Geopolitik Energi

May 11, 2007

CHENEY ENERGY TASK FORCE DOCUMENTS FEATURE MAP OF IRAQI OILFIELDS

Cheney had Iraq in sights two years ago

(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/07/22/wcheny22.xml)

By Simon English in New York

Last Updated: 12:26am BST 22/07/2003

 

 

Documents released under America’s Freedom of Information Act reveal that an energy task force led by vice-president Dick Cheney was examining Iraq’s oil assets two years before the latest war began.

The papers were obtained after a long battle with the White House by Judicial Watch, a conservative legal charity that opposes government secrecy and which is suing for the dealings of the task force to be made public.

 
Dick Cheney was examining Iraq’s oil assets two years before the latest war began

The emergence of the documents could fuel claims that America’s war in Iraq had as much to do with oil as national security. It also indicates that the Bush administration is beginning to lose the battle to keep its internal workings secret.

The 16 pages, dated March 2001, show maps of Iraq oil fields, pipelines, refineries and terminals. A document titled Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts is also included, listing which countries were keen to do business with Saddam’s regime.

Judicial Watch requested the papers two years ago as part of its investigation into links between the Bush administration and senior energy executives including Enron’s former chairman Ken Lay.

Mr Cheney has fought the release of the documents at every stage. A court ordered two weeks ago that at least some of the task force’s working papers should be made public.

 

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said: “People will draw their own conclusions about the documents, but that is what an open society is about. Given the delay in their release, the Bush administration clearly did not want them to come out.”

A spokesman for Mr Cheney did not return calls yesterday. The US Commerce Department said in a statement: “It is the responsibility of the Commerce Department to serve as a commercial liaison for US companies doing business around the world, including those that develop and utilise energy resources. The Energy Task Force evaluated regions of the world that are vital to global energy supply.”

Judicial Watch isn’t claiming that the documents are proof of any particular intent but say they should be open to public scrutiny.

Mr Fitton said: “Opponents of the war will point to the documents as evidence that the Bush administration was after Iraqi oil. Supporters will say the energy task force would have been remiss if it did not take Iraq’s oil into account.”

Nevertheless, the documents represent a surprising development. Until now it had been assumed that the US government was stonewalling over the energy task force papers because they would show the extent to which major party benefactors, including Enron, effectively wrote national energy policy.

Judicial Watch and other watchdogs are now curious what else may be revealed. A court ordered the government to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and give up these documents more than a year ago. Judicial Watch said it could not explain why the papers were suddenly released. A government spokesman declined to elaborate.

Maps of oil fields and pipelines in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and a list of energy development projects in those two countries are also included.

Mr Cheney argues that his consultations with the energy industry should be private so that all parties can speak freely. A US court recently described this invoking of executive privilege “extraordinary” and “drastic”.

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CHENEY ENERGY TASK FORCE DOCUMENTS FEATURE MAP OF IRAQI OILFIELDS

Commerce & State Department Reports to Task Force Detail Oilfield & Gas Projects, Contracts & Exploration

Saudi Arabian & UAE Oil Facilities Profiled As Well

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, said today that documents turned over by the Commerce Department, under court order as a result of Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit concerning the activities of the Cheney Energy Task Force, contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as 2 charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and “Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.” The documents, which are dated March 2001, are available on the Internet at: http://www.JudicialWatch.org.

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BUSH AND CHENEY, WHO AVOIDED THE VIETNAM WAR, ARE PREPARING FOR A NEW U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: AFTER THE MIDDLE EAST DISASTER, GET READY FOR INDOCHINA WAR II

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While in Southeast Asia, this editor looked into rumors that the Bush/Cheney administration has initiated a major military move into Southeast Asia to secure for itself large oil deposits discovered in the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The U.S. military push into the region is centered on the Cambodian coast, particularly around Sihanoukville.

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April 25, 2007

THE OIL FACTOR IN SOMALIA

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US interests in Somalia

Copyright 1993 The Times Mirror Company


Los Angeles Times

January 18, 1993

THE OIL FACTOR IN SOMALIA

FOUR AMERICAN PETROLEUM GIANTS HAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE AFRICAN NATION BEFORE ITS CIVIL WAR BEGAN. THEY COULD REAP BIG REWARDS IF PEACE IS RESTORED

By MARK FINEMAN


DATELINE: MOGADISHU, Somalia

Far beneath the surface of the tragic drama of Somalia, four major U.S. oil companies are quietly sitting on a prospective fortune in exclusive concessions to explore and exploit tens of millions of acres of the Somali countryside.

That land, in the opinion of geologists and industry sources, could yield significant amounts of oil and natural gas if the U.S.-led military mission can restore peace to the impoverished East African nation.

According to documents obtained by The Times, nearly two-thirds of Somalia was allocated to the American oil giants Conoco, Amoco, Chevron and Phillips in the final years before Somalia’s pro-U.S. President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown and the nation plunged into chaos in January, 1991. Industry sources said the companies holding the rights to the most promising concessions are hoping that the Bush Administration’s decision to send U.S. troops to safeguard aid shipments to Somalia will also help protect their multimillion-dollar investments there.

April 11, 2007

KENAPA AS INCAR IRAN?

Selepas invansi Amerika Serikat (AS) ke Irak pada Maret 2003, nafsu AS ternyata masih tak bisa dibendung untuk mencoba “invansi” Iran lewat isu yang sama: nuklir. Iran dikhawatirkan akan memproduksi senjata pemusnah massal (Weapon Mass Destruction / WMD) melalui senjata nuklir. Padahal Iran telah mengklaim tenaga nuklir hanya digunakan sebagai bahan pembangkit listrik; demi perdamaian. Padahal, pada tahun 1974, Iran di bawah Shah Reza Pahlevi, AS men-support pembangunan reaktor nuklir Bushehr. Kali ini, isu ancaman senjata nuklir Iran kembali digunakan AS. Sungguh kampungan!

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Dulu, isu senjata nuklir pernah berhasil digunakan oleh AS ke Irak. AS menginvansi Irak, dunia pun seakan tak bisa berbuat banyak; termasuk Indonesia. Di AS sendiri, isu senjata nuklir dianggap sebagai “kebohongan” terhadap publik AS. Sebuah media massa AS, The Washington Post sempat mempertanyakan alasan serangan AS ke Irak. Sandi Invasi AS ke Irak bernama Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) malah diplesetkan publik AS menjadi Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL !).

Kali ini, Resolusi DK PBB diputuskan. Aneh tapi nyata, Indonesia mendukung resolusi dengan alasan mendukung penciptaan kawasan bebas senjata nuklir di Timur Tengah. Secara tak sadar, itu sebuah resolusi yang secara tidak langsung mendukung AS. AS dan sekutunya sangat berkepentingan atas wilayah Timur Tengah, demi kepentingan energy security-nya. Kepentingan energy security tersebut demi terjaganya dominasi AS di dunia. Jika begitu, apa yang diperoleh Indonesia atas keluarnya Resolusi tersebut? Tidak ada? Bisa jadi, Indonesia ditekan AS dikarenakan lemahnya kepemimpinan nasional. Sungguh memalukan.

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