Saturday, December 24, 2005


DH: Momentum grows for opposing Alito - Dec. 24

Judge AlitoAbilene - The past 2 weeks have shown growing momentum for opposing President Bush's nomination of Judge Samuel Alito for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. 
As late as Dec. 12, the Washington Post reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said no filibuster was planned on the Alito nomination.  Reid's spokesman said such talk was "silly and unhelpful," and Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) agreed. 
However, since that time, disturbing reports have surfaced indicating the nominee's extreme views. 
The Washington post and Reuters report today that Alito once argued the country's top law enforcement official should be immune from legal action for authorizing illegal domestic wiretapping if it was done in the interest of national security, newly released documents show.
Whereas Judge Alito wrote a memo in June 1985 saying the Supreme Court's abortion rights decision, Roe v. Wade,  should be reversed.  This memo came to light in November, with little Democratic reaction to it, but according to Media Matters for America, CNN yesterday highlighted this old news of the abortion memo, while dragging its feet on reporting the new disclosure on the illegal wiretap memo. 
In November, conservative commentators were saying Alito's abortion views were no big deal, comparing them to Chief Justice Rehnquist's views on the Miranda  warnings for criminal suspects -- bad policy but settled law. 
It will be interesting to see whether Alito's views on overlooking illegal wiretaps will draw more opposition than those on reversing constitutional protection for abortion rights. 
Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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