RFK Jr. on the Border, the Media, the Election, and Fascist Scalia

11 05 2008

In our third installment of RFK Jr.’s most recent “Unearthed” column, we get Kennedy’s thoughts on everything from the U.S./Mexico border fence to anticipated problems with the 2008 election to staff cuts in major media newsrooms to Justice Antonin Scalia’s fascist past…

UNEARTHED: NEWS OF THE WEEK THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA FORGOT TO REPORT

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

The Huffington Post

More Corporate Contracts, More Incompetence

The government is scrapping a $20 million prototype of its highly touted “virtual fence” on the Arizona-Mexico border because the system doesn’t work. The move comes just two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced his approval of the fence built by the Pentagon military contractor, Boeing, which was awarded an $860 million contract to provide the technology, physical fences and vehicle barriers. The highly acclaimed project, a series of towers, equipped with high tech cameras and communication systems was supposed to transmit pictures of illegal aliens crossing the border in time for border agents to detain them. Unfortunately the contraption didn’t work. But no worries, Boeing will get to keep the money while it comes up with some new ideas.

2008 election likely to go unsupervised

Congressional gridlock over controversial FEC nominees has paralyzed the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), which currently lacks the quorum it to effectively referee elections. A seven-month deadlock over the appointment of four FEC nominees may spell disaster for the 2008 election cycle. If Congress fails to staff the FEC in time, the 2008 elections could go virtually unregulated for the first time since the FEC was founded more than 30 years ago.

Currently, the FEC is unable to pursue investigations into alleged electoral violations, including a recent challenge lodged by right-leaning legal group Judicial Watch which filed a new FEC complaint against John McCain alleging that a London fundraiser may have involved illegal in-kind contributions from foreign nationals. A growing list of complaints that will go uninvestigated by the broken FEC.

At the heart of the Senate impasse is one of the two Republican nominees, an extreme right wing former Justice Department lawyer and Karl Rove lapdog named Hans von Spakovsky. The Democrats consider him a deal breaker and view him as one of the leading forces in the Republican Party’s efforts to use the nonexistent fear of voter fraud as a means to disenfranchise minority–and largely Democratic–voters. The Democrats have been unwilling to vote for a group of nominees that includes von Spakovsky–and the Republicans have refused to withdraw his nomination.

Supreme Court helps to curtail Democrats from voting

States can require voters to produce photo identification, the Supreme Court ruled in a split decision along party lines on April 28th, upholding a Republican-inspired law intended to disenfranchise poor, elderly, urban and minority voters. The court’s 6-3 decision rejecting a challenge to Indiana’s strict voter ID law means the ID requirement will be in effect for this week’s presidential primary in Indiana. The ruling is also expected to encourage Republican controlled state governments to adopt similar measures. As part of Karl Rove’s master strategy to disenfranchise democratic voters, Republicans have already passed statutes in twenty-five states requiring a photo ID to cast a ballot in person.

Justice Stevens said that Indiana’s desire to prevent fraud and to inspire voter confidence in the election system are important even though Indiana has never experienced a single report or incidence of the kind of fraud the law was designed to combat, i.e. someone imitating another voter in order to vote twice. The Indiana rule is designed to severely inconvenience voters, those who don’t possess driver’s licenses who tend to be elderly, poor, young, and inner city residents who tend to vote Democrat.

Ken Falk, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, said the court was willing to burden “tens of thousands of eligible voters who lack a government-issued identification while accepting at face value Indiana’s unsubstantiated claim of voter fraud.” The ACLU brought the case on behalf of Indiana voters.

Rush lies again

Rush Limbaugh applauded the Supreme Court voter I.D. ruling, telling his audience that it represents “a huge, huge, huge move forward to undercut Democrat efforts to commit voter fraud this fall.”

“Anti-voter fraud efforts this fall will be easier,” Limbaugh assured his audience, adding that “the Democrats shut down the FEC, largely to get away with more voter fraud.”

Both the Department of Justice and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), say voter fraud is virtually non-existent. A recent Department of Justice review found “virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews,” which turned up only 86 convictions on voter fraud charges.

Voter ID laws “disenfranchise the poor, members of minority groups and the elderly, who are less likely to have photo IDs and are more likely to be Democrats.”

MEDIA

Senate Committee Votes to Throw Out FCC Rules

On April 24, the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved the “resolution of disapproval” that would veto the Federal Communications Commission’s latest attempt to dismantle longstanding media ownership limits.

