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Cheney Named in Valerie Plame Case

Born Richard Bruce Cheney in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 30, 1941, Dick Cheny is the 46th Vice President of the United States under President George W. Bush.

Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, and Cheney himself have become targets of the Valerie Plame investigation over claims that either they, and/or President Bush chief of staff, Karl Rove, revealed the name of covert CIA agent to the press.

Most recently, Libby resigned from his top level position after a five-count indictment was handed down charging him with obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury.

Other recent reports had special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in pursuit of Cheney's role in particular, amid indications that Fitzgerald may have been edging closer to a blockbuster conspiracy charge - with help from secret testimony - that may point to a coverup of pre-Iraq War intelligence by Cheney staffers.

 

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Dick CheneyCheney grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and attended the Natrona County High School where he was first introduced to his future wife, Lynne Vincent. As teenagers, both excelled in the classroom and on the field - she a homecoming queen and baton twirling champion, and he a football star and senior class president.

Following graduation in 1964, Cheney majored in political science at the University of Wyoming, and he went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.

His career in politics began under the Nixon administration in 1969, where he first worked closely with then Illinois congressman, Donald Rumsfeld, first as his special assistant and later as his chief of staff.

Under President Gerald Ford, Cheney became Assistant to the President and White House Chief of Staff, later serving as campaign manager for Ford's unsuccessful 1976 presidential campaign.

In 1978, Cheney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming and settled in for five terms until 1989. During his tenure, Cheney served as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, and House Minority Whip.

Cheney's reputation as a staunch conservative only grew as he voted against making Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, campaiged against the Clean Water Act and opposed the Head Start program, and fought against imposition of sanctions on South Africa for its official policy of apartheid.

On the Way to the White House

Beginning in 1989, Cheney ended his tenure in the House to serve as the Secretary of Defense under President George H. W. Bush, an office in which he directed Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East, afterwhich he returned to private business following Bush Sr.'s defeat in the 1992 election.

In 1993, Cheney joined the right-wing think tank, American Enterprise Institute.

Two years later, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company, an international energy services company with subsidiaries that act as private military contractors for the U.S. government.

While not actively engaged in national politics, Cheney joined with Donald Rumsfeld, Lewis Libby and other Republican conservatives in the creation of a non-profit educational organization called the Project for the New American Century in 1997 whose stated goal was to "promote American global leadership".

Vice Presidency

In early 2000, while still serving as CEO at Halliburton, Cheney was asked to head up George W. Bush's vice-presidential search committee. In a surprise move, Cheney himself was asked by Bush to run with him as Vice President. After accepting the offer, Cheney resigned as Halliburton CEO and put all of his corporate shares and stock options into a charitable trust.

Critics, however, are quick to point out that Halliburton was subsequently granted over $10 billion in no-bid rebuilding contracts following the war in Iraq, a fact that continues to raise eyebrows and conflict of interest concerns.

Leading up to the war, Cheney was already seen as one of the most powerful Vice Presidents in American history, and following the events of September 11, 2001 Cheney did not appear in public for weeks and reportedly communicated with the White House from a secret location.

Since then, it has been Cheney who reportedly pushed behind the scenes for the invasion of Iraq, while in public vehemently supported the contention that weapons of mass destruction would eventually be found there. Now, with American support for the Iraq war at its lowest ebb, the fact that no such illegal weapons were ever found is cause for even more controversy.

To add to current White House woes, Cheney's chief of staf, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, has been implicated in the Valerie Plame investigation over allegations that he and/or Karl Rove , President Bush's chief of staff, may have had a hand in revealing her identity as a covert CIA agent to the press.

Dick and Lynne Cheney have two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, and four grandchildren.

Elizabeth, born in 1966, is married with four children. Mary Cheney, born in 1968, has become one of her father's top campaign aides, although her sexual orientation as a lesbian is often a source of controversy in debates against the conservative Republican campaign to ban gay marriages.

Patrick J. Fitzgerald - Special Counsel

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LATEST: Top Cheney aide Libby indicted (MSNBC)
  Libby Resigns After Indictment in Plame Case (NPR)
  Cheney aide resigns over CIA leak (BBC)
  Break down of CIA leak story for non-political junkies (MSNBC)
  The strange saga of Cheney and the "nuclear threat" (Salon)
  Cheney Links Stir D.C. Speculation (Hartford Courant)
  The Case Against Cheney (Yahoo! News)
  Vice President's role in outing of CIA agent under examination
  Miller warns Libby may face 'problem' (UPI)
  Questions and Answers on CIA Leak Case (Guardian Unlimited)

 

Related Biographies:

Dick Cheney - Wikipedia

The White House - Biography of Vice President Richard B. Cheney

Cheney, Richard Bruce - Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

The Curse of Dick Cheney - Rolling Stone

Dick Cheney Biography Parody

 

Famous Quotes:

Direct threats require decisive action.

Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.

We will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.

Except for the occasional heart attack, I never felt better.

Go f**k yourself. (Said on the Senate floor, to Senator Patrick Leahy, for remarks he made criticizing Iraq war contracts won without competitive bidding by Halliburton.)

I think … we will, in fact, succeed in getting democracy established in Iraq, and I think when we do, that will be the end of the insurgency.




 

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