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Hurricane Katrina STEERED for New Orleans? 3000 Louisiana Nat. Guard off in Iraq bogus war

OK, I'll say it. I know you are thinking it like I am.
HAARP anyone? --- Bankrupt Venezuela? --- convenient federal FEMA militarization while Louisiana National Guard in Iraq?

Katrina has gone from Cat 1 to Cat 5 in days. It was even briefly downgraded lower than Cat 1 to a tropical storm as it left South Florida! Meterologists admit mystification--or feign mystification--at it. Now, devastation from Katrina is to be around 500x worse than the damage delivered to South Florida. A Category 5 hurricane does not cause five times as much damage as a Category 1. It causes 500 to 1,000 times the damage, hurricane scientists say, because the power of a storm increases exponentially as wind speeds grow.

In 1976 there was a U.N. Treaty, which Nations signed, promising not to affect each other using weather warfare. So...in other words, the technology was available then...to at least some degree.
FEMA's wet dream
FEMA's wet dream
summaries of several articles:

1.4m ordered to flee as Hurricane Katrina roars towards New Orleans

The levees intended to protect the city vary in height, from as low as 10
feet above sea level to about 14 feet, he said. They too are vulnerable,
because they are made of earth [and will erode], he said. Katrina could be
especially devastating if it strikes New Orleans because the city sits
below sea level and is dependent on levees and pumps to keep the water
out. A direct hit could submerge the city [for weeks]. Some 25 feet of
standing water is expected in many parts of the city --almost twice the
height of the average home -- and computer models suggest that more than
80 percent of buildings would be badly damaged or destroyed, he said.
Forecasters predicted the storm surge could reach 28 feet; the highest
levees around New Orleans are 18 feet high. About 70 percent of New
Orleans is below sea level, and is protected from the Mississippi River by
a series of levees. Mayor has said the levee will not hold. 20 feet of
water are possible. [Plus, Katrina will strike at high tide, approx. 8
a.m. Monday morning as well. Additoinally, Katrina hit the Gulf's 'loop
current:"

In the Gulf of Mexico, all projections had been that the storm would
intensify as it drew energy from the warm waters there, and chance events
favored growth. It churned directly over an oceanic feature that is the
nemesis of gulf state disaster planners: the "loop current," a great, deep
whorl of tropics-hot seawater that pulses in between the Yucatn and Cuba
each year and then stays south of Louisiana into late summer. Often, even
in the Gulf of Mexico, storms weaken as they suck up cool water that lies
stratified beneath the warm surface. But in the loop, even the depths are
hot.

Katrina had a central pressure -- a measure of a storm's intensity -- of
902 millibars, which would make it one of the four strongest storms on
record. The Labor Day hurricane of 1935 that hit the Florida Keys, killing
some 600 people, was the strongest with a minimum central pressure of 892
millibars on landfall. "The lower the pressure [number], the stronger the
winds..."

Category 5 is the most intense on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Only three
Category 5 hurricanes have made landfall in the United States since
records were kept. Those were the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, 1969's
Hurricane Camille [that missed New Orleans and still killed 250+ people]
and Hurricane Andrew, which devastated the Miami area in 1992. Andrew
remains the costliest U.S. hurricane on record, with $26.5 billion in
losses. [Katrina is #4]

...at least 100,000 people in the city lack the transport to leave.

The huge storm, packing 160 mph winds [now 175 mph], is expected to hit
the northern Gulf Coast in the next 12 hours and make landfall as a
Category 4 or 5 hurricane Monday morning. The National Hurricane Center
reports that conditions are already deteriorating along the central and
northeastern coast. As far east as Mobile, Alabama, 118 miles away from
New Orleans, authorities warned of storm surges approaching 20 feet. A
statement from the National Weather Service in Slidell, near New Orleans,
Louisiana, warned that much of the affected area "will be uninhabitable
for weeks, perhaps longer."

CNN said officials expect the storm surge to cover the grounds of the
Super Dome itself [one of ten "emergency evacuation" sites], and people
will be there for several days.

There are around 25,000 people in the 100,000 seat Superdome stadium. The second level of the Superdome is around 35 feet from the base, so in the storm, it will be fine. It has been built to withstand at 200-215 mph winds. Katrina is around 175 mph. Unfortuantely, many other "evacuation shelters" are unable to withstand even 175 mph.

And much of FEMA money goes toward emergency response instead of emergency preparation. Much smarter pre-preparation strategies--instead of relying on "emergency aftermath strategies" would of course endanger FEMA lobby budgets... FEMA gets their wish, a test of the concentration camps: "In the French Quarter, the water could reach 20 feet, easily submerging the district's iconic cast-iron balconies and bars, the AP reported. Estimates predict that 60 percent to 80 percent of the city's houses will be destroyed by wind. With the flood damage, most of the people who live in and around New Orleans could be homeless, the AP said. "We're talking about in essence having - in the continental United States having a refugee camp of a million people," van Heerden said."  http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?
guid=%7B5D65F7A0-960A-43D2-8169-C9121BAA0A31%7D&siteid=google&dist=

extremely sobering to think the area is now being faced with a likely
reality that matches a projection like this:

Ninety percent of the structures in the city are likely to be destroyed by
the combination of water and wind accompanying a Category 5 storm, said
Robert Eichorn, former director of the New Orleans Office of Emergency
Preparedness. The LSU Hurricane Center surveyed numerous large public
buildings in Jefferson Parish in hopes of identifying those that might
withstand such catastrophic winds. They found none.

Floodwaters from the east will carry toxic waste from the "Industrial
Canal" area, nicknamed after the chemical plants there. From the west,
floodwaters would flow through the Norco Destrehan Industrial Complex,
which includes refineries and chemical plants, said van Heerden, who has
studied computer models about the impact of a strong hurricane for four
years. "These chemical plants are going to start flying apart, just as the
other buildings do," he predicted. "So, we have the potential for release
of benzene, hydrochloric acid, chlorine and so on." That could result in
severe air and water pollution, he said. In New Orleans, which lies below
sea level, gas and diesel tanks are all located above ground for the same
reason that bodies are buried above ground. In the event of a flood,
"those tanks will start to float, shear their couplings, and we'll have
the release of these rather volatile compounds," van Heerden added.
Because gasoline floats on water, "we could end up with some pretty severe
and large -- area-wise -- fires." "So, we're looking at a bowl full of
highly contaminated water with contaminated air flowing around and,
literally, very few places for anybody to go where they'll be safe."

Meanwhile, more than 3,000 members of the Louisiana National Guards 256th Brigade serving in Iraq can only watch from Baghdad as Hurricane Katrina bears down on their families and homes in New Orleans... deployed soldiers and their equipment, which includes high water vehicles, Humvees and
generators, will be sorely missed... Bush declared an emergency in
Louisiana and Mississippi and a major disaster in Florida, measures that
allow federal aid and FEMA to be deployed. "We will do everything in our power [sic] to help the people and communities affected by this storm," Bush
said from his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Now watch me chop this wood.

At midnight CDT...0500z...the center of Hurricane Katrina was located near
latitude 27.9 north...longitude 89.5 west or about 90 miles
south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 150 miles
south-southeast of New Orleans Louisiana. Katrina is moving toward the
north-northwest near 10 mph...and a turn to the north [toward New
Orleans] is expected over the next 12 to 24 hours. Movement toward...
north-northwest near 10 mph. Maximum sustained winds...160 mph. Minimum
central pressure... 908 mb.

And where is the Louisiana National Guard? Out fighting for Bush crime family Carlyle corporation oil contracts thousands of miles from where by law they SHOULD BE. Out fighting for Cheney investments in Halliburton.

map of Louisana/New Orleans population below sea level:
 http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/national/2005_HURRICANEKATRINA_GRAPHIC/
storm surge caused by the hurricane would probably come over the levees
that protect the city from the surrounding water of Lake Pontchartrain,
the Mississippi River and marshes.

satellite pic of katrina:
 http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3393262a12,00.html
 http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,16419322-5001022,00.html


Hurricane Katrina's Effects, at a Glance

Monday August 29, 2005 2:31 AM

By The Associated Press

Hurricane Katrina's effects, at a glance:

FLORIDA:

- Katrina hit the southern tip of Florida on Thursday as a much weaker
Category 1 storm, then headed into the Gulf of Mexico and strengthened to
a Category 5 Hurricane.

- Deaths: Nine

- Evacuations: As the storm aimed at the Gulf Coast, people on Navarre
Beach, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key were urged to evacuate Sunday.

- Power outages: About 495,200 customers in South Florida remained without
power Sunday afternoon.

- Monetary damage estimates: Initial computer modeling estimates pegged
the insured wind damage at $600 million to $2 billion.

LOUISIANA:

- Evacuations: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered the entire city of
485,000 to evacuate. For those who couldn't, the city opened 10 shelters,
including the Superdome, and urged people to bring three- to five-days
worth of supplies. [Others "vertically vacated," into hotels that are totally packed in New Orleans.]

- Nagin estimated that 80 percent of the city's residents had left,
leaving about 97,000 still in town.

ALABAMA:

- Evacuations: All coastal and low-lying areas of south Mobile County and
the beachfront and flood-prone areas of Baldwin County were told to leave.

- Flooding reported on Dauphin Island.

MISSISSIPPI:

- Gov. Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency Saturday.

- Evacuations: Residents all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast headed
inland Sunday.

- The state is expecting between 250,000 and 350,000 people evacuating
Louisiana to come into Mississippi.

GULF OF MEXICO:

- Oil companies shut down 1 million barrels of refining capacity in the
Gulf, but that amount could be far higher because not every producer
reports data, said Peter Beutel, an oil analyst with Cameron Hanover.

QUOTE:

``I'm really scared. I've been through hurricanes, but this one scares me.
I think everybody needs to get out.'' - Linda Young, 37, while filling up
her gas tank in New Orleans.

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5239900,00.html

someone else chimed in:

Katrina will screw Venezuela.
author: lk
Oil is now over $70 per barrel and rising. So how does this screw Venezuela?
Hurricane Katrina is poised to take out the only supertanker offloading facility in the US. It also could destroy or damage at least 8 refineries in the Louisiana and Mississippi areas.

If this happens the price of Gas will be well over $3 per gallon at the pump for most of the US. In some places it will hit $4. However the world price of crude will drop because there will be no accessible market if they can't unload their product in the short term. Venezuela will be forced to sell to Europe and Asia at a reduced price (along with the rest of other oil producing countries)

At $4 a gallon, the average US driver will find other means to move his or her body from point A to point B, either car pooling, bicycle, tele-commuting, etc.

This will further depress the world crude prices.

I'm not predicting Venezuela will go bankrupt, however it isn't going to be an easy ride for them.

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/08/323749.shtml

Want to Steer a Hurricane?

Title: HOW TO STEER A HURRICANE, Scalar Wars, The Brave New World of Scalar Electromagnetics
Author: sheeple_wake_up_service
Date: 2004.09.13 07:00
Description: Engineering the weather is duck soup [because they have had less powerful 'haarp' ionospheric heaters for a long time]; they tested that over the U.S. in 1967, and entered upon continuing operations over North America on July 4, 1976 as a grim kind of KGB "Bicentennial Gift" to the United States. Here's how it is done with several interferometers. First, the interferometers can deliberately make "high pressure areas" (cool the air so it shrinks and its "footprint" pressure on the ground increases because its density increases) and "low pressure areas" (heat the air so that expands and its "footprint" pressure on the ground decreases because its density decreases). Well, if one makes the highs and lows where one wishes them, and judiciously and somewhat slowly moves them along a given path, these highs and lows will entrain the jet streams and thus "steer" the weather. "For the past six months I have been undergoing the greatest paradigm shift I have ever had to go through. It has rattled my nerves and shaken my bones. This intense adjustment of my "world" has come about by studying the information given by Col. Tom Bearden at his website Cheniere. The new knowledge there has necessitated a total revision of my ideas about physical reality, the world we live in, and the future of humanity. This paradigm shifting even actually made me dizzy on certain days as I tried to absorb and digest Bearden's vast amount of information. I am not a scientist at all, just a layman, and I have little comprehension of the math and high physics of this new science called "Scalar Electromagnetics." But there is a great deal of information at Cheniere which needs to become common knowledge as fast as possible, for the sake of the survival of life on earth. To that end I have put together this small primer...
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/09/297337.shtml

Charley - Scalar Electromagnetics Used?
By Michael Edward
World Vision Portal.org
8-30-2004

When Charley was approaching Jamaica, the oddest thing took place. It was following a direct line path through the center of Jamaica, but suddenly it made a perfect arched curve to the south, and ended up back on its original course after it had swung around the island. That was just as odd as the sudden right-hand turn it made into Charlotte Harbor. There's no doubt that since hurricane paths have been recorded over the past 200 years, no hurricane ever acted like Charley did or had ever followed such an erratic path. This was one of the biggest reasons Tampa was the predicted landfall area.

There are lots of unanswered questions about Charley...

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/08/296031.shtml

Similarly, with Katrina, there were few signs:

With Few Warning Signs, an Unpredictable Behemoth Grew
By ANDREW C. REVKIN
Published: August 29, 2005

As ripples of vapor-filled turbulence began to organize into a storm over the steamy waters of the southeastern Bahamas early last week, Tropical Depression 12 was born, giving few hints that it was an embryonic monster that would grow into Hurricane Katrina.

...

on Tuesday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami noted that, GIVEN THE LACK of storm-shredding wind shear and the presence of ample heat in the Atlantic, "at least steady intensification appears to be in order."

From that time on, the storm kept favoring the upper end of the range of possibilities projected by meteorologists and a half-dozen supercomputer simulations.

By Wednesday evening, the hurricane center gave the first hint that what had already become a tropical storm "could intensify a little more than anticipated" and might become a small hurricane before striking southern Florida.

Still, when it struck Florida about 24 hours later - killing nine people and knocking out the electricity for a million more - its power seemed to catch many by surprise.

The storm kept "nudging" the upper limits of the predictions, said Bill Read, a meteorologist who is tracking the storm for the hurricane center. In an unusual manner, the storm kept its swirling shape and retained its strength as it quickly rumbled across the state.

...

Forecasters then watched in wonder as a series of conditions, many of them poorly understood, caused the storm to do what no one wanted: intensify, expand and maintain a terrifying trajectory.

...

 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/29/national/29gulf.html

You may dislike the implications, though the US military itself has been on the public record of wanting to own the weather by 2025. Steering and artifically creating hurricanes, and testing them out in politically safe places and to create disaster management team strategies, are all of one piece.

In 1976 there was a U.N. Treaty, which Nations signed, promising not to affect each other using weather warfare. So...in other words, the technology was available then...to at least some degree.

midnight to 3 am position of Hurricane Katrina Cat. 5 storm 29.Aug.2005 01:53

FORCASTER STEWART

1200 am aug 29 2005

At midnight CDT...0500z...the center of Hurricane Katrina was located near
latitude 27.9 north...longitude 89.5 west or about 90 miles
south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 150 miles
south-southeast of New Orleans Louisiana. Katrina is moving toward the
north-northwest near 10 mph...and a turn to the north [toward New
Orleans] is expected over the next 12 to 24 hours. Movement toward...
north-northwest near 10 mph. Maximum sustained winds...160 mph. Minimum
central pressure... 908 mb.

300 am aug 29 2005

ZCZC MIATCEAT2 ALL
TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM
HURRICANE KATRINA TROPICAL CYCLONE POSITION ESTIMATE
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
3 AM CDT MON AUG 29 2005

AT 3 AM CDT...0800Z...THE CENTER OF MAJOR HURRICANE KATRINA WAS
ESTIMATED BY AN AIR FORCE RESERVE UNIT RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT
AND NOAA/NWS LAND-BASED DOPPLER RADAR TO BE NEAR LATITUDE 28.5 NORTH
...LONGITUDE 89.6 WEST. THIS POSITION IS ABOUT 55 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND ABOUT
110 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA.

FORECASTER STEWART

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midnight to 3 am

90 miles south-southwest of mouth of Mississippi River
150 miles south-southeast of New Orleans Louisiana.

to

55 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MOUTH OF MISSISSIPPI RIVER
110 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA.

Cam pics look north across the French Quarter, toward Lake Pontchartrain.
330 am aug 29 2005 Katrina Cam
330 am aug 29 2005 Katrina Cam
331 am aug 29 2005 Katrina Cam
331 am aug 29 2005 Katrina Cam

i've seen better sci-fi than this 29.Aug.2005 02:11

on TV

An "interferometer" is a measuring device. This is like saying you're going to illuminate a mountain by pointing a "camera" at it. And the word "scalar" just means "not a vector," that is, a scalar value is a regular number without a direction. It's like saying "numeric electromagnetics." This is empty flimflam for people who never took a science class in their lives.

