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Congressman Brad Sherman CA.-27, tells town hall; "Unaware of Black Panther Story."
Originally posted by Oldnslo
As far as the Panthers go, this one should be a big deal. If it was white guys with batons intimidating voters it would have 3 inch headlines in the Los Angeles Times, minute by minute coverage on MSNBC, CNN and NBC and a blistering editorials by Katie Couric and Arianna Huffington.
a Caucasian male by the name of William Harper placed a real casket very close to an active polling station in Craven County, NC. The casket supposedly featured at least two photos of the presidential hopeful Barack Obama. The pictures apparently had what some described as a red noose-like shape around the Senator's head and stated "O' No!"
After a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, supporters of Barack Obama went to a nearby early voting center, where they were heckled and harassed by a group of protesters as they went in to vote. Nearly all of the early voters were black, and nearly all of the protesters were white.
California. Dozens of voters reported that a firm hired by the California Republican Party tricked them into registering with the GOP when signing a petition they believed to toughen penalties against child molesters.
Florida. The St. Petersburg Times reported that the Republican National Committee sent non-forwardable mailings to older Democratic voters, falsely stating that recipients are registered as Republicans and suggested that undeliverable mailings could be used to compile challenge lists. The RNC claimed that the controversial mailing was just a fundraising piece.
HANNITY: The Obama administration is turning its back on transparency yet again. Now remember this video from Election Day 2008? It shows members of the New Black Panther Party standing outside a Philadelphia polling place and one of them was even carrying a nightstick. Now, thanks in part to Fox's coverage of the incident, the men in this video were formally accused of voter intimidation. Well, but this summer, the Justice Department dropped the charges against them with little explanation.
Well, now that same Justice Department has denied a request from The Washington Times to open the records related to the case. Now, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee would like Attorney General Eric Holder to testify in the matter, but Democrats are blocking that request. Now it certainly sounds like the Obama Justice Department has something to hide now, doesn't it?
Originally posted by prionace glauca
reply to post by maybereal11
Voter intimidation case was dropped by the DoJ after it was won by the prosecution.
What part of the above sentence was not coherently worded for you to not understand?
Originally posted by evil incarnate
reply to post by prionace glauca
Wasn't this case dropped while Bush was still president anyway? Would that not make it his DOJ's fault? Did I miss something or is this just another example of FOX reporting old news of something that happened under the last president and pretending it should stick to Obama somehow?
But Adams, the former administration lawyer, accused the Justice Department of not continuing the case for political and racial reasons.
Adams called the case "a slam dunk," telling Fox News that "nobody thought there was any doubt that this was the clearest case of voter intimidation that I've seen since I've been practicing law."
But Bartle Bull, who was a poll watcher in Philadelphia in 2008, doesn't buy the Justice Department denials.
"I find it deeply offensive," Bull said. "I know people who died over these issues, like Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. If we can't defend their legacy, it's shameful to us and this administration."
Bull is a prominent New York Democrat and longtime political adviser. He was Robert F. Kennedy's New York campaign manager, went to the south in the 1960s to protect the voting rights of black voters and just came back from Afghanistan where he traveled with the troops.
He says the administration's actions amount to protecting the New Black Panthers.
Bull has already testified before the Civil Rights Commission, and the commissioners also want to hear from Christopher Coates, the former chief of the Justice Department's voting section who has since been transferred to the U.S. attorney's office in South Carolina. But the commission claims the Justice Department is blocking Coates from testifying about why the case was dropped.
Bull said that in 2008, one of the Black Panthers turned to him and said "now you will know what it means to be ruled by the black man, cracker."
The result of the Justice Department action, or lack of it, he said, is that "these guys now think it's safe for them to bully voters and citizens. And that's why the Department of Justice must stand up."