Barton Gellman on Dick Cheney, Part II listen10/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
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The New York Times said the following in its book review Monday about Washington Post journalist Barton Gellmanâ€™s new biography on Dick Cheney.
â€œMuch attention has already been devoted to the administrationâ€™s malignant torture and surveillance policies, erected on the wobbly foundation of a monarchical view of the presidency by the likes of Addington and John Yoo, a deputy assistant attorney general. But Gellman reveals that the F.B.I. director, Robert Mueller, and top people in the Justice Department were prepared to resign rather than accede to an extension of a surveillance program that was Cheney and Addingtonâ€™s brainchild â€” to the extent that they kept Bushâ€™s own terrorism adviser, Frances Townsend, in the dark about it.â€
In the second part of our interview with Barton Gellman, we ask him to discuss the infamous night in which Alberto Gonzalez and Andy Card went to visit an ailing Attorney General John Aschcroft to get him to sign off on the controversial domestic survelliance action.
Gellman's new book is called, Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.