Obama Lawyering Up

Obama is lawyering up.  He has sent Attorney General Eric Holder to New Orleans to consider criminal charges against BP.  Holder might first consider the prosecution of  federal employees involved in this mess.

Obama should lawyer up because several more problems come to mind;

BP gave more money to Obama than to any other politician.   Not as much as ATT (45million) and Goldman Sachs ($32 million) but still…………… 

Obama’s Interior Depts.,Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave  special exemption to BP. After determing any spill would not amount to more than 1500 barrells of oil. Another report by MMS stated no more than 4600 barrells would be spilled and they expected the oil would be dissipated in 10 days. Therefore MMS stated BP would not be  required to provide an environmental impact study from them

…………And then there is the problem of the incompetent and corrupt U.S. govt.

The  office of Inspector General

Overseeing BP MMS inspectors and employees;
allowed oil and gas production company personnel to fill out inspection forms

and participated in,

1.Skeet Shooting contests
2.took a BP company plane to the Super Bowl
3. took hunting and fishing trips,
4.played golf tournaments,
5.crawfish boils
6.Christmas parties
7.Inspectors and employees used cocaine and crystal meth
8.saved pornography on MMS computers

Despite the corruption and incompetence,

 Robert Reich cane up with a brillant suggestion.  Reich told Obama,
“The president should temporarily take over BP’s Gulf operations”.

This point of view has been expressed before and  openly by Maxine Waters.  
In 2008, during a House hearing, Waters told the president of Shell Oil,
“And guess what this member* would be all about? This member would be all about socializing — er, uh. [Pauses for several moments] …. would be about … [pause] … basically … taking over, and the government running all of your companies.”.


~ by riffenberg on June 3, 2010.

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