2006/03/13

Former Supreme Court judge says US edging to dictatorship

Former Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor says US risks edging near to dictatorship.

Ms O'Connor,who was Republican-appointed and retired last month after 24 years on the Supreme Court, has warned the US is in danger of edging towards dictatorship if the party's rightwingers continue to attack the judiciary. Ms O'Connor criticized Republican leaders whose repeated denunciations of the courts for alleged liberal bias could, she said, be contributing to a climate of violence against judges.

Such threats, Ms O'Connor said, "pose a direct threat to our constitutional freedom", and she told the lawyers in her audience: "I want you to tune your ears to these attacks ... You have an obligation to speak up.

"Statutes and constitutions do not protect judicial independence - people do," the retired supreme court justice said.

She noted death threats against judges were on the rise and added that the situation was not helped by a senior senator's suggestion that there might be a connection between the violence against judges and the decisions they make.

In her speech, Ms O'Connor said that if the courts did not occasionally make politicians mad they would not be doing their jobs, and their effectiveness "is premised on the notion that we won't be subject to retaliation for our judicial acts".

2 comments:

jacobin said...

things are getting really bad in the u.s since george bush stole the 2000 elections (florida), and it hasn't gotten any better since he stole the 2004 elections (ohio)

*9/11 attacks was an inside job
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2023320890224991194&q=loose+change
*patriot act (loss of civil liberties)
*illegal & immoral war in iraq
*katrina
*warrantless wiretapping
*supreme court appointed judges alito & gonzales) believe bush is the law
*fearmongoring terror alert to scare the american population
*bin laden(patsie)still on the loose

the analogies of the rise of nazi germany and the present day america under bush are scary

Billy Byrne said...

America under Bush is heading into decline even though they are the world superpower. They are running an annual trade deficit of $800 billion. The debt is humongous. They will be bankrupt unless more prudent fiscal management occurs after the next election.