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Texas to Florida: White House-linked to Vote Switching
« on: December 06, 2004, 02:03:51 PM »
Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software

By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

December 6, 2004`”The manipulation of computer voting machines in the recent presidential election and the funding of programmers who were involved in the operation are tied to an intricate web of shady off-shore financial trusts and companies, shady espionage operatives, Republican Party politicians close to the Bush family, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract vehicles.

An exhaustive investigation has turned up a link between current Florida Republican Representative Tom Feeney, a customized Windows-based program to suppress Democratic votes on touch screen voting machines, a Florida computer services company with whom Feeney worked as a general counsel and registered lobbyist while he was Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and top level officials of the Bush administration.

According to a notarized affidavit signed by Clint Curtis, while he was employed by the NASA Kennedy Space Center contractor, Yang Enterprises, Inc., during 2000, Feeney solicited him to write a program to "control the vote." At the time, Curtis was of the opinion that the program was to be used for preventing fraud in the in the 2002 election in Palm Beach County, Florida. His mind was changed, however, when the true intentions of Feeney became clear: the computer program was going to be used to suppress the Democratic vote in counties with large Democratic registrations.

According to Curtis, Feeney and other top brass at Yang Enterprises, a company located in a three-story building in Oviedo, Florida, wanted the prototype written in Visual Basic 5 (VB.5) in Microsoft Windows and the end-product designed to be portable across different Unix-based vote tabulation systems and to be "undetectable" to voters and election supervisors.

Yang, an engineering and computer services company subcontracted to NASA prime contractors like Lockheed Martin, was founded in 1986 by Dr. Tyng-Lin (Tim) Yang. Granted minority-owned "Section 8A" and woman-owned preferential status by the U.S. government, Yang's clients also include the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT). Yang's President, Li-Woan (Lee) Yang, is Tim Yang's wife. Feeney was the registered agent for another Yang company, Y & H Greens, Inc., a company that was dissolved in 1988 and operated from the Yangs' residence on Merritt Island. The Yangs also serve as co-trustees for an entity called Yang of Merritt Island, Ltd., founded on January 31, 2000, and also run from their residence.

In the autumn of 1999, Curtis, who served as a sort of technology adviser for Yang, first became aware of Feeney's interest in election rigging. Curtis said at one meeting, Feeney "bragged that he could reduce the minority vote and deliver the election to 'George.'" At the same meeting, according to Curtis, Feeney said he had "implemented a list that would eliminate thousands of voters that would vote for Democratic candidates" and that "a proper placement of police patrols could further reduce the black vote by as much as 25 percent."

Feeney's desire to manipulate the vote would be manifested in his home base of Volusia County in the 2000 presidential election. According to The Washington Post, at 10 p.m. on election night, Al Gore was leading Bush in Volusia County by 83,000 to 62,000 votes. One-half hour later, Gore's vote total had been reduced by 16,000 to 67,000 and an obscure Socialist candidate saw a sudden surge to 10,000 votes in a precinct with only 600 voters. The information on the Volusia optical scanner voting anomalies came from a leaked internal Diebold memorandum. In the end, Bush won Florida and the White House by a mere 537 votes in the most controversial U.S. presidential election in history.

Feeney had long been a voice in Florida GOP politics. He was gubernatorial candidate Jeb Bush's running mate in 1994, a race in which Democratic incumbent Lawton Chiles defeated Bush. Chiles once referred to Feeney as "the David Duke of Florida politics."

In 2002, Feeney asked Curtis if he could develop a touch screen voting machine "flip flop" program. According to Curtis, Feeney asked him, "Can you write a program to flip votes around on touch screen machines?" Curtis said Feeney wanted the program to merely reduce votes in heavily Democratic areas and flip Republican votes to 51 percent and keep Democrat votes to 49 percent. Curtis added that Feeney "did not want to win by a lot." In return, Curtis said Feeney offered him "big jobs." Curtis's main tasks at Yang were to develop the Florida DOT's Electronic Document Management System. He also worked on the Project Pipeline Information System at another one of Yang's major clients, Exxon Mobil's Coral Gables facility.

Curtis said he developed the voting program and eventually handed off his prototype to Feeney. The program was also reviewed by Curtis's senior coder, Hai Lin (Henry) Nee, who according to Florida Department of Transportation sources, was an illegal alien working in the United States. According Curtis, not only did Nee review the vote switching program code but he constantly downloaded sensitive data to his computer from NASA's computers. Nee, according to Curtis, moonlighted at an Orlando company called Azure Systems, described by The Orlando Sentinel as a "three person engineering firm" and one of a number of companies linked to Ting Ih-Hsu, a former Lockheed Martin employee. At the same time Nee was reviewing Yang's vote switching program, he was also being investigated by U.S. federal investigators for illegally shipping Hellfire missile parts to China. Oddly, although U.S. law enforcement agents had put Nee and his associates under surveillance for illegal exports of technology to China in 1999, he and his colleagues were not arrested until March of this year.

Curtis claimed that Yang's corporate bosses stressed that the company had "unlimited" sources of money that came "mostly" from China. According to Florida DOT employees, House Speaker Feeney pressured their agency to give money to Yang for nonexistent software. The sources also revealed that Feeney was aware that Yang was employing a number of illegal aliens on State of Florida and federal contracts.

Feeney's ties to Yang paralleled similar close ties to NASA. Feeney's wife Ellen has worked as an engineer for NASA's Kennedy Space Center since 1985. Jeb Bush ensured that Florida's 24th Congressional District was redrawn so that Feeney would have an easy time in his 2002 race against Democratic opponent Harry Jacobs. According to Florida state officials, who spoke on the condition anonymity, 500 Yang employees at the Kennedy Space Center were paid for their time when they agreed to picket against Jacobs. In addition, NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, according to the same sources, lobbied extensively for Feeney within NASA. In addition, O'Keefe and his close friend and former Pentagon boss, Vice President Dick Cheney, made campaign appearances for Feeney at the Kennedy Space Center.

