A Deeper Look
program date: 
Thu, 05/13/2010

Listen in to this Membership Drive edition of A Deeper Look. Brooklyn writer Ando Arike joins host Linda Olson-Osterlund to talk about his recent article in Harper's Magazine, The Soft-kill Solution: New Frontiers in Pain Compliance. Learn about, not only the development of new crowd or "riot control " weapons, but their deployment against protesters in the United States and internationally. What are these "non-lethal" weapons. Where do the rights of citizens to protest fit in this new era of control?


microwave weapon on Ando Arike interview

Thank you for your interview of Ando Arike about microwave weapons.  Please do another interview re HAARP which may be a macrowave weapon on a global level. 


Here is material from seizebp.org that you may want to use on your show:

Emergency solution for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis: "Expropriate! Take over BP! They owe us!"

By nationalizing BP North America, the U.S. government will be ending the "trust us" game of years of looting, leading up to the current epic oil spill. Look at the scale of BP North America finances to be deployed: The assets of BP North America (also going under the brand name ARCO, from acquisitions of Atlantic Richfield and Amoco) stand at $240 billion, with liabilities of $136 billion. This then, leaves net assets of $104 billion. Of those assets, current (circulating) assets are $70 billion.

This amount is clearly in the right range to be deployed for conducting clean-up operations, compensation, and drilling control, in the spirit of "waging war" that people are rightly demanding in the Gulf of Mexico states and neighboring nations. The $70 billion even compares favorably to the estimate of $22 billion to cover costs and liabilities of the Gulf disaster, as put out recently by bankrupt insurer ING, itself part of the bankrupt Inter-Alpha Group of London-centered political-finance networks, involving BP.

BP's Rap Sheet: British Petroleum Is a Multiply-convicted Felon

British Petroleum is a serial criminal violator, which has pled guilty and/or paid criminal fines in at least four cases in U.S. courts, and is still on probation for two of them. Barack Obama's continued protection of this criminal entity is a pretty good hint that impeachment may be necessary.  The United States will not survive lackadaisacal leadership in these troubled times.

(1) In Oct. 2007, BP pled guilty to a felony involving safety violations in connection with the March 2005 explosion at its Texas City refinery, in which 15 were killed and hundreds more injured. The plea included a $50 million fine and three years' probation — still in effect. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration assessed BP the largest fine in OSHA history — $87 million — after inspectors found 270 work safety violations that had been previously cited but not fixed, and 439 new violations, at the Texas City refinery. According to BP's own statement, one of the conditions of probation was compliance with the OSHA settlement agreement. BP acknowledged that it had paid $1.6 billion in compensation to victims of the explosion.

(2) BP pled guilty to a criminal misdemeanor in connection with the March 2006 oil pipeline spill from its Prudhoe Bay, Alaska pipelines. Prosecutors attributed the spill to BP cost-cutting. This case also included three years' probation — still in effect.

(3) BP entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ for price manipulation in propane trading, and also entered into a consent order with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). This included a criminal penalty of $100 million, and other civil fines. The deferred prosecution agreement has a term of three years — so it is also still pending — and it requires BP compliance with all its terms.

(4) Earlier, in February 2000, BP pled guilty to a felony violation of the Clean Water Act for illegally dumping toxic and hazardous materials down oil well shafts on the Alaskan North Slope. BP was fined $500,000 and was placed on five years' probation. It was still on probation when the Prudhoe Bay pipeline spill took place, caused by corroded pipelines.

In 2009, another criminal investigation of BP was opened in connection with another North Slope pipeline spill; the status of this investigation has not been made public.


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