Just as this White House publicly abhors our enemies’ inhumanity but embraces rendition, waterboarding and “enhanced interrogation techniques,” we see them fighting the fires of “Islamofascism” with the Constitution cremating fire of the unitary executive. On October 16 FBS’ Frontline presented Cheney’s Law, a kid glove treatment of this corporatist usurpation that nevertheless may help awaken the nation to the coup well underway. The troubling question remains why Cheney and his backers would work so hard for absolutist authority when they theoretically face an imminent election that could take it all away. Click on the graphic below to watch the entire show. – Ed.
From Frontline Intro: For three decades Vice President Dick Cheney conducted a secretive, behind-closed-doors campaign to give the president virtually unlimited wartime power. Finally, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Justice Department and the White House made a number of controversial legal decisions. Orchestrated by Cheney and his lawyer David Addington, the department interpreted executive power in an expansive and extraordinary way, granting President George W. Bush the power to detain, interrogate, torture, wiretap and spy — without congressional approval or judicial review.