Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Southern Arizona powers-that-be don’t want you to know Risner. By L Hunnicutt - AZ Daily Independent

On Friday 13, 2014, an ideologically diverse group of Tucsonans gathered to honor their friend; attorney Bill Risner. The event was years overdue. Over the years, Risner has exposed and fought the powers-that-be in the community on behalf of the members of the community. And because of that effort, the powers-that-be have worked hard to keep community in the dark about the man who fought to shed so much light on their behalf.

From his days challenging the Viet Nam War as student body president at the University of Arizona, to just this past May when he sued City of Tucson for public records, Risner has been under the scrutiny of the powers-that-be because the powers-that-be don’t like people who bring scrutiny to them and their friends.

Over the years, despite his best efforts and those of so many others, little has changed in Southern Arizona, which is a microcosm of America’s ills. The only real change in our little world is that secret government agents have been replaced by computers that gather every shred of metadata possible in order to keep the powers-that-be and their cronies in cash and control.

Risner, a democrat, has taken on all the power brokers, in and out of his own political party. He took on Attorney General Terry Goddard and fought tooth and nail for the truth behind Pima County elections and specifically the fraudulent RTA bond election. The powers-that-be-good in the Party didn’t appreciate Risner much, but he won the admiration and loyalty of the grassroots.

That fight, Risner’s role in it, and the vastness of the County corruption earned little air time or column space. We don’t air our dirty laundry when the boys’ boxers are in the hamper.
In 1975, when investigative reporting still existed, Fred Allison of KGUN 9 News did a story about Risner and the secret agent from the Pima County Sheriff’s Office who was assigned to shadow him. It is hard to gauge the impact the report had on viewers at the time. It aired once. No relics of a follow-up can be found.

(Today, in Tucson, it would not be covered by the mainstream media, or even the tragically hip tabloids. They all crawled into bed together sometime back in the 1980’s but the citizens were the only ones who got screwed.)

The following is an account from Risner to one of Tucson other tireless transparency advocates; John Brakey:

In the fall of 1975 on Channel 9 News had press coverage over allegations by someone that the Pima County Sheriff had wanted deputies to be on the lookout for Pima County supervisor Ron Asta in order that they might catch him in a compromising condition and stop him for a DU. Asta, an urban sprawl foe, who had earned of the wrath of developers, had not supported a larger budget for the Sheriff’s Office:

Risner ran into a television reporter while visiting the Pima County supervisor’s office. The reporter asked Risner if he knew about the Sheriff’s Office targeting anyone for political reasons. Risner said he had been targeted. The reporter asked Risner if he would agree to an interview. Risner, who is more sophisticated than the average bear, refused but suggested that he interview “his agent” who had worked for the Sheriff’s Office while targeting Risner.

Risner gave the reporter the agent’s name and telephone number. The reporter called him and the agent agreed to be interviewed for TV but only with a camera on the back of his head. Bill Risner then agreed to be interviewed for the segment.

(Back then, as it is now, if you tell a story that exposes their corruption, you will be crushed if you are the only one telling the truth. Even if you aren’t the only one telling the truth, if no one else has the nerve to tell it publically; you are toast. You can count on the cronies of the powers-that-be to line up to lie about you and marginalize you in every manner available. It’s the Tucson way.)

Bill Risner first learned that he had a “personal” agent one evening while he was visiting the Pima County Jail to see a client. A person standing behind the desk asked Risner if he recognized him. Risner said no, he did not. The man told Risner that he should he had been “his agent.” Risner said “let’s talk.”
Risner asked as they walked outside, “What do you mean?”

Risner’s agent told him that he went anywhere he thought Risner would be or where he could hear who Risner was talking to and what Risner was saying. If, for example, Risner spoke to a college class, the agent would be there pretending to be a student with a spiral notebook to take notes.

The agent then wrote weekly reports that were distributed to the Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the State Police, the Tucson Police, and military intelligence.

Fred Allison reported it all. Both men shared their stories and Tucson continued slouching toward 1984.

In 2014, Risner is now trying to expose what many believe was a deal to sell off valuable public property at illegal below-market prices to the cronies of the powers-that-be. He represented concerned citizens who wanted to see the records of the negotiations that they, as citizens, are legally permitted to view.

Although the number of developers have dwindled, in the 8th poorest metropolitan area in the country, guys like Don Diamond still pull the strings of the elected officials on every level of government in Arizona.

A Pima County Superior court judge ruled against the City, for its failure to comply with public records requirements and awarded plaintiffs $15,800.00. The judge found, “COT’s slipshod approach to Ms. Cruz’s request, unreasonably expanded and delayed the resolution of this matter….”
That is it in a nutshell.

The powers-that-be have unreasonably delayed so many possible resolutions to so many of our community’s problems in an effort to maintain the status quo. Guys like Bill Risner don’t divide and conquer; they uncover. And given the all the information, people of good will can make the right decisions and resolutions.

