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Leaving No Tracks

By Jo Becker and Barton Gellman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, June 27, 2007; Page A01

Sue Ellen Wooldridge, the 19th-ranking Interior Department official, arrived at her desk in Room 6140 a few months after Inauguration Day 2001. A phone message awaited her.

"This is Dick Cheney," said the man on her voice mail, Wooldridge recalled in an interview. "I understand you are the person handling this Klamath situation. Please call me at -- hmm, I guess I don't know my own number. I'm over at the White House."

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The vice president has intervened in many cases to undercut long-standing environmental rules for the benefit of business. Here, Cheney is photographed during an August 2004 family vacation in Moose, Wyoming. Getty Images
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Wooldridge wrote off the message as a prank. It was not. Cheney had reached far down the chain of command, on so unexpected a point of vice presidential concern, because he had spotted a political threat arriving on Wooldridge's desk.

In Oregon, a battleground state that the Bush-Cheney ticket had lost by less than half of 1 percent, drought-stricken farmers and ranchers were about to be cut off from the irrigation water that kept their cropland and pastures green. Federal biologists said the Endangered Species Act left the government no choice: The survival of two imperiled species of fish was at stake.

Law and science seemed to be on the side of the fish. Then the vice president stepped in.

First Cheney looked for a way around the law, aides said. Next he set in motion a process to challenge the science protecting the fish, according to a former Oregon congressman who lobbied for the farmers.

Because of Cheney's intervention, the government reversed itself and let the water flow in time to save the 2002 growing season, declaring that there was no threat to the fish. What followed was the largest fish kill the West had ever seen, with tens of thousands of salmon rotting on the banks of the Klamath River.

Characteristically, Cheney left no tracks.

The Klamath case is one of many in which the vice president took on a decisive role to undercut long-standing environmental regulations for the benefit of business.

By combining unwavering ideological positions -- such as the priority of economic interests over protected fish -- with a deep practical knowledge of the federal bureaucracy, Cheney has made an indelible mark on the administration's approach to everything from air and water quality to the preservation of national parks and forests.

It was Cheney's insistence on easing air pollution controls, not the personal reasons she cited at the time, that led Christine Todd Whitman to resign as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, she said in an interview that provides the most detailed account so far of her departure.

The vice president also pushed to make Nevada's Yucca Mountain the nation's repository for nuclear and radioactive waste, aides said, a victory for the nuclear power industry over those with long-standing safety concerns. And his office was a powerful force behind the White House's decision to rewrite a Clinton-era land-protection measure that put nearly a third of the national forests off limits to logging, mining and most development, former Cheney staff members said.

Cheney's pro-business drive to ease regulations, however, has often set the administration on a collision course with the judicial branch.

The administration, for example, is appealing the order of a federal judge who reinstated the forest protections after she ruled that officials didn't adequately study the environmental consequences of giving states more development authority.

And in April, the Supreme Court rejected two other policies closely associated with Cheney. It rebuffed the effort, ongoing since Whitman's resignation, to loosen some rules under the Clean Air Act. The court also rebuked the administration for not regulating greenhouse gases associated with global warming, issuing its ruling less than two months after Cheney declared that "conflicting viewpoints" remain about the extent of the human contribution to the problem.

In the latter case, Cheney made his environmental views clear in public. But with some notable exceptions, he generally has preferred to operate with stealth, aided by loyalists who owe him for their careers.

When the vice president got wind of a petition to list the cutthroat trout in Yellowstone National Park as a protected species, his office turned to one of his former congressional aides.

The aide, Paul Hoffman, landed his job as deputy assistant interior secretary for fish and wildlife after Cheney recommended him. In an interview, Hoffman said the vice president knew that listing the cutthroat trout would harm the recreational fishing industry in his home state of Wyoming and that he "followed the issue closely." In 2001 and again in 2006, Hoffman's agency declined to list the trout as threatened.

Hoffman also was well positioned to help his former boss with what Cheney aides said was one of the vice president's pet peeves: the Clinton-era ban on snowmobiling in national parks. "He impressed upon us that so many people enjoyed snowmobiling in the Tetons," former Cheney aide Ron Christie said.

With Cheney's encouragement, the administration lifted the ban in 2002, and Hoffman followed up in 2005 by writing a proposal to fundamentally change the way national parks are managed. That plan, which would have emphasized recreational use over conservation, attracted so much opposition from park managers and the public that the Interior Department withdrew it. Still, the Bush administration continues to press for expanded snowmobile access, despite numerous studies showing that the vehicles harm the parks' environment and polls showing majority support for the ban.

Hoffman, now in another job at the Interior Department, said Cheney never told him what to do on either issue -- he didn't have to.

"His genius," Hoffman said, is that "he builds networks and puts the right people in the right places, and then trusts them to make well-informed decisions that comport with his overall vision."

'Political Ramifications'

Robert F. Smith had grown desperate by the time he turned to the vice president for help.

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Bush and Cheney, who lost Oregon by less than half of 1 percent in 2000, couldn't afford to anger thousands of Republican farmers and ranchers in the state during the 2002 midterm elections. Above, in 2001 a sign stands in a field near Klamath Falls, Oregon. Aurora/Getty Images

The former Republican congressman from Oregon represented farmers in the Klamath basin who had relied on a government-operated complex of dams and canals built almost a century ago along the Oregon-California border to irrigate nearly a quarter-million acres of arid land.

In April 2001, with the region gripped by the worst drought in memory, the spigot was shut off.

Studies by the federal government's scientists concluded unequivocally that diverting water would harm two federally protected species of fish, violating the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The Bureau of Reclamation was forced to declare that farmers must go without in order to maintain higher water levels so that two types of suckerfish in Upper Klamath Lake and the coho salmon that spawn in the Klamath River could survive the dry spell.

Farmers and their families, furious and fearing for their livelihoods, formed a symbolic 10,000-person bucket brigade. Then they took saws and blowtorches to dam gates, clashing with U.S. marshals as water streamed into the canals that fed their withering fields, before the government stopped the flow again.

What they didn't know was that the vice president was already on the case.

Smith had served with Cheney on the House Interior Committee in the 1980s, and the former congressman said he turned to the vice president because he knew him as a man of the West who didn't take kindly to federal bureaucrats meddling with private use of public land. "He saw, as every other person did, what a ridiculous disaster shutting off the water was," Smith said.

Cheney recognized, even before the shut-off and long before others at the White House, that what "at first blush didn't seem like a big deal" had "a lot of political ramifications," said Dylan Glenn, a former aide to President Bush.

Bush and Cheney couldn't afford to anger thousands of solidly Republican farmers and ranchers during the midterm elections and beyond. The case also was rapidly becoming a test for conservatives nationwide of the administration's commitment to fixing what they saw as an imbalance between conservation and economics.

"What does the law say?" Christie, the former aide, recalled the vice president asking. "Isn't there some way around it?"

Next, Cheney called Wooldridge, who was then deputy chief of staff to Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton and the woman handling the Klamath situation.

Aides praise Cheney's habit of reaching down to officials who are best informed on a subject he is tackling. But the effect of his calls often leads those mid-level officials scrambling to do what they presume to be his bidding.

That's what happened when a mortified Wooldridge finally returned the vice president's call, after receiving a tart follow-up inquiry from one of his aides. Cheney, she said, "was coming from the perspective that the farmers had to be able to farm -- that was his concern. The fact that the vice president was interested meant that everyone paid attention."

Cheney made sure that attention did not wander. He had Wooldridge brief his staff weekly and, Smith said, he also called the interior secretary directly.

"For months and months, at almost every briefing it was 'Sir, here's where we stand on the Klamath basin,'" recalled Christie, who is now a lobbyist. "His hands-on involvement, it's safe to say, elevated the issue."

'Let the Water Flow'

There was, as it happened, an established exemption to the Endangered Species Act.

A rarely invoked panel of seven Cabinet officials, known informally as the "God Squad," is empowered by the statute to determine that economic hardship outweighs the benefit of protecting threatened wildlife. But after discussing the option with Smith, Cheney rejected that course. He had another idea, one that would not put the administration on record as advocating the extinction of endangered or threatened species.

The thing to do, Cheney told Smith, was to get science on the side of the farmers. And the way to do that was to ask the National Academy of Sciences to scrutinize the work of the federal biologists who wanted to protect the fish.

Smith said he told Cheney that he thought that was a roll of the dice. Academy panels are independently appointed, receive no payment and must reach a conclusion that can withstand peer review.

"It worried me that these are individuals who are unreachable," Smith said of the academy members. But Cheney was firm, expressing no such concerns about the result. "He felt we had to match the science."

Smith also wasn't sure that the Klamath case -- "a small place in a small corner of the country" -- would meet the science academy's rigorous internal process for deciding what to study. Cheney took care of that. "He called them and said, 'Please look at this, it's important,'" Smith said. "Everyone just went flying at it."

William Kearney, a spokesman for the National Academies, said he was unaware of any direct contact from Cheney on the matter. The official request came from the Interior Department, he said.

It was Norton who announced the review, and it was Bush and his political adviser Karl Rove who traveled to Oregon in February 2002 to assure farmers that they had the administration's support. A month later, Cheney got what he wanted when the science academy delivered a preliminary report finding "no substantial scientific foundation" to justify withholding water from the farmers.

There was not enough clear evidence that proposed higher lake levels would benefit suckerfish, the report found. And it hypothesized that the practice of releasing warm lake water into the river during spawning season might do more harm than good to the coho, which thrive in lower temperatures. [Read the report.]

Norton flew to Klamath Falls in March to open the head gate as farmers chanted "Let the water flow!" And seizing on the report's draft findings, the Bureau of Reclamation immediately submitted a new decade-long plan to give the farmers their full share of water.

When the lead biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service team critiqued the science academy's report in a draft opinion objecting to the plan, the critique was edited out by superiors and his objections were overruled, he said. The biologist, Michael Kelly, who has since quit the federal agency, said in a whistle-blower claim that it was clear to him that "someone at a higher level" had ordered his agency to endorse the proposal regardless of the consequences to the fish.

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An estimated 77,000 salmon washed up on the banks of the Klamath River. Last year, the government declared a "commercial fishery failure" on the West Coast. Above, dead salmon line the banks of the Klamath River in Sept. 2002. AP

Months later, the first of an estimated 77,000 dead salmon began washing up on the banks of the warm, slow-moving river. Not only were threatened coho dying -- so were chinook salmon, the staple of commercial fishing in Oregon and Northern California. State and federal biologists soon concluded that the diversion of water to farms was at least partly responsible.

Fishermen filed lawsuits and courts ruled that the new irrigation plan violated the Endangered Species Act. Echoing Kelly's objections, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit observed that the 10-year plan wouldn't provide enough water for the fish until year nine. By then, the 2005 opinion said, "all the water in the world" could not save the fish, "for there will be none to protect." In March 2006, a federal judge prohibited the government from diverting water for agricultural use whenever water levels dropped beneath a certain point.

Last summer, the federal government declared a "commercial fishery failure" on the West Coast after several years of poor chinook returns virtually shut down the industry, opening the way for Congress to approve more than $60 million in disaster aid to help fishermen recover their losses. That came on top of the $15 million that the government has paid Klamath farmers since 2002 not to farm, in order to reduce demand.

The science academy panel, in its final report, acknowledged that its draft report was "controversial," but it stood by its conclusions. Instead of focusing on the irrigation spigot, it recommended broad and expensive changes to improve fish habitat. [Read the final report]

"The farmers were grateful for our decision, but we made the decision based on the scientific outcome," said the panel chairman, William Lewis, a biologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder. "It just so happened the outcome favored the farmers."

But J.B. Ruhl, another member of the panel and a Florida State University law professor who specializes in endangered species cases, said the Bureau of Reclamation went "too far," making judgments that were not backed up by the academy's draft report. "The approach they took was inviting criticism," Ruhl said, "and I didn't think it was supported by our recommendations."

'More Pro-Industry'

Whitman, then head of the EPA, was on vacation with her family in Colorado when her cellphone rang. The vice president was on the line, and he was clearly irked.

Why was the agency dragging its feet on easing pollution rules for aging power and oil refinery plants?, Cheney wanted to know. An industry that had contributed heavily to the Bush-Cheney campaign was clamoring for change, and the vice president told Whitman that she "hadn't moved it fast enough," she recalled.

Whitman protested, warning Cheney that the administration had to proceed cautiously. It was August 2001, just seven months into the first term. We need to "document this according to the books," she said she told him, "so we don't look like we are ramrodding something through. Because it's going to court."

But the vice president's main concern was getting it done fast, she said, and "doing it in a way that didn't hamper industry."

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Cheney's insistence on easing air pollution controls led Christine Todd Whitman, shown with Secretary of State Colin Powell and Cheney aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, to resign as EPA administrator. Getty Images

At issue was a provision of the Clean Air Act known as the New Source Review, which requires older plants that belch millions of tons of smog and soot each year to install modern pollution controls when they are refurbished in a way that increases emissions.

Industry officials complained to the White House that even when they had merely performed routine maintenance and repairs, the Clinton administration hit them with violations and multimillion-dollar lawsuits. Cheney's energy task force ordered the EPA to reconsider the rule.

Whitman had already gone several rounds with the vice president over the issue.

She and Cheney first got to know each other in one of the Nixon administration's anti-poverty agencies, working under Donald H. Rumsfeld. When Cheney offered her the job in the Bush administration, the former New Jersey governor marveled at how far both had come. But as with Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill, another longtime friend who owed his Cabinet post to Cheney, Whitman's differences with the vice president would lead to her departure.

Sitting through Cheney's task force meetings, Whitman had been stunned by what she viewed as an unquestioned belief that EPA's regulations were primarily to blame for keeping companies from building new power plants. "I was upset, mad, offended that there seemed to be so much head-nodding around the table," she said.

Whitman said she had to fight "tooth and nail" to prevent Cheney's task force from handing over the job of reforming the New Source Review to the Energy Department, a battle she said she won only after appealing to White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. This was an environmental issue with major implications for air quality and health, she believed, and it shouldn't be driven by a task force primarily concerned with increasing production.

Whitman agreed that the exception for routine maintenance and repair needed to be clarified, but not in a way that undercut the ongoing Clinton-era lawsuits -- many of which had merit, she said.

Cheney listened to her arguments, and as usual didn't say much. Whitman said she also met with the president to "explain my concerns" and to offer an alternative.

She wanted to work a political trade with industry -- eliminating the New Source Review in return for support of Bush's 2002 "Clear Skies" initiative, which outlined a market-based approach to reducing emissions over time. But Clear Skies went nowhere. "There was never any follow-up," Whitman said, and moreover, there was no reason for industry to embrace even a modest pollution control initiative when the vice president was pushing to change the rules for nothing.

She decided to go back to Bush one last time. It was a crapshoot -- the EPA administrator had already been rolled by Cheney when the president reversed himself on a campaign promise to limit carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming -- so she came armed with a political argument.

Whitman said she plunked down two sets of folders filled with news clips. This one, she said, pointing to a stack about 2-1/2 inches thick, contained articles, mostly negative, about the administration's controversial proposal to suspend tough new standards governing arsenic in drinking water. And this one, she said as she pointed to a pile four or five times as thick, are the articles about the rules on aging power plants and refineries -- and the administration hadn't even done anything yet.

"If you think arsenic was bad," she recalled telling Bush, "look at what has already been written about this."

But Whitman left the meeting with the feeling that "the decision had already been made." Cheney had a clear mandate from the president on all things energy-related, she said, and while she could take her case directly to Bush, "you leave and the vice president's still there. So together, they would then shape policy."

What happened next was "a perfect example" of that, she said.

The EPA sent rule revisions to White House officials. The read-back was that they weren't happy and "wanted something that would be more pro-industry," she said.

The end result, which she said was written at the direction of the White House and announced in August 2003, vastly broadened the definition of routine maintenance. It allowed some of the nation's dirtiest plants to make major modifications without installing costly new pollution controls.

By that time, Whitman had already announced her resignation, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family. But the real reason, she said, was the new rule.

"I just couldn't sign it," she said. "The president has a right to have an administrator who could defend it, and I just couldn't."

A federal appeals court has since found that the rule change violated the Clean Air Act. In their ruling, the judges said that the administration had redefined the law in a way that could be valid "only in a Humpty-Dumpty world."

Staff researcher Julie Tate contributed to this report.

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Cheney leaves no tracks like a real professional criminal. Dr. Evil at his best.

Posted by: tddroy | June 26, 2007 10:18 PM

the funny thing about living human scum like this, is this, he gets away with it- completely on every level, probably even metaphysically as well. We can only use the phenomenon as a time for self reflection and realization that regardless of the existence of people like this, we should try to live our lives as if they mattered, that everyone should inherently desire some moral standard and that this is what makes life truly worth living.

Posted by: Mrmustard | June 26, 2007 10:18 PM

Absolutely amazing series

Posted by: texd | June 26, 2007 10:42 PM

The Anglernator

Posted by: dmls2000 | June 26, 2007 10:49 PM

Thanks for a interesting article.. Who does Cheney think he is...Vice King of the United States...

Posted by: pookeyw1 | June 26, 2007 11:10 PM

Thanks for a interesting article.. Who does Cheney think he is...Vice King of the United States...

Posted by: pookeyw1 | June 26, 2007 11:10 PM

Thanks for a interesting article.. Who does Cheney think he is...Vice King of the United States...

Posted by: pookeyw1 | June 26, 2007 11:10 PM

before this series i was worried but thought we could make it through the election, now i'm scared and not so sure. this guy operates like the politbureau. if anyone ever made our country and the world worse off for existing, it's him.

Posted by: hauserm | June 26, 2007 11:15 PM

What a piece of sh*t Dick Cheney is!!!

Posted by: 1-20-09 | June 26, 2007 11:20 PM

Titled: The non-agency EPA

The EPA is governmental agency that has loss its constitutional teeth of law. Now, over the years, its has desintegrated into a bureaucratic department which can not defend our nation under biological attack, particularly, NBC warfare.

However, more severe, has been the radiological pollution which has destroyed Americas' will to be the best nation on earth. Due to our past and present wars, radiological debri from munnitions fired afar has poison the air space of our nation. This is placing an enduring affect upon the American people. Our people are greatly exposed to HIV/Aids and Cancers as never before. But, the EPA does not have a strong radiation monitoring program to protect our people from the ionizing radiation of man-made materials and by-products. Its time the EPA, now, take charge of this issue, because, our children will be even more affected by its deadly force. I ask all Americans to write their governmental officials asking for a more powerful stance of the EPA. Because, as written in the Bible, we the people have dominion over the earth, but, with this responsibility comes greater accountability as we sheparded the earth. Radiation is the one health care problem for all Americans, period.

Posted by: sterlinggo1 | June 26, 2007 11:20 PM

What a cast of characters! All I can say is it would be a badge of honor to be on Cheney's s. . . list. Did you ever see the picture of our Wyoming cowboy walking along a plank so he could mount his horse. What a cowboy.

Posted by: docblackjack | June 26, 2007 11:24 PM

You have developed an outstanding article so far. The sad part of this whole issue is that Cheney - a sorry excuse for a human being - is in a position to do the evil he has done.

What is it about the American people that causes them to elect losers like Bush, and Cheney?

Posted by: tedtartaglia | June 26, 2007 11:25 PM

Who elected this fascist dumbutt, anyway? Oh, right: the Bush voters! Ain't you proud?

Posted by: thrh | June 26, 2007 11:27 PM

Sort of makes sense of his "principled" opposition to gay marriage while his gay daughter and her 'partner' are having a baby. There are principles, and principles. And political convenience.

Posted by: thrh | June 26, 2007 11:30 PM

Welcome to Humpty Dumpty World courtesy of Dick Cheney

Posted by: mimi424 | June 26, 2007 11:30 PM

**Characteristically, Cheney left no tracks***

Nor does he leave an image in the mirror...wear a string of garlic if he's around...keep a wooden stake handy just to make certain when he finally croaks......he's a pod with a pulse

Posted by: Jerryvov | June 26, 2007 11:31 PM

They grow 'em dumb in Wyoming, but they grow 'em mean!

Posted by: thrh | June 26, 2007 11:32 PM

Great stewardship on the part of an administration that prides itself on following Christian precepts, eh? How cynical can you get!

Posted by: amacarthur2 | June 26, 2007 11:37 PM

I hope all voters will remember in future that a vote for Republicans is a vote against ecological sustainability.

Most conservative voters are not so ideologically rigid or so corrupt that they'd completely sell out the natural world upon which human life ultimately depends, in order to feed short term greed of some business interest or other. But Republican politicians ARE.

I recall Reagan's crazed comment that trees were a major SOURCE of pollution!

So, next time you're in a voting booth, just recall that by marking a Republican on your ballot you're likely endorsing enemies of environmental, planetary and human health.
These people are treacherous. Cheney's just
one particularly glaring example. He's not alone.

Posted by: Bobjb2002 | June 26, 2007 11:37 PM

Natural resource management in the Bush administration is not based on science. High level management positions in the Interior Department should be held by scientists with advanced degrees, not by former congressional aids to Dick Cheney.

Posted by: nrsys | June 26, 2007 11:47 PM

I don't know what is worse Cheney and his evil ways or Bush and his inability to manage him.

This entire series is just sad and depressing. To read the damage that one man has done to this country is breathtaking and overwhelming.

I do believe in karma and expect that he will some day be repaid for all of his dirty evil ways. He isn't even human.

Posted by: srlee66 | June 26, 2007 11:50 PM

This was a great series but I am still puzzled about the conflicting statement in the first part. It mentions that Bush is in control but then goes on the pretty much make him look like a sock-puppet for the freak Cheney.

In fact, I'd say this series puts Bush in a horrible light. He truly is a monkey and he's been working for an idiot.

Cheney may know the corridors of power but he uses that knowledge exactly like a moron uses a chainsaw.

How many people are dead in Iraq right now?
How much have we spent there?
How are we safer right now?

I have never seen such an incompetent group of people in my life. We have a true kakistocracy here in America.

Look up the word.

Posted by: kackermann | June 26, 2007 11:57 PM

Great articles about a sad, sad situation. But the Republicans just keep following this con-man? That's even sadder.

Posted by: taid | June 27, 2007 12:17 AM

...just when you think those two demi-gods can stoop no further, the bar has been, um, "lowered"? Just too unbelievable. I can only hope that many responsible voters are reading this article and instead of their party-line, will vote their conscience. Talk about living in the now...mind-boggling coming from men who have descendants to think about (even if they obviously don't (think about them)).

