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  • Morning Bell: Washington Post Confirms Politics Comes Before Justice at Obama DOJ

    Last year, Attorney General Eric Holder told the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs that the Obama administration’s “commitment to Equal Protection – and to full participation in our nation’s elections – will not waiver. Never.” But Friday, The Washington Post published a story that completely undercuts that claim. The story itself breaks little new ground. Followers of this blog have already read all the details in the story. But the Post story does add confirmation from three Justice Department lawyers that the dismissal of charges against the New Black Panther Party and two of its members goes way beyond a slam dunk voter intimidation case.

    The facts of the New Black Panther case are these: 1) On Election Day 2008, two members of the New Black Panther Party were filmed outside a polling place dressed in black berets, jackets, shirts, pants and boots; 2) one of the Panthers was brandishing a billy club; 3) witnesses testified that the Panthers intimidated voters and poll watchers; 4) after the Bush Justice Department filed suit, the Panthers failed to respond and on April 2, 2009, a court in Philadelphia entered a “default” against the defendants; 5) after President Obama was sworn in, his political appointees took great interest in the case; and 6) just days before the Justice Department was supposed to file for final judgment, the charges against three of the defendants were completely dismissed and the billy club wielder received a slap on the wrist.

    The Washington Post story confirms all of these details and goes even further. The Post confirms the testimonies of former Department of Justice lawyer J. Christian Adams and current DOJ Christopher Coates that, since President Obama took power, there has been a marked hostility to race-neutral law enforcement at the Department of Justice. The Post reports:

    Three Justice Department lawyers, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation from their supervisors, described the same tensions, among career lawyers as well as political appointees. Employees who worked on the Brown case were harassed by colleagues, they said, and some department lawyers anonymously went on legal blogs “absolutely tearing apart anybody who was involved in that case,” said one lawyer.

    “There are career people who feel strongly that it is not the voting section’s job to protect white voters,” the lawyer said. “The environment is that you better toe the line of traditional civil rights ideas or you better keep quiet about it, because you will not advance, you will not receive awards and you will be ostracized.”

    Not reported by the Post are the specific ways that the Obama DOJ is refusing to enforce the law in a race-neutral manner. Specifically, Coates, who as the Post reports was hired by President Bill Clinton from the American Civil Liberties Union, testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that: 1) Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes ordered DOJ attorneys only to enforce “traditional types of [voter intimidation] cases that would provide political equality for racial and minority language voters;” 2) Fernandes  informed DOJ attorneys that it was the policy of the Obama administration not to enforce anti-voter fraud laws since Obama “was not interested in that type of issue, but instead interested in issues that pertained to voter access;” 3) Loretta King (appointed Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division by President Obama) specifically instructed Coates not to ask any job applicants whether they would be willing to “race-neutrally enforce the Voting Rights Act” because King “does not support equal enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.”

    King and Fernandes have never responded to these allegations, and the Obama Justice Department has never denied that these statements were made. Instead, DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has made blanket statements that: “The department makes enforcement decisions based on the merits, not the race, gender or ethnicity of any party involved. We are committed to comprehensive and vigorous enforcement of the federal laws that prohibit voter intimidation, as our record reflects.” The Obama administration does have a growing record on vigorous enforcement of federal laws. But Schmaler is dead wrong: it is not a race neutral one.

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    40 Responses to Morning Bell: Washington Post Confirms Politics Comes Before Justice at Obama DOJ

    1. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      Race?

      HF Racist?

      Oh, that is right Obama is BLACK

      is THAT why YOU hate him?

    2. Bub says:

      I hope they (Obamas bunch) enjoy thier power as it is about to end

      and hopefully for ever! —

    3. Josephine Mauro says:

      Let's not forget the racial remarks and terrorist threats the black panter made against white people. I quote, kill all the white crackers and white cracker babies !!!

      Eric Holder showed bias in this case and is as guilty as the racist who made those remarks. Obama and his whole administration must be held accountable,

      and the American people will see do it that they are.

    4. Richard, Londonderry says:

      "Fernandes informed DOJ attorneys that it was the policy of the Obama administration not to enforce anti-voter fraud laws since Obama "was not interested in that type of issue, but instead interested in issues that pertained to voter access;"" Who cares what Obama is interested in…this is a country OF the PEOPLE, BY the PEOPLE, and FOR the PEOPLE…since when does a President's personal opinion take the place of Federal Law??

