white house election-rigger was planning to tell all - then died in plane crash

From a PRNewswire-USNewswire release run on the New York Times website, December 20, 2008.
Bush Insider Who Planned To Tell All Killed In Plane Crash: Non-Profit Demands Full 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 he can tell all about his work for George Bush. Mr. Connell told a close associate that he was afraid that 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 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.

The world is full of coincidences. But is everything coincidence?


allan said...

Brad Blog, July 24, 2008:
Karl Rove has threatened a GOP high-tech guru and his wife, if he does not "'take the fall' for election fraud in Ohio," according to a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, by Ohio election attorney Cliff Arnebeck.
The email, posted in full below, details threats against Mike Connell of the Republican firm New Media Communications, which describes itself on its website as "a powerhouse in the field of Republican website development and Internet services" and having "played a strategic role in helping the GOP expand its technological supremacy."
Connell was described in a recent interview with the plaintiff's attorneys in Ohio as a "high IQ Forrest Gump" for his appearance "at the scene of every [GOP] crime" from Florida 2000 to Ohio 2004 to the RNC email system to the installation of the currently-used Congressional computer network firewall.


See also here.


Here is something odd: Although witnesses saw huge flames following the crash and "the wreckage burned following the crash, Connell's body wasn't burned", according to a NTSB spokeswoman.

The NTSB will investigate. The head of the NTSB is Mark Rosenker. He most recently served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Military Office (2001-2005). He also served in the George H.W. Bush Administration and (back in 1972) was a member of Nixon's Campaign to Reelect the President (as was Rove). Dick Cheney speaks well of him.

I'm sure this guy will sort all this nonsense out.

laura k said...

Ah, nothing like an impartial investigation to clear the air.

Jere said...

I don't believe in god, but OH MY GOD! Considering that first article came out on December 20th, and it's now the 27th, I take it we're all "ignoring" this? What the proverbial fuck?

laura k said...

Yes. OMG and WTF.

I guess it's up to us bloggers to spread the word.

allan said...

Lotsa links and history/background here. Go!

Larry Gambone said...

I am not surprised. If you saw "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" you will see they have been using the "plane crash" routine for years to bump off foreign leaders who won't pony up. Makes sense they would bring their gangster tactics home to use on local recalcitrants.

laura k said...

Some people call it being "Wellstoned".

I haven't seen "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" but now I will. Thanks.

JakeNCC said...

The first thing that stood out to me was the NY Times actually talking about the elections as being rigged as fact rather than an allegation. Was this an op-ed piece or a news story by a Times writer?

laura k said...

Jake, I thought the same thing. It's a NYT article (not op-ed), but it wasn't written by a NYT writer - it was taken from a wire service story.

And the wire service story, in turn, must have been taken from Velvet Revolution's news release. Anyone with a knowledge of PR and journalism can see that.

The New York Times would never write "the rigging of George Bush's 2000 and 2004 elections".

First of all, they would not call him "George Bush". They would say President George W. Bush.

And they would not use the word "rigging", and certainly not without the word alleged! (Even though they have run stories about studies that prove both elections were stolen, they would still not put that in a news story.) It would be "alleged election fraud" or "improprieties", etc.

"A tipster close to John McCain" - also not NYT language. The whole thing is clearly a news release.

In this case, they got a wire service story and just ran it - and that works to VR's (and our) advantage.