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THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA

by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
Wednesday January 27, 2010 - 10:54
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They despise America’s democracy and its fundamental freedoms more than any terrorist group in the world.

They have destroyed American democracy and its fundamental freedoms more ruthlessly and effectively than any terrorist group in the world.

They have sanctioned the murders of more Americans than any terrorist group in the world.

They loathe people of different races and/or religions.

They punish the innocent, but take extraordinary measures to protect the guilty.

They operate in shadowy black disguises.

They are known to the FBI, the CIA, the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security, yet none of these agencies have made the slightest effort to stop them.

They are Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, the four white racists and one self-loathing African-American who currently comprise the “conservative” majority on the United States Supreme Court.

Before readers dismiss these opening paragraphs as mere hyperbole, they should examine some of the Supreme Court’s more egregious rulings.

This court endorsed the random drug testing of public school students who are not even suspected of abusing drugs, which means that thousands of innocent children across America are dragged from their classrooms everyday, ordered to reveal personal medical information, and forced to urinate as strangers listen to them doing so—intrusions into personal dignity and privacy that Scalia has described as “minimal.”

In addition, people arrested for certain crimes can be compelled to provide a sample of their DNA to government authorities, even though they have not been tried or convicted. Yet, in the case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, the Supreme Court ruled that persons convicted of crimes have “no constitutional right to obtain postconviction access to the State’s evidence for DNA testing,” even though that testing could establish their innocence.

In other words, a system that claims people are “innocent until proven guilty” now requires people to provide DNA and/or other bodily fluids to prove their innocence, yet does not require the government to provide DNA evidence that could exonerate a wrongfully convicted person, even though a wrongful conviction means that the real perpetrator is free and potentially committing more crimes.

This judicial hypocrisy is sickening beyond belief, and it’s tragic that karma isn’t more rapid and righteous, because nothing would be more satisfying than seeing Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy, Alito and Thomas entombed in the worst of America’s prisons, subjected to gang violence and forcibly sodomized on a daily basis, begging their attorneys to obtain the DNA evidence that could free them, only to be told that the “State” has refused to provide it.

The racism of the Supreme Court has been apparent throughout its history, from the now infamous Dred Scott decision, which threatened to expand slavery throughout the United States, to Plessy v. Ferguson, which gave constitutional blessing to the segregationist doctrine of “separate but equal.” And Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy, Alito and Thomas have continued this shameful tradition, in the cases of Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education, by endorsing the racial resegregation of public schools. And, in an act of judicial callousness that insulted the memory of those who struggled and died during America’s civil rights movement, some of these so-called “justices” even defended their racist “opinion” by citing Brown v. Topeka, the landmark 1954 case that endorsed the desegregation of public schools.

Also, by upholding racial segregation in Plessy, the court essentially declared that African-Americans were second-class citizens. What followed from 1896, when Plessy was decided, until the civil rights era of the 1960s was a sordid history of lynchings, beatings and other injustices directed primarily against African-Americans, as well as the denial of their most fundamental rights, including the right to vote, which supposedly had been guaranteed with the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870.

In Employment Division v. Smith freedom of religion came under attack when the court ruled that the government no longer had to prove it had a “compelling reason” to interfere with one’s religious practices. When the United States Congress attempted to restore this “compelling reason” requirement via the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the court voided much of it on the grounds that Congress had exceeded its authority.

Three current members of the court—Scalia, Kennedy and Thomas—and two former members—O’Conner and Rehnquist—bloodied their hands, and (if there is such a thing as justice) damned themselves for all time, when they supported the coup of 2000 in the case of Bush v. Gore. Thanks to this corrupt decision, which illegally placed a sadistic, inept, venal and mendacious cabal of war criminals into the White House, thousands of Americans, and tens of thousands of Iraqis, have died in a war that was based upon nothing but lies.

But Scalia, Kennedy and Thomas were not satisfied with the partial destruction of democracy wrought by Bush v. Gore, particularly since democracy appeared to be restored during the 2008 presidential election. So, joining with Alito and Roberts, they decided to destroy it completely, along with most of the Bill of Rights, in the recent case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission by striking down laws that once limited the amount of money corporations could contribute to political campaigns.

Now corporations are free to buy and sell politicians like trading cards, and, since they control the bulk of the “mainstream” media, they can also ensure that any political messages contrary to theirs are unheard.

In other words, freedom now only belongs to those wealthy enough to afford it.

Although the Citizens United ruling is deplorable and deserving of contempt, it is not surprising. The unified Republican opposition to health care reform has already demonstrated how the bulk of America’s politicians are controlled by special interest groups. The fact that many Democrats refused to endorse any health care reform proposal that included a “public option” for people unable to purchase health insurance in the private sector further illustrates how corporate influence has already transcended party lines.

What Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy, Alito and Thomas undoubtedly hope to accomplish by Citizens United is to purge the few politicians actually devoted to serving the public interest. Now these politicians will either succumb to the whims of their corporate masters, or find limitless amounts of money being provided to their political opponents.

