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Vice President Dick Cheney has exempted his office from a presidential classification order, refusing to make annual reports to the National Archive and turning away classification inspectors, claiming that his office is not an entity within the executive branch, according to letters from the Archive made public today by a Congressional oversight committee.
Cheney's office has a history of selective secrecy and shoddy information security practices, such as unilateral and selective declassifying of documents to suit political purposes and fighting a government sunshine request for energy task force records up to the Supreme Court. Cheney's top aide is facing 30 months in federal prison for lying to investigators about which Administration official outed an undercover CIA operative whose work focused on fighting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Bush claims oversight exemption too
The White House says the president's own order on classified data does not apply to his office or the vice president's.
WASHINGTON — The White House said Friday that, like Vice President Dick Cheney's office, President Bush's office is not allowing an independent federal watchdog to oversee its handling of classified national security information.
Further Amendment to Executive Order 12958,
As Amended, Classified National Security Information
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to further amend Executive Order 12958, as amended, it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12958 is amended to read as follows:
Just past the Oval Office, in the private dining room overlooking the South Lawn, Vice President Cheney joined President Bush at a round parquet table they shared once a week. Cheney brought a four-page text, written in strict secrecy by his lawyer. He carried it back out with him after lunch.
In less than an hour, the document traversed a West Wing circuit that gave its words the power of command. It changed hands four times, according to witnesses, with emphatic instructions to bypass staff review. When it returned to the Oval Office, in a blue portfolio embossed with the presidential seal, Bush pulled a felt-tip pen from his pocket and signed without sitting down. Almost no one else had seen the text.
Cheney's proposal had become a military order from the commander in chief. Foreign terrorism suspects held by the United States were stripped of access to any court -- civilian or military, domestic or foreign. They could be confined indefinitely without charges and would be tried, if at all, in closed "military commissions."
Originally posted by djohnsto77
I suggest all of you look up what an Executive Order is before you start spewing off.
Then, please come back and explain how this applies to the President....
The Vice Presidency is a unique office that is neither a part of the executive branch nor a part of the legislative branch, but is attached by the Constitution to the latter. The Vice Presidency performs functions in both the legislative branch (see article I, section 3 of the Constitution) and in the executive branch (see article II, and amendments XII and XXV, of the Constitution, and section 106 of title 3 of the United States Code).
Originally posted by dawnstar
it's funny, the 2004 version of the plum book is the only one that has APPENDICE 5....I couldn't find anywhere in the earlier version such a description of the vp's position.
now that it's official, I guess all those textbooks that clearly state that he is part of the executive branch will have to be rewritten? Heck, the GPO probably should spend some time rewriting the index for their Plum Book....since it places the VP right into the executive branch also:
matter of fact I think the Federal Government is now gonna have to invest quite a bit of time and money changing over entire network of websites, since this error is made thoughout them.
I guess they should also start going thru Cheney's activities also, start relieving him of all those "executive" tasks that Bush has been piling on his desk...
Article I - The Legislative Branch
Section 3 - The Senate
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.
Article II - The Executive Branch
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice-President chosen for the same Term, be elected
Section 4 - Disqualification
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Amendment 25 - Presidential Disability and Succession.
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide