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Oil industry’s US-Libya business group sees website go dark amid violent uprising

By Sahil Kapur
Monday, February 21, 2011 15:49 EDT
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The website of the US-Libya Business Association (USLBA) was down on Monday as protests in the Arab nation targeting leader Muammar al-Gaddafi’s 41-year regime dramatically intensified.

USLBA, incorporated in 2005, describes itself as “the only U.S. trade association focusing on the United States and Libya,” and has organized policy conferences attended by senior US officials.

A Web cache of the group reveals that over a dozen oil and energy companies and military contractors are members of its executive advisory committee, including Dow Chemical, Chevron, Halliburton, Shell, Raytheon and Occidental Petroleum.

The Bush administration lifted Libya from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism in May 2006, reopening diplomatic relations between the two longtime foes.

Sanctions were initially placed after Gaddafi’s government was implicated in terrorist attacks that led to the deaths of US soldiers. Libyan terrorists reportedly bombed a Pan Am flight over Scotland in 1988.

Libya has a rich supply of known oil reserves, and much of the country remains untapped. The US Energy Information Administration reports that Libya “has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa.”

In 2009, USLBA announced that it had transitioned management to the National Foreign Trade Council, a free trade group.

It’s unclear when exactly USLBA’s website went down, but the group appears to have been active as recently as this month. USLBA’s executive director Charles Dittrich took part in a discussion weeks ago about US-Libya relations, and mentioned his ties to the group.

A call to USLBA’s Washington, DC office and an email to the group were not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

Clashes in Libya grew violent on Monday as demonstrators crowded cities and regime officials reportedly used air strikes to fend off protesters fighting the military and setting government buildings on fire.

Stephen C. Webster contributed to this report.

 
 
 
 
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  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg
  • kiboshki

    “Ah, USLBA. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Graduate of the George H W Bush School of Cynicism, huh?

  • Anonymous

    This is the business of our biggest industry; bringing “democracy” (ie, expensive business contracts) to new markets, no matter what the price in life or humanity or even to our own nation.

  • surgethis

    If you want to understand what the World Bank, the IMF and the United States are really doing to spread “democracy” read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man .. by John Perkins. Banks are evil on this earth.

  • Sandi

    Don’t forget, the US-Libya Business Association (USLBA) is led by Chevron and BP.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    scrub scrub
    all gone now

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, Han would never hang out with the likes of uslba.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    Of course they do business with evil dictators while telling every one else they cannot.

  • Anonymous

    The entire “revolution” you are seeing is by design and is not what the media. Including raw story is leading you to believe

  • Anonymous

    Steve Benen reports that all members of Ghadaffi’s UN delegation are repudiating him as a genocidal warmonger.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    I guess they did have more important things to do than play with Phelps

  • Anonymous

    C,mon Libya, all you got to do is get control of that State run television building. That was the turning point for the Egyptians.

    You stop that and you will be free. Gadhafi will not be able to survive without a media blackout.

    I’m pulling for you and my respect for your courage is not able to be put into words.

  • Anonymous

    Please elaborate. I’m not sure what to believe in any of these uprisings.

  • Anonymous

    Yes..everything is a conspiracy! Even the deaths of hundreds.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Lego Boy, get back to sexually molesting your cat….

  • TheDevilCanDance

    I hope the coming popular government of Libya will nationalize the oil fields, by doing so they will bankrupt the multinational oil corporations that represent the rotten core of Western societies

  • Anonymous

    USLBA, NAMBLA… what’s the difference?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Those Merchants of Death and their mercenary allies are probably offing the protesters as fast as they can pull the trigger. http://republicconstitution.blogspot.com/ The Military-Industrial Complex has many arms.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    You can be sure that nothing good is afoot if Dow Chemical is involved. They’re America’s IG Farben. Of course, Haliburton is well known to be a criminal conspiracy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Of course. It’s all…………..about YOU!

    Boo.

  • Anonymous

    The list of companies is the fascist military industrial complex.

  • Anonymous

    It’s all Neocon fueled.

  • Arlo J. Thudpucker

    The book by Perkins is an easy read. However, I’d bet you will only be able to read a few pages at a time. It is so outrageous that planning a five minute cooling off period between sessions would be prudent.

  • Anonymous

    Nice!!

  • Anonymous

    What you you expect them to say? I’d imagine they are busy trying to get their people out of the country.

  • Anonymous

    Can you please hack the banks so people that have rip-off mortgages, high interest rates on credit cards, etc. will have a “0″ balance showing on their statements?

  • Anonymous

    Exactly, thats why our gov considers Chavez a terrorist because he nationalized their oil instead of allowing some greedy foreign oil company come in and steal it. Here we let them drill in the Gulf and take the oil for free then sell it back to us at bloated prices. Remember gas was $1.40/gal prior to Dichead Cheney secret energy meeting.

