Monday, June 25, 2007

Heads up.

If you're around a radio- the first hour of The Diane Rehm Show

10:00 The Executive Branch and Classified Information

Vice President Dick Cheney is drawing fire for his assertion that his office should not be subject to a presidential order requiring reports to the National Archives on the handling of classified information. Diane and her guests talk about those rules: what they're for, to whom they apply, and the consequences of omissions from those records.

Peter Baker, reporter for The Washington Post

David Rivkin, attorney in private practice and former Justice Department official during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. Worked in the Office of the Vice President for Dan Quayle. (Oy, this guys makes me throw things)

Steve Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists


At 10:02 AM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I think Cheney has even pissed off the Republicans on this one. The blatant thumbing of the nose at our constitution is getting downright dangerous. Cheney should be impeached and I wouldn't be surprised to see a Republican as the one who brings up the charges.

At 11:05 AM, Blogger Data Guy said...

Rivkin is such a total tool and compromised piece of crap. He should be disbarred by abuse of the rule of law. He is totally biased, and an in -cre-dibly in-compe-tent lawyer.

At 11:34 AM, Anonymous KCinDC said...

I can't believe that David Rivkin was such a Bush-supporting hack, when he's from the administrations of Reagan and Bush the Elder. Most of those guys are now (at least pretending to be) appalled by what Bush the Younger is up to.

At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Betsy said...

So it was Rivikin that was kissing cheney's ass. I only heard some of it before I got so mad I turned it off. Does Darth have something on him?

At 6:56 PM, Anonymous jerry said...

I was able to listen to about 45 minutes.

I thought the most salient point was raised by a caller that identified himself as someone that has worked in a past administration (I forget the details.)

The point that he made together with Steven Aftergood of the FAS, and I think it should be amplified at other blogs was this:

1) The security auditing that is being refused/ignored "merely" keeps track of how much is being classified and unclassified.

2) At the end of the administration, this information can be used to determine if the classified material was properly archived by the National Archives for future study, OR IF THE MATERIAL HAS BEEN SHREDDED.

Now maybe this has been obvious to people all along, but not to me.

What are the chances that in 2002 and since, there is classified material that Cheney would prefer is never seen?


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