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Vice President Richard ("Dick") B. Cheney

Self Description

March 2001: Vice President Richard B. Cheney has had a distinguished career as a businessman and public servant, serving three Presidents and as an elected official. Throughout his service, Cheney served with duty, honor, and unwavering leadership, gaining him the respect of the American people during trying military times.

Cheney was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on January 30, 1941 and grew up in Casper, Wyoming. He earned his bachelor's and master's of arts degrees from the University of Wyoming. His career in public service began in 1969 when he joined the Nixon Administration, serving in a number of positions at the Cost of Living Council, at the Office of Economic Opportunity, and within the White House.

When Gerald Ford assumed the Presidency in August 1974, Cheney served on the transition team and later as Deputy Assistant to the President. In November 1975, he was named Assistant to the President and White House Chief of Staff, a position he held throughout the remainder of the Ford Administration.

After he returned to his home state of Wyoming in 1977, Cheney was elected to serve as the state's sole Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was re-elected five times and elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee from 1981 to 1987. He was elected Chairman of the House Republican Conference in 1987 and elected House Minority Whip in 1988. During his tenure in the House, Secretary Cheney earned a reputation as a man of knowledge, character, and accessibility.

Cheney also served a crucial role when America needed him most. As Secretary of Defense from March 1989 to January 1993, Cheney directed two of the largest military campaigns in recent history - Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East. He was responsible for shaping the future of the U.S. military in an age of profound and rapid change as the Cold War ended. For his leadership in the Gulf War, Secretary Cheney was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush on July 3, 1991.

Cheney married his high school sweetheart, Lynne Ann Vincent, in 1964, and they have grown daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, and three granddaughters.

Third-Party Descriptions

July 2009: "The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency’s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday."

December 2008: "In the case of the vice president's records, the White House has promised a different federal judge that it will comply with a Nixon-era law requiring the preservation and transfer of all documents related to the vice president's official duties, but the coalition has drafted a filing for the court on Monday that accuses Cheney of subtly seeking to circumscribe the legal definition of what those official duties encompass to such a degree that he will be able to take home or destroy countless documents related to policymaking that historians want to see."

October 2008: "The U.S. Senate is investigating allegations by two National Security Agency whistleblowers who have described widespread monitoring of innocuous telephone conversations by the Bush administration's clandestine program....A pair of extraordinary articles (#1 and #2) published last month in the Washington Post indicate that Bush was kept ill-informed about much of the program by Vice President Cheney and the vice president's staff."

July 2008: "WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday disavowed the actions of a Houston businessman and Bush campaign fund-raiser who was caught on videotape apparently trying to trade access to top administration officials — including Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — in exchange for six-figure donations to President Bush’s library foundation."

June 2008: 'That debate has grown especially acute in recent weeks, with the White House in “I told you so” mode. In a speech to the United States Chamber of Commerce last week, Vice President Dick Cheney said, “We should hear no more complaining” from opponents of domestic drilling, whom he called “part of the problem.”'

June 2008: 'The CIA's al-Libi report is one of several new--but so far largely overlooked--disclosures to be found deep in the fine print of the Senate's long-awaited "Phase 2" report on pre-war intelligence. The Senate investigation sought to compare the public statements of top administration officials during the run-up to the Iraq War with the underlying intelligence-community reporting within the government that provided the basis for them. After much partisan squabbling within the panel over the issue, the final report (approved by all seven of the panel's seven Democrats and two of its Republicans) reached a largely unremarkable conclusion: that while most of the Bush administration's claims were "substantiated" by some internal intelligence-community reports, the public statements of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and others were selective and failed to convey the considerable doubts, dissents and uncertainties within the community about much of the public case for war. (The panel's GOP vice chairman, Sen. Chris (Kit) Bond, and several other Republican members strenously dissented from the report on the grounds that it did not examine the pro-war statements of leading Democrats such as Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John Rockefeller, who now chairs the intelligence panel.)'

June 2008: "But it has never been clear what roles were played by President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and their subordinates in approving the interrogation techniques used after the Sept. 11 attacks against terrorism suspects. Only gradually has the fog of secrecy begun to lift, and two hearings on Tuesday showed there is a long way to go."

March 2008: 'Gun rights supporters were furious about the government's position, and Vice President Cheney went so far as to join a friend-of-the-court brief that specifically rejects the administration's view. Levy said returning the case to lower courts would be a "death knell," and his team has urged the court to apply "strict scrutiny" to any government action that would restrict gun ownership.'

