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The crazy guys in the attic

Even though most of us are down in the family room watching the primaries on the teebee, the loyal Bushies are still up in the attic, raving and screaming and drooling and pounding on the walls. And working corruption and evil wherever they go--probably more even than usual, since nobody's watching them. This is just a little story but it's indicative:

The arrest of a man named Steven Howards in June 2006 after he approached Vice President Dick Cheney at a Colorado ski resort and denounced the war in Iraq might have seemed, at the time, no more than a blip on the vice president’s schedule.

The revelations arise from a lawsuit Mr. Howards filed against five Secret Service agents, accusing them of civil rights and free-speech violations. They offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the Secret Service, which usually wears the standoffish, plainclothes cool of its mission like a cloak of invisibility.

The agent who made the arrest, Virgil D. Reichle Jr., said in a deposition that he was left hanging with an untenable arrest because two agents assigned to the vice president had at first agreed with a Denver agent that there had been assault on Mr. Cheney by Mr. Howards, then changed their stories to say that no assault had occurred.

Mr. Reichle, who did not witness the encounter, said in his deposition that he believed the vice president’s security detail had wanted the Howards arrest to go away so that Mr. Cheney would not be inconvenienced by a court case.

Mr. Cheney has not been deposed, and his involvement in the arrest remains uncertain. But one of the three agents assigned to him, Daniel McLaughlin, said in his deposition that Mr. Reichle’s description was backward.

Mr. McLaughlin said Mr. Reichle, who has since been transferred to Guam [heh], asked him in a call several hours after the encounter to say that there had been an assault to bolster justification for the arrest.

By then, Mr. McLaughlin and another agent assigned to Mr. Cheney who is also a defendant in the lawsuit, Adam Daniels, had already filed statements that said there had been contact, but no assault. Another agent and co-defendant, Dan Doyle, who was based in the Denver office, sided with his officemate, Mr. Reichle, and said there had been. The fifth defendant, Kristopher Mischloney, an agent on Mr. Cheney’s security team, said he was not close enough to see, but was named in the suit because he had assisted in the arrest.

Changing an agent’s report would have been a federal crime.

“Did you believe that Agent Reichle was telling you in essence, ‘I want you to commit the crime of making false statements in an officially filed Secret Service document?’ ” asked a lawyer for Mr. Howards, David A. Lane.

“When he made the phone call, that’s what I — I interpreted it as, that was unethical,” Mr. McLaughlin responded, according to a transcript of his deposition.

“Not just unethical but illegal?” Mr. Lane pressed.

“Yes, sir.”

Police procedural questions about whether Mr. Cheney was lightly patted on the shoulder, as Mr. Howards contends, or hit harder in a kind of straight-arm shove, as one Secret Service agent witness contends, or something in between as other agents have described, have been buried under a recrimination-laced free-for-all over what came next.

(And since they're all pointing fingers are each other, and they're all calling each other liars, one of them is right! That means Shooter is the only one who can straighten the matter out. And I seem to remember, in the Paula Jones matter, that getting a President in for a deposition--many of us have long felt that Cheney should be deposed--wouldn't place an undue burden upon him, so I imagine the same would apply to Vice. Unless he tries to work that Fourth Branch scam again. Heh.)

And so, now the Bush administration has managed to corrupt the Secret Service. Aux Duck Pits, citoyens! But more importantly:

These are the people protecting Obama?

If, God forbid, Obama gets shot, I know the first place I'm going to look to place responsibility. Your typical Roman emperor was very, very careful around "his" Praetorian Guard....

NOTE Jeebus, is primary season getting to me, or what? First version of the headline read "attack," not "attic." More coffee!

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Which is why I hope Obama does not choose some conservative white guy as his veep. Better to get assasination insurance with Dean or someone like that on the ticket.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

i'd forgotten that line.

no, the important point isn't that obama is taking a risk. you knew that, he's a black man.

the important point is the casual attitude about lawbreaking. no democrat seems to realize this, but it goes on left and right in the administration. big and small, expensive and cheap, male and female, high office and low, personal and political, one time and long running, domestic and foreign...i'm sorry, ahem. congress has powers to investigate and demand action and even shut down the gov't until a special independent prosecutor is appointed. but no one in the dem leadership is sitting at that table, so to speak.

Submitted by lambert on

"The better to teabag you, Sir!"

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.