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Senate Confirms Obama DoJ Civil Rights Nominee

Updated 3:58 p.m.
By Krissah Thompson
The Senate voted Tuesday afternoon to confirm President Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

Thomas Perez, a former Maryland politician and civil rights lawyer, was named Assistant Attorney General and head of the Civil Rights Division. He will take over a division that Attorney General Eric Holder has said he wants to "restore" and make the "crown jewel" of the department.

The vote was 72-22. All 55 Democrats who voted supported the nomination. Republicans were split -- with 22 against and 17 in favor.

"I am very pleased to welcome Tom Perez back to the Justice Department," Holder said in a statement. "One of my highest priorities as Attorney General has been to ensure that the Civil Rights Division will again continue to advance the interests of justice and equal protection for all Americans."

Confirmation hearings were held for Perez in late April and his nomination was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in June, but then held up by Republicans who expressed concern about the direction of the Justice Department under Holder.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) asked Senate Republicans to delay Perez's confirmation after the Department reduced charges in a case of alleged voter intimidation against the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia that was filed in the waning days of the Bush administration. Smith called the decision "possible political interference" and recently said he hoped Perez's nomination would remain stalled.

Justice Department officials are looking into the decision to reduce the charges in the New Black Panther case, and Senate Democrats pushed Perez's nomination through Tuesday afternoon.

"There are no questions about the qualifications of Tom Perez. During his confirmation hearing, Mr. Perez made clear his commitment that the Justice Department would enforce the law," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee (D-Vt.). "In the arena of civil rights, living up to those assurances is particularly important.... I have full confidence that he is the right person to restore the Civil Rights Division to its finest traditions of independent law enforcement."

Posted at 12:53 PM ET on Oct 6, 2009  | Category:  Cast of Characters
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President Obama seems to appoint "renegades" that are against everything the American citizens wish for or is negative in regard to our Republic.
Nappy (isn't she wonderful? NOT) Cass Sunstein (NOT). And let's not forget La Raza's friend Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
Now Thomas Perez?
I am afraid to ask what is next President
Obama? Thank you for destroying what's left
of the United States.

Posted by: DC50 | October 6, 2009 6:49 PM

'Ibid.' Thus invalid is the Calendarist's ground.

Posted by: edtroyhampton | October 6, 2009 4:18 PM

Another classic move by this discriminating administration. Holder, what do you have on Curious George that you are holding over his head?

Posted by: otisplumber | October 6, 2009 4:07 PM

Rep Smith, th TX Republican would have had a different take on the Black Panthers, if instead it was the White Knights. When it comes to Civil Rights the Republicans have been on the wrong side, except in the case of a few like Ron Paul.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 6, 2009 3:32 PM

“FROM PATERNALISM TO EMPOWERMENT: Why the DOJ Should Emphasize Anti-discrimination and First Amendment Enforcement in Protecting America’s Most Vulnerable People”

Summary: By the time related circumstances warrant federal intervention, historically protected people are often more than discrimination victims, having by then become advocates for personal vindication and broader reform. As envisioned by our U. S. Civil Rights Commission in 1965, “(p)rimary responsibility for correcting (their) problems . . . rests with the individual States” which fail given obstacles more insidious than unlawful discrimination. Anyone legitimately pressing beyond local officials to our federal government for relief, needs a DOJ committed to First Amendment as much if not more than anti-discrimination enforcement.

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Posted by: zcrenshaw | October 6, 2009 1:44 PM

THANK YOU, SCRIVENER50! All apx. 800 FFCHS members(Freedom From Covert Harrasment and Suveilliance...plus the "INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE AGAINST COVERT ELECTRONIC ABUSE") will stand up behind you as you TESTIFY on behalf of those who are dying or already dead from the targeted electromagnetic torturing of USA citizens!!! I have been banging on Obama's whitehouse mailbox since his election! I explained to him that ALL HE NEEDED TO DO WAS TO RESCIND ONE BUSH EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT allowed "human experimentation on USA citizens" to continue unchecked. Since Obama lacks the
time or interest in stopping the Nazi experimentation in our country and I lack the big bucks to draw his attention to our dying USA citizens, perhaps HOLDER WILL ACTUALLY BRING BACK THE BILL OF HUMAN RIGHTS FROM IT'S BURIAL BY C.I.A. IN TIME TO AVOID having to stack our dead friends and family out in the street for burial. The dead neighbor of mine wasn't even allowed to have a CHURCH BURIAL...apparently electromagnetically-transmitted death leaves even the BODIES OF OUR VICTIMS TOO CONTAMINATED FOR DECENT BURIAL!

Posted by: marycrockett54 | October 6, 2009 1:26 PM

THAT DEPARTMENT WAS DISMANTLED WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF CLARENCE THOMAS. FOR HIS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE CORPORATE BEHAVIOR AGAINST AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, HE GOT APPOINTED TO THE SUPREME COURT WHICH WAS THE ULTIMATE INSULT TO MOST MINORITIES WHO HAD FOUGHT WITH OTHERS TO MAKE THIS DEMOCRACY WORK.

THE RESULT OF CLARENCE THOMAS'S WORK CAN BE SEEN TODAY IN THE MEDIA AND EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS.

PRIOR TO MR. THOMAS, THE DCR PRODUCED NUMEROUS STUDIES ON DISCRIMINATION. THEY ALSO LITIGATED MANY CASES ON RACE, GENDER AND AGE DISCRIMINATION.

MANY OF THOSE STUDIES MAY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE. THEY WERE VERY WELL DONE.

EACH STATE HAD A DIVISION ON CIVIL RIGHTS AND MOST CITIES HAS A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE. IT WORKED VERY WELL.

I CAN UNDERSTAND THE GOP AND BLU-DOGS DELAYING THIS ACTIVITY.

Posted by: sm98yth | October 6, 2009 11:43 AM

URGENT TO MR. PEREZ (cc: Attorney General Holder, staff please forward):

Where is the DOJ/CRD investigation into the stealth deployment of classified microwave/laser directed energy weapons systems against "targeted" American citizens...

...and the nationwide grassroots Gestapo of federally-funded community "stalkers" who harass and terrorize many thousands of unjustly targeted Americans and their entire families?

This longtime mainstream media journalist has visited the local FBI field office many times to demand such an investigation, based on my personal experiences as a victim of this "torture matrix." No agency will investigate, federal or local.

And the microwave/laser attacks on American citizens continue, under the cover of telecommunications and "less-lethal" law enforcement weaponry.

PLEASE, MR. PEREZ: Read the following article. I would be happy to appear in your office to give personal testimony to what amounts to an American genocide/politicide hiding in plain sight...

...spawned or expanded by the Bush-Cheney administration, whose "leave-behinds" are now violating the civil and human rights of American citizens -- on President Obama's watch.

Indeed, I am concerned that the nation's political leadership is in the cross-hairs of the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity and the Constitution.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corruped / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 6, 2009 10:52 AM

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