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DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions
Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 15, 2012 | Arelis R. HernŠndez

Posted on 04/15/2012 9:36:08 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

When racial tensions flared in Sanford, a league of secretive peacemakers reached out to the city's spiritual and civic leaders to help cool heated emotions after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February.

When civil-rights organizers wanted to demonstrate, these federal workers taught them how to peacefully manage crowds.

They even arranged a police escort for college students to ensure safe passage for their 40-mile march from Daytona Beach to Sanford to demand justice.

As national figures and sign-waving protesters grabbed the spotlight after Trayvon's death, federal workers from a little-known branch of the Department of Justice labored away behind the scenes, quietly brokering deals between the city officials and residents to help prevent violence and lay the groundwork for peace.

Even though last week's arrest of suspected shooter George Zimmerman calmed some tensions, the Community Relations Service will remain in Sanford for an unspecified period of time. "As long as we're needed," the agency's acting director said.

The Community Relations Service offers few details about its work.

City officials, local leaders and residents say these peacekeepers have played a key role in easing tensions during some of the most heated moments after Trayvon's shooting.

"They were there for us," said the Rev. Valarie Houston, pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church, a focal point for the community after the unarmed teen's death. She met the peacekeepers there for the first time during a March 20 town-hall meeting. "We felt protected," she said.

Houston said the conciliators told her they act as the "eyes and ears of the community" and provided guidance about keeping their message about nonviolence clear.

At every rally, community meeting and march, since the shooting, conciliators were there.

In their Navy blue windbreakers, polo shirts and dark sunglasses, they look like federal agents.

(Excerpt) Read more at sun-sentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: communityrelations; crs; doj; dojcrs; executivebranch; federalworkers; georgezimmerman; holderspeople; justicedepartment; justicefortrayvon; justicefortrayvoninc; sanford; secretpeacemakers; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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1 posted on 04/15/2012 9:36:17 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What the heck are “secretive peacemakers” anyway?

Seems to me that they didn’t need any of these folks until after the msm and Hussein stuck their noses into it and began spreading lies.


2 posted on 04/15/2012 9:45:07 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

Yeah, right, seems to me like it is a prison gang with a nice name and with official “DOJ” titles for the sheeples.

Welcome to Gulag Amerikkka.


3 posted on 04/15/2012 9:47:59 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Never heard of this “branch” of the DOJ before. How many other secretive branches are there?


4 posted on 04/15/2012 9:48:11 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: bgill

Exactly. The DOJ must be so busy calming crowds that they have no time to look into violence against whites, perpetrated by this same demographic.


5 posted on 04/15/2012 9:50:15 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: maggief; Cboldt; LucyT; thouworm; rolling_stone; kristinn; 2ndDivisionVet; STARWISE

????


6 posted on 04/15/2012 9:55:05 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: JudgemAll

“Yeah, right, seems to me like it is a prison gang with a nice name and with official “DOJ” titles for the sheeples.”

AKA Holder’s Homies


7 posted on 04/15/2012 9:56:17 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If there was any doubt that DoJ would hit Zimmerman with a “violation of civil rights” charge if the state charges don’t pan out, there’s no doubt now. I gotta think that the “secretive peacemakers” are spending as much time scurrying between the file cabinet holding the personnel records of the Sanford PD and the courthouse copier as they are spending ministering to the various pressure groups.


8 posted on 04/15/2012 9:56:55 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“Community Relations Service” = Community Organizing


9 posted on 04/15/2012 9:58:01 PM PDT by fullchroma
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The secret DOJ crew forced the police chief to resign:

“They helped set up a meeting between the local NAACP and elected officials that led to the temporary resignation of police Chief Bill Lee, said Turner Clayton, Seminole County chapter president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.”


10 posted on 04/15/2012 10:00:25 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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Uhhh, yeah right. The riots didn’t happen because they charged him. The riots will happen even worse when they acquit him.


11 posted on 04/15/2012 10:01:15 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This explains everything.....


12 posted on 04/15/2012 10:04:04 PM PDT by moehoward
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Where’s RICO when you need it? This is a protection racket pure and simple. Use a (relatively) insignificant event, blow it out of proportion, lay the foundation for huge problems... Then step in and offer to “help” with the situation. All the while gaining intel, power, influence, setting precedents...


