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MUHAMMAD: Beware of Electoral ‘October Surprise’

Secrets.

What can the public possibly learn from the 28 pages of secrets that have been hidden since 9/11 concerning the Saudi Arabian royal family’s involvement and even possible support for the attackers?

So what if Prince Bandar was a close friend of the family of then-President George W. Bush? So what if he often spent holidays with the family and was even nicknamed “Bandar Bush?”

So what if her secret emails, kept on her own personal server rather than a more secure government server, reveal that in 2011 when she spurred the U.S. campaign to overthrow Libyan leader Muamar Qaddafi, so what if we learn now that she was in negotiations with Qaddafi’s government to greatly improve 40 years of strained relations?

I’ll tell you. That kind of duplicitous behavior in Libya undermines trust in this country and reveals a leader/a government, willing to negotiate favorable diplomatic arrangements with another government on one hand while striking blows to destroy that government with the other. Secrets maybe better kept hidden.

Of course, there’s a need for some secrecy. Competitors don’t want their strategies revealed. Surprise birthday parties! Sometimes events are potentially so popular that their details must be kept from the public because of safety concerns, for example.

But these diplomatic secrets — like the fact that the U.S. government was spying on the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for example — these kinds of secrets are humiliating, when revealed.

Now, I would not be surprised if at this very moment, somewhere, someone in this country — someone we otherwise trust — some someone, driven by political fervor alone, is plotting a dreadful event in order to shock voters in this country.

Of course, there are anti-American zealots among us scheming against their homeland, but I’m wondering if there are any “pro-American zealots” who might feel that in order to influence the electorate to choose for example Donald Trump or Ted Cruz —xenophobic, warmongering zealots — there must be a catastrophic “terrorist event” to frighten voters. The secret may be that it was a “false flag” operation by U.S. operatives made to appear to have been committed by terrorists.

The maximum electoral impact of such a catastrophe would be felt if it happens anytime after Labor Day until late October — an “October surprise.”

In the 1980 presidential election, operatives from the campaign of Republican Ronald Reagan successfully negotiated with Iranian revolutionaries who were then holding hundreds of U.S. diplomatic personnel hostage in Tehran, negotiated with the Iranians TO NOT release the hostages to the U.S. government of incumbent President Jimmy Carter until after Reagan’s election in November, not until January 1981, his Inauguration Day!

They made sure there would be no “October Surprise” that would save Carter’s presidency at the polls. Reagan won by a landslide.

Are there operators hovering around the 2016 U.S. presidential campaigns who would unleash a false flag attack in order to jolt fearful American voters to choose an inexperienced, dangerous, trigger-happy Republican president?

Is pig foot pork?

Of course, there are dangerous political operatives capable of dastardly deeds in the name of their “patriotism”!

Beware of the October Surprise 2016.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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