Bush wants more power to sit on ass in national emergencies,& military arrest people, etc.
Impeach this month-long vacationing, negligent, treasonous, psychopathic "fiddling while Rome burns" twit. Call his bluff and impeach him. Call his bluff and send him to jail for the Plame Case, for rigged elections, for 9-11, etc.
"They're trying to say that greater federal authority would have made a difference," said George Haddow, a former FEMA deputy chief of staff... "The reality is that the feds are the ones that screwed up in the first place."
Bush has already allowed international armed troops (Dutch, Mexican, Canadian) to "police" the areas of the South. Wake up dummies. Wake up. FEMA has been building million person camps in the midwest now through israeli contractors for the last few years.
KATRINA TIMELINE below showing Bush's team's willful negligence and malice in creating a "non-response disaster" and with FEMA impeding help for the people in the area instead of aiding.
September 17, 2005
Bush: Katrina Failure = gimme more power
Filed under: Katrina, US Govt, headline news ben @ 4:14 am
Bush says he may need more power in disasters
He wants Congress to look into whether presidential authority should be expanded in times of catastrophes like Katrina.
- Props to SpeakSpeak
Bush wants the power to order the military to arrest people in the US. Currently, the military is barred by the Posse Comitatus Act from arresting people in the US.
Protests can be declared "emergencies" for soldiers to arrest protestors.
Taken in the context of 100,000 dead in Iraq on a war of choice, could those same twisted decision makers allow thousands to suffer and die as an excuse to gain more power? And knowing the Republican Rubber Stamp Congress, you know this is going to happen. In effect we're looking at the beginning of The Clampdown. In a few weeks? months? Soldiers on US Soil arresting citizens and locking them away indefinitely. Holy shit!
I suggest town hall meetings everywhere, demand airtime on your local 'public' radio station- create a Bill of Rights safety zone in your community- get your local cops (who are hopefully good people) on your side.
We don't need soliders arresting American citizens- ever!
We don't need to lock away American citizens without a trial.
People argue that good cops wouldn't take out dissenters. This is not like the Nazis rounding up people and locking them up in camps... ... Yet. It's getting very close to that. Local cops won't burst into someone's home with a gun, but *some* troops will. Could closed military bases be turned into detainment camps? Just last week on the Floor of the House, Cynthia Mckinney said that in 1987 there was a government plan in case of a black uprising: martial law, detainment camps, using the military against American citizens.
Please send this to all of your Republican aquaintences. Do they buy this bit about the Katrina failure leading to using the military against our own citizens? What about locking away citizens without a trial- why does that make us safer?
Tags: impeach, bush, katrina, failure,
6 Responses to "Bush: Katrina Failure = gimme more power"
1. ben Says:
September 17th, 2005 at 8:19 pm
related story from Knight-Ridder News
Two days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, President Bush went on national television to announce a massive federal rescue and relief effort.
But orders to move didn't reach key active military units for another three days... .
"They're trying to say that greater federal authority would have made a difference," said George Haddow, a former FEMA deputy chief of staff... "The reality is that the feds are the ones that screwed up in the first place."
2. kluster phux Says:
September 17th, 2005 at 9:34 pm
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3. wil3ur Says:
September 18th, 2005 at 12:52 am
Come on, FEMA has been building million person camps in the midwest now through israeli contractors for the last few years, they're near completion. We'll have much more secure locations that abandoned military bases. We'll need those to run your local CIA/DHS operations out of.
4. Andrew Says:
September 18th, 2005 at 2:18 am
So people are reeling in shock only now? It's just now beginning to hit home to the sleeping American people just what the Bush Regime is up to? Poor stupid fools. Some of us have been aware for a long time of what is coming down. Others have known as far back as 35 to 40 years ago what was going to happen.
People had better get their heads out of their asses and be ready to band together.
5. PatM Says:
September 18th, 2005 at 3:11 am
This is just the tip of the iceburg melt down... breaking news. My friend Karl Johnson has been given the green light by his lawyer to announce an upcoming trial of incredible signifigance. It is People vs. George Herbert Walker Bush. The case is Theft of monies from European Bank... 397 accounts by the CIA under direction of Mr.G.H.W Bush. This trial will be taking place the middle of next week. I will have the specific day and time Sunday night.
