Thursday, September 27, 2007

Cheney And Chums

By Cernig

Dick is on his travels, headed for Wyoming to speak at a reception for new Republican lockstep appointee Sen. John Barrasso. In keeping with Fourth Branch's penchant for extreme secret squirrelhood, the reception will be closed to the public.

But before that - oh, interesting - he'll stop by Salt Lake City for a meeting, again behind closed doors, with the Council for National Policy.


Here's what SourceWatch has to say about them:
The Council for National Policy is a secretive forum that was formed in 1981 by Tim LaHaye as a networking tool for leading US conservative political leaders, financiers and religious right activist leaders. The group, which meets three times a year, promotes "Educational conferences for national leaders in the fields of business, government, religion and academia to explore national policy alternatives. Weekly newsletters are distributed to all members to keep them apprised of member activities and public policy issues. A semi-annual journal is produced from membership meeting speeches,"[1]

According to ABC News, "The CNP describes itself as a counterweight against liberal domination of the American agenda." [2] The "far right's answer to the Council on Foreign Relations" (Washington Babylon)

Others are not so kind to the organization and its motives. Mark Crispin Miller states that the CNP is a "highly secretive... a theocratic organization -- what they want is basically religious rule" (A Patriot Act). Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told the New York Times about the CNP meeting ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention, "The real crux of this is that these are the genuine leaders of the Republican Party, but they certainly aren't going to be visible on television next week." [3]
Want to bet Dick's on his way to tell them that he's manouvered the Dems into voting for the events that will lead to The Rapture?

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