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Justice Dept Threatens To Sue Joe Arpaio

From a joyous Associated Press:

Justice gives Az. sheriff deadline in rights case

By Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer Tue Aug 3, 2010

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department on Tuesday notified an Arizona sheriff’s office known for its efforts against illegal immigrants that it has refused to cooperate with a civil rights investigation, is not in compliance with federal law and the department is threatening to sue.

Mr. Obama’s jihad for amnesty continues unabated.

Since March 2009, the U.S. Justice Department has been investigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office in Phoenix for alleged discrimination and for unconstitutional searches and seizures. Arpaio says the inquiry is focused on his immigration efforts.

As we noted at the time, this ‘investigation’ began just a couple weeks after the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called on Mr. Obama to terminate the 287(g) program (a pdf file), and two months after La Raza, the ACLU and 521 other pro-amnesty organizations demanded that the program be stopped.

The DOJ probe was originally suggested by none other than that moral paragon, John Conyers, back in February 2009.

Robert Driscoll, a Washington lawyer representing Arpaio, said Justice Department lawyers "have picked the man and the department and are trying to find a violation, rather than find a violation and then seeking to vindicate someone’s rights."

Which sounds a lot like a flagrant witch hunt against Sherriff Arpaio. We would normally say that this is the sort of thing that should be immediately reported to the Department Of Justice.

But it’s the DOJ who are doing the hunting.

"They have been investigating for two years," said Driscoll, who added that most people assume it has something with racial profiling.

But Driscoll said, "If it was going on now, presumably they would have evidence of this now."

If anyone is being profiled here, it sounds like it is Sherriff Joe.

In a letter, assistant attorney general Thomas Perez, head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said the sheriff’s office is not turning over material that Perez’s lawyers are requesting.

This is the same Thomas Perez who has been credibly accused by a former Justice Department of having refused to fully prosecute the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation.

Mr. Perez has also been accused of refusing to prosecute civil rights cases involving victims who are not black or Hispanic.

Perez gave the sheriff’s office until Aug. 17 to turn over documents first requested last year in what the department calls an inquiry into claims of discrimination based on national origin.

Arpaio and his legal counsel said a year ago that the sheriff’s office would not cooperate with the inquiry.

The office "has continued its unwarranted refusal to cooperate," Perez wrote…

It sounds like a ‘Mexican standoff’ — if we can say such a thing these days.

By the way, did the FBI anyone ever trace those death threats against Mr. Arpaio, to see where they were coming from?

Maybe it was Eric Holder who put the $1 million bounty on Sherriff Joe’s head.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Justice Dept Threatens To Sue Joe Arpaio”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    These despicable punks need to be removed as soon as possible. Why should Arpaio “cooperate” with these thugs? They’ve failed to do their job, so Arpaio is doing his.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    So I see the new template of the DOJ is guilty until we decide to quit looking – and anyone black or hispanic (even with a guilty verdict and video) are innocent and let go.

    Talk about setting race relations back 150 years, the vapid stupidity of doing exactly what you ‘claim’ was done to your ancestors (and exactly how does revenge by someone not even affected by a past affliction make something right, correct the past wrong and/or lead to peace and racial harmony at all?!?) and of course the profound hypocrisy and un-Constitutional nature of a person/people in the DOJ applying the Rule of Law selectively in the way they want all set America up for a very, very bad time of Us vs Them (again).

    Such a shame – when America has come so far and continues to remain a beacon of hope and freedom for a bunch of America hating Li(e)brals to attempt to destroy it from within.

    Abuse of power – isn’t that grounds for a trial and termination?

    Where is the check and balance on this Administration? Anyone, Anyone.

    • Petronius says:

      Precisely. Wardmama, you have touched it exactly.

      “Where is the check and balance on this Administration?”

      They acknowledge NO LIMITS. No checks and balances. No rule of law that binds them. No Federal system of States’ rights, no Constitutional authority, not even the sovereignty of the American citizens. Not even a sense of decency.

      Here, once again, the regime has openly aligned itself with LaRaza and Mexican drug cartels and border lawlessness against the people of Arizona.

      For decades, communism in the West took the more subtle form of political correctness, mass immigration, multiculturalism, egalitarianism, feminism, homosexual rights, affirmative action, sensitivity training and self-censorship.

      Now it is coming out of the closet, becoming vulgar and obvious. Now it is beginning to resemble the older communism of the East, which demands centralization and strict orthodoxy enforced by totalitarian methods, with suppression of all opposition, class warfare rhetoric, increased taxes for the so-called rich, seizures of private property, shakedowns, confiscations, and redistributions, with a compliant, quiescent, state-controlled media, with czars and commissars who ladle out public money to favorites and payoffs to Senators to buy their votes, with candidates who are hand-picked from above by the politburo, judges who rule with the iron fist, truncheon-wielding thugs in charge of the voting booths, and the once-sovereign States reduced to provinces run by faceless bureaucrats from grimy back alleys in Washington DC.

      “NO LIMITS!” That is now the motto of the Ruling Class.

      “NO LIMITS!” It should be emblazoned on the seal of the Democrat Party. On our fiat currency. It should be carved into the facade of the White House. On the Capitol. On the Naval Observatory and the Blair House. On the Treasury Building and the IRS building. On the entrance to the Supreme Court and every Federal courthouse across America. On every school building and post office throughout the land. It should be branded onto the bottom of every newborn American baby : “NO LIMITS!”

