Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Most Criminal Administration, Ever.

The proof of criminality is everywhere, yet the American public seldom hears about it. Our media is too busy covering important matters like runaway brides, missing white girls, Michael Jackson and those pesky shark attacks to actually inform anyone that corporations, free of government checks, are running amok and hell-bent on destroying the planet to further their profits. Our media is controlled by five corporations, so of course they're abusing their public trust of the airwaves and suppressing the truth about rampant corporate corruption. Their bottom line, as always, comes first.

Mussolini once said that "fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." This is precisely where we are today in the United States, and it's why our media is little more than a Prava-style state run propaganda arm intent on hiding the truth and dulling our senses with endless circuses about brain dead women on feeding tubes and celebrity trials. We're at the apex of a perfect storm of corporate and state power, and nowhere does this become more apparent than in the corrupt events surrounding environmental issues.

If you don't get your news from the internet or from foreign media sources, you likely haven't been told by watching television news of the appalling scandals that have come to light regarding corporate tampering with government reports (proving, once again, Mussolini's theory of the merger between the two entities). The most flagrant example is that of Philip Cooney,

Cooney was an oil industry lobbyist who headed the climate change program for the American Petroleum Institute. Note that Cooney was given this postion, which one would presume would involve at least a smidgen of scientific analysis, in spite of the fact that he was a lawyer with no scientific training whatsoever. After helping to spread the fiction that climate change is an unproven theory, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the White House Council on Environmental Quality despite the fact that he had no scientific training whatsoever. It was now that Mr. Cooney could work from within to advance the cause of the American Petroleum Institute at the expense of the American public. And this he did with a vengeance.

In 2002 and 2003, the government was poised to release scientific climate reports that were at odds with the fictions promoted by Mr. Cooney during his tenure at API. What's a good oil industry lobbyist to do? Simple - from his appointed position at the White House, Cooney made dozens of changes to the reports, doing things such as deleting a sentence which read, " [Global] warming also will cause reductions in mountain glaciers and advance the timing of the melt of mountain snow peaks in polar regions."

When the New York Times was given copies of the doctored reports - complete with Cooney's scribbled edits - by an independent government watchdog group, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan was ready with one of his patented bald-faced lies.

The reports were "based on the best available science", McClellan told reporters.

Is your head exploding yet?

The "best available science" according to an oil industry lobbyist who has no scientific training whatsoever.

Predictably, once the story was out and after the damage was done, Cooney decided to resign his White House post to "spend more time with his family" - and then promptly accepted a position with Exxon Mobile.

This is only one incident among dozens in which the administration has allowed the corporate fox into the public henhouse. The Los Angeles Times has an explosive article in today's edition that alleges changes were made in an environmental inpact report dealing with cattle grazing on public lands to benefit the cattle industry. The changes would have you hysterical with laughter if the consequences weren't so fucking tragic.

According to the Times:

The original draft of the environmental analysis warned that the new rules would have a "significant adverse impact" on wildlife, but that phrase was removed. The bureau now concludes that the grazing regulations are "beneficial to animals."

Eliminated from the final draft was another conclusion that read: "The Proposed Action will have a slow, long-term adverse impact on wildlife and biological diversity in general."

Also removed was language saying how a number of the rule changes could adversely affect endangered species.

The Times article goes on to note:

"This is a whitewash. They took all of our science and reversed it 180 degrees," said Erick Campbell, a former BLM state biologist in Nevada and a 30-year bureau employee who retired this year. He was the author of sections of the report pertaining to the effect on wildlife and threatened and endangered species.

"They rewrote everything," Campbell said in an interview this week. "It's a crime."

Mussolini's definition of fascism is alive and thriving in Bush's America.

A bright spot on this increasingly grim landscape is Robert Kennedy Jr's organization, The National Resouces Defense Council. He's been a leader in exposing the corrupt role of corporations within the Bush administration and the devastating impact this corruption has had on our environment. The site has terrific resource material, action alerts, and a vibrant Earth Activist Network. It's easy to despair over the terrible forces that have taken over our country, but in some small ways you can fight back. This organization is a good start.


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