[Local events] [Fwd: Another rigged election, courtesy of the U S of A!]

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Wed Jul 5 14:36:40 PDT 2006

Today's NY Times report on the recount:

Subcomandante Marcos's response, and other more current and in-depth 
reporting about the recount:

 FROM: Greg Palast <palast at gregpalast.com

Dispatch from Mexico City: STEALING IT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES

Gore v. Bush. Kerry v. Bush. Obrador v. Calderon. As in Florida in  
2000, as in Ohio in 2004, the exit polls show the voters voted for the  
progressive candidate, but the race is "officially" too close to call.

But they will call it -- after they steal it. Reuters News agency  
reports that, as of 8pm Eastern time, as voting concluded in Mexico,  
exit polls show Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the "left-wing" Party  of 
the Democratic Revolution (PRD) leading in exit polls over Felipe  
Calderon of the ruling conservative National Action Party (PAN).

We've told you again and again: Exit polls tell us how voters say  they 
voted, but the voters can't tell pollsters if their vote will be  
counted. In Mexico, counting the vote is an art, not a science -- and  
Calderon's ruling crew is very artful indeed. The PAN-controlled  
official electoral commission, not surprisingly, has announced that  the 
presidential tally is too close to call.

Calderon's election is openly supported by the Bush Administration. On  
the ground in Mexico City, our news team reports accusations from  
inside the Obrador campaign that operatives of the PAN had access to  
voter files which are supposed to be the sole property of the nation's  
electoral commission. We are not surprised.

This past Friday, we reported that the US Federal Bureau of  
Investigation had obtained Mexico's voter files under a secret  
"counterterrorism" contract with database company ChoicePoint of  
Alpharetta, Georgia. The FBI's contractor states that, following the  
arrest of ChoicePoint agents by the Mexican government, the company  
returned or destroyed its files. The firm claims not to have known  
collecting this information violated Mexican law. Such files can be  
useful in challenging a voter's right to cast a ballot or in  preventing 
that vote from counting.

It is, of course, impossible to know if the FBI destroyed its own copy  
of the files of Mexico's voter rolls obtained by Choicepoint or if  
these were then used to illegally assist the Calderon candidacy.  But we 
can see the results: as in the US, first in Florida then in  Ohio, the 
exit polls are at odds with "official" polls. In November  2004, US 
Republican Senator Richard Lugar, in Kiev, cited the  divergence of exit 
polls and official polls as solid evidence of  "blatant fraud" in the 
vote count in Ukraine. As a result, the Bush  Administration refused to 
recognize the Ukraine government's official  vote tally ... which proves 
once again that Republicans are incapable  of irony. The foreign 
mainstream press has already announced,  despite the polling 
discrepancies, that Mexico's elections were fair  and clean -- which 
would be a first for that country where Obrador's  party has seen its 
candidates defeated by "blatant fraud" before. The  change this time is 
that the fraud is simply less blatant.

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