portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reporting global

9.11 investigation | imperialism & war

Was Hurricane Katrina a "substitute nuclear terror drill" plan for NORTHCOM activation?

IS "KATRINA" A TEST OF THE US/NATO VENEZUELAN INVASION? Instead of a nuclear oriented "terror drill" that would target Iran, was watery Katrina the "rehearsal" element for Plan Balboa, the US/NATO invasion of Venezuela? "Chavez was quoted as saying late Friday night that the military exercise known as 'Plan Balboa,' includes REHEARSING SIMULTANEOUS ASSAULTS by air, sea and land at a military base in Spain, involving troops from the United States and NATO countries." Hey, the same thing happened with Katrina--since you had Northcom (with its NATO personnel) involved in the U.S. being militarily mobilized.) --- Is a potential HAARP'ed Hurricane Katrina the "substitute" for the failed "go live" nuclear terror drill of 8/11, cancelled after Gen. Byrnes was arrested and the resultant press about it? The SAME EFFECT of a Northcom "drill" in 8/11 becomes a Northcom martial law in the Southeastern United States, though a different target without the nuclear issue that was connected to Iran--with Halliburton selling Iran the nuclear stuff. --- Not helping people, mind you, just creating a context for martial law. Is is necessary to declare martial law to not really hand out food and medicines? No. So look for other understandings of "Katrina." --- Instead of that nuclear terror drill "going live" to active Northcom and fingering Iran, they used Katrina and activate Northcom just the same on the August 2005 schedule and practice 'Plan Balboa'. IT doesn't link up with the nuclear angle for attacking Iran, though it seems that the US/NATO fleet is heading for Venezuela instead! --- Regardless, the Northcom "go live" activiation planned for August 2005 happens due to Hurricane Katrina. Read the below links for drawing out these connections...

newswire article reporting global 28.Jul.2005 16:55
9.11 investigation | imperialism & war | media criticism
FEMA / NORTHCOM / MOSSAD 'Sudden Response 05' "drill" in August--cover for Bush's Iran attack?
author: Bush watch


newswire article announcements global 06.Sep.2005 11:06
police / legal | social services
A must read - Trapped in NOLA, first by flood, then by martial law
[and the comments]


"Russian Intelligence analysts further report that the foreign mercenary troops under the command of NORTHCOM have been sent into those areas most affected and that the American citizens and refugees can expect 'nothing short of brutal' treatment as these soldiers do not know .... nor do they care ... for the rights or freedoms of these people."


Hurricane Katrina STEERED for New Orleans? 3000 Louisiana Nat. Guard off in Iraq bogus war
author: impeach the vacationing Bush
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.

comment here:

International Troops of NORTHCOM activated for martial law in Katrina areas! 01.Sep.2005 03:33

god, they are so devious. This is real. International troop cohorts in the USA authorized as the mobilized groups for martial law in Katrina aras by "our" Pentagon.

" The [neocon] Federal Emergency Management Agency asked the [neocon] Pentagon to activate its [neocon INVENTED] U.S. Northern Command's JOINT TASK FORCE in case troops were needed... We're gonna be reinventing New Orleans," said Bill Lokey, regional director of FEMA. [It's easier to do that once we have destroyed it, you see.]" The attempt to crumble the Posse Commutatus cookie has an internationalist feel... And most of Northcom is actually NATO staffed.



NORTHCOM IS STAFFED MOSTLY BY NATO PERSONNEL. NORTHCOM's invention as a mega supranational military organization encompassing Canada, the United States, and Mexico "jurisdiction" as a WAR PLANNING theatre without borders over the whole North American continent--was "JUSTIFIED" in its invention OFF the BOGUS "9-11 OFFICIAL STORY." NORAD on 9-11 was headed by General Eberhart, who was likely, as head of NORAD then, was in charge of the coordination of NORAD war gaming on 9-11 that led to disjunct "response" to what was in essence a self-hit by the police and military of the United States on itself: self-hitting the Pentagon and New York City to pass the PATRIOT police state legislation sight unseen, salted with a little CIA-contract weaponized military-grade anthrax traced to domestic supplies of bioweaponry at Ft. Detrick, Maryland and a handful of other top secret U.S. domstic sources.

