I saw a snip of Cheney war-mongering about Iran the other day and thought not just "Here We Go Again" but Why is HE doing all this drumming up war instead of Bushie boy? I've always thought Bush has somewhat of an ego problem, and it's really hard for me to believe he would want to be perceived as not being the one in charge. Or maybe he doesn't care since he's almost out the door to make his bucks on the lecture circuit.
But this article concerns me more-it's about how Cheney and the Australian prime minister, John Howard, did a backroom deal to get David Hicks out of Guantanemo Bay. Is THAT what it takes to get these people who don't even know and can't see what the charges are against them, and where evidence gotten through torture is allowed, out? It's WHO you know? And why was it Cheney doing this smarmy little deal with Howard, anyway? Where was Bush? Chopping down cedar trees in the yard?
Besides the fact that Bush is a cypher, while it is apparent Cheney pulls his strings, look at how this administration administers *justice*.
One of our staffers was present when Vice-President Cheney interfered directly to get Hicks' plea bargain deal," the unnamed officer told latest edition of Harper's magazine.
"He did it, apparently, as part of a deal cut with Howard.
"I kept thinking: this is the sort of thing that used to go on behind the Iron Curtain, not in America.
"And then it struck me how much this entire process had disintegrated into a political charade.
"It's demoralising for all of us."
And it appears the deal was cut to release David Hicks AFTER the Australian PM elections. And remember that David Hicks, as part of the deal, is forbidden to ever talk about it.
Hicks' plea deal surprised observers at Guantanamo for his trial because it was not negotiated by US Colonel Morris Davis, the chief prosecutor for Hicks' military commission, but by the commission's convening authority, Susan J Crawford, a former top official of Cheney's Defence Department staff.
Mr Howard, after the deal was announced, denied involvement in the plea bargain.
So.. he was lying.
"We didn't impose the sentence, the sentence was imposed by the military commission and the plea bargain was worked out between the military prosecution and Mr Hicks' lawyers," Mr Howard said on March 31.
After the plea deal was made public, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said, "the message has gone very clearly from Canberra to Washington to Guantanamo Bay: don't allow Hicks to be released until after the elections and certainly don't allow him to speak".