My friend is looking to get this out on the internet, willing to do interviews wherever he can and what ever is needed to get this brought to the light. Any suggestions are welcome. He has all the documentation neccesary to prove what the trueth is, including audits.
link to benfrank.net
Title: OPERATION KATRINA, the creation of Bushistan, & further destruction of Constitutional U.S.
Author: impeach Bush the open Traitor now!
Date: 2005.09.10 10:13
Description: No one has to obey an unConstitutional order. Got that National Guard? OPERATION KATRINA is:
OPERATION KATRINA is:
1. HAARPICANE right turn in middle of Gulf of Mexico to target New Orleans, then another odd veer to miss it only by 10-15 miles, hitting major oil rig areas. 300 mile wide storm.
2. clear New Orleans after U.S. Supreme Court ruled on "corporate eminent domain" where no one's property is safe from state backed corporate confiscation if someone submits a business plan on how much more money they "could" make (just a projection, though!) with your property. No one's property is safe. This is breaking the Constitution, an impeachable offense.
3. excuse for Northcom activation, i.e., international troop authorization for New Orleans areas. This is breaking the Constitution, an impeachable offense. Mexican troops will be in Katrina areas. Mexican troops are armed and in convoys.
4. excuse for FEMA activation. FEMA spends most of its money on building underground bases in a black budget, instead of on environmental rescue. FEMA is only a small section of DHS, headed by Israeli/U.S. dual citizen Rabbi Chertoff.
5. excuse for corporate subsidized 'development' and "urban renewal", 100 billion dollars estimated federal funds available. Bush 2004 Campaign head Joe Allbaugh (previously of war profiterring of Iraq, and Bush's 9-11 FEMA head, before Michael Brown) rushes to organize "private corprate response to Katrina." In other words, use his Bush and FEMA connections to get disaster contracts for Bush connected organizations. Profit all the way.
6. NATO's "dry run" of Plan Balboa: test out Plan Balboa's "rehearsal" (it is written into the plan), including electronic jamming of communication over large civilian areas, stopping/arresting of media, as called for in this invasion of Venezuela plan by US/NATO. (Northcom is staffed by NATO). This is breaking the Constitution, an impeachable offense.
7. Bush dictator pretexts for destroying Second Amendment rights, the RIGHT to bear arms, period. No excuses! The Right to bear arms and defend oneself from confiscation. Breaking the Constitution is an impeachable offense. Trivia for you: first large nation state to successfully register and confiscate citizen arms? Nazi Germany. Paramilitary mercenaries of Blackwater corporation, straght out of Iraq, are moved into occupy New Orleans. The Nazis operated with privately hired paramiltiary as well.
8. ethnic cleansing of highly coveted urban real estate, owned and operated by a majority Black Americans in New Orleans. Military is expeling them unconstitutionally from their property. This is breaking the Constitution ("secure in their persons and effects"), an impeachable offense.
9. another "go live" terror drill: Operation Katrina was done and planned out to the letter by ICM, which has Bush connections at Tulane University.
10. Operation Katrina was a substitute for failed "go live" nuclear terror drill of August 11, 2001 (where Four Star General Byrnes--then two of his loyalist network) were, respectively, arrested, killed, and killed. The other two murders of Byrnes's network occurred overseas within a day of each other.
11. As the Department of Defense called Hurricane Katrina, it is a "dry run" for the "expected" larger terrorist incident test and response in the United States.
12. intentionally cover for oil corporations to price gouge and destabalize U.S. economy, by destroying refineries, which are connected to the Bush family in many overlapping ways. Private oil corporations, comparing this year to last year, have 11% more reserves than the 2004. Still they gouge.
13. intentionally not react and see what happens. Bush plays the guitar. Condi Rice buys 1,000 dollars of shoes in NYC and sees a movie.
14. cover for dynamiting a canal to flood areas and steal real estate.
15. give the criminals at Halliburton more contracts. Already being done.
16. excuse to put in "trigger happy and war tested" National Guard to conduct martial law over Louisiana and other areas in Mississippi.
