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Connie Mack declares war: on United Nations over election monitors

UPDATE: U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, who has called for the U.S. to end funding of the United Nations, today announced that the international peacekeeping organization should be "kicked off U.S. soil" and "defunded."

The incident that sparked his outrage was an announcement by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that it will send 44 observer to polling places around the country on Election Day to monitor potential disputes at polling places. The organization is registered as an NGO with United Nations but the U.N. is not involved in monitoring elections in the U.S.

The request for voting day monitoring came from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and the ACLU, among other groups. They warned in a letter to the OSCE of “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”

Mack, who is chairman of the House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, said “Every American should be outraged by this news,'' and concluded that "the only ones who should ever oversee American elections are Americans.”

His campaign said in a statement that U.N. monitoring "should be reserved for third-world countries, banana republics and fledgling democracies."

Scott Simpson, of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the organization that brokered the meeting, called Mack's attempt to link the U.N. to the group irresponsible.

"They have no formal relationship to the U.N. at all,'' he said. He said the OSCE was founded after the Cold War to promote democratization and civil society in the former Soviet Union and to which the U.S. is a charter member. It has experience monitoring elections across the globe and was brought in to monitor voter suppression allegations in the U.S., particularly in states such as Colorado, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, he said.

"They know exactly what the standards should be and are as close to a non-biased position as there should be,'' he said.

The organization acknowledged that it does not have jurisdiction over U.S. elections but has been invited to participate in various states.

Here's Mack's full statement:

“The very idea that the United Nations – the world body dedicated to diminishing America’s role in the world -- would be allowed, if not encouraged, to install foreigners sympathetic to the likes of Castro, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, and Putin to oversee our elections is nothing short of disgusting.

“For years the United Nations has aggressively worked against the best interests of our country and many of our allies. The UN’s actions and intentions toward the United States have been nothing short of reprehensible."

Here is the statement from Wayne Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:

“America serves as a beacon of democracy for the world. And by hosting a contingent of unbiased international observers, we are showing the world that our election can be a model of transparency and integrity.

"During the last several years, there has been an unprecedented and sophisticated level of coordination to restrict voting rights in our nation. These efforts, including photo ID requirements, limits on community-based and same day registration, shortened early voting periods, and proof of citizenship requirements, undermine our democracy, particularly for students, seniors, naturalized immigrants, and people of color. Reports that True the Vote and other groups intend to place one million people at polling locations across the country to intimidate and challenge voters are equally concerning.

"Sharing the concerns of civil rights groups with the OSCE has never been more important because shining a light on these efforts is critical to ensuring that everyone’s vote counts. The OSCE needs to know how sophisticated and pervasive these efforts are so it can be prepared to recognize voter suppression when it happens.The Department of Justice and civil rights groups have fought back against these efforts, but there is more to be done. Our elections must be monitored by American organizations, the federal government, and international observers to ensure that we live up to our role as the world’s greatest democracy.

"Having unbiased observers at the polls ensures the legitimacy, integrity, and transparency of our election. OSCE observers only report back their findings – they do not intervene in the election and have no standing to do so. For Americans who are proud of their democracy, this is an opportunity to show the world that we won’t tolerate voter intimidation, fraud, or suppression.

"We welcome the OSCE’s presence and hope that the American people pay close attention to its findings.”

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DuraMater

Pam Bondi and Gov. Scott should have issued a stern rebuke and warning to these carpetbaggers days ago. Governors and AGs in other states have already put them on warning. Stay out of our polling places!

While I'm sure Hugo Chavez is grateful to the UN assistance on his behalf a few weeks ago, this is the USA, not Venezuela. We are a sovereign nation, a constitutional republic and a lot of us aim to keep it that way with this coming election.

Come on, Governor, Ms. Bondi. Stop cowering to these shake down groups.

Kirk

They should be arrested and detained if found at our polling places. If not just plain water boarded and sent back to Eurotrash Europe.

TruthandFreedom

Obama has sat at the head of the UN and presided over it,REASON, against US law. He wanted the UN there to help make sure his ACORN regime and there other shell companies were able to accomplish there mission!!! Fraud and Forge the way to his presidency!! It was proven in Hearing, but something happen about 20 years ago where the Republicans made a deal they would not challenge any fraud or presidency outcome from such activities. This is the reason why the Republicans did not contest the outcome, even after the investigation showed extensive fraud in 14 states!!!

IT DOES NOT MATTER THAT A MAJORITY OF THE USA WANTS A CLEAN ELECTION FREE FROM FRAUD, BRIBERY, AND COERCION! OBAMA DOES NOT WANT THIS, HE RELIES ON THE CHICAGO MAFIAN WAYS, WHY DO YOU THINK THE BODY COUNTS CONTINUE TO RISE AGAINST THOSE THAT OPPOSE HIM OR THOSE WHO WORK AT EXPOSING HIM!!!! He is a muslim born and raised and has infiltrated the government with like minded individuals. For anyone to think that his ALPHABET agencies are not being brainwashed into thinking that true americans are the terrorists is the united States undoing!!! Why do you think the push for NDAA, Drones on american soil, FEMA camps, and an illegal president hit list filled with believers of the constitution, christians - because they stand against the belief of sharia law, and lest we not forget anyone who does not believe in the fraud of a two party system - where it is clearly being bought and paid for by the same foreign entities/powers!! GET A CLUE.. WWIII is coming.... Obama refuses to go after wall street and the banksters becuase they are financing him!!! Obama is there to bring down our nation!!! It will eventually get to the point where all government officials will go into hiding and Martil Law enacted to move everyone on Obama's Hit List to the FEMA camps for re-education.. those refusing to accept him as dictator will be marched to the ovens!!!

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