Tensions increase between Texas and the United Nations

An international watchdog group called the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is sending monitors to observe the upcoming U.S. presidential election.  They should consider spending some time at all those Democrat campaign offices that keep getting caught in vote-fraud video stings.

According to Reuters, OSCE has observed five previous U.S. elections “without incident,” but now they’re up in arms because the state of Texas told them in no uncertain terms that their monitors are subject to state law, and will be arrested and prosecuted if they interfere with the election.

“They act like they may not be subject to Texas law and our goal all along is to make clear to them that when they’re in Texas, they’re subject to Texas law, and we’re not giving them an exemption,” growled Attorney General Greg Abbott.  “Our concern is that this isn’t some benign observation but something intended to be far more prying and maybe even an attempt to suppress voter integrity.”  Reports have suggested that the OSCE is meeting with groups opposed to the Texas voter ID law, currently blocked by court order, and likely destined for a hearing in the Supreme Court.

Abbott fired off a letter to the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw on Tuesday, advising them “it may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance,” and warning that violations “could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law.”

Abbott has the backing of the Texas Secretary of State, Hope Andrade, who reminded the U.N.-affiliated OSCE that they have no legal jurisdiction in Texas.  Governor Rick Perry is on board as well, saying via Twitter, “No U.N. monitors / inspectors will be part of any Texas election process.”

This did not go over well in Warsaw.  “The threat of criminal sanctions against OSCE/ODIHR observers is unacceptable,” sniffed ODIHR director Janez Lenarcic, who according to Reuters is sharing his “grave concerns” with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Don’t worry, Mr. Lenarcic, I’m sure your monitors will be better protected than U.S. diplomats in Benghazi were.

It seems odd that Lenarcic would have the idea that his monitors are above the law and immune to criminal prosecution.  All he really needed to say was, “Okay, Mr. Attorney General, we get it.  Never fear, I promise that my people will scrupulously respect your laws, and you won’t need to arrest any of them.”

Abbott had a bit more to say about the domestic activist groups OSCE has been trick-or-treating with, during an appearance on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News program:

Well, Neil, one of our concerns is, we don’t know exactly what they’re doing, and that is why we’re trying to raise a red flag here, because there are laws in the state of Texas, and we expect this U.N.-related partner and their affiliates to abide by Texas laws.

And we sent them a message that if they fail to do so, they are subject to criminal prosecution. But, Neil, let me make this one point, and that is, you talked about how liberal activists have gotten associated with this group. They actually had a meeting with this group in April.

The liberal activists you need to know include Project Vote. Project Vote is an affiliate of ACORN, the now disgraced organization that was involved in voter fraud. And we need to make sure in Texas we don’t have ACORN-style voter fraud taking place and we don’t take any kind of shine to this European group thinking they can come in and monitor elections in the state of Texas.

Hear that, U.N. monitors?  No kind of shine is being taken to you in Texas, especially not when you hang around with such disreputable characters.