Feeney's close ties to Jeb Bush and Cheney paid off. In 2002, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a race that also saw the re-election of Jeb Bush. Early in "vote switch's" development stages, Feeney had told Curtis that he wanted the program "made to control Palm Beach" in 2002. Palm Beach County's Election Supervisor was still the controversial Theresa LePore, nicknamed "Madam Butterfly," who designed the infamous "butterfly ballots" in the 2000 election. LePore had once been an employee of Saudi multi-billionaire Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi link that is tied to a huge multi-billion tranche of money distributed throughout off-shore trusts, accounts, and corporations with interlocking directorships that are controlled by Bush interests in Houston. It was this Bush-controlled money cache, originating in the East, and known in Houston by the name "Five Star" and other cryptonyms that was, according to U.S. intelligence insiders, used to fund the rigging of the 2004 election.

When he arrived in Congress, Feeney was given a seat on the House Science and Technology Committee, which oversees NASA's operations. Feeney was also appointed to the important House Finance and Judiciary Committees. He was also given a clean bill of ethical health by Florida's Ethics Commission, a panel that has a Republican majority.

After Feeney's ascension to Congress, Yang's questionable billing activities with its Florida DOT contract came to the attention of Ray C. Lemme, a seasoned senior investigator with the Florida DOT Inspector General's Office and a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Lemme had a lot of evidence to suspect that Yang was overbilling the DOT for "millions." After discovering Yang's dirty laundry, Curtis went to work for the DOT. Mavis Georgalis, the DOT's contracting officer for the Yang contract, was also aware of improprieties with the contract. As a result of pressure from the Florida State House, both Curtis and Georgalis were eventually fired by the DOT because of their complaints about the Yang contract. Someone was obviously trying to send Curtis a message when, on August 14, 2002, he discovered that someone poisoned his pet Pomeranian dog, Emily. Lemme was forced to stop his official investigation of Yang for similar reasons. However, he decided to continue an "unofficial" investigation of Yang and its practices on the side. It was a fateful decision.

According to DOT employees familiar with the Yang case, Lemme was aware that it was Jeb Bush who personally shut down his investigation of Yang. Lemme also leaked details concerning his investigation to the Daytona Beach News Journal. The investigator had previously requested a full audit of the Yang contract with the DOT, a request that was denied. Lemme also became aware of something else outside the framework of the DOT contract`”that Yang had been involved in producing a prototype vote switching program for use with touch screen voting machines and that Tom Feeney was in on the scam. The last time Clint Curtis spoke to Lemme, he remembers the silver haired investigator excited about where his case was leading. Lemme told Curtis that the cover up of Yang was coming from "as high up as I could imagine" and that he had "proof" that was "shocking."

On Sunday, June 29, 2003, evidence indicates that Lemme drove from Tallahassee to Valdosta, Georgia, the home of Moody Air Force Base. A motel receipt indicated that Lemme checked in at the Knight's Inn off Interstate 75 at 6:49 p.m. Lemme's wife said that her husband left home for work on Monday, June 30, at 5:15 a.m., an hour earlier than usual. According to a Leon County Sheriff's report, Lemme's wife said she received a voice message after she returned home at 6:45 p.m. on Monday. The message was from her husband's supervisor, Bob Clift, who informed her that earlier in the day, at 6:15 a.m., Lemme called into work, left a message, and said he would not be coming to work that day. Clift said he was checking up on Ray Lemme. Mrs. Lemme called Clift and told him that her husband was not at home. Mrs. Lemme told police that her husband was working on a "big case." Mrs. Lemme filed a missing person report with the Leon County, Sheriff's Office. Clift later determined that Ray Lemme made his earlier call to work at 6:15 a.m., one hour after he supposedly left his home for work, from a pay phone at the junction of Interstate 10 and Highway 1 in Jefferson County, Florida. Shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, the maid assigned to clean Lemme's room`”132`”received no answer when she knocked. The door was locked. There was no response when the maid called the room's telephone. The hotel manager then called the police.

The following is from the Valdosta Police Detective Report filed by Detective Craig Spencer and dated July 1, 2003: "On July 1, 2003 at approximately 1330 hours, I received a page advising me to be en route to Knights Inn at 2110 West Hill Avenue in reference to an unattended death." When Spencer and other police officers and detectives arrived at the motel, the manager told them that the occupant of Room 132, Ray Lemme, was to have checked out by 11a.m. The officers yelled through the slightly ajar door but received no answer and they discovered the upper swing latch was locked. The officers used a special tool provided by the motel to open the swing latch lock. Spencer said that one of the officers entered the room and found a suicide note and then proceeded to the bathroom where Lemme was found dead in the bathtub.  Police also discovered that the inside of Lemmes's left elbow`”the cubital tunnel`”was slashed. There were spurts of blood on the wall but no blood found on the floor. A belt possibly used as a tourniquet and a double- edged straight razor blade were found on the side of the tub. A bath towel was unfolded and neatly placed on the floor next to the tub.

Later on July 1, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory in Moultrie informed the Valdosta Police that based on the "suicide" details, no autopsy would be performed on Lemme. Unlike Florida, Georgia does not perform mandatory autopsies. A doctor, with 25 years' clinical experience, who was interviewed for this story claimed that the circumstances of Lemme's death appeared to him to be a classic "mob hit." If the Leon County Sheriff missing person report is to be believed, it is clear that someone other than Lemme checked into the Valdosta motel on Sunday evening using his name. Clearly, the Leon County Sheriff's report contains a number of details that directly conflict with facts found in the Valdosta Police report. In addition, the Lowndes County, Georgia, Coroner's report fails to indicate an estimated time of death based on a full medical examination`”it surmised that the time of death was the same time as indicated on the suicide note: 8:10 a.m. on July 1.

