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Some additional details on the Cheney shooting incident.

A friend who will remain anonymous unless he decides to claim credit &#8212 has unearthed some additional facts about the incident in which Vice President Dick Cheney shot and critically wounded a hunting companion yesterday. (The victim is in intensive care; his condition is described as “stable.”) These new facts are being kept quiet by the mainstream media:

* The Attorney General claims that the Vice President was granted the

power to shoot lawyers under the resolution allowing use of force in


* Cheney is refusing to cooperate with local investigators but has

briefed four senior members of Congress.

* The Pentagon claims that there are already sufficient supplies of body

armor for wealthy Texas lawyers but will be expediting existing


* Based on a report from an Iraqi exile group, a special White House intelligence group had advised the Vice President that the lawyer was Osama bin Laden in disguise.

* Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld agrees that it would have been better if

the Vice President had shot Osama bin Laden. However, he added, “You can’t always shoot what you choose to shoot; sometimes you have to shoot what’s there to be shot.”

* The White House released a statement that the administration will

benefit from having at least one member with experience in a live-fire


* President Bush commented, “You’re a helluva shot, Dicky!”

* The Vice President’s standing and reputation have been removed under

Secret Service protection to an undisclosed location.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: