September 2005 Archives
"The FEMA director is doing a heckova job." --George W. What-the-f*ck-planet-are-you-on, speaking in Mobile, AL
"Take whatever idiot they have at the top of whatever agency and give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don't give me the same idiot." Aaron Broussard, President, Jefferson Parish 06 Sep 2005
Wider Powers for U.S. Forces in Disasters Are Under Review --The White House would like to dispatch troops faster and give them law enforcement duties. 11 Sep 2005 A senior White House official said Saturday that in the wake of the hurricane that demolished part of the nation's Gulf Coast, the Bush administration was studying whether to expand the president's powers to deploy the U.S. military in natural disasters... Separately, congressional sources said that Sen. John W. Warner [R-VA] thought some change might be needed in the 19th century law that restricted use of the military on U.S. soil, known as the Posse Comitatus Act, but they emphasized that there were no immediate plans to expand presidential powers to dispatch troops.
Firms with Bush ties snag Katrina deals 10 Sep 2005 Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, Dictator George W. Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast. One is Shaw Group Inc. and the other is Halliburton Co. subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. ...Bechtel National Inc., a unit of San Francisco-based Bechtel Corp., has also been selected by FEMA to provide short-term housing for people displaced by the hurricane.
Israel must decide whether to pursue U.S. aid in light of Katrina 09 Sep 2005 It is up to Israel to decide whether to pursue its aid request for Negev-Galilee development - which was slated to be part of an aid package to offset the cost of the disengagement - or exercise restraint in light of the high costs of Hurricane Katrina, outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer said Friday. In July, Israel requested funding for development which was to be part of a $2.25 billion package for the disengagement plan.
Cover-up: toxic waters 'will make New Orleans unsafe for a decade' 11 Sep 2005 Toxic chemicals in the New Orleans flood waters will make the city unsafe for full human habitation for a decade, a US government official has told The Independent on Sunday. And, he added, the Bush administration is covering up the danger.
FBI opens secret files to check evacuees 10 Sep 2005 The FBI is taking the unprecedented step of allowing its closely guarded national criminal history [National Crime Information Center] database and finger-printing catalog to be used to screen Hurricane Katrina evacuees seeking shelter in private homes as well as the people offering to house them. The agency also is making its database available for background checks on relief workers and volunteers.
'Racist' police blocked bridge and forced evacuees back at gunpoint 11 Sep 2005 A Louisiana police chief has admitted that he ordered his officers to block a bridge over the Mississippi river and force escaping evacuees back into the chaos and danger of New Orleans. Witnesses said the officers fired their guns above the heads of the terrified people to drive them back and "protect" their own suburbs.
Police in Suburbs Blocked Evacuees, Witnesses Report 10 Sep 2005 Police agencies to the south of New Orleans were so fearful of the crowds trying to leave the city after Hurricane Katrina that they sealed a crucial bridge over the Mississippi River and turned back hundreds of desperate evacuees, two paramedics who were in the crowd said.
"Anyone from FEMA who tries to close either store will be arrested by deputies." Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee commandeers Sam's Wal-Mart stores 11 Sep 2005 Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee said he has "commandeered" the Sam's and Wal-Mart stores in the parish and ordered them to open as soon as possible. Lee said he took the action after he learned that a Wal-Mart store wanted to open recently but was told by FEMA officials that it could not. "I am upset with FEMA and some of their regulations," Lee said... Lee said anyone from FEMA who tries to close either store will be arrested by deputies.
German plane with 15 tons of aid turned back from U.S. 10 Sep 2005 A German military plane carrying 15 tons of military rations for survivors of Hurricane Katrina was sent back by U.S. authorities, officials said Saturday. The plane was turned away Thursday because it did not have the required authorization, a German government spokesman said. [The treason trials for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rove need to begin...]
FEMA mortuary move irritates volunteer 10 Sep 2005 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a hired contractor to provide services that a local mortician says have been available from volunteers through the National Funeral Directors Association. "Volunteers would have gone at no charge," said Dan Buckner, co-owner and manager of Gowen-Smith Chapel. "Now, they'll have this job done by people who will be paid. That kind of irks me."
Insurers balk at paying out to 1 million Katrina flood victims 11 Sep 2005 Millions of people forced out of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina may not be insured for the damage to their homes. More than half of the properties in the city are understood to be insured only for hurricane damage, with insurers insisting that it was a flood that forced the evacuation of the city. If US courts agree, this could save the insurance industry as much as $10bn (£5.4bn) and leave more than a million people destitute.
Santorum criticizes Weather Service --Has sponsored bill to prevent government weather notices, to benefit private companies, including donor 11 Sep 2005 Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Terrorist-Penn.), who has sponsored legislation to limit the information that the National Weather Service can provide to the public, told radio reporters this week that Congress should investigate whether the federal agency's initial warnings on the severity of Hurricane Katrina were adequate... Santorum has received at least $7,000 from employees of AccuWeather, based in State College, Pa., according to Federal Election Commission reports.
Governor Fletcher's Office --Gives Out Phone-Sex Telephone Number Instead of Red Cross Number This Afternoon -- Oops. By Mark Nickolas 09 Sep 2005 "This afternoon, Governor Fletcher's Communications Office issued the following press release: Governor Ernie Fletcher [R] calls on faith-based organizations to partner with Division of Emergency Management to assist hurricane evacuees in Kentucky Toll-free hotline established for housing assistance for hurricane relief... The problem is, the second phone number listed for the Red Cross (ending in 4637) is actually for a phone sex service."
U.S. won't ban media from New Orleans searches --CNN filed suit for right to cover search for bodies of Katrina victims 10 Sep 2005 Rather than fight a lawsuit by CNN, the federal government abandoned its effort Saturday to prevent the media from reporting on the recovery of the dead in New Orleans.
"War on terror" diverted US resources from disaster prevention: experts 10 Sep 2005 Four years after the September 11 attacks, the failure of the US emergency services to handle the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina is due to resources being diverted to the "war on terror," experts say.
Mississippi guardsmen in Iraq refused leave time 11 Sep 2005 Scores of Mississippi National Guardsmen in Iraq who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina have been refused even 15-day leaves to aid their displaced families, told by commanders there are too few U.S. troops in Iraq to spare them, according to guardsmen.
Let the People Rebuild New Orleans By Naomi Klein 08 Sep 2005 "Jimmy Reiss, chairman of the New Orleans Business Council, told Newsweek that he has been brainstorming about how 'to use this catastrophe as a once-in-an-eon opportunity to change the dynamic.' The Business Council's wish list is well-known: low wages, low taxes, more luxury condos and hotels."
Neigh to Cronies By Maureen Dowd 10 Sep 2005 "The breakdown in management and communications was so execrable that the president learned about the 25,000 desperate, trapped people at the New Orleans convention center not from Brownie [Michael Brown], who didn't know himself, but from a wire story carried into the Oval Office by an aide on Thursday, 24 hours after the victims had been pleading and crying for help on every channel. (Maybe tomorrow the aide will come in with a wire story, 'No W.M.D. in Iraq.')"
A Letter to All Who Voted for George W. Bush from Michael Moore 11 Sep 2005 "On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, I'm just curious, how does it feel? How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification was that he ran horse shows? That's right. Horse shows. I really want to know -- and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all due respect -- how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown for your safety?"
MI5 head warns of liberties trade-off to fight terror 10 Sep 2005 The head of MI5, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, has publicly warned that civil liberties may have to be eroded to prevent [foment] future terrorist attacks in Britain.
Court upholds indefinite jail with no charge 10 Sep 2005 A federal appeals court yesterday backed the president's power to indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil without any criminal charges, holding that such authority is vital during wartime to protect the nation from terrorist attacks.
US activist arrested after visa revoked 11 Sep 2005 An American peace activist may be deported because he is allegedly a threat to national security. Liz Thompson from the Anti-Deportation Alliance says Scott Parkin, who is a teacher by profession, was arrested in Melbourne yesterday. Ms Thompson says Mr Parkin was told his visa was being revoked on the grounds of character, after he allegedly received an adverse security assessment.
Pentagon Revises Nuclear Plan --Proposal advocates use of nuclear weapons to preempt attack by a nation or a terrorist group. Strategy includes preemptive use against banned weapons 11 Sep 2005 The Pentagon has drafted a revised doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons that envisions commanders requesting presidential approval to use them to preempt an attack by a nation or a terrorist group using weapons of mass destruction. The draft also includes the option of using nuclear arms to destroy known enemy stockpiles of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.
Pentagon document would alter nuclear weapons plan 10 Sep 2005 The U.S. Defense Department has written a draft revision of its nuclear operations doctrine that outlines the use of nuclear weapons to preempt an enemy's attack with weapons of mass destruction, according to a copy of the document available online on Saturday.
Tal Afar Residents Send Out SOS 11 Sep 2005 Residents of the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar has sent out an SOS to the international community to interfere with the US occupation authorities to stop their continuing bombing of their devastated city, revealing a terrible humanitarian situation. [Oh, the New Orleans levee breach didn't kill enough poor people to satisfy Bush?]
Soldier Not Killed in Action; Kin Not Told 10 Sep 2005 The Army said Saturday it knew for more than a year after 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard's death in Iraq in May 2004 that he was not killed in action, as it initially reported. The family was not told the truth until Friday.
Military exchanges want a piece of the lottery pie 10 Sep 2005 Last year, retailers earned more than $3 billion in commissions on lottery ticket sales of almost $49 billion. Military exchanges want a piece of that action.
9/11: Cold Case --A former Bush-appointed official is calling for a new, independent, scientific investigation into 9/11 Sep 2005 Morgan Reynolds, Bush's chief economist for the Department of Labor from 2001-02, is an outspoken leader in a movement calling for a full-scale, unbiased, independent scientific study into the events of Sept. 11, 2001... He thinks the collapse of the World Trade Center, the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Penn., and the attack on the Pentagon were all weaved together as an elaborate inside job, a claim that only forensics can prove.
Day 1,461 And Counting --It's the fourth anniversary of September 11 -- and Osama bin Laden is still at large. By Michael Tomasky 08 Sep 2005 "...[E]ven the disaster Bush has created in Iraq takes a back seat to one overwhelming fact: By the time night falls on September 11, Osama bin Laden will have been at large for 1,461 days. America vanquished world fascism in less time: We obtained Germany’s surrender in 1,243 days, Japan’s in 1,365. Even the third Punic War, in which Carthage was burned to the ground and emptied of citizens who were taken en masse into Roman slavery, lasted around 1,100 days (and troops needed a little longer to get into position back in 149 B.C.)."
Texas Fires Lawyer After Story on Rove --Talking to Post Reporter Called Violation 10 Sep 2005 A staff attorney with the Texas secretary of state said yesterday that she was fired this week for violating press protocols when she spoke to a Washington Post reporter who was working on a story about pResidential adviser [and Reichwing terrorist] Karl Rove.
Senator Will Not Ask Roberts to Take a Stand on Abortion 11 Sep 2005 With confirmation hearings for Judge John G. Roberts Jr. set to convene on Monday, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says in his written opening statement that he does not intend to ask the nominee if he would overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
Prescott in climate swipe at US 10 Sep 2005 Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has criticised the US's record on combating global warming in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans. In a speech in Berlin, Mr Prescott took a swipe at the US government, which has refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol. Some commentators have suggested Katrina is an example of the type of storms that will become more common with global warming.
The water is going down slowly. The President's popularity is sinking like a stone 11 Sep 2005 The Bush administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina - lambasted on all sides of the political spectrum as disastrously slow if not also staggeringly insensitive - has sent the pResident's approval ratings plummeting.
Poll: Bush approval at 39 percent 10 Sep 2005 pResident Bush's job approval has dipped below 40 percent for the first time in the AP-Ipsos poll, reflecting widespread doubts about his handling of gasoline prices and the response to Hurricane Katrina.
NEWSWEEK poll suggests President Bush could become Katrina's next casualty 10 Sep 2005 A new NEWSWEEK Poll suggests the post-Katrina political storm may just be rising. And her ultimate casualty could be pResident George W. Bush... Only 38 percent of Americans approve of the way Bush is doing his job overall, a record-low for this pResident in the NEWSWEEK poll. [Well, as they say, some good comes out of all bad things. This may be the only good Katrina does. It took Katrina to do what 99.9% of the world wishes it could do, long ago: Blow Bush the hell out of here. --MDR]
NEWSWEEK poll snapshot --Do you approve of President [sic] Bush's handling of Katrina's aftermath? *41500 responses - Yes 13%; No 84%; I don't know 2% [Poll snapshot: 10 Sep 2005 22:46 GMT] [Bush is left only with a core of ideological idiots and a handful of uninformed idiots. Everyone else in the whole wide world hates his fucking guts. --MDR]
Hurricane Ophelia threatens North Carolina 11 Sep 2005 Hurricane Ophelia hovered off the coast of the southeastern United States on Sunday and could hit North Carolina later in the week, forecasters said.
Gulf War III: Why is Blackwater USA patrolling New Orleans with M-16s? By Will Bunch 08 Sep 2005 "How do you know that we're finally taking the situation in New Orleans seriously? We're sending in the private mercenaries -- the very same folks we've called on to do the dirty work in Iraq. Reports are beginning to surface that New Orleans and environs are crawling with armed private commandos from Blackwater USA, the North Carolina-based security firm that has risen to prominence with its highly visible role in Iraq."
New Orleans Begins Confiscating Firearms 08 Sep 2005 Waters were receding across this flood-beaten city today as police officers began confiscating weapons, including legally registered firearms, from civilians in preparation for a mass forced evacuation of the residents still living here. No civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns or other firearms, said P. Edwin Compass III, the superintendent of police. "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons," he said.
'If you don't get your ass out of here, I'm going to break your motherf--ing jaw.' Ex-SP journalist feels wrath of New Orleans police 09 Sep 2005 A former StarPhoenix photographer was threatened, shoved and stripped of his cameras by New Orleans police while on assignment in the hurricane-ravaged city.
Police trapped survivors in New Orleans 09 Sep 2005 Police from surrounding jurisdictions shut down several access points to one of the only ways out of New Orleans last week, effectively trapping victims of Hurricane Katrina in the flooded and devastated city. An eyewitness account from two San Francisco paramedics posted on an internet site for Emergency Medical Services specialists says, "Thousands of New Orleaners were prevented and prohibited from self-evacuating the city on foot."
FEMA Nixes Grassroots Radio Station for Hurricane Evacuees 08 Sep 2005 Although the effort was trumpeted in the media as an example of grassroots ingenuity in the face of disaster, local officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency have nixed an attempt by Houston activists to set up a low-power radio station at the Astrodome that would have broadcast Hurricane Katrina relief information for evacuees. local officials said FEMA bureaucrats KO’d the station—dubbed KAMP "Dome City Radio"—because of "security concerns."
US military bars journalists from body-filled areas of New Orleans 09 Sep 2005 The military will bar journalists and photographers from documenting the recovery of bodies left littering New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina [Bush], the army general in charge said.
CNN sues over FEMA dead body request 10 Sep 2005 CNN filed a lawsuit Friday intended to head off federal directives barring the media from showing photos of people left dead by Hurricane Katrina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency this week asked news agencies to refrain from airing or publishing photos of dead bodies, and excluded media from some recovery missions in New Orleans.
Judge supports CNN request to cover Katrina's [Bush's] toll 10 Sep 2005 At the request of CNN, a federal judge in Texas Friday night blocked emergency officials in New Orleans from preventing the media from covering the recovery of bodies from Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison issued a temporary restraining order against a "zero access" policy announced earlier Friday by Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who is overseeing the federal relief effort in the city, and Terry Ebbert, the city's homeland security director.
FEMA to stop giving out debit cards 09 Sep 2005 The nation's relief agency said Friday it will discontinue its program to distribute debit cards worth up to $2,000 to hurricane victims, two days after hastily announcing the novel plan to provide quick relief. [No worries... the contracts awarded to Halliburton and Blackwater USA were not discontinued.]
Red Cross: State rebuffed relief efforts --Aid organization never got into New Orleans, officials say 09 Sep 2005 Louisiana officials rebuffed American Red Cross requests to enter New Orleans with relief supplies last week because of concerns over logistical difficulties, Red Cross and state officials said Thursday.
The Great New Orleans Land Grab --The 17th Street Canal levy was breeched on purpose By Ernesto Cienfuegos 07 Sep 2005 There were numerous incidents that occurred during and immediately after Katrina struck that point to the 'unthinkable'. It now appears that a sophisticated plan was implemented that utilized the 'cover of a hurricane' to first destroy and than take over the City of New Orleans... Among the most telling anomalies pointing to something terribly afoot is the gun battle, killing 5, that occurred at the breeched levy between the New Orleans Police Department and, what have now been identified as US military agents."
[The Turner Show claims evidence for deliberate explosions of the levees "by someone with access to military-grade UNDERWATER high explosives." The CLG is merely reporting Turner's claim, and not vouching for or asserting its credibility.] Explosive Residue Found On Failed Levee Debris --Ruptured New Orleans Levee had help failing By Hal Turner 09 Sep 2005 "Divers inspecting the ruptured levee walls surrounding New Orleans found something that piqued their interest: Burn marks on underwater debris chunks from the broken levee wall! ...According to well placed sources, a military forensic specialist determined the burn marks on the cement chunks did, in fact, come from high explosives. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity said 'We found traces of boron-enhanced fluoronitramino explosives as well as PBXN-111. This would indicate at least two separate types of explosive devices.' The levee ruptures in New Orleans did not take place during Hurricane Katrina, but rather a day after the hurricane struck."
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." The Politics of Hurricane Katrina 09 Sep 2005 From the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: "House Republican campaign chief Reynolds touts chance to market conservative social-policy solutions; Rep. Baker [Richard H. Baker (R-LA 6th)] of Baton Rouge is overheard telling lobbyists: 'We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did.' Baker explains later he didn't intend flippancy but has long wanted to improve low-income housing." [Email Baker here. Submit comments here. Washington DC Office: Congressman Richard Baker, 341 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3901 - Fax: 202-225-7313. Baton Rouge Office: Congressman Richard Baker, 5555 Hilton Avenue, Suite 100, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 Phone: 225-929-7711 or toll-free (in LA only) 800-892-1253 - Fax: 225-929-7688]
Physician who told Cheney to go F*ck Himself Lost his Home in Katrina, Detained, Cuffed by Cheney's M-16-carrying Goons By Jackson Thoreau 09 Sep 2005 "As he [Dr. Ben Marble] stood about 10 feet away from Cheney and his friend and some camera operators from CNN and other media filmed the scene, Marble suddenly yelled, 'Go fuck yourself, Mr. Cheney! Go fuck yourself, you asshole!' ...As they were salvaging a few things from Marble's home, two military police waving M-16's showed up and said they were looking for someone who fit Marble's description who had cursed at Cheney."
Secret Service investigating university student 08 Sep 2005 The Secret Service has its eye on a Kentucky student. Twenty-one-year-old Phillip Bailey is being investigated for suggesting pResident Bush be shot... Bailey said he posted a message on a Web site in response to someone else who suggested that looters in New Orleans should be shot.
Inside FEMA: Leaders Lacking Disaster Experience --'Brain Drain' At Agency Cited 09 Sep 2005 Five of eight top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials came to their posts with virtually no experience in handling disasters and now lead an agency whose ranks of seasoned crisis managers have thinned dramatically since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Director of FEMA Stripped of Role as Relief Leader 09 Sep 2005 Under intense pressure to improve its response to Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration on Friday abruptly removed the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael D. Brown, from oversight of the post-storm relief effort, and replaced him with Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard.
Disaster chief loses hurricane relief role after CV allegations 10 Sep 2005 Michael Brown, the head of the Bush administration's disaster relief effort, was relieved yesterday of his role coordinating the response to Hurricane Katrina, after allegations that he had embroidered his professional record and had no emergency management experience.
Protesters "shame" Bush over Katrina response 08 Sep 2005 Around 150 people, including a handful of evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, protested outside the White House, accusing pResident George W. Bush of letting down the victims of the Bushaster. [Bushaster --new word, courtesy CLG reader and choreographer/dancer Sarah Skaggs]
Gore Helped Airlift Katrina Refugees --President Gore Criticizes Administration's Response 09 Sep 2005 Al Gore helped airlift some 270 Katrina evacuees on two private charters from New Orleans, acting at the urging of a doctor who saved the life of Gore's son.
Officials: Guard Deployment Hurt Response 09 Sep 2005 The deployment of thousands of National Guard troops from Mississippi and Louisiana in Iraq when Hurricane Katrina struck hindered those states' initial storm response, military and civilian officials said Friday. Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said that "arguably'' a day at most of response time was lost due to the absence of the Mississippi National Guard's 155th Infantry Brigade and Louisiana's 256th Infantry Brigade, each with thousands of troops in Iraq.
Guard Troops Look Home to Battered Louisiana (NPR, "All Things Considered") 05 Sep 2005 "Melissa Block talks with Army Spc. Robert Greer with the Louisiana National Guard's 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery. The unit, based in New Orleans, is currently serving in Baghdad. 'We all want to get home to help,' Greer says."
Iraq rebuilding under threat as US runs out of money 09 Sep 2005 Key rebuilding projects in Iraq are grinding to a halt because American money is running out and security has diverted funds intended for electricity, water and sanitation [just like in New Orleans], according to US officials... Fuel shortages have produced mile-long queues at petrol stations. [LOL, only Bush and Halliburton could actually cause fuel shortages in *Iraq.*]
Security Contractors in Iraq Under Scrutiny After Shootings 10 Sep 2005 Recent shootings of Iraqi civilians, allegedly involving the legion of U.S., British and other foreign security contractors operating in the country, are drawing increasing concern from Iraqi officials and U.S. commanders who say they undermine relations between foreign military forces and Iraqi civilians. [The same security contractors are killing civilians in New Orleans, as well.]
Al-Qaida in Iraq seizes border town as it mobilises against poll 07 Sep 2005 The Al-CIAduh in Iraq has seized control of a town on the Syrian border and is mobilising to disrupt next month's referendum on a draft constitution.
Diplomats stage walk out as UK and US are accused of terrorism 10 Sep 2005 British and European diplomats walked out of a human rights conference in Malaysia yesterday, after the country's former prime minister claimed that the United States and the UK were "terrorist" states and that air force pilots whose bombs killed Iraqi civilians were murderers.
Former Malaysian PM calls Britain 'state terrorist' 09 Sep 2005 Britain's chief diplomat in Malaysia stormed out of a human rights' conference today after the UK and US were condemned as "state terrorists" by the country's retired prime minister. Malaysia's former leader, Mahathir Mohamad, launched the scathing attack on both countries for invading Iraq, blaming them for thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths.
Should Congress Investigate the Bush Administration's Iraq War Lies? (Democrats.com online petition)
Dutch Citizen Indicted in Terrorism Conspiracy Against Americans in Iraq 09 Sep 2005 An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen has been indicted by a grand jury in Washington, D.C. for allegedly participating in a conspiracy [?!?] to attack Americans based in Iraq, Assistant Attorney Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein of the District of Columbia announced today. These are the first U.S. criminal charges connected to terrorist activities in Iraq.
Court Rules U.S. Can Indefinitely Detain Citizens --Ruling Comes in the Case of 'Enemy Combatant' Jose Padilla 09 Sep 2005 A federal appeals court ruled today that the president can indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil in the absence of criminal charges, holding that such authority is vital to protect the nation from 'terrorist' attacks.
Power to Detain U.S. Terror Suspect Is Upheld 09 Sep 2005 A federal appeals court ruled today, in a significant victory for the Bush administration, that the president "unquestionably" had the authority to order the detention of Jose Padilla, an American citizen suspected of having links to Al CIAduh.
Judge Rules Vs. U.S. in Patriot Act Case --Judge Rules Against Government in Patriot Act Case, Freeing Librarians to Debate Act's Renewal 09 Sep 2005 A federal judge lifted a gag order Friday that shielded the identity of librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act.
Mega barf alert! Gonzales Again Emerges As Court Contender 10 Sep 2005 Ralph Neas, president of the liberal People for the American Way, said his group has "serious concerns regarding [an Attorney General Alberto] Gonzales nomination,'' primarily over his role in crafting U.S. policies on interrogation and treatment of suspected terrorists.
DeLay's state PAC indicted --Grand jury says the use of corporate money violated Texas election laws 09 Sep 2005 A Travis County grand jury indicted a business organization and a political committee founded by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Thursday on felony charges of violating election laws by using corporate money to influence state elections. The indictments accuse the DeLay-founded Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee of two counts of illegally soliciting corporate money for political campaigns.
Congress to Investigate 9/11 Loan Abuses 10 Sep 2005 Congress will investigate the "flagrant abuse'' of a federal loan program designed to help businesses recover from the Sept. 11 attacks and make sure such problems don't occur with Hurricane Katrina relief, a key Senate Republican announced Friday.
Government Intervention in Stock Market is Detailed by New Report, GATA Says 06 Sep 2005 A major Canadian financial management firm that a year ago published a compilation of evidence of central bank manipulation of the gold price has just done the same in regard to the U.S. stock market and has reached a similar conclusion... Frequent intervention in the stock market, the Sprott report also notes, makes it impossible to distinguish between national emergencies and political expediency. [Click here for the Sprott report in .pdf.]
Analysis Sees Deficits Growing Under Bush 10 Sep 2005 Even before the cost of Hurricane Katrina is added to the federal ledger, a Congressional Budget Office study commissioned by Democrats predicts pResident Bush will fail to keep his promise to cut the deficit in half by the time he leaves office.
The Panama Deception (Summary by Mark Yannone) 09 Sep 2005 "This film shows how the US attacked Panama and killed 3 or 4 thousand people in an invasion that the rest of the world opposed. (Sound familiar?) ...The excuse given for the invasion was to remove the drug lord, General Noriega, who had been on the CIA's payroll for 20 years."
Hurricane Ophelia could boomerang back to US 09 Sep 2005 Hurricane Ophelia edged away from Florida's Atlantic coast on Friday but forecasters said it probably would loop back and hit the southeast U.S. coast early next week.
"Very strange bird flu" or is bird flu - American bio-weapon? By Vladimir Ivanov 22 Aug 2005 "In view of all this the fact of unexpected even for US allies refusal in 2001 by the administration of George Bush to sign the draft of new multilateral agreement on toughening the prohibition of bacteriological weapons, already signed by 140 countries, must not be ignored. And in 2002 the group of prominent scientists-microbiologists of the USA and England publicly accused authorities of the USA of development of the new generation bacteriological weapons, in particular special cluster bombs which represents a gross violation of international agreements."
Minister: Bush must be 'shot down' 08 Sep 2005 A conservative German minister in a southern state has caused uproar by saying U.S. pResident George W. Bush should be "shot down" for his handling of the crisis in hurricane-struck New Orleans. During a visit to a local company on Tuesday, Andreas Renner, Social Minister in Germany's southern state of Baden-Wuertemberg, said of Bush: "He ought to be shot down." [Bush is such a menace, even his fellow conservatives want him "shot down." If he weren't already a crawling, belly-to-the-ground reptile, shooting him "down" would be a possibility. As is now, he cannot get any lower. --MDR]
Cheney told to 'go fuck yourself' in Gulfport, Mississippi 08 Sep 2005 Vice pResident Dick Cheney, in Gulfport, Mississippi on a tour of the Katrina hurricane zone, was told to "go fuck yourself" twice on live television, RAW STORY has learned. During a discussion on hurricane relief efforts, an off camera protester shouts, "Go fuck yourself, Mr. Cheney. Go fuck yourself."
Bush suspends wage laws --Bush signs executive order allowing contractors to pay below prevailing wage in affected areas. Dictator Bush issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage. In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused "a national emergency" that permits him to take such action under the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. [Next, Nutball will be bringing back slavery.]
Bush Renews Sept. 11 Emergency Declaration 08 Sep 2005 Dictator Bush on Thursday renewed the national emergency he declared after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The pResident's declaration allows for the mobilization of reserve military forces and other steps.
Police Begin Seizing Guns of Civilians 09 Sep 2005 Local police officers began confiscating weapons from civilians [!!!] in preparation for a forced evacuation of the last holdouts still living here. "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons," P. Edwin Compass III, the superintendent of the New Orleans police, said. That order apparently does not apply to the hundreds of security guards whom businesses and some wealthy individuals have hired to protect their property. The guards, who are civilians working for private security firms like Blackwater, are openly carrying M-16s and other assault rifles.
Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell
White House Considered Invoking Insurrection Act 09 Sep 2005 As New Orleans descended into chaos last week and Louisiana's governor asked for 40,000 soldiers, Dictator Bush's senior advisers debated whether the pResident should speed the arrival of active-duty troops by seizing control of the 'hurricane relief mission' from the governor. To seize control of the mission, Mr. Bush would have had to invoke the Insurrection Act, which allows the president in times of unrest to command active-duty forces into the states to perform law enforcement duties.
New Orleans becomes a war zone --A dress rehearsal for martial law? By Bill Van Auken 8 Sep 2005 "The disaster that struck New Orleans and the southern Gulf Coast has given rise to the largest military mobilization in modern history on US soil. Nearly 65,000 US military personnel are now deployed in the disaster area, transforming the devastated port city into a war zone... It is becoming increasingly apparent that the disastrous delay in providing aid to the city’s beleaguered citizens was in large part a matter of waiting until this massive military force was ready to deploy."
FEMA and Katrina: REX-84 Revisited by Kurt Nimmo 08 Sep 2005 "Regardless of all the corporate media hype, FEMA was not created to respond to natural disasters and help American citizens (in fact, it is an unconstitutional construct, created by Executive Order, and draws its 'lawful' facade not from the American people, but the fact Executive Order 12148 was published in the Federal Registry). 'FEMA has only spent about 6 percent of its budget on national emergencies, the bulk of their funding has been used for the construction of secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency, foreign or domestic,' writes Harry V. Martin."
Former FEMA head and Halliburton lobbyist visits Louisiana for deals 08 Sep 2005 The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Joseph Allbaugh, now a lobbyist for Halliburton, is in Louisiana helping his clients obtain disaster relief contracts, the Washington Post reported today. [Hey Dick, want to take a dip in Lake Pontchartrain?]
Former FEMA Chief Is at Work on Gulf Coast 08 Sep 2005 During his two years as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during pResident Bush's first term, Joe M. Allbaugh traveled to Louisiana for a series of disasters, from tropical storms Allison and Isidore to Hurricane Lili. Yesterday, Allbaugh, now head of his own Washington lobbying and consulting firm, was in Baton Rouge, La., helping his clients get business from perhaps the worst natural disaster in the nation's history. After leaving FEMA in March 2003, Allbaugh, who managed the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign, founded Allbaugh Co., a lobbying-consulting firm with many clients in the disaster-relief business. Among those clients are: the KBR division of Halliburton, TruePosition, the Shaw Group, and UltraStrip.
Money Flowed to Questionable Projects --State Leads in Army Corps Spending, but Millions Had Nothing to Do With Floods 08 Sep 2005 Before Hurricane Katrina breached a levee on the New Orleans Industrial Canal, the Army Corps of Engineers had already launched a $748 million construction project at that very location. But the project had nothing to do with flood control...
relocated citizens receive $300,000 each
from the US government; United States evacuees are to receive $2,000
per family. [See:
relief may cut into U.S. pullout aid for Israel 04 Sep 2005
The scope of the disaster relief that the U.S. government is preparing
for the areas hit by the hurricane is likely to reduce the amount of
American aid to be transferred to Israel, Army Radio reported Sunday,
citing unnamed White House officials.
Canadians beat U.S. Army to New Orleans suburb 08 Sep 2005 A Canadian search-and-rescue team reached a flooded New Orleans suburb to help save trapped residents five days before the U.S. military, a Louisiana state senator said on Wednesday. The Canadians beat both the Army and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to St. Bernard Parish east of New Orleans, where flood waters are still 8 feet deep in places, Sen. Walter Boasso said. [Bush (at minimum) allowed the floodwaters to rise, so that he could send in Halliburton to clean up ($$$) and to make a *killing* (literally). See: Halliburton Subsidiary Gets Katrina Repair Contracts 06 Sep 2005]
How Reliable Is Brown's Resume? A TIME investigation reveals discrepancies in the FEMA chief's official biographies 08 Sep 2005 an investigation by TIME has found discrepancies in his online legal profile and official bio, including a description of Michael Brown released by the White House at the time of his nomination in 2001 to the job as deputy chief of FEMA. (Brown became Director of FEMA, succeeding Joe Allbaugh, in 2003.)
FEMA's Blocking Relief Efforts - An Amazing List (rense.com) 08 Sep 2005
Katrina Timeline (thinkprogress.org)
2,000 Postal Workers Missing 08 Sep 2005 The post office has delivered some 15,000 Social Security checks at collection points in the area affected by Hurricane Katrina, officials said Wednesday. But the agency is still trying to locate 2,000 of its workers.
Officials warn of toxic floodwaters, ready 25,000 body bags 08 Sep 2005 Soldiers toting M-16s strengthened their grip on New Orleans as concerns grew about the risks posed by the toxic floodwaters and officials braced for what could be a staggering death toll by readying 25,000 body bags.
25,000 body bags ordered 08 Sep 2005 New Orleans officials today ordered 25,000 body bags as they braced themselves for the grim task of recovering and identifying the dead. Rescue workers went from house to house searching for corpses and armed troops attempted to coax those who refused to leave from their homes.
Doctors Urge U.S. to Accept Cuba's Offer of 1586 Disaster-Trained Doctors to Stop Katrina Epidemics 07 Sep 2005 A prominent U.S. medical group voiced "deep concern" over delays in health care and epidemic prevention reaching Katrina victims, and urged U.S. authorities to accept Cuba's offer of 1586 disaster-trained physicians to prevent a "second wave of sickness and death."
Base on standby as officials await word on evacuee arrival 07 Sep 2005 Volunteers were sent home and everything from toothbrushes to teddy bears waited unused as Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Nutball) announced on Wednesday that the state's (MA) effort to house as many as 2,500 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina was put on hold.
City had evacuation plan but strayed from strategy 08 Sep 2005 City officials had 550 municipal buses and hundreds of additional school buses at their disposal but made no plans to use them to get people out of New Orleans before the storm, said Chester Wilmot, a civil engineering professor at Louisiana State University and an expert in transportation planning, who helped the city put together its evacuation plan.
Rell: 1,500 Hurricane Victims To Relocate In Connecticut 08 Sep 2005 Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R) said that the state will help 1,500 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina relocate to Connecticut. Rell said that she has sent an emergency request to pResident George W. Bush to make the state eligible for federal aid for people evacuated because of the hurricane.
Oregon may receive 500 evacuees on Saturday 08 Sep 2005 The federal government has asked Oregon to be prepared to receive as many as 500 Hurricane Katrina evacuees on Saturday. Word came Thursday morning, a day after the Federal Emergency Management Agency had asked Oregon and other states to put preparations to shelter storm survivors on hold.
First By the Floods, Then By Martial Law --Trapped in New Orleans By Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky 06 Sep 2005 "Just as dusk set in, a sheriff showed up, jumped out of his patrol vehicle, aimed his gun at our faces and screamed, 'Get off the fucking freeway.' A helicopter arrived and used the wind from its blades to blow away our flimsy structures. As we retreated, the sheriff loaded up his truck with our food and water. Once again, at gunpoint, we were forced off the freeway."
Whoopsi Gras By Mark Fiore (animation) 07 Sep 2005
After Katrina fiasco, time for Bush to go By Gordon Adams "We have a president [sic] who is apparently ill-informed, lackadaisical and narrow-minded, surrounded by oil baron cronies, religious fundamentalist crazies and right-wing extremists and ideologues. He has appointed officials who give incompetence new meaning, who replace the positive role of government with expensive baloney... It is time to hold them accountable - this ugly, troglodyte crowd of Capital Beltway insiders, rich lawyers, ideologues, incompetents and their strap-hangers should be tarred, feathered and ridden gracefully and mindfully out of Washington and returned to their caves, clubs in hand." [a *must read.*]
Louisiana Guard soldiers heading home --80 percent of New Orleans unit lost homes, jobs, relatives 08 Sep 2005 Hundreds of soldiers from a New Orleans National Guard unit begin leaving Thursday to return to the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. Guard officials said 80 percent lost homes or jobs and some had not heard from relatives since the storm.
UN raises alarm on death squads and torture in Iraq 08 Sep 2005 The United Nations raised the alarm on Thursday about mounting violence in Iraq blamed on pro-government militias and urged the authorities to look into reports of systematic torture in police stations.
Regime Pledges To "Uproot" Tall Afar Mujahideen As Al-Qaida Tallies Operations 08 Sep 2005 By Ubaidah Al-Saif (Translation) "Following the failed US attempt to break into the city of Tall 'Afar, even amid reports of chemical weapons use, Muwaffaq ar-Rabi‘i, the 'National Security Adviser' in the US-installed 'Iraqi government' in Baghdad declared Wednesday morning that his regime would treat what the Mujahideen in Tall 'Afar with severity and force, saying that the 'terrorists' would be 'uprooted totally' from the city."
Is the US military preparing another massacre in Tal Afar? By James Cogan 08 Sep 2005 "The largest US military offensive on an urban area since the attack on Fallujah last year has been underway since September 2 in the city of Tal Afar, an ancient metropolis with a predominantly Sunni Muslim, ethnic Turkish population of some 300,000."
Anti-war bus tour stops in Ohio --'Bring Them Home Now' event attended by 100 08 Sep 2005 The national bus tour sparked by Cindy Sheehan's monthlong protest against the Iraq war outside pResident Bush's Texas ranch rolled into Cincinnati on Wednesday on its way to Washington.
U.S. "war on terror" saves few lives, expert says 09 Sep 2005 The U.S. "war on terror" is saving fewer lives than just spending the money on disease prevention and research, and has probably caused deaths by taking money away from basic services, an expert said on Thursday.
9/11 a US plot, newspaper claims 09 Sep 2005 Australia's most radical Islamic group has defied John Howard by launching a provocative public campaign to persuade Muslims the 9/11 terror attacks were a massive US-inspired conspiracy... The newspaper devotes a feature to supporting claims made by a US author, David Ray Griffin, that a plane never crashed into the Pentagon and that the story was an elaborate hoax by the US. The feature says: "The hole created in the (Pentagon) facade was not big enough to fit the nose of a plane let alone an entire (Boeing) 757 -- the question is how could such a big airplane have created such a small hole?"
Sept. 11 Recovery Loans Went to Many Who Didn't Need Them 08 Sep 2005 The government's $5 billion effort to help small businesses recover from the Sept. 11 attacks was so loosely managed that it gave low-interest loans to companies that didn't need terrorism relief - or even know they were getting it, The Associated Press has found. And while some at New York's Ground Zero couldn't get assistance they desperately sought, companies far removed from the devastation had no problem winning the government-guaranteed loans.
Texas grand jury indicts DeLay committee 08 Sep 2005 A grand jury has indicted a political action committee formed by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and a Texas business group in connection with 2002 legislative campaign contributions.
Bush Job Approval Hits 41%—All Time Low --Public Rates All Levels of Government Poorly in Katrina Handling 08 Sep 2005 pResident Bush’s job approval rating took a hit in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, dropping to a historic low of 41%, a new Zogby America poll reveals.
Bird flu pandemic inevitable, says WHO 08 Sep 2005 The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday warned that a pandemic of the bird flu strain lethal to humans is inevitable, and would likely kill between one and seven million people worldwide, Reuters reports. [We really need to eliminate the Bush regime before bird flu 'mysteriously' arrives, as a Weapon of Mass Distraction for Bush's Katrina and Iraq. Outside of forced quarantines and utilizing FEMA's concentration camps on a grand scale, I really can't foresee any other actions that Bush and Halliburton will take during the pandemic. --Lori Price]
"This area is somehow separate from the United States." Making the Quarter rounds By Brian Williams, Anchor and NBC Nightly News Managing Editor 07 Sep 2005 "...[T]he city has now reached a near-saturation level of military and law enforcement. In the areas we visited, the red berets of the 82nd Airborne are visible on just about every block. National Guard soldiers are ubiquitous. At one fire scene, I counted law enforcement personnel (who I presume were on hand to guarantee the safety of the firefighters) from four separate jurisdictions, as far away as Connecticut and Illinois. And tempers are getting hot. While we were attempting to take pictures of the National Guard (a unit from Oklahoma) taking up positions outside a Brooks Brothers on the edge of the Quarter, the sergeant ordered us to the other side of the boulevard. The short version is: there won't be any pictures of this particular group of guard soldiers on our newscast tonight. Rules (or I suspect in this case an order on a whim) like those do not HELP the palpable feeling that this area is somehow separate from the United States. At that same fire scene, a police officer from out of town raised the muzzle of her weapon and aimed it at members of the media... obvious members of the media... armed only with notepads... There are automatic weapons and shotguns everywhere you look."
Customs Tells Workers to Stop Helping FEMA 08 Sep 2005 The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency told its employees Wednesday to stop volunteering for hurricane relief duty with the government's primary disaster agency so they can focus on helping New Orleans police instead.
Police told to clear New Orleans 07 Sep 2005 New Orleans' mayor has told police to use persuasion or force to evacuate anyone still refusing to leave the flooded city, as health fears grow. Ray Nagin said all but those involved in the rescue effort should leave.
