Pal, you’re cooked. It’s over. What you did, who you were…that’s done.

Sexism and racism, Alito can’t run, but maybe he can hide, Alito: A Defeat for Working Women

During his 15 years on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, he compiled a stunning record of backing corporations over workers in sex and race discrimination cases. He has bragged that he is “particularly proud” of his work in opposing affirmative action, and never expressed regret for joining a militantly anti-woman club dedicated to keeping women out of Princeton. This mindset does not bode well for female employment rights.

Mystery. Suspense. Intrique. Who or what is Concerned Alumni of Princeton?

By 1985 Concerned Alumni had become well known in conservative circles. . . . A pamphlet for parents suggested that “racial tensions” and loose oversight of campus social life were contributing to a spike in campus crime. A brochure for Princeton alumni warned, “The unannounced goal of the administration, now achieved, of a student population of approximately 40 percent women and minorities will largely vitiate the alumni body of the future.”

. . . The [CAP] magazine’s content also grew increasingly provocative under the editorship of conservative rising stars, including Dinesh D’Souza and later Laura Ingraham.

. . .In an interview, Ms. Ingraham said liberal groups were making too much of Judge Alito’s membership. “‘Stop the presses” she said. “Sam Alito, a conservative, was once a member of a conservative Princeton alumni group.”

Alito ’72 joined conservative alumni group

Though Levy-Warren did not recall Alito being involved with CAP as an undergraduate, she said the group “stated explicitly that they were not in favor of coeducation and that they weren’t in favor of affirmative action. Implicitly, they were opposed to any form of diversity on campus.”

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He wrote(Asa Bushnell,a CAP co-chair) in “Prospect”: “May I recall, and with some nostalgia, my father’s 50th reunion, a body of men, relatively homogenous in interests and backgrounds, who had known and liked each other over the years during which they had contributed much in spirit and substance to the greatness of Princeton,” according to an account in “The Chosen,” a book by Jerome Karabel on the history of admissions at Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

“I cannot envisage a similar happening in the future,” Davis added, “with an undergraduate student population of approximately 40% women and minorities, such as the Administration has proposed.”

and Stripsearch Sammy was happy to put CAP on his resume to the Reagan administration. Do we need someone on the highest court in the land that shares the common belief that women and minorities should not have full participation in a democratic society. It is kind of entertaining to read the blurps from the right-wing blogs, people that seem to think the flag is a protective vestment that can hide their lack of American values and ideals. The e-mails and faxes must have gotten around to stay on message. The vast right-wing conspiracy isn’t some dark secret, they’re quite open about their campaign against having an egalitarian democratic society.

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything seems seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we must be most aware of change in the air — however slight — lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness” — Justice William O. Douglas

“If fascism came to America it would be on a program of Americanism” — Huey Long

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right . . and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” — John Adams

The Decembrist, Mark Schmitt on the great historical clashes of power with the executive branch of government. Our Long National Nightmare Continues

Second, all of them involved creating a zone of extreme secrecy in which decisions, and even the processes leading to those decisions, were kept secret not just from Congress and the Courts, but within the executive branch itself. The defense of the warantless eavesdropping that seems to be emerging on the right is that it was not the FISA court they were trying to evade, since that was no obstacle, but the process within the executive branch of generating a request and getting it to the FISA court. Dana Priest’s recent story in the Post reports that even the legal reasoning behind the NSA program was kept secret from the executive branch lawyers who are supposed to handle these things and are capable of handling classified information. Nixon’s operations similarly operated in secret from the FBI and CIA. In Iran-Contra, Oliver North said the Reagan administration sought to create, “an off the shelf, self financing, independent covert operations capability.”

So much for the addage that lawyers always know where the body is buried. Over the noise of the right-wing noise machine, one can almost here the simple pondering of common sense minds wondering that if Bush is sure he hasn’t broken the law, why didn’t he tell the Whitehouse legal staff. They handle classified information all the time.
“Nothing is more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than to see the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and to observe the implicit submission with which men resign over their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers” — David Hume
We’re still in the zeros of the 21st Century, is it too late for the main Street conservatives next door to say no, they will not be the party of submission, that law and freedom matter more then secrecy and order.

BRILL pulls out a disk-shaped object the size of a
walk-man.

DEAN
What is that?

BRILL
It’s a SAT-tracker.

DEAN
I don’t know what that means.

BRILL
Like a LowJack, but two generations
ahead of what the police use. It
pulses at 230 Giga-Hertz.

DEAN
I don’t know what that means.

BRILL
230 Giga-Hertz. They use that band
for the Aquacade Spy-SAT uplinks.

DEAN
I don’t know what that means.

BRILL
It means the NSA can read the time
off your wristwatch.

DEAN
Why are they after me?

BRILL
If I knew, they’d be after me.
Which they probably are right now.
‘Bye.

DEAN
Wait. What do I do?

BRILL
Pal, you’re cooked. It’s over. What
you did, who you were…that’s done.
I’d find a quiet job somewhere
shoveling snow.

A helicopter hovers near the Washington Monument. BRILL
eyes it cautiously.

DEAN
Why don’t they just identify
themselves and tell me what they want?

BRILL
They’re spooks.

DEAN
I don’t know what that–

BRILL
Exposure. They can’t have it. They
wanna learn what you know and then
deal with it.

DEAN
I don’t know anything.

BRILL
No shit.

from the screenplay ENEMY OF THE STATE by David Marconi and Aaron Sorkin