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This is an open letter to the thousands of citizen activists in Wisconsin fighting a front-line battle to preserve their rights and freedoms under threat by Governor Scott Walker.
The bottom line is, as long as you are using Touch Screens and Optical Scanners to count your votes, the recalls can be manipulated. Even if you manage to secure a full "audit" of the paper ballots, what happens if you detect anomalies in the count? A protracted and uncertain legal struggle lies before you - one that I sincerely want to help you avoid.
I also have a larger message to share: You have the chance right now to do much more than protect your own recall election. You can lead what is undoubtedly the most important, and most exciting, democracy movement in the world.
My father and uncle, James and Kenneth Collier, were authors of the book "Votescam: The Stealing of America." In 1970 they began a 25-year investigation into how American elections are stolen. Not occasionally, but repeatedly, in a top-down manner, by the rigging and manipulation of electronic voting machines and central tabulators. This has been accomplished for decades with the help of criminals in every branch of our elections and justice departments, and with the collusion of the powerful in corporate media who are no friend to democracy.