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Votescam Book Proves Elections Are Smoke And Mirrors Dog And Pony Shows

Written by Devtome wiki contributor: Bomac

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WARNING

No doubt, you've seen movie previews that ended up hurting your enjoyment of the movie. As you watched, you found yourself knowing too much, wishing you could go back in time and avoid seeing the preview, so you would be able to experience the movie in a more pristine way.

It is in that spirit, that you are herewith advised to get the Votescam book, right now, without reading this Devtome wiki entry. Continuing reading this will not totally ruin the book, but it will detract from the full enjoyment you would otherwise receive. If you are not sure you are ready to commit to the $14 plus shipping, let alone the time element of devouring 351 pages, you can read the first several chapters online.

Nobody, to my knowledge, has yet to provide solid proof that Stalin said those words, but as vote fraud researcher and friend of authors of Votescam, James & Kenneth Collier, Jim Condit Jr. 1) says, if Stalin didn't say it, he should have. 2)

Prologue

This story is being published just after the USA midterm election of 2014 that showed a Republican trouncing of the Democrats. It was reminiscent of the 2010 midterm shellacking of the Democrats. Yet Obama had been re elected in 2012, fairly handily, and the democrats picked up seats in both houses of Congress (8 representatives and 2 senators.)

The narrative after the 2012 election was that Republicans were becoming irrelevant. Pundits were wondering how many years or decades it would take for them to regain strength. What is going here?

What we see, even going much further back, is a pattern where the people are not satisfied with the ruling party, so they favor the other party in a later election. Voters will alternate back and forth, giving the other guys a chance, even though they weren't happy with them the last time they voted for them.

The problem with what you just read, though, (what I just wrote), is it deals with the results as if the vote count can be trusted. If you read the book or this article about the book, or any number of other resources on the vote fraud problem, you will know that the vote can't be trusted.

It is part of the game plan of the controllers to have us (the public) go back and forth from one party to the other. After two terms of Bush who could want more of the same? After two terms of Obama, who could want more of that? It's a systemic game of divide and conquer. Have two groups and everyone picks a side. Some will switch sides, but everyone picks a side at any given time.

The twist is that the evidence indicates that the vote counters actually pad the results. In other words, they don't just turn the loser into the winner. A lot of times they will make the winner, a much bigger winner.

For instance, Brad Friedman has an excellent article on his blog,3) that deals with the fact that many different polls predicted the Republicans would win, but not by as much as they did. The assumption is always to believe the vote count and question how dozens of diverse polls that were all in agreement were wrong, but from what we know about the vote count, that is a false assumption.

Until we have paper ballots, hand counted at every precinct, in public with representatives of all parties, preferably recorded on video, we can and should always assume the vote count is not reliable. While I don't know enough about the polling data to assume they are reliable, Friedman's point is there are so many diverse polls using different methodologies, that when they all agree and then the election results come out different, it's not logical – based on what we know about the utter and criminal lack of integrity with the vote count – to presume that the vote count is right and all the polls were wrong.

The thing to keep in mind is that both parties and beholden to the elite, global, criminal cartel that is largely running the entire world, and is closing in on their goal of a nightmarish global dictatorship. So this time they padded the Republican success. In a couple elections down the road, they are likely to be generous to the Democrats.

Don't you ever wonder why the problems stay the same, and, in fact, get worse no matter which party is in control? The government and deficit spending continually gets bigger, even when Republican politicians who claim to eschew big government and deficit spending are in power.

The citizens lose more and more of their rights that the Constitution is supposed to protect, as the nation continually becomes more of a police state. Government corruption grows. More of the population is put into the government sponsored, for profit prison system, needlessly. The sovereignty of the country continues to get usurped by more and more, global trade agreements as well as United Nations treaties – again regardless of which party is in control.

The surveillance state, which makes every US citizen a suspect and illegally spies and each and every one of us, grows larger and larger every year. It matters not if a Democrat or a Republican is in the White House. They all support it and consider anybody who blows the whistle on this unconstitutional monster as public enemy number one.

The report you are reading covers a lot of details in the Votescam book which proves that elections are rigged and the vote count is tampered with systemically. Unfortunately, that's not the only problem with the election process. Even if the vote count were completely honest and entirely accurate, what good would that do if all the candidates are beholden to an organized global criminal cabal that it closing in on its plan to completely take over the world and reduce the population, upwards of 90 percent?4)

The initial reaction, of course, is denial; both that the vote count is a giant dupe, as well as that every candidate is compromised. The facts in Votescam will convince anyone with a modicum of open mindedness of the former. The latter, should already be largely self apparent.

No, not every candidate in every race has had a meeting with a representative of the elite cabal that controls the power centers of the world, and sworn allegiance to them, but the system itself requires big money to get elected. When you accept big money, you owe favors.

Beyond that, many people with good intentions have changed their ways once they got to Washington. Bribes, in never ending forms and variations are the way of life there. As soon as they get themselves dirty, they are then controllable through blackmail and extortion.

The truth, though, is that most of the genuinely altruistic candidates aren't allowed to even get to the point where their integrity would be tested. The vote counting fraud, assures them of failure. The candidates who are identified as mavericks and troublemakers, rarely get elected.

The book Votescam, is a very important read. This writer highly recommends everyone to get a copy and study it from cover to cover. Free and fair elections are crucial, but that would only be the very first step needed to make the election process something that actually brings about change for the betterment of the people. As long as we are forced to try to figure out who the lesser of two evils are, it hardly matters if the one who actually got the most votes, gets into office or not.

One thing you can do is to run for office on the local level. Then, at least, there will be someone who isn't evil on the ticket. Another thing you can do is to get involved in the movement for paper ballots counted at each precinct in full view of the public.5)

The Premise

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Votescam: The Stealing Of America, written by a fascinating brother team, Kenneth and James Collier, tells how they found out, quite by accident that the election process throughout the United States is rigged from start to finish including the actual vote tally. It reads like an incredible mystery novel – the kind where you can't help but have awe for the imagination of the author for creating such great characters to go along with so much suspense and timely plot turns. The only thing is; this is a work of non fiction. It's all true.

When it was published in the mid 1990s, the culmination of 25 years of mind boggling research, most Americans did not want to consider the possibility of the facts the Colliers presented. Now, almost 20 years later, a lot more people have become aware of the problem, but the subject is still something that perhaps half the population just is not willing to consider or even have an open minded conversation about – not unlike the possibility that 911 was an inside job.

The Genesis

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The Colliers trek began in 1970, when they decided to show their 1960s counter-culture friends like Tom Hayden,6) that the political system could work if good-hearted people simply got involved. They believed the problem was mainly that the type of people who are drawn to political power have the opposite traits that are needed to make the region, nation or world a better place.

That idea was certainly not original to them. It was fairly common knowledge that the world of politics is fraught with people who are driven by greed and desire for power, for the purpose of personal gain Furthermore, it was also understood by many people that individuals who are altruistically motivated are generally not inspired to enter the all too often, all too shady, political realm.

That certainly was the case for the Colliers. While they were interested in politics from a journalistic, fourth estate standpoint, they had no desire to actually hold political office. They were publishers of an underground weekly newspaper in Miami, called the Daily Planet.

They were also rock and roll promoters and owners of a local night club. They worked with rock and roll icons in the 60s. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix played at their club. They also happened to be the promoters who put together the Door's show at Dinner Key Auditorium when Jim Morrison was arrested for indecent exposure. So, no, running for office was never something either of the Collier brothers had placed on their bucket list.7)

However, that is exactly what they did. Of course, only one person can hold a single public office, so they had to choose who would play the role of candidate, and who would play the role of campaign manager. Although Jim (James) would have gladly volunteered, collectively they felt that Ken (Kenneth) Collier would be better as the actual candidate, but it would have been interesting if they had gotten the most votes and had them counted correctly – in other words, if they had actually gotten into office. 8) You get the feeling that they would have privately, kind of accepted the notion that they both were holders of the office, and would tend to work together to come to decisions on legislation Ken would support and introduce.

For Me, The Votescam Is Personal

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Perhaps you are like me, and you take the stealing of your vote on a personal level. I've been interested in politics ever since I was in elementary school. When I was in sixth grade in 1968, Mr. Peterseil gave the class a pop quiz of sorts. We were told to write down every politician we knew of in the state of Florida. He wanted their names, as well as the offices they held, (or the office they were running for.)

The next day he announced that with one exception, the entire class was completely and shockingly clueless in regards to state politics. I figured the exception was Nestor Milian, the genius Cuban and star athlete, but lo and behold, it turned out that Nestor was clueless on this matter, and I was the exception.

I remember being flabbergasted that I was king of the hill regarding Florida political awareness, because when I wrote out the list, I was distinctly disappointed in myself for not knowing more than I did. I knew I could come up with much more if the scope of the quiz was national politics, though.

Mr. Peterseil didn't share my feelings. He really praised me for being so politically aware for my age. Shortly thereafter, in junior high school, I would start my first official campaign volunteering, at the behest of Reimar, my next-to-next-door neighbor, Boy Scouts eagle scout/senior patrol leader, the local high school debate champion and star of the local young Republicans.

Reimar inspired me to work for Representative Bill Cramer, who was trying to change US legislative houses, and become Senator Cramer. Reimar and I experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat with Cramer, as he handily defeated the retired federal judge Harrold Carswell 9) in the primary (62 to 34 percent), but lost to Lawton Chiles, who vowed and purported to walk the length of Florida during the general election campaign (46 to 54 percent.) 10) That bit of election gimmickry, helped “Walkin' Lawton” to define and shape the media coverage of the election.

It truly was a stroke of genius, that worked like a charm. Or did it? Keep in mind, this was 1970, the same year as the Collier's campaign for US Congress. The Votescam system had been fully entrenched in this region of the country for quite some time. The whole point of this story is we don't know which election results are ever real. For all we know, Cramer beat Chiles, even though the walking gimmick may have made it a close election. There are behind the scenes dealings between the two parties at the national level. One party routinely gives up a win to the other. It's not entirely unlike professional wrestling. If that seems crazy to you, it's only because you have yet to grok the fact that the two parties are like different cheeks of the same buttocks, working together to hide and cover the putridness of their shared body politic.

A bit later in that decade, I would go on to identify with the Democrats. In fact, I would do so for a couple decades thereafter, with the exception of voting for Ross Perot in the general election of 92, after campaigning for Jerry Brown, when he was still a liberal, in the primaries against slick Willie Clinton. 11) I have to credit Slick Willie for helping me to understand the folly of partisan politics.

The point of all this is to say that politics and voting was huge for me. I totally bought into it, hook, line and sinker. If you would have told me that the election process was phony, and the votes were never really counted, I would have looked at you like you needed to be Baker acted. As a typical, rather naive citizen of the USA, that kind of information would have been equally laughable and disgusting to me. (Now, it's only disgusting. I sure the hell ain't laughing about it.)

The Underlying Presumption Upon Which The Foundation Of The USA Is Supposed To Be Built

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Belief in the integrity of elections is perhaps the most fundamental tenet that citizens of the United States share. When it comes to the running of our country, the idea that the people vote the politicians into power, and subsequently, we can and do vote them out of power when we are unhappy with their performance, is something that is just accepted unconditionally.12)

One of the most cliched statements that gets bandied about, especially around election time, is that it is every single person's responsibility to vote. It's their duty as a citizen. If they choose to shirk that duty, then they need to shut the heck up about how things are run. Another popular sentiment is that even though things may not always be run the way we would prefer, we have to take responsibility, because these are the people we have voted into office.

Yet, what if it turned out that elections are rigged? What if the votes don't get counted, but instead, the powers that be assign votes to the candidates that they want to have in office? Or at the very least, what if there is so much vote rigging/vote stealing, that in order for someone to win, that those powers that (shouldn't) be are against, they would have to win by an incredible margin of victory, to make up for the chicanery?

It's a disturbing prospect, to be sure, but it's one that anyone who reads the book, Votescam: The Stealing Of America, will come away with – as long as they allow their minds to be open to the overwhelming evidence presented between the front and back covers. If, like me, you've cared about elections and campaigning since you were knee high to a grasshopper, I can safely predict that Votescam will be one of the most amazing reads you will ever experience.

Set In South Florida

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For me, the Votescam book was especially poignant because it takes place in the region I grew up in, south Florida. Moreover, the authors, James and Kenneth Collier, unbeknownst to me, worked at the same small newspaper I worked at, a few years after I had left for California, to go after my dream of writing for my favorite TV show. In fact, I also discovered that the newspaper had covered some of the Collier's vote rigging research, that they had written about in their own underground Miami newspaper, The Daily Planet.

Little did I know that the small, weekly paper published in my own hometown, a suburb of Miami, Hialeah, known for its thoroughbred racing, had been one of the few publications in the nation willing to publish the Collier's research, even before I worked there, and then hired them as staff writers a few years after I left.

The Collier brothers uncovered a system that they went on to learn was a pilot program, that was subsequently used across the nation, at the very least in metropolitan areas. They first got wind of it in that 1970 campaign, but it had been up and running there for quite some time, probably at least a couple decades. Today, with the advance of computers, the vote rigging has become even more complete and entrenched.

Unfortunately, both of the Collier brothers died in the 1990s, of cancer. If they were alive today, they, no doubt, would be very active and extremely well known in the alternative online media. In this video of Ken Collier's 1996 appearance as a guest on a Connecticut public access show, he spoke not only about his experience with the vote scamming research, but also showed he was already keenly aware of the network of conspiracies that run so much of the world. He talked about global government encroaching through international trade agreements that take policy and decision making away from sovereign nations, giving an elite group of monied interests the power, while sabotaging the sovereignty of individuals and countries alike.

Watching that video in the fall of 2014, during the worst Ebola outbreak in history, came with a rather surreal moment. He said, “There's the germ warfare that you're about to hear about… That IS coming… They're going to tell you that people are flying in from Africa that are bringing you diseases…” Then, looking into the camera, he said, “You heard it here first. They're not. The things [are] getting out of the laboratory.”

A Very Different Book Was Planned

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They had originally planned to write a book about their adventure in politics, but the content was supposed to be extremely different. Indeed, their intent was to demonstrate that anyone can and should get involved with politics. Instead of merely protesting from the outside, they believed that it would be quite do-able to help change things from the inside.

Before they filed for candidacy, they got into their car and drove to New York in hopes of getting a book deal. Ken had written a single page prospectus for their book idea. They just walked into Dell Publishing without an appointment and managed to get a meeting with some Dell Publishing product buyers.

The Meeting Went Well

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To say the meeting went well is quite the understatement. Without an agent, appointment or sample chapters, but only a single page of notes and the gift of gab, the Colliers got a contract and a very decent advance on the book that was supposed to share how virtually anybody in the United States could easily run for political office and be given a fair shake. The title was going to be, Running Through The System: Ballots Not Bullets.

That's quite a different slant than the one they ended up writing after 25 years of research, Votescam: The Stealing Of America. In case you're wondering if Dell waited a quarter century for their contracted content to be delivered, the answer is no. In fact, the sole owner of Dell, at the time, canceled the deal, (while allowing them to keep the advance) as soon as they informed Dell of the change in direction.

Moreover, no publisher wanted to touch a book about the fact that the election system is a complete dupe of the voting public. In fact, after they self published the book, and initially got it in book stores, after a few months the big book stores quit selling it, and started telling people looking to buy it, that it was out of print.

More Than One Way To Skin An Election Cat

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Although much of the book deals with actual vote counting fraud, there are numerous ways to effect the outcome of elections, and the Colliers experienced a number of them. So, before we delve into any of the vote rigging evidence they uncovered, we'll look at the political machine they faced before the election, that was so imposing, illegal and smothering, one wonders why there is a need to also control the vote counting. The vote fraud conspirators believe in having all their bases covered, no doubt.

The Colliers Vs Goliath, The Godfather Of Social Security

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The brother's plan was not to worry about actually being elected this first time out. They figured their first race would be their proverbial foot in the door, that might lead to actually holding office in the future, if they were so inclined to keep running. You have heard of shoe string budgets, but that would have been an improvement over the Collier campaign budget. They earmarked a tiny amount of money for low budget leaflets they would leave as they spoke with people.

It was all part of the plan. They wanted to see what they could do without having to pump money into their effort, and heaven forbid, take contributions from monied interests who would then expect favors from them should they ever hold office. Since they didn't expect to win in the first place, they saw no reason not to take on a south Florida political behemoth named Claude Pepper. Pepper had been around forever and was quite popular, including with the media and obviously had all the connections of someone who had been in the game for the majority of 35 years at that time.

From 1936 through 1950, he was one of Florida's US Senators. He retired in 1951 when he left office after losing a particularly dirty campaign from his opponent, George Smathers. 13) After working his law trade for several years, he decided to come back in 1958, trying, unsuccessfully, to unseat his former colleague, Spressard Holland, who retired in 1970 and campaigned for Lawton Chiles. In 1963, Pepper attempted another come back, but this time for the other House of Congress, as a Representative. He was successful, and then never lost another election – or so the official storyline goes. Let's put it this way; he stayed in the House of Representatives until his death in 1989. 14)

The Plan

The plan was to pound the pavement, doing personal, door to door canvassing. That would comprise the largest extent of their strategy. They also were planning on making the most of the free media coverage that would automatically come to the sole candidate opposing Claude Pepper. If they could muster a decent minority percentage of the vote, they would consider that a moral victory and it would certainly be one.

