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by Richard Poe
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The first article in this series was published on NewsMax.com, July 23, 2004. The other two articles were not.

GEORGE SOROS AND AMERICA’S COMING ELECTION CRISIS
A Three-Part Investigative Series
by Richard Poe

Introduction
July 16, 2004

Velvet Revolution, USA
July 16, 2004

The Democrats’ Digital Brownshirts
July 17, 2004

The Lies of George Soros
July 18, 2004


NOTE: The 7-step formula for regime change outlined in “Velvet Revolution, USA,” later became the basis for the 5-step formula used by Glenn Beck in his landmark exposé “The Puppet Master George Soros,” aired on Fox News, November 9, 10, 11, 2010.




VELVET REVOLUTION, USA
George Soros and America’s Coming Election Crisis: A Three-Part Series

by Richard Poe
RichardPoe.com
July 16, 2004


IF YOU ENJOYED the election crisis of 2000, you’re going to love what Democrat leaders are cooking up for November.

This is not a normal election,” Democrat mega-donor George Soros told the Associated Press on June 10. “These are not normal times.” Indeed they are not. And Mr. Soros himself bears much of the blame. (1)

George Soros has purchased the Democratic Party,” charges Republican National Committee spokeswoman Christine Iverson. (2) Some might dismiss Miss Iverson’s comment as hyberbole. However, Soros’ massive soft-money contributions have indisputably given him power over Democrat strategy.

The billionaire currency trader now busies himself instructing Democrats in a new and dangerous style of political brinkmanship — new to Americans, at least. Soros’ relish for Byzantine intrigue and reckless power grabs may strike some Americans as novel. However, it follows a long — if not exactly honored — tradition endemic to the blood-drenched soil of Central Europe whence Mr. Soros springs.

The clenched fist of
Otpor (“Resistance”),
a network of some
70,000 militant youth
whom Soros paid to
oust Serbian President
Slobodan Milosevic

Soros’ leadership has manifested itself in ways both subtle and striking, both direct and indirect, as Democrat tactics devolve ever deeper into a fever swamp of slander, sedition, violence and crude propaganda.

Consider, for example, a recent proposal by Congressional Democrats to bring in UN monitors to police our upcoming election.

“We are deeply concerned that the right of U.S. citizens to vote in free and fair elections is again in jeopardy,” wrote Democrat Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas in a July 1 letter to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Indiana Republican Steve Buyer barely managed to short-circuit Johnson’s proposal last Thursday by cutting off her cash flow. Buyer added an amendment to a pending foreign aid bill, blocking any U.S. official from using the designated funds for UN election monitors.

Buyer’s move infuriated Rep. Corinne Brown (D-Fla.). She charged that Republicans “stole the election” in 2000, telling Buyer, “I come from Florida, where you and others participated in what I call the United States coup d’etat. We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” (3)

When the Buyer Amendment came up for a vote, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly — by a ratio of 5 to 1 — to keep the door open for UN election monitors. An astonishing 161 representatives — all Democrats — voted against Buyer’s proposal. The measure passed by a slim 243-161. Only 33 Democrats broke with their party to support Buyer’s amendment. (4)

Never before have U.S. lawmakers sought so openly, and in such great numbers, to allow foreign intervention in a U.S. election.

Equally exotic, from an American standpoint, are the antics of a group called “National People’s Action” (NPA) — whom syndicated pundit Michelle Malkin describes as a taxpayer-funded “left-wing goon squad.”

NPA provides muscle for Democrat dirty work. In exchange, it receives public funding from a host of government agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Of this multiracial, Chicago-based “neighborhood advocacy” network, Malkin writes:

“The group engages in what it calls `direct action‘ — publicizing the home addresses of business and government leaders it wants to shake down and then busing in protesters and schoolchildren (using public school buses) to invade the private property of their victims and intimidate their families.” (5)

In March, about 800 NPA thugs surrounded the Washington home of Bush strategist Karl Rove, demanding rights for illegal aliens. They knocked on Rove’s door, pounded on his windows and chanted angrily in Spanish and English, driving Rove’s children to tears. The mob dispersed only after Rove agreed to parley with its leaders. (6)

In the age of Soros, mainstream Democrats have embraced the thuggish tactics of NPA and similar groups. The sudden emergence of street thugs as a force in U.S. politics calls to mind the elevation of similar groups overseas, where Soros often bankrolls street radicals with a zest for physical confrontation. Readers should note that NPA receives funding from the Tides Foundation — an institution to which Soros contributes generously (more than $13 million between 1997 and 2003). (7)

The notorious Ruckus Society also draws money from the Tides Foundation. Its rioters paralyzed Seattle during the World Trade Organization meeting there in 1999 and wreaked havoc during the 2000 Republican convention in Philadelphia. The Ruckus Society runs a network of training camps, which have been working furiously for months to prepare street activists for the 2004 election season. (8)

NM Magazine cover — Richard Poe

See Richard Poe’s cover story on George Soros in the May 2004 edition of NewsMax Magazine.

The Human Rights Racket

Born in Hungary in 1930, Soros came of age under Nazi and Soviet occupation. He built his fortune wheeling and dealing in lawless nations, where money buys pliant rulers and topples disobedient ones with equal facility. In his writings and interviews, Soros boasts openly of subverting governments in Croatia, Slovakia, Yugoslavia and the Republic of Georgia. (9) Now, like a big-game hunter facing retirement, the 73-year-old Soros seeks the ultimate trophy to crown his mantel — the head of George W. Bush on a pike.

“America under Bush is a danger to the world,” Soros told the Washington Post in a November 11, 2003 interview. Ousting Bush, said Soros, “is the central focus of my life… a matter of life and death.” (10)

Soros had earlier told the Post, “I believe deeply in the values of an open society. For the past 15 years I have focused my energies on fighting for these values abroad. Now I am doing it in the United States.” (11)

Experienced Soros watchers have learned to greet such sermons with a cynical yawn. As British journalist Neil Clark notes in the leftwing journal New Statesman:

“[S]oros deems a society `open’ not if it respects human rights and basic freedoms, but if it is `open’ for him and his associates to make money. And, indeed, Soros has made money in every country he has helped to prise `open.’ In Kosovo, for example, he has invested $50m in an attempt to gain control of the Trepca mine complex, where there are vast reserves of gold, silver, lead and other minerals estimated to be worth in the region of $5bn. He thus copied a pattern he has deployed to great effect over the whole of eastern Europe: of advocating `shock therapy’ and `economic reform,’ then swooping in with his associates to buy valuable state assets at knockdown prices.” (12)

In my article, “George Soros’ Coup” in the May 2004 issue of NewsMax Magazine, I noted that Soros has good reason, at this time, to believe that a Democrat regime might prove more “open” to his way of doing business than would George W. Bush. But that is another issue. Whatever Soros really means by the term “open society,” Americans would be well-advised to familiarize themselves with the dangerous lengths to which he has often gone to establish it.


Velvet Revolution

Everyone knows that Soros has poured millions into Democrat coffers this election season. Yet there is more to Soros’ strategy than mere largesse.

Soros helped bankroll the 1989 coup d’etat that catapulted dissident playwright Vaclav Havel to the presidency of the Czech Republic. The relatively bloodless uprising acquired the nickname “Velvet Revolution.” To this day, people throughout the former Soviet bloc use the term “velvet revolution” to denote Soros-sponsored coups. (13)

Defenders of Soros paint his velvet putsches as benevolent, arguing that Soros has freed millions from tin-pot despots such as Slobodan Milosevic. Maybe so. But President Bush is no Milosevic, and the USA no Yugoslavia. Mr. Soros’ brand of help is neither welcome nor appropriate here.

How exactly does one perpetrate a velvet revolution anyway? The seven-step strategy Soros used against Milosevic provides an instructive blueprint.

Step 1: Form a Shadow Government

Since 1991, Soros contributed over $100 million to Yugoslavia’s anti-Milosevic movement, including to the militant youth group Otpor (“Resistance”). (14) Otpor grew quickly to 70,000 members, assuming leadership of the Serbian resistance. (15)

Step 2: Control the Air Waves

Soros bankrolled opposition media in Serbia, such as the ANEM radio network and its flagship station Radio B92. (16)

Step 3: Bleed the State Dry

Economic sanctions and civil war destroyed the Yugoslav state. Soros helped exacerbate both.

