Home     Writers     Op/Ed     Book Reviews     News     Bookstore     Photoshops     Submit     Search     Contact Us     Advertise  
  You are here: 

Thu

05

Feb

2009

Cheney Unplugged
Thursday, 05 February 2009 20:31
by Jayne Lyn Stahl

Maybe you happened to catch our illustrious former vice president, Dick Cheney, interviewed earlier today by Politico, and publicly admitted to endorsing "enhanced interrogation techniques," specifically referring to waterboarding. Cheney was arguing for the efficacy of the USA Patriot Act, and warrantless electronic surveillance of private citizens. His admission that he broke the law was broadcast over the world wide web, and during primetime news hours.

To add insult to injury, Mr. Cheney then asserted that President Obama's foreign policy which puts thought before action, proaction before preemption, will lead to another what he calls another "terrorist attack."

He added that he shudders to think people like Obama, Holder, Panetta, and others in the new administration, are actually more concerned about reading people their rights instead of holding them indefinitely, without charges, without evidence or counsel, at Gitmo, or in Iraq, Afghanistan, and secret detention centers around the world. Why would anyone care about due process, and the rule of law? Puh-leeze!

Nothing, repeat, nothing that Al Qaeda can do has been more damaging to the Constitution, and the very democracy Cheney and gang profess to be protecting. That this is old news, and nothing is being done about it, is, arguably, the greatest indictment against America since our inception.

What would possess a former vice president to step forward now, so close to what amounts to a landslide election for the opposing party, and on the heels of a crucial "stimulus" vote? Clearly, Cheney is trying to incite Senate Republicans to fight for more funding for defense, and less for education. But, isn't his talk with the press rather like a bank robber stopping by the local branch of a bank he just hit for coffee and cookies? Maybe Dick Cheney is preparing to write his memoir which he plans to call: "The audacity of audacity!"

Close your eyes for a minute, and picture the videotape of Osama bin Laden warning America of another attack with that of Dick Cheney. Isn't their message, really, the same — fear, fear, fear. Seems to me they have something else in common — -neither Cheney nor bin Laden needs a bailout!

What does it say about this country's values that Tom Daschle is forced to step down for not paying taxes on a private car and driver given to him as a Senate perk while George W. Bush, Alberto Gonzales, and Dick Cheney get to retire at taxpayer expense!

The $60 million question, though, is where is our outrage that any elected official can break the law, and be arrogant enough to publicly admit it confident that he will inevitably escape prosecution for his acts.
More from this author:
Following in the Footsteps... (6138 Hits)
by Jayne Lyn Stahl The manic warriors, in Washington, are at it again, only now they've found someone who can manage more than one syllable at...
Worldwide Open Season on the Press (8713 Hits)
by Jayne Lyn Stahl On an otherwise quiet street in Istanbul, this morning, a 53 year old Turkish citizen of Armenian descent was gunned down...
On Hillary's announcement... (5218 Hits)
by Jayne Lyn Stahl You may have read the transcript of a speech given by George McGovern in The Nation last week in which he rightly...
An Open Letter to "The Decider" (5633 Hits)
by Jayne Lyn Stahl While the odds are probably better of getting a response from Santa, there are a few things I'd like to say if you can...
"Notes from the Undergrown: State of the Oilman Address" (5597 Hits)
by Jayne Lyn Stahl The president's speech last night was more important for what it didn't say than for what it did. In an address that could...
Related Articles:
Cheney in a Box (7637 Hits)
by Mike Whitney It was the worst outcome imaginable. They lost the House and the Senate in one night with one savage blow. Even the...
Don't let Dick Cheney read your palm (6119 Hits)
by Mickey Z. As predictions go, it wasn't exactly Broadway Joe Namath guaranteeing victory before Super Bowl III. Vice President Dick Cheney,...
Crime of the Century: Are Bush & Cheney Planning Early Attack on Iran? (7483 Hits)
by Dave Lindorff Back on October 9, I wrote in the Atlantic Free Press and The Nation that it looked like the Bush-Cheney gang,...
Lizzie Cheney Took An Ax… (4778 Hits)
by Ed Naha Every so often, something emerges from D.C. that is SO outrageous; it gives you the intellectual equivalent of freezer burn. Such...
Don't Let Dick Cheney Get Me! (3866 Hits)
by David Swanson This country has learned to be afraid… of Dick Cheney. The number one reason a significant minority of Americans still...


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Trackback(0)
Comments (0)add comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

adsense

Top