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They Really Swear. . .

January 6, 2009 - Joselyn King
You have to wonder if there wasn't swearing under the breath happening during Tuesday's Congressional swearings-in in Washington.

The photo of U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., with Vice President Dick Cheney is a bizarre one.Cheney administered the oath of office to Rockefeller to start his fifith six-year term.

In the past, Rockefeller hasn't tried to hide his feelings about Cheney -- or the Bush Administration in general. In 2007, Rockefeller -- then the new chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee -- touted that Cheny had placed "constant pressure" on the Republican former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to stall an investigation into the Bush administration's use of flawed intelligence in Iraq.

Rockefeller initially had voted for the war. He later said Bush "had duped" Congress and the nation into believing the war was necessary, and that his vote had been a mistake.

Then there's the issue of domestic spying as a vital tool in Bush's administration's war against terrorism. Rockefeller had written to Cheney in 2003 telling him that Congress wasn't receiving enough information about the program being providedso as to allow Congress to provide proper oversight. Rockefeller had the letter copied, sealed in an envelope, and kept in "a secure place" within the Senate Intelligence Committee offices.

Rockefeller was an early supporter of the presidential campaign of now President-elect Barack Obama. But Obama has now appointed Leon Panetta -- the former chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton -- to lead the CIA. He reportedly did this without consulting former Intelligence Committee Chairman Rockefeller, who wasn't pleased with the choice. It seems he believes Panetta to not have enough experience.

The swearing all comes with the swearing-in.

 
 

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