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CHENEY'S LIFE and EXPLOITS
1 ASCENT TO POWER
4 MR. VICE-PRESIDENT
Dick Cheney's ASCENT TO POWER
JANUARY 30, 1941:
Richard B. Cheney is born in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Cheney attends high school in Casper, Wyoming. He becomes
football captain, top 10 student and meets his future wife, homecoming
Queen, Lynne Vincent.
Cheney, a Yale student, turns 18 and becomes
eligible for the draft.
drops out of Yale, returns to Wyoming and takes a job with the local
FEBRUARY: Cheney was classified as 1-A, available for military service.
NOVEMBER 19: Cheney is arrested for drunk
driving. (see the police court docket on the Smoking Gun website )
MARCH 20: Cheney applies for his first student draft deferment.
JULY 23: Cheney applies for his second draft
deferment after enrolling at the University of Wyoming.
OCTOBER 14: Cheney applies for his third student draft deferment. By
now the Vietnam war has escalated following the Gulf of Tonkin
Cheney marries his high school sweetheart, Lynne.
NOVEMBER 1: Cheney gets his fourth draft deferment.
Cheney graduates and is once more listed as 1-A, ready for military
JANUARY 19: When his wife was about 10 weeks pregnant, Cheney applies
for 3-A status, the ''hardship'' exemption, which excludes men with
children or dependent parents. It is granted.
JANUARY: Cheney turns 26 and is no longer eligible for the draft.
Cheney wins a congressional scholarship with
Wyoming Republican congressman William Steiger and goes to Washington.
Cheney travels to campuses to report on scenes of violent student
Cheney goes to work for Donald Rumsfeld as his special assistant at the
Office of Economic Opportunity.
AUGUST: Cheney joins Gerald Ford’s presidential transition team when
President Nixon resigns.
NOVEMBER: Cheney becomes Assistant to President Ford and Chief of Staff.
JUNE 18: Cheney suffers his first heart attack.
Cheney is elected as a congressman from Wyoming.
Cheney becomes Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee from 1981, a
position he holds until 1987.
Cheney votes against a House resolution calling for the release of
Nelson Mandela and the recognition of the ANC.
Cheney is elected House minority whip.
Cheney undergoes quadruple by-pass surgery to
clear clogged arteries.
MARCH: Cheney becomes Secretary of Defense when President George H.W.
Bush’s first choice, John Tower, is rejected by the Senate for personal
Cheney, when asked why he sought draft deferments
during the Vietnam war said "I had other priorities
in the '60s than military service."
AUGUST 1: Cheney gets briefing from General
Norman Schwarzkopf about Iraqi threats against Kuwait.
AUGUST 2: Iraq invades Kuwait.
AUGUST: Cheney flies to Saudi Arabia to convince
King Fahd to allow US troops into his country.
SEPTEMBER: The Pentagon says that 250,000 Iraqi
troops with 1500 tanks are massed on the Saudi border. The photos are
never made public.
Soviet satellite imagery taken that day shows no troops near the
border. (see the photos)
Journalist Jean Heller learns about the Soviet satellite imagery and
presents them to Dick Cheney's office at the Pentagon. They ignore the
JANUARY: Operation Desert Storm begins.
In the wake of Desert Storm, Cheney hires
Halliburton to put out 320 well-head fires and engage Halliburton
subsidiary Brown and Root to rebuild courthouses, schools, utilities,
police stations, and computer systems in Kuwait.
JUNE 10: Cheney and the troops who fought in
Desert Storm are honored with a ticker tape parade up Broadway in New
JULY 3: Secretary Cheney is awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H.W. Bush for his
work on the Gulf War.
Cheney pays Halliburton, Brown and Root $8.9
million for two studies on how to downsize the military.
AUGUST: Halliburton is selected by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers to do all the work needed to support the military
for five years. This is the same plan it had itself drawn up.
NOVEMBER: Bill Clinton elected president.
Cheney's term as Secretary of Defense is over.
DECEMBER: Halliburton provides assistance to
U.S. troops in Somalia.
Cheney sets up Political Action Committee and ponders run for
presidency. The CEO of Halliburton contributes to his PAC. Halliburton
will later be awarded contracts after the invasion of Iraq.
On a fishing trip with Halliburton CEO Thomas H. Cruikshank, and other
captains of industry in New Brunswick, Cheney is asked if he would be
willing to become Halliburton’s CEO.
