Friday, February 17, 2006

Cheney the tyrannical declassifier

In that friendly interview with Brit Hume on Wednesday, Cheney claimed that he has the authority, via executive order, to declassify information (needless to say, this is related to Scooter's recent claim).

But does he actually have that authority? Steve Clemons: "There is NOTHING HERE [in the executive order in question] that indicates that the Vice President has any embedded authority to be a declassification machine unto himself."

Hence: "Cheney is engaged in Executive Branch over-reach again, implying he has a power that is not designated."

How convenient it must be to circumvent the Constitution, to determine the extent of one's own power, at will.

There a word for that. It's called tyranny.

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