17. Breaking of posse commutatus excuse. This is breaking the Constitution, an impeachable offense.
18. Excuse to "mix" National Guards from different states to occupy one state: illegal and unconstitutionally. Soldiers do NOT have to follow unConstitutional orders. Some reports of National Guards being sent just as a pretext for breaking posse commutatus, and then not being allowed to do anything.
19. creating and subsidizing BUSHISTAN, a Texas-to-Florida military occupied territory and political dutchy of the Bush family, geostrategically in the center of Northcom that drains the federal budget for Bush related projects.
20. Killing off "endemic Democratic voters" in a place Republican corporatists want development. Paraphrase from Bush psychopaths about their lack of response to Katrina that exacerbated Katrina into the crisis they wanted: "so what? it's not like they voted for us."
21. excuse for Bush to play guitar, fiddling while Rome/New Orleans burns and floods. Bush on vacation still two days after Katrina hit. excuse for Condi Rice to buy 1,000 in shoes and take in a movie in NYC.
22. is what you will do to stop or impeach the Bush family in power for a catalogue of crimes.
Comment on the timeline here.
----------Friday, August 26
GOV. KATHLEEN BLANCO DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN LOUISIANA [Office of the Governor]
GULF COAST STATES REQUEST TROOP ASSISTANCE FROM PENTAGON: At a 9/1 press conference, Lt. Gen. Russel Honorι, commander, Joint Task Force Katrina, said that the Gulf States began the process of requesting additional forces on Friday, 8/26. [DOD]
----------Saturday, August 27
GOV. HALEY BARBOUR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN MISSISSIPPI [Office of the Governor]
5AM CDT KATRINA UPGRADED TO CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE [CNN]
GOV. BLANCO ASKS BUSH TO DECLARE FEDERAL STATE OF EMERGENCY IN LOUISIANA: "I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments, and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary to save lives, protect property, public health, and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a disaster." [Office of the Governor]
FEDERAL EMERGENCY DECLARED, DHS AND FEMA GIVEN FULL AUTHORITY TO RESPOND TO KATRINA: "Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency." [White House]
----------Sunday, August 28
2AM CDT - KATRINA UPGRADED TO CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE [CNN]
7AM CDT - KATRINA UPGRADED TO CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE [CNN]
MORNING LOUISIANA NEWSPAPER SIGNALS LEVEES MAY GIVE: "Forecasters Fear Levees Won't Hold Katrina": "Forecasters feared Sunday afternoon that storm driven waters will lap over the New Orleans levees when monster Hurricane Katrina pushes past the Crescent City tomorrow." [Lafayette Daily Advertiser]
9:30 AM CDT MAYOR NAGIN ISSUES FIRST EVER MANDATORY EVACUATION OF NEW ORLEANS: "We're facing the storm most of us have feared," said Nagin. "This is going to be an unprecedented event." [Times-Picayune]
4PM CDT - NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES SPECIAL HURRICANE WARNING: In the event of a category 4 or 5 hit, "Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks, perhaps longer. ... At least one-half of well-constructed homes will have roof and wall failure. All gabled roofs will fail, leaving those homes severely damaged or destroyed. ... Power outages will last for weeks. ... Water shortages will make human suffering incredible by modern standards." [National Weather Service]
AFTERNOON BUSH, BROWN, CHERTOFF WARNED OF LEVEE FAILURE BY NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER DIRECTOR: Dr. Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center: "'We were briefing them way before landfall. ... It's not like this was a surprise. We had in the advisories that the levee could be topped.'" [Times-Picayune; St. Petersburg Times]
LATE PM - REPORTS OF WATER TOPPLING OVER LEVEE: "Waves crashed atop the exercise path on the Lake Pontchartrain levee in Kenner early Monday as Katrina churned closer." [Times-Picayune]
APPROXIMATELY 30,000 EVACUEES GATHER AT SUPERDOME WITH ROUGHLY 36 HOURS WORTH OF FOOD [Times-Picayune]
----------Monday, August 29
# 6:10 AM CDT: Katrina, a Category 4 hurricane with 145 mph winds, makes initial landfall near Buras, La.
~7AM CDT - KATRINA MAKES LANDFALL AS A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE [CNN]
# FEMA director Michael Brown waits 5 hrs after Katrina has hit to ask his boss, Michael Chertoff, for 1000 Homeland Security employees to be sent to the region and gave them two days to arrive.
