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16 July 2013

Eric Holder, Er, Honecker And His New Stasi

After recently reading several articles about the Germans dismay over the NSA revelations due to their history with the Stasi, I was startled to see this happening in America with such blitheness:

From Ben Shapiro of

 On Monday afternoon, the US Department of Justice appealed to civil rights groups and the general public across the country for “tips” on George Zimmerman in their pursuit of potential federal civil rights charges against the just-acquitted defendant in the Trayvon Martin killing. The DOJ actually went so far as to set up an e-mail address to allow such tips: The email address is slated to go operational by the end of the week.

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law told the Orlando Sentinel that the DOJ had held a Monday conference call “calling on us to actively refer anyone who had any information” that would help build a case against Zimmerman. "They said they would very aggressively investigate this case,” Arnwine stated.

According to Arnwine, the call began at 3:30 p.m. with Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States DOJ, and representatives of the FBI on the line. Several prosecutors joined the call, too. 

Arnwine listed off other organizations represented on the call, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU, and several “human relations” groups.

Arnwine listed off other organizations represented on the call, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU, and several “human relations” groups.

Today, Holder said:

'These laws try to fix something that was never broken. There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the ‘if’ is important — if no safe retreat is available. But we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the common-sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat, outside their home, if they can do so safely. By allowing and perhaps encouraging violent situations to escalate in public, such laws undermine public safety.  The list of resulting tragedies is long and, unfortunately, has victimized too many who are innocent. It is our collective obligation; we must stand OUR ground to ensure — (cheers, applause, music) — we must stand our ground to ensure that our laws reduce violence, and take a hard look at [Stand Your Ground] laws that contribute to more violence than they prevent.  It’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.'

Stand Your Ground was NOT at issue in the Zimmerman trial.  More importantly, as The Daily Caller reports:

'African-Americans benefit from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law at a rate far out of proportion to their presence in the state’s population, despite an assertion by Attorney General Eric Holder that repealing “Stand Your Ground” would help African-Americans. But approximately one third of Florida “Stand Your Ground” claims in fatal cases have been made by black defendants, and they have used the defense successfully 55 percent of the time, at the same rate as the population at large and at a higher rate than white defendants, according to a Daily Caller analysis of a database maintained by the Tampa Bay Times.  Additionally, the majority of victims in Florida “Stand Your Ground” cases have been white.

African-Americans used “Stand Your Ground” defenses at nearly twice the rate of their presence in the Florida population, which was listed at 16.6 percent in 2012.

Eric Holder is becoming Eric Honecker with his own Stasi.  The Democrats are using civil rights laws that once were, rightfully, invoked to go after the Klan to gin up a lynch mob to punish a person because of a verdict they do not like.  First, they wanted an arrest.  They got it.  Then, they wanted a trial.  They got it.  Then, they wanted a verdict.  They got it, although it wasn't the verdict that they wanted it.  Now, they want a Federal civil rights prosecution AND Jesse Jackson wants the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the Trayvon Martin shooting, George Zimmerman trial, and Stand Your Ground laws.  Let's understand:   Members of the UNHRC are or have been Libya, China, Cuba, Turkey, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Pakistan, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and Venezuela...not exactly bastions of human rights.

Thomas Sowell asked 'Is This Still America?'  I think the answer is 'If not 'No,' then, 'Close to No.'

1 comment:

AppraisHer said...

If Holder's burden of proof is that Zimmerman should have retreated, what's his explanation for Martin's 4 minutes...that's 4 minutes to decided whether to retreat or attack?
Victims are now responsible because attackers don't use their time well?