Terrorism and the Election:
California is the Target!
No postponement, just bedlam at the polls
and a low turnout on the west coast
is Bush's plan for 'victory'
by Wayne Madsen
have to give the right-wingers credit. The fear tactics they learned
from arch-Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels remain at the front
of their political playbook.
First, they put out the notion that in the event of a terrorist
attack around the time of the November 2 election, a postponement
of the vote may be necessary. Second, they start talking about
the Federal governments response to such a scenario. Its
the second item we must all be focused upon.
of terrorism affecting the election was first proffered by Reverend
DeForest B. Soaries Jr, the Bush-appointed chairman of the U.S.
Election Assistance Commission. Soaries is a right-wing New Jersey
Republican Secretary of State who has been living under the small
"fanatics only" revival tent of the Christian fundamentalist
crowd for some time. Soariess job is to ensure that there
is no repeat of the 2000 Florida fiasco. However, he and his friends
in the Bush administration (read that as Karl Rove and Tom DeLay
primarily) may have their eyes set on causing a major West coast
electoral disruption in 2004 that will make Florida 2000 look
like a minor glitch by comparison.
suspecting a Bush conspiracy to cancel the election and remain
in power until a determination would be made by Homeland Fuhrer
Tom Ridge that an election was safe, the moderate, liberal, progressive,
and libertarian communities cried foul. Postponing an election
without a constitutional amendment would be a major breach of
the Constitution (not that Bush has ever worried about his constitutional
oath) and that would be impossible with only a little over three
months before Election Day. Those who respect our Constitution
pointed to the fact that President Abraham Lincoln did not cancel
the 1864 presidential election during the Civil War a war
which saw this nation more at danger than it is during the current
cable news bite-driven and somewhat sensationalist "Global
War on Terrorism."
wing had a different take on the possibility of an election postponement.
Neo-fascist babble mongers like Rush Limbaugh said, "No!"
to a postponement of the election. They argued that if a terrorist
alert or attack were to occur, the election should go on and only
those votes cast should be counted. Bingo! The plan for a second
Bush administration became clear as day. And that plans
target is California, with its whopping 54 electoral votes, and
possibly Washington States 11 electoral votes, at stake.
Bush and the election fraud cabal that included his brother, Florida
Governor "Jebbie" Bush, and Jebbies old flame,
Florida Secretary of State (now Congresswoman) Katherine Harris
and Fox News election analyst John Ellis (Bushs first cousin),
engineered Bushs phony Florida "win" using a combination
of scrubbed electoral rolls that disenfranchised almost 100,000
African-Americans, confusing "butterfly ballots," an
early Fox projected Bush "win" in the Sunshine State,
and voter intimidation at mainly rural polling places. As with
Osama bin Laden and his band of zealots, the Bush team never uses
the same tactic twice. Therefore, all eyes should shift from Florida
this Election Day, to California, where one of Bushs new
minions, the Nazi-admiring Arnold Schwarzenegger, engineered a
gubernatorial coup detat with the help of Enrons Ken
Lay and his Texas oil cronies, to seize control of the governorship
from the reelected Democrat Gray Davis.
Republican motives are found back during that awful day in 2001.
On September 11, the day of the terrorist attacks, New Yorkers
were heading to the polls to vote in their mayoral primary. Under
the direction of the outgoing incumbent mayor, Rudolph Giuliani,
city election officials quickly postponed the election. Giuliani,
one who never misses an opportunity to emulate the former Italian
dictator Benito Mussolini, toyed with the idea of amending New
York Citys term limits law so that he could run for mayor
for a third consecutive term. Another Giuliani plan would have
postponed the primary and regular mayoral election for one year,
giving him at least one more year in office with the possibility
of a change in the city law to allow him to run for a third term.
