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Saturday, September 03, 2005

A Pulitzer Prize is Waiting

Tons of stuff today. Stick with me.

A PULITZER PRIZE IS WAITING - FOR THE JOURNALIST WHO CAN "FOLLOW THE HOMELAND $ECURITY MONEY" - TO SHOW WHERE ALL THAT CASH - "REALLY" WENT.

Are you feeling me?!

I'm thinking that a lot of that "homeland security" cash...dished out after 9/11...went to private companies with close ties to the WH.

Not all of it - but a lot of it.

And...the dudes who run those companies...spent some of that money on pools and cars and chicks.

Capice?

Why do I think that?

Because this deal in New Orleans EXPOSES THE SYSTEM under the Bush Administration.

IT'S NOT THERE.

We've been led to believe - since the creation of the "Department of Homeland Security" - that our "homeland" is secure - and in capable hands.

Not.

From Reuters:

Storm disaster fuels doubts over US terror plans

Read on:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans -- and the delay helping stranded people get out or even get water and food -- is raising doubts that U.S. cities may be ill-prepared to cope with a potentially worse disaster: a major attack.

Four years after the September 11, 2001, attacks, the storm disaster marked THE FIRST TIME the federal government has invoked its POST-SEPTEMBER 11 RESPONSE PLAN aimed at enhancing Washington's ability to deal with national incidents.

But as Americans reeled at images of death and desperation among the city's refugees, experts on domestic security said a nuclear or biological attack on a big U.S. city could cause greater mayhem, and unlike the storm, come without warning.

The New Orleans disaster is already viewed as an illustration of WHAT CAN GO WRONG in an American city under siege.

"In many ways, THIS IS A TEST OF OUR NATIONAL CAPACITY," said James Carafano, senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "If we can't do this 24-7-365, we aren't doing our job for preparedness."

In New Orleans, largely submerged in flood waters, the plan was unable to cope with tens of thousands of desperate refugees who could not escape the city.

"There are a whole host of factors that you can practice against. But to be honest, it's not the same as living through it," said Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute.

The relief effort has been led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the sprawling Department of HOMELAND SECURITY created after the 2001 attacks. President George W. Bush acknowledged on Friday that relief efforts so far had been unacceptable.

Officials said deaths in New Orleans were in the hundreds and probably in the thousands. But the human toll could be far worse if caused by terrorism, experts said.
How did they spend all that homeland security cash?

A Pulitzer Prize is waiting for the journalist who can crack open the federal books and track the TRUE spending.

Good luck.

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You just know they wanted to "privatize" FEMA.

Methinks that Mr. Brown was brought in to GUT FEMA, not run it.

UPDATE:

MUST READ article (via Buzzflash) on that drive to "privatize" FEMA - HERE.

Excerpt...from an article written A YEAR AGO:
But since 2001, key federal disaster mitigation programs, developed over many years, have been slashed and tossed aside. FEMA's Project Impact, a model mitigation program created by the Clinton administration, has been canceled outright.

Federal funding of post-disaster mitigation efforts designed to protect people and property from the next disaster has been cut in half. Communities across the country must now compete for pre-disaster mitigation dollars.

In addition, the WHITE HOUSE has pushed for PRIVATIZATION of essential government services, including disaster management, and merged FEMA into the Department of Homeland Security -- where, critics say, natural disaster programs are often sidelined by counter-terrorism programs.

Along the way, morale at FEMA has plummeted, and many of the agency's most experienced personnel have left for work in other government agencies or private corporations.
The proverbial cat is out of the bag, people.

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The WORST people in the world right now are the people posting "far-right" messages on the Yahoo Message Boards.

The violent RACISM pointed at the African-American citizens of New Orleans? Disgusting.

Scumbag trolls.

That's all I'm saying.

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To add insult to injury:

Halliburton hired for storm cleanup

This story is from the Houston Chronicle - NOT "The Onion."
The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Halliburton subsidiary KBR will also perform damage assessments at other naval installations in New Orleans as soon as it is safe to do so.