In a nation of millions, it seems almost obscene that five biased, bigoted, corrupt, unethical and agenda driven idiots in black robes can destroy an entire system of government. And it is certainly contrary to what the Supreme Court was supposed to be.

When the federal court system was created, a debate ensued over whether federal judges should be elected or appointed. It was ultimately decided that they would be appointed to lifetime tenures, removable only through death, retirement or impeachment. The hope was that federal judges would be immune from political party influences, act in accordance with the law, and protect the rights of racial, religious and political minorities, since they did not have to raise money in election campaigns or appease the majority in order to win the popular vote.

Unfortunately this hope was quixotic. The five so-called “justices” who weakened democracy in Bush v. Gore, and the five who destroyed it in Citizens United were all appointed by Republican presidents. In fact, Bush’s vice-president Dick Cheney was even Scalia’s “hunting buddy.” So it was not surprising when they ignored legal precedent and common sense to ensure that corporate rights and profits supplanted individual rights and needs.

Even conservative columnist David Broder acknowledged that the Citizens United ruling “extended itself far beyond what was necessary” and “may well be the best news Republicans have received since the 2000 ruling in Bush v. Gore.”

In law schools throughout America, Supreme Court opinions are dissected and analyzed as though they were commandments from Mount Sinai. But during my journey through the legal profession, I came to realize that there was nothing logical, analytical or esoteric about these opinions, and that many of them were inspired by pure evil.

Being legally trained, I have often been reluctant to acknowledge this reality. Attorneys, after all, are supposed to deal in facts, not in suppositions. But, given the cases I have cited in this article, the harm they have caused, and the harm they will cause, I believe there is enough evidence to conclude that Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy, Alito and Thomas are perhaps the most despicable, conscienceless and evil individuals to ever disgrace the United States Supreme Court, and the biggest threat to democracy and the Bill of Rights in the history of the United States.

James Madison, one of America’s founding fathers, once said, “We are free today substantially, but the day will come when our Republic will be an impossibility . . . because wealth will be concentrated in the hands of a few. [A]nd when the day comes, when the wealth of the nation will be in the hands of the few, then we must rely on the best elements in the country to readjust the laws of the nation to the changed conditions.”

Some of the best elements in America did try to readjust the laws to minimize the potential for corporations to use their vast financial resources to purchase political influence. Unfortunately five of the worst elements in America—Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy, Alito and Thomas—have ensured (with apologies to Abraham Lincoln) that the government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations will cause the government of the people, by the people and for the people to perish from the earth.

David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru



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THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Thursday January 28 - 12:18 - Posted by Roberto Ferrario - 79203a80077424a8...

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THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Friday February 5 - 09:36 - Posted by Firebird - 6a55134b439c42f9...

"This judicial hypocrisy is sickening beyond belief, and it’s tragic that karma isn’t more rapid and righteous, because nothing would be more satisfying than seeing Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy, Alito and Thomas entombed in the worst of America’s prisons, subjected to gang violence and forcibly sodomized on a daily basis, begging their attorneys to obtain the DNA evidence that could free them, only to be told that the “State” has refused to provide it." ----???????

So how exactly, do you, who could wish such a thing on a fellow human being, see yourself as any better than them?

You are one very sick person indeed!




THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Saturday February 6 - 01:14 - Posted by 77b82993da7e649b...

You’re the sick one. In fact, according to your perverse sense of “logic” all the German officers who sought to kill Hitler in Project Valkyrie were “sick” because they wished upon him the same fate he visited on millions of others. I thought the Golden Rule was “treat others as you would wish to be treated,” not “treat others any damn way you please and get away with it.” In addition, you display your ignorance by totally misinterpreting what Hoffman said. He did not “wish” anything upon anybody. What he did is say that people should sow what they reap. If more people acted with the belief that what they did to others could one day be done to them, it would be a better world. It’s people like you that create the Scalias, Alitos, et al. in the world, and thereby create most of its evil, because you remain silent when the innocent are harmed, yet are “outraged” when someone criticizes the guilty.



THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Saturday February 6 - 04:18 - Posted by 77b82993da7e649b...

I agree with you. In fact, you noticed that the hypocrite you responded to apparently doesn’t have any problem with the statement that America’s prisons are hotbeds of gang violence and rape, and is only "offended" by Mr. Hoffman’s belief that corrupt Supreme Court "justices" might think differently if they had to experience what they have no problem forcing others to experience.



THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Sunday February 7 - 12:11 - Posted by 339bda6071852449...

"In fact, you noticed that the hypocrite you responded to apparently doesn’t have any problem with the statement that America’s prisons are hotbeds of gang violence and rape"

To begin with, you call that news? And why single out America for this? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to state that prisons worldwide are hotbeds of gang violence and rape?

