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Counterterrorism officials look to postpone elections

This is pretty scary stuff.
Counterterrorism officials look to postpone elections
From staff and wire reports
WASHINGTON Counterterrorism officials are looking into the possibility of postponing the November presidential election if there is a terrorist attack at election time, Newsweek reported Sunday.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned last week that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network may attack within the USA to try to disrupt the election.

The magazine cited unnamed sources who said the Department of Homeland Security asked the Justice Department for advice last week.

Newsweek said DeForest Soaries, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, wants Ridge to ask Congress to pass legislation giving the government power to cancel or reschedule a federal election. Soaries said New York suspended primary elections on the day of the Sept. 11 attacks, but the federal government does not appear to have that authority.

The disclosure comes only a few days after U.S. authorities said they believe that al-Qaeda is planning a "large-scale" attack in the USA aimed at disrupting the presidential campaign and November elections.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday that the party conventions were among the possible targets of such an attack, although he said there had been no particular threat to either convention. Democrats meet in Boston later this month; the Republican convention begins in late August in New York City.

Ridge said the intelligence was gathered from "credible" sources, but he acknowledged that it did not yield any specific information about a possible attack.

U.S. officials have been particularly concerned about an attack during the presidential campaign since the Madrid railway bombings in March. The bombings, which killed nearly 200 people, occurred on the eve of national elections. Spain's ruling party was ousted.

Contributing: The Associated Press.
The seed has been planted 12.Jul.2004 12:47

Litoralis

I can see it now. When the NEO-CONS get desperate enough from the latest poll numbers and they certainly don't want to be tried and executed for their war crimes. Let's postpone the election by using one of our many CIA sleeper cells within the USA to attack our own people at the ballot box. I can almost hear the FOX NEWS sound bites now. "Yeah, me and Nadine here just finished a double shift at the Piggly Wiggly and where headed to the polls to vote for Mr. Kerry when all of a sudden we saw dem Islama r Muslima Middle Easterners anyway dey where foreigners fer shure because right before the explosion one of dem fellers dropped a Koran and his passport and a old time sheet dat said he works for dat AL Caida group. Well anyhoo me and Nadine here now think dat we as God fearing, Nascar loving Americans need to a kick ass president in charge and will now vote for Mr. Bush when the polls reopen".
Machiavelli would be proud of this administration.
Heaven Help U.S.!

FYI 12.Jul.2004 13:29

DCer

Anyone that reads this and will be in Washington, DC tommorrow, there is a rally at the rotunda before 11am to join protest against this plan. Bev Harris of blackboxvoting.org will be organizing this effort.


Burn It Down 12.Jul.2004 15:31

Mother of Sam

At each sick turn of the game I find myself wondering, "Is this it? Will we wake up, rise up?" If this doesn't do it, then we deserve what we get.

... 12.Jul.2004 15:51

this thing here

///CLASSIFIED - SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIRED///
- INTERNAL GOV. MEMO -
FROM: OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY
TO: WHITE HOUSE


'Mr. President,

My thoughts regarding our discussion last week:

No, let's not work on trying to prevent a terrorist attack from happening, whether tommorrow or November 2.

Instead, let's sit around and pour over ways to delay a presidential election.

We can't do anything about the terrorism, but we can sure let the election slide.

Hell, why not just do away with the election this year? - TR'


///CLASSIFIED - SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIRED///
- INTERNAL MEMO -
FROM: WHITE HOUSE
TO: OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY

'Tommy,

Don't you worry Tommy.

There will be plenty for you and your guys to do later this year.

Got some Big Plans comin' down later this year.

So don't you worry about the elections. It's not like it's my responsibility to ensure that Americans get a chance to vote! HA! Goddamn rights Tommy. They make my job harder and they make your job harder. The less, the better.

Anyways, Johnny and his team are workin' overtime on how to get around having the elections.

So just show up at your office everyday and pretend like you're doing something. We'll handle the rest. - GWB'

grow our own food 12.Jul.2004 16:38

and forage 4 native edibles

becoming indypendent from the system would involve growing our own food free of pesticides and GMO, also foraging for native edibles, maintaining a healthy ecosystem..

some other ways of getting more free growing space over time would involve expanding parking lot pavement fissures by dropping tenacious monocot (grass and sedge) seeds inbewteen the cracks, letting the roots begin pushing up the pavement, allowing soil biota to breathe..

not sure about the health factors involved in eating plants grown in asphalt, maybe the initial plants could be used for fiber/cord/string/paper etc., until the asphalt scab is broke up enough to be carted away. then when the space is safe, food could be grown in the liberated soil..

cattail roots (rhizomes) are edible and grow quickly in wetland habitat..

we can and will overgrow the system of US imperialism..

we need a plan 12.Jul.2004 22:25

rosallia

If an 'attack' happens and the elections are postponed (or cancelled) we need a plan!!!! If we're really going to try and change things we need to start planning now. My vote is for a general strike - that will bring them to the bargaining table. Money seems to be the only thing that talks these days....