Pentagon Blocks Site for Voters outside U.S.A

From Paris, Carmen Negrín wrote: Things are really wrong over the other side of the Atlantic! Here is another
confirmation of this! Vive la démocratie!!! >,   Randy Black comments: The highly slanted, anti-US government story from the International Herald Tribune is factually wrong and a clear distortion of the truth. The story is datelined Sept. 20 and the election law, to the best of my recollection, states that voters must be registered 30 days prior to the election. Thus, the writer’s comment that those “not yet registered to vote (on Oct. 20) is moot and rather useless information. Additionally, the writer buried the real truth near the end of the story: that there are other Internet access points (only a few ISPs are listed in the story as being blocked due to hacker activity). Factually, all persons wishing to vote may continue to pick up voter registration materials at their local embassy and elsewhere wherever they may be in the world. Realistically, more ex-pat voters have had their ducks in a row for months on these issue anyway. Finally, if I were a betting man, I would estimate that the editor who assigned the story to the writer had already established his anti-US news slant, or the writer wrote the story six weeks ago and they just now found the space to print it. Regardless, it’s rubbish.
"PARIS In a decision that could affect Americans abroad who are not yet registered to vote in the Nov. 2 presidential election, the Pentagon has begun restricting international access to the official Web site intended to help overseas absentee voters cast ballots."

RH: Rubbish? I doubt that the International Herald would make crass mistakes. I suggest that Carmen forward this postng to it for comment.

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