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Cheney Divorces Bush

Ok, after this I’m going back to work on The Lilith Quotient. No more body slamming the fundies, ripping the White House a new arse, pontificating on the way things should be, or other general Tom-foolery until I get something done on my story.

Unless something else pisses me off.

I just had to make a short run across town and while tooling around I was listening to The Diane Rehm Show on NPR. Diane, besides having probably the most soothing voice in the entire universe, has a wonderful show where she interviews all sorts of folks and talks about all sorts of cool and/or important stuff. (The show will be available to listen to around 1 PM EDT at that link above.) (ETA – Here is the Windows Media Player link to listen to the first half of the show.  It’s about 15 minutes in.)

Part of the segment I was listening to today was directly related to my previous post about stem cell research and the shenanigans in the White House.

The latest is just beyond the pale.

The Glorified Houseplant Who Would Be Caesar recently issued an executive order that specifically directs members of the Executive Branch of our government to disclose certain important documents. Although the exact documents in question really are irrelevant to the point of what comes next, I gathered they were about the whole Valerie Plame Affair thing, where in retaliation for disclosing that the White House’s excuse for the Iraq invasion was hogwash, Ambassador Wilson’s Wife’s name as a CIA agent was deliberately released to the press.  Edit:- Actually it was about turning over documents to the National Archive.  When the National Archives continued to demand the documents be turned over, Slick Dick attempted to abolish the office in charge of getting the documents.

Anyways, here’s where it really gets good. Vice President Richard “Slick Dick” Cheney, the man who has repeatedly sworn blind allegiance to the idea that the Executive Branch of Government has no duty to answer to anyone whosoever and can do whatsoever it pleases, has now decided that he is not subject to his master’s whimsical order, on the grounds that as President of the Senate he is part of the legislative branch of government – despite the fact that he’s claiming the documents are secret on the basis of Executive Privilege.

Oh the F’in’ chutzpa. The irony. The sheer audacity of this man is stunning.

He just does not hesitate to thumb his nose at anyone! He is just totally convinced that he is above every law, that he answers to no one!

What the heck is it going to take to arrest this guy?

(ETA – I love this comment by Justin Webb, Washington correspondent for the BBC @ around 35:30 “One of the cable shows was saying last night he is perhaps now a rogue nation, and should be invaded.”)

Filed under: Politics, Rants

2 Responses

  1. JanieBelle says:

    Hey! Ed, a psychoanalyst from here in Jacksonville, NC is on the air now!

    Cool!

  2. JanieBelle says:

    CNN picks up the story

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Vice President Dick Cheney’s office refused to cooperate with an agency that oversees classified documents, then tried to abolish the office when it challenged the actions, House oversight committee Chairman Henry Waxman said.

    The National Archives’ Information Security Oversight Office is charged by presidential order with ensuring that classified information and documents are properly handled by executive branch agencies.

    According to a letter from William Leonard, director of the oversight office, Cheney’s office argued it did not meet the definition of an executive branch agency and therefore was exempt.

    Leonard also wrote that Cheney’s office suggested his agency be abolished under a revision of the presidential order now under consideration.

    “I question both the legality and wisdom of your actions,” Waxman, D-California, wrote in a letter Thursday to Cheney.

    “Your decision to exempt your office from the president’s order is problematic because it could place national security at risk,” wrote Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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