Re "Justices Appear to Support Cheney Task Force Secrecy," April 28: The issue of whether Vice President Dick Cheney must disclose whether corporate insiders had a hand in shaping our national energy policy is being decided by a judicial body that includes a member with questionable personal ties to the very same vice president. This must have the framers of the Constitution rolling in their graves.
The processes supposedly in place to maintain government integrity and accountability have become meaningless, almost farcical. When our leaders' right to secrecy begins to exceed our right to know, we endanger the foundation of our supposedly enlightened form of governance.
How noble of the administration to take a stand and fight for "separation of powers" before the Supreme Court. Funny, though, it seemed a bit less committed to that lofty goal when it secretly funneled $700 million from the war on terrorism in Afghanistan to fight Saddam Hussein instead. What gives?
Your article says that "the issue of who is a member of the advisory committee is crucial to the lawsuit" and then points out that, in 1993, Republicans criticized Hillary Clinton for holding secret meetings of her healthcare task force, "much as Democrats have criticized the secrecy of the Cheney task force."