If they could get that kind of voter support against the institution that was Claude Pepper, with no money and no staff and no volunteers, simply ringing doorbells and pressing the flesh, 15) that really would be something exciting for their book. It would also give them name recognition and experience that could help get grassroots volunteers and put them over the top in a potential future race, whether it be against Pepper again or against a strategically more winnable candidate.

Besides knocking on doors, they spoke at as many local churches and community clubs that they could book appointments with. They two of them worked several weeks, 18 hour days, seven days per week.

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Like Rocky Balboa, who only needed to be standing at the end of the first fight against Apollo Creed in order to attain a major victory, the Colliers knew they didn't have to actually get the most votes in order to achieve something truly special.

Where's The Media?

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The Colliers immediately got started with their plan. They made themselves available to the local media, especially the ABC, NBC and CBS television affiliates, and the two daily newspapers, the powerful Miami Herald and the smaller Miami News. They couldn't get anyone to return a phone call to set up an in person or over the phone interview.

This seemed incredibly perplexing to the brothers. After all, Ken was running for the United States House of Representatives. That's obviously a big-time position. Moreover, he was running against a local stalwart, which lent itself to a David Vs Goliath kind of story. There had to be a natural audience for the campaign, but one would think they were lepers by the manner in which the entire media distanced themselves from the Colliers. 16)

Overtown, Teen Clean, The Dump Truck And The Bank

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After a good deal of time, experiencing the cold shoulder treatment from the media, they realized they had to change their game plan and their attitude. You have probably heard the term, “Couldn't even get arrested.” That was something the Collier's were suddenly feeling. They figured that if they got arrested, the media might cover them, but they wondered if they could get arrested in the first place. After all, how can people who don't seem to exist on the face of the earth, get arrested?

Something had been bothering them at the time. It had to do with part of the district they were running to represent, Overtown, a neighborhood near downtown Miami that was virtually entirely African American. Miami (Metro) Dade county had agreed to participate in a project that local Overtown activists called, Teen Clean.

The idea was for the teens of Overtown to collect all the trash in the area that was helping to make it a slum. The county's Metro trash department had agreed to pick up the piles the teens would put out on the streets.

Over the course of a few days, the teens of Overtown had put out a lot more trash than the county ever expected. The county simply went back on their word, saying they simply didn't have it in the budget. They were literally just going to let the stacked up furniture, mattresses and everything else you could imagine, just stay there on the streets of that part of Miami. With government leaders like that, it was a small wonder they continued with the normal garbage bins collection.

The residents were understandably upset. Not only were the streets unsightly, the trash piles were conducive to the congregation of rats and other pests. It was also just another sign of government screwing the lower income people, and, in all probability, an overtly racist indicator.

The Colliers wanted to address this in the media to shine the light on the outrage and get something done about it. This was happening in part of Claude Pepper's district, He was oblivious to it, and not interceding with the city to get the trash picked up for his own constituents. Ken and Jim decided that it was time for them to take drastic action.

They knew that Pepper was on the board of directors of a bank in Miami Beach.17) They rented a dump truck and drove it into Overtown. Together, the two of them filled up the truck with as much Overtown Teen Clean trash they could possibly squeeze into the truck. From there, in broad daylight, they drove it over the causeway to Miami Beach and back it up to the (closed on Saturday) bank the Pepper was associated with.

They released the entire load and dropped the contents at the bank's front doors. Since no police witnessed the event, they drove the truck home, parked it in their driveway, and prepared dinner. A little later they got a knock at the door. There were a couple detectives from the Miami Beach police department.

The detectives asked if they might know anything about the dump truck in their driveway and a half a ton of trash that was deposited at a certain bank in Miami Beach.

We Can Not Tell A Lie - We Done It And Will Do It Again

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Although the book doesn't go into minute detail about the entire conversation the Colliers had with the detectives, the reader can readily imagine they told the detectives about their campaign and the lack of (and need for) media coverage, as well as how the city of Miami went back on their word to the residents of Overtown, and how Claude Pepper was supposed to be representing them but had done nothing to help his constituents – as well as his relationship with the bank in question.

What the book does say is that they informed the detectives that, as they surmised, the dump truck sitting in their driveway, was, indeed, used in the massive littering crime. Moreover, they said they were going to continue cleaning the Teen Clean trash the very next day.

The detectives thanked the brothers and got back in their car and drove away. The next day, for the first and, to date, last time, in Miami-Dade County history, the trash collection trucks ran on a Sunday. They picked up every last piece of trash that the Overtown teens had placed on the street corners a number of weeks before then.

No media coverage was ever given to the Teen Clean fiasco, the historical Sunday trash collection 18) or the role of the Colliers in getting the city of Miami to finally make good on their word to the residents of Overtown. And no, they literally couldn't get arrested. No other officers came to deal with the Collier brothers for dumping two tons of trash on the steps of the bank in Miami Beach.

Bodily Kicked Out Of The Candidate's Breakfast

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They seemed to be making headway with their bare bones, grassroots campaign. They felt they had made inroads with civic activists in the black community in various parts of Miami, as well as with Jewish senior citizens in Miami Beach. They were feeling pretty good regarding the execution of their plan at the time of a breakfast where various candidates from multiple races would be allotted five minutes speeches.

The fact that Claude Pepper would be there would actually bode well for them since opposing him in a race, and speaking before or after him, automatically gives them a certain amount of credibility. After Pepper stood and gave his speech in his familiar southern drawl, 19) Ken got up to give his little speech.

They were quite surprised when the moderator completely ignore him. Ken interrupted, “Does anyone wish to hear me speak?,” he asked. That was when they saw Pepper nod at two men the Colliers described as, “very serious guy,” but that most of us would probably refer to as goons. They quickly approached Ken, each grabbing an arm and bodily carried him outside.

They were outside at a pay phone, calling the cops when Alcee Hastings came outside to warn them about going back in. Hastings, who would later become the first black federal judge in the area, who was running for Senate, in what would be a failed bid against Lawton Chiles, in the primary, hoping to take the place of the retired Spessard Holland.

Hastings let them know that those guys meant business. They would receive great bodily harm if they tried to go back in there. The reporter interviewed them and took pictures of the bruises on Ken's arm, but when the reporter approached the news director at the station, the man refused to even look at the video, let alone, air the story the reporter filed.

The next step for the Colliers was they swore out a warrant for the arrest of Claude Pepper for ordering the assault on Kenneth Collier. They called all the TV stations, thinking this had to be newsworthy, a political candidate for the United States Congress filing charges to have to have their opponent arrested and brought up on charges, but again, it was like they were invisible, non existent. Nobody would cover that story either.

Pepper was one to moan and groan about the dirty tricks he suffered from George Mathers, in his 1950 Senate election defeat, but he evidently had no problem using dirty tactics on his own opponents. He decided to get out of town when he heard there was a warrant for his arrest. He went to Texas, and had one of his attorneys go to a judge and have the warrant taken out of play, (quashed.) That was not surprising, of course, but the Colliers were surprised at their continuing leper treatment from the media.

When none of the stations would air the explosive story of getting thrown out of the candidate's breakfast and the warrant for Pepper's arrest, they filed a complaint with the FCC citing the complete lack of any coverage of Ken's candidacy. The FCC sent a memo to the TV stations telling them to give them air time. That resulted in one station giving them 18 seconds of coverage.

Working Within The System

The Colliers were trying to stay true to the idea of their planned book. They were working within the system, even as they were recognizing their naivete when they assumed the system would work with them. You may quip that dumping a half ton of trash onto the steps of a bank isn't staying within the system, but on the other hand, they didn't even go about that on the down low. They were basically trying to get arrested in the system, in hopes that would create some media coverage.

When the called the media to report getting man-handled out of the candidate's breakfast; when they filed charges against Claude Pepper; when they alerted the media of the arrest warrant for Pepper, etc., they were working within the system.

The same could not be said of Pepper or the media. Pepper had henchmen ready to severely beat up the Colliers simply for trying to get their five minutes of equal time. The entire establishment media were conspiring to give zero coverage to their campaign.

The Night Of The Poster Pulling

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Another illegal and unethical move by Pepper occurred two weeks before the election. County workers plastered Pepper posters all over the African American neighborhoods in his district. The Colliers witnessed the county workers putting them up as they were doing their relentless canvassing.

There were at least two crimes that were committed. The major one was the use of government employees to put up campaign props. The other was using government property, telephone poles, on which to place the posters.

The Colliers handed out their flyers personally, or left them on the doors of people who weren't home. They didn't put them on government property, and they obviously didn't have government employees campaign for them.

They decided that Pepper should not get the benefit of those crimes, so Ken drove his convertible up to every pole in every neighborhood that had a Pepper poster, and Jim, standing on the trunk, yanked each every one of them down. It took them four hours, but it was well worth it,as it brought them tremendous personal satisfaction.

Election Night

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The Colliers watched the election returns on TV. The NBC and CBS affiliates covered it, but the ABC affiliate, owned by the owner of the Washington Post, Katharine Graham, weirdly, opted to show a movie. Both stations had updates every 20 minutes, while filling the time in between, with what is known in the broadcast journalism business as, yada yada yada.

The Colliers were showing at 16% for the few couple hours, which was not as much as they had hoped for. Then at one point, they suddenly they had 31%. Now that was more like it. That was enough to give them hope for a run in 1972. Remember, this was for the House, where every member must face election every other year.

At the time of the next update, there was an announcement that the computer at the courthouse was down. Therefore, they would be using projections by election analysts in the interim. The Colliers were not suspicious at that point.

Even though the system was stacked against them during the campaign, they still have faith in the actually counting of the votes. A computer going down seemed realistic, and election analysts must have all kinds of data and systems to help them give such accurate projections year after year. Right?

Actually, when you stop to think about it, that kind of thinking that we all have taken part in is incredibly, embarrassingly naive. If the official vote tabulating system is broken down, why would we accept numbers coming after that based on projections some expert is making?

Sure, if it's late in the game, and 95% of the votes are tallied and there aren't enough potential votes left, even if the all went to one candidate to overcome the lead of another, then sure, the project winner makes sense. But, less than half way into the night, with numbers often fluctuating to some degree with each update, how is some analyst going to continue to give accurate projections every 20 minutes?

The stock answer is, exit polling, but the truth is, exit pollsters are almost non existent. How many times have you seen then? Ask anyone else. Ask everybody you know. You may not be able to find anyone who has ever seen an exit pollster, let alone participated in an exit poll. The few who report exit poll sightings are almost exclusively for presidential elections, to boot.

The next update came, based on the expert's projection, and everything was the same as it had been before the courthouse computer broke down, with on exception. The Collier's 31%, went back down to 16%.

In their subsequent research, they discovered that was a recurring theme all over the country. In a race where an maverick outsider was really looking to change things, or calling for a government audit, or speaking in any way that made insiders think of them of trouble makers, you should not be surprised to get the announcement about the computer going down, and then later, when it comes back online, the maverick's fortune has suddenly plummeted.

At this point, the first red flags were going off in Ken and Jim's minds. It just seemed to convenient that they had 31% before the computer going down, and then the expert projects them at 16%, where they, indeed, ended at. Combined with everything else they had experienced, you can't blame the brothers for getting suspicious.

Election Supervisor Martin Braterman

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They went to bed scratching their heads, thinking they would sleep on it and regroup in the morning. They woke up, both still sharing the feeling that something hinkey had gone down. They decided to go to the Board of Elections and see what if they could find anything out, not really knowing what they were looking for.

They introduced themselves to the election supervisor, Martin Braterman, explaining they were trying to better understand the process by which the votes were counted. They saw an open vault with some large sheets of paper which they were told were canvass sheet from each voting precinct. They were allowed to examine them.

Jim was looking through them, not exactly sure what they were, let alone what kind of irregularities to look for, but intuitively, something didn't seem right. He mentioned that to Ken, who went in the vault to see what Jim was talking about. Braterman became uncomfortable and demanded that they get out. He told them they were a nuisance.

Our Right To Know

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The attitude and premise they took from that first day of their decades long research was that the process by which the votes are counted is the right of every American citizen to know. Moreover, it's a responsibility. They were never timid about asking questions and expecting answers and they urged everyone who cared about the vote count to follow their lead.

Ken said they had the right to examine public information. He challenged Braterman, “Are you telling us that we are not entitled to examine public information about the electoral process?” Braterman replied that the time wasn't right, as they were certifying the election.

Ken said that their concern is that if something is irregular, if they have to come back later, changes could be made to help cover it up. Braterman insisted that they leave and Ken insisted to stay and keep researching. For emphasis, he hopped up and sat on the counter, at which point Braterman told an employee to call the police, which led to the arrest of Ken Collier on a misdemeanor charge.

Canvass Sheets Explained

That put an end to their first day's research, as the rest of the time was spent on waiting for Ken to be processed and on Jim bailing him out. They were back on the case the next morning, starting with a call to the election division, from whom they received an explanation of what the canvass sheets are.

The voting machines at that time were large, stand-up models where you step in and close a curtain behind you. In front of you would be a wall of levers with candidates names. When you would click the lever down, it would move a disk in the machine that had numbers on it and keep the tally for the candidate. Each candidate had a separate disk (or wheel).

The canvass sheets were basically signed affidavits from the poll workers, affirming that they had opened up the back of the machine at 7 AM to confirm that each candidate's tally was at 0, and then at 7, that they had reopened the machine and recorded the exact tally for the candidates on each machine.

There was one sheet for each machine with numbers for every candidate listed on it. One to be posted on the precinct wall;20) there was one set for the election department; and the last set was for the county judge's office.21)

With a better understanding of what the canvass sheets were about, they went back to Braterman to try to look at the sheets again, but he wasn't having it. Not wanting another arrest, and knowing there was another option, they left without incident and made their way to the judge's office where the clerk was quite amenable to letting them examine the sheets, close up and personal.

The sheets were large, about two feet by three feet, with rows of blocks that had numbers written in them on the front. On the back were the signatures of 10 to 12 poll workers, all testifying to agreeing to having witnessed the numbers on 0 in the morning, and on whatever final numbers were written on the front of the sheet in the evening, for each candidate.

The thing that stood out for them was the uniformity of the numbers. They further illustrated it by flipping through the entire stack, like one of the animated books that show a person or animal moving as the pages are quickly passing. With the exception of about a half dozen pages, there was just too much neatness and uniformity to believe that a different poll worker in different precincts had filled out each one of the hundreds of sheets.

The signatures on the back were different and did not share that quality. The several sheets that were the exception, definitely looked like the work of different people, but the vast majority of the canvass sheets appeared to be too neat to be authentic, and they even seem to look like they were done by the same hand.

Where Do You Find A Handwriting Expert In Miami In 1970?

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Of course, they were not handwriting experts, so they couldn't definitely say if their suspicions had merit or not. They needed to find an expert. So where would they look for one? They figured the Yellow Pages was as good a resource as anything, so they let their fingers do the walking to the listing for Robert Lynch, the only handwriting expert in the publication.

Calling him on the phone, he agreed to meet them at the courthouse the next morning. They went to the where the canvass sheets were stored. He flipped through once and immediately told them there was not a chance that they were looking at forgeries. Since he was the expert, they deferred to his judgement and figured that was the end of their investigation.

They went on with life and doing the things they loved to do, but they couldn't let go of the nagging feeling that things were not right. The main issue that kept bugging them was the 31% figure that showed up during the TV election results update. They wondered if the 16% was the rigged count, and if the real count was 31% and somehow it got shown, and they immediately caught it, going back to the rigged result.

After the general election when Pepper was reelected once again, they decided to get back into vote fraud research mode. They went to two TV stations that had covered the elections to ask for copies of the actual computer readouts they had used for their updates. Both stations said they no longer had them, but that they could be found in the office of professor Ross Beiler of the political science department at the University of Miami.

They immediately went to the UM campus in Coral Gables and found his little cubby hole of an office. The readouts were actually on his desk, all spread out. Perhaps going by the adage that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than to get permission, they decided that it was in the public interest that they get some of them to take and study, rather than wait around and ask for copies, in all likelihood, only to be turned down.

Jim picked up several of the large sheets, about the same size of the canvass sheets, are started to walk out, only to be met by Beiler who grabbed Jim by the back of his neck, ordering him to put them back. Jim, not an imposing man, was a black belt in karate, but he didn't see the need to get physical, so he complied.

Ken asked the professor what he intended to do with the computer readout. Beiler said he was going to destroy them and then leave for a sabbatical in Washington D.C.

Ken argued that he can't destroy them. The professor begged to differ, as they say, since he claimed ownership. Ken said he needed them for an investigation they were doing, so they needed to be maintained, not destroyed. Ken picked up the stack Jim had laid back down. Beiler order him to put them down.

Ken suggested having them locked up in the safe at the office of the dean of students. He said it would be, legally, the best thing to do for all concerned. The professor thought about it and said that he could do that for six months, but that they were not allowed to look at them during that time.

Now, if you're like me and you're hearing this, you must be wondering what kind of deal is that. Surely the Colliers wouldn't agree to that, but those two cats for mentally fleet of foot. They were buying time for their next move, whatever and whenever that might be. Ken agreed, but asked for a typed up agreement they all could sign.

As the professor turned his back to type it up, the next move presented itself. Jim took about 10 of the pages, stuffed them under his shirt and sidled out of the office. He hurried to the car and hid them in the trunk.

They drove home like two kids who had broken into a candy store, bringing back their cache of goodies. They spread out the sheets on the Jim's pool table.

The Tale Of The Computer Readout Sheets

The sheets had the votes tallies and the times at which they were reported. However, it differentiated between actual votes and projected votes. The first entry for their race was as 7:24, just 24 minutes after the polls had closed. It showed the project winner at the point.

The vote totals were 46,000 for Pepper, and 7,100 for Collier. Under actual votes, was the figure, 0. Those were the projected numbers. Things began to get confusing. 24 minutes after the polls closed, with no actual votes reported, they TV stations came up with the actual percentage of votes that would be certified in the final tally.

Another sheet indicated that there was only one machine reporting numbers. They found it hard to believe that a single machine could give the alleged experts enough data to project winners and uncannily accurate percentages, to boot.

If that wasn't hard enough to believe, other sheets showed that no votes had come in, even from that one machine during the entire time the TV stations were covering the elections from 7 to 11. They had wrapped up their coverage, correctly reporting the outcome of each and every election, from a field of 250 candidates, all without the benefit of having a single precinct's actually results.

What about the courthouse computer going down at 9:30? The public had been led to believe they were getting actual vote totals up until that time, and then projected tallies after that, but the readout sheets said they never got the actual vote totals during the entire four hours of election coverage.

They did find the 31% figure for them, at 9:21. That was reassuring, at least to confirm they hadn't hallucinated it.

They marveled how 99% of the votes were said by the TV stations to have been counted by the time they had ended their coverage, at 11:15. How convenient to have it all but wrapped up right when people go to bed, they said.

The Search For The Magic Voting Machine

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From this point, there next step was to look for what they called, the magic voting machine, from which all the projections were accurately made within 24 minutes. [I have to admit confusion here, because while one of the sheets indicated there was one machine reporting, the book also says that other sheets indicated the TV stations had no actual vote count throughout their entire night's coverage. I guess the vote scammers own records had conflicting data, and either way, no machines or one machine, would have required magic to call every election correctly. At this point in Collier's narrative, they deal with the data that said, one machine reporting, and they ignore the conflicting data of no actual votes tallied during the television coverage.]

They tried to imagine a scenario where one machine, with the help of brilliant experts and a great computer program, could actually provide the raw data to account for the accuracy of the expert analysis and projections. Which precinct would have a representation of the various demographics of people voting in the election?

Neighborhoods were quite segregated. For instance, their were primarily African American areas, primarily Jewish areas and primarily Caucasian areas.22) So it continued to make no sense that one voting machine could help the experts call every election, even if they had some mind boggling computer program set up to interpret that machine's results, no matter what the time factor was, and especially in lieu of the fact that the computer read out sheets showed the data was gathered in 24 minutes.

Upon further scrutiny of the computer readouts, they saw that while the one station took 24 minutes to get the accurate projections announced, the other station actually had the correct winner/loser data, and also the actual percentages, although they didn't have the total number of voters, by 7:04 pm. That was four minutes after the polls closed.

They couldn't imagine that poll workers could have possibly opened the back of the magic machine, read off the totals over the phone to the political computer expert who would then run the numbers through the computer with his magic program within four minutes. The more they looked at the information, the more ridiculous it was becoming.

Road Trip To The State Capital

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Their next move was to hop in one of their cars with 427 horsepower and take the 400 mile cruise upstate to Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. From the Secretary of State's office they got copies of the certified final vote tallies. They waited until they got back that night to compare them to other sheets they had.

They spread both sources of papers out on the pool table to see what was what. What they found was more evidence of the complete disdain the vote scammers had for the people they were duping. It was more blatant impossibilities, almost as if they were thumbing their noses of the public, hiding their treasonous deceit in plain sight for anyone with the gumption to look for it.

The number of Floridians that voted for governor for the September primary election was exactly 141,000. Being such a neat, even number like that, it's incredibly unlikely, in and of itself; but as the Petite Flower23) would say, It could happen.24) The number of voters for the gubernatorial October run off election was also 141,000. OK, let's think about this: Everybody knows that amazing coincidences happen, but you have to admit, it's beyond extremely unlikely the exact same number of people would turn out for any two elections.

Ken Collier told his brother that it's not even likely that the same general amount of people would turn out for run off elections. It's always a lot less than the first one, because run offs happen when there are several candidates and nobody gets more than 50%. Only the top two candidates face off against one another, and they never garner as much attention and as many supporters in aggregate as the full slate of candidates who were competing the month before.

Then they checked the total voters in the general election for governor the next month, November. Can you guess what it was? 173,482. Just kidding. You were right; 141,000. Come on now! Who's zoomin' who, here?

Next they checked the Secretary of State data for the three Senatorial elections, (September's primary, October's run off and November's general election. 122,000 was the number of people who voted in all three events. Are you beginning to understand why I say it's a sign of the disdain the vote riggers have for the public?25)

Next, the conversation turned to just how deep this rabbit hole they discovered, goes. It seemed to be beyond south Florida, and entail the entire state. They pondered if the Secretary of State was in on it, and how much the media knew.

They had seen first hand how far the media would go to ignore newcomers, but they mused over the possibility of the media outright hiding evidence of vote fraud, this pervasive. Looking at those numbers even now, there could only be two options. Either the media was in on it, or they were negligent beyond belief.

The Colliers were just two guys who hadn't even put that many man hours into their research (yet), and the evidence they already collected, overwhelmingly proved that the system was shockingly crooked. To think that no one in Florida media had ever caught wind of the stench to, so much as file a single report, reflected horribly upon them. The entire press (including the electronic press) was either embarrassingly useless, or extremely useful in playing their part in the massive crime. The Colliers ultimately decided that the latter must be true.

Mix And Match Comparison

Those bombshell revelations came simply from reading the numbers the Secretary of State brazenly made public and freely gave them. They hadn't even started looking to compare the computer readouts from the University of Miami professor, with the data they got from the Secretary of State. As soon as they did, it was more bombshells.

Channel 7's readout (the NBC affiliate), at 9:31 had a projection of how many voters they expected (evidently for Dade county). The number, almost surprisingly did not end exactly in three zeros, for once. It was 96,499. So then they crossed checked it with what the Secretary of State put out as certified, as the actual number of total voters in the area and it was the exact same number.

The expert at channel 7 was able to predict the exact number of voters. Of course, when you stop to think about the fact that both channel 4 and 7 had predicted all of the winners and losers as well as the percentages of 250 candidates, based on a maximum of a single machine, I guess it's only par for the course that one of the stations would come up with the exact number of voters that turned out that night.

Who The Hell Do You Tell?

Now that Jim and Ken were processing the shock wave of the data they had uncovered, a quandary hit them. The state of Florida election process has been taken over by bad guys. You can complain to the election supervisors in the counties, or even the Secretary of State because they are all in on it.

The TV stations and major newspapers are also part of the vast spiderweb of a conspiracy. That means going to the press is out, as well. Since they couldn't figure out who to report their findings to, they decided to keep researching for more data.

They want to find out who was supposed to have written the magic computer program that worked hand in glove with the magic voting machine. They went back to the University of Miami to get a hold of Professor Beiler, from whom they had made off with the very revealing computer readouts. He was in Washington, but they were able to get his phone number.

They taped the conversation for good measure. Beiler said he was just the on air analyst. He didn't know Jack Squat about programming, but when asked about the possibility of a program being devised to work with a single voting machine from which it could accurately predict the outcome of 250 candidates, he placed the odds of such a thing happening at a million to one.

The Magic Computer Programmer

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He also gave them the name of the man who did the programming for channel 7. It was Elton Davis, who was also the computer programmer for Cavanaugh Land Sales. Their office was across the street from channel 7. They called Davis up and made an appointment for the next day.

The meeting with Davis was a short one, to say the least. They let them know they had the computer readout indicating the data was provided by one machine. They also informed him that Professor Beiler fingered him26) as the computer programmer for the elections for channel 7.

The question they asked him was if he could explain how the program worked that allowed him to give results to call the entire election based on that single machine in a single precinct. There was a blackboard in his office. Davis walk to it, picked up a piece of chalk and put his hand to the board, as if he was going to give a lecture, complete with algebraic equations.

Then, slowly, he brought his hand down, put the chalk back, turned around and told them, “You'll never prove it. Now get out.” He pointed at the doorway for emphasis and literally would not say another word.

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Talk about your smoking guns. Eh? At some point after taking all this in, they figured out their next move and who they should tell.

The FBI

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They walked into the Miami division of the FBI in the downtown area, on Biscayne Boulevard, a road that Sonny Crocket and his partner, Tubbs would be seen cruising a lot, later in the next decade. They announced that they wanted to make a statement, (presumably they mentioned the nature of the statement would be about election fraud.) The Colliers were asked by the FBI if they were willing to have their pictures taken. They agreed because they didn't want the FBI to have a bad attitude about about them, thereby not taking the information as seriously as they should. (One can imagine they also knew that the FBI could easily have their pictures taken without their knowledge.)

Jim started off calling for a stenographer to take down their statement, and for them to have a copy right there, so they could take it with them when they leave. The FBI agreed to the terms. They ended up with a 12 page document.

When they left, they went back to their effort to track down the magic voting machine – or to, at least, quiz officials about the story of the magic voting machine, and document their answers. They called Channel 7 and asked the news director who called in the data from the precincts, the night of the election, to help them make their projections.

They were told it was the League of Women Voters. Ken asked if the stations had any reporters at any of the precincts. The reply was that it was all done by the LWV. They asked if the League had members at every precinct. The news director said they were just at sample precincts.

Then they laid the big one on the director: How were they able to surmise that 99% of the vote had been counted when they didn't have people at the vast majority of the precincts and they had already admitted they were not getting live results from the courthouse.

This is when there was a pregnant pause in the conversation. Finally, the news director said they could get their answers from the president of the League.

Joyce Dieffenderfer - The League Of Women Voters

Joyce Dieffenderfer was the president of Dade County's League of Women Voters (LWV). They got her phone number and made an appointment to meet with her at her Coral Gables home. They cut to the quick with her.

They told of their investigation, including the computer readout that suggested that there was a single voting machine that gave the election experts at the TV stations the ability to create jaw-droppingly accurate projections, just minutes after the close of the polls had closed.

Ms. Dieffenderfer told them that nobody had ever mentioned anything about such a voting machine. So they asked her if she would be willing to provide them with a list of LWV members who were working the polls that night.

She said she could not provide such a list, because such a list did not exist. The Colliers responded to this information by saying it is confusing them because Channel 7 had told them that there were League members at a small number of precincts. She reiterated that it simply didn't happen.

What this news meant is that by everyone's own admissions, there was no information coming from precincts from which the TV stations could have come up with their projections. After all, they announced that the courthouse computer, that was said to have the actual tallies, had gone down. Then the TV stations said they had no reporters at the precincts, but relied on the LWV at sample precincts. Now the president of the LWV said that they were zero League women at the precincts.

The rabbit hole just kept getting deeper and deeper. The evidence kept getting stronger. But there was something even more dramatic that happened in their visit with Dieffenderfer. She started stumbling and fumbling for words and then she paused and just blurted out, “I don't want to get caught up in this thing.”

That statement let the Colliers know they she had been aware that things were off. They appealed to her sense of right and wrong. Or perhaps it was her sense of not getting implicated as one of the bad guys that caused her to say yes, when the Collier brothers asked if she would be willing to appear before the press and tell them what she told Ken and Jim.

They were publishing their underground newspaper, the Daily Planet, still, at the time. So they wrote the lead story about the Votescam with the headline, “I DON'T WANT TO GET CAUGHT IN THIS THING.”

They went back to the FBI to be sure they knew about the Dieffenderfer lead. They urged the FBI to interview her. The book doesn't explicitly say the she never went to the press and spill her guts, but it's understood, because within 2 years of her conversation with the Collier brothers, two Supervisor of Elections (Braterman in late 1970 and his replacement in 1972) had resigned – no doubt due to fear of the Collier's work gaining traction and becoming implicated in the treasonous, criminal conspiracy – and Dieffenderfer was then appointed to the post.

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She held it until she died, several years later (1980) at the age of 55. Her obituary contained the obligatory quotes of her great leadership in the election field throughout the nation.27) Dieffenderfer was duly rewarded for keeping what she initially told the Colliers, on the QT.28)

The Collier's went ahead and got the information out, concerning what they had learned so far, to all three TV stations and both daily newspapers. They found it galling that no one would touch it. Frankly, I'm a bit surprised that, after all they had seen regarding the complicity of the media, they had not given up hope of mainstream media coverage altogether.

They went through the Christmas/New Year's 1970/1971 holidays and then checked back with the FBI to see if they were investigating and what all was happening. They got the answer that they discovered would be the only one they would ever get from them. It came from different lips, but the words were always, more or less the same. It's not the duty of the FBI to keep them apprised.

It was around this time when Dell canceled their contract for the Collier's book. Surprisingly (to me, at least), Dell had no problem waiting a year to hear back from them after giving them the advance. The only problem was, when the Collier's excitedly told the editor at Dell the direction the book had taken, he placed them on hold.

Then next voice they heard, that of a strong, authoritative sounding woman, was that of Helen Meyer, who are that time, was the sole owner of Dell publishing. They thought that she must have been almost as excited as they were. Why else would she personally be choosing to speak with them?

That's when she curtly informed them she wasn't interested in the current project. She said that as of that day, the contract was canceled and the book would not be printed. They felt sucker punched. They weren't even sure if they were going to continue with their investigation.

In the ensuring days or weeks, they tried getting in touch with the people at Dell, but suddenly, every time they called, everyone was out of the office. The Colliers found out, at a later date, that Helen Meyer was good friends with Katherine Graham, the owner of Miami's ABC TV affiliate station, (as well as the Washington Post.) If you recall, that was the station that, uncharacteristically, acted as if the elections weren't happening and showed a movie, instead. Meyer might have gotten a warning about the Collier's from Graham.

Why Not Send A Telegram To President Nixon?

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Sometime after Helen Meyer canceled the book, Ken got a wild hair up his ass to send a telegram to the president, Richard Nixon. They didn't know what, if anything, would come of it, but since the media wasn't interested and the FBI was a mystery, and the book was canceled, it seemed like it was worth trying.

It was a two paragraph telegram that briefly outline the fact that they had uncovered vote fraud in a federal election with the aid of the media. They told how they provided documentation to the FBI's Miami field office, and they urged the President to have the Attorney General get involved.

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A Bit Of Local Traction

The next year, and beyond, saw some traction on the vote rigging story, among a number of local weekly papers. Besides the Collier's own Daily Planet, the Miami Beach Reporter, the University of Miami's student newspaper, and the Hialeah Home News ran multiple stories covering the controversy.

Of those, the Reporter was the most formidable. It was owned and run by a wealthy man with a rock solid reputation, Paul Bruun. He published a story, with his byline, that was primarily ghost written by the Colliers, headlined, “The Great Dade Election Rig Continues.”

Bruun was only willing to put his byline on the story after vetting all the information it contained. He also sent copies to the various parties and companies that may be implicated, and said he would not publish it if they could provide him with evidence of its inaccuracy.

They sent letters refuting the information, but they did not indicate specific points they considered libelous. Most of the refutals were rather general, and all were rather polite (probably due to an understanding that making Bruun get mad at them would not be a good thing.) None of the letters hinted at a lawsuit.

It was published at the end of August, 1971. It concentrated largely on the uncanny projections of the TV stations, with no viable explanation of how it was even possible. It dealt with the complete silence of the local mainstream media on the topic, and questioned the inexplicability of Channel 10 television not covering the election.

It also brought up how, when Bruun separately questioned the two parties responsible for the computer based projections (Professor Beiler and Mr. Davis), they each pointed the finger at the other for providing the data that made it work.29)

Perhaps the single most powerful part of the story was the side by side comparison of the projected vote count, provided by Channel 7 at 7:24, when no actual information had come in from a single precinct, and the actual vote count, when all was said and done. Not surprisingly, this was also something the implicated parties tended to brush aside and change the subject in their letters of reply.

