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)
As long as HE (Cheney) pays for it. This dog keeps himself in the lime light of controversy, making himself a target and we have to pay for it...No Way, like the Banks..let him take care of himself, lord knows he can afford body guards on the money he ripped from all of us.
Bet you don't have a problem with ou tax dollars going to pay for medical coverage for illegals, or for bailouts of criminal bankers, or to cover the Billions of dollars associated with Pork Spending by this administration, or for allowing unions to take over industries, or hey just for the heck of it: How about the $300,000 a week it costs to fly Pelosi back and forth to CA from DC – You missed those right?
Why spend taxpayer $$$ on this when we know the guy is perfectly capable of shooting someone in the face all by himself?
Can't Darth just use that little neck pincher move to protect himself?
With as many controversial statements as the guy makes he probably could use the security... IMO he should at least pay for half of the costs though.
It never fails to amaze me the numbers of people who accuse the Democrats of hatred toward Republicans, when we have a United States Senator from South Carolina openly declaring the wish to 'break' Obama. THAT IS irrational hatred, directed at the President and not concerning himself with the wishes of the American people. He must have been elected to serve his party, not the citizens of South Carolina.
Maybe Cheney got wind of an Republican conspiracy to assassinate him so that it could be blamed on the Democratic party and that's why he needs more protection.
What he'd REALLY like is a Secret Service detail follow him to heaven when he stands before his Maker ;0
Security extended. Hmmm. Do ya think ? The man is a mass murderer. He's Pol Pot in a business suit. He may be on the Wanted list of one or two million people.
Making an attempt on Mr. Cheney's life would serve no productive purpose, so why do it?
I believe this unprecedented move is an ego stroke for Mr. Cheney's own self-importance. Now, he may believe some may wish him harm because of his disgusting, corrupt life. With that said, he is who and what he is – vile, despicable, arrogant and overall a very evil person. This will not change.
Let's not dwell on his extension of Secret Service protection. Now that he is no longer President of the United States, he needs to feed his self-importance some way.
Let us pity this poor, lost soul. Our Creator will deal with him on Judgment Day!
Here's a former administration official who just might need this type of protection. Not the most popular guy in the country right now.
He could afford his own security. Cut him loose. Save the tax payers dollars.
This scumbag deserves no protection at all. He should be in a supermax prison cell 23 hours a day.
Thats is absolutely brilliant! That would be par for the course in regards to the moral and ethical mindset of the typical republican!
They kill one of their own and blame it on the democrats!!
I can't imagine why Cheney would feel the need to exend his secret service time. Too bad he wasn't denied the extension!
Give him a gun and send the greedy bugger off to fight in Iraq, since it was his mainly his lies and manipulations that got us involved in the Iraq mess. How many millions upon millions of dollars in Halliburton stock options does he still retain? His business ripped this country off left and right through substandard construction work, rotten food, and electrical work that was so poor that several troops were killed because of it. Cheney and Bush are largely responsible for the U.S. economy falling apart and deserve no sympathy.
Complete waste of taxpayers money. I think he should be a bit concerned given how critical he's been of the current administration. He should just happily retire in the woods somewhere....away from any potential innocent bystanders.
The security should be provided at Cheney's own expense through a no-bid contract to Haliburton!
They are hoping he will drop dead before all his illegal and inhumane actions are brought to light