The Katrina Project: Practice For A Garrison State.

Posted on Monday, September 12 at 10:28 by Ed Deak
btw> many of the articles cited here are also being posted to newslog: * Planning for the garrison state Perhaps we should begin by looking at what we know about regime plans for the garrison state. There are two significant threads that I know about in this regard. The first is the absorption of FEMA into Homeland Security, and the apparent abandonment of disaster relief as a Federal responsibility. The second is the Pentagon plan whereby the military (i.e., NORTHCOM) is to take command in the U.S. in the event of a 'national emergency' - undoing the principle of Posse Comitatus, whose purpose since 1878 has been to prevent a domestic military takeover. FEMA phase-out: "Disasters keep coming but FEMA phased out" Eric Holdeman, Washington Post, Aug. 31, 2005 ...The advent of the Bush administration in January 2001 signaled the beginning of the end for FEMA. The agency's newly appointed leadership showed little interest in its work or in the missions pursued.... Then came the Sept. 11 attacks and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Soon FEMA was being absorbed. ...This year it was announced that FEMA is to "officially" lose the disaster preparedness function that it has had since its creation. The move is a death blow to an agency that was already on life support. In fact, FEMA employees have been directed not to become involved in disaster preparedness functions, since a new directorate (YET TO BE ESTABLISHED) will have that mission. [emphasis added] NORTHCOM takeover: War Plans Drafted To Counter Terror Attacks in U.S. Domestic Effort Is Big Shift for Military - By Bradley Graham Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, August 8, 2005; A01 COLORADO SPRINGS -- The U.S. military has devised its first-ever war plans for guarding against and responding to terrorist attacks in the United States, envisioning 15 potential crisis scenarios and anticipating several simultaneous strikes around the country, according to officers who drafted the plans. ...The war plans represent a historic shift for the Pentagon, which has been reluctant to become involved in domestic operations and is legally constrained from engaging in law enforcement. ... ..."In my estimation, [in the event of] a biological, a chemical or nuclear attack in any of the 50 states, the Department of Defense is best positioned -- of the various eight federal agencies that would be involved -- to take the lead," said Adm. Timothy J. Keating, the head of Northcom, which coordinates military involvement in homeland security operations. ...According to military lawyers here, the dispatch of ground troops would most likely be justified on the basis of the president's authority under Article 2 of the Constitution to serve as commander in chief and protect the nation. The Posse Comitatus Act exempts actions authorized by the Constitution.... We know from these kinds of reports that a fundamental shift is underway as regards emergency management, with an increased role for the military and a primary focus on response- to-terrorism. Apparently, in New Orleans, we are seeing the first major example of this new management model in action. As we shall see in the other threads, it seems that in an emergency incident, the affected population is to be considered the problem, rather than whatever afflicts them. This should really be no surprise to us, if we understand the real purpose behind the Patriot Acts and Homeland Security. Within the context of the PNAC agenda, and the systematic destruction of the American economy, it is clear that the new management model is about controlling the domestic population rather than anything to do with terrorism - or disaster relief. In this report, we get an indication of how people are to be treated once they come under the protection of our Federal guardians... Notes From Inside New Orleans by Jordan Flaherty Friday, September 2, 2005 ...In the refugee camp I just left, on the I-10 freeway near Causeway, thousands of people (at least 90% black and poor) stood and squatted in mud and trash behind metal barricades, under an unforgiving sun, with heavily armed soldiers standing guard over them. When a bus would come through, it would stop at a random spot, state police would open a gap in one of the barricades, and people would rush for the bus, with no information given about where the bus was going. Once inside (we were told) evacuees would be told where the bus was taking them - Baton Rouge, Houston, Arkansas, Dallas, or other locations. I was told that if you boarded a bus bound for Arkansas (for example), even people with family and a place to stay in Baton Rouge would not be allowed to get out of the bus as it passed through Baton Rouge. You had no choice but to go to the shelter in Arkansas. If you had people willing to come to New Orleans to pick you up, they could not come within 17 miles of the camp.... That is to say, once in the arms of your protectors you become a prisoner, a refugee, to be herded like cattle. This really doesn't make much sense in the context of Katrina, but it does make sense as practice for a garrison state. Think for a moment of how much has changed since 9-11. The Bill of Rights is gone; international law is gone; the Geneva convention is gone; Russian & China have been forced into a defensive alliance; global war has become a real possibility - all through the unilateral action of the neocons in Washington. The changes have been awesome in magnitude, and they have occurred