"Citing his ‘draconian’ demands, veterans group revokes Cheney’s invitation to speak."
The Disabled Veterans of America have revoked Vice President Dick Cheney’s invitation to speak at its convention next month because “the group felt his security demands were Draconian and unreasonable“:
[Cheney’s] staff insisted the sick vets be sequestered for two hours before Cheney’s arrival and couldn’t leave until he’d finished talking, officials confirmed. […]
[V]ets would’ve had to get up “at Oh-dark-30 and try to get breakfast and showered and get their prosthetics on.” Once inside, they “could not leave the meeting room, and the bathrooms are outside,” he said.
Cheney’s security demands “seem more stringent than those of his boss.” “President Bush routinely speaks at events such as large dinners where thousands of guests freely pass back and forth through Secret Service screening portals.”
Cheney spokesperson Megan Mitchell also said that she was puzzled by the group’s allegations since security arrangements are not finalized until a few weeks before the event and “we would never want any disabled vet to be put out on our account, that just wouldn’t happen.”