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Obama's Gulf Commission: Distortion, Obstruction and Whitewash Assured

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Obama's Gulf Commission: Distortion, Obstruction and Whitewash Assured - by Stephen Lendman


The Deepwater Horizon site is a crime scene. But instead of demanding prosecutions for culpable industry and Interior Department officials, Obama announced a commission to assuage public concern and anger, suppress vital truths, and obstruct justice, America's customary response to major government and corporate crimes - to wit, the notorious Warren, 9/11, and Space Shuttle Challenger Commissions. More about them below.


Crime Scene in the Gulf


On May 19, a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Media Center release headlined, "BP Can't Be Left in Charge of Gulf Coast Crime Scene," saying:


On May 19, its President and CEO, Larry Schweiger, told the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee that "The federal government should immediately take over all environmental monitoring, testing, and public safety protection from BP. Too much information is now in the hands of BP's many lawyers and too little is being disclosed to the public....The Gulf of Mexico is a crime scene and the perpetrator cannot be left in charge of assessing the damage."


He also urged lawmakers hold oil companies and other corporations accountable and "to create a path that takes us truly beyond petroleum." Along with local agencies and residents, NWF is monitoring the damage and cleanup efforts in partnership with Louisiana's Wildlife Federation, its state affiliate and Coastal Louisiana office.


On May 16, the Socialist Party USA called BP's spill "a Crime not a Disaster," saying:


BP "is no stranger to corporate crime." Neither is Halliburton, its co-conspirator, notorious for its history of war profiteering, partnering in government corruption, benefitting from sweetheart deals and kickbacks, being on the take for decades, and profiting from hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, at least since the 1960s - stolen the way Wall Street commits fraud and gets "reform" legislation passed to legitimize it.


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