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.”


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.”


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.


Media Protection Bill Garners Support from Senate, White House

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

A bill aimed at striking a balance between the First Amendment and National Security is now one step closer to passage, earning the support of White House and Senate leaders.

The “Media Shield Bill” would protect reporters from disclosing the identity of confidential sources unless it is in the interest of national security. The legislature made sure to involve media leaders in drafting the bill, which in turn has helped to generate support from the industry. As the AP reports:

Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a member of the media team involved in the negotiations, said they were strongly recommending that the larger media coalition backing reporter protections endorse the agreement.

“I think it is a compromise we can live with and it seems to be a compromise the White House can live with. It’s certainly better than the status quo,” Dalglish said.

The status quo to which Ms. Dalglish refers is the same one that saw former New York Times reporter Judith Miller spend three months in jail for refusing to identify her source in the Valerie Plame leak case. Ms. Miller was freed only after her source, Scooter Libby, Vice-President Dick Cheney‘s Chief of Staff, gave her permission to reveal his identity. Libby would later be jailed himself for the leak before his sentence was communted by then-President George W. Bush.

The bill also makes headway in recognizing new media outlets, extending “coverage to unpaid bloggers engaged in gathering and disseminating news information.” This is a major win for the blogosphere as the legislation would define journalists by the work they produce, rather than the organization that signs their paychecks. This marked a reversal from the bill that reached the Senate in September, when Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) specifically excluded protection for bloggers and new media journalists.

The Media Shield Bill hopes to avoid future First Amendment controversies by allowing federal judges to apply a balancing test between the public’s right to know and the government’s duty to protect the public. This balancing test, however, would be dismissed if the government could prove that, “forcing the reporter to identify a source would help prevent or mitigate a future terrorist attack or other future acts that are ‘likely to cause significant and articulable harm to national security.'”

The bill represents the first effort to shield reporters in federal court, although the media has enjoyed such protections in lower courts.

No federal law shields reporters who refuse to disclose confidential sources even though 37 states and the District of Columbia have laws providing legal protection.

The original Media Shield Bill passed the House of Representatives in March, but was stalled in Senate committee after the White House, prosecutors and intelligence advisors expressed concern about the bill’s impact on national security. Friday’s compromise does not guarantee passage, but it does get the ball rolling again.

Ms. Dalglish is not counting her chickens just yet:

“This is a huge deal, but it’s not a done deal, and quite honestly, until all of the media coalition members sign off on it, it’s not a deal.”

The White House is a bit more optimistic:

“We have been engaged with members of the Senate and the media to craft legislation that protects the confidentiality of reporters’ sources and gives the courts the power to decide whether the disclosure of such information is ever necessary in the interests of national security or other imperatives,” [White House spokesman Ben] LaBolt said. “The President looks forward to signing it into law.”

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