Mike Connell, and Ohio IT wizard to whom the GOP farmed out the "responsibility" for computer tabulations in the 2004 presidential election, was killed last week when the small plane he was piloting crashed on approach at the Akron airport. Why does this have national significance? Because Connell, at the time, was under subpoena to testify in the lawsuit filed by an Ohio citizens group against the Republican Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell, for election irregularities. Cliff Arnebeck, the attorney who filed the suit, had asked the Ohio Attorney General to provide protection for Connell as the suit proceeded, because Connell had been threatened. Who threatened him? None other than the Chief Minister of Bush's Evil Empire--Karl Rove. According to Arnebeck, an unnamed source swore that Rove threatened to have Connell's wife prosecuted for lobby law violations if Connell did not keep his mouth shut about the GOP's cyber-rigging of Ohio's votes in 2004. Connell, reportedly remorseful over what he'd done, became a witness for the claimants in the lawsuit. Rove, according to sources, escalated the threats to Connell, enough so to prompt Arnebeck's request for protection of Connell.
Bush's victory in Ohio in 2004 gave him just enough electoral votes to defeat John Kerry and win the presidency for a second term. Knowing all we know now about the ruthlessness, deceit and corruption employed by the Bushies, does anyone really think Karl Rove is not capable of stealing an election and arranging for witnesses to the theft to be eliminated? Will the mainstream media investigate this story? So far, their silence is deafening. Just like all the other Bush atrocities, this one will probably go unprobed and unpunished.