8AM CDT - MAYOR NAGIN REPORTS THAT WATER IS FLOWING OVER LEVEE: "I've gotten reports this morning that there is already water coming over some of the levee systems. In the lower ninth ward, we've had one of our pumping stations to stop operating, so we will have significant flooding, it is just a matter of how much." [NBC's "Today Show"]
MORNING BUSH CALLS SECRETARY CHERTOFF TO DISCUSS....IMMIGRATION: "I spoke to Mike Chertoff today he's the head of the Department of Homeland Security. I knew people would want me to discuss this issue [immigration], so we got us an airplane on a telephone on Air Force One, so I called him. I said, are you working with the governor? He said, you bet we are." [White House]
MORNING - BUSH.....SHARES BIRTHDAY CAKE PHOTO-OP WITH SEN. JOHN MCCAIN [White House]
10:30AM CDT MICHAEL BROWN FINALLY REQUESTS THAT DHS DISPATCH 1,000 EMPLOYEES TO REGION, GIVES THEM TWO DAYS TO ARRIVE: "Brown's memo to Chertoff described Katrina as 'this near catastrophic event' but otherwise lacked any urgent language. The memo politely ended, 'Thank you for your consideration in helping us to meet our responsibilities.'" [AP]
LATE MORNING - LEVEE BREACHED: "A large section of the vital 17th Street Canal levee, where it connects to the brand new 'hurricane proof' Old Hammond Highway bridge, gave way late Monday morning in Bucktown after Katrina's fiercest winds were well north." [Times-Picayune] Other reports note it was dynamited.
11AM CDT BUSH VISITS.....ARIZONA RESORT TO PROMOTE MEDICARE DRUG BENEFIT: "This new bill I signed says, if you're a senior and you like the way things are today, you're in good shape, don't change. But, by the way, there's a lot of different options for you. And we're here to talk about what that means to our seniors." [White House]
4PM CDT BUSH TRAVELS TO.....CALIFORNIA SENIOR CENTER TO DISCUSS MEDICARE DRUG BENEFIT: "We've got some folks up here who are concerned about their Social Security or Medicare. Joan Geist is with us. ... I could tell she was looking at me when I first walked in the room to meet her, she was wondering whether or not old George W. is going to take away her Social Security check." [White House]
8PM CDT RUMSFELD.....ATTENDS SAN DIEGO PADRES BASEBALL GAME: Rumsfeld "joined Padres President John Moores in the owner's box... at Petco Park." [Editor & Publisher]
----------Tuesday, August 30
EARLY MORNING, 4 a.m.: There were reports of many explosions heard in New Orleans, officials claim they were 'transformers blowing up.' Total Information Analysis has reported a claim by intelligence expert Tom Heneghen that 25 earwitnesses cited explosions immediately before the levee breach. Similar reports are now appearing in many web blogs: "He also mentioned that right before the mass flood there was a loud sound like an explosion." - News from St. Bernard
"I'll tell you the worst thing I've heard and I heard it from my mother. She said she heard several blasts - big booms - right before the levees broke. Several blasts and then all the water came pouring in." - aangirfan Although these are obviously not authoritative sources of information, it is interesting to note how many local people are reporting this. So interesting in fact that the mainstream has picked up on it in places. The Washington Post reported on the comments of a retired school teacher: "Mullen has a schoolteacher's kindly demeanor, so it was jarring to hear him say he suspected that the levee breaks had somehow been engineered to keep the wealthy French Quarter and Garden District dry at the expense of poor black neighborhoods like the Lower Ninth Ward -- a suspicion I heard from many other black survivors." The Globe and Mail is also carrying a similar story ABC World News Tonight carried a report which contained an interview with a local, who described how a floating barge had rammed the levee. The man seemed convinced that the levee was purposefully broken. A transcript of which has appeared on the net.