Secondly, he didn’t "notice it" - YOU did, so why put words in other people’s mouths?

Putting Judges in prison is not the answer, or for any other traitors, for that matter. Now, traitors should always be hung, drawn, and quartered, and their heads placed on spikes, to serve as a warning to others.

The greatest threat to America is that the population, as a whole, has become too fat, lazy, rich, and too DUMB, to be politically aware. As long as they can continue to fill their fat faces with Big Macs, they couldn’t give a damn about how corrupt their government becomes.

In order for "democracy" to be successful, an educated populace is required. As the American education system favours only the rich, democracy in America is doomed to failure. Ironically, a nation like Cuba, which chooses to educate ALL its populace, is far more likely to succeed as a democracy. America is doomed to become a plutocracy; in fact, I could argue that it became one a long time ago.



THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Sunday February 7 - 12:38 - Posted by 339bda6071852449...

"according to your perverse sense of “logic” all the German officers who sought to kill Hitler in Project Valkyrie were “sick” because they wished upon him the same fate he visited on millions of others."

But they didn’t! They simply wished to execute him. They didn’t want to torture him, or turn his skin into lampshades, or put him in prison where he could be "subjected to gang violence and forcibly sodomized on a daily basis". They simply wished to remove him from this world.

Now wriggle as much as you like, but Hoffman stated:

"nothing would be more satisfying than seeing Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy, Alito and Thomas entombed in the worst of America’s prisons, subjected to gang violence and forcibly sodomized on a daily basis".

It’s above, for anybody to read. Now I can understand a wish to execute these people as traitors, and I can understand a wish to see them incarcerated, but to actually want to see them "subjected to gang violence and forcibly sodomized on a daily basis" is something I can’t understand at all.

Of course, maybe we have just hit the root of America’s problems, the one they so publicly displayed after 911; a desire for vengeance, where instead of punishing the real perpetrators, according to the rule of law, they chose to smash Iraq into pieces instead, and somehow, they see over a million dead Iraqis as "justice" for the 3000 killed in New York.

As for Karma, America is simply reaping what it sows, and is getting the fascist police state that it so richly deserves. I, for one, won’t be shedding any tears over the downfall of America.



THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Sunday February 7 - 20:09 - Posted by 77b82993da7e649b...

It’s funny, but I actually agree with you on many of your points. But again, I don’t think that Hoffman was wishing such cruelty on the judges as he was making a point of how easily they seem to wish such cruelty on others. You speak about karma in America and how it may cause it’s downfall. I think that is what Hoffman is saying also. Far too many people do things to others because they smugly believe nobody would do such things to them because of their social status. As I said previously, perhaps they would not be so callous if such things did happen to them.



THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Monday February 8 - 03:38 - Posted by 77b82993da7e649b...

I agree. In fact, those who regularly read Mr. Hoffman’s articles, like myself, can attest to the fact that he also has discussed America’s descent into fascism. Three of those articles that come to mind are "The Great Allure," and "Bush vs. Hitler," and "The Great Allure."



THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Monday February 8 - 03:39 - Posted by 77b82993da7e649b...

Sorry, I said "The Great Allure" twice. The third was "Eulogy for America."



THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Monday February 8 - 12:27 - Posted by Firebird - 6ddf714f0716f7c4...

Descent into fascism?

Bah! When the white South Africans forced black South Africans to live in "townships" and "homelands", that was called apartheid, and "fascism", and the whole world opposed it. The US has kept the Native Americans in "townships" and "homelands".. oh sorry, make that "reservations", ever since the US came into existence, but somehow, that is not "apartheid" or "fascism".

The elephant in the living room, that everybody ignores. America is a fascist state, and has always been a fascist state, and is, and has always been, quite willing to commit genocide on anybody who opposes it.

I heard one of those American preachers going on, one time, about how the native Americans were "not worthy". Yea right! If it talks like a fascist, and smells like a fascist, it’s a fascist.

Oh, but who is going to oppose the fascist state when we all know what they did to Hiroshima and Nagasaki? And why did they do that to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when the war was almost over anyway? Oh, "because we can".



THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA
Monday February 8 - 12:59 - Posted by Firebird - 6ddf714f0716f7c4...

When the Pilgrims came to New England they too were coming not to vacant land but to territory inhabited by tribes of Indians. The story goes that the Pilgrims, who were Christians of the Puritan sect, were fleeing religious persecution in Europe. They had fled England and went to Holland, and from there sailed aboard the Mayflower, where they landed near what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Religious persecution or not, they immediately turned to their religion to rationalize their persecution of others. They appealed to the Bible, Psalms 2:8: “Ask of me, and I shall give thee, the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” To justify their use of force to take the land, they cited Romans 13:2: “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”

Ain’t that America, home of the free? Don’t get in our way, or we will smash you, cos God is on our side. God, the original fascist.

http://rwor.org/a/series/god-origin...






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