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George W. Bush the presidency by ordering the vote recount stopped in Florida. Al Gore had won the popular vote nationwide by about a half million votes, but couldn’t get a majority in the Electoral College without Florida. A lot of us also suspect that John Kerry actually won the presidency in 2004, except for Ohio’s Republican secretary of state manipulating the vote totals there in Bush’s favor. Would it surprise you to learn that massive conspiracies were involved in both those elections—and that the Republicans were on the verge of trying to steal it again in 2008? The main reason they didn’t was because their key vote-stealer got forced into a court deposition the day before the election—only to die in the crash of his private plane a little more than a month later. His name was Michael Connell. He was Karl Rove’s IT (Information Technology) guy, whose computer handiwork helped swing Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 for Bush. We’ll get to Connell’s story later in the chapter, including some new information that’s never been published before. But let’s start with a look back at what happened in 2000. It was around 2:15 AM Eastern time when Fox News led the networks’ charge in projecting Bush the winner. The fellow who started this was John Ellis. He headed up Fox’s decision team and just happened to be the cousin of W and Jeb, who just happened to be the governor of Florida. “Jebbie says we got it! Jebbie says we got it!” Ellis was heard shouting as he got off the phone with his Florida cousin, and it didn’t take more than a couple of minutes before Fox called it that way.1 And within the four minutes after that, like bleating sheep, NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN followed suit. That was when Gore made his phone call to Bush conceding the election, although he reconsidered as the Florida results suddenly tightened up. Obviously there was nepotism involved in Fox News’s decision. CBS later said that a “critical” factor in its own call for Bush was the vote count in Florida’s Volusia County, where it turned out that more than 16,000 votes had been subtracted from Gore’s total by the electronic voting machines. One of Gore’s campaign staff got suspicious and found out he was actually ahead in Volusia by 13,000 votes. That’s when Gore took back his concession. Later on, the “mistake” was tracked to a company called Global Election Systems. Two months after the election, an internal memo from their master programmer, Talbot Iredale, blamed the problem on a memory card that had been uploaded improperly—and unnecessarily. Iredale said: “There is always the possibility that the ‘second memory card’ or ‘second upload’ came from an unauthorized source.”2

Profile for HAROLD ARROYO, JR.

AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

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