Hurricane evacuee arrested in Atlanta for panhandling 07 Sep 2005 A man who fled Louisiana with his family to escape Hurricane Katrina was arrested for asking motorists for money in this city where panhandling has been one of the most contentious issues lately.
"Camp Greyhound" --New Orleans Jail Reopens In City's Bus Station (MSNBC) 07 Sep 2005 Concertina wire atop a fenced-off area which holds 'looters' and 'violent criminals,' with armed guards, 24/7.
New Orleans bus station serves as temporary jail --Facility holds dozens charged with 'crimes' 07 Sep 2005 The scrawled cardboard sign on the front door of the Greyhound Bus Station, now a makeshift jail reads simply, "We Are Taking New Orleans Back." Inside the accused, almost all black men aged 18 to 35, are herded out of confinement into buses by heavily armed officers from Angola State Penitentiary. They stand handcuffed, disheveled and filthy, many with torn clothes, waiting to be taken to a place where they will stand trial via videoconference with judges in Baton Rouge.
Media groups say FEMA censors search for bodies 07 Sep 2005 When U.S. officials asked the media not to take pictures of those killed by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, they were censoring a key part of the disaster story, free speech watchdogs said on Wednesday. [As in Iraq, Bush tries to impose a media blackout on his casualties.]
Six evacuee deaths reported 07 Sep 2005 At least six people who fled south Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina have died after arriving in this area. Of those, all but one have been as a result of natural causes, Caddo Coroner George McCormick said.
Macabre Reminder: The Corpse on Union Street 07 Sep 2005 In the downtown business district here, on a dry stretch of Union Street, past the Omni Bank automated teller machine, across from a parking garage offering "early bird" rates: a corpse... One soldier took a parting snapshot like some visiting conventioneer, and they walked away.
10:57 PST Raw transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee Clara Barthelemy: (Jacob Appelbaum's Weblog) 08 Sep 2005 "The 17th Street levee was bombed by the Army Corps of Engineers to save the more valuable real estate in the city… to keep the French Quarter protected, the Ninth Ward was sacrificed… people are afraid to speak out… everyone who was near there heard the bombings… they bombed seven times. That’s why they didn’t fix the levees… 20 feet of water. Gators. People dying in water. They let the parishes go, not the city center. Tourist trap was saved over human life."
12:29 PST Raw transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee Irvin Skinner: "We have a curfew. We’re being kept inside after 11pm. Forced to stay inside. They threw guns on everyone. Said 'come inside or your out of here.' Shoved guns, pointed them at adults. I’m a grown man, I have rights. This is an institution to us, it’s like a jail. I’m a middle class man with a home being treated like a criminal because I’m black. If we were white, we wouldn’t have this problem. We are not here by choice.'"
13:03 PST Jacob Appelbaum's comments: "Harris County will not allow any radio station inside without a FEMA form even if operator has FCC permission. Austin Airwaves says trying to get form now, been waiting 2.5 days. No radio station inside the dome until that form is filled out."
U.S. Military Smuggled Vacationers Out of Superdome Under Cover of Darkness --"The military got us out, which we were all thankful for" -- Jenny Sachs 06 Sep 2005 Jenny Sachs, of Sheffield, told how soldiers had to smuggle her out of the New Orleans Superdome in secret. She was one of about 30 Britons who, realising they could not escape the city, had fled to the stadium for shelter. The military told all non-US citizens to stay together for safety, Ms Sachs added. They later told them they would be secretly smuggled out in groups of 10 under cover of darkness as it had become too dangerous for them to remain in the stadium, she told BBC News. [Scroll to third item for Jenny Sachs text and video.]
Republicans block efforts to amend relief bill, hold vote without providing copy of bill 07 Sep 2005 Republican Leadership in the House of Representatives has limited floor consideration of the $52 billion Katrina relief bill proposed by pResident Bush and voted to reject any Democratic efforts to amend the bill to include a wider array of relief measures, RAW STORY has learned. Democrats said no one had even seen a copy of the legislation.
Carnival gets $236M from FEMA 07 Sep 2005 The federal government will pay Miami-based Carnival Corp. $192 million for providing temporary housing to evacuees from hurricane Katrina on three luxury cruise liners. Carnival, the world's largest cruise ship company, also will receive up to $44 million in 'reimbursement' for fuel and other costs under a deal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. [Bush's corpora-terrorists are making a *killing* on Katrina.]
FEMA packed with W's pals 07 Sep 2005 The three top jobs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency under President Bush went to political cronies with no apparent experience coping with catastrophes, the Daily News has learned. Even if Bush were to fire embattled and suddenly invisible FEMA Director Michael Brown over his handling of Hurricane Katrina, the bureaucrat immediately below him is no disaster professional, either.
FEMA director waited to seek Homeland help --Documents: Brown waited five hours after storm's landfall to get agency aid 07 Sep 2005 The government’s disaster chief waited until hours after Hurricane Katrina had already struck the Gulf Coast before asking his boss to dispatch 1,000 Homeland Security workers to support rescuers in the region — and gave them two days to arrive, according to internal documents... Brown said that among duties of these employees was to "convey a positive image" about the government's response for victims.
Durbin calls for FEMA director's resignation 08 Sep 2005 U-S Senator Dick Durbin today called for the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to resign. The Illinois Democrat says Michael Brown lacked experience and exercised poor judgment in the agency's initial response to the hurricane that ravaged the Gulf Coast.
Witt makes presence known in La. 07 Sep 2005 It didn’t take long for James Lee Witt, the former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to throw his weight around in hurricane-ravaged Louisiana. According to the source, Witt told FEMA’s director, Mike Brown, "Mike, you're going to do your job, and I'm going to make you do your job. And I'm going to show you how to do your job."
Emergency Agency Called A Disaster 07 Sep 2005 Critics charge Bush political patronage, focus on terror hurt FEMA's effectiveness Michael Lindell knew things were going downhill at the Federal Emergency Management Agency when President [sic] George W. Bush appointed Joe Allbaugh as head of the U.S. federal agency responsible for disaster management in 2001. "It was a political patronage job" for Mr. Allbaugh, who had no experience in emergency management but had been Mr. Bush's chief of staff when he was governor of Texas, said Mr. Lindell, senior scholar at Texas A&M University's Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center.
The disaster at FEMA (The San Francisco Chronicle) 07 Sep 2005 "During the Clinton administration, FEMA was transformed into an exemplary and effective Cabinet-level agency under the leadership of James Lee Witt, a veteran emergency director. FEMA's downward slide began with the Bush administration's decision to replace Witt with Joe Allbaugh, whose qualifications included being manager of the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign. Allbaugh brought in Brown, an old college roommate, to be FEMA's general counsel."
Haunted by Hesitation By Maureen Dowd 07 Sep 2005 "Later this week (no point rushing things) W. is dispatching Dick Cheney to the rancid lake that was a romantic city... Maybe Mr. Cheney is going down to New Orleans to hunt looters. Or to make sure that Halliburton's lucrative contract to rebuild the city is watertight. Or maybe, since former Senator John Breaux of Louisiana described the shattered parish as 'Baghdad under water,' the vice president plans to take his pal Ahmad Chalabi along for a consultation on destroying minority rights."
UN hits back at US in report saying parts of America are as poor as Third World 08 Sep 2005 Parts of the United States are as poor as the Third World, according to a shocking United Nations report on global inequality. Yesterday's UN report provides statistical proof that for many - well beyond those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - the great American Dream is an ongoing nightmare.
Dean: Race played a role in Katrina death toll 07 Sep 2005 Race was a factor in the rising death toll from Hurricane Katrina, Howard Dean told members of the National Baptist Convention of America on Wednesday at the group's annual meeting.
Dems Assail White House on Katrina Effort 07 Sep 2005 Congress' top two Democrats furiously criticized the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina on Wednesday, with Sen. Harry Reid demanding to know whether pResident Bush's Texas vacation impeded relief efforts and Rep. Nancy Pelosi assailing the chief executive as "oblivious, in denial" about the difficulties.
Some lawmakers question Bush's inquiry plan 07 Sep 2005 The White House declined to commit to a time frame for the investigation that George W. Bush promised, and lawmakers and reporters questioned whether the president is the appropriate person to lead a probe of his own administration. [Nah, 'ya think?]
Governor Bush defends FEMA response 07 Sep 2005 Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, breaking his silence Wednesday on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi, rushed to FEMA's defense saying criticism of the agency is misguided.
CDC says 5 die from bacteria after Katrina 07 Sep 2005 As many as five people have died from bacterial infections caused by the dirty water that Hurricane Katrina drove ashore last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.
Poisoned water threatens thousands 07 Sep 2005 Hurricane Katrina left behind a deadly toxic sludge which poses severe health risks and threatens thousands of lives. The putrid water submerging much of New Orleans is awash with dead bodies, debris, human waste and chemicals.
EPA: Contaminated Flood Waters Dangerous 07 Sep 2005 Flood waters in New Orleans are so contaminated with sewage that contact by rescue workers and remaining residents is dangerous, the first testing by the Environmental Protection Agency confirms.
U.S. Offers Katrina Families $2,000 Each 8 Sep 2005 Dispossessed families of Hurricane Katrina will receive debit cards good for $2,000 to spend on clothing and other immediate needs, the Bush administration announced Wednesday, working to recast a relief effort drawing scant praise from Republicans and scathing criticism from top congressional Democrats.
'Katrinagate' fury spreads 06 Sep 2005 ...Another CNN reporter interrupted senator Mary Landrieu during an interview in which she was praising congress for passing an emergency aid package. "Excuse me senator, I'm sorry for interrupting. I haven't heard anything about that, because I was busy these past four days seeing dead people on the street. And when I hear how one politician congratulating the others...Yesterday there was a corpse on the street which had been eaten by rats because it had been there for 48 hours." If the alarm bells are not already going off in the Oval Office, they should be, because the previously staunchly pro-Bush Fox News is also starting to show signs of disaffection.
Radiological materials not secured for months after Iraq invasion: report 07 Sep 2005 The US Defense Department failed to secure sources of radiological material in Iraq for six months after the US invasion in 2003, during which period some were looted scattered, a congressional watchdog said. [Gee, there's no pictures of the 'Coalition' barbarians looting museums and the US's WMD in Iraq - just pictures of poor, dying black people 'stealing' bread and water in New Orleans. See: Rumsfeld on looting in Iraq: 'Stuff happens' --Varying views of the Bush regime on looting, compiled by Lori Price 03 Sep 2005]
Bomb kills 4 U.S. security contractors in Iraq 07 Sep 2005 A roadside bomb struck a convoy of American security guards today in the southern city of Basra, killing four U.S. contractors [mercenaries], a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.
Ohio Reservist Acquitted of Prison Abuse 07 Sep 2005 An Army reservist was acquitted Wednesday of charges that he beat a detainee in Afghanistan.
UK urges EU states to keep phone records, e-mails to fight terrorism 07 Sep 2005 EU states should keep mobile phone and e-mail records for longer to help fight [foment] terrorism and crime, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has told MEPs. Without such measures, European states would be fighting terrorism "with both hands tied behind our backs", he said.
Kenya's anti-terrorism bill raises concern 07 Sep 2005 Human rights groups in Kenya have expressed fears that controversial anti-terrorism legislation may be pushed through, in the wake of complaints by the United States and Britain that the country's efforts to clamp down on terrorism were unsatisfactory. Under the proposed legislation, police would have the power to arrest people and conduct searches without a warrant...
UK.gov ditches 'Big Brother'-style e-voting 06 Sep 2005 The Government has ditched plans for electronic voting at next year's local elections, it emerged today. The news was slipped out in a written answer during the summer recess prompting the Tories to describe plans for "widespread electronic voting and an 'e-enabled general election' by next year" as "a shambles".
California May Temporarily Relax Air Standards --Regulators' plan, rooted in the loss of Gulf Coast petroleum imports [?!?], could help deter more gas price hikes [Yeah, right!]. Others doubt proposal's need. 08 Sep 2005 California air quality regulators want to temporarily relax gasoline pollution standards to help avert possible shortages and more price hikes stemming from the loss of petroleum imports from hurricane-battered Gulf states.
Schwarzenegger Vows Gay Marriage Bill Veto 08 Sep 2005 [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday he will veto a bill that would have made California the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through legislative action.
Crowd flocks to hear Gore's warnings 07 Sep 2005 With a message about the urgent need to combat global warming, President Al Gore drew unexpected thousands of Portlanders to the Oregon Convention Center on Tuesday night. The crowds snaked around the corridors of the convention center, and those who were denied entry chanted and pounded on the doors until Gore agreed to do a second show.
Water Crisis Looms as Himalayan Glaciers Melt 07 Sep 2005 Scientists say the 40 percent of humanity living in South Asia and China could well be living with little drinking water within 50 years as global warming melts Himalayan glaciers, the region's main water source.
Tropical system looms off Florida coast 07 Sep 2005 About 120 miles of Florida's Atlantic coast were under a tropical storm warning yesterday as a new system [Ophelia] formed offshore and threatened to dump up to 15 inches of rain in parts of the state. Two other storms were out in the open ocean yesterday as the busy hurricane season continued. [MSNBC meteorologist Sean McLaughlin said that if the National Weather Center 'runs out names' for the storms this year, they will use Greek letters.]
Bird flu pandemic a question of when, not if -WHO 07 Sep 2005 The world is going to face a pandemic of the bird flu strain lethal to humans and Thailand is the only nation in South and Southeast Asia ready to deal with it, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday.
Bush Cut Hurricane, Flood Protection Funding to New Orleans 06 June 2005 In fiscal year 2006, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for a record $71.2 million reduction in federal funding... Also, a study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now.
Bush Privatized Catastrophic Hurricane Disaster Plan for New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana in 2004 --IEM Team to Develop Catastrophic Hurricane Disaster Plan for New Orleans & Southeast Louisiana 03 June 2004 (IEM, Inc. Press Release) "IEM, Inc., the Baton Rouge-based emergency management and homeland security consultant, will lead the development of a catastrophic hurricane disaster plan for Southeast Louisiana and the City of New Orleans under a more than half a million dollar contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)."
U.S. agency blocks photos of New Orleans dead 07 Sep 2005 The U.S. government agency leading the rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina said on Tuesday it does not want the news media to take photographs of the dead as they are recovered from the flooded New Orleans area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, heavily criticized for its slow response to the devastation caused by the hurricane, rejected requests from journalists to accompany rescue boats as they went out to search for storm victims. [As in Iraq, Bush tries to impose a media blackout on his casualties.]
"DMort is telling us to expect up to 40,000 bodies." Funeral director deploys to hurricane region 06 Sep 2005 A co-owner of Shelbyville-based Gowen-Smith Chapel has been deployed to Gulfport, Miss., to help with recovery since Hurricane Katrina, and his business partner here has described the grim task there. "DMort is telling us to expect up to 40,000 bodies," Dan Buckner said, quoting officials with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, a volunteer arm of Homeland Security.
Bodies found piled in freezer at Convention Center --Mayor says Katrina may have claimed more than 10,000 lives 06 Sep 2005 Arkansas National Guardsman Mikel Brooks stepped through the food service entrance of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Monday, flipped on the light at the end of his machine gun, and started pointing out bodies. Brooks and several other Guardsmen said they had seen between 30 and 40 more bodies in the Convention Center's freezer. "It's not on, but at least you can shut the door," said fellow Guardsman Phillip Thompson.
Red Cross website for Katrina missing logs 94,000 names 06 Sep 2005 Some 94,000 names have been registered on a website created by the international Red Cross to help people trace their relatives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the number is growing, it said.
Water Pollution a Concern in New Orleans 06 Sep 2005 Four people may have died of a waterborne bacterial infection circulating in Hurricane Katrina's flood waters, and health officials took steps Tuesday to stem spread of a diarrhea-causing virus among refugees in Houston's Astrodome. The deaths appear to have been caused by Vibrio vulnificus, a germ common in warm Gulf Coast waters that's usually spread by eating contaminated food but that can penetrate open wounds, too.
Katrina Takes Environmental Toll --Warning Issued On Water 07 Sep 2005 The dank and putrid floodwaters choking this once-gracious city are so poisoned with gasoline, industrial chemicals, feces and other contaminants that even casual contact is hazardous and safe drinking water may not be available for the entire population for years to come, state and federal officials warned Tuesday.
Bacteria and Disease Running Rampant Through New Orleans 06 Sep 2005 The damage of Hurricane Katrina is not left to homes and buildings but in greater toll to human and animal life across the region. The city of New Orleans has become a petri-dish of bacteria and disease that is rapidly spreading throughout the flood ravaged area.
"Four people in New Orleans have died from an airborne bacteria." --Michelle Hofland, NBC News, 'Toxic City,' (live report) - MSNBC's 'Scarborough Country,' 10:06 PM EST, Tuesday, 06 Sept. 2005 [Hofland said again, "people have died of airborne illness" at 11:05AM EST on MSNBC.]
Official: E. Coli bacteria detected in floodwater 06 Sep 2005 Floodwater in New Orleans is contaminated with E. coli bacteria, a city official told CNN Tuesday.
After Katrina: The toxic timebomb --New Orleans Mayor orders 'forceful evacuation' as contaminated waters threaten an environmental disaster 07 Sep 2005 The devastation of Hurricane Katrina has created a vast toxic soup that stretches across south-eastern Louisiana and Mississippi, and portends the arrival of an environmental disaster to rival the awe-inspiring destruction of property and human life over the past week.
New Orleans mayor OKs forced evacuations 07 Sep 2005 As flood waters receded inch by inch Tuesday, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin authorized law enforcement officers and the U.S. military to force the evacuation of all residents who refuse to heed orders to leave the city.
Police Vow to Get Remaining Residents Out of New Orleans 06 Sep 2005 The New Orleans police said they would force the 10,000 or so residents left in the city to leave and Louisiana officials warned of long-term damage to the area's environment.
Refugees from New Orleans behind barbed wire in Utah By Don Nash 06 Sep 2005 "The Hurricane Katrina insurgency from New Orleans is tucked safely away behind the 6-foot chain link fence with the accommodating barb wire atop chain links. The ONLY entry into Detention Camp Utah [Camp Williams] is through the highly secure military gates that are guarded by armed military guards twenty four seven. The ONLY access to the New Orleans insurgency is granted to military, government officials, and MAINSTREAM media." [Well, it's not an insurgency, as the Bush regime is NOT legitimate. An insurgency is defined as those who resist an established government. Hence, they need to be referred to as 'resistance fighters,' as in Iraq. --Lori Price]
I just got back from a FEMA Detainment Camp By Valhall "I'm extremely depressed to report that things seem to only be getting sadder concerning the people so devastatingly affected by Katrina last week. Two car loads of us headed over to Falls Creek, a youth camp for Southern Baptist churches in Oklahoma that agreed to have its facilities used to house Louisiana refugees... Jesse Jackson was right when he said 'refugees' was not the appropriate word for the poor souls dislocated due to Katrina. But he was wrong about why it is not appropriate. It's not appropriate because they are detainees, not refugees... The occupants of the camp cannot leave the camp for any reason. If they leave the camp they may never return. They will be issued FEMA identification cards and 'a sum of money' and they will remain within the camp for the next 5 months." [Photos accompany the essay.]
FEMA Turned Away Aid, Rescue Crews, Cut Emergency Communication Lines: Witnesses --Agency draws ire of frustrated volunteers and donors 06 Sep 2005 In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, several witnesses have alleged that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) turned away volunteers who were ready to help New Orleans residents people trapped in their flooded homes. Other witnesses have said that FEMA turned away offers of aid, prevented water and fuel from reaching people on the ground, and cut emergency communications lines.
Navy Pilots Who Rescued Victims Are Reprimanded 06 Sep 2005 Two Navy helicopter pilots and their crews returned from New Orleans on Aug. 30 expecting to be greeted as lifesavers after ferrying more than 100 hurricane victims to safety. Instead, their superiors chided the pilots, Lt. David Shand and Lt. Matt Udkow, at a meeting the next morning for rescuing civilians when their assignment that day had been to deliver food and water to military installations along the Gulf Coast.
Frustrated: Fire crews to hand out fliers for FEMA 06 Sep 2005 As New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded on national television for firefighters - his own are exhausted after working around the clock for a week - a battalion of highly trained men and women sat idle Sunday in a muggy Sheraton Hotel conference room in Atlanta. Many of the firefighters, assembled from Utah and throughout the United States by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, thought they were going to be deployed as emergency workers. Instead, they have learned they are going to be community-relations officers for FEMA, shuffled throughout the Gulf Coast region to disseminate fliers and a phone number: 1-800-621-FEMA.
White House rejects calls for firing of FEMA director 06 Sep 2005 The White House is rejecting calls to fire the nation's top disaster chief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Critics are questioning whether Michael Brown is qualified to head up the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- which is being blamed for a slow federal response to the storm.
