1. BD
    September 21, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Halliburton is as evil as they come. They should have the book thrown at them for their handling of the BP spill, not given a harmless fine. After their hand in Iraq, they just keep breaking the rules and getting away with it, like Monsanto. Let’s make them suffer, as they’ve made so many suffer.


  2. Denise Black
    September 21, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    Is anyone really surprised that Halliburtan gets a slap on the wrist while poor folks wind up in the largest prison industrial complex in the world?
    There are 2 Americas and Halliburtan along with other corporate “persons” (thanks Citizen’s United!)have won the rigged game.
    If only the American people had a lobby in DC! Of course, we shouldn’t need one. Our outrage ala Occupy is not even reported in the MSM which by no accident is owned by corporations.


  3. Denise Black
    September 21, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    Forgot to add that despite the disaster in the gulf Obama and friends of big oil (almost everyone in Congress…very few exceptions) are still installing more rigs in the gulf.
    Then again we have to listen to the President sell coal as clean as well.
    There are only scoundrels in our gov’t who are the puppets of billionaires.
    This should not be news to regular readers of Public Citizen.
    There are solutions but I suppose it will take an engaged population who aren’t confused by the propaganda sold 24/7 that tell us we can not afford to invest in R & D for clean energy.

    We came close to another war in the middle east but the public stood up just enough to make the politicians nervous. It still may happen as we seem incapable as a country not to be involved in endless wars that enrich the few. I was glad to see that no one was buying that we should get involved in yet another civil war that has already killed thousands and caused a thousands of refugees to flee Syria. We are war weary. When we become engaged enough to say no to blatant corporate criminals and when will we be angry enough to protest our lame DOJ? I can’t say but it can’t happen soon enough for my liking.

    It’s rather ironic that Putin is giving lectures in the NYTimes as a peacemaker while he shelters Edward Snowden who’s only crime was being a whistleblower.

    I sure hope the next generation can evolve past the petty squabbles and tribalism that have kept us at odds amongst ourselves rather than take on the real enemies of the people. The corporate/government alliance needs to go.


  4. Bill Roberson
    September 21, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    11 dead, billions in damages, and a fine of $200,000? Why even bother? Apparently the seriousness of a crime, punishment as a deterrent or prior record no longer applies. Since corporations are now people, might as well extend this logic to individuals as well and just shut down the justice system. While we’re at it, get rid of regulatory agencies and law enforcement which drain billions of tax dollars and impede “business”.


  5. jean westler
    September 21, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    A travesty of justice. It seems our government is run by a pack of patsies who kow tow to whoever has the most money. Our founding fathers must be spinning in their graves.

    I’d say $200 billion may be a fair settlement, with most of it despursed to the citizens affected.

    Bah! Humbug!


  6. Michael MacPherson
    September 22, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    This is the way justice works in this plutocracy, The poor and the middle class go to jail for even the most minute crime, there are people in prison with 30 year sentences for having a few ounces of pot. The rich and corporations are on a scale, the higher up on the scale they are the lower the fine and no one goes to jail, because jail is for the poor and middle class.

    We live in a plutocracy where the country is tilted unfairly toward the rich, because the people will not wake up and demand we get money out of politics, we need to get the 5 Supreme Court (in) Justices who work for Wall Street out of the court and vote the bought and paid for by Wall Street Congress out of office.

    If we continue to ignore these problems the corporate and political criminals will eventually figure a way around voting and they will be able to appoint their own people into all offices even the President, then we will be slaves and the country will be a total plutocracy and Oligarchy.


  7. Ed Gould
    September 22, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    According to the Supreme Court. Corporations are people so they should be sentenced like one.


  8. Douglas Lass
    September 23, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    Typical!!! The rich are able to buy their way out of trouble!


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