Paul Craig Roberts has held a number of academic appointments and has contributed
to numerous scholarly publications. He served as Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury in the Regan administration.
Roberts followed up his commentary Impeach Bush Now, Before More Die with an
interview on The Alex Jones show on Monday 5th September 2005. The former
Assistant Secretary had noted of the New Orleans disaster "If terrorists
had achieved this result, it would rank as the greatest terrorist success in
history." and went on to spell out how the disaster was left to happen.
He succeeded these comments on Monday by laying out the facts again and asserting
that the Federal government has been criminally negligent and should be held
up to accountability.
Mr Roberts believed that such comments would bring him much criticism from
so called Patriots (the flag waving kind), yet he was surprised at the amount
of people who agreed and even informed him that it was far worse then what he'd
gone on record with.
Roberts reviewed the way in which the federal government had slashed funding
for flood prevention schemes and pumped everything into the war in Iraq and
the war on Terror. He also went on to admit that the military was turning
on the people, treating them as subjects, overturning the Posse Comitatus Act.
Roberts agreed that FEMA has deliberately withheld aid, and cut emergency
communication lines, and automatically made the crisis look worse in order to
empower the image of a police state emerging to "save the day". He
even insinuated that the shoot to kill policy was part of the overall operation
in order get an awful precedence set to aid the military industrial complex
takeover of America.
"The power of the Federal Government is now greater than at any
time, it'll never go back and the Posse Comitatus Act has been eroding ever
since it was passed in 1878..." Roberts asserted.
Roberts further commented "There is no excuse for this, we have
never had in our history the federal government take a week to respond to a
disaster...this is the first time ever that the help was not mobilized in advance.
The proper procedure is that everything is mobilized and ready to go"
Mr Roberts commented that the American people are being "brainwashed"
and no longer believe what the founding fathers said over and over, that your
worst enemy is always your own government and never confuse Patriotism with
support for the government. He asserted that the mentality is "like that
of the brown shirts that followed Hitler" and that the government is deadly
dangerous, "you can't let the military take over policing".
On the question of where this is all leading and what the government is gearing
up for, Mr Roberts suggested that "It does look like there is a
push coming from inside the bowels of the police authorities and it seems to
be independent of whoever the President is or who or whatever party is in office.
It just gets worse and it's hard to say that it's Bush doing it, he may not
even know what's going on... it's enough for us to say that New Orleans demonstrated
massive federal incompetence, if it were laid on private people would be tantamount
to criminal negligence... some kind of accountability has to be exercised"
The private corporations own and run everything and are turning America
into a third world police state, when questioned as to how we can stop
this Mr Roberts stated:
"The longer it goes on it will be harder and harder to stop...It depends
on how much resistance or what kind of resistance they meet, but I think one
thing we can do is demand accountability for this failure, do not buy the Karl
Rove lie that this was a failure of State and Local Government"
Roberts urged listeners to look at the Patriot Act, which suspends Habeas Corpus,
where they can now suspend you indefinitely, a massive erosion of civil liberties.
He was quick to point out though that we should not assign the government omnipotence,
we can make people aware of the situation and try to explain illogical actions
that have no reasonable explanation.
Roberts read out an email from an emergency management official who said that
the feds are involved in everything they do, everything has to be approved by
the feds. FEMA sets the table, Mr Roberts suggested, every major agency in New
Orleans has been federalized, the State and Local officials have no authority.
"They might screw up occasionally but why is it that NOTHING that
was supposed to be done was done?" Roberts questioned.
"The whole problem is...failure, massive unacceptable failure, criminal
negligence... it has caused the US it's largest and most strategic international
Port through which 25% of all our oil and gas comes... look at the price of
gasoline, this is a tremendous impact... I don't see how a recession can be
avoided... We have lost our most influential port through what appears
to be INTENTIONAL incompetence, it's very hard to understand"
Roberts went on to stress that this event is WORSE than 9/11 because
it was announced days ahead of the event and contingency plans were intentionally
ignored. The officials on the scene have said there was a complete stand down
of the government and intentional incompetence. Furthermore they did nothing
ON PURPOSE in order to provoke the resulting chaos and anarchy so they could
say "look how out of control everything is - we have to have limits on
freedom and troops on the streets