An empty manila folder and a blank legal pad notebook were found on the hotel room's desk along with an undated and unsigned suicide note written on lined paper, which lacked any identifiable fingerprints, from Lemme's day planner. The note merely contained the time 8:10 a.m. with the following notation: "I love my family (family underlined once) with all my heart. I am sorry. I am depressed and in pain. Mary Ann (Lemme's wife), I love you." ("I love you" underlined twice). It was certainly not indicative of a person who was ecstatic that he was finally going to nail a long investigation that involved vote rigging, overbilling, and fraud abetted by the very top political leadership in Tallahassee. Interestingly, the last number on Lemme's pager (an 850 960-XXXX) ended with the number "911." It is also interesting that Lemme's watch, when discovered by the police, was stopped at 12:34 p.m. on June 30`“a possible indication that Lemme was trying to convey the time of a possible in extremis situation. Also, Lemme's Florida driver's license was in his room while his wallet was in the glove box of his car, which was parked in front of the room. Two motel receipts were found in Lemme's room by the police. One was a check-in receipt dated June 29 and timed at 6:44 p.m. The other was a receipt, without a notation of check-in or check-out, dated June 30 and timed at 6:54 a.m. A witness told police that Lemme's car was parked in front of his room on the afternoon of June 30.

Sergeant Eugene Bell of the Valdosta Police Department interviewed a 39-year old female guest who was staying in Room 236 over the weekend. She and her daughter noticed three men standing in the parking lot across from Lemme's room at 8 a.m. on the morning of July 1. The behavior of the men made the guest suspicious enough that the woman initially believed the men were engaged in a drug deal. According to the police report, the camera used to photograph the crime scene was later discovered to have a defect in the flash memory card. The defect resulted in no usable photographs being submitted with the official police report.

Lemme was no stranger to Florida politics. His wife, Mary Ann, worked as a secretary for Martha Walters Barnett, a partner with the politically-connected Holland & Knight law firm in Tallahassee, where she specializes in campaign finance and election law and government contracts. Another Holland & Knight partner, Ginny Myrick, was appointed by Jeb Bush as the vice chair of the Florida Community Trust, a state land acquisition and grant program. Although officially a bipartisan law firm, even Democrats working for Holland & Knight largely support Jeb Bush. In addition, Bill McBride, Bush's Democratic opponent in the 2002 gubernatorial race and a Holland & Knight partner who had defeated former Attorney General Janet Reno in the Democratic primary amid reports of voting irregularities from around the state, commented that his race against Bush "may be the Democrats' race to lose."

The NASA connection to the money trail that is linked to the development of the vote switching program is of particular note. When the first sketchy details of the vote switching operation emerged, a Houston-controlled money tranche associated with an offshore entity called Five Star Trust, registered in the Isle of Man, was reported by high-level intelligence sources familiar with past Bush-related covert activities to be behind the operation. Five Star has been connected by these informed sources to have originated in 1983, when deposed Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi, and then-Vice President George H. W. Bush were allegedly looking for a repository for an estimated $3 billion in looted Philippine gold and gems. Since that time, Five Star's accounts are said to funnel more funds from Saudi Arabia as well as cash reserves hidden away in offshore artificial shells by Enron before it collapsed. What is not yet certain is whether Sean O'Keefe, the NASA administrator and close Cheney friend who supported Feeney's and Yang's activities in Florida, facilitated the transfer of Five Star funds from Houston to Cape Canaveral using contract vehicles of both the Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers to disburse the funds to the principal players. A NASA insider in Texas said he has long suspected large amounts of money have been moved into the United States and that these transfers involved NASA and Saudi and Chinese money sources.

There is additional information that the election rigging principals connected to the State of Florida and Jeb Bush may have also tried to use contractors tied closely to state contracts to parlay the touch screen software into Maine, which has proportional distribution of its electoral votes by congressional district, and Ohio, the key state in 2004. The information was provided by insiders in Tallahassee who are close to offices involved in procurement by the state government.

Sources close to U.S. intelligence pointed to a $29.6 million check supposedly issued on October 22, 2004, by Laurentian Bank in Montreal, Canada, that was rumored by intelligence circles to have been used to pay for the technicians who developed the software to rig the election. The computer voting machine technicians and maintenance personnel involved with the rigging were reported to have included Russians, Mexicans, and Brazilians.

According to Laurentian Bank, the check, a U.S. dollar "money order," is a bogus instrument tied to Nigerian scamming activities. Laurentian Bank said that a U.S. dollar money order would never be for amounts over $1,000 and any higher amount would be in the form of a bank draft that would require the signature of two senior bank officers. In addition, the bank would never use a cell phone number (514-588-5569) on their checks. The payer on the "check," Equity Financial Trust of Toronto, is said by the Canadian Fraud Office to be involved with Nigerian scammers.  In fact, the Canadian Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions reports that Equity Financial Trust, Toronto, Ontario "may be violating provisions of the Bank Act (Canada) or other Canadian financial institution regulations" and "may also be conducting unauthorized banking transactions in the United States."

The payee on the "check," Five Star Investments, Ltd., once registered on the Isle of Man, is a Lexington, Kentucky-based entity tied to Marion "J.R." Horn, convicted in 2002 by Judge Joseph M. Hood of the U.S. District Court for Eastern Kentucky for wire fraud. He was also ordered to serve time in Buckner Federal Penitentiary, North Carolina for a "mental study." He eventually served an unusually light 18-month sentence while on parole for another fraud case. When interviewed by a researcher for this article, Horn expressed surprise that the check his lawyer in Nassau was waiting to clear a bank in New York, was, in fact, a fake. According to CIA documents obtained from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Five Star Trust may have, in fact, had a past relationship with Horn. According to, Five Star Trust has been linked with an "illegal" bank.

The connection of Enron money and Nigerian scammers to Five Star is intriguing because of a September 23, 2004, Houston Chronicle report that said Enron was involved in an off-the-books deal to invest in Nigerian power generation barges. Tina Trinkle, a former Merrill Lynch banker, said she was asked not to do the normal background checks for such a business deal.

A former Justice Department prosecutor who investigated the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) said that the bogus check and those responsible for it are typical "feints" used to mask actual clandestine money movements from law enforcement investigators. In addition, the former prosecutor said the purported check lacked the necessary SWIFT codes in the numbers found at the bottom of the check to facilitate the movement of money through international financial networks. He said that in his experience as a prosecutor, the name "Five Star Trust" came up in relation to the covert activities of the Nugan Hand Bank, a CIA-connected activity that was involved in covert activities in Australia and South East Asia.

