Bells tolling for humanity: BP oil catastrophe, Times Square bomb plot, and the folly of imperial oil agenda
By Larry Chin
Online Journal Associate Editor
May 17, 2010, 00:22
Faced with the end of the age of oil and systemic collapse,
the leaders of the Anglo-American empire have engaged in increasingly violent
and transparently futile zero-sum games to salvage what is left of a corrupt
governmental and economic milieu.
Empire in crisis
From the BP-Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, crashing
stock markets, and the bloody consequences of manufactured wars, it clear
that the empire has lost control of its own criminal system.
As Michael C. Ruppert wrote in his 2004 book Crossing the Rubicon:
There are many factors that the rulers
of the American empire now have to manage as they read their own delusional map
of the world. They have to:
- Apportion dwindling
resources among competitors, some of whom possess nuclear weapons;
- Maintain and expand their
control over enough of the oil and gas remaining to ensure their global
dominance and maintain order among the citizens of the Empire;
- Simultaneously manage a
global economic system, made possible by hydrocarbon energy that is
collapsing and in which the growing population is demanding more things
that can only be supplied by using still more hydrocarbon energy;
- Acknowledge that they
cannot save their own economy without selling more of these products;
- Control the exploding
demand for oil and gas through engineered recessions and wars that break
- Hide the evidence that
they are systematically looting the wealth of all the people on the
planet---even their own people---in order to maintain control;
- Maintain a secret revenue
system to provide enough off-the-books capital for military advantage;
improving their technological posture, and funding covert operations;
- Repress any dissent and
head off any exposure to their actions;
- Convince the population that
they are honorable;
- Kill off enough of the
population so that they can maintain control after oil supplies have
dwindled to the point of energy starvation.�
Never has this agenda, its tragic consequences and ultimate
futility, been more obvious than with the unprecedented events of the past
an �extinction event�
The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the
resulting oil super spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst man-made disaster,
and the largest and most heinous act of environmental destruction in history.
This floating super-bomb remains completely
out of control, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the
Gulf, spreading in directions that cannot be predicted, becoming exponentially
worse by the second. It threatens to dwarf the entire Gulf of Mexico, the
entire southern and southeastern coast of the United
States and Mississippi River,
and is poised to spread into all of the world�s oceans. Wildlife, human life,
industries, economies and livelihoods, all potentially face permanent damage
and destruction. It is even possible that the Gulf will be rendered impossible
What is certain is that this catastrophe, made possible by
the oil agenda of the Anglo-American empire -- will continue to kill for
generations, potentially rendering the entire Gulf of Mexico a dead zone.
For weeks, BP, government officials, and the corporate media
have been engaged in a massive
cover-up, lying about the unspeakable actual
scale of the disaster, and lying about its clean-up and containment
efforts. According to a spokesperson for Greenpeace, there has never been a
successful response to an oil spill, and that what BP is doing at present
is nothing but �response theater.� All attempts to contain the geyser -- each
of them a series
of failed experiments and theories -- have been futile and ineffective.
BP�s use of toxic
chemical dispersants has been, at least in part, an attempt to obscure the
visual horror of the spill from news cameras. The highly toxic dispersants
themselves have further added to the toxicity of the spill, without actually
removing any of the oil.
According to this frightening analysis
by an experienced expert, what is visible on the surface, already the size
of the state of Maryland may be as little as 20 percent of the actual scale of
the spewing manmade volcano of toxic sludge being reported. Gigantic emissions
of natural gas threaten to deplete the oxygen of the water in the Gulf.
The unprecedented amount of oil bursting out -- perhaps as
much as four barrels of oil per second -- also raises questions about the
actual size of the reservoir itself. Quoting the same analysis: �This is an out
of control volcano of oil spewing up with 70,000 psi behind it, from a
reservoir nearly the size of the Gulf, with an estimated trillions of barrels
of oil and gas tucked away. It is this deposit that has me reminding people of
what the Shell geologist told me about the deposit. This was the quote, �Energy
shortage . . . , Hell! We are afraid of running out of air to burn.� The
deposit is very large. It covers an area off shore something like 25,000 square
miles. Natural Gas and Oil is leaking out of the deposit as far inland as
Central Alabama and way over into Florida and
even over to Louisiana almost as far as Texas. What we are
seeing now could be small compared to what may yet unfold if things break apart,
as they can do under such circumstances. If this thing blew, it could be like
Caldera, except from below a mile of sea, with a 1/4-mile opening, with up
to 150,000 psi of oil and natural gas behind it.
�That would be an
memos suggests that government officials were aware of a potential for a
nightmare scenario. Will it simply be �allowed to happen� as the days, weeks
and months pass?
and Transocean -- notorious icons of �disaster capitalism� -- enjoy long and enduring ties
to the world governments, and their worldwide oil strategies.
Both the Bush-Cheney and Obama administrations, the Minerals
Management Service (MMS) directly
involved with allowing BP to operate Deepwater Horizon in reckless fashion,
sheltering BP from regulatory requirements. This despite the fact that BP has a
of recklessness and disaster known throughout the energy industry.
The case implicates
Dick Cheney and the National Energy Policy Development Group (NEPDG),
Cheney�s secret �energy task force,� which may have provided BP and other oil
giants with the license to �fast track� into production without proper
safeguards, and without proper regard to potential catastrophic spills or
permanent environmental damage.
What, if any, punishment will BP face for turning the entire
Gulf of Mexico into a dead zone; for threatening all of humanity? A series of
useless hearings in which corrupt and feckless members of Congress help the
directors of BP, Halliburton and Transocean maintain their innocence, conceding
�mistakes�? Fines? Promises that �it will never happen again� while an
apocalypse is happening?
