Posts Tagged Dick Cheney

BREAKING: ByBee to Become Poster Child for ‘Obama Justice’

Pat Leahy says Bybee should just resign.

If that’s the case, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), told reporters Tuesday, then Bybee should resign. “The fact is, the Bush administration and Mr. Bybee did not tell the truth. If the Bush administration and Mr. Bybee had told the truth, he never would have been confirmed,” said Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The decent and honorable thing for him to do would be to resign. And if he is a decent and honorable person, he will resign,” he said deliberately.

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Cheney sucks up to Scooter Libby

libby-miers-cheney1Dick ‘Dick’ Cheney is making a point to let everyone know, particularly Scooter Libby, that he (Cheney) disagrees with Bush’s decision not to pardon Scooter. Why say anything now when it’s no longer an issue? Chris Matthews has a very plausible take on it. Scooter knows first-hand the behind-closed-doors story about how a stratagem was contrived to get us into war in Iraq. As they say, Scooter knows where the bodies are buried. A Scooter Libby who needs to make a living might very well write a book since he cannot practice law without a pardon. Cheney has reason to worry about what Scooter might tell, and he wants to be sure Scooter knows his old boss tried to get him pardoned. It’s classic CYA. Cheney has no power over Scooter and he knows it.

The article linked above from Fox News suggests a theory why Bush refused to pardon Libby (though he did commute the sentence). From The Weekly Standard: “There are some indications that he [Bush] believes Libby was guilty.”

Go ahead and ponder on that a bit. One might ask if Cheney and Scooter know the truth, why doesn’t Bush? And this is from Bush-loyal TWS? One gets the impression Bush really was the Boy in the Bubble.

So how far will Scooter’s loyalty to Cheney go? Will he finally be fed up with being the scapegoat–the only one to pay a personal price? A huge price at that. This is just a glimmer of a story to keep an eye on in the future.

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Dick Cheney: Let the shredding begin

dick_cheneyA few months ago a U.S. District Court judge ruled that

. . . vice president Dick Cheney must turn over all documents prepared by him, or his office, in relation to his duties as vice president, to the National Archives after his term as VP has ended.

A lawsuit, launched by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, was precipitated by a statement Cheney made in 2003 stating that neither he, nor the office of vice president of the United States, should be considered entities within the executive branch of government.

Under a U.S. law, the Presidential Records Act, all records relating to the performance of official duties within the executive branch of government must be turned over to the National Archive at the end of a sitting term. Cheney and his lawyers have fought for a more specific definition of the meaning of “official documents.”

That was not the end of the lawsuit, however. The case continues on as Cheney was ordered simply to preserve records until the court issues a final decision. His lawyers are asserting that

. . . the vice president alone has the authority to determine which records, if any, from his tenure will be handed over to the National Archives when he leaves office in January.

That claim is in federal court documents asking that a lawsuit over the records be dismissed. Cheney leaves office Jan. 20, potentially taking with him millions of records that might otherwise become public record.

Cheney has throughout his term in office been the opposite of transparency. It is no surprise he wishes to keep those records hidden from public view forever. And that’s all the more reason why the public should see them.

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Dick Cheney’s War Crimes?

In the continuing saga of the Project Legacy/Victory Lap interviews, Cheney in an interview may have inadvertently (though he appeared to be proud of it) admitted to committing a war crime — a crime for which the United States has executed criminals in the past. Rachel Maddow covers it:


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Dick Cheney Indicted by Texas Grand Jury

I know nothing about this story except what I read on KSL.com. Certainly of interest.

President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in a South Texas county that has been a source of bizarre legal and political battles under the outgoing prosecutor.

The indictment returned Monday has not yet been signed by the presiding judge, and no action can be taken until that happens.

Cheney is charged with engaging in an organized criminal activity related to the vice president’s investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds financial interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and “at least misdemeanor assaults” on detainees because of his link to the prison companies. [snip]

The indictment accuses Gonzales of using his position while in office to stop an investigation in 2006 into abuses at one of the privately-run prisons.

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Why Evil Lurks in Some of The Nicest People

Authoritarian ConservativeThe reason so many Americans are willing to bask in blissful ignorance, practice self-destructive politics and parrot irrational arguments is clearly explained by Conservative Authoritarianism; the research that came out of trying to understand Nazi Germany. The zoological basis of Authoritarianism is tribalism.

I’ve written about this before and I’m writing about it again because it keeps coming up over and over again in conversation.

This single interview was a my epiphany in the quest to understand why so many people are so willing to accept at face value, whatever they are told by people on TV or YouTube or church and willing to vote against their self-interest. Today those same people are the ones who have been unwilling or unable to grasp the evidence and reality that Bush, the neocon movement, his administration, have been feeding us a pack of lies in the most criminal fashion.

John Dean, Republican adviser to Richard Nixon has written a deeply disturbing book about the conservative right’s growing move toward authoritarianism and blind loyalty. Its an old concept. It worked for Hitler and others. It is at work today.

This interview with Keith Olbermann gives us a frightening new perspective on the use of fear to gain and keep power.

General obedience in not always a bad thing. Blind obedience however is possibly responsible for all the most horrific acts ever perpetrated on this planet by our species. The research Dean refers to in the book is largely the life work of Robert Altemeyer who is himself writing an online book called The Authoritarians.
Dean’s book is called Conservatives Without Conscience.

Video at C&L.

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