in part from Pelast's book by workingforchange.com.
this is a very long article from a whole chapter
in Pelast's book, we are putting each section
on its own separate page.
series is part of the WorkingForChange campaign,
in cooperation with Martin Luther King III of
the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,
to prevent the theft of the presidential election
of 2004. There is a link included to sign onto
the WorkingForChange/King petition.
CROW IN CYBERSPACE
the days following the presidential election,
there were so many stories of African Americans
erased from voter rolls you might think they were
targeted by some kind of racial computer program.
have a copy of it: two silvery CD-ROM disks right
out of the office computers of Florida Secretary
of State Katherine Harris. Once decoded and fed
into a database, they make for interesting, if
chilling, reading. They tell us how our president
was electedóand it wasn't by the voters.
how it worked: Mostly, the disks contain data
on Florida citizens 57,700 of them. In the months
leading up to the November 2000 balloting, Florida
Secretary of State Harris, in coordination with
Governor Jeb Bush, ordered local elections supervisors
to purge these 57,700 from voter registries. In
Harris's computers, they are named as felons who
have no right to vote in Florida.
Cooper is on the list: criminal scum, bad guy,
felon, attempted voter. The Harris hit list says
Cooper was convicted of a felony on January 30,
may suspect something's wrong with the list. You'd
be right. At least 90.2 percent of those on this
"scrub" list, targeted to lose their
civil rights, are innocent. Notably, over half
"about 54 percent" are Black and Hispanic
voters. Overwhelmingly, it is a list of Democrats.
Secretary of State Harris declared George W. Bush
winner of Florida, and thereby president, by a
plurality of 537 votes over Al Gore. Now do the
arithmetic. Over 50,000 voters wrongly targeted
by the purge, mostly Blacks. My BBC researchers
reported that Gore lost at least 22,000 votes
as a result of this smart little blackbox operation.
first reports of this extraordinary discovery
ran, as you'd expect, on page one of the country's
leading paper. Unfortunately, it was in the wrong
country: Britain. In the USA, it ran on page zero,
the story was simply not covered in American newspapers.
The theft of the presidential race in Florida
also grabbed big television coverage. But again,
it was the wrong continent: on BBC Television,
broadcasting from London worldwideóeverywhere,
that is, but the USA.
this some off-the-wall story that the British
press misreported? Hardly. The chief lawyer for
the U.S. Civil Rights Commission called it the
first hard evidence of a systematic attempt to
disenfranchise Florida's Black voters. So why
was this story investigated, reported and broadcast
only in Europe, for God's sake? I'd like to know
the answer. That way I could understand why a
Southern California ho'daddy like me has to commute
to England with his wife and kiddies to tell this
and other stories about my country.
this chapter, I take you along the path of the
investigation, step by step, report by report,
from false starts to unpretty conclusions. When
I first broke the story, I had it wrong. Within
weeks of the election, I said the Harris crew
had tried to purge 8,000 voters. While that was
enough to change the outcome of the election (and
change history), I was way off. Now, after two
years of peeling the Florida elections onion,
we put the number of voters wrongly barred from
voting at over 90,000, mostly Blacks and Hispanics,
and by a wide majority, Democrats.
will take us to the Big Question: Was it deliberate,
this purge so fortunate for the Republicans? Or
just an honest clerical error? Go back to the
case of Thomas Cooper, Criminal of the Future.
I counted 325 of these time-traveling bandits
on one of Harris's scrub lists. Clerical error?
I dug back into the computers, the e-mail traffic
in the Florida Department of Elections, part of
the secretary of state's office. And sure enough,
the office clerks were screaming: They'd found
a boatload like Mr. Cooper on the purge list,
convicted in the future, in the next century,
in the next millennium.
jittery clerks wanted to know what to do. I thought
I knew the answer. As a product of the Los Angeles
school system, where I Pledged my Allegiance to
the Flag every morning, I assumed that if someone
was wrongly accused, the state would give them
back their right to vote. But the Republican operatives
had a better idea. They told the clerks to blank
out the wacky conviction dates. That way, the
county elections supervisors, already wary of
the list, would be none the wiser. The Florida
purge lists have over 4,000 blank conviction dates.
seen barely a hair of any of this in the U.S.
media. Why? How did 100,000 U.S. journalists sent
to cover the election fail to get the vote theft
story (and preferably before the election)?
Use Notice: This site contains copyrighted material
the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright
owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding
of environmental, political, economic, democratic, domestic and international
issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted
material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance
with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without
profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included
information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to:
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own
that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.