11AM CDT - BUSH SPEAKS......ON IRAQ AT NAVAL BASE CORONADO [White House]
MIDDAY - CHERTOFF FINALLY BECOMES AWARE THAT LEVEE HAS FAILED: "It was on Tuesday that the levee-may have been overnight Monday to Tuesday-that the levee started to break. And it was midday Tuesday that I became aware of the fact that there was no possibility of plugging the gap and that essentially the lake was going to start to drain into the city." [Meet the Press, 9/4/05]
PENTAGON CLAIMS THERE ARE ENOUGH NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS IN REGION: "Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said the states have adequate National Guard units to handle the hurricane needs." [WWL-TV]
MASS LOOTING "REPORTED," SECURITY SHORTAGE "CITED:" Supposedly it is claimed, "The looting is out of control. The French Quarter has been attacked," Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson said. "We're using exhausted, scarce police to control looting when they should be used for search and rescue while we still have people on rooftops." [AP] However, most of the "violence" stories in the media are bold faced lies: simply planted in the media as stories, and totally non-existent: [ link to www.alternet.org ]
"The police, for example, confiscated a single knife from a refugee in one Baton Rouge shelter," Witt reported. "There were no riots in Baton Rouge. There were no armed hordes." Yet the panic was enough for Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden to impose a curfew on the city's largest shelter, and to warn darkly about "New Orleans thugs." Even before evacuees could get comfy in Houston's Astrodome, rumors were flying that the refugees had already raped their first victim, just like that 7-year-old in the Superdome, or the babies in the Convention Center who got their throats slit. Not only was the Astrodome rape invented out of whole cloth, so, perhaps was the case reported 'round the globe of at least one prepubescent being raped and murdered in New Orleans' iconic sports arena. "We don't have any substantiated rapes," New Orleans Police superintendent Edwin Compass said Monday, according to the Guardian. "We will investigate if the individuals come forward." The British paper further pointed out that, "While many claim they happened, no witnesses, survivors or survivors' relatives have come forward. Nor has the source for the story of the murdered babies, or indeed their bodies, been found. And while the floor of the convention center toilets were indeed covered in excrement, the Guardian found no corpses." As Katrina wiped out New Orleans' communications infrastructure, and while key federal officials repeatedly expressed less knowledge than cable television reporters, panicky rumors quickly rushed in to fill the void. Many of them have shared the exact same theme--unspeakable urban ultra-violence, perpetuated by the overwhelmingly black population. St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis issued a statement Monday that "Rumors are flying and being repeated occasionally in the media that describe supposed criminal actions in St. Tammany Parish. These rumors are NOT true." Police superintendent Compass had to fend off media-echoed accusations that his beleagured force "stood by while women were raped and people were beaten."
U.S.S. BATAAN SITS OFF SHORE, VIRTUALLY UNUSED: "The USS Bataan, a 844-foot ship designed to dispatch Marines in amphibious assaults, has helicopters, doctors, hospital beds, food and water. It also can make its own water, up to 100,000 gallons a day. And it just happened to be in the Gulf of Mexico when Katrina came roaring ashore. The Bataan rode out the storm and then followed it toward shore, awaiting relief orders. Helicopter pilots flying from its deck were some of the first to begin plucking stranded New Orleans residents. But now the Bataan's hospital facilities, including six operating rooms and beds for 600 patients, are empty." [Chicago Tribune]
2PM CDT - PRESIDENT BUSH....PLAYS GUITAR WITH COUNTRY SINGER MARK WILLIS [AP]
BY 5 P.M.: The London Observer carried an intriguing story of a man named Correll Williams, a 19-year-old meat cutter. The article states that: "Williams only left his apartment after the authorities took the decision to flood his district in an apparent attempt to sluice out some of the water that had submerged a neighbouring district. Like hundreds of others he had heard the news of the decision to flood his district on the radio. The authorities had given people in the district until 5pm on Tuesday to get out - after that they would open the floodgates."
