Cheney is Out to Hang: "He Has Committed Impeachable Offenses"
<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Cheney is Out to Hang: "He Has Committed Impeachable Offenses"</h1><p>WASHINGTON, May 1 (EIRNS)--Vice President Dick Cheney was identified as having committed impeachable offenses, and as the driving force in the Administration promoting the notion that the President can violate the law, during a forum held yesterday at the Center for American Progress in Washington.<div class="right_image"><img height="169" src="/files/pictures/82358d46e410c9b422eff863f4ec00bc/original.jpg" width="261" /></div></p><p>Cheney believes that the President can break the law whenever he thinks its necessary, said Morton Halperin, a target of Kissinger-Nixon wiretapping in the 1970s. Halperin noted that Cheney had written his views into the 1987 Minority Report on Iran-Contra Affair, and that ever since then, Cheney has been looking for a situation in which this could be applied -- which he found in 9/11.</p><p>Frederick A. O. Schwartz Jr., a Wall Street lawyer who was chief counsel to the Church Committee's investigation of intelligence activities in the mid-1970s, and who is co-author of a new book <em>Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror</em> , pointed out that on the very first page of his book, he identifies Cheney as having had this view of unchecked presidential power long before 9/11. He was referring to a quote from Cheney's Iran-Contra Minority Report, that "the Chief Executive will on occasion feel duty bound to assert monarchical notions of prerogative that will permit him to exceed the laws."</p><p>During Iran-Contra, Cheney and his lawyer David Addington argued that it's OK to lie to Congress, if what you're doing is protecting Presidential secrets. The lesson that Cheney drew from Watergate and Vietnam, said Schwartz, was that there should be less oversight and a lesser role for Congress.</p><p>When EIR confronted the panelists on the need to take up the question of impeachment, since they had clearly laid out the case for it in their presentations, Schwartz conceded that this was a very good point, and readily acknowledged that Cheney -- and Bush -- have committed impeachable offenses, but said that this was not the subject of his new book. "We lay out the facts on which people could draw the conclusion that they've committed impeachable offenses -- which they have," he declared.</p></div></body>