Dick Cheney

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(deep politician, businessman, war criminal)
Dick Cheney.jpg
Born Richard Bruce Cheney
1941-01-30
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University, University of Wyoming, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Religion United Methodist
Criminal status
At large as of August 2017
Children • Elizabeth Cheney
• Mary Cheney
Spouse Lynne Cheney
Criminal convictions
• Torture
• Cruel Inhumane and Degrading Treatment
Perpetrator of Cheney Loophole, Iran-Contra
Party Republican

US Vice President Seal.png Vice President of the United States Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2009
Boss George W. Bush
Preceded by Al Gore
Succeeded by Joe Biden

Flag of the United States Secretary of Defense.svg United States Secretary of Defense Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
March 20, 1989 - January 20, 1993
Succeeded by Les Aspin

US-WhiteHouse-Logo.svg White House Chief of Staff Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
November 21, 1975 - January 20, 1977
Preceded by Donald Rumsfeld

Employment.png House Minority Whip

In office
January 3, 1989 - March 20, 1989
Preceded by Trent Lott
Succeeded by Newt Gingrich

Employment.png Chairman of the House Republican Conference Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 3, 1987 - January 3, 1989
Deputy Bill McCollum
Preceded by Jack Kemp

Dick Cheney is a neoconservative deep politician with close ties to the MICC. Named "The worst Dick since Nixon", Cheney topped a list of "The Top 43 Appointees Who Helped Make Bush The Worst President Ever".[1]

9/11

Full article: Rated 4/5 9/11
Vice President Dick Cheney watching a live TV news report of the 9/11 attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Cheney was in the White House during the attack. He said he learned of the attack from a clerical secretary. In an interview with Tim Russert on NBC, Cheney indicated that President George W Bush made the decision that day to scramble fighter jets. This is contrary to standard operating procedures, and raises the question of whether and why the President delayed the scrambling of jets. According to the 9/11 Commission's report, Cheney did not issue orders to shoot down hostile aircraft on September 11, 2001, until long after the last hijacked airliner had already crashed. However, he later admitted on camera to giving the order to shoot down a flight after three had already hit their targets that morning. This seems likely to have been flight 93.[2]

Assassination Squads

It is widely alleged that Dick Cheney circumvented the Director of The CIA to order the formation of an "ultrasecret"[3] CIA assassination squad modelled on Israel hit squads (which Seymour Hersh described as an “executive assassination ring.”)[4] after 9/11.[5] As of April 2017, this has no proven connection to the 9/11 Premature deaths.

9/11 Commission

George W. Bush claimed that it was important for him and Cheney to appear together before the 9/11 Commission so that commission members could "see our body language... how we work together." Cheney and Bush testified in the Oval Office, not under oath and the session was not officially transcribed. Initially, Bush insisted that he testify only to the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the commission, but later agreed to testify before the full panel.[6]

Invasion of Iraq

Full article: Iraq War
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On August 26, 2002, Cheney stated "There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us." Newsweek referred to it as "Cheney’s Biggest Lie", yet said nothing about potential charges - as if mendaciously starting a war of aggression were not agreed to be "the supreme international war crime".[7] Cheney personally millions of dollars from the Iraq war, while Halliburton made around $40 billion from contracts with the US government.[8]

The "Cheney Loophole"

Full article: Stub class article Cheney Loophole

In 2005, at the urging of Vice President Cheney, a provision was inserted into the the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 that has come to be known as the "Cheney loophole". This allowed the fracking industry to circumvent the Safe Drinking Water Act by exempting fracking fluids, thus fast tracking shale fracking as a source of cheap natural gas.[9][10]

Torture

On Thursday, October 20, 2005, Vice President Cheney proposed a change to McCain's proposed legislation proscribing torture. Cheney wanted the proscription limited to just military personnel, thus giving CIA freedom to torture, but McCain did not accept Cheney's proposal.[11]

War criminal

Protesters outside the Vancouver Club

Cheney's support for torture was noted by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission, who found him guilty in absentia in connection with the events of Abu Ghraib.[12] In April 2012, Cheney cancelled a speaking engagement in Toronto "because he feared angry protests by those calling for his arrest for war crimes".[13]

 

Events carried out

EventDateLocation
Cheney Loophole2005US
Iran-Contra
 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Bush Cheney Rumsfeld and 9/11webpage1 December 2005Matt Everett


References

  1. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2009/01/17/34948/bush-43-worst/
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vV3fjfeb9Q
  3. http://www.newsweek.com/cia-kill-teams-modeled-israeli-hit-squads-82093
  4. https://www.minnpost.com/eric-black-ink/2009/03/investigative-reporter-seymour-hersh-describes-executive-assassination-ring
  5. http://www.theweek.co.uk/politics/21051/cia-and-long-history-assassinations
  6. "9/11 commission finishes Bush, Cheney session". 4/29/2004 7:27:56 PM ET. Retrieved November 24, 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. http://www.newsweek.com/2015/05/29/dick-cheneys-biggest-lie-333097.html
  8. http://yournewswire.com/iraq-war-scandal-dick-cheney-company-profited-from-war/
  9. http://cleanwater.org/page/fracking-laws-and-loopholes
  10. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-grandia/how-cheneys-loophole-is-f_b_502924.html
  11. Smith, R. Jeffrey; White, Josh (2005-10-25). "Cheney Plan Exempts CIA From Bill Barring Abuse of Detainees". Washington Post. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  12. http://criminalisewar.org/press-release-bush-and-associates-found-guilty-of-torture/
  13. http://indictbushnow.org/people-canada-united-states-demand-cheney-arrested/
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