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Vice President Exempts His Office from the Requirements for Protecting Classified Information

From the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Washington, D.C. -- The Oversight Committee has learned that over the objections of the National Archives, Vice President Cheney exempted his office from the presidential order that establishes government-wide procedures for safeguarding classified national security information. The Vice President asserts that his office is not an "entity within the executive branch."

As described in a letter from Chairman Waxman to the Vice President, the National Archives protested the Vice President's position in letters written in June 2006 and August 2006. When these letters were ignored, the National Archives wrote to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in January 2007 to seek a resolution of the impasse. The Vice President's staff responded by seeking to abolish the agency within the Archives that is responsible for implementing the President's executive order.

In his letter to the Vice President, Chairman Waxman writes: "I question both the legality and wisdom of your actions. ... [I]t would appear particularly irresponsible to give an office with your history of security breaches an exemption from the safeguards that apply to all other executive branch officials."

A fact sheet prepared by Chairman Waxman describes other instances in which the Vice President's office has sought to avoid oversight and accountability. Both the letter and the fact sheet are available online at

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DonP If as seems certain under the current administration there is no means of restraining the actions of the Potus or members of his administration will someone please explain to me the difference between the American and other dictatorial forms of government? I am serious. For years I have continued to read that this action or that action is unconstitutional, unlawful, not allowed by this reputed form of government and yet nothing is ever done or changed. Are we all stupid or too damned cowardly to take the necessary actions? Serious question, not a joke.

This could be the last straw that broke the camel's back.
Dana Milbank said tonight on Countdown we may have to wait for the next election to fire the administration. and in comments by Keith Obermann and Dana regarding this situation, acknowledged this has is very apparently and effectively a dictatorship now. Doesn't this then show these 2 men of the administration have broken their oaths of office? Doesn't this then become the pinnicle of crimes against that oath they took?

This makes the veep seem incoherent & not able to reason sensibly therefor it is reason for immediate impeachment or just locking him in a mental institution. Another option is to arrest, try, convict, then lock him up or hang by the neck until dead.

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