On the 21st, the House Oversight Committee wrote Cheney a letter about his illegal evasion of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). They noted that when Gonzales was asked last January to verify if Cheney's exemption claim was valid, Cheney's response was to recommend an amendment to the presidential order that would abolish the ISOO instead.
Here are some of the other highlights:
"Your decision to exempt your office from the President's order is problematic because it could place national security secrets at risk. It is also hard to understand given the history of security breaches involving officials in your office."
"To my knowledge, this was the first time in the nearly 30-year history of the Information Security Oversight Office that a request for access to conduct a security inspection was denied by a White House office."
"In 2001 and 2002, your office had provided the...data...as required by the executive order. Your office ceased to provide this information in 2003, and has refused to provide it in each year since. No rational for this change in policy was provided..."
"Your office may have the worst record in the executive branch for safeguarding classified information."
This last tid-bit quoted above is followed by descriptions of security breaches out of the VP's office; plus numerous attempts by the ISOO communicating their need to fulfill their duty to conduct oversight, with their requests for explanation as to why they had been denied being ignored.
Dick has been on the run for a long time, but he may not be able to hide his illegal activities that he uses to cover his illegal activities anymore.
Dick flippity-flopped yesterday on his "legal" (however unconstitutional) 4th branch position, and reclaimed the executive branch just before being faced with the possibility of his rogue nation's funds being cut off (almost $5 million per yr.). As Rahm Emanuel had said he would earlier this week, he entered an amendment to stop the Cheney's portion of the appropriations normally alloted to the executive branch. In Rep. Emanuel's floor speech today, he essentially said that there's no 4th branch of government called Cheney; but even if there was, it's not above the law - NO branch of government is exempt from oversight.
Cheney's was office subpoenaed, and since he has since decided (in spite of his own recent claim), that he is part of the executive branch again, he claimed executive privilege.
It appears that Cheney won't be able to "work, though, sort of the dark side" for much longer, if you will...
While this is all very amusing, I found something that disgusted me even more (as if that was possible) about Fred Thompson. As it turns out, not only is he a slimy lobbyists posing as a harmless "good 'ol boy," (Dubya's 200 ploy) but he's also got strong ties to the Bush crime family - AND - he has an election fraud (voter disenfranchisement) criminal for an employee (Tim Griffin).