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We can't handle a shackled guy in federal court, for Christiangodsake, don't you KNOW that, B. Hussein Obama?!

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Remember back in 2009 how Republicans were screaming and panicking over the possibility of holding 9/11 trials in a downtown Manhattan, USA federal court? OH MY GOD! TERRISTS ON U.S. SOIL!

Right there in our USA courtrooms!

They'll all whisper propaganda into their ultra super duper Muslim Dick Tracy magic transmitters to signal all the other terrists to gather in New York, USA during the trials and spread their Al Qaedaitude all over Amurika, USA! During the trials! Right there!

Our national security machine can't handle a shackled guy in federal USA court, for Christiangodsake, don't you KNOW that, B. Hussein Obama?!

Gaaaa!

So the president scrapped the federal trials and moved everything to military tribunals. Even though we've had plenty of successful trials right here in the U.S.A. of plenty of bad guy terrorists that turned out just fine in which the bad guy terrorists were convicted, thrown in high security prisons, and were never heard from again.

No propaganda was spread, there was no retaliation, nobody was infected with Al Qaeda germs, and we all lived happily ever after under that big conservative thumb that keeps infringing on the rights of others.

The Hill:

Attorney General Eric Holder said he was right to push for trying the 9/11 defendants in federal court in New York.

Holder said Monday that if the trial for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators had been held in federal court, rather than a military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay, the defendants would already be on death row.

To quote Holder, "I was right." He sure as hell was.

The Guantánamo trial for the five 9/11 defendants remains in pre-trial proceedings, with the trial not expected to begin for another year at least.  Defense attorneys have said the pre-trial classification fights will push the trial date back to 2016. [...]

“I think that had we gone along the path that I announced at that time, we would not have had to close down half of Manhattan, it wouldn't have cost the $200 million a year and the defendants would be on death row as we speak,” he said.

But that doesn't matter. Republican cowards got their way, again. And justice has not been properly served, again. And Americans pay the price, again.

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Finally: Dep't. of Justice suing North Carolina over voting restrictions

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MSNBC is now reporting that Attorney General Holder has announced the lawsuit against North Carolina. This is about Voter I.D. laws (scroll), voter registration, early voting, and casting ballots in the wrong place (using a provisional ballot) and then not having the vote you cast counted.

Holder also explained that North Carolina intended to prevent voters from casting ballots, aka voter suppression (scroll).

Here are a couple of email alerts explaining:

Politico:

The suit, set to be filed in Greensboro, N.C., will ask that the state be barred from enforcing the new voter ID law, the source said. However, the case will also go further, demanding that the entire state of North Carolina be placed under a requirement to have all changes to voting laws, procedures and polling places “precleared” by either the Justice Department or a federal court, the source added.

Huffington Post:

The lawsuit, which will be filed on Monday and announced at a press conference featuring Attorney General Eric Holder, challenges four provisions of the voting law, known as House Bill 589 and signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last month. Voter advocates have criticized the law as one of the most restrictive voting measures passed since the civil rights era.

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VIDEO: Speeches by A.G. Holder, Asean Johnson, Rep. John Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton #MarchOnWashington #MOW50

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The following speeches were some of the best of the best (There were so many!) at today's March On Washington's 5oth anniversary.

The videos show four incredible speeches in full made by a very well-received and news-making Attorney General Eric Holder, nine-year-old Asean Johnson (the youngest to speak), the awe-inspiring Rep. John Lewis (who, at 23, was the youngest speaker 50 years ago), and the inimitable co-organizer of today's march, Rev. Al Sharpton.

You can read my thoughts here: The long civil rights movement: “Everything has changed. Nothing has changed.”

We must keep #AdvancingTheDream. We have no choice.

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Elizabeth Warren Reads Riot Act to Holder for Not Prosecuting Big Bank Mortgage Fraud

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Today the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the Texas voter ID law. That is welcome news, and it's great to see Attorney General Holder step up like that. However, he needs to be equally aggressive with prosecuting bank mortgage fraud.

Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Okay, so Senator Warren actually wrote a polite, detailed letter to Attorney General Holder. There was no shouting or acrimony. [...]

It may be professional in tone, but Warren's letter is a direct challenge to the criminal impunity and limited fines that the DOJ has provided to Wall Street and their multiple schemes to defraud both mortgage borrowers and investors.

The Huffington Post featured the letter, which bluntly states:

I am concerned that this might be yet another example of the federal government's timid enforcement strategy against the nation's largest financial institutions. I believe that if DOJ and our banking regulatory agencies prove unwilling over time to take the big banks to trial or even require admission of guilt when they cheat consumers and break the law -- either out of timidity or because of a lack of resources -- then the agencies lose enormous leverage in settlement negotiations.

There are a number of federal agencies involved in the lax regulation and minimal punishment (no jail time) of the financial industry for its role, particularly in the creation of a toxic subprime mortgage scam that played a key role in the economic collapse that burst open in the autumn of 2007.  [...]

However, some readers have written e-mails blaming mortgage borrowers for their own plights.  This may be accurate in some cases, but the massive defaults that have occurred have come from so many different kinds of lending fraud that it is difficult for the average consumer of news to keep up with them.  And it is proven that minority communities were targeted for fraud and manipulation by lenders.

