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The Only Thing BP Put A Lid On Today…The Truth

05/27/2010

Sixteen hours of deception. Sixteen hours of embarrassing the American Government. Sixteen hours of acting like it trying to “cap” the killer leak, but doing the exact opposite. It’s called fraud. And it should not go unanswered by President Obama. BP is not only attacking the Gulf, the insensitive corporate giant is ambushing the Obama Administration, and along with it, the sensibility of the American public.

BP wanted the world to believe it was actively engaged in the difficult task of capping the leak by continually pumping mud to stop the flow from hell, when it actually had halted the operation. And only a few knew.

Just moments ago CNN’s anchor, Anderson Cooper, was more aggravated than we have ever seen him. Justifiably so. BP won’t go on his show to answer direct and pointed questions, all in an effort to deceive us, all of us, about what it was doing in the many tense hours of this nervous day. “I probably should apologize to folks that we haven’t been giving more data on that,” BP’s Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said when asked why it took so long for the company to reveal it had suspended its operations. “It was nothing more than we are so focused on the operation itself.”

Images from a mile down showing the increasingly poisoned waters flowing are on cable news all day. But pictures, in this case, are not enough. It’s hard to tell what is really happening down there by relying on video feeds. In this case, a picture was not worthy of even a thousand words from the company until the truth came out later. The only thing BP put a lid on today was the truth.

Enough.

President Obama is about to visit Louisiana. Mr. President, have a televised town meeting with residents who’s lives have been shattered by the incompetence of BP. Show us your anger. Make Billy Nungesser, the articulate and pleading Plaquemines Parish President, proud.

Show us that the deliberate corporate myopia of not having proven backup systems to avert accidental flows oil will never again be tolerated. Speak out against media management by the public relations “experts” at BP, who, by continually deceiving us, are waging war on the American people, the United States government, and the notion of credibility itself.

Mr. President, this is your defining moment. Make the most of it. This is not a partisan issue. Our resources are being diminished, minute by minute. All of America is behind you on this one.

Make it clear that fraudulent corporate actions will be targeted by your Administration. Make that message the “Domestic Obama Doctrine.”

Yes, it is time to wage a legal war on BP. May 28, 2010 is your opportunity. Attorney General Eric Holder should be at your side during your trip. James Carville is right. It’s time for a grand jury. The government needs to take over the operation. The public will never again believe what any top official of BP says. Why should we entrust our precious Gulf waters to boardroom business decisions?

BP has forgotten what CBS Correspondent Edward R. Murrow once said: “To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful.” Mr. Obama, you are now encumbered with not only rescuing the Gulf, but in standing up for truth, credibility and transparency.

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  1. The Destructionist permalink
    05/27/2010 11:23 pm

    In light of the BP oil calamity it’s quite obvious that something must be done, and fast, if we are to save our world from corporations that would prefer to place huge profits above that of our environmental and financial welfare.

    As large corporations gobble up smaller corporations in an attempt to seize an even bigger piece of the global economic pie, it seems that businesses have been allowed to grow, unfettered, into unwieldy corporate behemoths (a.k.a., British Petroleum) with little, if any, regulations regarding their obligations to national sovereignties or allegiances.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I believe that if a corporation begins its “life” in a particular country, than it has an obligation to that country and its people: due in part to the patronage of its citizens throughout the years in helping that corporation to grow. When I hear about American businesses pulling up stakes and moving to other countries in lieu of cheaper labor and supplies elsewhere, I feel both embarrassed and betrayed. (They would be nothing if it weren’t for people like you and me. After all, we purchased their services, time and time again, fostering them constantly by giving them the opportunity to flourish. Our final reward for all our efforts? Millions of fellow Americans out of work, all desperately hoping that their unemployment benefits never run out.)

    I agree that the bad news is not just happening here in America, but around the globe. I blame that on the evolution of the business model: over the years, it has been compressed into a precise science in an effort to squeeze every last drop of profit out of the proverbial “bottom-line.” I began to notice the change in the late 1970’s when I was in my teens. Back then, it was a different world for me and I didn’t seem to care too much. Today however, it is a different story.

    What can we collectively do as Americans?

    Contact your representatives in the House and Senate. Let them know that

    big business should be regulated and ask them to enact laws to:

    1.Ensure that all corporations “born” within the United States deter from any and all actions that would adversely affect our country;

    2.Place high tariffs on imports from American businesses that move their bases of operations (not to mention our jobs) to other regions of the world;

    3.Work to limit their corporate power and influence in Washington D.C. by passing laws whereby politicians, found to have ties with said corporations or corporate lobbyists resign.

    4.Endeavor to ban all corporate favors and corporate lobbyists from Washington D.C.

    Essentially, it’s up to us to fashion our own future. If we don’t, rest assured that someone, or some corporation will.

    •(I know that BP was not born and reared here in the United States. I was merely using it as a reference as to what corporations are capable of doing if left to their own devices.)

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