    5. Chroma41, California says:

      Nov. 2, 2010

    6. ThomNJ says:

      ""There are career people who feel strongly that it is not the voting section's job to protect white voters," the lawyer said. "The environment is that you better toe the line of traditional civil rights ideas or you better keep quiet about it, because you will not advance, you will not receive awards and you will be ostracized."" – that reads just like the tactics used by the climate change/global warming thugs. It could well be applied there as follows:

      "There are career people who feel strongly that it is not the scientist's job to search for truth but to enforce global warming fear mongering," the lawyer said. "The environment is that you better toe the line of man-made global warming ideas or you better keep quiet about it, because you will not advance, you will not receive awards and you will be ostracized."

      And that actually happened, didn't it? That's what happens when marxists infect our society.

    7. Linda Tennessee says:

      This behavior does not happen in TN. They wouldnt intimidate me, Id walk right by them and vote anyway. Just dont pay them any attention. They are just trying to scare people.

    8. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      The Black Panthers.

      What LAW did they BREAK?

      Some CARRY WEAPONS AT TBAG RALLY'S

      did HF write about that?

    9. Janet Weav PA says:

      Eric Holder is not doing his job. He is being a racist in this decisiion. He needs to be retired immediately!

    10. Ron Light, Kingsport says:

      Do these people not understand why the Tea Party was formed? Actions such as that demonstrated by the Black Panthers in the 2008 at that particular polling place and this Administration's unwillingness to prosecute these anarchists have made voters very angry. Voters will be able to voice their displeasure come November 2nd.

    11. Drew Page, IL says:

      So now everyone knows that Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Julie Fernandes, has told attorneys at the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ not to investigate or prosecute cases of alleged black-on-white voter intimidation.

      What has Eric Holder and/or Mr. Obama done about it?

    12. sherrie parker says:

      wonder what the new black panthers are planning for Nov 2. our president and his cabinet have plans for America that probably include civil uprisings and chaos. g. soros would like nothing better than to leave the United States in a burning heap.

      in our little town of King NC, we had a Return America March and Rally this past weekend. We had anywhere from 5000-7000 (you know how the numbers go) people marching to replace the Christian flag at the Veterans Memorial in the city park.

      enough is enough. let's take America back from these "progressives" and restore our great nation to what the founding fathers intended.

      please, be an informed voter. if you're just gonna vote a straight ticket for the usual whoever, please stay home.

    13. KLIMAX Baltimore, Ma says:

      This is a blatant abuse of power and it smells of "Reverse Discrimination" !!! For years the Blacks have screamed that they were being discriminated against by the "White Man" over and over !!! For the most part this does not hold true but yes there is some discrimination against the Black population although it is a small amount !!

      Things have changed quite a bit and now the "White Man is in the discrimination seat but does not have a snow balls chance in he!! of getting a fair shake from the pregidous people NObama has appointed to the DOJ !!!!

      Is NObama trying to get the Blacks and Whites fighting so we will not notice the Socialistic agenda he is trying to push through ???!!! Why is it he refuses to secure OUR Southern Border ???!!! Is NObama trying to build an huge following of Hispanics so he and Calderon can make one big country out of the USA and Mexico ???!!!

      The bottom line is the White American Citizens are not going to get a fair shake as long as NObama and his Puppets are in power !!!!

    14. catherinedeanni,New says:

      I always hear that many countries around the world with corrupt governments is the reason that people are living in poverty and have lost there freedoms. The reason that so many Americans are moving down into poverty is that we now have many in our government that are corrupt. It seems that our justice department is not enforcing all our laws, many special interest are getting a free pass. The justice department is doing what these corrupt leaders want, not enforcing our laws and protect the people.

    15. laurie, hawaii says:

      God help us, we must rely on the People's Tea Party Freedom movement to rescue this country from the terrible tyrrany track that it is on. We MUST VOTE OUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO CHARACTER TO STAND UP AGAINST THESE TYRANT BULLIES IN OFFICE NOW. WE MUST VOTE PEOPLE WITH INTEGRITY AND COURAGE TO BE IN OFFICE.

    16. Randy Dutton says:

      Why aren't senators put on the spot for their condoning the unequal treatment of the law? They should be DEMANDING the removal of those perpetrating prejudicial actions.

    17. Lil, San Diego says:

      Ah, yes, tolerance! Didn't our dear presy lecture on that very issue? My, my what a leader, what skills he projects! Like surrounds itself with like! Nov 2 can't get here quickly enough!

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    19. Michael Bredlau, 117 says:

      Heritage Foundation should follow up on these charges:
      http://scannedretina.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/rep

    20. Debbie, Texas says:

      I don't understand this. If voters were afraid, AND THEY WERE, isn't that intimidation? I believe this to be a FELONY. What is the problem? What would have happened had a white person does this? We all know the answer to that. Obama is corrupt in everythhing he does. He has lied about all his promises. He has no business in the White House. No experience in management or working with people and it shows. He fooled alot of people and the joke is on us.

