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    Holder: Justice Department Has Re-Opened The "Civil Rights Division"



    "We have reinvigorated the important work of our Civil Rights Division. Not only is this office once again open for business, it has never been stronger," Attorney General Eric Holder said at a speech to the American Constitution Society.

    "Now, some of you know during this administration's first fiscal year the Department filed a record number of civil rights criminal cases," Holder added.

    "We've also expanded enforcement efforts to guarantee that in our work places, our military bases, in our housing and lending markets, in our voting booths in our border areas, in our schools and places of worship. And I mean all places of worship," Holder also said.


    Holder speaks of prosecuting those who deny us of our basic civil liberties, however he himself dropped a case against the New Blank Panthers for "violating the Voter Rights Act in November 2008 by using coercion, threats and intimidation at a Philadelphia polling station."

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    Why is this making me feel very, very sick to my stomach?
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    Well, if we go by the standard that was set with the new black panthers, only white need worry about this. If you are a person of "color" or a hyphonated-American, you can stomp all over whitey.
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    And here comes the pressure from the propaganda arm of the government... Nothing like a good, old fashioned hit piece.

    Extremists Finding Fertile Ground In Northwest US
    June 22, 2011

    With its jagged peaks, glistening lakes and lush valleys, the Inland Northwest — stretching from eastern Washington to Montana's Glacier National Park — is a stunningly beautiful and remote part of the country.

    It also is a cradle for sometimes-violent anti-government activity — a reputation most recently rekindled by the search for David Burgert. The former Kalispell militia leader is accused of opening fire on sheriff's deputies on a remote logging road in Lolo National Forest.

    After a lull following the demise of the Idaho-based neo-Nazi Aryan Nations in 2000, anti-government and white supremacist groups and individuals may be reviving in the Inland Northwest. It's a mostly white, mostly rural area with few job opportunities and a history of extreme activists.

    Experts say the number of radical right groups is growing across the country because of the poor state of the economy, rising immigration and fears that President Barack Obama's administration has an agenda to curtail individual liberties.

    They include so-called patriot groups, which fear one-world government and don't accept the federal government's authority. And they like northwest Montana because there is no dominant major city with liberal politics. It also has a deep libertarian streak and live-and-let-live attitude, said Travis McAdam, executive director of the Helena-based Montana Human Rights Network, an anti-hate group.

    "A lot of anti-government energy has been building up over the last couple of years," McAdam said.

    Sometimes the energy boils over.

    Burgert is accused of firing shots at Missoula County sheriff's deputies June 12 before he disappeared into the Lolo National Forest. Burgert is a longtime patriot activist who spent eight years in prison on weapons charges — he had a machine gun when he was arrested — and U.S. authorities charged him at the time with trying to spark a revolution. He was released in 2010.

    "He harbors great animosity for law enforcement and government in general," Missoula County Sheriff Carl Ibsen said.

    In January, an attempt was made in Spokane to bomb the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The bomb was found and disarmed before it could explode. The FBI called it an act of domestic terrorism that could have killed and injured many people.

    White supremacist Kevin Harpham has been charged in the case and could face life in prison. His trial begins in August.

    A patriot group called Flathead Liberty Bell held a convention just last weekend, featuring right-wing speakers and sale of survival gear for what organizers believe is a coming showdown with federal authorities. It was a flashback to the 1990s, when groups like the Militia of Montana regularly held such expos, McAdam said.

    The number of hate groups and patriot groups, which do not all share beliefs and conduct, has been growing across the country since Obama was elected in 2008, according to an annual report by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., which tracks extremist groups and individuals.

    "Montana is developing into a hotbed," said Mark Potok, director of the SPLC Intelligence Project.

    SPLC's 2010 compilation of active hate groups found 1,002 nationwide, with no more than 12 in the Inland Northwest between Missoula and Spokane.

    Area residents complain hate group activities here seem to draw more attention than they do in other regions of the country.

    "We have a small population, so they get noticed more," said Travis Suzuki, a 22-year-old Missoula college student.

    "We feel very safe around here," said Kalispell Mayor Tammi Fisher, who said there is no indication tourism has been hurt by the presence of these groups, or that government employees have been threatened.

    A fast-growing city of 20,000 hemmed in by the Rocky Mountains and Flathead Lake, Kalispell has a strong tourist industry thanks to its lakes, golf courses and ski resorts, and it's a major gateway to Glacier National Park.

