I was listening to local news on my drive home this evening, that some energy company CEOs lied to the congress when they testified at a joint Senate Energy and Commerce Committee hearing last week. At the hearing then, contrary to what we know now, they denied any involvement in the closed door energy task force, which was set up by vice president Cheney and brewed a plan friendly to the oil industry. CEOs lie, no big news.
However, what disgusted me is the fact that the Chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Sen. Ted Stevens refused to swear in these executives before they testified. This gave the executives a pass to lie on the Congress without fearing of later being prosecuted on lying under oath. What did the senator know that we don't?
What disgusted me more is the silence from the vice president's office between the high profile hearing last week and the revelation published by the Washington Post yesterday. We don't know what Senator Stevens knew, but we know that the vice president must know. Why the silence?