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FTR #487 Interview with Daniel Hopsicker on the Electoral Coup of 2004

Record­ed Novem­ber 28, 2004
NB: This stream con­tains both FTR #s 487 and 488 in sequence. Each is a 30 minute broad­cast.

Many peo­ple now know the name of Diebold—one of the com­pa­nies man­u­fac­tur­ing the con­tro­ver­sial elec­tron­ic vot­ing machines. Less well known is the Sequoia Pacif­ic firm—a com­pa­ny that is taint­ed with orga­nized crime con­nec­tions, as well as a his­to­ry of legal malfea­sance and reac­tionary pol­i­tics. Daniel Hop­sick­er once again joined Mr. Emory for a dis­cus­sion of two arti­cles from his www.madcowprod.com web­site about Sequoia Pacif­ic. In addi­tion to detail­ing some of Sequoia Pacific’s col­or­ful his­to­ry, Daniel relates the involve­ment of that com­pa­ny in Louisiana elec­tion scan­dals. It is worth not­ing that Sequoia uses a num­ber of dif­fer­ent cor­po­rate fronts to mask its oper­a­tions from scruti­ny.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Sequoia founder Lloyd Dixon’s crim­i­nal his­to­ry; Sequoia chief Louis Wolfson’s attempt at brib­ing Supreme Court Jus­tice Ape For­t­as; extrale­gal machi­na­tions by elec­tion soft­ware firm ES & S—bailed out of hot water by the elec­tion of Ronald Rea­gan in 1980; the alleged “sui­cide” of the offi­cial who was in charge of the New Orleans ware­house where the Sequoia vot­ing machines were kept; local can­di­date Susan Bernacker’s test­ing of Sequoia machines—she was video­taped vot­ing for her­self, only to have the machine tal­ly her vote for her oppo­nent; the Gam­bi­no crime family’s links to Sequoia, as well as that pow­er­ful Mafia family’s nar­cotics oper­a­tions con­duct­ed in coop­er­a­tion with the late CIA agent Bar­ry Seal.

1. (For more about the sub­ject of vot­ing machines and elec­toral fraud, see FTR#’s 466, 468, 470.) The focal point of this pro­gram (as well as that of FTR#488) is the elec­toral fraud that is becom­ing rou­tine in the Unit­ed States. High­light­ing aspects of two arti­cles writ­ten by Daniel Hop­sick­er on Sequoia Pacif­ic, the broad­cast notes the sig­nif­i­cant posi­tion of this com­pa­ny in the grow­ing (and large­ly fraud­u­lent) elec­tron­ic vot­ing field. Inex­tri­ca­bly linked with orga­nized crime, the com­pa­ny com­ple­ments Diebold and ES & S as com­pa­nies that are mort­gag­ing what lit­tle is left of Amer­i­can democ­ra­cy. For the con­ve­nience of the read­er, the arti­cles are repro­duced below:

“The Big Fix 2004”—How to Fix a Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion
Pt. 1: Con­vict­ed, Felons, ‘Shad­owy Financiers’ Own Com­pa­nies Count­ing Votes
Novem­ber 15, 2004; Venice, Fl.; by Daniel Hop­sick­er

An inves­ti­ga­tion into the sur­pris­ing­ly-sor­did his­to­ry of America’s “elec­tion ser­vices indus­try” has revealed that exec­u­tives and own­ers of the two largest com­pa­nies, E S & S and Sequoia Pacif­ic, have been con­vict­ed of bribery and sub­orn­ing pub­lic offi­cials in more than a dozen states.

And while a felony con­vic­tion may be enough »Con­tin­ue orginal arti­cle»

Elec­tion Com­pa­ny Has Long Crim­i­nal His­to­ry
Thugs, Rack­e­teers Count­ing Amer­i­can Votes
Novem­ber 24, 2004; Venice, Fl.; By Daniel Hop­sick­er

While Ukraini­ans poured into the streets of their cap­i­tal Kiev to protest a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion they say was stolen by that country’s cur­rent regime, here in the U.S. a lit­tle-known elec­tion com­pa­ny called Sequoia Pacif­ic, respon­si­ble for putting our own ‘cur­rent regime’ in pow­er­four years ago, was at the cen­ter of con­tro­ver­sy last week... for the sec­ond Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in a row.

While U.S. news­pa­pers have been filled »Con­tiune orig­i­nal arti­cle»

4. Begin­ning with dis­cus­sion of the Gam­bi­no crime fam­i­ly, Daniel notes that Sal­va­tore Reale—an oper­a­tive of that pow­er­ful Mafia entity—noted that Sequoia per­son­nel attempt­ed to “grease the skids a lit­tle” at a func­tion host­ed by Mr. Reale. The aim was to facil­i­tate Sequoia’s share of the mar­ket for elec­tron­ic vot­ing machines in New York City. Daniel notes that Bar­ry Seal’s CIA-con­nect­ed cocaine import­ing oper­a­tion in the 1980’s appears to have been inti­mate­ly con­nect­ed to the Gam­bi­no family’s oper­a­tions. (The fam­i­ly was appar­ent­ly dis­trib­ut­ing the cocaine that Seal was import­ing.)

5. From its incep­tion, Sequoia has been inex­tri­ca­bly linked with crim­i­nal activ­i­ties. Begun as Amer­i­can Vot­ing Machine, the com­pa­ny was under the con­trol of stock­hold­ers in [North Amer­i­can] Rock­well, a major defense con­trac­tor. Pres­i­dent and CEO Lloyd Dixon was con­vict­ed of brib­ing an offi­cial and sen­tenced to prison.

6. Com­pa­ny own­er Louis Wolf­son was con­vict­ed of attempt­ing to bribe Supreme Court Jus­tice Abe For­t­as.

7. Sequoia com­peti­tor ES& S has been sim­i­lar­ly taint­ed by crim­i­nal activ­i­ty. ES & S’s Ran­som Shoup was under inves­ti­ga­tion for crim­i­nal activ­i­ty, but escaped con­vic­tion due to the elec­tion of Ronald Rea­gan. Shoup had been involved with try­ing to sell the company’s vot­ing machines to for­mer dic­ta­tor Anas­ta­sio Somoza.

8. Much of the pro­gram con­cerns the fas­ci­nat­ing tale of (Louisiana Elec­tion Com­mis­sion­er) Jer­ry Fowler and Pasquale Ric­ci, Sequoia’s South­east rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Both were con­vict­ed when the ten mil­lion dol­lars’ worth of bribes Fowler received from Ric­ci came to light. Hav­ing got­ten deeply into debt through gam­bling, Fowler was an easy tar­get for graft. The result of these machi­na­tions was a thor­ough­ly skewed, cor­rupt elec­tion process in Louisiana. Local can­di­date Susan Bernack­er was video­taped vot­ing for her­self, while the Sequoia machines record­ed votes for her oppo­nent. Tony Giambel­lu­ca (who held the keys to the ware­house where the elec­tion machines were kept) turned up as an appar­ent sui­cide. He “killed him­self” behind a garbage dump­ster. Tough luck.



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