July 12, 2004

It looks like our paranoid rambling is contagious.

The other day, we suggested that the Homeland Security Department's warnings that terrorists might want to disrupt the US presidential election were rather suspicious given that a federal commission is looking into the legal basis for postponing or cancelling an election in the aftermath of a major terror attack.

Well, this magpie isn't the only one wearing a tinfoil hat any more. For example, check out this report from USA Today or this one in the NY Times or this one from the BBC.

And then there's this item from Newsweek that appears to started the movement of this subject from fringe paranoia to an acceptable topic for 'respectable' journalism. Newsweek does add one particularly chilling new fact to the mix: Homeland Security czar Tom Ridge has asked the Justice Department for an opinion as to what legalities would have to be observed in order to cancel an election.

Wanna lay bets on whether the November US election is held on schedule? Or at all?

Perhaps someone should be making sure that no suspicious fires get started in the Reichstag Congress.

Posted by Magpie at July 12, 2004 09:50 PM | War on Terrorism | Technorati links |
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FYI, MSNBC is running a web poll on this question, although the wording is somewhat loaded.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3096434

Nonetheless, the proposition of delaying an election is getting creamed as of this posting by a vote of 86% to 14%.

Posted by: The One True b!X at July 12, 2004 11:40 PM

I wrote a little bit about this back on July 1st when reports about DeForest B. Soaries asking for guidelines first came out. (http://www.greaterdemocracy.org/mt/archives/000092.html)

Since it is now starting to get more attention, I wrote the following to my local paper:

"Instead of dismissing this as another alarmist attempt to discourage voting, we should all call for greater efforts to make voting easier and safer. If we handed over authority in Iraq early to thwart terrorists and promote democracy, we should encourage early voting here to thwart terrorists as well. I am sure there are lots of other ways that we can also promote safe and widespread voting."

Posted by: Aldon Hynes at July 13, 2004 12:49 AM

I set aside my tinfoil hat weeks ago and started taking the subject at face value. And I wrote to my congress critters over a week ago.

And you? Just click on the link.

Write to your Senators and congressmen!

Scorpio
Eccentricity

Posted by: Scorpio at July 13, 2004 02:05 AM

i see no reason to worry about terroists stalling/stopping the election in nov. the distinguished gentleman from colorado, sen. wayne allard, has already started work to ensure the safety of ....wait a minute....isn't that the idiot who has the senate wasting time trying to get a gay marriage amendment???

WTF!

click here to contact him

Posted by: confused at July 13, 2004 05:05 AM