It reveals the efficacy of corporatized news propaganda.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 9, 2014
If you want to gauge how government will respond to the Ebola epidemic, look no further than the response to Hurricane Katrina.
The media likes to say massive and unprecedented government negligence during Katrina was the fault of “policy failures.”
The Department of Homeland Security, according to Robert Block in Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security, was purportedly designed as a response to terrorism, not natural disaster.
It can be argued, however, that the DHS is in effect a massive boondoggle, yet another specialty of government – establishing lumbering bureaucracies designed to enrich corporate partners and further governmental agendas, in the case of DHS establishing a domestic secret police (there is ample evidence, primarily after the fall of a misguided Occupy movement, that the DHS, in collaboration with the FBI and the CIA, routinely work to undermine any serious political challenge to the establishment).
In the aftermath of Katrina, government excelled at confiscating legal firearms, shooting unarmed civilians, and preventing firefighters and rescue workers from aiding victims.
Like DHS, FEMA was not established to help Americans during hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, but as a principal vehicle for martial law. “FEMA could not respond immediately to the Hurricane Katrina disaster — humanitarian efforts were no longer part of its job description under the Department of Homeland Security,” writes Allen Roland.
FEMA, in fact, worked to make sure victims of Katrina did not get assistance.
“Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Paul Craig Roberts has agreed that FEMA has deliberately withheld aid, and cut emergency communication lines, and automatically made the crisis look worse in order to empower the image of a police state emerging to ‘save the day’. He even insinuated that the shoot to kill policy was part of the overall operation in order get an awful precedence set to aid the military industrial complex takeover of America,” writes Steve Watson.
The failure of government, or rather evidence of its real agenda, was demonstrated during Katrina, and yet millions of Americans persistently believe government will help them during the latest crisis, one that will likely overshadow Katrina and every other natural disaster.
Morgan Brittany believes the government may have orchestrated the Ebola crisis so it can institute martial law.
“My fear is that this has all been orchestrated from the very beginning. Who knows? Maybe the current administration needs this to happen so martial law can be declared, guns can be seized and the populace can be controlled. Once that happens … game over,” she wrote for WND earlier this week.
Whether or not the feds orchestrated the Ebola crisis, they will certainly use it to enhance and strengthen their power over the American people. The federal government will portray itself as a savior and this false image will be dutifully echoed by the propaganda media.
Considering the leverage the corporate media has over the public despite inroads made by alternative and truth media, it is not surprising 40 percent of Americans, at least according to a corporate poll, actually believe the government can save them.