"Afghan security forces insisted on searching all the bags carried by members of Cheney's staff and the press who were left outside.
"Secret Service agents objected, saying they had already been checked. A White House advance staffer already on site came out and angrily demanded that the Afghans admit military aides carrying the briefcase that contains the U.S. government's nuclear weapon codes.
" 'I'm telling you to open the gates now,' the White House staffer said. 'These are the vice president's military aides.'
"The Afghans allowed Cheney's military aides through but insisted on doing complete body searches of the rest of his traveling party."