Cheney's Security Detail Disturbs Park

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It appears not even the security concerns of the vice president can supplant the sanctity of national parks. Cheney and those who protect him have apparently heard the complaints of others who enjoy the relatively unspoiled pleasures of Grand Teton National Park and reduced the "obnoxious" evidence of their comings and goings at Cheney's nearby vacation home. Tops among the complaints were the training exercises conducted by Blackhawk helicopters that have reportedly "skimmed" the Snake River in full view of rafters, tourists and residents, according to the Chicago Tribune. From the point of view of the National Park Service, that puts the Secret Service in violation of the 2,000-foot minimum altitude rule in place at Grand Teton and many other national parks. "That's way too low to fly," said park spokeswoman Joan Anzelmo. "Visitors were frightened and animals were disturbed. That type of reconnaissance mission is not something to do in a national park." First evidence that Cheney and the security detail have earned some respect for their fellow park users is the fact that the Secret Service abandoned its former practice of blockading the river while Cheney is fly-fishing.