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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dick Cheney and Kristen Ziman Demonstrate How to Justify Anything

Former Vice President Dick Cheney vigorously rejected the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. John McCain and others characterization of the so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" as torture by justifying, well...everything.

In fact, if you listen to Cheney's interview with Chuck Todd of Meet the Press, everything that was done is justified.

We call it like we see's torture.  And, it's wrong.

For our local viewers, this reminds us of a disturbing pattern we've been observing from Aurora Police Department Commander Kristen Ziman with the justification of everything.

In her case, she most recently justified the police killing in Ferguson while the nation is demanding reform and change to police policy.  With the Aurora Police Department having a half-million dollar tank, she was silent on the military response and attacks on both media and protesters.

Having that tank is justified, of course.  We aren't sure what it would be used for, but if it's used against the public, we assume that would be "justified."

Ziman has also justified a red light camera scheme in Aurora that increased public safety risks and fleeced drivers with a corrupt vendor, Redflex

See: Redflex "bagman" pleads guilty to red light camera contract bribe or watch below to learn more:

She also justified the political exploitation of crime stats by the corrupt mayor of Aurora with police bonuses for a "zero murder rate" and false success claims that crime was down, only to have shootings, murders and crime shoot up.

Ziman has justified the massive corruption at the $165 million Aurora Police Palace by conveniently looking the other way.  Why rock the luxury boat when you can just sail with it and drink lots of wine, right Kristen?

She's also been silent and justified various violations of constitutional rights by the City of Aurora that used police to harm the rights of citizens to enter public meetings or to protest.  Where was Kristen Ziman standing up to protect the public?  She just let it happen.  It's justified.

In her role as the social media czar for the Aurora Police Department (where she conveniently also retweets herself), she's justified censorship against the public and media.  If you don't like someone questioning the police or her, it's justified to just silence them.  That's the communication style of Kristen Ziman.  It's justified.

She also has justified the willful misconduct of the Aurora Police Department under the Weisner regime to prevent release of time-sensitive crime information to all media, including us, that could help solve crimes.

Kristen Ziman's spouse, Chris Tunney, is a police officer at the Aurora Police Department.  No conflict of interest in supervising one's spouse.  It's okay, let's just assume that's justified, too.

More importantly, as Aurora has become "second to none" for corruption, Ziman also justifies her spouse being appointed to a paid board position with the Dunham Fund, a nonprofit slush fund connected to the cronies and crooks of Aurora that has funneled millions to corrupt projects.

And, now we learn despite having a large taxpayer-funded salary and supposedly an important day job as a "commander" at the Aurora Police Department, Ziman has been working with Michael Nila, a campaign crony of Mayor Tom Weisner, who stuffed money into the mayor's pockets and magically came up with a contract to force "Franklin Covey" training upon city employees at massive expense to taxpayers.

Ziman, apparently with lots of free time during her day job, travels to various parts of the country as part of her gig with Nila, to charge taxpayers for "training."

Ziman works with Nila...$$$.  Chris Tunney works with the Dunham Fund...$$$.  That's aside from their combined taxpayer-funded salaries you pay.  Quite the $$$ deal for them by playing with the corrupt and cronies of Aurora.

It's all justified, of course...according to Ziman.  She says she can explain the gig with the Weisner crony...we're still waiting to hear it.

So, are we comparing Kristen Ziman to Dick Cheney?  No, of course not.

Like it or not, Cheney was elected.  Ziman was not.

He had a term limit, she has none.  He technically answered to voters.  She answers to, well, nobody as far as we can tell.

Watching Dick Cheney justify torture reminds us that the fine line between what's right and wrong for those in positions of responsibility must never be blurry.  When you are wrong, you must have the courage to admit you are wrong.

From issues of international relations to local issues, the public must not sit back and allow those who do wrong to justify their own conduct.

We've strongly advocated for Kristen Ziman over the years even when many people in local law enforcement, including rank-n-file officers in her own department, were critical about her mysterious rise through the ranks.

We won't justify our mistake.  Turns out they were right.  We were wrong.

Let's see if Kristen Ziman can be better than Dick Cheney and admit she's wrong...or just continue to justify everything.


Anonymous said...

wow, Kristen makes herself to be some type of great person but when you really look at what she's done, not so great.

Anonymous said...

The Thursday closing on the house at 814 George Ave. in Aurora is truly closure … a happy ending to a sad tale.

For decades Lynda Smith’s name and photo were in the news as the city unsuccessfully tried to stop the homeowner from hoarding cats in this modest house on the East Side of Aurora.

Time after time complaints would go out, animal control would come knocking at her door and find dozens of cats — and at times dogs – all living in filthy conditions.

Smith inevitably would be charged with animal cruelty, her home would be declared unfit for human habitation and she would get hit with hefty fines, then liens as officials had to go in and clean up the horrific mess she had made.

In 2003, officials even tried to get a conviction on state charges that could have led to a psychiatric evaluation. The city, of course, knew she needed help and was more than willing to try and get this frustrating case taken care of once and for all.

But Smith was stubborn and feisty, determined to hang on to her home and her animals.

She remained that way to the end.

When 72-year-old Smith was found dead on her porch last December, apparently from a heart attack, authorities discovered “another 30 or 40 cats in the house,” said Jim Pilmer, the city’s director of neighborhood standards.

But her passing has meant new life for the home she owned for at least 50 years. Joseph Corporation became new owners of the house. And this non-profit that helps low-income families become first-time homeowners will soon gut the entire house, redo it inside and out and then sell it to a low-income and no doubt very excited buyer.

This happy ending was made possible after the city decided to drop all the liens against the home once it went into a trust for Smith’s children.

The non-profit group, Wiggins said, will work with the trades classes from East Aurora High School to clean out the basement, clear brush and dead trees from the yard and begin bathroom and kitchen demolition.

Joseph Corp. will probably sink $40,000 to $50,000 into the effort and end up selling it for a very small profit, perhaps a couple thousand dollars that will go back in to its revolving loan fund, he added.

His group won’t make much on this project, Wiggins said, because “there’s just too much to do here.” More than anything, he noted, this house was taken on as a favor to the city, which in the past has given Joseph Corp. old houses free of charge, knowing the homes would have low-income but qualified buyers moving in.

The families eligible for these homes – there have been seven houses sold just this year – must be qualified and go through ownership classes, Wiggins said.

Not only is the city delighted there’s closure on this troubled address, said Wiggins, “the neighbors, of course, are tickled pink.”

And so is the city.

“It took the cooperation of a lot of people,” said Pilmer. “But it really is a great ending to a long and tragic case.”

Anonymous said...

What the neighbors really wanted? For the City to have demolished this smelly house ten years ago after foreclosing on its liens. At the time, we sent letters to the editor supporting the City's action. But Weisner let us down, choosing social welfare and supporting Mrs. Smith.

So Lynn kept living in her two houses, using George Ave. as her kitty hotel when the City wasn't watching.

So what did we neighbors get? More years of stink, cats and embarrassment. Way to go Aurora, it was nice having you on our side.

But anyway, we all got smart and moved away from George Ave. and City incompetence. One of the best things we ever did. Now we really are "tickled pink."