It’s the first step toward an official congressional “veto” of the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules that gut media ownership limits.

This vote couldn’t have come at a more important moment. Just this week, Rupert Murdoch announced plans to buy his third New York newspaper — Newsday. (Murdoch already owns the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal and two television stations in this one media market!)

Huge newspaper conglomerates like Murdoch’s News Corp. and Tribune Co. are spending heavily to convince Congress that the FCC rules don’t go far enough. They want to swallow up even more local media.

The New York Times braces for further staff cuts

The New York Times’ news room is bracing for a bloodbath in the next 10 days including cuts of 100 writers made necessary by the dismal newspaper advertising sales. Approximately 50 unionized journalists and 20 non-union editorial employees have accepted a buyout proposal. But with just 70 people stepping forward for buyouts, the ax must fall on as many as 30 editorial people in the company’s first-ever mass firing of journalists in its 156-year history.

Right-Wing Jurists

Scalia Defends Bush v. Gore At Oxford Union

In a clip broadcast last week on 60 Minutes, an Oxford Union student posed Justice Antonin Scalia the following questions:

“Supposing yourself as a Supreme Court justice were granted the power to appoint the next president of the United States. Who would you pick and why? And would he or she be better than your last choice?” a student asked Scalia.

“You wanna talk about Bush versus Gore. I perceive that,” he replied. “I and my court owe no apology whatever for Bush versus Gore. We did the right thing. So there!”
Scalia Defends Bush v. Gore On 60 Minutes

Leslie Stahl, “People say that that decision was not based on judicial philosophy but on politics,”

Scalia: “I say nonsense,” Scalia says.

Stahl: Was it political?

Scalia: “Gee, I really don’t wanna get into – I mean this is – get over it. It’s so old by now. The principal issue in the case, whether the scheme that the Florida Supreme Court had put together violated the federal Constitution, that wasn’t even close. The vote was seven to two,” Scalia says.

Stahl didn’t challenge this claim. The actual vote was 5-4 on party lines.

Scalia Blames Gore For Bush v. Gore

Scalia also told 60 Minutes that the Bush v. Gore decision was not the court’s fault. It was Al Gore’s.

Scalia: “It was Al Gore who made it a judicial question. It was he who brought it into the Florida courts. We didn’t go looking for trouble. It was he who said, ‘I want this to be decided by the courts.’ What are we supposed to say? ‘Oh, not important enough.'”

Stahl: “It ended up being a political decision”

Scalia: “Well you say that. I don’t say that.”

Stahl: “You don’t think it handed the election to George Bush?”

Scalia: “Well how does that make it a political decision?”

Stahl: “It decided the election.”

Scalia: “If that’s all you mean by it, yes.”

Stahl: “That’s all I mean by it.”

Scalia: “Oh, ok. I suppose it did. Although you should add to that that it would have come out the same way, no matter what.”

Stahl failed to challenge Scalia on this bold misstatement of fact. The media pool, led by the New York Times that? finally counted all the Florida votes found that Gore had decisively won the election.

Scalia Defends Torture Being Not Cruel And Unusual Punishment And Therefore Not Unconstitutional

Scalia: “I don’t like torture. Although defining it is going to be a nice trick. But who’s in favor of it? Nobody. And we have a law against torture. But if the – everything that is hateful and odious is not covered by some provision of the Constitution.”

Stahl: “If someone’s in custody, as in Abu Ghraib, and they are brutalized by a law enforcement person, if you listen to the expression ‘cruel and unusual punishment,’ doesn’t that apply?”

Scalia: “No, No,”

Stahl: “Cruel and unusual punishment?”

Scalia: “To the contrary, has anybody ever referred to torture as punishment? I don’t think so.”

Stahl: “Well, I think if you are in custody, and you have a policeman who’s taken you into custody….”

Scalia: “And you say he’s punishing you?”

Stahl: “Sure.”

Scalia: “What’s he punishing you for? You punish somebody…”

Stahl: “Well because he assumes you, one, either committed a crime…or that you know something that he wants to know.”

Scalia: “It’s the latter. And when he’s hurting you in order to get information from you…you don’t say he’s punishing you. What’s he punishing you for? He’s trying to extract…”

Stahl: Because he thinks you are a terrorist and he’s going to beat the you-know-what out of you…”

Scalia: “Anyway, that’s my view. And it happens to be correct.”

