATE: The full complaint is now available to download here.]

For all advocates of election integity, and especially for those in San Diego, Monday is going to be a big day. Attorney Paul Lehto is on the scene and Monday morning he will be filing a contest to the U.S. House special election held on June 6th in California's 50th congressional district to replace disgraced Republican Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

According to a press release issued by a group of Election Integrity advocates organizing themselves as the CA-50 Action Group, a press release will be held on the steps of the Court House in San Diego at 10:30am, just after the filing. (The BRAD BLOG has received an advance copy of the press release. It is posted in full at the bottom of this article.)

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By John Gideon on 7/30/2006 8:07pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon

Today the Arizona Daily Star printed their awaited opinion piece that has three members of the county government responding to questions that were compiled by the paper's staff from their readers' responses to the paper's ill-researched editorial of earlier in the week.

Responding to the Letter To The Editor comments and questions were County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, who allowed the county to spend over a million dollars to buy new Diebold TSx machines. Also responding are Elections Director Brad Nelson and John H. Moffatt, of the county's Office of Strategic Technology Planning. Both are proponents of the Diebold TSx. And, by the way the questions/concerns were answered, both seem willing to do nearly anything to ensure Diebold gets the Pima Co. taxpayers' money...

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By John Gideon on 7/30/2006 5:34pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

The normal primary turnout in Shelby Co. (Memphis) Tennessee is right at 30%. That means that close to 110,000 voters will attempt to vote on 1300 Diebold TSx voting machines on an extremely long ballot that has as many as 141 races on it. If each voter takes only 10 minutes every voter can vote in a normal 14 hour day. If the voters average 15 minutes, the election day will stretch into 20 hours. That, of course, assumes that no voters walk away because of long lines and that no voting machines break down during the day. Of course, if the county used precinct based optical scan machines voters could mark their ballots while sitting at desks or on the floor and there would be no long lines and if machines broke down ballot boxes could be used....

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Panel Discussion on '9/11 and the Neocon Agenda' features James Fetzer, Steven Jones, Robert Bowman and Webster Tarpley with Alex Jones
You can catch it this (Sunday) afternoon if you missed it on Saturday (like I did) ... and it's also available on the net!
By Winter Patriot on 7/30/2006 12:36am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

We've been hearing all good things (especially in this thread) about CSPAN's coverage of the American Scholars Symposium: 9/11 and The Neo-Con Agenda, a two-day event held in Los Angeles in June. As far as this lowly and nearly frozen blogger can tell, Saturday marked the first time that video from this symposium has been available on television.

If you didn't catch it then, you will soon have another chance. C-SPAN will rebroadcast it starting at 2:15pm (Eastern time) this afternoon (Sunday), which of course is 11:15am Pacific.

In my opinion you should watch it, record it, and share it with your family, friends and neighbors.

Of course, if you would prefer to watch it on the net, rather than on TV, you can always click here ... or here!

And I wouldn't mind if you passed a few of these links around ... hint, hint!

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previous facility owned by same people closed for procedures practiced by 'unlicensed personnel.'
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By Steve Huff on 7/29/2006 6:28pm PT  

From CBS 4 based in Miami:

Hialeah Police Homicide Detectives are investigating the gruesome discovery of a dead baby’s body inside of an abortion clinic but conflicting stories may prove there's more to the discovery than meets the eye.

The body was found at “A Gynecologists Diagnostic Center,” 3671 West 16th Avenue in Hialeah...

The story goes on to indicate that a woman whose identity is not public arrived last Thursday at the clinic 22 weeks pregnant. She was seeking an abortion.

The woman gave birth at the clinic. An unidentified caller, possibly a clinic worker, notified police that the baby was born alive.

The police came once and did not find a body. Then they were called to the scene a second time, apparently Friday night --- July 28th --- and they discovered a dead baby in a biohazard bag. The body they found was 12 inches long and weighed between 2 and 3 pounds.

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By John Gideon on 7/29/2006 5:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

A hearing will be held on Monday in Kern Co. California to investigate problems in the recent primary election. / "We had polling places that didn't open until several hours after they were supposed to, voting machines that didn't work at all, and hundreds of voters around the state who were told to 'come back later' once the problems had been sorted out," said Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Redondo Beach, who chairs the committee. "That's not acceptable and we need to begin addressing these problems now to ensure they don't repeat themselves in November." / When discussing expected problems in Shelby Co., Tennessee, David Bear of Diebold has already started blaming problems on the voters and the elderly, ""There's going to be hiccups,'' said David Bear, spokesman for Diebold, manufacturer of the 1,500 voting machines the county bought this year for about $4.2 million. Most troubles involve the elderly or voters unfamiliar with computers, yet that generally changes quickly once on the machines, he said."...

