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Other News Channels Ignore Hearings...
By Brad Friedman on 4/18/2005 7:57am PT  


Panel meets seperately from audience. James A. Baker, III --- the Bush family loyalist who went to the Supreme Court demanding that America's votes not be counted in 2000 --- presides over first panel.

CSPAN covers it live. All other Cable News channels cover choice of pope...

Secretely seated Commission's website here.
RAW STORY article on fixed commission here.
VELVET REVOLUTION's campaign to inform the public here.

...WE'RE FOLLOWING...LIVE BLOGGING...

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(Downloadable Archives Now Available Here)
By Brad Friedman on 4/17/2005 1:15am PT  

Thank you. Thank you. And thank you.

The network said we blew away (numbers wise) all of their current weekend shows! And it kept building throughout the 4 hours. So thank you for helping to spread the word!

Please feel free to thank the satellite network with a quick email for giving us the opportunity!

Resting now. (And be sure to catch the repeat of tonight's show at 12noon - 4pm ET on Sunday, which is 9a - 1p PT for the mathematically impaired! Catch it online via RAW STORY's Easy Links or IBCRadio.com or IBCRN.com.)

Oh...one more thanks (at least!) to Winter Patriot for keeping the Open Show Threads here up and running all night! I had no net access from the studio, so was flying blind! Hope to fix that by next week...So thanks WP for keeping the place in great shape while I was "gone"! More to come...After some rest...and a few more radio appearances tomorrow!

UPDATE: Last night's show can now be downloaded for you podcasting pleasure...All files here MP3, we'll try to get alternate formats in the future when we catch up with things. And, sadly, the swell bumper music at the top of each hour (the rock n' roll, I mean, not that jazz crap) has been cut out of these versions as well. We'll try to correct that later as well. Download away!...

  • HOUR 1 (Guest: Clint Curtis)
  • HOUR 2 (Guest: Andy Stephenson)
  • HOUR 3 (Guest: Larisa Alexandrovna)
  • HOUR 4 (Guest: Robert Koehler)
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    Being the Media...Cuz Someone's Got to!
    Open Show Thread...
    By Winter Patriot on 4/16/2005 6:59pm PT  

    HOUR 4 GUEST: Tribute Syndicate Editor & Columnist, Robert Koehler!

    Listen LIVE via the Web! Saturday from 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT)!
    Repeating Sunday 12noon-4p ET (9a-1p PT)
    Direct streaming links via RAW STORY!
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    Being the Media...Cuz Someone's Got to!
    Open Show Thread...
    By Winter Patriot on 4/16/2005 6:00pm PT  

    HOUR 3 GUEST: RawStory.com Deputy Managing Editor & Investigative Journalist, Larisa Alexandrovna!

    Listen LIVE via the Web! Saturday from 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT)!
    Repeating Sunday 12noon-4p ET (9a-1p PT)
    Direct streaming links via RAW STORY!
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    Being the Media...Cuz Someone's Got to!
    Open Show Thread...
    By Winter Patriot on 4/16/2005 4:59pm PT  

    HOUR 2 GUEST: Vote Fraud Investigator, Andy Stephenson!

    Listen LIVE via the Web! Saturday from 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT)!
    Repeating Sunday 12noon-4p ET (9a-1p PT)
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    Being the Media...Cuz Someone's Got to!
    Open Show Thread...
    By Winter Patriot on 4/16/2005 4:00pm PT  

    HOUR 1 GUEST: Vote-Rigging Software Whistleblower, Clint Curtis!

    Listen LIVE via the Web! Saturday from 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT)!
    Repeating Sunday 12noon-4p ET (9a-1p PT)
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    LIVE TONIGHT 4p - 8p PT (7p - 11p ET)!
    Listen Up!
    By Brad Friedman on 4/16/2005 12:46pm PT  

    The sudden premiere of The BRAD SHOW On the Air via RAW RADIO is just hours away! (See the previous item for more details on what the hell that means if you don't already know!) At this late hour, we've still got some mountains to climb to get on air, but we're working on it! Keep your fingers crossed!

