Dick Cheney: Wanted for Bribery
Nigeria has made it official. Today, it charged Dick Cheney with 16 bribery-related charges.
While that’s not unexpected, I’m amused by Dick Cheney’s Defense-Attorney-on-Call Terry O’Donnell’s response to the charges:
Mr Cheney’s lawyer, Terence O’Donnell, said US investigators had “found no suggestion of any impropriety by Dick Cheney in his role of CEO of Halliburton”.
“Any suggestion of misconduct on his part, made now, years later, is entirely baseless,” Mr O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell suggests that because the US conducted its own investigation–mostly during a period when Cheney remained the most powerful man in government and when DOJ was clearly politicized–then Nigeria should be unable to do so, too.
Particularly given Mary’s very intriguing post about competing jurisdictions and missing millions in Switzerland, I find that response particularly notable.
Quite the epitaph: Too Corrupt for Nigeria
i volunteer to rendition vietnam war draft evader and gout ridden dick to Nigeria, no charge.
hell, i’ll even toss in 183 waterboardings for free if they would like that also.
(Dodger Divorce OT: Team Jamie for the win! [this round]. Molly Knight espn.com article here. Link to 100 page decision here)
You going to do a post? I saw the news and hoped you’d do another installment…
(i want to read the decision then get something up…may not come together until this week’s trash talk – thx for the cont’d interest!)
I wonder what our extradition treaty with Nigeria looks like.
obama will break out his little used pardon pen to ensure darth does not have to deal with any such unpleasant scenarios.
Obama can’t pardon Cheney for breaking Nigerian law.
But Cheney would still expect him to do so.
But would Obama’s pardon be recognized in Nigeria?
Oops, Peterr beat me to this point by 2 hours. What’s your beverage of choice tonight, Peterr?
Bob in AZ
If you can assist me with the large inheritance I have received from my sister, by sending me your personal banking data so that I may partner with you in settling the estate, for which I will share with you more that $1,000,000 US dollar units, I will gladly also inform you of our Nigerian extradition compact provisions!
as things are slow, needing a laugh i found one over at boing boing: “Pundit calls for development of magical anti-Wikileaks computer virus”
favorite comment, #23: “I type the magical password “PATRIOT ACT” and I have control of the banks ….Oh wait, it’s true.”
O.M.G…. laughing so hard that tears are rolling down my face.
“Suggestion of misconduct”
You gotta love the nostalga for that quaint notion of innocent until proven guilty, which renders indictments as mere suggestion in the mind of prosecutors. While there is little of note in this alone, comming on behalf of Mr 1%, it’s really a laugh.
PS. For Interpol watchers, this case involes an actual indictment.
While it will never happen, isn’t there something delicious about the thought of Darth Cheney sweating in a Nigerian jail?
Who knew that Cheney might be done in by irony overload ?
Nigeria thumbs its Nose at every “Civilized” country and presses charges against PapaDick. Nigeria should get the Nobel Peace Prize, if they manage to prosecute him.
Trvlg& can’t do long comment but mon chodan was in tex entering a plea. T still fighting extradition.
Judge gives Assange’s lawyers a window to test sex assault case
“This scenario, senior legal sources in London told the Herald, is the ”big fear … that if he is extradited they will send him to America and he will disappear”.’ [emphasis added]
After watching the rage with which our State Department has pursued Assange and created problems by strong arming corporations like PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and even Swiss Banks, you have to wonder why the Obama administration would ever bother with compromising with Republicans on tax cuts.
Back to the $130 million supposedly in a Swiss Bank. I’ll venture to guess that it was used by Cheney to buy the “best government available” in Afghanistan for a small 10% finders fee on all the skimmed money from US contracts in the longest war in US history.
The interesting parts of M*s elaboration about the affair involved the sidelining of $MM*s.
Reading ew*s news of progress in the matter, and keeping in mind the lax environmental regulations in some of these areas which have longterm unrest because indigenous peoples object to extractive industries* imperious practices, plus the diminutiveness of those countries* voices in global efforts like Kyoto, Toronto, Rio, Copenhagen, Cancun; I thought to look at the archive at EDF. Much of their material often is dated, products issued by IMF, World Bank, stultifyingly obscure studies which barely paper over the sorts of business practices that would have a quite different appearance if licensed on US territory. However, from this search resulted a few such reports, all of these barely mention Nigeria, although it appears at the margins; consider:
forests 1.7MB filesize; 130pp.; date 2005; in English; authorship Amazon Institute for Environmental Research;
oil business practices in Africa; several studies mention places like Togo, but nothing much about Nigeria there; 7 pp, 70KB;
WorldBank 2003;53pp, 2.2MB; look at displaced populations;
oilcos, bribes, Africa 20pp, 1.8MB; publication date not clearly stated, likely sometime after Y2K.
I firmly believe Dick Cheney is innocent of the charges. Dick would NEVER resort to bribery if he could use extortion.
Boxturtle (I gotta believe that even at the time, Darth could exert pressure in Nigeria)
This, is hilarious
How is it that Royal Dutch Shell, who apparently run Nigeria, or at the very least have a finger in every pie, decided to charge Cheney? This is too wierd.