ACTION ALERT: Investigate Cheney's Personal "Assassination Ring"
March 21, 2009
The Pen & The Peace Team
Remember when former Vice President used to claim that he constituted a peculiar fourth branch of government unto himself, claiming executive privilege as part of the executive branch? Now we learn that Dick Cheney reportedly ran his own private worldwide "assassination squad," reporting only to himself. Congress must launch its own investigation. The staggering criminality of the previous administration cannot be swept under the rug.
Remember when former Vice President used to claim that he constituted a peculiar fourth branch of government unto himself, claiming executive privilege as part of the executive branch, while with the next breath refusing to obey executive branch record keeping laws?
Now we beginning to find out what that fourth branch of government actually was . . . his own private worldwide assassination ring. Somehow we don't recall the US Constitution providing for such a fourth co-equal branch of our government.
Even those who argue that the president has the power as "commander in chief" to commit war crimes with impunity, do not argue that the Vice President should be able to order operate his own war crimes franchise independent of the president.
And yet, according to Seymour Hersh, a most reliable source, that is exactly what took place. Cheney was running his own personal assassination squad, reporting directly to himself.
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Is there no level of treason outrageous enough to get one of the other two branches of government to confront these crimes against the Constitution? The justice department must immediately appoint a special prosecutor.
Failing that, Congress must launch its own investigation, as called for by the always heroic Dennis Kucinich, to get to the bottom of this. Please submit this action page to speak out to them all.
We are doing alerts on many other issues as you all know. For example, continuing to press for single payer health care which the overwhelming majority favor if asked, and to derail proposals that would actually harm the safety of our food supply even more, while we work on our own positive alternatives. But the staggering criminality of the previous administration cannot be swept under the rug without endorsing even worse abuses for the future, so we must stay on that as well.
One need only observe how quickly Congress can move when there is real public outrage, like over the AIG bonus scandal, to realize that all we need to do is speak out in sufficient numbers to instantly have any policy change we want. We did not even have to do an alert on that one. They say these were "retention" bonuses. We happen to think the kind of retention those recipients deserve is arrest and incarceration, for fraud on a scale that dwarfs even Madoff.
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