Bush and his whole cabinet were on the anthrax specific drug Cipro before the anthrax surfaced: in Florida (taking out an anti-Bush newspaper editor who published "drunk Jenna" pics); in the mailboxes of the only two members of Congress who were leading opposition to the draconian PATRIOT act that was delivered to Congress by Bush to sign off on immediately after 9-11 (it had alrady been written up before 9-11), Daschle and another [Daschle taken out later when anthrax misses by using e-vote fraud in his state, he "loses" his unauditable electronic election in his state in 2002].

Instead of anyone caring in the least bit that this is an open faced neocon coup agains the U.S., or caring that the anthrax attack was a domestic military operation on the Congress, or anyone caring for punishing Eberhart for his 9-11 inactions, Eberhart was rewarded for his lack of service and becomes becomes first head of the larger internationalist responsibilities of NORTHCOM. General Myers as well, on 9-11 in charge of the Pentagon response and failing diasterously, has his promotion hearings started up on Sept. 13. Myers and Eberhart are close friends. They are really into "space war" and what Rummy calls the "revolution in military affairs" a move to creating a global surveillance grid of high tech weaponry, space laser cannons, and other exotics--while demoting the whole concept of troops as important for the Army.

After 9-11, NORTHCOM is invented because "9-11 obviously showed a hole in our national defenses (sic)." However, last time that I am aware off--and Northcom was only invented after 9-11--this continental and international war theater was activiated on the flimsy excuse of the "DC sniper". Oh yeah, a DC sniper, so activate a continental international military organization, largely staffed with NATO.

Now with the 9-11 pretexts unravelling as the bald lie it is in their faces, there seems to be nothing that they will not do to rush through a flimsy pretext anymore, eh?


Twilight overture ends. Here comes the real first act.

Article quotes:

"The [neocon] Federal Emergency Management Agency asked the [neocon] Pentagon to activate its [neocon INVENTED] U.S. Northern Command's joint task force in case troops were needed... We're gonna be reinventing New Orleans," said Bill Lokey, regional director of FEMA." [It's easier to do that once we have destroyed it, you see.].

FEMA is led by Mike Brown, inserted into FEMA just before 9-11 as mere "counsel", and later, mere months after 9-11, finds himself in charge of all of FEMA, which is quickly inserted into the Department of Homeland Security. That is of course invented by the neocons as well. The neocon Pentagon is/was headed by Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz, both tight with the Bush family for over 30 years, during Nixon and Ford administations. Wolfowitz and George H. W. Bush was the CIA Director work together on "Team B", the beginnings of the rabid pro-imperial Christian Zionist military alliance back in the late 1970s. Third, NORTHCOM was started up under Eberhart, who likely oversaw the 9-11 standwown, when he was head of NORAD then. All have "9-11 beneficiary" written all over them.

I think a global chess game is opening on the board of the United States, with these NORTHCOM international NATO personnel mobilized for domestic troop action on the Gulf Coast states.

Meanwhile, Americans fend for themselves:

"...[D]ozens of fishermen from up to 200 miles away floated in on caravans of boats to pull residents out of flooded neighborhoods." [Fishermen? Wha? Is this the Fishermans Emergency Management Agency? So much for the real FEMA, set up more to be a population panic management organization, a news censorship organization, and a local police jurisdictional suspension organization whenever convenient "emergencies" happen to crop up.

"On some of the few roads that were still passable, people waved at passing cars with empty water jugs, begging for relief. Hundreds of people appeared to have spent the night on a crippled highway. [Let's hear it for FEMA, oh, sorry, I mean the Department of Homeland Security and NORTHCOM. New Orleans is just another pretext for them, plus the whole levee defunding issue by the neocons shows their misapplied funding and concerns, or perhaps evidence of forethought. More at the link below.]

"As the sense of desperation [and abandonment by the government] deepened in New Orleans, hundreds of people wandered up and down Interstate 10, pushing shopping carts, laundry racks, anything they could find to carry their belongings. Sections of Interstate 10, the only major freeway leading into New Orleans from the east, lay shattered, dozens of huge slabs of concrete floating in the floodwaters. I-10 is the only route for commercial trucking across southern Louisiana."

...said people will not be allowed back into their homes for at least a month or two. With food and water scarce and looters running rampant in some neighborhoods, officials declared martial law and prepared to abandon... [so are they just going to kill off everyone left?] prompting authorities to send more than 70 additional officers and an armed personnel carrier into the city. No witnesses for what is about to happen there. They will simply kill in target practice if possible, perhaps practicing urban warfare?] Police officers were asking residents to give up any guns... [However, a showdown is in the making because] A giant new Wal-Mart in New Orleans was looted, and the entire gun collection was taken, ...

