In a blistering rant on the social medium Facebook, filmmaker and pundit Michael Moore has called for the execution of “the criminals at General Motors” who knew their vehicles had a life-threatening defect, but chose not to act.
AlterNet’s Janet Allon wrote that on Tuesday, at a Congressional hearing dedicated to the matter, GM executives revealed that the company knew that the ignitions switches in multiple vehicle models were defective and could cause the vehicles to abruptly shut down, de-activating the power steering, brake line, airbags and other functions.
Accidents involving the faulty switches have killed 13 people so far and injured scores more. This in spite of the fact that — as Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) pointed out — that the defect could be repaired at a cost of 57 cents per car or truck.
“I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception,” Moore wrote, “and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested and made to pay for their pre-meditated decision to take human lives for a lousy ten bucks.”
“The executives at GM knew for 13 years that their cars had a defective ignition switch that would, well, kill people. But they did a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ and concluded that paying off the deceased’s relatives was going to be cheaper than having to install a $10 part per car,” he continued.
“In 2007,” said Moore, “a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official recommended a formal investigation but was overruled by others in Bush’s ‘business-friendly’ Transportation Department.”
“The Washington Post, in an otherwise good article, blames the whole sad affair on the ‘corporate culture’ at GM,” he wrote. “What a user-friendly term!”
“No, the cause of this tragedy is an economic system that places profit above everything else, including — and especially — human life,” he continued. “F*** you, f*** me, and f*** everybody they sent to their deaths. That pretty much sums up their ‘culture.’ They knew they wouldn’t get caught, and if they did, no one would ever serve any time.”
He ended by saying, “I hope someone in the Obama administration will get out the handcuffs, the SWAT teams, or the U.S. army if need be, march into GM headquarters in downtown Detroit and haul away anyone who is there who had anything to do with this. And if they already left town, hunt them down and bring them in to face justice.”