Thursday, February 16, 2006

I Got the Power

Not enough attention being paid to this:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that an executive order gives him the authority to declassify secret documents, but he would not say whether he authorized an indicted former aide to release classified information.

Obvious implications for the Valerie Plame outing case.

Anybody know what this order is he's talking about?

So it's this Executive Order 13292 he's talking about. Interesting. It was issued in March 2003, and it granted new power to the vice president to classify information. It does not, however, say anything about the power to de-classify information. And apparently, the rules on that are very specific. And Dick Cheney, if he unilaterally declassified information, has broken them.


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