Yet Another Profile of Secret Power Behind Cheney Throne

Have you heard the story of the man who is secretly the most powerful and evil member of the Bush administration? It is one of Washington's best-kept secrets, which means that all the major and minor news magazines have run lengthy profiles on him, calling him secretly one of the most powerful and evil members of the Bush administration. His name is David S. Addington, he was Cheney's lawyer, and now he is Cheney's chief of staff.

He wrote the torture memo. That's how evil he is.

US News and World Report introduced him to us for the first time (or second or third, this was just the first time we paid attention) in May of '06. A month later, The New Yorker profiled the man they called "Cheney's Cheney," which doesn't actually make very much sense, now that we think about it. Earlier this year, the Post detailed even more of his crimes against decency in their 5 million-word Cheney profile.

And now there is a book about him! Kind of. It's called The Terror Presidency and it's by Jack Goldsmith, former head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.

This Addington character seems like kind of a dick!

Goldsmith described Addington as "the chief legal architect of the Terrorist Surveillance Program," which bypassed the secret court that administers FISA and allowed the National Security Agency to spy on communications between the United States and overseas without warrants. In a February 2004 meeting, Addington said sarcastically: "We're one bomb away from getting rid of that obnoxious [FISA] court."

Also Alberto Gonzeles is an idiot who never even read anything he signed his name to.

New Book Details Cheney Lawyer's Efforts to Expand Executive Power [WP]


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