Five Star entities, active and dissolved, have been discovered in the Isle of Man, the island of Nevis, the Bahamas, Florida, Kentucky, and Texas. Other Five Star-related entities stored large sums of money in the Cook Islands, according to U.S. intelligence sources, and these funds were directly linked to Khashoggi and BCCI. Khashoggi also approached top Nigerian leaders in 1982 to set up a company there that would deal exclusively in minerals. According to knowledgeable insiders, Khashoggi used a company called Triad to hammer out lucrative international deals on precious minerals. In 1994, Five Star Investments, Ltd., the entity tied to Horn, attempted to buy International Standards Group ISG), Ltd., a consulting company based in Boca Raton, Florida. According to the Palm Beach Post, Horn was the person who proposed the acquisition.  ISG was also the target of a bid by UMI, Inc., a mortgage banker based in Coral Gables, Florida. The Palm Beach Post was never able to determine the source of UMI's cash.

Phony checks are not the only telltale signs associated with some of the various Five Star entities. Another bogus document, a bogus UN customs declaration for a shipment to a "Counter Terrorist Unit" in Lagos, Nigeria, was also obtained in the investigation of this story

Horn has had a running battle with the CIA over allegations that he is owed money for his past activities on behalf of the agency. Although Horn has produced a number of dubious documents to support his claims, one of the names mentioned in documents filed in U.S. court in Washington, DC is that of E. Warren Goss, an actual attorney in Boulder, Colorado. It has not been established if E. Warren Goss has any family connection to Porter Goss, the current CIA director.

In a September 17, 2003, declaration by Marilyn A. Dorn, Information Review Officer in the Directorate of Operations at the CIA, in response to Horn's Freedom of Information Act request, it was determined that the agency had no records containing the names "Five Star Trust" or a reported subsidiary, "U.S. Mortgage and Trust (Bahamas)."  Dorn reported that no records containing references to either entity were discovered but that two documents, cables`”"field traffic consisting of one and a half pages and eight partial lines of message text, respectively, dating from the early 1980s"`”were responsive to Horn's request. It is interesting that the CIA admits the time frame because the genesis of Five Star Trust was 1983, when, according to U.S. intelligence insiders, then-Vice President Bush authorized a Boeing 747 with a special "carriage" to airlift several tons of gold bars from Clark Air Force base in the Philippines to LaGuardia Airport in New York.

The gold bars were then transported to the International Diamond Exchange Vaults near Rockefeller Center. A CIA proprietary firm called Oceaneering International of Houston was reportedly involved in airlifting some of the gold from the Philippines, in addition to sealifting the remainder to Oregon. After George W. Bush's victory in 2000, the last of the gold in New York was moved to UBS Bank in Zurich. Marcos and Khashoggi set about to create Five Star Trust in 1983 as a means to create a vehicle to use the Philippine wealth to create and funnel fungible assets. In 1989, Five Star Trust was officially established in the Isle of Man by a Houston-based attorney who was a close friend of the Bush family.

The CIA's explanation of its decision to withhold the release the two cables was partly based on the use of cryptonyms`“artificial words used as substitutes for the actual name or identity of a "person, organization, or project."  The CIA statement continues: "when obtained and matched with other information, a cryptonym possesses a great deal of meaning for those who are able to fit it into the proper cognitive framework." The denial of Horn's FOIA request also stated that the two responsive documents could "reveal the existence or location of covert CIA field installations in multiple foreign countries." In addition, the CIA stated that release of the documents in question would "reveal specific and sensitive subjects in which the CIA is or was interested." Finally, disclosure of the requested documents was denied because of "foreign relations." The agency emphasized that, "in carrying out its legally authorized intelligence activities, the CIA engages in activities that if known by foreign nations, could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to U.S. relations with affected or interested nations."

The story of this corruption is nothing new. What is new is the purpose. The use of this old and covert tranche of money for a special Bush operation to deny the American people their right to a free and fair vote was not the typical illegal sale of arms to a terrorist nation, the overthrow of a foreign government, or the payment of bribes to foreign potentates. It was a high crime in every constitutional sense. The target was the American political system and not just in 2004 but also in 2003, 2002, and 2000. The scandal goes right up to the White House and the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee. It involves an extremely crooked Florida national politician and other Florida state government officials. And, as with all modern American political scandals, we have at least one dead body, a number of whistleblowers and anonymous "Deep Throats," powerful but corrupt politicians, counterfeit and real documents, con men, and a money trail tied to off-shore foreign bank accounts.

People may wonder why a group of intelligence insiders would come forward to a non-major media outlet with such tantalizing information at this time. The corporate-beholden media cannot be trusted to report such a news story. A common theme from all the intelligence and ex-intelligence officials with whom I have communicated is that George W. Bush made a major mistake in attacking and purging the clandestine service of the CIA. The "agency," which extends far beyond the confines of Langley, Virginia, is having its revenge. It has willingly exposed a portion of a traditional clandestine CIA money route to expose the vote scam that was used to ensure Bush's election.

The clues, for example, the bogus check, were conveyed to us as exactly that`”clues. Those markers pointed to the illegal nature of the covert money flows. The connections between NASA contracts, Texas, and Florida were additional clues to one of the major sources of the money used for the vote rigging. There were a number of roads that led to the same destination. But that is the nature of covert intelligence. Some patriotic and brave people, who have served in silence for a number of decades, have chosen their country over a corrupt family and administration. It is now time for the constitutional process to begin. Rectification of the criminal conspiracy that denied John Kerry and John Edwards the White House must begin in Ohio, and extend to Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, and other states where votes were flipped by computers from the Kerry to the Bush column. Past elections must also be investigated and those who were done in by this fraud, namely, people like Max Cleland, Gray Davis, Al Gore, and others must also have their day in court.

