What is it going to take for Congress, the media and the American people to wise up and impeach Dick Cheney?
Obviously it isn’t enough that he lied us into an illegal, unjust and immoral war. It doesn’t matter that he ignored a Congressional subpoena and still refuses to release details of his energy task force that may have outlined the administration’s imperial oil-grabbing tactics pre-911. It makes no difference that the vice president ordered the outing of the undercover CIA operative in charge of finding Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” because her husband publicly refuted the administration’s falsehoods about said wmds.
The fact that he lead the military in its use of interrogation tactics that amount to torture (until Congress allowed the administration to change the definition of torture), is apparently irrelevant. No one seems to care that Cheney was in charge of war games on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 that may have slowed military and air traffic control response to plane hijackings. And shooting that guy in the face? Well, it could have happened to any experienced hunter shooting caged quails.
Now it is revealed the vice president hasn’t been complying with an executive order that requires executive branch employees to report on the nature of the classified documents they create. The VP justifies his noncompliance by claiming that his role as President of the Senate separates him from the executive branch. Who cares what the Constitution says, right?
According to Capitol Hill Blue:
In 1995, President Bill Clinton issued an order intended to ensure that classified data was properly labeled and stored within executive-branch agencies, and established an Information Security Oversight Office within the National Archives to ensure that it was.
President Bush modified the order in 2003, which, coincidentally or not, was when Cheney’s office, which had complied in 2001 and 2002, stopped cooperating with the oversight office and blocked oversight investigators from the vice president’s offices altogether in 2004.
Following standard procedures, the oversight office appealed to the Department of Justice, where the matter now rests with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Cheney aides — in a hardball manner said to be typical of the vice president’s operatives — tried to have the appeals process eliminated. When that failed, they tried to have the oversight office eliminated altogether.
Of course, we know what will happen to the oversight office’s justice department appeal — nothing. Gonzales himself still evades expulsion. So the question once again is, what will Congress do about yet another breach of constitutional authority by the vice president?
The result of what Senator Dick Durban called Cheney’s “tortured logic”, is the creation of a fourth branch of government or in other words, Cheney’s contention that he is above the law. Rep. Rahm Emanuel says that if Cheney’s office isn’t part of the executive branch, then he should lose his executive branch funding.
But empty political posturing hasn’t worked for the Democrat-led Congress so far. When are they going to DO SOMETHING about Cheney’s lawlessness?
Detroiters: We must pressure Congressman John Conyers to place House Resolution 333, Articles of Impeachment against Dick Cheney, on the Judiciary Committee agenda. It wasn’t long ago that Conyers said, “I have a choice. I can either stand by and lead my constituents to believe I do not care that the president apparently no longer believes he is bound by any law or code of decency. Or I can act.”
John Conyers, Congress members and US citizens : How long will you stand idly by while this administration spits on the US Constitution and all that is supposed to make America great? Impeach Dick Cheney now.