The Sierra Club [official website] and Judicial Watch [official website] are suing to additional task force records released, contending the public has a right to know the role the energy industry played in crafting the administration's energy policy. The Bush administration opposes any public release fearing such a release would prevent members of such panels from speaking candidly. The administration also maintains the task force was limited to government officials. Federal law requires government panels to conduct business in the public eye unless all of its members are government officials. This case was last considered by the appeals court in when a panel of judges rejected the government's arguments. However, the Supreme Court by a vote [opinion] in June last year sent the case back to the appeals court saying the federal district judge who ruled against the Bush administration asked for too much information.
DC court revisits Cheney energy task force - JURIST - News - Legal News & Commentary
Washington D. The documents show how Cheney built a rap sheet for drunk driving and arranged draft deferments in the s, pitched in on President Gerald R. We've got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies, if we're going to be successful. I had been arrested twice for DUI when I was a year-old. There were no accidents involved. I was drinking and driving, and there was no question I was guilty.
NRDC Sues Department of Energy to Expose Cheney Task Force Secrets
An energy task force headed by Vice President Richard Cheney does not have to release its records under a federal disclosure law because groups comprised entirely of federal employees are exempt, a U. Court of Appeals in Washington, D. Barring further appeal, the decision may end a four-year battle for information access. FACA exempts advisory committees with all-federal-employee memberships from records disclosure requirements.
Jump to navigation. The group sought the identity of members of the task force, records related to the stated purpose of the task force, and calendars and meeting notes of the agency staff performing work related to the task force. There is no excuse for the Department of Energy's bureaucratic stonewalling. We now have no choice but to press our legal rights until the agency is forced to allow the truth to come out," said NRDC senior attorney Sharon Buccino.