Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Cheney Shooting: Hard to Keep All Those Lies Straight

Good diary on dailykos summarizing all the holes in Cheney's alibi witness's story:

Update: Shooting Holes In Cheney's Story

To summarize: Katherine Armstrong, ranch owner, is the only witness cited on the accident report. She said Whittington came up behind Cheney, didn't signal or indicate his presence or announce himself, and Cheney didn't see him. She also said she was 100 yards away -- the length of a football field -- in the hunt vehicle (too far to hear anything, for sure). She said he was bruised, the pellets broke the skin; but the medical team said he was bleeding profusely from the face, neck and chest, and his daughter says he doesn't recall a lot of the incident, and didn't know if he was going to the mortuary or the hospital. Was drinking involved? She said "No, zero, zippo and I don't drink at all. No one was drinking."; but yesterday she said "There may be a beer or two in there, but remember not everyone in the party was shooting." She said she talked to the VP on Saturday, and he told her to get the story out; she said she and her family decided on their own on Sunday to go public.

And then there's the most damning statement:

There's a paragraph in the now-scrubbed beer story that makes it clear that she didn't see the accident.

Armstrong said she saw Cheney's security detail running toward the scene. "The first thing that crossed my mind was he had a heart problem," she told The Associated Press.

This is Armstrong admitting that the first evidence she saw that alerted her that something was wrong was the Secret Service running to help. And that she thought it was Cheney who was in trouble.

This says, to me at least, that she did not see the accident at all.

I'm very curious why no one has asked Ms. Ambassador to Switzerland about the accident, seeing as how she was supposedly standing right next to Dick.


“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes”
- Mark Twain

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