STAFF BLOG STUTSMAN COUNTY'S MOST WANTED Michael Cheney, Ashley Jenkins
Local law enforcement agencies are asking residents to be on the lookout for two individuals, who were recently in Jamestown, according to the report issued by law enforcement.
Michael Cheney, 25, is... Posted on 11/8/12 at 4:54 PM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney walked onstage without any assistance and spoke for an hour and 15 minutes without seeming to tire in his first public engagement since he underwent a heart transplant three weeks ago.
While preparing a chapter for my next book, “Is This America?” (Cato Institute), on the effect of so many Americans in and out of school being unaware of their roots in the Constitution, I was startled by a replay of a March 2 video ad by Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol.
The one halfway-good memory from those awful days immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was the spirit of national unity it triggered. As I wrote at the time, nothing focuses the mind like the knowledge that there’s somebody out to kill you simply for being American.
“We are a nation comprised of many tribes,” I wrote. “But times like these test how truly united we can be behind a common purpose as one American people.”
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune
, January 05, 2010
It’s no surprise that former Vice President Dick Cheney is opposed to the Justice Department’s decision to investigate the torture of prisoners during the Bush-Cheney administration.
After all, Cheney has acknowledged that he was “aware” of waterboarding (simulated drowning) of detainees to get them to talk.
Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers
, September 10, 2009
Former Vice President Dick Cheney might not be the warmest and fuzziest of personalities, but when it comes to national defense and U.S. intelligence capabilities, his candor is a wake-up call for the nation. In a broadcast interview, Cheney said the politicization of intelligence policy by the Obama administration’s Justice Department will undermine the nation’s intelligence services. Like him or dislike him, he’s right.
Secrecy is endemic in all governments. It goes with the turf, especially if their leaders hope to hide illegal or immoral behavior, such as torture of foreign prisoners.
Many Americans heaved a sigh of relief this past January when President Barack Obama banned the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Imagewise, it made the administration look more humane than the Bush-Cheney team. But that is not the whole story.
Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers
, July 30, 2009
On Dec. 26, 2002, Dana Priest and Barton Gellman broke, in the Washington Post, the first undeniable story of American torturing of suspected terrorists. In a CIA secret prison at our Bagram air base detention center in Afghanistan, prisoners were being subjected to the by now all-too-familiar ways of “breaking” suspects during the Bush-Cheney “terror presidency.”
It used to be easy to predict who the next Republican presidential nominee would be. It was decided by primogeniture: The next oldest guy in line got to be the king.
It’s not so easy looking to 2012, with former Vice President Dick Cheney out of the running and a woman, soon-to-be former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in.
Six months into Barack Obama’s presidency, his Democratic allies are pushing for twin investigations into Bush-era torture and anti-terrorism policies.
Two senators including the head of the intelligence committee suggested Sunday that the prior administration broke the law by concealing a CIA counterterrorism program from Congress.
By Pete Yost, The Associated Press
, July 13, 2009
President Obama is strongly disinclined to support an independent investigation of possible criminal violations of U.S. laws and international treaties by the highest levels of the Bush-Cheney administration. He also has no personal interest in going after those Justice Department lawyers who, in 2002 and later, declared “enhanced interrogation techniques” lawful. Says Obama: “Nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”
Watching the dueling torture speeches by President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney (a rumble in the video jungle?), I was reminded of last year’s campaign flap over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In each case, Obama was caught off guard by an eruption that provoked the politics of fear, and he responded with a big speech that treated us like grown-ups.
It’s unlikely that the United States will ever live down the shame of torture during the Bush-Cheney administration.
It’s history now, and all the piety and wit of those former U.S. officials responsible for this horrendous chapter cannot wipe out a word of it.
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