rapidly - but the changes have been incremental: one systematic step at a time. Military control of the population has evidently been deemed to be a necessary part of the overall agenda, based on the developments with Homeland Security and NORTHCOM. As with everything else, we can count on seeing incremental steps toward this objective. Field tests are necessary and are to be expected. I believe that the following reports will demonstrate that the response to Katrina was engineered in such a way as to provide that field test. Just as there was no reason why interceptors were not scrambled on 9-11 - other than the fact that they were intentionally withheld - so there is no reason why disaster relief was not provided in a more timely fashion (or at all) - apart from it being intentionally withheld by Federal authorities. Not only was there plenty of advance knowledge of the hurricane and its strength, but FEMA itself had carried out an exercise recently that anticipated precisely this disaster. By withholding assistance, as they did, the Feds created the horrific conditions that provided an excuse to send in the troops, and to justify their new model of behavior. --- * Systematic prevention by the Feds of disaster relief efforts In these reports, we see that the more local the agency, the more people are acting in a spirit of generosity and helpfulness - the best of all being citizen volunteers. But whenever the Feds are involved, helping the suffering seems to be no priority at all, or indeed a hindrance to their mission. These reports cannot be attributed to incompetence. The variety of these reports indicates a systematic policy of preventing any relief efforts other than those provided, or not provided, by the Federally-planned response. This is to be expected in a field test, so as not to pollute the research. Similarly, when they chose Hiroshima and Nagasaki as eventual test sites for the Manhattan Project, they put the two cities off limits for normal wartime bombing raids. After Failures, Officials Play Blame Game By SCOTT SHANE Published: September 5, 2005 When Wal-Mart sent three trailer trucks loaded with water, FEMA officials turned them away, he said. Agency workers prevented the Coast Guard from delivering 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and on Saturday they cut the parish's emergency communications line, leading the sheriff to restore it and post armed guards to protect it from FEMA, Mr. Broussard said. ...furious state and local officials insisted that the real problem was that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which Mr. Chertoff's department oversees, failed to deliver urgently needed help and, through incomprehensible red tape, even thwarted others' efforts to help. "We wanted soldiers, helicopters, food and water," said Denise Bottcher, press secretary for Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco of Louisiana. "They wanted to negotiate an organizational chart." NY TIMES September 2, 2005 "A Can't-Do Government" By PAUL KRUGMAN ...Before 9/11 the Federal Emergency Management Agency listed the three most likely catastrophic disasters facing America: a terrorist attack on New York, a major earthquake in San Francisco and a hurricane strike on New Orleans. ..."The New Orleans hurricane scenario," The Houston Chronicle wrote in December 2001, "may be the deadliest of all." It described a potential catastrophe very much like the one now happening. ...Even military resources in the right place weren't ordered into action. "On Wednesday," said an editorial in The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss., "reporters listening to horrific stories of death and survival at the Biloxi Junior High School shelter looked north across Irish Hill Road and saw Air Force personnel playing basketball and performing calisthenics. Playing basketball and performing calisthenics!" The People Of The Dome By Mitchel Cohen in Brooklyn Sep-4-2005 ...Some tourists in the Monteleone Hotel paid $25,000 for 10 buses. The buses were sent (I guess there were many buses available, if you paid the price!) but the military confiscated them (!) and would not let the people leave. Instead, the military ordered them to the now-infamous Convention Center. ...They even refused to allow voluntary workers who had rescued over 1,000 people in boats over the previous days to continue on Thursday, using the several gunshots (and who knows WHO shot off those rounds?) to say "It's too dangerous". The volunteers wanted to continue their rescue operations and had to be "convinced" at gunpoint to "cease and desist." ...There is something sinister going down -- it's not simply incompetence or negligence. ...How could FEMA and Homeland Security not have something so basic as bottled drinking water in the SuperDome, which was long a part of the hurricane plan? One police officer in charge of his 120-person unit said yesterday that his squad was provided with only 70 small bottles of water. ...Last year, New Orleans residents -- the only area in the entire state that voted in huge numbers against the candidacy of George Bush -- also fought off attempts to privatize the drinking water supply. ...One of the first acts of Governor Kathleen Blanco (a Democrat, by the way) during this crisis was to TURN OFF the drinking water, to force people to evacuate. There was no health reason to turn it off, as the water is drawn into a separate system from the Mississippi River, not the polluted lake, and purified through self-powered purification plants separate from the main electric grid. If