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Dawn Meredith
12-21-2008, 02:41 AM
http://www.velvetrevolution.us/


12/20/08: Bush Insider Who Planned To Tell All Killed In Plane Crash: Non-Profit Demands Full Federal Investigation




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. Velvet Revolution (“VR”), 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 discussing with a VR investigator how to tell all about his work for George Bush. Mr. Connell told a close associate that he was afraid that the George Bush and Dick Cheney would “throw [him] under the bus.”

A tipster close to the McCain campaign disclosed to VR in July 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 his plane because of another tip that the plane could be sabatoged. 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 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 people 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.

Peter Lemkin
12-21-2008, 12:07 PM
Thanks for that Dawn! Wow....some will be pardoned, and some will have to be 'erased'....the cleaning-up has begun of an absolutely CRIMINAL Administration! Anyone who says these people [I use the term most lightly] are not capable of absolutely any horror are naive in the extreme. I just can't 'get' that an Administration guilty of the 911 horror; illegal wars on false premises; torture and gutting the Constitution (and MUCH MORE!) are going to be allowed to shred, hide, pardon and kill.....but that is just exactly what is likely to happen. The process has obviously aready been started. This poor man obviously couldn't even be pardoned - as his truth, if told, would destroy the Rupublican Party - once and for all. Yes, planes are such lovely means....as they don't naturally stay up in the sky if anthing goes wrong with the craft - and when it comes down it tends to destroy most of the evidence - and what does survive, can be controlled or faked.

The real problem is we go from BAD Administrations to HORRIBLE Administrations, and back and forth....it is a sinusoidal curve, but at the very lowest ethical and legal levels as that 'wiggle' will allow.....but then I digress...

Dawn Meredith
12-21-2008, 01:10 PM
We have had some horrible administrations to be sure. Nothing tops the present one but LBJ and Nixon certainly come to mind as criminal administrations capable (and provably so) of murder.

I wonder if MSN will even TOUCH this story. If so it will be more cover up
but unlike Hale Boggs, John Kennedy Jr., Dorothy Hunt et al; Paul Wellstone
this story is going to be more difficult to cover up. So I predict it will be ignored.

Dawn

Myra Bronstein
12-21-2008, 02:40 PM
You're on the case Dawn. I was checking the DPF specifically to see if anyone had posted about this "accident" yet. You're all over it.

Yeah Peter, it would appear that cleanup has begun.

Peter Lemkin
12-22-2008, 05:50 PM
You're on the case Dawn. I was checking the DPF specifically to see if anyone had posted about this "accident" yet. You're all over it.

Yeah Peter, it would appear that cleanup has begun.

This is BIG! Listen to this http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/22/republican_it_specialist_dies_in_plane before you pour yourself another glass of wine or roll another J!

AMY GOODMAN: A top Republican internet strategist who was set to testify in a case alleging election tampering in 2004 in Ohio has died in a plane crash. Mike Connell was the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove and created websites for the Bush and McCain electoral campaigns. He also set up the official Ohio state election website reporting the 2004 presidential election returns.


Connell was reportedly an experienced pilot. He died instantly Friday night when his private plane crashed in a residential neighborhood near Akron, Ohio.


Michael Connell was deposed one day before the election this year by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count and his access to Karl Rove’s email files and how they went missing.


Velvet Revolution, a non-profit investigating Connell’s activities, revealed this weekend that Connell had recently said he was afraid George Bush and Dick Cheney would “throw [him] under the bus.” Cliff Arnebeck had also previously alerted Attorney General Michael Mukasey to alleged threats from Karl Rove to Connell if he refused to “take the fall.”


Well, Mark Crispin Miller joins us now, a professor of media culture and communication at New York University, the author of several books, including Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008 and Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too. Mark Crispin Miller us now in our firehouse studio.

Welcome to Democracy Now!

