Tuesday, March 29, 2011

DOJ's Perez testifies before Senate panel on civil rights of Muslims

by Jim Kouri

This morning Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez testified before Chairman Dick Durbin (D-MI) and members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. 

On the panel's agenda was the DOJ's efforts to protect the rights of Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South-Asian Americans.

"With each new wave of intolerance, our nation has responded – passing new civil rights laws, striking down old laws that sanctioned discrimination, and eventually recognizing the value of diverse communities and embracing those previously shunned," said Assistant Attorney General Perez.

However, it appears -- based on his record at DOJ -- that Perez is more interested in protecting Muslims, Asians and other minorities, than he is in helping to create a color-blind society and a fair society. In spite of evidence that revealed Perez advocated a DOJ policy that excluded protecting white American citizens, while protecting suspected terrorists, illegal aliens, and minority-members who commit crimes.

For example, Christopher Coates, former chief of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Voting Section, was subpoenaed by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission to testify on the New Black Panther Party litigation in December 2009.  
The case involved members of the New Black Panther Party wearing paramilitary uniforms who positioned themselves at the entrance to a Philadelphia polling place during the 2008 election, one of them brandishing a night stick. Despite the entry of a default in its favor, the Department subsequently dismissed charges against all but one of the defendants and reduced the injunctive relief the Department had originally sought.

However, the Assistant Attorney General reportedly prevented Coates, who was the DOJ's prime investigator in the case, from testifying and subsequently transferred him to the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Carolina.

According to Judicial Watch, a public-interest group that investigates political and government corruption, the DOJ records, described in documents obtained as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, contradict sworn testimony by Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, who testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that no political leadership was involved in the decision to dismiss the charges against the New Black Panther Party.
The "Vaughn index" describes documents responsive to the lawsuit currently being withheld in their entirety by the Justice Department. The index details a series of emails between Perez underlings Assistant Deputy Attorney General Steve Rosenbaum and Deputy Associate Attorney General Sam Hirsch, who was described by Slate magazine as a "DC election lawyer who represents a lot of Democrats" prior to joining the Justice Department.
The records disclosed to Judicial Watch seemingly contradict testimony by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on May 14, 2010. The Commission, an independent, bipartisan unit of the federal government charged with investigating and reporting on civil rights issues, initiated a probe of the Justice Department's decision to drop its lawsuit. During the hearing, Perez was asked directly regarding the involvement of political leaders in the decision to dismiss the Black Panther case.

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, and he's a columnist for Examiner.com.  In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. 

He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations.  He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.   Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com.   Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.