Report: Cheney thinks he is exempt from the rules of governing
Across the board, the vice president's office goes to unusual lengthsto avoid transparency. Cheney declines to disclose the names or eventhe size of his staff, generally releases no public calendar andordered the Secret Service to destroy his visitor logs. His generalcounsel has asserted that "the vice presidency is a unique office thatis neither a part of the executive branch nor a part of the legislativebranch," and is therefore exempt from rules governing either. Cheney isrefusing to observe an executive order on the handling of nationalsecurity secrets, and he proposed to abolish a federal office thatinsisted on auditing his compliance.
In the usual business of interagency consultation, proposals andinformation flow into the vice president's office from around thegovernment, but high-ranking White House officials said in interviewsthat almost nothing flows out. Close aides to Cheney describe a similarone-way valve inside the office, with information flowing up to thevice president but little or no reaction flowing down.
All those methods would be on clear display when the "war on terror" began for Cheney after eight months in office.
This is an extraordinary concept. Cheney works through both branches of government, therefore he is above all government. What this all means is Cheney is the decider, not Bush.