February 2008: 'Cheney added to the cacophony yesterday when he said of those subjected to special CIA's interrogation methods, "It's a good thing we had them in custody, and it's a good thing we found out what they knew." Speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington about multiple counterterrorism policies Bush has approved, he added: "Would I support those same decisions again today? You're damn right I would."'

January 2008: 'But Vice President Cheney said in a speech yesterday that Congress "must act now" to renew the expiring surveillance law and provide telecommunications companies with protection from lawsuits alleging they violated personal privacy rights while helping the government after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.'

January 2008: "DENVER — The arrest of a man named Steven Howards in June 2006 after he approached Vice President Dick Cheney at a Colorado ski resort and denounced the war in Iraq...Mr. Lane said he had requested that Mr. Cheney submit to a deposition but that he had been repeatedly turned down by the vice president’s lawyers. But Mr. Lane said the mire of accusations and counteraccusations that have been exposed by the Secret Service testimony has made Mr. Cheney an indispensable witness."

November 2007: 'In October 2003, as controversy grew about the leak of Valerie Plame's name, McClellan stood at the White House podium and said that Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, had not been involved. "There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes in his new book, What Happened, which is to be released in April.'

June 2007: Vice President Cheney told Justice Department officials that he disagreed with their objections to a secret surveillance program during a high-level White House meeting in March 2004, a former senior Justice official told senators yesterday.

June 2007: Vice President Dick Cheney has asserted his office is not a part of the executive branch of the U.S. government, and therefore not bound by a presidential order governing the protection of classified information by government agencies, according to a new letter from Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to Cheney.

February 2007: Literally, the trial is about whether Vice President Cheney's ex-chief of staff committed perjury and obstruction of justice during a federal investigation into the exposure of a CIA agent's identity. After 11 days of prosecution testimony, some of which appeared damaging to Mr. Libby, the task of the defense team is to sow reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors.

January 2007: Libby, Wells said, told Cheney he feared 'people in the White House are trying to set me up.' Wells then showed the jury the text of a note Cheney had jotted that said: 'Not going to protect one staffer + sacrifice the guy that was asked to stick his neck in the meat grinder because of the incompetence of others.'

July 2005: In May this year, Mr. Lerach's firm also sued the Halliburton Company in federal court in Houston, contending that the engineering and construction concern defrauded investors by manipulating and falsifying its financial statements between 1998 and 2001. During most of the period in question, Vice President Dick Cheney was Halliburton's chief executive. The lawsuit contends that Mr. Cheney earned a handsome salary and stock awards despite presiding over both a failed acquisition and the doctoring of the company's accounts. Halliburton said that the accusations were meritless and that it intended to contest them 'vigorously.' Mr. Cheney's office declined to comment.

October 2006: 'Of the outside people that I talk to in this job,' Vice President Cheney told me in the summer of 2005, 'I probably talk to Henry Kissinger more than I talk to anybody else. He just comes by and, I guess at least once a month, Scooter [his then-chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby] and I sit down with him.'

September 2006: Woodward also spends little time on Cheney, writing that since 2005 the vice president has been perceived as having no visible role in Iraq policy. He describes Cheney's associates as saying he was 'lost' without his former chief of staff, I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, who resigned after he was indicted for his role in the Valerie Plame leak case.

February 2006: At the same time, Vice President Cheney, breaking four days of silence since accidentally shooting a man on Saturday, was scheduling a confessional on Fox News. 'You can't blame anybody else,' Cheney told Brit Hume. 'I'm the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend.'

February 2006: Cheney was one of the 'superiors' I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby said had authorized him to make the disclosures [of confidential information--Ed.], according to sources familiar with the investigation into Libby's discussions with reporters about CIA operative Valerie Plame.

December 2005: For Cheney, the post-Watergate era was the formative experience shaping his understanding of executive power. As a young White House chief of staff for President Gerald R. Ford, he saw the Oval Office at its weakest point as Congress and the courts asserted themselves. But scholars such as Andrew Rudalevige, author of 'The New Imperial Presidency,' say the presidency had recovered long before Cheney returned to the White House in 2001.

November 2005: But Vice President Cheney, a major architect of the U.S. anti-terrorism effort, is strongly opposed to any compromise that includes the McCain provision, the senators said. Cheney personally lobbied against McCain's measure to ban abuse and torture, contending that its language was too broad and would prohibit the use of interrogation methods necessary to secure vital national security information. After the Senate approved the measure as part of a defense spending bill, he pushed to exempt the CIA from its provisions.

November 2005: Government sources familiar with the debate say that officials in the State and Defense departments largely agree that there is a need to use Geneva Conventions language to prevent confusion over what troops and U.S. agents are allowed to do. Vice President Cheney's office, they said, has pushed back, arguing privately that the vagueness of terms such as 'humane' and 'degrading' could lead to limitations on interrogation techniques, they said.

