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DOJ: No contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner

DOJ: No contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner

She is still under investigation for a separate tea party targeting matter.

Former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the the agency's targeting of tea party groups, where she invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

The Justice Department will not seek criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, the central figure in a scandal that erupted over whether the tax agency improperly targeted conservative political groups.

Ronald Machen, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a seven-page letter this week that he would not bring a criminal case to a grand jury over Lerner’s refusal to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March 2014. The House approved a criminal contempt resolution against Lerner in May 2014, and Machen’s office has been reviewing the issue since then.

Lerner and other IRS officials, however, are still under investigation by the FBI for the tea party targeting matter — which is a separate probe entirely.

Lerner cited her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself during congressional testimony on March 5, 2014, although then-Oversight Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said she had waived that right by giving an opening statement at a hearing 10 months earlier when she asserted her innocence. Issa wanted her charged by the Justice Department with criminal contempt of Congress for failing to answer questions about her role in the scandal.

Machen said the Oversight Committee “followed proper procedures” in telling Lerner that it had “rejected her claim of privilege and gave her an adequate opportunity to answer the committee’s questions.”

However, Machen said DOJ lawyers determined that Lerner “did not waive her Fifth Amendment right by making an opening statement on May 22, 2013, because she made only general claims of innocence.”

Machen added: “Given that assessment, we have further concluded that it is not appropriate for a United States attorney to present the matter to the grand jury for action where, as here, the Constitution prevents the witness from being prosecuted for contempt.”

Lerner, unsurprisingly, was pleased by the announcement. “Anyone who takes a serious and impartial look at this issue would conclude that Ms. Lerner did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights,” said Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor III, in a statement. “It is unfortunate that the majority party in the House put politics before a citizen’s constitutional rights.”

“Ms. Lerner is pleased to have this matter resolved and looks forward to moving on with her life,” Taylor added.

Republicans were disappointed by the decision not to move ahead.

“Once again, the Obama administration has tried to sweep IRS targeting of taxpayers for their political beliefs under the rug,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, urging the White House to “do the right thing and appoint a special counsel to examine the IRS’ actions.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), one of several House Oversight Committee members who says Justice has failed to take the IRS matter seriously, said the decision “offers little assurance to the American taxpayer that the department is actually investigating this abuse of power.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who led the IRS probe in the House, knocked Machen in a statement for “us[ing] his power as a political weapon to undermine the rule of law.”

“Mr. Machen … unilaterally decided to ignore the will of the House of Representatives,” Jordan said. “He and the Justice Department have given Lois Lerner cover for her failure to account for her actions at the IRS.”

Lerner, who led the IRS unit that subjected conservative nonprofits to additional scrutiny, quickly became the face of the scandal when she revealed the practice during an obscure tax conference on May 9, 2013. At the time, Lerner and the IRS blamed “frontline” employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office for any violations, though later it became clear that IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C., was holding up approval of the nonprofit groups’ tax status for years at time.

When initially summoned to Capitol Hill to answer for the scandal in May 2013, Lerner took the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer questions. Lawmakers would eventually hold her in contempt of Congress when she, again, asserted her Fifth Amendment privilege at the second hearing in March 2014.

GOP investigators on both the House Oversight and the Ways and Means committees have released numerous emails showing Lerner’s liberal political leanings. They’ve accused her of bias in the workplace, including using her position to try to persuade IRS auditors to probe and reject the nonprofit application for Karl Rove’s influential Crossroads GPS.

Republicans also noted Lerner’s private skepticism of political nonprofits, which are governed by complex rules originally designed to limit their direct role in elections. Republicans assert that Lerner tried to use her division to crack down on conservative political groups, something Democrats had been urging the IRS to consider.

Last June, more than a year into the investigation, the IRS announced it lost two years’ worth of Lerner’s emails in a 2011 computer crash. The agency said the emails were not recoverable because it had recycled her hard drive and written over relevant backup tapes.

The IRS inspector general later proved the agency wrong, unearthing backup tapes that investigators believe include the correspondence.

