There’s plenty of disturbing information out there about Dick Cheney. He has a very lawyer-esque way of getting what he wants (even though his arguments are BS). In many ways, I think the White House sees the public and laws overseeing the executive branch as silly limitations on their God-given right to rule. It’s unfortunate that more of the US doesn’t realize that the White House wants to give a great big FU to the American public. Here’s a bit:
The Daily Show – First Video: Cheney Claims he’s not fully a part of the executive branch, and therefore exempt from some rules concerning the executive branch He then goes on later to claim that he is a part of the executive branch, and, therefore, not subject to disclosure on other issues. His little tap dance to avoid following rules is extremely weaselly.
Another interesting tidbit:
The vice president’s lawyer advocated what was considered the memo’s most radical claim: that the president may authorize any interrogation method, even if it crosses the line into torture. U.S. and treaty laws forbidding any person to “commit torture,” that passage stated, “do not apply” to the commander in chief, because Congress “may no more regulate the President’s ability to detain and interrogate enemy combatants than it may regulate his ability to direct troop movements on the battlefield.” (Link)