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By Brad Friedman on 7/29/2006 9:39am PT  

Four great letters to the Union-Tribune editor, as published today in reply to their horrendous, irresponsible, factually incorrect and unsigned editorial posted a few days ago (which Emily Levy angrily and adeptly blogged about here a few days ago.)

One of the letters published comes from San Diego County Democractic Party Chair, Jess Durfee, who the original editorial smugly referred to as "the local Democratic Party boss." Biased much, Union-Tribune?

Want an extra laugh? This rightwing rag has been calling themselves a "watchdog" for the people in a series of recent TV ads. No, seriously. That's what they tell people. As laughable: Their published Mission Statement says: "Journalistic excellence is our commitment to readers. Above all, integrity." Apparently, they were just kidding.

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time for another open thread
By Winter Patriot on 7/29/2006 2:06am PT  

Our most recent open thread is getting too long for those who must wait for the page to load.

So it's time for a new one.

Blog away!

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By Brad Friedman on 7/28/2006 6:51pm PT  

Mimi Kennedy of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and Emily Levy of California Election Protection Network (CPEN) appeared smartly today in my usual weekly Friday slot on The Peter B. Collins Show. Somehow, from somewhere, off to the side of a blistering hot stretch of highway in the middle of the Great Plains, I found a computer and net access from which I could secretly listen in (don't tell them.)

A busman's holiday.

They were all three tremendous on the topic mess that is the Busby/Bilbray CA50 election fiasco and on the anti-American, democracy-hating, truth-averse San Diego County Registrar Mikel Haas and his facilitating partner-in-crime CA Sec. of State Bruce McPherson. They offer a few hints as well about what's to come on those topics within the next few days (and what it is that's been keeping me from getting fully off the grid for the last week or so.)

Give 'em a listen...

-- Mimi and Emily on the Peter B. Collins Show, 7/28/06 [MP3]

And one quick personal word about Peter B... He has, nearly single-handedly, devoted more air time time to the issue of Electoral Integrity over the past year or so than just about anybody else across the entire media spectrum. Not just with my weekly appearances, but with many other guests and discussions on the same issues. For that, this country owes him an enormous debt of gratitude. Especially while the bulk of the media still fails to deal with this issue head on. PBC's willingness to use his platform for the public good, instead of distraction, is not to be "misunderestimated". Thank you, Peter. I'll be back. Though hopefully not too soon. ;-)

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By John Gideon on 7/28/2006 5:23pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

Arizona readers responded to the Arizona Star editorial from July 24. The paper has passed some of the letters on to Pima County and staff will be responding on Sunday. / Early voting started on Thursday in Kansas with immediate problems with ES&S machines not starting-up in the morning or failing during the day. / August is primary election month again. Primaries in order are Kansas, Tennessee, Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan and Missouri and all on or before August 8. ...

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Exclusive Interview with FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds: 'Did you take an oath to protect top-secret classified papers?'
Federal Government Begins its Witch Hunt Targeting Whistleblowers
By Winter Patriot on 7/28/2006 4:57pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The federal government has opened a new chapter in its continuing assault on the truth and the people who tell it. On Wednesday, Russell Tice, a former National Security Agency (NSA) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) analyst, received a subpoena requesting him to testify before a federal grand jury.

Why? According to a press release issued today by National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), Tice seems to see it simply as an attempt at intimidation.

But another reason lurks just beneath the surface: Tice has knowledge that, if it ever became public, would pose a serious challenge to one of the current administration's favorite projects --- secret and illegal spying on law-abiding American citizens.

Fortunately for Russell Tice, and for all Americans who love the truth and the freedom to express it, he is not alone in this. He's getting considerable support from NSWBC, an organization founded by Sibel Edmonds to support truth-tellers in government.

We have the press release sent out early today by NSWBC, which explains everything I've been saying. We also have an op/ed piece written by Sibel Edmonds, in which she makes a compelling plea for more whistleblowers to come forward. I will post both documents in full below and I encourage you to read them.

But that's not all we have ...

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