An appelate court gets peeved at a lawyer for VP Dick Cheney and the US government as they continue to pull out the stops to keep the machinations of his secret 'energy policy task force' from becoming public.
Arguing for Cheney, Justice Department lawyer Gregory G. Katsas said that the appellate court should intervene to halt a district court effort to force Cheney to release records about the task force. But Judge Harry T. Edwards, the senior jurist on the three-member panel hearing the case, said it was hard to see why the case merited preemptive action.
"There's not one single case anywhere that supports what you're asking," Edwards, a Carter appointee, told Katsas. Edwards said that in asking the appeals court to intervene, the government was ignoring American jurisprudence. "You pretend there's no law on the books," he said. "You have no case."
Pretend there's no law on the books? These guys? Surely you jest.
The Bush administration's ties to the energy industry have made the energy task force, which released its recommendations two years ago, the subject of considerable scrutiny. Environmentalists believe they were shut out of an important policymaking process, while other critics say the task force is emblematic of an administration determined to do much of its important business beyond public scrutiny.
Are you listening Democrats? Now that the drama and 'unity' of war is winding down, perhaps it's time to rexamine how rancid the early days of this Administration really were....and how this 'monarchy's' political thuggery continues to this day.
This isn't the Bush Administration. It's very literally the Enron Administration.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1883 times:
Heavy - the problem here is that this issue has been at the forefront for nearly 2 years now and the 4th estate isn't doing much about it. Maybe the Washington Post will report an appellate Court's decision, this being Washington DC where such issues are being dealt with by its readers, but the rest of the country is too busy zoned out by red alert (chili peppers), orange alert (curry), yellow alert (this government is pissing your money away), etc.
The Congressional General Accounting office has been conducting an independent investigation on the activities of this so-called task force and its links to Enron and Arctic Resources Co. The energy policy of this country (big bucks, as in multiply all the tax payer $$$ withered away by Neil Bush in his Silverado scandal by the number of chins on Barbara Bush and you're still a drop in the bucket) is being made in secret by individuals and interests with a financial and political stake in particular policies.
Seriously, I doubt if the TV media will report this unless it involves a zaftig intern and a stogie. The press today would yawn if reports of late night political espionage by paranoid political leaders were to arise today and Watergate would have just been a fancy building were that to happen today. Puts all that purported political corruption about an Energy Task Force right on the back pages of the Post. Can you imagine Paula Zahn or Aaron Brown going into fits of journalistic rapture over energy resources? Only if it involves B-52s, F-16s and WMDs...
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1829 times:
Just like they tried to water down the *organic food* labelling bill to suit the big companies who are now scared that a large portion of Americans are shunning the big food companies awful food and trying to be healthy and avoid all the chemicals Cargill and Co are shoving down your collective throats.
Remember the fag companies saying *smoking is not harmful*?
It's all about money, not what the poor hapless American consumer gets out of it.