Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Consolidating the Coup - Intimidation of the Judiciary

This is friggin' rich.

Congressman Tom DeLay issues a fatwa against the judiciary. Senator John Cornyn joins DeLay's Hallelujah Chorus. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)'s chief of staff doesn't want to merely impeach judges - he wants to impale them! American Taliban Wankfest 2005, aka a conference entitled Confronting the Judicial War on Faith takes place last week, with a whole host of scary characters looking for judicial scalps.

Is it any wonder, with the fundamentalist jihad that's been called for on judges, that two SCOTUS judges, Kennedy and Thomas, felt the need to go before a house appropriations committee begging for money to increase security for judges?

...The request follows the murder in February of a federal judge's family in Chicago, courtroom shooting deaths in Atlanta in March and death threats against judges involved in the Terri Schiavo feeding tube case.

The Judicial Conference of the United States, the federal judiciary's policy-making board, asked Congress for $12 million to install home security systems for federal judges. But it has not been decided whether that request will cover the nine justices of the Supreme Court, which has a separate budget...

Even as the judges were requesting more funding for judicial security, one of the congressmen on the appropriations committee, Todd Tiahrt, (R-Ks) had the balls to ask:

At one point during the hearing, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., asked Kennedy to explain the court's 5-4 ruling last month overturning the juvenile death penalty partly because of international sentiment against it. Kennedy wrote the opinion; Thomas dissented.

"Lately we've had rulings that seem to go beyond the rule of law,'' Tiahrt said...

The rhetoric aimed at the judicial branch of the government in the past week has been both intentionally inflammatory and threatening. I asked last Saturday where the Attorney General of the U.S. stood on these acts of sedition - and I still haven't heard anyone in the corporate media asking the same question.

I thought the coup was complete in 2000.

I was wrong.