~e; .US energy task force ...

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Fri, 5 Mar 2004 22:23:41 -0600

  There may be something interesting happening
  soon with regard to those documents 'in a secure
  location' related to secret .US Energy Task Force
  meetings, involving VP Cheney, Enron's Ken Lay,
  and others loop-holed as government employees.

  On the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer there was
  an interesting aside during the weekly exchange
  between Mark Shields and David Brooks. It was
  mentioned that the .US Supreme Court has now
  released some public statement this last week in
  which the issue of Judge Scalia overseeing the
  upcoming Energy Task Force case is left to him
  to decide his impartiality. What is unique about
  this statement was that it followed on the release
  of the notes of a recently deceased judge of the
  same court, making public his decision making.
  In effect, one could easily consider that the same
  will happen with notes from Judge Scalia which
  would shine some light on the reasoning for not
  recusing himself from a highly controversial case,
  should he not decide to do so himself. In a sense,
  it would mean that should he hear the case, all
  of his decision making would itself be documented
  as part of the public, legal record for this decision.
  Or, that is a reason it may be legally dubious to do
  so, as it would bring into question the integrity of
  the Supreme Court, and especially Justice Scalia.

  So, it was astonishing to hear it mentioned by the
  commentator David Brooks that 'even he' believes
  that in this case, there is no question that Mr. Scalia
  should recuse himself from hearing the case. This
  is an approximate wording, yet there was no doubt
  that the conservative representative made it clear
  that the majority public opinion believes the same.

  Basically what this means is that, should Mr. Scalia
  step down the case of the .US Energy Task Force
  would proceed to the Supreme Court, and as it was
  mentioned previously in analysis, without Mr. Scalia
  the court system may no longer be able to block the
  documents from public review, possibly automatically
  because of a previous decision- it is not known what
  the status is of the case or how the court is going to
  hear this case. From what seems to be happening,
  should Mr. Scalia step down, the Supreme Court
  may be likely to allow a lower court ruling to open
  up the documents-- that is, the first days of 2001 in
  the .US administration with regard to energy policy.

  What remains to be known is what Judge Scalia
  will do, decide to get out of the case on the quick,
  or try to oversee a case without any checks and
  balances on the right to do so, except for writing
  in his own pen about his decision making in doing
  so, which would provide plenty of insight after-the-
  fact to what has been held up for 3.5 years in courts
  by VP Cheney in particular, and the .US administration.

  Whatever way it breaks, it may be rather dramatic in
  that there has been absolutely no movement nor any
  substantial public review (besides what has been in
  the leaked document category, including planning for
  developing oilfields of Iraq, as a part of the task force).

  That Mr. Cheney oversaw these secretive meetings
  at the same period of time in early 2001 that it was
  stated by former Commerce Secretary Paul O'Neill
  that the Iraq war was being planned, in addition to
  issues as diverse as nuclear weapons in Iraq, the
  forged yellowcake uranium documents, the outing
  of a CIA agent who worked on WMD, the strategy
  of pre-war and post-war planning for Iraq, including
  oil development contracts which also happen to be
  tied to the Vice President's prior employer, a job he
  left to become the VP after being the CEO there. It
  is quite puzzling how all this might fit together yet
  surely the public review of these secrete energy
  planning documents will help correct course in
  the many issues now in dire need of addressing,
  which range from fuel efficiency to pollution to
  climate change to diversifying power production
  to securing critical infrastructures to responsible
  oversight to innovation in design, manufacturing,
  and many other measures that can be taken to
  pre-empt a future of 'resource based' global war.

  This conversation never took place, in the public
  realm, what to do with regard to energy futures.
  It never left the realm of secret meetings, and it
  is so well representative of the cultural dimension
  of electromagnetism and its central role in today's
  power structures, be it government representation
  or reasoning for actions or inaction, that it will be
  central and noticeable what effect this upcoming
  decision by Mr. Scalia will ultimately have, as it
  connects to all the dots above, as is documented.


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