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Seize BP: FOIA Filed on Muzzling of Media in BP Oil Disaster

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The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, on behalf of, has filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding the underlying documents that purport to substantiate the Coast Guard's new ban on media access to areas affected by BP's...

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Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 10:54 am

Bless your ever-lovin' heart for posting this, Missy Barbara!

Barbara D (70)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 10:55 am
Seize BP rocks! Can't wait to see what happens. Carole, thanks for the story and your help!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 10:57 am

I was wondering how long it would take before the public and media GOT FURIOUS that Obama had, basically, denied the entire U.S. population of their First Amendment privileges under our Constitution! (And, with him having majored in Constitutional Law at Harvard, I'm sure HE was aware of that.)

Gail Lopez (65)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 11:10 am
Thanks for the link.

As I said previously, 20 meters (65 ft) does not seem to me to be a burden or a hindrance. I do appreciate the request based on the Freedom of Info Act.

I'm not certain what I think about seizing BP though. I like the idea and the fact that there would be one less oil corp to deal with, but that's just it - one less. . .

Barbara D (70)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 11:14 am
True, Gail. Realistically I doubt it would be possible for our government to seize BP's assets even if they wanted to. But maybe the threat of it will indicate the extent of our outrage at what BP has done and continues to do in this disaster, and that might get some results. Sigh.

Cher C (1426)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 11:25 am

Thnx for posting Barbara!!!

And thnx for the forward Carole sweetie!!!


Pat B (356)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 11:41 am
TY, Barbara for this one!

Barb Knight (1688)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 11:53 am
Great article Barbara thank you for submitting. And thank you for the fwd, *C*!!

Alice C (1797)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 11:55 am
Thank you for posting this information !

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 12:32 pm

"You cannot send "C" a Star......" BS~ HUGE STAR TO YOU "C"! You always say EXACTLY WHAT I FEEL! Sending BRILLIANT Barbara a Star right this second........ PEACE

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 12:35 pm

IE Ries (237)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 12:47 pm

Oligarchs will try to suppress this to keep forcing you to pay them so they can destroy OUR environment - don't let them!

Kit B (276)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 12:59 pm
I don't expect much to happen, as long as BP and the US government can feed us just enough of a con job to keep us thinking things are "working out" not much new happening. I am so sorry to see that yet again corporate giants pulls a swindle, one that will go on causing harm for generations, and only us "small" people seem to give a damn. Thanks Barbara - it's great to see people looking at all of this with a clean lens. Tired of the USA,Inc? Me too!

Terry B (649)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 1:01 pm
TYVM -- BTW, the Halliburton clown in the cartoon is a lot better-looking guy than the real-life loudmouth, draft-dodging coward, Marksman Dickey-poo Cheney, may his heart attacks be long and excriciatingly painful.

Ancil S (175)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 1:02 pm
"At last" as the great Etta James sings!!! This is great news indeed!!!!

sherrie e (147)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 1:10 pm
Thank you for supporting the Seize BP Campaign! Ty, Barbara....good one!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 1:16 pm
If you haven't already, please sign the:
Seize BP Petition

Anna S (0)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 1:55 pm
Thanks, Barbara. Yes the US government and BP are in collusion.

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 1:55 pm
Bless you Barbara! Signed with downright pleasure. Let's hope and pray something will come of this. get and keep the grassroots movement going!
Anoither very old tune for you all; "Wouldn't it be loverly?"
Thank you Dear SuSanne for sending it to me! Galaxies of stars for everyone!

Lou Olive (41)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 2:12 pm
thanks for this post!

Darlene K (356)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 2:15 pm
Definitely signed, and shared on fb, thank you.

James W (10)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 2:30 pm
Thanks for the post i am pleased to add my support! Something has to be done and done soon!!!!!!!!

. (0)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 2:35 pm
noted~ Great post Barbara!!

David Petrosky (113)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 3:34 pm
Yea! About time!

Thanks Barbara (and Carole).

Thursday July 8, 2010, 3:40 pm
You go girl! ;)

Fiona O (565)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 3:55 pm
The Coqast Guard respects neither the rights nor the health of the American people. Admirsl Allen should be court martialled.

