Clint Curtis

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Clint Curtis is a whistleblower, former Republican and he was the Democratic candidate in the 24th Congressional District of Florida FL-24 in 2006, but he lost to incumbent Republican Tom Feeney. Curtis's positions on the major issues mirror those of other Democratic challengers in House races across the United States.

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Curtis is a programmer who worked for Yang Enterprises (YEI) in Oviedo, Florida until February 2001. Curtis is notable chiefly for making a series of "whistleblower" allegations about his employer YEI and powerful Republican Congressman Tom Feeney. YEI is a provider of engineering and computer services to the government and the private sector. It was founded by Dr. Tyng-Lin (Tim) Yang and is currently run by his wife Dr. Li-Woan (Lee) Yang. (They appear to have come from Taiwan.) At the time of the alleged incidents, Feeney was simultaneously YEI's corporate attorney, a registered lobbyist for YEI, and a member of Florida's House of Representatives. He also maintained his election office in the YEI building.

In September 2000, at the behest of Rep. Feeney, he was asked to write a program for a touchscreen voting machine that would make it possible to change the results of an election undetectably. This technology, explained Curtis, could also be used in any electronic tabulation machine or scanner. Curtis (a lifelong Republican) assumed initially that this effort was aimed at detecting Democratic fraud, but later learned that it was intended to benefit the Republican Party. West Palm Beach was named as an intended target, but used punched card ballots in the 2000 elections; Curtis explained that the software could be used in any electronic tabulation machine or scanner. Curtis spoke about this to the Conyers Voting Forum, after Conyers left the forum and turned over the dais to a local politician, on 2004-12-13. [1]

YEI employed Hai Lin "Henry" Nee, a Chinese national, to work on a NASA contract. This included large NASA databases that were downloaded by the owner of the company and passed to Nee. Nee has since pled guilty to violating export regulations and received a $100 fine and a 3 year probation after admitting that he sent missile guidance chips to Beijing over 20 times without the proper export licenses, a common error.

Various people have investigated Curtis' claims, including Rep. John Conyers, Sen. Bill Nelson, the FBI, and CREW. After making these claims, and having these groups follow up, nothing has ever come of his allegations.

Curtis asserts that Raymond C. Lemme, a Florida DOT investigator, spent approximately one year investigating the case and informed Curtis that he "had tracked the corruption 'all the way to the top', that the story would 'break in the next few weeks' and he would be satisfied with the results". This conversation occurred two weeks before his unexpected death on June 30, 2003, a suicide in a town located 80 miles from where he resided.

On March 3, 2005, Curtis took a polygraph test. The test was given by Tim Robinson, the retired chief polygraph operator and 20-year veteran of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The test did not detect any attempt at deception on the part of Curtis in any of his responses. Curtis has stated that the test was based on all the allegations in the affidavit that was provided to Conyer's Voting Forum.

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