Skip to comments.Eric Holder: Black Panther case focus demeans 'my people'
Posted on 03/01/2011 11:15:20 AM PST by ColdOne
Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.
Holder's frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.
The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.
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I believe it to be so.
Absolutely. That’s a great yardstick, one that I like to use myself. It even applies to religion. Man, in his sinful nature, can and will screw anything up.
I don’t think most people give it much thought either, btw.
Oh, you know what it is, and what it has always been -
too much information gets associated with a label,
and those attempting to hide information about the group that the label is attached to change the label in order to do so.
It’s why “liberals” used to be and are once again “progressives”.
Indeed, the “label” becomes a pejorative because the information that it carries tells too much truth about the group that it’s attached to.
EXCERPT He actually makes Nixon Attorney General John Mitchell look good by comparison! The Attorney General of the United States is the nation's top law enforcement officer. His job description does not include, and in many ways specifically forbids any overtly political action. But Obama's A.G. Holder mixes politics with a new low of imbecility not seen in the office. Here's the latest: [VIDEO AT SITE]
WHO IS MARC RICH? Rich, 66, was charged in 1982 with the largest tax-evasion scheme in US history, having evaded more than $48 million in income taxes. In 1983 Rich was indicted on 51 additional counts of racketeering and wire fraud. Rich's accomplice, Pincus Green won a presidential pardon, too. Rich also violated the US Trading with the Enemy Act by conducting business with Iran, even as US embassy staff were being held hostage.
In 1983, Rich fled to Switzerland, never serving a day in jail. After fleeing the United States, Rich renounced his American citizenship, became an Israeli citizen and a major benefactor of Jewish charitable organizations, giving nearly $80 million to Israeli hospitals, museums, orchestras, and universities. Rich later moved to Switzerland....and lives there today, insofar as we know.
This is the man to whom the exiting Clinton gave a midnight pardon, with the energetic assistance of Eric Holder.
IN DEPTH REPORT----filed November 23, 2008
Eric Holder Advocated the Marc Rich Special Treatment for Over a Year
EXCERPTED FROM James Bamford, Author of "The Shadow Factory" (the CIA)
Then-Asst Us Atty Eric Holder arranged for Marc Rich to bypass the Pardon Attorney and never told the US Attorney for Southern District of NY that there was a pardon application in the air.
Under the rules governing pardon petitions rules that were approved by Mr. Holders office the views of United States attorneys are given considerable weight because of the valuable insights they have. And yet Mr. Holder did not consult Mary Jo White, the United States attorney in New York and her colleagues about the Rich pardon petition; the latter group did not know of it until it had been granted.
NO ONE TOLD L/E ABOUT THE MARC RICH PARDON APPLICATION b/c if the pardon application had gone to the Office of Pardon Attorney as per normal pardon procedure, the Pardon Attorney would have, as per written procedure, solicited the opinion of the US Attorney's Office which originated the case.
The people in the United States attorneys office in New York werent the only ones surprised by Mr. Holders decision. Deborah Smolover, his top deputy for pardon cases, did not find out about the pardon for Mr. Rich until the White House called to inform her of it after midnight on Jan. 20. (Mark Rich's accomplice, Mr. Pincus Green, also won a Clinton pardon).
(POSTER'S NOTE Mr Holder was extremely thorough---leading one to conclude that the payback to Mr Holder must have been considerable.)
After the pardon was signed, Mr. Quinn has testified, Mr. Holder called him to commend him on a very good job. Mr. Holder also asked Mr. Quinn to consider hiring two former aides, one of whom had already contacted Mr. Quinn on Jan. 2 at Holders suggestion. Go read the NYTimes piece. It's quite the smackdown of Ms. Townsend's fairy tale version.
How Eric Holder came to OK the Marc Rich pardon. Holder "got a last-minute phone call" from the Clinton White House to vet Rich. Via the Foley Square grapevine, the buzz was that Holder had deliberately hidden the pardon application from US Attorney's Office---So District of NY--- so they would not have an opportunity to protest. That's how far Holder's advocacy on behalf of Marc Rich actually went, when he was supposed to be working on behalf of the American people, .
A NY Times OpEd piece reported an extraordinarily well researched history of the Holder involvement in trying to get extra special treatment for Marc Rich. In 1999, Mr. Rich hired Jack Quinn, who had been Mr. Clintons White House counsel from 1995 to 1996, to help him advance his cause. The Rich team was still hoping to strike a deal with federal prosecutors in New York, who were in charge of the case. An e-mail message to Mr. Rich from one of his New York lawyers said that Mr. Quinn felt he could convince Eric that it made sense to listen to the professors and that he could convince Eric to encourage Mary Jo to do the same.
The professors were two tax experts paid more than $96,000 for a study based solely on statements provided them by the Rich legal team; Mary Jo was Mary Jo White, the United States attorney in New York.
Holder reportedly told Rich's attoney JackQuinn that SDNY's position was ridiculous--an interesting comment coming from within the Justice Department, to say the least. Mr. Holder told Mr. Quinn to write a letter to Ms. White with a copy to him, and promised to call her when it arrived. Mr. Holder then called Ms. White personally and, after that conversation, told Mr. Quinn she didnt sound like her guard was up. But New York stood firm. New York's position was consistent with the written guidelines on pardons which do not allow pardons for people while they remain fugitives.
On Nov. 18, 2000, Mr. Quinn told Mr. Holder that Mr. Rich was going to go for a pardon, a step his team had been contemplating for months. After the conversation, Mr. Quinn told colleagues that Mr. Holder had advised him to go straight to the White House and that the timing is good.
Go directly to the White House? Bypass the DOJ Office of Pardon Attorney? The greatest danger lies with the lawyers, Rich's attorney Mr. Quinn wrote in an e-mail message to an aide to Mr. Rich, referring to the prosecutors in New York. I have worked them hard and I am hopeful that E. Holder will be helpful to us.
Well it turns out that the prosecutors in NY never got a chance to be a danger.
What percentage of Americans are black? pay him that same percentage of the wages taxpayers are paying him to serve all Americans.
OMG ... that attitude and behavior is absolutely REPREHENSIBLE .. FIRE-ABLE !! Won’t some outraged Congresscritter step up and begin the process for the vital removal of this arrogantly racist partisan in the highest law enforcement position in govt ???
Are they all so dang spineless, threatened, cowed and intimidated ??
The entire hearing, which also gets into Gitmo, DOMA, overflow of drive-in pain killer shops plays on Windows Media Player for me and is here
The Black Panther exchange with Culbertson and Holder starts at
In a sane world, with an objective media, this guy would be submitting his resignation before the end of business today. This comment disqualifies this jackass to be the Attorney General of the United States of America.
“I might be the last one, but I didnt realize that there was such resentment/jealousy/hatred in the black community against whites!”
Don’t forget the number of whites who were shocked at the overt racism in “Rev.” Jeremiah Wright’s church during the 2008 campaign. Orca Winfrey tried to downplay it by saying “white people just don’t understand what goes on in black churches”, as though that makes the racism O.K.
how quickly we forget..... I had forgotten! thank you
My people? My people are Americans you racist SOB. Pathetic!
I wasn’t even racial in nature. Just a bit off-color.
And here I thought justice was blind.
Turns out justice is a racist.
“the chickens are coming home to roost”
I tells a whole lot about E. Holder. When white scumbags are arrested, I have never thought of them as “my people.”
He’s right in step with Obama and the rest of the administration.