Lerner maintains her innocence and argues she was only doing her job — ensuring nonprofits follow the rules. Though Lerner refused to talk to lawmakers during the probe, her lawyer said Lerner cooperated with the FBI, answering its questions as needed. The results of the fuller FBI investigation are expected soon.

Lerner has given only one interview with the press, an exclusive with POLITICO, in which she talked about how the scandal has changed her life dramatically, including making her the object of public scorn. Even then, Lerner, at the behest of her attorneys, refused to answer specific questions about her role in the whole practice.

White House that promised transparency refuses to cooperate with IRS probe

White House that promised transparency refuses to cooperate with IRS probe

Obama administration refuses to Congress in email search

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times

Jeff Sessions, Alabama Senator (R) Republican Congress
Jeff Sessions, Alabama Senator (R)

The White House told Congress last week it refused to dig into its computers for emails that could shed light on what kinds of private taxpayer information the IRS shares with President Obama’s top aides, assuring Congress that the IRS will address the issue — eventually.

The tax agency has already said it doesn’t have the capability to dig out the emails in question, but the White House’s chief counsel, W. Neil Eggleston, insisted in a letter last week to House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan that the IRS would try again once it finishes with the tea party-targeting scandal.

“It is my understanding that in May 2014, Commissioner Koskinen responded to this request by indicating that the IRS would be able to address new topics such as these following its completion of document productions already in progress,” Mr. Eggleston wrote in a Feb. 17 letter. “To the extent that the committee continues to have an oversight interest in this matter, I encourage you to continue working with the IRS to address those questions.”

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But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s letter last year didn’t say that. Instead Mr. Koskinen said the IRS was logistically incapable of performing the search because it would have required combing through 90,000 email accounts.

The White House’s stiff-arm comes even though it performed a similar kind of email search in the past after the IRS lost thousands of emails of former division chief Lois G. Lerner, a key figure in the tea party targeting.

Mr. Ryan is trying to figure out whether the laws that govern taxpayer information security are working, which is part of his committee’s jurisdiction.

The IRS has been under fire for years over several scandals, including its targeting of tea party groups for politically motivated scrutiny and its illegal release of private taxpayer information concerning the National Organization for Marriage. The IRS insisted the disclosure was accidental and not politically motivated, but it did pay a settlement to the organization.

Some outside pressure groups argue the IRS’s improper behavior goes further, and includes disclosing private taxpayer information to the White House. The groups point to comments by a top White House economic adviser who in 2010 said Koch Industries, the company run by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, paid no corporate income taxes.

The IRS’s inspector general investigated that issue, but has refused to release documents and currently faces a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over the matter.

Both the House and Senate are now investigating IRS and White House communications as well.

The White House didn’t assert any privileges in refusing Mr. Ryan’s request last week, instead insisting the IRS would work on it, so there was no need for the president to get involved. That conflicts with Mr. Koskinen’s 2014 letter making clear he didn’t think such a search was feasible from his end.

The IRS didn’t respond to a message seeking comment on whether it had rethought its stance in light of the White House’s promise, and the White House didn’t respond to a message asking why its chief counsel had misrepresented the IRS’s position as stated in Mr. Koskinen’s letter.

Congress and the White House faced a similar situation last year after the IRS admitted it had lost some of Ms. Lerner’s emails. The Ways and Means Committee then asked the White House if it had any such emails, and Mr. Obama’s aides complied with that request, even providing three emails that Congresshadn’t asked for.

At the time Mr. Eggleston also acknowledged the IRS had told the White House about the lost emails a month before the tax agency informed Congress of the loss.

Any official requests for private taxpayer information made by the White House are supposed to be personally signed by the president, and Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation is supposed to be notified of the request. The JCT issues an annual report on all requests for IRS information, and those reports don’t show any such requests from the president during Mr. Obama’s time in office.

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Obama Justice Dept Recommend Felony Charges Against General Petraeus

Obama Justice Dept Recommend Felony Charges Against General Petraeus

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Prosecutors at the Obama Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have recommended bringing felony charges against four-star General David Petraeus for allegedly providing his then-mistress Paula Broadwell with classified information during his tenure as CIA director, reports the New York Times.

Attorney General Eric Holder will decide whether to follow prosecutors’ recommendations to bring charges against Gen. Petraeus.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Gen. Petraeus and his former mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell have both told investigators Petraeus did not give Broadwell classified intelligence. The Journal says a search of Broadwell’s home and computer uncovered some classified materials that were “years old, but remained secret government information.”

Holder has come under fire for dragging out his decision on whether to prosecute Petraeus. When FBI Director James Comey was asked last month the reason for Holder’s delay, he responded: “I can’t say. I mean, I guess I could say, but I won’t say.”

Gen. Petraeus resigned from the CIA in Nov. 2012.


‘Operation Choke Point’: Obama’s Back-door Gun Grab

‘Operation Choke Point’: Obama’s Back-door Gun Grab

Federal operation strong-armed banks that served firearms stores

Firearms Enthusiasts Practice Shooting At Gun Range

IRS attacks on tea party, conservative and Christian organizations have been well reported, as have Obama Department of Homeland Security efforts to demonize these same groups, linking them repeatedly to “rightwing extremism” and potential domestic terrorism.

But did you know the White House allegedly tried to scare local banks into closing the accounts of perfectly legal and legitimate businesses?

Those are the allegations that prompted a new case by the government watchdog Judicial Watch.

The organization said Thursday it is pursuing action under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain “any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to the legal basis for the targeting of legal business entities under Operation Choke Point.”

The organization also wants records “depicting the criteria for businesses and/or industries to be targeted for any type of scrutiny and/or enforcement or regulatory action under Operation Choke Point.”

Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president, explained what little already is known and what is suspected.

“The highly secretive Operation Choke Point program is another abuse of power by the Obama administration,” he said. “The federal government has no business forcing private sector banks and companies to choke off legitimate businesses that have broken no laws or have been charged with no crimes.”

He continued: “President Obama cannot get Congress to target businesses on his political hit list, so he’s allowed his appointees to abuse their authority by choking off companies that offend liberal sensibilities. Ironically, one of the ‘high risk’ indicators of fraud is a lack of transparency and non-disclosure.

“The Department of Justice won’t obey the Freedom of Information Act and disclose basic information as required about Operation Choke Point. Indeed, Attorney Eric Holder has turned his Justice Department into an agency that is one of the worst violators of FOIA. Maybe the Obama administration should stop strong-arming banks, and focus on policing its own well-deserved ‘reputational risk’ for fraud.”

The organization said the program was coordinated among the Department of Justice, the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It emerged from Obama’s 2009 executive order addressing consumer fraud, JW said.

But the enforcement actions that have arisen have been criticized, Judicial Watch said, “for pursuing abusive political and retaliatory legal actions to force banks and other financial sector business to settle for billions without any proof of wrongdoing.”

For example, the federal bureaucrats had identified businesses such as firearms and fireworks sales, lottery sales, pharmaceutical sales, tobacco sales, coin dealers, credit repair services and dating and escort services as “high risk.”

“In a 2011 bulletin, the FDIC warned banks that associating with any of these merchants would expose the banks to ‘reputational risk.’ It said that could include penalties imposed by the government if a bank decided not to shut down an account for a legitimate business targeted by the government – even though they had broken no laws,” the watchdog reported.

Judicial Watch confirmed that just a year ago, 31 members of Congress sent Attorney General Eric Holder and FDIC chief Martin Gruenberg a letter asking for information, but were “refused.”

The accusations ratcheted up when banking executive Frank Keating, earlier this year, wrote a commentary that accused the Department of Justice of forcing banks “to deny services to unpopular but perfectly legal industries by threatening penalties.”

Subsequently, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling said, “The introduction of subjective criteria like ‘reputation risk’ into prudential bank supervision can all too easily become a pretext for the advancement of political objectives.”

Eric Holder to release new racial profiling guidance

Eric Holder to release new racial profiling guidance

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gestures as he speaks to members of the community during an interfaith service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Atlanta.