Posted by: antonioso | June 27, 2007 12:21 AM

It is time for the Democrats in Congress to stop screwing aroung with petty BULLSH*T like a bunch of whining retired millionare football players and get on with the business they were sent to Washington with a majority to conduct: Investigate, Impeach, Imprison. In the meantime let's all start recall petitions for the entire congress. That might get the morons' attention. Go to Washington, become stupid.

Posted by: craiggger | June 27, 2007 12:25 AM

NIXON was a boy scout and a saint compared to the DICK. Anybody checked him for a 666 tatoo?

Posted by: craiggger | June 27, 2007 12:27 AM

Request: to change the expose' to 'The Dangler'

http://www.safecom.org.au/torture.htm

Posted by: theman_in_black | June 27, 2007 12:35 AM

Everytime I despair at living through the years of the worst president we've ever had (and I include Nixon in this list - I thought nothng would ever make me think good things of Nixon but Bush manages it again and again and again), I can always look further to the shining example of our vice president. The man is clearly an evil, unprincipled lout who's only concern is taking care of himself and his cronies. I could go on - he's paranoid and delusional to the point where I think he needs psychiatric help. We impeached a president over oral sex but leaders who show by their actions that they don't believe in the Constitution, the fundamental document on which our system of law was founded, are allowed to continue unabated. The days when the rest of the world looked to us as a shining example of how things ought to be are sadly behind us thanks to Bush and Cheney and their ilk. I pray that we can somehow find the power to restore this country to it's former glory.

Posted by: modenj | June 27, 2007 02:09 AM

This is the slime ball of all slime balls. Does he sleep at night? You bet your life he does! Will the real president of this country stop hiding in the office of Vice-President- stand up Mr Cheney and take a bow, you and your corporate buddies know the real truth that the little weasle who everyone "Thinks" was elected president was not. Your the guy behind the wishy washy so called leader, your the real president who calls all the shots, makes the decision for ruining this country and everyone, including Bush, jump in line to accomodate you. You are the Hitler of the 21st century. You have no shame. You loose no sleep over the five deferments you received,the plots you spin, the wars you plan, the lies upon lies you mouth, the torture of human beings, the destruction of our rivers, forest, wildlife and all the while hundreds of thousand die to keep you and your corporate cronies in the manner you all believe is your God given right.

Posted by: jkft_4 | June 27, 2007 02:15 AM

The American people should not forget who Cheney works for and which party he represents. What has Bush been doing the last six years sleeping? It will take decades to recover from the damage done by this man and his puppet friend No. 43.

Posted by: debbiem | June 27, 2007 02:15 AM

The articles so far have made me angry, but this one on the environment is truly sad. What a waste of cunning. If this kind of "foresight" and "cutting through bureaucracy" had been applied to getting resources to the victims of Katrina, think what might have (still could be) accomplished. I am so tired of President Dunce Cap and Vice President Oil Can. When will the voters learn? High crimes against America with misdeamors contributed by Whitman, Powell and Rice, among a supporting cast of thousands.

Posted by: nugentja2 | June 27, 2007 02:25 AM

The articles so far have made me angry, but this one on the environment is truly sad. What a waste of cunning. If this kind of "foresight" and "cutting through bureaucracy" had been applied to getting resources to the victims of Katrina, think what might have (still could be) accomplished. I am so tired of President Dunce Cap and Vice President Oil Can. When will the voters learn? High crimes against America with misdeamors contributed by Whitman, Powell and Rice, among a supporting cast of thousands.

Posted by: nugentja2 | June 27, 2007 02:26 AM

No tracks; just a stench.

Posted by: zealander | June 27, 2007 02:57 AM

Cheney's "tracks" manifest themselves in the form of spent shotgun shells after he has shot you in the face and the blood trail that Cheney leaves from sticking knives in your back.

Posted by: fwonschik | June 27, 2007 03:16 AM

Like "Boy George" Bush*, Cheney could not find a quart of oil in a filling station, nor a drop of oil under a car. REAL oil men are honest and very hardworking people unlike these twerp/thieves.

*See Bush failures: Harken Energy and Spectrum 7

Posted by: fwonschik | June 27, 2007 03:23 AM

Most distressing in all that has been written about Cheney is that this draft-dodger has been able to wrap himself in a flag of patriotism, anti-terrorism, and national security and hold himself out as a god of war; his courage seems to have come to him quite well now that he has nothing to fear but the loss of parking privileges.

Posted by: listats | June 27, 2007 03:42 AM

Ancient wisdom has it that "You become what you oppose". Having opposed Fascism and Communism so ardently for so long it would appear that the saying is holding true for the Good Ol' US of A. But with one diference. While the present administration play fast and loose with the Law as much as Mugabe does in Zimbabwe, you are still able to say what you think about it all in public.
But before you loose that freedom you ought to find the will to sort Cheney et al out - now, not tomorrow, but now.
The man is breaking the law over and over.
Is there nobody who can haul his ass in front of a grand jury? Watching this spectacle from overseas is painful. For God's sake America ............

Posted by: Canopus07 | June 27, 2007 03:44 AM

When will men of power realise that the human species is perhaps the sole one which continues to sh*t in its own bed with out having another to go to ! The language is crude, and I apologise for that, but how else can one get the idea across to these men and women ?

Posted by: tonyharding | June 27, 2007 03:50 AM

Oh pleaaasssseeee. Stop the insanity. Articles that should have been written more than five years ago...if at all. Your liberal bias is showing and it's a yawn!

Posted by: writeaway777 | June 27, 2007 03:53 AM

Unbelievable; that the American voters could elect a ticket like Bush/Cheney if the first place - and after their record, re-elect them. Both of them work counter to our Constitution. steadily usurping the power of Congress to drive our government towards a "regal" copy of Rome. It's pretty scary that people like Cheney are so influential in government.

Posted by: rangerbob4thco | June 27, 2007 04:37 AM

Unbelievable; that the American voters could elect a ticket like Bush/Cheney in the first place - and after their record, re-elect them. Both of them work counter to our Constitution. steadily usurping the power of Congress to drive our government towards a "regal" copy of Rome. It's pretty scary that people like Cheney are so influential in government.

Posted by: rangerbob4thco | June 27, 2007 04:39 AM

Ha ha, yep, it's FIVE deferrment DICK, mister "I had other priorities" during the VietNam brush fire conflict, a real TinkerToy tough guy! He's not only above the law in America, He wants you to hear al-Quaeda al-the time. Ever notice how all the folks biting the Iraqi dust the last few weeks have been listed as those demons al-Quaeda?
Hey, yooooou folks scared yet? Ya got the fascist right wing noise machine blaring in your eardrum?
There's only 430,000 Americans dying every year due to tobacco related illness, 30,000 of those to secondary smoke. Well, that's about what, 155 September ELEVENTHS EVERY FREAKIN YEAR, YEAR IN, year out. That's 9/11 for all you maroons that cast your ballot for pres dick and sock puppet shrub.
No more freedoms for us, but at least I can say that when 5 deferrment Dick chose himself way back when, I could see Tony Perkins coming down the stairway, with a butcher knife aimed at the heart of America.

Posted by: 2by2 | June 27, 2007 04:40 AM

After reading these articles.....there is much I would want to say.......things my friends and family have been saying for the past 6 years......but I am reduced to only one comment now.......God help us all..this administration has destroyed all I thought my country was and stood for....God help us all.....

Posted by: suziny | June 27, 2007 04:43 AM

Ja,ka kan man si.
Pulitzermaterial..reality is crazier than imaginable.
Finally some details emerges about the last few years regime in the white house.
Regretfully it all fits the picture that has been clear from the get go.
Americans,please take your country back.
Good luck from an ally in Norway.

Posted by: oddhogne | June 27, 2007 04:52 AM

Ja,ka kan man si.
Pulitzermaterial..reality is crazier than imaginable.
Finally some details emerges about the last few years regime in the white house.
Regretfully it all fits the picture that has been clear from the get go.
Americans,please take your country back.
Good luck from an ally in Norway.

Posted by: oddhogne | June 27, 2007 04:54 AM

When Ronnie Raygun was gov of California, he was SO CHEAP that he told the citizens that ketchup was a vegetable in their kid's lunch, lol. Look it up.
Reminds me of Phyllis Diller talking about how CHEAP her husband Fang was. She said he snuck downstairs on Christmas Eve one year and fired off a gunshot, told the kids Santa had commited suicide!

Posted by: 2by2 | June 27, 2007 04:57 AM

I wonder if Becker & Gellman will write on Cheney's promotion of the invasion of Iaq on false pretenses, on his devotion to Chalabi, and on his unconditional support of hard-line Israeli politicians.

That would crown the series! But will they dare go so far?

Posted by: FedUp1 | June 27, 2007 05:25 AM

Boy, the more you read about this character, the more sinister he becomes. Whatever business wants, business gets. Who cares about the environment? Certainly not Tricky Dick. Future generations will spend much time and money cleaning up the assorted messes left by this administration.

Posted by: mollycoddle1 | June 27, 2007 05:38 AM

It should be obvious to all by now how the head of Bush's vice presidential search team in 2000 was able to so easily recommend the best qualified person to be the candidate's running mate.

(A nifty way to become President without needing to waste a lot of personal time raising million$ for the election race. Allows more time to develop prorities and programs.)

Posted by: davesnouffer | June 27, 2007 05:45 AM

When officials leave "for family reasons," as Whitman did they fail to advance the debate on the issue they care about. This approach to government feeds the culture of secrecyin which V-P Cheney thrives. There is no imediate downside for you to trying for the most outrageous idea possible and failing. This culture of the "unprincipled resignation" is one we need to change, I think.

Posted by: niadams | June 27, 2007 05:45 AM

These crooks and their supporters should be hung in public! Anyone who voted for Bush and Cheney should kill themselves for being among the stupidest humans on earth!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: pgrundy1 | June 27, 2007 05:53 AM

Do not only blame Cheney. His accomplices knew, people knew and the benefactors knew but did nothing. People abuse their power and the nation because of the silence. History has many examples of leaders, who are allowed by the people, abuse the rule of power.

Posted by: mconnel2 | June 27, 2007 05:59 AM

The damage to the environment is just one more example of Cheney's callous indifference to the world around us, to the Nation's future and to world opinion towards the USA. It never ceases to amaze me that the Republican party still does not have the guts to face the truth and to eliminate men like Cheney and even Bush who have caused untold harm to the USA and to the world.

Posted by: jjmtwiss | June 27, 2007 06:06 AM

This explains why so many animals have recently been taken off the Endangered Species list. Shameful.
And a great series!

Posted by: marjie | June 27, 2007 06:06 AM

That's it. I've had it. All of these articles have depressed me, but this one puts me right over the edge. Impeach. Impeach now. I know people will be angry that government is "tied up", but they're not getting anything done anyway. May as well shed some light on what a pack of liars, cads and villains occupy the West Wing. Then maybe, just maybe, we'll finally be able to wake up from this nightmare.

Posted by: kyoungdahl | June 27, 2007 06:08 AM

Cheney is like one of the horsemen of the apocaplypse, where ever he goes death follows...

Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 27, 2007 06:09 AM

Such total disregard for the environment clearly demonstrates just how short-sighted and selfish conservatives are. They also fail to grasp the fact that human beings are inextricably linked with all life on this planet. When we start to see species failing at one end of the food chain, it will eventually effect all of us. Cheney is a despicable human being. He cares far more about short-term profits for he and his cronies than the long-term survival of everything else on this planet.

Posted by: ggwalt123 | June 27, 2007 06:14 AM

The poorest excuse for a human being! He
is the kind of guy who would kill bison
for the hide and leave the rest to rot out
in the sun? May God have mercy on his
soul!

Posted by: nittany462003 | June 27, 2007 06:14 AM

Great and needed article--

but it should have mentioned that the republican/Oregon farmers
are on welfare to begin with, leasing federal land for pennies an acre for their crops;

and the article should have explained what crops those farmers
are growing in a high elevation desert--alfalfa for cows?

Finally, the economic destruction caused by Cheney's "biggest in history" fish-kill should have been discussed, comparing the
short term $$ gains of republican welfare-farmers, with the loss
of the much more economically and biologically valuable
salmon fisheries.

Readers would have learned that Cheney's economic strategy
loses more money than the progressive liberal enviro approach.

When's the last time you ate welfare-farmed alfalfa, folks?

When's the last time to you ate wild Coho?

Posted by: lichtme | June 27, 2007 06:15 AM

Would that us Democrats would employ strategy and vision. The only effective opposition to bad ideas is debate, facts, and alternative strategies that employ genuine principles.

Principle is related to morality. And morality is about doing the right thing. But when people are confused about right and wrong then they often cherry pick their morality as "what benefits me." Or link it to some authoritarian vision -- as Dick has done.

As long as both liberals and conservatives don't make a conscious effort to link their moral vision logically to both reality and to ethical considerations, people operating in the shadows will be able to continue to manipulate them for their own personal private gain or for that of their cabal.

Dick is morally sick, their agenda wouldn't "restore" anything but further degrade our moral and institutional integrity. However, he (and his legion of like-thinkers) doen't see it that way. In their script he is he hero saving the country. To deconstruct that immoral ruthless and violent script we need an alternative one that we can agree on, that is in fact superior and that we can establish as such in debate and in the market place. To me maybe that vision is that of King in his "I have been to the mountain" speach, or of Kennedy, or even elements of Reagan.. We have alternative visions, we need to fight to preserve them from a totalitarian lockdown that is only over the horizon of the next terror attack.

Posted by: chris_holte | June 27, 2007 06:16 AM

This Cheney "thing' is why your American men and woman are dying in Iraq!
The "thing" is pure evil!

Posted by: joey752 | June 27, 2007 06:18 AM

As a registered Republican, I have struggled for years with the actions of the Bush Administration. I did not vote for him either time as there was nothing he represented that I could vote for. This administration has forced me to vote the Democratic ticket. These articles on Cheney just confirm my choice.

A lesson for us all is about the powerful network Cheney has built. If any of us are to succeed against him, we would need to build an equally powerful network.

Posted by: gcinnamon | June 27, 2007 06:22 AM

This Cheney "thing' is why your American men and woman are dying in Iraq!
The "thing" is pure evil!

Posted by: joey752 | June 27, 2007 06:24 AM

Even after he started performing his duties as Vice President of these United States, shamelessly, shamefacedly and arrogantly, Dick Cheney obviously never ceased acting as CEO of Halliburton.

As a VP arrogating unto himself authority and powers which constitutionally only the President should exercise, he also obviously championed the causes and the interests not only of the oil industry in particular, but also of business in general--never mind if the policies he championed were detrimental to the natioal interest

One really wonders how Dick Chency was able to get away with all of it. With the approval of those so-called "neocons," he obviously got away with successfully pushing GWB to invade Iraq preemptively and unilaterally--and on the basis of inadequate, misleading and even "doctored" evidence. How many times did Dick Cheney personally go to the CIA apparently to pressure CIA analysts to distort intelligence in ways which would provide specious justification for the invasion of Iraq?

How was Halliburton and its subsidiaries able to get all those fat multibillion no-bid contracts in Iraq--which could not pass public scrutiny for being so disadvantageous to the US? And which reek of corruption?

There are indications that Dick Cheney is now pressuring his acolyte George W. Bush to invade Iran. He must be partly if not mainly responsible for sending a second Carrier Task Force to the Persian Gulf, in an obvious aggressive move to provoke an "incident" there which he and George W. Bush could use as the excuse to invade Iran.

The American people must now be quite aware of how Dick Cheney is able to manipulate things his way!

Going by his record, Dick Cheney is to George W. Bush what Rasputin was to the Czar and his Czarina--an evil and dangerous influence.

Posted by: MPatalinjug | June 27, 2007 06:26 AM

Devestating and deeply depressing. The selfishness, the abuse of power to satisfy the aims of the few over the many, the complete disregard for the law and for the consequences of their actions - this is what the modern Republican party has come to. And to think I ever voted Republican! I will never be able to vote for the Republican party again in my lifetime.

My only hope from the terrible tragedy of the past 7 years is that Bush and Cheney will go down as the Hoover Administration of it's generation - and will cause such a mass of revulsion that a political tidal wave will sweep the Republicans out of office for a generation - which is the amount of time it will take to repair the damage Bush and Cheney have done - if we are lucky.

Posted by: gwiggins | June 27, 2007 06:27 AM

I think this is exactly what happens when you have an "it's all about me baby", capitalistic, profit-driven society. It's works out fine if balance is maintained. Unfortunately, we've swung so far to the right that this sort of amoral, pro-business, profit at all cost ideology has taken over. It's what happens when corporations run your govt, which is exactly what we have.

Posted by: ggwalt123 | June 27, 2007 06:27 AM

Now he'll retire, "Bush" will appoint Thompson or some other right-wing nut and guess who they will hire for "advice!" He's such a sleaze...

Posted by: littledog | June 27, 2007 06:28 AM

At least he's been decisive - a rare quality in today's politician.

Posted by: UncleWillie | June 27, 2007 06:34 AM

This has been a stunning series, filled with details and examples. Some will say we already knew most of this; but this is the first time many (not all) of his machinations have been brought together in one place. It makes Rove look like another boob. Since most have been about Cheney's actions in regard to domestic policies, I hope there will also be similar articles on his actions in foreign policy. I am surprised Bob Woodward hasn't pursued this story more. How much influence has he had on the recent Bush strategy to delay until September and then delay some more?

Posted by: Hannahjones | June 27, 2007 06:40 AM

Let's call Cheney the proctologist.

Posted by: Hannahjones | June 27, 2007 06:44 AM

Sounds like some very one-sided reporting to me. I would side with human beings over fish all the time. Don't you people eat corn and drink milk? Perhaps you would rather human beings be an endangered species?

Posted by: donheinz | June 27, 2007 06:44 AM

This whole series has just been an attempt to shift all the blame for all the illegal behavior that's gone on since before Prescott to Dick.

Come on folks. Recognize that Cheney's being set up to be the fall guy. The deal for a pardon has probably already been cut.

Posted by: Perry3 | June 27, 2007 06:48 AM

This man is a monster ! He belongs to a right wing Under ground Group , that has no morals just an agenda , Its called the Under Ground Railway , They use Church and state as a tool for Evil deeds , Church an State are now one ! and there will be hell to pay , Just a Bunch of Elmer Gantry,s makeing the big bucks ! Ex-con,s turned Pasters . We are in deep do-do !

Posted by: mgilfoy | June 27, 2007 06:50 AM

My parents were WRONG! Crime DOES pay! Liars, cheaters, and evil people laugh all the way to the bank. I want to be a Cheney when I grow up!

Posted by: rjwiechmann | June 27, 2007 06:54 AM

He's not the 'Vice King' (ok, maybe he is, but for other reasons).

What he AND 'dubya' are is the 'imperial presidency' - the necessary cog of the ruling class in the American oligarchy - er, democracy.

Posted by: mpm5 | June 27, 2007 06:55 AM

Thank you very, very much for doing this series and especially for the fourth article in the series. I have followed American environmental policy for nearly 40 years and there was a lot in that article tht was news to me (which indicates how very good Cheney has been at covering his tracks and how dangerous administrative secrecy can be).

Posted by: rpaehlke | June 27, 2007 07:00 AM

This should not be a surprise to most people who pay attention to what this criminal administrations has been doing. The control of our country has been brought and paid for by industry and big business. Bush and Cheney are just the brokers for the sale. Although they may not pubicly get their commission, they will surely be well rewarded in other ways. Why they are not behind bars after so many of their criminal activities have been made public. These criminals should be in jail, not running the White House. The American people appear to be in a trick-bag because the people who are suppose to inforce the laws and insure that the criminal activities perputrated against us are actually members of the same criminal mob that sold our country to their contributors. How will we every restore confidence in the American Political and Judicial systems while these thugs are in control? We can not afford to wait another 18 months and hope we get help. Something must be done now!

Posted by: pjc8300892 | June 27, 2007 07:10 AM

This should not be a surprise to most people who pay attention to what this criminal administrations has been doing. The control of our country has been brought and paid for by industry and big business. Bush and Cheney are just the brokers for the sale. Although they may not pubicly get their commission, they will surely be well rewarded in other ways. Why they are not behind bars after so many of their criminal activities have been made public. These criminals should be in jail, not running the White House. The American people appear to be in a trick-bag because the people who are suppose to inforce the laws and insure that the criminal activities perputrated against us are actually members of the same criminal mob that sold our country to their contributors. How will we every restore confidence in the American Political and Judicial systems while these thugs are in control? We can not afford to wait another 18 months and hope we get help. Something must be done now!

Posted by: pjc8300892 | June 27, 2007 07:10 AM

The Bush/Cheney haters are being intellectually dishonest and are reading this series through liberal colored glasses. The reporters have not once pointed to any crimes or impeachable offenses. Cheney has done what people like the farmers in Oregon elected him and Bush to do, turn back this country's slow march toward socialism. Bush and Cheney campaigned that they were going to roll back environmental activism that was hurting buisness and the economy, so why are people surprised that they kept their campaign promises?

What irks his critics is that Cheney has been successful about getting around the red tape of Washington DC bureaucracy and the usual political stalemates. Like it or not, politics is a contact sport in Washington DC and Cheney is good at it. No crimes here, just an individual who knows how to use this bureaucracy we call the US government to further his political agenda.

True, no VP has ever done wielded this much power but that is not a crime if the President sanctions it.

Posted by: jayh63 | June 27, 2007 07:14 AM

What wrong with a snowmobile in a national park? People who like to ride snowmobiles have just as much right to the parks as the tree hugging, bird watching, sandal wearing nutjobs! To quote Tony Soporano, Dick Cheny for president ... of the F&*king universe !

Posted by: killerm | June 27, 2007 07:19 AM

And these guys i.e. the Bushies, say THEY LOVE AMERICA? That is such a joke! Time and time again their actions have shown that only the ruling class matters to them. The rest can go to you know where.

Posted by: meesh | June 27, 2007 07:29 AM

By combining unwavering ideological positions -- such as the priority of economic interests over protected fish -- with a deep practical knowledge of the federal bureaucracy, Cheney...

As we see now, most of us have to have two people,in a family, working to reach any semblance of a "Middle Class" status we had in the 40's-50's-60's-70's when one person working accomplished the same end.

