Cheney, the CIA, and Congress: Now What?
July 13, 2009 "Daily Kos" -- The Cheneys seemed to have slithered back into undisclosed locations over the weekend, just when it might be kind of interesting to hear what Dick has to say about the latest formerly concealed from Congress secret Bush program.
We had to settle for McCain on "Meet the Press," talking about accountability:
Yes, people's reputations have been harmed very badly, particularly those sacrificial soldiers at Abu Ghraib. And as if Dick Cheney gave two shits about his reputation.
Meanwhile, Senators are shocked, shocked I say, to discover that Dick Cheney directed the CIA to lie to them about a post-9/11 intelligence program. Certainly no one could have foreseen that.
Not to minimize the seriousness of this breach, because the Vice President ordering an agency over which he--as Vice President with Constitutional authority over nothing--had no authority over, but where in the hell have these people been for the past eight years? This is the administration that tortured. That instituted illegal spying on who knows how many Americans for who knows what reason. Outrage now, while appreciated, is several years too late.
Hopefully there's enough outrage with this latest revelation, this one that made Congress look even more like Cheney's chumps, that maybe we'll see some real investigations. Yes, they're busy, yes, there are important initiatives that also have to be advanced, from the Sotomayor nomination to health care reform. But in the long run, the restored health of our Constitution, of our democracy, depends on Congress taking back its power. These investigations should have happened beginning in 2007, but better late than never.
And besides that, what other shoe is out there to drop? How many more Cheney administration secrets are hiding in executive branch closets? Better Congress be proactive in finding that out.