May 2005: A federal appeals court in Washington dismissed a lawsuit yesterday that sought to force Vice President Cheney to turn over records of private meetings his office held in 2001 to shape the administration's energy policy.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Department of Defense (DOD)/Defense Department Organization Jul 13, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Halliburton Company Organization
Member of (past or present) Republican Party (U.S.) / Republican National Committee Organization Jul 13, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) US Federal Government - Executive Branch Organization
Organization Executive (past or present) Member of (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization Jul 13, 2005
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Wyoming Organization
Organization Executive (past or present) White House (Presidential advisory staff) Organization
Supervisor of (past or present) Advised by (past or present) David S. Addington Esq. Person Oct 4, 2007
Supported by (past or present) John R. Bolton Esq. Person Dec 26, 2005
Subordinate of (past or present) President George Herbert Walker Bush Person Jul 13, 2005
Subordinate of (past or present) President George W. Bush Person Jul 13, 2005
Family Member Lynne Ann Vincent Cheney Person Nov 17, 2004
Subordinate of (past or present) President Gerald R. Ford Person Jul 13, 2005
Advised by (past or present) Secretary of State Henry Alfred Kissinger Person Oct 1, 2006
Opponent (past or present) Larry Klayman Esq. Person Oct 14, 2006
Advised by (past or present) Supervisor of (past or present) I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Esq. Person Oct 17, 2005
Advised by (past or present) Mary Matalin Person Oct 3, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) Sean O'Keefe Person Feb 8, 2006
has/had as a Representative Marc Racicot Esq. Person Sep 4, 2006
Possible/Unclear William R. Steiger Person Jul 31, 2007

Articles and Resources

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May 22, 2010 Lies as Wishes

QUOTE: “I think that lies are like wishes,” said Bella DePaulo, a psychology professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. “So when you wish you were a certain kind of person that you know you’re not, and maybe you’re not willing to do what it would take to become that person or can’t go back, then it becomes very tempting to lie.”

New York Times
Aug 25, 2009 Our laws condone torture: Investigations into torture can only do so much. The U.S. needs laws that more clearly forbid brutality

QUOTE: It is the ambiguity of U.S. law on these matters that allowed John Yoo to offer those bizarre opinions, as White House counsel, as to what interrogators could do. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is toothless and largely ineffectual except as a vague set of ideals. It needn't be that way.

Aug 20, 2009 CIA Hired Firm for Assassin Program: Blackwater Missions Against Al-Qaeda Never Began, Ex-Officials Say

QUOTE: A secret CIA program to kill top al-Qaeda leaders with assassination teams was outsourced in 2004 to Blackwater USA...

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2009 Who is the CIA allowed to kill? Cheney's secret assassination program may be terminated, but the U.S. is already carrying out "targeted killings"

QUOTE: The United States has had plenty of legal latitude to carry out targeted killings during the so-called war on terror -- and has been exercising that option vigorously for the past eight years.

Jul 11, 2009 Cheney Is Linked to Concealment of C.I.A. Project

QUOTE: The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney...

New York Times
Jul 10, 2009 Bush’s Secret NSA Spying May Have Tainted Prosecutions, Report Warns (Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online)

QUOTE: The Justice Department needs to investigate whether the secretiveness of Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program tainted terrorism prosecutions by hiding exculpatory evidence from defendants, an oversight report from five inspectors general warned Friday.

Apr 24, 2009 Nigeria: The Hidden Cost of Corruption: Who are the biggest victims of widespread bribery?

QUOTE: the Berlin-based group Transparency International has consistently ranked Nigeria among the world's most corrupt countries.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Jan 11, 2009 Obama Reluctant to Look Into Bush Programs

QUOTE: President-elect Barack Obama signaled in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was unlikely to authorize a broad inquiry into Bush administration programs like domestic eavesdropping or the treatment of terrorism suspects. But Mr. Obama also said prosecutions would proceed if the Justice Department found evidence that laws had been broken.

New York Times
Dec 21, 2008 Bush E-Mails May Be Secret a Bit Longer: Legal Battles, Technical Difficulties Delay Required Transfer to Archives

QUOTE: the administration began trying only in recent months to recover from White House backup tapes hundreds of thousands of e-mails that were reported missing from readily accessible files in 2005. The risks that the transfer may be incomplete are also pointed up by a continuing legal battle between a coalition of historians and nonprofit groups over access to Vice President Cheney's records.