This whole administration is functioning and has functioned on political, ideological positions and for the few...NOT...on what's good for all of us.

Posted by: 90172 | June 27, 2007 07:30 AM

FOR EVERYONE THAT PUT THEM IN THE WHITE, NOW SHUTUP!!!! AND STOP CRYING!!!!- LET YOUR KING RULE!!!

Posted by: sirj55 | June 27, 2007 07:35 AM

This series of articles describes examples of what I already was thinking.....

This administration is simply the most morally corrupt and manipulative administration in my memory.

I guess none of them paid attention in civics class....

My unwavering hope is that they get caught doing something criminal, which I'm sure they are doing... and they are brought to trial and punished. It will be small consolation, but at least it will show future administrations that it's not OK to be elected and then abandon the people that elected you....

Posted by: RichRable | June 27, 2007 07:37 AM

this is just one of thousands of reasons that this present adminstration is the worst thing to happen to this country.
dick and all the rest of bush's cronies will get their due karma, no doubt about that but in the meantime?
they ruin our country, they spit in our faces and for those who voted for him?
shame on you...
shame on all of you republicans!

Posted by: hemnebob | June 27, 2007 07:39 AM

We let it happen.

We did not care.

We stayed away.

We are responsible.

We still think we are nice people, even though we did nothing.

Posted by: mayer-r | June 27, 2007 07:39 AM

OK, where do we go from here? If one traces the ultimate impact of the WP's series of the Watergate break-in, which lead to Nixon's resignation, could these series be the "ignitor" for a Cheney impeachment or forced resignation? Are the conditions the same today to prompt such a similar change?
I don't think. Back then the Post's series were picked up by the mass media; today the ownership of media is controlled by a few news conglomerates. Can you imagine this WP series being discussed on the massive Fox network? America, we're stuck and more distressing is that avenues for citizens to react and force change have been eliminated except for "elections." We're stuck!

Posted by: iopsc | June 27, 2007 07:42 AM

There comes a time when impeachment becomes a patriotic necessity and anything less is treason. The moment has come.

Posted by: tonyharding | June 27, 2007 07:43 AM

What a story . I am truly fearfull for our planet with these complete idiots in power until 09. There must be a way we can get rid of both Bush and Chaney. Theere has to be a law they have broken that will put them away in some hell hole like what they have created. But oh well, wishfull thinking. Great article. Watch your backs. Big Brother is out there in a big way.

Posted by: jrshoes1 | June 27, 2007 07:44 AM

What is the matter with this guy?

I will probably wake up tomorrow with a horse's head in my bed.

Posted by: jhart | June 27, 2007 07:48 AM

This is a brilliant series of articles. The Post should be proud of itself for finally trying to expose the execesses and blatent disregard for the law that are the hallmark of this administration. It is very unfortunate that it took so long for papers such as the Post to find the backbone to standup to Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove.

Posted by: jdekornfeld | June 27, 2007 07:52 AM

and for all of you republicans that choose to believe in the easter bunny over environmental warming?

crawl back into your pjs because the truth cannot ever set you free. pull those covers back over those bulbous, empty heads of yours and go back to bed.

anything that is even close to factual or truthiness, is liberal bias to you...this series is excellent and exposing and it proves that this adminstration isn't for the America that is great and beautiful...it is for the America of the moment...just til they pass away, because they don't give a damn about what is left for our grandchildren or anyone else.

Posted by: hemnebob | June 27, 2007 07:53 AM

Thank you Washington Post for this series. It has been long overdue but for the sake of accuracy and finding sources who were willing to disclose events without fear of repercussion I am glad it is now being published. Being a retired federal employee I have had the opportunity to view many management styles over a 30 year span and have never seen anything as blatant and sad as this. What the majority of the nation does not realize is that this occurs in many forms at different levels. It is frightening to know that there are others who operate this way and what impact they have not only on their missions but the careers of those who work for them. I have no doubt that there are hundreds of other "shameless/blameless" accounts of Mr. Cheney's disregard for rules and laws and his unprincipled approach, the question is, what can be done about it?

Posted by: eqlizre | June 27, 2007 07:54 AM

Are these guys having sex with dick or getting money from him?
His only contribution to this country are thousand of men and women dying in iraq, billions of dollars spent there and high oil prices.

Posted by: kizm12 | June 27, 2007 07:55 AM

Angler - A person who gets or tries to get something by scheming - Random House Unabridged Dictionary

Lets Re-Summarize the Week:
Sunday - Crimes Against the Constitution
Monday - Crimes Against Humanity
Tuesday - Crimes Against the Poor & Middle Class
Wednesday - Crimes Against the Earth

Let's Not bother with Impeachment - Just make him walk down the entire length of Pennsylvania Ave at noon & let the people be heard!

Posted by: garyjhale | June 27, 2007 07:58 AM

As long as there is still a free press in the USA, there is hope. I look foreward to 2008. I'm sure that will free the world of the present White House hooligans and bring sanity back to the USA und the western civilisation. This sends you a reader from Germany.

Posted by: john.pracht | June 27, 2007 08:00 AM

sigh, sigh, sigh. i say again, ralph nader, whereever you are. thank you.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | June 27, 2007 08:01 AM

Call me stupid, but, I just don't understand how those 2 fools in the White House can get away with all the underhanded things they do and no one calls for an investigation. But I guess big business money & the promise of votes really does buy everthing.

Posted by: mrluckie-oje | June 27, 2007 08:04 AM

These gentlemen are making wrong decisions not only in USA ,and in the middle-east.We are anxious about the future plans of these administrators about Turkey. I had heard the first alliance of USA and Turkey about the Korean war. Afterwards the unity of Turkey was very important for USA. Nowadays,I am thinking roles of USA and Russia have been changed. Today's USA government and army journals are telling about the disintegration of Turkey.To me,this is illogic for the future of our relations.I am missing Clinton,with my kind regards.

Posted by: eselimoglu | June 27, 2007 08:06 AM

My kind of guy.
The Bureaucrats can go straight to Hell as far as I am concerned.
And take the Barking Tree Frogs with them.

Posted by: tripferguson | June 27, 2007 08:10 AM

I'm confused. It was not long ago when the "Man Behind the Curtain," controlling all of the Administration's mischief, was Karl Rove. Now, it seems to be Dick Cheney! Assuming that the two communicate with one another, what is the synergy that they create?
This whole presentation appears to have come from the Cartoon Network, except that Real People and Real Nations are being hurt by this Nest of Villains.

Posted by: afcsman | June 27, 2007 08:11 AM

"Smith had served with Cheney on the House Interior Committee in the 1980s, and the former congressman said he turned to the vice president because he knew him as a man of the West who didn't take kindly to federal bureaucrats meddling with private use of public land."

Oh yeah, heaven forbid that the FEDS tell people what to do when they are using PUBLIC LAND for their own PRIVATE purposes. Seriously, these people in the West believe that even if they don't own the land, it's theirs do with as they please. Even if that means screwing the wildlife, and in this case, the livelihoods of people in other industries.

After reading these four articles about the vice president, all I can do is shake my head and say shame on anyone who voted for these people. Shame on all of you who voted for them.

Posted by: scorbett1976 | June 27, 2007 08:12 AM

To make matters even worse, Cheney's subversion of the Constitution is supported by neocons who cloak themselves in high-minded rhetoric about protecting it. Cheney and his goons have long been an enormous threat to American democracy. It's too bad the American people are asleep.

Posted by: tierneyjt | June 27, 2007 08:15 AM

I would like to commend you on your Series!!!

I am glad that you have also brought the Waxman issue to your on line paper!!!

I just wanted to know why there isn't anything on the

***BAE scandal***

as there appears to be big implications that this administration is tied to this "arms for oil" scandal as well!!!
( Larouche publications did and Bloomberg.com did!)We all seem to know why CNN, MSNBC,CBS ,Fox news don't!!!

I also would like to know if you are going to bring any articles about STEVEN JONES,the physisist, and his work on THERMATE that this was used to bring down the WORLD TRADE TOWERS????And probably why the first responders didn't get their treatment as is brought out in SICKO !!
AS I understand it-- It is a USA made implosive !!!!

Posted by: Samarkis | June 27, 2007 08:21 AM

The destruction of our country by republicans will continue as long as republicans run our country,

--- Faye Kane, homeless smartmouth --- see more of my smartmouth opinions at blog.myspace.com/fayekane

Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants | June 27, 2007 08:24 AM

Put this into the perspective of the US Attorney firings escapade: complaints come into Tiny (Bush's Brain/Rove). Tiny takes the complaints, puts them into political hierarchy, gives them to Shooter to get taken care of. This is how the did the fish, the power plants, US Attorneys, Plamegate, etc. Shooter doesn't give a sh*t about the environment. He got his name on at a ranch where the trapped birds were released directly in front of the drunk white men.
What was President G. J. Le Petomane doing the months leading up to 9/11? Work, work, work.

Posted by: Bluetexan | June 27, 2007 08:27 AM

interesting article ... i was curious as to why the subject, being 6 years old was being rehashed,so, i decided to do a search on the river/and the subject. there is a lot of information out there, and had i not investigated further, could have taken the article as "cheney chooses farmers over fish for political gain" at face value ... instead, after viewing more of the facts (comparisons of fish migration/fish kills from 1982 to present, current fish populations .. ie, short/long term effects, fish reports from those who live and work the river... ie: guide servies etc., and etc...), it appears someone is beating a dead horse, and perhaps, for all outward appearances, has their own agenda. after viewing the all the facts, i feel, he made the correct decision. by saving the farmers crops, not only were they able to provide for their familys and keep their farms, we benefited from their labors, and will continue to benefit. the problems associated with this river, are common with ALL rivers which have been dammed for mans benefit. as usual, it's a matter of priorities, and needs. complete and fair reporting lends to legitimacy, anything less breeds mistrust.
must be a slow news day, but when bad news is preferred over good, sometimes, we have to dig a litter deeper.
a couple quotes to ponder ....
"our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have" --- richard salant, former president of cbs news.
"our greatest ally is the american liberal" --- vladimir lenin
"the only difference between far left democrats vs. far right republicans and shiite's vs. sunni's, is that the different muslem factions kill each other outright with weapons, whereas the left and right wing political factions attempt to annihilate one another thru biased and all too often unethical political and editorial means", which is simply a slower death for one, and eventual death for both, because one, without the balance of the other, means an end to democracy". --- y.t.

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Posted by: email.jhodge | June 27, 2007 08:27 AM

Because of Cheney's intervention, the government reversed itself and let the water flow in time to save the 2002 growing season, declaring that there was no threat to the fish. What followed was the largest fish kill the West had ever seen, with tens of thousands of salmon rotting on the banks of the Klamath River.

As a man who was raised in the Pacific NW, I have seen the destruction caused by President Cheney and his big brothers aka big business. What an evil, vile dispicable enity he and they are. When he dies, I hope his gravesite is deficated by all humanity for his crimes against nature and the world.

Posted by: justjunkemail | June 27, 2007 08:29 AM

I love how Cheney gets painted as being "pro-business." Let me ask you something: on one side you have a mom&pop shop that has been in business for decades and has long been a pillar of the community and on the other you have Wal-Mart, which wants to tear down that shop and a slew of others to put up one of its megastores. Which business do you think Cheney will support? Or say you have a small, family-owned farm growing organically next to a huge agribusiness mega-farm. Do you think Cheney has interest in defending the small farm when the megafarm tries to force it out of business? The only "economic interests" that Cheney is defending are those of the huge corporations that can afford to give him millions to look out for their profit margins. The rest of us can all just shut the hell up.

Posted by: contrai1 | June 27, 2007 08:30 AM

Outstanding article. Makes you wonder what's on his agenda today. Really scary, mostly because he seems unstoppable. Can't we get to the people below him--those whom he dictates to and those whom he has access to coerce? I hate this guy.

Posted by: susta505 | June 27, 2007 08:30 AM

Sadly, the democrats are no better, look at today's headlines, amnesty back on the table, soon the invading forces from the south will be citizens, criminals, jr high dropouts, 12 million will soon be 60 million, the borders still open. The war goes on, a profit center for friends of the family currently in power. K Street handing out money from big business, rep or dem, makes no difference, the smell is the same. It is the arrogance of the government that is so depressing, looking at us, the taxpayers and saying, "There is not a damn thing you can do about it." And they are right, two parties, same result.

Posted by: twistedreality109 | June 27, 2007 08:31 AM

In this administration's world, no law is ever broken as long as you have an eraser. Impeachment doesn't sound as conspiracy-nutty as it used to.

Posted by: kban495 | June 27, 2007 08:31 AM

So much for Ms. Whitman's integrity. She should have made public why she was quitting instead of making an excuse. Party loyalty above all else eh?
And now she is to be believed as she testifies that the EPA honestly didn't know how harmful the air around ground zero was to rescue/cleanup workers. And she is OUTRAGED at the implication that the government knew and didn't say anything.

Posted by: SamBrown2 | June 27, 2007 08:31 AM

some claim that our president can now kidnap someone right off the streets of small town america and throw them in prison for no reason what so ever. i am going to write General John G. Roberts and get his thinking on the subject. also, i am going to ask him, Gen. Roberts, if our bill of rights have been rendered null and void under the bush/cheney administration. i will comment back to this web site what i hear. mike hudgins

Posted by: hudg123 | June 27, 2007 08:33 AM

With Cheney and Bush,secrecy is the key to the dictatorship they and others envisioned in the "Project For The New American Century" where the American military would rule the world. How often do you hear the words there is no other super power in the world with a military capable of imposing its will globally.
First they needed to take away the freedoms of the American people. Secrecy and the covert subversion of democracy ,torture and war.Sounds like Nazi Germany to me. All Bush needs is the funny mustache.

Posted by: Styx | June 27, 2007 08:33 AM

With Cheney and Bush,secrecy is the key to the dictatorship they and others envisioned in the "Project For The New American Century" where the American military would rule the world. How often do you hear the words there is no other super power in the world with a military capable of imposing its will globally.
First they needed to take away the freedoms of the American people. Secrecy and the covert subversion of democracy ,torture and war.Sounds like Nazi Germany to me. All Bush needs is the funny mustache.

Posted by: Styx | June 27, 2007 08:35 AM

Do we really need to read anymore. You can stop now WP. Along with the boy president, his sidekick, a pure product of the Beltway in all its refulgent glory combined with that famous Wyoming mindset, will go down as the most successful duo in American history, if you measure success the way they do of course.

Posted by: aguasticas | June 27, 2007 08:36 AM

a reporter once asked president eisenhower to give him an example of an important policy decision in which his v.p.(nixon) had any part. eisenhower mused, then told the reporter to give him a couple of days and perhaps he could come up with one. can you imagine asking that same question, slightly reframed (a decision in which the v.p. had no part), to the moron we jokingly call our chief executive?

Posted by: jimfilyaw | June 27, 2007 08:37 AM

Cheney lackey Paul Hoffman talks about the "genius" of Dick Cheney's approach. Hoffman is dead wrong. Cheney is a coward without the backbone to play by the rules and see where his pro-business illegal use of ofice would end up if it were in public view. String him up, NOW.

Posted by: kjarch | June 27, 2007 08:37 AM

Great empires, great nations throughout history have died from internal rot. Bush and Cheney have started the process.

Posted by: joebennett1 | June 27, 2007 08:39 AM

The most remarkable thing about this four-piece spewing of fecal material is not what it says about your Delsey wannabe waste of wood pulp, but what it reveals about its readers. The vast majority of comments demonstrate that your Lib-lemming readers will believe anything printed in your Daily Grosspack. Now that Libbey's been eliminated, you've decided to skip Karl Rove for the moment and move on to the VP. Screeching the Leftist Mantra is Easier than Thinking.

Posted by: veritasintco | June 27, 2007 08:41 AM

Sally Quinn hit the nail on the head in a CNN interview. #1...Cheyney resigns for health reasons.#2...Bush appoints a Thompson-like VP as successor.#3...Bush critics in the House are petrified to impeach him ( my assumption ) so as to avoid a cleaned-up VP the opportunity to run from the Oval Office in 2008.....a potential major strategic disaster for the Dems. Brilliant !!

Posted by: rhumphrey144 | June 27, 2007 08:42 AM

This article makes it crystal clear to anyone without their party-loyalist blinders on that this administration was willing to screw the fishing industry in order to help the Oregon farmers, for political purposes and without regard for the environmental consequences. There's that Republican integrity and honor we've heard so much about in action.
Under the circumstances I'd say the vice-president's "Angler" codename is a little ironic.

Posted by: SamBrown2 | June 27, 2007 08:44 AM

What can you say? The man is pure evil...

Posted by: lou1 | June 27, 2007 08:47 AM

Cheney makes me think of comic book supervillians who are out to benefit their own means in whatever way possible. Their schemes are often ingenious, but also exceedingly self-serving. Cheney's abuse of the environment is deplorable; we are not the only living things occupying this dustball, and if we continue to hurt it, nothing will survive long. Ignoring the rest of the ecosystem is just as dangerous for humans as it is for other creatures, and we can't afford to tip such a delicate balance.

Too bad we don't have a Batman to come swinging in to save the day. That, it would seem, is a job left for the rest of us.

Posted by: linkworshiper | June 27, 2007 08:55 AM

To all Republicans: please remember that you have elected a most heinous American to lead us. Cheney is a lawbreaker so in the future you Republicans do not have any right to be outraged should a Democratic official break some law. Bush and Cheney are despicable for the underhanded things they have done to destroy the principles Americans were taught to observe. I hope Cheney and his family will experience the horrors that Cheney have visited upon the farmers and the environment.

Posted by: mstratas | June 27, 2007 08:58 AM

With such a mindset, my worst fear, is that the current administration may be entering a Jim Jones Jonestown endgame, that would also get rid of many pesky future witnesses of other atrocities.

The Whitehouse policy towards the environment and global warming would actually make sense if they had a real high-tech solution. Perhaps, something machiavellianly macabre? perhaps a mild nuclear winter in Iran?

Posted by: alerma | June 27, 2007 08:59 AM

One fundamental question: who does Mr. Cheney work for?:

1)The American people?

2)His own interests?

Is amazing his ability to amass resources and allies, his deep knowledge of the current political system and the way he uses it for maximum advantage. However, it's a pity he doesn't use them for the common good, for what he was elected for. Instead, he chooses to fulfill his own particular desires and those powerful interest groups that, no doubt, benefit handsomely from his decisions and at the same time reward Cheney in the same way.
This is a classical example of an amazing talent being wrongly used.

Posted by: eaglestrk01 | June 27, 2007 09:00 AM

Mr. V.P., I know your number, and it is up. One of the shadow
images of this article is : if we dont know about this one , what else dont we know??? This means that we have no clues about
the broken laws and travesties you perpetraited that did not surface through coincidence or angelic intervention. You are more than just a bad man, you are able to destroy mulitple levels of many systems by the depressing evil you do and how that impacts on those who struggle to follow the rules, laws and conventions of normal human interaction. This is why you are evil, because of your willingness to solve only for yourself and the narrow margin of like minded Neo-Nazis and Imperial-Cons going after total control of the future. This is why you
fabricate normalized stories to cover your bizzar activities and
statements, which have now worn thin and actually made you a characature of demonic evil, that you are. This is a characterization based on the effect of death which you bring to most issues. I realize that someone like you enjoys arsenic in your water and dead fish on the river, because you live in a mindset of death and feel empowered to bring it upon others.
This is the reason that everything you say sounds backwards or
completely devoid of common sense and human progress. It does however smack of business acumen, profits and pollution, which is the pathway illuminated by the muckrakers and by Dos Passos "Mid-century", a process which has only gotten more sophisticated over the years. The only thing I can truely say for the big picture is that there is no secret threat and that your
evil behavior and vile spewings are not fooling anyone.

Posted by: bebeyond49 | June 27, 2007 09:00 AM

I once heard that a little story is worth a thousand pictures!
We have a 13 year old dog who as a puppy ate some Tylenol and was terribly sick all over our Living Room carpet. It was such a rotten mess that we had to replace the whole carpet.
After Cheney and Bush you get the picture

John from Costa Rica

Posted by: jfsjr77 | June 27, 2007 09:00 AM

First, allow me to explain my "liberal" bias: From January 2000 until January 2005 I lived in Oregon and worked for a county air pollution control agency. I also made trips down through the Klamath Falls area to visit friends in Reno, Nevada several times during this period, and I understand the financial devastation that the farmers faced in the drought years; I saw it first-hand.

Nothing is more abrupt than driving southeast of Klamath Falls and coming to the end of the irrigated area: on one side of the road are verdant green fields; on the other side is the natural growth: sagebrush. You can see this many places in the West, for example, heading east from Reno along I-80, or south from Twin Falls, Idaho towards Nevada, but I digress.

The problem is this: A water policy that may have looked good to the federal government and farmers 100 years ago does not work any more. It was never good for the native people, or for the environment, but we didn't care about those interests 100 years ago. Today we have learned from our mistakes (at least, some of us have).

Today, it seems to me, the whole concept of having a "Bureau of Reclamation" is mis-guided. What is being "reclaimed?" Semi-arid lands? Natural-flowing streams? The slogan "let the desert bloom" ignores both the value of the natural landscape, and also the increasingly limited water supply in the West.

But I felt for the farmers, because they were relying on the government for their water. They had a contract, as did their parents before them, and their grandparents. For the record, they can grow many things besides alfalfa here: potatos and sugar beets, for examples.

Yet to anyone who looked at the situation objectively in 2002, it was was clear what was happening to the fish in the Klamath River system. The fish kill was completely predictable. And, to respond to one commenter, sure, I eat corn and milk (neither of which are produced much in the Klamath Basin), but I also eat salmon.

My solution would have been to leave the water in the river, but compensate the farmers who were being cut off. Tough on them to be sure, but if compensated, at least they could move on. But the fish are gone, as is the industry on the coast that grew up around their harvest.

As for the administration's air pollution rules, I got to see this process up-close: I attended numerous national meetings of state and local air pollution control officials where we fought tooth and nail with the EPA's assistant administrator for air and radiation. He just couldn't understand why we, who were charged with protecting the public health, couldn't see the advantages of the administration's approach. We, on the other hand, were upset with the EPA for "selling out." Thank God for the federal judiciary, which ultimately ruled that the administration's approach was deeply flawed (not to mention illegal).