  • RottenJohnny

    . . . and like dump a few mil in mine?

  • Anonymous

    WRONG!

  • Anonymous

    WRONG!!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6EX2KJ7LSZMDCBZWCH62Q7CABY Sandra

    Only to cover ass. If it goes the other way they will say they were forced to say that.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    Libua is showing hat happens when a nation is ruled by all-out psychopaths – non-violence is not an option, because they MAKE it not an option.

  • Guest

    U.S rules for state sponsors of terrorism:

    - If you do not have oil, you are a terrorist state.
    - If you have oil but do not make it accessible, you are a terrorist state.
    - If you make your oil accessible, you are NOT a terrorist state.

  • Anonymous

    Anywhere there is oil and the “pantsuit.”

  • Anonymous

    My Madison be next.

  • enorceht

    and it fits like a glove with the current events

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully the People of Libya realized what criminals were there and took care of them.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6EX2KJ7LSZMDCBZWCH62Q7CABY Sandra

    If Ghathafi would have continued this, he wouldn’t have had any problem. That’s why the US bombed him to begin with, not over any terrorrist crap they made up.

  • Anonymous

    So the terist becomes a butt buddy when he gets up off some oil. He’s a little bitch and Cheeney is his daddy. Money rules!

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Absolutely, Qaddafi started an Arab revolution but he soon got into the pocket of the Western multinationals

  • dk504

    Don’t forget Halliburton is in the mix.

  • dk504

    So there was a US – Libya Business Group, great. Of course it was during the Shrubs administration they became chummy with Gaddafi. And the PAN AM bomber was returned to Libya, and Halliburton and the rest of the cabal incorporate an entire year before Dubya lifts sanctions the cruise to Libya. It’s almost like these guys knew what was coming down the pike…Hhhmmmmmmmm.

    Suddenly the little rats go into hiding, how surprising!!!!!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Oh please…’went down’ my ass! Their PR reps pulled the plug and told everyone to keep radio silence til the dust settles. It never looks good when multi-national corporations are neck deep in the slime while the cameras are rolling.

  • mick

    - And if you are Israel you are not a terrorist state no matter how much terrorism you commit !

  • Taleisin

    That would make them a rouge state. We would have to invade and liberate the people from their oil.

  • K7KTR

    Soon they will see the People in America in the Streets. But Obama will not be standing there saying… “This is Democracy!!!” He will also be screaming “Call out the Guard.” Martial Law will be here. People will only take so much of the Lies. Lies that lead us to War, Lies that Keep us in War. If they want to Trim a Budget, Do the MATH. 2 Billion a Week X 52 Weeks is a Trillion Dollars. Bring the Troops Home. That is what is KILLING OUR COUNTRY.

  • Anonymous

    So was the revolt driven by Gaddafi’s intent to sell off Libya’s assets to the highest bidding US corporation for his own personal enrichment. Was yet another autocracy to be left entrenched in place because it would enrich US corporations to do so. It seems some Libyan insiders might have baulked at the strip mining of Libya’s assets and worked to formet the protests.

  • CozmicSeer

    Indeed. That is probably why Kadafi’s regime is now using its military to kill and destroy its own people. Notice that it is calling them ‘dens of terror and sabotage’. When ever a government uses terror these days, you can bet that they’re lying through their teeth and trying to ‘justify’ their actions. It’s still murder by the fascists and their military lackeys.

  • Brimstone Hill

    Ahhhh……..the smell of fascism, and look at the business names, big oil, big weapons, big energy, “Halliburton”!!! The Military Industrial complex has its hand bloody yet once again.
    I bet this USLBA is an exclusive cabal, and does not allow reputable companies to do business with Libya.
    It’s okay for Oil Co, Weapons Manufacturers and Banksters to do business with dictators, but someone in the USA trying to sell these people Water Filtration, Camel Food or Baby Formula would be charged with treason.

  • Guest

    How did all that Texas oil get underneath Libya? Gotta go liberate it!

  • BrainRagYell

    Wait, George was a cynic? I thought he was a visionary? Remember when he said that invading Iraq was going to cause the people of Egypt to rise up? I’m sure he said it. I know he did.

  • Anonymous

    Oil industry’s US-Libya business group sees website go dark, and taken over by renewable, clean energy.

  • Anonymous

    It turns out there is an innocent explanation for the USLBA going quiet – they have mysteriously morphed into a Lawn Bowl Association. Isn’t google great!

  • Anonymous

    Ok Libya puts out couple hundred thousands bbls per day. Lets not have a cow here.
    Not the end of the world

  • http://twitter.com/WideOpenBeavers Herman Blount

    Whoops, too bad I saved a local copy:
    https://twitpic.com/44bn1j

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