If a state legal agency abuses its power to the extent that it destroys a community like Eldorado, the federal government must be called on to put a stop to it.
Unfortunately, that's not
Interestingly, no criminal conduct whatsoever has been proven yet against FLDS members in Texas--and it will be difficult to do so, because Texas arrested everyone except for the ones that supposedly committed all the crimes--the men.what Senator Reid was talking about. Instead, he was referring to--based on little or no evidence--increasing the size, scope, and control of the Federal government over the religious activities of Americans. Reid is somehow aware of "a broader pattern of serious criminal conduct" in polygamous communities. And
Reid said the raid earlier this month at the Fundamentalist LDS Church ranch in Eldorado, Texas, "illustrates the depth of the problem and the pressing need for federal leadership to combat this problem."Then again it may not be the tip of the iceberg. The point is, no one really knows.
"The recent raid of one polygamist compound in Texas uncovered many of the problems," Reid wrote. "But Texas may be the tip of the iceberg. The existence of such communities elsewhere in the United States is well known."
Interestingly, no criminal conduct whatsoever has been proven yet against FLDS members in Texas--and it will be difficult to do so, because Texas arrested everyone except for the ones that supposedly committed all the crimes--the men.
Meanwhile, it has been for all intents and purposes proven that the basis for the entire raid on the FLDS community was a fraud.
Even after the raid on the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch that led to the removal of 437 children, 16-year-old "Sarah" continued calling for help.However:
Those calls now appear to be a hoax, as an arrest warrant unsealed in a Colorado Springs court on Wednesday indicated phone numbers used to call the shelters match cell phones belonging to a woman named a "person of interest" in the Texas investigation.
Colorado Springs police have been investigating Rozita Swinton, 33, for a series of hoax calls reporting child abuse...
...the phony calls will not undo the decision to take the children from the YFZ Ranch...Well, that's good to know! The saga of abuse continues! Mr. Mukasey, have you read Senator Reid's letter yet?
To further bolster their case, Texas authorities are now counting 462 children, because they have reason to believe that as many as 25 of the mothers are under the age of 18. It would be interesting to have a bit more detail as to age breakdowns for the children-mothers, but I have a feeling that wouldn't bolster Texas's case quite so well--maybe about as much as the bed-hair.
The same story reports that Constitutional rights are being faithfully upheld by Texas authorities as well--or something:
So yes, Senator Reid, you are correct. There is widespread egregious abuse as it relates to polygamous communities. But I'm afraid you'll need to rewrite your letter to the Attorney General. And put a few more facts in it this time.
Activity at the coliseum started as the sun rose Thursday morning, when it was locked down and dozens of lawmen massed outside the cattle arena. Attorneys for the children have been turned away at the gate.
"Are attorneys not allowed to see their clients?" a guardian ad litem shouted to a Texas state trooper blocking a gate.
"No," the officer said authoritatively.