Finally, to be fair, Reagan was right: at least in the forests of the northwest, trees DO contribute to air pollution! Coniferous trees are a big source of volatile organic compounds (think terpenes); VOCs, mixed with our industrial and vehicular emissions (mostly oxides of nitrogen), combine to form photochemical smog. We estimated that as much as 80% of our VOC emissions in the region were due to background "biogenic" contributions.

These issues are complex. Political strong-arming from either side is not generaly the best approach to resolving them.

Brian Jennison

Posted by: bjennison | June 27, 2007 09:01 AM

A perfect Cheney mantra:

""What does the law say?" (.....) "Isn't there some way around it?"

Posted by: eaglestrk01 | June 27, 2007 09:05 AM

It sounds as though many of you would have been happier having people float to the shores of the Klamath River instead of fish. Perhaps you some of you actually worked with the land you'd have some understanding of history and commitment. Frankly, you just don't get it.

Posted by: ArizonaCowboy1 | June 27, 2007 09:06 AM

Great comment, Brian.

And great article. What an awesome work of journalism this series is turning out to be.

I am sicked by the revelations about the Cheney vice-presidency, but I am only surprised by the scope of his wickedness, not the fact that he had it in him.

But we can't change the failed Bush/Cheney administration. So, now it is time for the Democrats to step up and do what we sent them to Congress to do. Come on, guys...

Posted by: kaizpur1 | June 27, 2007 09:08 AM

I KNEW these kinds of environmental policy predations would happen if Bush/Cheney were elected. I TOLD whoever I could. Almost no one before the 2000 or 2004 elections, and certainly not the media, wanted to recognize that the leadership of the Republican party had already proven itself to be pathologically anti-environmental. Not all Republicans share this anti-environmental philosphy - but by voting Republican, and these days, even being Republican, all Republicans are supporting this tragedy and travesty. Cheney is no different than the rest of the neocons, he's just particularly effective at getting his way. Protecting the environment isn't just a happy fuzzy thing to appease tree-huggers - - many parts of the economy (and ultimately much more) DEPEND on a healthy environment - - for example Klamath salmon support an important commercial fishery. These people seem to want to destroy the environment out of some sick spite, and I am convinced they are evil. If God created the world, then there is a special level of Hell waiting for Cheney and others who are actively destroying this world.

Posted by: MHinNC | June 27, 2007 09:13 AM

Before reading this great investigative report, I thought that even Bush and Cheney would not be low enough start a war over oil. Now I realize that Bush, at the direction of Cheney, likely did initiate the war in Iraq in order to have access to Iraq's oil. The writing is on the wall for all to see, Cheney and Rumsfield started their plans for a pre-emptive war soon after Bush took office in January, 2001 and before 9/11. The 9/11 attacks, although the work of Osama Bid Laden, gave Cheney the opportunity he was waiting for to promote attacking Iraq. Thus followed the administration's series of announcements falsely linking Saddam to 9/11 and the deceptive reports alleging Saddam's nuclear capability. Once America took Baghdad, the military was ordered to secure the oil fields, rather than securing the buildings that contained artifacts of the Iraqi culture and history.
For the sake of the soldiers who lost their lives, and their grieving families, I hope my opinion is way off base.

Posted by: bringbackimus | June 27, 2007 09:21 AM

Cheney and Bush are the political version of Sherman's March to the Sea, cutting and burning their way through democracy and the constitution.

It's nice to see some of the mainstream media beginning to pick up the pieces, attempting to finally fact check and analyze the criminal empire that has taken over our country.

Never in our history have the efforts of the few, to enrich their own, been so effective and so devestating. High Crimes and Misdemeanors sounds like a generous plea bargain offer for what this administration and Cheney in particular are truly guilty of.

Posted by: nbscott | June 27, 2007 09:21 AM

First. Ms. Whitman, like many other governmental employees, come to the fore after their term in government and rationalize their actions generally in the knight in shining armor mode. I tried to buck the powers but...& to make it even more laughable, she's now a lobbyist probably trying to forward the unprincipled agenda of some mega-corporations.

Second. Vice President Cheney is, with Karl Rove, running the country. I would love to see a legal offense foundation set up to go after the leaders of this administration when they leave office. That legal process would be designed to prosecute, if possible, these people for any laws they may have broken during their term. If they have the ability to avoid prosecution, wouldn't it be nice to see these people served with subpeonas for the rest of their living days? Just a small payback for the self serving injustices they've committed against the American people and the world.

Posted by: cahalatb | June 27, 2007 09:37 AM

The corrupt old bastard should be made to sleep with those rotting salmon. Christine Whitman was about the only decent thing that could be said of this Administration and so, of course, Cheney forced her out. But why be surprised, this is the same putrid old devil that ordered Scooter Libby to betray the CIA identity of Valerie Plame. And I'm not sure, but wasn't he behind getting Gonzales to strong-arm John Ashcroft when he lay ill in the hospital. Talk about pure evil.

Posted by: JohnnyBoy1950 | June 27, 2007 09:41 AM

The corrupt old bastard should be made to sleep with those rotting salmon. Christine Whitman was about the only decent thing that could be said of this Administration and so, of course, Cheney forced her out. But why be surprised, this is the same putrid old devil that ordered Scooter Libby to betray the CIA identity of Valerie Plame. And I'm not sure, but wasn't he behind getting Gonzales to strong-arm John Ashcroft when he lay ill in the hospital. Talk about pure evil.

Posted by: JohnnyBoy1950 | June 27, 2007 09:42 AM

I have come to the conclusion these guys (i.e. Cheney's business cohort) honestly believe their children will never breathe the air, drink the water, nor eat the food. Their children will never have autism, or have miscarriages, or have losing battles with chemotherapy due to exposure to chemicals that could have been stripped from emissions and effluents by readily available technology.

They believe their elderly mothers and fathers will never eat e-coli contaminated spinach and die quick useless deaths. Their family members will never develop Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease from eating mad cow-contaminated beef.

If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

What is truly stunning, however, is their lack of regard for other human beings who do not have the riches to build their own biodomes. As stewards of our health and well-being they are selling us to the highest bidder, cheap.

Voting GOP is tantamount to committing slow murder-suicide, because everyone has to live (and die) by their governing philosophy--profit first, people last. It seems to be a religion, but I missed the part in the Bible where it says, "Poison the poor for the glory of God."

Personally, I demand better from my tax-payer funded government than deregulated and enhanced distribution of Jim Jones' cyanide-laced kool aid.

Posted by: LiberalTarian | June 27, 2007 09:46 AM

Each one of us should e-mail all of our congressmen and senators and send them the web address for these comments:

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/cheney/chapters/leaving_no_tracks/

and all of the other comment boards on this subject.

Let them SEE how ANGRY we all are!

Posted by: RaDa4 | June 27, 2007 09:47 AM

I have reag enough from apparent right-wingers and/or apologists for this administration about the preferment of fish and animals over humans. They would do well to think again. The USA has stocks of dairy and cereal that rot in storage from over production, farmers are paid subsidies NOT to farm in areas that are fertile, good grain is regularly thrown in to the ocean to maintain prices even though many farmers are subsidized NOT to grow. The USA has oddly enough one of the LEAST efficient ratio of food production to acreage in the world and yet has the highest over all production and the highest general waste of product. But, we will always have right wingers who will back this administration regardless of fact or truth, and who will continue to call any one who disagrees with them a communist or socialist or bleeding heart liberal and any name they can. It is SO much easier to name call than to think or learn the facts or worse still.... admit a mistake! Way to go republicans!

Posted by: jjmtwiss | June 27, 2007 09:52 AM

I do wish I could meet Ralph Nader, and punch him in the mouth. You hear me, Ralph? All good that you ever did in protecting consumers is forever erased by the evil you did by splitting the vote, thus allowing this administration in. Bloomberg, take notice.

Posted by: eed017 | June 27, 2007 09:56 AM

For Bush/Cheney supporters, lets be intellectually honest...its very obvious that few of them have taken a college economics course as neither did Cheney nor Bush...I cant stand that whole "well your reading through the liberal eyes of the WP" blah blah mess...Read what article said...Fishermen SUFFERED in their industry so farmers could be appeased in theirs...and guess what the government had to do...exactly...They ended up paying a substantial amt to those fishermen due to losses just because of bad judgement...As always paying more than what you need to...In all honesty, I sometimes feel for Bush...He puts faith and trust in those individuals around him to help him make decisions that are supposedly good for the nation...He just picked the wrong MFer to be his right hand man...If Colin Powell was his VP, the Bush story might have played out differently...

Posted by: Got2luvit | June 27, 2007 10:03 AM

Believe me when I tell you that Dick Cheney is evil and he could care less about what kind of world his grandchildren live in. His only two interests are power and money. Not necessarily in that order. He is by far the best friend the oil companies ever had and with free reign for six years he's made sure he damaged every single thing he touched. He took our country to war with a country that never did anything to us. He outed a CIA agent, lied, let anyone else take the blame and left them swinging in the wind, which they deserved. He has o personality and reminds me of Jabba the hut. I live in Southeast Idaho about two hours from Yellowstone. We have a great amount of natural beauty in this State and it's being ruined by developers and people like Cheney who want to enjoy the outdoors but don't care if they destroy it at the same time. But for those of us who live here, we would like to pass the pristine land and rivers to our grandchildren, to be good care givers of our Earth. As long as Bush and Cheney and their ilk are around it will always be an uphill battle because they all sold their soles to the Corporations long ago!

Posted by: sfilutze | June 27, 2007 10:04 AM

Great series...I would like to know how many farmers and ranchers in Oregon were actually affected, and how serious a blow this was to them financially. I'd like to know the same thing about the fisherman affected. I'd like to know what can be done to improve the fish habitat, and if it really is a feasible compromise. I'd like to know just how expensive the pollution fixes are for those who don't want to perform them, especially in relation to their profits. Please keep up this valuable work.

Posted by: aandcgreen | June 27, 2007 10:06 AM

I was disappointed in this article because it did not live up to its hype. Considering that it discusses events as long ago as six years, I thought there would be some juicy revelations. But while the article does add details and confirmation to previously-reported events, it doesn't tell us much that the public didn't already know or at least suspect. I will give the story credit for the opening anecdote, which isn't a moment I'd heard recounted before. But the article as a whole promised more than it delivered, I thought.
Having said that, I'm glad the reporters took the time to review the topic of Cheney's power within the administration and his impact on environmental policy.

Posted by: newmomsilverspring | June 27, 2007 10:08 AM

this series represents outstanding reporting and outlines how politicians work in ways citizens rarely know until history is written. kudos for the effort. blog responders rail against cheney...but the ' codes ' in DC have to change, particularly campaign finance laws where influence purchased gets rewarded ; an inference one draws from cheney's positions.

a more than clear and present danger swept under the legislative rug by this administration are stronger rules on emissions and creative solutions to our energy problems.

independent voters won't trust either party to address this : but one can hope, like lincoln, that some day a president will listen to his/her better angels and stand up to embedded special interests.

Posted by: areubel | June 27, 2007 10:10 AM

"What does the law say?...Isn't there some way around it?"-Cheney

Posted by: RaDa4 | June 27, 2007 10:10 AM

DICK CHENEY= V.P. de Sade /// JOHN LEWIS-DICKERSON, ATLANTA

Posted by: DICKERSON3870 | June 27, 2007 10:10 AM

After planet earth has been rendered unfit for habitation by humans or any other living thing by unbridled greed and trickery in high places, will there be space ships waiting to take us to another planet? I think not. Those who rape and plunder the earth must be stopped before we all die, not just salmon.

Posted by: Artisan1 | June 27, 2007 10:12 AM

What this series is saying is that Vice President Cheney took control of the U.S. government away from a weak and unintelligent president circumscribing the rules and protections of our Constitution. Congress must address this problem immediately through hearings and legislation. The nation is at risk.

Posted by: judgeboyajian | June 27, 2007 10:12 AM

It's amazing how you slant Cheney as only for business, yet the fishing "business" was purportedly hurt as well, according to your article. Let's see, I guess you should stop eating and drinking to help save the planet. Let's try genocide, or use someone else's resources in the world and not our own. That way our fish live and we don't bother to know what fish we kill elsewhere so you can live in the American dreamworld.

Posted by: mbecker | June 27, 2007 10:15 AM

Cheney - corrupt, unethical, against the public interest, impeachable.

Posted by: _BSH | June 27, 2007 10:16 AM

Whats more important clean water or a clean credit report and a income? I drink Pepsi anyway.

Posted by: Neocon | June 27, 2007 10:25 AM

The world would be alot better off without the likes of Richard Cheney

Posted by: dan | June 27, 2007 10:26 AM

The world would be alot better off without the likes of Richard Cheney

Posted by: dan | June 27, 2007 10:27 AM

It's about time the media started seriously adressing the problem that is cheney.

Posted by: kurthunt | June 27, 2007 10:29 AM

Now do you believe there are at least two classes in America? The very, very rich and the rest of us. History tells us that this is unsustainable. Luckily, this has only just begun (over the last 50 years) so, hopefully, if we are interested in the middle class regaining control of government, we can change course but only if we, as a class, are interested in making the change. Most don't even know the situation exists.

Posted by: grossman1 | June 27, 2007 10:29 AM

By easing environmental regulations Vice President Dick Cheney has committed the ultimate act of treason. Any high-ranking government official who endangers the heath and welfare of the American people must be held accountable.

Posted by: jimijaminjordan | June 27, 2007 10:30 AM

Mr. Cheney needs to resign to spend more time with his demons.

Posted by: spencer911 | June 27, 2007 10:30 AM

The complacency of the American people will be the downfall of our once beloved democracy .

I keep a full-page NYT's reprint of an old WW1 poster of Lady Liberty lounging . The caption is WAKE UP AMERICA . It was reprinted a day or so after 9/11 . I put it on my fridge so I can see it first thing every morning when i get my coffee creamer . I've moved several times since 9/11 and that tattered ( and now yellowed and stained ) poster still remains . Some days it's just " there " and I don't notice it at all , but there are far too many now that it 's meaning jumps out to me and makes me want to cry .

And then I start calling my Congresspersons .

Posted by: bird52 | June 27, 2007 10:31 AM

Excellent series of articles, thanks for the diligence and the research. This is a good job of filling in the outline of someone who has been largely invisible in the Bush Administration. Please keep up the good work!

Posted by: H5N1 | June 27, 2007 10:33 AM

A lifetime of playing Washington politics has certainly given Cheney a dark heart!

Posted by: dan | June 27, 2007 10:34 AM

Hi, I can't beleive that nobody has caught on to Chaney. He is probably the worst Dictator our world has ever had and noboby stops him. We have wars all over the world making him and Mr. Bush billions of dollars. Europe isn't involved with the wars in the Middle East, so they don't have blood on their hands. But Mr. Chaney is the architect of these wars that he blames on Bin Laden and Insurgents and who ever else he can pin these atrocities on. Why isn't the UN looking into the connection to Mr. Chaney and Mr. Bush when it comes to the bombings in all these countries. The reason Mr. Bush is not going after Bin Laden is because Mr. Bush knows Bin Laden is not behind the killings that are going on in these countries. Mr. Bush and his elite soldiers are responsible. I know, people are going to say that is impossible, but if you follow the progress of everything. Mr. Bush and Mr. Chaney are the only two leaders with enough power to pull it off. Read the information that is coming out of the CIA papers that are being released, they are being released for a reason. The CIA knows that Mr. Bush and Mr. Chaney are behind these wars and need us the people to do something. Now Cogress, must get a back bone and stop Mr. Chaney and Mr. Bush before they give them permission to bomb any more countries. Barbara

Posted by: truckerbarbie33 | June 27, 2007 10:35 AM

What's so interesting about this series of articles is how they reveal Cheney as a counterproductive, even self-destructive force in the government. Sure he's a master of the tactical manouever and the quick fix, and he and his party have reaped much short-term gain from it. Yet by subverting the law and established review processes, his policy achievements end up hobbled by those processes as they reassert themselves. Even if I were keen on his agenda, I'm not sure I'd want him working for me. The analogy is to a CEO who's great at boosting quarterly returns with flashy PR and manipulations, but ends up costing the company in the long term. Incidentally, BusinessWeek gave a Cheney lackluster review for his five years at Halliburton - about a C average for his tenure there.

Posted by: crozetproject | June 27, 2007 10:41 AM

once again the vice president is shown to be the callous sh1thead most Americans already know him to be. His only motivation is the "Almighty Dollar". I wonder if he has ever stopped to think about the world he will leave for his grandchildren. I'm almost certain he hasn't. He constantly displays the height of selfishness. Hey God, why send him another heart attack and this time make it stick.The wrong person got shot in the face on that fated hunting trip.

Posted by: porkchop_the_common | June 27, 2007 10:48 AM

Like Karl Rove, while you may not approve of his methods or the policies he espouses, you gotta admit, Cheney has been extraordinarily effective at both acquiring and exercising power. While he will probably go down in history as the most powerful Vice President in US history, I suspect the general public and non-partisan historians will not judge him kindly 10,50, 100 or even 250 years from now for his machinations while in office. Nor will President Bush be regarded as anything other than one of the weakest Presidents in US history by these same observers, largely because of his willingness to both cede his Presidential authority to a Vice President and to effectively function as one of Cheney's puppets. It will be most interesting to see if Cheney actually allows Scooter Libby to serve time in prison for his unsuccessful efforts to cover Cheney's tracks in the Valerie Plame affair. If Scooter so much as reports to prison, Cheney will be exposed as a totally self serving political operative. But he may not care since he knows that he will never hold elected or appointed office ever again. If Scooter does go to prison one has to ask, With friends like TRICKY DICKY do you really need enemies? Had Nixon's political career begun later in life after Cheney's, Nixon would never have acquired a nick name which is much more appropos for the current Vice President. Thank you Dick Cheney for the great disservice you have done to the republican Party, your country and its citizens. Hopefully the positives this nation can draw from your years in office, is to determine never to allow animals like you to ever hold power in our nations government again. Rest assured, some day the devil will get his due and Cheney will be called to answer for his many transgressions and abuses of power, instead of just his underlings, like President Bush.

Posted by: claffiteau | June 27, 2007 10:50 AM

Late as I am, I imagine all the clichés about something fishy or heckuva job Cheney have been well used by now. When will this idiot be impeached. Dam another cliché. Oh yeah, and his puppet, Double (f) u.

Posted by: glenglish | June 27, 2007 10:52 AM

What's wrong with snowmobiles in Yellowstone? JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING!

For starters, don't take my word for it:

7 OUT OF 8 LIVING FORMER NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DIRECTORS recently sent a letter urging interior secretary Kempthorne to change course on the proposed TRIPLING of snowmobile use in Yellowstone N.P.

Among other things, they point out:

"Four National Park Service studies of snowmobile impacts in Yellowstone conducted since 1998 have cumulatively cost $10 million and have CONSISTENTLY FOUND that greater volumes of traffic required by an emphasis upon snowmobiling ADD DRAMATICALLY TO AIR AND NOISE POLLUTION AND DISTURBANCE OF YELLOWSTONE'S WILDLIFE."

To read more see http://www.npsretirees.org/node/134

Although the rule of law means nothing to Dick "Torture" Cheney, the proposal to increase snowmobile use violates the following laws and regulations:

*Yellowstone National Park's enabling legislation
*The 1916 Act establishing the National Park Service, as amended by the General Authorities and Redwood Acts
*The Clean Air Act, as amended
*Various provisions of Part 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations
Executive Order 11644
*The 2006 National Park Service Management Policies

For more on this please see http://www.npsretirees.org/node/736

Next winter get some ski's or snowshoes and get out there and enjoy the park!!

BUT FIRST WRITE A LETTER expressing your feelings about this issue to:

Winter Use Planning Team
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

OR SUBMIT A WRITTEN COMMENT ON THE ELECTRONIC FORM found AT http://www.regulations.gov

Search the "Documents Open For Public Comment"; be sure to choose the National Park Service as the agency.

Don't just sit there seething with anger -- take action!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bitterbrew | June 27, 2007 10:52 AM

I wish God would give this creature a soul so he'd have the opportunity to burn in Hell forever.

Posted by: cburke55 | June 27, 2007 10:54 AM

As I read this part of the Angler series on Dick Cheney, the phrases that kept going thru my mind were "To the victor go the spoils" and (quoting Karl Rove) "Elections count." For the past 6 years this nation has gotten exactly the government they deserve. After all, the nation had TWO chances to reject the Bush/Cheney brand of self-interest, cronyism and incompetence, and each time handed control of the government to them. Presumably, after Fred Thompson charms the pants off the MSM with his TV personality and curmudgeon demeanor, the American public will again vote for the leader "they'd most like to have a beer with." When thats your standard for electing a President, Bush and Cheney and Thompson are what you get.

Posted by: smeesq | June 27, 2007 10:56 AM

I find the comments here of people from other countries to be so poignant. The world is waiting for us to come back. I pray that we can. So much is at stake -- not only for us, but for them, for the future, for the planet, for our children and grandchildren.

Posted by: joydavid22 | June 27, 2007 10:58 AM

After reading what Cheney has done in these 6 years, in a country with checks & balances, I am not surprised at what Saddam did to his country & people

Posted by: sarvenk63 | June 27, 2007 11:04 AM

After reading what Cheney has done in these 6 years, in a country with checks & balances, I am not surprised at what Saddam did to his country & people

Posted by: sarvenk63 | June 27, 2007 11:04 AM

Great, sad, disturbing article. Kudos to these reporters and Washington Post to tackle the onerous and complicated task of documenting the incredible deceptions and secretive dealings that have constituted the Bush-Cheney administration. Instead of serving the entire American people, Bush and Cheney have only been serving their cronies with short-term, work-around-the-law "solutions" rather than taking a global, moderated approach to policies and politics. It's a terrible time that both the President and Vice President are too good to be bothered with things like laws, legal precedence, and the U.S. Constitution. Please keep up your reporting to retain an important record of things the American people would never could imagine were happening...

Posted by: yobi831 | June 27, 2007 11:06 AM

Everybody should have seen this all coming in 2000--back when Governor George W Sockpuppet approached Liar Cheney to help him find a running mate and Liar Cheney convinced Governor Sockpuppet that he, himself, was the best man for the job.

It was then that Liar Cheney knew he could game the system.

It was then that Liar Cheney knew he could get away with anything he wanted.

