Big Brother is watching:

Justice Department personnel will watch and record activities during voting hours at various polling locations in the city to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act. A Civil Rights Division attorney will coordinate the federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials.

Read that again: they’re here to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act, not to make sure that dead people don’t vote, or people don’t vote twice, or ballot boxes aren’t stuffed, or Diebold machines aren’t tampered with, or criminals don’t vote, or illegal aliens don’t vote, or imaginary people don’t vote, or people living in other states don’t vote, or to stop any of the other things that take place when elections are stolen.

Memphis attorney Richard Fields said the monitors most likely are not coming to Memphis because of any anticipated illegal activity, and he didn’t consider the announcement significant.

Mr. Fields is absolutely correct.

The Justice Department statement reads:

Each year, the Justice Department deploys hundreds of federal observers from the Office of Personnel Management, as well as departmental staff, to monitor elections across the country. In 2004, a record 1,463 federal observers and 533 Department personnel were sent to monitor 163 elections in 105 jurisdictions in 29 states. Last year for off-year elections, there were 640 federal observers and 191 Department personnel sent to monitor 47 elections in 36 jurisdictions in 14 states.

Just another day in politics as usual. Let’s not ensure actual justice takes place. Like, you know, fair and honest elections.

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