Dirty Tricks from Dirty Dick


ALLEGATIONS that former US vice-president Dick Cheney ran a secret “black ops” unit inside the CIA for eight years without informing Congress have increased pressure on the White House for a full investigation of alleged abuses of power by the Bush administration.

The unit was so secret that even the former CIA director George Tenet did not control its activities, according to reports yesterday.

You know what that means, kids! It’s time to play…

Now, Mystery Challenger, won’t you enter and sign in, please?

The existence of the unit itself was confirmed last week in a leaked letter from CIA director Leon Panetta to selected members of Congress.

In the letter, Mr Panetta said that despite being appointed by president Barack Obama to his job some five months ago, he only learned of the unit’s existence in late June, and took immediate action to close it down.

Speculation is rife that the unit was trained for the assassinations of foreign leaders suspected of aiding terrorists.


Assassination was outlawed in the 1970s following post- Watergate revelations of CIA assassinations and “dirty tricks” operations in Vietnam.

If Mr Cheney is found to have withheld knowledge of the unit – whatever its purpose – from Congress, that could open him to legal action.

“That’s a serious breach,” said Democrat senator Kent Conrad. “This is a question of whether something was not given to the elected members of Congress which is regulated by law.”

Among other questions that will be asked is how the CIA managed to conceal from its own boss, Mr Panetta, the existence of a unit inside its own headquarters for so many months.

The CIA itself would not comment on the nature of the unit.

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Democrat speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi clashed with Mr Panetta earlier this year when she said she and other members of a congressional oversight committee were kept in the dark about CIA “waterboarding” torture at Guantanamo Bay.

In response to Ms Pelosi’s allegations, Mr Panetta told CIA employees on 15 May that it was not CIA policy to mislead Congress.

From The Washington Post:

News over the weekend that former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the concealment from congressional oversight of a clandestine CIA operation brought further calls of reform today in how the Central Intelligence Agency briefs Congress.

“This is a big problem, because the law is very clear,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.


Democrats pointed to the reports of Cheney’s involvement as a clear violation of the legal authority granted to the vice president.

“You can’t have somebody say, well, if you’re vice president, you don’t have to obey the law,” Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) said.


Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) defended Cheney, saying more facts need to be revealed on what the program actually was and how developed the operation was.

“Some of the Intelligence Committee people are pushing back on those stories,” Sen. Sessions said. “I don’t know what the facts are. But I believe that Vice President Cheney served his country with as much fidelity as he could possibly give to it. And he tried to serve us in an effective way. And I hope that nothing like this would impact on his outstanding record.”


At least three Republicans, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas invoked past or possible future actions by Congress and a sitting president as examples of how appointing a special council or prosecutor to investigate the Bush-era CIA’s interrogation of certain terror suspects, as Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly considering, would lead to an endless amount of partisan witch hunts.


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Obama’s rival in last year’s presidential campaign, admitted that CIA agents were ordered to do legally questionable duties, but he still thinks the Obama-approved “move forward” model is best for the country.

“We all know that the operatives who did it most likely were under orders to do so,” McCain said on “Meet the Press.” “For us to continue this and harm our image throughout the world — I agree with the president of the United States, it’s time to move forward and not go back.”

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25 responses to “Dirty Tricks from Dirty Dick

  1. Dusty

    I love your storyboards! Tenet and Cheney..two of the worst and evilest vile men alive today.

    They need to give the devil his due..and soon!

    • i love the really old game shows. these are so much fun to do!

      i wonder what deadeye dick has on tenet. it’s stunning that tenet gave up control of his own agency. what would make him do that? it would be one thing if he was brought in by chimpy and deadeye dick, but he was already there when they got into office.

      • Dusty

        Georgie Porgie is a tool of the highest order. A true idiot and asskisser if I ever saw one.

        His book was nothing more than a long excuse for why he did all the things he did. Pussy!

  2. The original Tricky Dick needed to make a cameo from beyond the grave.

    • i think even he’s spinning in his grave. deadeye dick makes him look like a statesman.

      • I’m sure he has never rested easy. I was in Orange County when his body was flown in for his funeral. As soon as the plane carrying his casket landed, a thunderstorm blew up. The thunder, lightning, gusty winds, and pouring rain continued all during the time he was driven to the Nixon Library and then during the funeral. Only after he was lowered into the ground did the storm cease. Mind you, not only was this southern California, where thunderstorms are as rare as hen’s teeth, but it was in May, when it never rained until the climate began to change from global warming. Spooky.

