(If you go to this website, you there is a link to the audio transcript) http://rawstory.com/news/2006/Retired_Supreme_Court_Justice_hits_attacks_0310.html Retired Supreme Court Justice hits attacks on courts and warns of dictatorship RAW STORY Published: March 10, 2006 Print This | Email This Via NPR. Rush transcript by RAW STORY. Listen to the audio report here. Supreme Court justices keep many opinions private but Sandra Day OâConnor no longer faces that obligation. Yesterday, the retired justice criticized Republicans who criticized the courts. She said they challenge the independence of judges and the freedoms of all Americans. OâConnorâs speech at Georgetown University was not available for broadcast but NPRâs legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg was there. Nina Totenberg: In an unusually forceful and forthright speech, OâConnor said that attacks on the judiciary by some Republican leaders pose a direct threat to our constitutional freedoms. OâConnor began by conceding that courts do have the power to make presidents or the Congress or governors, as she put it âreally, really angry.â But, she continued, if we donât make them mad some of the time we probably arenât doing our jobs as judges, and our effectiveness, she said, is premised on the notion that we wonât be subject to retaliation for our judicial acts. The nationâs founders wrote repeatedly, she said, that without an independent judiciary to protect individual rights from the other branches of government those rights and privileges would amount to nothing. But, said OâConnor, as the founding fathers knew statutes and constitutions donât protect judicial independence, people do.