Governor not told of Bush's latest visit 06 Sep 2005 Dictator Bush conducted another partial tour of the region, though he again bypassed New Orleans. Louisiana Gov. (D) Kathleen Blanco has refused to sign over National Guard control to the federal government [Bravo Blanco!!!] and has turned to a Clinton administration official, former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief James Lee Witt, to help run relief efforts.
Cheney called in as Bush says he will lead his own inquiry into Katrina 07 Sep 2005 Dictator Bush, facing a political crisis over the government's handling of relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, announced yesterday that he would lead his own investigation of what went wrong. Mr Bush also declared that he was sending Vice-pResident Dick Cheney to the ravaged Gulf coast region to assess recovery operations, and remove "any bureaucratic obstacles that may be preventing us from achieving our goals". [Yes, please remove *yourselves.*]
Bush launches inquiry and puts himself in charge of it 07 Sep 2005 pResident George Bush's political agenda - indeed his very standing as his country's leader - was on the line as Congress returned yesterday with anger and embarrassment at the botched response to Hurricane Katrina stretching across normal party divides on Capitol Hill.
Clinton Legislation to Restore Independence to FEMA 06 Sep 2005 Senator Hillary Clinton wants an independent commission to investigate the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina. Clinton is introducing legislation that would also restore independence to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
About a million in US still without power after Katrina 06 Sep 2005 Nearly 1 million electricity customers remained without electricity eight days after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the U.S. Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Mississippi, according to area utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Storm Survivors Told to 'Expose Themselves' 06 Sep 2005 A group of female hurricane survivors were told to show their breasts if they wanted to be rescued, a British holidaymaker has revealed. Ged Scott watched as American rescuers turned their boat around and sped off when the women refused.
Homeland Security Failed Its First Test By Michele Jacklin "Under fire, Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff became dismissive and defensive, while his boss, President [sic] Bush, was not only missing in action but surprisingly cavalier about the whole affair. Instead of a strong and decisive leader, the nation got a president caught in the headlights."
Osama and Katrina By Thomas L. Friedman "...Mr. Bush got a mandate, almost a blank check, to rule from 9/11 that he never really earned at the polls. [!!!!!] Unfortunately, he used that mandate not simply to confront the terrorists but to take a radically uncompassionate conservative agenda - on taxes, stem cells, the environment and foreign treaties - that was going nowhere before 9/11, and drive it into a post-9/11 world... If the Bush-Cheney team seemed to be the right guys to deal with Osama, they seem exactly the wrong guys to deal with Katrina - and all the rot and misplaced priorities it's exposed here at home."
Halliburton Subsidiary Gets Katrina Repair Contracts 06 Sep 2005 A Halliburton Co. subsidiary [Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc.] that has come under fire for its reconstruction work in Iraq has begun tapping a $500 million Navy contract to do emergency repairs at Gulf Coast naval and Marine facilities that were battered by Hurricane Katrina.
Bush to seek another $40 billion for Katrina aid [*Halliburton*] --With the pumping of New Orleans comes the grim task of collecting bodies 06 Sep 2005 Eight days after Hurricane Katrina struck, Dictator Bush was preparing to ask for $40 billion more in aid for the stricken region, a congressional official said Tuesday.
Halliburton Stock Reaches All-Time High In Mid-Day Trading 06 Sep 2005 12:56 PM ET Halliburton Co. will increase prices across all of its energy services business lines next month, the company's Chairman and Chief Executive David Lesar said on Tuesday, although he declined to specify the sizes of those price increases. In mid-day trading, Halliburton shares were up 2.5 percent at $63.89, an all-time high for the stock.
Predatory capitalism: 10,000 Dead... Dow Up 142 06 Sep 2005 Wall Street rallied Tuesday as oil prices tumbled, the service sector reported strong growth, and investors embraced large-cap stocks such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Coca-Cola Co. and Home Depot Inc. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 141 points.
Venezuela's Citgo sets up hurricane relief centers 06 Sep 2005 Venezuela's Citgo Petroleum has set up disaster relief centers in Texas and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Venezuela's emergency management director says the company's begun providing humanitarian aid to thousands of American victims.
Canadian universities open doors to hurricane survivors 06 Sep 2005 Canadian universities are opening their doors to American students affected by Hurricane Katrina.
3 more U.S. soldiers killed by Iraq bombs 06 Sep 2005 Three U.S. troops have been killed in separate bombings in Iraq, the U.S. command said Tuesday.
Britain to push EU to take tougher stance against terrorism - report 06 Sep 2005 Britain is set to urge the European Union to do more to fight [foment] terrorism after the London bombings, including a rethink of its human rights laws that prevent the deportation of security suspects.
Clarke confronts judges on terror law 07 Sep 2005 The home secretary, Charles Clarke, has given a fresh warning to judges not to frustrate his decision to deport terror suspects by insisting the courts respect human rights deals struck with countries such as Jordan.
Appeals court strikes down energy refunds sought by California 06 Sep 2005 Government-run utilities that overcharged California during the state's energy crisis will not have to pay refunds the state estimates at nearly $1 billion, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The ruling is a blow to California, which is seeking up to $9 billion in refunds from utilities it accused of overcharging for power.
Report: Armstrong Williams Not the Only DOE-Paid Pundit 06 Sep 2005 The federal Department of Education secretly paid various education-advocacy groups to produce Op-Ed columns, ads, and other material, according to a new report issued by the DOE's Inspector General.
Calif. OKs Same-Sex Marriage 06 Sep 2005 The California Assembly voted Tuesday to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, making the state's legislature the first in the nation to deliberately approve same-sex marriages and handing a political hot potato to an already beleaguered Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R).
New storm threatens eastern Florida 06 Sep 2005 Tropical storm warnings were posted for Florida's central Atlantic coast on Tuesday as a new cyclone formed and threatened to hit the state as a weak hurricane by the weekend. [Update: The system has strengthened and has become Tropical Storm Ophelia.]
Europe races to shore up bird flu defences 06 Sep 2005 Europe is racing to bolster its defences against bird flu, fearing it could be winging its way to the continent with migrating wildfowl via countries too poor to check its spread.
Invasion of Iraq turned country into hub of terrorism 06 Sep 2005 The US-led invasion of Iraq has turned the country into a new hub of terrorism worse than Afghanistan under Taliban, United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan said today. Annan, who has called the 2003 US-British invasion that toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein illegal, told Britain's BBC World Service radio that war there was contributing to Muslim anger throughout the world.
Annan: Iraq Is Now Center for Terrorism 06 Sep 2005 U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday that Iraq has become an even greater "center for terrorist activities'' than Afghanistan under the Taliban.
Resistance Fighters Seize Key Town in Iraq --Al Qaeda in Iraq's Black Banner Flying From Rooftops 05 Sep 2005 Abu Musab Zarqawi's foreign-led [No, the US is the 'foreign-led' invader] Al Qaeda in Iraq took open control of a key western town at the Syrian border, deploying its resistance fighters in the streets and flying Zarqawi's black banner from rooftops, tribal leaders and other residents in the city and surrounding villages said.
Resistance Fighters Attack Iraq Interior Ministry 05 Sep 2005 Resistance fighters launched a surprise attack on Baghdad's heavily guarded Interior Ministry building Monday, killing two police officers and wounding several others, officials said. In southern Iraq, two British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.
US soldier killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq 06 Sep 2005 A US soldier was killed Monday when his military vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the restive northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, the US military said.
S. Korea considering cutting 1/3 of troops in Iraq 06 Sep 2005 South Korea is considering withdrawing about one-third of its troops from Iraq, a ruling party lawmaker said Tuesday.
13 Suspected Taliban Killed in Afghanistan 06 Sep 2005 Two hundred Afghan police, supported by U.S.-led occupation forces, killed 13 suspected Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan following a spate of guerrilla-style strikes in the area over the weekend, an Afghan official said Monday.
Ex-Taleban leaders run in Afghan 'elections' 06 Sep 2005 Four years ago, Mohammed Khaksar was the Taleban’s deputy interior minister, a powerful position in a regime greatly feared for its Islamic fundamentalist policies, its mistreatment of women and its support for Al Qaeda. This month, Khaksar is running as a candidate in US-backed 'elections,' hoping to win a seat in a new national legislature.
Iran nuclear weapons 'years away' 06 Sep 2005 Iran is still several years away from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, according to a study published by an influential London-based think tank.
Hurricane relief may cut into U.S. pullout aid for Israel 04 Sep 2005 The scope of the disaster relief that the U.S. government is preparing for the areas hit by the hurricane is likely to reduce the amount of American aid to be transferred to Israel, Army Radio reported Sunday, citing unnamed White House officials. [Each Israeli is getting $300,000 from the US government to 'relocate,' so even with any cuts, I'm sure they're way ahead of the game, considering that the poor black people in Louisiana got nothing. See: Menendez not ready to endorse U.S. aid for disengagement 11 Aug 2005 United States Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ, Dist. 13) told NJJN in Jerusalem on Aug. 9 that he is not ready to endorse American funding to aid the implementation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Gaza Strip withdrawal plan... Sharon's aides have asked the American administration for $2.2 billion in aid to help cover the cost of relocating some 9,000 settlers to undeveloped areas in the Negev and the Galilee.]
Thanks to Bush: Mayor: Katrina Death Toll May Hit 10,000 05 Sep 2005 One week after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region, a definitive death toll remained elusive. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin warned on NBC's "Today" that "it wouldn't be unreasonable to have 10,000" dead.
Makeshift morgue works to identify Katrina's dead 05 Sep 2005 In a long, low, nondescript warehouse in a Louisiana town that used to be a leper colony, Hurricane Katrina's victims will be identified and returned to their families.
Many of the Dead Never to Be Identified 05 Sep 2005 Identifying the dead will be a daunting task, made even more desperate because many will likely be bloated and decomposed by the time they're taken away.
More than 70 Vietnamese Feared Dead in Empire, Mississippi 05 Sep 2005 According to Mr. Phan Bao, who wrote to Viet Bao newspaper, "Just within one small group of people who lived in Buras and Empire area of Mississippi, there are more than 70 who died. It’s an area where the Mississippi river pours into the Gulf of Mexico, about 2 hours south of New Orleans." It’s so far south and remote, "It’s why nobody bothered to come and rescue and that’s why there’s no news of what happened there."
Katrina's Victims Poorer Than U.S. Average 04 Sep 2005 People living in the path of Hurricane Katrina's worst devastation were twice as likely as most Americans to be poor and without a car - factors that may help explain why so many failed to evacuate as the storm approached.
Residents Survive With Stone Age Skills 06 Sep 2005 The 21st century was swept away here... Some strange, more primitive time took its place, amid the useless computers and cars of the modern world. Those stranded were left behind to forage for food and water, share what little they have with neighbors, and find somewhere safe before night falls. "Say goodbye to the Jetsons,'' Aaron Broussard, president of next-door Jefferson Parish, told residents on the all-night radio station and news lifeline. "We're back to the Flintstones.''
Commander: Military Role in Relief Swells 05 Sep 2005 More active-duty troops are joining the Hurricane Katrina relief effort than originally planned, and a senior commander said Monday they likely will be needed for months, not weeks.
Hurricane Center Director Tells Paper He Briefed Brown and Chertoff on Danger of Severe Flooding 04 Sep 2005 Dr. Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, told the Times-Picayune Sunday afternoon that officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, including FEMA Director Mike Brown and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, listened in on electronic briefings given by his staff in advance of Hurricane Katrina slamming Louisiana and Mississippi--and were advised of the storm’s potential deadly effects.
Brown pushed from last job --Horse group: FEMA chief had to be 'asked to resign' 03 Sep 2005 The federal official in charge of the bungled New Orleans rescue was fired from his last private-sector job overseeing horse shows. And before joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a deputy director in 2001, GOP activist Mike Brown had no significant experience that would have qualified him for the position... "I look at FEMA and I shake my head,'' said a furious Gov. (R) Mitt Romney yesterday, calling the response "an embarrassment.''
FEMA Director Singled Out by Response Critics 06 Sep 2005 Michael D. Brown has been called the accidental director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, caricatured as the failed head of an Arabian horse sporting group who was plucked from obscurity to become pResident Bush's point man for the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
Corps of Engineers' Civilian Chief Ousted --Parker Resigns After Openly Questioning Bush's Proposed Spending Cuts 07 Mar 2002 Michael Parker, the recently appointed leader of the Army Corps of Engineers, was abruptly forced to resign yesterday for failing to defend pResident Bush's proposed budget cuts. Parker, a former House member from Mississippi who was confirmed as assistant Army secretary for civil works five months ago, was the first major administration official ousted since Bush took office [literally, *took* office].
Katrina: US TV swings from deference to outrage towards government 06 Sep 2005 In the emotional aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, US television's often deferential treatment of government officials has been replaced by fiercely combative interviews and scathing commentary.
Louisiana Senator Threatens pResident Bush 04 Sep 2005 Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu threatens Dictator Bush with physical violence this morning on ABC's Sunday morning news program, "This Week". "If one person criticizes our sheriffs, or says one more thing, including the President of the United States, he will hear from me - one more word about it after this show airs and I - I might likely have to punch him - literally," says Landrieu.
The "city" of Louisiana By Keith Olbermann 05 Sep 2005 "Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said it all, starting his news briefing Saturday afternoon: 'Louisiana is a city that is largely underwater...' Well there's your problem right there... For him [George W. Bush], it is a shame — in all senses of the word. A few changes of pronouns in there, and he might not have looked so much like a 21st Century Marie Antoinette.'"
A Failure of Leadership By Bob Herbert 05 Sep 2005 "'Bush to New Orleans: Drop Dead'... Old, critically ill people were left to soil themselves and in some cases die like stray animals on the floor of an airport triage center. For days the president of the United States didn't seem to notice. He would have noticed if the majority of these stricken folks had been white and prosperous. But they weren't. Most were black and poor, and thus, to the George W. Bush administration, still invisible."
Clinton: Government 'failed' people 05 Sep 2005 Former President Bill Clinton on Monday said the government "failed" the thousands of people who lived in coastal communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and said a federal investigation was warranted in due time.
Bush criticised over hurricane response (Australian Broadcasting Corporation Transcript) 05 Sep 2005 "TONY JONES: First, to the fallout from the crisis in New Orleans. George W. Bush is expected to make his second visit to the hurricane disaster zone overnight. The US President is determined to show his administration is responding, but he's facing a storm of controversy. NORMAN HERMANT: Finally, the response Americans expected from their Government. Emergency supplies hitting the beach on the Gulf Coast. Swarms of helicopters over a ruined New Orleans. On the ground, the army is in control. And with the biggest airlift ever on US soil under way, the city is virtually empty."
Political hurricane swirls around Bush --Accusations of racism, slow response to Katrina dog administration 05 Sep 2005 Five days after it had expressed only polite interest in the hurricane sweeping across the United States' south-eastern states, the Bush regime found itself lashed by the storm's wake.
Sen Clinton Calls on pResident Bush to Appoint an Independent National Commission to Review Katrina Relief Efforts 05 Sep 2005 Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today called on pResident Bush to appoint an independent national commission to review Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Senator Clinton also intends to introduce legislation to restore FEMA to an independent agency with cabinet-level status. [Text of letter from 04 Sep 2005]
School bus commandeered by industrious evacuees first to arrive at Astrodome 01 Sep 2005 The first busload of New Orleans evacuees to reach the Reliant Astrodome overnight was a group of people who commandeered a school bus in the city ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and drove to Houston looking for shelter. Jabbar Gibson, 20, said police in New Orleans told him and others to take the school bus and try to get out of the flooded city.
Basic medical supplies top U.S. wish list from Canada 05 Sep 2005 Canada will provide the United States with a large reserve of basic medical supplies to help the flood-ravaged Deep South cope with the disaster wrought by hurricane Katrina.
Castro offers medical aid to U.S. 03 Sep 2005 Cuban President Fidel Castro has offered to send help to the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At a nightly roundtable program on state-run television Friday, the Cuban leader said his nation was ready to send 1,100 doctors and 26 tons of medicine and equipment.
Leak at Murphy Oil 05 Sep 2005 Aerial photographs taken by the state Department of Environmental Quality on Sunday indicate that oil has begun to leak from a tank [?!?] at the flooded-out Murphy Oil Refinery in Meraux and that the leak is spreading into a neighborhood directly west of the refinery.
Bush Nominates Roberts as Chief Justice 05 Sep 2005 Dictator Bush announced this morning that he will nominate John G. Roberts as the 17th chief injustice of the United States.
Next Bush Nominee May Be a Conservative [Nah, 'ya think?] 06 Sep 2005 pResident Bush's next pick for the Supreme Court, not his choice of Judge John Roberts as chief justice, could be the nomination that gives conservatives a firm grip on the court.
Rendell: Lift minimum wage by $2 --Says proposal isn't atonement for lawmakers' big pay increase 06 Sep 2005 Flanked by local labor and political leaders, Gov. Ed Rendell yesterday proposed increasing Pennsylvania's hourly minimum wage to $6.25 in January and $7.15 a year later, with subsequent raises to reflect increases in the cost of living.
Hurricane Maria Strengthens Over Atlantic 06 Sep 2005 Hurricane Maria intensified Monday over the open Atlantic, while the 14th tropical storm of the season developed south of Bermuda, forecasters said. Tropical Storm Nate had top sustained winds of 40 mph, and was centered about 320 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Climate change raises risk of hunger - scientists 05 Sep 2005 About 50 million more people, most of them in Africa, could be at risk of hunger by 2050 due to climate change and reduced crop yields, scientists predicted on Monday.
Bird flu confirmed in 45 Russian villages -- report 05 Sep 2005 The bird flu virus has been confirmed in 45 Russian villages, and 80 villages are still being tested for the virus as of September 5, Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection reported Monday.
Bird flu risks spreading to Europe 05 Sep 2005 The bird flu virus that had leapt to Russia and Kazakhstan after causing deaths and huge economic losses in Asia risked spreading further, borne by migratory birds criss-crossing the globe, experts said today. Wild birds are widely credited with spreading avian influenza far beyond its epicentre in the backyard farms of Asia, where the mingling of species gives virologists nightmares about the risk of mutation into a far deadlier form.
Aaron Broussard's comments on NBC's 'Meet the Press' --Tim Russert interviews Jefferson Parish President, Aaron Broussard 04 Sep 2005 "AARON BROUSSARD: We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water, trailer trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn't need them. This was a week ago. FEMA--we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. The Coast Guard said, 'Come get the fuel right away.' When we got there with our trucks, they got a word. 'FEMA says don't give you the fuel.' Yesterday--yesterday--FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, 'No one is getting near these lines.'" A must read!!! [Click here for Broussard video. For full transcript of 'Meet the Press,' click here.]
Louisiana official haunted by drowned woman 04 Sep 2005 A New Orleans official was overcome by emotion on national television [video link here] on Sunday when describing how a woman was abandoned and eventually drowned after repeated promises she would be rescued. "The guy who runs this building I'm in, the emergency management, who's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said are you coming, son, is somebody coming," Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, said as he burst into heavy sobbing on NBC's Meet the Press program. "And he said 'yeah mama, somebody's coming to get ya, somebody's coming to get ya on Tuesday, somebody's coming to get ya on Wednesday, somebody's coming to get ya on Thursday, somebody's coming to get you on Friday.' "And she drowned Friday night, she drowned Friday night. Nobody's coming to get us." "Nobody's coming to get us, nobody's coming to get us," Broussard said through tears.
FEMA head takes heat in spotlight 04 Sep 2005 Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown has been one of the leading public faces of a federal response sharply criticized as too little and too late... During one of his first televised news conferences Wednesday, when violence and chaos were spreading in New Orleans and bodies were beginning to be seen floating in the water, Brown laughed and joked as he took reporters' questions. [Compare Aaron Broussard's response to that of Bush buffoon, FEMA Director Michael Brown, who 'laughed and joked' as he took reporters questions.]
Doctors Hamstrung in Relief Efforts 04 Sep 2005 Volunteer physicians are pouring in to care for the sick, but red tape is keeping hundreds of others from caring for Hurricane Katrina survivors while health problems escalate. Among the doctors stymied from helping out are 100 surgeons and paramedics in a state-of-the-art mobile hospital marooned in rural Mississippi. The North Carolina mobile hospital stranded in Mississippi was developed with millions of tax dollars through the Office of Homeland Security after 9-11... It travels in a convoy that includes two 53-foot trailers, which as of Sunday afternoon was parked on a gravel lot 70 miles north of New Orleans because Louisiana officials for several days would not let them deploy to the flooded city, Rich said.
