Name: Richard Bruce Cheney
Birthdate: January 30, 1941, in Lincoln, Nebraska
Profession: Politician, Businessman
7th White House Chief of Staff, Ford Administration
US House of Representatives (R-WY)
15th House Minority Whip
17th Secretary of Defense, George H. W. Bush Administration
Chairman and CEO of
Halliburton from 1995-2000
Bush Administration Affiliation:
War Crime Charge(s):
Crime against peace – planning and carrying out a war of aggression.
Complicity in the commission of a war crime – wanton destruction of cities and villages, devastation not justified by military necessity, ill-treatment of civilian population of or in occupied territory.
Complicity in the commission of a war crime – torture, ill-treatment of detainees.
Place of Residence:
Cheney was born in
Lincoln, Nebraska, but soon moved with his family to Casper, Wyoming, where he grew up. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger, eventually working his way into the White House during the Ford administration, where he served 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.
Excellent biography page on Cheney by The Center for Torture Accountability.
"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators
1." "In Iraq, a ruthless dictator cultivated weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them. He gave support to terrorists, had an established relationship with al Qaeda, and his regime is no more."
1 "Meet the Press," March 16, 2003
2 Nov. 7, 2003
From Officials of Torture, website of Sandra Koponen.
Said the Man with No Heart, “I’d Do it Again in a Heartbeat”
16x20 Oil on canvas, Sandra Koponen © 2015
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
Dick Cheney, Vice President Jan. 20, 2001 - Jan. 20, 2009
Vice President Cheney has been the most vocal and unapologetic supporter of the Bush administration’s torture program from the beginning, and he appears to have had a hand in virtually every aspect of it. He opposed the application of the Geneva Conventions to U.S. detentions and interrogations overseas, a legal sidestep that set the stage for future torture. As a member of the National Security Council Principal Committee, Cheney received detailed briefings on the specific interrogation techniques that the CIA wanted to use on so-called “high value” detainees, and he approved them. Through his legal counsel, David Addington, Cheney also helped shape the legal memos used to justify torture.
Cheney sought unsuccessfully to ensure CIA agents would be immunized from legal liability for abusing detainees. However, his effort did lead to the inclusion in the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 of a provision under which officials may claim they did not know particular practices were unlawful, including through “good faith” reliance on legal advice. Cheney continued to defend and maintained his pro-torture positions despite mounting internal and public reports of abuses and deaths of detainees in DOD and CIA custody.*