Justice Breyer is No John Marshall

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There are nine judges on the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest legal authority in the land. Unfortunately, one of them is an apologist for Zionist Israel and the regime of Ariel Sharon. His name is Stephen G. Breyer. He acts like he wants to “compromise” our civil and legal rights away and to undermine the supremacy of the U.S. Constitution, too.

Breyer spoke at the Columbia Law School, in NYC, on Sept. 12, 2003. He said the U.S. could learn from “compromises Israeli courts have struck to balance terrorism and human rights concerns.” He insisted Israeli jurists have adopted “intermediate solutions” (Anne Gearan, AP, 09/12/03). Keep in mind that Breyer is hyping Israeli “justice” only six months after the murder of American activist, Rachel Corrie, by an Israeli bulldozer operator, at the Rafah refugee camp in Occupied Gaza.

In Aug., 1994, then-U.S. President Bill Clinton appointed Breyer, who is Jewish, to the high court. This is the same president, who on his last day in office, Jan. 20, 2001, pardoned, at the urging of the Zionist Cartel, the billionaire fugitive, the Belgian-born Jew, Marc Rich.

There was a time in America, when the Supreme Court was dominated by genuine scholars and true patriots, like Chief Justice John Marshall. Marshall’s legal philosophy was driven by his love of the ancient rights of Englishmen, the Natural and Common Law, the writings of de Montesquieu, David Hume and the values and principles of the American Republic. He served, with distinction, as Chief Justice from 1801 to 1835, after soldering as a gallant Captain in the Revolutionary War (See, Jean Edward Smith’s “John Marshall: Definer of a Nation”).

Breyer’s values seem to be elsewhere. At the Columbia Law School conference, he didn’t bring up anything about Israel’s fragrant violation of Palestinian human rights. There was no mention of Israel’s notorious death squads, the holding of detainees without trial or charges, the torturing of suspects, the lack of any meaningful due process rights for individuals, whose lands are subject to confiscation, and of Israel’s imposition, too, of collective punishment on towns and camps, like at Jenin (“Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group,” www.phrmg.org.).

Breyer, in defending Israel’s arbitrary practice of barring defendants from choosing a lawyer, whom the Israelis suspect might carry “terror instructions” from behind bars, made this dubious statement, “Maybe to have a lawyer not of your choice (is better) than none at all.” In light of the Sixth Amendment’s right of a defendant to the “assistant of counsel for his defense,” in a criminal case, of his or her own choosing, Breyer’s view on this important constitutional issue is truly appalling. What makes it even more relevant, however, is that famed criminal defense lawyer, Lynn Stewart, is facing preposterous criminal charges, drummed up by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, that she had helped “a jailed Egyptian cleric direct terrorism from prison.”

After visiting Israel in May, 2002, Breyer bragged that it was “a democracy,” that believes in “civil rights,” and the “protection of individuals by the rule of law.” He also added, while ignoring the Israelis’ brutal occupation of the Palestinians, that the U.S. shares with Sharon’s Israel, “a common war against terror.” Sure, Justice Breyer!

On the legislative front, the Israel First Brigade in the Congress, has also been busy eroding our precious liberties at every opportunities. In the late 90s, it was then House member, and now the U.S. Senator from NY, Charles Schumer, who along with Sen. Arlen “Magic Bullet” Specter (R-PA), that introduced the Star Chamber scheme of “secret trials based on secret evidence.” Recently, it was two other rabid fans of Sharon, Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Ct), that pushed the draconian “USA Patriot Act” into law, and without a public hearing, too.

Appearing, on July 7, 2003, on ABC News’ “This Week” program, Breyer again made some other disturbing comments. They dealt with the issue of whether the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of our land, would continue to be the final word on our law in an age of globalism. Breyer said, “We see all the time…how the world is really…growing together…through globalization. It is becoming more and more one world…and whether our Constitution and how it fits into the governing documents of other nations, I think will be challenge for the next generations.” Breyer seems to forget that, like other members of the Court, he has taken a solemn oath of office to “uphold the Constitution” as the ultimate law of the land.

Finally, when the legendary Marshall died in 1835, the Liberty Bell, in Philadelphia, was tolled in honor of his memory. It cracked!

If the Israeli Court-loving, Sharon-admiring and globalist-oriented Justice Breyer succeeds with his oddball “compromising” legal rights agenda, it could be the U.S. Constitution itself that cracks, and along with it, the precious, hard-fought for liberties of the citizens of the American Republic.

William Hughes is the author of “Saying ‘No’ to the War Party” (Iuniverse, Inc.), which is available online.

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