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"I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently." [Jul. 12th, 2004|10:00 am]
Stanley Lieber


Counterterrorism officials look to postpone elections

Updated 7/12/2004 9:50 AM

From staff and wire reports

WASHINGTON — Counterterrorism officials are looking into the possibility of postponing the November presidential election if there is a terrorist attack at election time, Newsweek reported Sunday.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned last week that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network may attack within the USA to try to disrupt the election.

The magazine cited unnamed sources who said the Department of Homeland Security asked the Justice Department for advice last week.

Newsweek said DeForest Soaries, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, wants Ridge to ask Congress to pass legislation giving the government power to cancel or reschedule a federal election. Soaries said New York suspended primary elections on the day of the Sept. 11 attacks, but the federal government does not appear to have that authority.

The disclosure comes only a few days after U.S. authorities said they believe that al-Qaeda is planning a "large-scale" attack in the USA aimed at disrupting the presidential campaign and November elections.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday that the party conventions were among the possible targets of such an attack, although he said there had been no particular threat to either convention. Democrats meet in Boston later this month; the Republican convention begins in late August in New York City.

Ridge said the intelligence was gathered from "credible" sources, but he acknowledged that it did not yield any specific information about a possible attack.

U.S. officials have been particularly concerned about an attack during the presidential campaign since the Madrid railway bombings in March. The bombings, which killed nearly 200 people, occurred on the eve of national elections. Spain's ruling party was ousted.

Contributing: The Associated Press.




From: sniser
2004-07-12 07:10 pm (UTC)
Wow. Do you get tired of repeating "I fucking told you" over and over and over again, too?

Yet, I am optimistic. I received word from the Council that the Emperor is to be dissolved permanently. When I don't care - my sources tend to be so unreliable when it comes to that it's best to not ponder it too much.
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[User Picture]From: stanleylieber
2004-07-12 07:25 pm (UTC)
I try to remain abstracted from the actual events. If I were to have actual, first-hand reactions, it would probably result in the harming of countless innocents.
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From: sniser
2004-07-12 07:30 pm (UTC)
I wish I had that restraint! However I don't live in America, so it's easier for me to keep my cool (and the amount of innocents countable) I guess. [insert something cheesy yet sincere here - chin up etc.]
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[User Picture]From: stanleylieber
2004-07-12 08:38 pm (UTC)
I sure hope I get a chance to vote this election. In 2000, my voter registration was fumbled by the DMV, and when I got to the poling booth I was turned away because I had never been registered!

This year I have my voter card on my person at all times.
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