Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president, has revealed that he had his heart implant modified for fear of terrorist attack. Mr Cheney's doctor disabled the heart defibrillator's wireless function in to prevent would-be assassins from interfering with it and causing a fatal heart attack. A similar scenario featured in an episode of the hit TV series Homeland. But he said the chance of a successful attack on Mr Cheney would have been "slim". An ICD monitors heartbeat and if it detects an irregular rhythm, sends low-energy electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. In , researchers from the University of Washington, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Harvard Medical School, claimed that they could carry out software radio-based attacks on ICDs that could "compromise patient safety and patient privacy".
George W. Bush: Dick Cheney Was Angry I Didn't Pardon Scooter Libby
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Bush noted that while he chose to commute Libby's sentence, Cheney "wanted more. Bush said. I chose to let the jury verdict stand after some serious deliberation, and the Vice President was angry. In , Libby was convicted in four felony charges related to the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity, a leak thought to be a politically-motivated attack on her husband, Joseph Wilson.
Remembering Why Americans Loathe Dick Cheney
When Vice President Dick Cheney left office, his approval rating stood at a staggeringly low 13 percent. Few political figures in history have been so reviled. President Bush bears ultimate responsibility for the Iraq War, as do the members of Congress who voted for it. And after the invasion, he contributed to the early dysfunction on the ground.
Cheney, often cited as the most powerful vice president in American history,   ended his tenure as an unpopular figure in American politics. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger , eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations.