Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cheney Hurt His Back Moving Boxes II-----Destroying Records?

Yesterday I opined that Cheney had hurt his back destroying records.
Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks this is what Cheney was up to. Here are some comments from a post on, about Cheney's ownership of these records.
No wonder the (now former) Vice President was lugging boxes over the weekend. He pulled a muscle in his back, hiding documents from the National Archives and the American people.
-- Carol Anne
[Read Carol Anne's other letters]
Permalink Tuesday, January 20, 2009 02:20 PM

I wondered if Cheney injured his back
shoveling documents into a furnace.
either that or loading bodies into holes in the basement of the VP manse.
-- Pastafarians Unite!
[Read Pastafarians Unite!'s other letters]
Permalink Tuesday, January 20, 2009 02:20 PM

Ironsides, and How He Got That Way

Dick Cheney was at the inauguration in a wheel chair. Dana Perino says this is because the Dick had strained his back moving boxes.
Wouldn't burly men move boxes? Wouldn't young men move boxes? Wouldn't movers move boxes?
What boxes, one wonders, would be such that the Dick would want to move them personally, and yet be numerous or heavy enough to cause such a strained back that he comes out like Chief Ironsides at the inauguration?
Oh, right: Cheney now says that, because he's in the Legislative Branch (except when he isn't... like when a subpoena is present), he doesn't have to show anyone Dick. History will pay the price for our failure to make that guy cough up everything he touched for eight years.
-- Geogre
[Read Geogre's other letters]
Permalink Wednesday, January 21, 2009 03:45 AM

A Federal judge ruled that Cheney had the authority to decide with no one looking over his shoulder which records he would leave for posterity.
A federal judge ruled yesterday (Jan 19,'09) that the former vice president can deal with records of his term in office however he pleases. "Congress drastically limited the scope of outside inquiries related to the vice president's handling of his own records during his term in office," wrote Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

The relevant law, the Presidential Records Act, assumes that presidents and vice presidents will comply in good faith with the law, said Judge Kollar-Kotelly, and that it was not proven that Cheney had unlawfully decided not to preserve certain records.

How nice, Cheney gets to destroy evidence and once it's destroyed there is no way to prove that the records he destroyed were improperly chosen for the ash bin. Grrrrr!

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