18 July 2003

Bad news for Cheney, very bad news for Saudi Arabia and the UAE

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, said today that documents turned over by the Commerce Department, under court order as a result of Judicial Watch�s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit concerning the activities of the Cheney Energy Task Force, contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as 2 charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and �Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.� The documents, which are dated March 2001, are available on the Internet at: www.JudicialWatch.org.

The Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates (UAE)documents likewise feature a map of each country�s oilfields,pipelines, refineries and tanker terminals. There are supportingcharts with details of the major oil and gas development projectsin each country that provide information on the projects, costs,capacity, oil company and status or completion date.

Judicial Watch has been seeking these documents under FOIA since April 19, 2001. Judicial Watch was forced to file a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch Inc. v. Department of Energy, et al., Civil Action No. 01-0981) when the government failed to comply with the provisions of the FOIA law. U.S. District Court Judge Paul J. Friedman ordered the government to produce the documents on March 5, 2002.

Unbelievable. The second paragraph should be treated as very bad news by Suadi Arabia and the UAE because it implies they may appear on somewhere on Cheny's axis of conquerable oil-rich states.

Link via DailyKOS and Atrios from Tom Tomorrow

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