    RAW STORY has some skinny, some donation links where you can support and direct links to the LIVE WEB STREAM. You can also support by making a donation to BRAD BLOG. We are, for the moment, listener supporter! I'll explain why on the air...

    Quick show details:

    The BRAD SHOW On the Air via RAW RADIO
    on the IBC Satellite Radio Network!

    Broadcast via satellite around the world!
    Streaming via IBCRadio.com or IBCRN.com
    Direct Links to LIVE Stream via RAW STORY
    7.330mhz Shortwave
    Cellphones Mobile Broadcast Network via Mymbn.com
    Broadcast Affiliates include: WWPR 1490am Bradenton/Tampa, Florida (Hi Tom!)
    LIVE: Saturday 7p - 11p ET
    REPEAT: Sunday 12noon - 4pm ET
    Show Call-in#: (to be posted soon!)

    Scheduled guests for our premiere episode:

    HOUR 1: Vote-Rigging Software Whistleblower, Clint Curtis!
    HOUR 2: Vote Fraud Investigator, Andy Stephenson!
    HOUR 3: RawStory.com Deputy Mng. Editor & Investigative Journalist, Larisa Alexandrovna!
    HOUR 4: Tribute Syndicate Editor & Columnist, Robert Koehler!

    Hopefully BRAD BLOG stalwart and friend, Winter Patriot, will be able to post an open thread here at each hour of the show where you can yack away about the show, how we're doing, and post questions if you can't get in via phone. I'll try to keep my eye on the discussion.

    Stand by...it could be bumpy (but hopefully fun!) ride!

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    (Hopefully! Almost Definitely!)
    Tune in via IBCRadio.com! And Help Spread the Word!
    By Brad Friedman on 4/15/2005 1:03pm PT  

    If all goes well, The BRAD SHOW on The RAW RADIO Network (of RawStory.com fame!) may will be launching LIVE tomorrow evening (Saturday) from 7p - 11p ET (4p - 8p PT).

    This has all come up quite suddenly, and it will take a miracle to get on the air...I'm in the process of trying to pull off a miracle.

    Since the lead time for all of this was too impossibly short to even consider selling ad time on the show, now would be a swell time to Donate to The BRAD BLOG if you haven't done so recently in order to help pull off this little miracle.

    I've said for a long time "Be the Media". Apparently, I wasn't kidding. With your help, we may very soon have a much louder megaphone!

    Details here soon on how and where and if to listen!

    UPDATE: Looks like The BRAD SHOW on RAW RADIO will indeed be premiering tonight (Saturday) from 4p - 8p PT (7p - 11p ET)! It's gonna be seat-of-our-pants LIVE radio...if we make it onto the air! But we're gonna go for it!

    We'll figure out the affiliates when we learn more (we believe one of 'em is in Florida! Hi Tom!) but for now, tune in Saturday night at the above mentioned times via IBCRadio.com to listen LIVE! And we hope to be taking your calls to boot!

    I'll explain how this all came about (a bit) during the show tomorrow as we pull off a miracle!

    Scheduled guests for our premiere episode:

    HOUR 1: Vote-Rigging Software Whistleblower, Clint Curtis!
    HOUR 2: Vote Fraud Investigator, Andy Stephenson!
    HOUR 3: RawStory.com Deputy Mng. Editor & Investigative Journalist, Larisa Alexandrovna!
    HOUR 4: Tribute Syndicate Editor & Columnist, Robert Koehler!

    Should be a killer show...if we can show up on the air! We'll pray the democracy gods will be on our side! PLEASE spread the word since this is all so late in coming! And the better the numbers, the more the network will want us back for a second helping!

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    By Brad Friedman on 4/15/2005 12:43pm PT  

    Any of you good BRAD BLOG readers know any folks in the radio biz in St. Louis? If so, please Email Me asap! THANKS!

