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Covering up the Cheney Shooting

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E&P put together the timeline and notes the growing controversy over the delay in reporting this bizarre, yet significant, incident. Very fishy...big surprise, huh?:

The delay in announcing the shooting "will likely be the main question asked of the White House about the apparent accidental shooting of a 78-year-old man during a Texas hunting trip by the vice president," the Tribune's James wrote on the Washington bureau's blog at the newspaper's site.

"When a vice president of the U.S. shoots a man under any circumstance," James noted, "that is extremely relevant information. What might be the excuse to justify not immediately making the incident public?

"The vice president is well-known for preferring to operate in secret....Some secrecy, especially when it comes to the executing the duties of president or vice president, is understandable and expected by Americans.

"But when the vice president's office, or the White House, delays in reporting a shooting like Saturday's to the public via the media, it needlessly raises suspicions and questions of trust. And it may just further the impression held by many, rightly or wrongly, that the White House doesn't place the highest premium on keeping the public fully and immediately informed."
The White House doesn't keep the public fully and immediately informed. Even when they inform us, it's often with lies. So, to paraphrase Mr. James, Secrecy when the Vice President almost executes someone isn't really understandable and expected by Americans.

Is what Cheney did a punishable crime in Texas?

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