In response to Wanted: a government that sides with the law-abiding:
Inquiring minds want to know why the Missouri National Guard wasn’t deployed in Ferguson Monday night. Governor Jay Nixon called a state of emergency in the St. Louis area last week and Guard members were in place last night at key locations in St. Louis when the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darrell Wilson was announced. Yet no National Guard troops were deployed to Ferguson – obviously Ground Zero and needing the most protection.
The governor has some ‘splainin’ to do and according to Matthew Boyle, he may have a chance to do that under oath sooner rather than later.
Lt Governor Peter Kinder said that “he’s heard that Missouri National Guard Adjutant General Stephen Danner wanted to send his men in and didn’t–something he hasn’t been able to confirm at this point.”
White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler points to an article in the Washington Post Friday where Attorney General Eric Holder expressed disapproval about Nixon’s decision to declare a state of emergency and activate the National Guard.
A top aide to Holder called the governor’s office earlier this week to express Holder’s displeasure and “frustration,” according to a Justice Department official.
“Instead of de-escalating the situation, the governor escalated it,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the subject. “He sent the wrong message. The tone of the press conference was counterproductive.”
Holder also objected to the release of the surveillance tape that showed Michael Brown robbing a store shortly before he was shot and killed by Wilson, arguing the footage would further “inflame tensions” aka “escalate the situation” in the St. Louis suburb.
Holder was also “exasperated” at the grand jury leaks that seemed to be designed to soften the blow of the inevitable grand jury decision not to indict. He referred to the leaks as a “selective flow of information” and called them “inappropriate and troubling.”
Sunlight and transparency in the service of civilization would seem to be an anathema to our current Attorney General.
If Koffler’s right, a show of force in order to protect civilization is similarly reviled.