Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Alright Mr. Cheney, Go Ahead, Release All of It! I Double-Dog Dare You!

During his recent interview with Sean Hannity, former Vice President Dick Cheney said that he wanted the Obama administration to release the all torture memos, especially those that proved that their tactics were working.  Cheney said, "One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn't put out the memos that showed the success of the effort."

Today, John Nichols of the Nation agrees with Cheney’s sentiment:

But he is right to call for further disclosure of documents regarding interrogation policy under the Bush administration.

Yes, yes, let's get it all out.

Let's release all the memorandums, all the electronic files, all the loose papers relating to the plotting and implementation of the wide-ranging torture regimen that Cheney and President Bush appear to have implemented.

Mr. Nichols continues:

And let's keep going.

Let's release all the materials that Cheney, as the primary proponent of secrecy during the Bush years, fought to withhold.

Where to begin? Why not at the beginning: with all the documents relating to the energy task force that Cheney headed at the start of the Bush-Cheney interregnum.

When Cheney fought to keep those materials secret, Paul Krugman wrote: "What Mr. Cheney is defending, in other words, is a doctrine that makes the United States a sort of elected dictatorship: a system in which the president, once in office, can do whatever he likes, and isn't obliged to consult or inform either Congress or the public."

Now that the former vice president is preaching the gospel of transparency, let's make the rhetoric real and get the full story of Cheney's imperial vice presidency -- and its lawless excesses -- out of the lockbox and into the sunshine where it can be examined by a free press, the American people and their Congress.

Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Vice President.  You just might get it.

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