necessary, people could have been told to boil their water -- strangely, the municipal natural gas used in stoves was still functioning properly as of Thursday night! ..Let me say this again: The government is intentionally not allowing food or water in. ...This is for real. From: "Stephanie McDowall" Subject: Red Cross and the Mess in Houston Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2005 19:53:02 -0700 ------ ...The Red Cross is shutting down all shelters that are not under their control. One man brought 2000 hot dogs fully prepared and ready to eat. They turned him away at the dome. As he left he saw the people on the sides of the streets and decided to bring them this food. He was immediately told by the police that if he gave out one hot dog, he would be arrested and fined. They sent him away saying that only food being prepared by the Red Cross would be allowed to be handed out. But the Red Cross isn't trying to feed the people outside of the dome... Wayne Madsen - Who is jamming communications in New Orleans? Ham radio operators are reporting that communications in and around New Orleans are being jammed. In addition, perplexed ham radio operators who were enlisted by the Federal government in 911 are not being used for hurricane Katrina Federal relief efforts. There is some misinformation circulating on the web that the jamming is the result of solar flares. Ham radio operators report that the flares are not the source of the communications jamming. ** Note> ...Also, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reporting that no aircraft over New Orleans have been fired on over New Orleans or anywhere else in the area. Are the reports of shots being fired at aircraft an attempt by the Bush administration to purposely delay the arrival of relief to the city's homeless and dying poor? The neocons have turned New Orleans into Baghdad on the Mississippi. Citizen Flotilla Turned Back By Louisiana Department Of Wildlife & Fisheries By Elisabeth Bumiller and Adam Nagourney NY Times 9-5-5 ...A group of approximately 1,000 citizens pulling 500 boats left the Acadiana Mall in Lafayette this morning (Weds.) and headed to New Orleans with a police escort from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff´s Department. The "flotilla" of trucks pulling boats stretched over five miles. This citizen rescue group was organized by La. State Senator, Gautreaux from Vermilion Parish. The group was comprised of experienced boaters, licensed fishermen and hunters, people who have spent their entire adult life and teenage years on the waterways of Louisiana. ...The State Police waved the flotilla of trucks/boats through the barricades in LaPlace and we sped into New Orleans via I-10 until past the airport and near the Clearview exit. At that time we were stopped by agents of the La. Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries. A young DWF agent strolled through the boats and told approximately half of the citizens that their boats were "too large" because the water had "dropped during the night" and that they should turn around and go home. ...We were pulling a large (24ft) shallow draft aluminum boat that can safely carry 12 passengers and had ramp access which would allow the elderly and infirm to have easier access to the boat. We politely informed the DWF agent that the local and national media had consistently reported that the water level had "risen" during the night which contradicted his statement to us that the water "was dropping" and no boat over 16ft. in length would be allowed to participate in rescue operations. ...We then specifically asked the DWF agent that we (and other citizens in the flotilla) be allowed to go to the hospitals and help evacuate the sick and the doctors and nurses stranded there. We offered to bring these people back to Lafayette, in our own vehicles, in order to ensure that they received proper and prompt medical care. ...The DWF agent did not want to hear this and ordered us home... Seattle Post-Intelligencer Friday, September 2, 2005 "Congressman can't get Bush on the line" By DAVID PACE ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER WASHINGTON -- Thousands of people stranded in two swamped parishes south of New Orleans are just as desperate for supplies as those trapped in the city but can't get the attention of federal disaster relief officials, their congressman said Friday. And to make matters worse, says Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La., he was unable to deliver that message to President Bush during his visit to New Orleans because the president's security detail couldn't clear him to board Air Force One. After waiting 90 minutes Friday while a U.S. marshal using a satellite phone repeatedly tried, and failed, to contact Bush's plane - located just 300 yards away at New Orleans' Armstrong airport - a disgusted Melancon left. Saturday, September 03, 2005 "Bush faked levee repair for photo op yesterday" by John in DC - 9/03/2005 06:29:00 PM From a press release LA Senator Mary Landrieu sent out today: But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment. The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast - black and white, rich and poor, young and old - deserve far better from their national government. Could this be part of why New Orleans, in particular, was chosen for the field test? [cited above] ...Last year, New Orleans residents -- the only area in the entire state that voted in huge numbers against the candidacy of George Bush -- also fought off attempts to privatize the drinking water supply. --- * The