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Freshly recharged with a new battery pack, our bionic vice president had another encounter with CNN’s Larry King a day back and I finally caught up with it last night. I haven’t seen anything in a long time that summed up the term “arrogance of power” quite so chillingly. I started out wondering, back in the days of Cheney’s “death throes” remarks and his continuous assaults on the patriotism of critics—can Cheney actually be so stupid? Does he actually believe this? I believed then and still believe that the answer is “no.” Cheney has gotten Defense Department briefings and briefings from the intelligence service; he knows that these claims are lies. He pushes them sheerly for political effect, because there are roughly 24% of the American public who are gullible enough to actually believe him. And in this interview, you see some clear signs. When he dishes out the real whoppers, he invariably refuses to look the questioner in the eye, and stares at the floor. What one of my FBI friends calls “classic signs of evasion.” It’s not worth watching the whole thing, but here’s a four-minute clip that Josh Marshall has pulled together that offers the highlights. It’s a must view.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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