While 60 Minutes included extensive biographical information on Justice Scalia and his family, they identify his father as “a professor of romance languages at Brooklyn College” and failed to disclose that he was a member of the American-Italian Fascist Party during Mussolini’s regime in the 1930s.

This backdrop may reveal something about Justice Scalia’s apparent comfort with enlarging corporate and government power, including the use of torture – so long as it’s not punishment.

According to Alan Dershowitz who knew Scalia’s father at Brooklyn College, Scalia got his doctorate at Casa Italiano at Columbia at a time when in order to get your doctorate you had to swear an oath to Mussolini.

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6 responses

11 05 2008
Rodney S.

Man, oh man…

Scalia on the 2000 election:

“GET OVER IT!”

His words, not mine.

What else would you expect from a Fascist?

11 05 2008
Jack Mosel

Too bad they didn’t ask Scalia where OSAMA was!

What his views about his descision to put a man in out highest office (selling out our beloved country) in it’s time of our being most vulnerable or creating the scenarios that place us as being most vulnerable.

What he thinks about an act of war committed by us, based on admittedly false and fabricated circumstances.

What he thinks about the Vice President outting a covert CIA operative, deep undercover in a time of war, to settle some petty personal score.

What he thinks about the greatest nation and superpower in the world, committing acts of treason and fabrication of false flag attacks on its’ own people, within the acts committed on 9/11/2001, that he will be on record as being the Chief Justice presiding in the very dismantling of the U.S. Constitution, as a direct result thereof. In favorable conclusion of the acknowlegement of this complicity, are actually hundreds of cities and local town governments in the U.S. who felt it more partiotic to render public law in their own right to officiate these findings and offer them as public record, doing there patriotic duty to signal OUR Generals and any RED BLOODED AMERICAN SENATOR WHO IS LEFT, TO INVESTIGATE AND IMPEACH…

What are his thoughts about upholding monolpoly powers in the media?

What his thoughts are on “Put Options” on 9/11/2001.

What his thoughts are on Presidential “War Powers Act”, “The Patriot Act” giving unilateral, exclusive dictoral powers to this man he “Put in office”.

I was wondering… If we can’t impeach a president… Can we impeach a Chief Justice? and if so, would that be a way to find out the truth to what is really going on ?

I feel poorly hearing that the NYT is having a rough go of things as of late, with low adverstising sales not being able to support salaries of reporters… One thought would be that maybe, we can get BETTER and MORE TRUTHFUL AND INVESTIGATIVE reporting from a more dominant news source and that news source would be invigorated with an introduction of new talent as a result… The Blogosphere could emerge as the next “REAL SOURCE” for true investigative reporting… Murdoch and the like can spend all they want on their physical propoganda machines… The Blogosphere is the new frontier. The real news and unearthing of everything FASCIST is revealed here anyway…

There is even a pretty good 1.5 hour video which gives chronological and evidentiary supposition, that The Bush family is directly tied into War profits of Adolf Hitler, The Assination of JFK, the fabrication of Gulf War I, and the complicity of actually fomenting if not more directly, causing and or planning & carrying out the events of 9/11/2001. Pretty serious accusations right? Well the supposition is here in the blogosphere. If there is some, or any truth to some or all of this, shouldn’t there be some mechanism of oversight and real investigation? I mean it would mean a little more than The House of Representatives assembling to investigate a FRIGGIN BASEBALL PLAYER FOR USING STEROIDS!!!! WTF?!

Doesn’t our nation mean anything to anyone anymore? If 10% of the littany of suppositions are based in fact… 10%… There needs to be a shutdown and a massive oversight committe assembled with the utmost of public awareness and the best and most talented of media to cover the story… If nothing but for our very history’s sake for our future’s U.S. Citizenry.

I ask one question… AFTER THESE: 3 Trillion dollars, 3000 dead on 9/11/2001, 4000 (U.S.) dead in Iraq, NO WMD’s, our U.S. Constitution has been terrorized and rendered useless, 20 million illegal aliens running around undocumented and fully entitled to all benefits as U.S. Citizens, Enron like scandals abound, Bailing out huge Wallstreet Investment Firms with Federal funds, 4,500 PUT CALLS ON 9/11/2001, Flying out Bin Laden family and friends from American soil on and immediately following 9/11/2001, Anthrax scares forcing Patriot Bill to be signed by Presidential order from U.S. Senators who have not and could not even read it, Building 7 (WTC) fell at free fall speed and wasn’t even hit by a plane (50 floors), Pentagon had a 15 foot diameter hole in outside wall with no wing marks (at all), Trans-American Highway’s mention by the media is squelched, yet publicly available plans are discussed by Bush and Cheney and remarked upon by Presidential candidates in 2008 and they are rebuffed as nonesense!!!

