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Tag: Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney Defends Phone, Internet Surveillance, Said It Could Have Prevented 9/11

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said the NSA database of phone and Internet records that were recently disclosed by a self-proclaimed whistleblower would have been useful in the fight against terrorism, NECN reports.

“We might have been able to prevent 9/11,” said Former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney is among those adding pressure to capture Edward Snowden and hold him accountable for exposing secret surveillance.

“He’s compromised it and he should be held accountable,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina.

Added Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia: “He needs to look an American jury in the eye and explain why he has disclosed sources and methods that are going to put American lives in danger.”

James Comey Nomination for FBI a “Poke in the Eye With a Very Sharp Stick For the Cheney Crowd”

James Comey

By David Corn
Mother Jones

WASHINGTON — The pending nomination of James Comey to become FBI chief is a poke in the eye with a very sharp stick for the Cheney crowd. Comey, deputy attorney general during the W. years, has drawn criticism from civil libertarians for being part of an administration that waterboarded (though Comey reportedly opposed the justification of this practice), yet

Comey is best known for saying no to a top-secret surveillance program much beloved by Vice President Dick Cheney and his lieutenants. He successfully defied the Bush-Cheney White House on this point in a dramatic encounter in a Washington hospital room, when top Bush advisers tried to bum-rush an ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft into authorizing an extension of the program after Comey, then the acting attorney general, had refused.

But Cheney and his crew have another good reason to be aghast at the thought of Comey leading the FBI: he was the guy who started the independent Plamegate investigation that ended up tainting Cheney and convicting Scooter Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff, of serious crimes.

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Supreme Court Rules that Secret Service Agents Can’t Be Sued in Protestor Confrontation With Cheney

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The big guys and gals have weighed in on the matter and Secret Service has come out on top.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday unanimously in favor of two Secret Service agents, saying they can’t be sued, according to the New York Times.

The court ruled against a Colorado protestor, who was suing the agents for violating his free speech and arresting him in 2006 after he made critical remarks to Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Times wrote of the Supreme Court ruling, which reversed a Court of Appeals decision:

The Supreme Court reversed the decision, saying the Secret Service agents could not be sued. They were entitled, (Clarence) Thomas wrote, to the qualified immunity available to government officials when the legal principle said to bar their conduct was not “clearly established.” The court did not decide whether the First Amendment in fact allows retaliatory arrests in such circumstances.

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Dick Cheney Diplomatically Criticizes U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald.

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former V.P. Dick Cheney isn’t always known for his diplomacy or finesse.

But Monday he was more careful than usual when it came to voicing his opinion. Usually he’s not so circumspect.

But he was when asked about Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald who prosecuted Cheney’s  Scooter Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice in the leak investigation into the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Radio station WBEZ reports that Cheney, who appeared Monday at the Union League Club of Chicago as part of his book tour, paused for nine second when asked about Fitzgerald.

“I obviously had some fundamental disagreements with him at one point in the past,” Cheney said.

Cheney called Libby a “very good man” who “did not deserve what happened to him.”

Libby was convicted on four of five felony counts. In 2007, he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, but President Bush subsequently commuted his 30-month sentence.

 

Secret Service Agents Ask Supreme Court For Immunity from Lawsuit

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The legal battle goes on for two Secret Service agents in a case stemming from a 2006 visit to Colorado by Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Associated Press reports that the two agents are asking the Supreme Court to declare them immune from being sued in a First Amendment lawsuit.

The suit was filed by Steven Howards of Colorado, who was arrested by the agents after he touched Cheney on the arm and told him his Iraq war policies were “disgusting,” according to AP.

No fed charges were ever filed and the state charges were dropped. Howards alleged the arrest by agents Virgil D. “Gus” Reichle Jr. and Dan Doyle were in retaliation for criticizing Cheney.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld Howards right to sue the agents.

Justice Dept. Wants Court to Toss Lawsuit Against Secret Service Agents Involving Incident With Ex-Veep Cheney


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has jumped into the fray to try and help two Secret Service agents from being sued in a case linked to former vice president Dick Cheney.

The Associated Press reports that the  Department of Justice filed documents in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver siding with the agents –Virgil D. “Gus” Reichle Jr. and Dan Doyle — who asked that the court overturn the court’s  three-judge panel’s ruling that said Colorado resident Steven Howards could sue them.

AP reported that the Justice Department is arguing that the law protects agents when making split-second decisions when protecting a vice president and president.

AP reported that the Secret Service agents arrested Howards in 2006 after he allegedly approached Cheney at a mall outside of Denver and protested his Iraq policy and touched his shoulder.

Howards alleged in the suit that the arrest was done in retaliation. The feds never charged him and the state dropped charges.

The court panel ruled  last month  that Howards can sue agents on First Amendment grounds, the Associated Press reported. The court ruled that two other agents initially named in the suit are immune in the case.

Last month, Howard’s attorney David Lane said: “I fully intend on deposing the former vice president.”

Appeals Court Rules Colo. Man Can Sue Secret Service Agents

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

This could get interesting.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Colorado resident Steven Howards can sue two Secret Service agents who arrested him after he touched Vice President Dick Cheney’s arm in 2006 and told him that his Iraqi war policies were disgusting, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported Howards’ attorney said he plans to subpoena Cheney to testify about the incident.

“I fully intend on deposing the former vice president,” attorney David Lane told The Associated Press. The Secret Service agents had argued that they were immune from being sued.

AP reported that a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Howards can sue agents Virgil D. “Gus” Reichle Jr. and Dan Doyle on First Amendment grounds. The court, did however rule that two other agents were immune in the case.

Furious Cheney Confronted Pres. Bush About Scooter Libby Pardon

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Under the category of “not very surprising”, Dick Cheney was fuming when President Bush refused to pardon vice presidential aide I “Scooter” Libby after he was convicted of lying in the leak  investigation into the identity of CIA spy Valerie Plalme.

Appearing in an interview on NBC’s Today Show, said ex- George W. Bush said Cheney confronted him about his decision to commute Libby’s 30-month sentence, but not pardon him.

Bush, who is promoting his memoir, “Decision Points”, writes that  a furious Cheney told him: “I can’t believe you’re going to leave a soldier on the battlefield,” according to the Associated Press.

Bush said he was concerned the decision would damage his friendship with Cheney.

“I’m pleased to report we are friends today,” he said.