KBR was assigned the work under a "construction capabilities" contract awarded in 2004 after a competitive bidding process. The company is not involved in the Army Corps of Engineers' effort to repair New Orleans' levees.
Unbelievable.

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Well, it's official.

God hates New Orleans and "the gays" and "Mardi Gras."

Hurricane was sign of divine wrath, fundamentalists say

It was only a matter of time.

Excerpts from the Reuters article:
WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - As religious and political leaders offered prayers for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, some Christian fundamentalists suggested the storm was the work of an angry God bent on punishing a sinful nation.

In news releases and Internet chat rooms, some fundamentalists said the hurricane was sent to punish New Orleans, a city known for Mardi Gras and other raucous festivals.

Others said the disaster, which may have killed thousands in Louisiana and Mississippi, was revenge for the United States' support of the removal of Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip.

"Whenever this country encourages Israel to give up any part of their rightful God-given land we have suffered the consequences," wrote a discussion-board participant on the Web site of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

A Philadelphia group called Repent America said the hurricane was sent by God to prevent an annual gay-pride festival that was due to take place this weekend.

"We must not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long," said Repent America director Michael Marcavage. "May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits."

Evangelical leaders like Jerry Falwell and Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson urged their followers to pray for the victims and contribute to relief efforts, but made no public statements about the reason for the hurricane.

But Franklin Graham, who heads the evangelical charity Samaritan's Purse, said on the Fox News Channel on Thursday night that the mayhem and looting in New Orleans could be traced to a lack of religious instruction.

"This happens in our country when we have taken God out of our schools and God out of our, out of society. We don't have a moral standard," he said.
You know what? I just talked to God.

He said that if those people don't "shut the fuck up and calm the fuck down," Colorado Springs will be next.
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"A BIG F'ING SNOWSTORM! I'LL DO IT! AND, I'LL DESTROY EVERY SINGLE 'OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE' IN CENTRAL COLORADO. THEY OFFEND ME!"

Me, too.

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Hold on - there's a BIGGER storm a brewing.

Special AP Report Reveals Fresh Details on Iraq WMD Controversy

Oops.
NEW YORK An extraordinary recap of U.S. claims about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, to be moved by the Associated Press this weekend, reveals new details about the pre-war misstatements and the desperate efforts by American officials and CIA chief George Tenet to actually find the weapons after the war.

The lengthy report, written by Charles J. Hanley, AP special correspondent, is based on fresh interviews, official documents and other sources.

"There was an absolutely closed mind," Kay tells AP, referring to American officials. "They would not look at alternative explanations,” he said, referring specifically to controversies surrounding the aluminum tubes and bio-weapons trailers.

The article opens with a remarkable, and previously unreported scene, from February 2004, after months that found U.S. weapons inspectors, including Kay, failing to find any WMDs at all.

“Beneath the giant dome of a Baghdad palace, facing his team of scientists and engineers, George Tenet sounded more like a football coach than a spymaster, a coach who didn't know the game was over,” Hanley writes.

"’Are we 85 percent done? the CIA boss demanded. The arms hunters knew what he wanted to hear. ‘No!’ they shouted back. ‘Let me hear it again!’ They shouted again. The weapons are out there, Tenet insisted. Go find them.

”Veteran inspector Rod Barton couldn't believe his ears. ‘It was nonsense,’ the Australian biologist said of that February evening last year, when the then-chief of U.S. intelligence secretly flew to Baghdad and dropped in on the lakeside Perfume Palace, chandelier-hung home of the Iraq Survey Group.

"’It wasn't that we didn't know the major answers,’ recalled Barton, whose account matched that of another key participant. ‘Are there WMD in the country? We knew the answers.’

”In fact, David Kay, quitting as chief of the U.S. hunt for WMD, or weapons of mass destruction, had just delivered the answer to the world. The inspectors were 85 percent finished, Kay said, concluding: ‘The weapons do not exist.’”

Over several thousands words of text, Hanley than lays out the entire history of American claims, going back to the 1990s, through the run-up to the war, and then the aftermath, with some new details, including tidbits on Vice President’s pressure-packed 10 trips to the CIA.
Another levee breaks.

More later...

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