Office of the Vice-President

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David Addington

Torture Connection: 
Cheney's Lawyer
  • Born 1957, Washington, D.C.
  • Graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Duke University Law School
  • Staff attorney for CIA, House committees on Intelligence and International Relations, and joint House-Senate committee investigating Iran-Contra
  • Authored controversial minority report on Iran-Contra affair
  • Assistant to President Reagan
  • Assistant to Dick Cheney when Cheney headed Department of Defense
  • Chief Counsel to Vice-President Cheney from 2001. Named as Cheney's Chief of Staff to replace indicted Scooter Libby in 2005.

Richard Cheney

Torture Connection: 
The man behind the curtain
  • Born 1941, Lincoln, Nebraska. Grew up in Casper, Wyoming.
  • Attended Yale University, states that he "flunked out."
  • B.A., M.A. in Political Science from University of Wyoming
  • Began Ph.D. program at University of Wisconsin, did not complete it.
  • Staffer for Donald Rumsfeld at Office of Economic Opportunity during late sixties
  • Staffer in Nixon White House
  • Chief of Staff to President Ford, replacing Rumsfeld.
  • Represented Wyoming in House, 1978-1989
  • Chairman and CEO of Halliburton.
  • Vice-President, 2001-2009.