BP and WH Cover-up of Evidence of Catastrophe: Thousands of Dead Seabirds Bagged and Buried
It happens during night when no one can see: near the Gulf of Mexico, thousands of oil-poisoned seabirds and fish, countless whales, dolphins and turtles were and are secretly disposed of like so much garbage hidden from the public’s view.
There are no words to describe the horror of it. BP, the corporate media, and our government want us to believe that five million barrels of oil followed by tons of toxic dispersants have had no deadly consequences. Thousands of birds were poisoned by BP’s criminally negligent oil spill. We can’t be sure how many whales, dolphins and turtles were killed because BP quickly bagged and buried the evidence. BP’s oil spill is the largest, most toxic oil spill in history. It is also the largest cover-up of mass seabird and animal poisoning in history.
In her excellent TruthOut.org report, Ann McClintock witnessed the media blockade  orchestrated by the “federal Coast Guard officials, BP, the FAA, the National Guard, sundry private contractors, local law enforcement and parish officials which have all conjoined to prevent journalists, filmmakers, photographers and the general public from access to oil-damaged areas.”
The secret mass burial of thousands of birds and fish could not, however, be completely hidden from a few persistent investigative reporters. Jerry Cope and Charles Hambleton have been documenting BP’s crimes at HuffingtonPost.com under the heading: The Crime of the Century: What BP and the Government Don’t Want You to Know.  Here are a few excerpts from the article:
In May, Mother Nature Network  blogger Karl Burkart  received a tip from an anonymous fisherman-turned-BP contractor in the form of a distressed text message, describing a near-apocalyptic sight near the location of the sunken Deepwater Horizon -- fish, dolphins, rays, squid, whales, and thousands of birds -- "as far as the eye can see," dead and dying. According to his statement, which was later confirmed by another report from an individual working in the Gulf, whale carcasses were being shipped to a highly guarded location where they were processed for disposal.
The majority of the disposal operations were carried out under cover of darkness. The areas along the beaches and coastal Islands where the dead animals were collected were closed off by the U.S. Coast Guard…
Robyn Hill, who was Beach Ambassador for the City of Gulf Shores until she became so ill she collapsed on the job one morning, was at a residential condominium property adjacent to the Gulf Shores beach when she smelled an overwhelming stench. She went to see where the odor was coming from and witnessed two contract workers dumping plastic bags full of dead birds and fish in a residential Waste Management dumpster, which was then protected by a security guard. Within five minutes, a Waste Management collection truck emptied the contents and the guard departed.
We have the absolute right to know how many seabirds and animals have died from BP’s oil spill. To hide this information from the public, no matter how horrific and heart-wrenching, is illegal. It blatantly violates our First Amendment right of freedom of the press.
Instead of reporting the truth about how thousands of birds and dead fish were bagged and secretly dumped in the dark of night, the network news have shown a few oil-cleansed Pelicans flying off into the sunset, giving the illusion that hardly any seabirds and mammals were harmed or killed, and those that were harmed have been saved, thanks to BP’s clean-up efforts. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The forced media blockade of BP’s secret disposal of thousands of dead birds and fish is sinister and Orwellian.
Professional journalists must demand to see and photograph the reality of BP’s deadly oil massacre of sea-life. Of course, if they did so, then the government and BP could no longer claim that the oil spill and the toxic dispersants are harmless. What BP fears most is public outrage towards the oil industry. Hence, the cover-up of mass poisoning.
As for the reports that the oil is breaking down or diluted, it’s a huge deception: toxic dispersants disperse the oil, making it harder to see and harder to clean, but it’s still there.
It’s important for the public to realize that since the BP oil spill disaster occurred, there have been several large oil spills in the last few months which were hardly mentioned in the mainstream news.
June 13th, The Chevron Utah oil spill  leaked an estimated 500 barrels of crude oil a day. 33,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the pristine Red Butte Creek. The corporate media made sure not to show all the pitiful birds and wildlife that were covered in oil.
July 26th, Canadian’s Enbridge Energy Michigan Kalamazoo  oil spill is the largest Midwest oil disaster in history. More than 800,000 gallons of oil gushed downstream in the Kalamazoo River. “Besides the noxious fumes coming from the river, health officials worried that the oil spill could have lasting health effects.”
July 28th, there was yet another toxic oil explosion in the Gulf. An abandoned oil well in the Gulf of Mexico  was not lit as required when it was struck by a tugboat pushing a barge early yesterday morning. The collision ruptured the wellhead and sent oil, contaminated water and natural gas spewing into the air.
It’s shocking to also learn that the U.S. government provided permits for 27,000 oil rigs to drill in the Gulf. It’s sheer luck, given the lack of safeguard protections, that there haven’t been a lot more spills given this insane number of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
There were several under-reported incidents of natural gas explosions that took place in Pennsylvania  (2 dead, others injured) and Texas  (at least 3 dead, 6 injured) that were quickly buried in the news. Many gas related explosions are rarely reported, but google “natural gas explosions” and you’ll be shocked to see how many have occurred across the country. Workers die from natural gas explosions in addition to turning the area toxic.
China’s oil ship spill  was hardly mentioned back in April 2010, but "a coal-carrying ship that strayed outside a shipping lane and ran aground in protected waters was leaking oil on Australia's Great Barrier Reef and was in danger of breaking apart, officials said Sunday."
July 28th, Japan’s oil tanker exploded, cause unclear , in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important shipping lanes, which was being diverted to a port in the UAE on Wednesday. Fortunately, no oil spill.
In addition to the perpetual oil spills, our planet is burning up from global warming; greenhouse emissions are produced primarily from car pollution. In my last Buzzflash commentary, Will the American Oil Industry Backfire and Allow the Chinese to Emerge on Top of Electric Car Market?  I wrote that China’s BYD cheap electric cars are going to help kill the oil industry, but there’s more that we can do. This requires a world-wide people’s movement through purchasing power. The most dramatic change will come from the automakers (green cars), and solar for energy. Once again, China is the leader of all three green providers of energy: cars, solar panels and wind turbines.
We need to get off the oil grid for all the above reasons in addition to the fact that oil is running out. Hybrid-electric cars and new hydrogen (H20) no emissions vehicles offer consumers the choice to lessen our dependency on oil.
If the oil tyrants win, we all lose. There will be more oil spills, more devastation to our environment, more global warming, and definitely more oil wars. The fact that our government is declaring the largest oil spill in history “harmless” makes the point.
Antonia Juhasz, author of The Tyranny of Oil, sums up the obvious problem: Legislation that requires regulations to lessen pollution and for alternative green solutions is immediately voted down, “House and Senate members who voted against these proposals received over four times more oil money than those who voted in the public interest. Republicans vote for Big Oil on the average 98 percent of the time….The bottom line is that those with big money have big influence, and we do not even know how to track it, much less control it.”
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