Archive for the ‘Dick Cheney’ Category

White House Endorsed Waterboarding

October 15, 2008

White House Endorsed Waterboarding

Secret White House memos approved CIA use of “waterboarding” in 2003 and 2004, according to Joby Warrick in the Washington Post. CIA Director George Tenet had obtained a 2002 Justice Department ruling that waterboarding does not legally constitute torture, but sought specific policy approval from the White House.  Secretary Tenet got his White House approval for use of the technique in the 2003 and 2004 memos.

Condoleezza Rice, then White House Security Advisor, and Vice President Dick Cheney are among those known to have attended briefings on CIA waterboarding. The President was at these meetings.

Congress passed specific anti-waterboarding legistation, but it was vetoed by President George W. Bush.

Waterboarding is considered torture by the U.S. Army Field Manual, international law, and U.N. Treaty. Many authorities believe waterboarding is forbidden under Title 18 of the U.S. legal code.

Dick Cheney’s Day in Court

September 22, 2008

Dick Cheney's Day in Court

On Saturday, September 20, 2008, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued an injunction forbidding U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney from destroying his papers before leaving office. The judge’s decision was in response to a suit brought by The American Historical Association, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Stanley Kutler, Martin Sherwin, the Organization of American Historians, and the Society of American Archivists.

Mr. Cheney has contended that the Presidential Records Act (PRA) does not apply to his records because he is not in the Executive Branch, citing the Vice President’s role in presiding over Senate sessions. This novel Constitutional interpretation reminds us that Mr. Cheney flunked out of Yale and never went to law school.


Did Scott McClellan Read My Blog?

May 30, 2008

NotionsCapital ran this graphic on November 17, 2007
(Enlarged here because you won’t believe it):

 Did Scott McClellan Read My Blog?

Either Scott McClellan reads my blog or I am as prescient as I think I am.

Actually, Mr. McClellan telegraphed his book’s content back in November, but that was back around Thanksgiving, and the media has the attention span of cranberry jelly.

By the way, Ryland Sanders’ “Scottie Says” Web site is still up and running. Generate some new Scottie quotes for yourself. Mine is still good.

Image above by Mike Licht. Download a version here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, and leave the says-it URL



Prom Night with Lynn and Dick

May 7, 2008

Prom Night with Lynn and Dick

Sweethearts Lynn Vincent and Dick Cheney at the Natrona County High School Senior Prom in Casper, Wyoming, 1959. He even had that grin back then.

From Washingtonian.


President Cheney (of the Senate)

February 24, 2008

President Cheney-- of the Senate

Noted marksman Dick Cheney signed on to a Supreme Court amicus brief in favor of upholding an appellate decision that overturned the Washington, DC firearms control law. So? Mr. Cheney happens to be the Vice President of the United States and the Department of Justice is on the other side of the issue.

The Bush Administration’s representative to the Supreme Court, U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement of DOJ, maintains that even if the seemingly-ambiguous Second Amendment gives the “right to bear arms” to individuals and not the “well-organized militias” of our state governments, this does not necessarily invalidate local gun control laws; to claim otherwise might invalidate federal gun laws about issues like private ownership of machine guns as well. Mr. Cheney, part of the same Administration as DOJ, is on the other side of the issue, and wants all guns laws scrapped so everyone can tote all kinds of guns everywhere all the time. What gives?


Federal Water Sports Update

February 9, 2008

Federal Water Sports Update

Vice President Dick Cheney bragged to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday morning that the U.S. has been “waterboarding” detainees — submitting them to a drowning torture outlawed by the world and our own laws — and this has prevented more 9/11s.  For the record, I note that it has been equally effective in preventing asteroids from colliding with earth, Godzilla from stomping LA, and invasions from Mars.


Scott McClellan Helps Small Business

November 21, 2007

Scott McClellan Helps Small Business 

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He is now a Senior Adviser to a global technology firm and a Washington Communications Strategist, but former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan is helping a small Texas business this Thanksgiving.


Cheney’s Quagmire and the USMC

August 21, 2007

Mr. Cheney: Quagmire or not?

 In 1994, ex-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney spoke with C-SPAN’s Bruce Collins about why U.S. forces did not go on to Baghdad during the first Persian Gulf War: “How many additional dead Americans is Saddam worth? It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq.”

Innocently retrieved from the C-Span archives last month, this snip of video has Desert-Stormed the Web, with over a million views on YouTube and counting. Mary Ann Akers gives the best account of this video resurrection, but there is more to this episode than the current Vice President’s embarrassment by his past video posturing.

It may not be the C-Span archives, but I was poking around a favorite information source, the free book bin outside Capitol Hill Books  (the used book store across from Eastern Market) and found a volume of readings from the 1993 U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College for the course Operations Other Than War (OOTW). It is an amazing compendium, and includes a message from Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin L. Powell, excerpts from the Small Wars Manual, and articles by Michael Schoelwer (“The Failure of the U.S. Intelligence Community in Low-Intensity Conflict: The Pattern of Warfare in the Modern World”), Colin Gray (“Combatting Terrorism”), Camille Rougeron (“The Historical Dimension of Guerilla Warfare”), and Dennis M. Drew (“Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: American Military Dilemmas and Doctrinal Proposals”). There are also documents and articles on Peacekeeping Operations.

The volume brings home the absolute appropriateness of the first Gulf War decision from a purely military perspective, without even examining legal and diplomatic considerations. I cannot imagine the agony of Marine officers who took this course and then had to execute George W. Bush’s instructions and order those under their command into combat in Iraq. Those officers certainly knew those Marines were headed straight into Chaney’s bloody “quagmire.”

In an interview on February 23, 2007, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Chaney: “Back in 1991, you talked about how military action in Iraq would be the classic definition of a quagmire. Have you been disturbed to see how right you were?”

Chaney responded: “Well, I stand by what I said in ’91. But look what’s happened since then — we had 9/11. . . . You wish there was never a casualty, Jonathan. Always regret when you have casualties, but we are at war.”