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce the Justice Department’s release of its long-awaited revised racial profiling guidance for federal law enforcement on Monday.

In 2003, the Justice Department issued its first racial profiling guidance under former Attorney General John Ashcroft. That guidance banned profiling based on race and ethnicity, but granted exceptions for national security and border protection. Civil rights groups considered the exceptions a kind of permission to discriminate especially against Muslims in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The newly revised guidance will expand the characteristics it protects — beyond race and ethnicity — to include bans on profiling on the basis of gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and general identity. The guidance applies to federal law enforcement officers and also to state and local officers involved in federal law enforcement tasks. But the new guidance does continue to allow certain exceptions for the Department of Homeland Security.

The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that there will be exceptions for its work in screening at the borders and in transportation settings. Other exceptions have been carved out for U.S. Border Patrol interdiction activities in the vicinity of the border and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) interdiction activities at ports of entry. Secret Service “protective activities” are also excluded from the new guidelines.

The Justice Department began the process of revising the guidance back in 2009. Attorney General Holder has pressed for the revised policy to be finalized before he leaves office, according to a Justice Department official. “It has been the first item on the agenda each day in his morning senior staff meetings,” the official said.

“Particularly in light of certain recent incidents we’ve seen at the local level–and the widespread concerns about trust in the criminal justice process which so many have raised throughout the nation–it’s imperative that we take every possible action to institute strong and sound policing practices,” Holder said in a statement released in advance of the new guidance.

The revised guidelines are expected to be one of the signature accomplishments of the outgoing attorney general. At a speech last week in Atlanta, Holder promised these guidelines would be “rigorous new standards–and robust safeguards–to help end racial profiling, once and for all.”

But civil rights groups are not satisfied that the new guidance follows through on the promised reforms. The ACLU has been one of the groups pushing for revised racial profiling guidance.

“It’s baffling that even as the government recognizes that bias-based policing is patently unacceptable, it gives a green light for the FBI, TSA, and CBP to profile racial, religious and other minorities at or in the vicinity of the border and in certain national security contexts, and does not apply the Guidance to most state and local law enforcement,” ACLU Washington Legislative Office Director Laura W. Murphy said in a statement.

Holder will hold a conference call on Monday to brief local law enforcement on the changes to the federal policy. He hopes that federal law enforcement will implement these standards and then set an example for local law enforcement agencies to adopt as well. The Attorney General is expected to make a series of stops in cities across the US as part of an effort to improve relations between communities and law enforcement starting Tuesday with a speech in Memphis.

The Justice Department is expected to release the full guidance Monday afternoon.

David Clarke, black Milwaukee sheriff: Eric Holder has ‘disgusted’ me

David Clarke, black Milwaukee sheriff: Eric Holder has ‘disgusted’ me

Milwaukee County, Wis., Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. rides his horse during the Mexican Independence Day Parade in Milwaukee in 2010. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, John Klein) ** FILE **
Milwaukee County, Wis., Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. rides his horse during the Mexican Independence Day Parade in Milwaukee in 2010.

By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Time

Attorney General Eric Holder is guilty of race-bait tactics in his response to Ferguson, said Milwaukee’s widely quoted and tough-talking black sheriff, David Clarke, in a recent nationally televised interview.

“He comes out with these scurrilous claims that law enforcement officers hit the streets every day with some nefarious intent in their heart to deny people their constitutional civil rights and indiscriminately just shoot black males as if it were some sort of sport,” Sheriff Clarke said in an interview on “The Kelly File” on Fox News.

Taking the Ferguson riots as cause to issue new federal guidelines against racial profiling is an over-the-top reaction to Ferguson, Sheriff Clarke said, adding that Mr. Holder’s actions have “disgusted” him.

“He knows how due process works,” Sheriff Clarke said, Newsmax reported. “He knows what justice is. He claims he wants justice for all, but apparently he doesn’t want justice for police officers.”

Sheriff Clarke also added that Mr. Holder left “a sour taste in the mouths of all law enforcement officers” by suggesting that racial bias was a big part of modern day policing, Newsmax reported.

