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The Painful Lessons Of Hurricane Katrina
Government can't, won't protect you
One year after Hurricane Katrina and the lessons remain painfully clear - the event paved the way for the standard government response to a crisis - sabotage the rescue efforts, dominate and enslave the victims, then reap the windfall from the tragedy.
Katrina was a trial balloon for widespread gun confiscation under the pretext of a crisis. Following the police chief's announcement that nobody would be "allowed" to be armed - re-writing the 2nd amendment in one sentence - police, national guard and private security thugs began confiscating firearms from owners whose homes were completely undamaged and unaffected by the hurricane in the high and dry areas of the city of New Orleans.
The New York Times reported that the only people allowed to keep their guns were the security squads that had been hired by wealthier residents of New Orleans, which was totally misleading because 99% of these thugs were hired by the federal government. A few billionaires with mansions were able to afford the security but the middle class were not. This report gave the impression that the middle class were not being targeted for gun confiscation and so those readers were put back to sleep.
Katrina was another example of what FEMA does best - deliberately sabotages a crisis and leaves people for dead. Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard's memorable emotional plea on Meet the Press went right to the heart of what FEMA were doing.
"We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water, trailer trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn't need them. This was a week ago. FEMA--we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. The Coast Guard said, "Come get the fuel right away." When we got there with our trucks, they got a word. "FEMA says don't give you the fuel." Yesterday--yesterday--FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, "No one is getting near these lines."
Why would FEMA make an already terrible situation worse? Because after every purposefully botched rescue effort that is whitewashed as a lack of resources, FEMA get more funding and more power.
The agenda in New Orleans was about privatizing the police state. Although abuses regularly occur, law enforcement are at least supposed to operate within the realms of the constitution, a definition that can be shifted when private mercenaries are hired to dominate the population - as happened in New Orleans where we saw Blackwater security and even Israeli troops pointing guns at American citizens.
In addition to the Israelis, armed Mexican soldiers entered the US for the first time since 1846 to supposedly provide aid. Conditioning Americans to the perception that foreign troops on US soil policing US citizens in times of emergency is normal was one of the outcomes of this alarming precedent.
The Army Times reported that hurricane survivors who wouldn't leave New Orleans were to be treated as insurgents and that combat operations to eliminate them were undertaken. This is where the so-called 'relief' effort was directed towards - treating American citizens like terrorists and hunting them down simply for wanting to stay in their own homes. And once they were caught, FEMA treated evacuees as internees, registering them and giving them ID cards, preventing them from leaving the internment camps.
The deliberate misappropriation of funds for the emergency was evident from the start when the first three organizations on the government recommended donation list were the American Red Cross, Pat Robertson and Bnai Brith. What a choice! The American Red Cross seize on any disaster as a cash cow the first chance they get as we have previously documented.
Then came Halliburton Brown and Root no bid reconstruction contracts and outsourcing of body recoveries to scandal ridden companies connected to the Bush family who had been caught dumping bodies in the past.
The US government already has developed technology enabling control and reduction of hurricanes but rather than seeking to use it to help people they are only interested in using it as a weapon. Former Naval physicist Ben Livingston briefed President Lyndon B. Johnson on hurricane control technology 40 years ago.
As Bush fiddled with a guitar in a staged photo-op and his wife called the hurricane 'Corrina' in interviews, the rest of his Neo-Con cheerleading gaggle crawled out of the woodwork to attack the victims of the tragedy.
The statements sent spewing from the frothing mouths of the Neo-Cons again betrayed the fact that they were completely devoid of any rational human feelings or grip on reality.
Barbara Bush said the victims were better off after the hurricane than they were before it.
Tom Delay said being forcibly detained in prison camp facilities was kind of fun.
Glenn Beck, the talk show host, said that hurricane victims were scumbags and saying he hated the 9/11 families.
Immediately after 9/11 when we questioned the official version of events these were the same people who were called us crass, insensitive, and an insult to the family members. Now they were the ones calling the same family members scumbags.
Michael Chertoff called Louisiana a city.
Dick Cheney said the hurricane victims were thankful for what the federal government had done to them.
The bottom line on Katrina is that whether you believe it was all incompetence or part incompetence and part malevolence, the lasting pretext is the same. When a disaster takes place, you have no rights and the federal government can arrest you if you don’t follow their every order.
In creating a permanent state of emergency as the Bush administration has attempted to do, this mandates a pervasive and permanent state of martial law where constitutionally guaranteed rights are suspended and rule by force applies.
The horrific suffering of the residents of New Orleans which continues to this day underlines a basic truth - government can't protect you, won't protect you and has no intention of protecting you.
Katrina was the calling card of the New World Order - misery, suffering, death, authoritarianism, police state and finally the elitists cashing their chips in on the devastation.