Dick Cheney is a traitor. Those who support him hate America. Those who oppose him, for the most part, love it.
It used to be that when we heard about atrocities in other countries, police states, censorship, torture and the like, we could tsk tsk and say "Not in our country, not in America. Not in the land of the free." That was WHILE this kind of thing was going on. Because we knew that even though the government pulled this shit it did so rarely, secretly, and with the threat of future prosecution for those involved if it were ever discovered.
That article may talking about the past, but unless the Democrats enact real change and roll back a lot of the evil policies put in place in the 2000's, what it's really about is our future.