February 9, 2008

Cheney has been trying to hide from this case for a while now:

The office of Vice President Dick Cheney is seeking to block the release of videotaped depositions given by two aides who witnessed a physical encounter between an Iraq war opponent and Cheney.

In a motion filed Saturday, Cheney's office contended that the videotapes could be used to invade the privacy and embarrass two aides called to testify about the encounter in a civil lawsuit.

The motion for a protective order expressed particular concern that both aides' faces could wind up on YouTube.com. The plaintiff, Steven Howards of Golden, is suing Secret Service agents who arrested him after he approached Cheney at a Beaver Creek mall in 2006 and told the vice president his policies in Iraq were "disgusting."

Eagle County prosecutors dismissed a criminal charge of harassment filed against Howards.

This case was a travesty against our civil liberties and the First Amendment. Do you think the Secret Service would have reacted like this if Howards was a Cheney/Iraq war supporter? Molly Ivins dedicates a chapter to this case in her wonderful book called "Bill of Wrongs."

You can read more about the case here.

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