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    What the Hell!!!!! you have to read this article. Why would an military aircraft do an military practice in a residential area? and with ammunition as well???
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 4, 2004
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      What the Hell!!!!!



      you have to read this article. Why would an military aircraft do an
      military practice in a residential area? and with ammunition as
      well??? Is this some sick joke right after the Fascist have declared
      a "mandate" of his dictatorship?

      National Guard fighter jet strafes New Jersey school in late-night mistake
      02:03 AM EST Nov 05
      WAYNE PARRY

      LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) - A National Guard F-16 fighter jet on a
      nighttime training mission strafed an elementary school with 25 rounds
      of ammunition, authorities said Thursday. No one was injured.

      The military is investigating the incident that damaged Little Egg
      Harbor Intermediate School in southern New Jersey shortly after 11
      p.m. Wednesday. The school is a few kilometres from a military firing
      range. Police were called when a custodian - the only person in the
      school - heard what sounded like someone running across the roof.

      Police Chief Mark Siino said officers noticed punctures in the roof.
      Ceiling tiles had fallen into classrooms and there were scratch marks
      in the asphalt outside.

      The pilot of the single-seat jet was supposed to fire at a ground
      target on the firing range almost six kilometres from the school, said
      Col. Brian Webster, commander of the 177th Fighter Wing of the New
      Jersey Air National Guard, which is responsible for the range. He did
      not know what led to the school getting strafed.

      The plane was about 2,100 metres in the air when the shots were fired.
      The gun, an M61-A1 Vulcan cannon, is located in the plane's left wing.
      It fires five-centimetre-long bullets that are made of lead and do not
      explode, said Webster.

      "The National Guard takes this situation very seriously," said
      Lt.-Col. Roberta Niedt, a spokeswoman for the state Department of
      Military and Veterans Affairs. "The safety of our people and the
      surrounding communities are our foremost concern."

      The jet that fired the rounds was assigned to the 113th Wing of the
      District of Columbia Air National Guard, based at Andrews Air Force
      Base in Maryland. The plane returned there after firing the shots,
      Webster said.

      He would not identify the pilot or detail possible disciplinary measures.

      Mike Dupuis, president of the township's board of education, said
      school workers are mindful that the firing range is nearby.

      "Being so close to the range, that's always in the back of our minds,"
      Dupuis said. "It is very scary. I have children in that school and
      relatives that work there."

      Schools in New Jersey were closed Thursday because of a teachers
      convention.

      The 970-hectare Warren Grove range, about 50 kilometres north of
      Atlantic City, has been used by the military since the end of the
      Second World War, long before the surrounding area was developed.

      In 2002, an Air National Guard F-16 that had been practising attacks
      at the range crashed along the Garden State Parkway. The plane's pilot
      ejected safely, and no one on the ground was hurt.

      Errant practice bombs were blamed for forest fires that burned about
      4,500 hectares of the Pine Barrens near the range in 1999 and about
      650 hectares in 2002.

      © The Canadian Press, 2004


      http://www.cbc.ca/cp/world/041104/w1104107.html
    • David Redmon
      Published on Saturday, November 6, 2004 by CommonDreams.org Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked by Thom Hartmann When I spoke with Jeff Fisher
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 7, 2004
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        Published on Saturday, November 6, 2004 by
        CommonDreams.org
        Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked
        by Thom Hartmann

        When I spoke with Jeff Fisher this morning (Saturday,
        November 06, 2004), the Democratic candidate for the
        U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 16th
        District said he was waiting for the FBI to show up.
        Fisher has evidence, he says, not only that the
        Florida election was hacked, but of who hacked it and
        how. And not just this year, he said, but that these
        same people had previously hacked the Democratic
        primary race in 2002 so that Jeb Bush would not have
        to run against Janet Reno, who presented a real threat
        to Jeb, but instead against Bill McBride, who Jeb
        beat.
        "It was practice for a national effort," Fisher told
        me.
        And some believe evidence is accumulating that the
        national effort happened on November 2, 2004.
        The State of Florida, for example, publishes a
        county-by-county record of votes cast and people
        registered to vote by party affiliation. Net denizen
        Kathy Dopp compiled the official state information
        into a table, available at
        http://ustogether.org/Florida_Election.htm, and
        noticed something startling.


