David Addington: Meet Cheney's New Chief of Staff

In the fallout of his indictments in the CIA leak case, Scooter Libby is resigning his post as the Vice President's Chief of Staff. New York Daily News has reported (via Raw Story) that he will be replaced by Cheney's current chief counsel, David Addington. Addington is, to put it kindly, a real piece of work. This information comes from a Washington Post profile from last fall.

Where there has been controversy over the past four years, there has often been Addington. He was a principal author of the White House memo justifying torture of terrorism suspects. He was a prime advocate of arguments supporting the holding of terrorism suspects without access to courts.

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.
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Colleagues say Addington stands out for his devotion to secrecy in an administration noted for its confidentiality.
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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.
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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.

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Chris' statement
As the former Director of Intelligence Support for the War on Terror, Chris Carney has some very strong feelings about the outing of our nation's covert operatives.

Chris just posted his statement on the indictment:

http://dailykos.com/story/2005/10/28/125750/29

by Chris Carney for Congress 2005-10-28 09:12AM | 0 recs
Bowers
Where's Chris?  I figured he'd be joining in the celebration.
by yitbos96bb 2005-10-28 09:43AM | 0 recs
Addington listed in indictment
Addington is listed by title (the Vice President's Counsel) in the indictment statement of facts; Libby apparently asked Addington if he knew of any document trail that might cover when a CIA officer's spouse was sent on an overseas mission.

That kind of puts him right smack in the middle of the ongoing investigation.  I guess they really are "thick as thieves".

by Phoenix Rising 2005-10-28 09:48AM | 0 recs
well
We didn't expect them to promote a liberal to Libby's job, did we?
by dwbh 2005-10-28 09:59AM | 0 recs
Re: well
No, but this is like replacing Dracula with the Devil. Point being, promoting Addington shows they're going to fight harder than ever now.
by Scott Shields 2005-10-28 10:04AM | 0 recs
They need to get Rove as well
This fight is far from over.. think of this as if we had a weed growing, and someone trimmed it, and its now thinking its going to grow back greener.

Is it just me, or is there no stream that is broadcasting the indictment?

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-10-28 10:12AM | 0 recs

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