America, wake up!!!

June 22, 2007 by barbara

barbara writes

For four years, Vice President Dick Cheney has resisted routine oversight of his office’s handling of classified information, and when the National Archives unit that monitors classification in the executive branch objected, the vice president’s office suggested abolishing the oversight unit, according to documents released yesterday by a Democratic congressman. Source: New York Times.

Our government is in the hands of dangerous, megalomaniacal people. That is not hyperbolic. And the most dangerous of all is Richard “Darth” Cheney.

We are in deep, serious trouble. We have domestic terrorists, fronting as a presidential administration. Cheney et al have burrowed their way to the heart of our country, and we are on the brink of total organ shutdown. More, unfortunately.

Get this. The Information Security Oversight (ISO) Office is the “unit” referenced above. And guess who’s going to rule on their objection. The Justice Department, aka the playground of Harriet Meiers and Alberto Gonzales. What’s wrong with THIS picture?

Henry Waxman (D-CA) is the one who publicly blew the whistle on Cheney’s attempt to shut down the ISO Office.

…After repeatedly refusing to comply with a routine annual request from the archives for data on his staff’s classification of internal documents, the vice president’s office in 2004 blocked an on-site inspection of records that other agencies of the executive branch regularly go through….

But the National Archives is an executive branch department headed by a presidential appointee, and it is assigned to collect the data on classified documents under a presidential executive order. Its Information Security Oversight Office is the archives division that oversees classification and declassification.

“I know the vice president wants to operate with unprecedented secrecy,” Mr. Waxman said in an interview. “But this is absurd. This order is designed to keep classified information safe. His argument is really that he’s not part of the executive branch, so he doesn’t have to comply.”

You can see where this is going, can’t you?

A spokeswoman for Mr. Cheney, Megan McGinn, said, “We’re confident that we’re conducting the office properly under the law.” She declined to elaborate.

Folks, “under the law” used to mean something in our nation of laws. But for the past 6½ years (the first egregious public action being the SCOTUS decision that resulted in the crowning of Emperor George), the law has become a tool of the Bush administration as it is tweaked, distorted, and often completely disregarded.

Cheney and his legal advisor (what, just one?) David Addington don’t think executive orders apply to Cheney’s office since it is both legislative and executive, per the Constitution. In other words, Cheney believes himself an entity separate from the law.

The dispute is far from the first to pit Mr. Cheney and Mr. Addington against outsiders seeking information, usually members of Congress or advocacy groups. Their position is generally based on strong assertions of presidential power and the importance of confidentiality, which Mr. Cheney has often argued was eroded by post-Watergate laws and the prying press.

The prying press? Give me a break. One of the principal reasons we’re in this abysmal mess is failure of the press to pry and report.
The NY Times goes on to say that Cheney started up with this mega-secrecy thing in 2003 by refusing to supply information and blocking on-site inspections that are “routinely carried out across the government to check whether documents were being properly labeled and safely stored.”

Read the article. It’s an Orwell on steroids scenario, only it's not fiction. And here’s my jejune question about all of this. If you have nothing to hide, why hide everything? Just asking.

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MLS (not verified) | June 22, 2007 - 1:21pm

After looking at the Dick Cheney photo I'll repeat
what I said in the 6/12 blog, "Dick Cheney looks like a shark." I should add, he not only looks like one, he plays like one - cunningly protected by some of his cronies from the Department of In-Justice. Oh I do so want to smear that sneer. Now that's what I would call Justice!

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barbara aka babs (not verified) | June 22, 2007 - 9:41pm

It scares me to look at him, too, MLS. Possibly because it seems certain that he's the poster boy for evil intentions. I think part of the reason the Dems have so much trouble keeping up with Karl, Darth and Junior's playbook is that, imperfect though many Dems are, few of them are evil. Now that's not a term I use very much. I remember feeling vaguely uncomfortable about it even as a kid in Sunday School. But really, I have come to believe that what is being waged here is a colossal battle for the soul of America. Sounds melodramatic, doesn't it?! I think not, though. And we're all in the battle whether or not we know it. Bush's approval rating dropped to 26% this week. Ergo, one might conclude that 26% of us either don't know that this is for all the marbles or, incredibly, they don't care. Well, crikey, let's all just go shopping.

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perhansa (not verified) | June 23, 2007 - 10:25am

Of the 26% it would be interesting to know the demographics--where do these people reside and what % are died-in-the-wool Republicans. If you take away the Bible belt and the life-long Repubs, what is Bush's approval rating?

Just goes to prove you can fool some of the people all of the time...

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