Planning an end to democracy

July 11th, 2004 – 8:38 pm
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This sounds rather ominous:

As a result, sources tell NEWSWEEK, Ridge’s department last week asked the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to analyze what legal steps would be needed to permit the postponement of the election were an attack to take place. Justice was specifically asked to review a recent letter to Ridge from DeForest B. Soaries Jr., chairman of the newly created U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Soaries noted that, while a primary election in New York on September 11, 2001, was quickly suspended by that state’s Board of Elections after the attacks that morning, “the federal government has no agency that has the statutory authority to cancel and reschedule a federal election.” Soaries, a Bush appointee who two years ago was an unsuccessful GOP candidate for Congress, wants Ridge to seek emergency legislation from Congress empowering his agency to make such a call. Homeland officials say that as drastic as such proposals sound, they are taking them seriously—along with other possible contingency plans in the event of an election-eve or Election Day attack. “We are reviewing the issue to determine what steps need to be taken to secure the election,” says Brian Roehrkasse, a Homeland spokesman.

The part of this that concerns me the most don’t have much to do with terrorists though. It has to do with some Bush appointees who are apparently trying to push the idea of having a way to postpone the election, despite the fact that they have no evidence of specific threats aimed at disrupting the voting process this fall. It’s almost as though they’re looking to put the mechanisms in place keep their man in power during some indefinite state of emergency (like, say, the never-ending “war on terror”).

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