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Dispute over New Black Panthers case causes deep divisions (MSM Finally Notices NBP Case)
WaPo ^ | 10/22/2010 | Jerry Markon and Krissah Thompson

Posted on 10/22/2010 2:41:33 PM PDT by mojito

On Election Day 2008, Maruse Heath, the leader of Philadelphia's New Black Panther Party, stood in front of a neighborhood polling place, dressed in a paramilitary uniform.

Within hours, an amateur video showing Heath, slapping a black nightstick and exchanging words with the videographer, had aired on TV and ricocheted across the nation.

Among those who saw the footage was J. Christian Adams, who was in his office in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in Washington.

"I thought, 'This is wrong, this is not supposed to happen in this country,' " Adams said. "There are armed men in front of a polling place, and I need to find out if they violated the law, because in my mind there's a good chance that they did."

The clash between the black nationalist and the white lawyer has mushroomed into a fierce debate over the government's enforcement of civil rights laws, a dispute that will be aired next week when the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights unveils findings from a year-long investigation.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: black; blacknationalist; blackpanthers; civilrights; commission; debate; electionday; holder; intimidation; investigation; justicedepartment; law; lawyer; mainstreammedia; media; msm; nbpp; newblackpanthercase; newblackpanthers; obama; palin; paramilitary; philadelphia; race; racism; racist; thugs; uniform; washington; white
Hmmmmm...interesting. The Commission unveils its findings next week....just in time for the election. The timing couldn't be better.
1 posted on 10/22/2010 2:41:36 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

At this point, I wish we could import the Chinese police to deal with this filth.


2 posted on 10/22/2010 2:45:14 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: mojito

I’m not sure I trust the commission at this point.


3 posted on 10/22/2010 2:47:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

Took the idiots a year to figure out what was right in front of their and the nation’s faces.


4 posted on 10/22/2010 2:47:47 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: mojito

A little off topic (but not really): how many Freepers write a comment then think “Uhhh, no, I don’t want to put that in writing”. I just did. Am I the only one here who wonders if there’s a file somewhere with my screen name written on it? Has there ever been a thread on this subject? Should I not be putting this in writing?


5 posted on 10/22/2010 2:53:44 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Spok

Don’t let paranoia rob you of the courage of your convictions.


6 posted on 10/22/2010 2:57:04 PM PDT by mojito
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To: Spok

Screw em.


7 posted on 10/22/2010 2:58:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: mojito
Typical WaPo -- it's really all about Bush & the evil white man. Almost every paragraph pits "good" and "evil". To wit:

The clash between the black nationalist and the white lawyer has mushroomed into a fierce debate over the government's enforcement of civil rights laws,

Two months after Election Day, Adams and his supervisors in the George W. Bush administration filed a voter-intimidation lawsuit against Heath and his colleagues, even though no voters had complained.

This one is especially insidious: the case tapped into deep divisions within the Justice Department that persist today over whether the agency should focus on protecting historically oppressed minorities or enforce laws without regard to race.

The dispute over the Panthers, and the Justice Department's handling of it, was politicized from the start, documents and interviews show. On Election Day, the issue was driven by Republican poll watchers and officials and a conservative Web site.

The Post clearly wants their readers to walk away with the idea that this is all just "typical white people" worried about the browning of our nation. Still, one wonders how many their readers were even aware of this incident before today.

8 posted on 10/22/2010 3:01:32 PM PDT by workerbee (FAIL, BABY, FAIL!)
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To: Spok

Do you know an easy way to spot the cowards? All you have to do is ask how they lost all their guns in that boating accident.
It wasn’t funny the first time.


9 posted on 10/22/2010 3:06:24 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA /Patron - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: workerbee

I agree with you regarding the editorial bias of the story. However, I think that the sheer number of facts that accumulate by the end point to a very different picture.


10 posted on 10/22/2010 3:06:45 PM PDT by mojito
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To: Spok
You'll never take me alive, copper!


11 posted on 10/22/2010 3:21:31 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Shooter 2.5

You and I have disagreed a lot. But if you ever see something like that posted under my screen name you will know that I am dead.

