• Skeptic says facts don’t add up in death of iconic Supreme Court justice.
By Dave Gahary —
The shocking and untimely death of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Gregory Scalia is still sending shockwaves across the country. Flags at government buildings are still flying at half-mast in many parts of the southern U.S. as respect is paid to this conservative Constitutionally minded jurist. The details surrounding Scalia’s death, however, are a cause for concern, as a case could be made that a cover-up is in place.
Scalia, appointed to the court by President Reagan in 1986, “described as the intellectual anchor for the originalist and textualist position in the Court’s conservative wing,” was found unresponsive in his bedroom on a remote ranch in Texas he was visiting for one day. The elite media is reporting that he died in his sleep on the night of February 12 or the morning of February 13 following an afternoon of quail hunting and dining at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in Shafter, Texas.
Several anomalies in the events leading up to, during and immediately following Scalia’s death have led some observers to speculate that he did not die of natural causes.
On February 23, AMERICAN FREE PRESS consulted Dr. Jim Fetzer on this matter, who is suspicious of the media’s open-and-shut coverage.
“He appears to have been murdered, possibly assassinated,” said Dr. Fetzer.
“The story seems to keep changing,” he continued. “Initial reports say he died of a heart attack, which was later denied, and no autopsy was performed. His body was quickly embalmed, erasing any chance to conduct efficient toxicology tests.”
Dr. Fetzer cited William Ritchie, the former head of criminal investigations for the D.C. police said:
“As a former homicide commander I’m stunned that no autopsy was ordered for Justice Scalia. You have a Supreme Court Justice who died, not in attendance of a physician. You have a non-homicide-trained U.S. Marshal saying no foul play was observed. You have a justice of the peace pronouncing death, but not being on the scene without any medical training, opining that [Scalia] died of a heart attack. What medical proof exists of a myocardial infarction? Why not a cerebral hemorrhage? How can the Marshal say without a thorough postmortem that he was not injected with an illegal substance that would have stimulated a heart attack?”
Dr. Fetzer pointed out the location of the ranch as being very suspicious.
“This resort was is in an isolated area of Texas that spans some 30,000 acres,” he said. “He left his security behind and there was no physician anywhere in the vicinity.”
Although Scalia flew to Houston on a private jet with a friend and U.S. marshals, who provide security for Supreme Court justices, they chartered a plane from Houston without the marshals. The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement that Scalia declined a security detail at the ranch.
Adding to the mystery of Scalia’s death, The Washington Post reported on February 23 that Scalia spent his last hours with members of a secretive society of elite hunters, the International Order of St. Hubertus, an Austrian society that dates back to the 1600s. Members of this global, male-only group “wear dark-green robes emblazoned with a large cross and the motto ‘Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes,’ which means ‘Honoring God by honoring His creatures.’” It is named after Saint Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and fishermen.
“The politics of the case are rather stunning,” said Dr. Fetzer. “You’ve got Obama nearing the end of his second term, and a justice who’s adamantly committed to the Second Amendment which Obama’s been seeking to undermine. He was expected to be a major obstacle to Obama in relation a whole host of climate change legislation, creating new billion-dollar industries.”
“I think the politics are such that it’s very reasonable to suspect that this would have been an assassination, taking him out for political reasons,” Fetzer concluded.
AFP asked what his death means for future Supreme Court rulings.
“It changes a 5-4 conservative majority that has prevailed in the court for decades to currently a 4-to-4,” Fetzer explained, “which means that issues that have been appealed to the appeals courts are now going to remain in place, like upholding abortion restrictions in Texas is gonna stand, various environmental protective issues are going to remain in place.”
“I think the most striking cases to me,” he continued, “have to do with the Obama agenda on climate change, which of course has been enormously controversial. If he is able to get another liberal-leaning justice on the Court, it could transform the character and direction of the United States from a legal point of view for the next several decades.”
In a striking sign of how partisan politics has become in Washington, President Barack Hussein Obama chose to skip Scalia’s funeral mass for, it was reported, a few rounds of golf.
Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, is the host of AFP’s ‘Underground Interview’ series.