Seymour Hersh: “Cheney left a stay behind”

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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If you think Dick Cheney is gone and forgotten, think again.

Like an loose cancer cell that escaped from its original site, only to take hold elsewhere and wreck havoc on the patient’s body, Dick Cheney remains very much a shadowy presence inside the new Obama administration.

In an appearance on NPR’s Fresh Air, radio host Terri Gross asked investigative journalist Seymour “Sy” Hersh if he continues to investigate the Bush administration. Hersh answered yes, but implied that many people are still afraid to comment on Cheney.

TERRI GROSS: “Are you saying that you think Vice President Cheney is still having a chilling effect on people who might otherwise be coming forward?”

SEYMOUR HERSH: “I’ll make it worse. I think he’s put people left. He’s put people back. They call it a stay behind. It’s sort of an intelligence term of art. When you leave a country and, you know, you’ve driven out the, you know, you’ve lost the war. You leave people behind. It’s a stay behind that you can continue to contacts with, to do sabotage, whatever you want to do. Cheney’s left a stay behind. He’s got people in a lot of agencies that still tell him what’s going on. Particularly in defense, obviously. Also in the NSA, there’s still people that talk to him. He still knows what’s going on. Can he still control policy up to a point? Probably up to a point, a minor point. But he’s still there. He’s still a presence.”

The notion that Cheney would seed the government with loyal operatives is not new and it certainly isn’t surprising. As Hersh noted in his discussion  with Gross, Cheney has “been around forever” and “understands bureaucracy much better” than almost anyone in government.

In 2006, Robert Dreyfuss reported for The American Prospect that when Cheney assembled the staff for Bush administration back in 2001, he put together a “corps of hard-line acolytes” that served “as his eyes and ears” in the Federal bureaucracy. Former officials called them “Dick Cheney’s spies.”

If President Obama is serious about “moving forward,” as he frequently likes to say, it is incumbent on him to begin the process of ruthlessly cleaning house and this starts by removing Robert Gates from the job of Defense Secretary. Gates has decades-old ties, to not only to the CIA and George Herbert Walk Bush, but to Dick Cheney, as well.

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13 Responses to Seymour Hersh: “Cheney left a stay behind”

  1. libhomo says:

    Gates should go for a variety of reasons. He has repeatedly lied about the level of violence in Iraq and is a fanatical homophobe.

  2. Adirondacky says:

    Robert Gates should be disqualified for a myriad of reasons, least of which was his role in Iran-Contra. I was appalled when the U.S. Senate, Republicans and Democrats alike, voted overwhelmingly to confirm him after Poppy Bush pushed him to the front of the pack. Obama needs to have his head examined for keeping him.

  3. Rachel says:

    Our government is being held hostage by Dick Cheney. He, not al Qaeda, or the Taliban, represents the greatest threat to our Constitution and how we organize and run our country. The day he drops dead will be the day we’re free from his madness.

  4. Idaho Librul says:

    Gone but not forgotten?

    This is why I laugh at the wingers who grace my family who staunchly defend Bush and say he was always in-charge of his administration, the decision maker, and the head honcho.

    Anyone who however remotely studied the Bush administration beginning in 2001 know this is simply not true. Cheney was always in-charge and junior was just a lowly subordinate.

    Why do you think Poppy Bush selected Cheney to be his kid’s Veep in the first place?

  5. bradfrmphnx says:

    It takes a real idiot to shoot your hunting partner. And Cheney peppered that dude.

    That whole administration was a bumbling bunch of religiousrightwingnuts who wanted to make war. It was to our bad timing that they came along right after 9/11. Cheney is the lone echo in the canyon and must be excised. Ex-presidents don’t make as much noise.

  6. Prairiedog says:

    Cheney really is an evil son-of-a-bitch.

    You look in his eyes and you don’t see a soul. He’s the type of man who would sell his country and his family to the highest bidder if it somehow furthered his bizarre, Dr. Strangelove agenda.

  7. .
    Somebody needs to shoot him with a silver bullet, drive a stake through his heart, burn his body and dump the ashes in boiling acid, then shoot the sludge into the Sun. And keep watch to make sure he STILL doesn’t come back again. Nuke him if he gets past Mercury.

    Rummy, too. These guys are like Freddy Kruger.
    .

  8. VicoDANIEL says:

    Leave it to Sy Hersh to deliver us a new political term like a “stay behind.”

    I’m not surprised no one on the Congress has the courage to tackle this monster and bring him to to justice. The inherent risks are too great.

    Imagine if a member of Congress sought criminal charges against Cheney for his role in torture or lying about the intel before the Iraq war, Cheney could very easily order a hit on that member of Congress or their family. This is precisely how these people role.

    It’s a shame because Cheney’s unending presence makes a mockery of democracy and the rule of law.

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  9. Jenna Bush Stole My ID says:

    I told all of you people that Cheney instructed his lesbian daughter, Mary, to have a baby, so he could have access to a fresh supply of stem cells.

    Cheney has no intention of dying. He’s an elite and elites plan to live forever.

  10. Fran says:

    Gates give me the creeps. His resume is wrought with CIA meddling, and Bush two chose him to be Sec. of Defense. Ewwwwww!

    This is not change I can believe in , by any means.

  11. Big Hank says:

    Go fuck yourself, Cheney.

  12. Hadrian says:

    I second Big Hank.

  13. HELLO!! says:

    SCANDALS! SCANDALS! SCANDALS!

    SOME OF THE WORST CASES OF RACIAL PREJUDICE IN WORLD HISTORY!

    The American people are thrilled to have their first African-American president.

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    And Michelle Obama is a racial-minority individual and does not like racism:

    WORLDWIDE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION RELATING TO SCANDALS:

    (I) I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed atrocious, racist, hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention. Many people know what Bush did. And many people will know what Bush did—even until the end of the world. Bush was absolute evil. Bush is now like a fugitive from justice. In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    (II) It is opined that Bill Clinton committed terrifying, racist, hate crimes during his presidency, and I am not free to say anything further about it. ‘Be sure your sins will find you out’ (Numbers 32:23).

    (III) What if basically all racial-minority people would subscribe to the interpretations that George Herbert Walker Bush committed monstrous, racist, hate crimes while he was the President of the United States? It will eventually come out: it is only a matter of time.

    (IV) I know it may be hard to believe. However, Ronald Wilson Reagan committed horrible, racist, hate crimes during his presidency.

    – The Dissemination Machine

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    badnewsfromtheunitedstates.blogspot.com
    ________________
    ‘If only there could be a Ban against invention that bottled up memory like scent & it never faded & it never got stale.’ Off the top of my head, it came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

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