Monday, June 25, 2007

Washington Post Exposé... Dick Cheney Is A Monster!

Six and a half years into the administration, the Washington Post realizes that our Vice President is a walking constitutional disaster. Seriously, though, they're publishing a good, if late, series of articles on 'The Cheney Vice Presidency'. For those who've been paying attention the past few years, it confirms what we know, with frightening inside stories and examples.

Parts 1 and 2 are up now.

Part 1-- "'A Different Understanding With the President'"-- is the primer, looking at Cheney's efforts to expand presidential power and his own. One, of many, revelations is that the infamous Gonzales 'torture memo' (calling the Geneva conventions "quaint", etc) was actually penned by Cheney's lawyer, David Addington. They just had Gonzales sign his name to it. Not sure if that's supposed to make us feel better about ol' Gonzo, considering the Justice Department is run by a guy who's apparently a puppet of people like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.

Part 2-- "Pushing the Envelope on Presidential Power"-- follows up on the first part, narrowing in on Cheney's attempts to expand wartime powers, specifically in the treatment of detainees. It follows the history of these policies from 2002 through the present.

Salon's Tim Grieve summarizes the top 10 findings from the stories thus far.

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