Saturday, June 03, 2006

Stolen 2004 Election Must be Acted Upon

Stolen 2004 Election
Must be Acted Upon

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman think it's great that "the story of the stolen election of 2004 has FINALLY busted into the mainstream media, thanks to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Rolling Stone Magazine." There is a "however" attached to that statement. It doesn't sound like they're willing to HANG until any further media follow-up or for the Democratic Party to actually DO SOMETHING "about the fact that America is about to be hijacked again in 2006, and then for the third straight presidential race in 2008."

An excerpt:
The massive article in this week's [Rolling Stone] focuses on the impossible contrast between exit polls showing a clear and overwhelming Kerry victory versus bogus "official" vote counts giving George W. Bush four more catastrophic years in the White House. It also details some of the horrific intimidation, manipulation and outright theft used by Ohio's GOP Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell to deny hundreds of thousands of mostly Democratic voters their right to a ballot. And it discusses in some depth the fact that Diebold and other electronic voting machine and software producers make it possible for any inside operator to use a laptop and a few keystrokes to flip an entire election in a matter of seconds.

It reminds us that the one good thing that can be said about George W. Bush is that the American people have never actually elected him president of the United States.
The media hasn't totally blacked out coverage, but the authors of How the Gop Stole America's 2004 Election & Is Rigging 2008 say the media hasn't produced nearly enough investigative or revelatory journalism. Structural changes to electoral laws alone may assure Republicans of more shady victories in 2006 and beyond.
In the past month, some coverage has finally surfaced in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek and other big media outlets on the vulnerability of electronic voting machines.

But we're still seeing just the tip of the iceberg. Most importantly, STRUCTURAL changes have been made to the electoral laws in Ohio and nationwide that virtually guarantee the ability of the GOP to steal our elections now and in the future.

+ Danny Schechter asks - Why is the Media Downplaying Our Voting Scandal?

+ A May, 2006 story by Wasserman and Fitrakis - Ohio 2004 election thief grabs Gov nod while (surprise! surprise!) voting machines malfunction