The Federal Emergency Management Agency was established Sunday, April 1, 1979, by President Jimmy Carter’s Executive Order No.12127. This became federal law, 44 FR 19367, 3CFR, which provided for the transfer of functions of certain agencies and offices, the abolition others, and consolidation of duties previously spread among numerous bureaucracies into one single agency. Included were operations and responsibilities transferred from the Department of Commerce, specifically the functions of the Emergency Broadcast system, the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, and the Superintendent of the National Academy for Fire Prevention and Control. Also incorporated were the duties of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, pursuant to the Federal Flood Insurance Act of 1956, the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, and the National Housing Act, to the extent necessary to permit borrowing from the Treasury Department, to make payments for re-insured and directly insured loses. In short, after April 1, 1979, the historic and infamous fragmentation and duplication of agencies in emergency federal disaster response and recovery would be eliminated. One agency would be responsible for management of the devastation from fire and flooding, restoring homes lost in these events, and for operating the Emergency Broadcast System. This agency would come to be known as FEMA.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated James L. Watt to the position of FEMA Director. His appointment created a new cabinet level position, forming a direct link to the Chief Executive. In 2001, subsequent to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the agency added a focus on issues of national preparedness in the event of such attack. FEMA coordinated its activities with the newly formed Office of Homeland Security. The Office of National Preparedness was assigned the responsibility for insuring the nation’s first responders were trained and equipped for dealing with weapons of mass destruction. In March, 2003, FEMA joined other agencies in another federal consolidation of bureaucracies, forming the Department of Homeland Security. FEMA’s mission statement declares it exists “to lead America to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from disasters with a vision of A Nation Prepared.” FEMA continues in its mission statement, its intention is to “reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters by leading and supporting the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency has evolved from a consolidation of several unrelated bureaucracies, duplicative in their responsibilities, into a mega-department determined to eliminate and solve a plethora of problems. Its scope has become very broad.
The 2006 Congressional report on FEMA’s failure in handling the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina stated that it was “…a national failure, an abdication of the most solemn obligation to provide for the common welfare.” FEMA’s operation included a slow and inadequate response, wherein NGO and local government assistance from individuals and groups including the Red Cross was blocked. Photographing the dead was banned. Reporter’s equipment was confiscated, as were homeowners’ registered firearms. It is alleged that Hurricane Katrina provided a test run for a government pogrom, allowing FEMA to rehearse rounding up and relocating large numbers of people to camps, suspending their constitutional rights, confiscating their arms, and militarizing the region. Mercenaries were deployed by Blackwater USA, to aid in this endeavor.
After the Hurricane Katrina disaster, several federal laws have evolved, streamlining presidential and federal authority in emergency response. Congressional amending of the Insurrection Act of 1807, which limited the right of a president to deploy troops within the United States, by the Defense Authorization Act of 2007, effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act. Posse Comitatus denied the right of anyone to “willfully use any part of the Army or the Air Force as a ‘posse comitatus’ or otherwise to execute the law, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress.” Historically, as provided by Article I, Section viii of the United States Constitution, the federal government has relied upon state and local governments for the initial response in the event of insurrection and rebellion. Federal involvement is only to occur in the event of failure to maintain order by state and local authority. Presidential powers for law enforcement are intentionally limited and delayed. Numerous Presidential Executive Orders have been issued, authorizing the takeover by federal agencies of essential state, local, and private functions. The Readiness Exercise of 1984, which is an emergency response program involving the implementation of martial law, the movement of civilian populations, and the arrest and detainment of segments of the population set the stage for President George W. Bush to establish the role of the Executive Branch in a crisis. On May 9, 2007, Bush declared that during an emergency all national essential functions can be taken over by the Executive Branch of the US Government through the Department of Homeland Security. Operation Garden Plot is a United States Army and National Guard program under control of US Northern Command, providing federal military support during domestic civil disturbances. This allows the mobilization and deployment of US federal troops on American soil. Article I, Section viii of the United States Constitution provides that “legislative Powers shall be vested in the Congress of the United States” including “to provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasion.” The ‘Militia’ is not federal. It is a function of the state. Calling it forth is not a power of the Executive Branch. The Militia is deliberately intended to be separate from the Army. Allowing direct circumvention of this constitutional principle is an avoidance of the system of checks and balances.
In August, 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft declared American citizens who were deemed enemy combatants may be detained indefinitely and without charge, independent of the judiciary. This, again, trounces upon Article I of the Constitution, which provides that the Writ of Habeas Corpus “shall not be suspended” unless the United States is in a state of rebellion or invasion. Section ix determines that this can only occur in the event that public safety might be compromised. Three Roman Catholic Nuns, who protested prior to the bombing of Iraq in 2002, were arrested, handcuffed, and left on the ground for three hours. Their horrendous criminal act was painting blood on a missile silo, clearly a threat to public safety. They were subsequently jailed for seven months before being tried for sabotage and obstruction of justice. Habeas Corpus has been nullified, as has Posse Comitatus. Federal troops, or their delegated representatives, are empowered to arrest and indefinitely hold anyone, without charge, at the whim of a president. DHS and FEMA provide the command and logistics structure for carrying out any such presidential order, and are legally permitted to even relocate entire populations, if desired. The United States Constitution and the American system of checks and balances are a part of history.
Senator John McCain is sponsoring S3081, a bill which allows for the indefinite detention of anyone sans Miranda rights or charging with a crime. Co-sponsors of the bill include Senators Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown. This bill would deny the right to trial and would allow arrest and imprisonment of anyone Homeland Security deems a threat to national security. Local police authority granted to federal troops and removal of Habeas Corpus and Miranda Rights result in streamlined law enforcement and enhanced potential for oppression in the United States. Denial of basic constitutional and statutory rights, a crime from the highest levels of government, is in the making. The crime is evident. The motive is less so.
