Leftist Sen. wants RICO law to criminalize global warming skeptics

The Weekly Standard reports on the colossal infringement on liberty that a Democrat U.S. Senator is peddling regarding the disputed theory of a global warming crisis.

Sheldon Whitehouse, representing Rhode Island, the nation’s smallest state, appears to have a constitutional comprehension of equal size as he slams global warming skeptics, claiming they  need to be reined in under RICO statutes. What makes his view even more appalling is the fact that he was Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney —- appointed by Bill Clinton —-  and was the state’s Attorney General, before being elected to the senate.  All the more alarming, he is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.

This GovTrack analysis of Whitehouse places him to the left of Sens. Blumenthal, Boxer and Schumer and veering close to self-described Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders.

Writing in the Washington Post, Whitehouse declared, “Fossil fuel companies and their allies are funding a massive and sophisticated campaign to mislead the American people about the environmental harm caused by carbon pollution. Their activities are often compared to those of Big Tobacco denying the health dangers of smoking. Big Tobacco’s denial scheme was ultimately found by a federal judge to have amounted to a racketeering enterprise.”

Given his legal background, Whitehouse’s convoluted thinking is inexcusable.  Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. RICO statutes were never intended to be an infringement on our First Amendment rights.

Not buying into the alarmist global warming scheme, which has now morphed into climate change, due to recent colder than usual temperatures around the globe —- part of cyclical meteorological fluctuations —- could now makes you a criminal.

The electorate of Rhode Island should be embarrassed. The rest of us should be very concerned.


8 Responses to Leftist Sen. wants RICO law to criminalize global warming skeptics

  1. Kimball says:

    For all the uproar over cigarettes, the federal government still profits greatly from smoking. I’m not a smoker and detest being around the foul odor, but until they are outlawed, they are still legal. For Whitehouse to make this parallel is ridiculous. The last I heard, we still had the right to our opinions in this country. Democrats obviously don’t approve of that.

  2. Hometown Guy says:

    Whitehouse and another liberal Rep. Henry Waxman put together a farcical “Task Force on Climate Change” much like a domestic Cap and Tax, the aim of which is “to break through barricades of denial.” Has anyone noticed that if you don’t agree with liberals and their agendas, you become a ‘denier?” They are always righteously right and anyone who has a differing opinion is foolishly in denial.

  3. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Some Republicans are deemed “far right” – “fringe element” – “religious kooks” by the mainstream media if they believe in the Constitution or attend church regularly.

    These far-out, legitimately nutso Democrats like Sheldon Whitehouse are protected by the media. Al Gore uses his own private plane(s) to hop around the world collecting money on ‘climate change.’ Obama uses more fossil fuels flying to fundraisers and vacations on Air Force One. They lecture us and want to punish those who won’t buy what they’re selling.

    They’re brainwashing the youth of America on ‘climate change.’ Unless parents step in, we’re cooked. Obama thinks ‘climate change’ is the #1 priority right now. That spells trouble for this country.

    • American Dad says:

      You nailed it! Most parents have no idea what their children are being indoctrinated with in government (once known as “public”) schools. And the hypocrites on the left continue to lecture the rest of us on what they view as gospel, although many in the scientific community dispute the whole notion of human caused global warming. The far left teacher’s unions have control of our youth from kindergarten through high school. Then the radicals who run the colleges and universities take over and finish the job.
      This Obama campaign ad exposes the NEA and it’s ties to the Democrat Party:

      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        Despicable people. They actually admit they don’t care about children. It’s all about power. This is a good ad – even if it was done by Karl Rove. And people ignored it apparently. The dictator was reelected.

  4. Doc says:

    I read that kim jong un’s lookin’ for a climate change guy. He apparadently used an anti-aircraft missile on th’ last one due to insubordination. Maybe this moron socialist p.o.s.’ll do a better job.

  5. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Pope Francis is all in on global warming. He’s also OK with homosexual clergy and wants to redistribute wealth. If he lived in the US, he’d be an enthusiastic Obama supporter. He doubtless already is.

    Even Catholic Rick Santorum wants the Pope to give his constant yammering about climate change a rest.
    This is Santorum’s quote:
    “The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re really good at, which is theology and morality. When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, I think the church is not as forceful and credible.”

    I’m no Santorum fan and think he’s a walking ego to even consider himself a viable presidential candidate, but he got this one right.

  6. azgary says:

    liberal republican judas jeff dial:

    “Arizona Sen. Jeff Dial’s military record questioned
    State Sen. Jeff Dial touted his military service during successful campaigns for the Arizona House and later the Senate.

    Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed him as a “veteran of the Armed Forces.” And he serves on the Legislature’s veterans caucus, formed to help create bipartisan solutions for problems involving veterans.

    But what Dial doesn’t say about his military experience is that soon after joining the U.S. Army Reserve in 1996, he got in trouble for his weight, triggering a personnel action against him and making him ineligible for promotion. Four years into his eight-year commitment, he was transferred to the inactive list for “unsatisfactory participation.”

    While other reservists were being called up to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dial remained on the individual ready reserve list from 2000 to 2004. Dial, a Republican who represents parts of Ahwatukee Foothills, Tempe, Mesa and Chandler, received an honorable discharge when his service commitment ended in 2004.

    Exactly how long Dial showed up to drill with his unit can’t be determined unless Dial releases his full military record. The Arizona Republic asked Dial to do so in March, and he declined.

    The definition of what exactly constitutes a veteran is murky, but in order to qualify for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, guidelines call for 24 months of active military service or the “full period” for which a service member was called to active duty. There are some exceptions to this rule.

    When The Republic first interviewed Dial about his military service in March, he said he had no idea what unit he had been assigned to in the Army Reserve, didn’t know his commanding officer, didn’t know how long he served with the unit or when he was transferred to the individual ready reserve. Dial said he didn’t know anything about his unit, 315th Psyop Company, being called up to go to Kosovo in 1999-2000.

    When asked about his rank, Dial said: “I think PFC,” which is private first class.

    When asked to submit a form to request his full military file, he declined.

    The one thing he was clear about was that he had an honorable discharge, and he showed his honorable discharge certificate and order to The Republic. Dial also gave The Republic his discharge document from active duty training in 1996, his DD Form 214, which listed his character of service as “uncharacterized” after serving less than 180 days of active duty in the Reserve.

    During a second interview in April at the Legislature, Dial said he didn’t name specifics about his military service because he didn’t know who the reporter interviewing him was, even though the reporter clearly identified himself.

    Dial said he only obtained the rank of E3 — private first class — after eight years in the Army Reserve. Dial said his weight prevented him from being promoted.

    “Unfortunately, I had a lot of problems with my weight after a couple years,” Dial said. “I am still proud of my service, but it was one of the things holding me back from rising in rank.”

    Two military experts who reviewed Dial’s file at the request of The Republic concluded Dial has overreached by campaigning as a veteran.

    Gregg Maxon, a retired brigadier general for the Arizona Army National Guard, said he believes Dial is “greatly exaggerating his service to the country.”

    Maxon said he doesn’t have high regard for individuals who commit to serve in the military and complete only a portion. Signing up to serve counts for something, he said, but “he didn’t follow through, that’s the thing that’s troubling.”

    “He’s not somebody I would stand next to and say I’d go to combat with this guy,” Maxon said. “If that was the strength of what he was running on, I’m not impressed by that.”

    Larry Bailey, retired after 27 years as a Navy Seal, said he believes the idea that Dial is a veteran is “laughable.” He said Dial should not have an honorable discharge with his military record.

    Bailey is on the Stolen Valor team of B.G. Burkett, an author and military-service watchdog who investigates fraudulent claims of military service.

    He said Dial is a veteran in technical terms since he went through basic training. But Bailey said Dial “did nothing” after that, so it was “pitiful” for him to campaign on being a veteran.

    “I don’t understand why anyone would claim to be a veteran” with that record, Bailey said.

    Typically, one would expect someone who was in the Army Reserve for eight years to have gotten to at least the rank of E4, specialist or corporal, but more likely to the rank of E5, sergeant, Maxon said. Obtaining only the rank of private first class, E3, after eight years of service typically means there was a problem with his service such as being in a weight program or unsatisfactory participation, Maxon said.

    Dial said his “unsatisfactory participation” was because of his inability to make the weight required by the Army Reserve.

    He declined a final interview with The Republic and instead provided this statement:

    “I am proud of my eight years of service in the US Army Reserves. I swore a commitment to defend the United States and was committed to go anywhere my country sent me. I graduated from basic training and honorably served for eight years in the Army reserves, before receiving an Honorable Discharge for my service.

    “I believe anyone who swears to defend the United States, attends basic training, serves out their eight year commitment to the Army Reserves, and receives an Honorable discharge is a veteran. I have always struggled with my weight, but am very proud of my country, and stand by my eight years of service in the military.”