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Obama is now a war criminal as well for not allowing Bush/Cheney accountability. If they had been prosecuted, held to the law, we would not have this harpy squawking her lies with impunity.

Cheney should be waterboarded, cattleprodded, put on the rack, hung from his ankles, have current sent through electrodes attached to his privates, hung from his wrists, sodomized with a broomstick, and have bamboo shoved under his fingernails. None of those are torture, since they do not equal the pain of being tortured to death. Simply "X-treme Interrogation"!

Anyone who votes for any Republican anywhere ever again is a fool.

Tom Shefchik

San Jose, CA

Apr 1 2010 - 1:35pm

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Thank you, Matthew Duss, for your article. You made some valid points. What made the article even more interesting is the link to Mel Sembler. You mentioned him in passing: "Substantially funded by Mel Sembler, a major GOP donor and former chair of the Scooter Libby Defense Trust, Keep America Safe's main goal seems to be to Keep America Scared Sh*tless." I hope you look into this further. There is more to this than your one statement.

Mel and Betty Sembler are major GOP donors and have been given the ambassador post to Australia under George H.W. Bush and the ambassador post to Italy under George W. Bush. They also ran Straight, Inc., a nonprofit drug treatment program that they claim has successfully treated 12,000 young people with addiction. For the seventeen years (1976-1993) that Straight, Inc. was in business nationwide, they claim this as a success rate. If you look into Straight, Inc. it was closed down due to its abuses of these young people. It was said Straight used brainwashing methods employed by the North Koreans on American servicemen during the Korean War. I won't go into details of their program here as there is plenty of documentation about what they did and the methods they used to "rehabilitate" these young people. Although they paid a lot of money in settlements with some of these rehabilitated people, they carry on and have been a key voice in the drug programs across this country.

Now fast forward to now. I read the so-called "Torture Memos"--or "Enhanced Interrogation Memos," if you are the queasy sort--and found that the methods that we used on our enemies were reversed engineered from the SERE Program, which also used tecchniques used by the North Koreans on American servicemen during the Korean War, only to help servicemen to survive, evade, resist and escape from an enemy who would use such techniques. When I read these memos I couldn't believe we as a country could support such a program in the name of keeping our country safe. After reading them again and comparing them with the types of abuse heaped on young people, ages 12-20, I can see that many of these techniques are very similar. Again, the ends justify the means, no matter how many people are destroyed in the process. And again the similarity is that no one was made to pay the consequenses of their actions, not Straight, Inc for what they did to young people or those who justified the use of torture and used these techniques on our enemies. In fact, all will be rewarded for keeping our country safe, either from drug-addled teens or terrorists.

The other similarity is that for both Straight, Inc and the use of torture on our enemies the main motivation is fear. Fear that your child will become a druggie or fear of terrorism. Both also relied on "don't worry about it, we know what we are doing because we are professionals. We know more about this than you do"--and so we roll over and take their word for it. Afterall, Straight, Inc. saved 12,000 and our use of torture saved thousands of American citizens, even though none of that can be proven objectively.

Please, Matthew Duss, look into this. There seems to ba a difficulty in looking at the big picture.

Who indeed is funding Liz Cheney?

Dale Waldo

Orlando, FL

Mar 31 2010 - 11:03am

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Who are the same forty to fifty people who fund all neoconservative think tanks and where does their money come from?

Bud Ilic

Bloomington, IL

Mar 28 2010 - 1:31pm

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What must be kept in mind is the fundamental principle of America's right wing to delegitimize and render dysfunctional government, starting with Reagan's "government is the problem" and more importantly increased military funding, decreased taxes and so increased debt and deficit.

As far as the baggers go, they are the right's Frei Corps, not yet up to the Brownshirt level.

John Andrechak

Fort Benton, MT

Mar 23 2010 - 9:58pm

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Speaking of "protected status," you might want to delve into the protected status enjoyed by Barack Obama, all through his campaign and his ascension to the presidency of the United States.

Had the media properly vetted Obama, he would not now be president. One, and only one, case in point: How Obama conspired with William Ayers to subvert the Chicago school system through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. (See William Kurtz's excellent "Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism on Schools," Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2008.) Clearly, Ayres wasn't "just another guy from the neighborhood."

How dare you talk about "protected status" after having turned your back on every journalistic principle in the book... and looking the other way while Barack Obama continually lied his way into the Oval Office.

You and your ilk gave Obama pass, sir, and your hypocrisy disgusts me.

Jack Davis

Phoenix, AZ

Mar 23 2010 - 1:42pm

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The leftish media, by attacking Cheney and reacting to his speeches, has given him the platform and the gravitas that he could not have achieved by himself. That is a "sucker game" if ever there was one! This article boosts him and feeds the process.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, PA

Mar 20 2010 - 12:13am

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"Wave a bloody shirt" is perhaps an unfortunate way to describe what Liz Cheney does. According to Stephen Budianski in The Bloody Shirt: Terror After Appomattox:

"Waving the bloody shirt: it would become ths standard retort, the standard expression of dismissive Southern contempt whenever a Northern politician mentioned any of the thousands upon thousands of murders, whippings, mutilations and rapes that were perpetrated against freedmen and freedwomen and white Republicans in the south in those years" 1865-1876 (pages 2-3).

James Rawley

Redlands, CA

Mar 18 2010 - 8:42pm