An email from Mark Crispin Miller
Regarding his new book Fooled Again
Bush/Cheney stole their re-election in 2004.
They stole it not just in Ohio, but all throughout the USA, from coast
They stole it not by using any single ploy, but through a stealthy
combination of computerized vote theft, bureaucratic monkey business, systematic
shortages of viable equipment and old-fashioned dirty tricks, including rampant
bullying, disinformation and obstructionism.
Such foul play was not apparent "on both sides" in the 2004 election,
but was committed mainly by the Bush Republicans.
The evidence is both abundant and precise--and it's all here in Fooled Again.
"This second heist of the White House is one of the great untold stories
of our time - even though it was largely carried out in plain sight. Miller
performs the simple but increasingly rare act of journalism and gathers a
mountain of overwhelming evidence from publicly available material. This is
no "conspiracy theory" stitched together from anonymous sources,
strained inferences and dark innuendo, but a solid case based on official
records, sworn testimony, eyewitness accounts, news reports - and the Bushists'
Those words were published in an excellent review of Fooled Again that will
come out tomorrow--in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Also tomorrow, a number of
Web sites will be posting a review of Fooled Again by Paul Craig Roberts, who
was Assistant Treasury Secretary under Ronald Reagan. A genuine conservative,
Roberts is unafraid to read the evidence and face reality:
"Miller describes considerably more election fraud than voting machines
programmed to count a proportion of Kerry votes as Bush votes. Voters were
disenfranchised in a number of ways. Miller reports incidences of intimidation
of, and reduced voting opportunities for, poorer voters who tend to vote Democrat....
"The outcome of the 2004 presidential election has always struck me
as strange. Although Kerry was a poor candidate and evaded the issue most
on the public's mind, by November of 2004 a majority of Americans were aware
that Bush had led the country into a gratuitous war on the basis either of
incompetence or deception. By November 2004 it was completely clear that Saddam
Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction and that Bush had rushed to war.
People were concerned by the changing rationales that Bush was offering for
going to war. Moreover, the needless war was going badly and the results bore
no relationship to the rosy scenario painted at the time of the invasion.
It seems contrary to American common sense for voters to have reelected a
president who had failed in such a dramatic way."
Roberts--a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, and a former
contributing editor for National Review--concludes with a warning that the Founding
Fathers would appreciate:
"Miller directs our attention to Bush's high-handed treatment of dissenters.
If electronic voting machines programmed by private Republican firms remain
in our future, dissent will become pointless unless it boils over into revolution.
Power-mad Republicans need to consider the result when democracy loses its
legitimacy and only the rich have anything to lose."
Despite its wealth of evidence--meticulously documented in 57 pages of detailed
endnotes--and despite the standing of its author (Miller is an NYU professor
with a solid global reputation), Fooled Again has been pointedly ignored by
the national media.
There have been no national reviews of Fooled Again.
No network or cable TV show would have the author on to talk about the book.
NPR has refused to have him on. Even shows that Miller has appeared on in the
past, and more than once ("The Connection," "On the Media,"
"Talk of the Nation"), have refused to him on to talk about this book.
Only one daily newspaper--the Florida Sun-Sentinel--has published a review.
WHYY, the NPR affiliate in Philadelphia, recently refused to broadcast paid
ads for the book, offering several different and unlikely explanations.
Aside from C-SPAN, Air America and Pacifica, no national media would have the
author on to tell his fellow-citizens about his findings.
Those few reviews of Fooled Again that have appeared were mostly positive:
Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The Florida Sun-Sentinel,
The Chicago Reader, The Baltimore Chronicle and other publications have all
stressed the book's importance and the soundness of its evidence. (Fooled Again
is certainly the only book in history to be highly praised by both The Christian
Century and Hustler!) In short, the media would seem to have buried Fooled Again
not because of any weakness in the book itself, but for political reasons above
Right now the very soul of our democracy is at unprecedented risk. The president
is openly contemptuous of the very system that the Founding Fathers put in place.
He seeks to rule regardless of what Congress and the people want, does all he
can to silence the free press, has recklessly subjected millions of Americans
to government surveillance, and demands the right to bomb and torture other
peoples as the spirit moves him.
And all of this goes on with little protest from the Democratic Party, which
now behaves not like the patriotic opposition but merely as a bunch of bystanders
afraid to speak out loud and clear against the Bush administration's un-American
At this moment, it is crucial that we openly discuss the likelihood that this
administration was not duly re-elected in 2004, any more than it was properly
elected in 2000. That national debate must take place now, so that the people
understand that their democracy had been subverted--and, even more important,
so that we can begin to talk about electoral reform in these United States as
soon as possible. The crucial democratic conversation won't take place until
the scandal of the last election finally resonates; and that is what impelled
Mark Crispin Miller to write Fooled Again. His fellow-citizens deserve no less
than to be told what's in this deeply edifying book.
Mark Crispin Miller is a seasoned and effective
interviewee, who has appeared on many news programs both in the US and abroad,
including The PBS News Hour, Frontline, The O'Reilly Factor, Washington Journal,
Democracy Now! and Bill Moyers's The Public Mind.
He can be reached at mark.miller @ nyu.edu,
or at New York University, at 212-998-5188.
Jamie Brickhouse is his publicist at Basic Books: firstname.lastname@example.org