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    Velvet Revolution Launches Massive Email Campaign to Jimmy Carter and the National Election Reform Commissioners!
    ALSO...Putting Boots on the Ground at this Monday's Commission Hearings!
    By Brad Friedman on 4/15/2005 9:28am PT  

    Velvet Revolution, a coalition of nearly 100 true Voting Rights and Election Reform organizations is launching a major campaign to bring former-President Jimmy Carter's attention to their myriad concerns about the secretly seated Blue-Ribbon National Election Reform Commission! Specifically, they are calling for James A. Baker --- the architect of the Bush/Cheney strategy to ensure that America's votes would not be counted in 2000 --- to resign immediatelly along with a number of the anti-reform partisans and voting machine company officials who have been appointed secretly to this commission!

    VR is calling for the American people to send an Email webletter to President Carter and the National Election Reform Commissioners, demanding Baker and cronies step down immediately or, in lieu of that, Carter leave this commission in protest of the cynical and mind-boggling hoax being perpetrated on those who understand the need for true Election Reform in America!

    The "YES to Election Reform! NO to James Baker & his anti-Reform Cronies!" is now up and online.

    The address for the new Velvet Revolution action:
    http://www.velvetrevolut...ng=0730E07D500040E02150F
    ...Please spread it far and wide! And be quick about it!

    Also...action on the ground at the first Commission Hearing this Monday! See this Election Reform Coalition Press Release for details!

    And finally, if you have no idea what we're talking about, turn off Fox "News" and see RAW STORY's explosive exposé from yesterday on the Commission and its secretive, insidious, partisan, pro-voting machine makeup!

    Spread the word! Feel free to use the "Email it to Someone" link at the bottom of this item!

    Be. The. Media! It's only your democracy at stake!

    (BRAD BLOG is a co-founder of Velvet Revolution)

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    Reports That the Fix is in on Secretly Seated Blue-Ribbon Commission!
    Stacked with Partisan Operatives!
    By Brad Friedman on 4/14/2005 1:57pm PT  

    RAW STORY breaks open the Carter/Baker Election Reform Commission hoodwink!

    Frontpage headline screamer:

    CONTROVERSY SWIRLS AROUND BAKER-CARTER ELECTORAL REFORM PANEL, STACKED WITH GOP VETERANS; CARTER CENTER DENIES ROLE; SECRET SERVICE QUESTIONS; KERRY CAMP: 'DISHONEST'

    Full story now here.

    From RAW Reporter Larisa Alexandrovna's Exclusive:

    • Deep GOP, partisan and Voting Machine Company entanglement in formation of Commission!
    • Unauthorized use of the Carter Center name by the Commission on all of its literature though Carter Center says they will have no involvement whatsoever with Commission!
    • Commission hold hearings in separate room from audience who may only watch via closed-circuit TV!
    • Background security checks required for audience members by Commission, denied by Secret Service!
    • As well, BRAD BLOG has learned that the Commission has given the reason for separating audience from Commission is due to Secret Service security concerns. However, as of yet, we have been unable to confirm any such Secret Service request that any such directive came from them! (Warren County anyone?)

    Velvet Revolution (an organization comprised of nearly 100 real Election Reform and Voting Rights groups and co-founded by BRAD BLOG author, Brad Friedman) issued a press release on March 30th, calling for Baker to immediately step down from this commission.

    VR has now launched an action to allow citizens to contact Carter and the rest of the Commission to let them know we've had enough boondoggling of our democracy! Click here to send Email to Carter & the Commission! Say no to Baker & his anti-Reform cronies!

    For more information on the "non-partisan" tax-exempt ACVR scam and the snakeoil salesmen who invented it, Bush/Cheney '04 National General Counsel Mark F. "Thor" Hearne and RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke, please see BRAD BLOG's full Special Coverage of the "American Center for Voting Rights" at http://www.BradBlog.com/ACVR.
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    Tribune Syndicate's Robert Koehler Rips the Corporate Media a New One, Says Election 2004 'Stolen'!
    And some personal notes, thoughts, photos (and even some quick video) from Nashville's National Election Reform Conference...
    By Brad Friedman on 4/14/2005 1:17pm PT  

    As mentioned yesterday, the Tribune Syndicate's Robert Koehler has dropped a killer column on Election 2004 and the National Election Reform Conference which we attended, and spoke at, last weekend in Nashville.

