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UPDATE: 10/25/10: Calling All Hackers And IT Specialists: $20,000 Reward For Information About Vote Tabulation Manipulation In 2010 Election


Today, we announced a $20,000 reward for any hacker, computer scientist or IT specialist who can provide evidence that vote tabulation results were manipulated in such a way that the results changed the legitimate winner. The information must result in an arrest and conviction. Our announcement is posted on this Reward Poster. In short, evidence from past elections has pointed to tabulation manipulation by Karl Rove and GOP controlled operatives that may have changed the results of elections such as Ohio 2004 and Alabama 2002. See In fact, in 2004, the Ohio Secretary of State election servers were suddenly re-routed to the GOP controlled servers at Smartech in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the results flipped from John Kerry to George Bush. Bush’s IT guru Mike Connell was responsible for setting up that manipulation with the assistance of Ken Blackwell, and Connell was later killed in a mysterious plane crash after he indicated he was ready to talk about the matter.


In September of 2010, a team of computer scientists hacked into the Washington, DC computer servers and took control of the election results. These “good guy” scientists watched as hackers from Iran and China attempted to hack the servers. This shows how easy it is for election servers to be hacked.


Tipsters have indicated to us that there will be attempts to manipulate the tabulation results in the upcoming election. If so, we want these illegal intrusions to be detected, monitored in real time and reported. Send your tips to


UPDATE: 1/20/10: Mainstream Press Finally Publishes Explosive Article About Connell And His Death


It has been years that we have been trying to convince the MSM that yes there is a real story underlying the supposed Bush win of Ohio in 2004. Now more than five years later, and only after the strange death of Bush IT guru Michael Connell, has the MSM finally had the courage to allow this story to be published. But no, it wasn’t the New York Times, Washington Post or 60 Minutes but rather, Maxim, a widely read magazine targeting men. We urge everyone to pick up a copy of the February issue of Maxim to read the full 3500 word expose’.


But this story will inevitably lead to greater coverage of the facts outlined by author/journalist Simon Worrall. There are new twists to the story that have previously gone unreported including the fact that Connell’s Blackberry with lots of Bush/Rove info on it disappeared at the crash site; that the site was cleaned up under the cover of night after a lockdown on information about the crash; that the “after action report” detailing the sabotage of Connell’s plane has been received by the NTSB and reviewed by intelligence officials who have indicated that it is genuine; that Connell’s last words were captured on tape and showed extreme surprise at something that happened in the cockpit; that a contract between Connell and the OH SOS shows that they had a subcontract with Smartech to reroute the 2004 election results through GOP servers with remote access, mirroring capabilities, and a Virtual Private Network accessible by anyone with a password; and that Robert Kennedy Jr. calls this case bigger than Watergate. More details can be found at The BradBlog.


UPDATE: 11/9/09: Connell’s Family Speaks Out, Warns Of Wrongful Death Suit Against Rove, Assassination Jackal Tipster Talks Of Sabotage


UPDATE: 11/5/09: NTSB Report on Connell’s crash cannot determine a cause.


UPDATE: 12/20/08: Michael Connell Killed: VR Demands Full State And 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 Mr. Connell can 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 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 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,  


VR demands that the Ohio Attorney General and the United States 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.


UPDATE: 11/4/08: Connell Stonewalls At Deposition: Attorney Instructs Him Not To  Answer Key Questions


The first deposition of Michael Connell took place yesterday in Cleveland.  Connell was put on notice that he was being questioned about election fraud. Connell quickly adopted the posture of many Bush staffers who have been questioned about wrongdoing, such as Scooter Libby, Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove, Stephen Hadley,  Donald Rumsfeld and others. Attorney Cliff Arnebeck said that Connell is a classic ”Bush/Rove Team player” who was schooled on how to not answer.


Connell’s attorney helped Connell by telling him not to answer many questions including, “Who directed you to set up the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth IT Network.”


The only admission of substance was, after an initial denial, Connell said that he brought Triad and SmartTech into the  Ohio election game.  Of course, these are the two companies identified by Spoonamore as rigging the election, Triad by pulling hard drives prior to the recount and SmartTech  by running the election results through its GOP servers in Chattanooga before they got to the Ohio election computers. 


Mr. Arnebeck said that Connell denied that there were “any” problems at all with any voting systems and he never heard of any fraud.  He said he did not “know of any  vulnerabilities” to voting systems in Ohio.  In other words, he said that everything’s fine, no one did anything wrong, and everyone should trust people like him to count their votes. 


Mr. Arnebeck “Connell has just ensured that he is Exhibit A of the soon to be filed RICO lawsuit against Karl Rove et al for manipulating elections.”  Arnebeck also said that Connell demonstrates the epitome of unethical conflicts of interest for running George Bush’s election IT network while counting the votes in the key state of Ohio. 


The silver lining to  all of this is that Connell and his handlers know that their gig is up.  They should not believe for a minute that Connell’s two hour performance yesterday will do anything to slow down our investigation.  Once the dust clears from today’s election, the attorneys will go full force to charge Connell and others with Racketeering and Corrupt Practices.