MARCH: President Clinton signs an order prohibiting "new investments
[in Iran] by U.S. persons, including commitment of funds or other
U.S. companies are prohibited from performing services "that would
benefit the Iranian oil industry." Companies face fines of up to
$500,000 and individuals may receive 10 years in jail for breaking the
MAY 6: President Clinton imposes a near total
U.S. economic embargo on Iran.
OCTOBER: Cheney becomes CEO and Chairman of
During his five year stint at Halliburton, the company wins $2.3
billion in federal contracts, almost double the total of the previous
five years, and another $1.5 billion in taxpayer-insured loans.
Halliburton is fined almost 4 million for selling products to Libya
that could be used to trigger a nuclear program.
Cheney, acting as head of Halliburton, says in a video for auditing
company Arthur Andersen, "I get good advice, if you
will, from their people based upon how we're doing business and how
we're operating, over and above just sort of the normal by-the-books
auditing arrangement, They've got the traditional role to fill as our
auditors...They do that extraordinarily well.” Arthur Andersen
will collapse in the fallout of the Enron scandal five years later.
Cheney tests the waters for a presidential run,
but manages to raise only $1 million.
JULY 22: Abdulamir Mahdi, an Iraqi who'd come
to Canada in his 20's owned a business that supplied oil fields in Iran
with North American parts. His Toronto office places an order for
$41,000 worth of Halliburton spare parts for a cementing unit in Iran.
He says before before the deals, he consulted with lawyers and Canada
Customs who told him that the US embargo didn't apply to Canadians.
SEPTEMBER 25: Halliburton Energy Services
prepares an invoice for spare parts that have been sold to Abdulamir
Mahdi. The invoice puts Kuwait as the final destination for the parts.
In fact, the equipment is headed for Kala Naft in Iran.
OCTOBER 7: In a purchase separate from the Mahdi
transaction, Kala Naft’s London office, the purchasing arm for the
National Iranian Oil Company asks Halliburton subsidiary in Dubai to
send a price quote for purchases for the Iranian oil industry.
OCTOBER 16: Mahdi’s office receives a statement
of compliance from Halliburton Energy Services in Texas saying the
parts he ordered has been inspected and meet Halliburton and industry
OCTOBER 30: Spare parts purchased by Mahdi are shipped to Canada for a
Halliburton cement unit in Iran.
Halliburton is opposed to the U.S. embargo and lobbies congress against
the Iran/Libya sanctions bill.
Cheney negotiates the purchase of Dresser Industries for $7.7 billion.
After the purchase, numerous asbestos related lawsuits hit the hybrid
company. The claims forced several Halliburton divisions into
bankruptcy. Halliburton’s stock falls 80 percent in one year.
MARCH: Abdulamir Mahdi is arrested in Florida during a sting operation.
At the same time his office in Toronto and his home are searched by the
NOVEMBER 22: Abdulamir Mahdi receives a 51-month
sentence on one count of conspiracy to evade export regulations for
sending equipment to Iran and Iraq. (read about the case )
JUNE 13: Cheney tells the World Petroleum
Congress in Calgary “we’re kept out of
there primarily by our own government, which has made a decision that
U.S. firms should not be allowed to invest significantly in Iran and I
think that’s a mistake.
FEBRUARY: Halliburton opens an office in Tehran while Cheney is still
CEO. At the same time, Halliburton ends its presence in Iraq.
SPRING: George Bush asks Cheney to help him find a vice-presidential
JULY: Cheney says he never voted against
releasing Mandela from jail. He says he was only voting against
imposing sanctions, even though sanctions were never mentioned in the
JULY 25: Bush tells the press that he has chosen
Cheney to be his running mate.
JULY 30: Cheney says he actually wanted Mandela
out of prison"Well, certainly I would have loved to
have Nelson Mandela released. I don't know anybody who was for keeping
him in prison. Again, this was a resolution of the U.S. Congress, so it
wasn't as though if we passed it, he was going to be let out of prison."
AUGUST 16: Cheney quits Halliburton to run as Bush’s
vice-president. He exits Halliburton with a stock payoff worth $30
OCTOBER 24: Halliburton announces layoffs and assets sales
because of weakness in its construction and engineering businesses.
Analysts reduce Halliburton’s earning forecast.
OCTOBER 25: Halliburton announces it is under a
grand jury investigation for over-billing the government of California.
NOVEMBER: Cheney suffers his fourth heart-attack.
