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America's Gulf: A Toxic Crime Scene

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America's Gulf: A Toxic Crime Scene - by Stephen Lendman


On August 4, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a Department of Commerce agency, reported that:


"The vast majority of the oil from the BP oil spill has either evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered from the wellhead or dispersed, much of which is in the process of being degraded....this is the direct result of the robust federal response efforts."


The same day at an AFL/CIO convention, Obama hailed the news, saying "the long battle to stop the leak and contain the oil is finally close to coming to an end."


False. From the start, the Obama administration conspired with BP, imposing censorship and cover-up, barring the public and news media from coming within 65 feet of clean-up of "booming operations, boom, or oil spill response operations under penalty of law" without Coast Guard-authorized permission.


The agency is a virtual BP arm, now retired Admiral Thad Allen its de facto representative as National Incident Commander, doing its bidding, suppressing the disaster's severity, including enforcing the FAA's mid-June announced no-fly zone, not needed if there was nothing to hide. There's plenty, why journalists and other violators faced up to five years in prison and a $40,000 fine for telling the truth, now mostly hidden, not gone.


On August 4, responding to NOAA, Kieran Suckling, executive director of Center for Biological Diversity said the following:


"The overly rosy tone of (NOAA's) report may leave the false impression that this crisis is somehow nearing an end. But much of the oil that the government refers to has simply been broken apart and remains in the ecosystem. It's like taking separated salad dressing and shaking up the bottle so the oil and vinegar mix. You may not be able to see (it), but it's there."


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