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: It’s good to be here, Amy. Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: Alright, well, we had you on right before the election, because that’s when Mike Connell was being deposed. This news that came out of his death in a plane crash on Friday night, talk about what you understand has happened.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, I cannot assert with perfect confidence that this was no accident, but I will say that the circumstances are so suspicious and so convenient for Rove and the White House that I think we’re obliged to investigate this thing very, very thoroughly. And that means, first of all, taking a close look at some of the stories that were immediately circulated to account for what happened, that it was bad weather. That was the line they used when Wellstone’s plane went down. There had been bad weather, but it had passed two hours before. And this comes from a woman at the airport information desk in Akron. We’re told that his plane was running out of gas, which is a little bit odd for a highly experienced pilot like Connell, but apparently, when the plane went down, there was an explosion, a fireball that actually charred and pocked some of the house fronts in the neighborhood. People can go online and see the footage that news crews took. But beyond the, you know, dubiousness of the official story, we have to take a close look at—and a serious look at all the charges that Connell was set to make.

AMY GOODMAN: Now, he had asked the Attorney General Mukasey for protective custody, because of threats to him and his wife?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: He reported threats to his lawyer, Cliff Arnebeck, and Arnebeck—also, Velvet Revolution heard from tipsters, as well, tipsters who also claimed that Connell’s life was at risk. Stephen Spoonamore, the whistleblower who was the first—who was the one to name Connell in the first place, also had an ear to the inside. He’s also very connected. And all these people were saying Rove is making threats, the White House is very worried about this case.

Having heard all this, Arnebeck contacted Mukasey, he contacted Nancy Rogers, who is the Ohio Attorney General, and he wrote a letter to the court, telling all of them that “This man should be in protective custody. He is an important witness in a RICO case. Please do something to look after him.” And they didn’t respond to this.

AMY GOODMAN: So, explain what this case is all about and exactly what Mike Connell has been doing over these last years. What does it mean to be Karl Rove’s IT guru?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, the lawyers in the case refer to him as a high-IQ Forrest Gump, by which they mean that he seems to have been present at the scene of every dubious election of the last eight years. We’re talking about Florida in 2000. We’re talking about Ohio in 2004. We’re talking about Alabama in 2002. He seems to have been involved in the theft of Don Siegelman’s re-election for governor. There’s some evidence that links him with the Saxby Chambliss-Max Cleland Senate race in Georgia in 2002. To be Karl Rove’s IT guru seems to have meant basically setting it up so that votes could be electronically shaved to the disadvantage of the Democrats and the advantage of Republicans.

AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean, “electronically shaved”? I mean, you’ve got all these precincts all over Ohio. They’re counting up their votes. What does he have to do with this?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, specifically, there’s a computer architecture setup called “Man in the Middle," which involves shunting the election returns from, you know, the state in question—in this case, Ohio—shunting them to a separate computer elsewhere. All of the election returns in Ohio in 2004 went from the Secretary of State’s website—this is Ken Blackwell—to a separate computer in a basement in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which was under the control of another private company called SMARTech.

So we have now two private companies: GovTech Solutions, which is Connell’s company, SMARTech, which is run by a guy named [Jeff] Averbeck. And the company—the third private company that managed the voting tabulators in Ohio was called Triad. All three of these companies worked closely together on election night in Ohio in 2004. It turns out that the state’s own IT person was sent home at 9:00 p.m. They said, “Go ahead. Go home. We’ll take care of this.” So that this trio of highly partisan and, let me add, Christianist companies basically took over the whole—

AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean, “Christianist”?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, they’re radical theocratic activists, particularly—particularly Triad and SMARTech. You know, they are fervently anti-choice.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, Mike Connell was, in fact—many said that’s what motivated him through all of this, his fierce anti-abortion stance.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: He told—Connell told Spoonamore that one of the primary reasons why he helped Bush-Cheney steal elections was to save the babies. I do think, though, that we have to draw a distinction between Connell, on the one hand, and the Averbeck and the Rapp family, on the other hand, because Connell was far less ferocious in his political views. He was an ardent anti-abortionist, it’s true, but he wasn’t quite as hardcore as the others. And in fact, you know, he was a little bit alienated from the others, and that’s one of the reasons why he was inclined to talk, and so on.

But the fact is, to answer your question, that on election night in 2004, it had been Connell, with these other two companies working with him, who had managed the computer setup, enabling Ken Blackwell to study the maps of precincts and voter turnout very carefully and figure out how many votes they need. By shunting the data to Chattanooga, they kind of slowed down the data stream.