The Soros-funded Human Rights Watch demonized Milosevic through wildly exaggerated reports of Serb atrocities. These charges led to economic sanctions and NATO intervention on behalf of separatist rebels. (17)

A prominent hawk on Yugoslavia, Soros pressured Bill Clinton, as early as 1993, to escalate the war by lifting an arms embargo against Bosnian separatists. (18)

Emboldened by U.S. support, separatist rebels launched “ethnic cleansing” campaigns against Serb civilians living in the territories they claimed. The bloodiest such action was Operation Storm, an August 1995 offensive by Croatian forces, in which as many as 300,000 Serbs were driven from Krajina, and an unknown number of Serb civilians slaughtered. (19)

The blood was not dry in Krajina before Soros and his fellow hawks confronted Congress in December 1995 with a petition, signed by 40 prominent policy makers, urging massive U.S. intervention in the Balkans — not to protect Serbs from further atrocities, but to escalate the war by intensifying support for separatist rebels.

During this period, Bill Clinton allowed Osama bin Laden to bring in mujahedeen volunteers from Islamic countries to terrorize the Serbs. These mujahedeen tortured and slaughtered Christian captives with appalling savagery. Many stayed in the Balkans, building a network of terror cells which remain active to this day. (20)

Step 4: Sow Unrest

By September 2000, Yugoslavia lay in ruins, its people disheartened by ten years of war, economic sanctions and NATO bombing. Soros-sponsored media blamed every new catastrophe on Milosevic.

Step 5: Provoke an Election Crisis

Yugoslavia’s velvet revolution began on election day, September 26, 2000. Candidate Vojislav Kostunovic won 48.9 percent of the vote to Milosevic’s 38.6 percent. However, Yugoslav law requires a 50-percent plurality to win. A run-off election was duly scheduled for October 8, but Kostunovic refused to participate, citing exit polls that contradicted the official results. (21)

In fact, both sides had engaged in ballot-stuffing, according to the respected British intelligence bulletin Jane’s Sentinel. (22) Nevertheless, Soros-sponsored media noticed only Milosevic’s vote-rigging and screamed for his resignation. Kostunovic demanded that Milosevic step down. (23)

Step 6: Take the Streets

Otpor activists give lip service to a Gandhi-esque code of non-violence. Yet, when they staged their coup on October 5, 2000, many relied not on Kumbaya sing-alongs, but on fists, boots, guns and Molotov cocktails. (24)

On October 5, velvet revolutionaries rioted in Belgrade, setting fire to the Federal Parliament Building and the headquarters of the state television network RTS. (25) Janes’ Sentinel reports that Otpor units armed with AK-47s, mortars and shoulder-launched anti-tank weapons set up road-blocks around Belgrade. (26)

Step 7: Outlast Your Opponent

Otpor’s aggressive tactics and unshakable persistence convinced Milosevic that a long and bloody struggle lay ahead. Rather than risk civil war or NATO intervention, Milosevic stepped down.

The deposed president was arrested and packed off to Holland for trial. Many readers will be surprised to learn that, after three years of deliberations, the International Criminal Court in The Hague has yet to produce conclusive evidence that Milosevic committed war crimes. (27)

Neil Clark notes that the case against Milosevic relies largely on dubious allegations ginned up by the Soros-funded Human Rights Watch. (28) Scandalously, the International Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia (ICTY) is itself awash in Soros money. Writing in the leftwing journal The New Statesman, Clark reports that the Tribunal — which complained in 1994 that it lacked sufficient funds to prosecute Balkan war crimes — now thrives on contributions from George Soros, Time-Warner and Disney, among others. (29)

That’s right. Time-Warner and Disney. Who’d have thought it?


October Surprise

In view of the catastrophes Mr. Soros has inflicted on so many foreign lands, his sudden rise to prominence in U.S. politics deserves closer inspection. Bellicose charges of vote-rigging and calls for UN intervention such as we have heard lately from high-ranking Democrats fall strangely on American ears. Yet, for George Soros, such overheated rhetoric constitutes business as usual.

The Democrat strategy taking shape in America this year strongly resembles a “velvet revolution” in the making. Every piece of the puzzle has fallen into place. Only the exact time and nature of the final provocation — the signal for action — remains unknown.

Curiously, Hillary Clinton told the New York Post’s Cindy Adams on March 30 that an October Surprise would likely decide the 2004 election. “It will be outside forces — something unforeseen that suddenly happens — that tilts the election one way or the other,” she predicted, with an odd note of certainty. (30)

Was Hillary just guessing? Or does she know something we don’t?

