[R-G] New Orleans: Dress Rehearsal for American Lockdown
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Wed Sep 14 14:42:01 MDT 2005
New Orleans: Dress Rehearsal for American Lockdown
by Carolyn Baker
September 13, 2005
The war has come home to America, right here, right now and so have
myriad questions so disturbing that most Americans, even if they know
what the questions are, are terrified to ask:
Why is Blackwater USA, the principal mercenary force outsourced by the
Pentagon to fight in Iraq, now patrolling the streets of New Orleans?
Why the disgraceful, ghastly slowness of response by the federal
government to the Katrina disaster? Why FEMA's destruction of
communication lines and implacable refusal to allow food, water, and
medicine into the city? (http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/, September 6)
Why have reconstruction and clean-up contracts conveniently fallen,
with perfect timing, to Halliburton and Bechtel, the two U.S.
corporations most infamous for their expertise in rebuilding Iraq and
worldwide whatever the U.S. military has blown up?
Mainstream media and the Internet are abuzz with stories of
FEMA's "gutting" by the federal government as the agency became
part of the Department of Homeland Security, as if FEMA were some sort
of altruistic savior who could have rescued New Orleans if only it had
been granted sufficient funding. In reality, FEMA's obstruction of
assistance, not only from the likes of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and
several European nations, but from humanitarian organizations inside the
United States is mindboggling. For a complete list of efforts blocked by
FEMA see: http://www.rense.com/general67/femwont.htm
In order to begin answering the endless disturbing
questions, we must understand what FEMA actually is. In Sheila
Samples' excellent September 10 article
(http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/samples7.html), she emphasizes the
origins of FEMA in the 1980s under its architect, Oliver North.
North's Operation Rex 84, or Readiness Exercise 1984, was a plan by
which the the federal government would accommodate the detention of
large numbers of American citizens during times of emergency. Through
Rex-84 an undisclosed number of concentration camps were set in
operation throughout the United States, for internment of dissidents and
others potentially harmful to the state. Existence of the Rex 84 plan
was first revealed during the Iran-Contra Hearings in 1987, and
subsequently reported by the Miami Herald on July 5, 1987.
For decades since North's operation was disclosed, many dissidents
have assumed that as in Nazi Germany, concentration camps were being
secretly constructed for the incarceration of Americans. While this may
be more than merely an assumption, there has been little speculation
about what specific purpose such camps might serve-until the Katrina
disaster. In the aftermath of the South Coast hurricane, we saw massive
numbers of evacuees relocated throughout the nation.
Particularly since 9-11, FEMA has been very little about disaster
relief and very much about "population management." Katrina has
underscored what the federal government and virtually all Americans
already knew-the chaos that results from natural disasters. What the
federal government knows, but most Americans don't know is the
pandemonium that will result as the consequences of Peak Oil exacerbate.
In the United States, all non-organic food growers use commercial
pesticides and fertilizers on agricultural products. These have either a
petroleum or natural gas base, thus insuring that as petroleum and
natural gas prices increase, so will food prices. Moreover, what happens
when trucking companies go belly up from gas prices, when truckers can
no longer afford fuel, and when their axles break because interstates
are in dis-repair as a result of the prices or shortages of the
petroleum needed to build roads? What happens when the housing bubble
bursts, when massive unemployment engulfs the nation, and when hundreds
of thousands or millions of people must walk away from their mortgaged
homes? Add to this, the likely crashing of the U.S. dollar and the
certainty of more natural disasters. Anarchy may not even approach the
description of such a scenario. Enter FEMA's mandate and machinery,
thanks to Blackwater, to maintain order.
One of the harshest realities of Peak Oil, but as old as the
infanticide practiced by ancient civilizations is "demand
destruction", also known as population control. In a recent
article, Mike Ruppert explained its integral role in a global energy
"Demand destruction" has become a priority not only to mitigate
Peak Oil but also to mitigate global warming. The United States, with
5% of the world's people, consumes (wastes) 25% of the world's
energy. How do you destroy demand? You collapse the economy. Homeless,
unemployed "refugees" (what a cold, depersonalizing term) don't
buy gas, take trips, fly on airplanes or buy consumer goods (made with
energy and requiring energy to operate). They don't use air
conditioning because they can't afford it. They are the embodiment of
Henry Kissinger's infamous term "useless eaters," a phrase from
the Nazi vocabulary. If energy demand destruction, as acknowledged by
the Bilderbergers and the CFR [Council On Foreign Relations], is a
priority, then the only - I repeat only - beast that must be tamed is
the United States.
