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Cheney: Obama Could Easily Risk “catastrophic nuclear or biological attack”

February 4, 2009

Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed. 

By Jim VandeHei, John F. Harris, Mike Allen

Google Maps has a clear satellite view of the US vice president's ... 
Dick Cheney.(AFP/File/Mandel Ngan)

In an interview Tuesday with Politico, Cheney unyieldingly defended the Bush administration’s support for the Guantanamo Bay prison and coercive interrogation of terrorism suspects. 

And he asserted that President Obama will either backtrack on his stated intentions to end those policies or put the country at risk in ways more severe than most Americans—and, he charged, many members of Obama’s own team—understand. 

“When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry,” Cheney said. 

Protecting the country’s security is “a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business,” he said. “These are evil people. And we’re not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek.” 

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Missile Defense Test Successful, U.S. Says

December 5, 2008

The Pentagon conducted a successful test Friday of a missile shield system designed to protect the United States against attack, spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

The test involved the interception of a long-range ballistic missile launched from Kodiak, Alaska, with a ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

An official said the target missile launched in Friday's test would have countermeasures.

An official said the target missile launched in Friday’s test would have countermeasures.

Officials said Thursday that this would be the most realistic of the 13 missile shield system tests conducted to date.

So far, the U.S. military has shot down a mock warhead in space with an interceptor missile in seven tests. The interceptor carries a “kill vehicle,” which is designed to destroy the target missile by crashing into it.

The Pentagon said this week that in Friday’s test, the target would be a mock warhead accompanied by “countermeasures similar to what Iran or North Korea could deploy,” according to a U.S. Missile Defense Agency official.

Critics have long complained that the from tests are not realistic because they don’t involve balloons or other decoys that, they argue, could easily fool the interceptor.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin listens during a nationally ... 
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin listens during a nationally televised town-hall style session in Moscow on December 4, 2008. The US military on Friday successfully intercepted a long-range missile target in a “very realistic” simulated attack to test the proposed US missile defense system, the Defense Department said.  Putin strongly opposes the missile defense plan, especially in Poland and the Czech Republic.(AFP/File/Alexey Druzhinin)

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The U.S. military conducted a successful test of its system built to knock out long-range missiles that could be fired by North Korea or Iran, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The target missile for the test over the Pacific was launched from Kodiak, Alaska and an interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, officials said. The intercept took place at 3:29 p.m. EST (2029 GMT).

Boeing Co is prime contractor for the system, called the ground-based midcourse defense.

(Reporting by David Morgan, Jim Wolf and Andrew Gray; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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