Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Progressive Criminals Are Another Person's Terrorists

Cheney Admits He's A War Criminal

That's the headline over at Progress Ohio. Their 'scoop' is based on Section 2340A of the federal criminal code. Below are the pertinent parts of the interview in which VP Cheney "admitted" he broke said section of the criminal code:

CHENEY: Well, I don't think so, in a sense that it -- if it -- if you interpret that as taking you to the point where all of these people are going to be treated as though they're guilty of individual criminal acts.

I want to come back again to the basic point I tried to make at the outset, John. And up until 9/11, all terrorist attacks were criminal acts. After 9/11, we made the decision that these were acts of war, these were strategic threats to the United States.

Once you make that judgment, then you can use a much broader range of tools, in terms of going after your adversary. You go after those who provide them safe harbor and sanctuary. You go after those who finance and those who provide weapons for them and those who train them. And you treat them as unlawful enemy combatants.

There's a huge distinction here in terms of the kinds of policies you put in place going forward. And what I'm most concerned about isn't so much argument about all the stuff in the past, about what happened to Abdulmutallab or Richard Reid. I think the relevant point is: What are the policies going to be going forward?

And if you're really serious and you believe this is a war and if you believe the greatest threat is a 9/11 with nukes or a 9/11 with a biological agent of some kind, then you have to consider it as a war, you have to consider it as something we may have to deal with tomorrow. You don't want the vice president of the United States running around saying, "Oh, it's not likely to happen."

CHENEY: Well, I suppose it depends on which battle you're talking about. I won some; I lost some. I can't...


KARL: ... waterboarding, clearly, what was your...

CHENEY: I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques that...

KARL: And you opposed the administration's actions of doing away with waterboarding?


Clearly a gray area of admission on Cheney's part. Then there is another problem, the enemy combatants were not criminals, they were/are terrorists being held at a military base, thus they did not fall under the federal criminal code of the United States of America. Ooops.

Zack Space's War On Coal

Oh, he'll attempt a Socratean look and deny it, but his support of Cap and Trade, aka War On Coal, is just one vote amongst many in which he has voted against his constituents.

Below is what Zack bases his votes on concerning fuels like coal:

Effects on the US: A Congressional national assessment on climate change, published in June 2000, predicts:

An average temperature rise of 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit, with gentler winters and
more summer heat waves.
More agricultural production and forest growth due
to carbon dioxide fertilization; but loss of coastal wetlands and Alpine
More winter rain, with a 10% increase in overall precipitation, but
a 60% increase in the Southwest.
More extreme storms and more pollution
runoff due to rainstorms.
More drought in the Midwest, especially in Kansas
and Colorado; and a 5-foot drop in Great Lakes water levels.

Of course, all these assumptions are based on false science as we've seen. Way to go Zacko.