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It's Coming, Guys... Suspension of Election
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July 19 issue - American counter-terrorism officials, citing what they call "alarming" intelligence about a possible Qaeda strike inside the United States this fall, are reviewing a proposal that could allow for the postponement of the November presidential election in the event of such an attack, NEWSWEEK has learned.

The prospect that Al Qaeda might seek to disrupt the U.S. election was a major factor behind last week's terror warning by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Ridge and other counterterrorism officials concede they have no intel about any specific plots. But the success of March's Madrid railway bombings in influencing the Spanish electionsas well as intercepted "chatter" among Qaeda operativeshas led analysts to conclude "they want to interfere with the elections," says one official.

As a result, sources tell NEWSWEEK, Ridge's department last week asked the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel to analyze what legal steps would be needed to permit the postponement of the election were an attack to take place. Justice was specifically asked to review a recent letter to Ridge from DeForest B. Soaries Jr., chairman of the newly created U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Soaries noted that, while a primary election in New York on September 11, 2001, was quickly suspended by that state's Board of Elections after the attacks that morning, "the federal government has no agency that has the statutory authority to cancel and reschedule a federal election." Soaries, a Bush appointee who two years ago was an unsuccessful GOP candidate for Congress, wants Ridge to seek emergency legislation from Congress empowering his agency to make such a call. Homeland officials say that as drastic as such proposals sound, they are taking them seriouslyalong with other possible contingency plans in the event of an election-eve or Election Day attack. "We are reviewing the issue to determine what steps need to be taken to secure the election," says Brian Roehrkasse, a Homeland spokesman.