AMY GOODMAN: Wasn’t Karl Rove’s email also there in Chattanooga on some of these servers?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Yes, yes. The same servers were used to host a whole bunch of highly partisan websites. And also, indeed, Karl Rove’s emails were on that server, too.

AMY GOODMAN: That have gone missing.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: That have gone missing. Incidentally, Stephen Spoonamore, again, the whistleblower who’s the one who named Connell, has told us—and I’ve seen his own contemporary notes—

AMY GOODMAN: And explain again who he was. Why was he in a position to whistleblow?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Stephen Spoonamore is a conservative Republican, a former McCain supporter and a very prominent expert at the detection of computer fraud. He’s the star witness in the Ohio lawsuit, right, in which Connell was involved. He has done extensive work of this kind, involving computer security, and had therefore worked with Connell, knew Connell personally and knew a lot of the people who were involved in the sort of cyber-security end of the Bush operation.

Despite his conservatism—or I suppose some would say because of it—he’s a man of principle—I mean, believes in the Constitution. He believes elections should be honest. He’s the one who came forward and named Connell.

And I have seen his notes of a conversation in which Connell asked Spoonamore how one would go about destroying White House emails. To this, Spoonamore said, “This conversation is over. You’re asking me to do something illegal.” But clearly, clearly—this is the important point—Mike Connell was up past his eyeballs in the most sensitive and explosive aspects of this crime family that, you know, has been masquerading as a political party.

AMY GOODMAN: And what did Fitrakis, the attorney who has brought the suit with Harvey Wasserman, the Ohio lawsuit, learn in the deposition of Mike Connell in the day before the election, which hardly got attention, considering it was the day before this historic election?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Yeah. Harvey wasn’t part of it. Harvey writes articles with Bob. It’s Bob Fitrakis and Cliff Arnebeck are the attorneys. They learned very little. What they learned was that Bush-Cheney lawyer who accompanied Connell to the deposition was watching the whole thing like a hawk, repeatedly objected to questions. Connell was stonewalling like crazy at this deposition.

They only learned one thing. And that was, they got confirmation that it was Connell who brought these other private companies into the arrangement, in addition to his own GovTech Solutions. Again, there was Triad and SMARTech. It was Connell who brought those three companies into one unit, so that the three of them were, in effect, handling Ohio’s election returns on election night under Connell’s supervision. That’s what we learned.

We also know, Amy, that since the deposition—I want to make this clear; we said it before, I want to repeat it—that Connell has indicated very clearly a desire to talk further, to tell more, whether it’s his conscience bothering him or whether it’s fear of some kind of a perjury charge because of how vigorously he stonewalled at the deposition. He made it known to the lawyers, he made it known to reporter Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story, that he wanted to talk. He was scared. He wanted to talk. And I say that he had pretty good reason to be scared.

AMY GOODMAN: So why did he fly in—why did he pilot his own plane when he was so afraid?

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, that’s a good question. We can’t ask him, unfortunately. I mean, this is kind of a grisly thought, but, I mean, I think we should be asking where the body is? We’re told that a trooper on the scene immediately identified Connell. But then we read elsewhere that there was nothing left but debris and that the fireball was enormous. So maybe he wasn’t on the plane. I mean, who knows, when you’re dealing with people as deep as these?

But the point is—I can’t stress this strongly enough—we’re dealing not just with a shocking accident, if that’s what it was, and a convenient one. We’re dealing not even just with a particular lawsuit that, you know, really requires vigorous promotion. The important point here is that this is all about our elections. That’s what this is about. This is about democratic self-government.

The fact that Obama won so handily has caused a lot of us to sit back and relax. There’s been a lot of popping of champagne corks and people drawing the conclusion that the system must work, because our guy won. Well, this is not a sports event. This is self-government.

In fact, the evidence strongly suggests—and we haven’t had a chance to talk about this since Election Day—that Obama probably won by twice as many votes as we think. Probably a good seven million votes for Obama were undone through vote suppression and fraud, because the stuff was extensive and pervasive, in places where you wouldn’t expect it.