NOVEMBER 13: It is reported that Halliburton
stock has lost between $3 and $4 billion of its total market value.
Dressers Industries asbestos problem and weak engineering portfolio is
blamed. Democrats question if Cheney had insider information when he
sold his stock two months earlier for $30 million.
During the election campaign Cheney tells ABC
News. “I had a firm policy that we wouldn’t do
anything in Iraq, even arrangements that were supposedly legal.”
However, during his time as CEO, Halliburton was selling millions of
dollars to Iraq in supplies for its oil industry. The deals were done
through old subsidiaries of Dresser Industries. It was done under the
auspices of the corrupt UN Oil for Food Program.
Halliburton worked with Iran and Libya as well, using its own
JANUARY 19: Dick Cheney is sworn in as Vice President of the United
JANUARY 29: President Bush announces the
formation of the National Energy Policy Development Group in Cheney’s
office. He announces that Cheney will chair the group.
FEBRUARY 2: Wall Street Journal publishes expose
on Halliburton’s Tehran office. (read the article )
Abdulamir Mahdi writes a letter to Cheney complaining that he is in
jail for violating the Iranian embargo while the Vice President, who
did the same thing, is free.
MARCH 5: Cheney has balloon angioplasty performed
at George Washington University Hospital after suffering chest pains.
APRIL 19: Representatives John Dingell and Henry
Waxman, Ranking Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce,
send a letter to the General Accounting Office, seeking to obtain
information about National Energy Policy Development Group. They
wanted to find out who had participated in the report.
MAY 16: Cheney presents to President Bush a
report entitled National Energy Policy, which recommended the adoption
of the national energy policy that had been developed by the NEPDG.
(read the National
Energy Policy )
JUNE 21: Cheney’s office sends 77 pages of
miscellaneous documents supposedly as a responsive reply to GAO’s
request for documents. The package of documents contain pages with
dollar amounts but no indication of the nature of purpose of the
expenditure. Also included was the executive director’s credit card
receipt for a pizza. Requests by the GAO for additional information was
AUGUST 2: Cheney sends a letter to the Senate and
House of Representatives, stating “actions
undertaken by an agent of the Congress, the Comptroller General, which
exceeded his lawful authority and which, if given effect, would
unconstitutionally interfere with the functioning of the executive
Cheney says the GAO’s demand for documents compromise “the confidentiality of communications among a President,
a Vice-President, the President’s other senior advisors and others.”
Cheney also states that he had provided "documents
responsive to the Comptroller General's inquiry concerning the costs
associated with the (Energy task force's work.)" Cheney was
apparently writing about the 77 pages.
SEPTEMBER 11: Al Qaeda attacks in New York and
Washington. In the wake of the attacks, Dick Cheney reportedly is taken
to Raven Rock, a top-secret military base. He orders U.S. military
fighters to shoot down any civilian planes that may have been hijacked.
JANUARY: Sierra Club sues Cheney, et al, to
get documents related to the National Energy Development Group.
(read a report from the Sierra Club )
FEBRUARY: Ambassador Joe Wilson is told by the
CIA that Cheney is interested in an allegation that Iraq had tried to
purchase Yellow Cake uranium from Niger. Wilson goes to Niger to
investigate and concludes the rumour is false.
FEBRUARY 22: David Walker, the Comptroller of the
General Accounting Office, files a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to
get access to records relating to the activities of the National Energy
Development Group. (see the document .pdf file)
JUNE 22: A memo written by INC (Iraqi National
Council) lobbyist Entifadh Qunbar to a U.S. Senate committee lists John
Hannah, a senior national-security aide on Cheney's staff, as one of
two "U.S. governmental recipients" for reports generated by an
intelligence program being run by the INC and which was then being
funded by the State Department. The letter shows Cheney's office was
getting intelligence from a highly suspect source.
AUGUST 26: Cheney tells an audience of veterans "There’s no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of
mass destruction [and that he will use them] against our friends,
against our allies and against us.”
Selling the nuclear threat became key to convincing
Americans to support the war.
DECEMBER 9: U.S. District Court Judge John Bates
dismisses the high profile lawsuit filed by David Walker, the
Comptroller of the General Accounting Office, against Vice President
JANUARY 28, 2003: President Bush gives his
State of the Union Address where he presents a case against Saddam
Hussien and states that "The British
government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant
quantities of uranium from Africa". (see the address )
FEBRUARY 7: The General Accounting Office
abandons its efforts to obtain records about the operation of the Vice
President's Task Force on Energy Policy.
