David Addington: Meet Cheney's New Chief of Staff
by Scott Shields, Fri Oct 28, 2005 at 09:07:53 AM EDT
Addington also led the fight with Congress and environmentalists over access to information about corporations that advised the White House on energy policy. He was instrumental in the series of fights with the Sept. 11 commission and its requests for information.
. . .
Colleagues say Addington stands out for his devotion to secrecy in an administration noted for its confidentiality.
. . .
Even in a White House known for its dedication to conservative philosophy, Addington is known as an ideologue, an adherent of an obscure philosophy called the unitary executive theory that favors an extraordinarily powerful president.
. . .
Addington's influence -- like Cheney's overall -- extends throughout the government in his bid to expand executive power. He goes through every page of the federal budget in search of riders that could restrict executive authority. He meets daily with White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales and often raises objections to requests for information from Congress or the public, officials say. He also routinely works to defeat proposals from the State Department, where the pervasive internationalist philosophy is at odds with Cheney's neoconservatism.
Addington is a hard core neocon. The White House, and Cheney's office in particular, is digging in for some serious fights over the remainder of the President's term. Let's prepare accordingly.