racist angle Overheard in Washington: Voice of the White House September 1, 2005 TBR - September 2, 2005 ...This afternoon, I was having lunch at the Cosmos Club out on Massachusetts Avenue. A good friend is a member of the posh club (that once was the elegant town home of Sumner Welles), and while at lunch, I was privy to a very vocal conversation at one of the big round center tables in the club dining room. ...One man was giving an overview of the situation to a group of his friends. The speaker was an undersecretary of an important department, well-liked by Bush and often in the White House to consult. The others ranged from an academic economist whose writings can be seen in a right wing paper and a number of Washington-based businessmen, all of whom are active and heavy contributors to the Bush White House. ...It is well known here that the Bush family and many of the top advisers at the White House are racists but instead of detesting Jews, in this case, they all detest blacks. Their rationale, aside from their view of racial superiority, is that blacks are all "welfare queens, unwed mothers and drug dealers." It was the very firmly stated view of the host that it was better for everyone that New Orleans was under water for the time being. ...In that way, we were told (and I was not the only person in the dining room who heard all this), this served to "chase out the niggers" and permit Bush-supporting businessmen from buying up the soon-to-be condemned sodden houses for five cents on the dollar from friendly insurance companies (which one of them was a CEO of) and put up an enlarged and very profitable combination of industrial park and office building section. The money for this would, naturally, come from government grants which a terrified Congress (Mid Term elections are coming) had just voted for and the contracts to demolish the wrecked low-income slums would go, as a no-bid contract, to another stellar Bush supporter. ...As for the refugees, our table of proto-fascists all commented on the fact that most of them were on welfare and probably all voted Democratic so they could all be shipped to California or Chicago at the public expense and allowed to occupy less valuable public housing there. Some of the "Bush-supporting businessmen": Houston Chronicle Sept. 1, 2005 Halliburton hired for storm cleanup The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Halliburton subsidiary KBR will also perform damage assessments at other naval installations in New Orleans as soon as it is safe to do so. KBR was assigned the work under a "construction capabilities" contract awarded in 2004 after a competitive bidding process. The company is not involved in the Army Corps of Engineers' effort to repair New Orleans' levees. [yet] Violent racism in the streets : Rapes, Killings Hit Katrina Refugees In New Orleans By Mark Egan 9-4-5 ...Police and National Guard troops on Saturday closed down the two centers -- the Superdome arena and the city's convention center -- but then penned in the storm victims outside in sweltering heat to keep them from trying to walk out of the city. ...Several residents of the impromptu shantytown recounted two horrific incidents where those charged with keeping people safe had killed them instead. ..."They killed a man here last night," Steve Banka, 28, told Reuters. "A young lady was being raped and stabbed. And the sounds of her screaming got to this man and so he ran out into the street to get help from troops, to try to flag down a passing truck of them, and he jumped up on the truck's windscreen and they shot him dead." ..."Last night at 8 p.m. they shot a kid of just 16. He was just crossing the street. They ran him over, the New Orleans police did, and then they got out of the car and shot him in the head," Batiste said. ...People trying to walk out are forced back at gunpoint - something troops said was for their own safety... Pulling the plug on the city: As New Orleans Sinks Might a Texas Star Be Rising? By Genevieve Cora Fraser ...According to certain participants from Louisiana who helped FEMA organize the virtual hurricane disaster, more than 40 federal, state, local and volunteer organizations practiced scenarios in the five-day simulation. However these Louisiana participants were annoyed by members of the Army Corps of Engineers who laughed and carried on during the exercises or acted bored. But despite the disinterest of certain participants, as a result of this exercise those in charge knew what would happen and what needed to be done to operate a well organized evacuation/rescue. They knew the levees would break or be flooded over. They also knew the city would be inundated with water which soon would become a toxic stew with snake and alligator predators and if those in need were not evacuated there would be few places to seek shelter except the sports and civic centers. As first responders, they also knew that the job of a first responder is to respond! (Special thanks for those who did try.) ...As for the real situation that presented itself in New Orleans, as I sat clicking from channel to channel in the past week, I happened upon an interview with an Army Corp of Engineer top brass where he said the "cost-benefit ratio" did not work out in regard to upgrading the levee system. He claimed the decision was NOT to raise the levees to protect New Orleans from a Category 4 or 5 hurricane despite predictions that it was a matter of time before such a catastrophic event would occur. Basically the decision at the top level was to allow New Orleans to suffer its predicted