Statements of 4 am and 5 am August 29, 2005, Katrina down a "weather alley" 29.Aug.2005 02:56

Forecaster Stewart

Just as the steering mechanism describes above, one side pushed around the edge of a high, other side is a trough entering stage right (from the west) to keep Katrina pushed against and hugging the edge of the high on the east, and thus, north: "Katrina is moving northward around the western periphery of a large-scale mid- to upper-level ridge....The combination of the strong ridge and an approaching mid-level trough from the west should act to keep Katrina moving generally northward for the next 12 hours or so."

"a wind gust to 71 mph was reported in New Orleans" already."

"NOAA buoy 42040 located about 50 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River recently reported waves heights of at least 46 feet."


Hurricane Katrina Advisory Number 26

Statement as of 4:00 am CDT on August 29, 2005

...Extremely dangerous category four Hurricane Katrina moving northward toward southeastern Louisiana and the northern Gulf Coast... ...Tropical storm-force winds lashing the Gulf Coast from southeastern Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border...

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the north central Gulf Coast from Morgan City Louisiana eastward to the Alabama/Florida border...including the city of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. Preparations to protect life and property should be completed this evening.

A Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch are in effect from east of the Alabama/Florida border to Destin Florida...and from west of Morgan City to Intracoastal City Louisiana.

A Tropical Storm Warning is also in effect from Destin Florida eastward to Indian Pass Florida...and from Intracoastal City Louisiana westward to Cameron Louisiana.

For storm information specific to your area...including possible inland watches and warnings...please monitor products issued by your local weather office.

At 4 am CDT...0900z...the center of Hurricane Katrina was located near latitude 28.8 north... longitude 89.6 west or about ***90 miles south-southeast of New Orleans*** Louisiana and about 120 miles south-southwest of Biloxi Mississippi. [At midnight, it was at 150 miles from New Orleans. At 3 a.m. it was at 110 miles from New Orleans. At 4 a., it was 90 miles from New Orleans. It's going around 20 miles an hour toward New Orleans this morning between 3-4 a.m., avg. 15 mph. over four hours.]

Katrina is moving toward the north near 15 mph... and this motion is forecast to continue today. A gradual turn toward the north-northeast at a slightly faster forward speed is expected later tonight and on Tuesday. On the forecast track...Katrina will move onshore the southeastern Louisiana coast just east of Grand Isle this morning... and reach the Louisiana-Mississippi border area this afternoon. Conditions will continue to steadily deteriorate over central and southeastern Louisiana...southern Mississippi...and southern Alabama throughout the day.

Maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph...240 km/hr...with higher gusts.

Katrina is a strong category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Some fluctuations in strength are likely prior to landfall...but Katrina is expected to make landfall as a category four hurricane. Winds affecting the upper floors of high-rise buildings will be significantly stronger than those near ground level.

Katrina remains a very large hurricane. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center...and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 230 miles. Recently...a sustained wind of 53 mph with gust to 91 mph was reported at Grand Isle Louisiana ...And a wind gust to 71 mph was reported in New Orleans.

The minimum central pressure recently reported by an Air Force Reserve unit reconnaissance aircraft was 915 mb...27.02 inches. [Still making it the fourth largest storm recorded. Largest was 892 mb (millebar) winds in a hurricane in 1935 in Key West that killed 600 people. For comparison Hurricane Charley of 2004 in FL was "only" 943 mb.]

Coastal storm surge flooding of 18 to 22 feet above normal tide levels...locally as high as 28 feet...along with large and dangerous battering waves...can be expected near and to the east of where the center makes landfall. Some levees in the greater New Orleans area could be overtopped. Significant storm surge flooding will occur elsewhere along the central and northeastern Gulf of Mexico coast. NOAA buoy 42040 located about 50 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River recently reported waves heights of at least 46 feet.

Rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches...with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches...are possible along the path of Katrina across the Gulf Coast and the Tennessee Valley. Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches are possible across the Ohio Valley into the eastern Great Lakes region Tuesday and Wednesday.

The tornado threat ahead of Katrina continues to increase and scattered tornadoes will be possible today over southeastern Louisiana... southern Mississippi...southern Alabama...and over the Florida Panhandle.

Repeating the 4 am CDT position...28.8 N... 89.6 W. Movement toward...north near 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds...150 mph. Minimum central pressure... 915 mb.

Intermediate advisories will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 6 am CDT and 8 am CDT followed by the next complete advisory at 10 am CDT.

Forecaster Stewart

Hurricane Katrina Discussion Number 26

Statement as of 5:00 am EDT on August 29, 2005

Air Force recon has been investigating Katrina this morning and has reported some mechanical problems which has prevented making a complete assessment of the intensity in the northeast quadrant. However...flight-level winds of 132-134 kt have been reported in the southeast quadrant...while NOAA Doppler radar velocities from WFO Slidell exceeding 123 kt have been observed in the northeast quadrant between 12000-16000 ft. These wind values would support at least 125 kt surface winds. Although the central pressure has continued to increase and is now 915 mb...this would usually support about 145 kt surface. The initial intensity of 130 kt is a blend of these values.

The initial motion is 360/13. Katrina is moving northward around the western periphery of a large-scale mid- to upper-level ridge located over the Florida Peninsula and extending northwestward across the southeastern United States. The combination of the strong ridge and an approaching mid-level trough from the west should act to keep Katrina moving generally northward for the next 12 hours or so. By 24 hours...the hurricane is expected to turn northeastward as a stronger trough lifts out the system and transitions it into an extratropical low over the Great Lakes region. The official forecast track is just a little to the left of the previous track and is similar to the NHC model consensus.

Some fluctuations in intensity are possible right up until landfall occurs. However...it appears that Katrina will make landfall as a category 4 hurricane later this morning. The cloud pattern in satellite imagery has eroded on the west side due to dry air entrainment...and the eyewall has opened up to the south and southwest in radar imagery. However...the water remains quite warm underneath the center...and convection can easily redevelop and the eyewall close off again before landfall occurs. Some disruption of the circulation will occur once the center moves over southeastern Louisiana. However...the forecast track keeps the eye close enough to warm water near the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts. The upper-level outflow pattern remains quite impressive and even contains a rare 200 mb indraft anticyclone to the east near Tampa Bay. The combination of the outflow regime and the close proximity to warm water may be enough to keep Katrina a major hurricane when it reaches the Louisiana-Mississippi border area this afternoon. Just because Katrina is no longer a catgeory 5 hurricane does not mean that extensive damage and storm surge flooding will not occur. This is still an extremely dangerous and potentially deadly hurricane!

Forecaster Stewart

 http://weather.latimes.com/tropical/at200512.disc.html

Tracking Info For Hurricane Katrina

__Time___________Lat___Lon______Wind(mph)__Pressure__Storm type
------------------------------------------------------------------------
21 GMT 08/23/05..23.2N 75.5W 35 1007 Tropical Depression
03 GMT 08/24/05..23.4N 76.0W 35 1007 Tropical Depression
09 GMT 08/24/05..24.0N 76.4W 35 1006 Tropical Depression
15 GMT 08/24/05..24.7N 76.7W 40 1006 Tropical Storm
21 GMT 08/24/05..25.6N 77.2W 45 1002 Tropical Storm
03 GMT 08/25/05..26.0N 78.0W 50 1001 Tropical Storm
09 GMT 08/25/05..26.2N 78.7W 50 1000 Tropical Storm
15 GMT 08/25/05..26.2N 79.3W 60 997 Tropical Storm
21 GMT 08/25/05..26.1N 79.9W 75 985 Category 1 Hurricane
03 GMT 08/26/05..25.5N 80.7W 75 984 Category 1 Hurricane
09 GMT 08/26/05..25.3N 81.5W 75 987 Category 1 Hurricane
15 GMT 08/26/05..25.1N 82.2W 75 981 Category 1 Hurricane
15 GMT 08/26/05..25.1N 82.2W 80 981 Category 1 Hurricane
15 GMT 08/26/05..25.1N 82.2W 100 971 Category 2 Hurricane
21 GMT 08/26/05..24.8N 82.9W 100 965 Category 2 Hurricane
03 GMT 08/27/05..24.6N 83.6W 105 965 Category 2 Hurricane
09 GMT 08/27/05..24.4N 84.4W 115 945 Category 3 Hurricane
15 GMT 08/27/05..24.5N 85.0W 115 940 Category 3 Hurricane
21 GMT 08/27/05..24.6N 85.6W 115 945 Category 3 Hurricane
03 GMT 08/28/05..25.0N 86.2W 115 939 Category 3 Hurricane
06 GMT 08/28/05..25.1N 86.8W 145 935 Category 4 Hurricane
09 GMT 08/28/05..25.4N 87.4W 145 935 Category 4 Hurricane
12 GMT 08/28/05..25.7N 87.7W 160 908 Category 5 Hurricane
15 GMT 08/28/05..26.0N 88.1W 175 907 Category 5 Hurricane
21 GMT 08/28/05..26.9N 89.0W 165 902 Category 5 Hurricane
03 GMT 08/29/05..27.6N 89.4W 160 904 Category 5 Hurricane
09 GMT 08/29/05..28.8N 89.6W 150 915 Category 4 Hurricane

 http://weather.latimes.com/tropical/at200512.track.html

The initial scale was developed by Saffir while on commission from the United Nations to study low-cost housing in hurricane-prone areas. While performing the study, Saffir realized there was no simple scale for describing the likely effects of a hurricane. Knowing the utility of the Richter magnitude scale in describing earthquakes, he devised a 1-5 scale based on wind speed that showed expected damage to structures. Saffir gave the scale to the NHC, and Simpson added in the effects of storm surge and flooding.

The five categories are, in order of increasing intensity:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffir-Simpson_Hurricane_Scale

Don't know why they are calling it a Cat. 4, IT IS STILL WITHIN Cat. 5 in the mb and storm surge issues, and at Cat. 4 in sustained winds.

Cat 5 classification:

Sustained winds ≥70 m/s ≥156 mph ≥136 kt ≥250 km/h
Storm surge ≥19 ft ≥5.5 m
Central pressure <27.17 inHg <920 mb

5 am, 85 miles from New Orleans 29.Aug.2005 03:08

FORECASTER STEWART

5 am

35 miles west-southwest of mouth of mississippi river
35 miles south-southeast of grand isle louisiana
85 miles south-southeast of new orleans louisiana.


zczc miatceat2 all
ttaa00 knhc ddhhmm
hurricane katrina tropical cyclone position estimate
nws tpc/national hurricane center miami fl
5 am cdt mon aug 29 2005

at 5 am cdt...1000z...the center of major hurricane katrina
was estimated by an air force reserve unit reconnaissance
aircraft and noaa/nws land-based doppler radar to be near
latitude 28.9 north...longitude 89.6 west. this position
is about 35 miles west-southwest of the mouth of the
mississippi river and 35 miles south-southeast of grand isle
louisiana...and about 85 miles south-southeast of new orleans
louisiana.

during the past hour...grand isle louisiana reported sustained winds
of 87 mph with gusts to 114 mph...a florida coastal monitoring
program wind tower in galliano louisiana reported sustained winds
of 79 mph with gusts to 100 mph...and a gust to 85 mph was reported
at new orleans lakefront airport.

forecaster stewart

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 http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/miatceat2+shtml/ddhhmm.shtml

when the winds calm 29.Aug.2005 09:25

L.A. in '92, New Orleans in '05

come on New Orleans - loot that shit, loot that shit!

The Insane are running the Asylum 29.Aug.2005 15:34

readerofstuff

Last night on my local Fox's affiliate the meterologist, Sue Palka, commented that Katrina was taking an odd turn, one that she couldn't explain, but then she wasn't required to, and it was just an off hand comment. But with my research on the background of HAARP technology, it was pretty clear that the globalists have targetted this area for destruction. Looks like they also get to further restrict our oil and jack up the price with the added bonus, for they are Luciferians, of sacrificing poor people with the misfortune of not understanding the danger these sickos pose with their weather control.

FEMA wants damage, loves excuses to extend police state instead of risk demotion 29.Aug.2005 16:27

me

AS KATRINA "HOVERED":

"As Katrina hovered over New Orleans for more than eight hours attacking with long, shuddering gusts, then pausing, as if taking a breath, and lunging and blowing once again with all its might, the 10-story City Hall, a rectangle of glass and steel built in the 1950's and other tall buildings swayed and flexed like cruise ships in a rough sea."

Another quote from the article: the below policeman and governor sound like Rumsfeld to me, gloating over "unstoppable terror, just prepare and suffer it, we are not going to do much, though we promise you we will pound the terorrists, er, you, afterwards."

Instead of helping out, they wait it out until afterwards. Then you get guys like this:

"a military officer had told them earlier, "Realistically, we're not going to be able to save everyone.""

...

"The governor also said that he had instructed law-enforcement agencies to treat looters "ruthlessly." The rules of engagement "will be as aggressive as the law allows," he said."

 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/29/national/
30stormcnd.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1125354629-kFZUjdB2gW1ni5HtZDI/gQ

WRONG. What you can do: change FEMA into a proper pre-PROTECTION and EMERGENCY PREPARATION AGENCY, instead of MERELY A FASCIST CONSTITUTIONAL SUSPENDING EMERGENCY RESPONSE agency. Originally, the unpalatable name for FEMA was after all the "Federal Emergency Military Authority." FEMA has power to countermand all independent media stories when it "federalizes" an area.

FEMA models "emergenies, responses, public reaction management, population control" instead of "locating dangers and pre-preparing", they have had all this data, they know where the most vulnerable "soft underbellies" of the USA are for interactions between earthquakes/weather and human infrastructures. Instead, they wait for them to happen instead of vitiating the dangers beforehand. Why is that?

I additionally read else where: lots of arm twisting on federal level by Mayfield and others to get maximum dislocation before storm even hits. Federal officials repeatedly called the New Orleans Mayor to order them all out over and over. Other federal officials gleefully have stated "wow, we really get to try out the million-person concentraion camp now." Great guy there, huh?

here's more on Max Mayfield, National Hurricane Center Director. Originally he was a U.S. military meterologist in the Air Force:

"Mayfield began his forecasting career with the Air Force in 1970 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in mathematics. In 1972, Mayfield joined the National Weather Service as a satellite meteorologist in Miami.

"The Oklahoma native earned his master's degree in meteorology at Florida State University in 1987, and then became a hurricane specialist. Since 1988, Mayfield has written half of the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific annual hurricane summaries, published in Monthly Weather Review and Weatherwise.

"In 1996, Mayfield, ***a favorite among emergency managers*** in hurricane-prone regions, was awarded the Francis W. Reichelderfer Award from the American Meteorological Society for exemplary performance as coordinator of the center's hurricane preparedness presentations to emergency managers and the general public.

"Mayfield will oversee a team of hurricane forecasters, specialists and technical personnel at the center's headquarters in Miami."

 http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:03buXGfkK8QJ:www.usatoday.com/
eather/biography/wmayfield.htm+max+mayfield&hl=en

He has been director of the Hurricane Center since 2000 and a member of NOAA since 1988.

He is the current chairman of the World Meteorological Organization's Regional Association....

During the "off-season" NHC provides training for U.S. emergency managers ***and representatives from many other countries***....

NHC also contains the Chief, Aerial Reconnaissance Coordination, All Hurricanes (CARCAH) unit. It is a small three person unit, an Operating Location of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters) out of Keesler Air Force Base near Biloxi, Mississippi.

 http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/m_mayfield-bio.html

Max Mayfield, National Hurricance Center Director, at the Bush White House in September 24, 2004, has a military charm in not answering any questions that are asked:

Riki, from Washington, DC writes:
Director Mayfield,Good afternoon.....................

It was interesting how Ivan reformed and looped back down into the gulf. I haven't heard of that happening before............has this ocurred before?

Thanks Riki :o)

Max Mayfield
Dear Riki -

Ivan's reforming was a rare occurrence. The low level circulation held intact and looped around and was caught up in an upper level short-wave that reformed the circulation and eventually took it onto the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

Jason, from Swartz Creek, MI writes:
Thank you for taking my question. The hurricane season seems so active this year. What's bringing all of these these storms ashore? Thank you

Max Mayfield
Jason,

You are right. This has been an active year in that there have been several storms that have made landfall in the U.S. [Then Mayfield goes on to totally ignore the question about why, by rattling off unrelated information. Then he moves on to the next questioner.]

Sam, from Philadelphia writes:
Is there any scientific reason why FloridaUS is being hit with so many hurricanes this year, or this just the odds and probability catching up with us? Thanks.

Max Mayfield
Dear Sam -
[once more he doesn't really address the question.]...


Max Mayfield
"This hurricane season is unprecedented, but we must remember that it is not over. It takes only one hurricane in your area to cause destruction and risk to life. Be prepared, listen to your local emergency management officials, ...."

 http://www.whitehouse.gov/ask/20040924.html

working from the same script, Rumsfeld could have paraphrased:
"This terrorism season is unprecedented, but we must remember that it is not over. It takes only one terrorist incident in your area to cause destruction and risk to life. Be prepared, listen to your local emergency management officials, ...."

