Dictatorship is a Heck of a Lot Easier: Ray McGovern Election Day
2, 2004 — I should have listened to Ray McGovern.
last time our country had a presidential election, it was rigged.
This time (in
spite of Condoleezza Rice) it was shut down and, as Tom Ridge
of the omnipresent Department of Homeland Security said, “indefinitely
months ago, on July 4th weekend, when Ray McGovern warned me about
this going down, I didn’t take him seriously. I thought, instead,
that he might be recovering from an insane Independence Day beach
party. As I look back on what the 27-year
CIA analyst told me, he was the only sober one among us.
would not put it past John Ashcroft and the President to trump up
a terrorist threat right before the election where they say that
the polling places are in danger and we’re going to have to
postpone this thing,” McGovern said back then. “Maybe
they’ll impose a state of emergency.”
is losing it, I thought. He may have chaired National Intelligence
Estimates, prepared the President’s Daily Brief and worked
intelligence for the presidencies of JFK to Bush the elder, but
hold on, — George W. Bush postpone an election? That’s
a little far fetched, I thought.
say that there’s a line that the Bush administration won’t
cross,” McGovern continued. “I haven’t seen that
line. I don’t know that it exists. I see what Ashcroft has
been saying: namely that it is inevitable that there will be a major
terrorist attack before the election. I see what General Tommy Franks
has been saying that, if there is such an attack, we would have martial
law? It didn't seem possible back then, so I didn’t pay attention.
Neither did most Americans.
August, when Congress announced that they had a plan in place to delay
the November elections in case of a terrorist attack, we were
watching HBO and planning our end of summer getaways.
course, we have every hope that the election proceeds as scheduled,” Bill
Frist announced as Tom Ridge raised the Terror Alert to Orange.
September, when Diebold announced it was gearing up to have a national
e-voting system in place by no later than November 2005, we were
jamming back-to-school sales and raving about the latest flat screen
National Federation of the Blind has complete confidence in the proliferation
and capacity of electronic voting systems and in Diebold Election
Systems,” said Dr.
Marc Mauer, President, National Federation of the Blind.
about the blind leading the blind.
late October, when Bush/Cheney dropped eight points behind Kerry/Edwards
in the polls, we were busy planning Halloween parties and redecorating
the living room.
Soaries, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission,
announced he was busy looking into ways for all registered voters
to vote online, “in the safety of their own homes,” as
he put it.
it has happened. No elections, and so far, no attack.
safe than sorry,” Sean Hannity has assured the Fox crowd. "After
all, Election Day fell on the Day of the Dead this year. That’s
just too much of a coincidence.”
Bush and Cheney are a mile underground in a bunker. How convenient.
As Bush once said about the presidency, “A dictatorship would
be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it."
on the 4th of July, I asked McGovern why on earth our president would
risk putting the election on hold.
has an extra incentive with a war crimes charge as a possibility," McGovern
said. “He started a major war based on a pack of lies for objectives
we were never told about. That certainly qualifies for that kind
of prosecution. If
I heard myself saying this sometime last year I would have thought,
'McGovern you’re going off the deep end here. Restrain yourself.'”
what would happen if Tommy Franks had his way?
that point, you could kiss the republic goodbye,” McGovern
said. “We would have a military regime.”
should have listened.
— Nathan Callahan,
July 12, 2004