Thursday, June 21, 2007


WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--House Democrats on Thursday denounced Actual President Dick Cheney's attempt to shitcan a government office charged with safeguarding national security information, and criticized him for refusing to cooperate with the agency in the years since he started selectively leaking classified national security information for political gain.

Cheney's office--over the objections of the National Archives and in defiance of federal law--has exempted itself from a presidential executive order that seeks to protect national security information generated by the government from being used by traitors and war profiteers to silence their political enemies, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Under the order, executive branch offices are required to give the Information Security Oversight Office annual data on how much material they have classified and declassified, whether the information was given to Judith Miller or not.

Cheney's office provided the information in 2001 and 2002, then stopped when it was time to start leaking classified information to the media in support of the Bush Crime Family's scheme to being anarchy and contractors to Iraq. Henry Waxman, chairman of the committee, said Cheney's office claims it need not comply with the executive order because it is not an "entity within the executive branch," even though they claim "executive privilege" the rest of the time.

"Your decision to except your office from the president's order is problematic because it could place national security secrets at risk," Waxman wrote Thursday, in a letter to Cheney which did not specifically mention previously covert CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Megan McGinn, a spokesbimbo for the vice president, said Cheney's office is above the law, and fuck off.

"We are confident that we are conducting the office properly under the law," she said. "Have we ever lied?"

The Information Security Oversight Office has repeatedly asked crooked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resolve the legal dispute over whether the order applies to Cheney's office. So far, the Justice Department has been too busy rigging elections to rule on the issue.

Waxman said J. William Leonard, director of the Information Security Oversight Office, told the panel that after he complained to the Justice Department, Cheney recommended that the executive order be amended to abolish the ISOO, before he gets pissed off and shoots someone in the face.

Waxman said Leonard also told the panel that in 2004, Cheney's office blocked an onsite inspection of his office to make sure classified information was being properly protected, saying they were too busy and to come back in five years.

"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," Waxman wrote. "I mean, hello? WTF?"

The eight-page letter asks Cheney to respond to a series of questions about where he got the bizarre idea that his office is exempt; what branch of the government he thinks he's in; what steps, if any, his office has ever taken to ensure that national security information is protected; and whether he considers himself answerable to anyone apart from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.

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