Transocean has in fact, already profited from the disaster. The
corporation was just paid $401 million in insurance, while petitioning to cap
its liability for the disaster.
The economic cost alone can potentially bring down a world
economy already teetering on the brink of collapse. Oil prices will be disrupted for
It is bitterly ironic that the Deepwater Horizon, which just
weeks ago was viewed as the empire�s last greatest hope, will instead serve as
Yet, even as the mega-volcano of toxic sludge relentlessly
dwarfs more geography over the coming weeks and months, the empire�s leaders
still refuse to stop.
The Obama administration has granted 27 new waivers to big oil companies since the BP explosion, allowing them to engage in yet more
drilling and exploration, without proper environmental review -- in the Gulf of
The Kerry-Lieberman energy bill, pushed through Congress in
recent days, establishes yet more offshore drilling around the country, along
with �clean coal� (a fraud and myth, perpetrated by the coal industry, that
Congress and the Obama administration continue to push).
More �war on
terrorism� for more oil
As an unintended oil calamity unfolds in the Gulf of Mexico,
the planned oil chaos in the Middle East and Central Asia continues.
It is not clear if the foiled Times
Square bombing was an attempted act of �real� terrorism or revenge, a false
flag incident, a military-intelligence double or triple cross carried out by
competing intelligence agencies, or a complete fabrication.
While the specifics of the case against alleged bomber Faisal
Shahzad remain in the hands of deceptive US officials and law enforcement,
the foiled plot provides the Obama administration with a twofold propaganda
bonanza. The administration now has the pretext with which it can expand the
�war on terrorism� into Pakistan,
Waziristan and Iran, and
further strengthen the foothold on the largest remaining oil and gas supplies
of the Middle East and Central Asia. It was
also a �wag the dog� diversion from the BP cataclysm in the Gulf
of Mexico and crashing world stock markets.
to the CIA and MI6 raise immediate suspicions: �A man arrested in Pakistan
in connection with the Times Square car bombing attempt who had traveled with
accused bomber Faisal Shahzad is a member of a terrorist organization that is
controlled by British MI6 and the CIA.
�Jaish-e-Muhammad, the group now emerging in connection with
the Times Square incident, was founded by Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the 9/11
bagman who delivered
$100,000 from the United Arab Emirates to Mohammed Atta at the behest of
General Mahmud Ahmed, then head of the ISI. Mahmud Ahmed, the
man who ordered Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh to bankroll the attacks on the Pentagon
and the World Trade
Center, was meeting with Republican
Congressman Porter Goss and Democratic Senator Bob Graham in Washington DC
on the morning of 9/11. In the days before and after the attack, Ahmed also met
with CIA Head George Tenet as well as current Vice-President Joe Biden, then
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
�In a report on Jaish-e-Muhammad�s involvement in the murder
of Daniel Pearl, who was investigating the ISI, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported
that the Pakistani government, �Believe that Saeed Sheikh�s power comes not
from the ISI, but from his connections with our own CIA.��
Other suspicious factors include the presence of
Special Forces immediately on scene, and the �mysterious white men�
captured on video
initially believed to be part of the bomb plot. According to an early CNN report, �a
video obtained from a tourist in the area shows a person apparently running
north on Broadway, while another video shows a balding man with dark hair
removing a shirt and putting it in a bag before walking out of view of the
camera, which was inside a restaurant.�
Regardless of how the Times Square
bombing case develops, �war on terrorism� is a perpetual covert operation
designed to justify perpetual war, and endless new resource conflict.
As noted in Michel Chossudovsky�s America�s �War on Terrorism,� �the significant development of
�radical Islam� in the wake of September 11, in the Middle East and Central
Asia, is consistent with Washington�s hidden agenda. The latter consists of
sustaining rather than combating international terrorism, with a view to
destabilizing national societies . . .� Virtually all of the world�s �Islamic
terror� fronts -- Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, etc.---are manipulations by the CIA
and Pakistan�s ISI (a branch
of the CIA) and nurtured for years with US government support.
government has been funding
Taliban militants, and buying
off defectors of various tribal factions, at the same time as Washington decries the
The initial reporting
of the Times Square plot in the mainstream
corporate media linked Shahzad to Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, brother of
slain former Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud.
Subsequent reporting has been rife with conflicting
information, from quotes of Mehsud promising new attacks on the US, denials,
counter-denials, speculation, and confusion that becomes even more complicated
when one traces recent events involving the Mehsuds and the Taliban going back
Qari Zainuddin, Mehsud�s Taliban rival, was shot
dead in late 2009. Zainuddin, who had split from Mehsud�s Taliban faction,
was accused of being a top Al-Qaeda asset.
In early 2010, seven CIA agents were
killed by militants supposedly avenging Baitullah Mehsud, who was believed
by many to be an Al-Qaeda ally and a CIA
asset, linked to the assassination
of Benazir Bhutto.
Other Pakistani men alleged to have direct connections to
been arrested in Massachusetts Although it is �unclear whether they were
witting accomplices or simply innocent money dealers,� the connection to Pakistan itself may prove enough to serve the
purposes of war hawks in Washington.
The FBI has sent
agents into Pakistan. The Obama administration and members of Congress,
such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, are, in typical post-9/11 fashion,
complaining about �intelligence failures� and vowing yet more aggressive
domestic security. The �certain� ties to Pakistan,
Waziristan, Iran, etc. will be used as fodder
next military attack. .
The final hour
The signs are unavoidable and clear: the Anglo-American
empire has run out of time, and oil, and humanity itself has paid the steepest
war and chaos, catastrophic
financial meltdowns, or the mega-disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that could
ultimately render all else moot, events are well beyond the empire�s ability to
control or hide any of it.
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