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Make them think twice

Posted: June 21, 2010 8:14 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2010 4:55 a.m.

When corporations are chartered, it is understood that they are required to demonstrate social responsibility.

BP has a history of repeated criminal felonious offenses. With this Gulf oil spill, BP appears to have committed multiple criminal violations of the Clean Water Act as well as possible anti-corruption law violations including criminal neglect, subterfuge, collusion, public lying about the volume of oil that has been discharged from the deep sea well and predatory recklessness — which has resulted in the negligent and reckless homicide of many people, the loss of livelihood for hundreds of thousands of people and the desecration of the environment.

Thomas Jefferson and our Founding Fathers established that corporations must demonstrate that they serve the public interest in order to maintain their charter. It appears that BP has blatantly failed to live up to its corporate responsibility to be a good citizen and has, in fact, created devastation through its criminal behavior.

We need to call on Congress and the president to continue pursuing as a high priority the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into BP’s felonious behavior, including for manslaughter and/or murder, the economic collapse of the region, untold pain and suffering of the region’s residents and the environmental degradation that may permanently destroy that region. If found guilty of criminal misconduct, the Justice Department should call on the state of Delaware to rescind BP’s corporate charter, seize its assets and thus disbar it from any future federal contracts, including with the military.

Perhaps then other corporate wrongdoers will think twice before committing crimes against the people of this country and our environment.


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