- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Attacking chamber

Over the past few months, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has witnessed the nation’s energy secretary applauding companies for leaving the group, activists masquerading as its officials to hold a mock press conference, and now, protesters attempting to take over its building.

And this is all because the group doesn’t agree that global warming is man-made and that federal cap-and-trade policies are the answer to stopping it.

Last Thursday, Greenpeace brought ladders to the chamber’s D.C. headquarters, located directly across from the White House, to wrap yellow “crime scene” tape around the building. Roughly a dozen protesters descended on the chamber to tag it as a “Global Warming Crime Scene … Climate Policy Hostage Area.”

The environmental group held the event to coincide with President Obama’s trip to the U.N. conference on climate change in Copenhagen.

Four of them were arrested at the event for unlawful entry.

“President Obama owes it to Americans and all people threatened by climate change to listen to scientists, not polluter lobbyists,” said Gabe Wisniewski, Greenpeace climate campaigner. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been undermining our climate policy for too long.”

‘Cop-out’

“Two years have passed since world leaders promised all of us a deal to stop climate change. After two weeks of U.N. negotiations, politicians breezed in, had dinner with the Queen, a three-hour lunch, took some photos, and then delivered what could only be described as the 24-hour Head of State tourist brochure of Copenhagen instead of a climate treaty.”

- Greenpeace’s assessment of the United Nations’ conference on climate change.

Back at ya

Greenpeace got a taste of its own medicine at the climate-change conference.

The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), a free-market group that describes itself as “climate realists,” tagged two of Greenpeace’s well-known vessels with unflattering banners as they sailed outside of Copenhagen.

CFACT members boarded the Arctic Sunrise under the guise of delivering doughnuts to Greenpeace activists and unfurled off the ship a banner that read “Ship of Lies.”

Later that day, CFACT pulled alongside another Greenpeace vessel, Rainbow Warrior, to affix a banner that read “Propaganda Warrior.”

CFACT President David Rothbard said, “Greenpeace ships, like the Rainbow Warrior and Arctic Sunrise, have become global symbols for radical environmentalism, and we wanted to call attention to the harm these groups are causing. And second, it seemed appropriate to use one of Greenpeace’s favorite tactics to make this point.”

Violation of rights

The lawyer defending the man accused of the deadly shootings in Fort Hood, Texas, says his client’s rights have been violated because police would not allow him to speak in Arabic over the phone with this family.

Attorney John P. Galligan said Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan wanted to pray with one of his brothers in a phone conversation, but the police would not let him, which Mr. Galligan thinks runs afoul of his client’s religious rights.

“I’m going to file a motion when I get back to town saying that’s a violation of his civil rights,” Mr. Galligan told ABC’s Texas affiliate, KXXV News Channel 25. “I’ve never seen this from the military.”

Maj. Hasan has been charged with killing 13 people and wounding dozens of others during a shooting rampage at the Army post last month.

Top conservative

A conservative weekly, Human Events, has bestowed its annual top honor on former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The newspaper named Mr. Cheney as their “conservative of the year” for his vehement defense of using “enhanced-interrogation techniques,” which the liberal left has called “torture,” and for the criticism he has directed toward the Obama administration for releasing previously classified memos and reports about it.

Former U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton wrote an essay singing Mr. Cheney’s praises for the paper that also lauded him as a humble public servant, undeterred from frequent attacks on his character.

“Cheney’s quiet, inner-directed motivation is simply impervious to the attacks orchestrated against him by the Chicago machine-style politicians at the White House, a fact also plainly visible to his fellow citizens,” Mr. Bolton wrote. “And it is yet another important reason to have confidence that Cheney’s solid policy analysis will yet prevail in the national political arena.”

Last year, Human Events named 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as its “conservative of the year.” Conservative author and columnist Ann Coulter wrote the essay describing Mrs. Palin’s virtues for the paper.

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter@ washingtontimes.com

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