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Yes, Cheney is a gift

Posted: July 28, 2009 9:09 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Diana Shaw wrote a fine commentary (“Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving,” The Signal, Opinion, July 21) to explain the Security Act of 1947.  

She stresses how Cheney and Bush did not keep Congress informed about a covert program after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.

She insinuates they probably violated the law.  

Shaw quotes Leon Panetta saying Cheney told the CIA to conceal a program from Congress. Former CIA Director Michael Hayden came out in the news recently and indicated no one was ever told at the CIA to conceal anything from Congress.  

She uses a clever analogy of her going through a red light and having to pay the penalty for the violation.

Therefore, perhaps Cheney and Bush should pay the price because they violated the law and ignored the Constitution?

She has them guilty until proven innocent. She not only thought about going through the red light, but she also smiled. Click! Guilty.  

The most I can find about this event is that it was an idea or plan and the CIA never acted upon it. She fails to mention this.

People need to do a bit more research on this subject. It was reported that former CIA Director Michael Hayden angrily shot back on the subject claiming top members of Congress were informed.

Hayden, who in 2001 designed the secret program, told the Associated Press that he was distressed by suggestions that Congress was not fully informed. He said he personally briefed top lawmakers on the entire surveillance operation and that he believed that they supported it.   

In addition, as Democrats try to build a case against Bush and Cheney, a senior Obama official has now come forward to defend the legality of Cheney and the CIA’s alleged concealment.  

President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, says the CIA did not violate the law.

Does this all mean Diana Shaw should get a ticket for every red light she thought about running, not just the one she did run?  

I was pleased she thanked Cheney for his gifts that keep on giving. Indeed, she should. It was his thinking along with the Bush administration that kept us out of harm’s way and stopped several further attacks after Sept. 11.


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