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.