Mystery surrounds death of Bush adviser The US media is buzzing with speculation about the death of presidential adviser Mike Connell, who died on December 19 after his private plane crashed as it prepared to land. Connell worked as an IT adviser to the Republican Party and played a major role in both of George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns. The 45-year-old also advised John McCain in this year’s election. In 2006 he was linked to missing White House emails connected with a string of firings of US attorneys. So the question everybody is asking is whether there could be more to this story than just a plane crash. According to the Free Press, there was something mysterious about the 2000 and 2004 elections. “..On the night of the 2004 election exit polls and initial vote counts showed John Kerry the clear winner of Ohio's presidential campaign. The Buckeye State's 20 electoral votes would have given Kerry the presidency. But from then until around 2am, the flow of information mysteriously ceased. After that, the vote count shifted dramatically to George W. Bush, ultimately giving him a second term. In the end there was a 6.7 percent diversion - in Bush's favour - between highly professional, nationally funded exit polls and the final official vote count as tabulated by Blackwell and Connell,” The Free Press writes. Since Mike Connell was IT expert in both of Bush’s presidential campaigns, there is speculation that he could have been involved in what some believe was election rigging. A non-profit group Velvet Revolution, or “VR”, has been investigating Connell’s activities for the past two years. According to the group, “a tipster close to the McCain campaign disclosed to VR in July that Mr Connell’s life was in jeopardy and that Karl Rove [Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush until August 2007] had threatened him and his wife, Heather”. VR notified the US officials about the threats and insisted that Connell be placed in protective custody. VR also told a close associate of Connell’s “not to fly his plane because of another tip that the plane could be sabotaged”. In the past two months the IT guru, also an experienced pilot, had to cancel two of his flights because there was something wrong with the plane. On December 19 the father of four was flying himself home from an airport in Maryland when his Piper Saratoga plane crashed near his northern Ohio home. Now there is a concern that there may be a reason behind his death, which came at a time when election protection attorneys and others appeared to be closing in on critical irregularities and illegalities. One of the theories is that Mike Connell posed a risk. He might one day have revealed crucial information about election fixing and the deletion of incriminating emails. Furthermore, he was an insider who at some point in the future might have provided some embarrassing details about Bush’s administration.
December Wednesday 24 2008 (21h02) :
PHOTOS-Mike Connell, Witness in Bush/Rove Vote Tampering, Dies in Plane Crash (Michael Connell)
see also http://u2r2h.blogspot.com/2008/12/cheney-did-911-election-fraud.html
Michael Connell, 45, webmaster to the stars of the neocon world, died instantly just before 6 p.m. Friday (Dec. 19) in a plane crash while landing at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport in Ohio. Connell had supposedly testified by deposition in a federal court case just 6 weeks earlier in a case that Republican/neocon operatives had long attempted to quash. http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/litigation/documents/Lincoln-Response-11-4-08-ExA.pdf
The original complaint, filed Aug. 8, 2006, alleged that in the 2004 election in which George W. Bush narrowly won Ohio (a key election state), election officials, especially then-Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, deprived African-Americans and students from voting freely and having their votes properly counted. The suit also mentions "private contractors" and "breaking "the bi-partisan chain of custody of ballots," presumably where Mike Connell and a company called SmarTech in Chattanooga, TN, figure in.
Connell’s website shows (or did show) a long client list of neoconsertive politicians and predatory corporate interests.
Michael L. Connell and his wife Heather operated the website- and IT-consulting firms New Media Communications (technomania.com) with offices listed as at Suite D, 3046 Brecksville Rd. in Richfield, OH, and another firm, GovTech Solutions (govtechsolutions.com) with offices at 302 N. Cleveland-Massillon Rd. in Akron, OH. Neocons hire New Media to get elected and GovTech afterwards.
According to FlightAware’s Live Flight Tracker service, Mike Connell had flown his plane, a single-engine Piper Saratoga with the tail number N9299N from Akron-Canton to the College Park, MD, airport near Washington, DC, on Thursday morning, December 18, 2008. According to the Stark County (OH) coroner, Connell had on him a receipt for a breakfast he had in Washington on Friday, Dec. 19. He flew back home that afternoon using the same airports, as the map shows.
The flight log shows everything going normally up to and including the last notation. Connell was at 3300 ft and about 6 or 7 minutes out from the airport. It was at about this point that he would have throttled back the plane’s engine and begun a steady descent.
Four minutes later, instead of Mike Connell being at less than 1000-ft altitude near the airport, he was flying very low and very fast from the west over houses on Charolais St. in Uniontown, OH. The Piper impacted the front yard at 2017 Charolais St. NW; plowed through the grass, taking out a flag pole and a circle of landscaping blocks around it; and slid and tumbled past the vacant (foreclosed) house and across the driveway and into a swing set. The tail rested near a basketball hoop and a small group of pine trees. Michael Connell died instantly.
The Greentown fire department had received a 911 at 5:55 p.m., arrived within 4 minutes, and put a small fire on the exterior of the house and another in the fully engulfed fuselage, all in another 5 minutes. Wreckage was strewn over 100 yards.
Connell was an experienced pilot with an instrument flight rating.
CONNELL, MICHAEL LOUIS
Airman’s Address : AKRON, OH FAA Region : Great Lakes
Date of Medical : Oct, 2007
Class of Medical : 3
Expiration of Class 3 : Oct, 2009
Airman Certificates : Private Pilot
Airplane Single Engine Land
He owned the plane and was experienced in flying it. The registered owner is a company at the same address as New Media Communications. The plane reportedly is based at the Akron-Canton Airport. The pilot himself lived in Bath Township (Jeffrey Dahmner’s old home town).
N-number : N9299N
Aircraft Serial Number : 3257018
Aircraft Manufacturer : PIPER
Model : PA-32R-301T
Engine Manufacturer : LYCOMING
Model : TI0-540 SER
Aircraft Year : 1997
Owner Name : SIERRA-NOVEMBER AVIATION INC
Owner Address : 3046 BRECKSVILLE RD
RICHFIELD, OH, 44286-9399
Type of Owner : Corporation
Registration Date : 21-Aug-2007
Airworthiness Certificate Type : Standard
Approved Operations : Normal
Julie Fano said the house at 2017 Charolais St. had been vacant since the spring. She and her husband, Joe, were eating dinner when they heard the plane’s engine cutting in and out.
Apparently the plane had entered an abnormal flight condition called a "stall," in which the propeller is unable to provide enough air flow over the wings to provide the lift to keep the plane from falling. A stall can normally be recovered from unless the engine is unable to deliver adequate power, or control surfaces on the wings or tail are inoperable. It will take months before the National Transportation Safety Board renders a verdict on the cause of the crash.
Weather was apparently not a factor.
If the engine had failed, Mike Connell should have been able to make an emergency landing in a nearby field, as all pilots are trained to do. It is possible that he panicked and that the cause will be ruled as "pilot error."