Extended Video: Florida Student Tasered At John Kerry Speech

A lot of commenters have been asking to see the full-length video of Andrew Meyer questioning John Kerry, suggesting that whatever he said before the University of Florida police pounced on him was a Taser-able offense.

It seems Meyer held a up a copy of Greg Palast's book Armed Madhouse and asked the following question:

“[Palast] said you won the 2004 election—isn’t that amazing? There were multiple reports of disenfranchising of Black voters on the day of the election in 2004 in Florida and Ohio. … How could you concede the election on the day?”

So a college student asks Sen. John Kerry how he could concede something as important as the presidency of the United States of America without a fight and gets dragged out by the police. And once again, Kerry does not put up a fight.

Here's the part of Palast's book that Meyer was referring to:

How’d they do it? Again. And how will they do it in ‘08? The answer arrived just after midnight on October 8, 2004, three weeks before the official voting, in a series of extraordinary e-mails. The e-mails were intended for the chieftains of the President’s re-election campaign in Washington. Strangely enough, they were misaddressed and ended up in my mailbox. Such things happen.

Night of the Uncounted: How to Disappear Three Million Votes But the e-mails and their technical attachments won’t mean a thing unless you understand some arcane facts about elections American-style.

First, consider CNN’s Ohio exit polls broadcast just after midnight after the voting ended on Election Day. They show John Kerry defeated George Bush among women oters by 53% to 47%. And among men voters, Kerry defeated Bush 51% to 49%.

So here’s your question, class: What third sex put George Bush over the top in Ohio and gave him the White House?

Answer: The Uncounted.

In Ohio, there were 153,237 ballots simply thrown away, more than the Bush “victory” margin. In New Mexico the uncounted vote was fives times the Bush alleged victory margin of 5,988. In Iowa, Bush’s triumph of 13,498 was overwhelmed by 36,811 votes rejected. In all, over three million votes were cast but never counted in the 2004 presidential election. The official number is bad enough-1,855,827 ballots cast not counted, reported to the federal government’s Election’s Assistance Commission. But the feds are missing data from several cities and entire states too embarrassed to report the votes they failed to count. Correcting for the under-reporting of the undercount, the number of ballots cast but never counted goes to 3,600,380. And there are certainly more we couldn’t locate to tote up.

Why doesn’t your government tell you this? Hey, they do. It’s right there in black-and-white on a U.S. Census Bureau announcement released seven months after the election-in a footnote to the report on voter turn-out. The Census tabulation of voters voting “differs,” from ballots tallied by the Clerk of the House of Representatives for the 2004 presidential race by 3.4 million votes.

This is the hidden presidential count which, excepting the Census’ whispered footnote, has not been reported.

There's more from that chapter of Armed Madhouse on Palast's website.


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