        While the heavily scrutinized touch-screen voting
        machines seemed to produce results in which the
        registered Democrat/Republican ratios largely matched
        the Kerry/Bush vote, in Florida's counties using
        results from optically scanned paper ballots - fed
        into a central tabulator PC and thus vulnerable to
        hacking � the results seem to contain substantial
        anomalies.
        In Baker County, for example, with 12,887 registered
        voters, 69.3% of them Democrats and 24.3% of them
        Republicans, the vote was only 2,180 for Kerry and
        7,738 for Bush, the opposite of what is seen
        everywhere else in the country where registered
        Democrats largely voted for Kerry.
        In Dixie County, with 4,988 registered voters, 77.5%
        of them Democrats and a mere 15% registered as
        Republicans, only 1,959 people voted for Kerry, but
        4,433 voted for Bush.
        The pattern repeats over and over again - but only in
        the counties where optical scanners were used.
        Franklin County, 77.3% registered Democrats, went
        58.5% for Bush. Holmes County, 72.7% registered
        Democrats, went 77.25% for Bush.
        Yet in the touch-screen counties, where investigators
        may have been more vigorously looking for such
        anomalies, high percentages of registered Democrats
        generally equaled high percentages of votes for Kerry.
        (I had earlier reported that county size was a
        variable � this turns out not to be the case. Just the
        use of touch-screens versus optical scanners.)
        More visual analysis of the results can be seen at
        http://us
        together.org/election04/FloridaDataStats.htm, and
        www.rubberbug.com/temp/Florida2004chart.htm. Note the
        trend line � the only variable that determines a swing
        toward Bush was the use of optical scan machines.
        One possible explanation for this is the "Dixiecrat"
        theory, that in Florida white voters (particularly the
        rural ones) have been registered as Democrats for
        years, but voting Republican since Reagan. Looking at
        the 2000 statistics, also available on Dopp's site,
        there are similar anomalies, although the trends are
        not as strong as in 2004. But some suggest the 2000
        election may have been questionable in Florida, too.
        One of the people involved in Dopp's analysis noted
        that it may be possible to determine the validity of
        the "rural Democrat" theory by comparing Florida's
        white rural counties to those of Pennsylvania, another
        swing state but one that went for Kerry, as the exit
        polls there predicted. Interestingly, the Pennsylvania
        analysis, available at
        http://ustogether.org/election04/PA_vote_patt.htm,
        doesn't show the same kind of swings as does Florida,
        lending credence to the possibility of problems in
        Florida.
        Even more significantly, Dopp had first run the
        analysis while filtering out smaller (rural) counties,
        and still found that the only variable that accounted
        for a swing toward Republican voting was the use of
        optical-scan machines, whereas counties with
        touch-screen machines generally didn't swing -
        regardless of size.
        Others offer similar insights, based on other data. A
        professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
        noted that in Florida the vote to raise the minimum
        wage was approved by 72%, although Kerry got 48%. "The
        correlation between voting for the minimum wage
        increase and voting for Kerry isn't likely to be
        perfect," he noted, "but one would normally expect
        that the gap - of 1.5 million votes - to be far
        smaller than it was."
        While all of this may or may not be evidence of vote
        tampering, it again brings the nation back to the
        question of why several states using electronic voting
        machines or scanners programmed by private, for-profit
        corporations and often connected to modems produced
        votes inconsistent with exit poll numbers.
        Those exit poll results have been a problem for
        reporters ever since Election Day.
        Election night, I'd been doing live election coverage
        for WDEV, one of the radio stations that carries my
        syndicated show, and, just after midnight, during the
        12:20 a.m. Associated Press Radio News feed, I was
        startled to hear the reporter detail how Karen Hughes
        had earlier sat George W. Bush down to inform him that
        he'd lost the election. The exit polls were clear:
        Kerry was winning in a landslide. "Bush took the news
        stoically," noted the AP report.
        But then the computers reported something different.
        In several pivotal states.
        Conservatives see a conspiracy here: They think the
        exit polls were rigged.
        Dick Morris, the infamous political consultant to the
        first Clinton campaign who became a Republican
        consultant and Fox News regular, wrote an article for
        The Hill, the publication read by every political
        junkie in Washington, DC, in which he made a couple of
        brilliant points.
        "Exit Polls are almost never wrong," Morris wrote.
        "They eliminate the two major potential fallacies in
        survey research by correctly separating actual voters
        from those who pretend they will cast ballots but
        never do and by substituting actual observation for
        guesswork in judging the relative turnout of different
        parts of the state."
        He added: "So, according to ABC-TVs exit polls, for
        example, Kerry was slated to carry Florida, Ohio, New
        Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa, all of which Bush
        carried. The only swing state the network had going to
        Bush was West Virginia, which the president won by 10
        points."
        Yet a few hours after the exit polls were showing a
        clear Kerry sweep, as the computerized vote numbers
        began to come in from the various states the election
        was called for Bush.
        How could this happen?
        On the CNBC TV show "Topic A With Tina Brown," several
        months ago, Howard Dean had filled in for Tina Brown
        as guest host. His guest was Bev Harris, the Seattle
        grandmother who started www.blackboxvoting.org from
        her living room. Bev pointed out that regardless of
        how votes were tabulated (other than hand counts, only
        done in odd places like small towns in Vermont), the
        real "counting" is done by computers. Be they Diebold
        Opti-Scan machines, which read paper ballots filled in
        by pencil or ink in the voter's hand, or the scanners
        that read punch cards, or the machines that simply
        record a touch of the screen, in all cases the final
        tally is sent to a "central tabulator" machine.
        That central tabulator computer is a Windows-based PC.

