Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cheney’s Got Balls, and No Secrets

Under the media radar is this story about the extent Dick Cheney is willing to go just keep everything he’s done secret. Personally I believe it’s his way of staying out of jail and/or being written in the history books as the most incompetent and brutal VP this nation has ever seen.

AP) A federal judge on Saturday ordered Dick Cheney to preserve a wide range of the records from his time as vice president.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is a setback for the Bush administration.

Their legal position "heightens the court's concern" that some records may not be preserved, said the judge. In a 22-page opinion, the judge revealed that in recent days, lawyers for the Bush administration balked at a proposed agreement between the two sides on how to proceed with the case.

A private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is suing Cheney and the Executive Office of the President in an effort to ensure that no presidential records are destroyed or handled in a way that makes them unavailable to the public.

The lawsuit stems from Cheney's position that his office is not part of the executive branch of government.
This summer, Cheney chief of staff David Addington told Congress the vice president belongs to neither the executive nor legislative branch of government, but rather is attached by the Constitution to Congress. The vice president presides over the Senate.

The lawsuit alleges that the Bush administration's actions over the past 7 1/2 years raise questions over whether the White House will turn over records created by Cheney and his staff to the National Archives in January. Two historians and three groups of historians and archivists joined CREW in filing the suit two weeks ago.

In 2003, Cheney asserted that the office of the vice president is not an entity within the executive branch.

No comments:

Post a Comment