[Other reports up to 51,000 National Guard/Northcom in the area]



communications in/around New Orleans being purposely jammed & severed by FEMA/Northcom

The President of Jefferson Parish Aaron Broussard told Meet the Press today that FEMA cut his parish's emergency communications lines and he had to have his sheriff restore the severed lines and post armed deputies to ensure that FEMA did not try to cut the communications lines again. Broussard's statement: "Yesterday--yesterday--FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, 'No one is getting near these lines.'"

Jamming radio and other communications such as television signals is part of a Pentagon tactic called "information blockade" or "technology blockade." ... is psychological operations (PSYOPS) methods used by the US Special Operations Command. Jamming is currently being used by US forces in Iraq and was used by the US Navy in the botched coup attempt against President Hugo Chavez in April 2002--and now it is being used in New Orleans. New Orleans is being treated as a war theatre, a test plot for domestic invasion by the Penatagon.

US Navy ships off the Venezuelan coast jammed diplomatic, military, emergency services, police, and even taxi cab frequencies in Caracas and other large cities. "'When they talk about 'technology blockade,' they want to be able to block data going into or out of a certain region of the world that they may be attacking."'"



Katrina and planned invasion of venezuela - stuff to ponder
09:01 Sep-06 (1 comment)

Russian journalist Sorcha Faal writes: Russian Military Analysts are reporting today that a 'significant' portion of the US Navy Armada that had been heading towards their country's devastated southern regions have turned towards South America. Reports state a planned Invasion of Venezuela to overthrow its President and reassert 'control' over Venezuela's vast oil reserves. The Venezuelan President having been notified of this most troubling development has ordered his military forces to be on top alert...

As reported by the Miami Herald News Service in an article entitled "Chavez: US, NATO planning an attack": "Venezuela has uncovered plans for a NATO US-led invasion and is preparing to defend the country

Chavez was quoted as saying late Friday night that the military exercise known as ''Plan Balboa',' includes REHEARSING SIMULTANEOUS ASSAULTS by air, sea and land at a military base in Spain, involving troops from the United States and NATO countries.


Cheney/Halliburton sold Iran nuclear equip. in '04 to justify '05 Cheney planned attack [failed to work out....quite yet]

Was Katrina the "rehearsal" for Plan Balboa?

QDR 2005 - The Perfect Storm 28.Sep.2005 08:20


It seems some people who are involved in the 2005 QDR process are obsessed with "The Perfect Storm"....

And the response to hurricane Katrina seemlessly matches the objectives of the Pentagon, as stated in the new "Quadrennial Defense Review" and the "Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support": To redefine the homeland defense mission of the Pentagon, to enable active duty soldiers to be deployed inside the US by Northcom, and the weakening or abolishment of the Posse Comitatus Act, the legislation prohibiting the military to be involved in domestic law enforment.

Furthermore if you compare the current "Able Danger" saga with the objectives of the Pentagon to be involved in domestic surveillance and counterterrorism, and to ease cooperation with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, you will find out that "Able Danger" is cleverly designed to reinforce the idea that the Pentagon should be allowed to involve itself in domestic surveillance.

After all such reform -in retrospect- could have resulted in the arrest of Mohammed Atta in 2000, and possible even the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

That is, if you want to believe their story.

Pentagon is about to be transformed into a slaughterhouse for sacred cows
By Jack Kelly
February 9, 2005

The Quadrennial Defense Review is an examination of defense strategy that occurs in the first year of a presidential term. Normally, the military services hold most of the card in these reviews, because the defense secretary and his aides customarily are new at their jobs, so they defer to what the services say they need, said Work, who was an aide to the Secretary of the Navy during the last QDR.

But this year, he said, a "perfect storm" is brewing.

QDR Powerpoint Presentation
QDR 2005 — "a perfect storm"

Pentagon Pressed to Cut Its Budgets
"There are hard choices to make, so this could turn into the perfect storm if you really want something significant to come out of this QDR," Krepinevich said.

The gathering Pentagon storm
By Arnaud de Borchgrave/Harlan Ullman
April 08, 2005

The ingredients for a raging storm are gathering around the Pentagon. Any one, under the wrong circumstances and wrongly handled, will have destructive effect and could even reach tsunami proportions.

Weathering the QDR
In the upcoming defense review, the Air Force could face a "perfect storm" of pressures.

Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D.