The Comptroller says while he believes the decision of the Judge Bates
was incorrect, to pursue it would take too much time and resources. He
also points out that private litigants were still pursuing the Cheney
MARCH: Cheney declares "we believe that he [Saddam Hussein] has in fact
reconstituted nuclear weapons."
Cheney publicly states mid-March that U.S. troops
would be "greeted as liberators” in Iraq.
MARCH 5: Army Corps of Engineers writes in an
e-mail that a contract for restoring Iraqi oil fields is being
coordinated with Cheney’s office. Three days later a Halliburton
subsidiary was awarded the $7 billion contract.
MARCH 19: U.S. begins Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Baghdad is bombed.
APRIL 7: Newsweek reveals that Cheney is still
receiving annual compensation from Halliburton for his tenure as the
company CEO. This while the U.S. military was giving contracts worth
potentially billions of dollars to Halliburton.
APRIL 8: California Democratic representative
Henry Waxman, joined by Democratic representative John Dingell, request
a General Accounting Office investigation, writing that 'ties' between
Cheney and Halliburton 'have raised concerns about whether the company
has received favorable treatment from the administration. This is their second request concerning Cheney.
JULY 6: Ambassador Joe Wilson writes an
article for the New York Times criticizing the Bush’s state of the the
Union address for including the allegation that Iraq had tried to
obtain yellow cake uranium from Niger. (read
the article )
JULY 14: Syndicated columnist Robert Novak
reveals that Ambassador Joe Wilson’s wife is a CIA operative. That
information, he writes, came from two senior administration officials.
This leak violates U.S. law. (read the article )
AUGUST 25: The GAO releases a report called Energy
Task Force: Process Used to Develop the National Energy Policy.”
(read the report .pdf file)
SEPTEMBER 14: Cheney repeats widely discredited
report that 9/11 hijacker Muhammad Atta met with an Iraqi intelligence
officer in Prague in 2001.
Bush publicly admits there is no evidence linking Iraq to September 11
DECEMBER 15: U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear
Cheney appeal a lower court order that Cheney turn over documents
related to the Bush administration’s Energy Task Force. Cheney had been
fighting efforts to disclose the documents for three years.
JANUARY: Dick Cheney goes duck hunting with US Supreme Court Justice
Halliburton states in an SEC filing "Since [Cheney's] nomination as vice president,
Halliburton has been and continues to be the focus of allegations, some
of which appear to be made for political reasons by political
adversaries of the vice president and the current Bush administration.
We expect that this focus and these allegations will continue and
possibly intensify as the 2004 elections draw nearer.”
U.S. Treasury department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control begins
investigation into allegations that Halliburton may have violated the
U.S. embargo against Iran through a subsidiary based in Dubai.
FEBRUARY 3: Halliburton is accused of
overcharging the U.S. military $36 million for meals at a U.S. base in
FEBRUARY: Justice Department investigation into
allegations that Halliburton paid $180 million in bribes to Nigerian
officials to get contract to build a natural gas plant in the late
1990s, when Cheney was still CEO.
Halliburton, in its annual report, says U.S.
government contracts accounted for 26 percent of its revenues in 2003.
That is up from 10 percent the year before.
MARCH: The Pentagon asks the justice department
to help investigate allegations that Halliburton overcharged for fuel
in Iraq by more than $80 million.
MARCH 18: Scalia releases a 21 page memo refusing
to recuse himself from the Cheney appeal on the Energy Task Force
lawsuit. Scalia had been asked to recuse himself because of a
duck-hunting trip he took with Cheney in January. (read the memo)
APRIL 8: Two congressmen, Henry Waxman and
John Dingell, ask the General Accounting Office to investigate ties
between Cheney and Halliburton and whether the company has received
favourable treatment from the Administration.
JUNE: U.S. media reports that Dick Cheney had
been questioned about the leak of the identity of Valerie Plame, the
CIA-officer married to Joe Wilson.
JULY: A federal grand jury in Houston
subpoenas documents for Halliburton as it investigates allegations that
the company may have violated the US embargo against dealing with Iran.
AUGUST: Halliburton settles with the Security and Exchange
Commission, agreeing to pay $7.5 million for not disclosing a change in
its accounting practices that allowed it to report higher earnings in
1998 and 1999. The SEC accused Halliburton of hindering its
OCTOBER 5: Cheney meets Democratic Vice-Presidential challenger John
Edwards in a televised debate.
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