December 30, 2009 5:11 a.m.

I see Dick Cheney is wading back into the pond again. I guess it’s worth remembering what’s always been the Cheney signature on terrorism: clinical level of paranoia leading to delusions and lying to the public (already causing the the deaths of thousands of Americans) and seeing terrorism primarily as a tool for use in American domestic politics.

Here’s my prize for the day. Who can be the first to get an answer out of Hoekstra, King, Ridge et al. about why they’re saying the Xmas bomber needs a military trial when they supported a regular trial for the “shoe bomber”. We don’t get many examples in politics where a perfect apples to apples comparison demonstrably shows a series of politicians as complete hypocrites and fibbers. Not that we don’t see that a lot, but seldom is it quite this straightforward. I’m going to put some reporters on it up here. But others must be asking too, right? When you see someone’s got an answer, please let us know.

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