Thursday, February 05, 2004

Scalia hearts oil execs, too

While Yahoo News is saying that Cheney paying for Scalia's duck hunting trip makes it look even worse if the Justice doesn't recuse himself from the VP's pending case, I was more interested in this tidbit of info:

According to those who met them at the small airstrip here, the justice and the vice president flew from Washington on Jan. 5 and were accompanied by a second, backup Air Force jet that carried staff and security aides to the vice president.

Two military Black Hawk helicopters were brought in and hovered nearby as Cheney and Scalia were whisked away in a heavily guarded motorcade to a secluded, private hunting camp owned by an oil industry businessman...(Italics Nitpicker's)

The camp is owned by Wallace Carline, the head of Diamond Services Corp., an oil services firm that is on 41 acres of waterfront property in Amelia, La. The company provides oil dredging, pile driving, salvage work, fabrication, pipe-rolling capability and general oilfield construction.

Carline, who founded the company 42 years ago, also contributes money to local Republicans running for office in Louisiana. He refused to comment on the visit by Cheney and Scalia.

It seems to me that it's even more damning that Scalia was a guest of an oil executive whose direct interests may have been affected by Cheney's "energy task force."

Update: Blogger Emeritus Dwight Meredith weighs in.


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