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and syndicated columnist. He is the author of "Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2004, 02:08:25 PM »
Tom Feeney is a member of the Liberty Committee. Other than Ron Paul, most of the Liberty Committee Members are vioaltors of the Constitution.


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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2004, 06:17:30 PM »
:greatpost:  That explains a lot about the Liberty Committee.

 :arrow: Congressman Tom Feeney recently visited Israel.

Feeney: Affirm Israel's right to protect itself
Orlando Sentinel

By Tom Feeney | My Word
Posted February 10, 2004

After three years of incessant terrorist attacks that have killed 920 Israelis and left thousands maimed for life, the Israeli government took necessary and prudent steps to protect its citizens by constructing a security fence that divides Israel and Palestine. The fence has proved to be effective against terrorism; even before its completion, it thwarted more than 50 percent of the attempted attacks against Israel.

In yet another example of political manipulation of a United Nations body, however, Palestinians and their supporters have convinced the International Court of Justice to take issue with Israel's security fence.

On Dec. 8, 2003, the General Assembly of the United Nations requested that the International Court of Justice render an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel's security fence.

This action was an insult to the jurisdiction of the court and the propriety of such a proceeding.

The International Court of Justice was set up under the 1945 Charter of the United Nations to be the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. The blatant use of the judicial body to further the United Nations' political agenda is not only an offense but an obvious conflict with the Court's original intent.

Article 36 of the ICJ's Statute states: "contentious issues may only be brought before the ICJ with the consent of all parties." Not only is the issue at hand clearly contentious, but appropriate resolution mechanisms are already in place.

A significant group of states, including the United States, Switzerland, Uganda and Italy, stated that they oppose the request for an advisory opinion because it goes directly against the "road map to peace" and the wishes of the Security Council.

The government of Israel recently reiterated its commitment to the road map by vowing to dismantle many of the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. Israel believes that those who support the efforts of the international community should stress the importance of not prejudicing the process and emphasize that the International Court of Justice should refuse to respond to the question at hand.

The U.N. General Assembly has been a hotbed of anti-Israel activity, passing 400 resolutions against Israel since 1964 -- more than on any other subject. In contrast, the body has never investigated the Palestinian terror campaign against Israel, nor has it investigated abuse, torture or human rights violations by non-democratic states in the Arab world.

On a host of issues, the United Nations and its agents have become irrelevant to the cause of furthering liberal democracies and peace while hostile to American efforts to promote basic freedoms.

I urge the International Court of Justice to uphold the integrity of its jurisdiction and recognize Israel's security fence as a necessary measure to protect its people. Otherwise, once again a U.N. entity will end up on the wrong side of peace, security, freedom and democracy.

U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney is a Republican from Oviedo.

Copyright © 2004, Orlando Sentinel

November 18, 2002

House Additions

These new members will vote on issues affecting U.S.-Israeli ties

AL-1 - Jo Bonner: After narrowly capturing the Republican nomination in a June run-off, retiring Rep. Sonny Callahan`s Chief of Staff Jo Bonner (R) won the seat of his former boss with a decisive victory over businesswoman Judy McCain Belk (D) in this heavily Republican southern Alabama district.

Bonner maintains close ties with members of the Alabama Pro-Israel community. In his pro-Israel position paper, Bonner states: `The heinous acts of September 11, 2001, only heighten the need for the United States to strengthen its bond with Israel and sustain its friendship with its most trusted ally in the Middle East.`

AL-3 - Mike Rogers: In the race to succeed gubernatorial candidate and Rep. Bob Riley (R), state House Minority Leader Mike Rogers (R) narrowly defeated former state Democratic Chairman Joe Turnham (D) to capture Alabama`s competitive third district.

Rogers met with AIPAC activists and staff last spring and issued a strong pro-Israel position paper, declaring: `At a time when cooperation among nations is fundamental to executing the war on terrorism, America has no more vital ally than Israel.`

AL-7 - Artur Davis: In one of the most heated battles of the primary season, attorney Artur Davis (D) defeated five-term Rep. Earl Hilliard (D) in this heavily Democratic Birmingham-based district. Davis faced just token opposition in the general election.

Davis has met with AIPAC activists and staff and has close ties to members of the local and national pro-Israel community. In his position paper, Davis remarks: `I believe that our financial and moral support of the state of Israel is the cornerstone of our Middle Eastern policy, and a vital element of our domestic unity.`

AZ-1 - Rick Renzi: Restaurant owner Rick Renzi (R) defeated businessman George Cordova (D) to win this newly drawn sprawling rural seat in northeastern Arizona.

Renzi has met with local AIPAC activists. In his pro-Israel position paper, he states: `Based on our mutual commitment to democracy and human rights, our nations stand together`”devoted to our common interests of deterring war, defeating terrorism, promoting stability and achieving peace.`

AZ-2 - Trent Franks: After capturing the Republican nomination in a highly contentious primary in September, former state Rep. Trent Franks (R) easily defeated teacher Randy Camacho (D) in the race to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Bob Stump (R). Arizona`s second district is a Republican stronghold in the suburbs of Phoenix.

Franks has met with AIPAC activists and staff and indicated strong support of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

AZ-7 - Raul Grijalva: Having emerged from a contentious eight-way primary, former Pima County Board of Supervisors member Raul Grijalva (D) won a decisive victory over former Yuma City Councilman Ross Hieb (R) in this newly drawn, heavily Democratic district in western Arizona.

Grijalva, who has met with AIPAC activists and staff, states in his position paper: `We cannot give in to violence seeking to annihilate the world`s only Jewish state, and we cannot allow violence to make headway in lieu of talks. Israeli civilians may be on the front line in the war on terror, but suicide bombings are a threat to all Western civilization.`

CA-18 - Dennis Cardoza: Having defeated Rep. Gary Condit (D) in the Democratic primary, state Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza (D) outpaced state Senator Dick Montieth (R) to capture this Democratic-leaning Modesto-based seat in California`s Central Valley.