The Illinois Ballot Integrity Project was monitoring the vote in DuPage County, right next door to Obama’s, you know, backyard, Cook County. And two of them, in only two precincts on Election Day, saw with their own eyes 350 voters show up, only to be turned away, told, “You’re not registered,” people who were registered, who voted in the primary. All but one of these people was black. That’s in Illinois.

People at the Election Defense Alliance have discovered, from sifting through the numbers, an eleven-point red shift in New Hampshire. That means that there’s a discrepancy in Obama’s disfavor, primarily through use of the optical scan machines, an eleven-point discrepancy in the Republicans’ favor, OK?

You start to combine this with all the vote suppression, all the disenfranchisement, all the vote machine flipping that went on in this election, you realize, OK, Obama won, but millions of Americans, most of them African American and students, you know, were not able to participate in any civic sense, ironically, a lot of the same people, you know, who would have been disenfranchised and were disenfranchised before the civil rights movement. So the fact that a black president was elected, while cause for jubilation, see, ought not to take place at the expense of a whole lot of our fellow citizens who seem to have been disenfranchised on racial grounds. My point is very simply this: We’ve got to get past the victory of Obama and look seriously at what our election system is like, or else, I promise you, see, the setup that was put in place in this last election, in 2004 and in 2000, OK, will still be there in 2010, still be there in 2012. So we’ve got to take steps to do something about it now.

AMY GOODMAN: Mark Crispin Miller, I want to thank you very much for being with us, professor of media culture and communication at New York University, most recent book Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008.

Myra Bronstein
12-22-2008, 10:01 PM
Good interview Peter. It is hard to believe that Connell would have flown his own plane given how scared he reportedly was. Miller makes a good point in the interview; maybe Connell's body isn't in the wreckage of the plane.

This is a big story, at least online. I don't know how much attention the nearly obsolete mainstream media is giving it though I've seen one news report (below the Raw Story article).


Raw Story is on it:
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Killed_GOP_pilot_suspected_plane_had_1222.html

GOP consultant killed in plane crash was warned of sabotage: report
John Byrne, David Edwards and Stephen Webster
Published: Monday December 22, 2008

The Republican consultant accused of involvement in alleged vote-rigging in Ohio in 2004 was warned that his plane might be sabotaged before his death in a crash Friday night, according to a Cleveland CBS affiliate.

45-year-old Republican operative Michael Connell was killed when his single-passenger plane crashed Friday into a home in a suburb of Akron, Ohio (PREVIOUS REPORT). The consultant was called to testify in federal court regarding a lawsuit alleging that he took part in tampering with Ohio's voting results in the 2004 election.

Without getting into specific details, 19 Action News reporter Blake Renault reported Sunday evening that 45-year-old Republican operative and experienced pilot had been warned not to fly his plane in the days before the crash.

"Connell...was apparently told by a close friend not to fly his plane because his plane might be sabotaged," Renault said. "And twice in the last two months Connell, who is an experienced pilot, cancelled two flights because of suspicious problems with his plane."

Renault called Connell's death "untimely."

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are now investigating the crash. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, no new information has been made available since the incident occurred.

Connell was the subject of a lawsuit by liberal lawyer Clifford Arnebeck, perhaps most well known for suing on behalf of 37 Ohio residents to block Bush's electoral college victory in 2004. Arnebeck had alleged Connell's involvement in a ploy to "flip" votes from then Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry to then-President George W. Bush.

Connell was ordered to testify in the suit in October, and told a federal court that he had no involvement and knew of no plan to switch votes in Ohio in 2004.

The Plain Dealer made no mention at all of the suit in their article Monday.

Connell was the founder of Ohio-based New Media Communications, which created campaign Web sites for George W. Bush and John McCain.

Arnebeck warned the Justice Department that Connell's safety was in jeopardy earlier this year. In July, he wrote an email to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, requesting witness protection for the GOP operative, which was carbon copied to Democratic Congressmen John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who were sympathetic to his 2004 lawsuit over Ohio's electoral votes.

