RE: ~e; energy policy & secrecy probes

From "Ronald Evitts" <>
Date Tue, 13 Jan 2004 09:43:37 -0500
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yes, i was very keen to see how/what o'neil would say; i always supposed his
termination would result in some candid and unflattering portrayals of the
administration.  am interested to read the book, but already fascinated by
its portrayal of bush as non-engaging, of the war as pre-planned and of the
circle of "interpreters" around the president.  i'm hoping some light is
shed on the unseemly influence of the american enterprise institute, richard
perle, et. al., and interesting to see they are quoted in the article below.
also interesting to see the issue of classified/secret information coming
up, i saw this coming yesterday in the new york times article which flatly
but suggestively phrased one of its paragraphs lead sentences in such a way
as to make one ask why o'neil would be publicising top secret documentation.

remember also o'neil got lots of bad press for his trip to africa with rock
star bono. part of their mission was to encourage economic development, but
also to look at forgiving third world debt, which i'm sure didn't sit well
with the greedy bastards in new york and washington.  i believe his
termination was related to this action and others like it.  would love to
see/hear o'neil interviewed by a politically savvy reporter (unlike leslie
stahl -- though i didn't see 60 minutes, the transcript looked pretty mild).

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Subject: ~e; energy policy & secrecy probes

having heard of the recent developments with
former Secretary of Commerce Paul O'Neill, in
print and on televised interview on 60 minutes,
it was interesting to see reference to the maps
of oilfields and energy companies related to
the economics of middle-east natural resources.
first thought was: this is old news. then today a
word has come through the press that there is
going to be a government/treasury 'probe' into
how the secret documents could get out and
be put on TV (with 'SECRET' spelled out in
big red type on them, it seemed to be)... all
very odd, commentators said, in relation to
all the things that could be looked into, that
a challenge to a tightly-managed perception
mechanism would get this response, instead
of outing of a CIA officer, for instance, or of
forged documents leading to war and death
of tens of thousands (it is guessed). what is
of great interest is that the following story is
just breaking -- that these documents to be
probed are not from the national security
sector, but from the .US Energy Task Force!

This would mean-- in the government's own
words-- that they will need to probe how the
document got out-- and specifically, what it
is that got out-- in relation to justification for
war, related to oilfields and Iraq, pre-9/11.
one may believe this is just politicizing of an
event, yet if one considers connecting dots
from years of this, on list, it would mean that
if these documents are indeed from the .US
Energy Task Force, and are to be 'probed'
that it is important to know how documents
such as this can be held in 'secret' when,
issues related to energy policy including
but not limited to war, pollution, weapons,
etc. are also related across the policy board.

'Secret' O'Neill document not from Pentagon
   Author of anti-Bush book claimed papers reveal pre-9/11 Iraq plan

'The document is not from the Pentagon, however, says Laurie Mylroie,
an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, but was "part
of the Energy Project that was the focus of Vice President Dick
Cheney's attention before the 9-11 strikes."' ... '"The document has
nothing to do with post-war Iraq," Mylroie said, however, in a
dispatch. "It was part of a study of global oil supplies."' ...
'Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department has asked the U.S. inspector
general's office to investigate O'Neill's possession of the document
because it could be classified.'

This is big news, and very brave of O'Neill
for bringing the war in Iraq in relation to
the still secret .US energy task force run
out of Enron's bunker by VP Dick Cheney.
YES, there needs to be a probe of this
strange relationship by the .US government.
How in the world would these documents
for pre-war plans be in .US energy policy?
Oh, already have that answer: James Baker
handed them to Sec. of Commerce Don Evans,
by his own word, for the .US Energy Task Force.
All are involved in the oil business by the way.
An interesting piece of news, for what it's worth.

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