"cheney’s law" — pbs "frontline" tonight at 9 p.m., in most major markets!

do not miss this.

here’s the p.b.s. teaser — and,
now, FULLY-UDATED — the entire
program is online, separated
into several flash chapters,
just click on the first chapter
in the lower left pane of the
window under the link
. . .

this is an astonishing piece of
video-journalism — it is also a
thoroughly-damning account of mr.
cheney’s thirty-year quest to
render the congress, and the courts
as secondary branches — behind the
executive branch as the primary
branch of government.

too bad the framers had an entirely
opposite idea — three co-equal branches.

do watch it.

finally, a youtube promo:

[h/t to chs at firedoglake. . .]

. . .For three decades Vice President Dick Cheney conducted a secretive, behind-closed-doors campaign to give the president virtually unlimited wartime power. Finally, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Justice Department and the White House made a number of controversial legal decisions. Orchestrated by Cheney and his lawyer David Addington, the department interpreted executive power in an expansive and extraordinary way, granting President George W. Bush the power to detain, interrogate, torture, wiretap and spy — without congressional approval or judicial review.

Now, as the White House appears ready to ignore subpoenas in the wiretapping and U.S. attorneys’ cases, FRONTLINE’s season premiere, Cheney’s Law, airing Oct. 16, 2007, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), examines the battle over the power of the presidency and Cheney’s way of looking at the Constitution. . .

perhaps a new “nightly nolo
topic, for tomorrow night. . .

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