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    More evidence of an orchestrated government/corporate campaign to choke off media and scientific access to the Gulf continues to pour in (see "Leaking Legitimacy" for an overview of the situation).   Not only has BP corrupted local law enforcement to block reporting and scientific analysis of the spill, the Coast Guard now claims that the rare authorization for access requires authorization from the White House.  This campaign is working, from the perspective of BP's and the government's public relations departments.  The media (both traditional and social) coverage of the gulf oil spill doesn't even show up relative to Katrina).  

    Another reason that BP may have retained control of the response to the crisis because of its ability to pay for it.  

    If the government had taken control, it may have required a vast new emergency outlay, measured in the hundreds of billions.  An outlay that could have pushed the US deficit up radically (to the $2 Trillion mark?) at the very moment another global financial crisis looms.

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