Sunday, April 10, 2005

Clint Curtis update

If you haven't read Bradblog today, check out the latest on the Clint Curtis tale. It seems that the whistleblower who claims that he cobbled together prototype vote-rigging software has passed a polygraph exam.

A story published the St. Petersburg Times, written by Lucy Morgan, tends to make light of all this. I imagine that the polygraph results would have been treated more respectfully had the conclusions gone in the opposite direction. Morgan does, however, offer one fascinating revelation -- which makes an appearance so fleeting as to be practically subliminal:

The polygraph test Curtis passed was paid for by Kevin Walsh, a private investigator from Washington, D.C., who says he has been hired to prove election fraud. Walsh refused to identify the client.
(Emphasis added by me.)

JFK assassination researchers may recognize Walsh, who once worked for the House Select Committee on Assassinations. In that capacity, he interviewed CIA operative David Atlee Phillips, who told him: "My private opinion is that JFK was done in by a conspiracy, likely including rogue American intelligence people."

Some people may find themselves sighing at this point. The Curtis story, not to mention the larger vote fraud story, cannot benefit from any association, however tenuous, with the JFK controversy. Any such linkage will only make it easier for mainstream pundits to wax snide.

But Walsh earns a living as a general-purpose gumshoe, and he appears to have a good rep. No-one (that I know of) has cast aspersions on his JFK work, and he doesn't seem to mind taking a hard look at some of the iffier claims -- for example, see here.

Incidentally, according to that afore-linked story, Walsh was asked to conduct an investigation by James Lesar of the Assassination Archives and Research Center in D.C. Do we have here a clue as to who asked Walsh to look into vote fraud? I doubt that the AARC considers the 2004 vote within their purview...


Barry Schwartz said...

Maybe it was Larry Flynt; it's something I would consider doing, if I were Larry Flynt, and this is exactly how I would go about it.

Oh, and Deep Throat was Alexander Haig, on similar grounds.

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