In the wake of Hurricane Andrew, Katrina and other emergency
conditions it seems prudent to review the history and
powers of a shadowy organization we have been watching, headed by
friends of W without any relevent experience. What you see below
should raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Note, especially,
that there is no provision for return of constitutional law...ever.
Subject: FEMA - the secret government - where we are headed?
FEMA is in the news because of its handling of Katrina - and its
leader. The good news is it is bringing to light the secret
government embedded in FEMA. A Google search for FEMA led to several
interesting articles, including one called "FEMA - The Secret
Check out this site - TODAY.
http://www.sonic.net/sentinel/gvcon6.html FEMA - look at the powers
it has - including many which totally suspend citizen rights across
the board - and can suspend the Constitution - with no provisions for
its return. It includes many executive orders that few know about but
have potential to dramatically change America - in fact to suspend
A couple excerpts. (Bolding added.)
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness
Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of
production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries,
credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any
undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of
emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the
action for six months.
FEMA's deceptive role really did not come to light with much of the
public until Hurricane Andrew smashed into the U.S. mainland. As
Russell R. Dynes, director of the Disaster Research Center of the
University of Delaware, wrote in The World and I, "...The eye of the
political storm hovered over the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA became a convenient target for criticism." 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.
FEMA has developed 300 sophisticated mobile units that are capable of
sustaining themselves for a month. The vehicles are located in five
areas of the United States. They have tremendous communication
systems and each contains a generator that would provide power to 120
homes each, but have never been used for disaster relief.
Three times since 1984, FEMA stood on the threshold of taking control
of the nation. Once under President Reagan in 1984, and twice under
President Bush in 1990 and 1992. But under those three scenarios,
there was not a sufficient crisis to warrant risking martial law.
Most experts on the subject of FEMA and Martial Law insisted that a
crisis has to appear dangerous enough for the people of the United
States before they would tolerate or accept complete government
takeover. The typical crisis needed would be threat of imminent
nuclear war, rioting in several U.S. cites simultaneously, a series
of national disasters that affect widespread danger to the populous,
massive terrorist attacks, a depression in which tens of millions are
unemployed and without financial resources, or a major environmental
THREE TIMES FEMA STOOD BY READY FOR EMERGENCY
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. The exercise was to test
FEMA's readiness to assume military authority in the event of a
"State of Domestic National Emergency" concurrent with the launching
of a direct United States military operation in Central America. The
plan called for the deputation of U.S. military and National Guard
units so that they could legally be used for domestic law
enforcement. These units would be assigned to conduct sweeps and take
into custody an estimated 400,000 undocumented Central American
immigrants in the United States. The immigrants would be interned at
10 detention centers to be set up at military bases throughout the
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 second known time that FEMA stood by was in 1990 when Desert
Storm was enacted. Prior to President Bush's invasion of Iraq, FEMA
began to draft new legislation to increase its already formidable
powers. One of the elements incorporated into the plan was to set up
operations within any state or locality without the prior permission
of local or state authorities. Such prior permission has always been
required in the past. Much of the mechanism being set into place was
in anticipation of the economic collapse of the Western World. The
war with Iraq may have been conceived as a ploy to boost the bankrupt
economy, but it only pushed the West into deeper recession.
The third scenario for FEMA came with the Los Angeles riots after the
Rodney King brutality verdict. Had the rioting spread to other
cities, FEMA would have been empowered to step in. As it was, major
rioting only occurred in the Los Angeles area, thus preventing a
pretext for a FEMA response.
On July 5, 1987, the Miami Herald published reports on FEMA's new
goals. The goal was to suspend the Constitution in the event of a
national crisis, such as nuclear war, violent and widespread internal
dissent, or national opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad.
Lt. Col. North was the architect. National Security Directive Number
52 issued in August 1982, pertains to the "Use of National Guard
Troops to Quell Disturbances."
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. Diana Raynolds,
program director of the Edward R. Murrow Center, summed up the
dangers of FEMA today and the public reaction to Martial Law in a
drug crisis: "It was James Madison's worst nightmare that a righteous
faction would someday be strong enough to sweep away the
Constitutional restraints designed by the framers to prevent the
tyranny of centralized power, excessive privilege, an arbitrary
governmental authority over the individual. These restraints, the
balancing and checking of powers among branches and layers of
government, and the civil guarantees, would be the first casualties
in a drug-induced national security state with Reagan's Civil
Emergency Preparedness unleashed. Nevertheless, there would be those
who would welcome NSC (National Security Council) into the drug fray,
believing that increasing state police powers to emergency levels is
the only way left to fight American's enemy within. In the short run,
a national security state would probably be a relief to those whose
personal security and quality of life has been diminished by drugs or
drug related crime. And, as the general public watches the
progression of institutional chaos and social decay, they too may be
willing to pay the ultimate price, one drug free America for 200
years of democracy."
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 most shining example of America to the world has been its
peaceful transition of government from one administration to another.
Despite crises of great magnitude, the United States has maintained
its freedom and liberty. This nation now stands on the threshold of
rule by non-elected people asserting non-Constitutional powers. Even
Congress cannot review a Martial Law action until six months after it
has been declared. For the first time in American history, the reigns
of government would not be transferred from one elected element to
another, but the Constitution, itself, can be suspended.
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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