Cardoza met with AIPAC staff last spring and has close ties to the local pro-Israel community. In his pro-Israel position paper, he writes: `As a member of Congress, I will work to maintain the strength of the U.S. - Israel relationship and our shared devotion to deterring war, promoting stability and achieving peace.`

CA-21 - Devin Nunes: Former state USDA Director Devin Nunes (R) defeated six opponents in the March Republican primary and easily defeated token general election opposition to capture this heavily Republican and newly drawn Fresno-based district. At 29, Nunes becomes one of the youngest members of Congress.

Nunes met with AIPAC during the primary campaign and has built a strong relationship with members of the pro-Israel community. In his position paper, he writes: `Israel is and will always remain our most trusted and reliable ally in the Middle East.`

CA-39 - Linda Sanchez: After a highly contentious Democratic primary last March, attorney Linda Sanchez (D) defeated labor executive Tim Escobar (R) to capture this heavily Democratic seat in Los Angeles County. Sanchez will join her sister, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA-47), in the 108th Congress.

Sanchez has met with AIPAC activists and staff and has strong ties to members of the Los Angeles pro-Israel community. In her position paper, she declares: `The bond between the United States and Israel is now more important than ever`”the security and success of the two nations are inexorably tied to each other.`

CO-4 - Marily Musgrave: In the race to replace retiring Rep. Bob Schaffer (R), state Senator Marilyn Musgrave (R) defeated state Senator Stan Matsunaka (D) in this very conservative Fort Collins-based district.

Musgrave has met with AIPAC activists and staff and voiced strong support for the U.S.-Israel relationship. In her position paper, she states: `I support foreign aid to Israel, and my support of Israel, at its time of great trial and tragedy, is unwavering.`

CO-7 - Bob Beauprez: In one of the closest House races this cycle, former state Republican Chairman Bob Beauprez (R) narrowly defeated former state Senate Minority Leader Mike Feeley (D) to win this newly created suburban Denver district. Beauprez met with AIPAC activists and staff in July. In his pro-Israel position paper, he states: `It is in the interest of the United States to insure that a precondition to any Palestinian state is the recognition of a primary obligation not only to refrain from terror, but also to actively combat it.`

FL-5 - Ginny Brown-Waite: State Senator Ginny Brown-Waite (R) unseated five-term Rep. Karen Thurman (D), becoming one of only four challengers to defeat a House incumbent this year. Brown-Waite will represent a competitive district in northwest and central Florida.

Brown-Waite met with AIPAC activists and staff last spring. In her pro-Israel position paper, she writes: `I will urge the United States to never waiver in its support for Israel`s right to defend itself in its own war on terrorism.`

FL-13 - Katherine Harris: Former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris (R), one of the high-profile actors in the 2000 presidential recount drama, captured the congressional seat of retiring Rep. Dan Miller (R). Harris defeated attorney Jan Schneider (D) in this Republican leaning Sarasota-based district.

Harris, who met with AIPAC staff in July, maintains close ties with the Florida pro-Israel community. In her pro-Israel position paper, she states: `The United States should continue to stand firm against any rise in Palestinian violence against Israeli citizens as well as hold Yasir Arafat and the Palestinian Authority responsible for their role in terrorist activities.`

FL-17 - Kendrick Meek: State Senator Kendrick Meek (D) will succeed his mother, retiring Rep. Carrie Meek (D), in this Dade County-based district. Meek faced no primary or general election opposition.

Meek met with AIPAC activists and staff in Florida. In his pro-Israel position paper, Meek notes: `We must remain resilient and devoted to pursuing peace in the context of a safe and secure Israel.`

 :arrow: FL-24 - Tom Feeney: State House Speaker Tom Feeney (R) defeated attorney Harry Jacobs (D) to win control of the state`s new Republican leaning Seminole County-based congressional seat.

Feeney, who maintains strong ties to Orlando`s Jewish community, met with AIPAC activists and staff last July. In his pro-Israel position paper, he remarks: `Recent events sadly prove that Yasir Arafat and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority cannot transcend their terrorist origins or attendant commitment to Israel`s destruction.`

FL-25 - Mario Diaz-Balart: State Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R) easily defeated state Representative Annie Betancourt (D) to capture the other new Republican leaning congressional seat in Florida. He will join his brother, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL-2), in the Florida delegation in the 108th Congress.

Diaz-Balart has close ties to members of the Miami-Dade community. In his position paper, he writes: `The United States must work to prevent the continued spread of weapons of mass destruction to Middle East regimes that threaten the security of Israel and the region.`

GA-3 - Jim Marshall: Former Macon Mayor Jim Marshall (D) narrowly defeated Bibb County Commissioner Calder Clay III (R) to win Georgia`s newly drawn Macon-based third district.

Marshall has met with AIPAC activists and staff in Atlanta and Washington. In his position paper, he states: `Both moral duty and national self -interest dictate our continued political, military, economic, strategic and diplomatic support for Israel.`

GA-4 - Denise Majette: In a high-profile August primary challenge, former Judge Denise Majette (D) soundly defeated Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D) to capture the Democratic nomination in this heavily Democratic DeKalb County district. Majette faced little opposition in the November general election.

Majette met with AIPAC staff last spring and maintains close ties to local and national pro-Israel activists. In her position paper, Majette writes: `Despite the physical distance between the United States and Israel, there are many common bonds, both past and present, which inexorably link us together. America and Israel will always share a special bond: a commitment to democracy and human rights and a common interest in deterring war, promoting stability and achieving peace.`

GA-11 - Phil Gingrey (R): In a newly drawn district carved along Georgia`s western border, state Senator Phil Gingrey (R) overcame the district`s Democratic advantage and upset businessman Roger Kahn (D) to win control of this Marietta-based congressional seat.

Gingrey has met with AIPAC activists and staff in Georgia and Washington. In his position paper, Gingrey writes: `The United States must remain a committed peace partner with Israel and its effort to bring peace to this vital region. During this time of increased pressure on Israel, the United States Congress must renew its commitment to aiding Israel financially and militarily.`

GA-12 - Max Burns: Despite a significant Democratic registration advantage in this newly drawn congressional district, college professor Max Burns (R) defeated businessman Charles `Champ` Walker (D) to capture this Augusta and Athens-based district.