UPDATE: 11/1/08: Late yesterday, a Federal Judge in Akron, Ohio ordered Mike Connell to submit to a deposition hours before the presidential election to talk about possible election manipulations.


The full story is here. Mr. Connell, it’s time to tell the truth and get with the new dynamic, the one called accountability.  Yours is the first of many depositions to get to the bottom of this shameful chapter in American democracy.  You have a unique opportunity to do the right thing now.  The Bush family is not going to protect you or cover for you any longer.


UPDATE: 10/28/08: Attorneys filed a motion to compel testimony of Connell to interrogate him about his knowledge of the inter-workings of the GOP computer systems. See Memo here. They included an affidavit of Spoonamore stating that the Ohio 2004 election was manipulated by a inside Man in the Middle King Pin attack. See Affidavit here.


UPDATE: 10/23/08: VR Calls For DOJ Investigation Into Why Bush/Rove IT Expert Mike Connell Asked How to Destroy White House Emails


Reporter Rebecca Abrahams wrote this week at Huffington Post that on October 11, 2006, longtime Bush/Rove IT expert Michael Connell met with cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore to learn how to destroy data on White House computer hard drives This was during the height of the United States Attorney scandal and during the tenure of Connell's former employee, David Almacy, as director of the White House Internet and E-Communications Director.


Abrahams quotes from Spoonamore's emails which reference notes taken at the time of the meeting. Connell was accompanied at the meeting by Randy Cole, the former President of Connell's company, GovTech Solutions, now running for Ohio Congressional seat 41. When Spoonamore realized that Connell and Cole were asking how to destroy White House data, he terminated the conversation and told them that what they were asking about was illegal.


Attorney General Michael Mukasey recently appointed prosecutor Nora Dannehy to investigate whether criminal charges should be brought against those involved in the US Attorney scandal. Today, in a press release,  VR called for that investigation to include what role and knowledge Michael Connell and Randy Cole have regarding the destruction of White House computer data, and, as Abrahams suggests, whether Connell knows where the White House email backup is located.


UPDATE: 10/7/08: Velvet Revolution Calls On John McCain To Fire Michael Connell For Covering Up For Karl Rove In Federal Election Manipulation Lawsuit


Velvet Revolution today issued a press release calling for Republican candidate John McCain to fire computer expert Michael Connell from his campaign for covering up alleged election manipulations of Karl Rove and others. Mr. Connell, the GOP’s top computer expert,  was subpoenaed based on a September 19th court order to testify under oath in an Ohio federal lawsuit looking into serious allegations that Mr. Rove has directed a strategy to illegally manipulate elections through the use of computer technology.  Rather than cooperate in the investigation,  Mr. Connell hired attorneys close to the Bush/Cheney Administration and refused to appear for the deposition arguing client (GOP) confidentiality.  Those attorneys have said that they will do everything possible to keep  Mr. Connell from testifying before the November general election. See press release pdf


UPDATE: 10/3/08: VR Offers 100K Reward In RoveCyberGate Case


Today, VR offered a $100,000 reward for information from whistleblowers who have knowledge of election related criminal activity by Michael Connell, Randy Cole, Karl Rove and others. You can see the full ad here. The information must result in a conviction.


UPDATE: 10/1/08:  VR Calls for Special Prosecutor to Investigate Connell and Rove


In light of Mike Connell’s stonewalling of the subpoena in this case, Velvet Revolution today called for Attorney General Mukasey to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the conduct, actions and knowledge of Michael Connell and his confidential work for Karl Rove and George Bush vis a vis election manipulations and destruction of data. VR also called on Congress to hold hearings and place Mr. Connell under oath to testify about election rigging, destruction of White House emails, and spying on Congress. See PDF news release.


UPDATE: 9/30/08: Stay Lifted, Depositions Ordered, Connell Subpoenaed, Connell Stonewalls


Many new turns in this case the past few days.  On September 22, the federal  court lifted the stay in this case and ordered depositions to begin, starting with Bush IT Expert Michael Connell. (See Order in PDF)  A few days later, Connell was subpoenaed and ordered to produce documents.  He hired three high powered GOP-connected attorneys and filed a Motion to Quash (See Motion in PDF) and an affidavit stating that his information is confidential.(See Affidavit in PDF)  His attorneys have refused to make him available for deposition and have indicated that they will not let him testify unless forced to by the court.  Attorney Arnebeck intends to secure a court order to enforce the subpoena.


UPDATE 9/18/08:  Ohio Attorneys File Papers To Take Deposition Of Bush IT Expert Michael Connell And Others-Includes Spoonamore Affidavit


Yesterday, Ohio attorney Cliff Arnebeck asked the federal court in Columbus to allow him to place Bush IT guru Michael Connell under oath to ask him about his 20 year work for the Bush family, including his work for Jeb Bush in Florida 2000 and for Ken Blackwell in Ohio 2004.  “The public has a need and right to know, before the next presidential election, that the top Republican IT expert shares a concern about the vulnerability of electronic voting systems to fraudulent manipulation, and that this is not just “conspiracy theory,” Arnebeck wrote. Arnebeck also advised the court that he would seeking depositions from others, including Karl Rove.  See Court filing.