Anna Borsey (66)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 4:22 pm
I applaud any and all efforts to force BP to finally act in a legal manner.

IE Ries (237)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 4:25 pm


Oh, Terry...never a truer word spoken! However, "dick-head" is more likely to come to my mind when I'm troubled to think on him ;)

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 4:45 pm
Noted! Something is wrong with our country when we have to file legal papers to get the TRUTH about violations of our Constitution!
This should be a duty and obligation of our government, to find out who is obstructing our Constitutional Rights. Instead, our own government is behind the obstruction. I say WE DON'T HAVE A LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT ANYMORE! OUR GOVERNMENT IS JUST A PUPPET OF THE RICH AND THE INFLUENTIAL. 'INFLUENTIAL' (in this case) MEANS THOSE WHOM HAVE THE ABILITY TO INFLUENCE ALOT OF VOTES (usually under the false guise of 'righteousness and goodness').
Revolution? Heck, our government has been taken over already. We are just too blind to see.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 4:47 pm

It's WORSE than that, John. We have to file a complaint to MAKE THEM ADHERE TO THE CONSTITUTION!


Hugh M (75)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:18 pm
Can you do that Carole? If you did it who would adjudicate on the complaint? Your Supreme Court is no longer a credible institution. There are so many instances of cases decided on the basis of personal bias that the objectivity considered necessary to fair legal procedure is obviously no longer applicable in the United States. That's indicated by all the fuss and maneouvering over who gets appointed. The appointeees are expected to operate in a biassed way so choosing according to bias instead of a history of excellence in decision making is standard political strategy.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:22 pm
Thanks for the post Barbara, and for your awareness,

I'm so pleased that their are peoples act forcefully to rescue our nature, In my humble opinion, Bp must be closed, we dont need any thing from Bp, if we couldn't shut it, Bp must not be allowed to dig more wells.

and about me I'm not buying any of Bp's products. I'm boycotting Bp.

I signed the petition Carol, and thanks for forwarding.
Sherrie thanks for forwarding too.


patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:23 pm
Noted thanks.

Ekeim Teeuwisse (147)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:28 pm
noted; signed the petition, shared on facebook.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:39 pm
I've noted this story 3 TIMES and it's not sticking. HeLLO care2?

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:43 pm

Well, actually, Hugh, the FOIA paperwork filed on behalf of Sieze BP is a kind of complaint. It is asking for proof, required under the Freedom of Information Act, that withholding of information -- and, most importantly, overruling a provision of the Constitution, was necessary (usually for security reasons), and documents of communication between the requesting and approving parties must be provided.

More shocking to me is that it is ONLY NOW being challenged . . . and NOT by any member of mainstream media.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:48 pm

I am starting to sense a complete breakdown of all governmental watchdog agencies (and even outside ones, such as the ACLU).

This media blackout has been going on, to one degree or another, for MONTHS now. It has been reported by mainstream media (as a fact: "BP is blocking the media."), but WHY HASN'T ANYONE (INCLUDING THE WHITE HOUSE) CHALLENGED IT????

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 6:20 pm
Noted & signed!:) Thanks for forwarding *C*, thanks for posting Barbara!:)

Michael Carney (217)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 6:31 pm
Noted, and signed, Thanks for forwarding, SuSanne...

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 6:46 pm

Karen S (106)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 7:24 pm

Petition signed. Don't you just love the reworked BP logo on the banner at the top of the Seize BP page?

Thanks for posting Barbara....and thanks for forwarding Carole.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 8:10 pm
Love the picture cartoon. Signed TY Barbara and Susanne for sending this to me.

IE Ries (237)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 8:35 pm

Carole, Carole...first the "Monkey's Whut?!" photo and now the Cheney cartoon...what am I going to do with you?

