... Summary: Here is the smoking gun pointing
directly to Vice President Richard Cheney's secret energy company meetings held at the White House in early 2001. Some of
the documents of the meetings reveal charts of "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts" and a "map of Iraqi oilfields,
pipelines, refineries and terminals" ... Congress and the press should immediately and thoroughly investigate the any linkage
between the secret White House deals, the fake California energy crisis, the Enron collapse, and the US invasion and occupation
of Iraq. The question to ask is: Did the White House sell US foreign policy to the highest energy company bidder? ...
CHENEY ENERGY TASK FORCE DOCUMENTS FEATURE
MAP OF IRAQI OILFIELDS
Commerce & State Department Reports to
Task Force Detail Oilfield & Gas Projects, Contracts & Exploration
Saudi Arabian & UAE Oil Facilities Profiled
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 Watchs 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 countrys oilfields, pipelines, refineries and tanker terminals. There are supporting
charts with details of the major oil and gas development projects in 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.
The documents were produced in response to
Judicial Watchs on-going efforts to ensure transparency and accountability in government on behalf of the American people.
Judicial Watch aggressively pursues those goals by making FOIA requests and seeking access to public information concerning
government operations. When the government fails to abide by these sunshine laws Judicial Watch files lawsuits in order to
obtain the requested information and to hold responsible government officials accountable.
These documents show the importance of the
Energy Task Force and why its operations should be open to the public, stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
For detailed secret maps posted on the Internet,