Saturday, June 11, 2005

Another week in DC, ho hum

From Carpetbagger Report via MyDD, here's a list of stories coming out of Washington in just the last seven days:
  • The Bush White House let a former lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute re-write a government report on global warming, editing out scientific conclusions he didn't like.
  • Bush's Interior Department offered to overpay a wealthy Republican donor for oil and gas rights on Everglades land that the government apparently already owns, overruling the advice of career officials.
  • The Pentagon's inspector general released a report on a lucrative Air Force contract for Boeing that cost too much for planes the military didn't want. Bush, who has enjoyed generous campaign contributions from Boeing, was involved with the contract, personally asking White House aides to work out the deal and dispatching Chief of Staff Andrew Card to participate in the contract negotiations. When the inspector general's report came out, 45 sections were deleted by the White House counsel's office to obscure what several sources described as references to the Bush gang's involvement in the lease negotiations and its interaction with Boeing.
  • Documents from the U.S. State Department published this week show that the president backed away from the Kyoto global warming treaty after being pressured by ExxonMobil, the world's most powerful oil company, and other industries.
  • Bush officials at the Justice Department inexplicably decided to reduce its settle request with the tobacco industry from $130 billion to $10 billion, and urged government witnesses to soften their recommendations about sanctions.
To which I would add:
  • At yesterday's House Judiciary hearings on abuses of the Patriot Act, the Republican chair interrupted witnesses in mid-sentence, abruptly ended the hearing, and walked out, ordering the mikes shut off.
  • A newly released Justice Department report shows that the FBI missed at least five chances to pull in two of the 9/11 hijackers in the months prior to the attack. (Which is why we should give up even more of our civil liberties in an expanded Patriot Act? Just asking.)
  • 16 American and 3 Iraqi contractors were jailed at Camp Fallujah last month, where they say they were humiliated and physically abused by U.S. Marines over a period of 3 days.
I only spent 10 minutes on the addendum, so I'm sure I missed a few. (Yawn.) Oh well, there's always next week.

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