August 2012 – Holder’s Assistant Thomas Perez Dodged The Big Question On Prosecuting Criticism Of “Religion”

Thomas Perez                                  (Photo:  Thomas Perez, US DOJ Assistant Attorney General)

Yesterday I wrote about an event, sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council, which is to take place next week in Tennessee.  U.S. Attorney Bill Killian is supposed to “educate” us and the American Muslim community on the (criminal) legal consequences for posting material online (read that: in personal blogs, on FaceBook or other social networking sites) which is offensive to Muslims.  You can find my prior post here

Well, now.  I did some research at the United States DOJ Civil Rights Criminal Division website and read some of the civil rights statutes, convictions of which can result in imprisonment or death.

I’m not a lawyer and don’t render legal opinions.  However, as a career police officer I had to understand the criminal law sufficiently to be able to know which statutes applied to different criminal complaint situations.  Ergo, here’s one law I found, which is Title 18 Section 241, U.S. Code, that could very well be used to prosecute bloggers or private citizens for posting Islam-offensive articles, columns, essays or opinions online:

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—

They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

Generally, in order to initiate an investigation of a crime, it takes a credible complaint from a victim(s) to set the wheels of the justice system into motion.  From the vagueness of this law, it seems to me that any Muslim group or individual could claim to be be feeling oppressed or intimidated by a particular published criticism of Islam and thereby initiate an investigation and/or a prosecution.  Of course, to establish the existence of a conspiracy, bloggers’ emails or phone calls would have to be collected and searched.  That idea is not far-fetched.  According to a recent CNN report, all phone calls and electronic communications are already collected, recorded and stored by the NSA. 

My conclusion?  In the pro-jihad climate fostered by the current administration, don’t be surprised when there are such prosecutions forthcoming.

And here’s even more troubling evidence of the DOJ’s ultimate intentions:

During August of 2012 presented a harbinger of what’s ahead for us here.  You’ve got to watch the video to get the full effect of U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez’s refusal (four times) to answer House Judiciary Committe member Representative Trent Franks’ straightforward question about the possible future criminal prosecutions of people who speak against any religion.  Breitbart’s William Bigelow wrote:

Just last week, Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, was asked this question by Trent Franks (R-AZ), a member of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution: “Will you tell us here today that this Administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?”

Perez refused to answer. Four times.

That was then.  This is now.  We’re ten months further into the encroachment of sharia onto our freedoms.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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One Response to August 2012 – Holder’s Assistant Thomas Perez Dodged The Big Question On Prosecuting Criticism Of “Religion”

  1. Carol says:

    It’s difficult to develop a response to this as I’m sitting here feeling like the breath is being squeezed out of me.  This information is not NEW to me, but as the truth of it develops a tighter choke-hold on the freedoms of our country, we’re literally watching the lights go out in America.  It is as Ronald Reagan said in his October 27, 1964 speech, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth,” and we’re too stupid to realize it and do something about it before it’s too late.  There is not ONE person involved in this take-down of our Constitution who will not be a victim of Sharia Law.

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