Speed reading

News & Politics

Why were reporters given only 180 minutes to read almost five hundred pages of documents about Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito? Maybe because even the Justice Department could tell that the information it contained wouldn't sit right with people.

Luckily, the ace reporters given the documents were able to come to a few speedy conclusions (Thanks, TalkLeft). Namely, that Alito is pretty quick to dismiss the rights of the already born, especially if they have the misfortune to not be Americans.

Particularly, Alito argued that undocumented immigrants and foreign visitors are not entitled to any of the constitutional rights of Americans. He also made strong arguments for expanding police powers and limiting the rights of individuals.

Alito's arguments tie-in well with Bush's new border agenda, which tries to have it both ways: calling for more high-tech surveillance at the border and swifter deportations as well as a limited "guest worker" program. I'm wondering how soon after Alito joins the bench (IF he joins the bench) will we have an electric barbed wire fence around the whole border, like the illegal one separating Israelis and Palestinians. Coming soon: America, the fortified castle, with the Statue of Liberty trapped in the tower at the top.

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