"BASH: You talked about the fact that you briefed Congress voluntarily, that you do have a review process. But let’s just say, in ten years or a few years, a president is elected who doesn’t want to do those things, but you’ve given him this kind of power. What happens then?
CHENEY: Well, it will be up to him whether or not he us it.
BASH: Does it concern you that somebody you met you wouldn’t necessarily trust with that kind of power.
CHENEY: The fact is the law is the law. The Constitution is there. It’s been adhered to and followed in this case. And you know, when you go to war, when you’re attacked on your homeland, when you lose 3,000 people in a couple of hours one morning, and you’re faced with a possibility that same organization might try to attack the United States with even a deadlier weapon, perhaps nuclear weapon if they could get their hands on it, or a biological agent, you have to actively go after the terrorists.
Now, after 9/11, the 9/11 Commission that criticized everybody in the government because you couldn’t connect the dots. Now we’re connecting the dots and they’re still complaining. So seems to me you can’t have it both ways.
The fact of the matter is this is a good solid program. It has saved thousands of lives. We’re doing exactly the right thing. We’re doing it in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of the United States. And it ought to be supported.
This is not about violating civil liberties because we’re not. This is about defending the country against further terrorist attacks. That’s exactly what we’re sworn to do." The VP in Pakistan today. CNN
I remember that the VP’s oath has to do with defending the constitution against all enemies "foreign and domestic."
So, I guess the question should be: "Who is an enemy of the constitution?"