[Marxism] [GreenLeft_discussion] Armed Ho-War-D soldiers at election booths?

Fred Fuentes fuentf01 at tartarus.uwa.edu.au
Sun Jul 11 06:19:42 MDT 2004

>From GLW loop

>Whether the USA holds it's elections is central to Australian
>defence, and to our own election schedule.
>At the very least, terrorist hype could lead to armed goons at
>polling booths throughout the country.
>I have all the deleted parts [deletions by me to keep the posting
>acceptably short] of the following items in case anyone would like
>to see the articles in full.
>After the material below hit the net there was a flurry of activity
>to remove from the Internet the items quoted. The imperialists are
>seeking to maximise their hype about impending Al Qa'eda attacks
>while burying their planning to postpone or cancel the election.
>I'll be posting the followup item on this later today.
>Dion Giles
>Bush Regime Working Out Procedures For Postponing November Election
>By Webster Griffin Tarpley
><http://www.globalresearch.ca/>www.globalresearch.ca 10 July 2004
>The URL of this article is:
>The Bush regime is now working out procedures for postponing the
>coming November general election. This is totally unprecedented --
>even in 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, the Lincoln vs.
>McClellan presidential contest took place according to the schedule
>established by the Constitution and relevant statutes. This
>represents further planning for a cold coup designed to perpetuate
>the power of the current gaggle of discredited neocon ideologues and
>their Wall Street backers.
>In a shamelessly partisan move, Homeland Secretary Ridge today
>announced that al Qaeda has advanced its preparation for a terror
>attack in the US designed to disrupt the Democratic process. One
>wonders how Ridge is able to know so much about the specific intent
>of the terror attack he says is coming, in particular the part about
>the intent to disrupt the election. Ridge said during his press
>conference that we are now in a "post-Madrid" atmosphere. He also
>confirmed that planning for postponing the general election is now
>in full swing.
>Ridge's press conference marked a crude new low in the shameless
>terror demagogy of the Bush regime. Even Democratic politicians and
>CNN talking heads were able to surmise that this outing was largely
>aimed at deflating the five-point approval bounce which Kerry had
>acquired by naming Edwards. It is clear that the Bush campaign will
>rely on a relentless pounding of the electorate with terror
>warnings, alerts, and alarms over the next four months -- in the
>first place as psychological warfare to strengthen the regime. At a
>deeper level, the option of an actual ABC/WMD terror attack at least
>one order of magnitude greater than 9-11 must be reckoned with,
>possibly as an October Surprise, or perhaps sooner.
>Finally, the Congress is looking into the June 9 incident in which a
>small plane lacking a transponder caused the panicked stampeding of
>the entire US Congress, including Senators, Congressmen, and staff.
>This was a transparent ploy to terrorize the Congress, where both
>parties have lately been giving Bush some embarrassing moments over
>Abu Ghraid, the national debt, the budget, and related issues.
>Associated Press, 1 July 2004
>WASHINGTON -- The government needs to establish guidelines for
>canceling or rescheduling elections if terrorists strike the United
>States again, says the chairman of a new federal voting commission.
>Such guidelines do not currently exist, said DeForest B. Soaries,
>head of the voting panel.
>Soaries was appointed to the federal Election Assistance Commission
>last year by President Bush. Soaries said he wrote to National
>Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Homeland Security Secretary
>Tom Ridge in April to raise the concerns.
>[four pars deleted -- DG]
>Soaries said his bipartisan, four-member commission might make a
>recommendation to Congress about setting up guidelies.
>[Five pars deleted, in one of which Soaries refers to the need not to
>intimidate minority voters, as in "You're not allowed to torture
>Iraqi prisoners in front of cameras" - DG]
>Ridge Warns of Election Terror Plot
>8 July 2004, Associated Press
>By KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER, Associated Press Writer
>WASHINGTON - The United States is tightening security in the face of
>a steady stream of intelligence indicating al-Qaida may seek to
>mount an attack aimed at disrupting elections, the White House and
>Homeland Security officials said Thursday.
>[Remaining 15 pars deleted -- DG]
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