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06-13-2007, 06:49 PM
Cheney shows disdain for federal accountability


Christopher Wood
The Associated Press

Vice President Dick Cheney holds a news conference last month in Baghdad, Iraq.

The Associated Press reported that Vice President Cheney's office ordered the Secret Service last September to destroy all records of visitors to the official vice presidential mansion right after The Washington Post sued for access to the logs. That move was made in secret, naturally. It came out only because of another lawsuit, filed by a private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, seeking the names of conservative religious figures who visited the vice president's residence

This disdain for accountability is distressing, but not surprising. Cheney has had it on display from his first days in office, when he refused to name the energy-industry executives who met with him behind closed doors to draft an energy policy.

In a similar way, Cheney seems unconcerned about little things like checks and balances and traditional American notions of judicial process. At one point, he gave himself the power to selectively declassify documents and selectively leak them to reporters. In a recent commencement address, he declaimed against prisoners who had the gall to demand the protections of the Geneva Convention and the U.S. Constitution.

06-13-2007, 06:55 PM
Hope Mr. Cheney is enjoying his last days in office. After this, I don't think he could get elected dog catcher...

06-13-2007, 07:18 PM
We want to control everything, and be held accountable for nothing.

06-13-2007, 07:21 PM
But what's fucked up is, we're LETTING them!