fate - which was total destruction without recourse to intervention, in effect "to pull the plug" on the city and its citizens. Evidence of this decision can be found in the significant decrease in funding levels over the past several years for Army Corp of Engineer projects for New Orleans spearheaded by the administration. ...As a postscript - Once the long delayed evacuation got underway, New Orleans' (mostly black) families were forced by federal and state authorities to separate - men were not allowed to accompany their spouses, loved ones, and children also became separated. This was particularly horrifying after suffering the double trauma of a catastrophic natural disaster and the natural as well as man-made nightmare which followed. In spite of the rescue, was this not reminiscent of America's unsavory history, the African slave trade - where mates were forced to separate from one another and their children? If these were white families clutching hands, awaiting evacuation, would authorities have forced their separation too? This scheme back in the heyday of slavery was used to break spirits and further stamp its victims as slaves. America's Apartheid, broken only by the Civil Rights movement, once was visible to the world as its de-facto counterpart of abandonment and victimization of our black communities sadly is today. We can do better and must do better. If we don't, we who are Americans will sow the seeds of our disgrace and ruin. As with most neocon initiatives, there is usually a Nazi precedent... the grandson carries on the tradition of Grandpa Prescott (Nazi front-man during WW II, and employer of Auschwitz slave labor): From: RevGeriSolomon Sent: Sat, 3 Sep 2005 7:24:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time Subject: War and Racism ...Nazi officials in Germany did not officially announce their campaign of extermination against the Jews. They merely put it in force, while the American State Department deliberately looked the other way. Neither does the Bush Administration need to announce its criminal disregard for the lives of black people. It can be seen in every act they take. They even reserved the right to take any "surplus funds" (meaning any money they are not forced to spend by the conscience of the American people) that may be "left over" from the relief effort and use the money to continue the extermination of Iraqi people. Institutional racism did not suddenly appear in New Orleans. The poverty of the people who could not escape because they had no money and nowhere to go in the first place is clear evidence of racism. What is new is the clear intention of the Bush Administration to drown these people rather than help them. At the very least, they will permit as many to die as possible while offering as little help as they can with the full cooperation of the media. --- * Was the hurricane itself engineered? I think it is clear from what we have seen so far that the effects of the hurricane have been intentionally amplified, through systematic non-action - evidently to provide better conditions for testing the new emergency response model. There is also reason to suspect that New Orleans was chosen some time ago as the test site: New Orleans a 'ghost town' for 9 months By Geoffrey Lean and Andrew Gumbel Published: 04 September 2005 ...Although a government exercise last year predicted the course of the disaster, Mr Bush drastically cut back spending on city defences. Work on strengthening vital levees needed to keep out flood water stopped for the first time in 37 years [ !! ] To the extent this unprecedented cessation of maintenance was responsible for the breach in the levee, then we can presume that the disaster itself was 'arranged'. In addition, I continue to be suspicious about the way in which the levees were breached - in a newly refurbished, fully concrete section of a canal - a canal that was not exposed to the worst wave action. If indeed the test was planned well in advance, with New Orleans the target, then it would be prudent to have insurance that the levees actually would give way. And we know our neocons are well practiced in covertly planting explosives in structures. It is possible, of course, that the hurricane was entirely natural (apart from global warming), that the breach was similarly 'natural', and that the lack of maintenance was simply a budgetary matter. Nonetheless, I think it is worth pursuing this thread. We must keep in mind the pace of the overall PNAC implementation. This is a very big project, with lots of timing dependencies, pert charts, critical paths, etc.. If there is to be an attack on Iran, which seems beyond doubt, then there must be a schedule, based on various issues such as the growing alliance between Russia and China, Iran's intention to set up a Euro-based Petroleum Exchange, the progress of destabilization operations, preparedness of field commanders, etc. Preliminary infrastructures, such as the new militarized 'emergency-response' model, must be operational before missiles start flying, and before a domestic terrorist incident can be staged. It would be entirely imprudent, in such a major project, to leave any element of the project to chance. If the capability to initiate or control hurricanes exists, there is every reason to assume that capability would be employed to ensure the overall success - and necessary timing - of the test incident. Furthermore, the weather-control capability itself would be looking for test applications. As it turns out, the capability does indeed exist. The following article is excerpted from