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DOUG THOMPSON from the Capital Hill Blue brings us a revelation from attending secret service agents who witnessed that Cheney had been 'intoxicated' while hunting and had indeed committed a felony.

A written report from Secret Service agents guarding Vice President Dick Cheney when he shot Texas lawyer Harry Whittington on a hunting outing two weeks ago says Cheney was "clearly inebriated" at the time of the shooting.

Agents observed several members of the hunting party, including the Vice President, consuming alcohol before and during the hunting expedition, the report notes, and Cheney exhibited "visible signs" of impairment, including slurred speech and erratic actions, the report said.

According to those who have read the report and talked with others present at the outing, Cheney was drunk when he gunned down his friend and the day-and-a-half delay in allowing Texas law enforcement officials on the ranch where the shooting occurred gave all members of the hunting party time to sober up.


We talked with a number of administration officials who are privy to inside information on the Vice President's shooting "accident" and all admit Secret Service agents and others saw Cheney consume far more than the "one beer' he claimed he drank at lunch earlier that day.

"This was a South Texas hunt," says one White House aide. "Of course there was drinking. There's always drinking. Lots of it."

Cheney has a long history of alcohol abuse, including two convictions of driving under the influence when he was younger. Doctors tell me that someone like Cheney, who is taking blood thinners because of his history of heart attacks, could get legally drunk now after consuming just one drink.

If Cheney was legally drunk at the time of the shooting, he could be guilty of a felony under Texas law and the shooting, ruled an accident by a compliant Kenedy County Sheriff, would be a prosecutable offense.

But we will never know for sure because the owners of the Armstrong Ranch, where the shooting occurred, barred the sheriff's department from the property on the day of the shooting and Kenedy County Sheriff Ramon Salinas III agreed to wait until the next day to send deputies in to talk to those involved.

Sheriff's Captain Charles Kirk says he went to the Armstrong Ranch immediately after the shooting was reported on Saturday, February 11 but both he and a game warden were not allowed on the 50,000-acre property.  He called Salinas who told him to forget about it and return to the station.

"I told him don't worry about it. I'll make a call," Salinas said. The sheriff claims he called another deputy who moonlights at the Armstrong ranch, said he was told it was "just an accident" and made the decision to wait until Sunday to investigate.

"We've known these people for years. They are honest and wouldn't call us, telling us a lie," Salinas said.

Like all elected officials in Kenedy County, Salinas owes his job to the backing and financial support of Katherine Armstrong, owner of the ranch and the county's largest employer.

"The Armstrongs rule Kenedy County like a fiefdom," says a former employee.

Secret Service officials also took possession of all tests on Whittington's blood at the hospitals where he was treated for his wounds. When asked if a blood alcohol test had been performed on Whittington, the doctors who treated him at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial in Corpus Christi or the hospital in Kingsville refused to answer. One admits privately he was ordered by the Secret Service to "never discuss the case with the press."

It's a sure bet that is a private doctor who treated the victim of Cheney's reckless and drunken actions can't talk to the public then the memo that shows the Vice President was drunk as a skunk will never see the light of day.

The lies keep spinnin' from the WH to Fox news - no wonder they want this shit to die.  

Originally posted to Jeremiah on Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 03:38 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  CHB (4.00)
    I've seen comments in the past not to trust Capitol Hill Blue on these things unless they can substantiate their claims...
  •  am I first??? (4.00)
    Capital Hill Blue = not reputable source

    He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot - Groucho Marx

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 03:41:41 PM PST

    •  Ayup (none)
      And in this case I don't believe the report for a very simple reason: I don't believe that the Secret Service would let anybody other than Cheney be anywhere near Cheney while drunk and carrying a gun.
      •  Weren't the Secret Service (none)
        agents some distance away?

        For a reason maybe?

        •  Not during the drinking (none)
          Its true that Armstrong's account places at lesat some Secret Service agents some distance away during the actual shooting. We don't have witness accounts about where they were during the drinking, or when the guns were picked up.

          Still, at the end of the day, we're talking about an agency which won't let sober people take fake guns near protectees. I find it incredibly difficult to believe that they'd let a drunk individual, no matter how friendly to the VP, anywhere near him with a loaded gun.

          •  I'm surprised they let anybody, (none)
            drunk or sober, near the VP with a loaded gun.
          •  The "hired help" - (none)
            including the Secret Service have been treated pretty badly by this Administration.  Most seem to have at best a quiet disdain for them.  Some have quit to get out.

            Now.... if YOU are on Cheney's detail and the VICE PRESIDENT want's to go shooting - are YOU going to stop him?

            Seriously.... do you REALLY think Cheney is going to let ANYONE tell him what to do?

            These guys are arrogant beyond belief - used to getting what THEY want.  They TELL the Secret Service what THEY WANT..... and if you don't want to be reassigned to some real crap assignment.....

            Let's be real.... Secret Service agents have let US Presidents (and Vice Presidents) get away with some REAL questionable stuff.....

