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Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (b. 30 January 1941) was Vice President of the United States to George W. Bush.
- 1 Background
- 2 Cheney on Global Warming
- 3 Cheney and the tobacco industry
- 4 Cheney's first term as VP
- 5 Cheney & 'Scooter' Libby
- 6 Family business
- 7 Cheney: on violence in Iraq
- 8 Contact details
- 9 Articles and resources
Cheney studied at Yale University, Casper College, and the University of Wyoming, where he earned B.A. (1965) and M.A. (1966) degrees. After studying political science at the University of Wisconsin he was a congressional fellow in Washington in 1968-69. In 1969 he was special assistant to the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. In 1971 he was a White House staff assistant, then, until 1973, assistant director of the Cost of Living Council. After a year in business Cheney was deputy assistant to President Gerald Ford(1974-75) and then White House chief of staff (1975-77). 
Cheney was elected as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Wyoming in November 1978 and was re-elected to a further five times. In March 1989, a week after being nominated as whip for the 101st Congress, he was confirmed Secretary of Defense in the administration of George H.W. Bush. He held the position until January 20, 1993. 
Following the election of Bill Clinton as President, Cheney took up a position as senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. In October 1995 Cheney was appointed as president and chief executive officer of the Dallas-based company, Halliburton Company. (Halliburton has won lucrative contracts with the U.S. government, especially in the war with Iraq. As of 2003, Cheney was being paid between $100,000 and $1,000,000 per year in "deferred compensation."  .
Cheney on Global Warming
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's office was behind a push to censor congressional testimony that global warming poses a danger to the public, according to Jason Burnett, a former associate deputy administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The vice president and the White House Office of Management and Budget heavily edited testimony last year by the director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). "I read the testimony, checked with EPA scientists, and came to the conclusion that the draft testimony was fundamentally accurate as written," Burnett stated in a letter to Barbara Boxer, who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. 
Cheney and the tobacco industry
In an October 18, 1983 letter, Dick Cheney (as House Representative) invited Chuck Merlin, the Vice President for Legislative Affairs for the Tobacco Institute, to a fundraising dinner where the cost of attending was $250. In November, 1983, the Tobacco Institute Political Action Committee donated $500 to Dick Cheney. Stanely S. Scott, Vice President of Philip Morris in 1987, and Dick Cheney were colleagues at the White House when Cheney served as Chief of Staff under President Jerry Ford. In August, 1982, then-Representative Dick Cheney (R-WY) added his name as a cosponsor of a bill calling for rotational warning labels on cigarettes, which was sponsored by Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA).
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler, who presided over the The U.S. Government's racketeering case against Big Tobacco, is the judge who ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to release documents from the energy task force of Vice President Dick Cheney.
Cheney's first term as VP
- championed Donald Rumsfeld for Defense Secretary
- "insisted, over fierce objections by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, on placing Paul Wolfowitz in the number two position at the Pentagon"
- "insisted, again over Powell's misgivings, on making ultra-unilateralist John Bolton, then vice-president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.
- "reportedly played a key role in the appointment of another controversial neo-conservative, Elliott Abrams, to head the Middle East office on the National Security Council."
- "reportedly visited the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) several times in the run-up to the war in Iraq, in what was seen as pressure on CIA analysts to take a darker view of Saddam Hussein's alleged ties to al Qaeda and weapons of mass destruction."
- backed the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans. 
Cheney & 'Scooter' Libby
Cheney's chief of staff, until October 2005, was I. Lewis Scooter Libby, who sought to influence the content of Colin Powell's February 2003 speech to the United Nations.  (Libby resigned in October 2005 after being indicted on charges of to a grand jury investigating the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame). In December 2006, Libby's lawyers announced that Cheney would be called to testify in the hearing on the charges, scheduled for January 2007.
Cheney's wife, Lynne Cheney, is a senior fellow with the American Enterprise Institute. Cheney's daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Coordinator for Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiatives and heads the Iran-Syria Operations Group.
Cheney: on violence in Iraq
- "I don't think anybody anticipated the level of violence we encountered" in Iraq.—Cheney, National Press Club in Washington, D.C., June 19, 2006. 
- "And I think we've had a lot of good news out of Iraq over the course of the last year. It's hard sometimes to see through that, given the continued level of violence, obviously."—Cheney, on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, January 11, 2006. 
- In June 2005, in the "draft of a new book" on the Iraqi insurgency, Center for Strategic and International Studies "expert" Anthony Cordesman said that the "insurgency already has long been a low-level civil war, and is being driven towards a broader Sunni vs. Shiite conflict by Islamist extremists.... the main body of Iraq insurgents has learned to create a continued level of violence as a means to try and destabilize the Iraqi situation. They have improved methods of attack through such means as digging holes in roads, inserting bombs, and then paving them over so as to make them undetectable by the eyes of US troops on patrol. ... Vice President Dick Cheney, for his part, insisted in a broadcast interview that the insurgents would be defeated by the end of President Bush's second term.
- "'I think they're in the last throes, if you will,' Mr. Cheney told CNN." 
- "The level of violence will be high during this period of time because they're desperate. They know the window's closing. They know they've either got to derail the process now or ultimately we'll succeed in our objectives."—Cheney, on eve of first Kerry-Bush debate, September 29, 2004. 
Currently no contact details exist, the official whitehouse.gov page for Dick Cheney has been removed.
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- "Cheney Sought to Alter Climate Discussion" Stephen Power, The Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2008.
- Dick Cheney Dick Cheney Invites the Tobacco Institute to His Fund-raising Dinner Letter. 2 pp. October 18, 1983. Tobacco Institute Bates No. TI46371254/1255
- P. McGovern, Tobacco Institute Political Action Committee Letter November 3, 1983. 1 pp. Bates No. TNWL0014888
- Stanely S. Scott, Philip Morris Letter August 6, 1987. Philip Morris Bates No. 2024272633
- Tobacco Institute TI Infolog Information Services Vol. 82/NO. 99 Newsletter. 2 pp. August 27, 1982. Bates No. TIMN0240971/0972
- David Sylvia, Philip Morris DOJ Stories 3 Email. August 15, 2005. Bates No. 5000918367/8372
- James Vicini, "Cheney to be called to testify in CIA leak case", Reuters, December 19, 2006.
- The Buying of the Presidency: "Dick Cheney", Center for Public Integrity.
- "Who's Who in the White House," updated February 16, 2004.
- The Unauthorized Biography, produced by CBC Newshour in October 2004.
- 2000 through 2006
- 2007: January through June 2007 and July through December 2007
- 2008: Dick Cheney: Articles & Commentary: 2008
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