Thursday, June 10, 2010

Senator Denied Access; BP and Homeland Security Working Together

One looming question among the several dozens of looming questions surrounding BP's crimes is: how is it some government entities are working with BP -- serving as BP's personal security forces -- while other arms of the government seem to be helpless in communicating with BP?

Why is Homeland Security involved?

Other obvious questions; why are reporters and other media denied access, why has the British government been strangely absent; we could go on for a long time asking all kinds of whys.

It's no secret journalists are not given access; that's been news for awhile now. Even while BP insists that no such thing is happening, they contradict themselves by also saying that reporters, media, etc. are denied only for if there are issues of "safety" involved. Certainly a convenient response.

Carole Wurzelbacher comments on  access denied in her articleJournalists denied access to Louisiana coast oil spill. Citing other writers who comment on the continued arrogant, dangerous -- let's face it, fascist -- tactics of BP/government, it is clear that BP has no intentions of being honest. (It goes without saying it's been clear since the beginning.)

Writing that the Coast Guard has to make its way through a "dense" list of requests, the denial issued by that government agency is still confusing. But most confusing, and still unanswered, is the continuing relationship between some government agencies and BP, while other government departments are denied access, rejected, ignored, and threatened.

    ... while the Coast Guard surely has a dense list of media requests to see the spill and clearly cannot accommodate them all, the restriction does seem oddly specific (especially as Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida tried to do just that, was at first given permission by the Coast Guard, then later abruptly denied access).
Clearly, BP is running a part of this country. Obama needs to stop being coy and disingenuous and saying media - moment things like "kick ass" and demand BP stand down. In a sense, BP has declared war ... how can a foreign company, who has committed such horrific acts through their -- at best -- negligence -- be allowed to order U.S. government agencies around, deny access to media, and threaten people?

And where is the rest of America in all this? Why are Americans remaining oddly silent during this tragedy?

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