  3. You know, I keep hoping that Judd Gregg (my Senator) will take a bold stand that makes me proud of him.

    He just missed another opportunity.

    While I agree that frivolously appointing special prosecutors invites disaster, … ummm, … prosecution is appropriate when we’re talking about … you know, … illegal stuff. Bypassing the Congress falls into that category.

    • i think that ship sailed when he was going to be commerce secretary and then changed his mind. he looked silly, and it wasn’t a stellar way to end his career.

      • The thing is, I almost thought that his reversal on Commerce might have been that moment. I don’t approve of moving the Census from Commerce to the White House.

        But it has since come out that he was taking heat from other Republicans for “selling out.” That’s not making a bold stand, it’s just milling around with the partisan crowd.

        He’s likely done. Although NH was once a red state, he’s the only Republican left out of our two Reps, Senators, or Governor. I don’t see him surviving.

        I sent him a number of letters trying to get him to take some action on the Maher Arar matter, but only got mush back in reply. I’m pretty much done with him.

        • when it was announced that he was up for commerce, it was as though mcconnell and some of the others surrounded him like some kind of rethug cocoon. there was never any doubt that they were pressuring him. i don’t understand why he caved, because he announced shortly after that he wouldn’t run for reelection.

          of course, if holder refuses to investigate what went on during the last administration, then i wouldn’t exactly call him a profile in courage either.

  4. Dusty

    Nonnie..fyi..I fixed the comment software at my blog..you can now comment as a ‘guest’. 😉

  5. Man, this story is getting so hot I’m still awake and online at almost 3 a.m., reading everything I can find.
    Seems pretty clear the media knows the CIA was hiding the existence of secret assassination squads from Congress, and it was Dick who told them to hide it.
    I am convinced, if Eric Holder doesn’t name a special prosecutor to investigate this blatant Federal crime, he’s in on keeping Cheney safe from prosecution for selfish political expedience, i.e. saving the president from the wrath of the GOP.
    We elected Obama because we assumed he’d create transparency in government and put an end to the illegal policies and lies of the Bush administration.
    Enough is enough.

    • i was just watching my senator–bill nelson–downplaying the whole thing and saying that the house investigating it is enough. no need for a special prosecutor. i almost threw up. he’s no nonchalant about people breaking the law. will we all be issued a get out of jail card? why should we obey the law if deadeye dick and his henchmen don’t have to? 😡

  6. jeb

    Nothing will come of this. The administration has shown that the rule of law has been forsaken to the need to look forward. It’s one of those things that drives me crazy about the Dems, they let the Rethugs frame the argument and they go along.

    We cannot begin to fathom the disregard for the law by the last administration and the horrible precedents set by letting them get away with it. This will be a tempest in a tea cup and it will go away and Dick will walk as smoothly away from this as he did after shooting a man in the face while drunk.

    • i’m hoping you’re wrong, but i fear you’re correct. if any of the members of the house or senate ever utter the phrase rule of law again, they should immediately be smacked sharply across the face.

  7. McCain is quite often held up as the one idiot republican remaining in congress that actually has a brain and a certain amount of common sense — but he is still all about acting the idiot.
    To wit:
    McCain says:“We all know that the operatives who did it (ie. torture and stuff) most likely were under orders to do so. For us to continue this and harm our image throughout the world — I agree with the president of the United States, it’s time to move forward and not go back.”
    McCain should know, to cover up and not clean house is one sure fire way to further damage what remains of America’s standing in the world, not the other way around.

    Notice, there is not one member of congress that has demanded Cheney come in and explain himself in person, in closed session if necessary. They are all too happy to keep this problem at arms length, where the facts are open to interpretation, and are merely the subject matter of a “report”.

    • могущественное mikkomouse! 😀

      i’m beginning to think that all that wiretapping panned out, and deadeye dick and his henchmen got some real juicy dirt on all the members of congress and people in the justice department and the cia. maybe he’s blackmailing all of them. i can’t think of any other reason why they fear him so.

      p.s. capt underpants is an asshole.

  8. I hope Shady Chainy gets raked over the coals for this one….. Barack don’t turn a blind eye!

  9. Dirty Dick? Ewwwwww, sounds like syphilis!