Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Shocker: Dick Cheney has spies in Obama's administration

"[Cheney]’s much more formidable than people think. Got a rap clap memory. Understands bureaucracy much better, he’s been around forever, has had every job."
~Seymour Hersh

NPR's Terry Gross asked revered investigative journalist Seymour Hersh yesterday if more of Bush's people who are still working in Washington were coming forward with the truth about the terrible goings-on from that administration, now that the evil ones are no longer in power.

HERSCH: A a lot of people that had told me in the last year of Bush, “call me next, next February.” And, so far, even people who are out are still cherry because, you know, not so much Bush, but Cheney really is…he’s really smart..

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

HERSCH: 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. And again, because of the problems this administration’s having filling jobs, a lot of people who served in the Bush Cheney government, particularly even in the White House people on most sophisticated staffs are still there. You simply can’t get rid of everybody, you may not even want to. Some are professional people. But Cheney is, I would never call it admiration, but, you know, formidable, yeah, this guy. This guy is the real McCoy.

Here's the audio transcipt.

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