Heightened security around the Supreme Court following a leak
(NewsNation) — Threats have been leveled against Supreme Court justices since a leaked draft opinion signaling that the court would overturn the landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade.
A metal fence has been erected around the Supreme Court in Washington DC and rumors of planned protests at the justices’ homes have alerted authorities to the growing threats facing the justices as protests against and in favor of the decision erupt in all the countries.
Todd Kiel, a retired diplomatic service officer who protected diplomats and cabinet secretaries, said Supreme Court police, who are tasked with protecting judges, must take outside threats “seriously”.
Kiel also said the unknown person who leaked the draft opinion, written by Judge Samuel Alito, should also be considered a threat.
“They have to look at an inside threat,” Kiel said. “An insider threat is extremely difficult. Potentially, an insider threat comes from someone who has access, someone who has an ID badge, someone who can get close to the judges.
Republican and Democratic senators came out this week and acknowledged the need for increased security around judges following threats deemed credible.
“Provide protective details to judges and their families who have already been threatened with violence,” said Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas.
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware introduced a bill that would provide more police resources and 24-hour security to judges and their families at work and at home.
“This is not just an attack on the independence of the judiciary. This risks provoking violence against members of the Supreme Court and their families,” Cornyn said.
The safety of Supreme Court justices has so far been the only thing Republicans and Democrats have agreed on in the wake of the leak.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called the leak ‘illegal’ and said it was an attempt by Democrats to ‘bully’ and ‘bully’ the justices of the Supreme Court in a statement earlier this week.
Democratic governors of blue states like California and Illinois have meanwhile used the leak to reaffirm their state’s position that abortion is a woman’s right.