Attached to the filing are two affidavits, one from cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore and the other from analyst Richard Hayes Phillips.  The Spoonamore affidavit asserts that the election computer setup used by Ken Blackwell in 2004 provided the means and opportunity for the manipulation of the election results.  “ The vote tabulation and reporting system, as modified at the direction of Mr. Blackwell, allowed the introduction of a single computer in the middle of the pathway. This computer located at a company principally managing IT Systems for GOP campaign and political operations (Computer C) received all information from each county computer (Computer A) BEFORE it was sent onward to Computer B. This centralized collection of all incoming statewide tabulations would make it extremely easy for a single operator, or a preprogrammed single "force balancing computer" to change the results in any way desired by the team controlling Computer C. In this case GOP partisan operatives. Again, if this out of state system had ANY digital access to the Secretary of State’s system it would be cause for immediate investigation by any of my banking clients.” See Spoonamore Affidavit.


The Hayes affidavit asserts that after reviewing hundreds of thousands of documents, ballots and other election records, “it is my conclusion that there is so much evidence of ballot alteration, ballot substitution, ballot box stuffing, ballot destruction, vote switching, tabulator rigging, and old fashioned voter suppression, that the results of the 2004 presidential election, would have been reversed” had there been a real investigation. See Hayes Affidavit.  He insists that the time is now to take depositions from those implicated in the theft of that election. 


Tell Congress to investigate Karl Rove’s cyber strategy to illegally manipulate elections.  Click here to send an email to your Congress Members demanding immediate public hearings on whistleblower allegations that Rove architected and directed illegal attacks on Democratic candidates through the improper use of corporate funds channeled through fake Web-based front organizations, the improper political use of the Justice Department to prosecute opposition candidates, and the use of Internet based IT networks to alter election results. 




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We are working with Ohio election attorneys, Cliff Arnebeck, Bob Fitrakis and Henry Eckhart to find out the truth about recent information indicating that Karl Rove architected and directed a strategy to manipulate elections through the use of computers.  Rove’s Cyber Guru, Michael Connell, has worked for the Bush family for over 20 years and helped Bush Sr., Jeb and Bush Jr. “win” their elections using his computer skills. Whistleblowers, including Republicans, say that several of these and other national elections have been rigged through various invisible and illegal means, including vote tabulation manipulation, improper partisan use of the Justice Department to target Democrats and uncooperative US Attorneys, and the laundering of hundreds of millions of corporate dollars funneled into fake advocacy groups directed against Democratic candidates running for public office. Ex-Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has stated publicly that Rove was the person who directed the rigging of the governor's race and the criminal prosecution of Siegleman. Here GOP cyber sleuth Stephen Spoonamore has stated publicly that the leadership of the GOP has been "lying and stealing elections" and doing so through computers. 


According to the attorneys, Rove’s goal with this strategy is to establish a unitary Executive Branch with a supportive judiciary, a weak legislature and a fearful press.  Corporate sponsors of this strategy, such as tobacco, energy, telecom, and pharmaceutical companies are rewarded with hands off government: deregulated oversight, stringent limits on class-action damages, the stacking of high courts with pro-business/anti-consumer Justices etc.


VR’s campaign is in support of the Ohio attorneys’ use of a federal civil lawsuit in a new legal strategy of taking targeted discovery and depositions of those who have been identified as being involved with or having knowledge of Rove’s CyberGate, including Rove, Michael Connell, Jack Abramoff, Michael Scanlon, Bob Ney, Brett Rapp, Ken Blackwell and others.  The attorneys intend to file a racketeering RICO lawsuit against those identified in this case and will refer any proof of criminal activity to both state and federal authorities for criminal prosecution.


This legal strategy will require significant resources for lawyers, expert witnesses, videotaped depositions, public relations, and investigators.  The attorneys will need to go toe to toe with the top lobbyist law firms which will be hired to represent these targets.  One of our targets is the US Chamber of Commerce which has spent close to a half billion dollars on lobbying since George Bush was inaugurated.  The attorneys assert that Rove has used the Chamber to bankroll many of the illegal attacks using fake front groups posing as advocacy organizations. The attorneys will need to respond immediately to what we expect to be a smear campaign by those implicated in this attack on democracy. Press and FEC reports show that Rove and Connell are now working for the McCain presidential campaign.


Our job does not stop with simply exposing the truth. We need to make sure that these same people are not able to manipulate the upcoming presidential election. Why are these people now working for John McCain?


Is it because they have promised him a win no matter what? We want to make sure that McCain knows exactly what these people have done and hold him to his promise of a clean election. 


Growing evidence suggests that, together, they've delivered many times in the last decade.


We need your help.


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Connell’s Sister Now Doubts Plane Crash Was Accident  MyDD, Ralph Lopez, 4/3/09


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