NEWS BRIEF: "Charley's Force Took Experts by Surprise", MyWay News, August 14, 2004

"Hurricane Charley's 145-mph force took forecasters by surprise and showed just how shaky a science it still is to predict a storm's intensity - even with all the latest satellite and radar technology. 'Most major hurricanes become major by going through a rapid intensification. This is the Number 1 area to research. I think that there is the perception out there because of the satellite photos and aircraft data, people do have faith in the technology and sometimes that faith is too much', Max Mayfield, National Hurricane Center director, told reporters Saturday in Miami, 24 hours after Charley slammed into Florida's western coast. 'A lot of people think we can give them a near perfect forecast. We know we can't give them a near perfect forecast'.Charley quickly grew from a Category 2 to a Category 4 storm Friday and its course took a sharp turn to the right,..."

 http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1953.cfm



Max Mayfield — director of the National Hurricane Center — alerted the 2,900 government officials, emergency responders, representatives of private charities and others attending the weeklong event that they might be in for another very busy hurricane season.

"I can tell you that we have had more tropical storms, and more hurricanes, since 1995 than any other 10-consecutive-year period on record," Mayfield said Wednesday. "So folks, we're in this active period, like it or not."

 http://angelofthewest.tripod.com/id55.htm

U.S. Defence Secretary Cohen expresses concern about eco-terrorism using scalar electro-magnetic weapons.

"Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves... So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations... It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our efforts."

Quoted from DoD News Briefing, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Q&A at the Con-ference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy, University of Georgia, Athens, Apr. 28, 1997.
Max Mayfield on the left, certainly Mr. Military Meterologist aware of HAARP?
Max Mayfield on the left, certainly Mr. Military Meterologist aware of HAARP?

Katrina outages; and DHS Michael Brown (of DHS NOT FEMA, & Bush crony) 29.Aug.2005 17:53

me

Storm surges were estimated to be as high as 15 feet to 18 feet near New Orleans and 10 feet to 15 feet in Gulfport, Mississippi, Sisko said. As much as 12 inches of rain fell in southeastern Louisiana, he said.

``Now you're getting the reports about people who are stranded in parts of the cities, certain buildings that are collapsing, breaches in one part of our levee system, so it's just gathering all the information now and trying to make an assessment,'' U.S. Representative William Jefferson, a Democrat who represents New Orleans, said in a televised interview.

Without Power

Entergy Corp. and Southern Co., owners of electric utilities along the Gulf Coast, said almost 1.1 million customers from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle were without power today.

As of 11:30 a.m. Central time, 742,500 customers in Louisiana lacked power, said David Caplan, spokesman for New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. Another 52,600 customers were without power along the Mississippi coast, he said.

Atlanta-based Southern had 188,264 customers without power at its Alabama Power unit -- mostly in Mobile -- at noon, according to spokeswoman Betsy Shearron. Another 82,509 customers in the Florida Panhandle lacked electric service, said John Hutchinson, a spokesman for Southern's Gulf Power unit based in Pensacola.

BellSouth Corp., the largest provider of local-telephone lines in nine southeastern states, said it lost 72,972 local- telephone lines after Katrina. BellSouth, the No. 3 U.S. local telephone provider, expects significant network damage along the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, BellSouth spokeswoman Nadine Randall said in an e-mail statement today.

Costly Catastrophe

Katrina may rival the 1994 Northridge earthquake as the third most costly U.S. catastrophe, according to preliminary forecasts of insured losses.

The storm's estimated cost for insurers such as Allstate Corp. will probably be $9 billion to $16 billion, said Eqecat Inc., a storm modeler. Eqecat cut its estimate from as high as $30 billion as Katrina veered east of New Orleans, sparing the city a direct hit.

``People are breathing a sigh of relief that the storm has lost strength and that New Orleans appeared to be on the weak side of the storm,'' said Ray Stone, vice president of catastrophe operations at St. Paul Travelers Cos., the second- largest U.S. commercial insurer.

President George W. Bush today declared parts of Mississippi a major disaster area. He signed an emergency declaration for Louisiana yesterday, freeing up federal disaster aid.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown said Bush will sign a disaster declaration for the region affected by Katrina, which will give FEMA the authority to help Louisiana recover from the storm.

HE'S NOT FEMA, HE'S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY SAY MICHAEL BROWN IS FEMA, BECAUSE HIS COORDINATION PART IS NOW DHS, GETTING INTO STORM MANAGEMENT

MICHAEL BROWN, OF DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND ex-FEMA

"as Under Secretary, Mr. Brown will help the Secretary of Homeland Security ensure the effectiveness of emergency responders, and direct the Strategic National Stockpile, the National Disaster Medical System and the Nuclear Incident Response Team....Previously, Mr. Brown served as FEMA's Deputy Director and the agency's General Counsel. Shortly after September 11th terrorist attacks, he served on Bush's President's Consequence Management Principal's Committee, acting as the White House's coordination for federal response to 9-11. Later, Bush had him head Consequence Management Working Group to formulate federal response plans. August 2002: Bush appoints Michael Brown to Transition Planning Office for new Department of Homeland Security, serving as transition leader for EP&R Division. Brown currently chairs the National Citizen Corps Council...."


This other guy Michael Brown, like Air Force military meterologist Max Mayfield Director of the National Hurricane Center, is from Oklahoma as well:

Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness & Response: Michael Brown

Michael Brown was confirmed as the first Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R). Mr. Brown will coordinate federal disaster relief activities, including implementation of the Federal Response Plan, which authorizes the response and recovery operations of 26 federal agencies and departments as well as the American Red Cross.

He will also oversee the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration, and initiate proactive mitigation activities. Additionally, as Under Secretary, Mr. Brown will help the Secretary of Homeland Security ensure the effectiveness of emergency responders, and direct the Strategic National Stockpile, the National Disaster Medical System and the Nuclear Incident Response Team.

Previously, Mr. Brown served as FEMA's Deputy Director and the agency's General Counsel. Shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Mr. Brown served on the President's Consequence Management Principal's Committee, which acted as the White House's policy coordination group for the federal domestic response to the attacks. Later, the President asked him to head the Consequence Management Working Group to identify and resolve key issues regarding the federal response plan. In August 2002, President Bush appointed him to the Transition Planning Office for the new Department of Homeland Security, serving as the transition leader for the EP&R Division. Mr. Brown currently chairs the National Citizen Corps Council, part of the President's USA Freedom Corps volunteer initiative.

Prior to joining FEMA he practiced law in Colorado and Oklahoma, where he served as a bar examiner on ethics and professional responsibility for the Oklahoma Supreme Court and as a hearing examiner for the Colorado Supreme Court. He had been appointed as a special prosecutor in police disciplinary matters. While attending law school he was appointed by the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee of the Oklahoma Legislature as the Finance Committee Staff Director, where he oversaw state fiscal issues. His background in state and local government also includes serving as an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight and as a city councilman.

A native of Oklahoma, Mr. Brown holds a B.A. in Public Administration/Political Science from Central State University, Oklahoma. He received his J.D. from Oklahoma City University's School of Law. He was an adjunct professor of law for the Oklahoma City University.

 http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/display?theme=11&content=366


MICHAEL BROWN CROSSES WIRES WITH MAX MAYFIELD ON "COVER STORIES" FOR EXTENSIVE HURRICANES SINCE 1995


Cliff, from Brimfield Ohio writes:
Hi Mike: Why have we had more than what I consider a normal hit of hurricanes this year? It just seems we have had more of them hit the mainland than normal. Or do the numbers indicate this normal? What has been the dollars spent by FEMA so far this year on hurricane damage? Thank You

Mike Brown
Cliff

Go to [my fellow Oklahoman Max Mayfield's PR site] the National Hurricane Center web site and look at the history of hurricanes in this country.

President Bush and I visited the Hurricane Center last week. The director, Max Mayfield, gave the President a great history book about the hurricanes and tornadoes that have hit the country in the past 100 years. The President read it with great interest and commented about how this is not an unusual amount [what the hell does Bush know? Can he read or even see? He can't ride a bike, is doped up on drugs, and is fitted with electronic puppet prompting technology.] but that they are all coming at once and seem to be making landfall.

 http://www.whitehouse.gov/ask/20040916.html

Actually the strategy is to lie baldfaced to the American public and meanwhile talk to fellow professionals about truth and reality. As the above quotes show, Max Mayfield said to professionals at conferences that '1995 is when this peaking of hurricanes started.' Which contradicts what Michael Brown references.

Todd, from Alameda writes:
Are you seeing people who will not evacuate? Are they subject to fines penalties if they don't? Is this much of a problem?

Mike Brown
Todd

There are both forced and voluntary evacuations and some people are trying to wait until the last minute to evacuate which is understandable. But if you could see homes that I've seen where nothing is left standing but the chimney and every material possesion have been turned to ashes, you recognize that you must listen to professionals...


Tad, from East York writes:
What are your responsibilities out there? What are you doing throughout the day?

Mike Brown
First and foremost to give encouragement to the victims and the firefighters to let them know that the President is with them, to let them know that Homeland Security and FEMA are coordinating resources...

Johannes, from Ergoldsbach, Germany writes:
Good morning Mr. Brown How much money will the federal government send to the regions in California, which are affected by the flames?

Mike Brown
The short answer is we don't know yet. Our focus for the foreseeable future is to do whatever it takes to fulfill the President's mandate....

Scott, from Washington DC writes:
I, like most American's I am sure, am intensely worried for the safety of the residents of southern California. Are there any preventive measures that could be put into place for next time that may help to prevent another disaster? For example, more National Park Rangers on duty to help patrol the large area.

Thank you for your time.

Mike Brown
The President has proposed his Healthy Forest Initiative which would take away a lot of fuel which spreads these fires... [i.e., Mike plugs for corporate forestry clearcutting PR in a federal press conference!]

Jen, from Reno writes:
Please send whatever resources you have out there. It is a horrible disaster.

Mike Brown
That is why I'm here. That is the President's mandate. We have helped the state through the Forest Service and USDA and Homeland Security....

Dawn, from Minot AFB, ND writes:
Dear Sirs, I was wondering why the S.California Naval Stations weren't asked to respond to fire fighting duty once the President declared the fires a disaster area? After all every individual in the Navy receives extensive fire fighting training.

Mike Brown
[Er...] We very well may do that....

Mike Brown
Thanks. I've got to run. Very busy out here. On behalf of the President we again want to extend our sympathy...

 http://www.whitehouse.gov/ask/20031028.html

Brown acts like Bush is the only citizen connection to government!


Saturday, May 14, 2005
9:49:00 AM EDT

Time for Michael Brown to resign

An audit done by the Inspector General's office of the Dept of Homeland Security confirmed what most South Floridians have known for months. FEMA paid out millions to people in Dade County after last year's hurricanes who did not suffer damage or losses as a result of the storm.

 link to www.sun-sentinel.com

Some of the highlights(or lowlights) from the audit-

$8.2 million in rental assistance to 4,308 applicants in the county who "did not indicate a need for shelter" when they registered for help. In 60 cases reviewed by auditors, inspectors deemed homes unsafe without explanation, and applicants never moved out.

$720,403 to 228 people for belongings based on their word alone.

$192,592 for generators, air purifiers, wet/dry vacuum cleaners, chainsaws and other items without proof that they were needed to deal with the hurricane. Three applicants got generators for their homes, plus rental assistance from FEMA to live somewhere else.

$15,743 for three funerals without sufficient documentation that the deaths were due to the hurricane.

$46,464 to 64 residents for temporary housing even though they had homeowners insurance. FEMA funds cannot be used when costs are covered by insurance.

$17,424 in rental assistance to 24 people who reported that their homes were not damaged.

$97,500 for 15 automobiles with a "blue book" value of $56,140. In general, the report states that FEMA approved claims for damaged vehicles without properly verifying that the losses were caused by the storm.

FEMA's director Michael Brown has been denying what happened for month. This report demands for Mr. Brown to step down.

 http://journals.aol.com/williamje/BillsCorrespondenceChessDiary/entries/726


Statement of Michael D. Brown

Under Secretary
Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Department of Homeland Security

Introduction

Good Morning Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee. I am Michael Brown, Under Secretary for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate (EP&R) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

I am honored to appear before you today to talk about FEMA&#146;s accomplishments of this past year since it has become part of the Department of Homeland Security. .....

On March 1st [2004], FEMA celebrated its first full year as part of the Department of Homeland Security. We are proud to be part of this historic effort and are more committed than ever to our duty as defenders of the Homeland.

Since March 1st of last year, FEMA has worked to merge disaster-related public health programs from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) into a comprehensive and unified national response capability. These programs include the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), which is designed to provide a single, integrated, national medical response capability to augment the Nation&#146;s emergency medical response capability when needed for major disasters and Federally declared emergencies. Another important public health-related program, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), maintains large quantities of essential medical items that can be provided for the emergency health security of the U.S. in the event of a bioterrorist attack....

EMA also successfully merged a multiplicity of other disaster response teams and assets from different departments and agencies to create a unified national response capability within the Department of Homeland Security. Among these teams and assets, now merged within FEMA&#146;s Response Division, are the:

* National Disaster Medical System,
* Domestic Emergency Support Team, and
* Strategic National Stockpile

FEMA has also been given operational control of the Nuclear Incident Response Team in certain circumstances, including the event of an actual or threatened terrorist attack.

...

The massive California Wildfires of 2003 scorched over 750,000 acres and claimed 24 lives. During the response to the wildfires, the President and Secretary Ridge wanted me to be intimately involved in the coordination efforts between the Federal agencies doing work there.

read more:
 http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/library/congress/
2004_h/040303-brown.doc.

FEMA DESCRIBED AS "PRETTY MUCH INTACT" IN DHS, AND ONLY "EXPANDED"

Michael Brown

As the first undersecretary of emergency preparedness and response in the Homeland Security Department, Michael Brown will head an organization that moved pretty much intact to its new parent department. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told county officials in March, "will retain both its name and its mission, although it will have an expanded mission."

Brown, FEMA's deputy director, became the top candidate for the Homeland Security undersecretary post when FEMA Director Joe Allbaugh [actually really involved in Bush networks of 9-11 as well by the way...] announced he would leave the administration in March 2003 to work on President Bush's reelection campaign.

***The new department's Emergency Preparedness and Response directorate consists largely of former FEMA employees, although it also includes offices from the Energy, Justice, and Health and Human Services departments.***

Its disaster coordination responsibilities include implementation of the Federal Response Plan, which authorizes the response and recovery operations of 26 federal agencies and departments and the American Red Cross. The directorate oversees the National Flood Insurance Program, the U.S. Fire Administration, the Strategic National Stockpile of medical supplies and equipment, the National Disaster Medical System and the Nuclear Incident Response Team.

***Brown joined FEMA early in 2001 as general counsel. Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Brown was nominated to be deputy director,*** but he wasn't confirmed until Aug. 1, 2002.

In the aftermath of 9/11, he worked with the White House to coordinate policy for the federal domestic response to the attacks and to develop response plans for the future. Brown also has chaired the National Citizen Corps Council, part of the President's USA Freedom Corps volunteer initiative.

Before coming to Washington, Brown practiced law in Colorado and Oklahoma. While attending law school in Oklahoma City, he worked as staff director for the Oklahoma Legislature's Finance Committee, overseeing state fiscal issues.

 http://www.govexec.com/features/0503/HSBrown.htm

May 21, 2005
FEMA: What Went Wrong

An assessment mandated by a congressional inquiry gives a breakdown of how FEMA allowed so much cash to slip through its fingers. "Tough neighborhood syndrome" is a new one on me.
Inspectors wouldn't have had to be dispatched to the ghettoes of Dade County where they had to worry about "hurricane mugging" if those higher up had not erroneously declared Dade a disaster area in the first place.
FEMA's Baghdad Bob, Director Michael Brown, is still in complete denial about the whole situation.
Posted by floridacracker at May 21, 2005 07:36 AM
Comments

To bad Susan Collins didn't mug FEMA Director Michael Brown like he mugged taxpayers by his oversight failures to the tune of $31,000,000 dollars. Such incompetence by an unelected goverment employee is what burns me up. Where's the accountability? "Ooopppps, we made repeated mistakes over a decade or two but we're going to sit down with senators and determine what we need to do to 'fix' the problem" just isn't going to cut it.
Posted by: Gmac at May 21, 2005 07:12 PM

So, how come there's no talk of Director Michael Brown being booted out? You couldn't keep your job anywhere else if you screwed up like that consistently over the years. Well....except at the UN.
Posted by: Beautymorgan at May 22, 2005 09:19 AM

Michael Brown needs to go. He's totally out of touch with the reality of what people expect from his agency and what the agency has actually done.
Posted by: Donnah at May 22, 2005 01:49 PM

 http://www.florida-cracker.org/archives/002033.html

WORK IN STEADY STAGES....

