September 13, 2005
13, 2005—Good morning, Baghdad! Good morning, Kabul! 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)
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?
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
mind-boggling. Click here for a complete list of efforts blocked by FEMA.
In order to begin answering the endless disturbing questions, we must understand what FEMA actually is. In Sheila Samplesﾒ excellent September 10 article, 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.
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 Gulf Coast hurricane, we saw
massive numbers of evacuees relocated throughout the nation.
this particular disaster, most evacuees were poor and black, but since
global warming's repercussions are intensifying daily, we can
ultimately expect to see evacuees from all socio-economic groups,
including the white middle class being relocated as a result of
earthquakes, forest fires, floods, and tornadoes across the continent
in the coming months or years. While the ruling elite are not willing
to publicly admit the reality of global warming, they are fully aware
of it, just as they are well-informed on the reality of Peak Oil. They
know as well as progressives do that the juxtaposition of these two
ecological phenomena guarantees both economic collapse and a plethora
of natural disasters. (Please see my recent article The Not-So Gradual
Collapse Of Empire.)
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.
the United States, all nonorganic 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 disrepair 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
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.
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 USA 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 USA PATRIOT Act was passed.
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 the prevailing wage,
however, since the president cancelled prevailing 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 your 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," 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Copyright © 2005 Carolyn Baker