Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh revealed last month that he is working on a book that will reveal information about an executive assassination wing that operated under Dick Cheney. Now, this is relatively old news, but it's very important news and I'm bringing it up now because I think it is important to keep this story alive in the popular consciousness. The current push for investigations of waterboarding and other illegal interrogation practices used by the Bush administration - which have been long known to have occurred - could be an intentional distraction from the far more important story of the assassinations that occurred under the Bush administration (and could be continuing to occur under the Obama administration).
There has been an ongoing consolidation of power in the executive branch - which today is unmatched since the end of World War II. Remember that Rome was a republic before Julius Caesar - a military general - was declared imperator (emperor). We the people should be very suspicious of the executive. The Founding Fathers were. We should take this opportunity to politically empower our Congressmen - not just the Senate - to investigate the executive and scale back the power of the President as far as possible. Democracy and tyranny are not mutually exclusive.