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Oval Office Duplicity: Cover for Corporate Criminality

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Oval Office Duplicity: Cover for Corporate Criminality - by Stephen Lendman


Since taking office, Obama proved himself a machine politician, not a man of the people, an earlier article explaining it this way:


He promised peace and delivered war; real health and financial reform, not same old, same old; help for millions losing jobs, homes, hope and futures, not handouts to Wall Street and other industry favorites; regulatory oversight, not the usual incestuous government-industry ties, making disasters like in the Gulf possible, and when they happen conspiring with offenders in coverup, distortion, lies, and a total disregard for the environment, wildlife, and way of life for thousands - let alone permanent damage to a vital ecosystem.


At the same time, Big Oil gets billions in subsidies, special tax breaks and other financial benefits, besides being free to operate recklessly in a regulatory-free environment. Little wonder that a disaster now threatens to become the greatest ecological one ever, gushing oil that's potentially unstoppably from multiple sea floor ruptures, worsened apparently by BP fix attempts done as PR stunts, the company and administration knowing they wouldn't work but used them anyway as a charade to fool the public.


In addition, for nearly two months, company officials:


-- obstructed cleanup efforts and hasn't provided proper equipment to do it;


-- suppressed vital information;


-- told cleanup workers they'd be fired if spoke to the media;


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