Sunday, August 30, 2009

Blood For Oil

From The Sunday Times: The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal. Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards. Last week: “The idea that the British government and the Libyan government would sit down and somehow barter over the freedom or the life of this Libyan prisoner and make it form part of some business’s not only wrong, it’s completely implausible and actually quite offensive.” This week: Brown Lloyd James, a public relations firm with offices in London and New York, has opened an office in Tripoli. It is reported to have placed articles by Colonel Gadaffi in American newspapers. The firm would not comment last week.
The English and Americans are up in arms on the dealings with Libya for oil and British Petroleum. For years now in Massachusetts former congressman
Joe Kennedy has had his dealings with Chavez of Venezuela. Mr. Kennedy has a business, Citizens Energy Corporation, which gives assistance of heating oil to people who can not afford to heat their homes. Now this is a worthy cause, but he is still dealing with a dictator who is taking the rights of his people away one at a time. Starting to sound formula?
First, Citizens Energy Corporation is not the organization that is directly involved with the program. Rather, one has to first look to a holding company, which is a for-profit and wholly owned subsidiary of Citizens Energy’s called Citizens Enterprises Corporation: first, eighty-six percent of Mr. Kennedy’s over $400,000 annual salary comes from this organization. Second, among the nine companies that it manages is Citizens Program Corporation, which directly handles the Citgo heating oil program. This company went from having almost no assets in 2004 to recording the purchase and later sale of over two million dollars worth of oil in 2005. Then in the first half of 2006 they managed to buy over ten million dollars in oil which they sold for over sixteen million dollars.
Don't get me wrong, the release of this Lockerbie bomber was despicable. I also feel that dealings with Chavez are despicable and we would be much better serviced if we were to allow more drilling off our own coast and become more self sufficient. Unfortunately our country's policies are looking more like Chavez's doings which are government control of everything.
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1 comment:

  1. When our government turns things upside down
    when friends become enemies
    and enemies become friends
    it leads one to suspect....


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