A Project Earth Breaking News Update December 20, 2008 Bush Insider Who Planned To Tell All Killed In Plane Crash: Full Federal Investigation is Demanded Dec. 20, 2008 Michael Connell, the Bush IT expert who has been directly implicated in the rigging of George Bush’s 2000 and 2004 elections, was killed last night when his single engine plane crashed three miles short of the Akron airport. Mr. Connell told a close associate last spring he was afraid that George Bush and Dick Cheney would “throw [him] under the bus.” Velvet Revolution (“VR”) http://www.velvetrevolution.us/, a non-profit that has been investigating Mr. Connell’s activities for the past two years, can now reveal that a person close to Mr. Connell has recently been talking about how Connell planned to tell all about his work for George Bush. In July, a tipster close to the McCain campaign disclosed to VR that Mr. Connell’s life was in jeopardy and that Karl Rove had threatened him and his wife, Heather. VR’s attorney, Cliff Arnebeck, notified the United States Attorney General, Ohio law enforcement and the federal court about these threats and insisted that Mr. Connell be placed in protective custody. VR also told a close associate of Mr. Connell’s not to fly in his plane because of another tip that the plane could be sabotaged. Mr. Connell, a very experienced pilot, has had to abandon at least two flights in the past two months because of suspicious problems with his plane. On December 18, 2008, Mr. Connell flew to a small airport outside of Washington DC to meet some people. It was on his return flight the next day that he crashed. On October 31, Mr. Connell appeared before a federal judge in Ohio after being subpoenaed in a federal lawsuit investigating the rigging of A Project Earth Breaking News Update December 20, 2008 the 2004 election under the direction of Karl Rove. The judge ordered Mr. Connell to testify under oath at a deposition on November 3rd, the day before the presidential election. Velvet Revolution received confidential information that the White House was extremely concerned about Mr. Connell talking about his illegal work for the White House and two Bush/Cheney 04 attorneys were dispatched to represent him. An associate of Mr. Connell’s told VR that Mr. Connell was involved with the destruction of the White House emails and the setting up of the off-grid White House email system. Mr. Connell handled all of John McCain’s computer work in the recent presidential campaign. VR has received direct evidence that the McCain campaign kept abreast of the legal developments against Mr. Connell by reading the VR dedicated website, www.rovecybergate.com. VR demands that the Justice Department conduct a complete investigation into the activities of Mr. Connell and determine whether there was any foul play in his death. VR demands that federal law enforcement officials place the following peoples under protective custody pending this investigation. Heather Connell who is the owner of GovTech Solutions, Randy Cole, the former President of GovTech Solutions, and Jeff Averbeck, the CEO of SmartTech in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Both GovTech and SmartTech have been implicated in the rigging of the 2000 and 2004 elections and the White House email scandal. Our prior request to have Mr. Connell protected went unheeded and now he is dead. Here's the story of what we did to prevent another stolen election by Harriett Crosby (November 1 2008) This election November 4th is now less likely to be rigged because the computer IT guru of the Republican party has been exposed and was compelled to appear in an Ohio federal court A Project Earth Breaking News Update December 20, 2008 this past Friday, Oct. 31. The judge ruled that he, Michael Connell, would have to testify under oath on Monday, Nov. 3 about his work for George Bush and Karl Rove electronically manipulating elections. So, less than 20 hours before the polls open on Tuesday and 20 years after he began doing computer work for Bush Senior, Michael Connell will finally have to begin answering questions about what he has done to help Republicans win (steal) elections. However, the questions in the deposition on Monday will be much narrower, limited to his relationship with Karl Rove, how an "intelligent man in the middle" computer can change the tabulation of the vote, how a remote Trojan Horse computer program can manipulate the tabulation in real time as the statewide count is being tallied and effect the outcome of an election, and how the GOP company Triad was able to help rig the 2004 vote in Ohio. In the past, Michael Connell has set up websites for Bush/Quayle, Jeb Bush for Governor, Bush/Cheney, Katherine Harris (in Florida 2000), Saxby Chambliss (who ran against Max Cleland in 2002), SwiftBoat Veterans, Ken Blackwell (Ohio in 2004), US House Judiciary Committee, US House Intelligence Committee, US Chamber of Commerce, and now McCain/Palin. Evidence indicates that he has been at the scene of many stolen elections. Now we are beginning to understand how it was done with computers inserted invisibly into the process of tabulating the vote before the outcome is announced. Connell may well be innocent of any wrong doing. He may have only programmed the computers while others, like Karl Rove designed and carried out the dirty work. It will be for the Judge to decide if he, or higher ups, are guilty. But light is being shed on his shady history and he is going to be held accountable. Preparing for his court hearing on Friday and deposition this Monday, Connell was surely distracted from any last minute fine tuning of his election tampering network which may already be in place. Even more important, he knows that the gig is up, people are on to