[Besides bust a gut laughing at those zingers! LOL]

I wish this really were a laughing matter, but it's not. Still, thanks for inserting a little levity in where you can, it's appreciated!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 8:45 pm

Thanks for sharing that, Eva . . . But, now, I'm sure everyone's wondering what you're talking about. (ROFLMAO)

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 9:10 pm
Thanks, I've signed it. This corrupt, dirty behemoth needs to be brought down several pegs, if not shut down. They've destroyed both the environment and the law.

gerlinde p (161)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 9:42 pm
noted thanks

Deborah O (98)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 10:23 pm
BP doesn't have many friends here, do they? That's no doubt for the best--I don't think they make very good or trustworthy friends.

Patricia N (9)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 11:31 pm
Signed the petition. Thanks for posting this story. Does anyone know if any media has done an investigative report on this story (mainstream media)?

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 11:53 pm
I am glad that civil society stands up and refuse to be undermined. I have signed with pleasure. Thank you Barbara and Just.

Patricia Plunkett (79)
Friday July 9, 2010, 12:29 am
Noted, signed and posted, wish I could give two stars to Barbara and Carole, but Barbara you win today. Thanks. Remember to mark 15th July and spread the word, we need to strike to make our actions felt worldwide.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday July 9, 2010, 12:33 am
Petition signed and posted on FB,TY Barbara and to you "C" for sharing.

sue M (184)
Friday July 9, 2010, 1:06 am
Nice Post Barbara!
There's a lot of talk about BP being a British company.

Actually, the ownership and control of the company is a lot more complex.

Some facts not reported in the news:

1. 29% of BP is owned by JP Morgan and US companies own 39% of it total

2. Halliburton, one of the main contractors on the rig, is considered the party responsible for failing to cap the well properly. They moved their headquarters out of the US to Dubai recently.

3. The former CEO from 1997 to 2009 who was ousted by a sex scandal was also Chairman of Goldman Sachs. Goldman sold a massive amount of its BP holdings in early 2010 and one of its employees bragged in an e-mail in early April that they were "shorting" the Gulf looking forward to huge profits from an environmental disaster there.

Anyone got any financial dealings with JP Morgan? Do us all a big favor and get it out.

Lionel Mann (23)
Friday July 9, 2010, 2:09 am
Sure, you can institute all the legal kerfuffle that you like, but it will do nothing to remedy or stop the spill, only put more millions into lawyers' pockets. You are litigation-mad.

Ben O (152)
Friday July 9, 2010, 2:16 am
Signed...signed...signed...signed...and signed...
I don't know how many petitions I've signed...?
A while ago I saw a TWO YEAR old petition: "No more offshore drilling",
what IF...? I don't know what it would take, I just don't.

Ben O (152)
Friday July 9, 2010, 2:23 am
I forgot to add: -BP = Bloody Plague sucks! So do Chevwrong, Exxon, Total (France), Lundin Oil (Sweden) and the whole freaking Big Oil shebang!!!
BTW: as long as there's one billion cars (250 million in USA) running on gasoline, a LOT of oil is needed!

Samantha B (52)
Friday July 9, 2010, 4:38 am
great effort. I'm sorry to say to those who think t his wont do any good, if everybody thought that way then nothing would get accomplished. It is motivation, and action not to mention never giving up that gets the job done. So as some have said on here in regard to the post YOU GO GIRL!! Fight until you get what you/we want and that's part of " our Constitution.. Thank goodness for positive people who don't think Eeeeh why bother it won't do any good.. Although I understand it is hard not to feel that way especially when it is going up against the Feds. they are a tough nut to crack with so many lies and schemes. Thanks and noted.

Cheryl B (64)
Friday July 9, 2010, 4:50 am
Thanks for telling the world

IE Ries (237)
Friday July 9, 2010, 6:49 am

Carole - let 'em wonder! ;)

Lou Olive (41)
Friday July 9, 2010, 7:32 am

Friday July 9, 2010, 10:44 am
Thank you Barbara! Tweeted!!

Peggy A (109)
Friday July 9, 2010, 12:52 pm
Thank you Barbara

Steve Howard (45)
Friday July 9, 2010, 1:43 pm

Unfortunately we will have to push harder every day just to use our own rights.