In the remaining installments of this three-part series, we will examine further evidence that Velvet Revolution may be brewing among the Party of the Left.


1. Amy Westfeldt, “Billionaire Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is – Toward Ousting Bush,” Associated Press, New York, 10 June 2004

2. Laura Blumenfeld, “Soros’s Deep Pockets vs. Bush: Financier Contributes $5 Million More in Effort to Oust President,” Washington Post, 11 November 2003, A03

3. “House Members Will Discuss Request to United Nations to Monitor Election: Rep. Johnson Spearheads Effort to Invite International Body,” Office of Congresswoman Bernice Johnson, Press Release, 6 July 2004

4. Alan Fram, “Fla. Lawmaker Says 2000 Election ‘Stolen,’ ” Associated Press, 1:14 AM, 16 July 2004

5. Michelle Malkin, “A Closer Look at Left-Wing Thuggery,” Townhall.com, 31 March 2004

6. Steven Ginsberg, “Demonstrators Swarm Around Rove’s Home,” The Washington Post, 29 March 2004, B01

7. Ben Johnson, ” `Charitable’ Foundations: ATM’s for the Left,” FrontPageMagazine.com, 2 March 2004

8. Carl Limbacher, “Heinz Kerry Bankrolling GOP Convention Ruckus?“, NewsMax.com, 18 July 2004

Ruckus Society, ActivistCash.com

9. George Soros, The Bubble of American Supremacy, (New York, PublicAffairs 2004), 132, 143

10. Washington Post, 11 November 2003, A03

11. Thomas B. Edsall, “Liberals Form Fund to Defeat President: Aim is to Spend $75 Million for 2004,” Washington Post, 8 August 2003, A03

12. Neil Clark, “Profile — George Soros: The billionaire trader has become eastern Europe’s uncrowned king and the prophet of `the open society.’ But open to what?New Statesman, 2 June 2003

13. Matt Welch, “Velvet President: Why Vaclav Havel is Our Era’s George Orwell and More,” Reason Online, May 2003

George Soros, Underwriting Democracy: Encouraging Enterprise and Democratic Reform Among the Soviets and in Eastern Europe (New York, PublicAffairs 1991) 26-27

Ambassador Richard Carlson, “Georgia on His Mind – George Soros’s Potemkin Revolution,” The Weekly Standard, 24 May 2004

Yaroslav Rodin, “Soros Preparing Revolution in Ukraine,” Pravda, 31 March 2004

Mark MacKinnon, “Georgia Revolt Carried Mark of Soros,” Globe and Mail, 26 November 2003

14. Neil Clark, New Statesman, 2 June 2003

David Holley, “The Seed Money for Democracy: George Soros Has Put Out $2.8 Billion Since 1990 To Promote a Global Open Society. His Efforts Include Funding the Student Movement That Helped Oust Milosevic in Yugoslavia,” Los Angeles Times, 26 January 2001, 1

15. Roger Cohen, “Who Really Brought Down Milosevic?” , The New York Times, 26 November 2000, 43

16. Aaron Barnhart, “Serbia’s Silenced Radio Rebels,” Electronic Media, 26 April 1999, 12

17. Aryeh Neier, “Judgment in Sarajevo? ; For the Serbs’ Victims, a War Crimes Tribunal is the Last Hope,” The Washington Post, 18 April 1993, C3

Alexander Cockburn, “The U.S. Can’t Blame Serbia for Everything; The West Helped Kill Yugoslavia, and Now Crazily Edges Toward Intervention,” Los Angeles Times, 14 February 1993, M5

“The U.N.’s Duty in Bosnia,” The New York Times, 14 August 1992, A24

18. Terence Hunt, “International News,” Associated Press Worldstream, 5 December 1995

“Soros Humanitarian Fund for Bosnia-Hercegovina Asks President Clinton to Lift Arms Embargo to Bosnia, Declare Civilian Enclaves as Safe Havens,” PR Newswire, 19 April 1993

19. “The Conflict in Croatia: Overview (1991 – 1999),” Global IDP Project, Norwegian Refugee Council, idpproject.org

Alexander Cockburn, “If Slobo, Why Not Bill?“, The Nation, 3 June 1999

Gregory Elich, “The Invasion of Serbian Krajina,” NATO in the Balkans: Voices of Opposition (New York, International Action Center 1998), 131-140

