Cheney Is Above The Law?

Someone please explain to me where these fools in Washington get the idea that they are NOT subject to the laws of this land? Seriously. Obviously someone has told them they can do what they want and are NOT accountable to anyone, not even the American Citizens to whom they are supposed to be accountable to. And now Cheney is trying to say that he and his office are NOT subject to executive branch rules? That would mean they were NOT part of the executive branch. The arrogance of Cheney to declare that Congress has NO oversight over him and his office. Where the hell did he get this idea?

I found this gem in the Washington Post:

Cheney’s Total Impunity

Special to

Tuesday, April 29, 2008; 1:20 PM

How far will Vice President Cheney go to shield himself and his office from public scrutiny?

Last spring, Cheney asserted that he wasn’t subject to executive-branch rules about classified information because he wasn’t actually part of the executive branch.

Now his office argues that he and his staff are completely immune from congressional oversight. That’s right: Completely immune.

Cheney’s latest claim came in a response to a House Judiciary Committee request for vice presidential chief of staff David S. Addington to testify about his central role in developing the administration’s torture policies.

Cheney lawyer Kathryn L. Wheelbarger wrote back: “Congress lacks the constitutional power to regulate by a law what a Vice President communicates in the performance of the Vice President’s official duties, or what a Vice President recommends that a President communicate in the President’s performance of official duties, and therefore those matters are not within the Committee’s power of inquiry.”

As it happens, that was only one of three startling responses in Wheelbarger’s letter.

She also wrote: “The Chief of Staff to the Vice President is an employee of the Vice President, and not the President, and therefore is not in a position to speak on behalf of the President.”

Disregard, for a moment, the fact that Addington wasn’t actually asked to speak on behalf of the president – but about his “unique information and perspective.” Contrary to Wheelbarger’s central assertion, Addington actually does work for the president. When he took over the job previously held by Scooter Libby — who has since been convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Valerie Plame CIA leak case — Addington also inherited Libby’s title as “assistant to the president.” See, for instance, his official White House profile.

Cheney’s office somehow managed to omit Addington from the White House staff listpublic Senate payroll either. submitted to Congress. But Addington isn’t on Cheney’s

Finally, Wheelbarger cites, “separate from any question of immunity from testimony,” questions of privilege “protecting state secrets, attorney-client communications, deliberations, and communications among Presidents, Vice Presidents, and their advisers.”

Read the FULL STORY here.

This man is as arrogant as that fool he plays second in command to. The fact that they make it so difficult for Congress to question them, tells me they have much to hide. Given the track record the executive branch has in this administration, I say screw the niceties, just issue supoenas right off the bat. They are buying time to hide or “lose” what Congress is after.

We’ll be lucky if we survive the rest of this administration’s term, IF we even get to elect a new president. I don’t hold out much hope for the choices we have either, but this administration will get us killed for sure. We can only hope and pray that the next administration has some semblance of sanity to it. Unfortunately since the choices we will be given offer no real hope of actual change and reverting back to the Constitution, I’m not holding my breath. My vote will be going to Ron Paul as I’m tired of voting for the ‘lesser of two evils’ and not voting at all just gives them permission to trample over me. You might consider the same thing.


~ by swfreedomlover on April 30, 2008.

One Response to “Cheney Is Above The Law?”

  1. Oh, I hear you! I’m almost as mad at Congress though as I am at the administration. Had they taken this in hand 4 years ago we wouldn’t be suffering these bastards now. They would be in federal prison!

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