Sheriff Clarke made the statements in context of discussing the fallout from the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of teen Michael Brown. The tough-on-crime sheriff also criticized the Congressional Black Caucus, and decried members’ claim that the grand jury determination only proved that “black lives don’t matter” in the United States, and rebuked the White House for fueling racial animosity, Newsmax reported.

“That [race] wound has been opened again, and some of it is because of the divisive politics that the White House has been playing,” Sheriff Clarke said, Fox News reported.

DOJ to open criminal civil rights investigation into Eric Garner’s death

DOJ to open criminal civil rights investigation into Eric Garner’s death

Eric Holder, US Attorney General
Eric Holder, US Attorney General

The Justice Department will open a criminal civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday evening.

The announcement follows the news that a grand jury in New York declined to return any chargesagainst the New York City police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, who died after the confrontation.Holder promised “an independent, thorough, fair and expeditious” investigation. Additionally, he said, the Justice Department will conduct a complete review of the material gathered during the local investigation into Garner’s death. Holder said he spoke with Garner’s widow, President Obama, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier in the day to inform them of the Justice Department’s next moves.

Garner’s death was a tragedy, Holder said. “All lives must be valued — all lives,” he added.

Members of New York’s congressional delegation expressed shock and outrageWednesday after the grand jury decision’s came out, particularly since the confrontation between Garner and officer Daniel Pantaleo was caught on camera.

In July, Pantaleo attempted to arrest Garner, a father of six, for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. A cell phone video shows Pantaleo putting his arm around Garner’s neck — even though the use of chokeholds is banned in the New York Police Department — and bringing him to the ground after he refused to be handcuffed. Garner is heard in the video saying repeatedly, “I can’t breathe!”

President Obama also addressed the grand jury decision at an event Wednesday afternoon.

“When anybody in America is not being treated equally under the law, that’s a problem, and it’s my job to solve it,” he said, noting that he has initiated a task force to produce recommendations for improving relations between police and minority communities.

The investigation into Garner’s death is the same sort of investigation opened into the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It is also the same kind of investigation opened into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, which remains “ongoing” nearly three years later.

Holder noted that Garner’s death is “one of several recent incidents across the country that have tested the sense of trust that must exist between law enforcement and the communities they are charged to serve and protect.”

On Thursday, Holder heads to Cleveland as part of his “building community trust” tour. He will be making other stops in the future to Memphis, Tennessee, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Oakland, California.

“As the brother of a retired police officer, I know in a personal way about the bravery of the men and women in uniform who put their lives at risk every day to protect public safety,” Holder said. “It is for their sake as well that we must seek to heal the breakdown in trust we have seen.”

Holder acknowledged that people are likely to protest the Garner grand jury decision, and he urged people to remain peaceful.

“I have said before, throughout our history, the most successful movements have been those that adhered to the principles of nonviolence,” he said.

Black Racist Group Plotted Bombing, Assassination but Only Charged with Gun Crime

Black Racist Group Plotted Bombing, Assassination but Only Charged with Gun Crime

New Black Panther Party foments hatred of whites, Jews, America

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This past May Senator Harry Reid declared that Cliven Bundy, a Nevada cattle rancher, was a ‘domestic terrorist’ (story).  Bundy’s crime? Nothing. Not one illegal crime.  No charges, no acts of violence, only a hard working 77 year old man who has been working on a farm all his life.

Now the communist and racist New Black Panther Party plotted to bomb St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and assassinate local law enforcement officials, but the Justice Department so far has limited its prosecution of the group to an indictment of two members on minor gun charges.

The soft treatment for activities that normally would have brought federal terrorism charges appears to be part of efforts by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to “go soft” on the racist group, according to former Justice official J. Christian Adams.

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“I have always been perplexed why these guys get special treatment,” said Adams, who worked in the Justice Department Civil Rights Division and noted a similar conciliatory legal treatment of New Black Panther Party members in a 2008 case of voter suppression by the group in Philadelphia.

Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi declined to comment on the Black Panther bomb plot and would not say whether additional charges in the case are pending.