Clinton elevated the Director of FEMA to cabinet status. Witt's term of office saw approximately 348 Presidential declared disaster areas in more than 6,500 counties and in all 50 states and territories. Witt supervised the response to the most costly flood disaster in the nation's history, the most costly earthquake, and a dozen serious hurricanes.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lee_Witt

List of FEMA directors

* John Macy, 1979-1981, FEMA's first director
* Bernhard Gallagher 1981
* John W. McConnell 1981
* Louis O. Giuffrida, 1981-1985
* Julius W. Becton, Jr., 1985-1989
* Robert H. Morris, 1989-1990
* Jerry D. Jennings, 1990
* Wallace E. Stickney, 1990-1993
* James Lee Witt, 1993-2001
* Joe Allbaugh, 2001-2003
* Michael Brown, 2003- (Note: Undersecretary Michael Brown is NOT technically a FEMA director as he was appointed after the title changed to Undersecretary of Emergency Preparedness and Response)

After the formation of the Department of Homeland Security, the official title of the head of FEMA became Under Secretary of Emergency Preparedness and Response.

This position includes responsibilities beyond FEMA as the director of the Department of Energy's Nuclear Incident Response Team, or NIRT.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Emergency_Management_Agency



FEMA director says agency looking into Miami-Dade claims
By Sally Kestin & Megan O'Matz
Staff Writers
Posted October 15 2004
FEMA gave $21 million in Miami-Dade, where storms were 'like a severe thunderstorm'
Oct 10, 2004

As Hurricane Frances moved ashore over the Treasure Coast last month, the federal government declared Miami-Dade County a disaster area eligible for individual aid even though the storm's outer bands barely had touched the county.

The declaration, made by President Bush at the request of his brother Gov. Jeb Bush, has allowed more than 9,800 Miami-Dade residents to collect at least $21 million in tax-free grants and prompted calls for federal investigations into the claims.

Miami-Dade officials say they didn't request the designation.

 http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/
sfl-fema15oct15,0,7045474.story?coll=sfla-news-utility

Look at recent California Black out 29.Aug.2005 21:20

LCR

During Katrina's slo mo build California had a Black out! True there was a heat wave but hey before bushie, enron and swartzy there was no such thing as a energy black out. Yup it was HAARP. The SOB takes lot of energy. Look at the 2003 black out. Look at California's rolling black outs of 2001-2002. Yup money is on HAARP, and, at the same time the greasy politicians get to line their pockets!

Reference: Dr. Rosalie Bertell--google it.

LCR

"We cannot see the tops of the levees!" Katrina "turned" at last moment 30.Aug.2005 02:36

me

[Is all of New Orleans a big experiment for these FEMA-neocons?]

"We cannot see the tops of the levees," said Larry Ingargiola, director of the parish's office of Emergency Preparedness.

New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin said access routes to New Orleans would remain shut.

Martin Nelson, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center, said "***Friday at work they said they may be planning for evacuations of other areas, but they never said anything about the city [of New Orleans!]."****

Terry Ebbert, New Orleans director of homeland security, said more than 4,000 National Guardsmen were mobilizing in Memphis [Tennessee?!] and will help police New Orleans streets.

Michael D. Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency,... discouraged fire and emergency agencies outside the storm area from sending in crews unless they had been asked. ['cause FEMA wants total jurisdiction and vetting of all information and activities and most of all, 'no critique' about their handling/mishandling. What is all this about "not going into New Orleans" at all?]

Entergy, the area's major power company, said the disaster was the worst the company ever faced, and emergency officials said it could take months for power to be restored to everyone.

New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin said access routes to New Orleans would remain shut.






"the [Katrina hurricane] system regained strength much more quickly than anticipated"

Katrina formed on August 24, 2005 and first made landfall near North Miami, Florida, United States, as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, causing major flooding, loss of power to more than 1 million residents, and 2 deaths. An eye-restructuring event weakened it to a tropical storm as it moved offshore. However, the system regained strength much more quickly than anticipated in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, becoming a Category 5 hurricane and reaching 902 mb (the fourth most intense ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin) with sustained winds of 175 mph. The system turned [turned?] northward and made first (Louisiana) landfall on August 29, 2005, near Grand Isle, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph. [OF the three categories of the hurricane scale--flood surge, wind speed, and barometrics--only one, wind speed at landfall ranks it as Cat. 4; barometrics and flood surge rank Katrina as Cat. 5. The differentiation of such an abstract scale on the windspeed is that anything above 155 is called Cat. 5 winds. So, 150 (like Katrina) for instance would be called "Cat. 4". All, in all, I would call this "Category 4.9".] This was quickly followed by a second (Louisiana) landfall south of Buras-Triumph, Louisiana at approximately 6:10 a.m. CDT (Louisiana local time) (11:10 UTC), with sustained winds of 140 mph. A final landfall was made at the Louisiana-Mississippi border at 10 am CDT.

"made a right turn at the last minute."

The storm turned out not to be as catastrophic as forecasters predicted for most of New Orleans, because the storm made a right turn at the last minute, and the eye missed New Orleans by 10-15 miles.

Its minimum central pressure of 918 mb at the time of its Louisiana landfall makes it the third most intense system to strike the United States in recorded history. It is also estimated to be the costliest natural disaster in United States history.

At its largest, the eye of the storm itself was about 30 miles (48 km) wide. As of 6 a.m. CDT, the storm is moving toward the north at 15 mph (24 km/h). Hurricane force winds are predicted up to 150 nautical miles (278 km) inland, while the flooding rains will persist as far northward as the Great Lakes.

A mandatory evacuation was issued for the first time ever in New Orleans,...

At least 3 fires have been reported in the New Orleans area collapsing several buildings.

"There are reports of army ducks traveling throughout the parish with some homes and streets deeply in water. Information will be ongoing..." --Senator Walter Boasso

The Sheriff of Jefferson Parish reported through WDSU that he expects his district to remain uninhabitable for at least the coming week and that residents should not return to the area.

Area affiliates of WDSU report New Orleans is experiencing widespread flooding, is without power and that there are several instances of catastrophic damage in residential as well as business areas. All metropolitan New Orleans television news services have evacuated their studios in the city and are broadcasting from remote locations.

At 9 a.m. CDT a levee breach was reported at Tennessee Street by CCTV operators of a local bank.

At 11 a.m. the National Weather Service reported that a levee broke on the Industrial Canal, a 5.5-mile waterway that connects the Mississippi River to the Intracoastal Waterway, near the St. Bernard-Orleans parish line (Tennessee St.) and 3 to 10 feet of flooding was possible.

This area, also known as the 9th Ward area of the city, reported 3 pump failures. Mayor Ray Nagin states the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans on the east side of the city is under five to six feet of rising water, due to the failure of the pumps. New Orleans police had received more than 100 calls about people in the area trapped on their roofs. This area includes St. Bernard Parish where an estimated 40,000 homes are now flooded.

As of 2 p.m. (CDT), the east side of New Orleans is under 5 to 6 feet of water.

200 people are stranded on their rooftops in the Ninth Ward, and several bodies have been seen floating in the water. Many people have been reported trapped inside their attics.

As of 10 p.m. CDT Search and rescue has begun with boats in Plaquemines, St. Bernard and N.O. East.

GOV. BLANCO: Orders given to block re-entry to areas affected by Katrina.

at least part of the I-10 Twin Span has completely collapsed. There is also a large fire involving several large building complexes.

3:00 P.M. - Approximately 150 people were sighted on rooftops where approx. 8-10 feet (perhaps more) of water in area. Included on roofs were WDSU reporter (and St. Bernard resident) & photographer on a Government Complex rooftop).

Authorities in Gulfport, Mississippi told CNN that 10 feet of water cover downtown streets

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials have recorded deaths in Hinds, Warren, and Leake counties. More than half of Entergy Mississippi's 410,000 customers lost power.

In Mobile, Alabama, Mobile Bay spilled into the downtown area to the depth of 2 to 3 feet.

In addition, heavy rainfall (4 to 8 inches/100-200mm with local amounts exceeding 15 inches/375mm) could combine with locally saturated ground from summer storms to cause potentially catastrophic flooding in the Tennessee Valley region by Tuesday.

 http://www.juiceenewsdaily.com/0605/news/billion.html

However, the experts did predict that Katrina's eastward shift could lessen its financial impact.

"Projections that this is going to be the worst ever are probably off ... we're probably looking at something that's in the top five, said Robert Hartwig, chief economist at the Insurance Information Institute.

Although the storm was [publicly] downgraded from category five to three, sustained winds reached up to 155mph (250k/ph) [THAT IS CAT. 5!] as it hit the coast.
[I don't understand why Mayfield and others seem to be intentionally misinforming people: 155 mph is Cat. 5 winds!]

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4195018.stm

At least two oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico were set adrift by fierce winds. A rig in Mobile Bay, Alabama, broke free of its moorings and struck a bridge. [getting lodged underneath; it's huge]

Preliminary insurance estimates from State Farm and other insurance companies indicate insured damage from 10 to 25 billion USD.

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4196188.stm

Large parts of New Orleans are under water.

From Biloxi, Mississippi, a small resort town, are coming reports of very severe storm damage. One report speaks of large parts of the town destroyed. A local official has been quoted as saying more than 50 people have died there.

Hurricane Katrina ploughed onto the US mainland, the eye of the storm narrowly missing the city of New Orleans.

New Orleans suffered serious damage, though not as severe as earlier feared. The city's famous old French Quarter has survived mostly intact. But the low-lying suburbs have seen serious flooding. [Others (British media) report "New Orleans is an island. The levees are breached."]

The wind is over 100mph (160kph). Police we were talking to suggested it may even be as much as 120mph (193kph). It lifted a car completely off its back wheels and moved it further along the road.

So that's the scene in this little part of the French quarter in New Orleans.

We are expecting the storm to hit in about seven hours' time and the full force will hit us about three hours after that.

The forecasters are calling this a category five, they are saying that it is showing signs of weakening ever so slightly so it may become a strong category four.

But on the ground that is academic - for people in the path it is going to be a very, very strong storm indeed.

They are talking about 15 inches (38cm) of rainfall and a storm surge that could raise the level of rivers and lakes in this area by several metres.

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4194164.stm

VIDEO:
"Hurricane Katrina is gone. Though this is what she left behind. This is New Orleans. Much of the city is now underwater."
"...the city is now an island surrounded by water. It appears that the dams, the levies, did let Katrina through."

VIDEO AT THE PICTURE inset "See the hurricane" on this page:
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4195796.stm

Experts predicted that the worst-hit areas would be in southern Mississippi, where a 15-mile stretch of coast includes the communities of Waveland, Bay St Louis and Pass Christian. The state governor, Haley Barbour, said his worst fear was that people who failed to leave may have been killed. " It came in on Mississippi like a ton of bricks. It's a terrible storm," he said.

Officials said the stretch of coastline was struck by a 22ft storm surge that washed sailing boats on to a coastal four-lane highway.

In the Mississippi town of Gulfport, east of New Orleans, the wind hurled boats into buildings, while in St Bernard Parish, also east of the city, 40,000 homes were reportedly flooded.

The full extent of the damage was unclear last night, but it seemed that the worst predictions, concerning New Orleans at least, had not materialised. Shortly before it struck land at 6.10am (12.10pm British time) the storm weakened from a category 5 hurricane to a category 4 and shifted its path slightly eastwards. [it shifted and did a little dog leg right at the last minute, taking it 10-15 miles east of New Orleans instad of straight downtown, though it was still in many ways a "large Cat. 4 to Cat. 5]

The National Weather Service reported that a levee broke on the Industrial Canal near the St Bernard-Orleans parish line, and that three to eight feet of flooding was possible. The canal is a five-mile waterway that connects the Mississippi river to the intracoastal waterway.

In the city's French Quarter, water pooled in the streets,

The storm is estimated to have caused up to $25bn (£14bn) of damage, making it the most costly in US history

Elsewhere along the Gulf Coast, Mississippi was subjected to both Katrina's harshest winds and highest recorded storm surges — 22 feet. The storm pushed water up to the second floor of homes, uprooted hundreds of trees and flung sailboats across a highway.

"Let me tell you something, folks: I've been out there. It's complete devastation," said Gulfport, Mississippi, Fire Chief Pat Sullivan.

 http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article308942.ece

Katrina's course could make it most expensive hurricane ever
By James Daley
Published: 30 August 2005

Hurricane Katrina is on course to become the most expensive hurricane in history, costing insurers as much as $25bn (£13.9bn) in damage claims.

The most immediate financial impact yesterday was to send the price of oil soaring over $70 for the first time in history.

 http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article308943.ece


In St. Bernard Parish near New Orleans, an estimated 40,000 homes were swamped. In a low- lying neighborhood on the south shore of Lake Ponchartrain, a levee on a canal gave way and forced dozens of residents to flee or scramble to the roofs when water rose to their gutters.

Although New Orleans police commandeered boats and the Coast Guard flew helicopters to rescue people, scores remained stranded on their roofs as night fell.

According to the Sun Herald, "In Biloxi at Edgewater Village, most of that shopping strip mall was devastated. The McDonald's is gone, the Village Sports Pub is gone ... Elvis Gates, a State Farm insurance agent in Long Beach, Miss.,went to downtown to survey damage. He found nothing left. 'Everything south of Second Street is gone. The harbor is gone."

The Biloxi River was flowing over Interstate 10.

At least 20 buildings in New Orleans have been totally destroyed by Katrina's winds, and flood levels reached 10 feet in some places, Nagin said.

Levees were topped in several locations by the rising waters, disabling three pump stations.

The reconstruction after Katrina likely will be the biggest recovery program in U.S. history, dwarfing 1992's Hurricane Andrew and 2001's terror attacks, veteran emergency managers said.

Andrew, the costliest hurricane and natural disaster on record, caused what would be the equivalent of $36.9 billion in total damages in 2005 dollars. Experts said it's premature to put a price tag on Katrina's damage.

Too much water and too few places to live will be urgent problems facing the first rescuers.

"It's going to be bad,' said Eric Tolbert, former chief of disaster response for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "I have to believe this one (recovery operation) will be larger than Andrew. We're talking about a very intense three- to five-year recovery operation.'

By late Monday afternoon, New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast were still too flooded to make an assessment. It was too dangerous for federal and state officials to fly an airplane to get even a cursory idea of the damage,...

 http://www.presstelegram.com/Stories/0,1413,204~21474~3032359,00.html

Dirt-brown crests swelled to 20 feet along Mississippi's coastal towns of Biloxi and Gulfport. By late morning, floodwaters lapped toward the second floor of the shuttered Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, emergency officials reported.

In the Gulf, Exxon and Chevron officials deserted oil rigs, flying out crews threatened by the approaching storm. The halt to operations in the Gulf, where 30% of American oil is produced,...

In Alabama, a runaway oil platform struck a major bridge over the Mobile River, state officials said. At least two oil rigs were adrift in the Gulf.

"Our Gulf Coast is getting hit and hit hard," Bush said in El Mirage, Ariz. He said the federal government had "assets and resources that we'll be deploying to help you."

FEMA disaster medical teams set up in Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas were preparing ...

An estimated 40,000 homes were flooded in St. Bernard Parish, a suburb directly east of New Orleans. By late morning, storm surges had ruptured a levee wall on the Industrial Canal, a five-mile waterway connecting the Mississippi River to the Intracoastal Waterway. Water from the break spilled through the area, flooding the town's two main shelters and swamping the local National Guard armory, leaving even public safety officials homeless.

"We cannot see the tops of the levees," said Larry Ingargiola, director of the parish's office of Emergency Preparedness.

New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin said access routes to New Orleans would remain shut.

Katrina took a sudden, slight jog to the east just before landfall, raising hopes that New Orleans might be spared.

By 6 p.m. Monday, the storm was long gone, and people wandered in a daze as they explored their weather-beaten city.

Thousands of people poured onto the streets of the French Quarter as night fell. Emerging from daylong hiding places, they gawked like tourists at downed trees, toppled lampposts and chunks of plywood. Two crushed cars were crammed with bricks — the remains of a fallen building facade. Sidewalks were strewn with twisted window blinds, glass, Mardi Gras beads and dead rats.

Katrina left 6 feet of water in the streets, and when Miller looked up near nightfall, he realized that some of his neighbors were still stranded on their roofs.

"I've never seen anything like this," Miller said, shaken. "And I hope to never see it again. The people who were on the roof, it was just terrible. It's terrible. They can't get anything to them. None of us knows what's going to happen to them."

 http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-hurricane30aug30,1,2305594.
story?coll=la-headlines-nation

A last-minute eastward jog by Hurricane Katrina saved low-lying New Orleans from an unprecedented catastrophe yesterday, but the city was savagely battered by howling winds that popped windows out of high-rises and flooding that sent hundreds of residents scrambling to their roofs.

New Orleans' central business district and famous neighborhoods such as the French Quarter were spared from devastation by the shift in direction and a drop-off in the 160-mph winds that triggered a mass evacuation on Sunday. The evacuation appeared to have limited loss of life.

But the estimated 100-mph winds and 15-foot storm surge that hit the below-sea-level city did plenty of damage. Two holes were torn in the roof of the Superdome. Roadways were left awash in floating debris. Power was cut off for more than 700,000. Levees in sections of New Orleans and surrounding parishes were overwhelmed, causing flooding of 6 to 10 feet.


