Terrorism claims many victims and exacts many sacrifices. For almost 30 years, since Libyan terrorists began targeting innocent American civilians, there has been an alarming pattern in the responses by U.S. authorities. We have watched in horror as our government pledged justice for hundreds of murdered Americans while in fact putting forth a full-court effort to promote commerce and invest billions of US taxpayer dollars with the very same Regime that mudered our loved ones.
All Americans are quietly and routinely being betrayed by our own government through its unilateral support of "big business" interests at the average taxpayers expense. The lopsidedness and unfairness of the U.S. government’s bias toward oil companies plays out every day in the lives of ordinary Americans. How much we pay at the pump for gas, which public services - police protection, firefighters, school teachers - we may have to forego to offset $41 billion annual federal subsidies to oil companies, or where our children may be sent to fight a war, paid by billions of our tax dollars, to protect "Big Oil" rights are all questions that Americans need to ask their elected officials and demand better answers and solutions. Betrayal for Oil is dedicated to helping people connect the dots between the U.S. government, Big Oil, and the Gaddafi regime in Libya, and better understand how this incestuous relationship has prospered for an elite few, at the average Americans’ expense, safety and core values.
Who We Are
We are the victims, survivors and families of hundreds of Americans loved and lost to heinous acts of terrorism. We are the husbands and wives, and sons and daughters, of the 270 passengers blown out of the sky on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockierbie, Scotland. We are the relatives and friends of the innocent victims bombed and killed at the La Belle disco in Germany, murdered on UTA Flight 772 in Niger, and slaughtered by IRA forces in Ireland. We are Americans, and we are the survivors of terrorism.
Why the U.S. Is a Target
Increasingly, the U.S. has become vulnerable to terrorists’ attacks abroad and at home. This has occurred largely because the U.S. government has allowed its oil interests and the demands of Big Oil to drive its foreign policy toward oil-producing countries. As a result, Big Oil can dictate the government's use of force to protect its “license” to explore and extract oil in countries such as Libya. In doing so, it has ensured the decades-long staying power of dictators such as Moammar Gaddafi and emboldened them by pouring billions of dollars into such leaders’ personal coffers to protect U.S. oil companies’ investments and expected future profits.
Today, the U.S. imports billions of dollars of oil from Libya, and, up until recently, freely spent taxpayers’ dollars to help the country develop military and technical capabilities. Fortunately, the outrage over Gaddafi’s atrocities toward the Libyan people enraged millions of people around the globe and led to a first-U.S., then NATO-led military intervention, which largely curtailed U.S. oil operations in Libya. U.S. involvement in initial military actions toward the Gaddafi regime also directed a much-needed—and long overdue—scrutiny on the tax loopholes and regulations that highly favored Big Oil. U.S. oil companies typically pay 5 to 10 percent in taxes, for example, compared to 24 to 36 percent paid by average citizens. In addition to enjoying low tax rates, U.S. oil companies also received $41 billion in subsidies in 2010, while reporting billions in corporate profits.
We have developed the Betrayal for Oil web site to be a resource for people to learn more about how the U.S. government and Big Oil have conspired and victimize the American public and how that incestuous relationship has affected Americans’ wallets and purses at the gas pump, in the shortchanging of local services to prioritize federal needs, and in Americans’ increasing vulnerability to the brutal attacks of terrorists. Ultimately, we hope to build a strong family of advocates for justice for all Americans with strong voices and an ironclad resolve to lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil and break free of Big Oil’s tight grip on our lives.