13 posted on 04/15/2012 10:04:46 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Headline?

Easing racial tensions in Sanford
Attorney General Eric Holder seeks help of Outcasts of Alabama to calm the situation
U.S. Dept. of JustUs Special counsel Al Sharpton will coordinate.

14 posted on 04/15/2012 10:06:32 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Liberals take some sort of inexplicable pride in convincing knuckleheads not to burn down their own neighborhoods.


15 posted on 04/15/2012 10:06:44 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I don’t believe a frigging word of that article. Since THEY didn’t burn down South Florida (yet), despite all their efforts to, the chief unindicted accomplice in the murder of Brian Perry and his boss, obama, who has yet to condemn THEIR people for putting out ‘Wanted Dead or Alive Posters’, now is taking credit for no riots or fires.


16 posted on 04/15/2012 10:08:09 PM PDT by jmax (We only have to blame ourselves.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Their caps are embroidered with the Justice Department's seal. They watch and listen silently. But they say little publicly.

When reporters try to chat them up, they remain stoic, saying simply they cannot talk to the media.

17 posted on 04/15/2012 10:08:38 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Tailgunner Joe
So Holder's buddy Sharpton rolls into town to stir up trouble, and then Holder sends some peacenik bureaucrats to calm things down.

...and why does this feel like a Harlem Globetrotters game? ...or a wild west shootout at Six Flags? Ya’ know, the good guys and bad guys all have the same signature on their paycheck.

18 posted on 04/15/2012 10:10:24 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Tailgunner Joe
We wuz gonna riot. But we didn't.

Disgust!


Sounds like they know some one will be suing them for inciting violence soon!

19 posted on 04/15/2012 10:12:35 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Looks like some of Holder's droogs must now have fancy new uniforms.


20 posted on 04/15/2012 10:14:14 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

...and why does this feel like a Harlem Globetrotters game?<<<

Hehe.

Taxpayers are the Washington Generals.


21 posted on 04/15/2012 10:19:10 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If they are so great...why not send them to Chicago?

22 posted on 04/15/2012 10:19:58 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Oh, gag me, just gag me with a spoon!


23 posted on 04/15/2012 10:22:03 PM PDT by donna (3rd largest workforce in the world: UK National Health Service (Chinese Army is #1)
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To: hoosiermama

Now that’s scary.


24 posted on 04/15/2012 10:27:27 PM PDT by Ronin (Sarah.... We really need you now!)
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To: Stormdog

I think the game is to indeed create a crisis of paranoia and racial division, so that the paranoiac in power can feel happy others are suffering like he does.

As a result of this paranoia induced in the population, the population is made into his image and into his need for control mechanisms, or so Holder’s DOJ hopes to obtain.

The same was done with Fast and Furious.

Once the paranoia is on, tada! here comes the lords and the cavalry, because people suffer in a state of uncertainty and doubt and start getting themselves diseased with paranoia and fear. This means they want in the end “peace”, ie. to be told what to do and how to do it, even if it means their lives and deaths are predetermined. Some even use that and manipulate the system to be paid to go to prison.

There is a constitutional question in the interference and the subprograms of “peace” coming from the DOJ which go beyond any “warrant” or scrutiny from a judge or legislators/courts.

The reason for this is because liberals are paranoiacs and natural backstabbers. As a result of the chaos in their head, they have given up on caring or maintaining a “healthy pack”, and, thus, they are looking for a leader to do the talking to them, because, if there is none to send them to the controled “Gulag by installments” that Obamacare is, they go crazy.

The reactions of crazies like Loughner or Trayvis are the examples of a liberal ashamed to be such dependent and yet incapable at the time of depending.

This is why they always are viewed as victims, ie. as “poor animals” who would if only we paid them taxes to watch TV in some sort of prison, without any responsabilities or “worries”.


25 posted on 04/15/2012 10:29:29 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Bet the DOJ had something to do with getting the protestors in to shut down the Sanford police station.


26 posted on 04/15/2012 10:34:34 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This sounds like the DOJ swooped in to help coordinate the race hustling.


27 posted on 04/15/2012 10:34:44 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (This place is nuts.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
In their Navy blue windbreakers, polo shirts and dark sunglasses, they look like federal agents.

