On Countdown, Keith Olbermann talks about the startling and deeply disturbing assertions that the Office of the Vice President is making regarding oversight.
The Oversight Committee has learned that over the objections of the National Archives, Vice President Cheney exempted his office from the presidential order that establishes government-wide procedures for safeguarding classified national security information. The Vice President asserts that his office is not an "entity within the executive branch."[..]
In his letter to the Vice President, Chairman Waxman writes: "I question both the legality and wisdom of your actions. ... [I]t would appear particularly irresponsible to give an office with your history of security breaches an exemption from the safeguards that apply to all other executive branch officials."
SilentPatriot: There may be a bright side to this: If Cheney wants to assert that his office is not an "entity within the executive branch," that means he's not entitled to executive privilege, right? I want those energy task force minutes!!