Justice Department: Help Wanted – Commies Given Priority

Remember the last election when thugs from the New Black Panthers stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia, PA? Brandishing nightsticks and using verbal intimidation two men dressing in Swat gear were supposedly working as security. White people weren’t so sure.

The following YouTube video shows what has been described as harassment of voters by members of the New Black Panther Party at the Philadelphia polling place on election day 2008.

Christopher Coates a veteran Justice Department lawyer accused his agency Friday of being unwilling to pursue racial discrimination cases on behalf of white voters, turning what had been a lower-level controversy into an escalating political headache for the Obama administration.

Standard defense on this subject by Justice is “Blame Bush.” Imagine that!

“The politicization that occurred in the Civil Rights Division in the previous administration has been well documented by the inspector general, and it was a disgrace to the great history of the division,” Schmaler said. “We have changed that. We have reinvigorated the Civil Rights Division.”

The New Black Panther case was dropped by Eric Holder and his Justice Department but accusations from Mr. Coates should be taken as partisan. He was hired at Justice during the Clinton administration in 1996 and had worked for the American Civil Liberties Union. Sheldon Bradshaw, a high-level Civil Rights Division official in the Bush administration, said Coates “is nonpartisan in how he enforces voting rights laws.”

In his testimony, Coates said the current Justice Department is “at war” with “race-neutral” enforcement of civil rights laws. He also said there is evidence for broader prosecution of the New Black Panther case.

“We had eyewitness testimony. We had videotape. One of them had a weapon. They were hurling racial slurs,” Coates said. “I’ve never been able to understand how anyone could accuse us of not having a basis of law in this case.”

Coates criticized what he called the “gutting” of the New Black Panthers case for “irrational reasons,” saying the decision was part of “deep-seated” opposition among the department’s leaders to filing voting-rights cases against minorities and cases that protect whites.

“I had people who told me point-blank that [they] didn’t come to the voting rights section to sue African American people,” said Coates, who transferred to the U.S. attorney’s office in South Carolina in January. “When you are paid by the taxpayer, that is totally indefensible.”

Justice is vigorously denying Coates allegations and is deeming the Commission investigating this case as biased.

“This so-called investigation is thin on facts and evidence and thick on rhetoric,” said Tracy Schmaler, a Justice Department spokeswoman. “The department makes enforcement decisions based on the merits, not the race, gender or ethnicity of any party involved. We are committed to comprehensive and vigorous enforcement of the federal laws that prohibit voter intimidation.”

“The politicization that occurred in the Civil Rights Division in the previous administration has been well documented by the inspector general, and it was a disgrace to the great history of the division,” Schmaler said. “We have changed that. We have reinvigorated the Civil Rights Division.”

This, however, goes a little deeper than “Blame Bush” rhetoric. The so-called internal watchdog group was upset with the Bush Justice Department hiring practices.

The watchdogs concluded, for example, that the division’s former head refused to hire lawyers who he labeled “commies.” Really?

Is the “watchdog” group saying if your resume has “commie” written in it you should be moved to the top of the list for new hires at DOJ? Indeed!

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