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Actually, old news, with breaking confirmation.

The Brad Blog previews an exclusive story in Rolling Stone magazine, in which Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. confirms everything we've known and believed about the 2004 US presidential election. The story can be read here..

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Tells BRAD BLOG: 'Evidence Shows High-Level Republicans Succeeded in Scheme to Steal Election in Ohio'! Mag to Hit Stands Friday, Internet on Thursday, Publicity Push to Accompany

A damning and detailed feature article, written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., for Rolling Stone and documenting evidence of the theft of the 2004 Presidential Election is set to hit...

A damning and detailed feature article, written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., for Rolling Stone and documenting evidence of the theft of the 2004 Presidential Election is set to hit newstands this Friday, The BRAD BLOG can now confirm. The online version of the article will be posted tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

The article -- headlined on the cover as "Did Bush Steal the 2004 Election?: How 350,000 Votes Disappeared in Ohio" -- has been several months in development and will contend that a concerted effort was undertaken by high-level Republican officials to steal the Election in Ohio -- and thus the country -- in 2004!

Kennedy told The BRAD BLOG this morning that "the best evidence says the Republicans succeeded" in their plan.

He writes in the 10-page long article, and confirmed to us today, that evidence shows Ohio Sec. of State J. Kenneth Blackwell was "certainly in on" the scheme, and there are indications that the effort went all the way up to the White House.

Kennedy, who is co-host of Ring of Fire, a weekend show on Air America Radio, is an environmental attorney and the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy. This is his first public foray into the realm of Election Fraud, Election Integrity, Electronic Voting and, in particular, the questionable results of Election 2004.

A major publicity push is currently in the works to accompany the feature story which is sure to get the attention of more than a few D.C. and Buckeye State pols in addition to the mainstream media who have, of late, begun reporting more frequently on the litany of concerns and now-documented evidence that new electronic voting machines are hackable through a number of means.

Several public appearances are currently being scheduled for Kennedy in the coming weeks, including an appearance on The Colbert Report currently scheduled for Monday, June 12.

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Sources have told The BRAD BLOG that Kennedy "does not hold back in this article."

One of the election integrity advocates involved in research and development with Kennedy on the story told us a number of weeks ago that "[Kennedy] essentially says everything that those of us who have been contending there was massive chicanery in the '04 election were right, and the media and politicians who ignored it at the time were wrong."

We'll have more details and information shortly from the story which includes quotes from Democrats such as Howard Dean and John Kerry, as well as pollster Lou Harris who also questions the validity of the 2004 Presidential Election in Ohio according to the article...

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A sidebar included with the article calls for an investigation into Electronic Voting machines prior to upcoming elections...More soon...

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Keeping in mind that a mere 6 votes registered for Kerry instead of Bush at each precint in Ohio in 2004 would have given the state, and the Presidency, to Kerry, here's a few quotes from the article...

Howard Dean: "I'm not confident that the election in Ohio was fairly decided."

U.S. Congressman from Ohio, Rep. Dennis Kucinich: "The secretary of state is supposed to administer elections – not throw them."

Pollster Lou Harris of the Harris Poll -- described in the piece as "the father of modern day political polling" -- says: "Ohio was as dirty an election as America has ever seen."

Despite Harris' comments, which may be amongst the most explosive in the article, Kerry himself brings up the rear...

John Kerry: "Can I draw a conclusion that they played tough games and clearly had intent to reduce the level of our vote? Yes, absolutely. Can I tell you to a certainty that it made the difference in the election? I can't. There's no way for me to do that. If I could have done that, then obviously I would have found some legal recourse."


Ed note: Glad to have so many of you folks stopping by to check out this story. While RFK Jr.'s story focuses largely on what happened in 2004, please check out BRAD BLOG's front page for a list of just a few of our "Hot Stories" (links at top of page) covering our crumbling electoral system in 2006! Including more scandalously under-reported stories than you can shake a stick at! From Diebold's now-proven hackable election systems to Ann Coulter's own felonious voting fraud to ES&S's complete electoral meltdown so far this year to Bob Ney and Jack Abramoff's dirty hands in the creation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) which has brought about the rise of these god-forsaken machines to the tune of 4 billion tax-payer dollars. Also, more more to come from Kennedy as well on the mess we face in 2006 as well, by the way, in the not too distant future. Stay tuned.
Once again, read the story here.


barefoot hiker said...

Banana Republics: They're Not Just for Latin America Anymore!

orc said...

And this is the sort of enlightened government Stephen Harper wants Canada to emulate.

M@ said...

I'm glad RFK Jr is saying this, and I hope it gets some attention. Reading the independent audit of the voting machines last year made me feel physically sick, and I hope some Americans will read this and feel the same, and then take action.

However, I have to admit that if I was not already convinced that Ohio had been stolen, I would have a hard time believing the source after his ridiculous babblings about thimoseral not long ago. I hope he's more reliable on political subjects than on scientific ones.

allan said...

Start reading the RS story here.

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

laura k said...

Thanks for the link, A. I'll update the post.

James Redekop said...

However, I have to admit that if I was not already convinced that Ohio had been stolen, I would have a hard time believing the source after his ridiculous babblings about thimoseral not long ago.

Yeah, that's a problem. Kennedy's credibility is a little weak at the moment. He's got a proven track record of citing very dubious sources.

Which is not to say the election was or wasn't stolen -- only that Kennedy's not the best source of objective data.

Then again US election returns also have a proven track record of dubious results... I was pleased to hear that several states are refusing to use Diebold machines.

laura k said...

A high-profile name getting behind a cause can never hurt. I also wonder how well-known these track-record problems are. I'm not aware of them at all, for example. Whatever it is completely passed me by.

M@ said...

Yeah, maybe it's not such a big thing. I am personally interested in the whole thimoseral-in-vaccines argument, as it's a great example of pseudoscience dictating public policy; but maybe it never got enough widespread media exposure to make much difference.

RFKJr was on the Daily Show talking about the issue, though.

laura k said...

Hey, it also may have been very big and I still could have missed it. I fall out of news contact sometimes.

allan said...

You MUST read this story. I'm about half way through it and it is absolutely shocking.

(This may also give some people an idea of what is going on in the US that never gets reported in the mainstream media, meaning you have to live through it to know anything concrete about it).

The openness and audacity and sheer volume of the Republicans' crimes -- Kennedy stacks them up one after the next after the next after the next like cord wood -- in defiance of often days-old court orders -- is as brazen as anything you would find in a dictatorship.

As much as I follow what the regime has done, I still found myself shaking my head at these reports, wondering how is this possible???

If nothing comes from this story's publication, I almost feel like nothing will come from anything.

P.S.: The website has footnotes and links not in the print version.