This Fraud Is On You: The 2009 Afghan Elections and the U.N. Cover Up

We spent over $300 million to perpetrate a fraudulent election in Afghanistan, with the record of fraud actively covered up by the U.N. mission in Afghanistan.

See:

Excerpts – Galbraith’s Letter to U.N. Secretary General – NYTimes.com

Extracts:

In July, I came to the realization that the greatest risk to the Afghan elections was from “ghost” polling stations, that is polling centers sited in areas so insecure that the centers would never open. In coordination with the Ambassadors from the US, UK, EU and NATO, I pressed the Afghan Ministers of Defense and Interior either to secure these polling centers or to close them.

The Afghan Ministers, whose continued tenure in office was to depend on the fraud, complained about my intervention and Kai ordered me to drop the matter. As it turned out, most of the electoral fraud occurred in these ghost polling centers.

At considerable personal risk, UNAMA field staff collected data on turnout and fraud. Our data showed a miniscule turnout in key Southern Provinces, but these provinces were to report a large number of votes for Karzai.

Once it became clear to Kai that the output from our election center would be deeply disturbing to President Karzai, he ordered the staff not to share the data with anyone, including the Afghan institutions charged with preserving the integrity of the electoral process.

President Karzai had the Foreign Minister protest my supposed interference in the electoral process and, as you know, the Afghanistan Permanent Representative threatened to have me expelled from the country.

Kai sided with Karzai in this matter, seemingly indifferent to fact that these fraudulent ballots were the ones that put Karzai over 50%.


Peter W. Galbraith — WHAT I SAW AT THE AFGHAN ELECTION — U.N. Isn’t Addressing Fraud in Afghan Election – washingtonpost.com

Extracts:


Before firing me last week from my post as his deputy special representative in Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon conveyed one last instruction: Do not talk to the press. In effect, I was being told to remain a team player after being thrown off the team. Nonetheless, I agreed.

For weeks, Eide had been denying or playing down the fraud in Afghanistan’s recent presidential election, telling me he was concerned that even discussing the fraud might inflame tensions in the country.

As many as 30 percent of Karzai’s votes were fraudulent, and lesser fraud was committed on behalf of other candidates.

In several provinces, including Kandahar, four to 10 times as many votes were recorded as voters actually cast.

The fraud has handed the Taliban its greatest strategic victory in eight years of fighting the United States and its Afghan partners.

The election was a foreseeable train wreck.

this balloting was managed by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC). Despite its name, the commission is subservient to Karzai, who appointed its seven members

The United States and other Western nations paid the more than $300 million to hold the vote

In July, I learned that at least 1,500 polling centers (out of 7,000) were to be located in places so insecure that no one from the IEC, the Afghan National Army or the Afghan National Police had ever visited them.

Local commission staff members were hardly experienced election professionals; in many instances they were simply agents of the local power brokers, usually aligned with Karzai.

If no independent observers or candidate representatives, let alone voters, could even visit the listed location of a polling center, these IEC staffers could easily stuff ballot boxes without ever taking them to the assigned location. Or they could simply report results without any votes being in the ballot boxes.

Along with ambassadors from the United States and key allies, I met with the Afghan ministers of defense and the interior as well as the commission’s chief election officer. We urged them either to produce a credible plan to secure these polling centers (which the head of the Afghan army had told me was impossible) or to close them down. Not surprisingly, the ministers — who served a president benefiting from the fraud — complained that I had even raised the matter.

Eide ordered me not to discuss the ghost polling centers any further.

On Election Day, these sites produced hundreds of thousands of phony Karzai votes.

At other critical stages in the election process, I was similarly ordered not to pursue the issue of fraud.

Eide ordered us not to share this data with anyone, including the Electoral Complaints Commission, a U.N.-backed Afghan institution legally mandated to investigate fraud.

Fired UN envoy claims third of Hamid Karzai votes fraudulent | World news | The Guardian

Extracts:


A former senior United Nations diplomat in Kabul has made a scathing attack on the UN’s handling of Afghanistan‘s disputed elections, claiming that almost one in three of the votes cast for president Hamid Karzai were fraudulent.

Peter Galbraith, the former deputy head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, singled out his former chief, Kai Eide, for criticism, saying he had deliberately played down the level of cheating in an election where, in one region, “10 times as many votes were recorded as voters actually cast”.

Galbraith was sacked last week, after his disagreements with Eide, a Norwegian diplomat in charge of the UN mission, about how to deal with electoral fraud became public.

Galbraith said the extraordinary level of fraud in the August vote “has handed the Taliban its greatest strategic victory in eight years of fighting the United States and its Afghan partners”.

The election was a “foreseeable train wreck”, he said, with Eide standing idle as Afghan election authorities and ministers loyal to the president avoided taking steps that could have reduced massive fraud.

