Another astonishing piece of contempt for democracy from vice president Dick Cheney:
A standing executive order, strengthened by President Bush in 2003, requires all agencies and "any other entity within the executive branch" to provide an annual accounting of their classification of documents. More than 80 agencies have collectively reported to the National Archives that they made 15.6 million decisions in 2004 to classify information, nearly double the number in 2001, but Cheney continues to insist he is exempt.
Explaining why the vice president has withheld even a tally of his office's secrecy when such offices as the National Security Council routinely report theirs, a spokeswoman said Cheney is "not under any duty" to provide it.
Is this veep not only above the law but also above obeying presidential executive orders? Just when you think the hubris of this crew couldn't intensify, you see more evidence. I think Richard Cheney needs a new middle name. Milhous.
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