            I can see a real willingness to "look the other way" AND you can bet that Cheney will make sure nothing happens to the agents in question BECAUSE they "went along" with it all.....

            •  Stop the others, not Cheney (none)
              I'm not claiming that they'd stop Cheney from going hunting while drunk; only that they'd stop Whittington and Willeford from hunting near the VP while drunk. That's inside their mission, and is exactly what I'd expect them to do.
              •  Well.... Cheney DIDN'T get shot (none)
                makes you wonder if Whittington or anyone else had a gun in their hands at the time......

                no way of knowing, is there?

                •  Not really (none)
                  All we've got is assorted witnesses statements. It strikes me as unlikely that Whittington wasn't carrying a gun when he allegedly shot a quail that he went to retrieve, but its hard to figure out what really happened, and I've got a nasty feeling that we'll never know the full story.
                  •  I doubt ANY of the "official" story (none)
                    is real.... you can bet a fair amount of effort went into the final script - who did what and how.....

                    for all we know Cheney could have been stark naked dancing on top of a car firing wildly.....

                    You KNOW the truth will never come out......  

          •  The same SS that... (none)
            ...couldn't keep the Bush twins from using fake IDs?
    •  I agree (none)
      I don't know if CHB should be trusted at all - but the litmus for Matt Drudge appears to be lower.  If it causes a scuttle and kicks up some truth, so be it.  If not, what have we lost?  

      Besides, he most likley WAS DRINKING.  I dont buy his one beer shit for a second.

  •  I an so sick of the routine off the cuff lying. (none)
       I made a comment once that the truth is worthless. It is reality.You can't believe a damn word you hear. That is what led me to write about the truth, the unbiased facts. Especially as to how we in the trenches feel about all this crap.

    James M Joiner or

    by jmsjoin on Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 03:42:16 PM PST

  •  Aha! the drooling gun! (none)
    This explains the not often enough included tidbit from Ms. Armstrong, that Cheney fixed himself a drink after. Clearly something to cover up. And they let him. Or maybe with his gun pointed at them, they could not stop him.
  •  CHB? (4.00)
    I'll wait for confirmaiton from a, you know, reputable news source.

    Fox News--As fair as a Florida Election, as balanced as Ann Coulter when she forgets her medicine.

    by Dizzy on Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 03:43:03 PM PST

  •  Was this Capitol Hill Blue? (none)
    Or was it "Hill Street Blues?"
  •  Suggestion for the diarist (none)
    Wait six months, and should (I'll grant the antiCHBers the courtesy of not putting when) this come out in the MSM, gloat.

    Until then, perhaps we can discuss this like grownups. With the Secret Service, the medical team, and the lobbyists (not to mention whoever works at the hunt ranch thing place) there are an awful lot of people to keep a secret, assuming they're covering something up.

    Does anyone here think they're not covering something up? Show of hands? Didn't think so.

    That said, when is this going to start leaking, and who's going to do it? I mean, talk to the person that stocked the cooler...

    •  Since the late night comedians all said (none)
      Cheney was drunk too, this is going to be the opinion of the American public, whether or not it's true.  (Myself, I believe it's true that he was drunk.)
  •  Guess you news "Experts" never read (none)
    that the Secret Service has take to calling BushFucker: "DOOFUS."

    Or that Cheney is known as" "Big Gulp".

    Oh, well....

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."

    by Nestor Makhnow on Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 03:56:00 PM PST

  •  Can you FOIA Secret Service Incident Reports? (none)
  •  You're all missing the point. (none)
    Now progressive pundits working hard on Sunday morning talk shows can say, "Some people contend that..." and "It's been reported that..." and "Sources have stated unambiguously that..."

    Y'see, the Goopers do that all the time regardless of the source.  It's fair game.  CHB is, in this instance, as credible as, say, Fox News.

    •  Doing the wrong thing (3.40)
      Doing the wrong thing won't make for good governance when the Democrats are back in power. The reality of the Republican administration is bad enough. We don't need to fabricate stories.
  •  period.. (none)
    You are DREAMING if you think that cheney listens to anything secret service has to say..If cheney wants to drink and because of past, I am sure he does, darth vader does what he wants to do period..
  •  If Cheney were a Democrat (none)
    ALL you'd be seeing in the media is that he was DRUNK, DRUNK, DRUNK!!!!

    Does ANYONE believe otherwise?  Seriously?

  •  Pay attention to the spending habits (none)
    of the peripheral players in this over the next few months - the deputies, Sheriff, hospital staff.....

    And if Cheney were a Democrat, Rove would MAKE SURE there would be something to see....even if there wasn't -  mysterious transfers into personal accounts from "Democratic" linked sources

  •  Capitol Hill Blue (3.60)

    Your #1 SOURCE for dumb-ass repeat diaries at Daily Kos.

    the blue sea seethes with reason

    by howth of murph on Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 05:27:57 PM PST

  •  Cap Hill Blue (none)
    CapHillBlue generates conspiracy theories right up there with being kidnapped by martians.

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