Jul 27, 2011
Unsurprising! 2004 Presidential Election Was Probably Hacked
Turns out they probably weren't.
New court filings indicate that servers put in place by SmarTech, a partisan Republican organization with direct ties to the White House, may have tampered with the results. The SmarTech servers were ostensibly included as backups to carry out vote counting in the event of a crash by the primary servers. However, late in the evening on election night, vote counting was in fact shifted over to the SmarTech servers even though the primary servers were in perfect working order. The time of the data shift naturally coincides with the turning of the tide from Kerry to Bush. Moreover, upon further inspection of the recently-made-public architectural maps, IT security expert Stephen Spoonamore has concluded that the SmarTech servers were actually designed with this very purpose in mind, and not, in fact, as a redundant system.
And to top it all off, Michael Connell, who served as an IT expert to both the Bush Family and to Karl Rove and who designed the architecture that included the SmarTech servers, was killed in a "suspicious" single-engine plane crash about a month after giving a court deposition.
I wish I could say any of this was at all surprising, but instead it just feels like a validation of something a lot of people felt to be true that election night seven years ago.