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Dick Cheney, our Fuhrer

füh·rer also fueh·rer ( P ) Pronunciation Key (fyrr)
A leader, especially one exercising the powers of a tyrant

Everyone likes to blame George Bush for all the things that are being done by his administration. Thats kind of like blaming Kermit the Frog or Big Bird for what they say and do. There is always somebody behind the puppet. In the case of the Prez, it's probably easier since his brain is smaller than Big Birds due to years of alcohol and drug abuse. There's a joke: President Bush vowed to get cocaine off the streets of America!, One 8-ball at a time.

Back to the topic, though, Dick Cheney. Here are some things for you to consider about ol' Dick.

George W. Bush has quipped several times during his political career that it would be so much easier to govern in a dictatorship. Apparently he never told his vice president that this was a joke.

Dick Cheney held closed door meeting with Oil and Energy Company executives, including Ken Lay of Enron, just after the first election, to formulate this country's energy policies. No other groups were represented at these meetings. Mr. Cheney gathered people who agreed with him, and allowed them to write national policy for an industry in which he had recently amassed a fortune. He allowed only comments from those companies who stand to benefit the most from those policies. Since Cheney used to work for Haliburton, which makes money from those policies as well, this would seem to be improper, don't you think?

Before 9/11, Dick Cheney tried to undermine the institutional and legal structure of multilateral foreign policy: he championed the dismissal of the Antiballistic Missile Treaty with Moscow in order to build an antimissile shield that doesn't work but makes military contactors rich.

Dick Cheney used 9-11 to promote the war on Iraq, when in fact he, along with Rumsfeldt, and Wolfowitz, were advocating an attack on Iraq in the mid 90s when Clinton was still in the oval office screwing his secreataries. But he says publicly, that the war on Iraq was a necessity after 9-11. Does this mean he knew about 9-11 in the 90s, when he was trying to get the US to attack Iraq?

Dick Cheney has said publicly that we should not acknowledge the geneva convention with prisoners of the war on terrorism. They claim it's a war, then they take prisoners in that same war, then they claim they are not prisoners of war. That makes sense to you? The US lead the process to create the geneva convention and urged other countries to sign it. Dick Cheney must believe that was a mistake. But, by the Leading country in the world, The USA, ignoring the geneva convention, we place our own troops at risk when captured in other countries.

Dick Cheney has publicly advocated for the use of torture. He believes that it is our right to torture prisoners. His team was central to writing the legal briefs justifying the abuse and torture of prisoners, the idea that the president can designate people to be "unlawful enemy combatants" and detain them indefinitely, and a secret program allowing the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on American citizens without warrants.

When Senator John McCain introduced a measure to reinstate the rule of law at American military prisons, Mr. Cheney not only led the effort to stop the amendment, but also tried to revise it to actually legalize torture at C.I.A. prisons.

Dick Cheney publicly says that he supports the government's right to spy on US Citizens. He believes your medical records, the books you check out in the library, the websites you browse to, the email you send and receive, the phone calls you make and receive, should be monitored to see if there is any way to link you to a terrorist group.

The president "needs to have his constitutional powers unimpaired, if you will, in terms of the conduct of national security policy," Mr. Cheney said this week as he tried to stifle the outcry over a domestic spying program that Mr. Bush authorized after the 9/11 attacks.


adj : not damaged or diminished in any respect [ant: impaired]

Dick Cheney believes the President should be able to do anything he wants. A King can do anything he wants. A dictator can do anything he wants. However, in a democracy, it is supposed to be a government by the people, for the people. The President is there to serve us, not the other way around. In this country, there are checks and balances like the senate, the congress, and the supreme court, to make sure that one person does not have too much power. Dick Cheney seems to think these things are just minor obstacles to get around so they can do as they please.

"Absolute Power corrupts, Absolutely."

Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney have insisted that the secret eavesdropping program is legal, but The Washington Post reported yesterday that the court created to supervise this sort of activity is not so sure. It said the presiding judge was arranging a classified briefing for her fellow judges and that several judges on the court wanted to know why the administration believed eavesdropping on American citizens without warrants was legal when the law specifically requires such warrants.

by Chris McElroy
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