There was an interesting show on this morning on KSL. They had an interview with Harry Reid, Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader, on the FLDS situation. Reid blasted the Attorney Generals of Utah and Arizona for not doing more about the FLDS.
I’d put up the link to the interview but unfortunately KSL doesn’t have up just the interview. However this morning at 10:00 they replayed the interview and then had some responses by Mark Shurtleff and a few others. They have put that up as a podcast. It’s about 5 minutes into the show. Listen and give your view.
My view is that it’s amazingly hypocritical of a state with legalized prostitution – often of young 18 year old women who were sexually abused as children – and a slogan “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” to be criticizing Utah here. What’s worse is that Reid turned a blind eye to the polygamist communities in his own state. Worse yet he seems to fail to realize that the criminal actions of Warren Jeffs, the FLDS leader, happened in his State.
What makes FLDS prosecution often so hard is that they move between state boundaries. While State officials can still pursue charges without federal help they are far more limited in what they can do in terms of evidence collection. It seems quite ironic that a sitting Senate Leader would be criticizing Utah for not doing more when he’s one of the leaders of the Federal government and could have pressured for the Federal help that Utah has been requesting on this issue for years.
Reid also seemed to think Utah ought to have followed the Texas procedures. Now I’ve defended the initial raids by Texas. However I feel that the actions by the judge (allowing basically no individual hearings, taking all children away despite no evidence of abuse for most, etc.) are horribly unconstitutional. It’s unfathomable to me that Reid would support such actions. This by someone who purportedly defends the Constitution. (Hasn’t Reid attacked Bush on purported unconstitutional excesses?)
I recognize it’s a political year and a contrived rant does wonders for elements of ones base. But the hypocrisy in all this is staggering.