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Category: Law

We need somebody who’s . . . poor or African-American or gay

“We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old – and that’s the criterion by which I’ll be selecting my judges.”

- Barack Obama , Speech on July 17, 2007.

‘new Gestapo’ in America

“We’ve come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended…You can be arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel.”

- Harry Belafonte , January 21, 2006

Patriot Act is like Apartheid

“The blacks in South Africa, who were trying to fight for their own civil rights, were called terrorists and the government was allowed to arrest them at will and interrogate them, no matter what they did, just on the suspicion. Very similar today to what we have in the United States, thanks to the Patriot Act. “

- Rosie O'Donnell , October 24, 2006.

Rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment are outdated

“Let’s get back to the fundamentals: Life is more important than outdated ‘Second Amendment rights’ or special interest groups.”

- John Kelly IV

Advocating anarchy.

“We will break the law and destroy property [in our campaign against animal research] until we win.”

- Steven Best , July 2005.