BLOGGED BY Brad Friedman ON 7/22/2008
GOP Tech Guru Mike Connell ‘High IQ
Forrest Gump…At Scene of Every Single Crime’ Say Ohio
Ohio Attorney Cliff Arnebeck held a press conference in Columbus to announce his motion to lift the stay on the
long-running King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell
lawsuit in which massive improprieties, irregularities, and violations of the
Voting Rights Act are alleged to have taken place in the 2004 Presidential
Election in Ohio.
In the wake
of the failure by the Buckeye State’s Attorney General to properly investigate
the allegations, and new evidence and testimony unearthed by Arnebeck and other
private investigators, he is now asking that the stay on the lawsuit be lifted
by the court in order to refocus the case and depose Karl Rove, and a number of
other top GOP operatives believed to be involved in manipulating the results of
the ’04 election.
those operatives is Republican tech-guru Mike
Heller covered last week’s press
conference for us, which featured comments from data security expert Stephen
Spoonamore alleging fraud in the ’04 election and Arnebeck’s assertion that he
believes "Rove will be identified as having engaged in a corrupt, ongoing
pattern of corrupt activities specifically affecting the situation here in
following day, RAW
STORY’s Larisa Alexandrovna detailed related concerns by Arnebeck and
Spoonamore concerning Diebold’s questionable involvement in the 2002 Senate race
After last week’s presser, Velvet Revolution’s Brett Kimberlin
sat down to follow up with Arnebeck and attorney/investigative journalist Bob
Fitrakis, who participated in both the original ’04 election lawsuits and has
reported in detail on the related matters continuously since then at the Columbus Free
video-taped interview, posted at right (see
video at original link bottom of page; appx. 10 mins), the two attorneys focus
specifically on their concerns about GOP operative/IT specialist Connell, who,
they allege, has been found to have been "at the scene of the crime" for
numerous questionable elections since 2000. Connell’s firm was also responsible
for creating the RNC email systems used by Karl Rove and others. He is also said
to have installed the existing Congressional computer networks for high-security
House and Senate committees such as Judiciary and
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The complete text transcript of the
interview follows below…
Transcript of the 7/17/2008
with Cliff Arnebeck and Bob
Cliff and Bob you just had a press conference, talking about the next steps you
are going to take in litigation. It looks like you’re looking for discovery to
understand the facts behind what happened in 2004 and make sure this doesn’t
happen in 2008. Can you give us an idea of the kinds of people or the names of
people that you intend to target?
CLIFF ARNEBECK: At
the very top of the list is probably Mike Connell. For the same reason that
Spoonamore is so valuable to us as a witness, Connell has a breadth of
perspective in this stuff and when Connell, with his politics and his position,
identifies Triad and the Rapp family as an area, as a point of vulnerability –
Well, we’re saying, if Connell makes the same observation –which we think he
will because if you look at this objectively, it makes no sense. Here’s a guy,
he’s a mathematician or an engineer or whatever; we anticipate he is going to
say "Yeah, that looks odd."
Connell’s an important witness and because we’re talking about a conspiracy, one
of the problems is you say ‘where’s the coordination, where’s the
communication?’ — Here’s one individual who’s been part of all the elements of
the things that we think are problematic.
BOB FITRAKIS: He’s
a high IQ Forrest Gump. It’s like everything important — 2000 election
Florida; 2004 Ohio; firewall in Congress — he happens to
show up and be the builder of these [im]penetrable forces and also may know who
has the key to get in.
VR: So he’s at the
scene of the crime… whether he’s pulling the gun or not.
single crime — Well even more than that. He’s the guy who made the
VR: Now you
mentioned KR [Karl Rove], who’s been your interest in the deposition?
problem with a guy like KR everyone wants, here Bush has been identified as the
architect, you’re saying the corrupt elections, he’s obviously someone you need
to talk to. The problem is you don’t build the foundation of getting the
evidence out about ‘Hey, this is obvious fraud’ to the point where, ‘If you
don’t appear, Mr. Rove, we’re going to…the prosecutor’s going to call.’ That’s
the position we’re really in. Mr. Rove is not going to step forward to help us
put him in jail.