Michel Chossudovsky's highly respected Global Research website: Environmental Warfare and US Foreign Policy: The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction By Scott Gilbert September 23, 2004 ...Dr. Bernard Eastlund, while working as a consultant for Advanced Power Technologies Inc. (APTI) in the 1980s, patented devices that are described as capable of "causingİtotal disruption of communications over a very large portion of the Earthİmissile or aircraft destruction, deflection or confusionİweather modificationİ" These patents were based on the ideas and fundamental research of Nicola Tesla (many of his ideas were stolen by US corporations). Some of Eastlund's patents were temporarily sealed under a US Secrecy Order. APTI and Eastlund's patents were quickly purchased by E-Systems, a company that is home to many retired and currently employed CIA agents. In 1993 E-Systems received $1.8 billion in classified contracts. Raytheon, the fourth largest US defense contractor and third largest aerospace company, currently holds the patents. ...A 1990 internal document obtained by Popular Science describes applications of the HAARP project as "Creating a "full global shield" that would destroy ballistic missiles by overheating their electronic guiding systems as they fly" and for "manipulating local weather." The word "local" was used because some 150 international treaties prohibit "weather warfare". However, Pravda reported: "the works continued anyway, despite the signed document. It was simply conducted under the disguise of scientific research or the development of double-purpose technology." ...Dr. Nicholas Begich, co-author of the book Angels Don't Play This HAARP , depicts HAARP as "a super-powerful radio wave beaming technology that lifts areas of the ionosphere by focusing a beam on them and then heating them. Electromagnetic waves then bounce back onto earth and penetrate everything - living and dead." This ability allows for better communication with submarines and wide-area Earth-penetrating tomography (similar to radar) that can be used to locate underground missile sites, bunkers and oil reserves. Through his research he has come to the conclusion that HAARP has the potential to jam global communication systems, change weather patterns over large areas, interfere with wildlife migration patterns and negatively affect human health. It is also capable of potentially triggering targeted floods, droughts, hurricanes and earthquakes. ...Michel Chossudovsky, professor of economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Center for Research on Globalization, says that "there are very clear statements by the US Air Force to the effect that weather modification technology is available, HAARP is fully operational and could be used in actually military situations. It is evident weather warfare does constitute an instrument of the Air Force, they even identify the scenarios of its use." --- * Reader dialog Several people pointed out that the shoot-to-kill policy was widely advertised. I'm not sure why BBC changed their particular story. Perhaps they didn't want the Brits to think that their own shoot-to-kill policy would be applied the way it has been in New Orleans. Sorry for not checking more widely. rkm -------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 17:31:26 +0200 (W. Europe Standard Time) From: "Earl" To: Subject: Re: What is Katrina all about? Richard, Got this email a few minutes ago and you confirm some questions and suspicions running in my mind as well. But you are a step further than I with the possible real reasons; that was still too foggy for me to see. To be brief, you may well be onto what's happening; it adds up. I just posted this email of yours in my blog as well. Regards, Earl Duthler Amsterdam -------------------------------------------------------- Subject: Re: What is Katrina all about? To: From: jnikolic Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 13:36:25 -0400 Hello Richard, Do you really think WW3 is on our door-step? What preparations are you doing for this imminent threat? I am from Serbia but live in Canada (currently a pretty docile place). I am familiar with preparations but don't want to freak out any friends or neighbors. I just want to have your opinion what should be done at this time. Much appreciated, Jovan ------- Dear Jovan, There can be little doubt that an attack on Iran is on our doorstep. As I've been incorporating the Engdahl material into my book, the picture has been getting clearer and clearer. Since 1927, when the Seven Sisters cartel was agreed to between Anlgo-American banking and oil elites, there has been a continuous, though covert, Anglo-American alliance at the highest levels - not just of government, but of covert elements within banking, oil, and the intelligence services. The unwavering strategy of this alliance has been to control global finance by controlling oil supplies. Many wars have been initiated in the pursuit of this strategy. The occupation of Iraq, the seizing of the oil, and the cancellation of delivery contracts to Russia, Germany, and others was part of this strategy. Iraq's decision to sell oil for Euros instead of dollars was the crowning crime - it was a weapon of mass financial destruction: undermining the all-important petrodollar rip-off scheme, which is central to the Anglo-American strategy of global financial control. Iran presents even more problems in this regard. It has a much more effective military deterrent than Iraq ever had, in the form of advanced missiles; it is moving ever closer into