On Saturday Abdullah accused Eide of “giving a green card for fraud to determine the outcome of the election”.

The UN has abandoned democracy – Ottawa Citizen

A Canadian Perspective

Extracts:


The firing of its No. 2 official in Afghanistan shows how far the world body will go to cover up the fraudulent August election

The United Nations and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have just made a mockery of the notion of free and fair elections by firing Peter Galbraith, the second-in-command at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The UN staff … along with the EU Observation Mission … considers close to 1.5 million out of five million votes cast to be fraudulent

The fear is that addressing the spirit of a free and fair election now might further weaken governance and destabilize the country, and bring international failure in Afghanistan more starkly out in the open. Thus, the UN wants a compromise.

It is suggested Afghanistan does not need a true election, it has never had a democracy.

A sham of an election as a “start” is considered good enough for Afghans, who after all know no better. It seems protecting the image of the UN is the priority.

The UN action is damaging to the very concept of democracy. The UN has failed to retain its neutrality in this election to protect its own interest. It has violated the accountability principle.

The UNAMA has violated the trust of the international community, which includes the tax-paying public of the countries that contributed to this pool of funds.

It would be interesting to see how our own government explains to the Canadian public the objective of our mission in Afghanistan at this point.

Does the election fiasco affect our Afghanistan mission objectives (which remain muddled at best, in any case); and how do we accommodate addressing Canadian values while we’re in Afghanistan, one of our foreign policy objectives?

Or do we simply join the UN “cover-up” process, undermining not only Canadian values and democratic principles but the Afghan population, which deserves a legitimate government confirmed through an open, free and fair process of election?


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6 thoughts on “This Fraud Is On You: The 2009 Afghan Elections and the U.N. Cover Up

  1. That is a very important comparison. For months the Western mainstream media, not to mention almost everyone on the right, and many on the left, and Obama who said he was “appalled and outraged”, have been obsessing about the Iranian election. Except that if Mousavi’s little movement had even one tenth of the actual evidence of fraud that has been documented in Afghanistan, the media and the protesters would have gone absolutely ape shit, and everyone would be calling Ahmadinejad a dictator in unqualified terms.

    Now here is an election we paid for, and it is an actual fraud, with an abundance of evidence. There is no need for any mathematical guesswork by two graduate students about why some numbers look suspicious, like we had with Iran, instead here we have actual ballot box stuffing, closed polls that returned full boxes, places with over 100% voter turnout, and boxes stuffed so as to produce 500, 600, 800, votes, always neat numbers like that.

    We got lectured by Hamid Dabashi, saw Noam Chomsky turn out at green movement protests in New York…and not a word from these massively deluded dupes and hypocrites about Afghanistan.

    Maybe what they really mourn is that, unlike in Afghanistan, Iran’s election could not have been equally manipulated by our interventionist governments to serve the purposes of regime change and counterinsurgency. To have seen so many in the North American left suddenly turn “green” for Iran, almost as an automatic impulse, and so eager to do the work of Obama, is still shocking to me. On the right, here in Canada, we had government ministers colouring their online photos green…even as they were involved in an international effort to perpetrate electoral fraud in Afghanistan.

    How this is not the leading international outrage is beyond me.

  2. Exactly so, ventopiumoso and Max!
    Choreographed ignorance is the order of the day. With the ALLEGED fraud in Iran, the Twitterheads, for example, had a field day. Lets see if they can manage now to display similar outrage about this DOCUMENTED fraud in Afghanistan.
    I have no idea why any human being would want his/her life to mean absolutely nothing or how parents continue to teach their children, or allow others to teach their children, that it is OK to surrender their minds and bodies to be used as fodder for the engines of destruction that feed a relatively small global elite. All over the world, humanity is taking the path of least resistance. Gravity beckons and the Gadarene swine, bent on self-destruction, are embracing oblivion.

    Courage to Peter Galbraith and people like you who refuse to keep their heads buried in the trough.

  3. […] There is mounting opposition to the continuation of the Afghan war by majorities of voters right across many NATO nations (including the U.S. itself, the U.K., Canada, Australia, Germany). European public opinion on the whole is in favor of reducing or withdrawing troops from Afghanistan (55% of West Europeans and 69% of East Europeans according to a recent German Marshall Fund poll) (source). In the face of that, all the Obama administration can  offer regarding anti-war protesters such as those at the gates of the White House itself this Monday, October 5, is that: (a) they did not even know they were there (looking outside the windows of the White House is apparently also off limits); and, (b) a condescending, paternalistic dismissal: “I think the president has long believed that whether your opinion is on one side of this issue or the other, that this is the greatness of our country, is that you get to amplify that opinion” (source). In other words, cheer up, America may be just a paper-thin democracy, but that is still far better than the democracy implanted and paid for by NATO nations in Afghanistan (see here). […]

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