Friday, June 22, 2007

Just when you think Dick Cheney has bottomed out, he digs deeper into the pit of perfidy, hubris and arrogance

Dick Cheney finds oversight of his office so distasteful that he has gone so far as to attempt to abolish the office within the National Archives that oversees the dissemination of national security information and is charged with protecting sensitive national security information.

Yes, children, you read that right. Rather than comply with the rule of law, Cheney just tried to make the problem go away entirely by eliminating the Information Security Oversight Office that wanted to keep tabs on the national security information tht his minions have amply displayed they can’t be trusted with.

The ISOO is a small shop, about 25 people work there. They have been trying to get information from Cheney for years, and he has stonewalled. When the ISOO got pushy, Cheney tried to just make them go away.

What, exactly, is that fat bastard hiding?

The Oversight Committee has learned that over the objections of the National Archives, Vice President Cheney exempted his office from the presidential order that establishes government-wide procedures for safeguarding classified national security information. The Vice President asserts that his office is not an “entity within the executive branch.”

As described in a letter from Chairman Waxman to the Vice President, the National Archives protested the Vice President's position in letters written in June 2006 and August 2006. When these letters were ignored, the National Archives wrote to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in January 2007 to seek a resolution of the impasse. The Vice President's staff responded by seeking to abolish the agency within the Archives that is responsible for implementing the President's executive order.

In his letter to the Vice President, Chairman Waxman writes: "I question both the legality and wisdom of your actions. ... [I]t would appear particularly irresponsible to give an office with your history of security breaches an exemption from the safeguards that apply to all other executive branch officials."

A fact sheet prepared by Chairman Waxman describes other instances in which the Vice President's office has sought to avoid oversight and accountability.

I have had quite enough from this imperialist prick. If he doesn’t resign for “health reasons” in the immediate future, Congress needs to grow a pair and get behind Dennis Kucinich who has introduced Articles of Impeachment against him.

Not a member of the Executive Branch my ass. Impeach his ass and see how far he can make that argument fly.

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