That longed-for moment when we see either Dick Cheney, or maybe even Dubya himself, in the dock, got a little closer last week, with revelations that a secret CIA counter-terrorism program was concealed from Congress on the orders of VP Cheney.

Obama-appointed CIA head Leon Panetta has, it is claimed, testified to a closed committee of Congress that the program went on from 9/11 onwards, and that Panetta himself only found out about it in June.