Cheney: Fully Loaded

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Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 6:00 am
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney (Official White House Photo)

Even if he doesn’t raise a dime from his political allies, Dick Cheney is well positioned to continue speaking out against the Obama administration’s national security agenda, according to the former vice president’s 2009 financial records.

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

Cheney filed his final financial disclosure form as a public official, known as his termination filing, with the Office of Government Ethics on Feb. 18, 2009, covering assets the ex-vice president possessed from Jan. 1 2008 to Jan. 20, 2009. The filing indicates Cheney is worth between $11 million and $50 million, with stock options held in such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Procter & Gamble, Lockheed-Martin and the oil-services company he ran during the 1990s, Halliburton. Determining Cheney’s precise net worth was not possible, due to the broad ranges in which filers can list the value of their assets.

TWI acquired the filing and is making it available here. “Here’s a guy who’s pretty well off,” said Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, an open-government advocacy organization. “This is not someone who by any means is poor or likely to go on the dole any time soon.”

During the span of Cheney’s vice presidency, he did not cash those stock options, meeting requirements for government service, assigning after-tax proceeds “irrevocably… to charity.” It appears that Cheney’s worth dipped from his previous year’s filing, in which he claimed assets worth between about $21 million and $99 million. Real estate previously claimed by Cheney in McLean, Va. — reported in his 2008 filing as valued at as much as $5 million — does not appear in the 2009 filing. The value of his 48,000 Halliburton shares, vested at $19.75 per share, are now filed as being worthless. On Cheney’s previous filing in 2008, he listed the value of those stock options between $1 million and $5 million. As of 11 a.m. on May 20, Halliburton shares traded for $23.09 per share.

The vagueness highlights a problem with the financial disclosure system, Allison said. At the time of Cheney’s filing, the intrinsic value of the stock “may have been zero,” but the form makes it difficult to evaluate precisely what the claim is intended to mean. “The idea of public disclosure is that the average citizen can understand whether a member of Congress or executive branch official has a conflict of interest, but these are not written in plain English,” he explained.

The filing also lists the value of gifts Cheney received during his final year in office. The Lucchese Boot Company of Hendersonville, Tenn. and the Oak Ridge Boys, a country band, jointly provided the former vice president with $631 worth of black cherry goat leather boots and three CDs, appraised at $631. His senior staff purchased the “Vice President’s Cabinet Chair” as a gift for him, valued at $1,190. Gordon England, who served as deputy secretary of defense in the Bush administration, gave Cheney, an avid fisherman, a $2,075 handmade split cane fly rod and matching wading staff. Former Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady gifted him a Remington 12-gauge automatic shotgun worth $999. Members of the Boston Red Sox signed a baseball for Cheney, estimated at $3,500, after winning the 2007 World Series.

Cheney currently works out of an office in McLean, Va., provided by the government for six months to former presidents and vice presidents as they transition out of office. A spokeswoman for Cheney’s transition office did not reply to emailed questions about Cheney’s finances and post-transition plans for public life, including whether he anticipates raising money through speeches or other public appearances.

Since leaving office, Cheney has made a series of high-profile media appearances, granting interviews to CBS News and Politico, accusing the Obama administration of jeopardizing national security by planning to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and renouncing the Bush administration’s torture policies. Cheney claimed to Politico that Obama officials were “more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans.” Obama political adviser David Axelrod replied to CNN, “It’s a little incredible to me that he would argue somehow that what we’re doing in forging and international alliance to finally pursue a strategy to defeat and dismantle al Qaeda in Afghanistan is going to make us less safe.”

Additionally, Cheney called on the Obama administration to declassify CIA memoranda that he contends vindicates the proposition that torture resulted in valuable intelligence. The CIA rejected the request on the grounds that the memoranda are the subject of ongoing litigation, and indicated that it might release the memoranda in the future alongside other documents that critics of the torture program contend cast doubt on the intelligence value of torture.

Allison pointed to the frequency of government officials “cashing in on their public” service by “addressing corporate groups, making speeches, or consulting,” though it was too early to see whether Cheney planned on going that route. “He certainly doesn’t have to,” Allison added. “He could become a freelance commentator on Fox News. He appears to be well set for the rest of his life.”

Cheney is scheduled to speak before the American Enterprise Institute, a sympathetic conservative think tank, on the subject of national security Thursday morning.

Research assistance provided by Aaron Wiener.

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46 Comments

Cheney Rules
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 5:52 am

Aaron Wiener…make that ass wiener, you leftist sausage.


lazyfish
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 5:56 am

Cheney is NOT my sort of Republican. He and his type are the reason the GOP are lost in the wilderness.


