Canada’s Too Scary for Dick Cheney


Apparently when you’re a washed up has-been ex-Vice President whose involvement in torture while in office is causing people in other countries to call to have you arrested for war crimes, your standards in “danger” get pretty low.

After facing large and rowdy protests in Vancouver last September at a speaking engagement, Dick Cheney announced this week that he will not be attending a booked speaking session in Toronto this coming April, citing safety concerns.

At the Vancouver event, protesters loudly booed the guest’s arrival, scuffled with police and demanded Cheney’s arrest. Protests were spurred when Human Rights Watch urged the Canadian government to investigate the “overwhelming” evidence of Cheney’s involvement in torture during his time in office. They also urged Canada to comply with the United Nations Convention Against Torture, to which Canada is a signatory.

Canadian Law expressly provides for arrest and prosecution of an individual for torture and other crimes if the complainant is a Canadian citizen, even for offenses committed outside of Canada. The US government under Bush and Cheney are implied in at least two cases of extraordinary rendition and torture, including the case of Maher Arar, an Ottawa engineer who was rendered to Syria and tortured for a year before his release, and that of Omar Khadr, a former child soldier languishing in Guantanamo Bay.

“After speaking with their security advisers, they changed their mind on coming to the event,” said one of the organizers of the canceled engagement, Ryan Ruppert. However, given the very real legal threat to Cheney’s own freedom, and the fact that George W. Bush himself has canceled speaking engagements in other countries when it became apparent that he could be held accountable for involvement in torture, it’s more likely that Cheney is running scared that his own actions could come back to haunt him in a very real way.


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Photo from Gage Skidmore on Flickr.


Dr Clue
Dr Clue5 years ago

As is recalled here, among other things , Dick Cheney is wanted on an Interpol warrant in relation to an $180,000,000 bribery case involving a Halliburton pipeline in Nigeria.

Feel free to have a good time with Google reading all about it.

Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago

He and bush should be in PRISON go get them OBAMA it will help alot !!

LD B5 years ago

Gee, you'd think that Canada's current Conservative government would both welcome him with open arms and take all necessary steps for ensuring that his was a very pleasant stay.

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush5 years ago

Remember, Mr. Cheney is an ultra conservative.
Everything is too scary for him.

Barbara V.
Barbara V5 years ago

Jessie R: You had better go somewhere and wake up. The devil himself I suppose you'd stand up for too?

Barbara V.
Barbara V5 years ago

Good. Now if only we in America would expose that SOB for what he really is. He and that little wart, Bush. Imagine committing crimes of the magnitude they did (especially Cheney) and getting by with them. I'm glad the Canadians gave it to Cheney. If he were smart, he'd just go under his slimy rock and lay low.

melissa m.
melissa m5 years ago

Bush and cheney and all the other war criminals think they lucked out when they were not charged with crimes,but they are finding out when they go to other countries! they are not protected anymore with the office. why would anyone ever ask that jerk to come and talk?

Christopher Fowler

Typical. The GOP's "no fear" fear-mongering warhawks (chicken-hawks, actually) run from the law again. Perhaps, if they were so certain that they did nothing wrong, they wouldn't hide from this, but they know that what they did was wrong and illegal and they are too cowardly to face their accusers like the men that they think that they are.

Judith Howard
Judith Howard5 years ago

I'm a Canadian and this psycopath isn't welcome in this country. I'm glad that he fears his safety, he should after all of the destruction he and the Bush clan have caused. He knows his days are numbered. I'm disappointed that he and the former Bush administration haven't been indicted yet. And George W Bush has the nerve to come to this country demanding $100,000. for an appearance. Wonders never cease.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Jessie R. You're ignorance and stupidity knows no bounds, Canada does NOT deny people operations or medications. You are thinking of the USA where insurance companies deny these things. As a nurse for 40 years, I know you are FULL OF SHIT!
As for those who mentioned Harper, we have to get rid of the creep because he is always hanging off the American teat.