by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: An astute reader pointed out, he was working for G4S at the time which is based in London as is BP. Go to the end of the article to see how G4S security guards REALLY treated reporters (real ones)
UPDATE: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation financially supports:
Seems like Omar factors into all the big events in Florida.
(Youtube pulled the video I put up showing Omar in that documentary. Gee, I wonder why they did that. I found another version which includes his lines from the “documentary” and you can still get a feel for what his voice sounds like just in case they ever release the actual audio track of his 911 call (don’t hold your breath))
In this “documentary”, Omar gives what seems like a scripted, completely unsolicited and derogatory rant about the workers at the BP spill “hoping for more spillage” so they could make “some more money”. He, and the documentary film-maker claim that to the workers, “it’s all about the money”
That came about the time people were taking note of BP paying the cleanup workers less than minimum wage, using prison labor and illegals to clean up the spill and contractors were getting away with working these guys way more than 40 hours and not paying them for overtime.
They didn’t give the workers protective gear, they kept them on what amounts to labor camps and they regularly suffered from dehydration and heat stroke.
Add to that the regular practice of withholding their meager paychecks and what you basically have is big business taking advantage of desperately poor individuals from all over the country (and some prisoners) who went there to help clean up BP’s mess, willing to work hard while doing it.
“The workers come from all over the United States—as far away as Alaska—and are of dozens of nationalities. Many do not speak English. Many have taken jobs cleaning up oil due to the very high unemployment rate—these are some of the only jobs available.
The beach cleanup workers work on the shores in dozens, handling toxic oil without full protective gear, breathing poisoned air and suffering dehydration and heat strokes under the hot sun. Over the past week, temperatures in Southern Louisiana have averaged over 90 degrees” WSWS
And of course, you have what appears to be a scripted derogatory rant coming from Omar Mateen, posing as a security guard for the compound, timed perfectly to help demonize the workers and put BP in a slightly better light.
Yes, that is Omar Mateen, doing the good work of looking out for our “national interests”… a British company that fucked up the Gulf of Mexico because they got too greedy and then fucked up a number of US citizens because they got too greedy on the cleanup as well.
“At one point, perhaps as part of a G4S contract, he was working as an intake officer at a Florida juvenile assessment center. At another point, he was providing security after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, during which an undercover documentarian recorded a few of his cynical observations.
“No one gives a shit here, like everyone is just out to get paid,” he is recorded as saying. “They’re like hoping for more oil to come out and more people to complain so they’ll have the jobs. Because once people get laid off here, it’s going to suck for them. They want more disaster to happen because that’s where their moneymaking is.” New York Times
As coincidence would have it: there is Omar, forever associated with the BP oil spill, which saw Kenneth Feinberg put in charge of the payouts before it was revealed his firm had a financial stake in BP… and now… Kenneth Feinberg is in charge of doling out the cash of the victims fund from the Orlando shooting, for which Omar is, once again, associated.
Hows that for synergy? What are the odds you think that this little prick just happens to be the one G4S guard featured in that video who then “goes crazy” and wipes out his friends at a gay nightclub so the senate can vote on a gun-grabbing bill or two? Gotta be up there, right?
UPDATE: video showing G4S security guards keeping real reporters from workers.
What were those workers really doing on the beach while Omar was feeding the fake reporter a line about the “greedy workers”? They were busy clearing the beach of the bodies of dead marine life in the cover of darkness.
“The BP Security personnel ensure that no observers are present on Gulf coast beaches during night time hours when BP contractors scour the beaches and pick up and covertly dispose of dead dolphins, turtles, birds, and other sea animals that wash ashore covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.” BP Oil Spill webpage
More to follow.