Secretive agency has used natural disaster as a cover for decades
October 3, 2013
Because tropical storm Karen is brewing over the Yucatan Channel and the southern Gulf of Mexico, the federal government has seen fit to call back thousands of FEMA’s furloughed workers. The script-reading corporate media noted the fact this morning:
— Mark Potter (@MarkPotterNBC) October 3, 2013
Despite endless sermonizing by Democrats and vociferous complaints by supporters of big government that only a leviathan state is capable of responding to natural disasters, FEMA sports a rather dismal record and is rife with corruption. It thrives off disaster declarations and gobbles up billions of dollars of tax payer largess.
“Why do liberals love FEMA so much? Certainly not for its glorious track record. Rather, FEMA has been a great vehicle for expanding the welfare state,” Shikha Dalmia wrote after Hurricane Sandy.
As Ron Paul noted in the wake of Sandy, FEMA is a “great contributor to deficit financing,” a fact more and more Americans realize following every natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina. “There’s no magic about FEMA. More and more people are starting to recognize that,” Paul said in August, 2011.
“FEMA has been around since 1978, it has one of the worst reputations for a bureaucracy ever,” Paul told Fox News after the government reviewed its actions following Hurricane Irene. “It’s a system of bureaucratic central economic planning, which is a policy that is deeply flawed.”
According to a number of researchers, FEMA’s role as a federally-run emergency response agency is nothing short of an ingeniously designed cover:
“Not only is it the most powerful entity in the United States, but it was not even created under Constitutional law by the Congress,” Harry V. Martin wrote in 1995. “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.”
FEMA had one original concept when it was created, to assure the survivability of the United States government in the event of a nuclear attack on this nation. It was also provided with the task of being a federal coordinating body during times of domestic disasters, such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes. Its awesome powers grow under the tutelage of people like Lt. Col. Oliver North and General Richard Secord, the architects on the Iran-Contra scandal and the looting of America’s savings and loan institutions.
FEMA’s shadow government role came to light following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Martin writes:
Because FEMA was accused of dropping the ball in Florida, the media and Congress commenced to study this agency. What came out of the critical look was that FEMA was spending 12 times more for “black operations” than for disaster relief. It spent $1.3 billion building secret bunkers throughout the United States in anticipation of government disruption by foreign or domestic upheaval. Yet fewer than 20 members of Congress, only members with top security clearance, know of the $1.3 billion expenditure by FEMA for non-natural disaster situations. These few Congressional leaders state that FEMA has a “black curtain” around its operations. FEMA has worked on National Security programs since 1979, and its predecessor, the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency, has secretly spent millions of dollars before being merged into FEMA by President Carter in 1979.
Considering FEMA’s real role as the praetorian guard of the national security state, it makes sense that despite the cartoonish political partisanship and the supposed government shutdown now grabbing national headlines, FEMA has decided to get back in the saddle under the cover of a tropical storm floating off the coast of Mexico.