David Addington

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(war criminal)
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BornDavid Spears Addington
Washington DC
Alma materGeorgetown University, Duke Law School
Criminal status
At large as of August 2016
Criminal convictions
• Torture
• Cruel Inhumane and Degrading Treatment
Member ofBaker Donelson, Phi Beta Kappa
The "most powerful man you’ve never heard of" (2006) who was an energetic supporter of torture under George W. Bush.

Employment.png Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States

In office
November 1, 2005 - January 20, 2009
Preceded byScooter Libby
Succeeded byRon Klain

David Addington is an American lawyer who worked as legal counsel (2001–2005) and Chief of Staff (2005–2009) to Vice President Dick Cheney.


In 2006 he was memorably termed "most powerful man you’ve never heard of".[1] Addington was a big proponent of some of Bush’s most notorious legal abuses, such as torture and warrantless mass surveillance, and is a loyal follower of the so-called unitary executive theory. In 2009 he was ranked #7 on a list of "The Top 43 Appointees Who Helped Make Bush The Worst President Ever"[2] His support for torture lead to his conviction in 2012 for crimes against humanity by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission.[3]

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