        "In a voting system," Harris explained to Dean on
        national television, "you have all the different
        voting machines at all the different polling places,
        sometimes, as in a county like mine, there's a
        thousand polling places in a single county. All those
        machines feed into the one machine so it can add up
        all the votes. So, of course, if you were going to do
        something you shouldn't to a voting machine, would it
        be more convenient to do it to each of the 4000
        machines, or just come in here and deal with all of
        them at once?"
        Dean nodded in rhetorical agreement, and Harris
        continued. "What surprises people is that the central
        tabulator is just a PC, like what you and I use. It's
        just a regular computer."
        "So," Dean said, "anybody who can hack into a PC can
        hack into a central tabulator?"
        Harris nodded affirmation, and pointed out how Diebold
        uses a program called GEMS, which fills the screen of
        the PC and effectively turns it into the central
        tabulator system. "This is the official program that
        the County Supervisor sees," she said, pointing to a
        PC that was sitting between them loaded with Diebold's
        software.
        Bev then had Dean open the GEMS program to see the
        results of a test election. They went to the screen
        titled "Election Summary Report" and waited a moment
        while the PC "adds up all the votes from all the
        various precincts," and then saw that in this faux
        election Howard Dean had 1000 votes, Lex Luthor had
        500, and Tiger Woods had none. Dean was winning.
        "Of course, you can't tamper with this software,"
        Harris noted. Diebold wrote a pretty good program.
        But, it's running on a Windows PC.
        So Harris had Dean close the Diebold GEMS software, go
        back to the normal Windows PC desktop, click on the
        "My Computer" icon, choose "Local Disk C:," open the
        folder titled GEMS, and open the sub-folder "LocalDB"
        which, Harris noted, "stands for local database,
        that's where they keep the votes." Harris then had
        Dean double-click on a file in that folder titled
        "Central Tabulator Votes," which caused the PC to open
        the vote count in a database program like Excel.
        In the "Sum of the Candidates" row of numbers, she
        found that in one precinct Dean had received 800 votes
        and Lex Luthor had gotten 400.
        "Let's just flip those," Harris said, as Dean cut and
        pasted the numbers from one cell into the other.
        "And," she added magnanimously, "let's give 100 votes
        to Tiger."
        They closed the database, went back into the official
        GEMS software "the legitimate way, you're the county
        supervisor and you're checking on the progress of your
        election."
        As the screen displayed the official voter tabulation,
        Harris said, "And you can see now that Howard Dean has
        only 500 votes, Lex Luthor has 900, and Tiger Woods
        has 100." Dean, the winner, was now the loser.
        Harris sat up a bit straighter, smiled, and said, "We
        just edited an election, and it took us 90 seconds."
        On live national television. (You can see the clip on
        www.votergate.tv.) And they had left no tracks
        whatsoever, Harris said, noting that it would be
        nearly impossible for the election software � or a
        County election official - to know that the vote
        database had been altered.
        Which brings us back to Morris and those pesky exit
        polls that had Karen Hughes telling George W. Bush
        that he'd lost the election in a landslide.
        Morris's conspiracy theory is that the exit polls
        "were sabotage" to cause people in the western states
        to not bother voting for Bush, since the networks
        would call the election based on the exit polls for
        Kerry. But the networks didn't do that, and had never
        intended to.
        According to congressional candidate Fisher, it makes
        far more sense that the exit polls were right - they
        weren't done on Diebold PCs - and that the vote itself
        was hacked.
        And not only for the presidential candidate - Jeff
        Fisher thinks this hit him and pretty much every other
        Democratic candidate for national office in the
        most-hacked swing states.
        So far, the only national "mainstream" media to come
        close to this story was Keith Olbermann on his show
        Friday night, November 5th, when he noted that it was
        curious that all the voting machine irregularities so
        far uncovered seem to favor Bush. In the meantime, the
        Washington Post and other media are now going through
        single-bullet-theory-like contortions to explain how
        the exit polls had failed.
        But I agree with Fox's Dick Morris on this one, at
        least in large part. Wrapping up his story for The
        Hill, Morris wrote in his final paragraph, "This was
        no mere mistake. Exit polls cannot be as wrong across
        the board as they were on election night. I suspect
        foul play."
        Thom Hartmann (thom at thomhartmann.com) is a Project
        Censored Award-winning best-selling author and host of
        a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk show.
        www.thomhartmann .com His most recent books are "The
        Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection:
        The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human
        Rights," "We The People: A Call To Take Back America,"
        and "What Would Jefferson Do?: A Return To Democracy."







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