From the July 2004 Idaho Observer:
Bush administration preparing U.S. for election season terror attack, suspension of elections
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The subject occupying the minds of Americans as of this printing is an announcement from the chairman of a new federal voting commission stating that he is preparing to establish guidelines that will describe how elections may be cancelled or rescheduled in the event of another terrorist attack in the U.S.
Last April Bush appointee Federal Election Assistance Commission Chairman DeForest Soaries communicated to National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice and Department of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge his concern that a terrorist attack will disrupt elections and there are no guidelines in place to handle the situation.
I am still waiting for their response, Soaries told the Associated Press, adding that, Thus far we have not begun any meaningful discussion.
The announcement comes at a time when the dominant media has been reporting that Bush administration officials have solid intelligence that another terrorist attack will be made against Americans on American soil sometime before the November elections.
Though Soaries contends there are no provisions in place to cancel or delay an election during a national emergency, declassified documents unearthed by the Atlantic Monthly (March, 2004) indicate such provisions are, indeed, in place. The Atlantic reported that, At least once a year during the 80s, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld vanished.
No one, not their wives nor employees, knew where they were. It turns out they were working on a top-secret Armageddon plan that would redesign the transition of power in the event of a national emergency.
During the Reagan era, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were key players in a clandestine program designed to set aside the legal lines of succession and immediately install a new 'President' in the event that a nuclear attack killed the country's leaders, wrote James Mann for the Atlantic.
The basic plan was for three congressmen to be chosen, a support staff assembled and that each contingent would be sent off to a secure location. One would be chosen to act as president but would really be taking orders from Cheney and Rumsfeld who would be safe in some bunker near Washington, D.C.
Though the Cold War is allegedly over, the behavior of both Rumsfeld and Cheney after 9/11 indicates that their Reagan-era plans are in place. It would seem that the two, who have been working together since the days of President Ford, would have planned for most every contingency having had at least eight years to brainstorm them. If a terrorist attack comes during the elections, hurried plans of a newly appointed chairman of a newly created commission will not be the only plans set in motion.
It is not a stretch to believe that Cheney and Rumsfeld have been working for 30 years to be exactly where they are and they have no intention of leaving. The announcement that plans are underway to postpone or cancel the November elections to protect the interests of the voters is a clear indication that the Cheney/Rumsfeld Armageddon plan is in full force and effect.
Soaries, a former secretary of state for New Jersey, states that his intent is to protect the rights of the voters. Who makes the call, under what circumstances is the call made, what are the constitutional implications? I think we have to err on the side of transparency to protect the voting rights of the country, Soaries said.
The AP reported that Soaries wants to know what federal officials are doing to increase security on Election Day. He said that security officials must take care not to allow heightened security measures that may intimidate minority voters.
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