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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Green Zone Turns Red 

CBC News:

Blasts hit market, cafe in Green Zone; 4 Americans among 5 dead
01:57 PM EDT Oct 14
NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD

BAGHDAD (AP) - Insurgents penetrated Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone and detonated explosives at a market and a popular cafe Thursday, killing five people, including four Americans, in the first bombing inside the compound housing the U.S. and Iraqi government headquarters.

A top Iraqi official said the attacks appeared to have been suicide bombings. Witnesses said two men, each carrying a backpack but not the required ID badges, entered the cafe full of Americans and other patrons, drank tea and talked to each other for nearly half an hour, then went their separate ways and set off their bombs several moments apart.

The attack was an assault on the heart of the U.S.-Iraqi leadership of the country and a serious setback to the Bush administration's campaign to pacify postwar Iraq.

I just received an e-mail from Christian:

Considering the events of today and the e-mails I have received from numerous people asking if I am OK, I want to let everyone know that I am fine.

Today was a black day in the Green Zone. I used to dine at the Green Zone Cafe very frequently. I do not yet know who was killed but I undoubtedly know some of them.

I must go but will write soon with more details.

Christian

Here's the Guardian UK story. So far, only the foreign press has picked this up. it's still early though.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Republicans Fund Massive Vote Fraud In Nevada 

Employees of a private voter registration company allege that hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters who may think they are registered will be rudely surprised on election day. The company claims hundreds of registration forms were thrown in the trash. [...]

The out-of-state firm has been in Las Vegas for the past few months, registering voters. It employed up to 300 part-time workers and collected hundreds of registrations per day, but former employees of the company say that Voters Outreach of America only wanted Republican registrations.

Two former workers say they personally witnessed company supervisors rip up and trash registration forms signed by Democrats. [...]

"We caught her taking Democrats out of my pile, handed them to her assistant and he ripped them up right in front of us. I grabbed some of them out of the garbage and she tells her assistant to get those from me," said Eric Russell, former Voters Outreach employee.

Eric Russell managed to retrieve a pile of shredded paperwork including signed voter registration forms, all from Democrats. We took them to the Clark County Election Department and confirmed that they had not, in fact, been filed with the county as required by law.

The company has been largely, if not entirely funded, by the Republican National Committee. Similar complaints have been received in Reno where the registrar has asked the FBI to investigate.
Most likely, any FBI investigation will be put off until after the election - just as the Florida "felons" wrongly purged from the voter lists in 2000 didn't have their voting rights restored until after the 2002 election was safely passed. What will happen in the meantime?

Needless to say, Nevada's a swing state - estimated by CBS news to be a "toss-up" with less than a month to go before the election. Voter registration closed today. The hundreds or thousands of disenfranchised Democrats appear to have little recourse - unless Republican governor Kenny Guinn steps in to extend the voter registration deadline. Governor Guinn's contact information can be found here.