I will never lose my guns. I will never dispose of my guns. If you hear that Lurker no longer has his guns you will know that Lurker is no more.


12 posted on 10/22/2010 3:21:31 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Spok

(A little off topic (but not really): how many Freepers write a comment then think “Uhhh, no, I don’t want to put that in writing”. I just did. Am I the only one here who wonders if there’s a file somewhere with my screen name written on it? Has there ever been a thread on this subject? Should I not be putting this in writing?)

When your Nation is at War you either stand on the line and fight or you hide and perish..
If you are afraid to speak honetly and openly then you are already a victim of that war.


13 posted on 10/22/2010 3:22:09 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Spok

I’m an Old Curmudgeon and may not be here longer but I wont bend over or backdown. Yea I get scared but it “aint” about standing ground.
My only fear is a jealous husband. :^])


14 posted on 10/22/2010 3:24:21 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: mojito
"Everyone in the room understood exactly what she meant," Coates said. "No more cases like the Ike Brown or New Black Panther Party cases."

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Fernandes declined to comment through a department spokeswoman.

snip

Justice Department officials say they treat everyone equally.

Doesn't look like Julie Fernandes says DOJ treats everyone equally and she's a DOJ official.

Her saying that has been corroborated by at least one other (Christian Adams).

Surprised this story came out in WaPo, they and most of the enemedia have ignored it. Really happy to see it come out now, maybe the story will be picked up by others that have ignored it.

Thanks for posting!

15 posted on 10/22/2010 3:26:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

NBPP ping


16 posted on 10/22/2010 3:30:50 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: jazusamo
What Christopher Coates Told Commission
17 posted on 10/22/2010 3:33:09 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Spok

Just because you might suspect they’re out to get ya doesn’t mean they’re not.


18 posted on 10/22/2010 3:34:57 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Tribune7

Thanks, I watched his testimony that day and he was impressive, didn’t pull any punches at all.

I thought the best part was Yaki trying to make Coates look bad, all Yaki did was make himself look the fool he is.


19 posted on 10/22/2010 3:38:33 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: mojito

Wa Po editor to Markon, Thompson, Shackleford and Tate:

We’ve ignored this about as long as we can. We need something in print before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights releases it’s report next week. It needs to appear we’ve been out front on this all along.

Give me 2500 words, but don’t draw any conclusions. As usual, feel free to slam conservatives.


20 posted on 10/22/2010 3:38:55 PM PDT by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: Shooter 2.5

“All you have to do is ask how they lost all their guns in that boating accident.”

When I use that line it’s snark. It’s a running joke and a blatant admission that I *DO* own firearms. Several, in fact. Anyone using that line is also admitting that they own firearms, just in a snarky way.

Of course, sometimes it’s better not to admit to certain facts. It’s called op-sec. So I understand people who don’t want to admit that they own firearms. That’s not necessarily cowardice. It can be attempt to make sure they have a better chance of still having their firearms if the SHTF. They want to avoid de-facto registration of their guns that could occur if some gov’t bureaucrat decided to compile a list of, say, Freepers who admitted to owning guns. Or do you think not wanting to be on a government list of gun owners is cowardly? If so, how is that different from gov’t gun registration?

I also own several knives and swords. Nice thing about blades: They can be VERY effective at close range, and they cannot run out of ammo. (What do you call a rifle without ammo? A hard to swing club.)

I have learned how to use all of the above and practice regularly.

If you think any of that makes me a coward, well, fine. Anyone who comes to take any of my firearms or blades away from me will find out otherwise.


21 posted on 10/22/2010 3:43:26 PM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: jazusamo
Surprised this story came out in WaPo, they and most of the enemedia have ignored it. Really happy to see it come out now, maybe the story will be picked up by others that have ignored it.

Pardon my cynical nature, but I'm wondering just WHY this article has been published now. Just what is this leading up to that will make up the democrat/administration/liberal media "October Surprise"?

At the least, this could encourage turn-out of blacks and very possibly more intimidation at the polls by those who think they can get away with it due to the color of their skin.

22 posted on 10/22/2010 3:58:19 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Tribune7

No legs here........still, until after the election.