    Koehler was the one member of the MSM brave enough to show up in Nashville and to share a stage with both ourselves and Free Press' Bob Fitrakis (editor, writer and attorney who joined the lawsuit in Ohio to have its vote count set aside).

    As it turns out, Koehler is one of the good guys still fighting the good fight in the MSM, and his column today --- which out and out declares the 2004 election to have been stolen --- hits on so many pistons it's virtually impossible to pull out just the money quotes. So we strongly recommend you read the whole thing. Here's the first and last few grafs to whet your appetite...

    The silent scream of numbers
    The 2004 election was stolen — will someone please tell the media?

    As they slowly hack democracy to death, we're as alone — we citizens — as we've ever been, protected only by the dust-covered clichés of the nation's founding: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

    It's time to blow off the dust and start paying the price.

    The media are not on our side. The politicians are not on our side. It's just us, connecting the dots, fitting the fragments together, crunching the numbers, wanting to know why there were so many irregularities in the last election and why these glitches and dirty tricks and wacko numbers had not just an anti-Kerry but a racist tinge. This is not about partisan politics. It's more like: “Oh no, this can't be true.”

    I just got back from what was officially called the National Election Reform Conference, in Nashville, Tenn., an extraordinary pulling together of disparate voting-rights activists — 30 states were represented, 15 red and 15 blue — sponsored by a Nashville group called Gathering To Save Our Democracy. It had the feel of 1775: citizen patriots taking matters into their own hands to reclaim the republic. This was the level of its urgency.
    ...
    In contrast to the deathly silence of the media is the silent scream of the numbers. The more you ponder these numbers, and all the accompanying data, the louder that scream grows. Did the people's choice get thwarted? Were thousands disenfranchised by chaos in the precincts, spurious challenges and uncounted provisional ballots? Were millions disenfranchised by electronic voting fraud on insecure, easily hacked computers? And who is authorized to act if this is so? Who is authorized to care?

    No one, apparently, except average Americans, who want to be able to trust the voting process again, and who want their country back.

    Additionally, there was some coverage of the event during and after, by Laura Luxor of The Tennessean. Her two --- much appreciated pieces --- are here and (from their front page) here.

    As to a few other random and personal thoughts, and photos (and even a bit of video) from the event...

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    And More Questions are Raised about Whether Your Vote is Being Counted!
    By Brad Friedman on 4/13/2005 4:42pm PT  

    Must be something afoot...Now it's Madison, Wisconsin's The Capital Times jumping into the Clint Curtis fray as a part of their online Daily Briefing item headlined "Is Your Vote Being Counted?":

    In Florida, a computer programmer named Clint Curtis has made the allegation he was directed to add code to a vote counting program to cause votes to switch from one candidate to another. Here's a link to the story. I'm not making any statement here as to whether his allegations are true or false because the investigation is ongoing. The question is whether this could be true, or if we have controls in place to prevent this. I don't see anything that would prevent this from happening, particularly since voting companies refuse to provide their source code under the guise of "trade secrets".

    The article also hits much of what BRAD BLOG readers have known about for months concerning the evils of the likes of Diebold and ES&S, etc. And granted, they may not be the Miami Herald (who also discussed Clint Curtis earlier today), but hey, the word is getting out! And better late than never! Democracy may be saved after all!

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    Calls for Company to Open Their Software for Public Inspection!
    By Brad Friedman on 4/13/2005 3:46pm PT  

    Reuters reported yesterday that attorney, Paul Lehto has filed suite in Washington state against Electronic Voting Machine company, Sequoia Voting Systems Inc.

    An electronic voting machine maker is battling a voter rights advocate in Washington state who wants to force the company to reveal the machines' software blueprint.

