copyright © 2010 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
Whispers whirled around the White House, on The Hill, within the Department of Justice, and finally filtered down to the streets. In truth, talk could be heard on the avenues, where average Americans roam, long before declarations came from above. Should BP CEO Tony Hayward go to prison? The public wonders. What would the Obama Administration do? Countless clamored, with full knowledge that President Bush’s DOJ killed a criminal probe into BP. It was believed that the potential indictments threatened the most senior officials. More recently, words of warrants have become a distinct possibility. Criminal charges are being considered against BP in regards to the Gulf oil rig tragedy.
Currently, the possibility or probability of legal action is plausible. After all, the Gulf region was not the only shore or sea affected. A planet, inclusive of people, were placed in further peril, the repercussions cannot be calculated. Someone or ones must take responsibility, or be taken to task. BP certainly has shown a desire to shift the blame. However, a frustrated electorate may not be so anxious to forgive and forget. For the common folk ,BP and other corporations are responsible for what occurred. Constituents applaud the idea floated months ago; BP Execs Could Face Potential Jail Time. These people have a friend in Congressman Kendrick Meek; they always did.
Senatorial candidate Congressman Kendrick Meek heard the indictments. He saw the future, and decided long before most Americans did; the behavior of BP and other corporate Executives is unforgivable. The question is, laws of the land or laws of nature? Might citizenry or corporations lose or rule. The test case could be before us. The defendants are BP, Transocean Limited, and Halliburton, or their Chief Executives. The plaintiffs, the American people.
Today, many more than Mister Meek or a scant number of citizens immediately affected by the crisis have begun to wrestle with the arguments and past and present applications. “Principles” adopted by Corporate Executives, heads of companies such as BP, Transocean Limited, and Halliburton are a concern that might affect all of us for years. Local persons in the Gulf region have chosen to take action. A judge, with over 400 Gulf disaster court cases on his roster explained. BP and other companies will face “thousands” of lawsuits as a result of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. In April, no one in the area imagined how his or her life would be threatened by the derrick that had been the source of [economic] survival. That is, most did not fully comprehend what Florida Congressman Meek did.
As a profound predictor of the future, or as a Senatorial candidate with a vision and a mission, he spoke of the doom and dire consequences he believed would, or should follow. Mister Meek mused. With anticipation, he addressed what he thought needed be spoken about months before today’s events. It was June. United States Congressman, Kendrick Meek stood before an audience at America’s Future Now! 2010 conference. Kendrick Meek spoke of justice.
I was there for the pronouncement. I recall the day and the proclamation. Florida Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek called for corporate integrity. All those months earlier, he understood that irresponsibility could not be repeatedly rewarded, if it is rewarded at all. Decisive disciplinary actions for those tycoons and companies that aggress against the planet and us must be taken. Unscrupulous moneyed moguls, who wrongfully attack the people, must meet their reward. Mister Meek said, then, in early summer, BP should pay the price for the folly they reaped. Even then, he understood; if a company rapes Mother Earth, robs the people, plants, indeed, all that is our Earthly sphere, jail time must be served. All who break the laws of nature and the people, must suffer the consequences. Microbes, mammals, and much more will!
Might we heed what was a warning, or will we harvest the seeds sown. We must choose. Hopefully, we will remember before it is too late, Newton’s Third Law of Motion. “For every action there is an equal and opposing reaction.”
References and realities . . .
- Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil-Spill Fraud. Department of Justice. United States Government. August 24, 2010
- Should BP CEO Tony Hayward Go to Prison? By Lewis Maltby. In These Times. July 22, 2010
- How Bush’s DOJ Killed a Criminal Probe Into BP That Threatened to Net Top Officials, By Jason Leopold. Truth Out. May 19, 2010
- Criminal charges are being considered against BP in Gulf oil rig tragedy. By David Hammer. The Times-Picayune. September 5, 2010
- BP Execs Could Face Potential Jail Time. CBS News. June 2, 2010
- Deepwater Horizon Accident Investigation Report. BP.
- BP Will Face `Thousands’ of Spill Cases, Judge Says, By Jef Feeley and Margaret Cronin Fisk. Bloomberg. September 16, 2010