Late yesterday, with emergency workers stymied by high winds and flooded roads, federal, state and local officials remained unable to provide a full assessment of the damage and casualties in southeastern Louisiana.

Terry Ebbert, the city's director of homeland security, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he was certain there would be casualties based on the number of calls from trapped people who emergency workers were unable to immediately help.

"Everybody who had a way or wanted to get out of the way of this storm was able to," Ebbert told the paper. "For some that didn't, it was their last night on this earth."

Especially hard hit was the Lower Ninth Ward, a poor [lower] neighborhood squeezed between a marsh on the north, the river on the south and a shipping canal on the west. In adjoining St. Bernard Parish, local officials estimated that 40,000 homes had flooded. In Jefferson Parish, another county contiguous to New Orleans, authorities had received calls from residents stranded on roofs. Blanco said her office had reports of 20 building collapses in New Orleans.

Entergy, the area's major power company, said the disaster was the worst the company ever faced, and emergency officials said it could take months for power to be restored to everyone.

 http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usnola0830,0,2629774.story?
coll=ny-main-breakingnewslinks

Interstate Highway 10, which crosses the Mississippi delta to Alabama, was turned into a scrap heap, with downed power lines, trees, refrigerators, televisions, scrap metal and even a full tank of aviation fuel that was flung onto the highway by the massive storm surge in Katrina's wake.

Just west of Gulfport, brothers Mark and Johnny Alison went on a tour of what was left of the yacht club at Diamondhead, an upscale subdivision on the Gulf Coast where some houses included parking spaces for private planes using the adjacent landing strip.

Katrina recorded a storm surge of more than six metres in Mississippi, where windows of a major hospital were blown out and billboards were ripped to shreds. In some areas, authorities pulled stranded homeowners from roofs or rescued them from attics.

In Alabama, exploding transformers lit up the early morning sky and muddy, two-metre waves engulfed stately, million-dollar homes along Mobile Bay's normally tranquil waterfront.

 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050830/
STORM30/TPInternational/Americas

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said rescuers have plucked hundreds of people off rooftops and from the water, many in hard-hit St. Bernard Parish east of New Orleans. Hundreds more remained stranded as night fell, and thousands of homes in the parish reportedly took in water.

 http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=domesticNews&story
ID=2005-08-30T032602Z_01_HO481242_RTRIDST_0_USREPORT-WEATHER-KATRINA-DC.XML

Katrina's sudden lurch to the right spared New Orleans the worst of the storm's 145 mph winds.

Martin Nelson, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center, said the northern part of the eyewall came ashore at Grand Isle, about 60 miles south of New Orleans, at about 5 a.m. It was moving northward at 15 mph.

"I work in a nine-story building in New Orleans East that is probably going to be gone," Hardy said. "That's one of the lowest points of New Orleans. ***Friday at work they said they may be planning for evacuations of other areas,*** but they never said anything about the city."

Terry Ebbert, New Orleans director of homeland security, said more than 4,000 National Guardsmen were mobilizing in Memphis [Tennessee?!] and will help police New Orleans streets.

In Washington, D.C., the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it has been advised that the Waterford nuclear plant about 20 miles west of New Orleans has been shut down as a precautionary measure.

Katrina hit the southern tip of Florida as a much weaker storm Thursday and was blamed for nine deaths. It left miles of streets and homes flooded and knocked out power to about 1.45 million customers. It was the sixth hurricane to hit Florida in just over a year.

 http://www.jacksonvilleprogress.com/articles/2005/08/29/news/news02.txt

Packing 145-mile-an-hour winds as it made landfall, the storm left more than a million people in three states without power and submerged highways even hundreds of miles from its center.

Hurricane Katrina: Photos and Video of the Storm's Impact [at link on the left]

 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/national/30storm.html

Two nuclear plants near the path of Hurricane Katrina appear to have weathered the storm without major damage, and a third shut down on Saturday, in anticipation of the hurricane, according to Entergy Nuclear, which owns all three. The extent of damage to the plant that shut down, Waterford, 20 miles west of New Orleans, was still unknown late Monday afternoon because the wind was blowing too hard to go out and look, said Diane Park, a spokeswoman.

...

In Diamondhead, Miss., Don Haller and his 17-year-old son, Don Jr., were left clinging to the remains of their house when a 23-foot surge of water hit it, flexing the roof like a deck of cards.

...

Downtown Mobile, which is right on the bay, was severely flooded by Monday afternoon, the water pushing down the main streets around the county courthouse and lapping at the sandbagged doors and windows at the Mobile Museum. Water all but covered a number of street signs and parking meters, and large, heavy planters and some newspaper boxes floated down the streets.

...

Michael D. Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, reminded people that most injuries from hurricanes occurred after the storm had passed.

"Be careful," Mr. Brown said, standing next to the governor at a news conference. "Don't get in that water. Watch for downed power lines. If you're going to use a chainsaw, know how to use a chainsaw. If you're going to have a generator, know how to exercise and operate the generator. Be very, very careful. The storm is not over."

Mr. Brown also discouraged fire and emergency agencies outside the storm area from sending in crews unless they had been asked. [cause FEMA wants total jurisdiction and vetting of all information and activities and most of all, 'no critique' about their handling/mishandling.]

 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/national/30storm.html?pagewanted=2


This aerial view shows the St. James Terminal, a marine unloading and distribution point for crude oil, owned by the U.S. Department of Energy in southwest of Baton Rouge, La., on the Mississippi River, Oct. 1990. President Bush weighed a decision on whether to release some oil from the nation's petroleum reserves to help refiners hurt by Hurricane Katrina, administration officials said Monday Aug. 29, 2005. This pipeline serves the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), the largest stockpile of crude oil in the world, developed to diminish the impact of oil disruption emergencies. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Energy)

["Weighed a decision?" Let me take a flying guess what his unmentioned decision will be.]

Katrina pics:
 http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/galleries/305-1.html?SITE=CADIU&SECTION=
HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

 http://news.yahoo.com/photos/sm/events/ts/080304tropicalweathe/p:1
New Orleans flood map
New Orleans flood map
winds at Superdome
winds at Superdome "experiment" (word used by Gov. Blanco on ABC )
General Gulf Coast flood map
General Gulf Coast flood map

They set this area up for disaster 30.Aug.2005 07:27

read on

This article tells it all, the Bush regime along with their co-conspirators in the Congress set these people up...

New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cuts funding for flood control

Deon Roberts

In fiscal year 2006, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for a record $71.2 million reduction in federal funding.
It would be the largest single-year funding loss ever for the New Orleans district, Corps officials said.
I've been here over 30 years and I've never seen this level of reduction, said Al Naomi, project manager for the New Orleans district. I think part of the problem is it's not so much the reduction; it's the drastic reduction in one fiscal year. It's the immediacy of the reduction that I think is the hardest thing to adapt to.
There is an economic ripple effect, too. The cuts mean major hurricane and flood protection projects will not be awarded to local engineering firms. Also, a study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now.
Money is so tight the New Orleans district, which employs 1,300 people, instituted a hiring freeze last month on all positions. The freeze is the first of its kind in about 10 years, said Marcia Demma, chief of the Corps' Programs Management Branch.
Stephen Jeselink, interim commander of the New Orleans Corps district, told employees in an internal e-mail dated May 25 that the district is experiencing financial challenges. Execution of our available funds must be dealt with through prudent districtwide management decisions. In addition to a hiring freeze, Jeselink canceled the annual Corps picnic held every June.
Congress is setting the Corps budget.
The House of Representatives wants to cut the New Orleans district budget 21 percent to $272.4 million in 2006, down from $343.5 million in 2005. The House figure is about $20 million lower than the president's suggested $290.7 million budget.
It's now up to the Senate. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans, is making no promises.
It's going to be very tough, Landrieu said. The House was not able to add back this money ... but hopefully we can rally in the Senate and get some of this money back.
Landrieu said the Bush administration is not making Corps of Engineers funding a priority.
I think it's extremely shortsighted, Landrieu said. When the Corps of Engineers' budget is cut, Louisiana bleeds. These projects are literally life-and-death projects to the people of south Louisiana and they are (of) vital economic interest to the entire nation.
The Corps' budget could still be beefed up, as it is every year, through congressional additions. Last year, Congress added $20 million to the overall budget of the New Orleans district but a similar increase this year would still leave a $50 million shortfall.
One of the hardest-hit areas of the New Orleans district's budget is the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, which was created after the May 1995 flood to improve drainage in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes. SELA's budget is being drained from $36.5 million awarded in 2005 to $10.4 million suggested for 2006 by the House of Representatives and the president.
The project manager said there would be no contracts awarded with this $10.4 million, Demma said.
The construction portion of the Corps' budget would suffer if Congress doesn't add money. In 2005, the district received $94.3 million in federal dollars dedicated to construction. In 2006, the proposal is for $56 million.
It would be critical to this city if we had a $50 million construction budget compared with the past years, Demma said. It would be horrible for the city; it would be horrible for contractors and for flood protection if this were the final number compared to recent years and what the city needs.
Construction generally has been on the decline for several years and focus has been on other projects in the Corps.
The district has identified $35 million in projects to build and improve levees, floodwalls and pumping stations in St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes. Those projects are included in a Corps line item called Lake Pontchartrain, where funding is scheduled to be cut from $5.7 million this year to $2.9 million in 2006. Naomi said it's enough to pay salaries but little else.
We'll do some design work. We'll design the contracts and get them ready to go if we get the money. But we don't have the money to put the work in the field, and that's the problem, Naomi said.
The Appropriations Committee in Congress will ultimately decide how much the New Orleans district will receive, he said.
Obviously, the decisions are being made up there that are not beneficial to the state, in my opinion, Naomi said. Let's put it this way: When (former Rep.) Bob Livingston (R-Metairie) was chairman of the Appropriations Committee, we didn't have a monetary problem. Our problem was how do we spend all the money we were getting.

Copyright 2005 Dolan Media Newswires
Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved.

Pentagon [?!] sends in National Guard? martial law, Bush on vacation still 30.Aug.2005 22:35

me

"Pentagon is sending National Guard units..." And Bush is still on vacation on Aug 30 2005.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

[HOW WIDE WITLL THEY EXTEND THIS?]

Martial law declared in America
Local television stations report that Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes are all now under martial law, allowing the military to assume control over civilian forces.
 link to www.nola.com

no electricity, sanitation or fresh water, citizens were not being allowed to enter New Orleans. Both airports were under water and power could be out four to six weeks,

 http://news.monstersandcritics.com/northamerica/article_1044812.php/
Levee_breaks_flood_New_Orleans

Authorities made plans to remove thousands of storm refugees from the flooding Superdome stadium and other shelters in New Orleans. With water rising perilously inside the Superdome, Blanco said the tens of thousands of refugees now huddled there and other shelters in New Orleans would have to be evacuated. Downtown streets that were relatively clear in the hours after the storm were filled with 1 to 1½ feet of water this morning. Water was knee-deep around the Superdome. Canal Street was literally a canal.

At least four-fifths of New Orleans is under water, in some places 10ft deep or more. In Louisiana, the I-10 interstate, the main east-west access to New Orleans, was closed 50 miles from the city.

In Gulfport, Mississippi ­ normally a bustling town of 71,000 people ­ floodwaters stretched five miles inland.

Across the region, up to 1 million people were homeless, in effect refugees in their own country. [over 2 million] were without power. Officials in all three states affected pleaded with evacuees not to return to their homes....

...laid waste a 150-mile stretch of the US central Gulf...what may be the greatest national disaster in modern US history.

"Last night [aug 29 2005] army engineers were preparing to try to plug the breaches, one of them 200ft long. Only then can the city's pumping system--­itself apparently affected by the storm- remove the standing water."

 http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article309223.ece

"police with automatic weapons"

Denise Bollinger, a tourist from Philadelphia, took pictures of the looters. She said: "It's downtown Baghdad. It's insane. I've wanted to come here for 10 years. I thought this was a sophisticated city. I guess not." [! Don't blame people, what a crazy woman. 4/5 of their city is 10-20 feet underwater, no food, refuse to publicly evacuate them before, etc. And American Blacks in the deep south, particularly New Orleans and Louisiana, are in one of the more institutionalized white racist caste states of the U.S. Louisian went from cotton plantations to oil/chemcial plantations without much social change. U.S. white elites have always experimented on "their" black populations with cold eugenic glee. Tuskeegee experiments in Alabama in the late 1930s intentionally infecting black prisoners with syphillis while denying medical attention and only watching and documenting them die? etc. The pre-Hiroshima atom bomb test on mostly black military dockworkers at Port Chicago in 1945. They flew in people connected with the atom bomb from Los Alamos to Port Chicago, Califorica, to write the official report on the explosion. No voting rights for blacks in the south until the late 1960s. Now, after a 30 year hiatus, the South has a high tech Jim Crow legal structure--with full complicit knowledge of white elites in the U.S. who twiddle their thumbs as electronic vote fraud via Diebold and others provide vote padding for a one party state and vote substraction for competitors: an electronic Jim Crow is in the south particularly in Georgia and Florida already.... The U.S. south, and much of the U.S. urban cities in the north--is effectively back in a "new and improved" 1950s, racially speaking in terms of civil rights demotions. Many elder whites in the deep south can still remember a time in their living memories when people simply beause of their skin color were denied the right to vote, were victims of state supported vigilante violence and economic discrimiantion, and learned to flee any KKK 'police forces' coming their way for their own safety.]

 http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article309222.ece

...power [off] to 2 million and leaving most of New Orleans flooded by water as deep as 20 feet.

``The damage is catastrophic and widespread,'' Jim Pollard, spokesman in Harrison County for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, said today in a cell phone interview from Gulfport. ``There's virtually not a building here in Gulfport that's not substantially damaged.''

[While on vacation,]...President George W. Bush declared parts of Mississippi and Alabama major disaster areas, freeing up federal disaster aid. He plans to return to Washington....[though one more day of vacation, it's so relaxing being a "war president"]....tomorrow [aug 31 2005] because of the hurricane, cutting short a vacation at his [protestor-surrounded Downing Street Memo waving proof of his war crimes at his] Texas ranch,....

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is moving 23 disaster medical assistance teams into areas hit by Katrina, the Homeland Security Department said in a statement. ``...this is going to be one of the most comprehensive undertakings that this organization has been involved with in quite some time,'' Acting Deputy Director of FEMA Patrick Rhode said.

National Guard has mobilized about 7,500 people, or 42 percent, of 31,500 available personnel to distribute military meals and water, clean up debris and assist law enforcement...

More than 40 Coast Guard aircraft with more than 30 boats are conducting search, rescue and humanitarian aid operations, the Homeland Security Department said. The Coast Guard rescued about 1,200 people in the New Orleans area yesterday.

Entergy, owner of electric utilities in four southeastern states, said it will take weeks to rebuild its electric delivery system in Louisiana, where 80 percent of its customers are without power.

A 200-foot-long stretch of a levee in New Orleans overflowed, flooding some streets, Trooper Markus Smith, a spokesman for Louisiana state police, said in a telephone interview today. About 80 percent of New Orleans is under water, Governor Kathleen Blanco said in a televised press conference. ``You can't drive around New Orleans because of the water, and there is only one way in and out of the city,'' Blanco said.

Most of the city was flooded with levels ranging from ankle deep to as high as 15 feet -- the height of many roofs, Lieutenant Kevin Cowan, spokesman for the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said in an interview. It may take weeks for the water to recede, he said.

More than 790,000 people were without power in Alabama as of 7 a.m.,

The American Red Cross will distribute hot meals, home clean-up kits and toiletries..............as soon as local emergency management agencies give approval...

Crude oil and natural gas climbed after the hurricane damaged platforms and ports and curtailed production at refineries as it slammed the Gulf of Mexico coast, the source of almost a third of U.S. oil output.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said its 220,000 barrel-a-day Mars platform, equivalent to 15 percent of total U.S. Gulf oil output, suffered damage.

The storm shut 1.43 million barrels of daily oil output, or 95 percent of normal Gulf production, according to a report from the Minerals Management Service in Washington. That's higher than the 1.37 million barrels reported yesterday. U.S. oil drillers Noble Corp. and Rowan Cos. both said Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling rigs were torn from their moorings by Katrina.
Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. said two rigs that had broken free from their moorings were found, with one rig running aground on Dauphin Island off the coast of Alabama. Crude oil for October delivery rose $2.61, or 3.9 percent, to $69.81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest close since trading began in 1983. Futures touched $70.85, an intraday record. Prices are 65 percent higher than a year ago.

[meanwhile gas sells at .12 cents a gallon in Venezuela, Chavez to supply U.S. poor hit in the Gulf Coast far below U.S. plutocratic price hike justifications.]

