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Cheney Linked to Concealment of CIA Program; WH to Revisit Bush Anti-Terror Policies; Problem Nurses Stay on the Job in Calif.

POSTED: 09:46 AM ET, 07/13/2009 by Sarah Fitzpatrick

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Panetta: CIA Hid Program on Cheney's Orders New York Times
The report that former Vice President Dick Cheney was behind the decision to conceal a still-unidentified program from Congress deepens the mystery surrounding it. Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that the Bush administration may have broken the law if the CIA concealed the covert program from Congress.

Bush Anti-Terror Policies Get Reluctant Revisit Washington Post
Obama administration officials are reluctantly moving to examine some of the most controversial and clandestine episodes of the Bush administration's fight against terrorism, a move that comes amid fresh disclosures about CIA activity hidden from Congress and word that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. favors naming a criminal prosecutor to examine whether U.S. interrogators tortured terrorism suspects.

Problem Nurses Keep Jobs as Patients Suffer Los Angeles Times
The board charged with overseeing California's 350,000 registered nurses often takes years to act on complaints of egregious misconduct, leaving nurses accused of wrongdoing free to practice without restrictions.

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By Sarah Fitzpatrick |  July 13, 2009; 9:46 AM ET The Daily Read
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I would hope that our House and Senate investigates the concealing of the CIA's spying program that was carried out in secret from this Government. If proven that it broke the law of this land then people need to be held accountable for their decision making. If something like this is simply ignored for the sake "not rocking the political boat," then we might as well chuck this democracy thing because Bush and Cheney did from 9/11 on. They simply chucked our Democratic Government a Democracy men and women gave their lives to uphold, they chucked in the name of terror. Really, it is pathetic the way these two poor excuses for a President and Vice President misused their power, pathetic. And, if allowed, to go unchecked, those just like them, with the same disdain for government checks and balances, will be back in the White House before you know it. This attitude and behavior must be stopped, attended to and corrected before another presidential election takes place in this Nation.

Posted by: rannrann | July 13, 2009 12:13 PM

Cheney Linked to Concealment of CIA Program. cough.. cough..

And this is a surprise? We knew this stuff was going on all along. There were always too many holes in his stories. (And too many claims to 'executive rights.' What a joke this guy is.

As Judge Judy once said- 'If it doesn't make sense.. It probably isn't true.'

Posted by: lingo009 | July 13, 2009 12:19 PM

One important reason to attend to this concealment is because we have an ex-Vice President who goes around this Nation bragging about his decision making, AS IF, he had every right in the world to undermine this Nation's Constitution and rule of law. He brags, he boasts that President Barak Obama is not keeping this Nation safe, he is an "in your face," arrogant man boasting about all he has done in the name of terror. The last thing this Nation needs is an ex- Vice President running around the Nation and the World boasting about how he kept this Nation safe by ignoring the Constitution, breaking the law and chucking our checks and balances system out as if it yesterday's garbage. President Barak Obama better take a real good look and listen as to what the ex- Vice President boasts about and he needs to do some checks and balances in order that the American people are getting the truth about how a Democratic Government is supposed to act, and look to it's citizens and fellow lawmakers.

Posted by: rannrann | July 13, 2009 12:34 PM

Book 'em!

Posted by: thebobbob | July 13, 2009 12:42 PM

The stench of the Cheney presidency will linger until we the people take the government, that so many died for, and elevate it back to where it belongs. Cheney, that arrogant psychopath, had no respect for the greatest document conceived by man kind: The Constitution of the United States of America. To see it so mangled by that whole crew for so long is truly an abomination. The expression “you’re either with us or against us” is a term Himmler would have loved. After all, that was the true Cheney-Bush Doctrine.”
The US constitution had been a model for all other countries that truly sought a democratic form of government. And, by mangling it the Cheney-Bush administration was an insult to all true American patriots. I, for one, believe they did NOT believe in "Country First." They used the excuse of fighting terror to drive us slowly towards a police state.
Besides, I just don’t like him……

Posted by: sd-mouth | July 13, 2009 1:04 PM

I want Cheney's shriveled up, waterboarded, reptilian nuts on a platter. We owe so much to this guy, starting all the way back in Viet Nam. Every time I filled my tank with $5 buck a gallon petrol, I said a little curse to Cheney's so called energy policy, and that was bad enough. But, messing with the Constitution totally defiles the spirit of all those who fought and died for it, and this clown was a draft dodger himself.

Posted by: humanbeng | July 13, 2009 1:13 PM

He should be tried for treason before he is tried for war crimes, so History can judge this walking piece of defecation line item by line item.

Posted by: humanbeng | July 13, 2009 1:16 PM

Cheney, Bush, the whole lot of them needs to be held accountable for their actions. They acted with total disregard for our Constitution, the rule of law, and morality. They sanctioned rendition, secret prisons, torture, and God only knows what else all the while wrapping themselves in the flag and calling themselves patriots.

I'm sure Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and the rest of our Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves. If they could return to life, they would be the first to accuse them.

When will America do the right thing and have these people indicted and put on trial?

Does anyone anywhere have the courage to do that?

Posted by: abby0802 | July 13, 2009 1:40 PM

Time to investigate the Bush administration and Cheney's activities. There are related posts at http://iamsoannoyed.com/?page_id=588

Posted by: carlyt | July 13, 2009 3:20 PM

bush/cheney worst administration in US history.
voters for bush/cheney unable to admit mistake, just like bush/cheney.
Greatest power-least accountable.

Posted by: jama452 | July 14, 2009 7:28 AM

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