Sunday, September 04, 2005

What is FEMA?

What is FEMA, and what is it supposed to do? Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ok, the situation in and around New Orleans is so chaotic that am not going to comment, as there is too much happening to really figure it all out. Good guys, bad guys, heroism and depravity. Should have, shouldn't have. Some rushing in to help, some staying out to help.

Will ask a question though. "Federal Emergency Management"??

On July 5, 1987, the Miami Herald published reports on FEMA's new goals. The goal was to suspend the Constitution in the event of a national crisis, such as nuclear war, violent and widespread internal dissent, or national opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad. Lt. Col. North was the architect. National Security Directive Number 52 issued in August 1982, pertains to the "Use of National Guard Troops to Quell Disturbances." The crux of the problem is that FEMA has the power to turn the United States into a police state in time of a real crisis or a manufactured crisis....

...FEMA's deceptive role really did not come to light with much of the public until Hurricane Andrew smashed into the U.S. mainland. As Russell R. Dynes, director of the Disaster Research Center of the University of Delaware, wrote in The World and I, "...The eye of the political storm hovered over the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA became a convenient target for criticism." Because FEMA was accused of dropping the ball in Florida, the media and Congress commenced to study this agency. What came out of the critical look was that FEMA was spending 12 times more for "black operations" than for disaster relief.

Haven't read the whole thing in detail, but click on the title for one view of the function of FEMA.

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