Budget analysts use the "perfect storm" metaphor too much, but maybe it's no coincidence that the hurricanes in Sebastian Junger's book of the same name occurred off the New England coast.

March 10, 2004

In the next two years, we will find ourselves in the midst of "the perfect storm"
 link to www.house.gov


Just as the September 11th attacks were perfect for executing the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review, it seems that Hurricane Katrina was exactly what the Pentagon needed to implement the upcoming 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review and especially the Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support.

Department of Defense Releases the Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support
June 30, 2005

A PDF version of the strategy is available at:

The Department of Defense announced today the release of the Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support, a first-ever document that addresses DoD's roles in the homeland defense mission and support to civil authorities.

Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England called the Strategy, "the next significant milestone in reshaping the department's approach to homeland defense." England said, "It constitutes the department's vision for transforming homeland defense and civil support capabilities and will improve significantly the department's ability to counter threats of the 21st Century."

Military Expands Homeland Efforts
Pentagon to Share Data With Civilian Agencies
By Bradley Graham
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 6, 2005; A01

A new Pentagon strategy for securing the U.S. homeland calls for expanded U.S. military activity not only in the air and sea -- where the armed forces have historically guarded approaches to the country -- but also on the ground and in other less traditional, potentially more problematic areas such as intelligence sharing with civilian law enforcement.

The strategy is outlined in a 40-page document, approved last month, that marks the Pentagon's first attempt since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to present a comprehensive plan for defending the U.S. homeland.

The document does not ask for new legal authority to use military forces on U.S. soil, but it raises the likelihood that U.S. combat troops will take action in the event that civilian and National Guard forces are overwhelmed. At the same time, the document stresses that primary responsibility for domestic security continues to rest with civilian agencies.

"The role of the military within domestic American society, both by law and by history, has been carefully constrained, and there is nothing in our strategy that would move away from that historic principle," said Paul McHale, the Pentagon's assistant secretary for homeland defense.

Still, some of the provisions appear likely to draw concern from civil liberties groups that have warned against a growing military involvement in homeland missions and an erosion of long-established barriers to military surveillance and combat operations in the United States.

"It's a mixed message," said Timothy H. Edgar, a national security specialist with the American Civil Liberties Union. "I do see language in the document acknowledging limits on military involvement, but that seems at odds with other parts of the document. They seem to be trying to have it both ways."

The document, titled "Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support," was signed June 24 by acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and is now a basis for organizing troops, developing weapons and assigning missions. It was released late last week without the sort of formal news conference or background briefing that often accompanies major defense policy statements.

The strategy draws a distinction between the "lead" role that the Pentagon intends to play in bolstering these long-established air and sea missions and the "support" role still envisioned for U.S. land operations.

Legal barriers to sending the armed forces into U.S. streets have existed for more than a century under the Posse Comitatus Act. Enacted in 1878, the law was prompted by the perceived misuse of federal troops after the Civil War to supervise elections in the former Confederate states.

Over the years, the law has come to reflect a more general reluctance to involve the military in domestic law enforcement, although its provisions have been amended from time to time to allow some exceptions, including a military role in putting down insurrections, in assisting in drug interdiction work, and in providing equipment, training and advice.

Along with civil liberties groups, many senior Pentagon officials have tended to be wary of seeing troops operate on U.S. soil. Military commanders argue that their personnel are not specifically trained in domestic security, and they worry that homeland tasks could lead to serious political problems.

Still, the Pentagon has established new administrative structures in recent years in recognition of a growing military contribution to homeland defense. It set up the Northern Command in 2002 to oversee military operations in the United States. It created a new assistant secretary for homeland defense. And it designated a one-star general on the Joint Chiefs of Staff to work on the issue.

Additionally, the National Guard has been building small "civil support teams" to provide emergency assistance in the wake of a chemical, biological, nuclear or high-explosive attack. By the end of 2007, 55 of the 22-person teams are due -- at least one for each state and U.S. territory.

The new strategy notes that the Guard "is particularly well suited for civil support missions" because it is "forward deployed in 3,200 communities," exercises routinely with local law enforcement and is accustomed to dealing with communities in times of crisis. Indeed, Guard leaders have welcomed an expanded homeland security role.

But they have also argued for allowing the Guard to retain its overseas combat missions, concerned that a sole focus on civil support would undermine the Guard's ability to serve as a strategic reserve and to fight in future wars.