 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aj9M5AAnSYSU&refer=
top_world_news

The waters of Lake Ponchartrain continued to rise and spill over into areas of New Orleans that flooded when two levees collapsed after Hurricane Katrina tore through the area on Monday. Mayor C. Ray Nagin said in a television interview on Tuesday that 80 percent of the city was under water, in some places to a depth of 20 feet, or six meters.

As dawn broke Tuesday, rescuers set out in boats and helicopters to search for survivors. A reporter who accompanied Jefferson Parish rescue officials on a flight over the area saw floodwaters reaching to the eaves of some three-story houses.

....

Diamondhead, Mississippi, .... Many people had fled to the community, about 60 miles, or 100 kilometers, northeast of New Orleans, thinking they were reaching higher safer ground that would keep them out of harm's way. Instead, many were caught in the storm surge, which pushed through Bay St. Louis on the Gulf Coast and into the bayous, forcing water to the top of second-story homes in Diamondhead.

....

New Orleans lies mostly below sea level and is protected by a network of pumps, canals and levees. But many of the pumps were not working Tuesday.

1,600 Mississippi National Guardsmen were activated

Alabama Guard planned to send two battalions to Mississippi

A Coast Guard officer in Louisiana, Captain Terry Galbraith, told CNN that several hundred survivors [on Tuesday still] needed to be rescued in New Orleans,...

total of more than 2.1 million people have reported power failures in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the U.S. Department of Energy said.

 http://www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/
2005/08/30/news/storm.php

At first the city seemed to have dodged the worst of the storm. But overnight one of its protective levees buckled beneath the weight of water from nearby Lake Pontchartrain and broke open in two places.

At least four-fifths of New Orleans is under water, in some places 10ft deep or more. With hundreds, if not thousands, of people still stranded in flooded homes, attics and rooftops across the city, rescue boats were bypassing the dead to reach the living, Mayor C Ray Nagin said. "We're not even dealing with dead bodies," Mayor Nagin said.

Stripped of its defences, they said, the city could be transformed by such a disaster into a giant basin of water with nowhere to escape, full of sewage, human and animal bodies and effluents from the chemical plants near the city, a breeding ground for mosquitoes and disease.

[This was totally dry on Monday:] The famous Canal Street thoroughfare had become exactly that by the afternoon, as the water level continued to creep higher.

Michael Brown, director of FEMA, the federal government emergency relief agency, said it would be "weeks and weeks, if not months," before an approximation of normal life could resume.

....

Authorities made plans to remove thousands of storm refugees from the Superdome stadium and other shelters in New Orleans and forged a bold scheme to airdrop giant sandbags to plug breaches in the city's protective levee system as water from Lake Pontchartrain poured into the city. Officials late Tuesday began the process of using helicopters to drop 3,000-pound sandbags and dozens of giant concrete barriers into the breach, and expressed confidence the problem could be solved. But if the water rose a couple feet higher, it could wipe out water system for whole city, said New Orleans' homeland security chief Terry Ebbert.

After touring the destruction by air, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said it is not of case of homes being severely damaged, "they're simply not there. ... I can only imagine that this is what Hiroshima looked like 60 years ago."

The flooding in New Orleans grew worse by the minute, prompting the evacuation of hotels and hospitals

the sweltering city of 480,000 had no drinkable water, and the electricity could be out for weeks.

With water rising perilously inside the Superdome, Blanco said the tens of thousands of refugees now huddled there and other shelters in New Orleans would have to be evacuated.

A helicopter view of the devastation over the New Orleans area revealed people standing on black rooftops baking in the sunshine while waiting for rescue boats. A row of desperately needed ambulances were lined up on the interstate, water blocking their path.

Federal Emergency Management Agency director Mike Brown warned that structural damage to homes, diseases from animal carcasses and chemicals in floodwaters made it unsafe for residents to come home anytime soon. And a mass return also was discouraged to keep from interfering with rescue and recovery efforts.

In New Orleans, the flooding actually got worse Tuesday. Failed pumps and levees apparently spilled water from Lake Pontchartrain into streets. The rising water forced hotels to evacuate, led a hospital to boatlift patients to emergency shelters,

One of the deadliest spots appeared to be Biloxi's Quiet Water Beach apartments, where authorities estimated 30 people were washed away, although the exact toll was unknown. All that was left of the red-brick building was a concrete slab. "We grabbed a lady and pulled her out the window and then we swam with the current," 55-year-old Joy Schovest said through tears. "It was terrifying. You should have seen the cars floating around us. We had to push them away when we were trying to swim."


 link to sfgate.com

In New Orleans, the mayor reported that rescue boats had begun pushing past dead bodies to look for the stranded living. Gas leaks began erupting into flames, and looking at the city, now at least 80 percent under water,


 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/31/opinion/31wed1.html


National Guardsmen brought in people from outlying areas to the Superdome in the backs of big 2½-ton Army trucks. Louisiana's wildlife enforcement department also brought people in on the backs of their pickups. Some were wet, some were in wheelchairs, some were holding babies and nothing else.

Downtown streets that were relatively clear in the hours after the storm were filled with 1 to 1½ feet of water this morning. Water was knee-deep around the Superdome. Canal Street was literally a canal. Water lapped at the edge of the French Quarter. Clumps of red ants floated in the gasoline-fouled waters downtown.


 http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050830/NEWS/50830015

2.5 million people without power

President Bush, who has maintained his weeks-long holiday schedule without regard to the bloodshed in Iraq, is breaking off his summer idyll two days early

In a society hooked on access to instant and overwhelming quantities of information, it was remarkable how much was unknown about the scope of the disaster wreaked by Katrina; the storm had simply destroyed much of the information network. More often than not, calls to southern Louisiana were answered by a polite recording saying that hurricane damage had rendered telephone service impossible. In most of the storm-socked area, there was no power to run computers, much less pumps to remove the water. The Times-Picayune, New Orleans's main newspaper, was doing a heroic job of covering the crisis until suddenly, at 9:40 yesterday morning, its entire staff had to evacuate the building. On CNN, harried reporters told their anchors on camera that they didn't know much more than what they could see from the hotel rooftops on which they had taken refuge.

[HERE COMES THEIR ATTEMPT TO BREAK POSSE COMMUTATUS AND THE LAW, ....] We hope that National Guard manpower, supplemented by active-duty Army troops....

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/30/AR2005083001554.html

storm surge of about 10 feet (3 meters) into Alabama's Mobile Bay. Steve Huffman, a spokesman for the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency in Alabama, said at least eight feet (2 meters) of water surged through parts of downtown Mobile, where Huffman rode out the hurricane at the agency's headquarters.

 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/08/0830_050830_katrina_damage_2.html


THE QUICK COURSE CHANGE


The last-minute gust also pushed Katrina slightly to the east of its Big Easy-bound trajectory, sparing New Orleans a direct hit.

"It was kind of an amazing sequence of events," said Peter Black, a meteorologist at the Hurricane Research Division of the federal government's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.

Katrina easily pumped itself up to a Category 5 hurricane, with top winds approaching 175 miles per hour. That afternoon a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration aircraft flying through the storm pegged its minimum barometric pressure at 902 millibars, making Katrina the fourth most powerful hurricane ever observed.

So if it wasn't so powerful, how did Hurricane Katrina inflict so much destruction? The storm's sheer size was one factor. As powerful as Hurricane Charley was, that storm's swath of destruction was only about 10 miles wide. Katrina battered everything from just west of New Orleans to Pensacola, Fla., a span of more than 200 miles. At noon Monday, hurricane force winds extended 125 miles from Katrina's center.

...region's coastline extremely vulnerable to the storm surges that hurricanes create as their winds and low pressure pile up water and push it ashore. Katrina was moving fairly slowly, about 12 to 15 mph. That gave the storm surge more time to build up as the hurricane approached the coast and then moved inland. Those circumstances made Katrina "nearly a worst-case scenario," Hurricane Research Division meteorologist Stanley Goldberg said.

 http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/5587943.html
Chertoff (implicated in 1993 WTC hit) smiles, a terrorist on top of the world
Chertoff (implicated in 1993 WTC hit) smiles, a terrorist on top of the world
New Orleans, 4/5 of city underwater from 10-20 ft.
New Orleans, 4/5 of city underwater from 10-20 ft.
New Orleans Superdome, water rising, further evacuation planned
New Orleans Superdome, water rising, further evacuation planned

Mississippi martial law counties/capital; 5 levee holes; oil reserve released 31.Aug.2005 07:25

me

80 percent of Mississippi was without power,...curfews in many counties and in the capital at Jackson

The Louisiana governor prepared to essentially shut New Orleans -- a major American city perilously close to utter ruin -- and move tens of thousands of refugees . . . somewhere.

''We've lost our city,'' said Marc Morial, a former mayor of New Orleans. ``I fear it's potentially like Pompeii.''

Overwhelmed by the number of dead, county workers marked bodies with satellite-based locator devices for later pickup.

In many counties, emergency operations centers crumbled or were swamped.

In Harrison County, 35 people swam out of their emergency operations center with life jackets on. ''We haven't heard from them,'' said Christopher Cirillo, the county's emergency medical services director.

At least 1,500 people were rescued from rooftops in New Orleans alone, and many more needed immediate assistance. For some, however, it will come too late.

In New Orleans, two levees failed -- one with a breach as wide as a football field. [later article, 5 "preliminary assessement" holes, U.S. Army Core of Engineer says] ''It appears that now the bowl is beginning to fill -- not rapidly but slowly,'' said Walter Maestri, emergency operations manager for Jefferson Parish, a county just west of New Orleans.

Workers planned to drop sandbags from helicopters into the breaches, but rescue missions took priority and no sand bags were dropped, Mayor C. Ray Nagin said, so the water kept coming. [Er, you telling me you can't do two things at once?! What FEMA fool made this decision to "rescue people" while at the same time setting up a context for endangering more? They are either serious strapped for equipment, or sadly, its intentional.]

It could take more than a month to pump it out, he said.

The narrow, debris-filled streets of the tourist-oriented French Quarter filled with more than two feet of water. Terrified by what they heard on the radio, some people ran down the streets, screaming and warning others.

Nagin told city workers to flee for their lives.

''Get out of town if you can,'' said Ed Freytag, a city worker at a temporary City Hall.

''There's nowhere, nowhere to go,'' said Robert Smith, a truck driver who fled New Orleans with his family of six and ended up stranded on Interstate 10 near Gulfport, Miss. ``There's nowhere to eat, get gas or stay.''

'People are afraid of drowning,'' said Greg Reaves, 45, who tried to flee the city but turned around after confronting high water on Interstate 10. ``I think that's what's causing the panic.''

People frantically tried to get through the water to the only exit out of town that wasn't flooded -- the Crescent City Connector, which leads westward along U.S. 90 toward Baton Rouge.

Back in New Orleans, medics converted part of the Superdome -- already the steamy home of 10,000 people [no one seems to have a clear figure for the number of people in the Superdome; ranges run from 10,000 to 20,000 now]-- into a center for scores of the injured and sick, many of them found on rooftops and street corners.

A security guard at a hotel in the French Quarter reported hearing gun shots. He wasn't able to sleep, fearful of increasingly hungry, desperate mobs.

 http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/12519080.htm

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said hundreds, if not thousands, of people may still be stuck on roofs and in attics.

Water [over 28 feet high] swamped the emergency operations center at Hancock County courthouse, ***which sits nine metres above sea level.*** The back of the courthouse collapsed.

Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said the Bush administration will release oil from the petroleum reserves to help refiners cope with shortages due to the hurricane

 http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/08/31/hurriance_
katrina_update_20050830.html


Statement of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman on Hurricane Katrina
"First of all, on behalf of myself and the entire Department of Energy family, I wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to those people affected by this terrible storm.

(PressZoom) - Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today released the following statement:

"First of all, on behalf of myself and the entire Department of Energy family, I wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to those people affected by this terrible storm.

"As with any natural disaster, the first priority is human health and safety. Restoring electricity and fuel, and doing so safely, is a priority. We began working with the Federal Energy Management Administration and other sister agencies on contingency planning before the storm came ashore, and we will work with state and local authorities to assist with the restoration of normal energy services.

"Looking at the broader impacts on the nation, we are mindful that the affected region contributes a significant amount of our oil, gas, and refined product supply. As we assess damage, we will take the appropriate response.

"The administration has been clear that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is a national security asset that can be used to protect American consumers and our economy in the event of a major supply disruption, including natural disasters.

"Beginning last week, we have been in close contact with our federal partners, site managers at various locations of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and companies that operate oil refineries to prepare for any disruption in oil production.

"As we experienced with Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve can be used to lend petroleum to refineries if they experience shortages and are therefore unable to maintain their production. Should circumstances warrant, the President also can direct that petroleum be withdrawn from the SPR and sold.

"Over the next few days, we will continue to gain more information on the specific needs and then be able to make a better determination on how we can help."

[THAT DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING. STILL NOTHING FROM THIS RESERVE RELEASED, THUS ARTIFICIALLY AND POLITICALLY HIJACKED DISRUPTIONS CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE U.S. THEY HAVE THIS RESOURCE, AND IN NOT USING IT, THEY ARE JUST INTENTIONALLY CAUSING MORE DISLOCAITON FOR THEIR POLITICAL GOALS.]


For more information, contact:
Craig Stevens, DOE Office of Public Affairs, 202-586-4940

 http://presszoom.com/story_112364.html

White House to tap reserves
Energy Secretary Bodman says U.S. will lend oil to refiners hurt by Hurricane Katrina.
August 31, 2005: 8:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Wednesday that the White House plans on tapping the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help refiners hurt by Hurricane Katrina.

Bodman said in interviews televised on CNN and other networks that officials have not determined the amount of crude oil that will be drawn from stockpiles, but that it would be a loan to refiners.

"The SPR was put in place specifically for this kind of an event," Bodman said in one interview. "We now have, in some instances, problems with getting crude to some refineries."

The reserve is the government's emergency stockpile of crude oil, which is overseen by the Energy Department. The oil reserves are estimated at more than 700 million barrels stored in underground caverns in Louisiana and Texas.

[Ta da:] U.S. crude oil prices were 21 cents lower at $69.60 in electronic trading following Bodman's [belated] comments. Crude prices had risen over $70 a barrel Tuesday before settling up $2.61 at $69.81 a barrel in New York.

[BY NOT SAYING ANYTHING, HE LED SPECULATORS MAKE A KILLING ON THE MARKET. WHO MADE THE MONEY HERE?]

An official announcement on the reserve release is expected later this afternoon, Bodman said.

 http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/31/news/spr/

nearly 700 million barrels of oil stored in underground salt caverns along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast -- was established to cushion oil markets during energy disruptions.

 http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8CAP2RG3.htm?
campaign_id=apn_home_down&chan=db

``Politically and economically they learned from Ivan,'' said Larry Goldstein, president of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation in New York. ``They learned the market doesn't wait for anybody'' and the loss of supply ``makes the economy vulnerable,'' he said.

This week, prices climbed 5.6 percent during the first two days and reached a record $70.85 a barrel yesterday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

[Ta da:] Prices retreated today after Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said he approved a company's request for oil last night. The futures contract covering October delivery was down 21 cents at $69.60 as of 8:22 a.m.

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, the largest U.S. oil-import terminal, has been shut since the storm headed toward Louisiana. The port handles about 1 million barrels of oil a day, or 11 percent of U.S. imports. [so guesstimating, U.S. importing around 10 million barrels of oil a day, and still importing the other 90%.]

About 95 percent of the Gulf region's oil production, about 1.4 million barrels a day, is still shuttered as oil companies assess damage from one of the strongest hurricanes on record.

Bodman Talks

The reserve, located in salt caverns along the Texas and Louisiana coast, holds 700 million barrels of oil. The amount is more than twice the 323 million barrels that refiners had in the week ended Aug. 24, Energy Department figures showed.

Bodman said two days ago in a statement that he began talking with companies in the storm's path last week and was assessing Katrina's impact. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the reserve is there for emergencies, including natural disasters.

``There was some forward leaning this time just to make sure that we were on our game,'' an Energy Department spokesman, Craig Stevens, said yesterday in Washington.

Ivan began disrupting production and shipments in the Gulf around Sept. 13, 2004. The administration approved the first of five oil loans on Sept. 24.

Bush, as a candidate for president in 2000, criticized President Bill Clinton's decision to release 30 million barrels from the reserve two months before the election.

`Political Decision'

Last August, Vice President Dick Cheney said the reserve should be used only for a ``dire emergency,'' such as the loss of 5 million to 6 million barrels a day of imports. That would be about a quarter of U.S. demand or almost two-thirds of Saudi Arabia's output.

``Ideological resistance'' has given way to a realization that ``the administration has erred in not providing relief to U.S. refiners when there are real supply losses,'' said David Goldwyn, president of Goldwyn International Strategies in Washington.

After Ivan hit, Bush debated whether tapping the reserve ``would look like it was a political decision when they had been so critical of Clinton releasing oil before an election,'' said Goldwyn, a former assistant U.S. energy secretary and co-editor of a book entitled ``Energy and Security: Toward a New Foreign Policy Strategy. ``Now they're not having that debate.''