The executive in charge of the CBS affiliate station, mentioned in his letter that they had a number of races that they found too close to call. It's a fair point, but that in no way mitigates the astounding level of success they had overall. And, if the Collier's were right and the process was indeed rigged, it could mere be a strategy of having some races too close to call, to create the appearance of authenticity.30)

TOTAL VOTES CAST Projection / Official Totals

Governor - 141,387 / 141,866

Sen. #43 - 45,696 / 45,881

House #98 - 97,031 / 96,499

House #104 - 67,940 / 68,491

House #107 - 81,802 / 81,539

That kind of accuracy, in and of itself, is newsworthy. If it's legitimate, why wouldn't the people and institutions involved that made it happen and that broadcast it, own it, and brag about it until the cows come home? Why would every single larger media outlet totally ignore it, when it was a topic that was creating a buzz in the second echelon media outlets? The public would gobble up stories about this new-fangled 1970 computer technology that was seemingly downright psychic. Everyone would love to learn about it.

The story in the Reporter was limited in scope, so it didn't address the other, even more stunning, impossibilities with the numbers that the Collier's had discovered. In the first several years of the Collier's research, which would expand to a nationwide scope, they continued to marvel at the ability of both local stations, for local and regional races, and networks, for national elections, to provide, virtually the exact percentages that all the candidates would win and lose by, extremely early in the voting tally. In fact, due to the Collier's pointing this out, both the local stations and the national networks, in tandem, suddenly stopped providing both projected percentages and vote counts, all without saying a word. Wow; what a coincidence! *Smirk*

Professor Beiler Spanks Student Editor

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Professor Beiler wrote a letter to the editor of the student newspaper of the University of Miami that wouldn't have dared to write to Paul Bruun of the Miami Beach Reporter, even though both publications were saying the same things. It was reminiscent of the kind of flaming that is so pervasive in comment sections on websites and Internet forums these days.

However, besides being rather obnoxious, it was the best of all the rebuttal letters that were published in Votescam. Editing most of the attitude out, I'll just say that Beiler's letter brought up the weak spot in the Collier's investigation.

What About The Canvass Sheets?

Beiler postulated that an inspection of the precinct canvass sheets, and the physical counting wheels in the back of the voting machines, would prove that the election could not possibly be rigged.31) There were 1,648 machines in 340 precincts. Each machine had its own canvass sheet. Each canvass sheet had signatures from at least 10 witnesses verifying that they agree that the numbers written on the canvass sheet, match the numbers shown on the counting wheels.

Beiler said it would mean that between three and four thousand poll workers were all in on the conspiracy. Now, if you recall, the Colliers had plenty of time to look over the canvass sheets in the judge's office and they could tell (to their non professional eyes, at least, the signatures on the backs were written by different hands. They had suspicions about the uniformity of the numbers on the front of the sheets, but the handwriting expert from the phone book confirmed there was nothing irregular about that either.

Three to four thousand signatures from people testifying to be eyewitnesses all agreeing to the same things, is a formidable roadblock, to be sure. Of course, the existence of the signatures, does not prove there were no irregularities, as Beiler would have everyone believe.

The Colliers had discovered so much evidence, it was obvious that the fix was in. Just because they didn't have all the answers, it didn't mean it hadn't happened.32) Still, they needed answers to how thousands of authentic appearing, corroborating signatures were on the canvass sheets.

Dade County History Lesson

Jim and Ken wondered how long the elections had been rigged in this manner, at least in the Miami area. They weren't originally from Miami so they relied on stories from some old timers who never could figure out the election results of 1959.

That was the year of a country wide referendum that would largely usurp the power from individual municipalities and transfer it to what would be known as, Metro Dade County. It was not a matter of total consolidation, in terms of doing away with individual city councils, but nonetheless, a lot of the decisions and power would wrest with the county, if the proposition was voted in by the public.

There were two factions in this election. One was elite, big business interests who knew they stood to gain a lot of money in county contracts. The opposing faction was basically, anybody and everybody else. In other words, consolidation didn't stand a snowball's chance in Haiti.33)

Local media were doing polls and in every one of them, the no vote won, hands down. Yet when the election came, the yes votes won out and Metro government became a reality.

There were a lot of surprised people and a lot of conversation about the surprise, but, hey, the vote count is right. Those machines don't make mistakes, so the polls must have been wrong, or for some inexplicable reason, a lot of people all changed their minds once that stood in the voting space and pulled the lever that shut the curtain behind them.

However not everyone believed in the integrity of the election process in the county. The Colliers heard the story being discussed on talk radio in 1971, in the midst of their own research.

Some of the callers said they believe there was reason to been suspicious about what is done to the voting machines, behind the scenes, between elections. Ken and Jim discovered that the machines were stored at the commuter and private airport in Opa Locka. They came across rumors that a criminal enterprise had cropped up around the maintaining of those machines, as a group of people discovered ways to manipulate them, so they could pass multi-million dollar bond propositions and get the people elected that they controlled.

The Colliers decided to investigate those rumors. They had confirmed that the machines and election documents were indeed stored in a huge hangar at Opa Locka airport, so they got in the car and headed over there. They approached a man named Frank Vickery, who was in charge of the hangar warehouse.

In my opinion, they dropped a bombshell on the readers when they mention, in passing, that Vickery was happy to accept the court order they handed him which allowed them to search through the election material, which covered documents as well as the machines. They seriously got a court order? How? Why wouldn't they have provided the details as to how that came about?

After all, they were largely seen, by various people in county government, as either crazy kooks, or else dangerous investigators who could blow the whole scandal wide open. It's hard to imagine any non conspirator judges (who may have thought they were off their rockers) giving them a court order to help their cause; but it was even more difficult to fathom a judge who was in on the conspiracy, granting them such authority.34)

At any rate, Vickery was more than happy to provide the Colliers with more explosive votescam evidence. Jim asked him if he would show them the candidate counters and actual wheels in the back of the machine. Vickery took the machine key and opened up one of the 1648 machines.

As they were looking at the opened back of the machine, Ken asked, point blank, if he knew of any ways to rig the machines. Without hesitating, Vickery said that was of the easiest ways involved decals with zeros on them. The poll worker would see 000, but it could be 090, he said. That's an excellent bonus for a candidate to be spot 90 votes, in every machine in every precinct.35)

But Wait - There's More

Vicker also told them about the shaved, predetermined counter. That is where you use a razor blade to shave the wheel at the first digit (the hundred place holder). Presumably, it shows 000 in the morning for the candidate, but once voters start clicking that level, it moves ahead to 1 or 2 or 3, (meaning, 100 to 300 extra votes.) He went so far as to take them to his desk, open a drawer and hand them wheel that had been shaved. They asked if they could keep it. He was more than happy to oblige.

Jim asked who does the actual work on the machines. Vickers responded, the mechanics from Wometco. “They can make those suckers sing,” he said. Wometco is a corporation that was based in south Florida. Among the varied interests, they owned the local CBS TV affiliate station. That was really quite fitting.

After all, they slant their election campaign coverage to make sure trouble maker newcomers who would try to do good things do not get coverage. Then they take part in and give authenticity to the fake vote count on the air. Now it turns out, their parent company pays the technicians who manipulate the voting machines.

This far into their research, the Colliers had found several people and companies were strongly implicated in fix. They included the two daily newspapers (the Herald and the News), the 3 network affiliated TV stations, as well as some staff members of the University of Miami. Incidentally, the University owned the local NBC affiliate television station. There was the League of Women Voters and the Supervisor of Elections in Dade County, and the Florida Secretary of State. Let's not forget the computer programmer from Cavanaugh Land Company, who told them they would never be able to prove what was going on.

Obviously, if the rabbit hole was that big, there had to be a lot more individuals and institutions in on it. It was shocking to discover how naive the general public is, and how deeply rotten the system is.

They thanked Vickers for his help, shook hands with him and drove home. By the next week, the Daily Planet had a front page story featuring the latest shocking information, complete with a photo of the shave counting wheel from the voting machine. Naturally, the Miami Herald, the Miami News, and the 3 big TV stations continued with their stance that everything the Collier brothers were uncovering was a non story. Nothing to see here, folks. Just keep moving.

Ellis Rubin

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Jim decided to see if he could get the locally famous attorney, Ellis Rubin, interested in what they were doing, and possibly represent them in their efforts pro bono. 36) It was important to them that they not pay for an attorney, because they wanted to work with a legal representative that truly cared about the cause of free and fair elections, as opposed to just anybody who takes on a case or a client for the money.37)

The thing about Rubin is he knew how to play the publicity game. He specialized in taking cases that would have a lot of public interest. He knew how to schmooze the media. Jim figured, if Ellis were willing to work pro bono – which he was – he could prove to be a major asset to the votescam cause.

Return To Opa Locka

Not long after their initial trip to Opa Locka airport, they realized that they may have squandered an opportunity. They were so caught up with the revelations about the voting machines, the neglected to check out election documents that were stored there as well. They decided to go back, based on the premise that they were American citizens who have the right to know everything about the voting process.

That sounds, to my ear, like a curious statement, coming from people who had a court order. It's true, citizens should have a right to know, but if you have a court order, that goes beyond speculation about what your rights should be. It gives you legal authority. I'm beginning to think they forged a court order the first time.

The wording was that Vickery was happy to accept the court order they handed him. Perhaps it was forged, but they didn't want to admit it in print, which would explain why they just mentioned it, in passing, after the fact, with no explanation.

If I'm correct, that would explain why they didn't go to Vickery's office to commence visit # 2. They must have presumed he had discovered their duplicity and therefore, he would have stopped them. They parked right in front of the hangar and walked in like they owned the place, hoping nobody was in there. As it turned out, Vickery spotted them as they were entering the hangar.

He called out for them to stop, saying he had a court order to keep them out of there. They checked it out. Sure enough, it was an order from circuit court chief judge, Henry Balaban. Ken told Vickery, “You can tell Balaban what to do with his order.”

Hearing that, Vickery headed in the direction of his office, obviously to get help. Ken and Jim knew they had to act fast. They went up to a loft where documents were kept and they realized that were looking at boxes of documents from the 1970 election; the one they were in.

Their plan was to take as much as they could stuff inside their shirts, that hopefully would not be noticeable, in case they confronted Vickery's reinforcements on their way out. Frantically, they went through boxes, trying to get what seemed to be the juiciest data.

As they climbed down from the ladder, they saw three people coming toward them. They recognized one of them. It was the recently resigned Supervisor of Elections, Marvin Braterman; the guy that had Ken arrested for insisting on his right to examine the canvass sheets.

This time, he looked like a movie gangster, in a black overcoat and black fedora hat. He yelled at them to get out of there, or else he'd have them arrested. They chose not to say a word. They had to brush past Braterman and his two men, no doubt, hoping like hell they didn't notice the cache of evidence their shirts were concealing.

They did a fast walk to Ken's car and jumped in. Ken burned rubber and they got the hell out of there. There were worried that the cops had been called, and they'd be stopped with the stolen election material, but every mile they went, they felt better and better.

They went back to Jim's place and spread out their latest treasures on the pool table. Among their haul was a press release from Leonard White, who ran the computer from the courthouse. The press release was written to set the record straight, and clear up misinformation that was in the media regarding the courthouse computer the night of the 1970 primaries. The computer, contrary to media reports, was never down.38) The Colliers mused that the lie about that was to provide cover for when they switched over to their projections.39)

There was also a notice that went out to all poll workers. It informed them of a training session they all had to attend, two weeks before the elections. The notice said if they want to get paid, they were required to sign their “true signatures” when they arrived at the meeting room for the training. Gee, I wonder why it was so important for them to get the “true signatures” of every single poll worker. 40)

That notice requiring the signatures was a sure sign that the canvass sheets were not as pristine as the good professor Beiler, and others implicated in the scam, were claiming. The canvass sheets and the signatures of thousands of poll workers was the weak link in the Collier's claims of massive vote fraud.

The fact that the suspects required and got all the poll workers signatures in advance, was not enough to prove they had done anything untoward with them. However, it tremendously reinforced the Collier's belief that the canvass sheets were tampered, despite the fact that the local handwriting expert had said they were legit. While this data provided personal confirmation to the Colliers, it still was not absolute proof that the canvass sheets were forgeries.

FBI - State Attorney - US Department Of Justice

They decided to provide the latest facts they had found to as many sources they thought might be interested. The first stop was the FBI. They gave them copies of some of the papers they had taken from the hangar at the Opa Locka Airport. At this point, going to the FBI was becoming more a formality. They really didn't expect much to come from it, but they kept going to them with new evidence, just in case they were wrong about the agency.

Then they got copies to the State Attorney, Joe Gerstein. Gerstein, however, refused to look into the matter. He told them that since they violated a court order to get the evidence, he just wasn't interested. That is so typical of government. He didn't care one iota about the treason. He only cared that some law was broken in getting evidence of the treason. Obviously, he was another player, in on the deception.

The FBI, had given them the phone number of a US Attorney in Washington. His name was Rust, and he would talk to them for up to 20 minutes at a time. He would give them advice about what their next move should be, but he didn't really ever indicate that he would get involved. They assumed that their calls were recorded, but they would call him anyway, as sometimes he did provide them with ideas and inspiration regarding their investigation.

This time they called him and demanded a meeting in person. After quite a bit of prodding, he set up a meeting, but not right way. However, it wasn't with him. It was with a Justice Department attorney named, Craig Donsanto.

At the appointed time, Ken decided he wanted to stay at home with his wife and daughter, so Jim drove to Washington DC alone. Jim had more desire to stick with it than Ken. Ken never wanted to give up and he never lost interest, but he wanted to be with his family – whichever family he had at the time. He went through some divorces.41)

Jim went to Donsanto's office and gave him the shaved wheel and other evidence and told Donsanto that he really wanted a real investigation. This guy was as non committal as Rust was, if not more so. He said he'd look into it and thanked him for coming.

Jim asked for something concrete, a time frame of what he could expect to happen. Donsanto simply told him that, “These things take time.” His demeanor didn't exactly make for an exciting road trip back to Miami.

Press Packs For Jack Anderson (And Everyone Else)

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Once home, Ken and Jim started putting press packs together, sending it out to various media institutions. They saw the famous investigative journalist, Jack Anderson42) in a hotel and personally handed him one of their packs. He thanked them, but nothing came of it. For all they knew, he tossed it in the nearest trash bin.

Jim personally handed a packet to Katharine Graham, the owner of the Washington Post and the local ABC TV affiliate. He must have known not to expect anything to come of that, because in Votescam, they tell how she ran meetings where many of the conspirators would get together, including executives, officers and lawyers from the likes of the Miami Herald, the University of Miami, the other TV stations, and the like. She was said to be, top dog.

Another Solo Road Trip To DC

A couple months after Jim's anti climatic meeting with the US Attorney in DC, he decided to go back to Washington to try to follow up on Jack Anderson. He went to his townhouse, unannounced, but Anderson refused to see him.

While in the District of Criminals, 43) he dropped off a pack for Larry O'Brien, head of the Democratic National Committee at the DNC office in the Watergate Building. A few weeks later, for the second time, that office was broken into. This time, the culprits were arrested, leading to a connection with the White House that would ultimately set in motion a series of events ending with the resignation of President Nixon.

Two Year Anniversary

Another few months rolled by, and it was two years since they ran against Claude Pepper for Representative. The primary elections were happening again. This time, they were just viewers and not participants.

Ken and Jim got together of Jim's townhouse and watched the election results. It was a lot like the last time. Katharine Graham's, Channel 10 opted to run a movie. Interestingly, when the Colliers wrote in some weekly newspapers that Channel 10's lack of election coverage was likely a tale tell sign that something was fishy about the elections, Graham had the TV station management publicly announce that the reason they ran a movie was their computer went down, so the expert consultant they had paid would not be able to do his job.

In 1970, the movie decision was said to have been a last minute decision based on that unfortunate event. In 1972, the question was, were they not able to get the computer fixed after two whole years? (Or did it just happen to break again, just before the election coverage started, like last time? Hey, coincidences happen. You never know. Right?44)

Can You Guess What Happened Next?

Not long after the start of the television coverage, the anchor persons on the two stations covering the elections, made the announcement that the courthouse computer went down, but not to worry, because their election analysts would work from the projections that had already come up with from the election results thus far.

Between Channel 10, inexplicably not covering the election results, but opting to show a movie, for the second election in a row, and the courthouse computer going down, leading to the expert's projections being used, it made the Colliers think of that great quote from baseball hall of famer, Yogi Berra:45) “It was like deja vu all over again.”46)

ACLU Offers To Help

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Jim and Ken were lamenting the fact that they couldn't go back to that giant, old airplane hangar in Opa Locka and explore more election documents. They didn't want to violate Judge Balaban's court order, but they felt it was incredibly wrong to deny anybody the right to inspect election documents, and that their rights were being usurped.

They decided the best immediate course of action was to get a circuit court hearing, that would be a matter of public record. They would ask Judge Balaban to reverse his decision. They evidently had appreciation for the saying that any person who would represent themselves in court has a fool for a client, since they opted to ask the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) for help. If they would accept, it would be in keeping with the Collier's game plan of not paying for legal representation, as the ACLU works pro bono.

They showed up at the ACLU's next executive meeting and stated their case, along with their desire to save the election system. A member named, Shya Estrumpsa, said he would take the case. He said he was even willing to represent them in Federal court if Balaban refused to rescind the unconstitutional order.

