posted on Sep, 27 2007 @ 07:41 PM
The impact of assassinating a single Supreme Court justice could have more long-term impact, but would have far less short term impact...after all, he
(or she) is one of nine members...so the loss of one, while a major event, will not stop the Court from doing its job. That said, the loss of a single
Justice to some sort of direct action would result in the surviving eight getting *very* serious protection. That makes a single Justice a poor
target. Multiple Justices are a much harder target, since they normally assemble only at the Supreme Court, and the building does have security, even
though the members of the Court don't.
Congress is protected more by its size than anything else...535 members. Getting rid of one or two....or even a dozen...wouldn't be enough to disrupt
the governmental function of the Congress, but would result in a massive security cordon around the survivors. Certain members of Congress might have
protective details, primarily those members who are near the top of the Presidential succession. I suspect (but don't know for a fact) that Speaker
Pelosi has at least a small detail, for example.