The reason for that is even though it's not a pretty thing to admit we live in a fascist country (and more and more the world) that was, is and (unless we all make a course change) will be built on blood and suffering by the out of control lust for power and money.

We need to contact media, talk to everyone we know, show up at meetings lage and small, run for office, vote with our dollars, pray, meditate, send positive energy, etc, etc.

EVERYONE needs to act in all those different ways.

Unless of course they don't breath or drink water or anything like.

We are facing the destruction of our Earth.

What does it take before people and I mean ALL people will act?

One important thing is if you have any military or Coast Guard or police or judges or legislators in your family TALK TO THEM AND MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THEY CAN NOT CARRY FORTH THE IMMORAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL DREAMS AND EDICTS OF THOSE IN GOVERNMENT OR BUSINESS.

If they do not carry those things out, we are not threatened, but for some reason most all of them not only willingly carry them out but gladly do (or so it seems) but either way, throughout history people doing bad things and oppressing always said "I was just following orders" and that is absurd, those people are PEOPLE, not machines, just being told to do something does NOT mean you must carry it out.

We were given conscience, we were given soul or spirit or whatever word you use and we were given heart. START USING THOSE THINGS AND GET OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.




Steve Howard (45)
Friday July 9, 2010, 1:56 pm
News contacts:

Send a FREE fax:

White House:



Eileen Novak (444)
Friday July 9, 2010, 10:12 pm
I try to get news from different source, to no avail. Some of the information, which is not a repeat of ALL the others comes from bbc. Sadly, most American news is controled by Rupert Murdock. A monopoly on information is a dangerous as allowing big business to run amok and politician under corporate ownership. "Of the people...By the people..." If only it were still true, perhaps information would not be elusive.

Eileen Novak (444)
Friday July 9, 2010, 10:51 pm
As strongly as I support freedom of information, I OPPOSE seizure of a privately owned company for any reason. Think about the repercussions. What if the government would decide the tree-huggin-hippies at are all a bunch of dangerous subversives? --Take 'em over, censure, propagandize, eliminate. What if a religion, for the sake of discussion let us say, Christianity, were to fall from favor? --Levy taxation, take assets, censure, target members, grant favor to the more prefered, "Om's Purple People Eaters in Faith." What if the government just plain enjoyed being arbitrary and capricious?
By supporting the government "seizure" of any privately owned asset you are feeding the beast. With the costs related to clean-up, fines, class action suits, and lack of consumer good-will it won't take long for Tony Hayward to get back to his life. BP's stakeholders and the public will disable, disassemble, devalue and devour BP. Perhaps it will be purchased by Exxon, or reassembled and given a new name, "Happy Pretty Joy Juice Smile."

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 10, 2010, 7:21 am
Noted! Thanx!!!

IE Ries (237)
Saturday July 10, 2010, 7:38 am
"As strongly as I support freedom of information, I OPPOSE seizure of a privately owned company for any reason."

Companies and corporations exist at the pleasure of society, not the other way around. Societies and the environment does NOT exist for any one human or group of humans to consume, exploit or destroy - and especially not for personal profit.

If any company will tear up the planet and harms its other residents, such as exploitation and destruction through clearcutting, trapping and dragging other species out of THEIR homes to be sold into abject slavery in the pet trade, spew pollution, selfishly use up water to slake the vast thirst of creatures reared for death so you can have a morsel of flesh on your dinner plate....those kinds of companies, who already have gone too far, as BP has with all the revelations of their shortcutting, ignoring safety and good judgement, deserve to be punished.

Let the US government make an example of them - this company exists at the pleasure of society, and should be reminded of its place, which is to serve us, not force the society and the entire planet to serve the few who profit from its existence. Fossil fuels do NOT serve society's interests and especially not the planet's.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday July 10, 2010, 7:45 am

WELL SAID, Eva! (I would have needed several more cups of coffee to have expressed it as clearly.)

