Today I finally heard Michael Connell’s name mentioned on mainstream media. OK, it wasn’t exactly mainstream it was NPR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook.
The radio program was exploring the question of should the Bush administration be prosecuted for crimes they have committed over the past 8 years or should we just forget about it and move on. “Do you want to see Rumsfeld, Cheney, Feith, Addington, maybe even George Bush, sitting one day in a courtroom? In the dock? Or would that just tear the country apart?” Tom invites people to call in and join the discussion. After listening to his program today I think he should add a disclaimer to his invitation: ” … just don’t raise the topic of Michael Connell”
One woman called to comment on his untimely death in relation to vote rigging in Ohio. Tom Ashbrook dismissed her and rephrased her concerns so they no longer included Mr. Connell or vote rigging. It was strange. As one other listener commented:
“I was dismaid when Tom cut off the lady calling about Ohio votes- to me this is the most serious crime and the truth should be told first!”
“I agree that the alleged corruption of our election system, if proved, is in the long run an even bigger issue than torture, heinous and unconstitutional as the latter is. Michael Connell, deceased in a single-engine plane crash on December 20, 2008, was the Bush IT expert who, on October 31,2008 was made to appear before a federal judge in Ohio after being subpoenaed in a federal lawsuit investigating the rigging of the 2004 election under the direction of Karl Rove. The judge ordered Mr. Connell to testify under oath at a deposition on November 3rd, the day before the 2008 presidential election. At that deposition, the only admission of substance was that, after an initial denial, Connell said that he brought Triad and SmartTech into the Ohio election game. Of course, these are the two companies identified by Republican computer security expert Spoonamore as rigging the 2004 election, Triad by pulling hard drives prior to the recount and SmartTech by running the election results through its GOP servers in Chattanooga before they got to the Ohio election computers.
After the deposition, the attorneys who brought charges against Connell said that they intended to charge Connell and others with Racketeering and Corrupt Practices. In July 2008, Cliff Arnebeck, attorney for the plaintiffs, had notified the United States Attorney General, Ohio law enforcement and the federal court about threats on Mr. Connell’s life, passed on by a tipster close to the McCain campaign. Arnebeck insisted that Mr. Connell be placed in protective custody. Mr. Connell told a close associate late in 2008 that he was afraid that George Bush and Dick Cheney would “throw [[him] under the bus.”
The plane that crashed over a suburb near Akron was piloted by Mr. Connell, its only occupant. Mr. Connell, a very experienced pilot, had had to abandon at least two flights in the previous two months because of suspicious problems with his plane.
One might indeed ask, all conspiracy theories aside, why the mainstream media (with the exception of a CBS affiliate in Ohio and the McClachey newspapers) did not, to my knowledge, even report the plane crash of a man closely associated with the Bush administration and its computer systems, a man who, at the time of his death, was under investigation.”