Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
April 26, 2017 Disclaimer: Please read.

Statements and opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.

Truthdig Bazaar more items

Ear to the Ground
Email this item Print this item

Team Cheney Sits on Wiretapping Documents

Posted on Aug 21, 2007

On Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney’s office allowed that it has “dozens of documents” detailing the Bush administration’s controversial warrant-free overseas wiretapping program, according to The Washington Post, but it doesn’t seem likely that Cheney’s cohorts will fork them over without a struggle. 

The Washington Post:

The committee’s chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), said yesterday [Monday] that he will pursue contempt proceedings against administration officials if the documents are not produced.

“When the Senate comes back in the session, I’ll bring it up before the committee,” Leahy told reporters yesterday. “I prefer cooperation to contempt. Right now, there’s no question that they are in contempt of the valid order of the Congress.”

Read more


Lockerdome Below Article
Get a book from one of our contributors in the Truthdig Bazaar.

Related Entries

Get truth delivered to
your inbox every day.

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Join the conversation

Load Comments

By Stephan Tychon, August 23, 2007 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Cheney is a private actor, not a public servant.
Learn how the world’s largest public-private partnership -Gasunie- of 1963 shaped your life and criminal government:
Please visit

Report this

By felicity, August 22, 2007 at 8:30 am Link to this comment

I’m experiencing some sort of strange dejavu in regard to ‘warrantless wire-tapping.’

Under Soviet control of Russia, mail in or out of that country was opened, read and censored. (I remember the letters received by my Russian step-father, blacked-out words and all.)

My step-father’s consistent comment was how grateful he was to no longer live under such a government.

Yesterday it was letters, the country was the Soviet Union,  the government was a dictatorship.  Today it’s email and wire-tapping, the country is America, the government is a ?

Report this
farmertx's avatar

By farmertx, August 21, 2007 at 9:36 pm Link to this comment

#96230 by jbart on 8/21 at 7:59 pm
(Unregistered commenter)

Jbart, I feel your anger and frustration. But ya need to chill…just a degree.
Yes the Preamble to the Constitution says it is the duty of a people to throw off a Government that is unresponsive to their needs.
And God knows, we have enough Southern males ( and a few females) that are not to be trifled with.
As much as I myself want the Shrub at least out of office, if not serving time, it has to be done right, as it were.
If the House and Senate continue to play politics as usual and refuse to do their Constitutional duty, then it is time for the citizens to act.
Granted that day should have arrived a long time, at least 2 years, ago.
First and foremost, we have to be united. And you see how diverse opinions can be among any group of blogger’s, all alledgedly wanting the same thing.

Report this

By jbart, August 21, 2007 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

I fully expect that there may be some “problems” with my future postings, but I want to get this in before they stop me.  How about we all forget all the impeachment discussion? These people are threatening our country and I think that all you “gun toting” southern assholes should use your “constitutionally-provided” weaponry to truly defend the U S of A. KILL THE BASTARDS !!I promise to spend all I have to defend you in our legal system. That way, as I see it, something good(they effin die) comes from something bad(too many friggin guns), it’s a good trade off for America * Americans.

Report this

By purplewolf, August 21, 2007 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

Is it any surprise that after 2 delays in the last several months these crooks claim they need more time to locate said documents. Maybe if they had not shred it months ago before they burned it all they would be able to find it. Does the IRS allow you delay after delay because you cannot find your paperwork when they audit you? Not very likely.This is Dicko thumbiing his nose at you while he flips you off again.Nothing has changed. Impeach them all now.

Report this

By GW=MCHammered, August 21, 2007 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Vote ‘em ALL out in ‘08.
They ALL share K-Street’s pocket.
Toss the GOP and DEMs out on their ear.
Then Exile the BushCo psychophants.
America needs a good purging!

Report this

By NewsSophisticate, August 21, 2007 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Hasn’t the same players from different scandals led US down the same path before? Remember Iran / Contra? The selling of arms to Iran to perpetuate an illegal proxy war with the Contras in Nicaragua and Honduras and in turn, have Iran increase pressure on Hezbollah to release of American held hostages. Read former Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North’s emails. This scandal was huge. In fact it brings US back around to square one with our current Iraq/Iran debacle.

While Iran and Iraq were fighting their bloody war of attrition, the US was supplying Iraq with weapons and the Soviets, Iran. Then the bi polar hegemonic powers switched sides and started supplying the opposing nation. It was a huge clu$ter f@$k…In short, we were supplying the enemies of our enemies with weapons. Nothing new. What was new was an investigative committee finding North complicit.

Lt. Colonel Ollie North never stood up…never stopped obeying orders from his civilian counterparts in the CIA, Defense department, the Oval Office, etc. He allowed himself to become a political tool for the administration. As he stated under testimony “I was authorized to do everything that I did”. Illegal or not, the order was obeyed.

Please read the full article.
Then see how Homeland Security is Tightening its Grip on Latin America and the Caribbean

Report this
farmertx's avatar

By farmertx, August 21, 2007 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

Once again, the Democrat’s are playing the game of politics as usual, without getting to the heart of the problem.
The heart of the problem is that the Shootist and the Shrub are still being paid and still in office.
Until both are removed, nothing will change. Nothing can change.
The Shootist, with his greedy appearance, will never do anything to really help this country, in spite of his claims to the contrary. His definition of helping the country means he and his cronies get even richer.
The Shrub is just a cheerful idiot along for the ride. It actually goes a tad deeper than that, but basically, that is the bottom line on him.
I believe that idiot is defined as one who can not easily tell right from wrong nor able to communicate, on his own, in full sentances. Yup, he fits the bill.

Report this
Right Top, Site wide - Care2
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide

Like Truthdig on Facebook