WASHINGTON (CNN) – Protection for former Vice President Dick Cheney has been extended, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan confirmed to CNN Tuesday.
Donovan would not say for how long the extension will last. The extension, reportedly requested by Cheney, went through the standard process and was officially authorized by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano July 17, according to DHS spokeswoman Sara Kuban.
The extension was not based on a specific threat against the former vice president, CNN has also learned. Rather, officials believed the move was justified given the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, political debate about the Bush administration's strategies and Cheney's active public schedule, according to a government official with knowledge of the matter.
Ordinarily, former vice presidents only receive Secret Service protection for the first six months after leaving office. DHS told CNN this is the first time a former vice president's security detail has been extended beyond the standard duration.
–CNN's John King, Kevin Bohn, and Martina Stewart contributed to this report.
(Updated 5:45 pm with DHS comment)
Let Dick pay for his own extended protection with his no bid Halliburton kickbacks, he has cost taxpayers enough with his extended hospital stays and undisclosed locations.
Not sure why we're spending tax money protecting this guy, seems kind of counter productive.
That's not what I want my tax dollars paying for. He has all the Haliburton money, he can afford to pay for his own security.
Who do I complain to?
Lock him up for all his crimes - that's the only way I want my tax dollars used for that man.
I think his secret service "protection" should extend through the time they take him down to Gitmo and waterboard him until he finally tells the truth about his underhanded, illegal doings in the WH. And while he's down there, I'm up for giving him all the same health care a poor person can afford in this current "free-market" health care system.
Can't wait for his run against Obama in 2012. You libs will be crying big time when he wins after the country gets fed up with the obama socialism and 9 mil are still unemployed.
His "active public schedule?" This is the guy no one saw the entire final 6 months he was supposedly working on our behalf. Suddenly he's everywhere defending his guilty self for allowing torture and spying on American citizens. Oh, I forgot, he was saving us from the imaginary bad guys...you know, the ones his little hit squad was after. Not real AlQueda, just people assumed to be ASSOCIATED with them.
As far as what this is costing us, it's too much! They already sent us into recession, now he wants more public dollars? Aren't we paying this guy a huge pension already? Let him pay for his own bodyguards!
One word sums up most of the people making comments to this article. KOOKS!
I was not aware war criminals deserved secret service protection, but I guess I'm wrong. This man is an absolute disgrace.
Cheney should be protected alright...inside a cell in a federal prison.
I hope they dont forget the handcuff
...If they go hunting, who's protecting the AGENTS?
Why are we paying for an WAR CRIMINAL's Secret Service detail?
Oh yeah my bad he's the President's distant Cousin!
Hey No Justice No Peace!
Have to protect him from the lunatic left. No telling what that rabid group of haters could do so it is definitely warranted. Obama continuing and even in some cases extending "Bush's wars" sure does not make a difference. He could nuke the liberals best friends Hamas and they would still be, "Oh praise be to Obama."
Jimmy the Greek? We will let you pick up the tab for Ol' Snarl Faces' security. From one right-wing nut to the other.
Where are the rethuglicans cries about what this will costs the tax payer like they do for the President???
hoyer=party politics – only republicans kill people they disagree with.
Well, I suppose it makes sense. You don't exactly have to torture people to develop a credible belief that he's probably on the hit lists of a lot of terrorist organizations for the trouble he and Bush caused.
For the record guys, this is NOT 1920, O.K? :)
I wish you people payed more attention in Goverment classes. Secret Service protection comes out of what they are paid in retirement. So yes we are paying for it but no more than we were already paying for his retirement. Same with Presidents and first ladies.
Dick Cheney and the rest of the Bush administration should be tried for their VARIOUS crimes against our nation and the world, including torure, warrentless wiretapping, outing a CIA agent (THAT'S TREASON) and starting an unjust war with Iraq.
He thinks he is tough and has all the answers to terrorism so why does he need protection.
I say save the money and let him carry his shotgun, he is good at shooting people, but has problems with telling bird from people expecially his friends or at least used to be friends.
All he wants to act important and have people around him to do his work so can stay fat, mouthy and lazy.
Of course the most hated man on the planet needs protection. Have a nice day!
How sad to see that my tax dollars are being so blatantly wasted on this pig.
Note to Secret Service: Please assign agents to Dick Cheney who are afflicted with narcolepsy.
this was actually given to Cheney by Obama. So for those of you who are complaining about taxpayers money being wasted keep in mind it is the president giving this protection.
Let Rush Limbaugh protect him!
Why on earth is the American taxpayer picking up the tab for this? If Cheney wants security he can pay for it (maybe with all the Halliburton Funds that were syphoned to him for the last 8 years.) Or, I have a better idea, Federal Prison is a pretty safe place.