Michael Isikoff

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  -It's Coming, Guys... Suspension of Election newsguyatl  Jul-11-04 10:51 AM   #0 
  - Forget terrorist attacks.  Tatiana   Jul-11-04 10:54 AM   # 
  - really?  still_one   Jul-11-04 10:59 AM   #6 
  - people are much more afraid than you imagine...  rfranklin   Jul-11-04 11:13 AM   # 
  - Well, thats when you take the Bull by the Horns...  Tellurian   Jul-11-04 12:35 PM   #30 
     - Hey Tellurian, it may be even worse than that.  robertpaulsen   Jul-11-04 08:05 PM   # 
  - people are much more afraid than you imagine...  rfranklin   Jul-11-04 11:13 AM   #10 
  - Well I know for a fact  TransitJohn   Jul-11-04 12:14 PM   #25 
  - They will declare indefinite Martial Law. Will they allow another 9/11?  Zorra   Jul-11-04 12:27 PM   #27 
     - A new 9/11 wouldn't be necessary....  Mokito   Jul-11-04 04:30 PM   #46 
        - Good point, I agree. But they seem to like "catalystic events"  Zorra   Jul-11-04 04:41 PM   #47 
  - Duplicate thread, with link  enough   Jul-11-04 10:54 AM   #1 
  - I have a question...  bear425   Jul-11-04 10:54 AM   #2 
  - Definition of conservative.....  whistle   Jul-11-04 11:15 AM   #12 
     - hey thanks for the info  bear425   Jul-11-04 11:24 AM   #15 
        - For what is is worth, Michael Isikoff was Number One Reporter for Monica  emulatorloo   Jul-11-04 07:31 PM   #52 
  - Well, they should "plan" for this, but we are a very spread out nation  ktf23t   Jul-11-04 10:55 AM   #3 
  - So, the Florida gig is up. So it Diebold.  lovedems   Jul-11-04 10:56 AM   #4 
  - I believe it is a given now.  Cobalt Violet   Jul-11-04 10:59 AM   #7 
     - My only hope, and it is a stretch at that  lovedems   Jul-11-04 11:04 AM   #8 
        - Whadya mean "hold him accountable"?  Eloriel   Jul-11-04 04:16 PM   #43 
           - Well said. Exactly.  Zorra   Jul-11-04 07:54 PM   #64 
  - How does anyone know this intel  jimshoes   Jul-11-04 10:58 AM   #5 
  - what about when the chimp...  blueknight   Jul-11-04 11:06 AM   #9 
  - Excellent point.  oasis   Jul-11-04 01:49 PM   #37 
  - Unfortunately,  NightOwwl   Jul-11-04 11:14 AM   #11 
  - I've Got A Feeling  Don_G   Jul-11-04 11:17 AM   #13 
  - Postponing the election would be a direct interference with the election.  Pobeka   Jul-11-04 11:18 AM   #14 
  - I don't think they really want to postpone the election.  MiddleMen   Jul-11-04 11:30 AM   #16 
  - it wouldn't be a real postponement. We'd never have another  maggrwaggr   Jul-11-04 10:54 PM   #77 
  - Remember 911 Happened On An Election Day  IMRadioactive   Jul-11-04 11:31 AM   #17 
  - Congress should make the decision if needed...not some Bush* agency...  Q   Jul-11-04 11:35 AM   #18 
  - You're right...too bad we have this weak congress...  jackstraw45   Jul-11-04 11:38 AM   #19 
  - Oh wait ! There's a new poll !  kentuck   Jul-11-04 11:40 AM   #20 
  - Let's hold elections 3 days early instead  TorchesAndPitchforks   Jul-11-04 11:45 AM   #21 
  - Like the transfer of sovereignty.  pengpong   Jul-11-04 07:47 PM   #58 
  - rut-roh  Neecy   Jul-11-04 11:47 AM   #22 
  - I heard it isheaded by some * appointee  thecrow   Jul-11-04 05:35 PM   #51 
  - Elections held in 1860, 1864, 1944. 'Nuff sed... nt  Pepperbelly   Jul-11-04 11:48 AM   #23 
  - Quote from Homeland spokesman  NightOwwl   Jul-11-04 11:52 AM   #24 
  - We are going to have to roll over these fear tactics like Sherman Tanks  demgrrrll   Jul-11-04 12:17 PM   #26 
  - Better to roll over them like Tiger tanks or T-34s  freedomfrog   Jul-11-04 01:41 PM   #35 
     - Good point. n/t.  demgrrrll   Jul-11-04 01:46 PM   #36 
  - Hmmmmmm........  LunaC   Jul-11-04 03:51 PM   #39 
  - All the CIA has to do is find paperwork stating if the Bush Regime  Tellurian   Jul-11-04 12:29 PM   #28 
  - Son of The Coup of 2000 what if . . .  leftofthedial   Jul-11-04 12:35 PM   #29 
  - Thats right...Why continue to let them be the moving partys?  Tellurian   Jul-11-04 12:37 PM   #31 
  - You can bet they've already  jimshoes   Jul-11-04 12:41 PM   #32 
  - If elections are postponed or cancelled, the terrorists win. Repeat often  kayell   Jul-11-04 12:49 PM   #33 
  - I suggest  sherrem   Jul-11-04 01:04 PM   #34 
  - my senators are Santorum and Specter, and my congressman  gauguin57   Jul-11-04 08:33 PM   #69 
  - Kick  Zorra   Jul-11-04 03:23 PM   #38 
  - Bush has several options, but is runnong out of them  alfredo   Jul-11-04 04:09 PM   #40 
  - Well why not have them EARLY THEN? Oh wait, because Kerry is  mzmolly   Jul-11-04 04:11 PM   #41 
  - One more thing. IF THIS DOESN'T DEMONSTRATE THE DANGEROUS  mzmolly   Jul-11-04 04:12 PM   #42 
  - I don't think Canada will be safe this time around (maybe a few years)  tom_paine   Jul-11-04 04:19 PM   #44 
  - Newsguy, thanks for bringing this to our attention  JulieRB   Jul-11-04 04:19 PM   #45 
  - What will the SOBs  lumpy   Jul-11-04 04:42 PM   #48 
  - Kick for democracy.  Zorra   Jul-11-04 05:26 PM   #49 
  - Spain sure scared those miserable fucks  ZombyWoof   Jul-11-04 05:28 PM   #50 
  - The President cannot call of the elections.  Massacure   Jul-11-04 07:34 PM   #53 
  - Patriot Act 1  midwayer   Jul-11-04 07:46 PM   #57 
  - Oops, wrong link  midwayer   Jul-11-04 07:48 PM   #60 
     - Fak! We've been hoodwinked!!!  pengpong   Jul-11-04 07:52 PM   #62 
  - yeah and I can't break the speed limit either  maggrwaggr   Jul-11-04 10:56 PM   #78 
  - they could make it seem like a good idea. "We musnt break the chain of  taxidriver   Jul-11-04 07:35 PM   #54 
  - It's the voting machines I'm most worried about  mvd   Jul-11-04 07:43 PM   #55 
  - please discuss the what if's here  mopinko   Jul-11-04 07:45 PM   #56 
  - 745  donhakman   Jul-11-04 07:47 PM   #59 
     - ooooohhhh i like it  mopinko   Jul-11-04 07:54 PM   #63 
        - the only thing is  mopinko   Jul-11-04 08:06 PM   #67 
  - Lying about Spain  JackRiddler   Jul-11-04 07:50 PM   #61 
  - like a kid asking..................  bluedog   Jul-11-04 07:56 PM   #65 
  - It should NOT be postponed but if the Neocons win, a new date MUST be set  kaiso   Jul-11-04 08:05 PM   #66 
  - That would explain why Jeb has chosen 'to do the right thing"  peekaloo   Jul-11-04 08:23 PM   #68 
  - oh BULLSHIT  ZombyWoof   Jul-11-04 09:29 PM   #70 
  - Well, it certainly could happen...  Wednesdays   Jul-11-04 09:40 PM   #71 
     - smoke and mirrors  ZombyWoof   Jul-11-04 09:43 PM   #72 
        - you think they're just gonna walk away from power?  maggrwaggr   Jul-11-04 10:57 PM   #79 
  - CNN story....there's a religious right component to this....  Lerkfish   Jul-11-04 09:49 PM   #73 
  - I will have already voted by absentee ballot  Gregorian   Jul-11-04 09:57 PM   #74 
  - No  Amaya   Jul-11-04 10:03 PM   #75 
  - Presidential Authority  midwayer   Jul-11-04 10:19 PM   #76 
  - New Link  midwayer   Jul-11-04 11:15 PM   #80 
     - Same as the old link..thought it was bad n/t  midwayer   Jul-11-04 11:17 PM   #81 
  - Kick for weekday crew.  Zorra   Jul-12-04 03:52 AM   #82 

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