It was then that Liar Cheney knew he could bully President Sockpuppet.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | June 27, 2007 11:13 AM

donheinz | June 27, 2007 06:44 AM
They tried to help the farmers and the people who relied on salmon fishing had their business devistated. in the end both sides lost. If they had listened to the EPA... READ THE ARTICLE or are you a blind follower of Cheney. Some angler, at this rate the term will become obsolete. and the human race following the cutthroat.

Posted by: glenglish | June 27, 2007 11:14 AM

Defending any bureaucrat or this particular Vice President is pure folly. First, the cost to the American taxpayers for all the incompetent bureaucrats is staggering. Second, then when you add what citizens have to pay to deal with any member of the bureaucracy, the cost is almost insurmountable.
Here's hoping every mandarin in government gets their just reward for what they've done to this country.

Posted by: individual | June 27, 2007 11:15 AM

Great article!

I read most of the posts and most of them are anti Cheney. It will be interesting to watch how the next administration re-legislates the Bushney fiasco.

Posted by: nestorb98 | June 27, 2007 11:16 AM

Snow Mobile run on top of the snow, I may think. So my question to the environmental zealouts: What kind of damages occured by the snow mobiles in our national parks??
Also, if you don't like them, you should buy them back.
I don't have one because I can't afford it and the winter sport to cold to me anyway, but I wouldn't step on your freedom because of personal limits or negativeness.

Posted by: somec47 | June 27, 2007 11:18 AM

Those who want the nation's health and well-being at least somewhat protected by our government: vote Democrat from now on. We've seen what the repubs think of our health vrs. their profits. Selfish fools.
Superb series on the Big Dick. He will go down in history as the blackest of the blackhearted repubs of the bush years, who put profit at any cost above all; above the nation's well-being, honor and integrity. That includes his little Iraqi adventure for control of their oil. He and the rest of the bushies have cost us dearly - but we will reclaim our country soon.
Anyone wondering why there is so much "class warfare" talk these days look no further than the "policies" of the Big Dick.
And Mary Matlin: shame on you. You know better.

Posted by: badgervan | June 27, 2007 11:21 AM

For more on the Klamath Basin controversy, see the documentary Battle for the Klamath about many of the issues described in this article; including interviews with whistleblower Michael Kelly, Bureau of Reclamation officials and the Yurok Indians impacted by the 2002 fish kill: www.veriscope.com/BattlefortheKlamath.

Posted by: veriscope | June 27, 2007 11:21 AM

Yep, Shooter Cheney HAS been effective in gathering power
to himself. You might say the same about Joe Stalin and
Adolph Hitler. Future generations will curse the names of
Bush and Cheney as PLANETKILLERS who have done more
than just about anyone to despoil and trash the living
biological systems of the Earth on which we all depend.
From denial of human-caused global warming to their
myriad, mostly gratuitous actions to favor extractive
industries and savage the living world, their sins of
commission and omission will be recorded as supremely
and criminally vile.

Posted by: emainland | June 27, 2007 11:26 AM

Cheney's office issued a statement yesterday that he's really a part of the execuitive branch and not the 4th. branch of government--but will that matter--the damage is done. The problem is that he's a government worker. These guy's get in, learn the ropes and conduct themselves in ways to benefit only themselves and their rich cronies. These people are becoming so rich that vendors of high priced toys can't keep pace. Not only that, when they retire from the government they go get other government jobs--thereby excluding any non-government person a chance. Meanwhile they're on the payrolls of corporations at the same time.

Posted by: bbjets | June 27, 2007 11:27 AM

Cheney's office issued a statement yesterday that he's really a part of the execuitive branch and not the 4th. branch of government--but will that matter--the damage is done. The problem is that he's a government worker. These guy's get in, learn the ropes and conduct themselves in ways to benefit only themselves and their rich cronies. These people are becoming so rich that vendors of high priced toys can't keep pace. Not only that, when they retire from the government they go get other government jobs--thereby excluding any non-government person a chance. Meanwhile they're on the payrolls of corporations at the same time.

Posted by: bbjets | June 27, 2007 11:27 AM

I'd like to thank the Washington Post for an excellent report (probably the best I've seen from an east Coast paper) on this situation.

I remember the year well. There was a profound sadness in the region as we watched all those dead salmon wash up on the riverbanks. We all knew what would happen when the water was turned back on and we didn't need a National Academy to know it.

West coast salmon issues must seem somewhat esoteric for people in your area of the country. It is difficult to explain the importance of the salmon to our region or to descibe the magnificence of their self-sacrifice in the name of propgation of the species. It is a beautiful thing to behold.

The Klamath issue is not dead or over. Pacificorp (owned by "philanthropist") Warren Buffet is trying to relicense the Klamath dams (a huge culprit in the systems decline) even though it would be more cost effective to remove them than to install a ladder (upstream passage being only part of the problem). Those dams have wreaked havoc on the social fabric of the Klamath -Modoc tribe who have relied on those fish. We in Oregon have a small population and exert only limited influence on the national scene. We need your help!

Posted by: karlrmueller | June 27, 2007 11:30 AM

This series of articles has PULITZER written all over it. The evidence that the vice-president has systematically emasculated the president (albeit voluntarily as far as he was concerned)is staggering in its reach and breadth. That he did his evil deeds undercover and disguised them as "suggestions just being helpful" indicates that there is no extent to which the deviousness of this vice-president will pursue to achieve his own personal political convictions.

Posted by: vicsoir | June 27, 2007 11:31 AM

The Cheney / Bush administration (to put the names in the correct order of influence) leaves not only piles of dead bodies in Iraq, a goulag of "combattants" denied habeous corpus in Cuba, thousands of new anti-American political groups across the globe, innumerable military contractor no-bid deals, and acres of dead fish in Oregon.

Sure, Cheney shreds all documents he can to avoid self-implication, but the results of his underhanded deals and executive bullying are obvious. The only trace he hasn't left us is the capture Bin Laden -- not profitable enough for his friends, perhaps?

Consider: funding a search of Al Quaeda leaders in Afghanistan is cheaper than leveling and rebuilding Iraq, but as long as taxpayers are saddled with the bill and Halliburton sets record profits, then the administration is happy.

Why aren't prosecutors taking the necessary actions to protect the country from bandits like these? No other administration has caused such damage to the United States, and Cheney's actions to circumvent federal laws are tantamount to treason. Hang 'em high.

Posted by: roule | June 27, 2007 11:31 AM

Think of the series to come some day, about how the Cheney/Rove thugs used NSA/CIA/FBI spying on domestic politics, how they've fed it to their buddies in Halliburton, Blackwater, and the like for the express purpose of subverting our government.

Think it can't happen? I'd bet it HAS been happening since 2001.

It would not surprise me if they did something to cancel the elections next year and consolidate themselves in perpetual power.

And let us not forget, the people now in congress have sat on their grubby hands or aided and abetted the crimes.

Lord help us.

Posted by: agiyo | June 27, 2007 11:32 AM

What a bunch of fish wrap!

Posted by: seawolfR | June 27, 2007 11:34 AM

IT APPEARS THAT WE STILL HAVE A BULL IN THE CHINA CLOSET.WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAWS ON THE BOOKS??IS THIS MAN A KING??

Posted by: easy.m.1 | June 27, 2007 11:36 AM

This entire Adminstaration under Geroge Bush and his pit bull vice President Dick Cheny is the most depressing Adminstaration in United Sates History. They make Nixon and Grant look like angels and they, in their arragaint I don't give a @#!* fashion constantly bull does over the American people and whats best for the United Sates for their own interst. They are corrupt, the are low down, they are borderline evil with their total disregard or indifference to compantacey or any sense of morallity and unless they ere stopped some way somehow they will send not only this nation but this world into a dogheap.

Posted by: epicquest | June 27, 2007 11:39 AM

This entire Adminstaration under Geroge Bush and his pit bull vice President Dick Cheny is the most depressing Adminstaration in United Sates History. They make Nixon and Grant look like angels and they, in their arragaint I don't give a @#!* fashion constantly bull does over the American people and whats best for the United Sates for their own interst. They are corrupt, the are low down, they are borderline evil with their total disregard or indifference to compantacey or any sense of morallity and unless they ere stopped some way somehow they will send not only this nation but this world into a dogheap.

Posted by: epicquest | June 27, 2007 11:39 AM

This entire Adminstaration under Geroge Bush and his pit bull vice President Dick Cheny is the most depressing Adminstaration in United Sates History. They make Nixon and Grant look like angels and they, in their arragaint I don't give a @#!* fashion constantly bull does over the American people and whats best for the United Sates for their own interst. They are corrupt, the are low down, they are borderline evil with their total disregard or indifference to compantacey or any sense of morality and unless they ere stopped some way somehow they will send not only this nation but this world into a dogheap.

Posted by: epicquest | June 27, 2007 11:39 AM

Would Al Gore have done what Dick Cheney did and continues to do? I think not. We have only ourselves to blame for this. The people who elected Bush and Cheny (twice at that). And if you are Bush and Cheny, how do you keep from getting impeached?
Have Alberto Gonzalez as your AG.
We should stop wringing our hands and pretending outrage by this because, we put them there. Better to spend our time, money and energy on voting all the incumbents out, Don't vote for any of the current crop of candidates on either side and get someone with morals, values, honesty and integrity (which means it can't be any current politician).

Posted by: JustMyOpinion | June 27, 2007 11:44 AM

Would Al Gore have done what Dick Cheney did and continues to do? I think not. We have only ourselves to blame for this. The people who elected Bush and Cheny (twice at that). And if you are Bush and Cheny, how do you keep from getting impeached?
Have Alberto Gonzalez as your AG.
We should stop wringing our hands and pretending outrage by this because, we put them there. Better to spend our time, money and energy on voting all the incumbents out, Don't vote for any of the current crop of candidates on either side and get someone with morals, values, honesty and integrity (which means it can't be any current politician).

Posted by: JustMyOpinion | June 27, 2007 11:44 AM

Vice President Dick Cheney is by far the greatest V.P. of this century. These articles by the Post are absolutely AWESOME. America is the most environmentally responsible country in the world. I've traveled to other countries and you live with the stench all the while that you are in the country. Environmentalists and their Nazi-like methods as far as I'm concerned can all go to hell. Thank God the administration is doing something right---GO GET 'EM V.P. CHENEY!!!!!! GREAT JOB!!!!!!

Posted by: charko825 | June 27, 2007 11:51 AM

Jail Cheney and Bush!

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | June 27, 2007 11:52 AM

Cheney wants power but not the spotlight that is often associated with power. He prefers to operate by slinking about in the dark from his undisclosed location and have others do his bidding and to take responsibility for Cheney's decisions. What a man! Reminds me more of a weasel. We need to rise up and fight back, as the WaPost series is doing, but unfortunately, it is too little and too late. The harm has already been done and the American people will be paying for Cheney's (and Bush's) arrogance for a long time.

Posted by: David2007 | June 27, 2007 11:56 AM

Cheney's office issued a statement yesterday that he's really a part of the execuitive branch and not the 4th. branch of government--but will that matter--the damage is done. The problem is that he's a government worker. These guy's get in, learn the ropes and conduct themselves in ways to benefit only themselves and their rich cronies. These people are becoming so rich that vendors of high priced toys can't keep pace. Not only that, when they retire from the government they go get other government jobs--thereby excluding any non-government person a chance. Meanwhile they're on the payrolls of corporations at the same time.

Posted by: bbjets | June 27, 2007 11:56 AM

I think that in this article the farmers should be termed "big farmers" and the fish should be described as "little fish" so as to cast this article in the proper politically correct light. Otherwise, the reader might be tempted to come away from reading this article with the impresion that "big fish" are being sacrificied to "lettle people", which clearly holds no one's interest.

Posted by: um1967 | June 27, 2007 11:56 AM

What's worse - Dick Cheney, George Bush, or the people who elected Dick Cheney and George Bush?

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | June 27, 2007 11:57 AM

I think that in this article the farmers should be described as "big farmers" and the fish should be described as "little fish" so as to cast this article in the proper politically correct light. Otherwise, the reader might be tempted to come away from reading this article with the inaccurate impresion that "big fish" are sacrificing "lettle people", which clearly holds no one's interest.

Posted by: um1967 | June 27, 2007 11:59 AM

Around here the tilapias are pulling for Bloomberg while the roughies dream of Barney Frank.

Posted by: philip_riggio | June 27, 2007 11:59 AM

what a sick, disgusting man.

Posted by: apalley | June 27, 2007 11:59 AM

I think that in this article the farmers should be described as "big farmers" and the fish should be described as "little fish" so as to cast this article in the proper politically correct light. Otherwise, the reader might be tempted to come away from reading this article with the inaccurate impresion that "big fish" are sacrificing "lettle people", which clearly holds no one's interest.

Posted by: um1967 | June 27, 2007 12:00 PM

Can you believe one person mentioned snow mobiles run on top of the snow infering it doesn't cause any damage. Unbelievable? How about pollution from gas engine, noise, reduced visiblity, acid rain, disruption of animal habitat etc...

Posted by: bbjets | June 27, 2007 12:02 PM

Your excellent reporting deserves the highest praise. One can only hope that exposing the wrongdoing of this administration will open the eyes of those who are not yet informed of it, with significant results at the ballot box.

Posted by: basildepinto | June 27, 2007 12:04 PM

Is this a newspaper or an environmental lobbyists' newsletter? CONSUMERS are hurt by tying up natural resources for "environmental" programs with dubious benefits. CONSUMERS, not just industry, benefit from rolling back environmental programs away from the lunatic fringe.

Posted by: edgefield | June 27, 2007 12:04 PM

Want to know the world's smallest building? The Dick Cheney Vice-presidential Library. It will consist of 1 small match box.

Posted by: RedRat | June 27, 2007 12:05 PM

We have to go beyond talk and move into action. Both Democrats and Republicans must act to impeach Cheney, Gonzales, and Bush. Cheney and Bush must be brought before the American people for their lies and deception, for blatant disregard of the US constitutional laws, for creating a secret shadow government for corporate America and the rich and destroying our democratic system, and for knowingly deceiving the American public. In short, try them for treason. Then Cheney and Bush need to be brought before the Hague for war crimes against humanity, and both can rot in Guantonomo (spelling) for all I care. We must go through every branch of govenment and Agency and dig out their neo-con cronies they input and they must be tried as accomplices and enablers in the shadow government They must be imprisoned, if for no other reason than to teach future cronies that there is a price to be paid if you don't follow the law and have a conscienous for the good of the whole country. Loyalty is fine as long as you follow the law of the land (not the law of a sham shadow government) and your loyalty does not diminish the good of the whole or the majority of Americans. This administration not only has seriously diminished our democracy and our integrity for decades to come, but it has thoroughly devastated the GOP from whence it spawned.
We will wear their (Cheney/Bush) shame for several decades to come.

Posted by: Janet1 | June 27, 2007 12:07 PM

Now if only this information could be conveyed to the non-reading masses....

Maybe some in-depth television coverage...Where's Mike Wallace....or is he like the rest of the MSM just covering the Paris Hilton thing....

Posted by: deanschrodt | June 27, 2007 12:08 PM

Vice President Cheney has done a great job with the Klamath situation. People should always come before fish. The EPA is much to strong as a government agency and needs to be tamed a little, if not a lot. America's air is extremely clean compared to other countries--the Global warming hype is just that HYPE. So much evidence out there from real scientists that debunk the junk science that Al Gore uses. Thankyou V.P. Cheney for the great job you're doing.

Posted by: charko825 | June 27, 2007 12:20 PM

From the article: ""His genius," Hoffman said, is that "he builds networks and puts the right people in the right places, and then trusts them to make well-informed decisions that comport with his overall vision."

-- Well, yes, in the context of a Machiavellian genius, since his "overall vision" in one that promotes a super-pro-business, ultra-conservative, power-consolidating and perpetuating parochial way. And at the expense of shepherding the greater public good. Sure.

Posted by: odin966 | June 27, 2007 12:38 PM

Now that Becker and Gellman have proven their knowledge and established their credibility with this excellent series, I hope they'll cover Cheney's profiteering through the revolving door of contractor and government...and yes I am talking about Halliburton. I know it's all been said before but it's time to say it louder.

This corruption, especially in the "defense" sector, lies at the root of everything bad that's happened under Big Dick...and also the bad things that will happen in future under all the wannabe Cheneys who infest Washington.

Posted by: Bud0 | June 27, 2007 12:48 PM

They should all be jail for putting corporate interests ahead of the people's interests.

Posted by: funkdrspt2 | June 27, 2007 12:49 PM

In the Klamath case, notice how Cheney took a tunnel-vision approach to the situation. -- Instead of trying to BALANCE the competing situations, he chose to COMPLETELY ignore the negative consequences of siding with the farmers and artificially change, or color, the science to get his way. The same pattern emerges in many other of his efforts to change the regulatory landscape. -- Re-write and re-interpret the rules, load the agencies with beholden political operatives and/or ideologues, ignore the public interest and stewardship of the environment and natural resources. -- Isn't this impeachable? -- It sure should be!

Posted by: odin966 | June 27, 2007 12:50 PM

Most americans do not get a chance to read detailed articles as this one. It shows that the people (Cheney) running our country really care nothing about Gods creatures or the ordinary citizen. This administration should be impeached. We heart broken.

Posted by: gazette01 | June 27, 2007 12:55 PM

Our country is doomed because of Corporate Criminals like Cheney and his Wallstreet buddies!These war profiteer scumbags rake it in as our soldiers die and middle class Americans are slowly strangled!And it is all being done with our money ...what these criminals call "CHEAP MONEY"

Posted by: sjo123452000 | June 27, 2007 01:06 PM

cheney is one of the ugliest humans on the planet- his bitter, pig like eyes represent his dirty money grubbing soul perfectly. he belongs in prison, with the worst of humanity.

Posted by: colettemiller | June 27, 2007 01:12 PM

One comment about the overall article:

I find it interesting that David Hicks, the Aussi
imprisoned in Guantanamo was released
after white house officials intervened without
telling the Gitmo prosecutor in order to help the
conservative party hold power in Australia. If this isn't
blatant politicization and therefore corruption of justice,
I don't know what would be. And Hicks was supposed
to be a big enough threat that he was held in the
lawless limbo of Gitmo for six years.

Posted by: scientist1 | June 27, 2007 01:13 PM

The inherent deceit of the extraction industry, particularly in the West, is the constant motif here. We have policies made by representatives like Cheney with 20-30 times the voting power (=ability to be bought by the few) of those in populated areas. Hollywood, with westerns and "Dallas", completely misrepresent the government subsidy structure of the extraction industries on public lands in the West as rugged individualism and capitalism. Americans need to be taught basic history of the privatization and destruction of the West by ruthless land barons and subsidized resource extraction oligarchs. Your urban tax dollars, not some farmer, water those fields. A corrupt government gave these moguls minerals and land for pennies that government troops conquered for everyone.

Posted by: jdblackwellx | June 27, 2007 01:23 PM

Someone suggested above that people should be put before fish. I find it extremely unlikely that this person read the article or understands the lifecycle of salmon. People were put before other people. People (big agri-business)were put before other people (commercial fishers, sport - fishers and the Klamath-Modoc people). The disasterous federal mismanagment of the Klamath led to a closure of the commercial fishing season from Cape Falcon to San francisco, 700 miles of coastline cauing m illions of dollars in economic harm. Commercial fishers livlihoods were devestated. It is no coincidence that the complete collapse of Klamath salmon stocks dovetailed so nicely with the adult generation that came of age after the current regime took power.

Cheney might not have left tracks but he certainly left a big footprint on the backs of the people and fish of this region. Incidentally, this political pandering was too no avail--we left our own tracks all over the Bush regime in the 2004 election and they lost by a much larger margin than in the previous election cycle!

Posted by: karlrmueller | June 27, 2007 01:29 PM

DC Madame mentions Dick in the last five minutes of taped interview.

She also talks about why she thinks ABC killed the story at the 11th hour.

http://prissypatriot.blogspot.com

Posted by: PrissyPatriot | June 27, 2007 01:32 PM

Look. If you are liberal, you hate Cheney. If you are conservative, you love him. I think he is a common sense individual who believes that environmental law in many cases is WHACKED! I do believe the salmon population is just fine these days. What about all of the government officials around the entire country who are ignoring immigration law??? where is the article on this?? You could even start with Ted Kennedy!

Posted by: independent_1 | June 27, 2007 01:33 PM

I recall one of the major propaganda canards/talking points CheneyCo. repeated ad nauseum to justify the "war agin terruh":

"They want to attack us 'cause they hate us for our freedoms - if they could, the jihadists would take away all our American freedomswe cherish!" [Of course, Osama was very specific about his real gripes about the U.S., and they weren't to do with "freedoms": It was U.S. military presence in his "holy land" (Saudi Arabia), and U.S. ongoing support of Israel's occupation of Palestine, mainly].

Ironic ain't it? In fact, it's been CheneyCo., not Al Qaida, that's been relentlessly and systematically attempting to remove American freedoms protected under the Constitution - exactly what CheneyCo.
falsely warned that Osama was up to!
Granted Osama may not like the "sex and sin" of Hollywood movies, and may not like that U.S. is largely Christian, but those aren't the reasons he wanted to attack.

-To the obfuscating apologists for Cheney's
fish kill: It wasn't "fish vs. people". It was one one bad crop for Oregon farmers vs. current and future destruction of an entire fish run which native and commercial fishermen depend on.

A particular Salmon run repeats once every several years, when ocean going adults return to their rivers to spawn and then die. If they're made to die before they can spawn (as Cheney orchestrated), it not only wipes out that year's run, it wipes out
all future runs.If the minnows that were supposed to be produced that year, aren't,
there will be no adults to return several years hence to spawn - and so on into the future. It can take 50 or more years for a destroyed run to restore itself naturally by rogue fish taking wrong turns up wrong rivers that can potentially establish a new run. Hatchery fish are not the same, and genetic diversity is lost along with the destroyed run.

Posted by: Bobjb2002 | June 27, 2007 01:37 PM

Its almost over

Posted by: Slipjac | June 27, 2007 01:51 PM

The salmon poulation is fine? I am only relatively aware of the sitaution in Oregon.