Mainstream media, particularly Fox News, has declared incessantly that Occupy Wall Street has no message. Nothing could be further form the truth. Remember the words of Adolf Hitler, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Hitler also said, “How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.” Occupy’s general assemblies have come together with a common message, “Get the money out of politics.” Most commonly, a call for legislation to offset the Citizens United ruling has been vocalized. Banking system reform, to prevent fraud and manipulation, has been demanded. Restoration of the Glass-Steagall Act, done away with by President Bill Clinton, figures prominently in Occupy’s litany of demands. Glass-Steagall separated investment banks from commercial banks, preventing investment banks from wiping out commercial and savings banks with risky investments. Restoration of Glass-Steagall will correct conditions which caused the current financial crisis. Most damning is the demand by OWS that legislation be drafted to prohibit an obscure loophole which allows members of Congress to pass legislation affecting Delaware-based corporations in which they, themselves, are investors. Legislation denying lobbyists the ability to amass huge fortunes from the legislative process, reforming the banking system to preclude profit making from fake derivatives, and preventing legislators from personally profiting from their own legislating are ample reasons for a coordinated response from law enforcement to suppress resistance, with the potential of permanently removing opposition. OWS is a global phenomenon, not, as fomented by mainstream media, a bunch of disorganized, scruffy hippies. It represents a serious threat to the infrastructure of corruption extant between Wall Street and Capitol Hill. A recent phone conference between DHS and local mayors, resulting in a violent police crackdown on OWS is exempletive of the collusion between financial chiefs, corrupt legislators, and local, city governments. So, we have motive. Huge sums of money are being made by lobbyists, Wall Street bankers, and congressmen and they do not want this to stop. FEMA and DHS have developed into sleek vehicles for the dissolution of any form of dissent, under the guise of national security. Posse Comitatus and Habeas Corpus have been removed, and Miranda is under attack, paving the way for further embellishing a well coordinated national system of police authority with the power of the military, without even having to read the arrested person his rights.
It has been alleged in cyberspace, that over six hundred prison camps exist in the United States, all fully operational, but empty, ready to receive prisoners. The allegation further states all facilities have both rail and surface road access, and that many are adjacent to airports. Though often constructed in remote areas, camps have been located in heretofore abandoned warehouses and factories. Halliburton is reputed to be the primary contractor for the construction of these sites. In 2006, its subsidiary KBR was awarded a contract from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch. The contract provided for building temporary detention and processing facilities for use in warehousing immigrants, and to “support the rapid development of new programs”. Most camps can accommodate twenty thousand inmates and are already staffed with full time guards, should martial law be declared. The obvious question is whether these personnel are from the private prison system. Profit is always a prime motivator. At a rate of $200.00 per prisoner, per day, prison camps could easily create another source of revenue for greedy, corrupt officials. Concurrent with this allegation is a series of internet statements about special railroad cars and coffins. Allegations have also been made about utilizing special federal troops as death squads. Remembering the redeployment of specific regiments from the Middle East to the United States, during the Bush administration, for use in the event of civil unrest, is cause for concern. Offering limited credibility to this speculation is the rebuttal of Popular Mechanics, the traditional vehicle of right wing denial.
Totalitarian regimes of the past have not bothered with special railroad cars and coffins. The Nazis used the common boxcar, the ‘forty and eight’, to transport their victims. Individual coffins were unnecessary in enormous mass graves. At Baba Yar, victims were merely cast into a ravine. It is doubtful that Pol Pot gave coffins for his victims even a passing thought. Cyberspace reports of special railroad cars, death squads, and coffins are likely sensational tales intended to discredit and obfuscate reality.
This much is clear: it is a matter of public record that KBR was granted a no-bid contract to construct multiple detainment facilities across the nation for only marginally certain purposes. Whether rumors of modified boxcars, coffins, and prison camps have any credibility, the Mayor of Oakland acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on how to suppress Occupy protests. The decades old program of gradual militarization of police departments guarantees success. A coordinated effort has been launched, nationwide, to disrupt and disband Occupy Wall Street. It is understandable. Billions of dollars hang on the success or failure of the initiatives OWS represents, irrespective of the assertions of mainstream media that it has no message. Obviously, it is imperative that the public be kept ignorant of this message. DHS cannot operate on its own initiative. The chain of command begins with New York Representative Peter King, head of the House Homeland Security subcommittee. It ends at the White House. It is curious to note, President Obama was in Australia at the time of the most recent DHS coordinated violent crackdown. The question must be asked, “Does someone in the White House, other than the President, have the authority to initiate DHS activities?” This is almost irrelevant, since, a phone order from Australia would suffice, but it is worthy of consideration. Remember the authority of Karl Rove, when he was chief of staff. Also of note are Senator McCain’s current and timely efforts to remove Miranda rights. This lends another speck of credibility to rumors of FEMA mandated concentration camps. We have a disruptive segment of our population, OWS. It represents a significant threat to wealth acquisition, by persons in authority. Constitutionally mandated rights and statutes have been removed. Now, we have a senator trying to end the Miranda debacle which has hampered Law Enforcement for so long. The stage is set. The population is targeted. Now, where shall we put them?
- Something Bad’s Gonna Happen!: US To Test First Nationwide Use Of Emergency Broadcast System (geekologie.com)
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- Posse Comitatus ? What Police State ? (2012patriot.wordpress.com)
- Is The Upcoming 11-9-11 FEMA Emergency Broadcast Test Also A Dry Run for Deploying the Internet “Kill Switch?” (alternativenewsreport.net)
- The Feds to Temporarily Cut Off All TV and Radio Broadcasts on Nov. 9 (RE-POST) (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)
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