Editorial: Foxes guard henhouse at Interior
"Interior has been a hotbed of duplicitous conduct by political appointees of President Bush. Most of them come from industries they now are supposed to police. But time and again, news reporters and congressmen have discovered these appointees watering down regulatory work affecting their former employers in mining, ranching and lumbering.

One such former industry lobbyist, J. Steven Griles, the former deputy secretary and No. 2 man in Interior, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to perjury about his dealings with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

What else would be expected of presidential appointees who're the proverbial foxes guarding the chicken house, and whose loyalties are with former employers, not the American public?"

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