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Biden Visits His New Home

By Anne E. Kornblut
Another quiet day is on the horizon for President-elect Barack Obama, who is holding private meetings in Chicago -- and not planning any major announcements, advisers have said, until, at earliest, next week.

The big event of the day is a meeting between Vice President Dick Cheney and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and their wives, at 5:15 p.m. Eastern time at the Naval Observatory.

Will the usually verbose Biden out-talk the dry, to-the-point Cheney? Will the current vice president share directions to his "undisclosed location"? Doubtful we will find out. But the Obama campaign has promised to release an official photograph of the two families together at the end.

Posted at 8:21 AM ET on Nov 13, 2008  | Category:  The Daybook
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Put aside the presidential race for a moment...

Why hasn't the mainstream media exposed the network of civilian vigilantes operating under the cover of federally-funded community policing and business-related anti-terrorism programs, allegedly being employed to harass and persecute "targeted" individuals outside the bounds of the judicial system?

Ideologically-motivated "extrajudicial targeting" is a direct outgrowth of Bush administration programs and policies sold to Congress as necessary to "keep America safe."

Instead, these programs have eroded civil liberties and have imposed de facto federal control upon state and local law enforcement, which rely on grants from federal agencies for substantial portions of their operating budgets.

This nationwide vigilante network directly impacts the political process, because the extrajudicial apparatus operates largely outside the purview of elected local officials -- subverting democracy.

If mainstream media has failed to expose the anti-democratic policies and programs of the current White House, how can we expect critical scrutiny of presidential candidates?

Another factor could be the hope among journalists who know of the abuses (but can't seem to nail down the story) that Obama will rescue the nation from its descent into neo-fascism.



Posted by: scrivener50 | November 13, 2008 12:37 PM

Did they take Cheney into custody?

Posted by: thebobbob | November 13, 2008 12:12 PM

Some say the Dick Cheney is a mean guy. That he is incapable of trying to reach across the aisle. Well they are wrong!

Heck, soon as Cheney hears Biden is a Lawyer, I'll bet he invites him to go Quail Hunting! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 13, 2008 10:15 AM

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