In the post I wrote about the NSD issued by President Bush which apparently effectively makes the president dictator of the USA in the case of a "catastrophic emergency" I remarked that, "what it sounds like is that after 9/11 we were presented with a Potemkin president, while V.P. Cheney was running things from the shadows."
The Washington Post is currently running a 4 part series about the unprecedented power and role that Vice President Cheney has, which tends to reinforce my above statement, although the Post is clear to point out that what role Cheney has, it is with the approval of President Bush. The series - Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency - "examines Cheney's largely hidden and little-understood role in crafting policies for the War on Terror, the economy and the environment." The first three parts are already available and the final installment will be published tommorow.
So you can add this series to the recent episode of Cheney asserting that his office isn't part of the executive in order to avoid the oversight of the National Archives and the rumors circulating Washington that Cheney has been trying to work around President Bush and the State Department to start a war with Iran and everything else that he's done in secret over the last 6.5 years that demonstrate Cheney to be the dangerous power-monger that he is.