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Dick Cheney had the wireless function of his heart device disabled to prevent terrorists from using it to kill him

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted near his heart to kill him and had his doctor disable its wireless function.

Cheney has a history of heart trouble, suffering the first of five heart attacks at age 37. He underwent a heart transplant last year at age 71.

In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Cheney says doctors replaced an implanted defibrillator near his heart in 2007. The device can detect irregular heartbeats and control them with electrical jolts.

Cheney says that he and his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, turned off the device's wireless function in case a terrorist tried to send his heart a fatal shock.

Years later, Cheney watched an episode of the Showtime series "Homeland" in which such a scenario was part of the plot.

"I was aware of the danger, if you will, that existed, but I found it credible," Cheney tells "60 Minutes" in a segment to be aired Sunday. "Because I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible."

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whats funny..

is that this isn't a joke.

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Dateline..."Orville Redenbacher kills Dick Cheney!"

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I made a similar observation

I made a similar observation earlier this year when referring to the ability of hackers and referenced Cheney in my comment. The old buzzard isn't likely going to a better place anyway when he departs this earth. God knows whether the content of the book, "Tranceformation of America", is true. Dick, you bought the ticket to hell yourself.

Guess Dick doesn't know much about microwave transmitters.

A determined "science geek" could do it from a 1000 feet with a small transmitter and directional antenna.

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