Burns has met with AIPAC activists and staff. In his position paper, he states: `The United States and its allies must work against the proliferation of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons that threaten the security of the global community. Israel has made great strides in its extensive experience with terror. The U.S. should respect Israel`s own homeland security system and build upon its strategy.`

GA-13 - David Scott: In this newly drawn, heavily Democratic district, state Senator David Scott (D) won a four-way primary in August and easily defeated token opposition in the general election. Scott will represent a constituency in the southern suburbs of Atlanta.

Scott has met with AIPAC staff and has cultivated strong ties with members of Atlanta`s pro-Israel community. In his position paper, he proclaims: `As a United States Congressman, I will provide strong leadership and stand firmly with Israel in the global war against terrorism and in the defense of our core democratic principles. Without question or hesitation, I will be a champion for the State of Israel in the United States Congress.`

IA-5 - Steve King: After winning the Republican nomination in a highly competitive five-way contest, state Senator Steve King (R) easily defeated Council Bluffs city councilman Paul Shomshor (D) in the general election. King replaces unsuccessful Senate candidate and retiring Rep. Greg Ganske (R) and will represent an expansive district that encompasses the entire western half of Iowa.

King met with AIPAC staff in September and authored a strong pro-Israel position paper, writing: `Israel is entirely within its rights to defend against terrorist organizations and the Palestinian Authority, which continues to give sanctuary and support to Islamic extremists such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.`

IL-5 - Rahm Emanuel: Former Clinton White House Advisor Rahm Emanuel (D) won a hard-fought Democratic primary last March in the heavily Democratic fifth congressional district on the north side of Chicago. On Election Day, he defeated token opposition to capture the seat formerly held by Governor-elect and Rep. Rod Blagojevich (D).

Emanuel, who is Jewish, has close ties to members of the Chicago pro-Israel community. In his pro-Israel position paper, he writes: `Bipartisan support in Congress for Israel has become the necessary counterweight to much of the world`s `˜blame Israel` approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict.`

IN-2 - Chris Chocola: In one of the most competitive races of the election cycle, businessman Chris Chocola (R) defeated former Rep. Jill Long Thompson (D) to take over the South Bend-based district of retiring Rep. Tim Roemer (D).

Chocola has met with AIPAC staff and maintains close relationships with members of the local and national pro-Israel community. In his pro-Israel position paper, he writes: `There must be a series of benchmarks that the Palestinians must achieve before negotiations can begin: Palestinians must oust Yasir Arafat, end violence, and enact real government reforms and democratization.`

MD-2 - Dutch Ruppersberger: In a competitive district in the Baltimore suburbs, Baltimore County Executive Dutch Ruppersberger (D) defeated former Rep. Helen Bentley (R) to capture the seat held by Governor-elect and retiring Rep. Robert Ehrlich (R).

Ruppersberger has longstanding ties to Baltimore`s pro-Israel community and has met with AIPAC staff. In his position paper, he states: `I will work tirelessly to continue the United States` steadfast support for Israel. I would welcome playing a leadership role in advocating legislation and polices to further strengthen our mutual interests.`

MD-8 - Chris Van Hollen: In a nationally watched contest, state Senator Chris Van Hollen (D) defeated eight-term Rep. Connie Morella (R) to capture this Democratic leaning congressional district in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Morella was one of only four incumbents to be defeated on Election Day.

Van Hollen has longstanding ties to Maryland`s pro-Israel community. In his position paper, he states: `It has long been a basic tenet of U.S. foreign policy that U.S. interests are best served by an Israel that is secure, strong and prosperous. As a member of Congress, I will spare no effort in working to support that goal and further strengthening the close U.S.-Israel relationship.`

ME-2 - Michael Michaud: In the race to replace Governor-elect and retiring Rep. John Baldacci (D), state Senate President Michael Michaud (D) narrowly defeated Senator Olympia Snowe`s former Chief of Staff Kevin Raye (R) to win this sprawling rural northern Maine district.

Michaud, who met with AIPAC last spring, authored a pro-Israel position paper. He writes: `In these uncertain times, we must strongly support Israel, who remains America`s most trusted and reliable ally in the Middle East.`

MI-10 - Candice Miller: Michigan Secretary of State Candice Miller (R) defeated Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga (R) to capture the seat of retiring Rep. David Bonior (D). Bonior was unsuccessful in his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Miller met with AIPAC staff last spring and maintains close ties with Michigan`s pro-Israel community. In her position paper, she reflects: `During my travels to Israel in 1996, I was most profoundly affected by the warmth and generosity of the Israeli people. My personal experiences in Israel, compounded with my knowledge of history, have led me to hold very strong views regarding the continued partnership between the United States and Israel.`

MI-11 - Thaddeus McCotter: In this newly created district, state Senator Thaddeus McCotter (R) defeated Redford Township Supervisor Kevin Kelley (D) to capture control of this Wayne County-based seat.

McCotter has met with AIPAC staff and authored a pro-Israel position paper. He states: `Stemming from American and Israel`s core belief in the inherent dignity of every human being, the nation`s moral legitimacy has bound them together in a special relationship, the goal of which is to protect and promote human rights, democracy, and market-oriented economies; and deter and eradicate the ambitions and acts of those who threaten the welfare and security of American or Israeli citizens.`

MN-2 - John Kline: After two unsuccessful campaigns in 1998 and 2000, retired Marine Colonel John Kline (R) scored a breakthrough in 2002 by defeating his long-time rival Rep. Bill Luther (D). Kline became one of only four challengers to defeat a House incumbent this year.

Kline met with AIPAC staff in July and has a strong relationship with members of Minnesota`s pro-Israel community. In his position paper, he writes: `My commitment to Israel will continue in Congress where I will be a leader on behalf of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. I believe we should continue to broaden and deepen this special relationship through ongoing strategic cooperation, educational and agricultural exchanges, economic cooperation and joint research and development.`

NC-1 - Frank Ballance: State Senator Frank Ballance (D) faced only token Republican opposition in his quest to succeed retiring Rep. Eva Clayton (D) and represent this heavily Democratic Fayetteville-based congressional district.

