Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Goodbye Freedom Of Speech

It won't stop here. Corporations are going to jump on this like a shot. They will cite and extrapolate and away goes freedom of speech at work. This will probably be cited in the NSA warrantless wiretapping case as justification for going after the leaker and not that NSA were breaking a few other amendments themselve.
Justices, 5-4, Limit Whistleblower Suits - New York Times: "WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it harder for government employees to file lawsuits claiming they were retaliated against for going public with allegations of official misconduct.

By a 5-4 vote, justices said the nation's 20 million public employees do not have carte blanche free speech rights to disclose government's inner-workings. New Justice Samuel Alito cast the tie-breaking vote.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the court's majority, said the First Amendment does not protect 'every statement a public employee makes in the course of doing his or her job.'

The decision came after the case was argued twice this term, once before Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retired in January, and again after her successor, Alito, joined the bench."
This is absolutely appalling. The Supreme Court is into do-overs because they didn't like her swing vote. How much more blatant will it get? This country no longer belongs to the people. You can forget about the Supremes helping straighten out any miscarriages of justice. You can actually forget the Bill of Rights and that pesky little piece of paper, the Constitution.

What I would like to see is that every Democratic Senator who is up for reelection and voted for Scalito be replaced with someone who is interested in the demographics of the people who elected them. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning.

I'm going to hate to see the end.

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