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12/04/2005

The illegitimate election of 2004

I have no idea whether John Kerry 'really' won the election last year - but I also don't know whether George W. Bush did, and therein lies the problem. A lot of people assume that in order for an election to be considered illegitimate, there must be evidence that any fraud or irregularities that may have occurred actually affected the outcome. But this is wrong: the mere fact that we don't know what would have happened given a fair election is reason enough to invalidate the results of the election we did have. An election where the votes are counted secretly is an illegitimate election, even if it is possible that the winning candidate received the most votes.

So was the election legitimate? Those tinfoil-hat wearers at the GAO indicate that it was. From Supreme Irony of Life:
Powerful Government Accountability Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman October 26, 2005

As a legal noose appears to be tightening around the Bush/Cheney/Rove inner circle, a shocking government report shows the floor under the legitimacy of their alleged election to the White House is crumbling.

The latest critical confirmation of key indicators that the election of 2004 was stolen comes in an extremely powerful, penetrating report from the Government Accountability Office that has gotten virtually no mainstream media coverage.

The government's lead investigative agency is known for its general incorruptibility and its thorough, in-depth analyses. Its concurrence with assertions widely dismissed as "conspiracy theories" adds crucial new weight to the case that Team Bush has no legitimate business being in the White House.

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The non-partisan GAO report has now found that, "some of [the] concerns about electronic voting machines have been realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes."

The United States is the only major democracy that allows private partisan corporations to secretly count and tabulate the votes with proprietary non-transparent software. Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others, has asserted that "public elections must not be conducted on privately-owned machines." The CEO of one of the most crucial suppliers of electronic voting machines, Warren O'Dell of Diebold, pledged before the 2004 campaign to deliver Ohio and thus the presidency to George W. Bush.

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