WALLACE: So what right do you think the American people have to know what government is doing?
CHENEY: Well, they get to vote for senior officials, like the President of the United States, or like the senior officials in Congress. And you have to have some trust in them. ...Fox News via Think Progress
As Think Progress goes on to point out, Cheney's "false statements helped propel the United States into an eight year war in Iraq."
Trust. Verify. If Cheney were (seriously) in federal prison for concocting an elaborate lie that killed thousands, I think our trust could now be expected. But he's not. Both sides, not excluding President Obama, share the responsibility for not dealing properly with high crimes.
"Verify" is not something the leaders of our alleged free country are willing to allow. The whole truth and nothing but comes from Greg Sargent:
President Obama says he welcomes a “debate” over the NSA surveillance programs and, more broadly, over the proper balance between national security on the one hand and civil liberties and the right to privacy on the other. However, the level of secrecy shrouding these programs makes any serious debate abut them virtually impossible.
But couldn’t the Obama administration declassify the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinions that make this surveillance possible if it wanted to?
The answer is Yes, according to Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s totally within the administration’s control to declassify these opinions, after redactions, if necessary,” Richardson says. “So there could actually be an informed debate about the legal basis for this sort of data collection.” ...PlumLine,WaPo
Two senators are working on it. How much are you willing to bet we'll get that declassification? Huh? What? Speak up, there!