"I have informed court chambers and am in the process of informing the Ohio Attorney General's and US Attorney's offices in Columbus for the purpose, among other things, of seeking protection for Mr. Connell and his family from this reported attempt to intimidate a witness," Arnebeck wrote. "Because of the serious engagement in this matter that began in 2000 of the Ohio Statehouse Press Corps, 60 Minutes, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, C-Span and Jim VandeHei, and the public's right to know of gross attempts to subvert the rule of law, I am forwarding this information to them, as well."

Connell's exploits as a top GOP IT 'guru' have been well documented by RAW STORY's investigative team.

The interest in Mike Connell stems from his association with a firm called GovTech, which he had spun off from his own New Media Communications under his wife Heather Connell’s name. GovTech was hired by Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to set up an official election website at election.sos.state.oh.us to present the 2004 presidential returns as they came in.

Connell is a long-time GOP operative, whose New Media Communications provided web services for the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Republican National Committee and many Republican candidates.

Alternative media group ePlubibus Media further discovered in November 2006 that election.sos.state.oh.us was hosted on the servers of a company in Chattanooga, TN called SmarTech, which also provided hosting for a long list of Republican Internet domains.

“Since early this decade, top Internet ‘gurus’ in Ohio have been coordinating web services with their GOP counterparts in Chattanooga, wiring up a major hub that in 2004, first served as a conduit for Ohio's live election night results,” researchers at ePluribus Media wrote.

A few months after this revelation, when a scandal erupted surrounding the firing of US Attorneys for reasons of White House policy, other researchers found that the gwb43 domain used by members of the White House staff to evade freedom of information laws by sending emails outside of official White House channels was hosted on those same SmarTech servers.

RAW STORY Investigative Editor Larisa Alexandrovna said Connell's death should be examined carefully in a blog post Sunday, but stopped short of alleging foul play. She reported on Arnebeck's lawsuit and Connell's enjoined testimony earlier this year.

"He has flown his private plane for years without incident," Alexandrovna wrote. "I know he was going to DC last night, but I don't know why. He apparently ran out of gas, something I find hard to believe. I am not saying that this was a hit nor am I resigned to this being simply an accident either. I am no expert on aviation and cannot provide an opinion on the matter. What I am saying, however, is that given the context, this event needs to be examined carefully."


There's also this video from 19 Action News, broadcast Dec. 21, 2008:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24TCUbKFnh0&eurl=http://www.democraticunderground.com/

RUSH TRANSCRIPT: "The fatal plane crash of Michael Connell was certainly untimely. The 45-year-old local man was accused of rigging the 2004 election for President Bush, a claim that Connell denied under oath. But under closer examination from civil attorney Clifford Arnebeck, wanted Connell placed under federal protection. Arnebeck was worried that if Connell told all that he knew about President Bush and the 2004 campaign, Connell's life would be in jeopardy. Arnebeck said that he received confidential information that Republican operative Karl Rove threatened Connell and his wife if Connell told all that he knew.

"So who exactly is Michael Connell? Well he worked here as a Republican computer specialist and consultant. Basically he is accused of taking votes in 2004 from then-candidate John Kerry and diverting them to president bush throughout the state of Ohio. And last month under oath in a federal court, Connell denied having any knowledge of manipulating votes. Records show that the Bush campaign paid Connell's business $800,000 in 2004, but it's unclear for what. Connell though was apparently told by a close friend not to fly his plane because his plane might be sabotaged. And twice in the last two months Connell, who is an experienced pilot, canceled two flights because of suspicious problems with his plane.

"And now yet another problem was ... but this one took his life. It's too early to tell if the federal investigation into Connell's death has any kind of ties from the work he provided from this office to the president."

Dawn Meredith
12-22-2008, 11:38 PM
Very good point. I too wondered WHY he'd fly when he was warned his plane was "in danger of an accident". He likely didn't. But we will never know as the press is not touching this one. Big surprise. After all, didn't Madoanna just get divorced? MSN gets worse by the second it seems.
Dawn

Dawn Meredith
12-24-2008, 01:53 PM
This from Daily Kos: (posted on another forum that my husband reads)

Karl Rove threatened him, and now the witness is dead.

Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 09:36:51 AM PST
Back in August, I wrote a piece about stealing the election. There was a time when such talk was mocked as "conspiracy theories" or worse. Ironically, many topics discouraged here at one time (e.g. impeachment)have now become majority opinion. That is testimony to our prescience.

In August, I mentioned Mike Connnell for three reasons.

He was a key witness in the Ohio election fraud case.
Lawyers expected his testimony would nail Rove.
Rove threatened Connell and his wife, if he did not "take the fall" for election fraud in Ohio.
Connell testified and now he is dead.

UPDATE: He died when his private plane crashed a couple miles from the airport. Hope that makes this clear.

UPDATE II: Some want to mock this as mere wingnut conspiracy theory. Remind me, did anyone contact the US AG requesting witness protection for Vince Foster before he died? I didn't think so. This case is different.

The threat to Connell was not vague, or rumored, or speculative. In July, 2008 the attorney in the case formally requested protection of a witness. The email Subject Line was: Report of Rove threats against witness Michael Connell

Here is a copy of the e-mail attorney Cliff Arnbeck sent to Attorney General Michael Mukasey

I have informed court chambers and am in the process of informing the Ohio Attorney General's and US Attorney's offices in Columbus for the purpose, among other things, of seeking protection for Mr. Connell and his family from this reported attempt to intimidate a witness.

Concurrently herewith, I am informing Mr. Conyers and Mr. Kucinich in connection with their Congressional oversight responsibilities related to these matters.

Because of the serious engagement in this matter that began in 2000 of the Ohio Statehouse Press Corps, 60 Minutes, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, C-Span and Jim VandeHei, and the public's right to know of gross attempts to subvert the rule of law, I am forwarding this information to them, as well.
Cliff Arnebeck, Attorney

Note, the request for witness protection was provided to a number of media outlets, congressmen and reporters. If this is news to you, then you can take that as an indication of how much attention it got in the media.

Why was this guy so important? Because he is not just the IT guy who helped engineer voter fraud. He is also the IT guy who helped the White House destroy all their email traffic. That of course would implicate Cheney in criminal, if not treasonous, activity. Connell was not just limited to electoral issues. He was also the IT guy who helped cover Abramoff's tracks. Here is a Youtube interview with Arnbeck describing why he wanted to depose Connell

Connell was starting to break under the pressure and probably would have named names. The evidence against him was just too solid for him to wiggle out. And now... he's dead.

My concern here is a long standing one. A major flaw in the left-wing analysis of politics is that it does not take into account the central role of organized crime. I'm not talking Good Fellas. I'm talking Layer Cake. The criminals look a lot like "upstanding members of the community."

If you think career criminals are going to change their behavior without a gun to their head, you are mistaken. As Arnbeck says in the video above, "Mr. Rove is not going to step forward to help us put him in jail." That takes investigations and convictions. Those won't happen without public pressure. Republicans knew this was a problem in 2006. They knew they had been breaking the law and sooner or later there would be hell to pay. That is why a poll by the RNC in 2006 showed Republicans feared the threat of investigations MORE than they feared the threat of another terrorist attack.

Well, we won congress and Our Lady of Perpetually Clean Tables calmed those fears while the rest of our "leadership" dutifully donned knee pads and refused to hold anyone in this administration accountable. Now we can expect the media to turn a blind eye to this "local story" and focus on the shopping season, etc while Americans take days off for the holidays. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but criminals don't take days off. We can't afford to either. If we ignore the crimes of this administration we are asking for trouble. Right now we've got more trouble than we can handle. We don't need to make it worse.
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And WILL Obama and his Dept of Justice even look at this? The press has certainly buried it, but that's no surprise.
And what about Fitzgerald? Is he not the least bit curious?
Nope, just another plane crash, happens all the time, bad weather and all.
Dawn

Myra Bronstein
12-24-2008, 06:07 PM
This from Daily Kos: (posted on another forum that my husband reads)

Karl Rove threatened him, and now the witness is dead.
...

Great find Dawn.
Thanks for sharing it.

Ohio, Kuchinch's state. Hm. The one house member with balls and integrity. This could get even more interesting.

Dawn Meredith
12-24-2008, 07:42 PM
Great find Dawn.
Thanks for sharing it.

