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Monday, July 12, 2004

Ill winds...

"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." - George Orwell
Something I wrote about nearly two weeks ago has finally hit the mainstream media, courtesy of Newsweek:
July 19 issue - American counterterrorism 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.
As might be expected, the blogsphere is going apeshit all over this (you can find a pretty good summary roundup here).

None of this really surprises me. Before Dubya became President (however he became President) I was of the opinion that if he did become President there was a very good possiblility of something happening in the first two years of his term which would spur America towards becoming a police state, leading to the possiblity that the Republican administration would seek to use that crisis as grounds to subvert the 2004 election.

One friend with whom I had discussed this offered the opinion that I was being far too paranoid about Dubya and Co. In the face of 9/11, the advent of the Patriot Act, the run of the "Stomp Saddam Roadshow", and the antics of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security he has changed his mind about my "paranoia" (and he apologised quite graciously, too).

I'm optimistic enough to hope that this isn't the signal for impending electoral subversion, and that public opinion (and, God help us, the recent partial re-growth of the cojones of the Fourth Estate) will prevent ShrubCo. from following through.

But the cynic in me says otherwise.