him and that a Federal Judge is watching his every move. He knows that he might go to jail if he doesn't tell who told him what to do, implicate higher ups. And this may make the higher ups, the unseen ones calling the shots, disinclined to throw another election to the Republicans. They may figure it is not worth going to jail to hack another election to put McCain and Palin into the White House. A Project Earth Breaking News Update December 20, 2008 Each individual one of them has to be asking; Is this worth the risk of going to jail? Accountability and the rule of law is finally catching up with them. Work exposing this scandal, a crime against democracy, began four years ago when my friend Brett realized that elections were being electronically manipulated. He went to Rep. John Conyers who listened and decided to have hearings on it. Hearings were held in Washington DC and Columbus, Ohio and Brett brought in whistleblowers to testify. He had put up rewards for insider information on election fraud on the Internet and heard from a lot of whistleblowers. He had to discern who was for real and what information was corroborated by others. Sifting through loads of information, he began to recognize patterns and connections between people that offered up a map of how elections had been hacked, like putting together a complex jig saw puzzle of election fraud. While many people have been involved, some are public figures like Karl Rove, Jack Abramoff, Susan Ralston, Rep. Bob Ney, others like Michael Connell have kept a very low profile and worked quietly behind the scenes, programming computers, designing websites and setting up networks. Connell was clearly surprised and not at all happy to be subpoenaed in this lawsuit and brought out into the light. Brett's work over the last four years has been researching the invisible network of electronic manipulation of elections and bringing it out into the open, assuming that sunlight is the best disinfectant. It seems to have been just in time to deter electronic manipulation of the next election. Of course, Obama will probably win anyway because of the person he is and his terrific campaign, but this is just one piece of the big picture that the mainstream press has not reported. The bottom line is that we may have saved this election from theft, just in the nick of time. After the election. Election tampering may have been deterred by Connell's deposition Nov. 6. It's a new day in America, a new era of hope. Obama's election has already transformed the energy of this place. His well organized, disciplined campaign has transcended partisan divides as the transition team searches for excellent people regardless of party. It is a breath of fresh air. A Project Earth Breaking News Update December 20, 2008 Friends have asked if I think the Michael Connell deposition on Monday deterred Rove from trying to hack another election. My answer: it was clearly Obama who won, his winning personality, his family, his clarity, his honest campaign. Nonetheless, I do believe that our work to bring Connell into the light of legal scrutiny the day before the election was critical to protect the integrity of this election at a time of consequence for the nation. We at Velvet Revolution, VR, were running defense for democracy, tackling those who were coming at Obama from the shadowy sidelines, people like Connell who were using secret computer IT networks to manipulate the vote count at the tabulation level. It was important to expose the invisible and illegal ways of taking advantage of every weak point in the electoral system by designing computer programs to manipulate elections without leaving a trace. Bobby Kennedy and Greg Palast were publicizing voter disenfranchisement, intimidation, caging, purging voter registration lists and all the visible ways of suppressing the Democratic vote. It was very important this came out in the Rolling Stone before the election so many people were paying attention. Velvet Revolution was going after the invisible corruption, election tabulation fraud and it was much more difficult to get this published in the mainstream media. In spite of hiring Fenton Communications to get out the election fraud story out, and they put out some good press releases, the media never picked it up. Make no mistake, there is alarming evidence that Bush stayed in the White House for a second term by stealing the 2004 elections. After four years of researching this, listening to whistleblowers and putting the invisible jig saw puzzle together, we know WHO did it: Karl Rove, his computer IT operative, Mike Connell, Jack Abramoff, Susan Ralston, Kathleen Harris (in Florida) and Ken Blackwell (in Ohio). We know HOW they did it: using computer networks like SMARTech.com, GovTechSolutions.com, gwb43.com, New Media Communications and GOP.com. We know WHEN in the late hours of election night in 2004 at 11:13 pm to be precise when Ken Blackwell shunted the vote tally from Ohio to GOP servers in Chattanooga, Tennessee where they were changed just enough to give the election to Bush. We have evidence from the Ohio Secretary of State's Office of A Project Earth Breaking News Update December 20, 2008 the election architecture that shows exactly when the vote tally was sent to SMARTech at GOP headquarters in Chattanooga and when it came back. This is how Bush got a second term and Rove was behind it. Rove will be the next (after Connell) to be subpoenaed in our Ohio lawsuit. It has been frustrating for me to know all this and not be able to get the media to cover the story as it unfolded. I had been counting on the media and court of public opinion to expose this massive fraud and corruption of our election process. I was so outraged that a few computer specialists