Witness To A Crime

I have just completed reading Witness To A Crime, by Richard Hayes Phillips. The result of three years of persistent, detailed investigation of the 2004 election in Ohio. This book proves several times over that the election was stolen.

From the book:

“it is unlikely that 14 voters in one precinct in inner-city Cleveland were wavering between John Kerry and Michael Peroutka, and decided to vote for both candidates, thus spoiling their own ballots. It is also unlikely that 14 voters made identical mistakes on their on their ballots. It is more likely that these 14 ballots were punched in advanced…

“In these fourteen precincts, there were 1780 gay-friendly Bush voters and 360 straight ticket gay-friendly Republicans, or the ballots are not real.”

I choose these samples as they give a flavor of the information covered in the book. There are lot of details, there are a lot of numbers, but there are also two stranger than fiction stories: 1) The story of detailed review of reported statistics which don’t add up to anything but fiction along with details only available because a team of researchers copied and photographed ballots in order as they were stored. 2) The story of election officials giving contradictory explanations, false information, destruction of records by “mistake”, delaying records requests, and otherwise obstructing the investigation.

My first introduction to the book was a series at OpEdNews. I was skeptical as those articles focused on the challenges and the broken promises the author faced in getting the book published, leading to his self-publishing. Frankly, I was skeptical. I would have to read the book before mentioning it on CTVotersCount. When could I fit in another 422 pages of reading? Last week I heard the author on Voice of the Voters, he was convincing. Reading the book is even more convincing.

This book is worth reading. It is worth every penny and every minute. Don’t be intimidated by all the numbers presented, read the words and check some of the numbers yourself. The book starts with some evidence of “clean counties” that show credible election results, and then progresses from questionable results, to hardly believable, to impossible results, obstruction, and contradictory excuses. Stay with it.

I would be skeptical of anyone who would casually dismiss this book. Perhaps someone can refute parts or all of the book, but their herculean task would be to go over the data in as fine a detail and point out flaws as effectively as the author has done to make the case; to review the ballot images on the accompanying CD and show the data is flawed; or show how the contradictory excuses can be justified or explained.

On the jacket, Bob Fitrakis calls the book a “smoking gun”. That is an understatement. It is a catalog of destruction caused by an arsenal of weapons, tricks, and stories.

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