20. Richard Poe, “Bill Clinton’s Secret Trip to Greece,” RichardPoe.com, 26 July 2002

21. “The Balkans,” Jane’s Sentinel Security Assessments, 30 November 2000

22. Jane’s Sentinel, 30 November 2000

23. “Yugoslav Election Commission Sets Second Round, Says Opposition,” CNN.com, 6:53 PM EDT (2253 GMT), 27 September 2000

24. Bob Graham, Sue Masterman, “The Storming of Belgrade; Parliament and HQ Burn as Mobs Tell Milosevic to Go,” The Evening Standard (London), 5 October 2000

25. Steven Erlanger and Roger Cohen, “From a Summons to a Slap: How the Fight in Yugoslavia Was Won,” The New York Times, 15 October 2000, 16

26. Jane’s Sentinel, 30 November 2000

27. Nebojsa Malic, “Srebenica Revisited: Reports, Confessions and the Elusive Truth,” Antiwar.com, 24 June 2004

Nebojsa Malic, “Mr. Clark Goes to the Hague: Show Trials and Politics,” Antiwar.com, 18 December 2003

John Laughland, “If This Man is a War Criminal, Where is All the Evidence?” , The Mail on Sunday, 27 August 2002

28. Neil Clark, New Statesman, 2 June 2003

29. Neil Clark, New Statesman, 2 June 2003

David Holley, Los Angeles Times, 26 January 2001, 1

30. Carl Limbacher, “Hillary Predicts October Surprise,” NewsMax.com, 30 March 2004

Cindy Adams, “It Seems Camilla’s Not in Best of Health,” New York Post, 30 March 2004, 16


Content below added March 17, 2020.




TIMELINE OF SOROS COVERAGE
Richard Poe’s Writings on Soros (1993-Present)


Book Cover: The Shadow Party by David Horowitz and Richard Poe

The Shadow Party made the New York Times bestseller list in its first week and later became the basis for Glenn Beck’s controversial exposé on Fox News, “George Soros: The Puppetmaster.”

BOOK: How to Profit from the Coming Russian Boom, by Richard Poe, May 1, 1993
This book profiled U.S. entrepreneurs successfully doing business in Russia, one of whom was George Soros.

George Soros’s Coup, NewsMax Magazine, by Richard Poe, May 2004

O’Reilly Factor, May 18, 2004
Bill O’Reilly Interviews Richard Poe on George Soros.

George Soros and America’s Coming Election Crisis, by Richard Poe, NewsMax, July 23, 2004

David Horowitz Freedom Center (2004-2006)
As a staff writer/researcher, contributed many articles about Soros and his Shadow Party to the Center’s websites, DiscovertheNetworks.org, FrontPageMag.com, and MoonbatCentral.com.

The Shadow Party” (three-part series), by David Horowitz and Richard Poe, FrontPageMag.com, October 6-11, 2004

BOOK: The Shadow Party, by David Horowitz and Richard Poe, August 8, 2006

George Soros: The Puppetmaster (3-part series on the Glenn Beck show, featuring The Shadow Party and co-author Richard Poe), November 9, 10, 11, 2010


George Soros’s Five-Step Plan for Overthrowing Governments
The Glenn Beck Show, November 10, 2010 (41:90 minutes)

The “Five-Step Plan” for overthrowing governments featured on Glenn Beck’s ground-breaking “George Soros: Puppetmaster” series was actually a condensed version of the seven-step plan set forth in my “Velvet Revolution, USA” article above. Producer Virginia Grace thought seven steps was too many for a TV audience, so we worked together before the show to hone it down to five steps. RP



The first article in this series was published on NewsMax.com, July 23, 2004. The other two articles were not.

GEORGE SOROS AND AMERICA’S COMING ELECTION CRISIS
A Three-Part Investigative Series
by Richard Poe

Introduction
July 16, 2004

Velvet Revolution, USA
July 16, 2004

The Democrats’ Digital Brownshirts
July 17, 2004

The Lies of George Soros
July 18, 2004


NOTE: The 7-step formula for regime change outlined in “Velvet Revolution, USA,” later became the basis for the 5-step formula used by Glenn Beck in his landmark exposé “The Puppet Master George Soros,” aired on Fox News, November 9, 10, 11, 2010.


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