Because Barack Obama, and his Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, and her assistant secretary in charge of ICE, John Morton, are hypocrites, Joe. It's all a farce, where the Obama-ites pretend to be Sir Galahad & Co., while Joe continues his regular shtick of trampling human beings.

KKK AUTOGRAPH

As if you needed more proof of the general incompetence and idiocy at work in Arpaio's jails (as if the pile of corpses and the $43 million in lawsuit payouts — in part, because of them — wouldn't give you pause) there's autograph-hound John Hansen, a member of the sheriff's — ahem — "intelligence" unit in the jails.

It's from whom Hansen wanted an autograph that's the problem: white supremacist Dennis Mahon. See, Dennis, along with his twin brother, Daniel, are being held in the Fourth Avenue Jail, awaiting trial on charges related to the 2004 mail-bombing of Scottsdale's Office of Diversity and Dialogue, which seriously injured that office's director, Don Logan, as well as others.

Hansen wanted Dennis Mahon's John Hancock on the book Others Unknown: The Oklahoma City Bombing Case and Conspiracy by Stephen Jones. Jones was the chief defense counsel for Timothy McVeigh, the ex-Army soldier found guilty and executed for the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Dennis Mahon, who apparently palled around with McVeigh, is mentioned in the book, and he even suggested it as reading material for Hansen.

Alas, Hansen never got his autograph, and he never even finished reading the book. So much for MCSO "intelligence." How do I know? Well, Hansen had to explain himself recently in federal court to U.S. District Judge David Campbell. The Mahons' lawyers were using Hansen's genius move as part of a motion to dismiss the charges against the pair.

Dennis' lawyer, Deborah Williams, asserted in her motion that Hansen's autograph-seeking was part of a half-wit effort to get Mahon to talk to authorities, even though he had already invoked in writing his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights to remain silent and to have his counsel present at any meetings with agents of the government. Daniel's attorney, Barbara Hull, also alleged that MCSO guards had asked her client about the Scottsdale bombing.

In addition, defense attorneys argued that the 58-year-old brothers should be moved to a federal facility because of the hideous conditions in Arpaio's jails. The brothers are kept in isolation cells and are allowed no contact with each other.

For his part, Hansen admitted that he talked to Dennis Mahon about the possibility of discussing Dennis' involvement in the Ku Klux Klan. And he copped to asking for the autograph, but he didn't want it for himself, he claimed. Rather, he wanted to see how Dennis Mahon would respond. Remember, he's in intelligence.

This Sand Land Barney Fife could have royally screwed up the U.S. Attorney's case against the Mahons if he hadn't been nipped in the bud.

Judge Campbell denied the motion to dismiss the case and refused to order the Mahons transferred out of MCSO custody. (But let's be honest: That'd be the only way to make certain Arpaio's deputy dawgs don't mess up with these high-profile prisoners in the future.)

Campbell did order the sheriff's badged bumblers not to communicate with the Mahons. He also ordered that the other detention officers who had jawboned with the alleged domestic terrorists be identified.

According to the indictment, the Mahons are alleged to have committed the Scottsdale bombing to "promote racial discord on behalf of the White Aryan Resistance." W.A.R., as it was once called, is neo-Nazi Tom Metzger's one-man hate band, which he runs as resist.com, and now refers to as The Insurgent.

Ironically, the Mahons and Metzger are just the type of people who dig Joe's brown-bashing ways. So if Hansen or any other MCSO jailer really did want Dennis Mahon's autograph, maybe they could secretly trade him for one of Joe's.

RELIGULOUS

There were Messianic Jews who believe in Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) witnessing to passersby. And there were members of the Phoenix group We Hold These Truths carrying placards denouncing Israel's treatment of Gaza, often with gruesome pics of bloody children.

Add to them a well-heeled crowd headed to a Christian-Zionist event sponsored by a Texas televangelist, and a trio inexplicably voicing support for John Demjanjuk, the Cleveland auto worker once accused of being Ivan the Terrible from the Holocaust camps.

It was a surreal mix that converged on Phoenix Symphony Hall on a recent Sunday to support, denounce, or take advantage of a "Night to Honor Israel" rally sponsored by Christians United for Israel, a group founded by television end-times Bible thumper John Hagee, who is based in San Antonio and has raised millions for Israel because he believes it holds a special role in the return of Jesus Christ to Earth.

Hagee's group is generally backed by conservative Jews and Christians who're big defenders of Israel's right to exist. And that draws the ire of Chuck Carlson's organization We Hold These Truths, which former New Times journalist and current Village Voice editor Tony Ortega wrote about in the 2003 cover story "Peace-monger". At that time, Carlson's group was demonstrating at fundamentalist churches, arguing that they should take a stand on ending the Iraq war.

