Posts Tagged ‘Dick Cheney’

MHPC Gets Death Threats Over Kruger/Cheney Story

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

By Sam Adolphsen | The Maine Wire

AUGUSTA — The Maine Heritage Policy Center Friday received a series of threats by phone, as a result of our reporting on Rep. Chuck Kruger’s Twitter statements supporting the execution of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The threats were made in three separate phone calls, and may be from the same caller, attempting to change his voice each time.

The caller acknowledges our report on Kruger, and concurs with the sentiment from Kruger’s twitter comments.

“A lot of people think Cheney is a war criminal and he should be executed, because he is a war criminal.”

The caller, after digressing into an angry series of profanities, becomes more aggressive.

“We are happy, happy, happy to go to it with you, just be aware, you started it, and we’ll be happy to finish it.”

“You might as well plaster a [expletive] target on everybody.”

(more…)

Maine Wire story on Dem Rep’s execution comment causes media storm

Friday, April 13th, 2012

By Sam Adolphsen | The Maine Wire

AUGUSTAThe Maine Wire reported yesterday on Maine Democrat state representative Chuck Kruger’s Twitter comments, saying he would like to see former Vice President Dick Cheney executed, and that he hoped it would be televised. Click here to to read the story >> 

Our story has sparked a media storm. The Drudge Report linked our story, which produced so much traffic it temporarily crashed our site. Since then, we’ve been linked by The Daily Caller, the Washington Examiner, and many other national political websites.

Kruger, who denied remembering the tweet when we spoke with him this morning, has since made two fairly different statements. On Dirigo Blue’sweekly radio program, Kruger apologized for his statements. But to the Daily Caller, he blamed The Maine Wire for twisting his comments.

“I do not wish for the death of Dick Cheney or anyone. I did NOT call for his execution, that was an absolute smear from an organization dedicated to damaging Democrats. I did make a lousy attempt at humor, and I regret that.”

In Kruger’s radio interview, he inexplicably made the statement, “I wish we could have fun with this.”

(more…)

Cheney’s Energy Success

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

By Nash Keune | Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s hard to remember — after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Blackwater, etc., took turns dominating our collective consciousness — but the Cheney Energy Task Force was once among the gravest of the Bush administration’s sins. Created in the second week of Bush’s first term, it was seen as the birth of the Bush-Cheney hyper-secretive neo-conservative crypto-fascist military-industrial crime syndicate.

Now, Obama frequently brags that under his administration, domestic oil production has hit an eight-year high. As he also points out, however, the president can’t have a significant, instantaneous effect on the energy supply.

Indeed, we are currently enjoying this surge of oil production largely because of improvements to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which has increased the oil produced on state and private land. Much of the credit should go to technological innovators and the oilmen who’ve adopted their techniques. But some credit should be reserved for the Cheney Energy Task Force, which established the guidelines for the Bush administration’s response to these developments.

(more…)