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06-24-2007, 11:32 PM
White House backs Cheney's disregard for executive order

Washington Post

Saturday, June 23, 2007

(06-23) 04:00 PDT Washington -- The White House defended Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday in a dispute over the refusal by his office to comply with an executive order regulating the handling of classified information as Democrats and other critics assailed him for disregarding rules that others follow.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Cheney was not obligated to submit to oversight by an office that safeguards classified information. Cheney's office has argued it does not have to comply because the vice president's role as president of the Senate means his office is not an "entity within the executive branch."

"This is a little bit of a non-issue," Perino said at a briefing dominated by the issue. Cheney is not subject to the executive order, she said, "because the president gets to decide whether or not he should be treated separately, and he's decided that he should."

Democratic critics said Cheney is distorting the plain meaning of the executive order. "Vice President Cheney is expanding the administration's policy on torture to include tortured logic," said Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

The dispute stems from an executive order issued in 1995 by President Bill Clinton and revised by President Bush in 2003 establishing a system for protecting classified information. Cheney's office, like its predecessor, filed reports about its handling of classified information to the National Archives and Records Administration oversight office in 2001 and 2002, but has refused to do so since. The office also blocked an inspection of its handling of classified data.

The Archives' Information Security Oversight Office sent two letters to Cheney requesting compliance but never received a response. The office then asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in January to decide whether Cheney was violating the executive order, but he has not responded either. Instead, according to Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, Cheney's staff tried to get the oversight office abolished this year.

Perino said the president does not think the office should be eliminated, "and I don't think that anyone has suggested that."

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., said he would like to amend a spending bill that funds executive operations so that money for Cheney's office and home is put on hold until he clarifies which branch of government he belongs to. Emanuel acknowledged that the move is a stunt, but said if Cheney is not part of the executive branch, he should not receive its funds.

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06-25-2007, 08:45 PM
Cheney is full of Sh!!t. What posisition would he have in government,if GWB had a stroke,and both cells in his head shut down?

Gayle in MD
06-26-2007, 09:03 AM
He is probably the most evil man in this country. He is basically saying that he is above the law. They have done everything they could do to take away the open, day light government, that our founding fathers had intended, and the the entire world had formally admired. No administration, in the history of this country, has exacted such serious damage to this country, and destroyed so much good will, and high intention. I hope that somehow, in spite of the Republican blank checks continuing on, that these criminals will get what's coming to them.

Gayle in Md.