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November 1, 2004

The Department of State is coming under criticism for inviting members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to oversee America's elections this November.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) says inviting international observers violates the principle of federalism because the presidential elections are run by the states themselves. As a result, Paul says "the invitation was not Secretary [of State Colin] Powell's to extend." He adds that the OSCE has a terrible record of observing elections:

  • In 1996, the OSCE approved of the parliamentary elections in Bosnia despite records showing 107 percent of the voting-age population had voted.
  • In 1998, while in charge of monitoring the cease-fire between the Serbs and Albanians, the OSCE was caught sending targeting information back to the United States and European Union in advance of the U.S.-led attack on Serbia.
  • In 2004, the OSCE approved the election in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia with the victor garnering a "Saddam Hussein-like" 97-percent of the popular vote.

Paul says the United States should remove itself from the OSCE, an organization that erodes America's sovereignty and consumes more than $25 million in U.S. tax dollars every year (about 10 percent of the organization's budget).

Source: Marc Morano, "Foreign Observers of U.S. Vote Threaten 'Catastrophe,' Group Warns," Conservative, August 30, 2004.


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