The hearing would be in a week. Before it happened, they checked in with Ellis Rubin, who told them it was a good idea. He promised to let them know if he heard any inside information on their case.

The Hearing Didn't Go Well

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To say the hearing didn't go well is quite the understatement. They not only did not get the court order reversed, but the evidence they brought to court was immediately impounded, never to be returned. Estrumpsa was more than willing to make good on his promise and take the case to federal court, but ultimately, the Colliers decided it would be a long, arduous take that might be just as fruitless when all was said and done, so they did not take him up on his gracious offer.

They decided upon another strategy, that would involve Ellis Rubin as being a middle man for them, and provide the buffer between them and Balaban. They left a message at Rubin's office, asking if he would be open to having Balaban appoint him as the official ombudsman of vote fraud in Dade County. Then the left the message, requesting exactly that, at the office of Judge Balaban.

Before Rubin ever got the message, he crossed paths with Balaban in the courthouse. Balaban told Rubin, “You got it.” Rubin wondered what the judge was referring to with that walk-by message, but soon enough, he got back to his office and pieced it together when he got the Collier's phone message.

What The Heck Is An Ombudsman

If you type the word, ombudsman, into the National Security Agency's # 2 asset, Google, (not to be confused with the NSA's # 1 asset, Facebook), you will find the following: “An official appointed to investigate individuals' complaints against maladministration, especially that of public authorities.”47)

Ken Takes It To A New Level

Two and half years after they had run against Claude Pepper. If you recall, shortly after that election, when Ken and Jim first looked at the canvass sheets, the fronts, which had the numbers written on them, were all incredibly uniform and legible, almost as if they were all filled out by the same, incredibly meticulous person with nearly superhuman penmanship. The signatures on the backs of the sheets, all appeared to be from different hands, but with the copies of the poll workers true signatures, they could have been forgeries.

They clearly understood that the people who forced the poll workers to provide their true signatures, weeks before the elections, were in a good position to forge their signatures on canvass sheets, but they still didn't know how they did it. When it came to the canvass sheets, they had data that should make anyone open minded suspicious, especially when presented with all the other evidence they had garnered, but it wasn't the slam dunk that they were after. That's when Ken took it to a new level. He committed the biggest crime they had done yet in pursuit of the truth. Jim discovered it when he walked into his townhouse that night in the spring of 1973. There was Ken, with a big pile of large papers spread out on Jim's pool table. Immediately Jim recognized them as canvass sheets. He asked Ken what he was up to and where he had gotten them. He said he stole them from the courthouse in Dade county. He had gone, not to steal canvass sheets, but to examine them more, but that's not the way it worked out.

Ken said went to the clerk's office to examine them, and noticed a bunch (the ones now on the pool table) that had no printing on the back. There is supposed to be not only lines where the poll workers sign as witnesses, but also, there should be the rules, which were laws, written out, explaining what the poll workers were supposed to do with them.

Ken said he realized if he didn't take them, they'd likely never see them again. They'd probably be destroyed, so when the clerks weren't looking, he just picked them up and strolled out of their office and continued down the hall and exited the building with them. He said the key to his success was to not look around once he picked them up, and the way he just kept walking like it was the most natural thing in the world.

Jim was incredulous and proud of his brother for thinking nothing of committing that third degree felony for the purpose of whistle blowing something of such import.

Here's The Twist

The elections that those sheets with the blank backs were made for, were known as the non partisan races. They included judges, the state attorney and school board. Moreover, they are on a separate machine over in the corner.

The poll workers don't even bother to tell the voters about it, and most of the voters are only thinking about the bigger elections. Therefore, very few people actually go to that machine and vote, and from the tale of those canvass sheets, the poll workers never certify them, and in many instances, it appeared that they didn't even open the backs of those machines and go through the motions of writing down the numbers.

The Irony

The irony of it all is the fact that if citizens want to report vote fraud, let alone prosecute it, they would rely on the state attorney and the judges. Those are the very officials whose elections were the most consistently rigged of all of them.

The had to be the among the top pieces of evidence they had to date. The admissions of the League of Women Voters president, Dieffenderfer of not wanting to get caught up in this, and that there were no members at any precincts giving election results to the courthouse or the media, as well as the computer program, Davis who told them they would never prove it, were cases of he said, she said. It would be the Collier's word against their word. The same applies for the conversations with Vickery about the voting machines. (They had given up the shaved wheel to the justice department.)

The incredible accuracy of the on air analysts could be spun as a combination of professionalism and the new world of computers. The impossible matching vote totals provided by the Secretary of State could be played off as lottery winning odds, but after all, people do win the lottery, and who is to say they couldn't have happened?

While all of the above data and more would make any thinking person realize they were smelling the stench of a dead rat, these canvass sheets were physical and in their possession now. It was their strongest physical evidence of malfeasance yet… (except for possibly the shaved counter wheel, no longer in their possession.)

Jim asked if this was finally what they were waiting for. Ken said they got them by the balls. They had been confusing everyone by repeating the line about the thousands of signatures from the poll workers being proof that no wrong doing on any level took place in the elections, but that mantra would lose its power as soon as they produced, for the world to see, canvass sheets that were in violation of the law.

They said after that, they would go back to the FBI.

Duplicate Canvass Sheets

Ken came up with the idea that duplicate canvass sheets would play into the votescam. They needed to find out how many were printed. If there were a lot more than were needed, it would explain a lot. While they were at it, they should try to find out who, specifically, order the non partisan sheets to be printed just on the front side.

They called the election division and spoke to a helpful clerk. She said that Franklin Press. A little research showed that Franklin Press was a large, successful company that had a lot of government contracts. Jim called up, identifying himself as a reporting, and asked to speak with the president.

The president told him that approximately 4,000 canvass sheets were printed. At first glance, that seems to explain the logistics of the votescam. That's enough to throw out the authentic 1,648 canvass sheets, and replace them with forgeries, thanks to the true signatures of poll workers that were secured before the elections.

This, however, is another area where I so wish I could talk with the Colliers and get clarity. They said that the canvass sheets were done in triplicate. Four thousand sheets does not even cover the authentic sheets that would be required, let alone the forgeries.48) I wonder if the canvass sheets were really only one per precinct. 1,020 sheets would be required for the poll workers, and another 1,020 for the scammers. With 4,000 printed, that would give them almost 2,000 extra.

Jim then asked if the certification rules and lines for the poll workers to sign was on the backs of them. The president confirmed that they were. Jim inquired about the non partisan sheets. The president said yes.

Jim said that they had in their possession, from the investigative work, non partisan canvass sheets that did not have the certification on the back. He asked if they could come over and show them to them to get their take on what was going on. The president of Franklin Press told them to hold. When he came back, he said that the Election Supervisor, William Miller (the guy who took over for Braterman when he was feeling the heat the Colliers had created), they printed some of the non partisan canvass sheets without the certification on the back.

Jim thanked him for his help.

When To Play The Rubin Card?

They knew that at some point, when they collected enough evidence, they should go to Rubin and have him call a press conference where he would reveal so much evidence to the media, it could no longer be swept under the rug.49) Jim said that as soon as that press conference would happen, people would have to quit calling them crazy.

The question was, were they ready to go to Rubin, or did they did to accumulate more evidence. Jim felt that they shouldn't stop with those non partisan ballots. If they were going to prove that the sheets for the main elections were frauds, they were going to need canvass sheets from machines in those elections. It would also be nice if they could prove that the votescam wasn't confined to Dade County.

Those Canvass Sheets Aren't Going To Steal Themselves

Jim told Ken that he wanted to try his hand at stealing canvass sheets. That was probably music to Ken's ears. They went out to the car and drove to the Fort Lauderdale, home of the Broward County Courthouse.50)

Now, if I were looking to steal canvass sheets from the county clerk, I'd get all dressed up and try to look like a lawyer. The Colliers, on the other hand, just ran out to their car as soon as they got the idea, and so they went it with the casual wear (jeans) they had on at the time. I'm guessing, you probably couldn't have paid them to put a suit on.

They went into the clerk's office and asked to look at the canvass sheets. The clerk was happy to accommodate the boys, and brought them over, in multiple stacks. Jim immediately did a complete look around and saw nobody was paying them any mind, so he simply took a stack under his arm and sauntered out of there. Ken followed.

They made it to their car without incident and had to decide if they should save time, and drive the 50 miles to Palm Beach Courthouse, or drive home 25 miles to safely deposit their treasure, and then drive 75 miles to Palm Beach. They chose wisely and safely. They went back to Miami, and then turned around and drove past Fort Lauderdale, all the way to Palm Beach where they had a repeat performance, with only a slight difference.

The clerks in the Palm Beach Courthouse were eyeballing them as they were looking at the canvass sheets they had asked to clerks to bring them. Ken told Jim to just stare back at them. So they both stared back at every clerk who was looking at them, and it worked. When they quit looking, Ken grabbed a stack and walked out.

They made it all the home without incident. They spread out their day's haul in the usual place to study what they got; look for patterns, etc. What they found in the canvass sheets from the other two counties was the same thing they had noticed in Dade county's sheets. Everything on the front of the sheets was consistent and neat; impossibly so.

They were not smudges to be found anywhere. The pencils appeared to all be sharpened, at all times. It seemed obvious that different people acting normally in the course of their poll worker responsibilities could not possibly have filled out those numbers.

Even the signatures on the back had similarities in the way they were written, although the handwriting appeared different from each other. Again, sharp pencils, no smudges, perfectly on the line, with no marks showing a pencil point even broke.

They questioned how in the world did that handwriting expert, Lynch, who they had seen nearly three years before, could not tell there was foul play all over those suckers. It was obvious, even for a layperson with no schooling in handwriting and forgeries.

That day with Lynch, there had evidently been five authentic sheets that got mixed in with the fraudulent ones. They really stood out like a sore thumb. That is what all the sheets should look like.

They went to sleep that night knowing they were on to something huge. For the first time, they had proof that the scam wasn't confined to Dade county. Of course, they believed it was bigger than a single county, but that was belief, based on hunches. This was proof. The rabbit hole was getting larger by the day.

Once Again, They Couldn't Get Arrested

The next day Ken decided that the best way to publicly document the extent of the vote fraud would be to get arrested for the crimes they committed in the pursuit of uncovering the shocking votescam crimes. Even though it would bring felony charges, and even though the plan wasn't to plead not guilty, but to confess to stealing the canvass sheets, Ken was willing to deal with the consequences, for the greater good.

The presumption was that it would become harder for the media to ignore story if the government were to prosecute them for stealing the canvass sheets. The court case would give the Colliers an outlet to spread the details of all they had discovered. Moreover, it would be a matter of public record, so that even if mainstream media were to largely ignore it, smaller, independent media would have access to all the details of their case, ostensibly, in perpetuity.

Of course, they had already seen that when the powers that be, wish to hide something, law enforcement is often only too happy to turn a blind eye to any number of crimes. For instance, even though they admitted to Miami Beach police that they dumped a half ton of trash onto the steps of the Claude Pepper connected bank in Miami Beach (and would do it again), they couldn't get arrested. Ken decided to see if the county Sheriffs from the three largest south Florida counties would also choose to shirk their public duties in an effort to hide the reality of the votescam.

He picked up the phone and called the Broward County sheriff. He told the Broward sheriff that he stole voter canvass sheets from the courthouse. “Come arrest me,” Ken ordered the sheriff. The sheriff laughed, replying, “Keep me out of this. I don't want any part of it.”51)

Next he called the sheriff of Palm Beach County, confessing to the felony. The sheriff wished him luck, before hanging up on him. The book, curiously doesn't mention calling Dade County law enforcement. Perhaps they chose not to since Dade County had become one of the only counties in the country to not have an elected Sheriff, when they adopted their Metro form of government (as alluded to earlier, in an obvious votescam) in the late 1950s.52)

Back To The FBI

They revisited the FBI to turn in samples of their latest evidence. They also wanted to get their take as to their authenticity – or more to the point, their inauthenticity. They spoke with an FBI handwriting expert, Ed Putz. Putz spread them out on a table to gave them only a cursory glance before uttering the words, “These are forgeries.”

Before they could even ask him to expound on the statement, and learn from a law enforcement professional how to spot forged documents, he was out the door. They had to give their statements to a different agent who wasn't a handwriting expert. They left some of the sheets there to help the FBI with their case.53)

At this point they had gotten the opinions of two handwriting experts. The one from the Yellow Pages said the canvass sheets were not forgeries. The one with the FBI said they were most definitely forgeries. Which one would you be more likely to trust?

Dade County Organized Crime Bureau

The next day they took some of the canvass sheets to the Dade county cops, a division called the organized crime bureau. Walter Blue met with them. He was a sergeant, a crime lab technician. The said his lab was lit with red lights, and had a lot of chemicals and several different kinds of microscopes.

He explained to them that he would be looking at the sheets under microscopes. Paper, he said, is made up of fibers. The fibers get broken when you write on the paper in a normal fashion. Pencils, that the county uses for poll workers, leave pin holes and indentations that look huge under a microscope. He would definitely be able to tell if something out of the ordinary was going on in those regards. He took the samples and told them he would get back to the them when his testing was complete.

   

Mike Wallace And 60 Minutes

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A state Senator (from Florida) named Alan Becker was sympathetic to the Collier's cause. 60 Minutes was going to be doing a piece on him for the mundane topic of being a condominium advocate. Becker told Mike Wallace he had a much better story for him, named Ken and Jim Collier, and Mike was open to hearing what they had to say.

So the brothers went to watch Wallace interview Becker. When it was done, Wallace turned to them and told them to give him their story. The cameras were not on. The idea was that if Wallace was interested, he'd go to his bosses and come back later.

The Colliers told Wallace an ear and a half full; four years worth of investigation and the hijinks that came with it. Wallace seemed floored by what he heard. He told them he'll be in touch if he gets the green light for the story.

Not too long after that, they heard through the grapevine that Wallace was coming back to town to interview them, although Wallace had yet to call them. A freelance writer, doing a piece for Miami Magazine, reported the Channel 7 reporter, Brian Ross, had flown into Miami on a plane that Wallace was on.

Wallace told Ross that he had two stories he was working on. One was an entertainment interview, but the other one was an explosive vote fraud story that would shock the nation, involving the local media and key players in the power structure.

The Collier's were thankful that the time had finally arrived. The scandal was finally going to get exposure – and not just any exposure. This was national exposure on the number one rated television show. (Back then, a number one show had many more viewers than the top rated show today, due to the lack of channels and other choices people have when it comes to being entertained at home. This is true even though there are 120 million more people in the US today than there were back then. If 60 Minutes features something, it catapulted the topic to be on the national radar.)

In short, you can not overstate the incredible effect this information would have when aired on that television vehicle. The problem was, the story never aired. In fact, it was never even shot. Wallace did not contact the Collier brothers. Evidently, the hidden hand that controls what gets seen on TV killed the story before Wallace get even get it in the can, as they say.54)

That piece in Miami Magazine would be the last votescam article they would ever publish. One of the players who was likely complicit in the conspiracy (to what degree we'll never know), Sylvan Meyer, the editor of the Miami News, bought the magazine. The News was one of two daily newspapers in Dade County. In tandem, they stayed silent on every lead and story the Colliers ever called them about. Meyer wrote a number of letters denying any conspiracy existed, let alone his participation in it, but he refused to even put such denials in the newspaper he edited, lest it alert more people to the story.

A Phone Call Out Of The Blue

The phone rang one day at Jim's townhouse, which was by Ken's townhouse. Ken was there. It was Walter Blue, the crime lab technician who had promised to put some of the canvass sheets under his high powered police microscopes. Jim motioned for Ken to pick up the other phone.

Blue told Jim that the papers were forgeries. He wondered why nobody they had reported their evidence to was interested in doing anything about it, because there was no doubt about foul play being involved.

Blue said he couldn't find any broken fibers on the paper, or holes or indents. It was impossible that so many people, (at least 10 per sheet) could sign their names and not make any of those things happen. The sergeant went on to say that the pencil line flows were unnatural. They were uniform and without breaks, which was also impossible in genuine signatures.

Jim asked how the signatures were produced, if not by human hands. Blue admitted he didn't have a clue. He reiterated how upsetting a discovery this was to find on voting canvass sheets. Like the Colliers, he fully understood the ugliness and harshness of the theft of democracy.

The call ended with Jim telling Blue that they are working hard to do something about the appalling situation. It's rather ironic that a police officer was complaining to them about the crime, and they were in the role of trying to assure the police that they were trying to do something about it.

The Desire To Lynch Lynch

To have more forensic proof that the canvass sheets were forgeries was a good thing. The themselves) detractors (and the scammers themselves) could no longer simply call them crazy conspiracy theorists.55)

They now had hard evidence that was irrefutable. This news made them mad. The bulk of their anger was directed at the handwriting expert, Lynch, who they had contacted in the very first days of their investigation. They were probably already mad at him, and at themselves for believing him, when the FBI agent, Putz told them the sheets were forged, but to get further confirmation from a law enforcement handwriting expert, this time, one who took the time to explain how he arrive at his conclusion, it made them even angrier.

