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Tuesday, April 06, 2004
  Cheney and his secret game

This is an issue I have been following since the Baby Bush/Cheney Energy Task force released its report, so here's the current status:CNN.com - Supreme Court accepts Cheney appeal on energy taskforce - Dec. 15, 2003: "WASHINGTON (CNN) --
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Vice President Dick Cheney's challenge to a court ruling that would force him to disclose details of meetings between his energy policy task force and the industry.

The high court Monday accepted Cheney's appeal and will hear the case sometime after February, with a ruling expected in June.

Cheney has balked at turning over documents relating to the controversial energy policy task force that he headed for the Bush administration. A lawsuit claims he had made improper contacts with the energy industry when developing government policy.

Cheney is appealing a federal court's order that he release internal files of the task force. The White House has argued the courts and Congress have no business making inquiries, even limited ones, into the decision-making power of federal agencies and offices. Cheney has said executive power needs to be increased in such confidentiality cases."
And maybe, just maybe, they'll be forced to go back to the original policy recommendations and actually cite their sources. It's the only time I've ever seen a 180 page policy paper,smack full of numbers and graphs, w/o citing a single source. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

For those of you who haven't, it does make interesting reading. You can learn to measure oil production in gallons so the numbers look really big, and measure oil spills in barrels so that the number looks real small in comparison. It's really not a policy report, it's a learning aide for those trying to master spin in an academic formatted paper. 
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