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And, yes, I DO take it personally: Darth Cheney: the staggering, unbelievable, unmatched arrogance of power
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Darth Cheney: the staggering, unbelievable, unmatched arrogance of power

holy shit...
Attorneys for Cheney and the other officials said any conversations they had about Plame with each other and reporters were part of their normal job duties because they were discussing foreign policy and engaging in an appropriate "policy dispute." Cheney's attorney went farther, arguing that Cheney is legally akin to the president because of his unique government role, and has absolute immunity from any lawsuit.

"So you're arguing there is nothing -- absolutely nothing - these officials could have said to reporters that would have been beyond the scope of their employment [whether it was] true or false?," U.S. District Judge John D. Bates asked.

"That's true, your honor. Mr. Wilson was criticizing government policy," said Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's civil division. "These officials were responding to that criticism."

< picks jaw up off the floor > holy shit...

(thanks to TPMmuckraker...)

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