January 23, 2005
One could say democracy had a pretty good run in our country and it is time to try something else, or one could conclude that Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney should be arrested.
Last week Seymour Hersh told us about secret operations in Iran and a probable invasion in late Spring by the U.S. or Israel. Shocking enough. But today the Washington Post reports that Rumsfeld has a secret espionage arm, funded with "reprogrammed" funds, outside the reach of Congress. (Is the missing $500 million from Iraq to Lebanon part of the "reprogrammed" funds?) Why outside the reach of our sleepy branch? Ah, the executive branch lawyers have "reinterpreted" U.S. law to give Rummy total authority over clandestine operations, and this has been going on for two years according to the Post.
The Rumsfeld-Cheney troops are operating wherever they like but likely suspects include Philippines, Yemen and Somalia. If this outrage is not stopped immediately, those serving in Congress must take immediate action including impeachment. At a minimum, Rumsfeld, the incompetent leader who thought Iraq would fall in a week or so with our troops welcomed as liberators, has now taken on the power of a dictator. He is creating a secret government outside the control of Congress.
If that doesn't get Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl excited, it is time to check their pulse.
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