Viewpoint: Election delay plot a scam

Two weeks ago, we reported that the Bush administration was seeking legislation that would allow them to postpone the presidential election in the event of a terrorist attack.

Now it turns out that the idea of postponing the election is another Karl Rove special, designed to distract the public from the real plan.

Rush Limbaugh and other neo-con salesmen condemned that plan and said even if an attack occurs, the election should go on.

John Dean, of Watergate fame, writing in, said: “Bottom line: there is no such proposal. In fact, it is not legally possible because there are no laws giving the president, or anyone else, such authority.”

As we told you previously, this trial balloon was first floated by Rev. DeForest Soaries Jr., Bush’s appointed chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, in a letter to Tom Ridge, director of the Homeland Security Department.

Investigative reporter Wayne Madsen, writing for, advises concerned Americans to keep an eye on California around election day. Said Madsen: “He (Soaries) and his friends in the Bush administration, primarily Karl Rove and Tom DeLay, may have their eyes set on causing a major West Coast electoral disruption in 2004 that will make Florida look like a minor glitch by comparison.”

In 2000, Bush and his crew, which included his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, former Secretary of State Katherine Harris and Fox News election analyst John Ellis (Bush’s first cousin), engineered a Sunshine State victory for George W. Bush by using purged voter rolls that disenfranchised nearly 100,000 African-Americans, confusing “butterfly ballots” and a Fox early projection of a Bush win, plus voter intimidation at many rural polling places.

But the Bush team never uses the same tactics twice. So the focus shifts to California, which is predominantly Democratic. Here is what Madsen believes is the likely course of events in “Ahnold’s” domain.

If the pre-election tracking polls and public opinion polls show the Democratic ticket leading in key battleground states, the Bush campaign will start implementing their plan to announce an imminent terrorist threat for the West Coast on the afternoon of Nov. 2.

Polls in Indiana and Kentucky will be an hour from closing when it is 2 p.m. on the coast. Bush and company will know the results of exit polls by the time those voting sites shut down. Supposedly, if Bush has a problem in Kentucky, plans to declare a state of emergency in California would be launched in earnest.

At that point, the U.S. Northern Command, which has military jurisdiction over the country, the Department of Homeland Security and Gov. Schwarzenegger’s police and Homeland Security people in Sacramento would declare a “red alert,” an imminent terrorist threat for California’s major urban areas.

While it would not shut down the polls, such a move could induce wholesale panic and an early rush hour that would clog the freeways with motorists frantic to escape and thereby disrupt or delay orderly voting by a large number of voters. The timing of the alert could be such that many voters would be tied up in traffic and unable to get to their polling places before they close.

That would mean a low turnout and no votes by many Democrats, thus handing California’s 54 electoral votes to George W. Bush.

If Kerry picks up a win in Florida, coupled with victories in Ohio and West Virginia, plus too-close-to-call races in Virginia and possibly North Carolina, the Bush campaign may try to extend the terror alert to other Western states or even the Midwest.

Should Seattle be the locale of an alert after 5 p.m. Pacific time, the result would be similar to California except that many of Seattle’s potential voters would be trapped on the commuter ferries. A low Democratic turnout in the Seattle-Tacoma area could be offset by a hefty Republican vote in eastern Washington, giving Bush another 11 electoral votes.

According to this scenario, the final tally, which would not come until the very early hours of Nov. 3, would give Bush 272 electoral votes to Kerry’s 266 electoral votes.

All the talk on national media about a terrorist attack on election day is to prime the public and manipulate them by phony threats and fear, which has been this administration’s technique since Sept. 11.

Madsen concludes: “To paraphrase James Carville, ‘It’s California and the voter turnout, stupid!’ Forget about canceling or postponing the election. Keep your eye on a ‘Red Terrorist Alert’ on the West Coast for election day. That doesn’t take a constitutional amendment, merely an OK from Bush and his Homeland Security team. They must be stopped—the future of this nation is at stake!”

Of course, if you would enjoy four more years of fascism, do nothing; if not…

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