If you recall (here), there was an incident on election day last fall where some Black Panthers were arrested for physically threatening and intimidating voters if they didn't vote for Barack Obama. There was no ambiguity on the case; it was a guaranteed conviction for the DOJ. But, when it came time for the trial, the DOJ dismissed the case, essentially volunteering to lose a case they were guaranteed to win (here).
In effect, Barack Obama approved of voter intimidation.
This incident has not gone away, despite the lack of appropriate media coverage. Quin Hillyer at The American Spectator reports:
The establishment media lap dancers for Obama are, of course, mostly ignoring the story about the Justice Department dropping the already-won, voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers, but at the Washington Times we have been holding, or is that Holdering, the feet of Justice to the fire of righteousness. I dug up this MySpace page of the Panther who is simultaneously a Democratic poll watcher, Jerry Jackson. Kerry Picket did a great job listing the highlights/lowlights of this sicko web page. Reps. Frank Wolf and Lamar Smith have been doing an excellent job at keeping the heat on as well. Earlier editorials on the topic are here and here. Oh, and here. And kudos to the Election Journal, which I THINK was the first one to break the news that Panther Jerry Jackson AGAIN was a poll watcher four days after his case was dismissed.
Overall, this case, combined with Walpin-gate, about the fired AmeriCorps IG, shows SO much more corruption and cover-up of legitimate law enforcement or investigatory functions than ANYthing the Bush/Gonzales Justice Department did, that it really is outlandish for the establishment media to mostly ignore the stories, But here we are, again today, with the Washington Post giving big play to the story about the fired Bush-era US Attorneys — or, I should say, what basically should be a non-story. (Since the Post requires a pain-in-the neck sign-in every time you visit the site, and I can't be bothered to look up my friggin password, I won't bother linking to today's Post story.)
Anyway, this Panther story has legs, and even Inspector Clouseau could figure out it's important. Which makes Clouseau a hell of a lot smarter than the establishment media.
This is entirely within the norm for Barack Obama. He's a product of ACORN, an organization guilty of voter fraud, intimidation, strong-arming, campaign violations, and other forms of racketeering and illegalities. As such, he's going to overlook every bit of ACORN-like behavior wherever he sees it. Hillyer rightly points out that this is corruption and suppression of legitimate law enforcement at the highest levels of government, and simply cannot be excused nor accepted.
Even worse, Jackson was given credentials to become a poll-watcher again, just days after being released:
I'm sure you'll be stunned to learn that the sweetheart settlement Holder's Department gave these defendants does not require them to refrain from election activities. So of course Jackson, the alleged menacing racist who is also — surprise! — a Democratic party operative, is right back in business again:
Mr. Jackson was an elected member of Philadelphia's 14th Ward Democratic Committee and was credentialed to be at the polling place Nov. 4 as an official Democratic Party polling watcher, according to the Philadelphia city commissioner's office. A check of his MySpace Web page shows similar taunts. It also shows him in numerous poses with a variety of weapons. Records show Mr. Jackson obtained new credentials as a poll watcher “at any ward/division in Philadelphia” just days after the charges against him were dismissed.
(Emphasis added.) But Holder wants you to know his DOJ means business. The settlement includes an injunction against the nightstick-wielding Samir Shabazz: He is prohibited him from displaying a weapon at a polling place . . . until 2012. And the Department bravely warns that it “will fully enforce the terms of that injunction.”
I must say this is a new one on me. Is Holder saying that if Samir Shabazz wants to swing his nightstick at, say, the 2014 mid-terms, that's cool? When I was a federal prosecutor, DOJ sort of assumed that people were already forbidden from doing things that were illegal — we didn't tell bank robbers (after they were actually prosecuted rather than having charges dismissed), “And hey, no more robbing banks for the next three years, 'kay?” That was understood — for three years and forever.
Behold what hope-n-change hath wrought.
There's my two cents.