Washington Post
Dec 12, 2008 Obama to Hear Panel on Changes to War Powers Act

QUOTE: Mr. Obama met Thursday with the leaders of a commission that has proposed revamping the legal process for launching military action, to require more consultation between a president and Congress. The proposal would scrap the problematic War Powers Act of 1973, a measure passed in the hangover from Vietnam to give Congress more say in committing troops to the battlefield but largely honored in the breach ever since...

New York Times
Oct 10, 2008 Will Senate actually investigate NSA spying on Americans?

QUOTE: The U.S. Senate is investigating allegations by two National Security Agency whistleblowers who have described widespread monitoring of innocuous telephone conversations by the Bush administration's clandestine program.

Jul 17, 2008 Fund-Raiser Apparently Offers Access for a Price

QUOTE: The White House on Wednesday disavowed the actions of a Houston businessman and Bush campaign fund-raiser who was caught on videotape apparently trying to trade access to top administration officials — including Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — in exchange for six-figure donations to President Bush’s library foundation.

New York Times
Jul 11, 2008 Book Cites Secret Red Cross Report of C.I.A. Torture of Qaeda Captives

QUOTE: Red Cross investigators concluded last year in a secret report that the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation methods for high-level Qaeda prisoners constituted torture and could make the Bush administration officials who approved them guilty of war crimes, according to a new book on counterterrorism efforts since 2001.

New York Times
Jul 11, 2008 Candidates Are Slow to Identify ‘Bundlers’

QUOTE: “Obama was saying he was the most transparent, but it wasn’t even on par with Bush and Cheney,” said Alexander Cohen, senior researcher at Public Citizen, a nonpartisan watchdog group that recently sent letters to Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain with seven other organizations calling for them to disclose more information about their donors. Obama campaign officials acknowledged on Thursday that they had fallen behind on their plan to update their list quarterly and that they had not added any names since January. They said about 100 of the names added Thursday should have been put on at the end of this year’s first quarter.

New York Times
Jul 11, 2008 EPA Won't Act on Emissions This Year: Instead of New Rules, More Comment Sought (Green)

QUOTE: The Supreme Court, in a decision 15 months ago that startled the government, ordered the EPA to decide whether human health and welfare are being harmed by greenhouse gas pollution from cars, power plants and other sources, or to provide a good explanation for not doing so. But the administration has opted to postpone action instead, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Post.

Washington Post
Jul 08, 2008 Cheney Aides Altered CDC Testimony, Agency Official Says: Ex-Administrator Says Official From Vice President's Office Edited Out Six Pages

QUOTE: In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, former EPA deputy associate administrator Jason K. Burnett said an official from Cheney's office edited out six pages from the testimony of Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last October.

Washington Post
Jun 27, 2008 Two Testify on Memo Spelling Out Interrogation

QUOTE: Two Bush administration lawyers who provided important legal justification for harsh interrogation methods that critics denounce as torture made a rare public appearance on Thursday to defend their actions...Both men made clear that a controversial torture memorandum of Aug. 1, 2002, was reviewed at the White House and in the office of Attorney General John Ashcroft and was by no means a renegade initiative of Mr. Yoo, its chief author. The memorandum, which said pain had to reach the level produced by “death or organ failure” to be illegal torture, was later withdrawn.

New York Times
Jun 21, 2008 McClellan Testifies on C.I.A. Leak

QUOTE: Scott McClellan, President Bush’s former press secretary, told the House Judiciary Committee on Friday that he had been unfairly vilified by Bush supporters for his recent book criticizing former White House colleagues over the Iraq war and their involvement in leaking the identity of an intelligence officer...In the book, Mr. McClellan says senior White House officials misled the nation about the reasons for invading Iraq and maneuvered him into lying to the public about their roles in the leak case.

New York Times
Jun 20, 2008 McClellan: Cheney should testify about CIA leak

QUOTE: Vice President Dick Cheney should testify before Congress about his role in the leaking of a CIA agent's identity, former White House spokesman Scott McClellan told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday. "The vice president has information that has not been shared publicly," McClellan said in response to a question from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, about whom Congress should question in connection with the leaking of Valerie Plame Wilson's name to the media.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 18, 2008 Bush Will Seek to End Offshore Oil Drilling Ban

QUOTE: ...Senator John McCain of Arizona, used a speech in Houston on Tuesday to say he now favors offshore drilling, an announcement that infuriated environmentalists who have long viewed him as an ally...Even before the disclosure of Mr. Bush’s decision, the drilling issue caused a heated back-and-forth on the campaign trail on Tuesday, as Mr. McCain sought to straddle the divide between environmentalists and the energy industry, while facing accusations from his Democratic opponent, Senator Barack Obama, that he had flip-flopped and capitulated to the oil industry.

New York Times

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