Update: From the Jawa Report: One Rozita E. Swinton, pledged Obama delegate:
Wow. Obama might want to rethink just who is embittered.
"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."
Update II: Hmm, Rozita Swinton, the fraudulent tipster, otherwise known as "Sarah," might have gotten the idea from... Oprah.
And from the SLTrib:
FLDS women who were in state shelters with their children until Monday say investigators appeared desperate to find "Sarah" and were grilling girls by that name. ...It's increasingly looking like a sole individual has the power to destroy the lives of hundreds of men, women and children, with complicity and force of arms by the state, so long as the victims lifestyles are frowned upon. It's a sad day in the land of the free when a ton of social bias outweighs an ounce of evidence.
On Monday, hours after being separated from the children taken into state custody, FLDS women claimed authorities appeared driven to find Sarah.
"They are trying to pin it on anybody named Sarah," said Annette, who is back at the YFZ Ranch after more than a week in custody with her six children and five nieces and nephews she is raising.
A former polygamist sect member says a Colorado Springs woman who called her posing as a young abused girl could be the same person whose complaints led to a massive child protection raid in West Texas.Anonymous claims are dangerous, and any raid based upon such claims are completely irresponsible. It has yet to be told what exactly happened, but this is another dig at the state's moral authority.
Former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints member Flora Jessop said in a phone interview today that she first received a call from a woman, since identified as Rozita Swinton of Colorado Springs, claiming to be Sarah on March 31...
Swinton, 33, was arrested at her home Wednesday evening on charges of false reporting in two Colorado cases, but Texas Rangers were present for the arrest, Colorado Springs police said.
Many of us hold preconceived notions about polygamists, which include underage marriage, statutory rape, and child abuse. That may very well be the case here and in many other polygamist circles, but once we start searching and seizing based on preconceived notions and anonymous claims, rather than empirical evidence, we start hacking away at due process.