Cheney Energy Task Force Had Maps of Iraqi Oilfields

Documents from Dick Cheney’s May 2001 energy task force —
released under court order to the public interest group Judicial
Watch — include charts and maps detailing Iraqi oilfields,
pipelines, and refineries. The recently disclosed information also
reveals maps of Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates oilfields,
pipelines, refineries, and tanker terminals with supporting charts
of major oil and gas developments. Thus, the billowing cloud of
thick, black controversy rising from the task force and resulting
energy policy of the Bush Administration grows even thicker. Two
years ago, the Los Angeles Times published an extensive
investigative piece showing that the ‘Cheney-led task force
consulted extensively with corporate executives. Its findings
boosted their interests.’ In April of this year the Washington
reported that Cheney’s lawyer ‘received a scolding
yesterday from a panel of federal appeals judges over the Bush
administration’s use of an unusual legal maneuver to avoid
disclosing information about Cheney’s energy policy task force.’
The newly released information once again raises suspicion about
what happened behind closed doors and heightens the need to answer
what Cheney is trying so hard to keep classified. As Judicial
Watch’s President Tom Fitton said, ‘These documents show the
importance of the Energy Task Force and why its operations should
be open to the public.’
Joel Stonington

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Energy Task Force Documents Feature Map of Iraqi Oilfields

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