Final justice in the BP spill
By Bruce Thompson
Now that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has approved the $20.8-billion settlement
in the BP oil spill case, we can look at tying up the loose ends. The
biggest remaining injustice is that the man who was the project leader
for the successful effort to stop the leak, Kurt Mix, has been dragged
through the courts for years by malicious prosecutors from the
Department of Justice, rather than being awarded the acclaim he
deserves. Given his natural reluctance to testify while under criminal
prosecution, being granted the protection of Congress would allow him to
provide a more accurate account of the whole well-control process to
complete the public record. Clearly, the government did not want him to
testify while the case was still at trial. Why were they so desperate
to go to such extremes? Whatever he has to add is worth hearing.
The DOJ has earned a reputation for being highly politicized. We, the people need to fix that problem.
Politically, right now the biggest problem for the Republicans in Congress has been a
well-deserved reputation for political impotence. "We can pass the
bills, but Obama will veto them, boo hoo!" They need some treatment for
their erectile dysfunction. My proposal is simple. Take the lesson of
David and Goliath to heart. Take down Obama’s reputation a few
notches. It sounds hard, but it is easy. All they have to do is have
Congress pass a bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal
to Kurt Mix. Then include a clause in the legislation directing that
the president – that would be Obama – present the award personally on
behalf of a grateful nation.
Kurt Mix did what Obama and the world wanted done: he "plugged the hole" during the BP oil spill.
"July 15, 2010 Kurt helps successfully execute the "capping stack" procedure, which stops the ﬂow of oil
September 16, 2010 The relief well casing program, well intercept, and hydraulic
kill -- designed and executed by a team on which Kurt served as project
lead -- successfully intercepts and seals the blown-out Macondo Well
over 13,000 feet below the sea ﬂoor"
Didn't Obama ask for ideas? Didn't Mix's ideas work? Doesn't he deserve the Congressional Gold Medal?
"A Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by the United States Congress;
the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are
the highest civilian awards in the United States. It is awarded to
persons "who have performed an achievement that has an impact on
American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major
achievement in the recipient's field long after the achievement."
There are no permanent statutory provisions specifically
relating to the creation of Congressional Gold Medals. When a
Congressional Gold Medal has been deemed appropriate, Congress has, by
legislative action, provided for the creation of a medal on an ad hoc
." (emphasis added)
Obama does not have any say in what Congress does – only members of Congress
do. Stick it to him. Prove to the whole world that Obama is impotent.
"Have you plugged the hole yet, Daddy?"