Attorney William Veale talks about dismissal with sanctions of case against Cheney and Rumsfeld for liability for events of 9/11; Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog reveals how Warren Buffet is poised to profit from Keystone-XL pipeline. Veale is a former public defender who sued on behalf of April Gallop, an Army soldier who was injured at the Pentagon on 9/11 and escaped through the hole in the building that was supposedly blocked by a crashed airliner. Veale racaps Gallop’s story, and his suit that charged VP Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Don Rumsfled with conspiracy to cause death and bodily harm and a violation of the Antiterrorism Act. Veale recounts some of the 90 findings of fact that were ignored by the trial judge, who called the suit “frivolous” and a product of “cynical delusion and fantasy”. Incredibly the appeal court panel included Judge John Walker, a cousin of the Bush royal family who refused to recuse himself from the case. Last week, that appeals court dismissed the case, and ordered Veale and a co-counsel, Bill Cunningham, to pay $15,000 in sanctions for bringing the lawsuit.
At 34:25, Horn joins us to describe his research into Warren Buffet’s interest in the Alberta tar sands and the Keystone-XL pipeline project. Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway bought rail freight BNSF, which would haul pipes to the construction site. BH also owns big stakes in ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and GE–all stand to profit from the pipeline project. Read Horn’s article here.