In the earlier case against the Panthers, voter intimidation charges were dropped by the Justice Department against the Panthers, and charges were downgraded against one group member, King Shabazz, in what critics say was an effort to show official favoritism toward the group.

Adams’ 2011 book, “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department,” includes a photograph of then presidential candidate Barack Obama marching in Selma, Alabama, with members of the New Black Panther Party in March 2007.

Two members of the Panthers, Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis, were indicted Nov. 19 on federal weapons charges in St. Louis. The two-page indictment, however, made no mention of the bombing or assassination plot. It stated that the two men had made false statements to a Cabela’s sporting goods store in seeking to purchase two .45 caliber pistols.

Adams said he viewed the U.S. attorney’s failure to include the pipe bomb charges in the indictment as a significant omission. The use of pipe bombs in a conspiracy or plot normally would result in filing of federal terrorism charges, he said. “Here, once again, you have Justice giving these guys soft treatment,” Adams said in an interview.

St. Louis police spokeswoman Shron Jackson declined to comment on the case and referred questions to the U.S. attorney in St. Louis. The U.S. attorney’s office referred questions to the Justice Department.

“I am not commenting period, other than to relay to you that the only document released by the court is the indictment,” said Marc Raimondi, a Justice Department spokesman, adding that he would not confirm or deny that additional charges related to the bomb plot may be pending.

Raimondi did not respond when asked if handling of the St. Louis case indicated that the Justice Department was not pursuing alleged New Black Panther Party criminal activities aggressively.

The Panther plot was uncovered by St. Louis police who apparently had the group under surveillance. According to news reports, New Black Panther Party members discussed using pipe bombs to blow up the Gateway Arch. The plot also called for killing St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported last week, quoting sources close to the investigation.

The newspaper stated that Davis was the leader of the plot and that it called for planting an explosive device in the observation deck at the top of the arch.

Police raided two St. Louis buildings as part of the probe although documents in the case have been sealed. Further charges in the case were expected, the newspaper reported Nov. 27.

The indictment of Baldwin and Davis came three days before the decision by a county grand jury not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The decision set off burning and looting in Ferguson and racially charged protests around the country.

The New Black Panther Party issued a statement denouncing the gun charges against Baldwin and Davis a “bold faced lie” and “frame up.”

“We believe the charges against Olajuwon Ali [Davis] and Brandon Muhammad [Baldwin] to be trumped up and baseless,” the statement said.

Regarding reports the two were linked to plans to blow up the Arch and kill police during the Ferguson racial unrest, the group said the allegations are “totally unfounded” and contrary to New Black Panther Party rules.

“The New Black Panther Party, does not teach, endorse, or allow its members to commit acts of violence against anyone regardless to the circumstance, unless in imminent danger according to the rules of self-defense,” the statement said

If the two members are found guilty of illegal acts, they will be expelled from the party, the statement said.

On the Panther Party, Adams, the former Justice Department official, said: “These people have a visceral hatred of three things: The white man, America, and Jews, and they will do anything they can to destabilize America.”

The Party has exploited racial tensions in Ferguson to spread its separatist agenda, Adams said.

Davis, who identified himself as “minister of law” for the New Black Panther Party’s Missouri chapter, told supporters at a rally in October that the shooting of Brown was “not the first … and it won’t be the last, if we do not unite,” the Post-Dispatch reported.

“Divided, we lose brothers and sisters,” Davis said. “If you do not unite, put aside your difference and unite, you can expect no changes in the future. We must change our minds, our systems and ourselves.”

The group is an offshoot of the 1970s radical group the Black Panthers. It began operating in 1990 and the group’s web site contains the statement that the sole purpose of a Black Panther is “to be a revolutionary in the Black/Afrikan People’s liberation struggle, and to mobilize the masses towards self determination.”

Adams said the Panthers also called for the seizure of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, for his role in 2012 shooting of Black teen Trayvon Martin in Florida.

The group also sought to exploit the 2006 claim by a black stripper that she was raped by a group of Duke University lacrosse players. That case eventually fell apart after the accuser was determined to be lying.