So we need
to build the case on witnesses who will come forward to testify. That’s why
need to go after some of the people that are proved [to be] clearly engaged in
fraudulent conduct, which appears to be the Rapp family in
VR: What about, you
mentioned Jack Abramoff, when I interviewed Alabama Governor Don Siegelman last
week, he stated on camera that Abramoff and his henchman Mike Scanlon were the
bagmen for Rove who… Is that why you were thinking or mentioning
VR: No, mentioning
Abramoff. In the press conference, you mentioned Abramoff was behind
Abramoff and Grover Norquist. There are all these characters. You know what’s
interesting about some of these people? Well, first of all, Abramoff by virtue
of the fact that he’s willing to be more cooperative these days.
small merry-go-round same basis, Connell, Abramoff, Bob Ney, Karl Rove keep
coming around the Rapp family over and over again. And every place they go, what
you find is illegal money laundering, the FBI, Justice Department launching
investigations against Democrats. And even more interesting, since the [advent
of the] electronic voting machines, what you find is tracking polls and exit
polls that are predicting victories for Democrats — as in Georgia in 2002,
Ohio in 2004 — that suddenly become unexpectedly flipped at the last second as
if somebody had built a computer network and was essentially hacking the
VR: Now I know you
got into a little bit about Connell in this press conference — and it wasn’t
really clear to me — but it seemed like you were saying Connell had created
the servers that were used to run the Ohio election results through Chattanooga
TN, Smartech, and these are the same servers that house other GOP operations,
including the email systems that Karl Rove and George Bush …
running through the …. ??
You have got to wonder why you get literally
hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of sites, partisan websites, sites like
GW.com — ah, even more important, the voter vault, which is essentially
everyone that’s probably voted in America — that’s in real time, that’s
Republicans updated during the election. And you know sites that go running to
the White House and they’re on the same integrated servers in this secure old
bank building — the old pioneer bank building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You have to ask yourself why would
the state of Ohio, at the last second, right
when the unexpected vote flip comes, be outsourcing that in real time to
And why did
Mr. Connell build such a system?
And I think
the suggestion is that it might have been built in such a way that other people
who have access to central tabulators know the vote count they need to win an
election because the exit polls are coming in all showing Kerry winning at
51:48. And then it’s flipped, but it’s flipped because these unexpected,
unexplained results in these 14 Republican-dominated southwest counties, most of
these that reported in later than in Cleveland and Columbus, both that still had
people in line by court order in Franklin county until midnight.
got, [which] hardly ever do, small rural areas report[ing] after the big cities
where the polls are jammed and the polls are open by court order until midnight
but historically this .. this is done by the wire services and other things. You
need to know the exact vote you need to win. and they [Republicans] had a system
system was built by Mike Connell.
VR: Now, let me ask
this because it was not clear to me in the press conference about the conflicts
— both actual and possible conflict of interest that Michael Connell is
laboring under by handling George W. Bush’s election campaign websites and,
then, also Ken Blackwell’s election websites and on the other side the election
results for the state of Ohio.
the firewall of the U.S. Congress…
VR: …and two of
them being highly-partisan and one of them being supposedly nonpartisan. Now
you’ve also got Connell handling Jeb Bush’s website down in Florida. and then shortly
after the inauguration of George Bush, Connell gets the first private company
awarded contract allowing his company behind the firewall of the U.S. Congress
and then he takes over House Intelligence, House Ways and Means, House
Judiciary, Rules and Ethics — the most important committees in congress.
wondering if you could talk about this conflict?
ARNEBECK: if you
think about it, as a government official, or as an agent of government, one of
your jobs is to protect whatever you’re responsible for from fraudulent
manipulation, and if you — in wearing that hat as the fiduciary of the public
trust — you see, you see indications of possible corruption.
source of the possible corruption is from the partisan side of things where you
have, you wear a partisan hat. The problem is: Are you being scrupulous? Are you
being …taking aggressive countermeasures as you would if you were completely
independent? [But are you] when it’s coming from a partisan, you know, when it’s
coming from your friends?
And that is
the conflict of interest. Even if you have the ethical caliber that you can wear
both hats at the same time, it certainly creates an appearance problem.
you combine that with the fact that 2004 was stolen, it’s clear, it’s crystal
clear and it’s absolutely crystal clear that 2000 was stolen. So here are two
stolen elections, and here’s a guy wearing this government hat, and it sure
looks like he was not protecting the system against data, uh, fraudulent data
manipulation which should be part of his responsibility as the government, the
agent of the government.
FITRAKIS: when you
take the most partisan IT man in the history of the US, every time an
irregularity occurs, Florida 2000, 2004 Ohio, he’s the guy who built the system.
put him in charge of building the security and firewall for the U.S. Congress?
Dealing with the most sensitive matters? All of the emails and communications of
the party that he hates?
Uh, how can
you do that? I mean, it’s an invitation to spy.
invitation to gather information in an information age.
is power. He holds the secrets of the temple.
partisan IT man on earth [who] was at the scene of every crime is the [very] guy
who’s protecting the secrecy and security of the Democrats he despises.
what’s wrong about it.
VR: Thank you very
much, I look forward to seeing how this case proceeds.