Navy ship nearby underused --Craft with food, water, doctors needed orders 04 Sep 2005 While federal and state emergency planners scramble to get more military relief to Gulf Coast communities stricken by Hurricane Katrina, a massive naval goodwill station has been cruising offshore, underused and waiting for a larger role in the effort. The USS Bataan, a 844-foot ship designed to dispatch Marines in amphibious assaults, has helicopters, doctors, hospital beds, food and water. It also can make its own water, up to 100,000 gallons a day. And it just happened to be in the Gulf of Mexico when Katrina came roaring ashore. [The Bush regime is either allowing people to die, due to their incompetence (at best) - or trying to kill as many poor people as possible (at worst). The evidence is starting to point to *the latter.* --Lori Price]
FEMA Sends Anthrax Drugs Instead of Necessary Supplies 03 Sep 2005 After the authorities in Baton Rouge had prepared a field hospital for victims of the storm, Fema sent its first batch of supplies, all of which were designed for use against chemical attack -- including drugs such as Cipro, which is designed for use against anthrax. "We called them up and asked them, 'Why did you send that?', and they said that's what it says in the book," said a Baton Rouge official.
FEMA puts Nevada convoy to Gulf region on hold at last minute 04 Sep 2005 Shortly before they were set to leave for Hurricane Katrina-battered states, a group of about 100 law enforcement officers from across Nevada was told to stay put by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA officials put the contingent on hold on Sunday afternoon for between one and three days until its mission can be determined [?!?], Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Kevin Honea said.
Ex-officials say weakened FEMA botched response 03 Sep 2005 FEMA's chief has been demoted from a near-Cabinet-level position; political appointees with little, if any, emergency-management experience have been placed in senior FEMA positions; and the small, 2,500-person agency was dropped into the midst of the 180,000-employee Homeland Security Department, which is more oriented to combating terrorism than natural disasters.
Editorial blasts federal response 04 Sep 2005 The Times-Picayune of New Orleans printed this editorial in its Sunday edition, criticizing the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina and calling on every FEMA official to be fired: "Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially. In a nationally televised interview Thursday night, he said his agency hadn't known until that day that thousands of storm victims were stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. He gave another nationally televised interview the next morning and said, 'We've provided food to the people at the Convention Center so that they've gotten at least one, if not two meals, every single day.' Lies don't get more bald-faced than that, Mr. President."
HHS Chief: Katrina Death Toll in Thousands 04 Sep 2005 Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said Sunday the death toll from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath is in the thousands, the first time a federal official has acknowledged what many had feared.
Bodies Are Strewn 'Like Roadkill' --With efforts focused on helping survivors, corpses lie scattered around the city. Trucks will serve as roaming morgues. 04 Sep 2005 Mayor C. Ray Nagin, who predicted that the death toll could reach into the thousands, said Saturday that officials were assembling refrigerated 18-wheelers that would serve as roaming morgues. Nagin said it might be impossible to find enough room to bury the bodies; they might all be cremated.
'Five shot dead' by police in New Orleans 05 Sep 2005 At least five people have reportedly been shot dead by police in the US city of New Orleans, where a massive effort is underway to aid hurricane survivors. The incident started when contractors escorted by officers were shot at while crossing a bridge.
New Orleans police kill four 'looters' 04 Sep 2005 New Orleans police killed four 'looters' who had opened fire on them [yeah, right!] on Sunday as rescue teams scoured homes and toxic waters flooding streets to find survivors and recover thousands of bloated corpses. A fifth 'looter' was in critical condition but no more details were available about the incident.
DOD medevacs on the scene of New Orleans 'chaos' --Troops dive into nightmare conditions at triage center 04 Sep 2005 Until Saturday, the bodies “were where anybody could see them,” said Senior Airman Chris Chadwick, a medical technician at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. "We had to walk by them constantly. It was very upsetting." On Saturday, someone finally duct-taped sheets over the entrance to the room where the dead and nearly dead mingle.
Living Paycheck to Paycheck Made Leaving Impossible 04 Sep 2005 To those who wonder why so many stayed behind when push came to water's mighty shove here, those who were trapped have a simple explanation: Their nickels and dimes and dollar bills simply didn't add up to stage a quick evacuation mission.
Despite Warnings, Washington Failed to Fund Levee Projects --To cut spending, officials gambled that the worst-case scenario would not come to be. 04 Sep 2005 For years, Washington had been warned that doom lurked just beyond the levees. And for years, the White House and Congress had dickered over how much money to put into shoring up century-old dikes and carrying out newer flood control projects to protect the city of New Orleans. As recently as three months ago, the alarms were sounding — and being brushed aside.
Government fails Katrina victims, ducks blame --Congress, Bush officials didn't heed warnings about levees (Statesman Journal) 04 Sep 2005 "America's government has failed its people... The resulting devastation is so widespread, and government's response so disorganized, that no one yet knows how many people died. Hundreds? Thousands? ...This nation has a history of turning its back on the poverty-stricken areas of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. It's hard to avoid the conclusion that this inaction -- as well as government's initial response to the tragedy -- was racism at worst, deliberate neglect at best. If most of the people living below those levees had been well-to-do, white and politically powerful, would the levees have been fixed long ago?"
Chertoff: Katrina scenario did not exist --However, experts for years had warned of threat to New Orleans 04 Sep 2005 Defending the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff argued Saturday that government planners did not predict such a disaster ever could occur. But in fact, government officials, scientists and journalists have warned of such a scenario for years.
Transcript of NBC's 'Meet the Press' --Tim Russert interviews Homeland 'Security' Director, Michael Chertoff 04 Sep 2005 "MR. RUSSERT: Mr. Secretary, this is yesterday's Daily News: 'Shame Of A Nation.' And I want to read it to you and our viewers very carefully. It says, 'As for Chertoff, if this is the best his department can do, the homeland is not very secure at all. It is absolutely outrageous that the United States of America could not send help to tens of thousands of forlorn, frightened, sick and hungry human beings at least 24 hours before it did, arguably longer than that. Who is specifically at fault for what is nothing less than a national scandal...' ...Mr. Secretary, are you or anyone who reports to you contemplating resignation?"
Bush's reaction a 'disgrace' 04 Sep 2005 Complaints about President George W Bush's reaction to Hurricane Katrina echo past criticisms over crises like the Asian tsunami or the Iraq war. Some lawmakers and local emergency officials have called Washington's initial reaction "a national disgrace" and assailed the Bush administration as having a too-little, too-late response.
United States of Shame By Maureen Dowd 04 Sep 2005 "W. drove his budget-cutting Chevy to the levee, and it wasn't dry. Bye, bye, American lives... It would be one thing if President Bush and his inner circle - Dick Cheney was vacationing in Wyoming; Condi Rice was shoe shopping at Ferragamo's on Fifth Avenue and attended 'Spamalot' before bloggers chased her back to Washington; and Andy Card was off in Maine - lacked empathy but could get the job done. But it is a chilling lack of empathy combined with a stunning lack of efficiency that could make this administration implode."
Killed By Contempt By Paul Krugman 05 Sep 2005 "...[A]ction after Katrina was anything but prompt. Newsweek reports that a 'strange paralysis' set in among Bush administration officials, who debated lines of authority while thousands died... But the federal government's lethal ineptitude wasn't just a consequence of Mr. Bush's personal inadequacy; it was a consequence of ideological hostility to the very idea of using government to serve the public good. For 25 years the right has been denigrating the public sector, telling us that government is always the problem, not the solution. Why should we be surprised that when we needed a government solution, it wasn't forthcoming?"
'My Pet Goat' -- The Sequel By Greg Mitchell This time, during a catastrophe, the president did not merely dither for seven minutes, but for three days, and his top advisors followed suit. 03 Sep 2005 "While a rising chorus in the press has taken the White House, FEMA and the Pentagon to task for performing miserably in their response to the human disaster on the Gulf Coast, few have focused on the most telling aspect of the entire failure. It’s not just incompetence. It’s a shameful lack of concern: The 9/11 'My Pet Goat' dithering on an administration-wide scale."
As White House Anxiety Grows, Bush Tries to Quell Political Crisis 03 Sep 2005 Faced with one of the worst political crises of his regime, pResident Bush abruptly overhauled his September schedule on Saturday as the White House scrambled to gain control of a situation that Republicans said threatened to undermine Mr. Bush's second-term agenda and the party's long-term ambitions.
Haven from fury Mercy Flight Brings Evacuees to ET --President Gore accompanies about 140 arrivals from New Orleans but declines to take credit 04 Sep 2005 About 140 people - mostly elderly and infirm - arrived Saturday at McGhee Tyson Airport on a chartered mercy flight from hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, welcomed to East Tennessee by a bright sun and a host of medical professionals straining at the reins to help their fellow human beings without regard to whether they were on the clock. President Al Gore arranged the flight and was on board, but he declined to take credit for the airlift, fearing it would be "politicized."
Venezuela donates 1 million barrels of oil to the United States of America 04 Sep 2005 Speaking on his Sunday radio show, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias has announced that Venezuela will send 1 million barrels of oil to the USA to attend the emergency caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Venezuela Increases its Aid to U.S. by Another $1 Million 04 Sep 2005 Felix Rodriguez, the CEO and President of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, the subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA, announced on Saturday that Venezuela’s President Chavez had decided to donate an additional $1 million, via CITGO, to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Australian experts sent to US disaster zone 05 Sep 2005 Three Australians will today leave for New Orleans, where they will be assessing the best way to help the United States with recovery efforts. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says the Emergency Management Australia (EMA) team will work with US authorities to determine what expertise is needed and how the Government can provide further assistance.
Oregon will shelter 1,000 people from disaster zone 04 Sep 2005 Salem-area residents offered to feed and shelter people fleeing the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, although it remained unclear Saturday when evacuees would arrive in Oregon -- or where they would be housed.
Celine Dion pledges $1 million for Katrina relief; takes swipe at Iraq war 04 Sep 2005 An emotional Celine Dion took an apparent swipe at the U.S. policy in Iraq during an interview on CNN's Larry King Live in which she made a major cash pledge to Katrina disaster relief... "How come it's so easy to send planes in another country, to kill everyone in a second, to destroy lives" when Americans need to serve their own country, she said.
FEMA Directing Donations to Rev. Pat Robertson 01 Sep 2005 FEMA is directing Katrina donations to none other than the Rev. Pat Robertson. The Rev. Pat Robertson’s "Operation Blessing" [*Barf*] is next on the list. "It’s an outrage," said privacy watchdog Bill Scannell, who alerted Sploid to the FEMA / Robertson scam.
U.S. Troops Cordon Part of Iraqi Town to Trap Resistance Fighters 04 Sep 2005 Under the cover of a moonless night, U.S. soldiers on Sunday strung nearly a mile of razor-sharp concertina wire across the northern edge of a neighborhood dominated by resistance fighters to prevent them from fleeing without a showdown.
Iraq announces new rule for private cars 04 Sep 2005 Private cars will be only allowed to move on the roads every other day in an effort to ease a gasoline shortage, said a new restriction announced by Iraq's government on Sunday. [A *gas shortage* ...in Iraq, LOL! Only Halliburton could pull that one off!]
Bush: prompt action needed on court vacancies [Right, but no 'prompt action needed' for poor black people, dying on rooftops] 04 Sep 2005 Dictator George W. Bush pledged on Sunday to move quickly to nominate a successor to U.S. Chief inJustice William Rehnquist, whose death opens a second spot on the high court for the president to fill.
Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies of Cancer 04 Sep 2005 Chief inJustice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening of cancer, ending a 33-year Supreme Court career during which he oversaw the court's conservative shift... In 1999, he presided over Clinton's impeachment trial from the presiding officer's chair seat in the Senate, something only one other chief justice had done. A year later he was one of five Republican-nominated injustices who voted to stop presidential ballot recounts in Florida, effectively deciding the election for Bush over Democrat Al Gore.
Chief Justice Rehnquist dies 04 Sep 2005 Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the conservative anchor of the U.S. Supreme Court who presided over its dramatic shift to the right, died Saturday night after a battle with thyroid cancer. Rehnquist's death creates the first opening for a chief justice in 19 years and gives Dictator Bush a second opening on the nine-member court — and launches a furious partisan battle over its future.
Where are gas profits going? Oil, credit card companies are enjoying windfall. 04 Sep 2005 In 2004, the nine largest integrated oil companies made $87 billion in profit, with Exxon Mobil alone making $25 billion, according to an August report by the Congressional Research Service. This year, Exxon Mobil reported profits jumped 32 percent to $7.6 billion in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2004. BP saw a profit increase of about 30 percent, totaling $5.6 billion in the second quarter, while Conoco Phillips earned $3.1 billion, a 55 percent increase in profits in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2004.
HSBC sued over credit card 'cartel' 04 Sep 2005 HSBC has been accused of being part of a cartel which has forced up fees and restricted consumers' rights in the US credit card market. The eight banks - Bank of America, Capital One, JP Morgan, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, HBSC, MBNA and Providian - are said to have agreed with American Express on minimum fees for currency conversion into US dollars for Americans abroad.
Fed rate hikes now in doubt after Katrina devastation 04 Sep 2005 The Federal Reserve is being forced to rethink its plans for interest rate increases in the face of the calamity spawned by Hurricane Katrina in a strategic economic region.
Rumsfeld on looting in Iraq: 'Stuff happens' --Varying views of the Bush regime on looting, compiled by Lori Price 03 Sep 2005 "While no one condones looting, on the other hand, one can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of repression." --Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, explaining why some Iraqis resorted to looting during the Iraq war, in 2003.
New Orleans Left to the Dead and Dying 03 Sep 2005 Thousands more bedraggled refugees were bused and airlifted to salvation Saturday, leaving the heart of New Orleans to the dead and dying, the elderly and frail stranded too many days without food, water or medical care.
Landrieu Implores President to "Relieve Unmitigated Suffering;" End FEMA's "Abject Failures" 03 Sep 2005 U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., issued the following statement this afternoon regarding her call yesterday for pResident Bush to appoint a cabinet-level official to oversee Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts within 24 hours. "...I understand that the U.S. Forest Service had water-tanker aircraft available to help douse the fires raging on our riverfront, but FEMA has yet to accept the aid. When Amtrak offered trains to evacuate significant numbers of victims – far more efficiently than buses – FEMA again dragged its feet. Offers of medicine, communications equipment and other desperately needed items continue to flow in, only to be ignored by the agency... Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment." --Senator Mary Landrieu
Landrieu slams FEMA 03 Sep 2005 U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., Saturday accused the Federal Emergency Management Agency of failing to accept offers that would have eased post-hurricane problems in New Orleans -- including a plan for the Forest Service to douse fires in the city with aircraft used to fight fire. On Friday, Landrieu asked President Bush to appoint a cabinet-level official to oversee Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts. She reiterated that request on Saturday.
La. gov. hires former FEMA director Witt for Katrina 'recovery' 03 Sep 2005 The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency joined the Louisiana government Saturday to help direct the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. James Lee Witt, who ran FEMA from 1993 to 2001, said he will stay as long as he as needed.
Disaster in the making --As FEMA weathers a storm of Bush administration policy and budget changes, protection from natural hazards may be trumped by "homeland security" By Jon Elliston 22 Sep 2004 "Bush administration policy changes and budget cuts, they say, are sapping FEMA's longterm ability to cushion the blow of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornados, wildfires and other natural disasters. ...[S]ince 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."
Daley 'shocked' as feds reject aid 03 Sep 2005 A visibly angry Mayor Daley said the city had offered emergency, medical and technical help to the federal government as early as Sunday to assist people in the areas stricken by Hurricane Katrina, but as of Friday, the only things the feds said they wanted was a single tank truck. "We are ready to provide more help than they have requested. We are just waiting for their call," said Daley, adding that he was "shocked" that no one seemed to want the help.
Homeland Security won't let Red Cross deliver food 03 Sep 2005 As the National Guard delivered food to the New Orleans convention center yesterday, American Red Cross officials said that federal emergency management authorities would not allow them to do the same. "The Homeland Security Department has requested and continues to request that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans," said Renita Hosler, spokeswoman for the Red Cross. "Right now access is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities. We have been at the table every single day [asking for access]. We cannot get into New Orleans against their orders."
Hastert AWOL During House Katrina Vote By Steve Sabludowsky 02 Sep 2005 "Republican Congressman and Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert who set off a firestorm on Thursday when he questioned the need to rebuild New Orleans might be making another major bonehead decision. The legislation passed by the U.S. Senate of 10.5 billion to rebuild the Gulf Coast and New Orleans is moving to the House. Guess who will not be there when the vote occurs? Dennis Hastert. He will be at a fundraiser." [See: House Speaker: Rebuilding N.O. doesn't make sense 31 Aug 2005]
Black fury at Bush over rescue delay 04 Sep 2005 Civil rights leaders, church officials and rap stars have united in ferocious criticism of pResident George Bush's attitude towards the tens of thousands of black people still trying to escape the hell of New Orleans... Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader, said he saw 'a historical indifference to the pain of poor people and black people' in the US and said it was poignant that blacks were suffering in New Orleans, for many years the south's biggest slave-trade port. 'Today I saw 5,000 African-Americans on Highway 10, desperate, perishing, dehydrating, babies crying - it looked like the hold of a slave ship. It's so ugly and obvious. The issue of race as a factor will not go away.'
Bush seen as doing too little, too late 03 Sep 2005 The fallout from the Gulf coast disaster could take a heavy political toll on pResident George Bush, who has been accused by some of fiddling while New Orleans drowns. His already plummeting popularity rating is likely to take another big hit, according to experts who say the public largely see his response to the tragedy as several days too late, inadequate and insincere. [Well, here is the actual *picture* of Bush fiddling (strumming a guitar) while New Orleans drowns: Bush strums guitar while New Orleans floods (AP photo) "President [sic] Bush plays a guitar presented to him by Country Singer Mark Wills, right, backstage following his visit to Naval Base Coronado, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005."]
Bush sends marines as flood fury grows --20,000 still trapped in burning city 04 Sep 2005 pResident George Bush ordered an extra 17,000 troops - including 7,000 elite airborne troops and marines - into New Orleans and the devastated Gulf Coast yesterday to try to bolster the stumbling flood relief effort and salvage the reputation [?!?] of his pResidency.
Troops begin combat operations in New Orleans 02 Sep 2005 Combat operations are underway on the streets "to take this city back" [?!?!?] in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina... Dozens of military trucks and up-armored Humvees left the staging area just after 11 a.m. Friday, while hundreds more troops arrived at the same staging area in the city via Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters. While some fight the insurgency [?!?!?] in the city, other carry on with rescue and evacuation operations. [Right, and as in the case in Iraq, we'll refer to the New Orleans 'insurgents' as *resistance fighters.* They are *resisting* the terrorists who have seized our government, in two coup d'etats. The Bush regime is either allowing people to die, due to their incompetence (at best), or trying to kill as many poor people as possible (at worst).]
Sonic 'Lasers' Head to Flood Zone 02 Sep 2005 In mid-90's morning heat at Edwards Air Force Base, HPV Technologies and American Technology demonstrated prototypes of non-lethal sonic devices for a group of military and law enforcement guests, including representatives of the U.K. Home Office. Representatives of both companies say that within days, they will ship some units of their respective products to areas hit by Hurricane Katrina, so authorities can use the tools for crowd control, aid distribution and rescue operations. American Technology is donating four devices -- three MRADs (medium-range acoustic devices) and one LRAD (long-range acoustic device). The four devices will be shipped out Friday to a Marine military police unit that is deploying to the Gulf States area for disaster-relief efforts. [The Bush terror team is able to send crowd control lasers but not food and water.]
Who is jamming communications in New Orleans? By Wayne Madsen 02 Sep 2005 "Ham radio operators are reporting that communications in and around New Orleans are being jammed... The emitter is an IF (Intermediate Frequency) jammer that is operating south southwest of New Orleans on board a U.S. Navy ship, according to an anonymous source. The jamming is cross-spectrum and interfering with superheterodyne receiver components, including the emergency radios being used in New Orleans relief efforts."
Jailed for saving lives --Save lives without permission-go to jail (stevegilliard.blogspot) By Steve 02 Sep 2005 "In Massachusetts We'd Call This Yankee Ingenuity - A friend on a lawyer listserve sent me this story. This kid is definitely getting a pro-bono lawyer. He found an abandoned bus in New Orleans, packed it with survivors, and drove it to the Astrodome. The reaction of the officials? They're going to charge him with theft."
Oil Firms Turn Katrina Into Profits, Clinton Says --N.Y. Senator Criticizes Lack of National Leadership, Freedom From Imports 03 Sep 2005 Pressed by constituents alarmed by skyrocketing gasoline prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) accused oil companies of manipulating energy markets to enhance profits and decried a lack of national leadership for a plan to free the country from dependence on foreign oil. Citing Exxon Mobil Corp.'s record $7.64 billion profit in the past quarter as evidence that the government needs to take action, she said it is time to send a message to the industry that "they're being watched" as consumers deal with rising prices. "If we don't fight Big Oil, this country's going down," she said.