BUSH.....RETURNS TO CRAWFORD FOR FINAL NIGHT OF VACATION [AP]
----------Wednesday, August 31
TENS OF THOUSANDS TRAPPED IN SUPERDOME; CONDITIONS DETERIORATE: "A 2-year-old girl slept in a pool of urine. Crack vials littered a restroom. Blood stained the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers. 'We pee on the floor. We are like animals,' said Taffany Smith, 25, as she cradled her 3-week-old son, Terry. ... By Wednesday, it had degenerated into horror. ... At least two people, including a child, have been raped. At least three people have died, including one man who jumped 50 feet to his death, saying he had nothing left to live for. There is no sanitation. The stench is overwhelming."" [Los Angeles Times, 9/1/05]
PRESIDENT BUSH FINALLY ORGANIZES TASK FORCE TO COORDINATE FEDERAL RESPONSE: Bush says on Tuesday he will "fly to Washington to begin work... with a task force that will coordinate the work of 14 federal agencies involved in the relief effort." [New York Times, 8/31/05]
JEFFERSON PARISH EMERGENCY DIRECTOR SAYS FOOD AND WATER SUPPLY GONE: "Director Walter Maestri: FEMA and national agencies not delivering the help nearly as fast as it is needed." [WWL-TV]
80,000 BELIEVED STRANDED IN NEW ORLEANS: Former Mayor Sidney Barthelemy "estimated 80,000 were trapped in the flooded city and urged President Bush to send more troops." [Reuters]
3,000 STRANDED AT CONVENTION CENTER WITHOUT FOOD OR WATER: "With 3,000 or more evacuees stranded at the convention center and with no apparent contingency plan or authority to deal with them collecting a body was no one's priority. ... Some had been at the convention center since Tuesday morning but had received no food, water or instructions." [Times-Picayune]
PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY DECLARED FOR ENTIRE GULF COAST: "After a natural disaster, short and long-term medical problems can occur. Diseases like cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and mosquito-borne illnesses tend to break out under these conditions." [WCBS-TV]
4PM CDT BUSH GIVES FIRST MAJOR ADDRESS ON KATRINA: "Nothing about the president's demeanor... which seemed casual to the point of carelessness suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis." [New York Times]
7PM CDT - CONDOLEEZZA RICE TAKES IN A BROADWAY SHOW: "On Wednesday night, Secretary Rice was booed by some audience members at 'Spamalot!, the Monty Python musical at the Shubert, when the lights went up after the performance." [New York Post, 9/2/05]
8PM CDT FEMA DIRECTOR BROWN CLAIMS SURPRISE OVER SIZE OF STORM: "I must say, this storm is much much bigger than anyone expected." [CNN]
----------Thursday, September 1
7AM CDT BUSH CLAIMS NO ONE EXPECTED LEVEES TO BREAK: "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." [Washington Post]
MORNING: FEMA's Brown asks Pentagon to activate Northcom, an international military organization, and send it to the domestic environmental diaster area of Hurricane Katrina.
CONDOLEEZZA RICE VISITS U.S. OPEN: "Rice, [in New York] on three days' vacation to shop and see the U.S. Open, hitting some balls with retired champ Monica Seles at the Indoor Tennis Club at Grand Central." [New York Post]
STILL NO COMMAND AND CONTROL ESTABLISHED: Terry Ebbert, New Orleans Homeland Security Director: "This is a national emergency. This is a national disgrace. FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control. We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can't bail out the city of New Orleans." [Fox News]
2PM CDT MAYOR NAGIN ISSUES "DESPERATE SOS" TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: "This is a desperate SOS. Right now we are out of resources at the convention centre and don't anticipate enough buses. We need buses. Currently the convention centre is unsanitary and unsafe and we're running out of supplies." [Guardian, 9/2/05]
2PM CDT MICHAEL BROWN CLAIMS NOT TO HAVE HEARD OF REPORTS OF VIOLENCE: "I've had no reports of unrest, if the connotation of the word unrest means that people are beginning to riot, or you know, they're banging on walls and screaming and hollering or burning tires or whatever. I've had no reports of that." [CNN]
NEW ORLEANS "DESCEND[S] INTO ANARCHY": "Storm victims were raped and beaten, fights and fires broke out, corpses lay out in the open, and rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at as flooded-out New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday. 'This is a desperate SOS,' the mayor said." [AP]
CONDOLEEZZA RICE GOES SHOE SHOPPING: "Just moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes (we've confirmed this, so her new heels will surely get coverage from the WaPo's Robin Givhan). A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice's timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, 'How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!'" [Gawker]
MICHAEL BROWN FINALLY LEARNS OF EVACUEES IN CONVENTION CENTER: "We learned about that (Thursday), so I have directed that we have all available resources to get that convention center to make sure that they have the food and water and medical care that they need." [CNN]
FEMA announces guidelines to contractors interested in "doing business with FEMA during the Hurricane Katrina recovery."
