Skip to comments.State Dept: Texas canít arrest international election observers
Posted on 10/26/2012 4:02:02 PM PDT by Snuph
International election observers planning to visit Texas polling places have full immunity from being arrested in the United States, the State Department said when discussing a letter from the Texas Attorney General.
Im not going to get into any kind of hypothetical situations or predict where this is going to go other than to say we have every expectation that this will be worked out and to state the fact, which is that under U.S. law they are eligible for immunities, said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. Reporters tried to get her to state explicitly that Texas could not arrest election observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), but Nuland would only reiterate that OSCE observers have full immunity.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, R-Texas, warned OSCE that it may be a criminal offense for OSCEs representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling places entrance, as The Hill noted.
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Lay those cards on the table.
Let's us dance.
We’ll see how this turns out.
What, we can’t arrest them?
Well then, let’s shoot the commie bastards!
Just because they have “diplomatic immunity” doesn’t mean that Texas officials are obliged to let them go wherever they like, afaik.
The State Department can pound sand.
Im sure there are other ways to ensure these “monitors” don’t interfere with Texas law, like being filmed at all times by the state police.
So what, give them their get out of jail free card and they get out on Wednesday
So what happens if they just “get lost” in jail till Wednesday?
Sure they can and they should! I am getting a little sick of the federal government.
I still want to know why these observers are not in Shitcargo or Detroit? Hey how about a few in Philadelphia?
A second question. What enforcement authority does the State Department have? Suppose Rick Perry tells Hillabitch Clintdog to go play with herself?
The obvious tactic here is as follows:
You arrest the perps. Remove them from the polling place. 10 minutes after the polls close, you “realize your horrible error”, release them.
As far as immunity goes, surely our freedoms under 1st amendment trump some foreigner? How is that working out for the videographer in CA?
So, will Obama send in Federal troops to violate State law and support foreign interference in the elections? That will go over big /s.
Texas Rangers versus the Federal Marshalls.
It’ll be a good one! Million dollar pay for view opportunity.
“Immunity” never stopped a good old-fashioned azz-whoopin’.
Let Texas play the same type of game with the UN Observers. Tell them to drive to Foggy Bottom and come back with the right type of certificate.
W’all now... Las tahm Ah looked, Texas has an international border with Messico, so A’ll tell ya whut we’re agunna do. We won’ arrest them furriners, we’ll jes escort ‘em to the Rio and point’em south.
Indeed. No matter what ID or credentials they have it must still be verified. That can take some time.
I read a very interesting book recently, “Patriots”. It is a novel discussing the coming financial collapse and the repercussions that might be expected. It, along with “One Second After”, are eye-opening books about the fragility of our civilization.
I guess down in Texas they will have to call it “detained,” then. Hehehe. Detained, taken to the airport, and sent packing back to wherever their passport says they’re from. And charged to the State Department too. LOL!
Really? Is this the State Depts next priority?
Sounds like another Fort Sumpter to me.
They already know now to "fix" elections in communist cesspools. They need to learn how to get around more conservative election systems.
Sure, they can. The federal government cannot tell Texas who may be in their polling places.
Well, diplomats have full immunity... but...
if they start committing crimes they get sent packin’.
If they go on a murder spree... if they go all strauss-kahn... they make like a tree.
I think Feds are gonna push their version of elections too far for the SCOTUS. SCOTUS says States can’t do things that are unconstitutional concerning elections... but States still have their own laws regarding elections.
Seems to me the State dept is trying to cram too much down the throat of States.
They better believe they will be arrested if they interfere. Our Texas attorney general posted this on facebook earlier today:
“Im drawing a line in the sand on anyone who wants to mess with Texas elections! ‘LIKE’ this to let me know you’re with me!”
Bull $hit! The only one with immunity from arrest in Texas is Willie Nelson.... Everyone else has to obey the rules or wait until the judge returns from his hunting/fishing trip....
In my parts there is an area known as the Big Thicket. People have been known to go in there and never return.
Exactly. They aren't registered Texas voters so put a few Texas Rangers, sherrifs and DPS at each poll to make sure they stay far, far away. If they cause a ruckus, escort them them off and go through their diplomatic papers very, very slowly.
Diplomatic immunity does not mean that they are free to break our laws. If it did, diplomats would be free to walk in any bank at will, rob it at gunpoint, and walk away free as a bird.
We can detain, and deport lawbreakers with immunity, we cannot prosecute them in our courts.
Go get ‘em Texas!@!
They have no Constitutional authority to grant immunity to “international” or “multinational” bodies.
Further, the Fed Guv has no authority over deciding State election laws, and I’m pretty sure there will be issues on every ballot other than national ones.
Tar and Feathers
But I think better to round them all up and a drop them on a two lane road somewhere in the mountains of eastern Kentucky...give them all jackets that say BATF on the back to keep warm during their "walk" out of there.
Don't bet on that. Texas should just throw their asses in jail for 24 hours and let the State Dept. wring their hands, dither, and wet their pants like they always do.
But there not here at the request of the US government, DEARIE.
There here at the request of a bunch of left-wing organizations.
Thursday, October 25,2012
Attorney General Abbott
The case in point is OSCEs coordination with Project Vote, an overtly partisan organization that was founded by and closely affiliated with ACORN. As you know, ACORN collapsed in the wake of a national voter registration fraud scandal that resulted in multiple criminal prosecutions for violations of state and federal election laws. Just this week, Project Vote boasted that it was advising OSCE on which issues to studyand which states to monitorthis election cycle. In light of Project Votes history of voter registration fraud and its more recent failed attempt to enjoin Texas election laws that were enacted to prevent fraud, no legitimate international body would affiliate with Project Vote. Consequently, OSCEs affiliation with this dubious organization necessarily undermines its credibility and the independence of its election monitors.
Lock ‘em up first then let a judge sort it out. That’s better than what happens in most of the countries they represent where a wall and a blindfold is all you get...if you are lucky. Don’t Mess with Texas!!!
They may be immune from arrest but I bet they can be detained, etc until the polls close before they are turned loose. Hell there are over 8,400 precincts in Texas so they’ll be hard pressed to visit a handful.
Why would they even bother being in Texas? Obama ain’t going to win Texas. Obama can’t cheat to get Texas.
It would be a complete waste of time for them. The UNdiots will be in Philly and Dayton.
Hopefully somewhere that they can verify that the prison conditions of violent illegal aliens are everything the UN wants them to be...
Anything But Benghazi
Because they can. Because is another intmidation tactic. Because we're picking up speed travelling down that slippery slope. Because no one has the guts to put a complete and total stop to this ridiculousness.
Exactly. They may not be able to arrest and prosecute them, but they can take them into temporary custody and hold them until after voting hours.
Nice smoke ring you're blowing there, Victoria - although I thought Foggy Bottom was a smoke-free environment.
If I recall correctly, diplomatic immunity was protection against prosecution, not arrest. Someone with diplomatic immunity can be held for 48 hours without any action required. So I hope these UN idiots enjoy their extended stay in Texas.