Monday, December 27, 2004

Watergate II

An article from The Free Press: Another third rate burglary, tells the story of an October robbery of computers at the Lucas County Democratic Headquarters in Toledo, and the election day anomalies in precincts that correspond to those data the stolen computers held. It quotes from a Toledo Blade article entitled: Thieves hit Democratic Party offices; computers containing sensitive data removed from October 13.

Coincidence?

“Among the data on the stolen computer of the party's office manager were: e-mails discussing campaign strategy, candidates' schedules, financial information, and phone numbers of party members, candidates, donors, and volunteers. Also taken were computers belonging to a Lucas County Commissioner and to a Texas attorney working with the Kerry campaign to ensure election security.



‘They knew what they wanted,’ Mr. Chabler [Democratic Party spokesman] said, calling the incident a ‘third-rate burglary,’ a not-so-subtle reference to the break-in at National Democratic Committee offices in 1972 that began the Watergate scandal that eventually led to the President Nixon's resignation.

The burglary gave the thieves exclusive possession of two months’ worth of Democratic voter canvass records. It allowed them to target specific wards and precincts for voter suppression operations, and left the Democrats unable to prevent it. The reader will forgive me for not having imagined such a technique for adversely affecting voter turnout.”

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