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If this court case in Ohio had taken place at the time of the Watergate break-in, it would have made large national headlines. I mean what story could be more important than one illustrating how presidential elections can be stolen by computer fraud? Unfortunately, with today’s dumbed-down and distracted mass media audience, this story has slipped beneath the public’s radar thanks to an electronic mass media now controlled by a mere five multinational corporations with interlocking directorships. But read this account for yourself and realize that with computer fraud such as this, no vote is safe.


New court filing reveals how the 2004 Ohio presidential election was hacked

by Bob Fitrakis 

The Free Press

July 20, 2011

A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case includes a
copy of the Ohio Secretary of State election production system
configuration that was in use in Ohio’s 2004 presidential election when
there was a sudden and unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush.

The filing also includes the revealing deposition of the late Michael
Connell. Connell served as the IT guru for the Bush family and Karl
Rove. Connell ran the private IT firm GovTech that created the
controversial system that transferred Ohio’s vote count late on election
night 2004 to a partisan Republican server site in Chattanooga,
Tennessee owned by SmarTech. That is when the vote shift happened, not
predicted by the exit polls, that led to Bush’s unexpected victory.
Connell died a month and a half after giving this deposition in a
suspicious small plane crash.

Additionally, the filing contains the contract signed between then-Ohio
Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and Connell’s company, GovTech
Solutions. Also included that contract a graphic architectural map of
the Secretary of State’s election night server layout system.



Cliff Arnebeck, lead attorney in the King Lincoln case, exchanged emails
with IT security expert Stephen Spoonamore. Arnebeck asked Spoonamore
whether or not SmarTech had the capability to “input data” and thus
alter the results of Ohio’s 2004 election. Spoonamore responded: “Yes.
They would have had data input capacities. The system might have been
set up to log which source generated the data but probably did not.”

Spoonamore explained that “they [SmarTech] have full access and could change things when and if they want.”

Arnebeck specifically asked “Could this be done using whatever bypass
techniques Connell developed for the web hosting function.” Spoonamore
replied “Yes.”

Spoonamore concluded from the architectural maps of the Ohio 2004
election reporting system that, “SmarTech was a man in the middle. In my
opinion they were not designed as a mirror, they were designed
specifically to be a man in the middle.”

A “man in the middle” is a deliberate computer hacking setup, which
allows a third party to sit in between computer transmissions and
illegally alter the data. A mirror site, by contrast, is designed as a
backup site in case the main computer configuration fails.

Spoonamore claims that he confronted then-Secretary of State Blackwell
at a secretary of state IT conference in Boston where he was giving a
seminar in data security. “Blackwell freaked and refused to speak to me
when I confronted him about it long before I met you,” he wrote to


Read the email correspondence here [pdf]

On December 14, 2007, then-Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who
replaced Blackwell, released her evaluation and validation of
election-related equipment, standards and testing (Everest study) which
found that touchscreen voting machines were vulnerable to hacking with
relative ease.

Until now, the architectural maps and contracts from the Ohio 2004
election were never made public, which may indicate that the entire
system was designed for fraud. In a previous sworn affidavit to the
court, Spoonamore declared: “The SmarTech system was set up precisely as
a King Pin computer used in criminal acts against banking or credit
card processes and had the needed level of access to both county
tabulators and Secretary of State computers to allow whoever was running
SmarTech computers to decide the output of the county tabulators under
its control.”

Spoonamore also swore that “…the architecture further confirms how
this election was stolen. The computer system and SmarTech had the
correct placement, connectivity, and computer experts necessary to
change the election in any manner desired by the controllers of the
SmarTech computers.”

Project Censored named the outsourcing of Ohio’s 2004 election votes to
SmarTech in Chattanooga, Tennessee to a company owned by Republican
partisans as one of the most censored stories in the world.

In the Connell deposition, plaintiffs’ attorneys questioned Connell
regarding gwb43, a website that was live on election night operating out
of the White House and tied directly into SmarTech’s server stacks in
Chattanooga, Tennessee which contained Ohio’s 2004 presidential election

The transfer of the vote count to SmarTech in Chattanooga, Tennessee
remains a mystery. This would have only happened if there was a complete
failure of the Ohio computer election system. Connell swore under oath
that, “To the best of my knowledge, it was not a fail-over case scenario
– or it was not a failover situation.”


Bob Magnan, a state IT specialist for the secretary of state during the
2004 election, agreed that there was no failover scenario. Magnan said
he was unexpectedly sent home at 9 p.m. on election night and private
contractors ran the system for Blackwell.

The architectural maps, contracts, and Spoonamore emails, along with the history of
Connell’s partisan activities, shed new light on how easy it was to hack the 2004 Ohio presidential election.

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