In refusing to rule out a future law that would criminalize criticism of religion as racist hate speech, the Department of Justice has left the door open to the prospect of Shariah-style law in the United States that would forbid criticism of Islam.
During a House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz) questioned Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez on whether the Justice Department would ever consider banning free speech critical of religion.
“Will you tell us here today simply that this Administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” asked Franks.
Perez replied by asking for context before Franks repeated the question, adding, “That’s not a hard question.”
Perez then tried to add the context of “when you make threats against someone,” but Franks stuck to his original question and repeated it for a third time.
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A federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled last week that a number of President Obama’s political appointees within the U.S. Department of Justice did in fact interfere with the prosecution of two New Black Panther party members who were videotaped holding a night stick and intimidating voters outside a Philadelphia voting station back in 2008.
Thus far, both Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department have denied the involvement of political leadership in the case, something that is now being called into question.
The conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch previously sued the DOJ in federal court regarding Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests pertaining to information surrounding the New Black Panthers case. As a result of the lawsuit, the group was able to obtain a number of withheld documents and are now suing the DOJ for attorney’s fees, the Washington Examiner reports. More importantly, as a result of their motion, a federal judge ruled against the DOJ.
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Country music legend Charlie Daniels is convinced that politics motivated the Department of Justice’s raids on Gibson Guitar facilities.
“I can’t understand it,” Daniels said in a Friday interview on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel. “It is like somebody took a razor-thin technicality and used it as an excuse to raid the Gibson factory with a full SWAT brigade as if they were, you know, manufacturing bombs or something.”
“It is just crazy,” Daniels declared. “It is silly. It has to be political. It is very selective because a whole lot of guitar companies are doing the same thing and no one is bothering them.”
Daniels theorized that political persecution is the only plausible explanation for the raids because Gibson was singled out. “What else could it be?” he asked.
“The wood they have the problem is from India and the trade people in India have no problem with it,” he continued. “Then why should we have a problem with it? It has to be something that goes deeper than just having some wood around.”
Daniels said that he has been playing Gibson guitars “for a half a century. They make the best product and to see them targeted and persecuted,” he said, “I have no idea where it is coming from, but when you get to the bottom of it, you will find politics. I guarantee you.”
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The man who led the controversial Fast and Furious anti-gun-trafficking operation will step down as the interim head of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Justice Department announced Tuesday as it named a new acting director for the agency.
Kenneth Melson, the bureau’s acting director, on Wednesday will move to the Office of Legal Policy, where he will be a senior adviser on forensic science, the department said without making reference to the failed gun-tracking operation that is alleged to have ultimately put guns into the hands of criminals. Dennis Burke, the U.S. Attorney in Arizona who oversaw prosecutions in that state related to the Fast and Furious operation, is also stepping down, the department said.
“Ken brings decades of experience at the department and extensive knowledge in forensic science to his new role, and I know he will be a valuable contributor on these issues,” Attorney General Eric Holder said of Melson in a statement. “As he moves into this new role, I want to thank Ken for his dedication to the department over the last three decades.”
Melson’s replacement is B. Todd Jones, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Jones “is a demonstrated leader who brings a wealth of experience to this position,” Holder said. “I have great confidence that he will be a strong and steady influence guiding ATF in fulfilling its mission of combating violent crime by enforcing federal criminal laws and regulations in the firearms and explosives industries.”
Melson took the top spot at the ATF on an interim basis in 2009 and oversaw the execution of Fast and Furious, an effort that was aimed at rooting out gun smugglers selling weapons to Mexican cartels. Ultimately, the ATF lost track of as many as 2,000 guns that were sold during the operation, including two that were found near the scene of the killing of a Border Patrol agent.
In a separate statement, Holder commended Burke’s “decision to place the interests of the U.S. Attorney’s office above all else” in stepping down. CBS reported that Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley, who worked under Burke on Fast and Furious, will be reassigned to the Civil Division of the Justice Department.
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Newly released documents show that the Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed for the release of Marxist radical and domestic terrorist Marilyn Buck from federal prison because officials believed she learned her lesson and had “expressed a dramatic change from her previous political philosophy.”
These new documents, obtained by investigative journalist Cliff Kincaid’s America’s Survival organization, shed more light on why Holder’s officials decided to release Buck, a convicted radical left-wing domestic terrorist.
“Incredibly, Buck’s attorney, Soffiyah Elijah, cited Buck’s ‘Master of Fine Arts in Poetics,’ completed behind bars, as evidence that she deserved parole. It’s a fraud and a racket,” Kincaid said at an America’s Survival event on Tuesday, adding that the poems Buck wrote “are not just terrible poetry but evidence of the same kind of murderous communist political ideology she was incarcerated for.”