As we witnessed the American Apartheid of relocating masses
of African-Americans to cities throughout the nation, how chilling was
FEMA's promise of a $2,000 debit card for each person, then its
decision to give these "useless eaters" a check for $2,000 when most
have neither a checking account nor personal identification! In
addition, the very fact that so many of these individuals are living
from paycheck to paycheck, on the brink of homelessness, underscores the
likelihood that many of them will be forced into bankruptcy which may
accelerate freefall into homelessness as the Bush Administration's
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Act becomes law on October 17. Remember the
Patriot Act-that 300-page piece of legislation passed in the middle of
the night on October 26, 2001 which almost no members of Congress had a
chance to read? You know, the one that shredded the Constitution and the
Bill of Rights? How appropriate that the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Act
will become law almost four years to the day after the Patriot Act was
It appears that FEMA did not think this one through, but
alas, things are not necessarily as they seem. Certainly, the ruling
elite would not intentionally arrange for millions of indigent evacuees
to suddenly "litter" the streets of America. A more likely scenario
could be debt servitude. I can already hear the FEMA offer that no
penniless refugee could refuse: "We'd like to give you a job helping
to clean up New Orleans or the South Coast. We can't pay you minumum
wage, however, since the President cancelled minimum wage by Executive
Order. We also notice that you have quite a bit of debt, but never fear,
we will give you the opportunity to 'work off your debt' by coming
to work for us until you debt is satisified." Will this be Readiness
Exercise 2005, 2006, 2007, ad infinitum?
With every national emergency, the fascist agenda of this
government will come more clearly into focus. On September 10, Tom Curry
listed in his article, "Hurricane Spawns Flurry Of Deregulation,"
(http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9259887) the Bush Administration's most
recent rulings in the name of hurricane and oil supply relief:
Starting last Wednesday and until next Wednesday, the federal
Department of Transportation has eased rules on how many hours truckers
can drive when transporting fuel.
The Environmental Protection Agency has suspended until next Thursday
certain federal fuel standards in response to possible diesel and
gasoline shortages. The suspended rules are designed to combat high
ozone and sulfur emissions.
Bush has ordered suspension of provisions of the Jones Act, which
requires transport of petroleum, gasoline and other petroleum products
on U.S.-flagged ships while operating in U.S. coastal waters.
Senate Environment and Public Works chairman Sen. James Inhere,
R-Okla., said Congress would need to waive a law that limits federal
emergency road building funds to $100 million per state per emergency
and that limits full federal funding to 180 days.
The House unanimously passed a bill allowing the Department of
Education to waive the repayment requirement for low-income college
students who received Pell grants. Normally if a college student drops
out of school, he must pay back the unused portion of his Pell grant.
On Thursday, Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon law on all federally
financed construction in areas hit by Hurricane Katrina. That law
requires the federal government to pay the "prevailing wage" on
construction projects, which is often higher than the local minimum
wage. Suspending Davis-Bacon will allow the government to pay lower than
prevailing wages, and Bush said, "will result in greater assistance to
these devastated communities and will permit the employment of thousands
of additional individuals."
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, saw a need for a new energy
bill as a result of the hurricane. "When one hurricane, as massive as
it was, can knock out about 20 percent of our (oil and natural gas)
facilities, it shows how vulnerable we are," he said. In order to
expand the long-term U.S. oil and gas supply, DeLay wants to open parts
of the country that are currently off-limits to oil and gas drilling.
Large swaths of the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts are under a federal
moratorium on oil and gas exploration until the year 2012.
Congress does not need to approve these decisions. They have been
pronounced by fiat, frighteningly reminiscent of Hitler's unilateral
directives in Germany in the 1930s. As Sheila Samples notes, FEMA has
not been gutted; it is the Patriot Act on crack!
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