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Dirty Tricks That Confound Voters

November 3, 2008

In the hours before Election Day, as inevitable as winter, comes an onslaught of dirty tricks — confusing e-mails, disturbing phone calls and insinuating fliers left on doorsteps during the night.

By Deborah Hastings
Associated Press

The intent, almost always, is to keep folks from voting or to confuse them, usually through intimidation or misinformation. But in this presidential race, in which a black man leads most polls, some of the deceit has a decidedly racist bent.

Complaints have surfaced in predominantly African-American neighborhoods of Philadelphia where fliers have circulated, warning voters they could be arrested at the polls if they had unpaid parking tickets or if they had criminal convictions.
Over the weekend in Virginia, bogus fliers with an authentic-looking commonwealth seal said fears of high voter turnout had prompted election officials to hold two elections — one on Tuesday for Republicans and another on Wednesday for Democrats.
In New Mexico, two Hispanic women filed a lawsuit last week claiming they were harassed by a private investigator working for a Republican lawyer who came to their homes and threatened to call immigration authorities, even though they are U.S. citizens.
“He was questioning her status, saying that he needed to see her papers and documents to show that she was a U.S. citizen and was a legitimate voter,” said Guadalupe Bojorquez, speaking on behalf of her mother, Dora Escobedo, a 67-year-old Albuquerque resident who speaks only Spanish. “He totally, totally scared the heck out of her.”

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Pakistan: Situation on November 6, 2007

November 6, 2007

Introduction by John E. Carey, Peace and Freedom:

We have been working with Muhammad for some time now but I think both of us would say that we do not shape each others thinking; rather, we are coming to the same conclusions while witnessing the same events.

We asked Muhammad to look at everything about Pakistan, especially the tribal area situation, for your benefit.

I want to also take this opportunity to again thank Muhammad personally and in public. His work is in a very dangerous land for himself, his family and all of his tribal peoples.

Below are his observations of November 6, 2007.

John E. Carey
Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

I shall describe your article on Pakistan excellent. Your observation is absolutely correct. The headline of the article (“Musharraf: He’s The Best Hope That Was Available At the Moment“) is fully described the situation.

I think President Musharraf was the best choice of United States in Pakistan and he is still the best choice. He is doing his duty very honestly. Unfortunately the team through which he has been running the affairs of Pakistan is consisting of corrupt people. I am sure that this time he will certainly change his policies. There are possibilities that he may show sincerity in war on terrorism. The time he shows sincerity then there will be no terrorism in Pakistan. Controlling terrorism in Pakistan means controlling terrorism in the whole world.

The important players of war on terrorism have been staying in this country.

I really appreciate your contribution in saving Pakistan from terrorists. Situation in the country is still critical, but it will be normalised within a few days. I have just attaching an editorial of a leading newspaper with this letter just to inform you what the people have been thinging about the situation in Pakistan. MR Shaukat Aziz’s ‘disclosure’ in his Sunday’s press conference that general elections could be postponed by a year points to the uncertainty that marks the political scene. On second thoughts it seems, the prime minister announced on Monday that polls would be held on time. While the government makes up its mind, we may point out, as we have done before, the continuation of a state of ambiguity since March 9 has served to put the nation in limbo. Now delaying the polls will only intensify the political confusion.

The implications of the judgments delivered by the Supreme Court before Nov 3 may be behind us to the extent they concerned the dual office issue, but the gravity of the larger political and constitutional crises prevailing at the moment is independent of those judgments.

In his speech to the nation following the enforcement of the state of emergency, President Pervez Musharraf spoke of the problems that had led him to take this extreme action, and they included, besides judicial activism, the law and order situation created by terrorists and religious extremists, who were challenging the state’s writ. It is not clear in what way a postponement of the general election will help the government crush the insurgency in Fata and Swat.

The insurgents are an uncompromising lot. Besides a loose commitment to the enforcement of Sharia, they have no precise goals, and often it appears they are waging war on Pakistan’s state apparatus because there is no other way in which they can make themselves felt. They are well armed, the mountainous terrain and the porous border with Afghanistan help them, their supply lines are intact, and that is the reason why they have shown extraordinary resilience and tenacity.

In a nutshell, their ability to fight on is independent of the government’s constitutional nostrums. On the other hand, the military-led government will now be hard put to show results and convince the world and the Pakistani people that the enforcement of emergency had paid dividends and helped it make gains against the militants. This appears doubtful.

By coming down hard on the liberal elements in society, the military has denied itself a source of strength in the war on the religious extremists. The round-up of politicians, leading lawyers and human rights activists will cast the regime in a negative image, and the world would not be wrong in coming to the conclusion that the generals had used the war on terror as a ploy to strengthen their stranglehold over the country. Because of the gravity of the situation we demand that the emergency be lifted at the earliest, the government should give a deadline within which the purposes for which the emergency was proclaimed will be achieved, that notwithstanding the curbs on the media, political activity will not be curtailed, and the general election will be held as originally planned — in January next.

Only a government deriving a popular mandate can pull Pakistan out of the bog and maintain its unity and integrity.

Dear Sir, I want to present my gratitude to your goodself for your kind cooperation.

Thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur AgencyTribal Areas Pakistan