Dick IS running the show

Many, if not most of us, have suspected Cheney of being the de facto president of the U.S. -- sub-30% approval rating and all.

From the most unlikely of sources comes this analysis of the power Bush gave Cheney back in 2003. The National Review's Byron York dissects the Executive Order that essentially hands Buckshot Dick the keys to the castle, concluding: "Executive Order 13292 is real evidence of real power in the vice president's office."

The Order essentially takes extant Executive Orders regarding classified material and the declassification thereof and replaces "and the Vice President too!" wherever it says "president." It was discovered, ironically enough, via Scooter Libby's testimony.

Libby, eager to save his own arse, told prosecutor Fitzgerald that he'd been authorized "by his superiors" to declassify information and hand it to the press. Ahh, now we're getting somewhere...

Special thanks for digging this up to Byron York who sums it up: "Since the beginning of the administration, Dick Cheney has favored measures allowing the executive branch to keep more things secret. And in March of 2003, the president gave him the authority to do it."

Also, we never formally thanked York for including AlterNet on the cover of his black helicopter manifesto:


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