Another plan would have made Giuliani a write-in candidate. Wary
of Giulianis various proposed election contrivances and
his intention to use the attack on the World Trade Center for
his own political advantage, New Yorks City Council and
the New York State Legislature quickly put the kibosh to Giuliani
postponing the election indefinitely, extending his term for one
year, or amending the citys term limit statute. The mayoral
primary took place on September 25, two weeks after the terrorist
attack, and the general election occurred on schedule on November
6. Michael Bloomberg was sworn in as the new mayor on January
Tom Ridge drop the media bomb that an election cancellation was
a possibility and then having National Security Adviser Condoleezza
Rice declare that no such plan existed, the cat was out of the
bag. No, do not expect an election cancellation but be prepared
for a terrorist "event" during the election. That is
what the Bush White House and their media prostitutes are spinning.
the scenario we must be all be prepared for:
If the pre-election
internal tracking polls and public opinion polls show the Kerry-Edwards
ticket leading in key battleground states, the Bush team will
begin to implement their plan to announce an imminent terrorist
alert for the West Coast for November 2 sometime during the mid
afternoon Pacific Standard Time. At 2:00 PST, the polls in Kentucky
and Indiana will be one hour from closing (5:00 PM EST
the polls close in Indiana and Kentucky at 6:00 PM EST). Exit
polls in both states will be known to the Bush people by that
time and if Kentucky (not likely Indiana) looks too close to call
or leaning to Kerry-Edwards, the California plan will be implemented.
A Bush problem in Kentucky at 6:00 PM EST would mean that problems
could be expected in neighboring states and that plans to declare
a state of emergency in California would begin in earnest at 3:00
Northern Command, which has military jurisdiction over the United
States, will, along with the Department of Homeland Security and
Schwarzeneggers police and homeland security officials in
Sacramento, declare an "imminent" terrorist threat
a RED ALERT -- affecting Californias major urban areas.
the polls in California will not be closed as a result of the
declaration, the panic that sets in and the early rush hour will
clog major traffic arteries and change the plans of many voters
to cast their ballot after work.
emergency declaration could be made around 5:00 PM PST and with
only three hours left for voting throughout the state, a number
of working class voters in urban centers will either be caught
up in Californias infamous freeway traffic and be too late
to get to their polling places or be more concerned about their
families and avoid voting altogether.
doubt, many Democratic voters might simply opt to pick their kids
up from day care centers or relatives and then go home without
voting. These would tend to be the lower and middle income Californians
and the Democratic base. The affluent voters in California who
vote Republicans and can easily vote early (and be late for work)
or have the option of leaving work at any time during the day
to vote will have likely already cast their ballots. Therefore,
the recipe of a White House-induced California terrorist alert
and a low Democratic turnout could toss 54 electoral votes into
Bushs lap, especially if the scare tactics affect the turnout
in such urban and typically pro-Democratic vote-rich areas as
Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento.
At 7:00 PM
EST (4:00 PM PST), the polls will close in Florida, Georgia, New
Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. A half hour
later, they close in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.
If Kerry-Edwards wins Florida and that is coupled with similar
pickups in Ohio, West Virginia and too-close-to-call races in
Virginia and maybe North Carolina, the Bush team may seek to extend
the terror alert to other Western or even Midwestern states, particularly
Washington State (since Oregon votes by mail, it would be largely
immune from any polling manipulation on Election Day). A terrorist
alert for the Seattle area after 5:00 PM PST would result in a
similar situation to that of Californias, with the exception
that many potential voters could be trapped on Seattles
commuter ferries. Washingtons polls close at 8:00 PM PST
(11:PM EST). A low Democratic turnout in the vote-rich Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton
area could be offset by a large Republican turnout in eastern
Washington, thus possibly throwing the states 11 electoral
votes to Bush a net pick up 65 electoral votes from the
West Coast, adding those votes to Californias. If Kerry
picks up Ohio and some border states, the Bush team will be looking
for a West Coast electoral offset and a terrorist alert would
be the key to replacing lost Bush electoral votes in Ohio (21
votes), Florida (25), and West Virginia (5), a total of 51 electoral
votes for Kerry.
stage set for a terrorist alert on the West Coast and with the
polls closing at 8 PM EST (5:00 PM PST and launch time for the
terrorist alert) in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Illinois,
Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi,
Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas,
we might be looking at the following electoral vote tally:
New Hampshire (4); Vermont (3); Ohio (21); West Virginia (5);
Connecticut (8); Delaware (3); DC (3); Illinois (22); Maine (4);
Maryland (10); Massachusetts (12); Michigan (18); New Jersey (15);
Pennsylvania (23). Total: 176 (needed to win: 270).