    21. Timpclimber Provo, U says:

      And why is the same Dept. of Justice dragging its feet in making sure that those in the military get a chance to vote? The State of Illinois is one of the biggest culprits, see any connection?

    22. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      Thank you Jayne from California for giving Ken Jarvis the facts. Facts are something people like Ken seem to ignore. I watch with amazement and anger the distortions and lies promoted by Democrats. In Michigan a republican state congressional candidate is labled "anti social security" and a threat to senior citizens medicare when state representatives have nothing to do with these federal programs. It seems to me Democrats are instituting a "one size fits all" smear campaign". Truth WILL prevail.

    23. Michael in Kansas says:

      Since this story was reported on Fox news, more than enough time has passed for not only a response to be given but for action to be taken as well; thus far neither have occurred. I am by no means a legal scholar however George Washington came to be known as the Father of the Country and every President since has naturally had, if not a personal responsibility to follow the implication of those words. Although in today’s day and age some children unfortunately have known any number of Fathers in their lifetime, when it comes to this Country there is and has always been one Father of this Country with an allegiance to care for all people of this nation equally. The implication of the responsibility, as Father of our Country, Presidents have since little by little forgotten, ignored, or simply trashed the meaning of the words Father of our Country, disrespected the office of the President, and have grown to disregard the will of the American people culminating with the current President for whom I fear should I exercise my freedom of speech to voice my opinion of may result in serious ramifications for my self and or my family as well as the rest of my fellow American citizens especially after witnessing the consequences of such acts have been so clearly demonstrated in recent days. I will simply say this President wants nothing to do with walking in George Washington’s shoes or any other Presidents shoes. This President not unlike his own Father who ignored all eight of his own children including the man currently occupying the Oval Office wants nothing to do with the American people. To put it plainly for those that will hear and those that will see, for them selves, with their own eyes, their own ears, their own minds as opposed to the minds of a larger group who either refuse to think for themselves or cannot think for themselves, is not a friend of this Country but a hostile and powerful force acting in his own interests which are not and have never and never will be in the interest of this Country. If anyone gets anything from my message in addition to the importance of voting now more than ever it is that you dare think for yourself, apart from the unions or surrendering to the pressure of that larger group simply because they look like you; you are not helping yourself, your family, your friends and loved ones or any fellow Americans, without using the mind God gave you as a commercial for the United Negro College Fund used to say, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”. Don’t let anyone make the choice who to vote for without consulting yourself first, after all, if your entitled to anything your entitled to that, your entitled to the self respect, to the honor and integrity, your entitled to the freedom of choice to to think for yourself, to speak for yourself, to vote for the candidate you feel best represents your interest and not because someone else tells you what is in your best interest, your only entitled to any of it because your an American, no one handed that to you, that was earned for all of us and what this Country is currently going through should be a lesson that none of us should ever forget ourselves or to pass down from generation to generation. Think about it. God Bless America. – Michael Budnicki

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    25. PippN, Severna Park says:

      This new stance on law enforcement may not have come directly from O’Bama, however. His appointees follow his instructions. There’s no way O’Bama didn’t have a hand in this.

      The underlying intent of Justice’s actions beg the question: Does this amount to high crimes? Maybe not. But misdemeanors? Does knowing subversion of the clear intent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a president of the United States amount to an actionable charge for impeachment?

      If a president is like, as Richard Nixon believed, “like King Louis XIV for four years,” and thereby above the law, then there is no recourse. But we all know what happened to Richard Milhouse Nixon. Don’t we?

      We are not members of the fear ridden, stupid, unwashed Americans who need to be ruled over with the iron fist of narcissistic, over educated, street punks like O’Bama and his henchmen. Their power is going out faster than a match in a wind storm. His fire will be soon be extinguished entirely and he knows it. We are already hearing his plans to whine and grovel.

      When Republicans gain control of the House, I would like to see them kick his sorry butt to the curb out on Pennsylvania Avenue. But, that leave Jokin Joe in charge.

      Now that’s a scary thought.

    26. Bruce J. Kolinski says:

      Racism is an ignorant, despicable ism, which it looks like the Democrat-Socialist Party will force all of us to slog through in hip boots with close pins on our noses.

      This is a sad situation where everyone is a guaranteed loser.

      Democrat-socialists use color and sex the same way unions use workers; to use and abuse.

