Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Samuel Alito and The Right's Rule of Law

If you want to understand Samuel Alito’s judicial philosophy, you need look no further than the Federalist Society. An all powerful Imperial Executive branch of government is what they are after; they see democracy as something to be despised and we the people as an ignorant herd to be controlled. Also See: The Cult of Presidential Power. Sounds like the old Soviet Union style of government to me. What price their “progress”? These are the people who send the sons and daughters of this nation to kill the sons and daughters of other nations, like Iraq. These are the people who give legal sanction to torture. -- Jack

“Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance” - a key strategic document published in 1996 - aimed to understand how to destroy the "will to resist before, during and after battle".... An alternative was the "decay and default" model, whereby a nation's will to resist collapsed through the "imposition of social breakdown" ... the American imperial strategists invested deeply in the belief that through spreading terror they could take power... Richard Drayton

The Right's Rule of Law

See Right Web Profile: Federalist Society

What's the right-wing society that brings together Kenneth Starr, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, John Ashcroft, Antonin Scalia, John Bolton, Paula Dobriansky, John Roberts, and a cast of thousands of right-wing zealots? The Federalist Society, founded in 1982 as part of the New Right's strategy to tear down all dimensions of the “Liberal Establishment,” has become one of the most influential organizations of the right. See: Right Web's Federalist Society profile.

Established in 1982 by a small clique of conservative law students and lawyers based at three universities—University of Chicago, Yale, and Harvard—the Federalist Society has grown into one of the country's most powerful legal associations. “In the 1980s and 1990s, the society would become central casting for the biggest names in Washington's ideological wars—Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Kenneth Starr,” according to Nina Easton, author of the Gang of Five. (10)

Among the founders and early supporters of the Federalist Society were Edwin Meese, Irving Kristol, Antonin Scalia, and David McIntosh. In its early days, it was regarded as the right-wing counterpart to the National Lawyers Guild.
Samuel A. Alito, a longtime Federalist Society member, was nominated by President Bush to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. He moderated a panel discussion about the Patriot Act at the society's November 2004 national conference, introduced a debate on the independent counsel law at the 1989 national conference, and has addressed the society on other occasions. An article he wrote on the role of the lawyer in the criminal justice system, based on a speech he made at the 1997 convention, was published in one of the society's newsletters.

Despite the strong conservative leaning of the Supreme Court, many Federalist Society members complain that the court strays too far into liberal territory with its decisions. “What is there to be jubilant about?” asked Edward Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “We have a Supreme Court that has been essentially lawless in so many respects for decades now, and a lot of work has to be done to restore it to its proper role.” (9)

“Membership in or participation in Federalist Society events doesn't disqualify someone from office but it can help people understand the judicial philosophy of the nominee,” said Ralph Neas, president of the People for the American Way. “The Federalist Society likes to pretend it's just a debating club, but for last 20 years it has been at the forefront of the efforts to push a right-wing counterrevolution in the courts and undo decades worth of precedent.”

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