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.American Free Press
.Vol X .#29-30July 19-26, 2010americanfreepress.net
 

Page 4, AMERICAN FREE PRESS * July 19-26, 2010 * Issue 29-30
ACROSS THE NATION with PAT SHANNAN

AFP Visits the Gulf:
BP using police state tactics
to suppress the truth

By Pat Shannan

 

.Americans have seen their formerly protected rights rapidly evaporate under the guise of “anti-terrorism” since 9-11 and the passing of the misnamed “Patriot Act,” but now even the mainstream media are nervous about recent First Amendment abuses along Gulf of Mexico beaches.
And while many “unsubstantiated” reports from the past 10 weeks concerning the behavior of British Petroleum (BP), area police and various officials are now confirmed, reports of rampant pollution may not be telling the full extent of the story in the gulf region.
While telecasting from New Orleans, CNN’s Anderson Cooper was visibly upset by the situation, and Newsweek reported “BP and Coast Guard officials explicitly targeted members of the media and denied them access to the oil-covered beaches.”
Filmmaker James Fox was the first to go public by reporting the intimidation and restriction of information by BP security guards in early June. Shortly after he arrived in Grand Isle, La., he told talk show host Mel Fabregas that he wouldn’t have believed it if he hadn’t seen it with his own eyes. Not only news reporters but ordinary citizens were being arrested and detained after photographing various beach cleanup activities.
“There was a complete media blackout. No cameras allowed. Clean-up workers were being threatened with loss of their jobs if they even spoke to a newsman on or off camera.” Fox was both angry and frightened. “They call this a free country? There is no freedom of speech. There is no freedom of press. They’re even closing down the air space to stop reporters from flying over.”
However, Fox was but a voice in the wilderness, as U.S. Coast Guard officials responded to the growing list of other complaints with: “We are looking into it.”
Meanwhile, along the Texas coast outside of Texas City, freelance photographer Lance Rosenfield stood on a public road taking photos of a BP refinery. Soon, he was followed by local officers to a store where he was detained while they demanded to see the photos he had just taken. A BP security representative showed up, closely followed by Homeland Security official Tom Robison, who did his best to frighten the freelancer into not returning.


Apparently, BP’s private security goons are the new “secret police,” and they have the help of local and federal law enforcement officials. The public’s right to know the truth is being suppressed. Now, even local law enforcement is not on the side of the citizenry anymore. They’ve sold out, according to Mother Jones magazine, and BP is covering the salaries of nearly all the cops
working in certain areas there.
Mac McClelland of Mother Jones reported, “One Louisiana parish has 57 extra shifts per week that they are devoting entirely to BP security detail, and BP is paying the sheriff’s office.”
Following the Independence Day weekend, this AMERICAN FREE PRESS writer visited Louisiana to talk directly with the locals. We soon hit upon an interesting anomaly: while “terror” regarding the gulf gusher and its effects continues to be spread through the media and Internet, nobody appears to be afraid. The hotels are full from New Orleans to Destin, Fla. Bourbon Street is supplying booze and oysters to its normal amount of summertime revelers and, despite the current “downside economy,” Royal Street shops would be the envy of any retailers in the country.
The talking heads on TV claim that benzene and Corexit 9500 are lurking in the air, about to poison millions, but the people in New Orleans have smelled nothing. During four sweltering days there, this AFP writer didn’t smell anything either. Despite the video posted on the Internet in late June showing oil falling with the rain on the streets of New Orleans, we could not find anyone who had actually seen this happen.
“Ah, heck, they just want us to move out again,” said Isadore Vance, a cheerful dinner server at a popular French Quarter restaurant, referring to the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. But he admitted that he saw the dreaded tar balls floating in Lake Pontchartrain, which is north of the city and many miles inland from the gulf.
Probably more disconcerting was the eyewitness testimony from James “Bubba” Marchaud, a lifetime resident of Metairie, La. “Those play actors out there on the beach are not cleaning up anything,” he said. “They are just covering everything that washes ashore.”
He went on to tell AFP what was happening — because he had seen it himself. It was not only a figurative cover-up with the cooperative news media but actually a literal cover-up: the beach workers were merely spreading new sand on top of the tar balls from the oil spill that had been discoloring the beaches.
He also confirmed the rumor of the ridiculous, staged photo-op when President Obama came to southern Louisiana. Five truckloads of workers were unloaded on the beach road where the presidential entourage would be passing.
“Absolutely zero people were on the road to greet him,” Marchaud said, “and as soon as his fleet of cars went by, the workers were put back on the trucks and driven away.”

 

 

 

 

Pat Shannon is a contributing editor to American Free Press newspaper. He is also the author of several videos and books including One in a Million: An IRS Travesty and I Rode With Tupper, detailing Shannan’s experiences with Tupper Saussy when the American dissident was on the run in the 1980s. Both are available from FIRST AMEND-MENT BOOKS for $25 each.



(Issue #29-30, July 19-26, 2010, AMERICAN FREE PRESS)

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