      And let it be written large, in bold capital letters, so that the American idiocracy gets the message loud and clear, once and for all : “NO LIMITS!”

      On 4 Nov 2008, one-half of the American people put a ballot in their mouth and pulled the trigger.

      The only question now is whether Americans will stand aside while their country is given over to tyranny?

    • Steve says:

      Wow. Petronius.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Although this behavior by the DOJ is disturbing, it does serve a very useful purpose. As I mentioned some time ago, the overreaching by this administration will reach a saturation point. They think they are untouchable. They are not.

    The people of the US are largely concerned with their own day-to-day affairs and getting the kids off to school, etc. However, when the president aligns himself against a state and adamantly opposes all reason, the people will take notice. And the more he does this kind of thing, the more the people will notice until it is permanently etched in their minds.

    He’s doing a very bad thing. It doesn’t matter that a MINORITY group of people might think it’s good, the MAJORITY of the people in this nation will recognize it as a violation of the office of the president and of state’s rights.

    Since, everything the president ever learned about US history and culture probably came from TV, he probably also believes that Joe Arpaio is a “Barney Fife”. A dolt, an idiot. He’s not.

    If the socialist president and his capos want to destroy Joe, then that may come to pass but also it will leave a huge footprint in the drying concrete that the socialists can never smooth over. And it won’t be quickly forgotten. As of now, in any race for political office, the socialists have lost Arizona. And the rule of unintended consequences has brought about a shift to the very right due to this socialist regime’s pushing on people.

    So it’s their own fault.

    Thankfully. And I welcome it.

    • BillK says:

      Unfortunately, no it won’t.

      People will just be waiting for their freebies – free health care, free prescriptions, etc. – and won’t care what over-reaching the administration does.

      Obviously we do, but ask a handful of people at your local grocery store about any of this and you’ll just get blank stares and they’ll wonder how it affects the price of the case of Pepsi in their cart.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I see your point, Bill but in light of recent events where even the drooling masses seem to be waking up, I am hopeful, but also uncertain that the same masses will recognize that the current socialists in power will not leave anything alone and that all citizens will suffer at the hands of their regime.

      As you said, WE know it is foolhardy to let them have their head and just “go with it”.

      But, my point is that they are becoming obvious in their intentions more and more. The 71% in Missouri have spoken loudly and clearly and though the socialists will try to paint it as a “bunch of racists”, they know they are wrong.

      I am seeing people wake up to reality here and there and it gives me hope. Blacks are a lost cause here, if the lady who called Rush today is any indication, and I think it is. She was wrapped around the axle about why Rush called barry, “boy” which he doesn’t…but explained he calls him a “man-child” which he is. Yet, the underlying argument the lady had was that it was the same thing as calling him “boy” and was probably about to address that as a form of racism.

      The collective black mentality on this “president” is that any and all disagreement against his socialist ways is racist and they will go to end of their days believing that. Yet they do not realize that the boy who sits in the president’s chair is no more looking out for them than any other group; That he is weilding his will to force socialism on this nation with the help of other socialists and that blacks, in the long run, will suffer as much or more as anyone else.

      Looking at the Rangel/Waters issues, I can see how that would ultimately be the case.

      The black population is blinded by race and this is probably where the approval ratings come from that even make the meter come off the peg at all. The same thing happened with the OJ trial.

      While the rest of the country saw the trial for what it was…a murder trial….the blacks saw it as a case of racial profiling. Regardless of right or wrong.

      Unfortunately, there exists a root element to the reason why they are off-the-charts in violence.

      But I digress.

      I think if every reasonable person votes and is even remotely aware of the issues at hand, they will vote correctly and conservatively. There are those who are hopeless losses and the vast majority of blacks are just that. Even if the republicans put up Condoleeza Rice and she hammered the issues, they would still vote for the man-child because that’s who they think would give them more stuff and “benefits” so you’re absolutely correct on that.

      But the freeloaders are actually still a fraction of our country and the real majority is, in fact, conservative. But we have been whined about and chastised and criticized and ridiculed so much that the average conservative is afraid to say anything. Yet, with the voting lever in their hand, they can speak volumes.

      So let’s hope the nation continues to get fed up with the way the socialists want to take our freedoms and money and way of life. I think you’ll agree that they aren’t going to let up and will in fact, even double-down on their socialist agenda in order to ruin this nation. But, again, if the healthcare vote in Missouri is any indicator, I think the socialists will have a huge fight on their hands.

  4. proreason says:

    Mexican drug cartels recently joined forces with the US gubamint by putting a $1M bounty on Sheriff Joe’s head.


  5. JohnMG says:

    …..”assistant attorney general Thomas Perez……”

    This guy any relation to Perez Hilton?

    I can’t wait for November. If the people in this country don’t turn this whole incestuous bunch out to pasture, and then begin immediate prosecution of them, it won’t be long until insurection reigns.

    • proreason says:

      Just don’t show up at the polls in a uniform with a billy club and threatening voters.

      That kind of stuff is extremely illegal. You will be thrown in the slammer in a second.

  6. canary says:

    The Mexican drug cartel has put a $1 million dollar hit on the Sheriff , (and will receive membership to join the cartel).

    The DOJ is egging the drug cartel on, encouraging the crazed animals.
    The DOJ should be protecting the Sheriff, not trying to get him killed. The town owes the Sheriff for making their town better.

    Sheriff Joe, even offered to protect the entire U.S. by holding Gitmo prisoners.

    Pray for Sheriff Joe, and angels to guard him.

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