Cheney’s Law

(As Indiana Jones said….I hate these guys! @2pm – promoted by buhdydharma )

Frontline on PBS aired a new program called Cheney’s Law. It was one hour of pure visual and mental hell. There were no new revelations, but the condensation in one hour of everything Cheney and his team of evil as fuck lawyers, Yoo and Addington, with Abu Gonzo thrown in at the end, have done to the constitution and this country in the last seven years has again made me sick to my stomach with rage and despair.

If you missed the program and would like to see it, the whole thing is available online here:

Cheney’s Law 

Here is some of the text from the introduction.

For three decades Vice President Dick Cheney conducted a secretive, behind-closed-doors campaign to give the president virtually unlimited wartime power. Finally, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Justice Department and the White House made a number of controversial legal decisions. Orchestrated by Cheney and his lawyer David Addington, the department interpreted executive power in an expansive and extraordinary way, granting President George W. Bush the power to detain, interrogate, torture, wiretap and spy — without congressional approval or judicial review.

Now, as the White House appears ready to ignore subpoenas in the investigations over wiretapping and U.S. attorney firings, FRONTLINE examines the battle over the power of the presidency and Cheney’s way of looking at the Constitution.

“The vice president believes that Congress has very few powers to actually constrain the president and the executive branch,” former Justice Department attorney Marty Lederman tells FRONTLINE. “He believes the president should have the final word — indeed the only word — on all matters within the executive branch.”

The biggest revelation in the film for me was the amazing interview with former Assistant Attorney General Jack L. Goldsmith, who recounts what happened when he refused to go along with the Fourth Branch’s insistence of getting rid of the Geneva Conventions in Iraq. He also describes in detail the night Card and Gonzo visited Ashcroft at the hospital. It was difficult to fathom that someone who had worked in the demon’s lair could speak so openly and still breath.

Of course the signing statements continue, the denial of documents continue, the refusal to submit to subpoenas continues, the war in Iraq continues, the torture continues, the wiretapping continues, the thievery, deception and destruction of justice and freedom continues.


Nancy? Harry? Henry? John? Patrick? Robert? Russ? Dick? Anyone?

I needed to scream. Thank you for indulging me.

Now I can mourn. 






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  1. healed the Nation and other lies they told us.

    Pardoning Nixon legitimized the tactics of Ford, Reagan, Bush (41) and Bush (43).

    He got his start with Nixon, Chief of Staff for Ford, kept thing running smoothing in the House for Reagan (stymieing Iran-Contra investigations), War Secretary for 41 and VP for 43.

    Yeah, pardoning Nixon let Cheney fester and grow and now his disease has spread across America. Thank goodness impeachment is off the table, so Cheney can fester some more… he’ll be back… if he ever goes.

  2. the show was a perfect lead-up to impeachment – to get the people and the congress ready.

    • KrisC on October 17, 2007 at 17:09

    for the link Cosmic, I turned off the cable over 8 years ago and I will NEVER, EVER watch regular TV again.  So I don’t get the chance to see stuff like this that comes out. I have to rely on people like you for the heads up! 

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  3. day that pointed out that on 9/11 it was Cheney who gave the orders to shoot down planes, not Bush, and that Bush just then deferred to him. Bush never knew about the order until later. Typical I’d say.

    He has no soul.

  4. I’ve been watching the C-Span feed on the confirmation hearing for the new AG, Muskasey. I am shaking my head. Yes, the man is more articulate than Gonzo, but so is Addington, so is a fucking tick on a flea’s tit for that matter.

    When questioned by both Feinstein and Feingold regarding his attitudes towards Presidential powers, FISA and the 4th amendment, Cheney will still get what he wants with this man.

    The sick thing is, the Dems will vote for him. They just went on break with the remainder of the hearing to begin at 2:30 pm. There may be some more lip service from Leahy and Specter. In the end, Muckasey will be confirmed. In the end, there will still be no justice in this land.


    • fatdave on October 17, 2007 at 20:23

    I shall watch this a little later. Saw Yoo on “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib” last night. Thought he’d make an ideal Bond Villain.

  5. Thanks for putting it up.  This hasn’t been a pleasant ride but I must say that it is reassuring knowing that some things didn’t go down without a fight from allies I never dreamed that I had.

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