Revealed! There was a spook in the White House!!! No, it wasn’t the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, nor that of his ten year old son, William Lincoln, who died in the White House in 1862. Nor was it any of the other U.S. Presidents who died in office. This spook is still alive and very much kicking.
As revealed this week, former Vice President Dick Cheney was instrumental in establishing a secret spying program in the CIA, and then hiding it from Congress. Here’s an article on the program and Cheney’s role.
Of course, this news is not a big surprise to those of us who’ve gotten to know Cheney’s ways over the eight years when he pulled the strings on W’s puppet regime. It all goes along with Bush-Cheney’s conception of the “imperial presidency”, where supposedly the Constitution granted the President (and, in his stead, the Vice President) plenary power to do whatever the hell they wanted to the country.
Doesn’t fit with your understanding of what the Constitution says? No problem. The Bush Jr./Bush Sr./ Reagan majority on the Supreme Court stands ready, willing, and able to show you how to read it properly. (Of course, George W & Co. didn’t quite get the chance to finish the job right in terms of the Court’s membership. Those darned liberal justices were unwilling to retire or die quickly enough to pump up Bush’s majority position. So now Cheney is stuck with only wishy-washy some-time 5-4 majority to defend his actions, depending on how Justice Kennedy happens to feel on the issue.)
No matter. The Bushes picked a bunch of young and healthy reactionaries to fill their court slots, so come 2012 when Sarah Palin sashays into the White House, she’ll certainly be able to complete the task. (Of course, Palin’s landslide victory would come along with veto-proof Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, easily able to confirm anyone short of Adolph Hitler.)
In the meantime, wouldn’t it be nice if Cheney could be indicted, prosecuted, convicted, and sentence so at leas he’d spend a few days in a federal prison contemplating his illegal actions before Sarah Palin grants him (and George W.) a full pardon?