    Montana developed a reputation as a place for violent extremists in the mid-1990s with the capture of "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski and a standoff involving a patriot group called the Montana Freemen.

    The Unabomber was the FBI code name for Kaczynski, who engaged in a mail bombing spree that spanned nearly 20 years, killing three people. He was living near Lincoln, Mont., when he was arrested in 1996.

    The Montana Freemen were a Christian Patriot group based outside the town of Jordan. Members expressed belief in individual sovereignty and in 1996 engaged in an 81-day armed standoff with the FBI before surrendering.

    Some of the more well-known figures in the anti-government movement are re-emerging in the Kalispell area, according to news reports and the SPLC.

    They include former Aryan Nations member Karl Gharst, who last year screened a movie, "Epic: The Story of the Waffen SS," at the Kalispell library. The showing drew 200 protesters.

    White supremacist April Goede and her twin daughters — who once formed the racist pop singing group Prussian Blue — have moved to Kalispell.

    Others include patriot leader and former Constitution Party vice presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin, who believes the U.S. is headed for a fight between big-government globalists and independent patriots; Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, which wants law enforcement officers and military personnel to sign an oath against a one-world government conspiracy; and Randy Weaver, whose standoff with federal marshals at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 kick-started the modern patriot movement.

    Fisher said the Kalispell community does have its limits, as Gharst found out when he showed the pro-Nazi movie. But groups espousing their own views on government are tolerated.

    "Montana has a live and let live mentality, and respect for each other's privacy and beliefs," the mayor said. "Sometimes that leads to people with beliefs outside the norm finding refuge in the Flathead Valley."

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    AG Holder Announces Reopening of DOJ's Civil Rights Division | Print | E-mail
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    Last Friday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (left) addressed the liberal American Constitution Society, where he announced plans to re-open the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division.

    He claimed the Obama administration has worked diligently through the DOJ to uphold civil rights in numerous areas:

    Now, some of you know during this administration’s first fiscal year the Department filed a record number of civil rights criminal cases. We’ve also expanded enforcement efforts to guarantee [civil rights] in our work places, our military bases, in our housing and lending markets, in our voting booths, in our border areas, in our schools and places of worship. And I mean all places of worship.

    Real Clear Politics took the opportunity to point out that despite Holder’s assertions that he has consistently upheld Americans’ civil rights, it was he who elected to drop the charges against the Black Panthers in their notorious voter intimidation case. The incident took place on Election Day 2008, when two members of the New Black Panther Party stood outside a Philadelphia polling place in what appeared to be military attire. One of the men bore a club, and they both hurled racial epithets at voters as they entered and exited the polling station. The entire display was captured on video.

    Despite the clear evidence of voter intimidation, the Justice Department under Holder’s leadership elected to drop the charges. An employee of the DOJ came forward and asserted that Holder and the Justice Department were disinterested in pursuing cases in which the assailants were black and the victims were white.

    The DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility conducted an investigation of the incident, but ultimately concluded that everyone at the Department had acted in a professional manner and that there was no clear or present bias.

    Holder virtually undermined these conclusions when he appeared offended by statements made by former Democratic activist Bartle Bull, who called the Black Panther case the most blatant example of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career. Holder retorted:

    Here are the facts. Every single suspected terrorist captured on American soil — before and after the September 11th attacks — has first been taken into custody by law enforcement — not the United States military. … Since 9/11, hundreds of individuals have been convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related offenses in civilian courts. Not one of these individuals has escaped custody. Not one of the judicial districts involved has suffered retaliatory attacks.

    Holder went on to make it personal, by touting the role his sister-in-law played in the integration of the University of Alabama. He then observed of her action:

    To compare that kind of courage, that kind of action, and to say that the Black Panther incident — wrong thought it might be — [is] somehow greater in magnitude or is of greater concern to us, historically, I think just flies in the face of history and the facts.

    Holder’s reaction ultimately provoked Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) to conclude, “There’s clearly evidence, overwhelming evidence, that your Department of Justice refuses to protect the rights of anybody other than African-Americans to vote.”

    Perhaps when Eric Holder touted the DOJ’s handling of civil rights cases, he was referencing its intrusion into the recruitment process of police and firefighters across the country. In cities where minorities showed a smaller rate of passage on the entrance exams than did whites, the Justice Department simply intervened and demanded that those cities lower the passing score so that more minority applicants could pass the exams — a move that a number of minority recruits found to be offensive.

    Whether the Justice Department even has the constitutional power to assure civil rights in all areas, including places of worship, is a separate issue.

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