Lawyer Harry Whittington was a pretty big-wig in Texas politics. He attempted to make reforms in their draconian prison system, and investigated wrongdoing in the case of the Texas Funeral Services Commission, who got a no-bid contract to clean up the Katrina bodies, and Funeralgate, when Bush-connected companies recycled Jewish graves in Florida by feeding the corpses to wild pigs.
MK Ultra survivors have described Cheney’s predilection for ‘The Most Dangerous Game” in excruciating detail, and Harry apparently needed to be taught that even powerful Texas lawyers are not above Cheney’s wrath.
Harry gets a hunting lesson
Harry recently decided to clear up some up the misconceptions. First of all, Dick Cheney was NOT his friend, and he was NOT on a quail-hunting trip with fellow enthusiasts. It appears that he had received an ‘invitation he couldn’t refuse’ to be the guest of honor at a remote private property just minutes from the Mexican border.
After teaching him the rules of the hunt, VP Cheney unloaded his Perazzi-Brescia over-under 28-gauge shotgun directly toward Harry’s face and shoulder. Although he claimed to have achieved the enviable shot (all pellets within an 18″ grouping) from 30 yards away, other hunting experts suspect he may be bragging just a little.
After the shooting, the VP and his staff decided to not bother the local authorities, and to take care of Harry themselves throughout the night as he lay bleeding. This gave them additional time to discuss some of their disagreements and come to a better understanding of how politics works.
Miraculously Harry lived through the night, and by the next afternoon had agreed to apologize to the Vice President and his family, to keep the bloody vest as a reminder, and of course to never give an interview or discuss their trip. Cheney’s staff then transported Harry to a hospital.
Texas Hunting Accident Incident Report Form
Since Dick Cheney shot him, Harry Whittington’s aim has been to move on – Washington Post – Oct. 14, 2010
Out of the Closet
Harry recently took the bloody vest out of the closet, where he has been instructed to keep it as a warning to others.
In the interview, Harry admits that has never been a friend of Cheney’s.
Apologizes for making Dick Cheney have to shoot him.
 After being released from the hospital, he apologized to the Vice President and his family:
“We all assume certain risks in whatever we do. Whatever activities we pursue and regardless of how experienced, careful and dedicated we are, accidents do and will happen.”
“My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this week.”
No one in the vice president’s entourage said a word about it publicly until the next morning, when Katharine Armstrong, the daughter of the ranch’s owner, spoke with a reporter from a local newspaper. Armstrong blamed Whittington for blundering into Cheney’s line of fire, a comment that White House spokesman Scott McClellan repeated later that day. Investigators didn’t speak to Cheney until the next morning, and Cheney didn’t address the issue in public until four days later. In a TV interview on Fox News back in Washington, he took responsibility for the shooting (“Ultimately, I am the guy who pulled the trigger . . . “) but offered no apologies.
For Whittington, the accident was not just physically traumatic but introduced chaos into his orderly life. Reporters camped outside the hospital, where he spent a week in intensive care. Someone posed as a member of the hospital’s staff and tried to sneak into his room to take a photo, necessitating a security detail at his door. When he was released a week later, a battered and exhausted Whittington did the apologizing: “My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this past week.”
Convalescing at his home in west Austin, Whittington was besieged by reporters for weeks. They called, hovered around his office and banged on his front door, some bearing flowers and fruit baskets as gifts. TV networks wanted to fly him to New York for interviews. “That was the last thing I wanted to do,” he says.
Texas Funeral Service Commision
In 1999, George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, named Mr. Whittington to head the Texas Funeral Service Commission, which licenses and regulates funeral directors and embalmers in the state. When he was named, a former executive director of the commission, Eliza May, was suing the state, saying that she had been fired because she investigated a funeral home chain that was owned by a friend of Mr. Bush.
White House officials, who did not make public the shooting incident for nearly 24 hours, did not say how Mr. Whittington and Mr. Cheney were acquainted, although both have longstanding ties to the Armstrong family.
Mr. Cheney often goes hunting with other political figures. Two years ago he went duck hunting with Justice Antonin Scalia in Louisiana, a trip that drew criticism because the Supreme Court had just agreed to hear a case involving Mr. Cheney’s energy task force.
Anne Armstrong, the matriarch of the family that owns the ranch, is a Republican Party stalwart who served in the Nixon and Ford administrations and also as ambassador to Great Britain. When her husband, Tobin Armstrong, died in October, Mr. Cheney and James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state, spoke at the funeral.
The 50,000-acre ranch, which features Spanish-style cottages and usually has a full working staff, was settled in 1882 by a Texas Ranger named John Armstrong III, who passed the land on to the family. It sits near the King Ranch, the legendary property settled by the Kleberg family, also in South Texas.