Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Eric Holder Sets Voter Intimidation Precedent

A former USDOJ employee being interviewed in FNC relayed that a decision, like the one to dismiss charges against the three Black Panthers that were intimidating voters while brandishing a billy club here in Philadelphia last November, would have had to come from the top. Eric Holder. You know, the one that helped pardon Marc Rich...

"...The three black panthers, Minister King Samir Shabazz, Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson were charged in a civil complaint in the final days of the Bush administration with violating the voter rights act by using coercion, threats and intimidation. Shabazz allegedly held a nightstick or baton that prosecutors said he pointed at people and menacingly tapped it. Prosecutors also say he "supports racially motivated violence against non-blacks and Jews."

The Obama administration won the case last month, but moved to dismiss the charges on May 15..." (source)

See, most in the country reading/hearing about this will roll their eyes and chalk it up to the first Black president not wanting to slap the hands of the Black Panthers or something like that...but to Philadelphians this is much more.

We ALREADY deal with voter intimidation from the labor unions. It may not be as overt as pacing with a billy club while spewing a diatribe about honkies and Jews...but intimidation none-the-less. Teamsters showing up at your door with a "courtesy ride" to the polls (say "no thanks", I dare you) or the Local 19 guys surrounding a certain new little State Representative and forcing his opponents volunteers to leave...

Now what has Holder and the DOJ told Philadelphia? It's all good. You can harass and harangue people as they attempt to perform their most basic of rights and nothing will happen to you. Why?!

Why were these charges dropped? The DOJ WON the case... Why isn't there a bigger outcry? Where is the MSM? Where is the ACLU?

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