April 19, 2008

More Evidence Points to Obama Delegate as Fraudulent Polygamy Tipster

rozita_swinton_polygamy_arrest.jpgMore evidence suggesting that Rozita Swinton made the phone call that led to the Texas Polygamy cult raid. Most likely this is the same Rozita E. Swinton who is a Barack Obama delegate from Colorado Springs.

McCain has an update and links this Houston Chronicle piece:

The Rangers are "actively pursuing Rozita Swinton as a person of interest regarding telephone calls placed to a crisis center hotline in San Angelo," the DPS said....

"In her little baby voice, she said, 'If you rescue me, and I get out of here, do you think the black people will hurt me?' " Walker said. "She had done her homework. She knew it was a racist cult. We know that these kids are very frightened of black people.

"The Texas Rangers told us she was obsessed with the FLDS. They confiscated tons of material on the FLDS (in the search of Swinton's home). She even gave real addresses and real names of FLDS people."

Hence, how Swinton would be able to "identify" the man who "Sarah" was allegedly married to, but didn't know that Dale Evans Barlow, the man originally pegged as the "50 year old husband", didn't actually live in Texas, but in Arizona.

Check out the rest of McCain's post for his take on the race angle.

But there's more:

“There is no verbage or terminology used that leads me to believe the statements were made by someone inside,” said Ezra Draper of Hildale, Utah, who left the FLDS sect six years ago. “I think it’s bunk.”

Examples: The term FLDS use to describe other people is “gentiles,” not outsiders, and they don’t observe such holidays as Easter Sunday, when the alleged victim claimed she was last beaten.

Susan Risdon, the crisis shelter spokeswoman, said the calls to the shelter were not recorded but that the two employees who spoke with the girl wrote down what she said.

“I think it’s the exact language,” Risdon said.

He points out that only the most worthy among the FLDS were called to live at the ranch. Those “FLDS wouldn’t have tolerated any abuse like that [the girl’s broken ribs] within their society,” he says.

Draper also wonders how the girl knew to call the shelter, given the isolation and control that authorities say those at the ranch experienced.

This entire story has stunk to high-heaven from the git go.

UPDATE: As I said earlier: Another example of a Democratic activist making up a fake but accurate story? Sure, she lied about everything, but isn't the goal of removing children from parents who's lifestyle we don't approve of trump truth?

As to Gd. Lt's point in the comments, er, so? Let's just go into any community and take away all the kids since we know that some of them are abused, some get knocked up young, and some are molested. In some communities, these phenomena are pervasive.

No one is saying that the FLDS cult is a great environment to grow up in, but that seems to entirely miss the point. There is a bright line which government cannot cross under normal circumstances. That line is the home.

A raid on an entire community, without probable cause, in peace time is tyranny, plain and simple.

What next, raiding a hippie commune because we know they must smoke dope and we know they practice free love?

UPDATE 1a (Good Lt): Rather than rehash my position on this bizarre story here at length, I'll just reprint the response I wrote in the comments that I think best summarizes my take:

I agree that this has been handled poorly by the authorities from the get go, and I do have a twinge of skepticism at the heavy-handedness of the response. I'm sure we're all thankful this didn't turn into Waco II, but now there's a whole hell of a mess to clear up in the legal system.

And Rusty and yourself are also correct that the constitutional question should be raised and factored in here.

My stance is more from reading testimonials, seeing interviews and hearing the stories from former members of this cult. They are not allowed to leave the cult, but when they do or when they're excommunicated, they usually end up telling the same stories independently of each other to anyone that will listen - sexual abuse, physical abuse, rupturing of families, neglect, poor living conditions fostered by welfare abuse, stories of abuse of women, children and individuals by cult leaders, etc.

When those women come out of that cult and tell us what is actually going on in it (after a lifetime of brainwashing forcing them to "keep sweet" and not speak out), I believe them. I don't think they have a reason to make it up, and the stories have been coming out of this particular group for a long time.

Don't interpret this as my advocacy of rampant government intervention in the affairs of strange religious groups. Let's just say that I'm with the former child brides and ex-FLDS members on this one, and other anecdotal and historical evidence - including the leader of the cult being convicted of accomplice to rape of a 14 year old with previous members of the cult being convicted of similar crimes in the past - establishes a pattern of alleged and confirmed abuses by this group that are cause enough to err on the side of the kids and women locked up behind the fences.

It was a response to Robert McCain's comment, for those keeping track.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:56 PM | Comments |