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June 27, 2007

Dick Cheney Rejoins The Executive Branch

by Doug Mataconis

Compelled perhaps by the rather creative proposal by Congressman Rahm Emanuel to cut off funding for the Office of the Vice-President based on assertions that the Veep is not part of the Executive Branch of Government, Vice-President Cheney has now apparently decided to rejoin the Executive Branch of the Federal Government:

Dick Cheney’s office is abandoning a justification for keeping the vice president’s secret papers out of the hands of the National Archives, while asserting a new argument for withholding them.

Officials working for Cheney had tried to claim he is separate from the executive branch, but they will no longer pursue that defense, senior administration officials tell The Politico.

The decision follows a threat by Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), the No. 3 House Democrat, to try to cut off the office’s $4.8 million in executive-branch funding, and a letter from Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) asking for the reasoning behind the argument.

Welcome back to the United States, Mr. Vice-President. But what’s this about a new argument for withholding secret documents ?

David S. Addington, Cheney’s chief of staff and counsel, wrote in a three-paragraph response to Kerry on Tuesday that the executive order on classified national security information does not give the archivists authority over the president or vice president.

Addington said that therefore it “is not necessary in these circumstances to address the subject of any alternative reasoning.”

In other words, we’re still not going to comply with the law and we’re not going to tell you why.

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  • Frances

    So, the Vice President -is- a part of the executive branch, he just can’t be held accountable for what he does with the secrets of the State and he doesn’t need to justify why it is that he actually needs to know all these secrets.

    Democracy in action I would say. An agency that is -not an agency- that should not have access to secrets has access to secrets but is unaccountable for what it does with these secrets at the same time.

    You, as an individual, who are also -not an agency- cannot have access to secret information, cannot elect to withold information from -certain agencies- that is then classified and used in ways that they do not have to justify in the least, be the information correct or not, complete or not, relevant or not.

    And: we should not worry about it and just run along now, nothing to be seen, nothing to wrack our little brains about, let the grown-ups speak, continue consuming like the sheep that you are and SHUT THE FUCK UP already.

    Thank you :).

  • Me

    I’m sure looking forward to the Revolution when these lying, murdering scum get their commupence. It’s long overdue.

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  • Sean

    I read the executive order. Nowhere does it state that its intent is anything other than making executive branch documents public at all levels as security allows.

    It also defines an “agency” for the purposes of the language of the order. It includes agencies as usually accepted offices below the President and VP, AND “any other entity within the executive branch”, which includes the President himself, and the VP.

    Which just goes to show: Dick Cheney is just that, a dick.

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