by Joseph Klein
The presidential election has the Left in panic mode. In addition to preparing brigades of lawyers to challenge every alleged irregularity and try to reverse the voters’ verdict in court if need be, the Obama administration and its leftwing boosters are looking to an international cavalry of “election observers” to save them.
The Hill has reported that “United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S.” on Election Day. There will be at least forty-four foreign observers sent by The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is a regional inter-governmental organization that engages in democratization and human rights projects in partnership with the United Nations. Their job will be to “assess these elections for compliance with international obligations and standards for democratic elections” according to the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
The OSCE, headquartered in Vienna, is comprised of 56 participating member states encompassing not only Europe (the one continent included in its title), but also the continents of North America and Asia.
While the United States is one of the members of the OSCE, just as it is a member of the United Nations, neither the OSCE nor the United Nations has any jurisdiction to intrude into our elections. Yet that does not stop either international organization from doing so. For example, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, already injected himself into the U.S. election by his self-righteous declaration, quoted in an article by The Canadian Press, that a Romney victory would constitute “a democratic mandate for torture.” When I asked the spokesperson for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon whether the Secretary General would be concerned that an official with a UN title was commenting on the U.S. election, he noted that “special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council and have an independent mandate under that body. They are not appointed by the Secretary-General.”
While this high level UN official has chosen to gratuitously attack one of our presidential candidates, the OSCE is getting ready to monitor our democratic election process. They will be sending representatives not only from democracies such as France and Germany, but also from countries with dubious records on human rights and democratic freedoms such as Belarus, Serbia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
The 2012 presidential election will not be the first time that OSCE representatives have been invited by the U.S. government to observe our elections. The OSCE had representatives present during the last two presidential elections. However, this time around the Left is trying to use the OSCE observers to cry foul in the event Barack Obama loses in key battleground states.
The NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, ACLU and other like-minded leftist groups wrote a letter to the OSCE earlier this month saying “we believe it is particularly important that safeguards, including election monitoring, are in place in key areas around the country, and believe your presence would be particularly critical in districts in Colorado, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.” The letter alleged, without any credible evidence, “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans.” These leftist groups also met with representatives from the OSCE last week to reinforce this message.
Earlier in the year, officials from the NAACP presented their case against U.S. voter ID laws to the Islamist-dominated United Nations Human Rights Council. Hillary Shelton, the NAACP’s senior vice president for advocacy, said that the photo ID law “undercuts the integrity of our government, if you allow it to happen. It’s trickery, it’s a sleight-of-hand…we are utilizing the U.N. as a tool to make sure that we are able to share that with those countries all over the world.”
Matthew Colangelo, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Obama Department of Justice, was formerly the Director of the Economic Justice Group at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. He met with OSCE officials in his official capacity during their preliminary visit in April 2012. Consistent with the ideology of the NAACP from where he came, Colangelo has compared voter ID requirements to a poll tax and literacy tests. He also overruled career Department of Justice officials who had recommended that South Carolina’s voter ID law be precleared.
The Obama administration’s relationship with the OSCE deserves special scrutiny in light of its selection of Salam al-Marayati, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, to represent the United States government at the annual human rights conference sponsored by the OSCE this past July. The U.S. embassy in Poland, where the OSCE conference was held, put out a statement saying that the United States is “proud” to have Salam al-Marayati serving as one of the “public members in the USG delegation.”
If we’re going to look at suspects [in the 9-11 attacks], we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.The OSCE was once a leader in the fight for freedom against Communism during the Cold War. But now in the fight against the global jihadist threat to freedom, the OSCE is showing signs of trending towards a pro-Islamist stance. Approximately one year ago in Vienna, it held a High Level Conference on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims in Public Discourse. The OSCE also issued a publication entitled “Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims – Addressing Islamophobia through Education,” in which the OSCE, the Council of Europe and UNESCO singled out for special attention alleged intolerance towards Muslims. On October 3, 2012, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims declared that “provocative behavior purposely insulting Islam should not be justified by freedom of expression.”
The OSCE is becoming yet another dupe of the Islamists in their propaganda campaign to stifle criticism of their supremacist ideology. For its part, the Obama administration is “proud” of the 9/11 truther it sent to represent the United States at the OSCE’s human rights conference.
This same OSCE is the organization that the Obama administration and its friends on the Left so eagerly want to monitor our national elections on November 6th.
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