Addington Takes Top Post At Conservative Heritage Foundation


Former Dick Cheney aide David Addington is headed to the conservative Heritage foundation. Addington will serve, according to the Daily Caller as vice president for domestic and economic policy studies — but he’s most famous for advocating vast Presidential powers. Under Cheney, he allegedly helped to shape an infamous Justice Department memo sanctioning torture in some cases, and was a key architect of the previous administration’s warrantless surveillance programAddington served as Cheney’s counsel, and as his chief or staff. Like his old boss, he kept a notoriously low profile, though wielded a great deal of power, and was contemptuous of those in the media and on the Hill who sought to check that power.

In 2008, he declined to answer questions from Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA), arguing that “al Qaeda may watch C-SPAN.”


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