Monday, June 28, 2010

Voter Intimidation as "Payback"

We've already seen President Obama's abject disdain for the judicial process and for the Supreme Court. Now comes a story of his administration's unwillingness to prosecute voter intimidation. Here's the opening of the recent story:

On the day President Obama was elected, armed men wearing the black berets and jackboots of the New Black Panther Party were stationed at the entrance to a polling place in Philadelphia. They brandished a weapon and intimidated voters and poll watchers. After the election, the Justice Department brought a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party and those armed thugs. I and other Justice attorneys diligently pursued the case and obtained an entry of default after the defendants ignored the charges. Before a final judgment could be entered in May 2009, our superiors ordered us to dismiss the case.

The New Black Panther case was the simplest and most obvious violation of federal law I saw in my Justice Department career. Because of the corrupt nature of the dismissal, statements falsely characterizing the case and, most of all, indefensible orders for the career attorneys not to comply with lawful subpoenas investigating the dismissal, this month I resigned my position as a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney.
Hopefully this story serves as yet more impetus for people to start getting involved in both philosophy and politics. At some point there will be no way to recover from the accelerating attacks on free elections and freedom of speech that we're seeing these days. So don't wait to make your voice heard!

1 Comments:

Blogger Doug Reich said...

Wow. This issue deserves some serious attention. Thanks for the post.

12:16 PM  

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