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Feds Arrest BP Engineer – For Deleting Texts

From a joyous Associated Press:

Engineer arrested, feds probe BP’s spill response

By CAIN BURDEAU and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
April 25, 2012

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — By arresting a former BP engineer Tuesday, federal prosecutors for the first time showed their hand in the Gulf oil spill case, saying they were probing whether BP PLC and its employees broke the law by intentionally lowballing how much oil was spewing from its out-of-control well.

And by "federal prosecutors" "showed their hand" the AP must mean, the Obama campaign showed whom they are going to scapegoat to get the most mileage out of this non-crime before the elections.

Two years and four days after the drilling-rig explosion that set off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, Kurt Mix, 50, of Katy, Texas, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting about 300 text messages that indicated the blown-out well was spewing far more crude than the company was telling the public at the time

Even if true, what a crime against humanity, huh?

The case against Mix brings the first criminal charges in the Justice Department’s Deepwater Horizon probe. If convicted, Mix could get up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count. Mix was released on $100,000 bail.

In an affidavit, the U.S. Department of Justice said it was investigating whether BP and its employees broke the law "by intentionally understating" how much oil was leaking.

If this can be prosecuted, can we prosecute the Obama administration for their economic claims? Or for what Obama said about his $800 billion dollar stimulus would do for the economy? His campaign promises?

Legal experts said this was likely just the first move by the Justice Department. The federal agency made it clear the investigation still is ongoing and suggested more people could be arrested

Seth Pierce, a Los Angeles-based commercial defense lawyer, said the Justice Department’s move was "almost like you would see in a mafia case, where they go and try to apply a lot of pressure on really low-level guys in the hopes of turning them, or flipping them, into witnesses for the state."

Yes, let’s try to find a big fish. Even if we have to invent one. We cannot let lying to the American public go unpunished.

An attorney for Mix, Joan McPhee, described the charges as misguided and that she is confident Mix will be exonerated.

"The government says he intentionally deleted text messages from his phone, but the content of those messages still resides in thousands of emails, text messages and other documents that he saved," she said. "Indeed, the emails that Kurt preserved include the very ones highlighted by the government."

In outlining the charges, the government suggested Mix knew the rate of flow from the busted well was much greater than the company publicly acknowledged.

Prosecutors also said BP gave the public an optimistic account of its May 2010 efforts to plug the well via a technique called a "top kill," even though the company’s internal data and some of the text messages showed the operation was likely to fail

In public statements, the company professed optimism that the top kill would work, giving it a 60 to 70 percent chance of success.

Those bastards! But, once again, what if Obama were held to these standards?

On May 26, the day the top kill began, Mix estimated in a text to his supervisor that more than 15,000 barrels of oil per day were spilling — three times BP’s public estimate of 5,000 barrels and an amount much greater than what BP said the top kill could probably handle.

At the end of the first day, Mix texted his supervisor: "Too much flow rate — over 15,000 and too large an orifice." Despite Mix’s findings, BP continued to make public statements that the top kill was proceeding according to plan, prosecutors said. On May 29, the top kill was halted and BP announced its failure…

Off with everyone’s heads!

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Feds Arrest BP Engineer – For Deleting Texts”

  1. Astravogel says:

    So, if I understand this, the Federal Gov’t can charge you with a crime if you
    told your bosses (the ones paying your salary) the truth and they lied about it?
    Hard for me to grasp.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And how much “pristine” coastline was immersed in thick, black goo? How many dead fish washed up on shore? How many whales were killed? How much damage was done?

    This is the ultimate false narrative. Much ado about nothing. Tempest/teacup.

    But, Obama has to look like the “serious ass-kicker” here. Yeah, those evil oil companies…let a well blow out…on purpose…so they could poison GAIA. The fact that millions of dollars of potential revenue flowing out into open ocean never once crossed their minds. It never occurred to them that the ultimate goal of finding oil is to sell it for use by the consumer.

    Nope…even if they know this, they are playing the leftwing, uber-ignorant bit and making unsubstantiated claims to suit their desire to create a villain.


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