06-22-07, 09:39 AM
06-22-07, 10:07 AM
On Countdown, Keith Olbermann talks about the startling and deeply disturbing assertions that the Office of the Vice President is making regarding oversight (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070621/ap_on_go_pr_wh/cheney_secrecy;_ylt=Aoo4ZzErG7RkT32cBN3l00HMWM0F).
The Gavel (http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=507):
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.”[..]
In his letter to the Vice President, Chairman Waxman writes: “I question both the legality and wisdom of your actions. … [I]t would appear particularly irresponsible to give an office with your history of security breaches an exemption from the safeguards that apply to all other executive branch officials.”
SilentPatriot: There may be a bright side to this: If Cheney wants to assert that his office is not an “entity within the executive branch,” (http://electioncentral.tpmcafe.com/blog/electioncentral/2007/jun/21/rahm_emanuel_to_cheney_please_move_out_of_white_ho use) that means he’s not entitled to executive privilege, right? I want those energy task force minutes (http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20040702.html)!!