Editorial - Suing OPEC

A new way for government to distort oil markets advanced a step Jan. 6 in a Senate hearing on the nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales to be US attorney general. Attention focused on advice the nominee provided the administration on treatment of detained terrorism suspects. Congressional Democrats wanted to make the nomination look like Republican support of torture. But the oil and gas industry would do well to keep a wary eye on the Republican who presided.The Gonzalez hearing was the first public performance of Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter in his new and influential role as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The proceedings made several things clear about the veteran lawmaker...

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