Ohio, Kuchinch's state. Hm. The one house member with balls and integrity. This could get even more interesting.


Precisely what I thought too. I love Kuchinch.
But will even he touch this one?
What a truly evil county this is. Not the people, (sheeple)
but our damn government.

Brings to mind another John Lennon song "How do you sleep at Night?"
But they do; like babies.
Dawn

Peter Lemkin
12-29-2008, 06:33 AM
Wow! I just heard an interview with the lawyer who deposed Connell the day before the election! He was unable to answer many direct questions - as he is under court order to not disclose anything given in the deposition, but he laid-out who Connell was and he was involved in MUCH more than just fixing the elections. This one is HUGE and if it is true the MSM is not covering it - Amazing in its evil and silence! Connell was also involved in outing Plame; in the disappearence of the emails from Chaney's Office; in the Swiftboat stuff; used to work for the CIA and many of the 'private' intelligence companies; and much more. He had to die and I will state unequivocally - he was murdered!!!! He was threatened by Rove and friends told him NOT to fly. Does no one [outside of this Forum and other few aware] care that the USA now resembles a banana republic or the naicent Nazi state - where 'problems' are regularly murdered by agents of the men behind the curtain?!

Mike Connell's untimely death will haunt Karl Rove and the Republican Party. As the key witness in investigations into election fraud and the firing of US attorneys, Mike Connell informed investigators that he had received death threats.

Connell's testimony threatened to lead to the indictment of Karl Rove. Key allegations in the cases that were converging on Rove were to the effect that Connell was ordered to manipulate election returns in 2004 to deliver the presidency to George W. Bush instead of John Kerry who was leading the pre-election polls. A gifted IT expert, Connell was under investigation in the case of thousands of missing emails relevant to the probe into the politically motivated firing of US attorneys. In both cases, Karl Rove is the prime suspect.

The timing of Connell's death recalls the untimely death of George De Mohrenschildt who was scheduled to be the star witness in the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1977. De Mohrenschildt was a close friend of Lee Harvey Oswald [and GHW Bush]. In February 1977, De Mohrenschildt granted interviews in Europe to the effect that he had direct personal knowledge of the conspiracy to assassinate JFK. Upon De Mohrenschildt's return to the USA in March, he was subpoenaed by the HSCA and scheduled to meet with Lead Investigator Gaeton Fonzi. When Fonzi arrived at De Mohrenschildt's residency in Palm Beach he discovered that his key witness had died, apparently by 'suicide' only a short time before the two men were to have met. De Mohrenschildt's death rocked the nation and was featured prominently on the front page of the New York Times. Other key witnesses in the HSCA were brutally assassinated or disappeared. Jimmy Hoffa, Sam Giancana and Johnny Rosselli were designated key witnesses for the HSCA, but they became victims of assassination before and during the Congressional hearings that gripped the nation in 1976-7. Other suspicious and untimely plane crashes involving high-ranking politicians include those of: U.N. Secretary General Dag Hamaskjold; Congressman Hale Boggs; Sanjay Gandhi ; General Zia Ul-Haq ; twenty MI5 officials aboard the ill-fated Chinook helicopter; Ron Brown and John F. Kennedy, Jr. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11462

Magda Hassan
12-29-2008, 07:04 AM
Call me a cynic but I think this will just 'disappear' too. Nothing will come of it. Not with the 'Continuity We Can Believe In' team just coming in off the benches. It will be a smooth transition.

David Guyatt
12-29-2008, 11:07 AM
His death will save Bush the need to give Rove a get out of jail card before he leaves office I guess.

Peter Lemkin
12-29-2008, 11:44 AM
My mind might be boggled for a variety of reasons, but it is that most intelligent [sic] humans don't see the dots lined-up in a row.....our 'leaders' are not 'noble', nor even 'flawed' - they are cold-blooded murderers; in pursuit of money and power - money and power - they will do anything and HAVE (and will continue to, if not stopped!).

Dawn Meredith
12-29-2008, 05:25 PM
Call me a cynic but I think this will just 'disappear' too. Nothing will come of it. Not with the 'Continuity We Can Believe In' team just coming in off the benches. It will be a smooth transition.

