If you aren’t able to win at the ballot box fairly then you have to win unfairly because winning is everything when you want to change the country. We already know that Obama’s private community organizing army, ACORN, has corrupted the election process by obtaining fraudulent voter registrations; now we learn that it’s OK for Obama’s supporters to be more open in their support of Obama’s election by physically intimidating voters at the polls.
A videotape captured three members of the Black Panthers decked out in their uniforms wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters in a Philadelphia polling place during last Election Day. The incident got national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube. The obvious display of intimidation prompted the government under the Bush administration to sue the Black Panthers involved for violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with a weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.
Government lawyers under the Bush administration in its last days pursued the case for months after obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as "the most blatant form of voter intimidation" that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago."
Lawyers handling the case also found that one of the three Black Panthers had gained access to the polling place by securing a credential as a Democratic poll watcher, according to The Washington Times who had reviewed relevant documents. The government lawyers from the Justice Department were on the verge of securing sanctions against the men earlier this month. The court had already entered a default judgment against the three Black Panthers on April 20, 2009. Justice lawyers were seeking a default judgment and penalties against the three men as recently as May 5, before being ordered to abruptly end their legal action 10 days later.
The intimidating Black Panthers were dressed in military-style uniforms, black berets, combat boots, battle-dress pants, and black jackets with military-style insignias and were armed with "a dangerous weapon" and used racial slurs and insults to scare would-be voters and those there to assist them at the Philadelphia polling location on Nov. 4th
The complaint said the three black men engaged in "coercion, threats and intimidation, ... racial threats and insults, ... menacing and intimidating gestures, ... and movements directed at individuals who were present to vote." It said that unless prohibited by court sanctions, they would "continue to violate ... the Voting Rights Act by continuing to direct intimidation, threats and coercion at voters and potential voters, by again deploying uniformed and armed members at the entrance to polling locations in future elections, both in Philadelphia and throughout the country."
According to the complaint, Malik Zulu Shabazz (Black Panther Chairman), a Howard University Law School graduate, said the placement of King Samir Shabazz and Mr. Jackson in Philadelphia was part of a nationwide effort to deploy New Black Panther Party members at polling locations on Election Day.
The New Black Panther Party reportedly has 27 chapters operating across the United States, Britain, the Caribbean and Africa. Its Web page said it has become "a great witness to the validity of the works of the original Black Panther Party," which was founded in 1966 in Oakland, Calif.
To support its evidence in the case, the government had obtained an affidavit from Bartle Bull, a longtime civil rights activist and former aide to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign. Mr. Bull said in a sworn statement dated April 7 that he was serving in November as a credentialed poll watcher in Philadelphia when he saw the three uniformed Panthers confront and intimidate voters with a nightstick.
"In my opinion, the men created an intimidating presence at the entrance to a poll," he declared. "In all my experience in politics, in civil rights litigation and in my efforts in the 1960s to secure the right to vote in Mississippi ... I have never encountered or heard of another instance in the United States where armed and uniformed men blocked the entrance to a polling location."
Mr. Bull said the "clear purpose" of what the Panthers were doing was to "intimidate voters with whom they did not agree." He also said he overheard one of the men tell a white poll watcher: "You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker."
He called their conduct an "outrageous affront to American democracy and the rights of voters to participate in an election without fear." He said it was a "racially motivated effort to limit both poll watchers aiding voters, as well as voters with whom the men did not agree."
According to the reviewed court files, the three black men named in the complaint - New Black Panther Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz, Minister King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson - refused to appear in court to answer the accusations over a near-five month period.
Inexplicably, the Holder Justice Department lawyers did not enter the affidavit in the court case, according to the files reviewed by the Washington Times.
The reason for discontinuing legal action against the Black Panthers occurred because the black Attorney General, Eric holder, under the black U.S. President overruled career government lawyers handling the case and ordered them to end a civil complaint accusing three members of the Black Panthers of voter intimidation (members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense).
A spokesman for the black Attorney General confirmed that the agency had dropped the case against the three black members of the Black Panthers, dismissing two of the men from the lawsuit with no penalty and getting an order against the third man that simply prohibits him from bringing a weapon to a polling place in future elections.
The Attorney General spokesman, Alejandro Miyar, proudly proclaimed that the Obama Justice Department was "successful in obtaining an injunction that prohibits the defendant who brandished a weapon outside a Philadelphia polling place from doing so again," and "Claims were dismissed against the other defendants based on a careful assessment of the facts and the law." Evidently the “careful review “ did not include viewing the videotape which clearly showed voter intimidation by all three Black Panthers.
Rumors of an internal dispute within the Justice Department about the ordered action were not addressed because Mr. Miyar declined to elaborate or confirm, but didn’t deny, that there had been any such internal dispute between career and political officials, saying only that the department is "committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who intimidate, threaten or coerce anyone exercising his or her sacred right to vote."
People directly familiar with the case, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity to the Washington Times because of fear of retribution, said career lawyers in two separate Justice offices had recommended proceeding to default judgment before political superiors overruled them.
During his January confirmation hearings, black Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that during his lengthy Justice Department tenure, the career lawyers were "my teachers, my colleagues and my friends" and described them as the "backbone" of the department.
"If I am confirmed as attorney general, I will listen to them, respect them and make them proud of the vital goals we will pursue together," he said.
Obviously, Eric Holder is no more committed to his spoken words than his boss in the White House.
One of the Black Panthers, Jerry Jackson, was an elected member of Philadelphia's 14th Ward Democratic Committee, and was credentialed to be at the polling place last Nov. 4 as an official Democratic Party polling observer, according to the Philadelphia City Commissioner's Office.
Can only whites be guilty of racism? Is preference given to one race racism?
I report, you decide. (With apology to Fox.)
[By the way, wouldn't Sotomayor's decision in the firefighter case be in the same catagory of preference to one race and therefore "racism?"]