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Texas Attorney General Abbott Threatens To Arrest United Nations Election Observers In Texas—I’ll Buy Any U.N. Election Observers In Houston A Glass Of Texas Wine

United Nations observers will be in the United States to monitor our upcoming elections.

( Above–The United Nations General Assembly Hall. After all the ballots are cast in Texas, they will be flown to New York to be counted by the U.N. The election will be official when U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declares the winners. Photo by Patrick Gruban.)

Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says that any such observers in Texas may face arrest.

From The Huffington Post—

“Greg Abbott, the Republican Attorney General of Texas, issued a stern warning this week to members of a United Nations-affiliated delegation expected to be on hand to monitor voting at polling places around the country on Election Day…In a letter to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, a body created by U.N. charter and responsible for helping to ensure the integrity of elections, among other tasks, Abbott warned the diplomatic poll-watchers that their involvement in U.S. elections could have strong legal repercussions…”It may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance,” he writes. “Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law.” Such a restriction makes election monitoring highly difficult. The OSCE announced earlier this month that it would send 44 observers to polling places around the country on Election Day in order to monitor possible disputes that could arise in the voting process. The move came in response to a petition from liberal-leaning voting rights groups, including the NAACP and ACLU, that suggested the OSCE’s presence could help combat what they fear will be a concerted effort to suppress votes from supporters of President Barack Obama.”

Houston hate-speech Clear Channel radio station KTRH mentioned this topic recently on Facebook.

Here is how some KTRH Facebook followers responded—

“i say shoot anyone seeking to come into this country to try and oversee our elections. And shoot anyone who does not have a state or federal picture ID when they show up to vote”

“What next, they’ll be observing in our bedrooms.”

“We do not need the UN interfereing with Texas.Maybe it is time to succeed.”

“Observing from a far? I could care less! Up in our business? I say welcome to Texas and GET A ROPE…..”

“I run the election process in Galveston County. If one of the UN observers shows up at one of our polling locations they will be asked to leave. If they do not, law enforcement will be called to forcibly remove them. Only election workers, bona fide poll watchers and voters are allowed in at the polling sites!”

Absolutely. Our big state of Texas could at any time be put under United Nations control. I am very glad that Attorney General Abbott will protect us from whatever number of the 44 poll observers who may be sent to Texas.

There have been real efforts at voter suppression in Texas. The so-called Texas Voter ID law was struck down by the courts because it targeted minority voters.

Attorney General Abbott backed the ID law even though it sought to make it more difficult for Texans to vote.

Here is information about helping fight voter intimidation in Houston and Harris County.

Here is a report by Common Cause about efforts to suppress the vote in Texas and in others parts of the nation.

I will take any United Nations elections observers in Houston out for a glass of Texas wine should I encounter them at the polls. I’m certain I will be able to identify them by their blue U.N. helmets, and by the black helicopters they will have parked near the voting locations.

Here is the link to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.

Here is the link for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. These are the folks who will be sending the observers.

The OSCE has issued a statement saying Attorney General Abbott’s threats violate international agreements.

From that statement

“Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), expressed his grave concern today over the threat of criminal prosecution of OSCE/ODIHR election observers. This threat, contained in an open letter from the Attorney General of Texas, is at odds with the established good co-operation between OSCE/ODIHR observers and state authorities across the United States, including in Texas, Lenarčič said, adding that it is also contrary to the country’s obligations as an OSCE participating State. The ODIHR Director shared his concerns in a letter to United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.“The threat of criminal sanctions against OSCE/ODIHR observers is unacceptable,” Lenarčič said. “The United States, like all countries in the OSCE, has an obligation to invite ODIHR observers to observe its elections.”

Damned right. I welcome these observers with open arms. The one-word state motto of Texas is “Friendship.” A threat to arrest people who have every right to be here is not very friendly.

Welcome U.N. Observers! And good luck with your mission of improving the quality of our democracy in Texas. We can use all the help we can get.

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8 Comments »

  1. The one Clear Channel comment that asked “What next, they’ll be observing in our bedrooms.”

    Perhaps they are not aware that was what Rick Santorum was trying to do when he was a Pennsylvania Senator in support of a Supreme Court case, Lawrence v. Texas, that would have allowed law enforcement to invade bedrooms where it was suspected gay people were having consensual sex.

    Comment by lbwoodgate | October 25, 2012

  2. Anyone who could support the idea of having U.N. supporters observing our election should, at best, have their head examined.

    They are the same people, I am sure, who saw no problem with Black Panther voter intimidation in the last Presidential election, and the same morons who don’t support having to show legal ID to be able to vote.

    Comment by CJ Hames | October 25, 2012

  3. ibwoodgate–That’s right. It is indeed conservatives in our nation who seem most interested by far by what is taking place in people”s bedrooms.

    CJ–Good luck getting your head examined in Texas with folks like Mr. Abbott and Governor Perry opposing every expnasion of health insurance coverage.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 25, 2012

  4. Seriously CJ? A Black Panther voter intimidation? Two people in one U.S. city had charges brought against them on this charge and the justice department under George Bush even dismissed it as a serious threat.

    Why do people like you keep trying to make mountains out of molehills?

    The bogus notion raised by Republicans yet again (how many decades now?) concerning voter fraud have been rebuked by the courts and studies have shown that there is no basis in fact that this is a serious national problem, Never has been. So when people keep insisting that they are going to use a method of REAL voter intimidation why not allow UN inspectors in to observe. If there is no real threat here of such abuses as you suggest then how does this hurt your case. Their findings will have no impact on the election outcome.

    Comment by lbwoodgate | October 25, 2012

  5. I am not a Texan although I might like to be. There is absolutely no justification for UN observers to be anywhere near a polling place in this country. This is a sovereign nation, we are not beholden to a socialist organization like the UN, which is dominated by free-loading, capitalist hating cesspools. This is an attempt by Obama to try to discredit the election results should he lose.

    Comment by Luke | October 25, 2012

  6. The idea of “Maintaining Presence by the United Nations” and facing criminal Charges rings a bell. Perhaps the Attorney General could bring charges against all
    Mayors and City Council People who participate in ICLEI. The membership list is located on the UNITED NATIONS AGENDA 21 ICLEI ….These charges could be
    levied as “Misprison of Treason”. These Local Representatives are changing and taking our property to support their own agenda and that of the United Nations.
    Please contact Gregg Abbott and ask him to pursue charges and to help Stop
    AGENDA 21. Talk to your Local Congressman or woman. Thanks

    Comment by Darnell Garcia | October 25, 2012

  7. United Nations observers will be in the United States to monitor our upcoming elections.

    No, they won’t.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 26, 2012

  8. The UN observers have a stated undemocratic agenda. Arrest them IF they break the law.

    Comment by Anya Khan | October 27, 2012


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