Columbia River--historic returns appox. 16 million. We are lucky to get 1.5 million. That is about 10% of historic numbers. Incidentally, only 10% of those 1.5 million are wild, meaning naturally spawned. 16,000,000 > 150,000
(1% of historic abundance)

Snake River--historic return 1.5 million wild fish. Current return of approximately 9,500 fish. 1,500,000 > 9,500
(by the way, Snake River Coho are extinct, Snake River sockeye are extinct)
(Approx. 1.5% historic abundance)

Upper Willamette River--historic return approximately 400,000 fish. Current returns are approximately 1,500-10,000. Almost all of those fish return to the Mckenzie River, a tributary of the Willamette. They have been extirpated or persist at extremely low abundance in the remainder of the tributaries.
Between .26 % and 2.5% of historic abundance
(I live in Lane County--we have a creek named Salmon Creek that is completely devoid of salmon).

Siuslaw River--historic returns of approx. 450,000. Current returns of approximately 30,000.

I could go on and on for every stream and river system in Oregon. The fact is that Northwest salmon populations are not fine. At least 40 stocks are at a loderate to high risk of extinction.

Facts matter!

Posted by: karlrmueller | June 27, 2007 01:55 PM

NO RESPONSE TO MY EARLIER QUESTION: WHEN IS THE POST GOING TO ENFORCE IT'S OWN POLICY OF DELETING PROFANITY, PERSONAL ATTACKS OR OTHER INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS... I'M STILL WAITING FOR AN ANSWER.

CBARD28@NETSCAPE.NET

Posted by: cbard28 | June 27, 2007 02:00 PM

To the "imaginative" person who posted this
"joke":

"the Global warming hype is just that HYPE."

NEWS FLASH: Even George W. Bush and his
gang of big oil toadies now say publicly that global warming IS a big problem, IS largely a man made phenomenon, and needs to be addressed. Not that we can trust them to do enough fast enough, mind you.

-When you follow the money, you find the 5% of climate "scientists" who deny global warming, happen to be being paid off by big oil co. money. You'll find that's who writes their pay cheques, and subsidizes their "think[?] tanks", etc. Conflict of interest, dubious credibility, anyone?
Even BushCo doesn't talk "denial" anymore.

Posted by: Bobjb2002 | June 27, 2007 02:01 PM

i dont see the problem. despite the oscar there are reasonable disputes about what mich be causing the limited warming.
and so what if the vp helps out business.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | June 27, 2007 02:06 PM

I imagine that it will be hard to find anyone else who
so got the "Rove Treatment" in the Bush
Administration. One can always count on the media to
provide an outlet for the doing of a "job" on an
Administration high-up that no longer pleases the
President. Cheney assigned himself the job that Poppy
Bush payed a lot of others to do over the profligate
life of GW Bush: to do the worrying and thinking for
the helter-skelter "C"-grade president. But, as the
faithful demon surviving Lucifer Rumsfeld, Cheney got
out of hand and caused Bush great liability. The
neocons got Rumsfeld to do their bidding after the
latter refused the Secretary of Defense post,
insisting that he wanted CIA. He thought that real
policies were made there-- where policy is biased by
"intel"-- and the Pentagon was a mire he had already
been in. But the neocons came to him and advised him
to take Defense, run a quick, clean and cheap war in
Iraq and then ride his popularity to the Presidency in
2004 as GW would surely be a one-term dud. Indeed,
overwhelmed from the start, Bush was already talking
about how much he wanted to return to the security of
life as a has-been on his ranch. But Cheney cuddled up
to him like a teddy-bear and assured him that he would
help him through it all. In the meantime. Rove watched
other of Bush's political team whittled away by the
Vice President, nicknamed "vice" by Bush. Rove has
done more brilliant end-runs around Cheney than all
those dumb and leaked failures he did around Democrats
and media types. The "political" side of the White
House held its own around Cheney's "policy" side, even
though Cheney had the support of the Saudis, whose
Ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar, was a personal
political adviser and confidant of GW Bush. So long as
Cheney, the neocons and Bandar pulled in the same
direction, Bush did not need to be the "decider." It
was only when everything was failing that they all
went to finger-pointing at each other. Bush then moved
to full trust in his political retinue and the Condi
Rice as his policy adviser. Bush ran for a second term
and won, ending Rumsfeld's career goal of presidency
forever. Cheney hung on to his seat as damage control
to hold on to the Right. But Cheney's policy influence
declined rapidly. GW Bush finally became the
"decider."

But no matter how manly it was for Bush to become the
decider, it also made his mental and spiritual
weaknesses evident through the decisions he made.
Condi Rice, his new policy confidant, proved to be
mediocre and self-protecting in her conservatism and
everything was failing around Bush. Synchrony between
Bush and Cheney revolved around letting the robber
barons rob America blind. When Rove whispered to Bush
about the dangers of any one move, Bush hesitated, but
scummed to the lobbying of old time "entrepreneur"
friends. Cheney was literally caged in the basement
with only FOX-NEWS as an outlet. Finally, with
Rumsfeld removed, Cheney wondered about decapitated.
The rest is not an interesting story. What is
interesting is why Rove went to the Washington Post to
feed it the Cheney Story it serialized. Perhaps it
kills two birds with one stone: takes eyes off
Gonzogate and focuses anger on Darth Vader Dick. He
will go out silently as had Cheney's brain, Rumsfeld.
But Rove never likes to leave ends untied. So he
decided to try and help provoke a fatal arrhythmia to
Cheney. What Rove failed to realize is that Cheney has
no dignity, hence the Rove job will not cause him
massive hypertension and ventricular tachycardia.
Cheney will live on on his riches. Neither pride nor
principle were ever confounding factors for this
amoral beanbag.

Posted by: danieleteodoru | June 27, 2007 02:07 PM

Largest fish kill in history of the West just because Cheney pulled a few strings for his business buddies.
Just another of so many scandals in this administration.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 27, 2007 02:09 PM

"Leavin No Tracks"????? Well, if bush and cheney believe they have left no tracks, they are REALLY delusional! The tracks are in the cemeteries filling up with our dead soldiers, and in our hospitals and rehab centers, where the maimed and psychologicaly damaged will be hospitalized for years and years to come.

The tracks are already in New Orleans, the tracks from Katrina, where some of the dead still have not been buried nor houses rebuilt. The tracks are in our crumbling roads and bridges, our tainted food supply, and our polluted air and water. Their tracks are in Guantanamo Bay, and in Baghdad, left in ruins. Their tracks lead to the millions of jobs sent oveseas to China and India, and from the open borders from Mexico right into our country.

Their tracks and fingerprints are on our bankrupt treasury because of Iraq, leaving nothing for rebuilding our own infrastructure. Their tracks lead to the increasing number of homeless, and the sick men, women and children who cannot afford health insurance. And THEIR tracks lead to Halliburton, Exxon, Mobil and Bethel....stock optons and all. AND THEIR TRACKS LEAD RIGHT TO THE LARGEST AND MOST EXPENSIVE EMBASSY IN THE WORLD... THE US EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD!

ALL of these problems should have and COULD have been resolved under THE RIGHT KIND OF LEADERSHIP. ALL IT TAKES IS A COMPASSIONATE PRESIDENT WHO UNDERSTANDS THE WILL OF HIS PEOPLE, AND HIS PEOPLE'S NEEDS, AND ADDRESSES THEM HIMSELF!!!

Our country is broken now, and I for one feel a sense of hoplessness because there is no one who can fix it. We have a Congress unwilling to fix it, a Justice Department under Gonzales that does not know the meaning of Justice, and a stacked Supreme Court. Our White House has become a den of iniquity led by tyrants. Our CIA and FBI are controlled by the tyrants. So..... where can justice be found??

We must wait until January 20, 2009 to see if there is a way. If not, I am afraid that this country is going to experience the the beginning of a revolution. Osama bin Laden must be overjoyed! I wonder if bush-cheney and their families will feel free walking our streets in the future, or going abroad? I WOULD NOT WANT TO WALK IN THEIR SHOES nor carry the disgrace of their failed presidency with them the rest of their lives! They will find that MONEY does not buy happiness or peace, AND ESPECIALLY RESPECT!

Posted by: cashmere1 | June 27, 2007 02:18 PM

The folks who are spouting the fish are fine in the Klamath and snowmobiles in Yellowstone don't hurt anything haven't even a figleaf of a clue to hide their naked ignorance. And they will be hog-tied before they consider educating themselves on these issues. They prefer their uneducated bliss, thank you very much.

Being an environmental scientist is a lot like waking up every morning and sticking a ice pick in your eye. You get into the business to try to help solve problems; what you find is that there are so many problems in so many places that you just slog along and hope that the public wakes up, starts to care, and acts to support a sustainable environment. But, a somnolent public likes to be lied to, because the truth is too hard to take responsibility for, and they will not change their behavior.

Hurry, there are Paris Hilton articles to be read! That is certainly more entertaining than considering that we might just wipe out the food chain that sustains us. They could cheerfully make do on Soylent Green.

Posted by: LiberalTarian | June 27, 2007 02:22 PM

Now I understand why Nancy Pelosi has given the word not to start impeachment proceedings against W. Look who comes right behind him!

I'm sure we have elected evil people to office before, but, dang if I think of one who has blatantly ignored the public good, and fostered benefits for his people only - the large corporations and uber-wealthy of the US.

This man is such a hypocrite,(anti-gay, except for his daughter; not a member of the Executive branch, and claiming illegal power)that any other person behaving in this manner would probably not go out in public. Oh, wait, He doesn't. He's usually in a 'secret location'.

Makes me sick that I even know people who voted for this duo.


Posted by: bost | June 27, 2007 02:25 PM

Ah, if only I was a Christian believer (instead of a quasi-Taoist), I could sing along and take some comfort (in the face of Cheney's Evil Empire) from that old traditional country chestnut, "Farther Along"!

Tempted and tried, we're oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long;
WHILE THERE ARE OTHERS LIVING ABOUT US,
NEVER MOLESTED THOUGH IN THE WRONG.

* Refrain:
Farther along we'll know more about it,
Farther along we'll understand why;
Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
We'll understand it all by and by.


Often when death has taken our loved ones,
Leaving our home so lone and so drear,
THEN DO WE WONDER WHY OTHERS PROSPER,
LIVING SO WICKED YEAR AFTER YEAR.

Farther along, etc...


Posted by: Bobjb2002 | June 27, 2007 02:27 PM

Thanks to the authors and to WaPo for this series, shining light into the darkest and ugliest corners of the Bush administration. Nothing can make this ogre feel remorse but this series has done much to deepen the disgrace attached to everything "conservative."

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 27, 2007 02:27 PM

so, 6+ years later, we read about all this stuff? Where was the WaPo and others all this time?

Posted by: Michael_A1 | June 27, 2007 02:31 PM

dick cheney should live a long life and die in prison.

Posted by: tontosage | June 27, 2007 02:32 PM

dick cheney should live a long life and die in prison.

Posted by: tontosage | June 27, 2007 02:33 PM

dick cheney should live a long life and die in prison.

Posted by: tontosage | June 27, 2007 02:33 PM

Can we hold the Bush voters responsible for this ? I'd love to hear the Dick's response to this article . Bush , what a stupid ass . The worst ever . How did things go so wrong .

Posted by: jerseydevil | June 27, 2007 02:40 PM

Can we hold the Bush voters responsible for this ? I'd love to hear the Dick's response to this article . Bush , what a stupid ass . The worst ever . How did things go so wrong .

Posted by: jerseydevil | June 27, 2007 02:40 PM

how do we get rid of this gangster? ideas?

Posted by: northstar2 | June 27, 2007 02:50 PM

Totally ignoring laws which cause problems for his favorites is not a surprise to many.

My understanding of the real problem with the Klamath, Oregon area is that it was opened for farming shortly after WWII for vets. The Klamath is an arid or semi-arid area that should have never been opened for farming, and now that the area is reverting to its normal dryness, fish, native Americans and farming are a mix that can't work.

There seems to be some progress on settling the matter, but people like Cheney and Greg Walden to a lesser extent do not help, only hinder and delay necessary solutions to problems.

The 2002 debacle caused by Cheney badly hurt native Americans, fish, the fisheries dependent on fish and the tourist/sports fishing industry. I don't suppose Cheney cares about those he hurt at all.

Posted by: frmrrepub | June 27, 2007 02:59 PM

So when are we going to impeach this miserable old fool?

Posted by: pookiecat | June 27, 2007 03:01 PM

I'm furious the truth has just now been exposed, instead of back in early 2003. I have been suspicious of Cheney since his first term. I'm sad to report that nothing here has surprised me, only supports what I have always thought the man was capable of. Darth Vader in a cowboy hat and shotgun.

Posted by: ed | June 27, 2007 03:02 PM

Now that I see the American bald eagle is off the endangered species list, I can't help wonder if it is because Cheney wants the trees that they live in.

Posted by: thephobes | June 27, 2007 03:07 PM

Why does any of this matter? Here we are over 3/4 of the way through the worse, I mean absolutely worse, presidential administration in history; and people are just now beginning to point fingers. I mean don't get me wrong. I know there have been articles in the past, and in-depth TV segments, and other things; but it all goes away. They've already won folks. It's been over for a while now. Since about October 2002. They got their wars. Their energy money. Their military contracts. They got the Supreme Court. They drive the media cycle and are currently buying up as many outlets as possible. Monopoly? Just a board game to these guys. Ask Microsoft. They love the guys. It's over people. Sure down the road we might catch them in something but for now just pray the next "President" and his administration aren't total and complete douches.

Posted by: kyoput | June 27, 2007 03:10 PM

They'll be no impeachments. No public humiliation through the media. No investigations or Grand Juries. No, we save that stuff for guys who get blow-jobs in the "sacred" Oval Office. I believe were George Bush from more modest beginnings like Bill CLinton and not from a powerful political family he'd of already been impeached long long long ago. But his family is deep in the Washington power structure, and apparently nobody screes with the Bushes. Get use to it folks. Until we all get over ourselves, get off this computer and march to our Congressman's office and then on to the White House demanding change. This is YOUR country. People forget that.

Posted by: kyoput | June 27, 2007 03:18 PM

I agree it is very difficult to impeach....
I agree that less than 2 years are left for the next election....

BUT IT IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT TO IMPEACH CHENEY....AND PUNISH HIM....

1. It would create deterrence for future wrong doers (the concept of Judicial System)

2. It would send message to the world and salvage the falling reputation of US

Posted by: Maverick2 | June 27, 2007 03:25 PM

"The EMPIRE SHALL PREVAIL!" - Dick Vader

Posted by: neeljune | June 27, 2007 03:39 PM

"First Cheney looked for a way around the law..," says it all.
This is the characteristic of a despot. Cheney is dangerous and needs to be impeached now.

Posted by: coloradodog | June 27, 2007 03:47 PM

Hey come out west and smell the roses,Or lack there of. How would you like to go to the biggest reservoir in the state and see it 30 feet below carrying level?check Lake Mcconaughy Neer Ogallala neb. Now who do you think Gets water first. I. the people who built the dam? Or 2. the nature conservatory for protection of water for migrating sandhills cranes. Note! just for the record the Sandhills crane is hunted in every other state except Nebraska! In a normal year here on the great plains of nebraska we get 16 inches of moisture, counting both snow and rain. not 25 to 30 inches like you are used to near Washington D.C. The Hell with the Sierra club and the Nature Conservatory. Go Home! we can and will take care of ourselves. the silver fox

Posted by: silverfoxneb | June 27, 2007 03:49 PM

Amoral: having no moral standards, restraints, or principles. Substitute 'Cheney' for 'amoral' and one has a yardstick to take the measure of the man. The politicians in Washington, always protecting their asses, don't have the courage to deal with Cheney in the proper way,e.g., impeachment. Not for justice's sake, but, rather, for political reasons, the Democrats are waiting for 2008 to be rid of both Bush and Cheney. Is it any surprise that the Democrats have managed to earn a lower rating among Americans than the Republicans? It is not beyond reason to suppose that the Republicans might take back the Congress and even retain the White House.

Posted by: Diogenes | June 27, 2007 03:52 PM

Amoral: having no moral standards, restraints, or principles. Substitute 'Cheney' for 'amoral' and one has a yardstick to take the measure of the man. The politicians in Washington, always protecting their asses, don't have the courage to deal with Cheney in the proper way,e.g., impeachment. Not for justice's sake, but, rather, for political reasons, the Democrats are waiting for 2008 to be rid of both Bush and Cheney. Is it any surprise that the Democrats have managed to earn a lower rating among Americans than the Republicans? It is not beyond reason to suppose that the Republicans might take back the Congress and even retain the White House.

Posted by: Diogenes | June 27, 2007 03:53 PM

this is my second comment on this article. In about 1970 or 1971 with my family i took a trip thru Zion National Park, First of all i enjoyed the visit with one exception. On one evening around a bonfire we had a very young ranger give a lecture about Bats! It was very interesting with one exception, This ranger was of the opinion that people should be banned from all areas within the bats territory. You should ask me what kind of bats they where. Vampire Bats. Usually picked on livestock, but had been known to suck blood from humans. After the lecture i asked him if he really meant that Us humans should be banned. He said yes you are ruining the habitat for the Vampire Bats' I asked him how much the bats contributed to his salary and his answer was "It doesn't matter" This was even after he had warned us that some of the bats where Rabid. How much of this do we need? the silver fox

Posted by: silverfoxneb | June 27, 2007 03:59 PM

It has come to the point of being very boring and tiresome commenting on these people.

Posted by: DeLatron | June 27, 2007 04:16 PM

The content of this article was so sad and depressing, I could barely stand to continue reading. Dick Cheney's mindset and policies are revolting. He is the sinister architect of so much evil, and his power remains unchecked.

Posted by: BlueMoon1 | June 27, 2007 04:23 PM

Republicans will favor big business over environmental and ethical issues every time. Always remember that!

Posted by: BlueMoon1 | June 27, 2007 04:31 PM

The last week has made it clear that this administration is probably the worst in this country's history. It is becoming more clear everyday that it must leave office. Over a year ago a young person I know told me that she did not believe this country will survive with Bush and Cheney in office. She appears to be correct. The voters in this country may have to force our legislators to start the process to end this administration.

Posted by: dsteelmsw | June 27, 2007 04:32 PM

The last week has made it clear that this administration is probably the worst in this country's history. It is becoming more clear everyday that it must leave office. Over a year ago a young person I know told me that she did not believe this country will survive with Bush and Cheney in office. She appears to be correct. The voters in this country may have to force our legislators to start the process to end this administration.

Posted by: dsteelmsw | June 27, 2007 04:33 PM

It's difficult to identify actions that Cheney has taken or caused to be taken that have benefited anyone outside of a narrow circle of moneyed interests. Cheney is really just an extreme example of the hijacked democracy that occurs routinely in Washington. The real issue is: what is it about our system that enables people this self-serving and corrupt to win elections and then get re-elected? And how do we correct it? It is probably going to take a Constitutional ammendment to get the excessive money out of politics and reconnect government to the actual needs of the poeple. It's going to take the kind of grass-roots movement that sweeps across nations once every generation or two. The seeds for that kind of movement have probably been laid by the unbelieveable fiasco of Iraq. What's happened with Iraq is the product of a political system that is so corrupted that it can't even see straight. It's just a matter of time before the ship of state hits even rockier shores because we have become a nation where well-connected fools prevail over men and women of good intentions and wisdom. When the equivilent of the Iraq mess happens to the economy, that's when wholesale change will occur.

Posted by: skrut003 | June 27, 2007 04:35 PM

I can't believe that after all of the criminal acts perpetrated on the American people, by this most corrupt administration. that the American people aren't up in arms and ready to impeach everyone is the White House. I'm mad as hell and can't wait for these CRIMINALS to be gone.

Posted by: raca1234 | June 27, 2007 04:41 PM

I just wish I could be here to watch when our planet breathes it's last breath and the rich Republicans and the Rush Dimbulb's of the world will have to die off with the rest of us. Unfortunately, profiteers like Cheney and his big business pals will not live to see that day.

Posted by: skknapp | June 27, 2007 04:46 PM

Cheney's audacity and attitude of immunity of action with impunity reminds me of Saddam Hussein. Clearly, Cheney will be the chief reason for many Republicans either leaving the party or at least not voting with the party in the next election. In my view, Cheney is guilty of treason. He is a traitor, and he should be treated as such.

Tony Brock
Lincoln, NE

Posted by: brocktony68506 | June 27, 2007 05:02 PM

I would like to clarify a couple things regarding the discussion of the Klamath issue in this article:

1. This is an example of big agri-business' short-term interests being placed above the long term interests of commercial salmon fishermen and the Klamath-Modoc people. It was not a pure case of business over the environment.

2. The 60 million dollar federal aid package did not allow fishermen to recoup their losses as the article suggests. We've got guys out here losing their boats because they can't afford moorage fees. Individual aid packages did not come close to meeting anticipated income and in addition to being too little, they came too late.

Still, the article was as good as I've seen and I thank the post for it.

Posted by: karlrmueller | June 27, 2007 05:13 PM

That's it? Is there another segment? Is that all there is?

Maybe Cheney doesn't care what is written about him. He may know that newspapers and investigative journalists are now irrelevant, and therefore may be given wide latitude in what to DESCRIBE, as long as they don't PRESCRIBE a remedy. Because Cheney is clear and present.

What was it someone said about the rest of us just watching and commenting, as we will, on the new reality being flamed into being by this administration? Shock and awe indeed.

Posted by: notwanttoreg | June 27, 2007 05:20 PM

Hey you beltway Idiots, How much of this BULL PUCKEY is Law and how much is REGULATION'S foisted on us by you Non elected administator in D.C. Perfect example is references and printing of the rules and regulations, about snowmobiles in Yellowstone Nat Park.Over 1/2 of the members of npretgroup is of the top administrator's Now you wish to see them scream ask them what the heck they do the 7 to 8 months of the year when the roads are impassable! and what they use to get around??? BUREAUCRATS! YUK weather democrat or republican. the silver fox

Posted by: silverfoxneb | June 27, 2007 05:32 PM

All I see is name calling, profanity, insinuations of ignorance while feigning some kind of extra intelligence on this post over anyone who disagrees. Shame on you. I live in Wyoming and to you who live somewhere else don't know that most Wyomingites love their pristine country without your clogged cities and your polluted highways. We like to travel 100 miles without seeing a house. Yes we have the least population per capita in the United States and do not have much power over anything in this country, because our entire state's population is less than a million. Most legislation passed that has to do with our natural resources and our land, we are not heard and not by choice. Our voice is small and overshadowed by those who pretend to know more about our land than we who were born and raised here. Our families go back generations in the West, yet we don't know how to manage on our own. You make remarks that we are ignorant or somehow not as educated as you are because of the area we were born in. We don't have your crime, homeless rate, your budgets which are in the red, your unemployment rate, or your eco-issues. I don't think it is the Wyomingites who have the problem. You need to study up on your civics and realize that states were supposed to be sovereign, yet we pay for your politics and your special interests with our tax dollars. It took $10,000,000.00 to figure out that multiplying snowmobile use in Yellowstone by 3 would increase pollution and noise in the park? And you are OK with that? A Wyoming first grader could have figured that one out for you.

