- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Liz’s new gig

Conservative firebrand Liz Cheney has a new gig.

(Corrected paragraph:) She’s started a 501(c)4 with Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol that focuses on national-security issues, called Keep America Safe.

(Corrected paragraph:) The 501(c)4 made its debut Tuesday with a video on its Web site, KeepAmericaSafe.com, targeting President Obama for what it regards as several national-security failures: not committing to a strong missile-defense program, not outlining a winning strategy in Afghanistan and not protecting CIA interrogators from prosecution.

(Corrected paragraph:) “Not enough [time] for a decision, but plenty of time for Letterman, golf, a beer summit, more golf, a vacation and a visit to Copenhagen,” a narrator says while happy photos of Mr. Obama engaging in these activities flash across the screen.

Detainee spotlight

The Keep America Safe PAC has more than President Obama on its mind.

Also on its Web site, KeepAmericaSafe.com, is a “Detainee Spotlight” with a photo and biography of a featured Guantanamo Bay detainee.

The person currently highlighted is Riduan bin Isomuddin, known as “Hambali.” He helped Khalid Shaikh Mohammed orchestrate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and helped plan bombings in Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2002 and 2003.

He is now considered a “high-value” detainee at the detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Legal problems

House and Senate Democratic leadership recently announced an effort to start bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States for the purpose of being tried in a U.S. court, an action that would open a Pandora’s box of legal problems, according to the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, told The Washington Times in a phone interview that once a detainee is on U.S. soil he is considered a “U.S. person” and could pursue constitutional rights.

“They could go to their attorneys and say we weren’t read our Miranda rights and should be released, which is unreasonable in a battlefield environment,” Mr. Smith said.

He’s tried to raise this issue on multiple occasions by writing letters and proposing legislation, but doesn’t feel like the White House has considered the legal ramifications of bringing detainees into the U.S.

“The White House has been totally unresponsive,” he said.

“All of the legal problems created by transferring them are solved by leaving them exactly where they are,” he said. “It’s not U.S. soil, they can’t escape and they aren’t a danger to anyone else. They are exactly where they ought to be.”

Bachmann blitz

One of the liberal media’s favorite punching bags is hoping to come back with a big-money wallop of her own.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, is conducting an aggressive one-day media fundraising blitz Wednesday to “send a message to the left.”

MSNBC’s evening anchors frequently mock her in their programming, beginning with Chris Matthews at 5 p.m., Ed Schultz at 6 p.m., the replay of Mr. Matthews at 7 p.m., Keith Olbermann at 8 p.m. and Rachel Maddow at 9 p.m. - so much that Mrs. Bachmann joked they were her “personal stalkers” in a recent appearance on Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor.”

To this, Mr. Olbermann retorted that her remarks were offensive to people who have been stalked, like himself, and used as occasion to name her, again, as “The Worst Person in the World” during his nightly program.

Mrs. Bachmann will be pushing back on several talk-radio shows Wednesday for donations “to the woman who drives the left crazy,” as it says on her online donation page, with “crazy” emphasized with all-capital letters.

During her blitz she plans to say: “Washington didn’t listen to you at the town hall meetings. Washington ignored the tea parties. They’re plowing forward with their government-run health care, their gangster government takeover of private industry and their reckless spending spree.”

‘Birther’ fined

A Georgia court fined “birther” lawyer Orly Taitz $20,000 on Tuesday for using the courts to advance what the judge called a reckless political agenda.

Ms. Taitz has filed several lawsuits based on the theory President Obama may not be a U.S. citizen and, therefore, may not be constitutional eligible to be president. Although Mr. Obama has produced a birth certificate from his native state of Hawaii, Ms. Taitz has pressed on by filing cases in several states against the president.

In the Georgia case, Ms. Taitz represented military doctor Connie Rhodes and asked that the doctor not be deployed to Iraq because Mr. Obama is not qualified as commander in chief of the military. U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land dismissed her case in September. Not helping matters, Ms. Taitz then told news outlets that the judge “should be tried for treason with Obama.”

Judge Land was expected to give Ms. Taitz a $10,000 fine for her frivolous lawsuit, but slapped her with a $20,000 fine on Tuesday. He wrote in his order that Ms. Taitz abused her privilege to practice law by “using the courts as a platform for a political agenda disconnected from any legitimate, legal cause of action,” among other things.

“Ms. Taitz must be sanctioned for her misconduct,” the judge wrote.

He continued, “The court finds that a monetary penalty of $20,000 shall be imposed upon counsel Orly Taitz as punishment for her misconduct, as a deterrent to prevent future misconduct and to protect the integrity of the court.”

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter@washingtontimes.com

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