The new strategy calls for the development of larger sets of "modular reaction forces" to be staffed by the Guard for dealing with the aftermath of mass-casualty attacks. Officials said the composition of these forces is under discussion as part of this year's Quadrennial Defense Review, a Pentagon-wide reassessment of missions, weapons and forces.

But the homeland defense strategy also explicitly rejects the idea of dedicating these additional Guard forces to the civil support mission, saying they will remain "dual mission in nature."

The 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review: New Missions in Homeland Security and Post-Conflict Operations?
by Jack Spencer and Kathy Gudgel
August 10, 2005
WebMemo #816

The Military Role in Homeland Defense - A Historical Perspective
The United States government has addressed the role of the military in past strategic reviews. Two documents that went into some detail about this issue are the Pentagon's Bottom-Up Review (1993) and the Executive Summary of the Hart-Rudman Commission (2001). Both of these documents discussed many of the critical homeland defense themes that are currently being debated. Their recommendations provide a strong framework for the new QDR to build upon. With these documents in mind, the QDR must:

- Be strategic, not departmental. Fundamental findings, recommendations, etc. must be put in writing.

- Be a national study, not a Department of Defense study.

- Be careful about declarative statements, such as who has the "primary mission" in certain situations. The QDR should have a declarative statement that the Guard and Reserves have responsibilities both in homeland defense and overseas.

- Define and specify in writing the active Army's role is in defending the homeland.

- Take the time to get the perspective of first responders and leaders in homeland defense—police, firefighters, EMTs, and the National Guard. It is important to think about military response in case of a domestic emergency. In the wake of 9/11, for example, the National Guard helped overcome gaps in civilian leadership on the ground; assisted first responders to act organizationally, not individually; provided discipline and an established chain of command; and provided unique capabilities.

Foreign Disasters: Lessons for the Pentagon's Homeland Security Efforts
by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Executive Memorandum #979
August 29, 2005

Weathering the QDR
In the upcoming defense review, the Air Force could face a "perfect storm" of pressures.

Commonwealth Institute: Quadrennial Defense Review 2005

Oil Storm 2005: Accurate Prediction of Katrina ? 28.Sep.2005 08:26


Oil Storm examines what happens when a Category 6 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico slams into Louisiana, crushing the city of New Orleans and crippling the vital pipeline for refined oil. It was a story set in the hurricane season on this (2005) year, and was aired in June 2005.

This fictional storm was to hit New Orleans on or around September 5th, 2005

In the documentary, the storm is followed a few weeks later by unrest in Saudi Arabia which further drives up the oil prize to $150 a barrel

FX Networks: Oil Storm


Oil Storm examines what happens when a Category 6 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico slams into Louisiana, crushing the city of New Orleans and crippling the vital pipeline for refined oil that is Port Fourchon. It examins the ripple effect of that event and the ensuing cascade of disasters associated with it, through the eyes of public officials, a family in Texas who own a gas station, an EMS worker in Boston who has to deal with a brutal winter, and a ranching family in South Dakota who have their subsidy's completely taken away and question whether we need oil or food to survive.

As the country reels from the loss of life and energy reserves associated with hurricane's fury, the price of crude oil skyrockets and the United States government sets forth to take immediate action. It puts in motion efforts to rebuild the infrastructure of Port Fourchon (8 months minimum) and the sagging and disabled deep sea rigs in the Gulf of Mexico (of equal length). It re-routes activity normally associated with the Port Fourchon shipping lanes to the Port of Houston and compels Houston to work 24/7 in order to get the crude to our refineries and out to the public.

As gas lines quickly begin and the price per gallon pases three dollars, the government reaches out to our good friends in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, to increase its oil production. However the decision by the Saudi's to help the Americans inflames an already unsteady Muslim population in that country already emboldened by the continuing challenges of the war in Iraq. Extremists' interests then commit a terrorist act in an upscale shopping mall in Riyadh, killing some 300 Americans employed by multi-national oil companies in the country. With big business directly impacted and the need for more oil keen, the United States government agrees to send American troops to Saudi Arabia to help protect the oil infrastructure.

Meanwhile, in Houston, the increased activity in their notoriously narrow shipping channels has inadvertently created another challenge to the oil crisis, when two large tankers collide, created a huge oil spill that shuts the channel down completely for an extended period of time.

As the country absorbs the Houston blow and anticipates increased production from the Saudi's, those same terrorist interests strike again by assassinating the Saudi Oil Minister responsible for advocating the deal with the US and then, in an enormous act of cowardice, those same terrorists blow up sections of the huge Ras Tanura facility on the outskirts of Riyadh killing a vast number of American soldiers sent there to protect the infrastructure.