Buck’s first application for parole in 2003 was denied, and she was not supposed to even be reconsidered for parole until September 2018. As these new documents show, President Bush’s Justice Department caved during Buck’s appeal of the 2003 decision. Between 2004 and 2006, Bush administration DOJ officials agreed to grant Buck “presumptive parole” on Feb. 8, 2011.
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So demandeth the DOJ and TSA in regards to Texas’ efforts to pass HB 1937, a bill that would have made invasive pat downs by TSA agents a felony. But never fear, Texas was forced to kill the bill because they did not have enough votes to pass it. And the Chicago-style thuggery and extortion goes on and on…
But it wasn’t just the lack of votes at play here. Oh no… The DOJ threatened to stop all flights in and out of Texas if the bill proceeded apace. That is the real reason there weren’t enough votes. When you threaten to basically exile an entire state and stop their citizens from traveling, you gut the economics in that state. Most politicians at that point see money literally flying out the window along with votes that would reelect them. That’s the problem with the Texas legislature. There aren’t enough real Texans residing there. However, the ones handling this bill… well they are feisty true patriots who don’t give up in a political tussle. Barack Obama, Eric Holder and the DOJ goons should know that you don’t mess with Texas.
So let’s see if we understand the constitutional atrocity that was just foisted on probably the bravest state in the union shall we? The DOJ just stomped all over Texas’ Tenth Amendment rights to quash their Fourth Amendment rights. If the government can do this (and they just did), what makes you think they haven’t just skirted the entire Constitution? Making it a founding document in name only while denying what they are doing all the while. This comes at a time when a whole slew of Fourth amendment violations are happening around the country from Indiana to Kentucky and in various other states. I don’t believe in coincidence – this is planned pure and simple. We see the government now violating all our rights on a daily basis and they are getting more and more heavy handed and brazen.
Let us count the ways of Barack Obama’s Justice Department, run by the corrupt Eric Holder. The dismissal of the Black Panther case has continued to haunt Holder. When asked about the dismissal just as recently as this month, Holder said that the focus on this case demeans “my people.” Maybe it’s just me, but when you’re the Attorney General of the United States your “people” are all American citizens .. not just the black ones.
Now the latest story that has the Justice Department in the spotlight is this: Justice Department sues on behalf of Muslim teacher, triggering debate. You may remember a story where a Muslim government school teacher wanted to take three weeks off of her job to take a pilgrimage to Mecca. The school denied her request. Now Obama’s Justice Department is suing, accusing the district of violating her civil rights by forcing her to choose between her job and her faith. Our corrupt Attorney General says that protecting the civil rights of Muslims is a “top priority” for his department.
So we are going to make Muslims a top priority of our Justice Department while ignoring the voter intimidation actions of “his people” (his words). The former SEIU official who called for the deliberate takedown of Wall Street, JPMorgan specifically, so as to cause another financial crisis? Well now we have Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, who has sent a letter to our corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder, asking for an investigation into Lerner’s threat of financial “terrorism.” Based on the track record of Obama’s Justice Department, I doubt this letter will even make it past the mail room.
It seems they needed to hire a few new police officers in Dayton, so they had a little test that they gave to potential recruits. There was a problem with the test. You see, the Department of Justice is a little unhappy with the number of blacks who failed this exam. So the Obama administration has decreed that the test will be given again, and this time the passing score will be lowered so that more blacks will pass.
Let’s cut to the chase here. What does this mean if you are now, or you are soon to become, a black police officer in Dayton, Ohio, every time you encounter a citizen –, whether it be a traffic stop, or some other law enforcement situation — that citizen is going to presume that you, as a black police officer, are less qualified for your job then the white police officers in Dayton. Now you may not like what I have just said, and you can scream racism until the aardvarks come home, but you know what I have this right. Virtually every citizen of Dayton knows or soon will know that the qualifications on the police exam have been lowered for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to facilitate the hiring of more black police officers. The fact is that many black applicants did pass the test, and that there are many veteran of black police officers in Dayton, who have shown their qualifications to serve in that office over the years. This, though, will have no bearing on public perception. If a white motorist is pulled over by a black police officer he’ll be thinking to himself, “Oh great, I’m getting stopped by an affirmative action cop. Just my luck.” It is unfortunate, but this will probably result in black police officers in Dayton being treated with less than the respect that they deserve for the job that they do. But for the Obama Justice Department it’s not about qualifications, it’s about race.
In effect, Obama’s Department of Justice has said that actual qualifications come in second behind race when it comes to choosing the next recruitment class for the Dayton Police Department.