For many Dick Cheney, US Vice President, personifies evil and the blatent abuse of power. As things are shaping up in Washington both Cheney and his "boss" George Bush are headed for more than an "interesting" confrontation with Congress.
It might well be said that it hardly lies in the mouth of John Dean, one-time cohort and key players in the "team" in the White House during the second term of Richard Nixon, to criticise Dick Cheney - but he does so in a fairly incisive and well-put together piece on FindLaw. Some might be tempted to say that one wrongdoer is well-placed to recognise another.
"Vice President Dick Cheney has regularly claimed that he is above the law, but until recently he has not offered any explanation of why.
In fact, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a law that Cheney believes does apply to him, whether that law be major and minor. For example, he has claimed that most of the laws passed in the aftermath of Watergate were unconstitutional, and thus implicitly inapplicable. His office oversees signing statements claiming countless new laws will not be honored except insofar as the President's extremely narrow interpretation allows. He does not believe the War Powers Act should be honored by the President. Nor, in his view, should the President be bothered with laws like the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). In fact, it appears Cheney has actively encouraged defiance of such laws by the Bush Administration.
For Cheney, the Geneva Conventions - considered among the nation's most important treaties -- are but quaint relics that can be ignored. Thus, he publicly embraced their violation when, on an Idaho talk radio program, he said he was not troubled in the slightest by our forces using "waterboarding" -- the simulated drowning of detainees to force them to talk. There are serious questions as to whether Cheney himself has also conspired to violate the War Crimes Act, which can be a capital crime."