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“Cheney said, ‘I’ve now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was, as well as to see this debate over the legal opinions.'”

“But a senior intelligence official told NBC News: ‘The agency has received no such request from the former vice president.'”
— From “Obama Open to Some Interrogation Prosecution,” NBC News, April 21, 2009.

“Lack of conscience is the hallmark of psychopathy, which is estimated to occur in about 1 percent of the adult population, says psychopathy expert Robert Hare, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of ‘Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us.’ Unlike psychosis, in which a person is out of touch with reality and experiencing delusions or hallucinations, for example, psychopaths know what they are doing. They just dont care and cant really comprehend how their actions hurt others. Psychopaths lack empathy, guilt and remorse, explains Hare.” []
“Furthermore, most psychopaths arent violent offenders. Those raised in deprived environments may grow up to be street criminals, for instance, whereas those raised in privileged homes may become corporate criminals, says Hare.” []
“Adult psychopathy is generally viewed as difficult or even impossible to treat, particularly for repeat violent offenders. Medications and talk therapy dont work, according to Hare and others. Inmates may very convincingly say what they think counselors want to hear because it serves a purpose to them, such as getting paroled. And psychopaths outside of the prison system may never enter treatment. ‘No self-respecting psychopath is going to seek therapy in the real world because they dont think theres anything wrong with them,’ says Hare.” []
“While it might not be possible to help people develop a conscience, perhaps they can be convinced that its in their best interest to act as if they do. While psychopaths and kids with CU [Callous-Unemotional] traits know societys rules, they dont care to follow them. And theyre impulsive, so they dont necessarily think through the consequences of their actions. They just act, so this approach has to focus on how they directly benefit, because they really dont care about how their actions impact others, explains Hare. So, for instance, it would likely be futile to try to get them to change their behavior by explaining just how much they hurt others. They cant relate.”
— Jacqueline Stenson, “Destined as a Psychopath? Experts Seek Clues,” MSNBC, April 20, 2009.

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13 years ago

“Cheney said, ‘I’ve now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was, as well as to see this debate over the legal opinions.’”

Does Cheney actually have the authority to “formally ask” anyone in government to declassify anything? Did he somehow retain some kind of power when his unholy term expired?

And can’t we put him back in his “undisclosed location” and keep him there?

RS Janes
13 years ago

No, I don’t know of any power ex-vice presidents have to formally ask anyone in government to do anything, other than whatever power an ordinary citizen has.

But I suspect this is just another Cheney dodge — just like when Bush talked about the terror plots his DHS broke up and they all turned out to be on the order of those hapless morons from Florida who were manipulated by an FBI informant into agreeing to attack the Sears Tower. They didn’t have the means, the plans or the brains to pull off any such attack, but that didn’t stop Junior from using it to try and goose up his anti-terrorist image.

If any more memos are declassified, I think it will be like Coleman’s recount in MN that put more votes into Franken’s column — they’ll show Cheney in an even worse light, if that’s possible.

Just another empty gesture by a pathological liar trying to stay one step ahead of prosecution. When does he move to Dubai?

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