    27. Jayne Silvern California says:

      Memo to Ken “I don’t know what I’m talking about) Jarvis: The rally you referred to where a participant was carrying a weapon was in Arizona, where one May carry a weapon in plain sight. Also what was edited out was the man’s face which was BLACK! So go brew a strong cup of tea, you’ll need it.

    28. Lioness, Wisconsin says:

      This administration needs to have charges brought against it and sued. What are Americans waiting for! Sue for a good cause!

    29. Mr.&Mrs Robert P says:

      Justice for Americans will not happen under the ugly racist bigots at the Justice Dept. Its too biased against we Americans and it will never uphold equal protection of the law under this ugly racist administration. Its time to impeach these lawless bigots and bar them from any government employment ever again. We Americans will never stand for the selective discrimination .That is really devasting our countrymen. Holder and Perez are racist bigots to start with and have a long history of carrying out corrupt payoffs against the American people. This type of ugly racist one sidedness is exactly why we American Patriots are massing the revolution that is here.

    30. Martina San Jose, CA says:

      This seems like a small event at a single polling place, however since Holder's DOJ managed to create a political firestorm, it was either done as a signal to other groups that its OK to disrupt the political process or that through incompetent political procedures it was blown up for all to see and create a negative for the Obama Administration. The results of the action will have to be determined after the November 2nd elections. I am sure there will be great scrutiny on this election and any similar activities will bode ill for Mr. Obama's chances in 2012.

    31. Ron Powell-Californi says:

      Jarvis doesn't know what law the Black Pansies broke. The law is you can't try to intimidate voters, you cannot have any type of weapons within 100 yards of a polling place, you can't use racist remarks, and you can't attempt to influence voters. If it happened here, we would get a group together in a hurry and shove those batons up the poop chute of the Black Pansies. Wise up Jarvis, don't play stupid.

    32. thomas Goodrich, edi says:

      I enjoy ken of los wages comments, he is the sadest one of your comment provider of all!!!!!! I've read about the abuse of justice dept, let hope nov. well change some of this crap, get back to being american's agin, it is what we fight for" FREEDOM " FOR ALL, dems,repl, Indp, & tea partyers may god bless us all!!!!!!!!!

    33. Bill, Kansas City says:

      If the Obama Administration will not enforce the law in a Race Neutral manner then the whole Administration needs to be removed. We cannot tolerate a racist Administration in this modern day. If they will not enforce the law in a Race Neutral manner then they are RACIST. If Obama himself has made this the policy then he needs to be impeached. This is a Nation of Laws and not Men We have a Constitution that established the Laws by which we must live. Thos Obama is sworn to uphold. If he is clearly unwilling to uphold the Constitution he is unworthy of his post.

    34. Bill, Kansas City says:

      Impeachment is the next step.

    35. D Filak says:

      Once again we hear how Obama is Black, WRONG!!!! The raciest out there who keeps making these claims, refuses to except reality. Obama is NOT black, he is a Bi-Racial person, who is predominantly white. The racism is on your part, you seem to think any and all objections to him or his policy is based on race. No, the man is a LIAR. You can not trust a liar to do anything but lie, no matter what race, creed, or religion they are.

    36. Del Abbey NY says:

      What could one expect from this racist 'R"esident squatter in the Whitehouse with his radical marxist plans.

      Many of his votes came from grave yards and criminal elements, foreign freedom destroyers and of course the great unwashed black welfare ghettos along with whiny pansy liberals and Hokeywood scum bag so called stars..

    37. Bernard P. Giroux, S says:

      Chicago Thugs rule the White house. That is about to end.

    38. D Filak Bisbee,AZ says:

      Once again, from the Peanut Gallery, comes the voice of Ignorance. Again and again, I hear the call, "You hate Obama because he is black", WRONG!!! He is NOT black, nor is that the reason most hate him. He is a LIAR from the word go. Those of you out there(Ken Jarvis) who claim Obama is black, are the racist, racist against whites. This whole Admin. is corrupt, and seem to be hell bent on destroying the U.S.A., and turning it into another 3rd world cesspool.

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    40. Carol,AZ says:

      Eric Holder is another puppeteer appointee Czar, bought and sold by our current leadership.

      His obstruction of justice is so blatant that he is currently being ask to resign.But who here, has heard this?

      When the head of the legal arm of America, blocks the due process of the law directly or indirectly, all tenets of our constitutiaons laws have been negated,and trashed.

      Wake-up America and demand that qualified appointees replace these usless Czars that could not protect a sleeping dog in the sun. How many example do you need before our country comes apart at the seams pitting States against States and ignoring the rule of law ,to enforce our Ferderal Laws.

      If you know no other example America, thank what the Federal Government has done to the State of AZ.

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