Wednesday, September 26, 2007

We are all Saudis Now

"The Interior Department's program to collect billions of dollars annually from oil and gas companies that drill on federal lands is troubled by mismanagement, ethical lapses and fear of retaliation against whistle-blowers, the department's chief independent investigator has concluded. ... The report stopped short of accusing top agency officials of wrongdoing. ... It suggested that the agency was too cozy with oil companies and that internal critics had good reason to fear punishment", NYT, 26 September.

Who are these guys at Interior? "Diplomats" looking to be posted to Saudi Arabia so when they leave State they can do very well indeed? Do they want to make friends in the oil companies? Stay tuned for further developments on this. Particularly if Hillary is your next President. I have no more confidence in the Inspector General's report than I have in a Big Four audit.

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