Republican U.S. Congressman, Bush Crony, Attempts to Restore 'Voter Confidence' by Disenfranchising Voters, Offering Misleading Information and Calling for Unconstitutional Measures at Poll
Published Same Day as U.S. Appellate Court Upholds Decision that Georgia's Photo ID Law is Unconstitutional 'Poll Tax'
By Brad Friedman on 10/29/2005, 2:33pm PT  

Congressman Tom Feeney (R-FL) wrote an Op/Ed this week in the Orlando Sentinel in hopes of fooling the American public into supporting his atrocious new "Election Reform" bill in the U.S. House. His Op/Ed which supports his bill's call for National Photo ID requirement at the polls, was published the same day that the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a previous decision by a Federal Court that Georgia's recent bill requiring Photo ID amounted to a new "poll tax" and was therefore unconstitutional.

Here's the Counter-Op/Ed I just sent to the Sentinel in reply to Feeney's. I've added links here to the items I mention in the letter and for easy access to just some of the criminal conspiracy allegations made against Feeney as reported since last December by The BRAD BLOG. Contact info for the Sentinel, if you should wish to conatct them or write a letter as well, is at the bottom of this item...

In order to support his latest Election Reform bill in the U.S. House of Representative, Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) wrote an Op/Ed in this week's Orlando Sentinel.

The one-time speaker of the Florida Senate and unsuccessful gubernatorial running-mate to Jeb Bush in 1994, continues his anti-American, un-democractic assault on American Voters.

His latest sham bill calls for the requirement of a national photo ID card at all polling places. That, despite a U.S. Federal Court ruling just this past week which found Georgia's similar requirement for a state-wide Photo ID to be unconstitutional and amounting to no more than a "modern day poll tax."

Feeney, however, doesn't care. He is, after all, the man accused by Florida software programmer Clint Curtis of having sought to create vote-rigging software at the Yang Enterprises, Inc. (YEI) firm back when Feeney was speaker of the Florida Senate and --- at the same time --- general counsel to and registered lobbyist for YEI.

Curtis has filed a sworn affidavit to that effect, given sworn video-taped testimony before members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, and successfully passed a polygraph test in relation to all of the above.

Feeney, on the other hand, has demonstrably and repeatedly lied about his connections to both YEI and Clint Curtis. (see http://www.BradBlog.com/ClintCurtis.htm for Curtis' sworn affidavit and video-taped congressional testimony, along with reams of documented evidence in support of his claims.)

And now, Feeney, in an attempt to shut out the more than 10 million Elderly, Minority and Poor (read: Democratic-leaning) voters in America who would be disenfranchised by the new already-proven unconstitutional measure that Feeney is calling for, is using phony numbers and scare tactics concerning the relatively minor issue of "Voter Fraud" to smoke-screen the very real and massive Election Fraud and Disenfranchisment occuring in America.

A recent study by the non-partisan League of Women's Voters in Ohio found no more than 4 cases of Voter Fraud amongst more than 9 million votes cast in the last two National Elections there. The authors of the Photo ID requirement bill in the state of Georgia were unable to cite a single case of "Voter Fraud" in the state that would have been avoided by their new unconstitutional measure.

But this won't stop Tom Feeney on his Anti-American, Anti-democratic march to ensure that millions of Democratic-leaning voters should be shut out from the polling place all together in future American elections.

His cynical, unconstitutional and regrettable ploy is just the next step to ensure that real Electoral Reform --- the type that calls for Paper Ballots to be the Ballot of Record for every vote cast in America and transparent, verifiable, auditable software and hardware in Voting Machines --- will never see the light of day in the U.S. Congress.

Congressman Rush Holt's (D-NJ) bill (H.R. 550) which calls for real Electoral Reform, has been languishing for years under Feeney's nose with more than 100 bi-partisan co-sponsors. Yet Feeney has no interest in helping that bill move forward since it might actually help create an Electoral System that Americans can have confidence in again.

Instead, Feeney's real hopes are revealed in the final line of his Op/Ed in which he says:

"My hope is that these common-sense measures will restore faith in the electoral system and, more important, American perception that our elections are a fair and true reflection of the will of the people."

For Feeney, the "perception" by Americans of "fair and true" elections far outweighs the need for elections that actually are "fair and true." His track record in Florida for supporting "Exclusion Lists", suppression at the polls by police presence, disinterest in the actual intention of Florida voters wishes, and now his latest call for unconstitutional disenfranchisment of voters more than reveals Feeney's true intentions.

From the man who called, in 2000, for Florida's Electors to be given to George W. Bush no matter what Sunshine State voters and the U.S. Supreme Court decided, it's little surprise that he would attempt to once again pull the wool over America's eyes in his seemingly never-ending attempt to ensure that Republican Power Brokers --- as opposed to American Voters --- actually determine the outcome of future American elections.

Shame on you, Congressman. It's time to call for real Election Reform. The American people have been fooled and have seen their will thwarted by the shenanigans of your party too many times already. Enough is enough. We won't be fooled again.

Brad Friedman is the Publisher and Managing Editor of The BRAD BLOG (www.BradBlog.com) and has been reporting on Tom Feeney, Yang Enterprises Inc., Clint Curtis and a myriad of Election Reform matters since Election 2004.

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