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Friday, September 09, 2005

FEMA - The Secret Government

August Ecklund of the Great Oak Forest brings to our attention this article by Harry V. Martin. It turns out, FEMA wasn't incompetent at all in the wake of Katrina; it was doing exactly what it was supposed to do:

Not only is it the most powerful entity in the United States, but it was not even created under Constitutional law by the Congress. It was a product of a Presidential Executive Order. No, it is not the U.S. military nor the Central Intelligence Agency, they are subject to Congress. The organization is called FEMA, which stands for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Originally conceived in the Richard Nixon Administration, it was refined by President Jimmy Carter and given teeth in the Ronald Reagan and George Bush Administrations.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every aspect of the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA's Civil Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA's role as a "new frontier in the protection of individual and governmental leaders from assassination, and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or attack, as well as prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion, or a global audience in times of crisis."
In April 1984, President Reagan signed Presidential Director Number 54 that allowed FEMA to engage in a secret national "readiness exercise" under the code name of REX 84. ... REX 84 was so highly guarded that special metal security doors were placed on the fifth floor of the FEMA building in Washington, D.C. Even long-standing employees of the Civil Defense of the Federal Executive Department possessing the highest possible security clearances were not being allowed through the newly installed metal security doors. Only personnel wearing a special red Christian cross or crucifix lapel pin were allowed into the premises. Lt. Col. North was responsible for drawing up the emergency plan, which U.S. Attorney General William French Smith opposed vehemently. The plan called for the suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the government over to FEMA, appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments and the declaration of Martial Law. The Presidential Executive Orders to support such a plan were already in place. The plan also advocated the rounding up and transfer to "assembly centers or relocation camps" of a least 21 million American Negroes in the event of massive rioting or disorder, not unlike the rounding up of the Jews in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
The crux of the problem is that FEMA has the power to turn the United States into a police state in time of a real crisis or a manufactured crisis. Lt. Col. North virtually established the apparatus for dictatorship. Only the criticism of the Attorney General prevented the plans from being adopted. But intelligence reports indicate that FEMA has a folder with 22 Executive Orders for the President to sign in case of an emergency. It is believed those Executive Orders contain the framework of North's concepts, delayed by criticism but never truly abandoned.

The crisis, as the government now see it, is civil unrest. For generations, the government was concerned with nuclear war, but the violent and disruptive demonstrations that surrounded the Vietnam War era prompted President Nixon to change the direction of emergency powers from war time to times of domestic unrest.
The first targets in any FEMA emergency would be Hispanics and Blacks, the FEMA orders call for them to be rounded up and detained. Tax protesters, demonstrators against government military intervention outside U.S. borders, and people who maintain weapons in their homes are also targets. Operation Trojan Horse is a program designed to learn the identity of potential opponents to martial law. The program lures potential protesters into public forums, conducted by a "hero" of the people who advocates survival training. The list of names gathered at such meetings and rallies are computerized and then targeted in case of an emergency.
The scenarios established to trigger FEMA into action are generally found in the society today, economic collapse, civil unrest, drug problems, terrorist attacks, and protests against American intervention in a foreign country. All these premises exist, it could only be a matter of time in which one of these triggers the entire emergency necessary to bring FEMA into action, and then it may be too late, because under the FEMA plan, there is no contingency by which Constitutional power is restored.

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  1. FEMA, Homeland Security, Patriot Act, Kelo v New London, it makes no difference, the government will do whatever it wants to do. Evidently, the majority of citizens like their 'freedom in chains.' The bloodshed at Waco didn't stir the populace, the cold-blooded murder of Vicki Weaver was ignored, Elian got the Cubans riled - for a few days - 9/11 was a success for more government control and New Orleans will further strengthen the power of the power mad in Corruptionville with the people wailing for more government.

  2. Louis Giuffrida, Reagan's FEMA director, was also in charge of the California National Guard back when Reagan was governor there. Reagan was an enthusiastic participant in inter-jurisdictional exercises with the feds under Garden Plot auspices. He was also a pioneer in the development of SWAT teams.

    We've been a simple stroke of the pen away from martial law for a long, long time. Most of the legal framework was set up by executive order under Eisenhower or Kennedy. The administrative framework was set up under Carter or Reagan.

    The Constitution is a dead letter. Any government recognition of our *privileges* of free speech, assembly, etc., is simply a concession of grace from the sovereign. We are subjects, not citizens.

    It's also interesting that John Timoney, who's pegged as a "homeland security expert" on the talking head shows and is a close associate of Tom Ridge, has a history of supervising law enforcement riots against anti-globalization demonstrators. Timoney has had a personal vendetta against the post-Seattle movement since its beginning, being a vocal advocate of use of RICO statutes to break it.