by Deb Cupples | According to The Swamp, via Memeorandum, ex-Vice Presidnet Dick Cheney went on Fox (where else) and said that the Obama Administration's expected investigations into detainee torture "offends the hell out of me."
Of course he doesn't like the idea of torture investigations. First, torture is illegal. (see 18 U.S. Code 2340(a) and 2340.) And Mr. Cheney apparently advocated that people in the executive branch engage in torture (i.e., break the law). Some might argue that that, in itself, is a crime.
Second, Mr. Cheney never did seem to respect our nation's laws. Outing a CIA agent is illegal, yet Mr. Cheney was connected to his underling's of ex-CIA agent Valarie Plame Wilson. In court, Mr. Cheney's lawyers actually cargued that outing Ms. Plame was a good thing.
Mr. Cheney felt so above our nation's laws that he, back in 2007, tried to singlehandedly create a fourth branch of government that would have only one member: Mr. Cheney. Note that our nation's Constitution created only three branches: the executive, judicial, and legislative. Why such an odd proposal from Mr. Cheney? He did not like having to follow laws requiring him to preserve certain executive-branch records.
Why can't Mr. Cheney simply saunter off into the sunset? Why can't he be content spending his days fly fishing, sitting in corporate board rooms, and cleaning out the garage?