National Guard martial law expanded to 30,000.
----------Friday, September 2
EARLY MORNING, ONCE MORE, EXPLOSIONS: A chemical plant explosion rocks New Orleans in the early hours of the morning.
ROVE-LED CAMPAIGN TO BLAME LOCAL OFFICIALS BEGINS: "Under the command of President Bush's two senior political advisers, the White House rolled out a plan... to contain the political damage from the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina." President Bush's comments from the Rose Garden Friday morning formed "the start of this campaign." [New York Times, 9/5/05]
9:35AM CDT BUSH PRAISES MICHAEL BROWN: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." [White House, 9/2/05]
10 AM CDT PRESIDENT BUSH STAGES PHOTO-OP "BRIEFING": Coast Guard helicopters and crew diverted to act as backdrop for President Bush's photo-op.
BUSH VISIT GROUNDS FOOD AID: "Three tons of food ready for delivery by air to refugees in St. Bernard Parish and on Algiers Point sat on the Crescent City Connection bridge Friday afternoon as air traffic was halted because of President Bush's visit to New Orleans, officials said." [Times-Picayune]
LEVEE REPAIR WORK ORCHESTRATED FOR PRESIDENT'S VISIT: Sen. Mary Landrieu, 9/3: "Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment." [Sen. Mary Landrieu]
BUSH USES 50 FIREFIGHTERS AS PROPS IN DISASTER AREA PHOTO-OP: A group of 1,000 firefighters convened in Atlanta to volunteer with the Katrina relief efforts. Of those, "a team of 50 Monday morning quickly was ushered onto a flight headed for Louisiana. The crew's first assignment: to stand beside President Bush as he tours devastated areas." [Salt Lake Tribune; Reuters]
12PM CDT BUSH "SATISFIED WITH THE RESPONSE": "I am satisfied with the response. I am not satisfied with all the results." [AP]
----------Saturday, September 3
SENIOR BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL LIES TO WASHINGTON POST, CLAIMS GOV. BLANCO NEVER DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY: The Post reported in their Sunday edition "As of Saturday, Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, the senior Bush official said." They were forced to issue a correction hours later. [Washington Post, 9/4/05]
Governor Kathleen Blanco (D-La) hires James Lee Witt, FEMA director under President Clinton, to advise her during the relief effort.
9AM CDT BUSH BLAMES STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS: "[T]he magnitude of responding to a crisis over a disaster area that is larger than the size of Great Britain has created tremendous problems that have strained state and local capabilities. The result is that many of our citizens simply are not getting the help they need." [White House, 9/3/05]
----------Sunday, September 4
New Orleans Jefferson Parrish president Aaron Broussard claims on Meet the Press that aid to his parrish was blocked by FEMA after it arrived, and that FEMA cut their police communication wires.
----------Monday, September 5
# The AP reports that Kellogg Brown & Root, the subsidiary of Halliburton Co that has been criticized for its reconstruction work in Iraq, has begun work on a $500 million U.S. Navy contract for emergency repairs at Gulf Coast naval and marine facilities that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina
# While touring the Astrodome, Former First Lady Barbara Bush, tells American Public Media's "Marketplace" program:"Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them."
Citing "a national emergency", President Bush suspends....federal minimum wage laws for all workers: he suspends the Davis-Bacon minimum wage law for federal contracts for workers in the areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. This is a day after Halliburton "disaster contracts" are announced.
Pentagon's requested armed Mexican Troops coming into Texas, heading for Katrina areas, under the guise of aid in the aftermath of Katrina. This story appears to be developing. [Prison Planet]
link to www.infowars.com
Non-American Dutch corporation given "Katrina morgue" contract by FEMA.
Canadian troops on the way.
Directly flown from Iraq without any public announcement, Department of Defense military mercenaries are discovered already in New Orleans. They are of the corporation Blackwater. These shoot-to-kill mercenaries say they are hired by FEMA and DHS. [Democracy Now]
Unconstitutional Gun Confiscation Begins in New Orleans. [Prison Planet] link to www.prisonplanet.com
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