FEMA, a national disaster recovery program???greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
"To get a grip on how an aberration such as the FEMA could have been spawned, another short history lesson is in order. The Agency's policies became official after the appointment of Louis O. Giuffreda as director of the FEMA by his old buddy President Ronald Reagan, former governor of California. As the commanding general of the California National Guard, Giuffreda was instrumental in developing "Operation Cabel Splicer". This programme was designed for the sole purpose of spying on citizens that Reagan, and his paranoid counterpart Ed Meese, considered politically undesireable.
Expanding on this programme, Giuffreda (who prefers the title General) had the FEMA's powerful computers across the country tied into a vast network to gather information on dissidents and potential troublemakers via records obtained through local police departments and other agencies. The FEMA is engaged in a constant data gathering frenzy via the FBI, CIA, Department of Energy, National Military Command Center, National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency, and every single American police department.
At huge FEMA campuses located in Emmitsburg, Maryland and Carson City, Nevada, agents attend seminars on "continuity of government" and workshops on "nuclear weapons accidents". These colleges are also used to inculcate officials from towns and cities across America in "counter-terrorism tactics". Foreign police and military are also trained by the FEMA in their techniques. Thus, in General Giuffrida's own words, "we have made joint military/civil planning far more effective both here and overseas".
At this point you may ask youself what all this espionage training has to do with disaster relief? The answer is simple: nothing. In fact, when winds reaching 160 m.p.h. devastated Homestead, FL in August 1992, the city manager requested 100 hand held phones. The FEMA responded by sending one of their high-tech, nuclear hardened MERS vehicles. Although capable of communicating with a fighter jet on the other side of the world, it could not even place a simple phone call to Miami. More recently, the FEMA failed in its relief mission after the earthquake in Los Angeles. Their official excuse was "we didn't expect so many victims". These incidents are just two of many examples demonstrating this agency's real orientation. Far from being an aid to the American people, the FEMA is designed as an agent of control and repression, hiding behind a flimsy facade.
The following is taken directly from a FEMA document called "The Defense Resources Act".
* Section 1001 "Whenever the President shall deem that the public safety demands it, he may cause to be censored under such rules and regulations as he may from time to time establish, communications by mail, cable, radio, television or other meansmission crossing the borders of the United States."
* Section 903 empowers the President to "limit employment opportunities to activities essential to the national health, safety or interest."
* Sections 201 and 501 give the President authority to requisition, condemn or seize property for the "national defense". The government is required to compensate property owners, but those "unwilling to accept" the price determined by the President will get "75%" of such amount; they can try to recover the rest in court.
* Section 1213 regulates the personal practices of government and federal contractors. They are prohibited from employing "any person who engages in a strike against the government of the United States, or who advocates, or who is a member of an organization that advocated, the overthrow of the government of the United States by force or violence." Loyalty oaths are authorized; and federal workers who have illegal affiliations "shall be fined not more than $1,000.00 or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both" apparently on top of normal criminal sentencing.
The FEMA also has another trick up its sleeve called "Plan D". This 364 page document refers directly to the takeover of the media by ensuring that "all telecommunications resources of radio and television licensees are available for use and responsive to a war situation." The FEMA is also involved in planning exercises with the Pentagon such as "Operation Night Train" which establishes prison camps along the Mexican border to be used in case there is a sudden and unacceptable influx of immigration by our southern neighbors. While still an army student in 1970, General Giuffreda wrote a paper detailing how these prison camps could be set up. It should also be noted that Clinton is calling for "boot camps" for young delinquents in his imfamous crime bill.
The FEMA has worked closely with the Pentagon in trying to determine ways in which to bypass Constitutional laws, such as the Posse Comitatus Act. This is the law which states that no military equipment or personnel may be used against civilians. Anyone who watched army tanks equipped with flame throwers torching "cultists" in Waco, TX has to figure that their efforts have borne fruit.
Just what kind of person is General Giuffreda? What kind of person would be so ready to roll a tank over the Constitution? The legacy left by this one man should give pause to all lovers of independence. For an indication of what might be, simply let General Giuffreda speak for himself: "Legitimate violence is integral to our form of government, for it is from this source that we can continue to purge our weaknesses." Whom, exactly, does he consider to be part of the weak? Exactly how will he violently purge individuals he deems to be weak?"
-- OR (email@example.com), August 07, 1999
Expect FEMA to be about as effective in dealing with Y2K as the ATF in WACO.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 08, 1999.