Why Are Oil Stocks Up 5% This Week? By Doug Heller 02 Sep 2005 "As prices for gasoline reach record highs all around the country because, we are told, of the devastation to our oil infrastructure and refining capacity, the stock market is exposing the oil industries' despicable secret: the winds of Katrina will be a windfall for big oil. The Yahoo Major Oil & Gas Index shows stocks up 5% since Monday. ExxonMobil is up 5%. Halliburton is up about 8%."
Conyers readies gas price gouging, hurricane bankruptcy bills 02 Sep 2005 John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, will introduce legislation next week in response to gas price gouging and bankruptcies related to Hurricane Katrina, RAW STORY has learned. Democrats inserted provisions into the bankruptcy bill last year to provide for similar emergencies, but they were stripped out of the final bill.
Guard Troops Descend on New Orleans 03 Sep 2005 The National Guard arrived here in force Friday and mobilized to speed the evacuation of tens of thousands of desperate people trapped since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast.
Conn. National Guard Heads to Help Katrina Victims --Governor Opens State Armories 03 Sep 2005 Connecticut National Guard members are preparing to ship off to Louisiana Saturday to bring relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Canadians donate over $1 million for Hurricane Katrina relief 03 Sep 2005 The Canadian Red Cross estimates that so far Canadians have donated over $1 million to date to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
300 US airmen bound from Iraq, Afghan to Mississippi 03 Sep 2005 The U.S. military will send home from Iraq and Afghanistan more than 300 Air Force airmen based at an installation in Mississippi battered by Hurricane Katrina to allow them to assist their families, officials said on Saturday.
Pentagon Investigator Resigning --The Defense Department's inspector general is suspected of blocking investigations of senior Bush officials. 03 Sep 2005 The Pentagon's top investigator has resigned amid accusations that he stonewalled inquiries into senior Bush regime officials suspected of wrongdoing. Defense Department Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz told staffers this week that he intended to resign as of Sept. 9 to take a job with the parent company of Blackwater USA, a defense contractor.
Pentagon watchdog to join defense contractor 31 Aug 2005 Joseph Schmitz, the Pentagon's chief internal watchdog since March 2002, has quit to join a defense contractor involved in private security services, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday. Schmitz will become chief operating officer and general counsel of McLean, Virginia-based Prince Group, which manufactures items on contract and owns Blackwater USA, a security consultant working in Iraq [and now in the US Gulf Region], said Lt. Col. Rose-Ann Lynch, a Defense Department spokeswoman.
Blackwater USA Joins Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort On (September 1, 2005, Blackwater USA joined the ongoing relief effort in the Gulf Region devastated by Hurricane Katrina by dispatching a SA-330J Puma helicopter to help assist in evacuating citizens from flooded areas.... The following services are available: Airlift Services, Security Services, Communication Support, Crowd Control, Humanitarian Support, Services Logistics, and Transportation Services.
Hurricane Katrina Relief: On Tuesday, September 6, St. Pete Food Not Bombs, St. Pete for Peace, St. Pete Critical Resistance, and The Refuge will be taking a truck load of water and supplies to meet up with other Food Not Bombs chapters who have set up a field kitchen near New Orleans to provide assistance to the storm victims. A local activist, Rev. Bruce Wright, will be leading this effort. Bruce is a personal friend of CLG Actions Chair, Carol Schiffler, and his ministry, The Refuge, is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit which works with teen activists on social justice issues. If you would like to contribute this effort, please make checks payable to: The Refuge, 4128 28th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33714.
Katrina Relief Info Available on the Web (The Associated Press)
Don't Give Your Hurricane Donations to the Red Cross --Establishment charities have history of withholding disaster funds By Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones 01 Sep 2005 "The Red Cross, under the Liberty Fund, collected $564 million in donations after 9/11. Months after the event, the Red Cross had distributed only $154 million. The Red Cross' explanation for keeping the majority of the money was that it would be used to help 'fight the war on [of] terror'. To the victims, this meant that the money was going towards bombing broken backed third world countries like Afghanistan and setting up surveillance cameras and expanding the police state in US cities, and not towards helping them rebuild their lives. Then Red Cross President Dr. Bernadine Healy arrogantly responded when questioned about the withholding of funds by stating, 'The Liberty Fund is a war fund. It has evolved into a war fund.'"
Major oil spill seen on Mississippi River-officials 02 Sep 2005 Louisiana officials said they spotted a major oil spill from two storage tanks near the town of Venice on the Mississippi River on Friday. [Oops! Better hurry and hire Halliburton to 'repair' them!]
Another Storm Possible in Hard-Hit Region 03 Sep 2005 Katrina may seem like the last word in hurricanes, but there is a very real possibility that another major hurricane may hit New Orleans or some other portion of the 200-mile coastline devastated by Katrina in the weeks to come.
Anxiety in Iraq for Guardsmen From Gulf Area 04 Sep 2005 Some critics have suggested that the military's use of National Guard troops in Iraq has slowed the relief effort on the Gulf Coast...
19 Iraqi police, soldiers die in Baquba attacks 03 Sep 2005 Unknown gunmen killed 19 Iraqi police and troops and wounded another 16 in three separate attacks near Baquba, north of Baghdad, on Saturday, police and hospital sources said.
Venezuela Preparing to Repel U.S. Invasion if Necessary, Chavez Says 03 Sep 2005 Venezuela has uncovered plans for a U.S.-led invasion and is preparing to defend the country against invading forces, President Hugo Chavez said in a report.
Former CIA Director Tenet Threatens Disclosures? 03 Sep 2005 Former CIA director George Tenet, said to be the target of what the Washington Times called "a scathing report by Inspector General John Helgerson” - may go public with embarrassing disclosures about the Bush administration and its actions leading up to Sept. 11, 2001.
Halliburton hired for storm cleanup 01 Sep 2005 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.
Halliburton gets contract to repair damage from Hurricane Katrina (HalliburtonWatch.org) 01 Sep 2005 The US Navy asked Halliburton to repair naval facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the Houston Chronicle reported today. The work was assigned to Halliburton's KBR subsidiary under the Navy's $500 million CONCAP contract awarded to KBR in 2001 and renewed in 2004. The repairs will take place in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Blackwater USA Joins Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort On (September 1, 2005, Blackwater USA joined the ongoing relief effort in the Gulf Region devastated by Hurricane Katrina by dispatching a SA-330J Puma helicopter to help assist in evacuating citizens from flooded areas.... The following services are available: Airlift Services, Security Services, Communication Support, Crowd Control, Humanitarian Support, Services Logistics, and Transportation Services.
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Death toll in Louisiana could be above 10,000: US Senator 02 Sep 2005 US Senator David Vitter said that the death toll from Hurricane Katrina could top 10,000 in Louisiana alone.
JP's Maestri said FEMA didn't keep its word 02 Sep 2005 Jefferson Parish Emergency Preparedness Director Walter Maestri said Friday night that the Federal Emergency Management Agency reneged on a promise to begin relieving county emergency preparedness staffers 48 hours after Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans metropolitan area. "We had been told we would be on our own for 48 hours," Maestri said. "Prepare to survive and in 48 hours the cavalry would arrive. Well, where are they?" he said.
Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans? (redcross.org) "Access to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders. The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane."
'A scene from Mad Max': Britons reveal horror of the Superdome 03 Sep 2005 A young Briton trapped with his fiancée in the stadium telephoned his father yesterday and pleaded to be rescued, saying that they were in "dreadful danger". Mark Graydon, 26, had described to his father John Graydon how the stadium, a makeshift home to about 30,000 evacuees from the hurricane, including a group of about 30 Britons, was being run by local mafia.
Horrible scenes at New Orleans airport --In triage center, baggage conveyor used for grim task of moving bodies By Kerry Sanders 20 Sep 2005 "I cannot believe what I am seeing here in the New Orleans area. I've been reporting for 21 years around the world and I've never seen the likes of this. I landed here at the New Orleans International Airport in a helicopter on Thursday to get fuel in order to continue an aerial tour of the devastated area... The airport, meantime, has been converted into a triage center. There are so many bodies that medical staff are using the baggage conveyor to carry the stretchers. There are just so many patients and so few people to help. I would estimate that there are at least 1,000 patients who have been brought in here."
"One of the doctors sent [one of my people] a text message... We are bolted down on the 7th floor of Charity Hospital - we are desperate, we are giving ourselves IVs to get fluids. We need the military to evacuate these hospitals, Charity and Memorial Hospitals." [Paraphrased] --Richard Zuschlag, Supervising Medic Services in New Orleans, on Fox News.
Explosions and smoke awaken the city to another day of horror 03 Sep 2005 The day began before dawn as the refugees were shaken awake by powerful explosions miles away in the industrial area. As plumes of thick black smoke climbed into the sky, the acrid cloud added its stench to the stagnant flood waters. There was only one question on everyone's lips: when were they leaving?
Major explosion rocks New Orleans 02 Sep 2005 A massive explosion today rocked the New Orleans riverfront a few miles south of the French Quarter. The blast - at a chemical storage facility - jolted residents awake at 4.35am local time (10.35am BST). A series of smaller explosions followed.
Draining New Orleans could take 80 days- Army 02 Sep 2005 Engineers may need up to 80 days to remove Hurricane Katrina's flood waters from the swamped New Orleans, a senior U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said on Friday.
New Orleans warned troops will 'shoot and kill' 02 Sep 2005 Kathleen Blanco, the Louisiana governor, warned rioters and looters in New Orleans yesterday that National Guard troops are under her orders to "shoot and kill" to end the rampant violence in the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Shoot to kill, troops told 02 Sep 2005 Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco warned rioters and looters late on Thursday that National Guard troops were under her orders to "shoot and kill" if needed to 'restore order' [foment disorder]. "These troops are battle-tested. They have M-16s and are locked and loaded," she said. "These troops know how to shoot and kill and I expect they will."
Kanye West Rocks Show 02 Sep 2005 Musician Kanye West used a Red Cross benefit to speak the truth about the Bush regime on Friday night, during an NBC Hurricane Katrina Relief program. Just before being cut by NBC executives, West stated: "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Other comments by West: "They're saying black families are looting and white families are just looking for food...they're giving the (Army) permission to shoot us..." [Note: this is my 'alternative' summary of a Reichwing editorial.]
Hotels to evacuees: Go before big game 01 Sep 2005 Many Tallahassee hotels have told hurricane evacuees they'll have to move by the day of the FSU-Miami football game so that fan bookings can be honored. Hundreds of Katrina evacuees who fled to Tallahassee seeking refuge from the storm have been politely told by their hotels and motels to leave this weekend to make room for a football game: FSU vs. Miami.
Astrodome turns away evacuees 02 Sep 2005 The Houston Astrodome in Texas was no longer accepting hurricane evacuees from New Orleans, redirecting them instead to other cities and shelters, local police told CNN. "It has been shut down and those buses have been diverted to other cities and other shelters," Houston police officer Nate Mcduell told CNN, without indicating the reasons for the move.
One Dead After Busload of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees Overturns 02 Sep 2005 A bus shuttling hurricane victims out of New Orleans crashed Friday after one of the passengers grew agitated and ended up in a struggle with the driver, killing one person and injuring more than a dozen, a police official said.
My hero is a bus thief By Rick Casey 01 Sep 2005 "When I heard President [sic] Bush on Thursday morning call for 'zero tolerance of people breaking the law during an emergency such as this,' it gave me shivers... When he arrived at the Astrodome about 10 p.m. Wednesday, 20-year-old Jabbar Gibson modestly confessed that he had commandeered a school bus in New Orleans, then picked up about 70 passengers before heading out for the 13-hour trek to Houston. Stealing a bus is a felony. It's also an act of heroism."
Looters denounced, but also called 'heroes' 01 Sep 2005 Officials have been denouncing the 'looting' rampant in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck. But some say looters are also heroes. A woman at the city's convention center says she's barely seen the police. She says the thugs and the criminals are the ones who saved her from her flooded neighborhood, using a stolen speedboat and moving truck. At the Superdome, another Katrina evacuee says the looters have been distributing food to the evacuees there. Otherwise, he says, they'd starve.
World stunned as US struggles with Katrina 02 Sep 2005 The world has watched amazed as the planet's only superpower struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with some saying the chaos has exposed flaws and deep divisions in American society.
"We are rebuilding Baghdad, but we have a Speaker of the House who questions whether we can rebuild New Orleans. Give me a break." Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) speaking with the Congressional Black Caucus, *NOT* covered by Bush's media whores, only on C-SPAN.
"We don't want another Iraq, where the money just goes off somewhere. I am ashamed of our Federal Government. ...Wal Mart won't take FEMA vouchers... those people need money and food." Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI), speaking with the Congressional Black Caucus
"This isn't an issue about race. This is an issue about class. Because, the people who had money were the people who got out." Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, (D-OH)
"Where are those airlines that *we* bailed out after 9/11 to take these people [to other states] to rebuild their lives as quickly as possible?" --Rep. Jesse Jackson, (D-IL)
Democrats and Others Criticize White House's Response to Disaster 02 Sep 2005 A political furor intensified on Thursday over Dictator Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina as Democrats, local officials and members of an increasingly bewildered public accused the pResident of a slow response to the flood that has plunged New Orleans into chaos.
Government's Role: Planning, Response Are Faulted 02 Sep 2005 ...Terry Ebbert, head of New Orleans's emergency operations, said the response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was inadequate and that Louisiana officials have been overwhelmed. "This is a national disgrace. FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control," Ebbert told the Associated Press as he watched refugees evacuate the Superdome yesterday. ...Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr., (R-La.), said he spent the past 48 hours urging the Bush administration to send help. [There's no oil Iraqi oil pipelines to protect, so help will not be forthcoming.]
A Can't-Do Government By Paul Krugman 02 Sep 2005 "Before 9/11 the Federal Emergency Management Agency listed the three most likely catastrophic disasters facing America: a terrorist attack on New York, a major earthquake in San Francisco and a hurricane strike on New Orleans. 'The New Orleans hurricane scenario,' The Houston Chronicle wrote in December 2001, 'may be the deadliest of all.' It described a potential catastrophe very much like the one now happening. So why were New Orleans and the nation so unprepared? ...In 2002 the corps' chief resigned, reportedly under threat of being fired, after he criticized the administration's proposed cuts in the corps' budget, including flood-control spending... Did the Bush administration destroy FEMA's effectiveness?"
Canadian warships to sail to Louisiana 02 Sep 2005 Canadian warships, a coast guard vessel and three Sea King helicopters will be sent to Louisiana on Tuesday with relief supplies for the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Countries Pledge Hurricane Aid to U.S. 02 Sep 2005 In an accelerating drive, more than 50 countries have pledged assistance in connection with the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The offers blur political lines. Cuba and Venezuela, for instance, have offered to help despite differences with Washington.
Australia donates $10m 02 Sep 2005 The Australian government will donate $10 million to assist relief operations in the wake of hurricane Katrina in the United States.
Conn. Schools Offer Classes to Displaced Students 02 Sep 2005 Several Connecticut universities have pledged to accept students from the region who have been displaced from universities in the South by Hurricane Katrina.
Bush warns of gasoline problem this holiday weekend 02 Sep 2005 U.S. Dictator George W. Bush warned motorists on Friday to expect "a problem" with gasoline over the Labor Day holiday weekend when high prices and sporadic outages may interfere with Americans' final summer outings.
Petrol to hit £1 a litre after US buys up supplies 02 Sep 2005 Motorists were warned last night that petrol prices seem certain to pass £1 a litre within days after Hurricane Katrina wiped out many of the oil refineries on the US Gulf coast. As US oil companies bought up 20 shiploads of European petrol yesterday, the wholesale price of petrol on the Rotterdam spot market soared to a record of $855 a tonne (more than $100 a barrel), up more than 20% in two days and something experts said would feed through to the forecourt within days.
Katrina revives debate over global warming 02 Sep 2005 Hurricane Katrina's fury has reignited the scientific debate over whether global warming might be making hurricanes more ferocious. At least one prominent study suggests that hurricanes have become significantly stronger in the past few decades during the same period that global average temperatures have increased.
Under the cover of Katrina: 5,000 U.S. and Iraqi Troops Sweep Into City of Tall Afar --Urban Assault Is Largest Since Last Year 03 Sep 2005 In the largest urban assault since the siege of Fallujah last November, more than 5,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops entered this northern city before dawn Friday. But the 45-minute firefight at day's end suggested that the resistance fighters who have controlled much of Tall Afar for almost a year would not relinquish it easily.
Three U.S. Soldiers Killed In Iraq 20 Sep 2005 Three more U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq. The military said two of the soldiers died Thursday after their patrol was struck by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. And another soldier was shot dead in a city 30 miles south of the capital.
3 hanged as Iraq resumes death penalty enforcement 02 Sep 2005 The transitional 'Iraqi' government [US-installed dictatorship] executed three convicted murderers yesterday morning in the first application of the death penalty since the fall of Saddam Hussein's government. Some Iraqis questioned Iraq's legal system, which they said lacked the transparency to guard against abuse and may not be capable of determining guilt or innocence beyond doubt.
Hicks may face more trial delays 02 Sep 2005 The Pentagon has announced new rules governing the military commission trial of the Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks, just weeks before the US Supreme Court decides whether it will hear a case that challenges its legality.
Bomber Blames 7/7 Attacks On Iraq War 02 Sep 2005 In a video broadcast for the first time on Thursday night, the leader of the July 7 bombers said the attacks were a direct result of Tony Blair's foreign policy.
Taliban regroups to fight U.S. troops 03 Sep 2005 Nearly four years after the September 11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the dispatch of U.S. and NATO forces to Afghanistan, the Taliban have regrouped, turning 2005 into the deadliest year so far for foreign troops, using tactics based on lessons learned by Islamic resistance fighters in Iraq.
Ex-CIA operative drops asylum bid 01 Sep 2005 A Cuban-born ex-CIA operative [terrorist] has unexpectedly withdrawn his petition for asylum, saying he feared he might be forced to reveal state secrets if he continued testifying. But Luis Posada Carriles, 77, a US Army-trained explosives expert [terrorist] who helped carry out the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion and has been accused of trying to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro, would petition to remain in the United States on the basis of his US military service, his lawyer said.
ACLU Alleges Ga. Hiked Voter ID Card Fee 02 Sep 2005 The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday alleged that Georgia circumvented a federal law by failing to get Justice Department approval before hiking the fee for a controversial new voter identification card.
Voters Approve Limits On Eminent Domain 02 Sep 2005 Town voters have approved a measure blocking Putnam (CT) from using eminent domain to acquire private property for private or controlled economic development purposes.
Nations on alert as bird flu likely to spread around globe 01 Sep 2005 The bird flu virus that has hit several Asian countries is likely to spread to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the U.N. food agency warned on Wednesday, urging nations at risk to step up surveillance and prepare emergency plans.
Mega barf alert! Researchers link human remains in cattle feed to mad cow disease 03 Sep 2005 Mad cow disease may have come from feeding British cattle with meal contaminated with human remains infected with a permutation of the disease, researchers have suggested.
Waiting for a Leader (The New York Times) "George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday, especially given the level of national distress and the need for words of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this administration, the president [sic] appeared a day later than he was needed. He then read an address of a quality more appropriate for an Arbor Day celebration: a long laundry list of pounds of ice, generators and blankets delivered to the stricken Gulf Coast."
'Cowboy' Bush failed in Katrina evacuation - Chavez 01 Sep 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a vocal critic of the U.S. government, on Wednesday called U.S. pResident George W. Bush a "cowboy" who had failed to manage the Hurricane Katrina disaster and evacuate victims.
Federal response called 'a national disgrace' 01 Sep 2005 Rage and resentment reached a crescendo Thursday among victims of Hurricane Katrina who felt the federal government had abandoned them at their most desperate moment.
House Speaker: Rebuilding N.O. doesn't make sense 31 Aug 2005 House Speaker [R-Nazi] Dennis Hastert dropped a bombshell on flood-ravaged New Orleans on Thursday by suggesting that it isn’t sensible to rebuild the city. "It doesn't make sense to me," Hastert told the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago in editions published today. "And it's a question that certainly we should ask." [So, if your house was flooded to the roof (which it is, with rightwing horseshit), we should consider rebuilding it a waste of time and money. The House of Representatives is the House that should be left for ruined and remade out of actual citizens and not hot-air bag frauds like you, Hastert! --M. Rectenwald]
Some New Orleanians resisting FEMA police state (total411info.org) "Some good news coming from New Orleans. CNN reported late Wednesday afternoon that 'National Guard has lost control' of the Superdome and gave up on trying to keep people trapped inside there. Numerous reports have indicated that many residents Uptown, where the water level is from zero to six feet, are refusing to leave in order to keep watch over their possessions. And workers and others inside the New Orleans Museum of Art have refused FEMA orders to leave the building."
