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  •  If true, that would be highly problematic (0+ / 0-)

    do you have any evidence to support this assertion?

    •  Gaming the system (4+ / 0-)

      As I noted in a comment below, I saw them gaming the system at close second hand.

      Here is another anecdote from Riki Ott:

      ...For example, Dallas County jail. I went down to the Exxon shareholder meeting in spring 1999 to ask the shareholders to please pay their debts, specifically, the $5 billion in punitive damages awarded to fishers and others in 1994, before Exxon merged with Mobil. I asked for, and received, permission to pass out letters explaining the grim situation in Cordova, Alaska, where long-term damages to fisheries from the oil spill were creating financial hardships.

      Exxon was not happy with the letter and their security asked me to step outside the hotel doors to pass them out. I was tricked into trespassing, as I did not have permission from the hotel to pass out the letters. I was arrested and carted off to jail.

      So in the span of 30 minutes I went from seeing how some of the richest people in the world (Exxon shareholders and corporate leaders) could care less about the suffering their spill was causing, to seeing how some of the relatively poorest folks in America -- women in the holding cell at the Dallas County jail -- were very caring and compassionate.

      Out of all this, I received a plane ticket to return to Dallas (for my court trial, which was dropped after I passed a lie detector test) and a new commitment to work for economic parity.

      These kinds of stories and on-going public minimization and denial about the continued impacts of the oil spill -- there's still oil/tar on the beaches, continuing to leach -- are numerous among people close to the action. They are evidence of Exxon's unscrupulous culture of adversarial unaccountability.

      Beyond these types of evidence of "gaming the system," I can't offer anything more concrete than the observation that "due process," so far, has taken nearly 20 years.

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