Cheney being Cheney

In Bush/Cheney Administration, Injustice, neoconservatives, U.S government on December 19, 2008 by Editor Z

Everyone knows that Dick Cheney has never been a proponent of the kind of open and accountable government, you know like the well-informed citizenry that Thomas Jefferson and our founding fathers envisioned centuries ago. One could even debate whether or not he believes in the traditional American form of government as we know it.

See Cheney seems to believe that he is not a public servant, that he is not in the role of vice president (or in his case puppet master) because he wants to sustain the laws and systems that have guided our country. He believes that this is a country where the masses need to be fought and that a small wealthy and powerful elite which he is a member of are at war with. Its secrecy and tyranny so authoritarian it would make his old mentor Richard Nixon cringe.

So its not surprising that Cheney now believes he can reverse any law he sees fit including the 1978 Presidential Records Act that states that all public documents of an administration be turned over to the National Achieves at the end of an administration, to be viewed and studied by scholars, journalists, historians and the general public.

WASHINGTON – Dick Cheney’s lawyers are asserting that the vice president alone has the authority to determine which records, if any, from his tenure will be handed over to the National Archives when he leaves office in January.

That claim is in federal court documents asking that a lawsuit over the records be dismissed. Cheney leaves office Jan. 20, potentially taking with him millions of records that might otherwise become public record.

“The vice president alone may determine what constitutes vice presidential records or personal records, how his records will be created, maintained, managed and disposed, and are all actions that are committed to his discretion by law,” according to a court filing by Cheney’s office with the U.S. District Court on Dec. 8.

Cheney is being sued by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government watchdog group that is trying to ensure that no presidential records are destroyed or handled in a way that makes them unavailable to the public.

The 1978 Presidential Records Act requires all presidential and vice presidential records to be transferred to the National Archives immediately upon the end of the president’s last term of office and gives the archivist responsibility to preserve and control access to presidential records. The law ended the tradition of private ownership of presidential papers, opening White House records to the public and historians.



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