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New Black Panther Whistleblower to Testify Before Civil Rights Commission (Updated)

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Law,Obama — DRJ @ 5:40 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Washington Times editors and the bloggers at PowerLine are concerned that the major media aren’t interested in the New Black Panther case, which they find odd since it involves one of the media’s favorite creatures — a whistleblower. (The problem is he’s a conservative.) Fortunately, though, the Civil Rights Commission is interested:

“As voters were casting the ballots that elected America’s first black president in November 2008, a troubling incident occurred outside a polling place in North Philadelphia, the Justice Department later contended.

There, two members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense hurled racial threats and insults at black and white voters, federal prosecutors in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division alleged in a complaint accusing the group and three members of violating the federal Voting Rights Act.

The prosecutors later won a default judgment against Minister King Samir Shabazz, whom they identified as leader of the Philadelphia chapter, and sought dismissal of charges against the organization and two other members.

Now, one of the prosecutors, J. Christian Adams, has resigned from the Justice Department amid a widening flap over the case. He said he was scheduled to testify Tuesday before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in an investigation over dismissal of the charges.”

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has posted on its home page a press release regarding Adams’ testimony scheduled for this Tuesday, July 6th. (Click on “Hearing Scheduled for July 6, 2010, 9:30 a.m. EDT” under Commission Investigations.) Also posted are numerous documents in the New Black Panther Investigation.

H/T PJ Media.


UPDATE 7/6/2010: Pajamas Media reports former DOJ attorneys have come forward to support Adams. In addition, in his testimony before the Civil Rights Commission today, Adams described the Voting Rights Section as lawless.

33 Responses to “New Black Panther Whistleblower to Testify Before Civil Rights Commission (Updated)”

  1. Yes, this happened. Yes, it was unlawful. Yes it was voter intimidation.

    I also think it will be swept under the rug. I can promise you that a concerted campaign to portray the whistleblower as a racist is under way.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  2. He must be a racist, he’s white.

    AD - RtR/OS! (712fff)

  3. Comment by Eric Blair

    Indeed. With Adams coming forth and telling his story I imagine “someone” thought it needed to be addressed, but I agree that “addressing the problem” may mean all out smear of Adams. I have to assume he knew to expect a lot of heat once he started speaking up.

    Perhaps he has O’Keefe/Breitbart strategy down, that when people try to put him down he will bring out more info that makes them look worse.

    By the way, I wonder how the reorganization of ACORN is coming along.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  4. The vids that were shot that day (by both local TV crews and curious bystanders) pretty much say it all. Thugs wielding large clubs and looking at anyone who approaches with harmful intent.

    The continuing shaming of our illustrious AG continues apace.

    Dmac (93e7cb)

  5. (The problem is he’s a conservative.)

    Is it that he’s conservative, or is he just goring the wrong ox?

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  6. Those videos are misleading and won’t stand up in court. Everyone knows that the camera not only adds ten pounds, but makes black men look sinister by adding clubs and superfluous racist epithets.

    Pasadena Phil (7bc659)

  7. It’s the stonewalling from the DOJ and White House over the decision making in the case that make it so interesting. If nothing is going on, why consistently refuse to make people or documents available for inquiry.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  8. adding clubs

    That was funny.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  9. #8 MD in Philly:

    That was funny.

    Have to admit that an unbidden guffaw escaped me as well. Good job, Phil!

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  10. I watched Megyn Kelley interview J. Christian Adams on FOX TV. He knows the law, and he knows the case, and he knows exactly who at the DOJ sabotaged the outcome. Adams has a long and distinguished record with the department and he’s not going to be easy to smear.

    That doesn’t mean they won’t try, it’s all they have.

    ropelight (7895c6)

  11. But it wasn’t intimidation-intimidation. And no panthers were mauled.

    John Hitchcock (9e8ad9)

  12. sinister black men
    armed with club now known as
    the cracker whacker

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  13. Media Matters is already making calls of hypocrisy with regard to J. Christian Adams and the Bush Justice Dept’s 2006 refusal to prosecute the Minutemen for intimidation of Hispanic voters.

    And so it begins.

    Conservative media figures are busy hyping the unsubstantiated allegations of GOP activist and former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams that the Obama administration improperly dismissed voter-intimidation charges against members of the New Black Panther Party for racially charged political reasons. As Media Matters previously noted, Adams’ allegations are based on hearsay and on charges made by others. But his allegations become even flimsier when considering the fact that he worked in the Bush Justice Department in 2006 when attorneys declined to pursue charges that members of the Minutemen were intimidating Hispanic voters in Arizona, charges based on nearly identical circumstances.