Gasoline prices are also affecting the administration's response, he said. U.S. retail gasoline is 40 percent more expensive than a year ago, according to the Energy Department.

Refinery Shutdowns

At least eight U.S. oil refineries are closed because of Katrina, shutting in 1.79 million barrels of daily capacity, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Some, including Valero Energy Corp.'s St. Charles, Louisiana, refinery, may take two weeks to return to service. Others are still assessing damage. Exxon Mobil Corp.'s Baton Rouge refinery is operating at reduced rates because of a lack of adequate crude supplies.

Refineries have 11 percent more crude on hand than a year ago, according to Energy Department figures.

[IN OTHER WORDS, THE PRICE HIKE IS ENTIRELY SCAREMONGERING AND ARTIFICIAL. Oil companies are sitting on MORE private reserves--NOT LESS--than even last year!]

``Whether it makes a physical difference or not is irrelevant,'' Goldstein said. Government statements about the national stockpile had ``a very important psychological impact because they came out early.''

 http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=an_EUh7VJhPM
&refer=home

request was made on Tuesday. "We worked through it and it was approved," the official said.

Some 735 oil and natural gas rigs and platforms remained evacuated, according to the federal Minerals Management Service.

According to US government data, Katrina shut down an estimated 95 per cent of crude production and 88 per cent of natural gas output in the Gulf of Mexico - which accounts for a quarter of total US oil output.

 http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200508/s1450492.htm

Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman says it is too early to say how much oil will be released.

He said the reserve was contained in five sites, four of which are operative. The site in New Orleans is not.

Of tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), Bodman said: "Technically it's called an exchange of oil that we deliver today and that we will get oil back plus some interest, if you will, in the future. We will be tapping that today."

The extensive damage to oil platforms and refineries in the Gulf of Mexico sent crude-oil prices surging back above $70 Wednesday as the realities of the long-term effects of the hurricane took hold. Destruction to refineries that produce much of the unleaded regular and premium-grade gas used was sure to sharply tighten already tight supplies, driving prices up not only on the trading floor but also at the pumps.

Interviewed on the Fox News Channel, Bodman was asked if price gouging is taking place. [Being mealymouthed, he doesn't address the question, so basically, he says yes. What? Oil companies thinking only of their profits? Say it ain't so.]

 http://edition.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/08/31/bush.oilreserve.ap/

Prices at the pump soared overnight across Canada by as much as 20 cents a litre. Gasoline prices jumped 12 cents to about $1.13 a litre in Vancouver, and was going for $1.20 per litre in Toronto and $1.19 in Fredericton, N.B.

It is not clear whether tapping into the reserves will have a long-term effect on gas prices. [i.e., price gouging may be continuing, despite high private oil reserves--even more than last year.... You mean people are being fooled in the major media that there is a (false) direct connection between IMMEDIATE price surges that pundits claim Katrina is "causing," even though private oil refinery reserves have grown--not shrunk--since last year? People being price gouged by oil corporations on any excuse at the drop of a hat? Say it ain't so.]

 http://www.cbc.ca/story/business/national/2005/08/31/
katrina_oil_20050831.html

Tonight the White House said the US president, George Bush, was cutting short a holiday at his ranch in Texas and would be returning to Washington tomorrow, two days early. [Oh thank you! oh thank you! Now he gets to bike in DC instead, nap in the White House instead of at Crawford, etc.]

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/naturaldisasters/story/0,7369,1559099,00.html

The state is considering evacuating the 15,000 to 20,000 people in the Superdome in New Orleans, but it is surrounded by water and there are few practical ways to move such massive amounts of people, Mayor Ray Nagin said. [Who says? Unless they just really don't give a shit about these "annoying survivors" as a low priority, which is I think the clearer explanation, I really don't think they have a credible explanation for this delay--when the U.S. military is capable of holding down wars 5,000 miles away flying people in and out on a daily basis. It's all in your priorities folks. Do we invade Iraq 5,000 miles away, or do we help out the urban poor. Let's.....invade Iraq, yeah, that's the easier route.]

They would consider ways to move people by boat, and then to buses on higher ground, but admitted they had few good ideas. People might just have to stay outside on the plaza and high ground around the stadium, or without electricity in the upper tiers indoors.

"The generators are going to shut down once the water gets to a certain level," Nagin said, leaving the football stadium without any generator power inside.

Four Navy ships are racing toward the Gulf Coast with drinking water and other emergency supplies, and Red Cross workers from across the country are converging on the devastated region. The Red Cross reported it had about 40,000 people in 200 shelters across the area.

To repair one of the levees holding back Lake Pontchartrain, officials late Tuesday dropped 3,000-pound sandbags from helicopters and hauled dozens of 15-foot concrete barriers into the breach. Maj. Gen. Don Riley of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said officials also had a more audacious plan: finding a barge to plug the 500-foot hole.

The mood inside the Hyatt Regency, where at least 1,000 people had taken refuge, continued to spiral. At 4:30 a.m., New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass marched down the fourth-floor, barking out orders:

"I need all the men to come downstairs! We need to protect the food!"

A few more feet of water could wipe out the entire city water system, said Terry Ebbert, the city's homeland security chief.

The intestates are impassable, the bridges may be unstable and no one knows if the buildings can withstand the [ongoing standing water and foundation] damage brought by Katrina, the governor said after flying over the region.

Sean Jeffries of New Orleans had already been evacuated from one French Quarter hotel when he was ordered out of a second hotel Tuesday because of rising water. The 37-year-old banker - who admitted to looting some food from a nearby supermarket - said the hotel guests were told they were being taken to a convention center, but from there, they didn't know. "We're in the middle of a national tragedy," he said as he popped purloined grapes in his mouth. [Bankers loot! Say it ain't so.]

 http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/nation/12522730.htm

Early this morning, the governor of Louisiana ordered everyone still in New Orleans, whether in their homes or shelters, to leave. [However, they are refusing to do anything with them! Just gathering them at the increasingly precarious Superdome--huge generators shorting out in rising water--and low priority logistics to get them out. Come on. One full day with 100 army DUCKs making rotating trips can do it, then they are out. Drop your barge over the levy hole. Get on with it.]

Across the three U.S. states affected by the storm--Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama--nearly 2 million people are estimated to be without power. Utilities are rushing repair crews to the affected area. Dominion Resources of Virginia said it sent 200 workers to Louisiana and Mississippi; American Electric Power sent 1,000 workers, which is more than it sent to Florida last year after Hurricane Jeanne (See: "Utilities Rush to Restore Power to South").

 http://www.forbes.com/markets/2005/08/31/hurricane-energy-exports-cx_vc_
0831katrina.html

Electric companies from around the country began rushing crews to the hurricane-ravaged South on Tuesday to help restore power to an area so devastated that it could be weeks or even months before the lights come back on in many places.

"It's catastrophic. Working conditions are hazardous. It's hot and humid," said David Botkins, a spokesman for Dominion Virginia Power, which sent 200 workers to Louisiana and Mississippi. "The entire grid system in these areas is completely ruined. They're starting from scratch."

Columbus-based American Electric Power Co., the nation's largest power generator, has dispatched 1,000 workers and contractors from its operating companies, topping the 800 it sent to Florida last year to help after Hurricane Jeanne. North Carolina utilities contributed at least 1,800 workers, with some being told they will be gone at least two weeks.

"We're sending all the folks we can spare," said Melissa McHenry, an AEP spokeswoman.

Some utilities already had workers in Florida, where Katrina knocked out power to 1.45 million customers last week, and may send them to other stricken states. Other companies were holding back workers in case of outages as the hurricane dumps rain and possibly produces tornadoes as it moves north and east.

"We need to make sure we have enough people to keep the lights on in New Jersey," said Karen Johnson, spokeswoman for Public Service Electric & Gas, New Jersey's largest utility.

Twenty Massachusetts workers from Boston-based NSTAR planned to drive south Wednesday to Birmingham, Ala., in response to a request for help from Alabama Power Co.

The full extent of the damage wasn't yet known. Flooding kept crews from getting to some areas. The floodwaters will need to be drained before power crews can start to work.

In disasters, utilities concentrate first on repairing transmission lines and substations. Then crews restore power to police and fire stations, hospitals, sewage pumping stations and shelters before moving on to the areas where power can be restored to the largest number of people in the shortest time. The tradition of utilities helping each other during major outages dates back decades.

 http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2005/08/30/ap2197911.html

Governor: Everyone Must Leave New Orleans
Wednesday August 31, 2005 1:46 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The governor of Louisiana says everyone needs to leave New Orleans due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina. ``We've sent buses in. We will be either loading them by boat, helicopter, anything that is necessary,'' Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. Army engineers struggled without success to plug New Orleans' breached levees with sandbags, and Blanco said Wednesday the situation was worsening, leaving no choice but to evacuate.

To repair one of the levees holding back Lake Pontchartrain, officials late Tuesday dropped 3,000-pound sandbags from helicopters and hauled dozens of 15-foot concrete barriers into the breach. Maj. Gen. Don Riley of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said officials also had a more audacious plan: finding a barge to plug the 500-foot hole.

Riley said it could take close to a month to get the water out of the city. If the water rises a few feet higher, it could also wipe out the water system for the whole city, said New Orleans' homeland security chief, Terry Ebbert.

Blanco said she wanted the Superdome - which had become a shelter of last resort for about 20,000 people - evacuated within two days, though was still unclear where the people would go. The air conditioning inside the Superdome was out, the toilets were broken, and tempers were rising in the sweltering heat. ``Conditions are degenerating rapidly,'' she said. ``It's a very, very desperate situation.''

The Federal Emergency Management Agency was considering putting people on cruise ships, in tent cities, mobile home parks, and so-called floating dormitories - boats the agency uses to house its own employees.

A helicopter view of the devastation over Louisiana and Mississippi revealed people [still] standing on black rooftops, baking in the sunshine while waiting for rescue boats.

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu said 3,000 people have been rescued by boat and air, some placed shivering and wet into helicopter baskets.

Federal Emergency Management Agency director Mike Brown warned that structural damage to homes, diseases from animal carcasses and chemicals in floodwaters made it unsafe for residents to come home anytime soon. The sweltering city of 480,000 had no drinkable water, and the electricity could be out for weeks.

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5245444,00.html

Levees in New Orleans were breached or overflowed in at least five areas, Jim Hill, an officer with the U.S. Army's Corps of Engineers, said in a telephone interview from Baton Rouge, citing a ``preliminary'' assessment today.

``The whole water supply in the city is contaminated,'' Stahl said. ``There's everything from gas station fuel to the contents of people's toilets mixing in with the water.''

[MARTIAL LAW LEAKING OUT OF NEW ORLEANS, under euphamism of "curfews"--into Mississippi counties/capital] Curfews were in place in the coastal counties of Harrison, Jackson, and Hancock, where much of the land is flooded and also in Jones County, further north, Pollard said. The state capital [of Mississippi], Jackson...was also under curfew, and 80 percent of Mississippi was without power, he said, adding that ``very little'' looting had taken place.

80 percent of Mississippi was without power,...

 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=at8E.YPX_.
JA&refer=top_world_news
Breached Levee; neocons severely cut levee funds in run up for 'Katrina'
Breached Levee; neocons severely cut levee funds in run up for 'Katrina'

Katrina as advertisement: HAARP/chemtrails create it & offer 'solution' 31.Aug.2005 16:30

William Thomas

Bush wants "official" weather control agency to (their own words) "experiment" on the planet and the world's populations--instead of unofficial and ongoing experimentations--though it is illegal to do so due to the biological toxins being used for it as well as the treaties for the concept from 1970 and 1976 that ban it on the level Bush proposes. Mentioned above, keeping in mind the intentional cutting of New Orleans levee funding in the run up to Katrina, this is another level to the story of Katrina. Katrina was likely a military operation, it seems, more and more, to justify and point to the "need" for such legislation: a self created terror advertisement for a Congressional Bill of March 2005. This March 2005 bill aims to procure more federal funding for chemtrails and HAARP experimentations. They want authorization to experiment more on the world's weather by October 2005--despite known biologially disasterous methods they are employing now to do it, and despite leaving unaddressed the real issue: carbon in the atmosphere from oil/gas. Real solutions mean removing the oil raw material regime of the world instead of further subsidizing it with cheap fixes like chemtrails that have untold biological harm only heaped onto the other ongoing biological and planetary harms of oil and gas pollution. Two wrongs don't make a right, thogh that is the mental calculus of the neocons that want to take hostage the world's weather in addition to its energy supplies!



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Referring to the 757s recently modified for aerial spraying, the crew chief told willthomas.net, "We've got them, but I can't talk about them."

He added that many people in the air force "are aware of William Thomas" and his reporting on chemtrails. The crew chief confirmed that this reporter "has it mostly right" concerning the application and purposes behind chemtrails. But would not elaborate on my reporting.

Several years ago the US Air Force stated that it was repainting its silver aircraft white, and retrofitting its jet tanker fleet with "hush kits" to silence their engines.

Washington could be close to coming clean about chemtrails.

At least the Bush White house will soon have a legitimate weather control agency to finally "launder" one of the biggest cons ever perpetrated.

It's direct mandate is stepped-up research and development aimed at developing experimental "models, devices, equipment, materials, and processes" to change or control, "by artificial methods" the development of clouds and/or precipitation in the troposphere.

As droughts intensify under an onslaught of moisture-absorbing chemicals dispensed behind ozone-destroying jet tankers, and future towns wash away in sudden flash floods triggered by rain-inducing atmospheric tinkering, these unnatural disasters and other "inadvertent" effects of weather modification will be closely "studied" by the newly created board.

But no studies have been released on the implications of wide-scale alteration of regional atmospheric heat balances.

Large-scale weather modification is banned under the United Nations Environmental Modification Convention signed by Washington in 1970. [And electronic weather warfare is outlawed by U.N. in 1976.]

An active duty air force crew chief has described ***environmental combat missions already being flown*** by specially-outfitted C-130 Hercules transports, which can be reloaded, refueled and relaunched in just 10 minutes to continue their assault on violent storms afflicting US communities [or military assaults ON ramping UP storms to destroy communities or creating droughts to starve them out.]. Flown by regular air force pilots, these "science flights" include onboard meteorologists, who painstakingly log the results of each mission. [Max Mayfield, the current head of the Hurricane center in Miami, FL, is an Air Force Meterologist. Mayfield is very likely quite knowledable, from his prevaricating public statements above, that he is wearing another hat as "Mr. HAARP" and regularly gets this black opeations environmental combat data. As head of the Hurricane agency, he would likely get all the information from these flights, as well as be responsible for inventing the lies of official coverage of what are by now regularly chemically/electromagnetically introduced mega-storms. I note above that he spends his agencies time crafting propoganda history books, which were highlighted in Mayfield's public relations exercises, by giving one to Bush all about "100 years of naturally destructive storms." I don't really expect that Hurricane agencies don't typically ASSIGN themselves to write official history books, though ex-Air Force meterologist Mayfield's does.]

Big storm fronts and hurricanes require a vast amount of absorbent chemicals...

The crew chief added that other spray missions spread (barium) chemtrails to facilitate 3D radar mapping of the entire continental United States. He also said that the air force has been spraying storm fronts "for a long time". The military's main interest, he added, is experimentation aimed at gaining control of the weather for military use.

Stetter's first article, "White Skies" created a public relations nightmare for Greenpeace when it informed readers in January 2004 how "Thousands of people were thoroughly shocked when they realised, and were informed by Greenpeace in Germany, Switzerland and Austria that--for some reason or other--Greenpeace has no interest in the Chemtrail question whatsoever." [I've contacted them myself on the issue. They blew me off.]

Stetter believes that the Greenpeace "Rainbow Warriors" know all about the rainbows in the sky. They probably also know of geoengineering studies to reduce incoming sunlight and slow global warming issued by the National Academy of Sciences. "And they may even have taken a look at the Welsbach Patent," he writes. "But they have no idea what conclusions to draw from the chessboard pattern suspended in the Hamburg sky or the aluminium-enriched 'rainbows'.

"Supposing the word 'chemtrails' appeared in print in the Greenpeace Magazine," Stetter speculates. "How many tens of thousands of people more would look up into the sky and recognize that the supposedly Utopian "proposal" has long moved on via "spraying trials" to a systematic, long-term spreading of cloud cover over the whole of Europe?"

Former six-year a board member of Greenpeace Germany, Monika Griefahn chaired the Committee for Culture and Media of the Federal German Parliament when she replied to a letter from two chemtrails dissenters in July 2004, stating, "I am in basic agreement with your concerns. Instead of making a concerted and determined effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world, experiments of various kinds are being carried out in the earth's atmosphere in order to cure [or to mask, or even to exacerbate] the symptoms."

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Starting in October 2005? THE UNITED STATES--AND THUS THE PLANET--COULD HAVE A U.S. MILITARY RUN WEATHER MODIFICATION AGENCY USING ALUMINUM, BARIUM, AND ELECTRICAL TOXIN STRATEGIES, all done by a vote frauding illegitimate U.S. Congress's 535 mostly multi-millionaire pro-corporate legislators wanting to take over the world's weather instead of really addressing the root cause: private oil/gas lobbies and their pollutive industries that require being kicked out of world power.


