Vice President Dick Cheney has exempted his office from a presidential executive order that seeks to protect national security information generated by the government, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has also tried to abolish a government office charged with safeguarding national security information.
"Your decision to except your office from the president's order is problematic because it could place national security secrets at risk," said Henry Waxman
, chairman of the oversight committee, in a letter
to the vice president sent Thursday. (06/21/07)
Cheney's claim that his office is not part of the executive branch would seem to indicate that he feels that he is not accountable to anyone, even the president. Crooks and Liars
has the video of the analysis from Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Yahoo
has a good article on the subject.