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    (Wikipedia) - Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30, 1941) served as the 46th Vice President of the United States (2001-2009), under George W. Bush. Cheney was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, but was primarily raised in Sumner, Nebraska and Casper, Wyoming. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger, eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations, where he served the latter as White House Chief of Staff. In 1978, Cheney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming; he was reelected five times, eventually becoming House Minority Whip. Cheney was selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, holding the position for the majority of Bush's term. During this time, Cheney oversaw the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, among other actions. Out of office during the Clinton presidency, Cheney was chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000. (democrats.com) - Bob Fertik June 24, 2007 At long last, the Pentagon Post tells the inside story of how the Bush Administration betrayed our history, our Constitutiona, and our laws to make us a nation that engages in torture, despite flat-out denials from Bush, Cheney, Tenet, and all the others who lie when they yell "We do not torture." (As Laura Rozen points out, no doubt the Post has known this story for years, but held it until the beginning of summer to minimize its impact - and who knows how many damning details were edited out.) So who led the fight to "legalize" torture? Dick Cheney and his staff, of course. They did so deliberately because they believe in torture. And their actions resulted in torture, which makes them all war criminals under the Geneval Conventions. Will the Corporate Media notice? Will Democrats in Congress? Or will everyone ignore the plain facts that are staring them in the face, because the Post portrays Cheney as such a cool and awesome bureaucratic infighter? Cheney's torture policy evolved after the CIA starting bringing prisoners to Guantanamo. David S. Addington, Cheney's general counsel, set the new legal agenda in a blunt memorandum shortly after the CIA delegation returned to Langley. Geneva's "strict limits on questioning of enemy prisoners," he wrote on Jan. 25, 2002, hobbled efforts "to quickly obtain information from captured terrorists." No longer was the vice president focused on procedural rights, such as access to lawyers and courts. The subject now was more elemental: How much suffering could U.S. personnel inflict on an enemy to make him talk? Cheney's lawyer feared that future prosecutors, with motives "difficult to predict," might bring criminal charges against interrogators or Bush administration officials. And well they should worry, because Cheney and everyone else involved in torture are war criminals under the Geneva Conventions. Geneva rules forbade not only torture but also, in equally categorical terms, the use of "violence," "cruel treatment" or "humiliating and degrading treatment" against a detainee "at any time and in any place whatsoever." The War Crimes Act of 1996 made any grave breach of those restrictions a U.S. felony [Read the act]. The best defense against such a charge, Addington wrote, would combine a broad presidential direction for humane treat

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