Az. Sheriff Babeu: U.S. ‘Government Our Enemy’
August 2, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Paul Babeu, the limelight-seeking Sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona is busy these days, appearing on Fox News and extremist talk radio shows to stoke fear about the hordes of brown folks crossing the border illegally, committing crimes and smuggling drugs, despite the fact that both crime rates and illegal immigration are down in Arizona. Babeu, whose county doesn’t even border Mexico, took his fearmongering nativism to CNSNews today to attack the Obama administration for challenging SB 1070, declaring that the federal government is “our enemy.”
Babeu rattled on about illegal “bandits,” as he took pot shots against President Obama:
“What’s very troubling is the fact that at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU,” Babeu said. [...]
“Our own government has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help,” Babeu added.
This is just more of the same vitriolic nonsense from Babeu that he has been spewing in support of Arizona’s harsh anti-immigration law for months now.
The law is incorrectly described in the CNSNews article, as a “bill that allowed law enforcement personnel during the course of a criminal investigation who have probable cause to think an individual is in the country illegally to check immigration status.”
What a surprise. CNSNews is a project of L. Brent Bozell’s, to report news without a liberal bias. “CNSNews.com endeavors to fairly present all legitimate sides of a story and debunk popular, albeit incorrect, myths about cultural and policy issues,” reads the website. Apparently, that means CNS makes up its own right-wing facts.
Penny Starr, the senior staff writer responsible for the Babeu piece, is unable to distinguish between the legal standards of “probable cause” and “reasonable suspicion.” And Starr’s piece already carries a correction for incorrectly reporting that Pinal County is located along the Mexican border. It’s not.
SB 1070 requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of individuals detained or stopped, under the less stringent “reasonable suspicion” standard and not “probable cause.” That’s a critical distinction and is responsible for criticism that the law would permit racial profiling.
Babeu has appeared on the white supremacist talk radio show, Political Cesspool, wherein he told the pro-white listeners they could become members of his department’s “posse” program. After receiving criticism, his spokesperson claimed Babeu wasn’t aware the radio show was associated with white supremacy and he apologized “to anyone who may have been offended.”
During a recent appearance on Alex Jones’ conspiracy laden radio program, Babeu agreed with Jones that Obama’s failure to secure the border was close to “high treason.”
Babeu also attacked the President, as “diabolical” in his quest to undermine Babeu’s plans to round up all the illegals in Arizona:
“What’s even more concerning is the president and his men have attacked us, undermined the rule of law. The president has deliberately — this is a man who’s supposed to be a constitutional lawyer, he’s very diabolical in his planning and plotting. He makes very careful statements to undermine police officers,” said Babeu on Alex Jones’ program.
With such incendiary demagoguery, it’s no wonder Babeu has been a guest on Fox News at least 18 times, since April, and he has been given a fact-challenged forum on CNSNews to spew his radical nonsense.
(Update: You know the old saying: If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas? The former Maverick, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is now realizing that his close association with the radical and bigoted Sheriff Babeu, may come back to haunt him. Babeu has appeared in two of McCain’s anti-immigration campaign commercials–the most famous one being “complete the danged fence” ad.
Talking Points Memo reports, as Babeu makes the rounds of White Power talk radio stations and attacks the federal government, as “our enemy,” McCain is suddenly unavailable for comment. Imagine that.