The complete video with pictures of who was there set to a song from 1967 "The Chambers Brothers-Time Has Come Today" at the end 11 minutes; total video is 1 hr 18 minutes:

- See more at: http://www.arizonadailyindependent.com/2014/06/16/southern-arizona-powers-that-be-dont-want-you-to-know-risner/#sthash.NDClmD80.dpuf

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Occupy Elections with C.A.R.E.:

Dear Citizens Against Rigged Elections:
 
PLEASE, be in court with us, we need a big presence to show that this is a critical case and “we the people” are paying attention and we expect the judge to do the same.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012- 11:00 AM
Judge Kyle Bryson’s Courtroom, Fifth Floor,
Pima Superior Court: 110 W. Congress, Tucson, AZ

JUST FILED: Link to the Initial Disclosure Statement of Facts by Attorney Bill Risner on how bad the situation really is: http://tinyurl.com/LPFiling

Since 2006 we’ve won 3 major cases] so far revealing how the process in Pima County works despite the county spending over a million dollars to block public records access. We filed this case several years ago to actually fix the problems found in the public records cases. More on this case here: “When A Court Is Presented With Evidence That Election Results May Have Been Tampered With, Does The Court Have Equitable Jurisdiction To Fashion Prospective Relief To Protect The Purity Of Future Election Results?”

This particular case went into a coma about two years ago when Judge Harrington said that he couldn't order fixes to the election process no matter how obvious or severe the problems are.  Well now the appeals and state SUPREME court said “not so fast” – we do have a right to ask a court to reform a broken election system regardless of what loopholes remain in state law. And that means GAME ON, before a new local judge.

Longer term, we're going to prove that election databases have been destroyed, election laws have been violated, our votes have been hacked and the voting systems we use are a tragic mess from both a technical and procedural standpoint. We're going to ask the court to order reforms that could serve as a model for the whole country when it comes to the dangers of electronic voting.

By our estimate the Pima County Board of Supervisors has spent more than $1.3 million on BS defenses fighting “We the People” over core issues relating to the foundation of our democracy. And if you’re reading this and saying “well, what about the hand count done by the Arizona Attorney General Goddard?” Please read Significant Discrepancies in Comparison of RTA hand count Results by AZ AG, a report by Ellen Theisen of Voters Unite.org. http://tinyurl.com/7xk6myc

I ask you, when does the cover-up become another crime?
 
Hope, Peace and Occupy with C.A.R.E.  

John Brakey, co-founder of AUDIT-AZ (Americans United for Democracy, Integrity, and Transparency in Elections, Arizona) My sites with Arizona Election Integrity News www.audit-az.blogspot.com and SEEKING JUSTICE www.seekingjusticeauditaz.blogspot.com and http://www.fatallyflawedthemovie.com/ Tucson, AZ, 85706 Phone 520-578-5678 cell 520 339 2696 – Email is AUDITAZ@cox.net

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Press Conference 1/12/12: The Pima County Election Fraud Case Heads to a Jury Trial

For immediate release:    Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Contacts: John R. Brakey 520 578 5678 AUDITAZ@cox.net, Bill Risner 520 622 7495, bill@risnerandgraham.com  
Jim March  916 370 0347 1.jim.march@gmail.com
LIVE FREE OR DIEBOLD:
The Pima County Election Fraud Case Heads to a Jury Trial
When: Thursday January 12th, 2:30 pm
Where: Armory Park Senior Center
220 S. 5th Avenue, 220 S. 5th Avenue, Tucson AZ (map)
Tucson, AZ: Since our saga began over five years ago, more and more people across America are becoming aware of the serious security flaws in computerized voting systems. They are systems designed to cheat, and they are everywhere. As the political scene heats up with the Presidential election, all eyes will be on Tucson as ground zero for exposing these flaws in open court and proposing reasonable checks and balances in the system. We must protect the purity of elections and public confidence in election results — a cornerstone of our democracy. That’s what this case is ultimately about.
BACKGROUND: AUDIT-AZ, the Pima County Libertarian Party and other interested citizens of multiple parties for years have been investigating election processes in Pima County. In previous actions, the Democratic Party took the lead in winning public records lawsuits and revealing the extent of the problems, including poor security practices on "designed to cheat" systems, election results that consistently did not add up, missing or falsified paper, and election officials and staff who continuously flout the law.
The Democratic and Libertarian Parties jointly filed suit years ago to ask a court to order reforms to the process. One local judge decided that his court was unable to do so no matter how obvious the problems might be. After that, the Democratic Party dropped out. The Libertarian Party did not: They appealed and won. Pima County appealed that decision to the AZ Supreme Court and lost. The courts have now ruled that if it can be proven that elections are being handled poorly, a local judge can indeed order Pima County to institute reforms.
IT’S GAME TIME: So after years of effort, we are “game on.” We plan to prove wide-ranging abuses of basic election security in Pima County Arizona and to obtain court-mandated improvements in the election process that could serve as a national model for how to do electronic voting properly and securely.
We have connected the dots into a 10-point quick summary of the fact pattern in this gripping saga of power and deceit. And we propose a remedy that is easy, inexpensive and doable. Let us share that and more with you. We promise a very interesting time.
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RTA Fraud Slides for Press Conference 1/12/12 .pdf:  http://tinyurl.com/872o8sn

