"If you act as enemy combatants, you will be dealt with accordingly. And let me remind you, there is plenty of room left at Guantanamo," the Vice President snarled while directing his steely gaze at the jury. "And I never, never said the Office of the Vice President was above the law. I said we were outside it. Now, who among you is prepared to die?"
OK, that never happened. But it might have, if Libby's defense had foolishly decided to call Cheney, Irving Libby's long-time boss, as a defense witness. Almost everyone accepts that Dick Cheney outed a CIA agent, not because they actually understand a case become more opaque than "Farewell, My Lovely," but because they have begun to sense a nasty, power-mad curmudgeon who cuts up the Constitution for toilet paper after being subjected to six years of his vituperative, dismissive disdain. Some people have even started to think he might've killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 while running something called Operation Vigilant Guardian.
A lot of things happened at the CIA leak trial last week, before the prosecution closed its case. I'll cut to the quick here: no one is bothering to protect Cheney anymore. His former aides were surprisingly direct about where to lay the blame. For example, White House Legal Counsel and long-time Cheney Minion David Addington related this incident:
"Why are you making these statements?" Addington asked White House
communications director Dan Bartlett.
"Your boss is the one who wanted" them, Bartlett replied, referring to
With that, "I shut up," Addington recalled recently for jurors in Libby's CIA
leak trial, which begins its fourth week on Monday with Libby's lawyers calling
their first witnesses.for keeping nukes out of the hands of muslim extremists was illegal. Cheney is the most treasonous snake to ever reside in the Executive Branch.
Irving Libby related Cheney "didn't want to hear it," i.e., that
outing the CIA agent responsible
It would be nice to think that he'll be prosecuted by the proper authorities, and even nice to think that his chief henchman, if convicted, won't get a full pardon. Unlikely, but nice. The chief good to come from this trial will be its utility in the upcoming civil case which the Wilsons (the CIA agent and her family) will file against Cheney and the parties responsible for their craven persecution.