As noted previously, the morons are “coming out of the woodwork.” We would be remiss if we did not note the spectacular woodwork-unveiling of one of the most primary morons of the world, Former Vice President Dick “Dick” Cheney.
Cheney’s recent comments to Politico were so off the scale it’s difficult to consider them and to contain oneself. Here’s what he said.
When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry.
…Protecting the country’s security is ‘a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business,’ he said. ‘These are evil people. And we’re not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek.’
Yes. Because the criminal justice system is just feckless and useless in the face of terrorism. Just ask Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as “The Blind Sheik,” who will forever reside not in his native Egypt but in Butner, N.C., charged and convicted of seditious conspiracy following the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. You may also ask Ahmed Ressam, as pointed out by Mr. Olbermann last evening and for many years by one Randi Rhodes, who was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year’s Eve 1999. Ressam’s case has a few interesting caveats.
- Ressam began cooperating with officials in 2001, and his revelation that terrorist sleeper cells existed domestically were included in the now infamously-ignored PDB of August 6, 2001.
- Ressam’s sentencing was delayed for four years due to the meddling of counter-terrorism analysts, which turned a once cooperative intelligence source into a stone
- The presiding judge, John Coughenour recently wrote a NYT op-ed, “How To Try A Terrorist, in response to the Mukasey confirmation hearings. The Ressam trial, he wrote, “…only strengthened my conviction that American courts, guided by the principles of our Constitution, are fully capable of trying suspected terrorists.”
The interesting thing about these sentences is that they will stick. Ressam will not be released until after 2019 because the process was bad, or because his file was lost, or because evidence was scant. Abdel-Rahman won’t be let go because the evidence was tainted by waterboarding. As Coughenour wrote, using a word I had to look up, “Mr. Ressam now sits in a federal prison, and his punishment has the imprimatur of our time-honored constitutional values.”
Cheney’s lack of faith in our criminal justice system in regards to the issue of terrorism is mind-blowing, especially in the face of the obvious failure of his made-up system to dispense justice. Process matters, even when dealing with “evil people.” Justice is not easy to achieve, but it is worth it. How pathetic is it that we had a Vice President (President) for eight years who so totally did not believe that.
Here’s the Special Comment from last night. Damn it’s good.