My one question, and I’ll shut up…

WHERE’S OSAMA? IS HE OFF THE TABLE NOW?

WAS HE EVER REALLY ON IT?

Let’s Roll

Where’s OSAMA?

12 05 2008
Christopher

Wait a minute. i’m confused here. didn’t we spend four years and thousands of American lives fighting the Nazis and fascists during WWII?

My grandfather and granduncle both fought in that war. They’d be rotating in their graves if they saw what was happening today.

Weren’t we all raised to believe that fascism is bad?

Then WHY, WHY, WHY aren’t we concerned when the facts reveal this is a fascist administration?

Bush’s grandpappy was a Nazi, Scalia’s daddy was a Mussolini fascist…there’s more. Look it up sometime.

And we’re not upset about this? Fascism has taken over the United States! Wake up, people!!!!

12 05 2008
Jack Mosel

I PLEDGE ALLIGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISABLE… FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE… FOR ALL

Why is GOD not involved anymore on the new Dollar coin?

“A recent poll conducted by Newsweek magazine showed that nearly 90% of Americans believed that the words “under God” should be included in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance is recited daily by children of all religions in schools all across America. Although many citizens have no problem with the recitation of the pledge, some citizens do, as they find it unjust, specifically for disobeying the First Amendment. Lawsuit after lawsuit, the Supreme Court has affirmed that students should be required to recite the pledge because it was just that: a pledge, not an oath. It was not until recently, that the phrase “under G-d” in the Pledge of Allegiance was accused of violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Mears (2004) explained that after a three year fiasco in the courts, a federal judge in Sacramento ruled that it was unconstitutional to require public school children to recite the words “under G-d” in the Pledge.

(Taken 5/12/1008, Internet http://www-personal.umich.edu/~kelsbels/pledge/schools.html)

What’s wrong with GOD being part of this administrations’ game plan? It doesn’t and never mentioned GOD as a particular faith or of one particular denomination… GOD has always been with us through our greatest and worst times as a country and a unified nation. Our unique freedom to practice any or no faith was always our option. Our freedom was fought for in the beliefs that this option was to be made as a personal choice and an expression of being a full and truly free human being.

What happened… One Nation, indivisable.. We are divided. “A house divided will fall” This is our terrible truth. GOD has been a silent casualty of our fascist takeover, in this administration.

Yet another high point of the Bush Administration’s lengthy list of achievements to circumvent everything that was once good about our beautiful land, is the removal of GOD from our midst… sad. I miss HIM.

I have G-D personal to me, in my life. He gives my strength to believe that His will, is for me to put my shoulder to the wheel, in whatever I can do to help steer this ship back on course.

Truck with anything you feel you can get away with George Bush’s administration… But don’t for a minute pretend to tell us after all this carnage, that you and your ilke, are just and act in GOD’S NAME… You have stricken HIS NAME from the rolls… This, you are on record for.

If there is one legacy that I will never forget from the many many things that I hold you and your FASCIST / GODLESS administration for… It will be that you, as DECIDER, struck GOD from our pledge of our alligiance and from our currency and you replaced this with FEAR AND TERROR.

There is no, zero, none of any arguement you, or anyone one of your fancy FASCIST lawyers (JUSTICES) or NAZI propogandists (ROVE, ZELICOW)can make to subbordinate an ounce of credibility to make any arguement for the antithesis that… the work you do can be nothing short of doing satans’ work… Who or what else would ever strike GOD “By law” from our schools’ and our currency. Evil may just be upon us…

I fear nothing, as I embrace this realization and call upon GOD FEARING and LOVING peoples of this great nation to seek the love and power which is GOD ALMIGHTY, to bring us justice… IN HIS NAME.

Amen

and let’s roll…

12 05 2008
New Frontier

Amen, Jack. Amen, my brother. How can we expect God to shower us with his blessings when the leaders of this nation worship some other dark force entirely?

Dare I say it? Could it be…oooooh, Satan??????

Yeah, actually. I just said it. This s*&t is Satanic.

And to answer your other question posted above: “WHERE’S OSAMA?”

Answer: OSAMA BIN FORGOTTEN!

31 05 2008
homeland security corp

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