In February 2006, I chronicled some of then vice president Cheney's little-known shenanigans.
Given Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh's new revelation that the military ran an "Executive Assassination Ring" throughout the Bush years which reported directly to Cheney I have reposted below - as context - my 2006 essay, called "All Roads Lead to Dick Cheney".Most people know that Vice President Dick Cheney is former CEO of Halliburton, which makes billions of dollars a year from oil and primarily defense-related construction contracts (and that war and chaos increase Halliburton's profits, which in turn increase the value of Cheney's stock options). Most people also know that Cheney was secretary of Defense under George H. W. Bush.
Many people know that Cheney was a congressman from Wyoming. Some even know that he was one of the founders of the Project for a New American Century.
But even well-informed people probably don't know that -- in the 70's -- Cheney was instrumental in generating fake intelligence exaggerating the Soviet threat in order to undermine coexistence between the U.S. and Soviet Union, which conveniently justified huge amounts of cold war spending. See also this article. This scheme foreshadowed Mr. Cheney's role in generating fake intelligence in Iraq by 30 years.
And did you know that Cheney has been perhaps the leading advocate for strengthening the powers of the White House to the point of monarchy for at least 20 years?
Or that newly-released documents show that Cheney was involved in debates concerning illegal wiretaps 30 years ago?
Did you catch that the former director of the CIA accused Cheney of overseeing American torture policies ? Or that Colin Powell's former chief of staff stated that Dick Cheney is guilty of war crimes for his role in facilitating torture?
And, according to to the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who uncovered the Iraq prison torture scandal and the massacre against Vietnamese civilians, Cheney is the main guy helping to fund groups which the U.S. claims are terrorists (see confirming articles here and here)
And guess who is the prime architect of efforts to bomb Iran? Yup, Mr. Cheney (see also this article).
To recap, Cheney's past includes:
• Faking intelligence and using scare tactics about enemies to justify a pre-planned military agenda