And they're on a mission from God. :-)


28 posted on 04/15/2012 10:35:08 PM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

LOL....But with a tan.


29 posted on 04/15/2012 10:36:21 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Yep, drama and potemkin crisis. Of tragedies and farces...


30 posted on 04/15/2012 10:39:39 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: rawcatslyentist

They are paranoiac and weak, and they all do this to get government gulag care. Now I know what that preacher meant when he would go to big gangsters and he would have them cry all of a sudden when shown the Bible.


31 posted on 04/15/2012 10:42:14 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: vbmoneyspender

Indeed, liberals want to encourage them to live a controled life, but liberals will not fork the money and make no sense. Ultimately they will throw their arms up in the air and demand the US military eliminate them, Sanger genomic genocide style or something like that.


32 posted on 04/15/2012 10:45:14 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: fullchroma

Any federal bunch like this is like a fireplace poker in your home...harmless and even useful in normal times, but let somebody with ill intentions get hold of it and all of a sudden it is a menacing thing.

Under Holder, I’m thinking these guys are little more than referees sent in to make sure the “right” side gets what they want, and that’s a best case scenario.


33 posted on 04/15/2012 11:03:19 PM PDT by M1911A1
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To: Tailgunner Joe

From the article: “Community Relations Service director Becky Monroe”

Google that. Lots of NWO stuff in there...


34 posted on 04/15/2012 11:10:44 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Ronin

Looks like a rehearsal for future dictatorship making programs... Balkanization of the US?

Recalcitrants will be deemed to be antigovernment nuts, just like when they confiscated during Hurricane Katrina.


35 posted on 04/15/2012 11:14:26 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Ronin

This is the anticonservative neighborhood watch crowd. Watch for a conservative who wants to rid us of the happy “sesame street” street life in Amerikkka.


36 posted on 04/15/2012 11:16:17 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: M1911A1

Yep, kind of like in North Korea: if you do not smile at the cop, he will kill you.


37 posted on 04/15/2012 11:18:03 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Where is the constitutional authority for this?


38 posted on 04/15/2012 11:20:33 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

From a companion article at the link, there’s this.

“Community Relations Service, the neutral mediators of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, descend into communities where the residents perceive discrimination based on their race, color or national origin.

They mobilize from 10 regional and four field offices around the country to offer conflict-resolution services.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-box-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-20120415,0,2134689.story

There are three other instances listed, all racially charged.

I have a feeling the government would rather not have this become widely known.


39 posted on 04/15/2012 11:40:25 PM PDT by Nacho Bidnith
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To: JudgemAll
Snort! As good a definition as any.

But the issue is a bit more important than that.

...from a little-known branch of the Department of Justice labored away behind the scenes, quietly brokering deals...

Whoa!!! Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot.

And what little radish patch did these people hatch from? Is this Holder's private police force? Maybe the start of the Civilian National Defense Force Obama talked about during the campaign.

Seriously, who are these people? Who pays them? I'm betting it's not the FBI or any other national law enforcement group.

Nothing scary about those ideas, right?

40 posted on 04/15/2012 11:42:05 PM PDT by Ronin (Sarah.... We really need you now!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’m more worried about the special prosecutor’s strange words and behavior re “justice of Trayvon Martin” (I thought it was “justice for all”), and her sharing “faith” in the church.

The Lady Justice is supposed to be “blind” to all factors except the truth.

I smell a rat, a dead rat. Oh, and where is Florida’s State Police and AG re investing the illegal “Dead or Alive” posters of the Black Panther Party? And the threats of that fat NBPP pig spokeswoman Michele Williams? She mispoke?

Racist pigs don’t “mispeak”; they tell the truth about who they are and what they want. Ask the dead cops from the last Black Panther Party “Kill a pig” campaign of the 60’s/70’s and the Nyack, NY BLA/BPP/WUO/M19CO operation in robbing the Brinks truck and killing the drivers and policemen.

Looks like the governor of Florida is another RINO, and a weak, white RINO at that.


41 posted on 04/15/2012 11:47:08 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Tailgunner Joe
In their Navy blue windbreakers, polo shirts and dark sunglasses, they look like federal agents.

42 posted on 04/16/2012 12:08:05 AM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"...quietly brokering deals between the city officials and residents to help prevent violence and lay the groundwork for peace."

