Max Cleland

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BornJoseph Maxwell Cleland
August 24, 1942
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
DiedNovember 9, 2021 (Age 79)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Alma materStetson University, Emory University
Exposed9-11 Commission
Member of9-11/Commission
"One of the only vigilant members of the 9/11 Commission", who resigned and denounced it as a cover-up.

Employment.png United States Senator from Georgia

In office
January 3, 1997 - January 3, 2003
Preceded bySam Nunn

Employment.png Secretary of State of Georgia

In office
January 11, 1983 - January 1996

Employment.png Administrator of Veterans Affairs

In office
January 20, 1977 - January 20, 1981

Employment.png Member of the Georgia Senate from the 55th district

In office
January 11, 1971 - January 13, 1975

Joseph Maxwell Cleland is an American politician from the state of Georgia. Cleland, a Democrat, is a disabled US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and a former United States Senator.

Senator Cleland was originally appointed to serve on the 9/11 Commission but resigned shortly after, having been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

His defeat in the 2002 US Senate election was probably caused by voting machine fraud.

“As each day goes by, we learn that this government knew a whole lot more about these terrorists before September 11 than it has ever admitted.”
Max Cleland [1]


Mark Gorton remarked that Max Cleland was "one of the only vigilant members of the Commission".[2] He resigned from the 9/11 Commission in December 2003, stating that "the White House has played cover-up"[3]

Before his resignation, he also said that the Bush administration was "stonewalling" and blocking the committee's access to key documents and witnesses.[4] A key figure in the widespread criticism of governmental opacity regarding 9/11, he was quoted as saying in November 2003: "I... cannot look any American in the eye, especially family members of victims, and say the commission had full access. This investigation is now compromised."[5]

Election fraud to remove him

In 2008, Stephen Spoonamore, a GOP cyber-security expert suggested that Diebold tampered with the 2002 Georgia election to ensure incumbent Democratic Senator Max Cleland’s defeat. A week before the vote he had a five point lead and incumbent Democratic Governor Roy Barnes, who was also defeated, had an eleven point lead.[6]

Spoonamore is the founder of Cybrinth LLC, an information technology policy and security firm. At a Ohio press conference, he discussed his investigation of a computer patch that was applied to Diebold Election Systems voting machines in Georgia right before that state's November 2002 election.[6]

Spoonamore received the Diebold patch from a whistleblower close to the office of Cathy Cox, Georgia’s then-Secretary of State. The whistleblower, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, said that he became suspicious of Diebold's actions in Georgia for two reasons.

The first red flag went up when the computer patch was installed in person by Diebold CEO Bob Urosevich, who flew in from Texas and applied it in just two counties, DeKalb and Fulton, both Democratic strongholds. The source states that Cox was not privy to these changes until after the election and that she became particularly concerned over the patch being installed in just those two counties.[6]

The whistleblower said another flag went up when it became apparent that the patch installed by Urosevich had failed to fix a problem with the computer clock, which employees from Diebold and the Georgia Secretary of State’s office had been told the patch was designed specifically to address.[6]

Spoonamore confirmed that the patch included nothing to repair a clock problem. Instead, he identified two parallel programs, both having the full software code and even the same audio instructions for the deaf. Spoonamore said he could not understand the need for a second copy of the exact same program — and without access to the machine for which the patch was designed, he could not learn more. Instead, he said he took the evidence to the Cyber-Security Division of the Department of Justice and reported the series of events to authorities. The Justice Department has not yet acted on his report.[6]