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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dick Cheney, You're Under Arrest!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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Say what you want about Code Pink -- we can always count on its members to keep it real and, well, colorful. Remember when the activist group glitter-bombed former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as he signed books in San Francisco?

And because they never miss an opportunity to show their sheer disdain for the Tea Party-types, members are calling on local authorities to arrest former Vice President Dick Cheney as he arrives in San Francisco today to speak at a private Asian conference at the Palace Hotel.

Naturally, the group has organized an "Arrest Cheney"  presence outside the hotel equip with provocative banners, flyers, and, yes, there will be people dressed in black-and-white jail "outfits," wearing Cheney masks.

More importantly, the group has sent a letter to the San Francisco Chief

of Police, the San Francisco Sheriff, and the San Francisco District

Attorney, demanding they arrest former President George Bush's sidekick. They've even made a strong case: Cheney's inhumane

treatment and torture of detainees. Code Pink points out that under U.S. and international law,

authorities have an obligation and duty to arrest and prosecute anyone

who is complicit in torture and inhumane treatment.

"Dick Cheney has publicly admitted that he ordered inhumane treatment of detainees, including waterboarding, which is defined as torture under the law," said Cynthia Papermaster, a human rights activist. "We consider him a criminal, and expect our local law enforcement agencies to do their duty and arrest him -- this is no joke."

Okay, but the thought of local police arresting Cheney is still kinda funny.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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