Saturday, September 27, 2008

"The Stench Of Police State Tactics"--Missouri Gov. Says Of Obama's "Truth Gestapo"

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt issued the following statement in light of the news report from a St. Louis TV station which has exploded over the blogosphere.

As reported here and elsewhere, law enforcement officials in Missouri, including St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, all Obama Supporters, have formed "truth squads" and have threatened critics of Barack Hussein Obama with criminal libel charges--all with the support of the Obama/Biden campaign.
Gov. Blunt Statement on Obama Campaign’s Abusive Use of Missouri Law Enforcement

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.

“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.

“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.

“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”

The governor has it right. This is a violation of Missourian's civil rights and an attempt to silence critics of "The One." Isn't it the Left who always reminds us about how "dissent" is essential to a democracy.

I'll go further. These are Gestapo tactics straight out of the Third Reich being employed by the Obama Campaign. We sacrificed thousands of our bravest to fight this threat to our freedom in Europe sixty years ago, only to have a presidential campaign use these same tactics against the freedom they fought to defend.

This requires a Justice Department investigation against not only the Obama Campaign for (as pointed out here) a violation of the so-called Ku Klux Klan Act, but these local elected officials for abuse of power.

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