Flyer for Press Conference 1/12/12 pdf : http://tinyurl.com/85ddblt

 Just released and will be filed in court Thursday morning.  Link to “Statement of Facts”  http://tinyurl.com/76lgzvy

If you can’t make it you can hopefully watch on line: starting at 2:30pm tomorrow you'll be able to watch it online at: Occupy Rigged Elections Tucson:  http://www.livestream.com/occupyriggedelections
You may have to sit through one short ad first, after that we're on.  

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friends, do you want your vote to count in Pima County as you intend it? Then come and show support for Attorneys Bill Risner and Ralph E. Ellinwood:

The fight for election integrity goes on Monday, December 12th 2011 - 11:00 AM
Judge Kyle Brysons Courtroom
Fifth Floor, Pima Superior Court: 110 W. Congress
Since 2006 weve won 3 major cases[1] so far revealing how the process in Pima County works despite the county spending over a million dollars to block public records access.  We filed this case several years ago to actually fix the problems found in the public records cases.  More on this case here:   “When A Court Is Presented With Evidence That Election Results May Have Been Tampered With, Does The Court Have Equitable Jurisdiction To Fashion Prospective Relief To Protect The Purity Of Future Election Results?[2]
This particular case went into a coma about two years ago when Judge Harrington said that he couldn't order fixes to the election process no matter how obvious or severe the problems are.[3], [4]  Well now the appeals and state SUPREME court saidnot so fast” – we do have a right to ask a court to reform a broken election system regardless of what loopholes remain in state law.  And that means GAME ON, before a new local judge.

In this first hearing before the new judge, were asking for something fairly simple: we want our money back on the 2 years of ballot storage fees racked up during our SUCCESSFUL APPEAL.  In other words, the county used bad arguments to get us tossed, the previous judge tossed us out, and that cost $2,000 a year just to keep the most critical evidence (the damn ballots!) out of the shredder.  Thats $4k we should now be able to spend on depositions and the like.  We could use itbut more importantly, thisopening issuefor the new judge will tell us a lot about where his head and biases arePLEASE, we need a big presence to show that this is a critical case andwe the peopleare paying attention and we expect the judge to do the same.

Longer term, we're going to prove that election databases have been destroyed, election laws have been violated, our votes have been hacked and the voting systems we use are a tragic mess from both a technical and procedural standpoint.  We're going to ask the court to order reforms that could serve as a model for the whole country when it come to the dangers of electronic voting.  
Resolution on Election Integrity by Bill Risner and passed by AZ State Democratic Party[5]:

By our estimate the Pima County Board of Supervisors has spent more than $1.3 million on BS defenses fightingWe the Peopleover core issues relating to the foundation of our democracyAnd if youre reading this and saying well, what about the hand count done by the Arizona Attorney General Goddard?please read Significant Discrepancies in Comparison of RTA hand count Results by AZ AG,[6] a report by Ellen Theisen of Voters Unite.org.

I ask you, when does the cover-up become another crime?

John Brakey, co-founder of AUDIT-AZ (Americans United for Democracy, Integrity, and Transparency in Elections, Arizona) My sites with Arizona Election Integrity News  www.audit-az.blogspot.com and SEEKING JUSTICE www.seekingjusticeauditaz.blogspot.com  and http://www.fatallyflawedthemovie.com  Tucson, AZ, 85706 Phone 520-578-5678 cell 520 339 2696 – Email is AUDITAZ@cox.net



[1]   Weve won 3 major cases and have saved this one from the dumpster via appeals – this one that's back on is actually “case 3” of the four. http://tinyurl.com/5wda8gl

[3] August 8, 2010 When It Comes To Election Integrity In Arizona There’s Nothing Like Having An “Elephant in the Room” Or At Least A "Big Donkey". :  http://audit-az.blogspot.com/2010/08/when-it-comes-to-election-integrity-in.html

[4]  Attorney Bill Risner Reaffirms the Need for the Courts to Provide Prospective Relief

[5] Resolution on Election Integrity by Bill Risner and passed by AZ State Democratic Party: http://www.velvetrevolution.us/electionstrikeforce/ArizonaDemResolution2010.pdf