Kentucky (8); Georgia (13); South Carolina (8); Virginia (13);
North Carolina (14); Alabama (9); Kansas (6); Mississippi (7);
Missouri (11); Oklahoma (8); Tennessee (11); Texas (32). Total:
152 (needed to win: 270).
At 8:30 PM
EST (and a half hour into the West Coast terror alert), the polls
close in Arkansas and its 6 electoral votes are added to Bushs
column, giving him 158 to Kerrys 176.
At 9:00 PM
EST, the polls close in Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota,
Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South
Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. With Kerry picking up Louisiana
(9 votes), Minnesota (10), New Mexico (5), New York (33), Rhode
Island (4), and Wisconsin (11), his vote total would stand at
picking up Arizona (8), Colorado (8), Nebraska (5), North Dakota
(3), South Dakota (3), and Wyoming (3), his vote count would stand
PM EST, the polls will close in mainly Bush states. With Bush
picking up Idaho (4 votes); Montana (3); Nevada (4); and Utah
(5) and with Kerry likely grabbing Iowa (7), the vote count would
stand at: Kerry: 255 and Bush: 204.
With an hour
to go before polls close on the West Coast and the region enmeshed
in a major terrorist alert with cops and National Guardsmen now
adding to the mix and possibly closing roads and delaying traffic
to the polling places, Bushs team in Washington and Sacramento
would be poised to deliver the death blow to Kerry-Edwards.
PM EST and 8:00 PM PST, the polls close in California, Oregon,
and Washington. The fix is in: with California (the mother lode
of 54 votes) and Washington (11 votes) going to Bush and Oregon
(7 votes) possibly going to Kerry, the vote count stands at: Kerry:
262 and Bush: 269. Sometime in the wee hours of the morning of
November 3, Alaska (3 votes) is declared for Bush and he is declared
the winner with 272 votes to Kerrys 266 (with Kerrys
pickup of Hawaiis 4 electoral votes). Its a down-to-the
wire race with Bush being declared a winner without a Supreme
Court fight but using his "homeland security" powers
to ensure his re-election and Alaska putting him over the top.
That is what
all this talk about a terrorist attack on Election Day is about.
It is to prime the population and allow Bush surrogates at Fox
News, CNN, and MS-NBC to begin their perception management campaign
that an attack will occur around the election. But there will
be no postponement of the election or cancellation this
is simply another plan to manipulate the public through the use
of phony threats and fear tactics. The problem is that it just
might work for Bush and his cabal of "the ends justify the
is a wakeup call to all those who can try to forestall such a
series of events. Californias Democratic majority in the
state legislature and its Democratic Lieutenant Governor and Attorney
General must take steps now to ensure Schwarzenegger does not
conspire with his fellow Republicans in Washington to do to California
in 2004 what Jebbie Bush and his people did to Florida in 2000.
Similarly, Washingtons Democratic Governor Gary Locke and
all the Democratic officials, including the two Democratic U.S.
Senators, must take similar action to avoid a similar scenario
in their state.
all state election officials about such a scenario and its potential
impact on voter turnout.
2. Making contingency plans now to keep the polling places open
to ensure that people can vote later or after any state of emergency
3. Prevent the National Guard from being used to facilitate such
a state of emergency.
4. Close coordination by the Democratic Party, smaller parties,
and minority and labor rights organizations to respond to such
James Carville, "Its 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 doesnt take a constitutional
amendment, merely an okay from Bush and his homeland security
team. They must be stopped the future of this nation is
Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist
and columnist. He served in the National Security Agency (NSA)
during the Reagan administration and wrote the introduction to
Truth. He is the co-author, with John Stanton, of "America's
Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II." His forthcoming
book is titled: "Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops, and Brass
be reached at: WMadsen777@aol.com
July 14, 2004
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