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Why Didn’t Obama’s DOJ Go After The New Black Panther Party For Voter Intimidation?

Posted by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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Why Didn’t Obama’s DOJ Go After The New Black Panther Party For Voter Intimidation?



The case of the New Black Panther Party’s activities in Philadelphia during the 2008 election has been exploited by the conservative movement – including Fox News, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Instapundit – in order to make a false association between black supremacists and President Obama. In fact, the Obama administration followed the law and the Bush administration dismissed similar charges.

Department Of Justice closed The New Black Panther case because nobody came forward to indicate a pattern of intimidation. The law requires that witnesses come forth to indicate that there was a pattern of voter intimidation. No witnesses did so from this polling place. None. Nada. Zip. The Department of Justice can’t just go ahead with a prosecution because they feel like it if they lack the required evidence. It would in fact be an abuse of legal power to do so.

An injunction was filed against the New Black Panther Party member with a nightstick. The only weapon at the scene (conservative media has tried to claim there was a gun there, there wasn’t) was a nightstick wielded by a New Black Panther Party member. The DOJ did file an injunction against this man.

Bush administration didn’t prosecute an anti-immigration activist who went to the polls with a gun. The Bush administration in 2006 declined to file charges of voter intimidation against an anti-immigration activist who brought a gun to the polling place in Arizona and said he planned to photograph latino voters.

The “kill crackers” video is from before the election. The National Geographic Channel video of a New Black Panther Party member yelling about killing “crackers” and white babies was made before the 2008 election, not after as Fox and other outlets have falsely promoted.



J. Christian Adams is a GOP hack and his testimony is all hearsay. J. Christian Adams, the former DOJ lawyer who is the right’s star witness in this case, was part of the Department Of Justice’s attempt to stack the office with politically motivated lawyers during the Bush administration. Lawyers like Adams were hired by Bradley Schlozman not based on their legal abilities, but rather their loyalty to the Republican party and advocacy for conservative causes. In his testimony, Adams cites a lot of hearsay but nothing he directly observed. In other words, office gossip at best, possibly completely fabricated stories at worst.

Bartle Bull was a McCain poll-watcher and supports the GOP. Bartle Bull, an author cited by the right as a previous supporter of Democratic campaigns, was working as a poll watcher for John McCain on the day of the incident, and is currently in favor of Rudy Giuliani running for governor of New York.

The U.S. Civil Rights Commision is currently run by conservatives. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission, designed as a nonpartisan body, is currently dominated by conservatives after George W. Bush stacked the deck. Even so, one of the Republican commissioners is on the record as indicating that the New Black Panther Party inquiry is without actual merit.



There is no connection between President Obama and the New Black Panther Party. President Obama has no connection to the New Black Panther Party. He does not support their mission or their rhetoric. President Obama has repeatedly denounced racial hatred. The only (false) connection between Obama and the New Black Panther Party is that outlets like Fox News keep trying to connect the two in a cynical, dangerous attempt to play racial politics to aid the Republican party.

http://www.oliverwillis.com/2010/07/11/why-didnt-obamas... /

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by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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SxyMartini
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 5:06 PM

BUMP!

katy_kay
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Remember the case where voters in WV were told that Democrats voted on a different day?  No charges were filed in that case either.  

No one seems to be saying much about the more recent case of Voter registration fraud in California.  


Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 12, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Voter Fraud happens ALL the time and isn't usually filed as such...  I'm sure people stand outside of polls with their signs and shirts and try to "intimidate" others...  This is ILLEGAL!  However, I bet no complaints are ever filed...

I would just walk in, vote, get my sticker, walk out, and tell them to have a great day! 

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 12, 2010 at 7:20 PM

hehe, you don't want to know my answer to this question.

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