Funny how the people who scream loudest about states rights are the same ones wanting Holder to get involved in a State jurisdiction.
Nothing in what I've read indicates a Federal crime has been commited. Should the perps be arrested? Yes, of course, they are breaking the law. Unless there's something going on that's not in the OP, It's not the DOJ's place.
I still don't see why the feds need to be involved when the state's investigators have people of interest, can easily coordinate across state lines and each state can handle the SWATers in their jurisdiction.
Again state righters want to pull traditional federal duties away when they want to block the feds from doing their duty, but when it is time to grandstand before a national election why Hell's bells let us demand Federal Action.
If you stand for state's rights and the empowering of the individual states then demanding federal action on simple investigations seems a bit weak. Perfect time to show the nation the Feds are not required and downsizing is the usual right wing call.
Anyway, I thought the Senator's letter to Holder was quite reasonable and polite.
“I am writing with concern regarding recent reports that several members of the community of online political commentators have been targeted with harassing and frightening actions. Any potentially criminal action that incites fear, seeks to silence a dissenting opinion, and collaterally wastes the resources of law enforcement should be given close scrutiny at all levels,” Chambliss wrote in the letter.
“Regardless of any potential political differences that may exist, threats and intimidation have no place in our national political discourse. Those who choose to enter into that political discourse should not have to worry about potential threats to their or their family’s safety,” Chambliss continued. “While I am certain that local law enforcement is reviewing each of these instances, I am asking you to please look into each of these cases as well to determine if any federal laws may have been violated. Future targets of SWAT-ting, whether engaged in political speech or not, may not be so fortunate as to escape physical harm.”
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You can dance without a lawyer
The OP's link -- Senator Asks DOJ to Investigate SWAT-ting Attacks on Conservative Bloggers - ABC News -- contained this link -- Press Releases - News Center - Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Senator for Georgia -- which leads to:
Jun 06 2012
Chambliss Demands Inquiry Into Attacks Against Conservative Commentators
Chambliss demanded that Holder examine these cases to determine if federal laws have been violated.
I suppose my point is this: Free speech is sacred. I think the rights contained in the First Amendment are the most important rights we have, just above our Second Amendment rights. The Founders and Framers agreed, they also rated them 1 and 2. When we have political terrorists placing legitimate threats on people's lives for speaking their beliefs, it goes against everything America stands for. Tactics such as this should be decried by every thinking, rational, sane American, regardless of politics. Actually, they are.
What I'm "hoping" for is a leader who will stand up and say that this is the worst possible tactic, a violation of basic civil rights, repugnant and reprehensible, attempted murder, and will be investigated and prosecuted as such.
A leader did stand up. Several, actually. Obama didn't. No one from the left did either, so far as I know.
"While I may not agree with what you say, I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
Just as they had no business converging on Sanford, hoping to find evidence of racism by the eeevil white man (or white Hispanic man, whatever).
Just as they have no business ordering States to stop enforcing the law. Or ordering the States to stop asking voters for ID.
Just as they have no business ordering swimming pool owners to provide access for the disabled, for the love of God.
My feeling is, if they feel the need to weigh in on swimming pools, maybe they could also put a little effort towards catching the terrorists sending men with automatic weapons to innocent people's homes under false pretenses.
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