They called Lynch up, speaking to him for the first time in four years. They wouldn't tell him anything specific. They just said that it was important that they see him right away and would explain when they would meet up.

He invited them to his home. They got there with the canvass sheets and asked him to look at them under his microscope, there in his home lab that they were meeting in. Lynch did so, and proclaimed once again, that they were not forgeries.

Jim asked to look, knowing that they were armed with knowledge and what to look for, this time. The letters appears to be floating on top of the fibers of the paper. They weren't any smudges on the paper or breaks in the flow of the writing. Nor were there any pen or pencil points. It was all to uniform.

Jim stepped to the side so that Ken could look. He confirmed the same thing. Ken said that no fibers were broken and the ink floated to the surface and there were no breaks in the writing to be found. He asked Lynch what he was saying. He told him they've been told twice that they were obviously forgeries.

While Ken was grilling Lynch, Jim slipped out of the main room and into an outer waiting room. He was looking at the books on his shelf, hoping to find a clue to help him understand more about who Lynch was. His attention was diverted to the coffee table where a magazine was open.

He picked it up to read, “How to Forge Documents with a Bank Rapidograph,” by Robert Lynch. Jim, unabashedly, took it into the other room and interrupted the conversation between Lynch and his brother. He told Ken that, “this guy,” has an article in Police Magazine about how to forge documents, speaking as if Lynch was standing right there.

Lynch didn't say a word. They heard a rustling in the hallway, giving Jim a frightening thought of Lynch's wife coming in with a shotgun. In Jim's vision she killed both of them and told police they were intruders. Jim told Ken, “Let's get the fuck out of here.”

On the ride home, Jim explained to Ken what he had gotten from the article in the brief time he had skimmed it. As best as he could surmise, there is an instrument known as a bank rapidograph. It has two pens and some kind of arm holding them. If you trace something with the one pen, the other one will duplicate it on paper.56)

With a device like that, a forger would only need samples of the poll workers' true signatures, duplicate canvass sheets and the time to create a complete set of canvass sheets before the election dog and pony show. Then after the election, one would simply throw out the authentic sheets and replace them with the forgeries.

The Colliers presumed that Lynch was the person who actually did the forgery, but they couldn't prove it. What they could prove is that he denied the sheets were forged, even though he was an expert and should have been able to easily tell they were forged – and he wrote an article on how to commit forgery. He was certainly implicated.

It's Howdy Rubin Time!

They realized they had enough to go to Rubin and ask for the press conference they had been dreaming of for years. They drove straight to his office after escaping with the lives from the shotgun toting Mrs. Lynch is Jim's waking nightmare.

They laid the latest evidence and stories on Rubin, who listened in fascination. Rubin laughed with excitement. Ken asked if he would call a press conference. Rubin said yes. He scheduled it for the next day.

You might think that less than a day is not enough time to do what it takes to assure a good turnout from the media. After all, anyone can contact the media to tell them there is a press conference, but they doesn't mean anyone is going to show up for it. However, when it came to Ellis Rubin, less than one day's notice was always more than enough. He called. They came.

The Colliers felt the excitement in the air. Rubin was seriously focused on, not only the press conference, but what he would do afterwards. He was going to visit the State Attorney and present the evidence and ask for an official investigation.

All the local media was there. Rubin stepped out and announced: “Ladies and Gentlemen of the press,” his voice was compelling, “I've called you here today to offer you what I consider shocking and sickening, but undeniable, admissable and conclusive proof, that elections in this county have been massively tampered with for at least the last six years — and probably well before that.”

He then showed the canvass sheets and explained what they were. He showed the ones that were illegally blank on the back. Then he showed samples of the others from all 3 counties, and told how law enforcement had confirmed that the signatures were not put on there by the hands of the poll workers, but that they were affixed by other means.

The reporter from Channel 7 walked out, saying, “Desperate measures by desperate men.”57) However both daily newspapers, which had totally ignore the story up to that point, had front page picture coverage. The smaller Miami News also had the story on the front page. The Miami Herald had the story inside.

A few days later, William Miller, the election supervisor that take over when Braterman had quit when the Colliers first started making things uncomfortable, also quit. This is when LWV president Dieffenderfer was tapped for the position.58)

They waited for the follow up in the press, but it was as if nothing had happened. Not investigative journalism was anywhere to be had. It appeared to have been sent down the memory hole.

The Whistleblower Phone Call

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Jim was at the Daily Planet one day when a woman, speaking in a hushed tone, called up. She said she worked at the Dade County Election Division.59)

The big news was that the county commission had voted to spend millions of dollars to ship the machines to either North or South Carolina. There, they would be retrofitted with “Printomatic devices.” That meant every machine will be gutted, along with the evidence of shave wheels and the like. 60)

They had no idea what a Printomatic device was, but they would find out, soon enough. It was September 1974, primary election time. They went to a precinct in North Miami that turned out, like so many things in there votescam investigation, to be incredibly serendipitous. Upon quizzing the poll workers they discovered that for the first time, that the precinct captains were not given the keys to open the backs of the machines, enabling all of the precinct's poll workers to witness the numbers on the counters. (Judging from what the whistleblower told them, you'd have to think it's doubtful there were any actual numbers to look at, even if they did manage to open the machines.)

They saw that there was a crank back there. That was something new as well. There was a slot at the bottom of the back of the machines, that didn't used to be there.

It was explained to them that when you crank the handle, that makes a roller run across a sheet of paper, from left to right. In so doing, the paper records the numbers that are said to be showing on the counter wheels, as the counters make indentations on the specially treated paper.

When it is done, the paper is released and is accessible at the slot. The paper should read all zeros in the morning, and have the numbers of each candidate's vote tally at night.61)

Jim found a pay phone and called Dieffenderfer's office. He asked her where the keys to the machines were. She replied that her assistant, Jack Dent had them. Jim called Dent to see what he would say. Dent confirmed that all the keys were in his desk because they are no longer needed, thanks to the Printomatic system.

Printomatic; just the name seems laughable. Perhaps it wasn't so kitsch in 1974. Maybe it was clever but then, but the 'omatic' theme has been played out in the ensuing 40 years. However, knowing what we know about the votescam, it tends to come across as too on the nose. Why not just call it the Votefraudomatic system?

Jim came back from the pay phone just in time for what would become the show of shows. There were two men in black getting ready to open the back of the machine. Ken told Jim that the roller system wasn't working, and these guys were troublshooters. He pointed to their car. It had a Kentucky license plate.

Everything just seemed off. Putting in a roller system run by a crank; not allowing the poll workers to see inside the machines any more; having out of state strangers repair the machines. How was this any kind of improvement?

When they opened it up, everyone could see the Printomatic paper had been bunched up in the middle, where the roller seemed to have gotten caught. It was about 2 feet by 3 feet. One of the men in black quickly grabbed it, holding it awkwardly to his chest, as if to hide it.

He called out to the poll workers and any voters who were there that the machine was out of order. Ken ran right up to the guy and pulled it away from him before he had any idea what had happened. Ken put it on the nearest table and spread it out. All ten of the poll workers, needless to say, were extremely curious, so they all gathered around. No one could believe what they saw.

Jim yelled out that the entire sheet was preprinted. There were numbers all across the sheet, even though everyone had seen that the roller only got half way across. People started jeering. They said there was no way they were going to sign anything as witnesses to honest voting in that precinct.

The men in black grabbed the sheet and got the hell out of dodge. The poll workers were up in arms. It was obvious that the Printomatic was a votefraud system. If they had no idea of the vote fraud that had already been going on, at least they saw what was happening now with the Printomatic.

The workers started walking out, refusing to be a part of vote fraud. Within 10 minutes, all ten of them were gone. It turned out the most of the machines had similar issues and the process was repeated in the majority of precincts. The vast majority of the poll workers quit. Dieffenderfer had to ask her bosses for help. Cops and firefighters replaced thousands of poll workers that day.

The next day, the Miami Herald mentioned that poll workers walked out. The technical term they used to describe the reason for the walkout, was, snafu. They told how cops and firemen took their place, but they never mentioned what the snafu was, (bless their little journalistic hearts.62)

State Attorney Continually Refuses To Investigate

Ellis Rubin had no more success than the Colliers had in attempting to get Richard Gerstein, the alleged no-nonsense State Attorney to investigate the allegations, or, for the matter, even look at the evidence. The Colliers were meeting regularly with hundreds of activists in Redland, and they were actively trying to get media and politicians to take action, but nobody was willing or interested.

The problem was power brokers throughout the entire system were involved. Even people who may not have been directly involved were eager to help cover it up or otherwise live in denial. They realized that an investigation of the scope that could come may very well be enough to rock the status quo to its very core, and their positions could be taken from that, even if they were not actively involved in the crimes. In terms of job security, there wasn't a lot of upside to getting involved.

The Ellis Rubin Power Play

Rubin wasn't ready to give up. Gerstein might not want to investigate (let alone, prosecute), but with enough pressure, perhaps he could be persuaded. After the Printomatic fiasco, Rubin decided to hold another press conference to update the media on the latest aspects to the ever widening vote fraud.

This press conference had more media than the first one. It become literally, standing room only. Beating Glen Beck to the punch by 30 years, he had a blackboard set up so he could write things out, for emphasis. He wrote, MISSING KEYS SCAM, and then he walked over to a voting machine he had been able to get into his office.

He demonstrated how the backs no longer open, rendering it impossible for poll workers to actually see the numbers they are supposed to be documenting. (One can only hope he told how the new Printomatic system had been witnessed to have the vote tallies already printed, and how thousands of poll workers walk off their posts when they found out.)63)

Rubin had a fairly lengthy meeting behind closed doors with Reno. 20 media representatives waited faithfully for Rubin to come out and make a statement. He was asking Reno to to accept the canvass sheets that were blank on the back and to make a full investigation to take to a grand jury, to ultimately indict multiple parties for the election fraud they suffered in the 1970 election.64)

Ken and Jim were outside with the press. They were anxiously awaiting Rubin's announcement. They fully expected good news, and that Reno had committed to a real investigation. That's not what happened.

Ashen-Faced, Downcast And Crestfallen

The three words they used to described Rubin's face when he stepped up to the microphones were, ashen-faced, downcast and crestfallen.65) In other words, to say the meeting didn't go well, would be quite the understatement.

The media lights and cameras turned on. Rubin said, “Miss Reno has asked me to inform you that she has examined the evidence and as far as any prosecutions are concerned, the statute of limitations has expired.” At that point, he bolted for an elevator, before anyone knew what had happened.

The Colliers had no idea what the hell had just happened, but they needed more than that. This was four years of research and investigation that Reno was sending up in smoke. They had put the bodies and lives on the line and committed at least 3 actions that could have gotten them arrest; only one of which one of the got booked for – (when Ken refused to leave Braterman's office so he could try to examine the canvass sheets.) They ran for the stairs, taking them three at a time.

They ran up to Rubin, already in his antique sports car that had a running board. Rubin was starting to pull away. They pleaded for him to stop, but he wasn't having it. Ken, in a last ditch effort, jump on the car's running board. Rubin wasn't talking, and he wasn't even going to stop. Ken had to jump off before shit go real.66)

Jim asked what he said. Ken told him, “Nothing.” Jim asked what his expression was like. Ken said, “Fear.” Jim was finding it so hard to believe. Rubin had all kinds of contacts with intelligence agents. He was brave enough to take on any clients, including Watergate burglars. He would visit President Nixon in his home in Key Biscayne. Yet he was running away from Janet Reno like a little scaredey cat. It had to be something God awful, yet fully believable.

The Aftermath And The Radical Change Of Direction

As you might imagine, in the ensuing days, the Colliers tried calling Rubin, at least to find out what Reno told him. They didn't have hope of getting him to continue to represent them in the quest for vote fraud prosecution. However, Rubin wasn't willing to engage in conversation. In fact, he flat out refused to take their calls.

They were at a cross roads. They weren't sure what they were going to do. The Daily Planet was having issues and would soon be out of business. DC comics were getting ready to sue them for trademark violation if they did not cease and desist.

On the one hand, they didn't have any immediate plans for continuing the investigation, but on the other hand, they wanted to be ready and able to drop whatever they were doing at a moment's notice if something came up that inspired them to get back into it.

Their night club had closed down a few years ago when the bank didn't renew their lease. They thought it may have been because they knew they promoted the concert at Dinner Key Auditorium where Morrison was arrested for violating indecency laws. The bank just said they want to go in a different direction than having a rock and roll tenet.

Perhaps they heard about the ice fight that Jimi Hendrix had inspired. It started when he was supposed to play an outdoor venue of Gulfstream Racetrack. It was raining and he wasn't able to play. The Colliers were friends with the promoters, one of whom would go on to co promote the original Woodstock in several months.

They suggested that they could invite everyone to their club, Thee Image, on Miami Beach. It would be a free show. So Jim made the announcement at Gulfstream and people started heading to the club. However, there was a lot of people who found out when friends called them on the phone, and then they called other friends.

So there were a few thousand people, between the club and the parking lot, listening to Hendrix play music like only he could. He was especially heavy on the feedback that night. The Colliers had called all their vendors to tell them they were unexpectedly hosting a Jimi Hendrix concert, so they should all get to the club and make some money.

One of the vendors sold ice cream. Somebody gave Hendrix an ice cream cone. He took it, but ended up tossing it back into the crowd. They threw it back to him. Hendrix asked for 10 more cones, and passed them out to the band and crew. They ended up throwing them at one another.

At that point, people just started buying scoops of ice cream with no cones and throwing them at anything and everything, in the day glo painted, black lit club. When the ice cream ran out, they switched to cake.

Hendrix came up with the idea of going for a swim. After all, they were right by the ocean. So he walked out of the club and thousands of young people followed him. It was a fond night for the Colliers who had an amazing amount of fond memories from their fascinating lives. However, if you were their landlord, you might not appreciate massive food fights that could draw bugs and rodents.

That was history, but they each had a drug store at the beach. Their five year leases were coming up for renewal and they were wondering if they wanted to commit for another five years. They both were getting divorced and their wives weren't looking for support.

Ken's wife was a millionaire and didn't need any alimony or child support from him. Jim's wife was 12 years younger, but they had no kids and she was looking for fun in California. Both wives had had enough of votescam and just wanted to be on their own. The brothers agreed that without the need to be responsible husbands and earn money, they really weren't in the mood to commit to five year leases on their stores.

They also had a suntan company that had done pretty well. It was called Sunscrene. They called it the engine that drove their small financial empire, but to do it right, it required full time effort and they were tired and ready to try something new.

Gave Away Hawaiian Tropic?!

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So what did they do? They gave away their Sunscrene business to the top salesman for the company, Ron Rice. He changed the name to Hawaiian tropic.67)

Living Outdoors In The Sea Grapes

Amazingly, the Colliers transitioned to a time where they mostly lived outdoors. You or I might call it a state of homelessness, but they seemed to have felt very much at home among the Sea Grape trees.

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Pictured Above: A Single Sea Grape Tree

There was an area along the beach front at 86th street and Collins Avenue that had a cluster of vibrant and welcoming of sea grape trees and other foliage that provided good cover from the sun, and a bit of privacy as well. They took sleeping bags and more or less, made it their home base. When it rained, they would take cover in a motel.

In their sea grape home, they had pen and paper, with which they used to write a rock opera called Year One. They wrote the lyrics and a book to go along with it. They got a musician friend, Gregory Scott Kimple to write the music. An album was made, and Circus Magazine called it one of the top ten albums of the year.68)

They would later go on to film it in the Grand Canyon. About a thousand people showed up. They had to hike to West Rim, which is off limits to the general public. The date was 7/7/77.

This was a period of their lives where they weren't investigating the votsscam, which is kind of ironic. They had given up the responsibilities so that they could drop everything, should they ever want to, and get back into being vote fraud activists, yet they evidently didn't feel the vibe, or no circumstances came up which dictated to them the need to go right back at it.

They lived a bohemian artistic life in these years. It included holding a rock concert on the helicopter pad on the south tower of the World Trade Center. It was written up favorably in the New York Daily News. They also renovated a friend's 500 seat theater, helping them put on, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.

There was also a 96 page, full color book that they teamed up to produce with a beautiful woman artist from Australia, who also happened to be a doctor. It was published by Dell, again, which a then, Dell Doubleday. It was based on the rock opera, and it sold 42,000 copies.

The premise had to do with a band from the center of the galaxy on a mission to get the Beatles back together. When John Lennon died in 1980, the sales stopped.

Jim's FOIA FBI File + The Peterson Memo

In 1979 Jim decided to file a Freedom of Information Act request for his FBI file. If you kids haven't tried that at home yet, go ahead and do it now. You never know what's going to show up.

In Jim's case, he got back copies of everything they had turned into the FBI. They also had memos written up on a lot of that same stuff. So it wasn't really an abyss that the evidence was going in when they turned it into the FBI. Or if is was, at least it was a well filed and organized abyss.