Posted by: mbecker | June 27, 2007 05:33 PM

Between 1981 and 2004 Wyoming received more money in Federal benefits than it paid into the federal system every year with the exception of 6 years.

In 2004 (the most recent data I could find) Wyoming received $1.11 for every $1.00 paid into the federal treasury.

Posted by: karlrmueller | June 27, 2007 05:48 PM

amazing ... am i the only one that didn't take this article at face value and actually research it further? it appears, that all you have to do is lead, and the blind will follow ...
since you're rehashing old news, how about digging a little deeper on some old clinton scandals, or , for current news, you can enlighten your readers as to why the country who started the world wide web has the slowest system by far of all developed countries , i'm sure cheney has something to do with that evil as well ....

Posted by: email.jhodge | June 27, 2007 05:52 PM

What did your research uncover?

Posted by: karlrmueller | June 27, 2007 05:59 PM

The thing I don't is, why would someone who obviously loves the wilderness, and what it offers, do everything in his power to destroy it. Could it be that "End Times" theology that would have him act in this manner?

Posted by: shag11 | June 27, 2007 06:13 PM

Cheney's parents hit the nail on the head when they chose to name him Dick.

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | June 27, 2007 06:17 PM

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands may justly be pronounced the very definition of a tyranny." - James Madison
And speaking of Wyoming, Montana and the rest of "big sky" country: who pays for the huge agricultural subsidies when your ranches and farms, many of which are on federal ( free rent, or darn close to it ) land, have a problem? I call this welfare, and it sure isn't paid for by your states alone.

Posted by: badgervan | June 27, 2007 06:34 PM

refering to charko825's comment, its been rumored that dick is dealing brown crack from his W.H. office, hence the block on the emails and calls. The comment is comensurate w/ heavy use of it and total detachment from reality. I know far too many in the Balto/DC area, but most of them dont care about politicians unless they score form them. Charko825 scores stock tips and
futures on wars, to help the handy investor. You've got to appreciate how this crack is big business and big bucks, and those who are on the inside really clean up. A brain is such a stupid thing to toast, but Cheney is the best if you're chasing it.

Posted by: bebeyond49 | June 27, 2007 06:37 PM

Since Jo Becker has an investigative piece at the NYT, I don't suppose the Post will fess up to why they held this piece in the can for any number of months?

http://www.warandpiece.com/blogdirs/006337.html

Posted by: siren1 | June 27, 2007 06:45 PM

Wait till tricky Dick declares martial law, suspends the election, suspends the powers of Congress and the Judicial branch, closes our borders, and nukes Iran. All's I can say is I told you so. Beware of the Anti-Christ.

Posted by: sunrisegroup | June 27, 2007 06:47 PM

Scary stuff. Where do these people come from and where do they go? Reminds me of a freak show, but much more scary. I think I will take a wide berth around Wyoming in the future!

Posted by: sunrisegroup | June 27, 2007 06:48 PM

Now we know who the real "Big Foot" is now he been so keen in covering his tracks between the Goverment's Exeuctive Branch and Legislative Branch and if the trackers (Congress) gets too close his staff put him in a undisclose bunker location to hide out for months.
Cheney and his puppet George are two A@@ H@@@@ and they both are a disgrace to our country which use to stand for Honesty, Trust,and Freedom !!!

Posted by: joxjk37 | June 27, 2007 06:50 PM

Cheney exemplifies the republican/corporate mind set. Thier philosophy is that it is alright to kill the planet as long as you make enough money. With the exception of some environmental groups, to all outward appearances, everything in america is about the money. What I'm saying is that it is not just Cheney, it's america. Our whole country is like the woman in Indiana Jones, the last crusade. She is hanging on by one hand over a bottomless chasm, the cave is caving in, doom is emenent, and all she can think about is how rich she will be if she can just grab the grail. I fear that the fate of humans will be the same as hers if we don't wake up and realize that life is not about money. She fell and died by the way. Until we wake up and realize that the planet is more important than record quarterly profits, we will continue to hang over the chasm and our entire existance as a race will hang there with us.

Posted by: TRACIETHEDOLPHIN | June 27, 2007 06:59 PM

Benito Mussolini's definition of facism: "The perfect marriage between government and industy" Where are we now?

Posted by: toddlireappr | June 27, 2007 07:29 PM

I expect some enterprising journalists could uncover sufficient factual material on questionable dealings of:
A) Karl Rove or
B) Donald Rumsfeld or
C) Alberto Gonzales or
D) The Chimp In Chief

to name but 4 others, to make for 4 more equally or nearly equally jaw dropping and outrage inducing series of articles.

There's some we know, but still lots yet to come to light about these men and:
the Abramoff and Congressional and lobbiest bribery scandals; Tom Delay; the fired attorneys scandal;falsehoods surrounding Saddam, intelligence, and the war; subverting the Constitution, laws, and Geneva conventions; coverup of Pat Tilman's death; politicizing the civil service and enlisting it to do GOP political and election work; muzzling,censoring, and altering statements by gov't environmental scientists;lying about global warming to help big oil cronies; Democratic voter suppression at election time; covering up for Mark Foley's teen pages scandal; war profiteering and allowing taxpayer rip off rackets by contractors in Iraq; no-bid contracts for cronies; secret prisons, past and current use of torture by CIA or contractors, detainee deaths and coverups; the hiring of
thousands of Bush-loyal but completely unqualified, incompetent cronies for important positions like Michael Brown for FEMA, Paul Bremer for Iraq Czar, Gonzo for A.G., etc., how it is that opportunities to capture Al Qaida's #1 and #2 have been missed or botched for 5+ years...to name but a few of a probably endless list.

-To those who claim "no laws were broken".
Well the Supreme Court said Bush's Military Tribunals and subversions of the Geneva Conventions were illegal, as were Bush's warrantless wiretappings of Americans; courts said Cheney's fish kill broke the Endangered Species Law (a little late to save the fish run); there appear to have been laws broken surrounding the fired attorneys, which is why that Gonzo underling took the 5th, and then agreed to testify to Congress if given iummunity;
it appears laws may have been broken by enlisting civil servants to aid GOP candidates at election time (remember that power point display Rove sent out to many federal dept's?). And that's just scratching the surface.

I say let investigations proceed.
Get those Congressional Impeachment proceedings and Grand Juries ready for action. May they get very busy.


Posted by: Bobjb2002 | June 27, 2007 07:37 PM

I would just like to reiterate the point someone made earlier, probably reiterated several times since then: the thing that is of most concern about all this is that we elected this man. We all knew who he was when we elected him, just like we knew who Bush was. We elected and relected them both anyway. They don't represent the majority of Americans in interest, but they certainly are a reflection of the political pliability of the majority of American's minds.

Posted by: Reader1000 | June 27, 2007 07:54 PM

This criminal also ran Halliburton, a multi-billion dollar enterprise, with offshore tax avoiding banking in the Cayman's while he was CEO. This guy had zero experience running any business of any kind - including a candy store - however he was given this job. It should be illegal for something like this to happen, where cronyism get $$$, even if you know shi* about business. Now Halliburton is a Dubai company after waving the stars and stripes for no bid contracts...sickening...

Posted by: Mnnngj | June 27, 2007 07:58 PM

The hell with impeachment. Every day we pray for the death of President Dick Cheney. Only then will the world be safe from this terrible evil.

Posted by: oldcoyoteknose | June 27, 2007 08:12 PM

The hell with impeachment. Every day we pray for the death of President Dick Cheney. Only then will the world be safe from this terrible evil.

Posted by: oldcoyoteknose | June 27, 2007 08:12 PM

The hell with impeachment. Every day we pray for the death of President Dick Cheney. Only then will the world be safe from this terrible evil.

Posted by: oldcoyoteknose | June 27, 2007 08:12 PM

The bush/ cheney gang are getting much more attention than they deserve, but it is good to know how low down they really are and any tracks they leave im sure are in the form of a snake.I noticed theres no mention on the WP or any news channel today on those dying in Iraq they are the ones should get attention bush n cheney are not worth a single thought. They just need to be impeached for their lies and crimes then jailed and the key thrown into A bottomless well.

Posted by: smorrow | June 27, 2007 08:19 PM

I wonder if Cheney is also behind the ease in restrictions in the food industry here in America and our trade partner China that have caused death and illness in people and pets?

Posted by: porterbeverly | June 27, 2007 08:26 PM

Looks like ol' Dick deserves some credit - at last - for keeping the environmental freakies at bay. As for Ms. Whitman, remember what Truman said, "If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog." The whole EPA ought to be cleaned up.

Posted by: filoporquequilo | June 27, 2007 08:33 PM

Many posters are decrying the fact that this series is coming too late to be of use. While the media could and should have done a better job of informing us prior to the 2000/2004 elections, I certainly had enough information to know what would happen if Cheney/Bush/Rove et al. were elected. I live in Missouri, but I was very much aware of Todd-Whitman's departure from the EPA -- and why. It was reported at the time that despite the fact she was saying little, others shared that she could no longer in good conscience do what her bosses wanted. We had enough information;however, many people merely chose to ignore the parts they didn't like. And for that, we must all now suffer.

Posted by: gsross | June 27, 2007 09:04 PM

Tricky Dicky seems to be driven by self-interest, the bottom line (cut costs and raise profits) and doctrinaire junk.

If one accepts that the world is facing serious environmental catastrophes, like I do, then we should do al within our power to reverse the man-made damage that is altering the world`s climate.

The choice is to cure our environmental problems by doing all within our power to be effective or taking a risk that all will turn out OK if we ignore the damage that we have, and are, causing to the world and our survival.

Before too long our children and grandchildren will be placed on the Endangered Species List. The world will become a hostile and desolate place and the wonderful life that we have enjoyed will never be known again.

Posted by: robertjames1 | June 27, 2007 09:15 PM

I still wonder why NOTHING is being done to stop this. Supposedly, we have a Congress and a judicial branch to protect us from such abuses of power. Why is everyone so afraid of Cheney??

Oh, wait, there is someone banging on my door... I will be right back.

Posted by: rjwiechmann | June 27, 2007 09:24 PM

Like the rest of this series, this is no surprise, although the scope of Cheney's intervention is worse than many people would have expected. For those of us whose point of view has been vindicated, there is no joy. It has taken 6 years to get to this point. The press has followed rather than led. I suspect that if we didn't have Democrats running Congress and a president's popularity at Nixonian levels, this never would have happened. The Post continues to give tacit support to the disatrous war advocated by by Cheney and has supported intelligence cooked by Chaeney cronies. We live in an era when Fox News' ratings are in decline and almost no one watches the likes of Glenn Beck. Perhaps, when the Post shows it can lead rather than appease and follow, it will start to see its circulation and prestige once again grow. In the meantime this remains, important, but still too little too late.

Posted by: thebuckguy | June 27, 2007 09:29 PM

A Chat With the "D.C. Madame" Deborah Jeane Palfrey Update

Dick Cheney, still paying women for compliments, after all these years...

5:15 PM Update-from a VERY reliable source...and friend emailed this:Yes, I have 3 confirmations, 1 from Pentagon, 2 from CIA that (Dick) Cheney was a client.

http://prissypatriot.blogspot.com

Posted by: PrissyPatriot | June 27, 2007 09:30 PM

The information in this article has directed more attention to the possibility of Cheney's impeachment. When will he have done enough in the way of committing impeachable acts that the Senate effort will take shape and gain momentum?

Posted by: bwatson102752 | June 27, 2007 09:48 PM

I have devoured this series, the sidebars, and most of the comments. I extend a multitude of thanks. Being surrounded hard and daily by "Fox News" conservatives I thought rubber-stamp reporting was here to stay. So now I can rest 5% easier.

Posted by: clagettpark | June 27, 2007 09:53 PM

Thank you for the wonderful reporting, however it is very painful to read. I wonder what future generations will say when they read how a few powerful men plundered our and their resources.

Posted by: brfarmer | June 27, 2007 10:06 PM

One wonders if tar and feathers are too good for this guy? I find it difficult to believe that this guy has not left sufficient evidence behind to have him run out of town. But the bottom line is not to elect guys like this -- you know, guys that are ethically and morally bankrupt. I believe that fits Cheney to a "T".

Posted by: DadBug | June 27, 2007 10:38 PM

Listen to today's (June 27) radio program Bay Native Circle on KPFA-FM Pacifica for a thoughtful, compassionate view from the Native American community (Yurok and Pomo tribes) about the consequences of Cheney's evil deeds.

Posted by: alyfong | June 27, 2007 11:10 PM

This draft dodging creep amazes me with his lack of ethics and willingness to sell to the highest bidder. How CONSERVATIVES could vote for this man and then voceferouly support him is amazina too. I guess it just show how sheeplike the American people are.

Posted by: sneakypete134 | June 27, 2007 11:54 PM

This draft dodging creep amazes me with his lack of ethics and willingness to sell to the highest bidder. How CONSERVATIVES could vote for this man and then voceferouly support him is amazina too. I guess it just show how sheeplike the American people are.

Posted by: sneakypete134 | June 27, 2007 11:54 PM

Excellent series, the Fourth Estate finally fulfilling its role. The veep creep Halliburton pussycat did leave footprints.

Next stage, support Congressman Kuchinich's motion of impeachment.

Posted by: cjvickers | June 28, 2007 12:15 AM

Impeach. As long as there are no consequences to actions, those actions will continue.

Posted by: dozos_2 | June 28, 2007 01:11 AM

Government is supposed to protect people and enterprise. Yet an imbalance exists because political ideology, legislation and court decisions are made in favour of the business sector. When the people are left out of the equation businesses are encouraged to do likewise. As a result social justice is sacrificed. Both Bush and Cheney advocate business at the expense of the environment and the people.

Bush is not a detail guy; iam not sure if he is an idea-person? However Cheney came in with an agenda and knew how to make that happen. Like an octopi with hundreds of arms Cheney can reach into any department knowing a loyal ally will answer his beckon call. The concentration of power Cheney amassed through out the government coupled with Bush's inability to say no, explain the ease in which Cheney implements his ideology.

However in abandoned regard for the public's health and the planet's well-being their deliberate deception demonstrates a ruthlessness not conducive in a healthy-functioning government.

Case in point: Convincing Americans that there was urgent need to attack Iraq Cheney & Bush needed intelligence. A determined Cheney made several unprecedented personal visits to intelligence agencies. He pressured agents to give him information he wanted, not the information that raised doubt or contradictory. When that did not pan-out, he and Rumsfeld set up their own "cia" in the DoD consisting of people who had neither the experience nor training to interpret sensitive, raw intelligence. The "evidence" was bogus as we now know.

(Those of us who knew before the war have been vindicated, but it does not make us feel any better about it. Hopefully the country will not be as gullible next time. Despite Cheney and Bush losing all credibility it will not stop them from ratcheting up fear while presenting false information to justify another war most likely with Iran -- maybe Syria or Lebanon or ...).

Cheney & Bush ignored warnings confirmed in report after report and expert advice regarding: the environment and the economy. They ignored warnings about invading Iraq, true costs and realistic numbers of troops needed. Legal advisors opposed the Military Commissions Act; it was passed anyhow. They defend warrantless wiretaps on Americans, indefinite imprisonment, "alternative" interrogation measures. Having shown a complete disregard for the Geneva Conventions, domestic and international laws Cheney and Bush broke with centuries-old American traditions simultaneously rejecting any oversight whatsoever. Their insistence -- especially Cheney's -- on maintaining secrecy cultivates an atmosphere of suspicion and distrust. The aforementioned paints a picture of two people clearly not interested in preserving our system of government. Neither inspire confidence nor trust.

A stealth sense of uneasiness prevails over the country now. Americans feel susceptible, vulnerable and unprotected by their own government.

Justice permeates every aspect of our lives. It is the law. True justice is impartial and fair, but under the current administration it is anything but. Cheney and Bush are not governed by the concepts of Justice, social or legal. Within the justice-system administering social justice, a pillar of American society, is secondary. Progress made over decades is in decline and more is seriously jeopardized.

Obviously, with a willing executive explains Cheney's success, but the onus is still on Bush. He is the one responsible for enacting policies, at Cheney's behest, that are harmful and dangerous. Notwithstanding, the consequences will be everyone's to bear. The system is in dire need of repair. Cheney's machinations deeply scarred this nation and Bush allowed him. Complete and utter control, party loyalty, ideology and enterprise describe a WH out of control.

The nation needs intelligent leaders making wise decisions based on facts and/or science.
The challenges ahead cannot be met with ideology for that portends a future of uncertainty and volatility.

A hopeful future depends on first making an honest and candid assessment of the challenges and issues of today and tomorrow before we begin looking for solutions. The next step necessitates innovative thinking and creative ideas. Otherwise today repeats yesterday and tomorrow repeats today.

Change today, tomorrow becomes a new day.

Posted by: serena1313 | June 28, 2007 02:38 AM

The Democrats are too busy selling off our jobs to the Safeway Corp., Circiut City, Haliburton, Wal-Mart etc...

...to get around to something as serious as protecting the governed from the Evil that dwells in the White House.

Posted by: theman_in_black | June 28, 2007 03:50 AM

Nice fair and balanced hit piece, guys. Couldn't we find anyone to offer the pro business side to these issues? Read it in the WashPo, so it must be true, right?

The comments here are right out of the DNC talking points, and the Bush-Cheney Derangement Syndrome far-left.

Posted by: john | June 28, 2007 05:54 AM

Cheney's evisceration of our environmental laws, while putting billions of dollars into the pockets of his friends will kill far more Americans than Al-Qaeda ever will. Do you think he gives a crap?

Posted by: vmax02rider | June 28, 2007 06:21 AM

Who orchestrated getting him on the ticket?

Posted by: angularallen | June 28, 2007 06:39 AM

WARNING: I see many articulate and well informed commentary on the Cheney pieces. Good, get it off your chest. But, please remember: whether your comments are posted on conservative or liberal media outlets - many conglomerates own both, by the way - you can't be too self-censorious. The NSA monitors ALL media - most especially the internet. Be careful what you say. (One of the "trigger" words, by the way, IS NSA),

The Washington Post - in fact, most online news aggregates - post rules and admonitions related to commentary on your part. Consider these warnings carefully: they are for your own safety.

This is because discussion groups and online commentary are subject to the broad sweep of electronic surveillance - primarily the responsibility of the NSA. Assisted by a network of immense antennae arrays, satellites and complex data-sorting and -linking algorithms, not much you say online goes unnoticed. (=

Be aware too that your own ISP usually disclaims [in the "Terms and Conditions" section no one ever reads] that it "cooperates fully with the federal government." Translation: Virtually no conversation - except that protected by sophisticated scrambling - is private.

Special note: Your comments will draw particular attention online if you use any of thousands of names or phrases - NSA software is trained and constantly updated to recognize key phrases in all languages. Be particularly careful about "hate speech" - language which could be interpreted as "inciting" ethnic violence or polarization against certain groups. Another precaution: Never, ever advocate, online, for the overthrow of the United States government - or wish injury upon our leaders. Your passionate calls to civil disobedience or insurrection may not be sincere, but will escalate you to a level 2 scrutiny surveillance watch.

By the way, if you crank up your rhetoric or become increasingly specific - watch for a government-issue, Crown Victoria following in your rear-view mirror. You can also then expect to be hassled by local police for "un-illuminated license plates" or "cracked windshields" - or any of a host of otherwise minor infractions.

In general, be forewarned: In addition to suspending habeas corpus, the current administration's Patriot and Military Commission Acts, collectively, have trickled down to local law enforcement; your friendly, neighborhood cop's powers of search and seizure have been extraordinarily augmented.

Their new powers include legal "sneak and peek" entry of your home when you're away and '"no-knock" entry into your domicile if they have a warrant. One minute your watching "Deal, No Deal" and the next your being held as an enemy combatant, a "disloyal" or a terror suspect.

Incidentally, during your indefinite stay at some government-sponsored luxury tropical retreat, you'll have no right to legal counsel, can be held indefinitely, tortured - and have no right to see proof of charges against you.

Couldn't happen in the United States, you say?

Hell, even Google's watching you on their satellites and street-level cameras.

Posted by: cassusbeli | June 28, 2007 07:01 AM

WARNING: I see many articulate and well informed commentary on the Cheney pieces. Good, get it off your chest. But, please remember: whether your comments are posted on conservative or liberal media outlets - many conglomerates own both, by the way - you can't be too self-censorious. The NSA monitors ALL media - most especially the internet. Be careful what you say. (One of the "trigger" words, by the way, IS NSA),

The Washington Post - in fact, most online news aggregates - post rules and admonitions related to commentary on your part. Consider these warnings carefully: they are for your own safety.

This is because discussion groups and online commentary are subject to the broad sweep of electronic surveillance - primarily the responsibility of the NSA. Assisted by a network of immense antennae arrays, satellites and complex data-sorting and -linking algorithms, not much you say online goes unnoticed. (=

Be aware too that your own ISP usually disclaims [in the "Terms and Conditions" section no one ever reads] that it "cooperates fully with the federal government." Translation: Virtually no conversation - except that protected by sophisticated scrambling - is private.

Special note: Your comments will draw particular attention online if you use any of thousands of names or phrases - NSA software is trained and constantly updated to recognize key phrases in all languages. Be particularly careful about "hate speech" - language which could be interpreted as "inciting" ethnic violence or polarization against certain groups. Another precaution: Never, ever advocate, online, for the overthrow of the United States government - or wish injury upon our leaders. Your passionate calls to civil disobedience or insurrection may not be sincere, but will escalate you to a level 2 scrutiny surveillance watch.

By the way, if you crank up your rhetoric or become increasingly specific - watch for a government-issue, Crown Victoria following in your rear-view mirror. You can also then expect to be hassled by local police for "un-illuminated license plates" or "cracked windshields" - or any of a host of otherwise minor infractions.