I agree with Magda but am not totally certain I agree with her reasons. Yet.
(I am hanging onto a straw I realize). So I will post my thought- (wish)- that yes nothing will come of it or else we will have another assassinated president, this time with plenty of "racist" lone nuts to fill in as pre-planned patsy. Then again my wishful thinking that Obama "would if he could" is quickly giving way to the views of my co-founders, and other posters here: (Same old same old).

Dawn
ps YES this could be a huge story, but Op Mockingbird won't go near it.
Does anyone have any idea how big this is becoming on the net?

David Guyatt
12-29-2008, 05:27 PM
Pete, I would argue that the education system reinforced by the deceitful preferences of the MSM shape peoples mindsets and that, in turn, inhibits creative and analytical thinking outside the box. Forums like this enable that sort of creative thinking and once someone has awakened they can never go back to sleep again.

Myra Bronstein
12-30-2008, 03:57 AM
My mind might be boggled for a variety of reasons, but it is that most intelligent [sic] humans don't see the dots lined-up in a row.....our 'leaders' are not 'noble', nor even 'flawed' - they are cold-blooded murderers; in pursuit of money and power - money and power - they will do anything and HAVE (and will continue to, if not stopped!).

It's because most people, at least in the US, recoil from the dots that upset them. Americans tend to decide what to believe based on how it makes them feel. If information freaks them out then they shut it out. I don't know if other nationalities do it backassward--deciding what's true based on their emotions instead of deciding how they feel about the obvious truth--but that's how it's done here. The firewall of emotions doesn't let much data through.

Dawn Meredith
12-30-2008, 02:49 PM
It's because most people, at least in the US, recoil from the dots that upset them. Americans tend to decide what to believe based on how it makes them feel. If information freaks them out then they shut it out. I don't know if other nationalities do it backassward--deciding what's true based on their emotions instead of deciding how they feel about the obvious truth--but that's how it's done here. The firewall of emotions doesn't let much data through.

Myra this is so damn true. I have encountered this for decades in attempting to introduce people to the truth re deep political matters. Americans (and Canadians) simply cannot accept it so they say it is not true. That it's a bunch of paranoid nonsense. No matter how well documented the research. Others refuse to read it saying "no time"...(just actively don't want to know.)

But David is also right: once a person finally wakes up they tend to remain so. Unless they suffer burn out and move on like some former assassination researchers I know. (No names, but the people to whom I refer do not even put this work on their resume, which to me is very sad.)
Dawn

Peter Lemkin
12-30-2008, 05:12 PM
If the facts don't fit the mythology, they throw-away the facts....
We have a long way to go.....
And little time -
And shrinking.

Dawn Meredith
12-31-2008, 01:32 PM
Do we need a new thread for John Jr? I just found two interesting tidbits:

From an otherwise boring article about "George" mag:

George earned infamy in the conspiracy cyberculture, when an article slated to run in the October 1998 "Conspiracy Issue" on the top conspiracy writers was killed at the last minute by George Editors. Titled "Princes of Paranoia," it would've highlighted writers and websites that were popular in the field of conspiracy theory and given their work exposure to a wider audience.

and from another source:

see next post
Dawn

Dawn Meredith
12-31-2008, 01:40 PM
Do we need a new thread for John Jr? I just found two interesting tidbits:

From an otherwise boring article about "George" mag:

George earned infamy in the conspiracy cyberculture, when an article slated to run in the October 1998 "Conspiracy Issue" on the top conspiracy writers was killed at the last minute by George Editors. Titled "Princes of Paranoia," it would've highlighted writers and websites that were popular in the field of conspiracy theory and given their work exposure to a wider audience.

and from another source: taken from yet another otherwise boring article on "George" mag:

in the last year, Kennedy was capable of other lapses of judgment, such as his friendship with pornographer Larry Flynt, or his commissioning of an article for his magazine by conspiracy-monger Oliver Stone. In it, Stone referred to King Henry VIII's imprisonment of Thomas a Beckett for opposing his marriage to Anne Boleyn
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I had no idea Stone was commissioned to write an article. "(L)apes of judgement" indeed!!


Dawn

having problem posting this...