The Right Wing brought down Harriet Miers' nomination. They were unsure as to whether she'd carry their torch rigidly enough. The same does not appear to be the case with Sammy Alito, who looks, increasingly, like a calm and reasonable-seeming voice for the hysterics of war-on-terror-obsessed wingnuts.
There was the approved strip search of a 10-year-old girl not mentioned on the associated search warrant, his demonstrated opposition to Roe v. Wade, and now his support for a shoot first, ask questions later policing philosophy.
"As an assistant to the Solicitor General, Judge Alito weighed in on a case involving an officer who was investigating a possible burglary. The officer heard a door slam, then went to the backyard where he 'shined his flashlight on a youth who appeared to be unarmed and who was trying to climb a six-foot-high chain link fence to escape.' The officer 'seized' the kid by shooting him in the head."
"I think the shooting [in this case] can be justified as reasonable," Alito wrote in a 1984 memo to Justice Department officials. Because the officer could not know for sure why a suspect was fleeing, the courts should not set a rule forbidding the use of deadly force, he said."Confirm Alito and shed all those pesky doubts about when and when not to shoot. (TalkLeft)
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