could secretly control and manipulate our elections and undermine democracy that I could hardly talk about it rationally. But I was wrong to wait for the media to do the story. They never did. It was a violation of the law and belonged in court. VR found lawyers in Ohio who reviewed the evidence of these shenanigans, and went to federal court in July 2008 to expose it. The Judge decided to lift the stay on an existing lawsuit and all of this information was put before him. We had the quiet support of the Ohio Secretary of State and Attorney General. To get that support, we had to provide loads of evidence. Details of the lawsuit and hearing are spelled out in many articles on www.rovecybergate.com. But the long and the short of it is that the Judge ruled in our favor four times: lifting the stay; subpoenaing Connell, and when Connell refused to show up in court, compelling him to appear on Friday Oct. 31, and then ordering him to submit to a deposition on Monday Nov. 3. Connell's attorneys did everything possible to keep him from testifying. But since he was compelled to appear, he did show up on Friday with three high powered lawyers from the Bush/Cheney ‘04 team and they were ready to fight. It was a contentious three hour hearing and he said he was too busy and didn't have time for a deposition until after the election. The lawyer said this was like the bank robber saying, sorry, he couldn't show up in court because he was too busy making plans to rob the next bank. Attorney Cliff Arnebeck accused Connell in open court of rigging elections for Karl Rove. Connell turned "beet red" when the judge ruled that he would have to come back at noon on Monday to submit to a sworn deposition, exactly 20 hours before the polls were to open. A Project Earth Breaking News Update December 20, 2008 But Connell was cool as a cucumber when he showed up in court Monday, Nov. 3 with his lawyers. He was placed under oath and grilled about election fraud, "intelligent man in the middle" computer manipulation of the vote count, Trojan horse remote control of the tabulation process, and threats from Rove if he didn't take the heat on this crime. He did his best to stonewall but did indicate that to his knowledge there would be no tabulation manipulation of Tuesday's election. So what happened over the weekend after being under the eye of an attentive Federal Judge? Two weeks ago, Rove was confidently saying that McCain could win ten battleground states to become President. McCain was confidently telling everyone that he would win with a surge in the wee hours of election night, (when the numbers could be manipulated.) http://www.politico.com/news/stories/ 1008/14951.html But something changed over the weekend. By Monday after the deposition, Rove wrote on his blog that Obama would win by a landslide even in those ten states he had previously predicted McCain would win. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/11/04/ rove-predicts-obama-landslide/ As Mark Crispin Miller said "And there was Karl Rove's abrupt decision not to try to rig the outcome, a reversal he signaled Monday evening when he suddenly foretold an electoral landslide for Obama, just hours after Mike Connell, his longtime IT fixer, had been forced to answer questions, under oath in an Ohio courtroom." Personally, I believe that a miracle happened. I had given up hope of anything coming of this lawsuit before the election because I was told that newspapers don't do stories until after a judge rules on a case and these things take forever. But my colleagues at VR persevered and held the intention that something would happen to save this election. I was totally surprised last week (just a week ago) to learn that the Judge had ruled to overcome Connell's squashing of the subpoena and compelled him to show up in court Friday, Oct. 31, just days before the election. And then he ordered Connell to come back on Monday to testify under oath, giving him all weekend to ponder his situation. Connell must have discussed this with his lawyers, probably with Karl Rove and others. Rove knew he was the next to be subpoenaed by this Judge. They may have decided it just A Project Earth Breaking News Update December 20, 2008 wasn't worth the risk to manipulate another election. So I think the lawsuit and deposition on Monday may have deterred them in a small way and Obama's lead of 11 % was insurmountable. The history of America’s stolen 2004 election is coming to light, as it must. “the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice!” Winning big with a transformational leader like Obama means we can go on the offense in addressing the great issues of our time from global warming to election reform. Guided by our values of open, honest government, we can begin the work of reforming America’s flawed election system. There is much to be done to protect the voting rights of every citizen and to ensure that all the votes are fairly counted. Our work is not over. Love, Harriett McClatchy News story http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/254/story/ 497984.html#recent_comm Here's a picture of Karl Rove with his assistant, Susan Ralston who previously worked for Jack Abramoff, on election eve of 2004, in the White House dining room, around the time when the Ohio results were being sent to GOP headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee to be reprocessed by SMARTech.com servers, one of Connell's companies, before being returned to Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, giving Bush his second term. A Project Earth Breaking News Update December 20, 2008 “We're going to do well in this campaign, my friend. We're going to win it, and it's going to be tight, and we're going to be up late,” McCain said.