Nikos Retsos
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 6:19 am

Certainly Dick Cheney is fully loaded – with millions made in the Iraqi war that probably far exceed
his reported $ 11 to 50 million wealth reported here – and it is probably in the “billions.” Let's not forget how easy is to hide money. The late Philippine president Ferdinand Markos had an estimated $20 billion fortune that were never found – despite an extensive global search by the Philippine government, and the late Shah Reza Pahlevi of Iran was reported to have hidden overseas $ 35 billion from Iran's export proceeds. Except from some Iranian assets frozen by the U.S. government, none was found.

On June 27, 2004 BBC reported that $ 20 billions collected by the U.S. Occupation Administration in Iraq
from oil proceeds were “unaccounted for.” About 2 weeks later, on August 11, 2004, ABC News reported that the Pentagon fined Dick Cheney's Halliburton Co. $600 millions for $ 2 billions that the company could NOT account for! And U.S. Senator Harry Reid told National Public Radio on December 11, 2007, that “Halliburton had 100.000 contractors in Iraq that became instant millionaires.” Can anybody believe that Halliburton employees became instant millionaires in Iraq, and Dick Cheney was just making it only on his vice president salary? A 2-hour PBS “Frontline” documentary portrayed Dick Cheney as the driving force behind the invasion of Iraq. And with so many billions made, and so many billions vanished there, would anybody believe that he engineered a war in Iraq that made others millionaires, his company got the lion's share, but he has gotten nothing or very little!?

Dick Cheney “fully loaded?” Sure. But not only with the $$$ millions that he officially display on the deck
of his official disclosure statement. I believe that he is “overloaded” with billions hidden under the keel
of his fortune yacht. And with a global web of fictitious overseas corporations, and legal firms specializing in hiding assets with top secrecy for hefty fees, I believe that Dick Cheney is surely a “billionaire.” War, among other things, is about making multimillionaires and billionaires by those in control of the war machines. And when billions spilled around in the Iraq War, it will be hard for anybody to believe that its chief architect was left with an emptty bag. Nikos Retsos, retired professor


jacquelyn solomon
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 6:30 am

why doesn't cheney crawl back under his rock and take rummy and the rest of the bush administration along with him!!


JAMES J. URBAN
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 6:51 am

Yes they made mistakes but no like our pesident. by reading some of your comments I believe your are the same cowards that were anti-war marchers. We should bring the DRAFT back So we could get rid of you HALF-ASS patriots. Most of you would surrender and have your heads buried in the sand. You don't have the back-bone to work for a living, you want the goverment to support you, also you are a school drop out and still MUCTHING ON YOUR PARENTS. WAKE UP YOU WILL BE LOSING YOUR FREEDOM WITH OUR GOVERMENT.


christopher
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 8:58 am

that man is cow slop in a wyoming feed lot. the GOP is not coming back anytime soon and dick cow dung cheney is the reason.


Andy G.
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 9:18 am

Wow, you're really clever “Cheney Rules.” Here, I've got one: Maybe Dick can take that Remington 12-gauge and shoot you in the face!


Andy G.
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 9:28 am

Yep, anti-war marchers are automatically cowards. Yeah, right. And what is “mutching?” Maybe you meant “mooching.” But you're right, we will be losing our freedom with our government, and the best way to fix that is to bring back the draft and force them to fight in a war AGAINST THEIR WILL. Wait, that doesn't make sense either, does it? And who are you calling a drop-out? Most college graduates and intellectuals OPPOSED the war. Don't you see, the Republican party PLAYED YOU and your ilk into supporting something out of the fear that you'd be branded “un-American.” Please. Those who dissent are the ones who truly have courage.

I really feel sorry for intellectually challenged half-wits like yourself who have no better option than to support (loudly, I might add) whatever the GOP tells them is “patriotic.” Try http://www.thefreedictionary.com if you have trouble understanding any of these grown-up words.


Maxpower
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 10:44 am

Dick Cheney got his start in the Nixon Administration. How anyone from the Nixon Administration could become VP shows you how f'd up the GOP is. Take 9/11 out of the picture and Dick would have been laughed out of DC by 2004. It took 4 more years for the stupid Republicans to realize he's a coward and a crook (like Nixon). I'm convinced 9/11 would have never happened if real men were in the White House. Remember it happened on Bush/Cheney 's watch and they can blame all the people they want but who was Commander and Vice Commander-in-Chief. What a f'ing coward to be in a wheel chair at the inaguration. The one thing I give him credit for is exposing the GOP for what they really are……nothing but cowards, cheats, liars, hypocrites, perverts, racist and everything else that is not American. So good luck with Limbaugh and Palin.


chris ronk
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

Funny, all this talk about Obama adopting Bush's national security policies. I don't see Obama lying us into war with Iraq or using torture when it is widely considered to be against the law and has been proven not to work

This is a feeble attempt to make yourselves feel better about the past eight years.

