This is an election year unlike any other in ways that are unsettling and dangerous.
Unconventional Threat brings together exclusive interviews with newsmakers about everything that can happen between now and Inauguration Day, when it's possible we may still not have chosen a President. Journalist Peter Eisner and longtime State Department official Jonathan Winer will outline all the possibilities, including:
- the use of the military;
- uncounted ballots; and
- one scenario where the House of Representatives picks the next President, with each state getting just one vote, no matter who wins the popular vote or leads the Electoral College.
Based on hard reporting, facts, and Constitutional Law, this series of 10 podcasts will prepare you for a very possible Unconventional Threat and delineate the steps we can take to come together as a nation to ensure that everyone has the chance to vote, their votes are counted, and the count is respected to create our national choice for President for the next four years.
BEHIND THE MIC
Peter Eisner has won national and international awards for his writing and investigative reporting as a foreign correspondent, editor and reporter at The Washington Post, Newsday, and the Associated Press. Eisner was nominated for an Emmy in 2010 as a producer at PBS World Focus. He is based in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is High Crimes: The Impeachment of Donald Trump.
Jonathan M. Winer has been the United States Special Envoy for Libya, the deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement, and counsel to United States Senator John Kerry. He has written and lectured widely on U.S. Middle East policy, counter-terrorism, international money laundering, illicit networks, corruption, and U.S.-Russia issues.
In 2016, Winer received the highest award granted by the Secretary of State, for “extraordinary service to the U.S. government” in avoiding the massacre of over 3,000 members of an Iranian dissident group in Iraq, and for leading U.S. policy in Libya “from a major foreign policy embarrassment to a fragile but democratic, internationally recognized government.” In 1999, he received the Department’s second highest award, for having “created the capacity of the Department and the U.S. government to deal with international crime and criminal justice as important foreign policy functions." The award stated that "the scope and significance of his achievements are virtually unprecedented for any single official."
We aim to discover, highlight and help to prevent an array of extraordinary risks to the integrity of the 2020 Election and Transition. Our civic creed is: Let all citizens vote. Let all votes be counted. Let the count stand.
We are particularly concerned about the uncertainty and chaos around the certification of electors, a contested election, the vast secret emergency powers held by the president, and other unconventional threats.
We believe that all citizens, civic groups, media, trade groups, and elected officials at every level must join together and be alert to the challenges ahead.