Paul Krugman at the New York Times and Clinton FEMA Director James
Lee Witt Leading America Into the Next Slaughter
Following is a story by Paul Krugman of the New York Times which basically
lays the blame for all these “failures” (how sick we are of hearing
that word after 9/11) at the feet of Bush funding cuts at the Federal Emergency
Management Administration (FEMA) since 2001. If you have been watching TV at
all – who hasn’t? – you have also seen former Clinton FEMA
Director, James Lee Witt emerging as a knight in white armor saying basically
the same thing. Yes, it’s true that under the Clinton administration many
of these challenges were better addressed and planned for. But that was before
Peak Oil and climate collapse.
Can you hear Hillary and Bill chuckling? The Clinton administration
also helped create the greater canvas on which these new brush strokes are being
placed. Have you forgotten that Bill Clinton and Bush I are great buddies, traveling
the world together? George Herbert Walker Bush just loves Bill Clinton. Why
Beware America. Beware.
If we’re to follow the current media line, the litany of errors
and deliberate, callous decision making which has cost so many lives with Katrina
is to be blamed solely upon the White House. It is now a virtual certainty that
a Democrat will be placed there in 2008 (I did not say elected and will not
until we have verifiable paper ballots returned to us). What we now see emerging
clearly is that the Democrats will make it a major plank in their platform that
FEMA’s budget will be enormously expanded, along with its authority to
act independently in a “crisis.” The poor, dispossessed and fearful
will likely cheer for and demand these steps without having the slightest clue
what they are asking for. Already I have heard Jesse Jackson pointing at FEMA
and calling for hearings. The Democrats have found their sheet music.
Intelligent critics from both left and right have for years painstakingly
documented FEMA’s paramount leadership role in Continuity of Government
(COG) operations and planning. Better described, COG is what will happen if
Congress is nuked, if a major catastrophe makes “normal” government
operations impossible, or if there is major civil unrest (or total economic
collapse). Much of FEMA’s infrastructure is really dedicated to this task
and not to disaster relief. The COG function and authority has been greatly
expanded since 9/11. At FTW we have written about FEMA many times and discussed
it at length in my book Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American
Empire at the End of the Age of Oil.
There is no shortage of verifiable government records confirming all this including
about two score Executive Orders, The Patriot Act, The Homeland Security Bill,
and a couple of pieces of legislation having to do with biological warfare enacted
in the post-9/11 climate. COG work was initially begun way back in the late
1970s, and involved early input from the likes of Iran-Contra criminal Oliver
North. That’s where FEMA actually came from.
If this thinking is not curtailed, then as the economic collapse of
the United States becomes ever harder to conceal, FEMA will have been given
a green light to impose the most draconian and heartless of measures in our
country. FEMA will have the ability to divide the US up into ten autonomous
regions, independently governed.
will be key to that decentralization and I note with irony that the CIA recently
announced it was moving its National Resources (formerly Domestic Operations)
Division to Denver (Washington Post, May 5, 2005) . FEMA will have
the authority to confiscate any private property, food, medicine, personal vehicles,
water supplies and even to impress citizens into forced labor and relocation
as needed. FEMA will be able to override all local governments in a declared
national emergency, quarantine neighborhoods and compel people to receive untested
(for efficacy) vaccinations of drugs which may be dangerous (remember the smallpox
vaccines?) and which will only enrich the pharmaceutical companies. FEMA will
have the authority to confiscate firearms and gold held by private individuals.
The government records proving what I say here are available in abundance and
have been widely circulated over the internet for years. The little that remains
of our Bill of Rights will simply cease to exist with a Code Red terror alert
or another Katrina. And global warming makes another Katrina somewhere inevitable.
In short, what is being set up here is a massive, misguided and stupid
effort to take convenient retribution for Katrina in a way that only ensures
the more rapid demise of this once great nation. Do not put the blame
on FEMA or believe that giving FEMA more money and power will solve anything.
Too many of the bad decisions which cost lives in New Orleans, Mississippi,
and Alabama were made at the White House, probably by Dick Cheney who has yet
to make a public appearance. Condi’s been too busy shopping for $7,000
shoes in New York to do anything.
The poor, distressed, homeless people out there, the ones who have lost families,
all physical belongings and, in some cases, their sanity, are vulnerable and
exploitable and they will continue to be so for years. We cannot afford to let
them – and all of us – be sold out one more time in Katrina’s
wake. American collapse will be evident soon enough. Simply throwing money and
power at FEMA, without at the same time addressing the corruption, depravity
and outright evil that has become official Washington is probably more dangerous
than Katrina was and I sure hope we don’t have to find that out.