    Paul Lehto, an Everett, Washington, lawyer has filed suit against Sequoia Voting Systems Inc., a privately held company based in Oakland, California, and Snohomish County, where his practice is located, arguing Sequoia's contract should be voided.

    The lawsuit, filed last week in King County Superior Court, pits the right of a company to guard proprietary information against the public's need to know how elections are tabulated, Lehto said.

    ''These are entities that are providing the most central governmental function that we have, the counting of the vote,'' Lehto said Tuesday. ''If they are not only controlling that process but purporting to own it, then that is a serious problem.''

    You go, Paul!

    And for Sequoia's part:

    Alfie Charles, a spokesman for Sequoia, said the underlying code, or software blueprint, for the company's voting machines was not disclosed because it is considered a trade secret and its release could compromise security.

    ''Electronic voting (machines) performed extremely well. ... They provided certainty in ballot results in places where they haven't had it in the past,'' Charles said.

    Yes, we'd hate to violate the "trade secret" for counting the votes in the world's most important democracy. And paid for by your tax dollars to boot! Shame on these companies.

    Which reminds us, if you haven't already, now is a great time to Send an Email to the Voting Machine Companies letting them know you've had enough! The Velvet Revolution webletter is ready to go, you just need to sign it and send! It'll take you 30 seconds!

    (DISCLOSURE: Paul Lehto is also a legal advisor for VelvetRevolution.us, a Voting Rights and Election Reform organization co-founded by BRAD BLOG's Brad Friedman.)

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    Condemns E-Voting, Outlines a Litany of What Went Wrong in 2004 Election Fiasco!
    By Brad Friedman on 4/13/2005 12:12pm PT  

    The drumbeat of the pro-democracy movement in America (who could have ever imagined there'd be a need for one in this country?!) seems to be growing louder as more and more Mainstream Media folks get into the game!

    Following on the heels of yesterday's Miami Herald piece about Miami-Dade's possible return to paper ballots, Herald columnist, Robert Steinback jumps in with a damning condemnation of Electronic Voting today pointing out that, "Nothing is more important, for the world's pre-eminent democracy, than assuring the sanctity of each vote."

    Steinbeck goes on to say:

    Worst of all, computer voting machines deny critics, reporters, attorneys general and historians the chance to recheck results --- which undermines the confidence any citizen can have in what are billed as free and fair elections.

    Indeed. Clearly there are still a few in the MSM who get it. It may just take them a while to figure it out.

    Moreover, Steinbeck --- for the first time that we know of --- mentions the Clint Curtis / Tom Feeney vote-rigging scandal in the pages of The Herald, along with a litany of reasons for returning to paper ballots [emphasis added]:

    Paper ballots can be forged or lost, for example, but attempting to swing elections using such methods almost surely requires a team of conspirators, and likely would leave a trail of evidence. With computerized voting machines, a hacked line of code can instantly alter thousands of votes.

    We may never find out what Walden O'Dell, CEO of touch-screen voting machine manufacturer Diebold Inc., meant when he told Republicans in a 2003 fund-raising letter that he was ``committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president [Bush] next year.''

    We may never learn the truth behind the affidavit of computer programmer Clinton Curtis alleging then-Florida Rep. Tom Feeney --- now a U.S. congressman --- asked the software company for which he worked in 2000 to design an undetectable computer program for flipping touch-screen machine votes.

    We may never know for sure if Nov. 2 exit polls that projected John Kerry winning several states he ultimately lost were themselves biased --- or whether they were accurate, exposing tampered election results. The victors, after all, never question the score --- or the scoring.

    And tomorrow, The BRAD BLOG has learned, syndicated Tribune Columnist, Robert Koehler will also go on record about the pitfalls of E-Voting, a condemnation of what went wrong in 2004, and some terrific coverage about those of us who are out there trying to fight the good fight to save our endangered democracy...even while the rest of the MSM continues to yawn.

    Perhaps things are changing, however. We'll see. But at The BRAD BLOG, hope always springs eternal. And so we press on...

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    Robert Steinback and the Herald Editors

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