    Their tie-in to Mr. Adams,

    [Mr. Adams] was working in the Justice Department when the decision was made not to pursue charges against the Minutemen, yet he has not accounted for this decision while leveling unsubstantiated charges that the Obama administration acted “in lawless hostility toward equal enforcement of the law.”

    So Mr. Adams is responsible for the decisions made in the DOJ although not necessarily working specifically on that case. Guilt by association.

    Also, according to MM, J. Christian Adams relied on hearsay and charges made by others, rather than firsthand knowledge, in making his allegations. I guess they didn’t watch the videos.

    At the end of the day,it all goes back to Bush.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  14. Dana – They also automatically make the assumption that the Arizona case was a valid case which should have been prosecuted. I have not seen the DOJ claim that or read any facts supporting such a position.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  15. Those of us in law enforcement think Holder is a disgrace. Of all the situations, scenarios, and cases that could possibly come up this is the one that specifically deals with his core responsibility and he not only didn’t do his job, he in reality violated the rights of those voters as Attorney General of the United States. Those of us that have to live in the “real world” would have been fired for such malfeascance.

    Dave B (015195)

  16. Dana wrote:

    Media Matters is already making calls of hypocrisy with regard to J. Christian Adams and the Bush Justice Dept’s 2006 refusal to prosecute the Minutemen for intimidation of Hispanic voters.

    And so it begins.

    We expected them to whip up something light and fluffy and declare it substantial. Get a load of this:

    J. Christian Adams — a political activist hired to the Justice Department in 2005, reportedly by a Bush appointee who was found to have politicized hiring at the DOJ — was working in the Justice Department when the decision was made not to pursue charges against the Minutemen, yet he has not accounted for this decision while leveling unsubstantiated charges that the Obama administration acted “in lawless hostility toward equal enforcement of the law.”

    Here’s where the MMFAs’ argument falls apart; George W. Bush hated the Minutemen.

    That incident outside an Arizona polling station to which the MMFAs breathlessly refer occurred on on Election Day, November 2006. Nearly a year and eight months earlier, Bush sneered at the Minutemen as being “vigilantes” in a joint appearance with Vicente Fox, then the President of Mexico.

    The MMFAs want you to think that Bush was a conservative, and the Minutemen are conservative, ergo, The Bush DOJ must have rejected prosecuting Minutemen because they are both conservative. It is to laugh. The Bush WH prosecuted with vigor a case brought by a Mexican drug smuggler against two Border Patrol agents (Ignacio Ramos & Jose Compean) who shot him as he was fleeing across the border. Bush ignored calls to pardon the officers, and a U.S. Attorney who was a personal GWB friend sent each of them to hard time in federal prison in amongst illegal immigrant criminals who didn’t take kindly to USBP agents (Bush commuted their sentences on his last day as POTUS).

    Bush did everything he could to prevent a grassroots groundswell of support for a border fence or any show of force by American law enforcement that might actually discourage illegal migrants from crossing the Southern border. Bush fought off the popular opinion of the electorate by rejecting a new border fence along the Mexican border, instead opting for the “virtual fence” that saw hundreds of millions shoveled to Boeing (Boeing?) in exchange for absolutely nothing.

    IMHO, if Bush felt like he could convict the Minutemen of voter intimidation, he would have had his DOJ prosecute them. OTOH, as Adams and others have pointed out, the New Black Panther Party figures were as good as convicted by their chosen lack of participation in their own case, and the Obama DOJ refused to accept victory.

    Big freakin’ diff.

    L.N. Smithee (c7aaf0)

  17. Congressional District 4 Precinct 078;

    A similar incident occurred at my voting precinct Nov 4th 2008. Nobody had nightsticks but the voter intimidation was obvious. I made written complaints to the county voter department and the State of Georgia’s Karen Handel and both told me I was hallucinating and to go fly a kite in a hurricane.

    Here is the snapshot of my 3000 word written complaint to the county and state elections office.

    1. The ignoring of Elderly White Handicapped electors right to be placed at the front of the line.
    2. Democrat Party assigned Poll Watcher wearing Storm Trooper Army Boots “Hovering and Hulking” white electors. Shaded me for the entire 30 minutes I was inside the building.
    3. Megaphone like announcement applause of first time voters distracting electors “struggling” with 3 difficult ballot questions from casting their votes.
    4. Two out of 4 voting terminals “out of order” during early morning longest lines hours. Elections Office replied to my written complaint that “all” precinct-voting terminals were “confirmed” working properly.
    5. The blocking off of 50 available parking spaces at County Owned public building voting precinct. Forcing electors to park on busy street during “rush hour” in known felony crime area.
    6. Illegal placement of Democrat campaign signage “within” the 150 feet “no electioneering” zone of legal entrance of voting precinct.
    7. Witnessed poll workers placing Democrat campaign signage during voting hours inside the illegal zone.
    8. Poll Volunteers allowed (for the first time in county history) working at precinct “where they reside/vote” causing incessant unnecessary chitchatting noise with their friends and neighbors inside precinct.
    9. No foreign language interpreters in a precinct that is largely multi-national.
    10. County Elections Office Area Precinct Manager arrogantly enters precinct wearing Democrat National Convention Delegate CLOWN garb.

    It was a complete and total zoo in a precinct that s only 25% black demographic.

    Scott D (d86467)

  18. What’s interesting is the latest Supremes’ decision that secret ballot is not a Constitutional right.

    nk (db4a41)

  19. Comment by ropelight

    You’re right, all they have is trying to smear/kill the messenger and lie, cheat , and obfuriate. And they will do those things rather than admit the truth.

    Once again I wish “journalists” could be sued for malpractice 1/10th as easily as doctors.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  20. My mother, who was 98 years old in the 1996 election, was turned away from the polling place in the lobby of her building in Chicago, where she had lived for 30 years, by a black Democrat poll watcher. He challenged her registration and she was not offered a provisional ballot. She was one of about five old ladies who comprised the only whites in that 33 story building on South Shore Drive.

    This is nothing new.

    She went right up to her apartment and called the Tribune which ran a small piece the next day “99 (sic) year old woman denied right to vote.” That was the end of it.

    Mike K (82f374)

  21. He’d best watch where he crosses the streets while in Washington.

    I hear jaywalking there can be dangerous, if not deadly.

    NavyspyII (df615d)

  22. This is beginning to sound like a banana republic, or even the French Revolution. How in the world are we going to fix this?

    Patricia (160852)

  23. A fun read…

    “America had the best of all worlds for probably 150 years: the Red Man was a man of honor; the Irishman and the Scot, wearing leather leggin’s and fighting the Red Man, produced an entirely new creature. Combine those raw ingredients with the puritan’s congregationalism, and you get a human being uniquely suited for republican citizenship. Raise such a man in atmosphere that punishes public cursing and public drunkenness — a society whose women value the family over the orgasm — and you have a country ready for business.

    You got yourself a pretty safe place for kids to grow up in.

    You don’t have that now, do you?

    Well, then, you might want to give some constructive thought to whether you can get that back, ’cause no one’s gonna get it for you, punk’n.”

    GeneralMalaise (9cf017)

  24. Those of us in law enforcement think Holder is a disgrace

    I think that the majority of US citizens are starting to come to the same conclusion – I hope.

    Dmac (93e7cb)

  25. Thanks, General Malaise. Glad you enjoyed.

    Irish Cicero (c18f61)

  26. I updated the post.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  27. who woulda thunk that
    brandishing cracker whacker
    be taken wrong way?

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  28. OK, that’s the most hilarious of your work, Colonel.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  29. if any white person or (cracker ass cracker) as their leader — who by the seems to be real intelligent. that was sarcasm by the way for those panthers reading– you can look that up in the dictionary if you need to, its a real word trust me. if any white person said anything even close to what this idiot said he would have been locked up in a minute and every al sharpton and every brother who makes a living a very good one at that would be fighting their case all the way to supreme court if they had to- to make sure they paid for these comments– but since it was said by a minority (whichby the way you aren’tthe minority anymore) nothing will be done at all.

    averagedude (0438ce)

  30. Do you know of any other sources that have done as much research as you?

    Meredith Broman (c0997d)

  31. The leftards at media matters lied about bush’s stance on stem cell research too he had no problem supporting adult stem cell research i think but it didn’t help he remained silent though.

    DohBiden (984d23)

  32. Good info, but I think there needs to be more details in the 3rd paragraph. Not everyone is going to understand exactly why…

    Spencer Moulds (3ab2aa)

  33. Well who’s to say they’re wrong? Seems like a matter of opinion to me.

    Financial Slavery (850f89)

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