Now why do I think this means the DOJ is telling the black community, "Don't worry about it; if he walks we'll charge him with a hate crime. Faux Whitey gonna pay either way!"
43 posted on 04/16/2012 12:56:43 AM PDT by SuzyQueIN
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To: bgill
-- What the heck are "secretive peacemakers" anyway? --

It's the "good cop, bad cop" struture of community organizing. One side agitates, the other side calms. But they are all aligned in the same direction, despite outward appearances.

44 posted on 04/16/2012 3:08:41 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Ronin
-- And what little radish patch did these people hatch from? --

The Community Relations Service is the Department's "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, CRS is the only Federal agency dedicated to assist State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents, and civil disorders, and in restoring racial stability and harmony.

45 posted on 04/16/2012 3:19:55 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: hoosiermama
They must be invited in by the local or state government, and services of the DOJ Community Relations Service may be refused.
46 posted on 04/16/2012 3:28:45 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: fullchroma

Exactly.

They’re acting as organizational and PR consultants for the administration’s preferred side of the issue.


47 posted on 04/16/2012 3:39:05 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
I’m more worried about the special prosecutor’s strange words and behavior re “justice of Trayvon Martin” (I thought it was “justice for all”), and her sharing “faith” in the church.

Yep, looks suspiciously like she's made a political calculation and thrown in her lot:

Thomas Battles, the Southern regional director for Community Relations Service, arranged a Thursday meeting between Special Prosecutor Angela Corey and a group of Sanford ministers, where Corey answered questions and shared her testimony of faith.

The visit came one day after Corey announced her office charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder. He is being held at Seminole County Jail and has a bond hearing scheduled for Friday.

The Rev. Derrick Gay said the meeting with Corey motivated his fellow clergymen to declare they will help heal their city.

"[Battles] said we were key to the reconciliation process for Sanford," he said. "He talked to us about the power we have to change things and bring healing."

And I'd like to know more about Thomas Battles's background.
48 posted on 04/16/2012 3:49:52 AM PDT by Yardstick
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The Community Relations Service offers few details about its work.

It's all about getting a fat Federale paycheck. $135,000 on up. If you are white don't bother applying for this job. It's all minority, blacks, Hispanics, Indians, Aleutian Islanders, women, gays

The American economy is a zero sum game these days so the more taxes are ripped off from the white majority to pay bloated Federale salaries for minorities the more Obama likes it. Same will happen with Obama-Care if it gets instituted. There will be tons of affirmative action hiring (women and gays included) for these fat Federale paychecks ......with a corresponding drop in employment in the private sector health insurance companies where affirmative action doers not rule the day and competence is in demand

49 posted on 04/16/2012 3:55:33 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Cboldt

Becky L. Monroe currently serves as the Acting Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she works with law enforcement and local government officials, community leaders, and federal agencies to support those leaders in addressing tension associated with allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin. CRS also works with these leaders to help communities develop the capacity to more effectively prevent and respond to violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. Becky was designated as the Acting Director on October 15, 2010, and has worked with CRS since June 15, 2009. She joined CRS after working as Counsel at the *Constitution Project. Before the Constitution Project, Becky served as the Director of the Employment Rights Project at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, California where she represented low-wage immigrant workers and women who were trafficked for labor. Before working at Bet Tzedek, Becky was a litigation associate at Strumwasser and Woocher, LLP, a public interest law firm in Santa Monica, California. Before attending law school, Becky worked in Washington, D.C. as a Paralegal in the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as an Associate Consultant at Bain and Company in Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of Georgetown University and Yale Law School, she served as a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

http://www.justice.gov/crs/director-bio.htm

Groups funded by George Soros includes...

*Constitution Project, an organization that calls for the United States to abandon most of the aggressive, post-9/11 anti-terrorism and anti-crime measures it has undertaken — on grounds that such measures are misguided “government proposals that [have] jeopardized civil rights.

The Constitution Project has supported such notorious figures as Salim Ahmed Hamdan (Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard and chauffeur) and Jose Padilla (an American Islamic convert and terrorist plotter). Moreover, the Project contends that it is illegal for the U.S. government to detain terror suspects if the evidence against them was obtained through “torture.”

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237


50 posted on 04/16/2012 4:03:33 AM PDT by kcvl
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