The Short Arm of the Law

Chris Field
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Posted: Dec 29, 2010 11:41 AM
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Under the control of Barack Obama and his left-wing lackey, Eric Holder, the U.S. Justice Department has made it clear that the law is definitely not their first concern.



Just days before the seismic shift in Congress, Rep. Dan Lungren -- then the ranking member of the House Administration Committee -- fired off a letter complaining about the Justice Department’s lack of enforcement to ensure overseas military ballots are counted.

"If the Voting Rights Section has 20 staff members engaged in a nationwide compliance program, I would expect they would detect noncompliance promptly without relying on private organizations," Lungren, a California Republican, wrote to Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez. "The claim to have ‘helped’ 65,000 voters whose ballots were, in fact, sent late seems to illustrate failure rather than success, and the department seems to be more focused on protecting its image than on building an effective mechanism to produce compliance."

A year earlier, President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Military and Overseas Voting Enforcement (MOVE) Act into law, requiring states to send absentee ballots to soldiers, sailors and airmen overseas at least 45 days before an election, as ballots frequently take up to 30 days to arrive to soldiers on the front lines. Only after the Military Voter Protection Project, a private non-profit, brought it to the public’s attention did the Justice Department take action against 14 states and territories that failed to send ballots on time. But even then, the enforcement did not happen until mid-to-late October, surely not quickly enough to ensure that military voters are not disenfranchised.

A Military Times poll from last April that showed GIs were 41 percent Republican compared to 27 percent Democrat might have given a Democratic administration little incentive to take swift action. That implies political considerations influence law enforcement, but it is difficult to draw another conclusion whether the issue is ensuring the integrity of the vote, illegal immigration or prosecuting political allies. Time and again, the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder have demonstrated a politics-first approach to justice, said Tom Fitton, president of the public-interest group Judicial Watch.

"There’s a disconnect in the sense that they’re giving new rights to terrorists. They’re not prosecuting crimes that virtually everyone in the country knows about. The Justice Department is more about ideology and politics than it is about the rule of law," Fitton said in an interview.

In yet another move that erased doubt about a politicized department, Perez named 16 liberal activists to non-political career Justice Department jobs. ...

It will be up to the new House majority to keep the administration accountable for doing its job of enforcing the law. ...

"It seems to me the Oversight Committee, the Judiciary Committee and other committees in the House and hopefully a little bit more sensible Judiciary Committee in the Senate, they might have nothing else to do but to really figure out and undo the mess that is currently the Obama-Holder Justice Department," Fitton said.

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