Nagin declares Martial Law in New Orleans 31 Aug 2005 Disgusted and furious with the lawlessness of 'looters' who have put fear into citizens, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared Martial Law in the city and directed the city's 1,500 person police force to do "whatever it takes" to regain control of the city. Nagin said that Martial Law means that officers don't have to worry about civil rights and Miranda rights in stopping the 'looters.'
New Orleans Mayor Issues 'Desperate SOS' 01 Sep 2005 Fights and fires broke out, corpses lay out in the open, and rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at as flooded-out New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday. "This is a desperate SOS," the mayor said.
Police Chief Says Thousands Trapped in New Orleans Convention Center 01 Sep 2005 The New Orleans police chief says 15-thousand people are trapped in the city's convention center. And he says some are being raped and beaten.
Bodies, gunfire and chaos in New Orleans' streets 01 Sep 2005 Rotting bodies littered New Orleans' streets on Thursday and troops headed in to control 'looting' and violence, as thousands of desperate survivors of Hurricane Katrina pleaded to be evacuated from the flooded city, or even just fed.
Reported Gunfire Disrupts Evacuation 01 Sep 2005 The evacuation of 25,000 people from the Superdome on Thursday was disrupted by reported gunfire, as National Guardsmen in armored vehicles poured into New Orleans to help 'restore order' [incite violence] across the increasingly lawless and desperate city.
Unrest Intensifies at Superdome 'Shelter' 01 Sep 2005 Fights and fires broke out, rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at and anger mounted across New Orleans on Thursday, as National Guardsmen poured in to help 'restore order' [foment disorder] across this increasingly desperate and lawless city.
New Orleans police ordered to stop saving lives and start saving property By Patrick Martin 01 Sep 2005 "New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered nearly the entire active police force in the flood-ravaged city to abandon rescue operations Wednesday night and focus on efforts to halt looting. The decision came in response to mounting pressure from sensationalized media coverage which is increasingly placing emphasis on the property damage done by looters, suggesting that it has become nearly as significant a social problem as the virtual destruction of the city by Hurricane Katrina."
Nagin orders police to stop looking for survivors 31 Aug 2005 Looting spiraled so out of control that Mayor Ray Nagin ordered virtually the entire police force to abandon search-and-rescue efforts and focus on the brazen packs of thieves who have turned increasingly hostile.
"It was suggested to me by someone that it seems like the lack of assistance in New Orleans was meant to provoke people to extreme violence and chaos. It certainly looks that way to me... but what if New Orleans is being used as a test case to see, in a real world setting, how easily a motivated, angry populace (and the military personnel forced to do the dirty work) could be subdued and controlled to create a working model of how to impose endless Martial Law throughout the country while keeping those who might resist under the lid... and those in the armed forces in line. It's a thought... because I find it absolutely incredible how inept the response has been, to the point of criminality on the part of the federal government." --c., CLG reader.
Changes in FEMA's role will be disastrous By Eric Holdeman 01 Sep 2005 "...[A]t this moment, the country’s premier agency for dealing with such events – FEMA – is being, in effect, systematically downgraded and all but dismantled by the Department of Homeland Security. Apparently homeland security now consists almost entirely of protection against [fomenting] terrorist acts. How else to explain why the Federal Emergency Management Agency will no longer be responsible for disaster preparedness?"
South Mississippi needs your help (Sun-Herald) 31 Aug 2005 "...[W]here is the National Guard, why hasn't every able-bodied member of the armed forces in South Mississippi been pressed into service? On Wednesday reporters listening to horrific stories of death and survival at the Biloxi Junior High School shelter looked north across Irish Hill Road and saw Air Force personnel playing basketball and performing calisthenics. Playing basketball and performing calisthenics!"
Urgent plea from St. Bernard Parish 01 Sep 2005 Polly Boudreaux, clerk of the St. Bernard Parish Council, issued an urgent plea Thursday morning for help for the devastated parish. Boudreaux, breaking into tears during a telephone interview with WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, said the parish is wiped out. ..."St. Bernard has been rescuing St. Bernard for days,'' she said. She said little outside assistance has been able to reach the parish. "We are not seeing it. We need help,'' she said, her voice cracking.
Frustration at slow emergency response grows on Mississippi coast 31 Aug 2005 Overwhelming need gripped the Mississippi Coast two days after Hurricane Katrina dealt the region a devastating blow. In the hardest hit areas, where hundreds of people lost their homes, cars and everything they own, parents wandered the street Wednesday begging for water for their babies, and local officials grew frustrated at the slow response.
Mississippi coast now a stretch of rubble 01 Sep 2005 From the coin-spitting slot machines to the stately Southern beach cottages, Mississippi's coastline has long been the economic engine for the entire state. But every industry along the coast has been devastated by Hurricane Katrina in a way that will take years, if not decades, to recover.
Public health emergency declared in Gulf Coast 31 Aug 2005 Federal officials have declared a public health emergency for the entire Gulf Coast. ...Environmental Protection Agency director Stephen Johnson says anti-pollution standards for gasoline are being eased throughout the country until September 15th. [Bush's priority: Helping ExxonMobil.]
Officials to Move 25,000 People --Houston Astrodome Opened for Superdome Evacuees 31 Aug 2005 Relief officials have decided to move 25,000 people -- most of them being sheltered at the city's Superdome -- to the Astrodome in Houston... Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said the schedule of the 40-year-old Astrodome has been cleared through December [?!?] to house evacuees. [MSNBC reporter: The evacuees on the busses have not been told where they are going. Why???]
Utah May House 1,000 Hurricane Refugees 31 Aug 2005 Utah is ready to accept up to 1,000 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Gov. Jon Huntsman said Wednesday. The state of Louisiana asked for help housing the refugees, he said.
White House Backpedals on Flood Control 01 Sep 2005 The White House scrambled Thursday to defend itself against criticism that it has consistently proposed cutting the budget for Army Corps of Engineers water and flood control projects — including several that could have mitigated the disaster in New Orleans.
"No one can say they didn't see it coming" In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war. By Sydney Blumenthaul 31 Aug 2005 "A year ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed to study how New Orleans could be protected from a catastrophic hurricane, but the Bush administration ordered that the research not be undertaken... In early 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a report stating that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S., including a terrorist attack on New York City. But by 2003 the federal funding for the flood control project essentially dried up as it was drained into the Iraq war. In 2004, the Bush administration cut funding requested by the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain by more than 80 percent. Additional cuts at the beginning of this year (for a total reduction in funding of 44.2 percent since 2001) forced the New Orleans district of the Corps to impose a hiring freeze."
Why New Orleans is in deep water By Molly Ivins 01 Sep 2005 "Unfortunately, the war in Iraq is directly related to the devastation left by the hurricane. About 35 percent of Louisiana's National Guard is now serving in Iraq, where four out of every 10 soldiers are guardsmen... The Louisiana National Guard also notes that dozens of its high-water vehicles, Humvees, refuelers and generators have also been sent abroad. (I hate to be picky, but why do they need high-water vehicles in Iraq?)"
Lake New Orleans is Bush's Fault & I Can Prove It (Research Material) By DWCG 31 Aug 2005 "...I've began identifying articles that substantiate the Bush administration's culpability to this catastrophic event."
"Eyewitness: Sec of State Condi Rice laughs it up at 'Spamalot' while Gulf Coast lays in tatters. Theater goers on New York' City's Great White Way were shocked to see the President's former National Security Advisor at the Monty Python farce last night -- as the rest of the cabinet responds to Hurricane Katrina..." (drudgrereport.com) 01 Sep 2005
Brace for more Katrinas, say experts 30 Aug 2005 For all its numbing ferocity, Hurricane Katrina will not be a unique event, say scientists, who say that global warming appears to be pumping up the power of big Atlantic storms.
White House: Gas costs to rise further 01 Sep 2005 White House economic adviser Ben Bernanke said on Thursday U.S. gasoline prices will likely rise further because of system disruptions following Hurricane Katrina, but will drop 'when supply lines return to normal' [as the 2006 election season approaches].
Bush Bypasses Senate to Install Official 01 Sep 2005 Dictator Bush has used a constitutional provision to bypass the Senate and fill a top inJustice Department slot with an official whose nomination stalled over tactics at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval facility. [Bush is familiar with the tactic, since he was installed as p-Resident in 2000.]
U.S. confirms its troops killed Reuters journalist in Iraq 01 Sep 2005 The U.S. military confirmed on Thursday that its soldiers killed a Reuters journalist in Iraq but said their action was "appropriate." [Why 'appropriate,' because he was not an embedded media whore from Faux News?]
Scores stage hunger strike at Guantanamo 01 Sep 2005 Scores of detainees are on hunger strike at the Guantanamo US 'war on [of] terror' detention camp, lawyers for the detainees and US military authorities said. "Since January 2002, the (Defense Department) has denied prisoners access to the courts or legal counsel in an effort to avoid justifying the basis for the detentions. This policy has driven detainees to strike until they die or are afforded a fair hearing and humane treatment," said attorney Gitanjali Gutierrez, of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, which is representing some of the prisoners.
Three more assert Pentagon knew of 9/11 ringleader 01 Sep 2005 Three more people associated with a secret U.S. military intelligence team have asserted that the program identified September 11 ringleader Mohammed Atta as an Al Qaeda suspect inside the United States more than a year before the 2001 attacks, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
U.S. Patriot Act faces legal challenge in Connecticut 31 Aug 2005 A controversial clause in the U.S. Patriot Act that allows authorities to search citizens' personal records faced its first public challenge in federal court on Wednesday as a library sought to lift a gag order on a FBI probe into its records.
ACLU wants gag order lifted in Patriot Act case 31 Aug 2005 The American Civil Liberties Union urged a federal judge Wednesday to lift a gag order on a client of whom the FBI is demanding records about library patrons under the Patriot Act.
Police Shoot Teen While Serving Search Warrant 01 Sep 2005 An investigation is under way after Cleveland police were involved in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy on Cleveland's east side. Police say the ninth-grader threatened them with a steak knife [?!?], and police then fired nearly a dozen shots.
Life in the Bottom 80 Percent (The New York Times) 01 Sep 2005 "When Congress returns from its monthlong summer vacation next week, two of the leadership's top priorities include renewing the push to repeal the estate tax, which affects only the wealthiest of families, and extending the tax cuts for investment income, which flow largely to the richest Americans. At the other end of the spectrum, lawmakers have stubbornly refused to raise the minimum wage: $5.15 an hour since 1997. They will also be taking up proposals for deep budget cuts in programs that ameliorate income inequality, like Medicaid, food stamps and federal student loans. They should be ashamed of themselves."
Official Quits on Pill Delay at the F.D.A. 01 Sept 2005 The director of the Food and Drug Administration's office of women's health resigned yesterday to protest the agency's decision last week to further delay approving over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill.
Bill to legalize gay marriage revived in California 01 Sep 2005 A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the most populated US state got the backing of legislators in a milestone triumph for gay rights, according to its author.
U.N. warns deadly bird flu is likely to migrate west 01 Sep 2005 The bird flu virus that has hit several Asian countries is likely to spread to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned Wednesday, urging nations at risk to step up surveillance and prepare national emergency plans.
Secret Tribunal Orders Journalist Held Without Charge at Abu Ghraib --Reuters cameraman held indefinitely, another freed 31 Aug 2005 A cameraman for Reuters in Iraq has been ordered by a secret tribunal to be held without charge in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison until his case is reviewed within six months, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday... Ali Omar Abrahem al-Mashhadani was arrested by U.S. forces on August 8 after a search of his home in the city of Ramadi. The U.S. military has refused Reuters' requests to disclose why he is being held. He has not been charged.
Bush gives new reason for Iraq war --Says US must prevent oil fields from falling into hands of terrorists 31 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush answered growing antiwar protests yesterday with a fresh reason for US troops to continue fighting in Iraq: protection of the country's vast oil fields, which he said would otherwise fall under the control of terrorist extremists. [Uh, the oil fields are *already* under the control of terrorist extremists - US oil companies.]
Where will the homeless go? Refugees may live in tent cities or on barges Survivors of what could be the nation's costliest natural disaster will live in a danger zone, and without power, possibly for months --Survivors of what could be the nation's costliest natural disaster will live in a danger zone, and without power, possibly for months.
From Superdome to Astrodome 31 Aug 2005 At least 25,000 of Hurricane Katrina's refugees, a majority of them at the New Orleans Superdome, will be bused to Houston to be sheltered at another domed stadium, the Astrodome, and they could be there until December. [Why???]
Buses prepared to bring Superdome refugees to Astrodome 31 Aug 2005 As water continued to rise in New Orleans and Army engineers struggled to plug breached levees with giant sandbags and concrete barriers, Texas officials have worked out a plan to bring up to 23,000 refugees from the Superdome to Houston's Astrodome.
The Bush body count continues to rise. New Orleans mayor fears thousands dead --Health emergency declared across Gulf; 25,000 evacuees to go to Houston 31 Aug 2005 In a surprising assessment of Hurricane Katrina’s lethal destruction, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Wednesday he feared that thousands had died in his city alone. "We know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water," Nagin told reporters, adding that there are others dead in attics. Asked for a number, he said, "Minimum hundreds, most likely thousands." [And, where is the Louisiana National Guard? In Iraq, working for Halliburton and ExxonMobil.]
Body-strewn waters threaten residents 31 Aug 2005 Rescuers scrambled buses, boats and helicopters on Wednesday to evacuate hundreds of thousands of New Orleans residents threatened by rising, body-strewn waters and disease after Hurricane Katrina. [Prediction: The Bush regime will provide another financial windfall to the pharmaceutical corpora-terrorists for (more) useless, deadly vaccines.]
New Orleans Is Now Off Limits; Pentagon Joins in Relief Effort 31 Aug 2005 Search and rescue teams in helicopters and boats braved the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina today to look for survivors in the flooded and battered city of New Orleans, which was isolated and virtually submerged after water broke through two levees on Tuesday. ..."It looks like Hiroshima is what it looks like," Gov. Haley Barbour said, describing parts of Harrison County, Miss.
'Engineering nightmare': Water keeps rising in New Orleans 31 Aug 2005 Army engineers struggled without success to plug New Orleans' breached levees with giant sandbags, and the governor said Wednesday the situation was worsening and there was no choice but to abandon the flooded city.
Governor: Everyone Must Leave New Orleans 31 Aug 2005 The governor of Louisiana says everyone needs to leave New Orleans due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina. "We've sent buses in. We will be either loading them by boat, helicopter, anything that is necessary,'' Gov. Kathleen Blanco said.
Nagin: Entire City Will Soon Be Underwater --Problems Escalate to 'Another Level' 30 Aug 2005 New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is "very upset" that an attempt to fix the breach in the levee at the 17th Street canal has failed, and he said the challenges that the city is facing have "escalated to another level." ...Nagin said he's been advised by the head technician at the sewage and water board that water in the east bank area of Orleans and Jefferson parishes will rise to levels equal to Lake Pontchartrain. He said the "bowl is now filling up" and the entire city will soon be underwater. Nagin said the sandbagging was scheduled for midday, but the Blackhawk helicopters needed to help did not show up. He said the sandbags were ready and all the helicopter had to do was "show up." He said after his afternoon helicopter tour of the city, he was assured that officials had a plan and a timeline to drop the sandbags on the levee breach.
Bush strums guitar while New Orleans floods (AP photo) "President [sic] Bush plays a guitar presented to him by Country Singer Mark Wills, right, backstage following his visit to Naval Base Coronado, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005."
Venezuela offers fuel, food to hurricane-hit US 29 Aug 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered to send food and fuel to the United States after the powerful Hurricane Katrina pummeled the US south, ravaging US crude production.
'Biloxi's tsunami': building collapse kills 30 31 Aug 2005 Up to 30 people may have been killed in a single incident when their apartment building in the Mississippi city of Biloxi collapsed under the force of the Hurricane Katrina.
Katrina Aftermath Overwhelms New Orleans Hospitals 31 Aug 2005 Hospitals across the city faced deteriorating conditions Wednesday after two levees broke, sending water coursing through the streets... As floodwaters rose around Charity Hospital, the rescuers needed their own rescuing.
State Police send troopers to region 30 Aug 2005 More than 40 State Police troopers are being sent to New Orleans to help local law enforcement combat what Col. Henry Whitehorn called "pretty severe" looting in the city. [Uh, why not worrying about *rescuing* people instead of the (alleged) looting?]
Be ruthless with looters, police and National Guard told 31 Aug 2005 Some people seized on the chaos caused by Hurricane Katrina to add to it by looting abandoned homes and stores while law enforcement agencies were busy trying to help those struck by the storm.
Katrina may wreak havoc on world economy 01 Sep 2005 Besides its devastating cost in lives, Hurricane Katrina could push the US economy - maybe even the world economy - into recession... A 10m storm surge in Mississippi washed away 90 per cent of the buildings along the coast at Biloxi and Gulfport, a scene that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said was "like there'd been a nuclear weapon set off"
Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen? 'Times-Picayune' Had Repeatedly Raised Federal Spending Issues By Will Bunch "In early 2004, as the cost of the conflict in Iraq [Halliburton] soared, President [sic] Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for Lake Pontchartrain, according to a Feb. 16, 2004, article, in New Orleans CityBusiness... The Newhouse News Service article published Tuesday night observed, 'The Louisiana congressional delegation urged Congress earlier this year to dedicate a stream of federal money to Louisiana's coast, only to be opposed by the White House. ... In its budget, the Bush administration proposed a significant reduction in funding for southeast Louisiana's chief hurricane protection project. Bush proposed $10.4 million, a sixth of what local officials say they need.'"
Republicans accused of witch-hunt against climate change scientists 30 Aug 2005 Some of America's leading scientists have accused Republican politicians of intimidating climate-change experts by placing them under unprecedented scrutiny. A far-reaching inquiry into the careers of three of the US's most senior climate specialists has been launched by Joe Barton, the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on energy and commerce. He has demanded details of all their sources of funding, methods and everything they have ever published. Mr Barton, a Texan closely associated with the fossil-fuel lobby, has spent his 11 years as chairman opposing every piece of legislation designed to combat climate change. [Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell "As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against..."]
New Rules Could Allow Power Plants to Pollute More 31 Aug 2005 The Bush regime has drafted regulations that would ease pollution controls on older, dirtier power plants and could allow those that modernize to emit more pollution, rather than less.
Major ozone loss over Antarctic 30 Aug 2005 New readings from the European satellite Envisat suggest that this year's southern hemisphere ozone hole may be one of the largest on record. [The only bigger hole is the one in Bush's head.]
Storm Turns Focus to Global Warming 30 Aug 2005 Is the rash of powerful Atlantic storms in recent years a symptom of global warming? Although most mainstream hurricane scientists are skeptical of any connection between global warming and heightened storm activity, the growing intensity of hurricanes and the frequency of large storms are leading some to rethink long-held views.
Is Global Warming Fueling Katrina? Warm ocean temperatures are a key ingredient for monster hurricanes, prompting some scientists to believe that global warming is exacerbating our storm troubles. 29 Aug 2005
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ...1052 PM EDT TUE AUG 30 2005 ...TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 762 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 12 AM EDT FOR THE FOLLOWING AREA... THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA [Imagining a happy twist of fate?]
RIA Novosti: US Offered USD 75 Million to Iraqi Sunnis for Signature under Constitution 30 August 2005 FOCUS News Agency --The United States has offered to Sunni representatives USD 75 Million to sign the draft Constitution of Iraq, RIA Novosti announced, citing information of a source close to the Constitutional Committee of the country, published in the Saudi daily Al Vatan.
Iraq stampede toll to hit 1000 01 Sep 2005 The death toll in a stampede on a Baghdad bridge is expected to reach 1000, a general manager at Iraq's Health Ministry said early this morning. "An hour ago the death toll was 695 killed, but we expect it to hit 1000," Dr Jaseb Latif Ali told Reuters.
Teacher and war mom fired for discussing protest crusades for vets By Jennifer Van Bergen "RAW STORY caught up with Deb Mayer at Cindy Sheehan’s anti-war protest in Crawford. Mayer was fired for being outspoken about Iraq in the classroom. Her son is a nuclear engineer in the Navy. Deb Mayer was fired when one of her fourth grade students told a parent Mayer was encouraging students to protest the pending invasion of Iraq... Most important to Mayer now is the fact that her 26-year-old son is being reassigned to a Naval post in Afghanistan. The Nuclear engineer is being redeployed without his unit and he has not been told for what duty. Mayer says she’s been told by other soldiers that some are being pulled out of different departments to go to Afghanistan to guard oil pipelines."
N.Y. Judge Hesitant on Abu Ghraib Photos 31 Aug 2005 A judge said Tuesday he was hesitant to release pictures and videotapes of detainee abuse [torture] at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison while top government officials insisted that deaths could result.
