The secrecy under which Bush and Cheney operate in support of crony capitalism is shameful. Library associations are prominent among those seeking freedom of information.
There must be public access to information about the energy task force convened by Vice President Cheney in 2001. The case seeking to determine whether special oil industry interests influenced the National Energy Policy Development Group (NEPDG) was brought by the Sierra Club and Judicial Watch and heard at the United States Supreme Court in March 2004.The case is vital to preserving public access to government information under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
The National Security archives has joined the American Library Association, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for American Progress, the Society of American Archivists, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Liberty Project, OMB Watch, and the Society of Professional Journalists in filing an amici curiae brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Cheney Amici Brief .
The oral argument is scheduled for January 27, 2005.