According to Adams, the Obama administration has sought to play down the capabilities and threat posed by the group. “The narrative they use is that the group is a bunch of low-level jokers,” he said.

An FBI annual report on domestic extremism stated that in October 2013 the New Black Panther Party was planning to set up “a team to conduct online research against and ‘go after’ police officers who shot and injured black males.”

The report said black separatist extremists like the New Black Panther Party “seek physical, social, political and economic separation from non-blacks.”

“They fund extremist activity through both violent and white collar crimes and target, [U.S. government], military, and law enforcement personnel and facilities in retaliation for alleged oppression and past wrongdoing,” the report “2013 National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism” says. The report is dated Aug. 13, 2014.

“They have the potential to respond to racially charged social and political events with violence.”

The report said black extremists engage in crimes including mortgage fraud, counterfeiting, drug, and weapons trafficking and showed “a desire to form relationships with foreign entities.”

The threat posed by black separatist extremists “remained static” in 2012 and 2013. However, the movement could expand this year through leadership charges, support from like-minded extremist groups and “high profile racially charged crimes or events, or certain specific U.S. foreign policy actions,” the report said.

“Black separatist extremists may also seek stronger ties with foreign governments in exchange for financial resources,” the assessment stated, adding that “barring significant developments,” the threat from black extremists would remain low.

An alternative analysis in the report warned that black extremists “could reinitiate violence at historically high levels seen for the movement in the 1970s, when bombings, assassinations, hijackings, and hostage-takings occurred.”

Eric Holder Creating New Strict Standards For Police Racial Profiling

Eric Holder Creating New Strict Standards For Police Racial Profiling

Holder: We Must ‘Seize’ The ‘Unique Opportunity’ Ferguson Presents

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On Monday evening, Attorney General Eric Holder told activists and law enforcement officials in Atlanta that Ferguson presents an opportunity to deal with issues like racial injustice and the perception that police treat minorities unfairly before announcing that new federal standards against racial profiling are on the way.

“This presents this nation with, I think, a unique opportunity,” Holder said, according to CNN. “And I think it’s incumbent on all of us to seize this opportunity to deal with issues that for too long have been ignored.”

Holder kicked off the first of a series of community forums on Ferguson at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and said he will, in the coming days, “announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement, which will institute rigorous new standards—and robust safeguards—to help end racial profiling, once and for all.”

“This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing,” Holder said.

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Holder was reportedly heckled at the event but told the hecklers that, “I ain’t mad atcha, all right?”

“There will be a tendency on the part of some to condemn what we just saw, but we shouldn’t,” Holder reportedly said. “What we saw there was a genuine expression of concern and involvement. And it is through that level of involvement, that level of concern and I hope a level of perseverance and commitment that change ultimately will come.”

Earlier on Monday, President Barack Obama had several meetings at the White House with community activists, academics, and law enforcement officials and called for a “sustained conversation” about Ferguson in “every region in the country” so that Ferguson does not fade into the background.

Obama announced that Holder, who said that America is a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race, will be “working in parallel” with the Ferguson task force that Obama commissioned. Obama also announced that he will ask Congress for reportedly $75 million over the next three years for things like on-body cameras for police officers and to sign an executive order to make sure that we’re “not building a militarized culture inside our local law enforcement.”

Obama also acknowledged the difficult jobs police officers have. He quoted Holder, who once said that “police officers have the right to come home.”

“And if they’re in dangerous circumstances, we have to be able to put ourselves in their shoes and recognize that they do have a tough job,” Obama said.

Though a grand jury found that there was not enough evidence to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Holder has kept open the federal civil rights investigation. At the White House on Monday, Obama said, “when I hear the young people around this table talk about their experiences, it violates my belief in what America can be to hear young people feeling marginalized and distrustful, even after they’ve done everything right.”

“As I said last week in the wake of the grand jury decision, I think Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not unique to St. Louis or that area, and is not unique to our time, and that is a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color,” Obama said. “The sense that in a country where one of our basic principles, perhaps the most important principle, is equality under the law, that too many individuals, particularly young people of color, do not feel as if they are being treated fairly.”