On May 24, Mary L. Kendall, Acting Interior Department Inspector General’s memo to her boss, Secretary Ken Salazar, discussed an “Investigative Report,” titled “Island Operating Company, et al.”
Ordinarily, public release would have followed a formal MMS response, 90 days after getting it. But today’s events forced Kendall “to release it now,” saying her greatest concern is the “environment in which these inspectors operate – particularly the ease with which they move between industry and government.”
Kendall’s report stated, “Minerals Management Service (MMS) employees (in charge of inspections and oversight) accepted gifts from oil and gas production companies.”
Kendall found evidence that MMS and industry personnel fraternized and exchanged gifts, and have known each other since childhood. MMS staff used illegal drugs including cocaine and crystal methamphetamine and (just like the SEC) viewed pornography on their government computers.
Her findings were presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana, which declined prosecution.
Kendall discovered MMS falsification of offshore oil rig inspection forms. On October 15, 2009, she presented her findings on this to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana who again declined the case for prosecution.
Read the report here.
This refusal to prosecute is the ultimate responsibility of Obama appointee, Attorney General Eric Holder. As we have mentioned previously, Eric Holder was was the lawyer who got the largest tax dodger of all time, Marc Rich who owed the IRS $100 million, a pardon from President Clinton.
While U.S. government employees spend their time taking bribes, flying to sporting events in corporate jets, and indulging in hard-core drugs and pornography the average American faces the worst of times.
If our Attorney General, Eric Holder refuses to prosecute wrongdoers, if a disconnected Obama caves in to British Petroleum, if the media states the flow from the well has been stopped – when the oil spill webcam proves them wrong, what are we to do?
It’s going to take a lot more than a couple of Tea Parties to set America right.