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Saturday Night Owls: Experts support Democratic bill to create 18-year Sup.Ct. term limits


Oct 25, 2020

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week

Jessica Corbett at Common Dreams writes—Constitutional Law Experts Endorse Democrats’ Bill to Create 18-Year Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices:

Over two dozen constitutional law experts on Friday endorsed legislation recently introduced by a trio of House Democrats that would establish 18-year term limits for U.S. Supreme Court justices.

The endorsement letter (pdf) signed by professors and scholars across the country, along with a former U.S. senator and a former chief justice of the Utah Supreme Court, comes as the Senate GOP is trying to confirm right-wing Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s third nominee to the high court, before the November general election.

The ongoing political battle over the Supreme Court vacancy that resulted from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has elevated discussions and proposals to reform the high court. The term limits bill (pdf) was unveiled last month by Reps. Khanna (D-Calif.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), and Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.).

“We can’t face a national crisis every time a vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court,” Khanna said while announcing the Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act (H.R. 8424), which would allow presidents to nominate two new appointees per four-year term.




“We invoke the words of Jefferson and Lincoln because they say something about our legacy and our traditions. We do this because we recognize our links to the past–at least when they flatter us. But black history does not flatter American democracy; it chastens it. The popular mocking of reparations as a harebrained scheme authored by wild-eyed lefties and intellectually unserious black nationalists is fear masquerading as laughter. Black nationalists have always perceived something unmentionable about America that integrationists dare not acknowledge –that white supremacy is not merely the work of hotheaded demagogues, or a matter of false consciousness, but a force so fundamental to America that it is difficult to imagine the country without it.”
          ~~Ta-Nehisi CoatesWe Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (2017)


By the way: Texas now employs more people in renewable energy (254,000) than in oil and gas (162,000). We’re already *well* on our way to a transition away from fossil fuels.https://t.co/9KxJKVLUDv

— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) October 23, 2020


At Daily Kos on this date in 2002—Politicizing intelligence gathering:

So you’re a Bush Administration official looking for a reason—any reason—to invade Iraq (say, Donald Rumsfeld). You ask your intelligence agencies (CIA, DIA, NSA, etc.) for confirmation that Iraq has ties to Al Qaeda. The agencies mine their assets, review their data, train satellites and listening devices and whatever other exotic technologies they may have on the Iraqis and scattered Al Qaeda members.

And after analyzing everything, they conclude there are no ties between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.

This is a setback. You can’t give the real reasons for an Iraq invasion—oil, political gain, and revenge for daddy’s assassination attempt. You just HAVE TO HAVE evidence linking OBL to SH.

So what do you do?

Well, given that this administration is the most intensely political in the history of our fair nation, you simply follow from the Rove game plan—you create a new “intelligence agency” and fill it with political appointees who will confirm whatever lies the administration spews. […]

So to clarify, the CIA (and other intelligence agencies) gather the information. They then interpret it. But if the administration doesn’t like that interpretation (e.g. Hussein and OBL hate each other and would never work together), the new agency can take a look at the info and arrive at a more “acceptable” conclusion (or in Rumsfeld’s words, “assist policymakers in assessing the intelligence they receive”).

The gods save us from this cabal.

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