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UN Warns Texas: Don’t Mess With Us…..

TWG: I hope Montana shows the backbone our fellow Americans down in Texas are demonstrating today!  The SHERIFFS need to get involved NOW.  Sheriffs are the law of this land.


International vote monitors warn Texas: Don’t mess with us

By Michael Shields and Corrie MacLaggan

VIENNA/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – International election monitors took a dim view on Wednesday of Texas’ threat to prosecute them if they observe voting in the state a bit too closely on November 6.

The exchange pitted the Vienna-based human rights watchdog Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who warned the OSCE not to interfere with polling in state elections.

“The threat of criminal sanctions against OSCE/ODIHR observers is unacceptable,” Janez Lenarcic, director of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) monitoring arm, said in a statement.

“The United States, like all countries in the OSCE, has an obligation to invite ODIHR observers to observe its elections.”

Abbott told Reuters on Wednesday that he is considering legal action against the group if it doesn’t concede that it will follow the state’s laws.

“They act like they may not be subject to Texas law and our goal all along is to make clear to them that when they’re in Texas, they’re subject to Texas law, and we’re not giving them an exemption,” he said.

Abbott is skeptical about why the group wants to look at elections in Texas.

“Our concern is that this isn’t some benign observation but something intended to be far more prying and maybe even an attempt to suppress voter integrity,” he said.

In a letter on Tuesday to the Warsaw-based ODIHR, Abbott had noted that OSCE representatives were not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place.

“It may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance. Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law,” he added.

He cited reports that OSCE monitors had met with organizations challenging voter identification laws. Texas’ voter ID law was blocked earlier this year by a federal court, and Abbott has said he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about Voter ID laws, but your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that Voter ID laws are constitutional,” Abbott wrote.

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade also wrote to the United Nations-affiliated OSCE/ODIHR on Tuesday, saying that it’s key for Texans to understand that the organization has no jurisdiction over the state.

Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry tweeted on Tuesday: ‏”No UN monitors/inspectors will be part of any TX election process; I commend @TXsecofstate for swift action to clarify issue.”

The 56-member OSCE routinely sends monitors to elections and noted November’s elections would be the sixth U.S. vote that ODIHR has observed “without incident” since 2002.

For next month’s elections it has a core team of 13 experts from 10 OSCE countries based in Washington and 44 long-term observers deployed across the country, it said.

Lenarcic had shared his “grave concern” about the threat of Texas prosecutions with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the OSCE said.

“Our observers are required to remain strictly impartial and not to intervene in the voting process in any way,” Lenarcic said. “They are in the United States to observe these elections, not to interfere in them.”

(Reporting By Michael Shields and Corrie MacLaggan; Additional reporting by Michelle Nichols and Jim Forsyth)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/international-vote-monitors-warn-texas-dont-mess-us-002639277.html

  1. Cheryl
    October 24, 2012 at 20:23

    Get us out of the UN and everything it stands for. It’s almost too late now.

    • October 24, 2012 at 20:30

      Indeed, the camel is completely INSIDE the tent today.

  2. X-Beast
    October 24, 2012 at 22:39

    As far as I’m concerned the towel heads crashed into the wrong building on 9-11. If they would have taken out the UN building they would have been heros except for the fact that innocent people were aboard the airplane.

  3. CounterRevolution
    October 25, 2012 at 07:31

    The United States has an obligation to throw the United Nations out of our country. ‘Nuff Said?

    • October 25, 2012 at 07:37

      It’s perfectly fitting that Texas be the first to show their spines. I pray Montana is next, and that it spreads from there.

  4. October 25, 2012 at 16:20

    I don’t really see how different it would be at the poll, than having the Black Panthers there, I commend Texas for standing their ground. The U.N. does not want a conservative in office, especially if it replaces one of their prize supporters.

    • October 25, 2012 at 16:32

      UN goons, black panthers, acorn, seiu, obama glassy eyeds….They’re all bent on voter intimidation toward those who will not vote for their messiah.

  5. Dasarge6971
    October 25, 2012 at 23:32

    Texas, standing up to the UN! It seems that these foreign poll monitors of the UN were invited to our swing states by the ACLU. Additionally, this group has primarily only visited 3rd world nations and newly formed government to make sure that elections were conducted…but here, they are going to be watching to make sure conservative groups don’t interfere by insisting voter ID laws be upheld. To which they will provide a detailed INVESTIGATIVE report to the groups hierarchy as well as the UN. Who the hell are they, to come into OUR country and ENSURE anything. 12 of these “watchers” are from countries that are either communist or considered by a logical thought process as being “NOT FREE”. We have a right to keep foreigners out of our polling places considering they have NO say and NO vote in our elections. Like I said, 12 of these assholes come from countries that don’t have free elections. What are they going to do when they go home, start a revolt…he’ll no, they are puppets of there own regimes and the UN. I say don’t even let them in our polling places. They have NO right to be a part of our election process and should given no courtesy. This situation would be just like if a group of Americans (2 republicans, 2 constitutionalist conservatives, 2 tea party reps, 2 independents and 2 democrats [who would be representing what have been called the NOT FREE states] traveling to Venezuela and positioning themselves at polling centers in that country. The idea of Americans “observing” the elections in other countries would not be tolerated for one instant.

    • October 26, 2012 at 09:18

      I agree. It looks as though we were sold out a long time ago…..

      “It is the sacred principles enshrined in the UN Charter to which we will henceforth pledge our allegiance.” ~George Herbert Walker Bush

      “No nation which signs this [UN] Charter can justly maintain that any of its acts are its own business, or within its own domestic jurisdiction, if the security council says that these acts are a threat to the peace.” ~William Carr

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