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Danny Gilchrest
Danny Gilchrest

I always had a feeling this would happen if DHS didn't pull all of Arpaio's 287(g) authority. Plus we still have the blood hungry Nativists like Pearce pushing his agenda. I'm beginning to think we are just fucked here. The Nativists are blood hungry. They wont stop until they are able to knock down the doors of brown people at will, arrest those that associate with suspected mexicans, and make Arizona the only 3rd world country with the strictest immigration enforcement next to N. Korea.

Don Willaims
Don Willaims

This is excellent coverage of what is going on in Maricopa County. I'm not sure if I agree with Mr. Lemons on his analysis of our President. I think its still too soon to judge. Still it is refreshing to read well researched article of events. I learn more from the Bird and FB than I do reading the Republic or watching the news about what is going on.

Since Arpaio's sweep of Chandler in July, bussinesses still haven't recovered.

Joe Sanchez
Joe Sanchez

Obama's been disappointing us on this and other issues. I am Hispanic and face racial profiling daily in Arizona, I'm hurt and angerred the Obama White House is giving Arpaio 287G in jails and ICE is picking up the immigrants from the sweeps. I'm beginning to believe I voted for the wrong candidate. Maybe if Hillary had won the primary, things would be different.

If the Republicans were smart, they'd back an amnesty like Reagan did in then 80s. That would win all Hispanics into their ranks.

Mark
Mark

If they are to stay true to their word, when MCSO calls FROM THE FIELD, they need to say have a nice day and hang up. So now he is doing it without even the few guidelines that the 287(g) had. They (ICE) should say, "Call when they are booked into your jail. Otherwise, let them go if they have done nothing else."

Jl Dryden
Jl Dryden

So they take away Arpaio's 287g and he basically says Fuck you. They say-hey do what you want, please don't yell. He does what he wants and they kiss his nasty old ass.

Whats wrong with this picture?

David
David

60 people arrested, 38 turned over to ICE. The rest were here legally. Why were they arrested in the first place. If they show papers and can be verified, no arrest should happen.

Stacy
Stacy

One has to ask themselves this: If Arpaio's monkeys arrested 60 individuals and half were undocumented, this are we to believe that 50% of the county's population is undocumented?

Also, of the 60 arrested.. how many were Latino?

This proves selective enforcement of state laws - it's a pretext to continue to harass Latinos in the county.

Chem Trail Karen
Chem Trail Karen

I wish to complain. Steve Lemons (Jew Lover and 911 Truth Denier) should not be allowed to write anything religiuos. All he is doing is trying to encourage more of his pathetic followers to burn in hell with him. STAY AWAY FROM THE GOD TOPIC BIRD! I'M WARNING YOU!

Mark Riley
Mark Riley

The Bird's right. Obama doesn't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize when he allows the abuse's to continue in Maricopa County. Time for Obama to clean up his own back yard.

Undocumented Blogger
Undocumented Blogger

When it comes to Arpaio, The Federal Government is riddled with contradictions. First HLS Napolitano states they will be ending work site raids, then they have ICE support Arpaio's Car Wash raid. Whats wrong with this picture? A friend told me that they arrested the manager because he admitted to driving to work that day and had a suspended license. After over a year of these raids, still not one employer is arrested to convicted? Wasn't that what the employer sanctions law was intended for? To go after employers? I guess not.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

Regarding Mr. Carlson, anyone who would knowingly make a speech before neo-Nazis, regardless of his views of "Zionism" or the plight of the Palestinians (including moral and legal abuses by the state of Israel) is no friend of Jews and no friend of humanity.

Regarding so-called "Christian Zionism", the following website seems to give a fairly sophisticated and nuanced overview, though I caution that I have not taken the time to investigate it systematically:

http://www.zionism-israel.com/...

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

"During the entire two-day operation, in which 66 people reportedly were arrested, 19 "non-criminal aliens" � people who have committed no crimes other than (allegedly) the civil violation of being present sans papers � were turned over to ICE.

"In the past, ICE had refused such low-hanging fruit from Arpaio. See, ICE's PR machine would have us believe that ICE no longer targets all aliens, but instead targets "the worst offenders first," as Morton suggested in the Sanchez interview."

This is the crux of the matter. The Obama administration (of which ICE and more broadly DHS is an Executive Branch agency) cannot enforce a particular interpretation of immigration law and agency rules which says, on the one hand, that Sheriff Arpaio and the MCSO may no longer use the federal government as an accessory in enforcing its racial profiling "sweeps" to round up otherwise law abiding individuals suspected of being undocumented, and on the other hand, to provide exactly the same service, only this time under the aegis of LEAR instead of the 287(g) program.

Mr. Lemons is absolutely correct to hold the Obama administration in general, and ICE in particular, to the fire, until they take meaningful and consistent action against local racial profiling. The latest actions by ICE suggest that local ICE administrators are only too pleased to act as accomplices to acts of racial profiling being actively investigated by other elements of the U.S. Justice Department, so long as this can be accomplished under color of law.

 
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