Cheney: "Yeah, I illegally ordered torture. I AM ABOVE THE LAW!" (paraphrasing a little)
Dick Cheney admits on camera to ordering the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody on multiple occasions - in violation of international law, national law, and the U.S. constitution. According to United States Federal law, each instance is a felony offense punishable by decades in prison.
Dick Cheney just stated on national TV - boldly, unapologetically, directly to our faces - that the Vice President is above the law.
"But where says some is the king of America? I'll tell you friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the royal brute of Britain. ... so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America the law is king."
- Thomas Paine
... so much for that. The rule of law in America is dead.
"The executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them, to the end that it may be a government of laws and not men."
"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
- John Adams
"All men having power ought to be mistrusted."
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
"We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties."
"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."
"The accumulation ... Read Moreof all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
- James Madison
"As the executive acts outside its constitutionally prescribed role and is able to control access to information that would expose its actions, it becomes increasingly difficult for the other branches to police it. Once that ability is lost, democracy itself is threatened and we have become a government of men and not laws."
- Al Gore
"The very ... Read Morecore of liberty secured by our Anglo-Saxon system of separated powers has been freedom from indefinite imprisonment at the will of the Executive."
- Antonin Scalia
"Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed."
- Barry Goldwater
"Go fuck yourself."
- Dick Cheney
Torture is merely a "controversial interrogation tactic" now, according to our pussy media journalists who confuse reporting substansive objective inquiry with regurgitating government propaganda and the false compromise fallacy.