James Gordon Meek and Thomas M. Defrank
New York Daily News
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s Secret Service protection has been extended for at least another six months, beginning Tuesday.
Normally, ex-veeps only get six months of protection at taxpayer expense. But Cheney asked for an extension, and President Obama – whom Cheney has excoriated in several interviews since leaving office – recently signed off.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano signed the order extending Cheney’s security detail, her spokeswoman Sara Kuban confirmed Monday.
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If the Obama administration hadn’t gone along with Cheney’s request, he would have been forced to hire his own security agents – or go without.
Cheney’s friends have said he has become more concerned about his privacy and personal safety in recent years.
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