23 posted on 10/22/2010 4:00:21 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: mojito

“There are armed men in front of a polling place, and I need to find out if they violated the law, because in my mind there’s a good chance that they did.”

I guess if they’d been white he’d have been more certain.


24 posted on 10/22/2010 4:19:26 PM PDT by TalBlack
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To: greyfoxx39

I don’t know but don’t think it can help them. As far as voter intimidation at the polls I think they’d be foolish to try it again, this story has been covered extensively on Fox, The Washington Times and Internet.


25 posted on 10/22/2010 4:23:30 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Spok

Plenty of older freepers who don’t have as much to lose - we can carry the honor of ‘being in their faces’... Your turn will come - there’s no hurry.


26 posted on 10/22/2010 6:07:05 PM PDT by GOPJ ('Power abdicates only under the stress of counter-power." Martin Buber / Teanami's coming...)
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To: mojito
It's helpful to read the links here (other links require registration).

"Jackson, 54, and Heath, 39, have criminal histories that between them include convictions for drug possession, robbery and simple assault, according to court records."

"Simple" Assault?

27 posted on 10/22/2010 8:52:59 PM PDT by research99
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Thanks mojito.


28 posted on 10/22/2010 9:16:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: mojito

There are outright rascists at the DoJ; basing prosecution on skin color.


29 posted on 10/22/2010 9:22:39 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: All

Simple because it get’s pleaded down from attempted murder so as to not over crowd a jail? Sickening.

I’d like more details about this racist thug and the actual crimes committed before they were pleaded down.

Whatever happened to three strikes?


30 posted on 10/23/2010 7:38:29 AM PDT by liberty or death
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To: mojito
This article is a disgrace for many reasons, not the least of which is the incredible biased and unprofessional "reporting" of Krissha Thompson.

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

Has "been described as harassment!?"

A brief look at the rest of the piece, and then an in-depth examination of the body of Krissah Thompson's published articles shows someone who is a black racist herself.

She isn't qualified to write soup labels, much less newspaper articles. Her writing is so blatantly behind the liberal "black agenda" that she herself should be the Black Panther's publicist.

Look at her Twitter Page.

Chat about New Black Panthers case is live until 4PM! # http://live.washingtonpost.com/black-panther-party-10-22-10.html 12:38 PM Oct 22nd via web

.WashPost looks @ dispute over controversial New Black Panthers case http://t.co/9xHEWCy via @washingtonpost 11:46 AM Oct 22nd via Tweet Button

.NAACP backs report that ties racist groups to tea party http://t.co/aNbbDlT via @washingtonpost 3:45 PM Oct 20th via Tweet Button

.The big deal on my beat today: Native American farmers settle with USDA for $760 million http://t.co/LStBO4k via @washingtonpost 2:47 PM Oct 19th via Tweet Button

.Black voters may be JUST as engaged as they were in 2008, polls show http://t.co/15RSRsF via @washingtonpost 7:41 AM Oct 15th via Tweet Button

.Will Arizona's immigration law motivate Latino voters? http://t.co/rj7st4K via @washingtonpost 3:08 PM Oct 6th via Tweet Button .One Nation rally energizing liberals: http://wapo.st/93l6gv 11:06 AM Oct 1st via Washington Post Network News

31 posted on 10/24/2010 4:27:14 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: workerbee
Exactly.

The clash between the black nationalist and the white lawyer has mushroomed into a fierce debate over the government's enforcement of civil rights laws, Two months after Election Day, Adams and his supervisors in the George W. Bush administration filed a voter-intimidation lawsuit against Heath and his colleagues, even though no voters had complained. This one is especially insidious: the case tapped into deep divisions within the Justice Department that persist today over whether the agency should focus on protecting historically oppressed minorities or enforce laws without regard to race. The dispute over the Panthers, and the Justice Department's handling of it, was politicized from the start, documents and interviews show. On Election Day, the issue was driven by Republican poll watchers and officials and a conservative Web site.

Krissah Thompson wrote this will anything but a critical eye. She should be working for the Obama Administration. Well......in reality.......she is!

32 posted on 10/24/2010 4:32:29 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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