Thursday, June 21, 2007

And when the law breaks, the vp will rock

Back in 2004, the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives wanted to conduct an on-site inspection of the offices of Vice President Dick “President” Cheney. Cheney and his staff blocked the inspectors from their White House offices.

Now, House investigators have learned that Vice President Cheney exempted his office from Executive Order 12958 that was designed to safeguard classified national security information at the strong objections of the National Archives.

Cheney’s office maintains that it is not an “entity within the executive branch” and, because of that, is not subject to presidential executive orders.

Naturally, the ISOO tried to resolve the matter and sent letters, on two separate occaions in the summer of 2006 to Cheney’s chief of staff David “Don’t Call me Scooter” Addington that disputed the claims made by Cheney’s office. They then requested that the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel settle the matter.

Again naturally, Cheney’s office ignored the letters.

Flashforward to January 2007, the ISOO directly asked AG Gonzales to resolve the issue on whether the executive order applies to Cheney’s office or not.

(That was smart… leave it up to someone who is SO FAR up Bush and Cheney’s ass you would need a proctologist to find him…)

Cheny, again naturally, didn’t like that either and has now requested a change in the EO that would completely abolish the ISOO AND eliminate the ability of the National Archives to appeal disputes to the AG.

The whole scenario has drawn a stinging response, in letter form, from House oversight chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) in which he writes, “I question both the legality and the wisdom of your actions.”

Mr. Waxman went on to write that it would be “particularly irresponsible” to give an office “with your history of security breaches” an exemption such as they one they are seeking and that “to my knowledge, this was the first time in the nearly 30-year history of the Information Security Oversight Office that a request for access to conduct a security inspection was denied by a White House office.”

(This whole scenario is not only pathetic, but downright scary… and not at all surprising. Cheney has long maintained that he and his office are above the law, and this story prooves it without a shadow of a doubt. I have never been one to call for the impeachment of Bush – primarily because it wouldn’t happen but more so because it would probably do more harm than good, but that’s a story for another day – but I firmly believe, support, and think that impeachment should be brought against Cheney… before it’s too late and he does something from which this country will not recover)

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