alliance with Russia and China - and not only is it planning to sell its oil for Euros, but it intends to set up a Euro-based Petroleum Exchange and invite others (e.g., Venezuela) to join in. Iran represents a frontal assault on Anglo-American oil-currency supremacy. How far an Iran attack would be likely to escalate is difficult to predict; we could have WW3 now, or it might wait a bit longer as the neocons tighten the noose further around China. As to "what should be done"...that's a tough question. For myself, I try to contribute to our community understanding of what's going on. I'm not sure if that will help anything, but I can't think of anything else I could do that would be better. I talk a lot about doing things locally, but I can't get any energy up for that myself. In your case, you might reconsider your policy of not wanting to freak out your neighbors. Canada has lots of problems with Uncle Sam and his new world order: you might find more interest in serious dialog than you expect. nice to hear from you rkm -------------------------------------------------------- From: "Robert R. Holt" Subject: Re: What is Katrina all about? Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 14:03:26 -0400 To: Dear Richard, I was dismayed by this posting. Nothing I have picked up from any of the other media supports the alleged facts on which your dark suspicions are based, and in fact it all seems much more likely to point to incompetence, disdain for 'reality-based' policy, and primary concern for the rich and the corporations over the poor and black. This kind of reaction to a single unverified source gives you a bad reputation and undermines even my faith in your judgment. It makes you sound, like Bush, too convinced of your own ideology to be appropriately skeptical of questionable sources that seem to confirm it. Do get back to the book; that's where your strength is. Bob ------- Hi Bob, Thanks for taking the time to write. I think it's important to try to understand breaking stories, particularly when anomalies begin to show up. This is admittedly a risky business, and I've been caught more than once on a stray limb. Clearly one cannot rely solely on mainstream sources, and other sources can be chancy. I do my best. Perhaps the additional research in this posting will give more substance to my analysis in your eyes. I do think your comparison with Bush is a bit of cheap shot. For one thing, I don't think Bush has any ideology, other than: "Who can I rip off next?" Second, I don't think that trying to understand the reality behind the Matrix can be called an 'ideology'. But thanks for the encouragement on the book. rkm -------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 12:16:13 -0700 From: Lynette Subject: Re: What is Katrina all about? To: Thanks Richard, I agree with your analysis and I think many others do also, if reading threads on other sites has validity. I also think the outcry in the last 48hrs. has caused them to act. My sense is that it put FEMA on the defensive because so many people are outraged at the disaster response. I can honestly say that for a change I don't think CNN is kissing the administration's butt on this and if a picture is worth a thousand words, then Americans know what constitutes the original agenda as their coverage has been graphic.. Lynette -------------------------------------------------------- From: "Robert E. Reynolds" To: Subject: Re: What is Katrina all about? Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 16:01:15 -0400 The states governed by Republicans, Mississippi and Alabama have had no problem getting food and water in contrast to La and NO where democrats are in control. Bush has twice praised the policy espoused by Haley Barbour Gov of Miss. and former RNC Chair of no tolerance for looters. While those two states have had some problems of that nature, the fact that help was quickly available made a big difference. In contrast the situation in NO is much more precarious and after 4 days without food or water and with people dying in the streets while awaiting help there is an entirely different situation. There was also a shortage of civil control forces. For the purposes of Bush it makes a nice contrast, his Republican tough guys controlling things while the Dems in La and NO let things get out of control. As well as playing to his base and their prejudices against blacks. Today he was touring Mississippi and Ala. As expected with him he is being seen hugging and consoling dark and black skinned people, but while trailed only by white officials. Its a dog and pony show. bob -------------------------------------------------------- From: "David Donnelll" To: Subject: Re: What is Katrina all about? Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 17:56:56 -0500 This week will become known throughout the world and history as the true defining moment of George Bush's Presidency and the conservative movement that he rode into power. The American death toll from 9/11 and the Iraq war pale in comparison to the death toll from a well prophesized natural disaster that only continues to escalate with no end in sight. Never mind counting the dead, three days after Katrina's wake, we are barely beginning a feeble attempt to rescue the living; a minimal response by our "homeland security" in the self-proclaimed "most advanced and prosperous nation of the world". Instead of immediately airdropping food, water, and medicine as we do in impoverished countries around the planet we are sending what few available National Guard and Active duty military left in