To name just a few, banks targeted minority communities for second "balloon" mortgages without fully disclosing the terms or expanding mortgage payments.  Banks re-possessed homes through robo-signing of foreclosure notices without examining if the houses were actually behind in payments or the details of the chain of ownership.  Bank employees were told not to speak publicly about the deceptive practices employed to push usurious lending.   Banks would make "adjustment" agreements with some under the water homeowners only to sell blocks of mortgages to secondary lenders who wouldn't honor the agreements and, instead, sold the foreclosed homes and properties to investors such as the Blackstone Group. Even investors were not fully informed of the risks of bundled mortgages. [...]

One key factor that Warren alludes to is that by not appropriately applying legal sanctions against those who abused the mortgage system, citizens are left to think that the mortgage holders are solely at fault, because the DOJ is protecting the mortgage lenders rather than those struggling to save their houses, families and dreams from predatory and deceptive practices.

Please read the entire post here.

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Justice Dep't. files lawsuit against Texas voter ID law

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The Voter I.D. laws (AKA poll taxes) that GOP-run states are implementing are completely unnecessary, because voter fraud is nearly non-existent.

But they do prevent voters from voting. Especially elderly voters. And young voters. And non-white voters. And disabled voters. And any voter unable to come up with enough money to buy an I.D. card or pay for a birth certificate request (should they be one of those Americans who never got one or lost theirs).

And any voter who is unable to find and/or afford transportation to an official Voter I.D. agency.

In other words, mostly Democratic voters, which is exactly why GOP-run states are itching to enforce these partisan, unjustified laws.

That’s called “voter suppression.” Keeping minorities (who tend to vote Democratic) from the polls is a Republican wet dream and a Democratic nightmare, and it is discriminatory and unconstitutional, which is why this happened:

(CNN) - The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it will file a lawsuit seeking to stop a controversial Texas law that would require voters to show identification at voting booths.

Thanks to the Supreme Court decision striking down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, Texas felt free to disenfranchise as many voters as possible. Eric Holder's statement:

"Today’s action marks another step forward in the Justice Department’s continuing effort to protect the voting rights of all eligible Americans,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rightsThe Department will take action against jurisdictions that attempt to hinder access to the ballot box, no matter where it occurs.  We will keep fighting aggressively to prevent voter disenfranchisement. We are determined to use all available authorities, including remaining sections of the Voting Rights Act, to guard against discrimination and, where appropriate, to ask federal courts to require preclearance of new voting changes.  This represents the Department’s latest action to protect voting rights, but it will not be our last."

Holder is also "upping the ante on its fight against redistricting," per Pete Williams on MSNBC.

Here is the entire DoJ press release.

GOP problems with Holder via MzYun

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VIDEO: Atty. Gen. Holder to challenge states on voting rights

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THANK you:

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As Pete Williams just said on MSNBC, the cop is still on the beat, and you don't get a free pass now, despite the Supreme Court ruling. Watch out North Carolina, you're next (ohpleaseohpleaseohplease).

Via an email news alert:

U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder announced today that the Justice Department is opening a new front in the battle for voting rights in response to a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a major setback to voter protections.

The attorney general said the Justice Department is asking a federal court to require the state of Texas to obtain advance approval before putting voting changes in place.

It is the department's first action to protect voting rights following the Supreme Court's decision on June 25, "but it will not be our last," Holder said.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

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A.G. Eric Holder on SCOTUS VRA ruling: "These problems have not been consigned to history, they continue to exist."

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The Voting Rights Act ruling by the Supreme Court has many of us boiling mad. Hopefully, that anger and frustration, that feeling in the pit of our stomachs, that reaction to the assault on our rights will spill over into the 2014 elections, because one thing is clear: Many members of this Congress, many in this conservative House of Representatives, are jumping for joy right now.

Five Supremes essentially said, "Hey, let's get rid of the very thing that helped to resolve a major inequity in this country because it worked (Oh, and screw Congress)!" Logic is apparently not their strong suit.

As Rev. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC when the news broke: SCOTUS "just canceled The Dream" of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This just came in  via email:

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "deeply disappointed" in the Supreme Court's ruling to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act - a decision he called a "serious and unnecessary setback" -- but vowed to continue aggressive enforcement of remaining voting rights regulations.

"Let me be very clear: We will not hesitate to take swift enforcement action" on voting issues, he said, pointing to complaints last year in states covered under the provision struck down Tuesday as evidence that "these problems have not been consigned to history, they continue to exist."

Earlier, President Barack Obama said in a statement that he was also "deeply disappointed" in the Court's decision, calling on Congress to take action to pass new legislation to guarantee voting rights, and pledging continued administration action on the issue.

For more information... http://www.politico.com

The one silver lining was the commentary immediately following the decision making it crystal clear that groups are already organizing to fight back hard. Please do your part by calling, writing, and loudly (but politely) vocalizing to your Congress members; donating and volunteering to assist voting rights advocates; and writing to your local newspapers to make yourself heard. Use your voices. Now.

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