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Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Employment Section

All 15 new hires to the Justice Department's Education Section have far-left resumes — which were only released following a PJMedia lawsuit. (This is the sixth in a series of articles about the Justice Department's hiring practices since President Obama took office. Read parts one, two, three, four, and five.)

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Hans A. von Spakovsky

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August 22, 2011 - 12:00 am
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For the last two weeks, PJMedia has been publishing a series of articles on the radical attorneys who have been hired as career civil servants in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division since President Obama took office. The reports reveal an unprecedented effort by Attorney General Eric Holder and his Civil Rights Division political leadership to stack the Division from top to bottom with a cadre of hard core, left-wing partisans. The ideological litmus test being employed is undeniable: conservatives and even apolitical lawyers need not apply. Only fervent liberals are welcome. And the proof is in the resumes — every single new attorney in the Division fits that description.

Today we turn to the Employment Litigation Section. This is the fifth section to be covered in PJM’s series. Previous pieces focused on the Voting Section, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, the Special Litigation Section, and the Education Section.

The Employment Section is primarily responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provisions applicable to state and local governments under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez has a downright disturbing agenda for the Section. Speaking to the liberal American Constitution Society, he promised that his Division would pursue “disparate impact” litigation — where no proof of actual discrimination is required but mere disproportionate workforce representation — with vigor rarely before seen. He wasn’t kidding. Indeed, the Division’s aggressive efforts to defend and expand the use of racial preferences in public sector hiring, promotions, and contracting ought to offend all Americans who believe in the promise of a just and colorblind society. Although politically correct terms like goals” and “timetables” are de rigueur, there is no hiding what is really being advocated here: racial quotas.

Meanwhile, the Section’s enforcement of the laws against religious discrimination seems focused almost obsessively on the protection of Muslims to the exclusion of almost every other group. Some of the enforcement actions undertaken are so far outside the requirements of federal law that one might be excused for thinking that the Koran is as much a part of the Section’s statutory toolbox as the U.S. Code. With the new crop of attorneys that have come on board, however, it is not difficult to see how this radicalized atmosphere has so thoroughly enveloped the Section.

Fifteen new career attorneys have been hired into the Section since Holder took the reins at DOJ. Every single one of these individuals is an unequivocal liberal. Many, moreover, have extraordinarily partisan backgrounds. In light of all this, the fact that the Bush Civil Rights Division — which hired career attorneys from all across the political spectrum — received such grief from the media and DOJ’s internal watchdogs is almost laughable in its absurdity.

But once again, don’t just take my word for it. Let the resumes speak for themselves:

Raheemah Abdulaleem: Ms. Abdulaleem is a sizable Democratic contributor, having given more than $1,400 to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. While working at a large law firm, she represented terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay on a pro bono basis. That is not surprising given her role on the Board of Directors of an organization called “Karamah — Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.”

She also previously served as pro bono staff counsel for the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act, which was established by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and other left-wing civil rights organizations to gather anecdotal evidence in support of the reauthorization of constitutionally dubious provisions of the Voting Rights Act. And she was a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

Ms. Abdulaleem has not abandoned her activist ways since arriving in the Employment Section. In fact, she was one of the Section’s senior lawyers who recently commenced the lawsuit against the Berkeley (Ill.) School District on behalf of a Muslim first-year teacher whose request to take a 3-week hajj to Mecca in the middle of end-of-semester course reviews and final exams was denied. As I previously wrote, the lawsuit is entirely devoid of legal merit and appears to have been filed as nothing more than a sop to the Muslim groups that the Obama administration has actively courted. One can only imagine what kind of lawsuit she will dream up next.

Woody Anglade:  Mr. Anglade joins the Section from the EEOC, where he worked as a senior trial attorney litigating cases against private employers under federal civil rights statutes.  Previously, he served as chief of staff to Democratic Congressman Rob Andrews of New Jersey, to whom he continues to make political contributions. He also worked as the Democratic counsel on the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Employer-Employee Relations Subcommittee, where he advised the 22 Democrats serving on the subcommittee.

Rachel Smith-Anglade:  Ms. Smith-Anglade is the wife of new Section attorney Woody Anglade.  The two worked together at the EEOC before coming to the Civil Rights Division.  Although the Division conspicuously redacted parts of her resume, her political leanings are hardly in doubt. Indeed, her Facebook page proudly lists First Lady Michelle Obama and Democratic Congressman Rob Andrews as leading interests and proclaims that she will be supporting Barack Obama in 2012.

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