Monday, June 04, 2007

Cheny's disdain for the American way

Perhaps I should say what used to be the American way.

Frank Ford sent me a New York Times editorial entitled "Dick Cheney Rules". Here's how it gets started:

Americans are accustomed to Vice President Dick Cheney’s waiting out a terrorist threat in a “secure undisclosed location.” Now it seems that Mr. Cheney wears the cloak of invisibility in secure disclosed locations.

The Associated Press reported that Mr. Cheney’s office ordered the Secret Service last September to destroy all records of visitors to the official vice presidential mansion — right after The Washington Post sued for access to the logs. That move was made in secret, naturally. It came out only because of another lawsuit, filed by a private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, seeking the names of conservative religious figures who visited the vice president’s residence.

This disdain for accountability is distressing, but not surprising. Mr. Cheney has had it on display from his first days in office, when he refused to name the energy-industry executives who met with him behind closed doors to draft an energy policy.

In a similar way, Mr. Cheney seems unconcerned about little things like checks and balances and traditional American notions of judicial process. At one point, he gave himself the power to selectively declassify documents and selectively leak them to reporters. In a recent commencement address, he declaimed against prisoners who had the gall to “demand the protections of the Geneva Convention and the Constitution of the United States.”

His arrogance is truly sickening. What I don't understand is why we let him get away with it. If we had a watch dog press the way we're supposed to, he would be hounded to death about this stuff.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:27 PM

    My memory dates the end of the free press from when Katherine Graham died. Before that was the decision to allow a very small number of people to own most of the "press" in whatever form.


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