Ballance has met with AIPAC activists and staff at his home in North Carolina. In his position paper, he states: `The war against terrorism is a war against those who oppose freedom, equality and tolerance. America and Israel are built on those values, and Israel, more than any other nation, understands terror and the defenses required to fight it.`

NC-13 - Brad Miller: State Senator Brad Miller (D) defeated businesswoman Carolyn Grant (R) to capture this newly created Wake County-based seat.

Miller met with AIPAC staff and maintains strong ties with the Raleigh pro-Israel community. In his pro-Israel position paper, he writes: `The peace process must be predicated on a renunciation of violence and acceptance of negotiations to resolve the conflict. The Palestinian leadership must credibly renounce terrorism and must do so without condition.`

NH-1 - Jeb Bradley: In a highly contested race to succeed Senator-elect John Sununu (R), State Rep. Jeb Bradley (R) defeated state Rep. Martha Fuller Clark (D) to capture this competitive Manchester-based congressional seat Bradley has met with pro-Israel activists in New Hampshire and issued a pro-Israel position paper, writing: `We must take appropriate measures to ensure the people of Israel can live safely within its borders. We must continue our financial support of Israel and, most of all, we must continue to strive for peace in this vital region.`

NJ-5 - Scott Garrett: Former state Assemblyman Scott Garrett (R) defeated ophthalmologist Anne Sumers (D) to retain the Republican hold on the seat of retiring Rep. Marge Roukema (R). Garrett has met with AIPAC staff and issued a pro-Israel position paper, stating: `The most significant obstacle, it is clear, is that Israel`s partners for peace are inherently flawed; they are dictatorships, not democracies, and they approach the peace process, not with a desire to further the interests of their constituents but to further their own interests. The evidence is clear that Arafat, as well as the Palestinian Authority, have abrogated their commitments to Oslo.`

NM-2 - Steve Pearce: In one of the most competitive open seat races in the country, former state Rep. Steve Pearce (R) defeated state Senator John Arthur Smith (D) to capture this sprawling southern New Mexico district. Pearce will succeed retiring Rep. Joe Skeen (R) who held the seat for 22 years.

Pearce has met with AIPAC staff and issued a pro-Israel position paper. He writes: `The United States should continue to condemn the unwarranted terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens and we should support Israel`s right to defend itself. The U.S. should call on Palestinians to reject violence and to enact democratic reforms resulting in new leadership committed to finding a peaceful coexistence with Israel.`

NY-1 - Tim Bishop: In one of the few surprise upsets of the election cycle, Southampton College Provost Tim Bishop (D) defeated freshman Rep. Felix Grucci (R) to capture New York`s first congressional district on eastern Long Island. Bishop is one of only four challengers to defeat a House incumbent this year.

Bishop has met with AIPAC staff and members of the Long Island pro-Israel community. In his position paper, he states: `Not only is United States aid needed to maintain Israel`s security, aid to Israel supports a reliable, front-line ally in our joint battle against terrorism.`

NV-3 - Jon Porter: In a district once touted as a top Democratic target, state Senator Jon Porter (R) overcame the district`s Democratic leanings and defeated Clark County Commissioner Dario Herrera (D), capturing this newly drawn seat in the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Porter met with AIPAC staff last spring and has cultivated strong relationships with members of Las Vegas` pro-Israel community. In his position paper, he remarks: `The unchallengeable nature of the U.S.-Israel partnership and America`s commitment to maintaining Israel`s military strength, allows Israel to negotiate with former and current adversaries from a position of strength.`

OH-3 - Mike Turner: In the race to replace Rep. Tony Hall (D), who resigned from the House to take a U.N. ambassadorial post, former Dayton Mayor Mike Turner (R) defeated Hall`s former Chief of Staff Rick Carne (D).

Turner met with AIPAC staff in July and issued a pro-Israel position paper, writing: `As a member of Congress, I will be a leader in ensuring that the bond between our nations remains strong, and I will support Israel`s right to protect her citizens.`

OH-17 - Tim Ryan: After defeating incumbent Rep. Tom Sawyer (D) in the May primary, state Senator Tim Ryan (D) overcame a strong challenge from state Rep. Anne Womer Benjamin (R) and imprisoned former Rep. Jim Traficant (I) to capture this newly drawn heavily Democratic Youngstown-based district. At 29, Ryan will be one of the youngest members of the 108th Congress.

Ryan has met with AIPAC staff and maintains a close relationship with the district`s pro-Israel activists. In his pro-Israel position paper, he notes: `We can learn much from Israel`s advanced intelligence network, anti-terrorism methods and technology, and homeland defense system. In the wake of September 11, a strong relationship with Israel is even more important to America than it ever has been before.`

OK-4 - Tom Cole: In the race to replace retiring Rep. J.C. Watts (R), former Oklahoma Secretary of State and political consultant Tom Cole (R) defeated former state Senator Darryl Roberts (D) to capture this competitive Oklahoma City-based district.

Cole, who maintains close ties to Oklahoma`s pro-Israel community, has met with AIPAC staff. In his pro-Israel position paper, he comments: `Rigid timetables and deadlines must be avoided. What should be rewarded is good will and good behavior. If there is a deadline, the extremists will always be tempted to hold out rather than negotiate in good faith.`

Due to space restrictions in the November 18, 2002 print edition, not every new member of the House was profiled. Please look for information about the other new members in the December 2, 2002 edition of Near East Report.

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 :firedevil: Our conclusion is that Tom Feeney is a Zionist, which makes him a unConstitutional criminal, not fit for the Liberty Committee ... unless, of course, the Liberty Committee is a front too.   :shock:
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2004, 02:46:33 PM »
Good job. He is not even on AIPACS list. The Zionist have several front groups that contribute to Congress. Including lawyers.