17 February 2010

Dick Cheney Punks Barack Obama and Eric Holder

KARL: ... waterboarding, clearly, what was your...

CHENEY: I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques that...

KARL: And you opposed the administration's actions of doing away with waterboarding?

CHENEY: Yes.

This past weekend on national television Dick Cheney, former Vice President of the United States, admitted to criminal activities. More specifically, he admitting to advocating torture while he was in office. This - justifiably - has gotten reliable commentators agitated - look here and here. As is usual, Glenn Greenwald has a useful take on the situation:
"In general, people who commit felonies avoid publicly confessing to having done so, and they especially avoid mocking the authorities who fail to act. One thing Dick Cheney is not is stupid, and yet he's doing exactly that. Indeed, he's gradually escalated his boasting about having done so throughout the year. Why? Because he knows there will never be any repercussions, that he will never be prosecuted no matter how blatantly he admits to these serious crimes. He's taunting the Obama administration and the DOJ: not only will I not hide or apologize, but I will proudly tout and defend my role in these crimes, because I know you will do absolutely nothing about it, even though the Attorney General and the President themselves said that the act to which I'm confessing is a felony. Does anyone doubt that Cheney's assessment is right? And isn't that, rather obviously, a monumental indictment of most everything?"

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3 Comments:

Blogger Dawei_in_Beijing said...

I suspect Dick and his people have some kind of guarantee from the administration because Obama was very quick early on to dismiss the idea of investigations and prosecutions.

17 February, 2010 09:22  
Blogger someonewholovesyou said...

And isn't that, rather obviously, a monumental indictment of most everything?"

It's almost like Greenwald has discovered, for the first time, that politics not only determine the law, but are above it. Silly lawyer.

17 February, 2010 10:40  
Blogger bastinptc said...

Cheney may have assessed that he is not going to be held accountable, yet I imagine he doesn't think he or the rest of the previous administration did anything wrong. Anything.

18 February, 2010 02:28  

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