Eileen Novak (444)
Saturday July 10, 2010, 10:31 am
Seeing BP gas stations sickens me. I heartily agree they need to be punished. Why no criminal charges? Likely it is due to American politicians being OWNED by corporations.
We must insist on campaign reform. WE THE PEOPLE are the only ones who can crush BP and other big business that prosper off of ecocide and evil. The government can't/ won't do a thing to risk their interests (MONEY). "The LOVE of money is the root of all evil." So folks, let us hit them hard and relentlessly. Class action lawsuits and boycotts are a start.
NOW IS THE TIME TO RETHINK OUR ENERGY USAGE. Fossil fuels do NOT serve any interest, except those of greedy politicians and corrupt CEOs.
That said, giving our ineffectual government more authority is not a good idea. Plus, you are kidding yourselves, it is illegal for the US government to seize a company, even if it is one which clearly should cease to exist.

IE Ries (237)
Saturday July 10, 2010, 7:21 pm
"Plus, you are kidding yourselves, it is illegal for the US government to seize a company, even if it is one which clearly should cease to exist."

Show me the federal statute which prevents the President or Congress from doing so in an emergency.

Remember, the US President can *declare war* and Congress can validate it by voting to fund it. Watch for this to happen here unless BP gets its collective ass in gear does what the President is requiring of them.

If you seriously think this president or any other won't hesitate to make an example of an offending corporation to use it to support his own position or deflect society's wrath for the appearance of inadequecy or inaction, think again.

Agnes H (144)
Saturday July 10, 2010, 9:33 pm
Noted and signed the petition, actually it did come up that I had signed already. Wanted to send you a star Barbara but couldn't, sorry you have to miss out on this one. Thank you Carole for fwding this to me.
I think it's about time that the US government at least seizes the US part of BP, even if they can't seize the whole lot and caboodle. Wish they could and had the power to do so though!

Ness F (211)
Saturday July 10, 2010, 9:42 pm
Noted, signed and Thanks SuSanne for fwd'n!
Thanks Carole and Barbara!!

Deanna Zimmerman (74)
Saturday July 10, 2010, 10:27 pm
I was wondering if anyone has challenged the 65' barrier to the oil tarnished sands. I am thinking that our first amendment rights have to be challenged before anyone can say they've been taken away. The officials wear uniforms, and they are intimidating to be sure. But wouldn't a case like this be thrown out as a violation of our first ammendment rights?

In a rare move, I haven't read ALL of the posts here before commenting. So I apologize if I've repeated a concern that's been addressed earlier.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 3:24 am
noted and signed, more comment after working my way through all the comments here-want to find the reason for some ROFLMAO here -LOL ;-) Thanks for the post.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 4:05 am
Democracy Now! has been covering different aspects of our Gulf Coast tragedy:

Fmr. Labor Secretary Robert Reich: US Should Put BP Under Temporary Receivership During Gulf Coast Recovery: Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton administration and now a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, says BP should be put under temporary receivership, which would allow the US to take over its operations until the spill is stopped. We’re also joined by Tyson Slocum, the director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program.
(Btw, these people aren't 'hippies' OR 'subversives' !)

Photographer Harassed by BP Security, Detained by Police While on Assignment at BP Texas Refinery

ProPublica: BP Texas Refinery Had Huge Toxic Release Just Before Gulf Blowout
Just over three months ago, THOUSANDS of POUNDS of TOXIC chemicals begin spewing into the skies from BP’s massive oil refinery in Texas City!
- The release began on April 6, two weeks before the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, but it took BP weeks to even realize there was a problem. BP now estimates 538,000 pounds of chemicals escaped from the refinery over a 40-day period. We speak with reporter Ryan Knutson of ProPublica and Frontline who traveled to Texas City to investigate what happened.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 5:11 am
Justice will be served. This will be a major lesson for oil companies. Greed in the end really does not pay.

Thanks for this news.

Shraddha J (35)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 12:23 pm
Bp better find a soulution

joan f rodriguez (26)
Monday July 12, 2010, 5:24 pm
thank you barbara and carol posted on myspace and facebook

Debbie G (306)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 8:08 am
Thanks Barbara and Carole. Signed and notes.

Kathy T (54)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 4:19 pm
Thank you for posting this information.

Chris E (50)
Saturday July 17, 2010, 2:50 am
Thank you. Noted.
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