When the vice president accidentally shot 78-year-old Texas lawyer Harry Whittington on a hunting trip after drinking a beer, and then delayed telling the world about it for 14 hours, he refocused the nation’s attention on troubling questions of official secrecy (and Dick Cheney’s aim). Truthdig has all the videos, articles and documents you need to answer the questions for yourself.
In a Fox News interview, Cheney admits to drinking a beer at lunch before the hunt, which took place a few hours later. (Hat tip: Think Progress.) If he’s low-balling the amount he drank, it wouldn’t be the first time Cheney misled the public. UPDATE: AMERICAblog reports that MSNBC’s website “scrubbed” a reference to Cheney’s drinking.
Republicans are chastizing the vice president for his slow and unapologetic disclosure of the hunting incident. As well they should. For an administration that orchestrated Bush’s aircraft carrier photo-op, this episode seems particularly bush league.
The News of the World (UK) publishes images and releases a video of a squadron of English soldiers savagely beating a group of rioting Iraqi teenagers in 2004. | story or watch video UPDATE: British authorities have arrested a serving soldier in connection with the incident. | story