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'Colonel’ behind the "caging" attack
on Black voters in N Carolina exposed
RFK Jr.: “A felony crime."
The bigger purge by same group could flip the US Senate.
by Greg Palast
Investigative reporter Palast wrote Rolling Stone’s recent
The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters.
While the rest of the press is shocked that white North Carolina
vigilantes are using racially-poisonous trickery to knock more than 6,700
Black citizens off the voter rolls, we already have the ringleader of the
scheme on camera boasting of his election-snatching tactics.
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The NAACP has identified the Voter Integrity Project of Raleigh, North
Carolina, as the organization directing the mass mailings to voters in
minority communities. When the letters marked “Do Not Forward” were
returned to vigilante citizens guided by VIP, the group’s frontmen then
challenged the Black citizens' right to vote. Republican
officials then quickly removed these voters from the rolls despite the
lack of any evidence that any are fraudulent voters.
“Colonel” DeLancy’s caging operation
VIP is headed by "Colonel" Jay DeLancy. DeLancy admitted to
this reporter, on camera, that he’s previously used the mailing trap,
called “caging,” in attempts to remove the rights of voters he considers
“aliens” or “dead” or otherwise illegally registered.
While DeLancy has not found a single illegal voter, not one zombie from
Mexico, he did create enough media hysteria about chimerical “fraudulent”
voters to successfully push North Carolina to adopt draconian voting
RFK Jr: Caging is a felony
DeLancy told me of his efforts to eliminate voters' rights, despite
lacking convincing evidence of fraud, had caused a storm of protest
regarding its racial effect. DeLancy grinned from ear to ear when
he said, "And you would think that Jim Crow rose from the
dead," then chuckled.
Indeed, that was the conclusion of a federal court that in July struck
down some of these VIP-promoted laws which, the court concluded, “target
African-Americans with almost surgical precision.”
Law professor and voting rights attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who
joined me in the investigation for Rolling Stone and BBC Television
Newsnight, has said that this kind of mailing is known as “caging” to
experts. If it targets voters of color, “caging is a felony crime
punishable by high fines and even prison time under several laws
including the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”
The biggest purge yet: “Interstate Crosscheck”
DeLancy, often seen on Fox TV declaring that thousands vote
fraudulently in his state, was the chief lobbyist who pushed for the
state to adopt a vote purging scheme which has targeted more than 35,750
voters that DeLancy and GOP state officials accused of the felony crime
of voting twice.
Rolling Stone’s extensive investigation of this DeLancy/GOP purge
program, called, “Interstate Crosscheck,” revealed that, in fact,
Carolina did not convict a single voter of committing the crime of voting
twiceyet has removed tens of thousands of voters through the
Rolling Stone’s experts calculated that one in seven minority voters in
the state were targeted by the Crosscheck program promoted by
DeLancy. North Carolina Board of Elections chief Kim Strach
testified to her legislature that 35,750 voters are “registered in North
Carolina and another state and voted in both in the 2012 general
election,” a fact promoted by DeLancy but quickly debunked by law
The Crosscheck purge of up to one million voters in several swing states
could, "flip the outcome of the US Senate races" in North
Carolina, Ohio, Arizona and other states according to Voting Rights
attorney Robert Fitrakis of Columbus, Ohio. Fitrakis has
represented both the the Republican and Democratic parties in
The mass purge by Crosscheck was unknown and therefore unchallenged by
the NAACP in the lawsuit which successfully challenged other so-called
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Ion Sancho, respected voting expert with the non-partisan Verified Voting
Foundation states that the “Colonel’s” Voter Integrity Project, “is a
North Carolina offshoot of True the Vote, a national movement that
purports to combat election fraud by challenging voter registration of
those they believe should not be on the voter rolls” – though they found
no evidence to convict the voters whom they victimize.
True the Vote, in turn, is affiliated with the Heritage Foundation’s Hans
von Spakovsky who is funded by the right wing think tank backed by
conservative billionaires included the Mellon and Koch families.
Greg Palast (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) is the author of The New York
Times bestsellers, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Billionaires
& Ballot Bandits, now out as major
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