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    Marching Down New Black Panther Memory Lane - Only gun charges from Holder

    Topic - the President and his association with the New Black Panther Party.
    Marching Down New Black Panther Memory Lane

    December 3rd, 2014 - 8:06 am

    The New Black Panthers can’t stay out of the news, mostly because the Obama administration continues to behave so strangely when they come calling. The latest example is the oddly thin indictment on federal gun charges against two members of the anti-Semitic and anti-white hate group, when so much more seemed possible. Let’s recap.

    Local St. Louis media reported that St. Louis police were investigating two New Black Panthers who sought to assassinate law enforcement officials in Ferguson as well as the local district attorney. The reports also indicated that they sought to use explosive devices against the St. Louis Gateway Arch. After this story, I opined here that the charges should be federal domestic terrorism charges, not state-level charges.

    And voila! We have a thin two-page indictment against them on basic illegal gun purchasing charges. As Bill Gertz’s piece points out:

    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.

    That’s odd. But what is odder still is how it seems a local St. Louis police investigation has been smothered, overtaken, and downplayed. When Gertz called the local police for comment, they referred him to the U.S. attorney in St. Louis. Normally, local officials don’t punt to the feds on a local investigation.
    Then, when Gertz called the U.S. attorney, he was told he had to call the Office of Public Affairs in Washington. These are the professional, politicized press flunkies for Holder. When Gertz asked if more charges would be issued, he got no answers.

    Remember, when the same Justice Department indicted Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the indictment ran dozens and dozens of pages. The facts were laid bare. But McDonnell is a Republican, and the New Black Panthers, shall we say, are not.

    Why did Washington absorb what started as a state case, and then downplay it?

    One of the favorite narratives of spokesmen for the Obama administration who work at places like Slate and Mother Jones is that the New Black Panthers are about a dozen nuts who shouldn’t be taken seriously. If they are clowns, then concern about the anti-white hate group is also clownish. The Left finds it inconvenient to their racial narrative to have black racists around. The smaller the number, the better.

    That’s why the New Black Panthers are portrayed as a couple of clowns by the left.

    But back in 2007, the New Black Panthers weren’t considered to be a couple of clowns to organizers of the commemoration of the Bloody Sunday Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing.

    Each March in Selma, Alabama, top “civil rights” figures are invited to attend the crossing. Even former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor attended. In 2007, Senator Obama kicked off his campaign in Selma — at least the important part of his campaign. As I wrote in my book Injustice:
    But as of March 2007, Obama had not rallied wide black support. So he went to Selma, Alabama, a city with deep meaning in civil rights lore thanks to the iconic Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights marches of 1965. Obama’s goal was to launch himself to the black community as a credible, winning, and most important, authentically black candidate — and he sought to do that by grafting his budding campaign onto the classic civil rights storyline. Fittingly, he timed his visit to coincide with Bloody Sunday jubilee weekend, the annual commemoration of the 1965 marches culminating in the event’s re-enactment on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
    Obama would share the podium and march with the head of the New Black Panther Party — Malik Zulu Shabazz:

    Bloody Sunday Weekend Event, 2007

    I described the Selma events in Injustice:
    The speakers were all people one would expect to hear at this kind of high-profile event, with one exception: New Black Panther Party chief Malik Zulu Shabazz, a future defendant in a DOJ voter intimidation lawsuit. He was flanked at the podium by several Panthers in full Panther battle regalia — black fatigues, beret, insignia, and boots. One of them was Panther “Field Marshal” Najee Muhammad, who is seen in a Panther video called “Training Day” in which he encourages blacks in DeKalb County, Georgia, to don ski masks, lie in wait behind shrubs, and kill police officers with AK-47s. Following that exhortation he mocks the hypothetical victims’ grieving widows. When the speeches ended, the crowd began the memorial walk to Edmund Pettus Bridge. For the duration of that one-mile trek, video reveals that the uniformed New Black Panther members shadowed close behind Obama, who showed no aversion to their presence.
    I’ve never said that the Justice Department delivers special treatment to the New Black Panthers because of a relationship between Senator Barack Obama and the New Black Panthers. But I did raise several questions which have never been answered. Perhaps someone can ask them now, especially given the latest queer handling of criminal actions by Panthers.

    Raised fists of New Black Panthers Marching Behind Obama

    In the end, nobody knows what Obama thought about the Panthers’ demonstration of support for him, because the media never asked him about it. Again, from my book:
    Obama did not publicly acknowledge the Panthers’ tributes, but he also made no effort to shoo them away. Malik Zulu Shabazz told a reporter he spoke with Obama that day in Selma, though he did not provide details about the conversation.

    It is possible Obama found the Panthers deeply embarrassing. Perhaps in his conversation with Shabazz he told the Panther leader to stay away from him, but Shabazz marched right behind him anyway. Or perhaps Obama was indifferent to the Panthers, viewing them as a weird sideshow and not fully understanding exactly who these people were.

    But we cannot dismiss the disturbing possibility that the Panthers’ presence in Selma and on the podium outside Brown Chapel, as well as their positioning behind Obama during the march, was collaborative and deliberate. It is plausible that the Obama campaign acquiesced to the overtures of people like Malik Zulu Shabazz. The images of Obama and the Panthers together were useful to Obama, providing signs of his racial “authenticity” for important voting segments. And after all, it’s clear that some elements in the Obama campaign sympathized with the Panthers; in March 2008, the official Obama campaign website posted the Panthers’ endorsement of Obama, then quickly removed it when it drew negative attention.

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

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


    BY: Bill Gertz Follow @BillGertz
    December 3, 2014 5:00 am

    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.

    “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 intimidation 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.”

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