Chemtrails Coming Out Of The Closet?
By William Thomas
8-31-2005

Nearly seven years after extensive "lay downs" of lingering and spreading white plumes were first reported smearing skies over across North America, Europe is in an uproar and Washington could be close to coming clean about chemtrails.

At least the Bush White house will soon have a legitimate weather control agency to finally "launder" one of the biggest cons ever perpetrated.

Introduced in the US Senate on March 1, 2005, Bill S517 calls for a US "Weather Modification Advisory and Research Board" to officially commence operations in October 2005. When passed as expected, this law will make large-scale chemical alteration of the atmosphere legal across a formerly free and beautiful land called America.

It's already happening. Less than two weeks before the bill was introduced, Linda wrote from "up here in the mountains of northeast Georgia" of the worst spray day she had ever seen. "Not one day in the past two months have we had a blue sky with normal clouds," Linda wrote. Even normal clouds "are 'laced' with whatever the hell is coming out of those white planes that have no engine sounds, even when they fly low enough to see there is no printing anywhere on the planes."

Several years ago the US Air Force stated that it was repainting its silver aircraft white, and retrofitting its jet tanker fleet with "hush kits" to silence their engines.


DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE WEATHER

Whatever fresh environmental disaster Bill S517 accomplishes, this bill will ease the way for admission of a project suspected by many and confirmed by air traffic controllers at America's biggest airports. When and if the US public demands that their government "do something" about the extreme weather pummeling their neighborhoods, Washington will be able to officially reply, "We are." [We're going to use your tax monies to make it worse and use it for weather terrorism as the U.S. military wants globally, though we are going to tell you sheep in the USA we're "taking care of you."]

Intended to "develop and implement a comprehensive and coordinated national weather modification policy," the board is tasked with coordinating state and federal weather modification efforts. It's direct mandate is stepped-up research and development aimed at developing experimental "models, devices, equipment, materials, and processes" to change or control, "by artificial methods" the development of clouds and/or precipitation in the troposphere. This weather-forming region of the atmosphere lies between Earth's surface and the stratosphere, starting around 35,000 feet.

The federal weather modifiers will now directly oversee the cloud-seeding operations currently being carried out over dozens of states to increase rain and snowfall for irrigation, electrical power and winter recreation purposes. As droughts intensify under an onslaught of moisture-absorbing chemicals dispensed behind ozone-destroying jet tankers, and future towns wash away in sudden flash floods triggered by rain-inducing atmospheric tinkering, these unnatural disasters and other "inadvertent" effects of weather modification will be closely "studied" by the newly created board.

But no studies have been released on the implications of wide-scale alteration of regional atmospheric heat balances.

Large-scale weather modification is banned under the United Nations Environmental Modification Convention signed by Washington in 1970.


CHEMTRAILS 2005

Meanwhile, recent heavy "Chemtrail" spraying over Portland, Oregon and Canada's west coast has eased off once again. Another long-time Chemtrail "hot zone", Santa Cruz, California continues reporting clear blue skies unmarked by the chemplanes' ugly scrawl.

As recently as May 2005, a Swiss resident sent photographs to Meria Heller's website, reporting: "Today was one of the heaviest Spraying in Switzerland ever."


CHEMTRAILS CLOSE-UP

Some Canadians also have their eyes wide open. in June 2005, large graffiti spray-painted on a major overpass in West Vancouver advised motorists: WAKE UP, LOOK UP, CHEMTRAILS ARE EVERYWHERE.


AIR FORCE INSIDER DESCRIBES WEATHER MOD MISSIONS

An active duty air force crew chief has described environmental combat missions already being flown by specially-outfitted C-130 Hercules transports, which can be reloaded, refueled and relaunched in just 10 minutes to continue their assault on violent storms afflicting US communities. Flown by regular air force pilots, these "science flights" include onboard meteorologists, who painstakingly log the results of each mission.

Big storm fronts and hurricanes require a vast amount of absorbent chemicals to reduce their destructive power. To achieve the fast turn-around times needed to complete their missions, flights of returning C-130s taxi to a stop and immediately commence refueling as the empty onboard spray canister is removed. as soon as the empty canister is clear of the aircraft, a waiting truck wheels a semi-trailer-size container of sky-seeding chemicals to the plane's lowered rear ramp, where it is slid inside on rails like a gigantic "soda dispenser".

The crew chief added that other spray missions spread (barium) chemtrails to facilitate 3D radar mapping of the entire continental United States. He also said that the air force has been spraying storm fronts "for a long time". The military's main interest, he added, is experimentation aimed at gaining control of the weather for military use.

Did the air force spray this year's first Caribbean hurricane, in which the western quadrant disintegrated just before making its Texas landfall? "There's no reason they wouldn't," the crew chief replied.

But C-130 turboprops would not necessarily be used to try to influence hurricanes that typically release more energy than all atomic arsenals combined. Referring to the 757s recently modified for aerial spraying, the crew chief told willthomas.net, "We've got them, but I can't talk about them."

He added that many people in the air force "are aware of William Thomas" and his reporting on chemtrails. The crew chief confirmed that this reporter "has it mostly right" concerning the application and purposes behind chemtrails. But would not elaborate on my reporting.


EUROPEAN CHEMTRAIL UPROAR

Meanwhile, the chemtrails controversy has taken Europe by storm following a series of articles by Swiss freelance journalist Gabriel Stetter in the German popular science magazine Raum+Zeit (Space and Time), circulation circa 50,000.

Stetter's first article, "White Skies" created a public relations nightmare for Greenpeace when it informed readers in January 2004 how "Thousands of people were thoroughly shocked when they realised, and were informed by Greenpeace in Germany, Switzerland and Austria that-for some reason or other-Greenpeace has no interest in the Chemtrail question whatsoever."

The Swiss government also came under public pressure to explain the checkerboards being painted in its skies. On March 5, 2004 the Environment Department in Berne, Switzerland responded to an inquiry by Rudolf Rechsteiner, Social Democratic member of parliament, admitting that "A number of ideas exist that show how it would be possible to reduce global warming by technical means, at least in the short term."

But these ideas, the government office hastened to add, "are no more than theoretical. We are not aware of any practical application of these methods, either at home or abroad."

Ten days later, Greenpeace Switzerland climate and transport expert Cyrill Studer wrote an internal memo assuring colleagues that while he had "heard of the chemtrails phenomenon," for the present, Greenpeace "will not be following up the theme of chemtrails."

Two reasons for inaction by Greenpeace climate change activists were given. First, Studer explained, "There is not a sufficiently solid scientific basis" for Greenpeace to risk its budget and reputation verifying this "supposed phenomenon". To do so, he added in his memo to Greenpeace staff, "would overstretch our capacities.Important elements of our climate campaign would suffer, particularly the promotion of energy efficiency and of renewable energies, or our active influence in present-day politics."

Outside Greenpeace's corporate offices, the controversy continued. On June 11 German Greenpeace spokeswoman Kristine Läger told concerned constituents:

The idea of reducing global warming by putting chemicals in the atmosphere has been around a long time. There are various proposals in this direction, suggesting the chemicals should be independently sprayed and that they should be mixed with the fuel of ordinary passenger aircraft. Whether in Germany such proposals have reached the point of actual realization is highly questionable. So far as we are aware there are no indications from research and observation of weather and climate that these so-called chemtrails exist. Nor are we aware of any project that has been realized in practice.. in all probability this is not happening.

But Gabriel Stetter believes that the Greenpeace "Rainbow Warriors" know all about the rainbows in the sky. They probably also know of geoengineering studies to reduce incoming sunlight and slow global warming issued by the National Academy of Sciences. "And they may even have taken a look at the Welsbach Patent," he writes. "But they have no idea what conclusions to draw from the chessboard pattern suspended in the Hamburg sky or the aluminium-enriched 'rainbows'.

"Supposing the word 'chemtrails' appeared in print in the Greenpeace Magazine," Stetter speculates. "How many tens of thousands of people more would look up into the sky and recognize that the supposedly Utopian "proposal" has long moved on via "spraying trials" to a systematic, long-term spreading of cloud cover over the whole of Europe?"

Back in Basel, Gabriel Stetter quoted unsourced opinion polls showing that in this "stronghold" of chemtrails believers, one in ten people "have already heard of them despite the media blackout. Several thousand people in the prosperous town at the bend in the Rhine know that the chemtrails phenomenon suggests that something is seriously wrong."

Among these Swiss chemtrails activists, he explained, "are well-to-do people, who because of their environmental awareness have been for a long time, in some cases for decades, members of Greenpeace."

Not any more.

"Veteran anti-nuclear activists, campaigners for animal welfare or against electrosmog-in their alarm they had all turned to Greenpeace because of the chemtrails, which are visible everywhere in the skies above Basel. But a painful experience awaited all of them. They were palmed off with the same unsatisfactory answers that we have by now grown tired of hearing. The consequence drawn by these elderly, well-to-do activists from Greenpeace's lack of interest was the immediate cancellation of membership of many years, the withdrawal of legacies, and the withholding of payments to Greenpeace until further notice."

As Brian Holmes notes on his website, www.holmestead.ca, the October 2004 issue #131 of the Raum + Zeit contained many pages of letters from readers responding positively to Stetter's first article in issue #127. "Many of these letters are illustrated with color photographs supplied by the readers themselves."


Former six-year a board member of Greenpeace Germany, Monika Griefahn chaired the Committee for Culture and Media of the Federal German Parliament when she replied to a letter from two chemtrails dissenters in July 2004, stating, "I am in basic agreement with your concerns. Instead of making a concerted and determined effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world, experiments of various kinds are being carried out in the earth's atmosphere in order to cure the symptoms."


GERMAN PARLIMENTARTIAN "ADMITS" CHEMTRAIL

Former six-year a board member of Greenpeace Germany, Monika Griefahn chaired the Committee for Culture and Media of the Federal German Parliament when she replied to a letter from two chemtrails dissenters in July 2004, stating, "I am in basic agreement with your concerns. Instead of making a concerted and determined effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world, experiments of various kinds are being carried out in the earth's atmosphere in order to cure the symptoms."

After assuring her correspondents, "I share your concern over the use of aluminium or barium compounds which have a considerable toxic potential," the parliamentarian went on to say, "however, so far as I am aware [more like unaware] the extent of their use is so far minimal."

"At last!" Stetter announced in the German science magazine. "There we have it. In the skies of Germany, so Social Democratic member of Parliament Monika Griefahn tells us, aluminium and barium compounds are being spread just as tens of thousands of concerned citizens have observed, documented and bitterly deplored."

Thanking the Honorable Griefahn her for her courage, Stetter suggested, "Maybe one day statues of politicians like Monika Griefahn or the equally plucky US Congressman Dennis Kucinich will adorn in marble splendor the squares of newly verdant German or American cities."

That would be nice.

But the public outcry in Europe will have to spread to North America if we are to stop this massive, illegal and continuing air and atmospheric pollution.

Excerpted from Convergence Weekly.

 http://www.rense.com/general67/someth.htm
"retrofitting...[white] jet tanker[s]...with 'hush kits' to silence...engines"
"experimentation aimed at gaining control of the weather for military use..."
HAARP enviro-war gets
HAARP enviro-war gets "sold as solution" instead of making problems

This was discussed on Coast To Coast last night! 31.Aug.2005 18:13

True Patriot

Did anyone listen last night? If you didn't check out the recap http://www.coasttocoastam.com. We are right on Target,If you haven't figure out who did it, I'll give you a hint, they created Ivan too, in fact the two could have been relatives and they weren't born in the Atlantic, but in a well known former "SuperPowers" domain.


SCALAR WEATHER CONTROL,FEMA NORTHCOM,OPERATION GARDENPLOT 01.Sep.2005 15:37

Trinity StarCat9@aol.com

SCALAR WEATHER CONTROL,FEMA NORTHCOM,OPERATION GARDENPLOT, FEMA REX84 CAMPS,
PEAK OIL SCAM,PSYOPS& THE TRUE FACE OF FEMA, & MORE LINKS

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH
 http://hometown.aol.com/achtung777/index.html

 link to www.libertyforum.org

StarCat
(free-thinker)
09/01/05 09:11 AM
Re: Superdome Evacuation Halted Amid Gunfire [ To: BikerNina | Post 293928665, reply to 293928360 ] (Score: 1)


THE TRUE FACE OF FEMA
See the video

Catalogs are online at
 http://freeamerican.com and  http://azthunderriders.com

SEE CLAY Douglas at CONSPIRACY CON 5

FEMA FORCED EVACUATIONS,FORCED VACCINATIONS,FORCED QUARANTINES
ZIONAZI DEATHCAMPS

FEMA Detention Camps: Re-inventing the Mousetrap
 http://www.prisonplanet.com/analysis_lavello_031603_camps.html

Print this out, save to disk for Refences,send it to family and friends
Before it goes down the memory hole!

Se also:
THE HIGH CABAL'S AGENDA'S
 http://hometown.aol.com/abfabchic1959/index.html

 link to www.libertyforum.org

StarCat
(free-thinker)
09/01/05 09:11 AM
Re: Superdome Evacuation Halted Amid Gunfire [ To: BikerNina | Post 293928665, reply to 293928360 ] (Score: 1)


THE TRUE FACE OF FEMA

Catalogs are online at  http://freeamerican.com and  http://azthunderriders.com

SEE CLAY Douglas at CONSPIRACY CON 5

FEMA FORCED EVACUATIONS,FORCED VACCINATIONS,FORCED QUARANTINES
ZIONAZI DEATHCAMPS

FEMA Detention Camps: Re-inventing the Mousetrap
 http://www.prisonplanet.com/analysis_lavello_031603_camps.html

FREE YOUR MIND!

True Face Of FEMA
True Face Of FEMA
Satellite Katrina
Satellite Katrina
DRAGON URBAN WARFARE ON CIVILLIANS
DRAGON URBAN WARFARE ON CIVILLIANS

THE TRUE FACE OF FEMA-THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT 01.Sep.2005 15:58

Trinity oldhipchic1959@aol.com

THE TRUE FACE OF FEMA-THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT

 link to www.libertyforum.org

StarCat
(free-thinker)
09/01/05 09:11 AM
Re: Superdome Evacuation Halted Amid Gunfire [ To: BikerNina | Post 293928665, reply to 293928360 ] (Score: 1)


THE TRUE FACE OF FEMA

 link to www.libertyforum.org

Re: Superdome Evacuation Halted Amid Gunfire

FEMA FORCED EVACUATIONS,FORCED VACCINATIONS,FORCED QUARANTINES
ZIONAZI DEATHCAMPS

FEMA Detention Camps: Re-inventing the Mousetrap
 http://www.prisonplanet.com/analysis_lavello_031603_camps.html

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH
 http://hometown.aol.com/achtung777/index.html
OPERATION GARDENPLOT,FEMA,REX84 Concentration Camps, Executive Orders,
FEMA "TERROR DRILLS",PSYOPS, TAVISTOCK, & MORE LINKS

A Troop Carrier just flew over my house in Fort Worth.
The Helicopters are flying
My daughter reported something strange happening at her school today,
There was a fire drill, the alarms went off. They were having lunch in
the cafeteria, told to get outside.
Then, they were told to go back in, to class.
The Fire Department was there.
Then, they were told to get out of the class
to go back outside.
I think that they were preparing one more time
One last "Drill".
Parents be on guard for FEMA to grab our children.
for OPERATION GARDENPLOT
FEMA's plan to spirit the children away!

FEMA is Flying people to Fort Worth where I live
Where?? To Carswell JOINT RESERVE BASE?
Which is a Concentration Camp!

THE HIGH CABAL'S AGENDA'S
 http://hometown.aol.com/abfabchic1959/index.html

Watching CNN
Saw a woman interviewed
They{FEMA) are trying to take these peoples Children
these people feel like Hostages
(they ARE!)

"Five to one baby
one in five
no one here gets
out alive" ~THE DOORS~

print this out, copy to disk for future reference
before the shut down the internet
before the links go down the memory hole

TRUE FACE OF FEMA
TRUE FACE OF FEMA
KATRINA SATELLITE IMAGE
KATRINA SATELLITE IMAGE
DRAGON MARINES ARE URBAN TERRORISTS
DRAGON MARINES ARE URBAN TERRORISTS

More links and References 08.Oct.2006 11:47

StarCat/Trinity/Provocative1/ (The Phantom Of LibertyForum) abfabchick1959@aol.com

THE HIGH CABAL'S AGENDA'S:PART3
 http://hometown.aol.com/phantomoflf/index.html

THE HIGH CABAL'S AGENDAS:PART2
 http://hometown.aol.com/abfabchick1959/index.html

THE HIGH CABAL'S AGENDAS
 http://hometown.aol.com/abfabchic1959/index.html