America, not to feed and shelter the stricken but "to maintain order". Someone trapped in the disaster takes a shot at a Chinook helicopter and all efforts cease; as if the military flying bananas never have been shot at and yet continued their mission anyway! We can in-bed and airdrop reporters but dropping inflatable life rafts, MRE's, and bottled water to the stranded seems to be beyond this nations capability! Sad, heart-rending, and terrible as the toll from Katrina's grim reaper will prove to be, it is the unfolding harvest of misery and death from neglect by our nations "leadership" that is proving to be the most disastrous of all! Unlike an earthquake, this catastrophe had plenty of warning, plenty of lead-time to create stockpiles of supplies "just in case". But just as there wasn't any money to shore up the dikes of New Orleans, there wasn't any money to create emergency provisions. Prudent for those who have the foresight and the means, but there is no incentive, it just isn't profitable. And who are these poor souls, pray tell, trapped in Katrina's desolation? Why the poor of course! Those miscreants that couldn't afford gas for their vehicles, those that didn't have transportation to begin with, and those too sick or feeble to travel. No free rides! We have a group in power that hold the scientific theory of evolution and survival of the fittest in utter contempt and preach Intelligent Design Creationism, yet they sure do support economic Darwinism, tooth and claw survival of the richest! You don't need to be physically strong as long as you're well heeled! Let the poor eat each other, after all their just surplus population! There is no end of pandering to the interests of the elite, finance, energy, and resource extraction industries that externalize their environmental and social costs and there is no attempt to meet the basic necessities of life for those without any means. We can give tax cuts to the rich, end the estate taxes, cut Medicaid, Medicare, and social security, raise tuition, lower Pell grants, end farm subsidies, cut food stamps, exploit the national parklands, subsidize the petrochemical industry, invade other countries, but we can't provide universal healthcare or housing for the poor and homeless. We can build new highways to nowhere but we can't maintain the bridges and roads we have in our cities or build dedicated passenger rail systems to transport the citizens into the future. It just isn't "economically feasible", no immediate profit in such endeavors. At least the high price of fuel in other countries is because of taxes that build infrastructure and provide public services. The high price of fuel in the US merely feeds the bloated private coffers of those in control. Other countries build high speed Maglev's; we build mansions for those that have the money. We can forgive the taxes of billion dollar businesses that bank their profits in offshore accounts but we can't forgive the debts of the middle class and poor. We profess to be rich but Katrina has exposed our poverty. Our modern Leaders and Pharisees profess to worship Christ in public, in reality they are morally bankrupt, mostly they just worship Mammon. quote: "Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street." populist orator Mary Elizabeth Lease of Kansas Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day": Theodore Roosevelt, April 19, 1906 "Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object." Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) US President 1848 "Wars are caused by undefended wealth." General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) WWII "We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men." : Woodrow Wilson "The issues can be stated very briefly: Who will be controlled? Who will exercise control? What type of control will be exercised? 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  1. by DL
    Mon Sep 12, 2005 11:45 pm
    Very interesting ED that so many facts surrounding the "response" by the feds to Katrina indicate something more ill intentioned than mere incompetance. To turn away aid and deny peoples' basic rights to move freely to and away from the disaster site, cutting communication lines, withholding aid and now scattering the "refugees" to different locations (in itself a way to make sure their power is diluted) is proof that Bush's administration have an ulterior motive. Racism and a desire to expropriate NO for Bushs' inner circle is what I suspect. Time will tell, and when the waters gone, rebuilding done it will be interesting to see who owns what and if the scattered former residents will ever be able to return. That Bush would perpetrate this autrosity on Us citizens on US soil with Americans and the whole world watching closly indicates how much he dares and how drunk he and his cronies are on thier own unchallenged power. I feel like we are watching a train at the top of a steep hill and poised to pick up speed. I not sure anyone, including Americans will like the destination.

  2. Thu Sep 15, 2005 4:11 am
    Hooy na ny!

    Such an incredible amount of fermented verbage only proves the author to be another geriatric racist with a mind bent by hatred against anyone who dares to want ot live under anything but the Supreme Soviet State.

    Facts have no reality to this piece of scum.

  3. Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:16 pm
    Twisted beyond a certain point, one's mind can see everything and yet nothing at all and surely not the truth. Nutter Scum.

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