There was a note that 37 pages were sequestered in another agency. After calling the FBI's Miami office, they learned that meant, the CIA. They couldn't figure out why the CIA would be interested in the domestic vote fraud work. (The CIA's charter is for them not to operate domestically.)

One of the most interesting things in the folder, and heartening as well, was a memo of instructions from Henry Peterson, assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. It was date 5/16/72, with the subject line, Unknown Subjects: Ken Collier Victim - Election Laws.

It summarized a good deal of the votescam investigation and had instructions for the notification of Claude Pepper's office that an investigation has been instigated. This was at least confirmation that there were people within the system at the federal level who were concerned with the stealing of democracy.

Perhaps learning about the existence of this memo had a role in motivating the Collier's to return to investigative reporting in the next few years.

END OF PART ONE

When the second part to this Votescam piece is completed, the link will appear here

Further Reading:

Besides the Collier family's website, maintained by Jim's daughter and Ken's niece, Victoria Collier, http://votescam.org

http://votefraud.org is maintained by Jim Condit Jr who met Jim and Ken when they were appointed as vote fraud experts in Condit's court case against the Cincinnati, Ohio Election Department. While the Colliers were liberal and Condit is ultra conservative, they were all brothers in the fight for honest elections.

http://blackboxvoting.org is maintained by Bev Harris, whom the Colliers would be proud of. She started out focused on the hidden nature of electronic voting, and has expanded to dealing with other aspects of vote fraud as well, including the chicanery that goes on with maintaining voter lists and the counting of absentee ballots. The term Black Box Voting refers to any voting process that is not transparent, which includes the overwhelming number of nations in the world. (Picture a black box sitting on a desk. Imagine people put their voting ballots in that box. It's not transparent. There could be apparatus allowing the voter ballots to be switched out with fraudulent one, so that even if, at the end of the day, that box was opened to retrieve the ballots, the election would be rigged.) Harris' site covers the problem world wide, which makes sense, because black box voting is a global/globalist conspiracy.

http://bradblog.com is maintained by Brad Friedman, who is another kindred spirit of the Collier brothers. His prolific coverage of this topic is priceless.

NOTE: I will say that it appears that Friedman and Victoria Collier may suffer from a bias to the Democratic party. I wouldn't be surprised if Condit suffers from a bias to the Republican party. I haven't read enough of Bev Harris' material to potentially find a bias to one party or the other. That said, to have biases is human, but if people are primarily concerned with honest and fair elections then people from any political party can find great common ground and work together in the effort to regain the democratic republic that once was the United States of America.

Victoria Collier, in an updated version of Votescam, included some material of her own, including a passage on man made climate change. Brad Friedman also deals with the same topic on his blog. I'm almost certain that if Jim Collier were alive, he would be writing about how global warming is not happening and climate change is not caused by the human production of carbon.

After all, Collier was a fairly early voice that said that the Apollo space craft could not possibly have gone to the moon and back. He studied data open-mindedly and arrived at independent conclusions that did not align with partisan viewpoints. He did not mind if his research results made him unpopular. He was not afraid to be a minority of one, if need be. He didn't believe something because it was endorsed by one party or the other, and he didn't disbelieve something merely because one party or the other believed it.

