John McCain was urged to mount a last ditch legal challenge to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential victory but decided against it out of fear that holding back the historic election result would damage the US and could even lead to violence, according to a leaked memo from an American private intelligence firm.
The Telegraph [UK]
27 Feb 2012
The Republican presidential candidate was reportedly advised by aides to take the dramatic step of seeking an injunction to prevent the results in Ohio and Pennsylvania from being certified, a move that would have plunged the election night into chaos.
His campaign staff were said to have believed they had evidence of voter fraud in the two battleground states and could challenge the results in the court.
According to an analyst at Stratfor, the political intelligence company whose hacked emails are being published by WikiLeaks, Mr Mcain’s staff were still pleading with him to take legal action in the moments before he appeared on stage in Arizona to deliver his concession speech.
The email claims that the 75-year-old Vietnam War hero judged that the scale of Mr Obama’s victory was too great and believed the country would be damaged by a repeat of the contested 2000 election…
…The Stratfor analyst wrote that many of Republican aides “were shocked, but after reflecting upon his decision, thought he put the country first.”…
The entire article is at The Telegraph.
Also at The Telegraph, McCain praises Obama in graceful concession speech
AUSTIN, TEXAS — The U.S. Department of Justice is refusing to comment on whether it has prepared espionage charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, even after emails allegedly stolen from the Austin, Texas firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) and published Tuesday revealed that the company claims to have a sealed indictment against him…
CAJ note: Stratfor is in our list of links (right).
Update: “Anonymous” declares war on the United States [video]
We’ve seen enough of this President over the last three years to know that we don’t need another four. President Obama believes he is unchecked by our Constitution. He is unresponsive to the will of our people. In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election. If there is one thing we cannot afford, it is four years of Barack Obama with nothing to answer to.
~ Mitt Romney, Michigan 2/28/2012