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International Group To Monitor U.S. Presidential Election
Special Thanks to Tom DeWeese of APC
http://www.americanpolicy.org


Outrage!

The U.S. State Department has invited an international team of observers to hover over American voters in November and monitor the U.S. presidential election. This news comes only months after a group of 13 Democrats (led by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas) disgustingly wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, asking him to send monitors to the U.S. for the upcoming election.

Think about how despicable this is. Thirteen members of the United States Congress are begging unaccountable, international meddlers to come and monitor our electoral process, in an effort to frame America as some tin-pot dictatorship that can’t fairly manage its own elections.

Now, the Bush Administration through Secretary of State Colin Powell, after being pressured by Eddie Bernice Johnson and her globalist gulag, has invited members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to observe the upcoming presidential election. Of course, this raises a tremendous potential for corruption, political shenanigans, and electoral catastrophe.

When asked about their objectives, OSCE spokeswoman Urdur Gunnarsdottir said: “We monitor, we publicize what we see. You can call it political pressure.”

This makes it very clear what would happen if a disputed ballot count were to occur, similar to the situation in Florida in 2000. Imagine having a group like OSCE step into the fray and add fuel to the fire! Whose side would they be on? The leftist Democrats in Congress who support them, of course!

The American Policy Center has contacted the State Department and is waiting for answers. Unfortunately, the State Department has no answers. We were told to call the OSCE, because apparently, the OSCE can do whatever they want in this situation. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and ten of his congressional colleagues have sent a letter to Colin Powell demanding that he immediately explain this abhorrent situation.

In his weekly column, sovereignty champion Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) had this to say about the OSCE debacle:

“We should be wary about organizations like the OSCE that seek to involve themselves in our electoral process. The OSCE in particular has a terrible record in the newly-democratic countries of central Europe, where it normally operates. According to groups that follow the conduct of the OSCE, this organization does much more to undermine free elections than to promote them.

“In Bosnia in 1996, for example, the OSCE gave its seal of approval to parliamentary elections despite the fact that an impossible 107 percent of the possible voting-age population had voted. In 1998, the OSCE observer team that was to monitor the cease-fire between the Serbs and Albanians was caught sending targeting information back to the US and European Union in advance of the US-led attack on Serbia. This year, the OSCE approved the election of Mikheil Saakashvili in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia with a Saddam Hussein-like 97 percent of the vote! There are dozens more similar examples…

“Asked last week about monitoring the US elections, an OSCE spokesperson displayed the arrogance typical of these international bureaucrats, responding that, ‘The U.S. is obliged to invite us.’

“The real issue goes much deeper than this election, foreign monitors, and the corrupt OSCE, however. The real issue is the sovereignty the United States voluntarily gives up every time it joins an international organization like the United Nations or the OSCE. We have unwisely joined organizations like this so as to meddle in the elections of other member countries, but when they wish to meddle in ours we cry ‘foul.’ We want it both ways -- to meddle in the affairs of other countries but to be immune from their meddling in ours. But it doesn’t work that way. Having created this monster, it is now coming back to haunt us.

“We send more than 25 million dollars to the OSCE each year, financing almost ten percent of the organization’s budget. It is time to end this waste of money. We need to end our membership and participation in the OSCE immediately.”

** Action to Take **

1. Call the White House and DEMAND that President Bush remove us from the OSCE and disallow ANY foreign monitoring of America’s 2004 presidential election. President Bush caved to political pressure from these left-wing Democrats and he WILL NOT reverse his decision unless THOUSANDS of Americans rise in protest against the OSCE monitors. White House Switchboard: (202) 456-1414. Comment Line: (202) 456-1111. President Bush’s e-mail: president@whitehouse.gov


*** The Newest, Greatest Threat To Property Rights: “Invasive Species”

If you have foreign weeds, grass, trees, or shrubs on your property (and you most certainly do) you’re in trouble. Under “Invasive Species” provisions currently sitting in the Senate’s version of the Federal Transportation Bill (S. 1070), your property could quickly become the target of radical environmentalists and bureaucrats.

Imagine the Endangered Species Act on steroids. Now multiply its devastating effect on property rights by one million. That should give you a pretty good idea of what “Invasive Species” legislation will mean for property owners in every state, county, and city in this nation.

“Invasive Species” is the radical greens’ and international socialists’ key to controlling every square inch of land in the United States.

This nightmare all began when Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 13112 in 1999, creating an “Invasive Species Council” to monitor and control “alien species.” What are alien species? According to Clinton’s Order, “alien species means, with respect to a particular ecosystem, any species, including seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that is not native to that ecosystem.”

Most agricultural crops and animal species clearly fall within the definition of “alien.” Domesticated pets, many houseplants, and Kentucky bluegrass used in most lawns and golf courses would also be defined as alien species. Indeed, this is all the greens and their allies in the federal government need to control all land in the U.S.

Think the Invasive Species monster can’t get any worse? It already has. Because in 2001, the Invasive Species Council issued a management plan that states: “Council member agencies will work with Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) and other relevant bodies to expand opportunities to share information, technologies, and technical capacity on the control and management of invasive species with other countries, promoting environmentally sound control and management practices.”

And just what is the Global Invasive Species Programme? A quick trip to the GISP website reveals it is:

- The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
- The United Nations Environmental, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- The Convention on Biological Diversity
- The Nature Conservancy
- The International Union for the Protection of Nature
- DIVERSITAS: An International Programme of Biodiversity Science (another UNESCO project)

It’s very easy to see how Invasive Species legislation will open the door to almost total federal and international control over private property in the United States. And that’s why greens in the Senate are trying to sneak it in the Federal Transportation Bill -- without proper debate.

It must be stopped.

There is no time to lose.

Both the Senate and the House have already passed their respective versions of the Federal Transportation Bill, and are currently conferencing to put forth a single bill. Fortunately, the House version of the Federal Transportation Bill does not include any Invasive Species language. But the Senate version does.

S. 1072 contains provisions that allow for government to control your land using Invasive Species policy. Specifically, it would give the Department of Interior the power to decide which plants, animals, fish, birds and insects are “invasive.” Once it’s discovered your property is home to an invasive species, the feds will have all the justification they need to oversee, manage, and regulate your property.

This is why we must make ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that the House version is the one that emerges from conference -- NOT THE SENATE!

**Action to Take**

1. Call property rights FRIEND, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and ask him to make sure that NO INVASIVE SPECIES LANGUAGE appears ANYWHERE in the final Transportation Bill. Senator Inhofe is the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and a FRIEND of property rights. Be polite, and explain why the Invasive Species provisions in S. 1070 are so incredibly dangerous for property rights in America. Property rights advocates are counting on him! Senator Jim Inhofe’s phone number: (202) 224-4721. To e-mail Senator Inhofe go to: http://inhofe.senate.gov/contactus.htm

2. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) has become the greens best buddy on this Invasive Species scam. He’s the number one advocate for the ruinous Invasive Species language in S. 1070 -- property rights be damned. Perhaps you’d like to call or e-mail Senator Crapo with your regards and thoughts on this matter. (In other words: GIVE HIM HELL, and tell him why any Invasive Species language in the Transportation Bill will pave the way for MASSIVE property rights abuse in the years to come!) Senator Mike Crapo’s phone number: (202) 224-2806. To e-mail Senator Crapo go to: http://crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.htm

 

 


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