In yet another typically stomach-turning Washington charade, the smug
John Roberts non-answered his way through his Senate confirmation hearings,
sailing towards a virtually certain approval as America's 17th chief justice.
Another deep political player who should be grilled, excoriated, and
punished, for a lifetime of criminal and treasonous activity, was warmly welcomed
by a panel of hapless and equally corrupt politicians, and then permitted to
perjure, lie and play-act to a position on the highest court of the land.
It is no surprise that the ascension of Roberts has been such an urgent
priority for this administration. It is not just because Roberts facially resembles
Bush, and echoes Bush's oily and arrogant smugness. The darkness at
the core of Roberts is amply documented in Nat Parry's John
Roberts and the apex of presidential power.
Parry points out:
"While much of the focus on Bush's choice of Judge Roberts has centered
on his life-long conservative ideology, including his hostility towards women's
rights, a sleeper issue has been Roberts's support for giving the Executive
nearly unlimited authority, at least when the White House is held by a Republican.
"Roberts's deference to presidential power is a strand that has
run through his entire career as special assistant to Ronald Reagan's attorney
general, a legal strategist for Reagan's White House counsel, a top deputy to
George H.W. Bush's solicitor general Kenneth W. Starr, and a federal appeals
court judge accepting George W. Bush's right to deny due-process rights to anyone
deemed an 'enemy combatant.'"
As noted by Parry and others, Roberts work on behalf of the presidential "apex
of political power" has been a continuous participation in government corruption
from the 1980s to the present. With all due respect to Parry, these are not
Roberts 1) counseled Reagan/Bush on how to get around congressional restrictions
on contra funding; 2) counseled Reagan/Bush on the establishment of CIA/narcotrafficking
proprietaries; 3) counseled Reagan/Bush on how to obstruct Iran-Contra special
prosecutor Lawrence Walsh's probe; 4) as US Appeals Court judge, endorsed the
most extreme aspects of George W. Bush's "war on terrorism," including
the right to designate "enemy combatants" and the endorsement of torture,
the protection of the Bush administration's right to torture; and 5) has maintained
intimate ties to top Bush administration officials, including all participants
in the CIA/Plame case (which could be decided by a Roberts court).
This is, by definition, a criminal background, in direct participation
as well as association, with treason, mass murder and crimes against humanity.
In the Bush world, where open criminality and corruption are king,
Roberts is the ideal yes-man for the chief justice post, where he will oversee
the final destruction of what remains of American democracy.