October 14, 2004

Kerry/Edwards planning to charge voter intimidation -- even if none exists!

Matt Drudge has obtained a 66 page document to be issued by the Kerry/Edwards campaign and the Demcratic National Committee which directs supporters to make loud and vocal charges of voter intimidation against the GOP and the Bush Administration -- even if none exists.

A 66-page mobilization plan to be issued by the Kerry/Edwards campaign and the Democratic National Committee states: "If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a 'pre-emptive strike.'"
UPDATE (11:15A): Drudge has posted a .PDF file with the first page of this manual. You can also click the image to see a .JPG of the same PDF file.
If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a "pre-emptive strike" (particularly well-suited to states in which there techniques have been tried in the past).

Prime minority leadership to discuss the issue in the media; provide talking points

Place stories in which minority leadership expresses concern about the threat of intimidation tactics

And they claim that they are the good guys and we are the bad guys? Uh....

UPDATE (11:35A): More from Drudge:

One top DNC official confirmed the manual's authenticity, but claimed the notion of crying wolf on any voter intimidation is "absurd."

"We all know the Republicans are going to try to steal the election by scaring people and confusing people," the top DNC source explained.

UPDATE (4:30P): The Democratic National Committee is charging that the Drudge Report is "misleading" the public over the document.
(T)oday the Drudge Report posted a misleading statement about Democratic efforts to fight voter suppression.

In response, the Democratic National Committee released: 1) A statement from DNC Communications Director Jano Cabrera; 2) A brief review of past GOP voter intimidation efforts from this year alone; 3) The full excerpt from the DNC field manual which was a alluded to, but unfairly characterized, on the Drudge Report.

Actually, this sounds more like one of their hole cards might have been turned. The pre-emptive strike quote intimates that the Democrats are going to assume that intimidation will take place, period. It sounds like they don't care about playing fairly, just about winning.

Posted by mhking at October 14, 2004 11:03 AM

Ahh but there are scandalous actions already taking part on behalf of the GOP. Voter registrations of democrats are being destroyed.

According to CBSNews.com Chief Political Writer David Paul Kuhn

"Officials in Oregon have launched a criminal investigation after receiving numerous complaints that a Republican-affiliated group was destroying registration forms filed by Democratic voters statewide, Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury told CBSNews.com"

"Meanwhile, CBS affiliate KLAS-TV is reporting accusations of similar malfeasance in Nevada."

"Both state's allegations are linked to a Phoenix political consulting firm called Sproul & Associates run by Nathan Sproul, former head of the Arizona Republican Party. Sproul & Associates has received nearly $500,000 from the Republican National Committee this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics."

Click here to read the article

And there are other scandals as well.

Pentagon-Bush military records destroyed (Seattle Times 07-09-04)
"Military payroll records that could more fully document President Bush's whereabouts during his service in the Texas Air National Guard were inadvertently destroyed, according to the Pentagon.

In a letter responding to a freedom of information request by The Associated Press, the Defense Department said that microfilm containing the pertinent National Guard payroll records was damaged and could not be salvaged. The damaged material included payroll records for the first quarter of 1969 and the third quarter of 1972.

President Bush's payroll records for those two quarters were among the records destroyed, wrote C.Y. Talbott, of the Pentagon's Freedom of Information and Security Review section. "Searches for back-up paper copies of the missing records were unsuccessful."

To read the article click HERE

I guess we will be having another scandalous election like the Florida debacle all over again. Some people don't want 4 more years of the tyrant George Bush. Or more freedoms taken away like his infamous "Patriot Act" aimed at scaring people into submission.

The citizens of the United States of America need to know what the government is doing. To hold government accountable, the public must stay informed of the activities of their government. The Electronic Privacy Information Center effectively uses the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to inform the public of excessive government secrecy in using the USA PATRIOT Act, government surveillance of individuals, and more.

According to EPIC "Northwest Airlines handed over millions of passenger records to NASA; U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay used the Federal Aviation Administration to track Texas state legislators; the Department of Justice resisted disclosing basic, statistical information about its use of USA PATRIOT Act powers."

EPIC's Site

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
--William Pitt-- (1759-1806)

Posted by: potencia at October 18, 2004 04:27 AM

The EPIC link I overlooked to include is HERE

Posted by: potencia at October 18, 2004 04:36 AM
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