In general, be forewarned: In addition to suspending habeas corpus, the current administration's Patriot and Military Commission Acts, collectively, have trickled down to local law enforcement; your friendly, neighborhood cop's powers of search and seizure have been extraordinarily augmented.

Their new powers include legal "sneak and peek" entry of your home when you're away and '"no-knock" entry into your domicile if they have a warrant. One minute your watching "Deal, No Deal" and the next your being held as an enemy combatant, a "disloyal" or a terror suspect.

Incidentally, during your indefinite stay at some government-sponsored luxury tropical retreat, you'll have no right to legal counsel, can be held indefinitely, tortured - and have no right to see proof of charges against you.

Couldn't happen in the United States, you say?

Hell, even Google's watching you on their satellites and street-level cameras.

Posted by: cassusbeli | June 28, 2007 07:01 AM


One final point: These articles, revelatory and provocative, may also be "plants." In other words, "bait."

The government frequently uses the media -- often with articles such as this -- to flush out dangerous and/or prospective terrorist-related communications or individuals.

Try to keep in mind that, if your deemed an enemy of our country, you do not have the ex post facto protections the president gave to himself and all members of his cabinet in the Military Commissions Act. He and they have retroactive immunity to any and all crimes.

Posted by: cassusbeli | June 28, 2007 07:17 AM


One final point: These articles, revelatory and provocative, may also be "plants." In other words, "bait."

The government frequently uses the media -- often with articles such as this -- to flush out dangerous and/or prospective terrorist-related communications or individuals.

Try to keep in mind that, if your deemed an enemy of our country, you do not have the ex post facto protections the president gave to himself and all members of his cabinet in the Military Commissions Act. He and they have retroactive immunity to any and all crimes.

Posted by: cassusbeli | June 28, 2007 07:21 AM

Cassusbeli: the best response to the concerns you raise is for everyone to speak out against government abuses. As someone once said, we need to all hang together, or we'll all hang separately.

Posted by: vmax02rider | June 28, 2007 07:49 AM

Cassusbeli: the best response to the concerns you raise is for everyone to speak out against government abuses. As someone once said, we need to all hang together, or we'll all hang separately.

Posted by: vmax02rider | June 28, 2007 07:52 AM

Dick Cheney's code name might be Angler but I would not want to fish with him and I certainly do not want to hunt with him

Posted by: jimdirenzo | June 28, 2007 10:03 AM

I was one of the environmental group attorneys (for the Natural Resources Defense Council) who along with state attorneys general succeeded in having a court overturn the Clean Air Act loophole promoted by the Vice President that this excellent article discusses. The article confirms what we suspected at the time, that EPA Administrator Whitman had resigned to avoid signing Cheney's final rule.

We did know that the Bush political appointee heading EPA's enforcement office, J.P. Suarez, had this to say about the administration's pro-industry "reform" of the New Source Review air quality protections, in an interview shortly after he too had resigned: "the goal of NSR reform was to prevent any enforcement case from going forward. Some people thought the [NSR enforcement initiative against power plants and oil refineries] should never have been brought. The reform was really designed to thwart our ability to do it." And this: 'because we were so inflamed and overheated about the reform, we ended up with a reform package that doesn't pass the laugh test.'" Suarez pointed to the White House for these views.

To gain some real world appreciation of how destructive the EPA air pollution loophole would have been had we not blocked it in court, consider this. EPA did not contest evidence we presented to the court that the loophole would have allowed smog-forming pollution increases of over 21,000 tons per year from a single example power plant; to provide a basis for comparison, that is nearly one-and-a-half times the total amount of this pollution emitted annually by all businesses and vehicles located in the District of Columbia. And this loophole was available to some 20,000 industrial polluters nationwide, allowing untold pollution increases.

After the court overturned the EPA rule, I received exuberant, congratulatory calls from attorneys thrilled about the fate of the profoundly illegal, harmful, and politicized loophole. And where were these attorneys calling from? EPA.

Finally, this article brings to mind a report issued by a shadowy body in Washington called the National Petroleum Council before the current administration took office, in the summer of 2000. The oil industry report targeted the New Source Review law for "reform" and condemned the EPA New Source Review enforcement lawsuits against oil refiners. And who sat on the Petroleum Council's Committee on Refining that produced this report? Then-President and CEO of the Halliburton Company -- Richard B. Cheney.

Posted by: jwalke | June 28, 2007 10:50 AM

Bush himself admitted he lives "in a bubble".
We now know it's a bubble largely controlled by Cheney: Cheney's like a gatekeeper, keeping much inconvenient info. out of Bush's bubble, while filling up the bubble with Cheney proposals.

Will Bush even read this series on Cheney or the public's and pundits' responses?
No, but Cheney may volunteer to brief him on it! ("Smear job, Mr. President. Best to ignore it. We won't let a journalist hatchet job come between us, will we?
Our love shall endure, Mr. President.
Give us a kiss and a ----!")

Posted by: Bobjb2002 | June 28, 2007 11:26 AM

1. You need to amend your Constitution so this never happens again.

2. The VP must be an elective post.
3. Your bi-party system, with meaningless party labels and interchangeable discourse, has to go.
4. The lobbies and special interest groups hold your politicians by the balls at election time but also afterwards.
5. Not enough people vote. Your voting system invites fraud. Your voters are uninformed or misinformed.
6. Profit has become the ONLY corporate objective nowadays for too many companies and companies can put who they want in power to do their bidding.

Posted by: aline_binette | June 28, 2007 12:42 PM

At least Nixon opened dialogue with China.

At least Reagan said Mr. Gorbatchev, tear down that wall.

Posted by: aline_binette | June 28, 2007 12:51 PM

Alfalfa, eh? I wonder it that tastes good.

Thanks to the poster who explained about the farmers.

Posted by: aline_binette | June 28, 2007 01:14 PM

Great series of articles. I think Cheney hopes to get away scot free from all the atrocious things he has done. These articles will help history define him as he deserves: The chief architect of the worst adminstration in American history.

Posted by: tedh1251 | June 28, 2007 02:18 PM

The Big Dick: Small man syndrome gone wild.

Posted by: Bobjb2002 | June 28, 2007 02:28 PM

karlrmueller get your facts straight. You forgot all the coal, oil, gas, and other natural resources Wyoming provides this nation and the world. Our highways have more travelers passing through on a daily basis, than we have in population. I- 80 is a major corridor picking up the good with the bad that goes with that. You want to look at numbers. Anyone can manipulate numbers to make a point without revealing the entire picture. Wyoming is still in the black.

Posted by: mbecker | June 28, 2007 02:45 PM

Nixon is a saint when compared to Humpty Dumpty

Posted by: dennisnewman | June 28, 2007 02:46 PM

For a behind the scenes operator who covets secrecy, and who (like a cockroach) hates being exposed in the light of day,
Cheney's blood pressure and heart attack risk
has no doubt elevated as a result of this
WaPo series.

Doesn't it make you feel sorry for the old Dick?

Posted by: Bobjb2002 | June 28, 2007 03:23 PM

To cassusbeli :

My reactions to your post.

1. Welcome to "Tne Matrix", the only place where there is an infinity of Agent Smiths who never needs to pee, sleep or eat.
2. Yes in theory you are right. But the gumshoes don't have the budget or the manpower to go after everyone in the U.S. They will go after important people.
3. You seem to know a lot. Where do you work?
4. After seeing how the intelligence community bungled repeatedly in following obvious leads, I'm not going to lose a lot of sleep on THAT.

Posted by: aline_binette | June 28, 2007 03:24 PM

And BTW it's spelled casus belli.

Si vis pacem, para bellum?

Posted by: aline_binette | June 28, 2007 03:27 PM

Did they do an autopsy on Ken Lay? Who was the M.E.?

Posted by: aline_binette | June 28, 2007 03:34 PM

Dick Cheney sucks.

Posted by: timataylor | June 28, 2007 03:47 PM

What is with all of this hubbub? One would think that the paper serving the nations capital and its residents would have a basic understanding of how government works. What is new in all of this? As a former resident of the area in question the underlying issue is the inability of California to plan its water usage. This lack of planning as with their lack of an adequate electrical energy policy has led to these kind of events. As long as California uses its political power to over ride other western states and their own agreements with the federal government then one must live with the results. Here is a salute to Californication and the extortion by which it continues to usurp their neighbors.

Posted by: paul94611 | June 28, 2007 05:03 PM

Impeach Bush and Cheney. They deserve it.

Posted by: georgewbentley | June 28, 2007 05:19 PM

mbecker:

I have no beef with Wyoming. I was responding to one point in particular from your post. You claim that you are paying into federal studies and imply that it is somehow unfair to Wyoming.

The fact is that Wyoming takes more money from the federal treasury than they put into it. That Wyoming contains or supplies important resources is irrelevant to the question of whether Wyoming is being excluded from the political process or being forced to pay for federal studies that it doesn't want. The amount of coal, natural gas, etc. pumped or mined is irrelevant to that question. Oregon is the largest producer of softwood timber in the country. So what? How is that relevant? It isn't and all the coal or gas in the world won't change that.

My second point is that Wyoming does not have a small amount of influnce on U.S. politics.

Here are some more facts:

U.S. population: 299,398,484

Wyoming Population: 515, 004

Wyoming pop. as a percentage of U.S. pop. .17%

Number of Senators total: 100

No. of Senators from Wyoming: 2

Percent of U.S. Senate from Wyoming: 2%

2%> than .17%

It appears than that in the U.S. Senate, Wyoming has a disproportionate amount of influence when calculated as a percentage of total population.

Total Number of Electoral votes: 538

Wyoming Electoral Votes: 3

Wyoming's electoral votes expressed as a percentage of total: .55%

Wyoming's population (percent of U.S) .17%

.55% > .17%

Here again Wyoming has a disproportionate amount of influence on national politics.

Current Number of Vice-Presidents from Wyoming convening a National Energy Task Force to form nationwide energy policy invoking executive privilege to avoid revealing to the rest of the nation who made up that task force: 1

Look, I'm a westerner too. I don't think people from Wyoming can't handle their own business. It may be true that national public opinion prevents resource extraction to the degree that you would like to see. Others in your state may not want coal bed methane or natural gas extraction to the extent you'd like to see and are grateful that public opinion is on their side.

My point is that Wyoming is not a victim.

Posted by: karlrmueller | June 28, 2007 05:28 PM

This expose of VP Cheney is long overdue. I wonder if he American public understands that what Cheney has been trying to do is establish a government that is much like those that we say we are against. A government where the leadership is all powerful and answerable to no one. A government that is secretive and not above punishing those who disagree with it. A government that is willing to do away with any sense of justice and human rights for the unconvicted. In short, a world something like Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Saddam Hussein envisioned.

Posted by: sailorguy | June 28, 2007 05:50 PM

Another Cheney crony who sold out our natural resources for corporate profit is going to prison!!! That man is Steven Griles, Oil and Gas lobbyist and former Deputy Director of the Interior Department. Griles pled guilty to obstruction of justice after lying to a Senate investigative panel about his relationship with Jack Abramoff. Griles' girlfriend at the time, Italia Federoff, has herself been convicted of crimes. Italia was founder of a phony industry shill "Republicans for Environmental Advocacy", which Abramoff used to launder bribes. With his former Chief of Staff Scooter Libby headed for prison, the stench is becoming unbearable.

Posted by: mysrmoose | June 28, 2007 05:57 PM

Somec47 wrote:
"Snow Mobile run on top of the snow, I may think. So my question to the environmental zealouts: What kind of damages occured by the snow mobiles in our national parks?? Also, if you don't like them, you should buy them back. I don't have one because I can't afford it and the winter sport to cold to me anyway, but I wouldn't step on your freedom because of personal limits or negativeness."
Somec47, you might read up on the important complexities of scientific issues before you spout off. Snowmobile engines emit lots of exhaust, and large numbers of them can really degrade local air quality in the Park. They are very noisy and diminish the experience of Park visitors who come to experience nature. Most importantly, they disturb wildlife such as bison and elk. These large animals must carefully conserve their energy during the winter, because winter forage (food) can be hard to come by. Every time a resting bison is disturbed and moves because of snowmobiles, it hurts its chances of reproducing in the spring or even surviving 'till the spring. Snowmobiles have a much bigger impact than just leaving tracks on snow. And as far as stepping on your freedom, your freedom isn't limitless in America. It stops when you infringe on other people's freedoms. What about visitors who come to enjoy a natural experience? What about park rangers who suffer from breathing polluted air from snowmobile exhaust? And part of the park's mission is to protect wildlife and habitat, and the snowmobilers DON'T have a right according to your "freedom" argument to put the very lives of wildlife at risk. Go take your stinky, noisy, harmful snowmobiles somewhere where preservation of nature ISN'T the mission of the piece of land. While you're at it, learn grammar and spelling. And the argument that I should buy back the snowmobiles is just stupid. Sheesh.

Posted by: MHinNC | June 28, 2007 06:15 PM

This series sent me to Wikipedia to bone up on the ruthless 17th century Cardinal Richelieu. The section on his legacy is especially apropos. And then there's this: after Richelieu's death, Pope Urban is quoted as saying, "If God exists, Cardinal Richelieu will have to answer for many things. If not...then yes, he will have done well in life."

Posted by: sylvia_giem | June 28, 2007 08:43 PM

Wow. Cheney is evil. And I thought Bush was bad. Anyone who thinks we should impeach Bush doesn't know Dick.
People who still try to support Bush and Cheney as though they know what is best for the people are sadly mistaken. Bush and Cheney never learned to care for others, only themselves. Cheney has a lot to loose (in terms of money and support) if he was to be environmentally friendly, or supportive of the average American family and not just the rich. These "men" (although I prefer the term monsters or filth) are not only destroying America, they are destroying the planet with no regard for life! Change the Science?! Science is not something that changes because you don't like what it says!
We are worse off now than anytime in history!

Posted by: dhixon | June 29, 2007 11:57 AM

I've printed out this series. Whenever I'm tempted to eat too much, I'll just read about Dick Cheney so I'll be sure to lose my appetite. This entire administration is sickening, but he's the worst of the bunch, by far.

Posted by: Terrimisu | June 29, 2007 12:02 PM

I seem to be at odds with most everyone reading this article and my good friend that put me on to it. The Bush,Cheney ticket will prove one day to be the best administration at the time we needed them most.
Wake up America. The world wants your lunch.
Being from Michigan I can tell you what hundreds of thousands of Salmon do every year in the fall when they return to the river, they spawn, (Have Sex) then they die. Every sportsman in the country will verify that.
Second Yucca Mountain is safe for Nuclear waste. Even the Clinton admistration realized that.
We don't want oil, we don't want nuclear, we don't want coal, are we truly ready for the horse and buggy and all that polution and candles again. Wake up. Either we have to reduce the population of the world and with out Bush, that might happen when Alqueda is done with us and our grandchildren or we have to have sources of energy.
The Chinese, Mexicans, and other low paying countries like India laugh at us all the way to the bank. They pollute uncontrolably, produce at a fraction of the cost and we buy it while tying the hands of our own administration who is trying to keep us safe and ecomically sound. We have become a bunch of siffling cry babies ready split our country over the what our elected officials see better than us as answers to our most pressing problems.

Posted by: baldwinski50 | June 29, 2007 12:05 PM

Most of us just type a complaint and wait for them to leave office. Cheney and Bush and their corporate friends bank on this. All we do is b*tch while they keep gettin rich.

Worst case scenario: Cheney is impeached and is richer than before he came to DC.

Best case scenario: Cheney leaves in Jan09 and is richer than before he came to DC.

Posted by: jutz19 | June 29, 2007 02:40 PM

baldwinski50,

You are the cry baby...

whah, whah, India and China can do it so why can't I??? Whah, whah!

YOU go to China and to India, meet THEIR farmers and then compare their living standards to the living standards of OUR farmers that got the subsidies after crying to our federal government. Who's living on welfare now????

Posted by: jutz19 | June 29, 2007 02:47 PM

MSNBC had this article posted yesterday, today it's been pulled. Wanted my husband to read it, it's gone like it never existed! Did they step on someone's toes?

Posted by: dj3storey05 | June 30, 2007 10:06 AM

Great series. Nice to see Journalism making a come back.

Posted by: feettothefire | July 1, 2007 03:57 PM

Great series! Glad to see Journalism making a come back

Posted by: feettothefire | July 1, 2007 04:00 PM

I have three questions:
1.) Why did the Post wait for so many years to finally go after Cheney? He has been up to no-good for the get-go.
2.) Why does the Post still refuse to go after Bush? After all, he is the president, not Cheney.
3.) Why did not the Post point out that Sue Ellen Wooldridge is J. Stephen Griles' girlfriend and that they share a million-dollar beachhouse with Donald Duncan, vice-president of Conoco Phillips? When she was still at the Justice Department she approved an agreement that has allowed Conoco Phillips to delay paying $525 million worth of fines for polluting. (See Living on Earth, February 23, 2007, "Getting Cozy with Conoco?") She is a crook, not a hero.

Posted by: marmaladeandtommy | July 2, 2007 10:55 AM

I have read hru part of the readers comments and I think that many of them make a very big mistake. They call Mr. Cheney stupid, foolish, idiot and monkey. However they seem to not understand the fact that this is a highly educated, accomplished and selfish man who caters to Big Money and Big Money ONLY.
Do not for one second believe that he is stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing and why. It just does not quite agree with what most of us consider responsible and acceptable. The fact that he does not care what the rest of the world thinks, makes him even more dangerous. It is also a mistake to blame all republicans for this, we all, republicans and democrats need to come up with a better, more responsible and most of all a far more conscientious human being than we did last time!
I have been a republican all my life and deeply regret the last four years of this government.
Madeline van Oven

Posted by: frankmcguire | July 2, 2007 08:27 PM

I have read hru part of the readers comments and I think that many of them make a very big mistake. They call Mr. Cheney stupid, foolish, idiot and monkey. However they seem to not understand the fact that this is a highly educated, accomplished and selfish man who caters to Big Money and Big Money ONLY.
Do not for one second believe that he is stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing and why. It just does not quite agree with what most of us consider responsible and acceptable. The fact that he does not care what the rest of the world thinks, makes him even more dangerous. It is also a mistake to blame all republicans for this, we all, republicans and democrats need to come up with a better, more responsible and most of all a far more conscientious human being than we did last time!
I have been a republican all my life and deeply regret the last four years of this government.
Madeline van Oven

Posted by: frankmcguire | July 2, 2007 08:28 PM

Very insightful -- helps explain what I thought was partly due to erratic and misguided policy, based on bungling or ineptitude, as actually well calculated and principled decisions driven by what has shaped DC and his like-minded helpers... Which makes all of this so much worse! The drumbeat for IMPEACHMENT beats steadily louder and more insistently... Please write congress!

Posted by: kitpowers | July 3, 2007 01:03 AM

It become more and more clear why so many federal employees, particularly Defense Department employees have found themselves in the position of being accidental whistleblowers just for standing up and trying to ethically do their jobs! It also explains a lot of the thuggery done to these people to ruin their lives and careers. For more details of some whistleblowers experiences, see http://whistleblowersupport.blogstream.com


Posted by: rcvb | July 3, 2007 09:14 PM

This is a remarkable piece of journalism. Thank you Gellman and Becker for your efforts. I am sending Washington Post links to everyone on my list!

Posted by: rcvb | July 3, 2007 09:49 PM

cheney's antiquated thinking and acceptance of corrupt unethical methods have set our country back 50 years. the theme of efficiency and cleanliness is the import thing here, not the individual laws. unfortunately the extent of his "service" to industry and its influence on other policies such as the iraq war cannot be known completely. this overeater has also over eaten at public treasury for his friends.

Posted by: gatriotact | July 4, 2007 08:55 PM

based on his codename, i can just see his crassness in dealing with the yellowstone fish issue,saying "there not gonna take away my favorite past time, ho, ho,ho"

Posted by: gatriotact | July 4, 2007 08:58 PM

Thanks to Becker and Gellman for excellent reporting. An amazing look at an amazing politician. I'm not a Cheney apologist, but I think he believes that the end justifies the means. And the end, as he sees it, is to smite all the "terrorists" and let corporate America hold sway. But he's wrong in his vision for a great America.

After reading this series, it's pretty clear that he has singlehandedly torpedoed the U.S. Constitution, tampered with the integrity of the government and the military to the point where we have zero support, and despoiled the environment to the point where it will take decades and centuries to recover.

Nice legacy, Dick.

Posted by: davidsogden | July 6, 2007 07:01 PM

Finally, a decent piece of journalism! We need a lot more of this sort of probing, thought-provoking, mainstream narrative to make any kind of actionable difference in this current political drought. A brave start!

Posted by: kayrton | July 6, 2007 07:07 PM

Finally, a decent piece of journalism! We need a lot more of this sort of probing, thought-provoking, mainstream narrative to make any kind of actionable difference in this current political drought. A brave start!

Posted by: kayrton | July 6, 2007 07:09 PM

There is absolutely no credible scientific evidence to support the theory that opening the floodgates to the upper Klamath basin project was a factor in the 2002 die-off 230 miles downstream. These two inept journalist attempted to resurrect a throughly discredited urban myth in order support their hit piece. The Klamath basin represents a small arid fraction (less than 10%) of the entire drainage system. Had this water been released at the time, it would have been in the pacific ocean 4 months before the fall run.

Becker and Gellman are so blinded by political ideology that they have abandoned any pretense of jounalistic integrity.

Doug Newton
Eugene Oregon

Posted by: dcn | July 7, 2007 06:12 PM

Very informative. Thank you for having the courage to print the TRUTH... my only question is: Why did it take so long for someone to speak out? Please publish this as a paperback. America....and the World thanks you.

Posted by: Pat-Mel | July 10, 2007 06:36 AM

Bush and Cheney need to be impeached.

Posted by: zoggdoc | July 14, 2007 10:47 AM

Backroom operators are always intriguing. it is great to see a guy with know how and moves get something done that benefits the common good. Chaney has no interest in the common good and appears to be a very sinister, manipulative and amoral human being interested in money and power which in turn allows him to gather more money and power. He helps a very small select group of clients.

Posted by: 33green | July 18, 2007 04:58 PM

Backroom operators are always intriguing. it is great to see a guy with know how and moves get something done that benefits the common good. Chaney has no interest in the common good and appears to be a very sinister, manipulative and amoral human being interested in money and power which in turn allows him to gather more money and power. He helps a very small select group of clients.

Posted by: 33green | July 18, 2007 04:58 PM

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