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(H/T to reader RT for the pix of this shop in Maastricht.  And huge thank you to looseheadprop who caught this nugget in a read through of the PDF linked below that Jeralyn put up of the latest filings in the Libby case.  Interesting stuff! — CHS)

"6. Witness security issues The government does not anticipate any security issues with witnesses it intends to call" (via TalkLeft — PDF)

OK, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this suggests to me that Cheney is not going to be called to testify. (howls of outrage from the popcorn eaters)

I worked on a trial once where we called a mayor to testify. A mayor of a fairly big city, true, but just a mayor. Not a Vice President who's protection is subject to Presidential Protective Service standards. It fell to me to be the person from the trial team who worked on coordinating the security issues.

We had to get the courthouse and courtroom opened early (was it 6 AM?, I forget) so that the Police Department's bomb sniffing dogs and the guys with bug sweepers could come in and do their work. I never understood why there was a concern about bugs (the listening device kind) because it was a public trial and every word was going to be taken down by the court reporter anyway.

There was also a meeting between the PD and the US Marshall for the district. The Marshall's Service took one of the courthouse elevator's out of service for the exclusive use of transporting the mayor. There was a little squabble about who was responsible for the Mayor's safety inside the courthouse. The Marshall's Service taking the position that the PD should deliver the witness to the door and that the marshals would take it from there.

Instead, both the marshals and the cops cordoned off the hallway between the witness room (like a green room for witnesses waiting to be called to the stand) and the courtroom and we had to have a sperate witness room, which they "swept" several times and then sealed, just for the mayor. And this was a pretty beloved mayor at that.

I find it almost impossible to believe that Dick Cheney could be coming into that courthouse and there would not be a need to at least report that the Marshall's Service and Secret Service have arrived at a security plan for the VP. The absence of such a sentence speaks volumes to me.

I have been to events where the president (not Shrub-another president) or a former president was going to be in attendance. Believe me, everyone in the room has to be at least a cursory background check. You have to send in information to the Secret Service a week or two in advance so they can verify your ID. You must also present picture ID when you enter the event.

Either the Secret Service has radically decreased its security procedures, which I doubt, or there is nothing to report because there is nothing to report.

I have no way on knowing directly, but this line in the Fitz' s progress report says to me, "No Deadeye on the stand."