[..]''The Department of Defense has legitimate authority in this area. This is an authority that goes back three or four decades. It was reaffirmed in the Patriot Act,'' he said. ''It's perfectly legitimate activity. There's nothing wrong with it or illegal. It doesn't violate people's civil rights.''
As Keith Olbermann so aptly pointed out, their credibility is pretty shot at this point, so are we to just accept that they are acting legally on his say-so? Hmm....I don't think so. And then proving that some chestnuts never die, Cheney pulls out this golden oldie:
Vice President Dick Cheney said that criticism of President Bush's new Iraq plan, announced this week, was undercutting U.S. troops in Iraq.
[..]And he boasted that even though the president on Wednesday cited "unacceptable" conditions in Iraq, "We have in fact made enormous progress."
On new U.S. moves against Iran, Cheney said: "Iran is fishing in troubled waters inside Iraq....We do not want them doing what they can to destabilise the situation inside Iraq."
[..]Asked three times by host Chris Wallace to deny rumors that the U.S. might be considering a replacement for Iraqi leader al-Maliki, Cheney refused to answer the question, saying the administration was focusing on its present plan instead.
Cheney brought Osama bin Laden in to the argument, saying that attempts to reverse U.S. policy on Iraq was exactly "what he wants." He claimed that al-Qaeda pays a good deal of attention to criticism in Congress and polls. He said war decisions can't be based on polls. Reminded by Wallace this it was more than polls -- voters had spoken loudly in November -- Cheney said that didn't change the matter.