Outside the Law

OUTSIDE THE LAW….Every executive agency in the government, including the president’s office, is required to issue an annual report disclosing statistics on document classification and declassification activity. Every executive agency, that is, except for one: the vice president’s office. U.S. News & World Report explains:

Megan McGinn, Cheney’s deputy press secretary, says the vice president’s office is exempt.

“This matter has been thoroughly reviewed,” McGinn told U.S. News, “and it has been determined that reporting requirements do not apply to the office of the vice president, which has both legislative and executive functions.”

“Thoroughly reviewed,” I assume, means that David Addington has written a memo saying Cheney doesn’t have to do anything he doesn’t want to. He’s not executive, he’s not legislative, he’s a quantum superposition of both and therefore not subject to the classical laws the rest of us are.

Usually their arrogance isn’t quite so bald-faced. I guess Cheney is tired of putting up a facade for the little people.

Via Steve Benen, who has more.