Politics | Reviews

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I believe I've also seen in attributed to Tolstoy, but it could have just as easily been attributed to Castro or George Bush Jr. Speaking of the 2000 Presidential elections, it was interested how the Repooplicans kept saying the Democraps were trying to steal the election, when the Repooplicans were the ones who got the Supreme Court to order Florida election officials to stop counting the votes. Long after the election, a study of the Florida ballots, commissioned by eight news organizations showed that if all the votes had been tallied, Gore would have won by the hair on his chinny chin chin. It would have not only required the Supreme Court to not have decided the election by shamefully ordering a cessation of the vote count, but Gore would have need to request a full recount, something he never did, settling instead for a recount request for four major counties he felt would give him the best chance of winning. http://www.factcheck.org/2008/01/the-florida-recount-of-2000/ At any rate, the history of vote fraud prove that both parties are knee deep into the game and it's utterly laughable for one party to feign innocence while pointing to their evil opponents. Moreover, at the highest levels of the political parties, they run the two parties as two wings of the same divide and conquer party, and they will sabotage “their own” candidates at the expense of their “opponents,” because they are playing chess while the rest of us are think we are playing checkers.
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We won't get election results like fast food orders, but it will be worth the wait of a day or few.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Hayden Hayden, rose to prominence for his role in organizing protests against the Vietnam war. He would later go on to become Mr. Jane Fonda for 17 years, as well as a California state senator. It seems he may have come to agree with the Collier's about the importance of getting involved in politics from within the system. Perhaps there is a bit of irony, since at the time the Collier's were telling him that, they didn't realize just how corrupt the system was, even in terms of who is allowed to hold office.
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Bucket list is the term for the list of things you want to do before you cross over to the other side, (aka as, before you kick the bucket.)
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Understanding just how common it is for elections to be rigged and votes to be falsified, one realizes that many candidates, in reality, “win”, but are not put into office. Thus, I find it's better to speak to this reality by changing the way we communicate, which is why I did not simply write, “… if they had won…” (because they could have won, but the powers that be were not about to let them get in office.
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Carswell would go on, six years after the Republican primary defeat to have a run in, like so many Republican politicians tends to have, with the wrong guy in a public restroom. He was arrested for making physical advances to an undercover cop. Interestingly, the charge was not lewd behavior, but battery. I was unable to find out any more details, but I'm assuming it was a set up, in that the cop was undercover in a men's room for the purpose of finding people to arrest – as opposed to him just happening to be an undercover cop needing to use the facility. It's like having a female cop dress up like a hooker and stand on a sidewalk. You could call it classic entrapment, but cops refer to it as a reverse sting. I guess in the case of male gay restroom entrapment, the cops have two ways to go about it. One is if the suspect makes a cash offer, which would result in a solicitation for sex arrest, and the other is if the suspect just makes a pass, which would result in a lewd conduct arrest, or in the case of Carswell, a battery arrest. No matter how you slice it, it's hard to argue that it's not dirty work. Police enticing people to break the law, creates a terrible stench. Why not just put uniform officers in areas there is a need to cut down on crime?
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There were rumors that he had accepted some rides along the way. I was quite incensed by the possibility, since I was of the mind that politicians generally strive to be honest. Ah, youth, eh?
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Perot and Brown were dead set against the NAFTA treaty. That was the globalist trade agreement yet to be ratified at that time. Perot, prophetically warned that if it were ratified, we would hear a giant sucking sound of jobs and money leaving the country. It was just the first of many such trade pacts. Clinton and Bush Sr. were lockstep in agreement with it. It makes sense they would have been since they both are big New World Order, (one world government) guys. When you see a lot of agreement between opposing candidates, that is usually a red flag for those who are politically aware. It's like the debates between Obama and Romney in 2012 where question after question, they kept confirming their agreement with other.
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But as the Colliers say in Votescam, if you ever wonder why we can't seem to vote the bums out, it's because we didn't vote them in to begin with.
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Probably the least of the dirty tactics Smathers campaign was said to have committed against Pepper, was something that actually didn't happen, despite the fact that Time magazine reported it. Time was evidently either a victim to a hoax, or a player in it. They reported that Smathers, speaking to a gathering of backwoods northern Floridians, recited some of the most hilarious words about Pepper, that would forever come to be known as, the George Smathers redneck speech. It used words that would not be familiar to poorly educated individuals, in such a way that they would come across as rather salacious, when, in reality, none of the accusations were anything to be wary of. Here is the alleged, “redneck speech,” that Smathers vehemently denied to his dying day: “Are you aware that Claude Pepper is known all over Washington as a shameless extrovert? Not only that, but this man is reliably reported to practice nepotism with his sister-in-law, he has a brother who is a known homo sapiens,[4] and he has a sister who was once a thespian in wicked New York. Worst of all, it is an established fact that Mr. Pepper, before his marriage, habitually practiced celibacy.” In this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSeSf1xPrCk Pepper says that even if Smathers didn't say that, it would have fit in perfectly with the kinds of things he actually did. One gets the feeling, watching the video, that Pepper isn't sure that Smathers didn't say it. Observers close to Smathers campaign, including reporters, claimed it never happened. The reporters said followed him everywhere and knew his stump speech and certainly would have reported anything as entertaining as that. Smathers got so upset that the rumor wouldn't go away, that after leaving office he started offering $10,000 to anyone who would come to him and assert they had witnessed such a speech from him. He never gave out the money. Of course, that, in and of itself, does not prove his innocence any more than the fact that the so-called Amazing Randi has never given out his offered reward of a million dollars to anyone who demonstrates psychic power to him, proves that psi does not exist. In fact, even though I tend to believe the reporters who vouched for Smathers (along with the fact that no newspaper reports have ever been found of such a speech), the fact that Smathers evidently claimed that no one tried to take his $10,000 does make me wonder a bit. I mean, it seems like some dim-witted liars would have attempted to collect on the offer. Perhaps the times were so different then, that nobody ever did try to see if they could finagle the ten large from him. At any rate, if you, like me, are a fan of the redneck speech, then you simply have got to check out this extended version, bastard grandchild of that little speech, brought us in 1970 by the geniuses at Mad Magazine. It's called Guaranteed Effective All-Occasion Non-Slanderous Political Smear Speech By Bill Garvin: http://gis.washington.edu/~phurvitz/outgoing/bustagut/Non-SlanderousPoliticalSmearSpeech.htm If you are wondering how to thank me for this, all I ask is to pay it forward and pass it on with the same pay it forward clause. (You're very welcome.)
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Although Jim Collier, while promoting Votescam (and more to the point, the message therein), would refer to Pepper as the father of social security (as many others had done before him), the fact is the Social Security Act was passed and signed into law by President Roosevelt in 1935, a year before he made it to Washington. So he obviously wasn't the father of Social Security, but throughout his career in both the Senate and the House, he championed, protected and reformed it, so I've chosen to call him, the godfather of Social Security, instead. While many US Representatives have gone on to become US Senators, Pepper is among a very limited group of Senators who later become Representatives. As a representative, he had to campaign every two years, as opposed to the luxury of every six years he was afforded as a senator. Of course, even if the vote count was ever fabricated to keep him in office, he still had to go through the motions of campaigning. Think of it like the World Wrestling Federation. The matches may be predetermined, but they still have to be played out for everyone who still is willing to believe they are real.
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Get your mind out of the gutter. “Pressing the flesh” is an old-time reference to shaking hands. Sheesh!
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Indeed, if they were really lepers, they might have actually gotten some media scrutiny. It is said that the worst thing someone can do to you is to ignore you as if you don't exist. Even being a jerk toward you is more respectful than ignoring you, because it acknowledges that you are a fellow human being. The Colliers were not even a blip on the media's radar. It seemed like something out of the Rod Serling television series, Twilight Zone.
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This was the same bank that had held the lease on the rock and roll night club, Thee Image. After Jim Morrison simulated jerking off at a Doors concert, and jumped into the crowd, before being arrested for indecency, at the show they brought to town, the bank officials didn't want to have anything to do with helping the Colliers keep their club going. So they refused to renew the lease. The Collier's probably took a bit of pleasure leaving the trash at the that bank, even though the actual reason they targeted it was because of the opponent's relationship with it.
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Upon reading the most recent edition of the book, I am not seeing anything about this happening on the weekend. I remember writing about this when I read it 20 years ago and the Sunday trash collection played a prominent role, so I can't blame the discrepancy on a 20 year memory glitch. If I made it up, I did so within a short time of reading it, not a matter of decades. That seems unlikely to me, but I can't fathom why that would be taken out of the narrative if it was actually in there to begin with. I guess it shall remain a mystery.
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“Mush-mouthed” is how the Colliers described Peppers oratory manner.
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Really? I remember these machines at my schools on election day. I lived in Dade County, including during the time in question. There were quite a few machines set up.I guess smaller precincts might have had only a couple machines, but the precincts in my schools were much larger. It seems unlikely that poll workers ever put up, say, a 8 or 10 canvass sheets on the walls of my schools. I wouldn't be surprised if many precincts never posted any of the sheets, since they don't open the machines up and record the vote tallies on the sheets until the polls are closed and everyone is gone. Perhaps the idea is that some people who are interested can stick around and watch, but I would imagine, as soon as the last sheet would go up on the wall, the poll workers would close up shop. I never saw sheets on the walls the next day at school, so if they ever were up, they were taken down with hardly anybody seeing them.
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Even in 1970, it seems like there would have been more than one county judge in a metropolitan area like Dade County (now known as Miami-Dade County), but “the county judge” is how it was put in the book.
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They didn't mention the Cubans in the book, other than to say they had not yet largely taken over the elected positions, but I know from growing up in the area Cubans were mixed in primarily in the Caucasian areas.
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Judy Tenuta
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Yes, of course the actual vote rigging is completely contemptuous and disdainful itself, but to not even try to camouflage what they were doing to anyone who would do a little research. They were just rubbing our noses in it. Know what I'm saying?
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So to speak
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With election leadership of that ilk, a democratic republic does not need enemies.
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QT is short for quiet, of course. I started to put DL, for down-low, until doing a confirmation search for its meaning and discovering there is a connotation to that phrase that was totally foreign to me. It seems that when men who are in relationships with women, who have clandestine affairs with other men, they are referred to as being on the down-low. You might want to remember that little tidbit, just in case you were ever thinking about saying something to the effect of, “Hey bro, I'm just keepin' it on the down-low, cuz dats just how I roll.”
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I find that pretty interesting, in itself. Neither of those guys seemed to want to take credit for such an astounding success. Gee, I wonder why.
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That, at least, would show some effort, as well as not project the same disdain and contempt for the public, as did the scammer who was responsible for the alleged same number of voters showing up time and time again for different elections.
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Beiler's letter mentioned that there was a certain time period, (which he didn't specify, but that he said was provided by law) that the public could have inspected said items. I have my doubts that anyone would make all the voting machines available for inspection, for anyone, let alone a college kid. Moreover, we already saw how Braterman refused to let the Colliers get a good look at the canvass sheets. Ken got arrested for insisting on his right to do exactly that.
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It's the same way with 911. Believers in the official story like to point to the fact that those who understand it wasn't anything like we were told it was, do not have all the answers, doesn't mean that all the evidence indicating foul play should simply be ignored.
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Yes, I realize the saying is, A snowball's chance in hades (hell), but come on; it's hot in Haiti. A snowball doesn't stand a chance there either.
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I really am greatly disappointed in this lack of detail in the book, and highly curious as to how they would leave that part out. It just comes out of nowhere. It reminds me of the true life movie, The King's Speech. The speech therapist who had been sworn to secrecy while working with one of the prince's of England, who then, later in the film goes on to become King, was asked by the King if he and the Queen could come to his home and have dinner with him and his wife. The speech therapist's wife was still, totally in the dark regarding her husband, a modestly salaried man, having a relationship with the King. Suddenly the royal couple shows up at his home, and the wife can barely process it. That's about how I felt in Votescam, when the Colliers who were being blocked in their research, derided and scathed by the powers that be, at every turn – all of sudden, in passing, bring up a court order that allowed them to explore the very seat of the corruption. It's a bombshell, out of the blue, and should have been addressed in the book.
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Indeed, 90 votes X 1,648 machines is 148,320 cheater votes that would be added to whatever real votes the candidate got. Although who is to say that at the end of the day, when the poll workers read the machine, they wouldn't be looking at the 0 decal on the second digit, when in fact it was the 9 digit that was actually showing. In such an occurrence, they would have lost their 90 vote bonus for that machine. Mathematically, that would happen ten percent of the time, so instead of 148,000 faux votes, it would be more like 133,000. Keep in mind, that is just for the machines in one county. If the election is statewide/nationwide the phony vote count could be much higher if other counties are in on the fix.
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Pro bono did not mean you liked Cher's husband, Sonny. It means, free. When a lawyer takes on a client pro bono, he is volunteering her time and effort. Speaking of Sonny and Cher. That was a different era. Sonny was 27 when he started boffing Cher. America couldn't get enough of that shit. I mean Elvis, in his early 20s, was enjoying carnal knowledge with Priscilla when she was 14. Jerry Lee Lewis, at 22, married his 13 year old first cousin… But, I digress.
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Think of it like not wanting to pay for a sex worker. I mean, you could develop a friendship with someone you pay for sexual favors, but how could you compare that with a relationship with a sexual partner who befriends you without ever taking money?
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Was there NO truth told by the TV stations that night? Both stations announced the malfunctioning of the Courthouse computer, but that was yet another ruse.
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I really wish the Colliers were still alive so I could clear up my own confusion. For instance, they say the White's job was to phone in to the Miami Herald and the TV stations the vote totals. So presumably, it sounds like the courthouse computer was being fed the actual votes, and that then the lie about the computer going down was told, so that they scammers could switch over to their projections. My question is how did the scammer allege that the ongoing vote count got fed into the courthouse computer in the first place? From the computer readouts that Channel 7 used, (which they had stolen from Professor Beiler at the University of Miami) they had previously written that the entire night there were no actual votes given to the TV stations. They was reinforced, first when the news director said there were no reporters at precincts supplying any kind of election data (that would include either vote tallies or exit polls), but that there were representatives from the League of Women Voters at sample precincts, and then when they met with Dieffenderfer, the president of the county League of Women Voters, and she admitted that there were no members providing any vote tallies to the TV stations. Furthermore, the Colliers had learned that the process of counting the votes involved opening up the backs of the machines and writing down the numbers for each candidate on the precinct canvass sheet and having 10 to 12 poll worker witnesses are agreeing with the numbers written on the front of the sheet and then signing their names on the back of the sheets. They actually had to painstakingly make three canvass sheets, all saying the exact same numbers. All the poll workers would need to verify that all three canvass sheets were not correct and identical. That process, alone, would take a bit of time, in each precinct. In 1970, it goes without saying that there were no computers at the precincts where the numbers would be entered and sent to the courthouse computer. The vote tally would have to start when at least one complete set of all 1,648 canvass sheets were in one place. You would likely need a master canvass sheet from each precinct that listed the sums of all the sheets for that precinct, and then add up all 340 master canvass sheets to get the total tally. The Colliers don't explain the exact process that the scammers said they used. It's more than incredibly doubtful that the poll workers in each precinct telephoned Leonard White's staff (if he had a staff), because most of the polling places didn't have phones. They were mostly school rooms. Sure, the equivalent of a block away in the principal's office you could find a phone, but the logistics of on-the-spot phone calls being the process by which each precinct's vote totals got to a central counting source, seems extremely unlikely and problematic in 1970 – especially to have 99% of the precincts reporting and their votes tallied together by the end of the late night news. With the system in play at the time, using the canvass sheets, it seems like, almost a certainty that the process would require the 1,648 sheets to be in one place. It would allow the vote counters to go back and check, as needed, to make sure mistakes were not made. I think it would be, at the very least, the next morning before honest vote counters could present their tally. I'm suspicious of not only the running total of votes, but of the percentage of precincts reporting. If the poll workers were calling in their totals to the courthouse, where computer entry personnel were entering the data, on the fly, I might be able to imagine that could potentially be a possibility. The program should include a completed master sheet file that would be printed out and then checked against every entry in the 1,648 canvass sheets to fix the many errors there would have to be from the hectic phoning in process. There would be errors in what people thought they heard the poll worker saying over the phone. There would be errors in the data entry. In the pressure of trying to complete this super human feat before everybody goes to bed, there would have to be a lot of mistakes in a big country election. The problem with this scenario is that nowhere in the Collier's investigation, did anyone tell them that when the poll workers create the triplicate canvass sheets at each precinct, they find the nearest phone and call the courthouse and verbally relay the numbers. In fact, their investigation uncovered that nobody was at the precincts relaying actual vote tallies to the election experts at the TV stations, and that said experts admitted, at about half way through the alleged count, they no longer had access to the “actual” vote count – (and that computer readout the Colliers stole said they never had access to the real vote tallies. I'm thinking that Leonard White was in on the scam as well, except he didn't know they were going to say that the alleged courthouse computer was down, and he felt that made him look bad, so he wrote a press release to say his computer at the courthouse was always on the job. If I'm wrong and falsely impugning the memory of Mr. White, I apologize to his energy essence spirit, wherever it may be at this point in time, but so many people were and are in on the Votescam, it's a safer bet to count him in on it. My point is, if poll workers were not phoning in the vote tallies, then the courthouse or other central counting source would need to physically get the canvass sheets. Dade County is almost 2,000 square miles. It's about 50 miles in a straight line from the south to the north lines. There were 340 voting places spread out throughout the county. For 4,000 poll workers to create and agree upon the numbers placed on 1,648 canvass sheets, in triplicate no less, and then for one poll worker (or county employee) in each precinct to drive and deliver that precinct's canvass sheet to the central counting place, they'd be lucky to get all of the sheets there before the late news signed off. There would be no time to tally all the numbers. Try as I might to come up with scenarios of how they could have tallied the votes in 4 hours in 1970 in Dade County, I'm stumped… And the fact is, all the evidence the Colliers uncovered, proves it.
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OK, I really don't wonder at all, but how stupid were the people who put out that notice? Why leave a paper trail that proves you needlessly forced all the poll workers to provide their signatures before the election? There is no possible, legitimate reason for anyone to have signature samples of the people who will be signing the canvass sheets in an upcoming election. This was just one more piece of damning evidence that would sway a jury to vote guilty – that is, if the entire system were not corrupt, and arrests were made and the culprits had to stand trial. It would be an open and shut case. The sad truth is, the only people the Colliers were ever able to get arrested were themselves, (although not as many times as they could have been arrested, considering the various stunts they pulled in their effort to uncover and expose the votescam.)
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The book says that Ken kept getting married and having kids, and his wives would tell him to not be so obsessed. There is no mention of how many times he went through that cycle, but my guess is three wives and at least three kids.
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Washington D.C.
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I say that sarcastically. It was fishy in 1970 when Channel 10 didn't cover the elections, and it was even more fishy in 1972, because of the way she had gone out of her way to explain that, of course they would have covered the elections if they could have.
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That should not be confused with the great quote from the non baseball, non hall of famer, Yogi Bear: “I'm smarter than the average bear, Boo Boo.” === Eastern Airlines Becomes Part Of The Conspiracy == Ken and Jim wondered if the computer programmer was Elton Davis from the Cavanaugh Land Company, again this time. The next day, they called the news director at Channel 7 and asked who programmed the computer that their on air analyst used to make his projections. The director said that it was done by Eastern Airlines, the now, long defunct, Miami based airline. So they called Eastern Airlines and asked who programmed the computer for the TV station election results. They were immediately told that his name was John and their call was transferred to his office. John wasn't none too please to be asked questions by reporters. When they asked him to explain his computer program that enabled the TV station to call such close elections with such great accuracy, he hung up on them. They put their editor at the Daily Planet on the story. He wrote that every time he called the Eastern Airline computer programmer, “the phone fell out of his hands.”((That's a great line. It reminds me of the Ned character on Bubba the Love Sponge (that is actually played by the sidekick, Manson – there is no Ned), who, after making people hang up on him during his offensive prank phone calls, always calls back and says, “We seem to have be disconnected a minute ago.”
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One might think that if Balaban was truly among the votescammers, why would he appoint a vote fraud ombudsman, in general, let alone, the one the Collier's wanted – especially when there was no public outcry or other political pressure to do so. It's a fair question, to be sure. Perhaps he saw it as a way to keep the Collier's from taking up his time like they did with the circuit court hearing asking for a reversal of his order, or that it might help keep them from taking up their quest in federal court. He had to understand there was a likely degree of control of Rubin, who, while not among the votescammers, we certainly part of the system. Threats could be made to pull his license on trumped up charges, if he got into his ombudsman role too much to Balaban's liking. Further, it may have been a way to keep tabs on what the Collier's were doing, and what progress they were making. No one can say for certain, but we do know that history is replete with examples of politicians appointed special investigators, who then go on to uncover wrong doing on the part of the politician who appointed them. Archibald Cox comes to mind and the special prosecutor Richard Nixon hired to look into Watergate. Nixon arbitrarily fired him, without precedent or authority, when Cox started making things uncomfortable for Nixon. The act of firing him (and the attention and consequences it brought) was one of the watershed moments and led to Nixon's resignation upon his realization that he did not have the votes in the Senate to defend himself in an impeachment trial. The biggest irony about Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon is that every successive president to date, has committed far worse crimes than Nixon, yet only Clinton was impeached on the weakest crime he had committed, and none of them were forced to leave office. The fact that they get away with it, allows their successor to commit even worse crimes and acts of treason that ever.
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…Unless there was some kind of carbon copy system, but are we really to believe the canvass workers were given big blank sheets of paper 2 ft X 3 ft and carbon paper that size? What about the printing that's supposed to be on the back of each one? Even if the kind of forms that make copies when you write, even though there is no old time carbon paper. was used on the canvass sheets, is it really plausible that it would work, even if the backs of all three forms had the printing on them? If seems unlikely the Colliers would have left details about carbon copies out of the book when they wrote about the poll workers filling out three sheets for each machine.
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Of course, that was presuming the media would actually report on what Rubin would reveal of the press conference. They would most definitely attend the conference, since he had a ton of connections in the media and a reputation for bringing material that the public was usually interested in, but the truth is that the reporters who attend the press conferences, write the stories and file the reports, aren't the people who make the decisions to air or print stories. The general public has been under the belief that media outlets are all competing with each other to get the first scoop on stories, but there is actually a hidden hand at the top level of organizations which has veto power when it comes to choosing whether to cover a story or even whole topics. Even when circumstances sometime force this hidden hand to allow media to cover something that it would rather not deal with, it is usually only superficially covered, in passing, and then, basically, never referred to again, as was the case during the trial against the suspects of the first World Trade Center bombing (1993) revealed surreptitious tape recording from an informant on the case, of his handler, an FBI agent, admitting FBI complicity in the bombing – and at the very least, not preventing it from happening. The media mentioned it briefly and then dropped it down the memory hole, as if there was no story to follow up on.
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The book was so fun to read since I grew up in Dade county and was there when they were doing this. Later, in the 1980's I got an apartment in Broward County where I remained for 20 years. At this point in the book, they mention the route they drove to Fort Lauderdale (in Broward), and it turns out they basically went by my future apartment. If I had been sitting in my front yard looking at the corner, I could have seen them driving by on their way to steal canvass sheets from the Broward Courthouse, i.e., if I was sitting in a time machine and went back a dozen years. Hey - It could happen. The mind boggling thing I mentioned early on, keeps haunting me in a good way. If I had not quit my job as a staff writer on my hometown newspaper and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a dream, that ultimately came true, of writing for my favorite TV show, I could have possibly still been at that paper, when a new owner hired the Colliers to work and write for the paper. And even before I got there, that paper was one of the only publications to run stories about the Colliers votescam research. I could not believe it when I read that. It's amazing the way the universe seems to lines things up for you with possibilities and probabilities. People you meet that change your life and people you didn't meet, but might have, only if you had made different choices.
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Reminiscent of the League of Women Voter's local president, Dieffenderfer's statement, “I don't want to get caught up in this.”
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Who knows? Maybe they only want to ask elected law enforcement officials, since their crime and investigation dealt with elections? It's just another question I wish I could ask them. They both died in the 90s of cancer. Had they lived, they would be in their 70s now (2014).
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They had already begun to think that there might not a case. They referred to giving the FBI evidence, as putting things in “the abyss.”
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Another example of how powerful and pervasive this hidden hand is, can be found in the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. The shooter, John Hinkley, was the son of one of the Vice President's (George Bush Sr.) largest campaign contributors from his bid for President against Reagan in the primary election. Regardless if Bush had nothing to do the attempt on the President's life, that was huge news which should have been the lead story for quite some time. Instead, the AP (Associated Press wire service) story was published once, in a Houston newspaper, at which point, it was never discussed in the mainstream media again. That story went on to say that one of Bush's sons (Neil) had to cancel his dinner party with the shooter's brother, that had been scheduled for that night. The story was vetted and had quotes confirming that facts from Neil's wife. The fact that the entire media could be controlled to the point of nobody picking up such an explosive story, boggles the mind. It totally does away with the notion of the Fourth Estate in general, and competition among news organizations in general, fighting to break stories, in particular.
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Did you know that the CIA created the term, conspiracy theorist, to defame and smear people who expressed doubt over the official story of the JFK assassination? They've been using it quite liberally ever since then, to great success. http://beforeitsnews.com/conspiracy-theories/2013/07/cia-invention-of-the-phrase-conspiracy-theory-to-block-questions-on-jfks-assassination-is-one-of-the-most-successful-propaganda-initiatives-of-all-time-2453052.html
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I did a search for it, and couldn't find any device or anything called, “bank rapidograph.” I did find rapidograph pens, which are very sensitive and used for drawings by artists and architecture.
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Wow. I think the gentleman doth protest too much. How could a reporter take that stance, after being told that law enforcement had confirmed the forgeries, and after being shown blank backed canvass sheets, the existence of which are illegal? The person clearly had an agenda and didn't care at all that he was signaling that fact to everyone on the room, rather than playing the game and reporting as little as possible, as news media is prone to do when forced to cover something they usually cover up.
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You remember… The woman who said she didn't want to get caught up in this.
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That would mean she was working under Dieffenderfer, who was now getting paid to hide what the whistleblower was telling Jim.
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The fact that the county commission voted to spend the money to alter the machines, in this writer's opinion, is pretty damning evidence that they were all in on it. The vote fraud discussed in the Rubin's press conference, didn't deal with the integrity of the machines. It was about the integrity of the process by which the poll workers were supposed to have signed the canvass sheets. Any commissioner who was paying attention should have voted against tampering with the machines and tried to develop a protocol to make sure that the canvass sheets that the poll workers signed were the ones used to tally the votes. I supposed the argument could be made that various commissioners who voted for it were simply ignorant or negligent, but at this point, the safer bet is on across the board corruption.
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Now think about this process in light of the Ellis Rubin's press conference which was about documented forgery of the canvass sheets. Someone was obviously taking the canvass sheets and throwing them away and replacing them with prewritten ones. Even if this Printomatic nonsense actually did get accurate readings of the wheel counters, who is to say that the same people who switched out the old style canvass sheets could not make forgeries of Printomatic sheets and switch those out? The problem was that crooks were running the election and doing crimes behind the scenes. With the exception of a couple Election Supervisors, who obviously couldn't have personally committed all the crimes themselves, the same crooks were in charge of the machines. That was the issue, not the actual process and the authentic canvass sheets. If honest people were running the show, that could have worked. This Printomatic system which made the backs of the machines off limits to the poll workers, if anything, made it easier to hide malfeasance. It did nothing to deal with the problem. Of course, everybody knew that. In fact, part of the reason for the move, as the whistleblower alluded to, was to get rid of the evidence of all the tampering with the counter disks in the first place. Since there was nobody in the system, actually working for free and fair elections, there was nobody to complain that the Printomatic not only did not and could not solve the forgery issue, and that it could only make it easier to hide vote fraud. The entire election system was being run by crooks. Before the Colliers came along, the public just assumed that vote counting was beyond reproach. It never dawned on anybody that it was a matter of allowing the foxes to guard the hen houses.
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I hope nobody is thinking that this stuff is endemic to south Florida. This is the way of the nation and, largely, of the world.
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However, the fact that the book didn't say that, makes me think it was, indeed, absent. The media asked what Rubin intended to do about this. He said he intends to get the State Attorney to take the evidence from him and to investigate it. He was asked who were the specific targets, and did he predict there would be prosecutions. Rubin unanswered that it would be inappropriate to speculate. The next day, for the second time, the votescam got front page news in the mainstream press. The first time, the topic was on the front page, but it didn't get the headline. This time, at least in the Miami News, the headline said, MASSIVE VOTE FRAUD CHARGED IN DADE ELECTIONS. === What The Hell Did Janet Reno Threaten To Do To Rubin? == The next afternoon, there was another press gathering scheduled. It was outside the office of Janet Reno, who was an Assistant State Attorney. (If you recall the Clinton years in the White House, the you my remember that Reno go on to become the Attorney General of the United States within the next two decades.) Ken and Rubin had made a sworn statement in writing that was presented as part of the evidence. They signed a waiver of immunity, meaning that if anything they said in the statement was something that could get them in legal trouble, they had no immunity.((Rubin probably had nothing to worry about, but Ken violated some laws along the way, (as did Jim, of course… but Jim wasn't swearing to have done so in legal papers.) If, like me, you wondered why Jim wasn't part of the sworn statement, it evidently has to do with the fact that Ken was the one whose name was on the ticket, and Rubin was representing him as his legal counsel.
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I would love to ask them why keep that the scope of the investigation? Reno was a State Attorney, not a District Attorney. They had voter roles for Broward and Palm Beach Counties, as well as Dade County. It seems like the investigation could have cast a significantly wider net.
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I think some dictionary definitions are in order: Ashen-faced describes a face that is very pale with shock, fear, or illness. Downcast denotes a person looking down, often coupled with feeling despondent… Despondent, in turn, means, in low spirits from loss of hope or courage. Crestfallen is sad, (and a lot of adjectives starting with D, including, disappointed, discouraged, dispirited, dejected, depressed, desolate, doleful and in the doldrums.
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IE, real dangerous.
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Ten years later he started the bikini competition, Miss Hawaiian Tropic, where the winners would serve as spokesmodels. Wikipedia says he sold it in 2007. If ever there was a case of someone seizing an opportunity when it presented itself, Rice sure exemplified that. Interestingly, Wikipedia says that Rice formed the company in 1969 on a $500 loan, but the Colliers say they gave it to him in 1974. At least, it it written in the aftermath of the 1974 Janet Reno bombshell. I don't see how it could have been 1969, because the book specifically says it was during the divorce proceedings from wives who were tired of years of votescam obsession. They didn't run until 1970. I guess that's just one more detail I'll have to ask the Colliers if I catch up to them in the afterlife or between life state.
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Not sure what year

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