Good luck with that.


christopher
Comment posted May 21, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

9/11….9/11……….9/11…….9/11 Guess what cow slop? It happened on yours and that falling down drunk until he was 45 born again losers watch ! so get thee to jackson hole and spend some of that blood money that you got during the last 8 years loser !


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Hawaiian style
Comment posted May 26, 2009 @ 1:02 am

So what can we conclude about Cheney's motives? Is he really worried about Obama's actions endangering the US? He is not stupid. He must know that Gitmo and torture have been the greatest recruiting tool Al Qaeda has had.

Is he trying to sell torture as a way to keep us safe? If so he must believe that it works. A rather minority position.

Is he trying to convince us that torture was justified? If so he must believe that it worked. A rather minority position.

Is the answer to be found in the reason he was pro torture? He knew that prior to the torture the interviewers were getting good intel, perhaps all the intel? Why then did he urge torture? One reason that seems to be a reasonable guess was that he was trying to get an admission of a link between Al Qaeda and Saddam to justify Bush'e War with Iraq.

But even if this is true why continue to throw torture in the face of the American public now without saying it succeeded? Even after torturing one man 183 times in one month there was no evidence of such a connection, regardless of what Mr. Cheney claims.

Is there a hint in the story that after 9/11 he was traumatized and believed that more attacks were coming?
There is a possibility here. Perhaps he is trying to, in good faith, warn that we are going to have another attack and we need to torture to stop it. This could be possible if the torturees had not been in Gitmo for years and out of touch with Al Qaeda.

Perhaps his elevator no longer reaches the top floor? This would be a good explanation. Who knows what lurks in the mind of Man? The Shadow knows, and maybe Cheney knows. I don't.

What I do know is the man as basically admitted breaking US and International law publicly.

I also know that Attorney General Holder has sworn to uphold the law. Did he mean no man is above the law unless he is high up in government? Mr. Holder's inaction and Constitutional Scholar, President Obama's looking forward (which really means looking the other way) are enabling VP Cheney.

What ever is the case, we have a former VP of the United States admitting he enabled and ordered the breaking of US laws, and International laws that we agreed to enforce.

And the world is watching, and I assume laughing, at this great nation of laws and our inability to face and solve our law breaking, in a nation that has told the world we believe in liberty and JUSTICE for ALL.


johnhkennedy
Comment posted May 31, 2009 @ 7:51 am

Hawaiian Style has it right
“Gitmo and torture have been the greatest recruiting tool Al Qaeda has had.”

For Cheney and Bush, the IRAQ War Was All About Getting Iraq's OIL.

The Bush/Cheney Criminals Tortured to get false intel to cover up their Iraq WMD Lies.

Would you support Torture after being forced to watch your wife or daughter being tortured or being threatened with Their rape?

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If our agents Torture them there, eventually they will Torture
political opponents HERE!

TORTURE ! IS A FEDERAL CRIME – SEE The Law http://tinyurl.com/besdd3

It is Never Debatable and Never Morally Correct.
IT is a heinous Federal Capital Crime.

WHY IS OBAMA PROTECTING BUSH AND CHENEY?
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johnhkennedy
Comment posted May 31, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

Hawaiian Style has it right
“Gitmo and torture have been the greatest recruiting tool Al Qaeda has had.”

For Cheney and Bush, the IRAQ War Was All About Getting Iraq's OIL.

The Bush/Cheney Criminals Tortured to get false intel to cover up their Iraq WMD Lies.

Would you support Torture after being forced to watch your wife or daughter being tortured or being threatened with Their rape?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/26/mi5…

http://tinyurl.com/qyqrjh

If our agents Torture them there, eventually they will Torture
political opponents HERE!

TORTURE ! IS A FEDERAL CRIME – SEE The Law http://tinyurl.com/besdd3

It is Never Debatable and Never Morally Correct.
IT is a heinous Federal Capital Crime.

WHY IS OBAMA PROTECTING BUSH AND CHENEY?
They obviously violated Federal Law.

If you do nothing else for your Country today,

SIGN THE PETITION To Prosecute Them For Torture
AT ANGRYVOTERS dot ORG

http://ANGRYVOTERS.ORG

Over 250,000 have signed
Join them and call yourself a Patriot

Politicians who Refuse to Enforce the Federal Law on Torture
and Refuse to Protect Our Constitutional Rights,
WILL NEVER
Get You Single Payer Health Care.

They Haven't The Courage

.


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