Thursday, June 21, 2007
Q: Name the three branches of the United States Government.And, if you're Dick Cheney, apparently not the Vice President. Trying to prove that he can claim to be just as above the law as W, that's exactly what Cheney recently told Legislative Branch member Rep. Henry Waxman. As Waxman's website describes it:
A: Legislative, Judicial, Executive.
Q: Name the entities that make up each branch.
A: Legislative: Congress, made up of the House and Senate.
Judicial: The Supreme Court
Executive: The Administration, including the President and...
The Oversight Committee has learned that over the objections of the National Archives, Vice President Cheney exempted his office from the presidential order that establishes government-wide procedures for safeguarding classified national security information. The Vice President asserts that his office is not an “entity within the executive branch.”This is doubly troublesome because Cheney's office has had a rather poor track record when it comes to safeguarding classified national security information -- q.v. The Valerie Plame Affair, and a ton of missing emails.
Every President and Vice President sworn into office takes an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States. This willful ignorance of that document is just the latest in a long list of acts by which both Cheney and Bush have shown their complete contempt for that document, their offices and the People of the United States. It's just another reason to support impeachment; in fact, despite the heinousness of all their other crimes, this act alone is legally enough to impeach the Vice President. Piled on top of all the other crimes and misdemeanors committed by this Administration, it should be the last nail in the coffin.
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