Vice President Cheney's office has refused to comply with an executive order governing the handling of classified information for the past four years and recently tried to abolish the office that sought to enforce those rules, according to documents released by a congressional committee yesterday.
Since 2003, the vice president's staff has not cooperated with an office at the National Archives and Records Administration charged with making sure the executive branch protects classified information. Cheney aides have not filed reports on their possession of classified data and at one point blocked an inspection of their office. After the Archives office pressed the matter, the documents say, Cheney's staff this year proposed eliminating it.
The claim that the VP is not a part of the executive branch is preposterous. He's lying, he knows it, and he doesn't care because he has considered himself above the law from day one. It would be nice if congress would order him to follow the law and if he continues to refuse, then it's contempt of congress and we can haul him in to answer to the charges and open up the whole can of worms.
But who am I kidding. That would require courage and fortitude -- something which the Dems have sadly lacked ever since Cheney and his sock puppet took office.
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