Dick Cheney's Daughter to Act as 'Human Shield' in Iraq?
The office of Vice-President Dick Cheney denies rumors that one of his daughters intends to serve as a 'human shield' in the Iraq war.
March 27, 2003 Denying reports apparently originating from Echo of Moscow, a radio station in Russia's capital, a staff member in Dick Cheney's office told UPI on Tuesday that neither of the vice president's daughters is en route to Baghdad to become a "human shield" in the Iraq war.
The Russian-language broadcast on Saturday, March 22 asserted that Cheney's eldest daughter Elizabeth was already in Amman, Jordan awaiting transport to Iraq. "According to unofficial sources," the broadcast continued, "Elizabeth intends to join with members of the 'Human Shields' located at important Iraqi sites."
By mid-week the story had become fodder for international gossip, making the rounds of independent media, Weblogs and online discussion groups. On Tuesday the Middle Eastern news site Al-Bawaba.com put the icing on the cake by claiming that Vice President Cheney himself was about to make an emergency trip to Jordan to fetch his errant offspring back home. "He will try to convince his daughter, who is currently staying at a hotel in Amman, not to go to Baghdad along with a group of volunteers who want to go to Iraq and form human shields against the Anglo-American attacks," the report said. (Spinning the story in a fresh direction, Al-Bawaba went on to speculate that it's actually Mary Cheney, described as the vice president's "lesbian daughter," who's on her way to stop bullets in Baghdad.)
According to UPI, the entire Cheney family is present and accounted for in the United States, with no immediate travel plans.
Sources and further reading:
Cheney: No Daughters as Human Shields
United Press International, 25 March 2003
Cheney Daugher - Human Shield in Baghdad?
Al-Bawaba.com, 25 March 2003
Cheney's Daughters Not Going to Baghdad
Washington Times, 26 March 2003