Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Criminal Section
All ten new hires to the Justice Department's Criminal Section have far-left resumes -- which were only released following a PJMedia lawsuit. (This is the tenth of a series of articles about the Justice Department's hiring practices since President Obama took office. Read parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine.)
September 14, 2011 - 12:00 am
Nicole Ndumele: Before getting hired by the Section, Ms. Ndumele worked briefly as a public defender in Boston. Prior to that, she spent two years at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR) focusing on housing discrimination and legislative advocacy, working largely under the supervision of Joe Rich, the former chief of the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section. (Be sure to read PJMedia’s “Joe Rich, an Uncivil Man from the Civil Rights Division.”)
Unfortunately for Ms. Ndumele, the major federal class action housing lawsuit that she brought on behalf of the LCCR was thrown out. So, too, was the litigation she worked on seeking to increase airlines’ liability for acts of supposed racial profiling of passengers.
Still, she did manage to find time to co-author a wacky “shadow report” for the United Nations blasting the United States’ efforts to combat race discrimination. The report — titled “Unequal Opportunity: A Critical Assessment of the U.S. Commitment to the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” — reads like exactly what it is: a product of the professional racial grievance culture.
Her commitment to racial politics is also well established. During law school — where she was named an NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Scholar — she co-founded the Multi-Racial Law Students Association and served on the Executive Board of the Black Law Students Association. It’s fair to say that Ms. Ndumele won’t be willingly heading to Wisconsin to investigate the attacks by the mob against the white fair-goers.
Christine Siscaretti: Ms. Siscaretti comes to the Section after working a couple of years at the Queens County (N.Y.) District Attorney’s Office. But Civil Rights Division officials were surely impressed by her service on the Third World Law Journal at Boston College Law School. This journal characterizes its mission as providing “a forum for discussing legal issues affecting people, cultures, and institutions that share a common history of colonialism, oppression, under-representation, and marginalization in the political and economic processes.” Oh, and by the way, to many of the journal’s members, this includes the United States.
That may explain why Ms. Siscaretti herself assisted with an article in this fringe publication advocating greater integration of California’s illegal immigrant population. Good to know that she is now entrusted with fairly enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws.
Each of the aforementioned attorneys will have little difficulty fitting in with the culture of the Criminal Section, in which lawyers see themselves not as prosecutors who happen to be enforcing civil rights violations, but as activist civil rights attorneys who happen to be prosecuting cases.
A scoring update is in order. So far, PJMedia has profiled 106 new career attorneys hired into the Civil Rights Division during the Obama administration. The results:
Leftist lawyers hired: 106
Moderate, non-ideological, or conservative lawyers hired: 0.
The exclusively liberal background of these new lawyers is no accident. As I wrote before, a pretextual hiring standard is being employed. Division leaders, of course, aren’t calling it a “liberal” litmus test; they are instead referring to it as a requirement that all successful candidates have “civil rights experience.” But their definition of “civil rights experience” only includes prior employment, membership, or affiliation with left-wing advocacy organizations.
Worse, Loretta King, while serving as the acting assistant attorney general for civil rights at the outset of the Obama administration, ordered the resumes of highly qualified applicants to be rejected only because they didn’t have political or left-wing civil rights experience. Multiple DOJ sources with direct knowledge of hiring committee practices have confirmed this to me.
So what does the corrupted hiring mean to the average American? It means if you go to the Wisconsin State Fair and are beaten because you are white, your federal government will do nothing for you, even as it would act if attacker and attacked races were reversed. It means if you are Marty Marshall standing in your front yard watching fireworks with your family, and are attacked by a mob yelling “this is our world. This is a black world,” don’t expect DOJ to act. It means if you are Dick Retta and are pepper-sprayed by a liberal for praying and exercising federal rights to protest abortion, don’t expect the law to protect you.
What does it mean? It means we have reached that dangerous line crossed in past civilizations where the law appears to apply to some, but not to all. This is un-American, and must stop. Otherwise, Americans will stop it next year at the ballot box.