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if(requestedWidth > 0){ document.getElementById(‘articleViewerGroup’).style.width = requestedWidth + “px”; document.getElementById(‘articleViewerGroup’).style.margin = “0px 0px 10px 10px”; } The office of Vice President Dick Cheney is seeking to block the release of videotaped depositions given by two aides who witnessed a physical encounter between an Iraq war opponent and Cheney.

In a motion filed Saturday, Cheney’s office contended that the videotapes could be used to invade the privacy and embarrass two aides called to testify about the encounter in a civil lawsuit.

The motion for a protective order expressed particular concern that both aides’ faces could wind up on YouTube.com.

“As courts have recognized, using digital technology, a video recording can easily be ‘cut and spliced,’ so as to embarrass and even humiliate a witness,” Cheney’s lawyers wrote in a U.S. District Court filing.

“That much can readily be seen from a visit to YouTube. . . . A simple query using the search term ‘deposition’ yields over 400 video clips, in which many of the deponents are made to look boorish, mendacious, or unintelligent.”

The plaintiff, Steven Howards of Golden, is suing Secret Service agents who arrested him after he approached Cheney at a Beaver Creek mall in 2006 and told the vice president his policies in Iraq were “disgusting.”

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