Lines at the gas pumps are the least of our worries. As the country grieves, winter has set in and heating oil is not only expensive, it's often not available. Many in the country die from the cold. So the government turns to Russia for help and strikes a deal for 3 million barrels of oil per week for the foreseeable future. The Russians however are compelled to shop the deal to the other, largest consumer of energy in the world, China. The Chinese outbid the Americans for the oil, leaving the United States diplomatically exposed and with growing chaos on our streets.

As the year of 2005 continues, the true spirit of American sacrifice emerges. Aspects of a new agrarian philosophy take root, alternative sources for energy are put on a fast track and the basic decency of Americans rises to the occasion as the country attempts to take care of itself in ways that hearken back to a more simple time.

While this occurs, the United States government step into the Russian oil deal and with diplomatic skill, heretofore abandoned, manages to put the deal back on track changing the course for the oil from China to the States.

As the story concludes, an awakened populace reconciles its losses and learns more about the character of our great nation. Our government expends all its financial, political and diplomatic resources to get the country's infrastructure back on track. And our country emerges from these terrible events, stronger and more dedicated to protecting the American way of life; a way of life that now means a permanent gas price of almost 4 dollars a gallon.

But something nobler comes to pass. We are now amid a great shift into the future, a future filled with renewed purpose and renewed exploration of all means at our disposal for survival in a world that is not the world of our parents, but the world of our children. It's a world that does not forego oil as an energy source, but rather creates a more healthy association with it. It's a world that invigorates, in real terms, a look at all forms of energy creating an approach to that vital industry that will allow our children to thrive in the 21st Century.

Oil Storm Trailer (pretty short though)

Oil Storm (2005) (TV)
Directed by James Erskine

Writing credits
James Erskine (co-writer)
Caroline Levy (co-writer)

Genre: Drama / Thriller

Plot Outline: documentary-style footage reveals the aftermath of disastrous events that disrupt the flow of oil to the United States.

Credited cast:

Melody Chase .... Hazel Knowle
Liev Schreiber .... Narrator (voice)
Lance E. Nichols .... Frank Milner
Mark Krasnoff .... John Hamel
Roland Uribe .... Jack Roden (as Hector Roland Urbie)
Lee Ritchey .... Ed Matthews
Peter Malof .... Bob Knowle
Michael Sarell .... Joe Knowle
Steven Chester Prince .... Howard Gibbons
Kortney Adams .... Estelle Sanders
Brady Coleman .... Adam McGruff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim Carrell .... Boston Riot Leader
Jason Harper .... Protester
Ayden Smalling .... Elliot Knowle
Ken Thomas .... Reporter
Santiago Villalobos .... Protestor

Runtime: USA:120 min (including commercials)
Country: UK / USA
Language: English
Color: Color

User Comments:

This was an interesting presentation and makes you think about some things. And that's probably what will scare pro-Bush "values voters", having to think about these issues. For them, they'll immediately dismiss it as propaganda, switch back to FOX "News" Channel and stick their heads back in the sand.

For a TV disaster film with a lot of potential to be bad (see the cheese pile known as "10.5"), it is very well done, especially the writing. Cutting together real footage and fictional interviews & staged "events", "Oil Storm" is deeply engaging and VERY believable. Despite the constant reminders that it is a work of fiction, you often feel you're watching a real documentary.

The actors play a huge role in selling it too because without their low-key and subtle performances, it wouldn't have worked. We've all seen fake documentaries where the actors are so bad, the lines so stilted and nail-on-the-head, you know you're watching a fake. With the exception of the teenage son, the entire cast connect with you like real people facing historic crisis.

Also, the narrator plays a valuable role in selling "Oil Storm" as real. His voice is familiar (History Channel, if I remember correctly) and credible in the documentary format. He does a quality job taking you through the series of events set in the future, as though they happened a few years ago.

Most of all, this film presents the harsh reality of just how interdependent and fragile our economy is. For every scenario the film presents, I'd find myself saying, "Well, then I'd just do this...", only to find out oil has an effect on aspects of our lives we never would have imagined. Life becomes more complicated than "I'll just take a bike to work!" While the catalyst events portrayed in "Oil Storm" are fictional and arguably a little unrealistic, there are a number of situations which could throw us into the bottom line - a massive oil shortage. The film is effective in making a strong case for moving the country away from our dependency on foreign oil.