Bush is the real threat By Tony Benn 31 Aug 2005 "Now that the US president [sic] has announced that he has not ruled out an attack on Iran, if it does not abandon its nuclear programme, the Middle East faces a crisis that could dwarf even the dangers arising from the war in Iraq... Such an attack, whether by the US or Israel, would be in breach of the UN Charter, as was the invasion of Iraq. But neither Bush, Sharon nor Blair would take any notice of that."
US weapons sales top $49 billion 31 Aug 2005 The United States is the largest supplier of weapons to developing nations, a US congressional study says. It delivered more than $US9.6 billion ($A12.8 billion) in arms to countries including those in the Near East and Asia in 2004, and boosted worldwide sales to those countries to the highest amount since 2000.
Arizona City Adds Pentagon Channel to Local Cable Lineup 31 Aug 2005 Peoria became the first city in Arizona to begin airing the Pentagon Channel live on a municipal local access channel in an Aug. 30 ceremony here.
Straw admits endorsing Iraq terrorism memo 31 Aug 2004 Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, yesterday gave more ground to critics who claim the invasion of Iraq contributed to the terrorist attacks on London. Mr Straw told the BBC that he had personally endorsed an internal memo from Britain's top diplomat early last year that said involvement in the war and backing for United States foreign policy contributed to extremists' ability to recruit British-born Muslims.
Ex-U.S. terror chief: Al-Qaida has morphed 31 Aug 2005 The former White House head of counter-terrorism, Richard Clarke, says al-Qaida has "morphed" into a global movement [thanks to Bush] and is still a significant threat.
AP: FBI to Do Prisoner 'Threat Assessment' 30 Aug 2005 FBI agents nationwide have been ordered to conduct "threat assessments" of inmates who may have become radicalized in prison and could commit extremist violence upon their release, according to an FBI letter obtained by The Associated Press.
FBI Document Labels Michigan Affirmative Action and Peace Groups as Terrorists (ACLU Press Release) 29 Aug 2005 "The American Civil Liberties Union today released an FBI document that designates a Michigan-based peace group and an affirmative action advocacy group as potentially 'involved in terrorist activities.' The file was obtained through an ongoing nationwide ACLU effort seeking information on the FBI's use of Joint Terrorism Task Forces to engage in political surveillance."
Getting Agnostic About 9/11 --A society of nonbelievers questions the official version By Mark Ehrman "Anyone who types the words '9/11' and 'conspiracy' into an online search engine soon learns that not everybody buys the official narrative of what took place on Sept. 11, 2001. [Professor emeritus David Ray] Griffin compiled a summary of material arguing against the accepted story that 19 hijackers sent by Osama bin Laden took the aviation system and the U.S. military by surprise that awful day in his 2004 book 'The New Pearl Harbor...'"
Reagan Library Finds Thousands of Additional Roberts Documents 31 Aug 2005 The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library said Tuesday that it had discovered thousands of previously undisclosed documents related to the work of Judge John G. Roberts Jr., adding a potential last-minute complication to the hearings on his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Dems Say Some Roberts Papers a Problem 31 Aug 2005 Senate Democrats said that Tuesday's discovery of some unreleased documents from Supreme Court nominee John Roberts could make things tougher for him at his confirmation hearings next week.
Civil rights leaders oppose U.S. court nominee 31 Aug 2005 Leading civil rights and women's rights groups opposed U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts on Wednesday in an uphill bid to deny the 50-year-old conservative confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Three Western States Sue Over Forest Rules 31 Aug 2005 California, New Mexico and Oregon sued the Bush administration over the government's decision to allow road building, logging and other commercial ventures on more than 90,000 square miles of untouched forests.
U.S. Taps Emergency Oil Reserve as Prices Surge 31 Aug 2005 The U.S. will tap its emergency oil reserve after Hurricane Katrina shut down rigs and refineries in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, creating gasoline shortages and leading to record crude prices.
Crude price breaks $70 as Gulf of Mexico oil fields are paralysed 31 Aug 2005 Oil prices vaulted the $70-a-barrel barrier to hit a new all-time record yesterday as it emerged that Hurricane Katrina had shut most of the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.
US poverty rate continues to rise 30 Aug 2005 The number of people classed as poor in the US has increased... An extra 1.1 million Americans dropped below the poverty line last year, according to the US Census Bureau.
45.8 Million in U.S. Now Lack Health Insurance 30 Aug 2005 The number of Americans without health insurance rose by 800,000 last year, reaching a record high of nearly 46 million, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
Bush's Numbers at All-Time Low --Spiraling gas prices and ongoing bloodshed in Iraq continue to take their toll. In a Post-ABC Survey, 53 percent of respondents say they disapprove of Bush. 31 Aug 2005
Poll: Bush Approval at a Career Low 29 Aug 2005 George W. Bush's job approval rating slipped to a career low 45 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, damaged both by discontent with the war in Iraq and broad unhappiness with the price of gasoline at home.
Feds Unable to Pin Down Source of Mad Cow 31 Aug 2005 The government closed its investigation into the nation's first domestic case of mad cow disease Tuesday, saying it could not pin down how a Texas cow was infected with the brain-wasting ailment. [*Morons.*]
UN rekindles bird flu migration fears in Europe 31 Aug 2005 Migrating birds pose a serious risk of spreading avian flu around the world, including into western Europe, the United Nations food agency said on Wednesday, rekindling fears that European experts moved to quash last week.
Scientists eye Alaska as gateway for avian flu 30 Aug 2005 Bird experts working in some of the most remote areas of Alaska have begun checking migrating birds for avian influenza to see if they are spreading the feared virus out of Asia.
Martial Law Declared: Situation Deteriorating 30 Aug 2005 Martial Law has been declared in New Orleans as conditions continued to deteriorate. Water levels in The Big Easy and it's suburbs are rising at dangerous levels and officials stated they don't know where the water is coming from. Residents are being urged to get out of New Orleans in any way they can as officials fear "life will be unsustainable" for days or even weeks.
Martial law declared around New Orleans 30 Aug 2005 Martial law was declared in New Orleans midday Tuesday as the city continued flooding from at least two levees damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
EMT held hostage 30 Aug 2005 Lancaster resident Jennifer Frenette had a brush with martial law yesterday in New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina finally passed through the city, she and others who had been virtual prisoners in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel decided to go outside for some fresh air. A police officer told them if they didn’t go back inside, they’d be arrested. They went back inside.
'This Is Our Tsunami' 30 Aug 2005 Death and destruction ravaged the severely storm-battered Gulf Coast Tuesday, with as many as 80 dead in one Mississippi county alone and martial law declared in New Orleans as the frantic search for survivors of Hurricane Katrina continued. "This is our tsunami," Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway told the Biloxi Sun Herald.
Devastation in New Orleans: 'We have whitecaps on Canal Street' 30 Aug 2005 The historic city of New Orleans was steadily filling with water from nearby Lake Pontchartrain today after its defenses were breached by the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina. Water began rising in the streets this morning after a levee broke along a canal leading to Lake Pontchartrain, and many of the pumps relied upon by New Orleans -- built below sea level -- have failed.
Governor: Rest of New Orleans Needs to Be Evacuated --Water Still Rising, Situation Deteriorating 30 Aug 2005 With water rising in the streets of New Orleans and conditions rapidly deteriorating, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco says the tens of thousands of people now huddled in the Superdome and other rescue centers will have to be evacuated. [Right, their 'rescuers' from the National Guard are busy in Iraq, fighting for Halliburton and ExxonMobil.]
Levee breaks flood New Orleans 30 Aug 2005 Water from Lake Pontchartrain threatened New Orleans' historic French Quarter Tuesday after the tourist mecca was spared the brunt of Hurricane Katrina. Flooding was reported downtown and covered some 80 percent of the "Big Easy" as pumps failed. [Instead of giving ***Halliburton*** 10 billion dollars in no-bid contracts for 'work' in Iraq (blowing pipelines up in order to rebuild them), why wasn't the money spent in the US, to upgrade the pumps?]
FEMA Head: Katrina Was 'Catastrophic' 30 Aug 2005 The nation's top disaster relief official said Tuesday that Hurricane Katrina wrought "catastrophic" damage to low-lying portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and that additional medical personnel were being moved in to treat evacuated hospital patients.
Katrina Devastation Called 'Overwhelming' 30 Aug 2005 Rescuers in boats and helicopters searched for survivors of Hurricane Katrina and brought victims, wet and bedraggled, to shelters Tuesday as the extent of the damage across the Gulf Coast became ever clearer. Mississippi's governor said the death toll in one county alone could be as high as 80.
Hurricane could turn city into toxic cesspool --Experts warn 'incredible environmental disaster' is possible 29 Aug 2005 Though Hurricane Katrina didn't deliver a direct hit on New Orleans Monday, there still were fears that the storm could turn one of America’s most charming cities into a vast cesspool tainted with toxic chemicals, human waste and even coffins released by floodwaters from the city’s legendary cemeteries.
Damage From Katrina Stuns Troops in Iraq 30 Aug 2005 Ever since Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, National Guard troops from Gulf coast states serving in Iraq have followed the disaster unfolding on television sets, worried about families and friends back home. "It's a significant emotional event. Their families are on the forefront of the disaster,'' said Lt. Col. Jordan Jones of the 141st Field Artillery of the Louisiana National Guard. [Gee, too bad the Louisiana National Guard is in *Iraq* instead of *Louisiana.*]
U.S. Launches Airstrikes Near Syria Border 30 Aug 2005 U.S. jets launched airstrikes Tuesday near the Syrian border, destroying three houses and killing a "known terrorist,'' [?!?] the U.S. military said. Iraqi authorities said fighting had broken out in the area between a tribe that supports foreign fighters and another that backs the government.
US kills 56 in 'strike on al-Qaeda' 30 Aug 2005 At least 56 people were killed in multiple US air strikes in Iraq against suspected al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] hideouts near the Syrian border at dawn on Tuesday, an Iraqi security source said.
US forces shoot dead Reuters man covering Baghdad fighting 29 Aug 2005 A Reuters Television sound engineer was shot dead in Baghdad yesterday and a cameraman with him was wounded and then detained by United States soldiers.
US sniper kills TV soundman 28 Aug 2005 US forces in Baghdad on Sunday shot dead a Reuters television soundman and wounded a cameraman, Iraqi police said. "American soldiers opened fire on the team, killing the soundman and wounding the cameraman before detaining him," the police said.
Iraq police find 13 bodies in three western towns 29 Aug 2005 Iraqi police said on Monday they had found 13 bodies in three western towns, but they had no details of who they were or how [US death squads] they had died.
U.S. Copter Under Fire in Iraq; GI Killed 30 Aug 2005 A U.S. Army helicopter made a forced landing Monday night under hostile fire in northern Iraq, and one soldier was killed and another injured, the U.S. military said.
Sign the Petition of Redress. Either the Bush Kids Put Their Lives on the Line for George's "Noble War" or the Troops Come Home. (BuzzFlash) 30 Aug 2005 "Sign this petition, demanding that the eligible children of the extended Bush family, including the twins, serve in George's 'noble war for a noble cause' or Bush must bring the sons and daughters of America home now."
Judge says Guantanamo Bay detainees must be asked if their identities can be revealed 29 Aug 2005 A judge ordered the Department of Defense to ask Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval base detainees whether they want their names to be made public.
Senator Will Ask Rumsfeld to Testify to Panel on Iraq 29 Aug 2005 With lawmakers facing tough questions at home about the war in Iraq, Senator John W. Warner, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, says he intends to summon Defense Secretary [War criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld quickly for a hearing when Congress returns next week.
Thanks to Bush: Afghan drugs flooding Russia 30 Aug 2005 Russia is being swamped by a flood of drugs from Afghanistan. A Russian security official said Tuesday the country's security agencies had to "adapt" if they wanted to curb the massive drug inflow from Afghanistan, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
U.S. Develops Lethal New Bio-weapon Viruses (projectcensored.org) The New Scientist, 29 October 2003 "Scientists funded by the US government have developed a way to make pox viruses incredibly deadly. Ostensibly, this research is being conducted as part of the plan to fight possible bio-terror attacks. The new virus kills all mice even if they have been given antiviral drugs along with a vaccine that would normally protect the victim from death."
Rumsfeld: Military trumps environment 29 Aug 2005 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned Monday that procedures designed to protect the environment can sometimes jeopardize 'U.S. troops' [Halliburton's profits] and should be balanced against military needs. [Did sending soldiers into Baghdad without body armor 'jeopardize U.S. troops?' Just curious.]
Rell: Connecticut to Sue BRAC, Rumsfeld Over Air Guard 29 Aug 2005 The state of Connecticut was preparing a lawsuit Monday to stop the federal government from removing fighter jets from the Air National Guard Base at Bradley International Airport. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said he would file the a lawsuit Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court that names the national Base Closure and Realignment Commission and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as defendants. [Note: M. Jodi Rell is CT (R) governor.]
CIA told not to use Danish airspace 29 Aug 2005 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the US government to put a stop to unauthorised flights by the CIA into Danish airspace The US Central Intelligence Agency can no longer use Danish airspace for flights to transport suspected 'terrorists' around the world.
Pilots detained after violating pResident's airspace --Light planes cross pResident's airspace 30 Aug 2005 Air Force jets on Monday chased two small airplanes out of restricted airspace during George W. Bush's visit to Rancho Cucamonga, forcing them to land at area airports, authorities said.
Poll: Info Shrinks Patriot Act Support 30 Aug 2005 Fewer than half of Americans know the purpose of the Patriot Act, and the more they know about it the less they like it, according to a poll released Monday.
Australian embassy bombing trial 'fictitious' 30 Aug 2005 Lawyers for an alleged Islamic militant charged with plotting last year's Australian embassy bombing attacked the hearings on Tuesday as a "fictitious trial" that really focused on two Malaysian fugitives.
Call for anti-terror law ban on US evangelist 30 Aug 2005 A government minister has fuelled the row over Britain's proposed new anti-terror laws by calling for Pat Robertson, the controversial American evangelist, to be banned from the UK. Nigel Griffiths, the deputy leader of the House of Commons, said Mr Robertson should be barred from Britain for inciting "hate and murder".
Venezuela to seek legal action against Robertson 28 Aug 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday his government would take legal action against Pat Robertson and potentially seek his extradition after the U.S. evangelist called for Washington to assassinate the South American leader.
Dems to Question Roberts on Torture Memo --Democrat Patrick Leahy says Roberts to be questioned on Torture Memo, presidential power 29 Aug 2005 Democrats plan to question Supreme Court nominee John Roberts about a disavowed Justice Department memo that critics say led to torture in foreign prisons, top Senate Judiciary Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Monday.
Roberts tied to Bush-Quayle campaign --Supreme Court nominee said he provided opposition research 30 Aug 2005 Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. provided "opposition research" for the Bush-Quayle-election campaign in 1988, according to an application form that Roberts completed when he sought appointment as deputy solicitor general in the first Bush regime the next year.
Group: Law could mean death penalty for doctors 29 Aug 2005 Texas doctors who perform abortions without parental approval or after the third trimester could face capital murder charges because of a new law that takes effect this week, a prosecutors group says. The Texas District and County Attorneys Association has outlined that scenario in its new book updating the Texas penal code and in public presentations around the state.
Gathering holds "funeral" for Medicaid as cuts loom 28 Aug 2005 A giant grim reaper with the face of Gov. Matt Blunt (R-terrorist) plus more than a hundred people dressed in black conducted a "funeral" Sunday in front of the Old Courthouse to mark what they described as the death of Medicaid, a health care program for the poor.
Holy ExxonMobil convenience, Batman!! Gov. Bush warns residents of gas shortages 29 Aug 2005 Governor Jeb Bush is warning Florida could see shortages of gasoline in coming days as a result of 'Hurricane Katrina.'
Oil Prices Top $70 A Barrel After Katrina [Latest Excuse for Price Gouging] 30 Aug 2005 Shutdowns of oil platforms, refineries and pipelines along the Gulf Coast drove energy prices sharply higher Tuesday. Light sweet crude for October delivery rose $3.50, to $70.70 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange... [But, buried down in the article: Others, including one of the largest in the region, Exxon Mobil's Baton Rouge, have resumed normal operations.]
Venezuela to sell cut-price heating oil to U.S. poor 29 Aug 2005 Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Monday his government plans to sell as much as 66,000 barrels per day of heating fuel from its U.S. Citgo refinery to poor communities in the United States.
Venezuela's CITGO to Provide Cheap Gas for U.S. Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Schools 29 Aug 2005 Rafael Ramirez, president of Venezuela's oil company PDVSA, offered some details of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's offer to provide cheaper gasoline and heating oil to U.S. poor communities. Ramirez said that under the Venezuelan government plan, CITGO Petroleum Corp., the wholly owned subsidiary of PDVSA, will set aside up to 10% of its refined oil products to be sold directly to organized poor communities, and institutions in the U.S. without intermediaries.
CLG readers: Buy your gas at CITGO!! To find a local CITGO, click here. [See also: Buy Your Gas at Citgo: Join the BUY-cott! By Jeff Cohen 16 May 2005 "Citgo is a U.S. refining and marketing firm that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Money you pay to Citgo goes primarily to Venezuela... By buying your gasoline at Citgo, you are contributing to the billions of dollars that Venezuela's democratic government is using to provide health care, literacy and education, and subsidized food for the majority of Venezuelans."]
Destroying the National Parks (The New York Times) "Recently, a secret draft revision of the national park system's basic management policy document has been circulating within the Interior Department. It was prepared, without consultation within the National Park Service, by Paul Hoffman, a deputy assistant secretary at Interior who once ran the Chamber of Commerce in Cody, Wyo., was a Congressional aide to Dick Cheney and has no park service experience. Within national park circles, this rewrite of park rules has been met with profound dismay, for it essentially undermines the protected status of the national parks."
Syngenta, the Biotech Giant, Wants to Own Our Food --Syngenta a step closer to "owning" our food (Swissaid/Greenpeace Press Release) 11 August 2005 "Biotech company Syngenta has taken a huge step closer to 'owning' seeds in the future, by filing 15 global patent applications on several thousand gene sequences from rice and other highly important crop plants. This would mean, in practice, that the company would be able to determine price, access, research and re-use of seeds in the future... 'With these patents Syngenta is claiming the work of breeders and farmers from the past centuries as the company's own invention. The attempt to monopolise thousands of gene sequences from most important crop plants in one rush is nothing less than a theft of common goods,' says Tina Goethe from Swissaid."
Tenn. Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to Bribery 30 Aug 2005 A state lawmaker pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for legislative favors, saying he got snagged "by business as usual" at the Capitol. [Republican] State Rep. Chris Newton told a federal judge he sought and accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents, becoming the first lawmaker charged in the continuing federal investigation to admit guilt. Two men described as bag men for lawmakers [LOL!] have pleaded guilty.
Rowland may face state charges 29 Aug 2005 Connecticut's chief state's attorney is seeking an arrest warrant for former [Republican] Gov. John G. Rowland, his lawyer said Monday. Rowland has been in federal prison in Loretto, Pa., since April after pleading guilty last December to conspiring to trade his office for favors and to commit tax fraud.
Anti-war band win MTV awards 30 Aug 2005 Green Day, the anti-war punk rockers, swept the MTV Video Music Awards in a sign that American popular culture is turning against US presence in Iraq. The Californian band won seven awards for their anti-war album American Idiot and the single The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, including Best Rock Video, Best Group Video, Video of the Year and the Viewer’s Choice Award.
Feds Unable to Pin Down Source of Mad Cow 30 Aug 2005 The government on Tuesday closed its investigation into the nation's first domestic case of mad cow disease, saying it could not pin down how a Texas cow was infected with the brain-wasting ailment.
France reinforces defences against bird flu 30 Aug 2005 France said on Tuesday it would toughen defences against the potential arrival of bird flu in the country, reinforcing checks at airports and building stockpiles of vaccines in the event of a human pandemic.
Bush Cut Hurricane, Flood Protection Funding to New Orleans 06 June 2005 In fiscal year 2006, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for a record $71.2 million reduction in federal funding. It would be the largest single-year funding loss ever for the New Orleans district, Corps officials said. I've been here over 30 years and I've never seen this level of reduction, said Al Naomi, project manager for the New Orleans district... The cuts mean major hurricane and flood protection projects will not be awarded to local engineering firms. Also, a study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now. [Please forward this news item to every media outlet and listserve.]
Bush Privatized Catastrophic Hurricane Disaster Plan for New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana in 2004 --IEM Team to Develop Catastrophic Hurricane Disaster Plan for New Orleans & Southeast Louisiana 03 June 2004 (IEM, Inc. Press Release) "IEM, Inc., the Baton Rouge-based emergency management and homeland security consultant, will lead the development of a catastrophic hurricane disaster plan for Southeast Louisiana and the City of New Orleans under a more than half a million dollar contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In making the announcement today on behalf of teaming partners Dewberry, URS Corporation and James Lee Witt Associates, IEM Director of Homeland Security Wayne Thomas explained that the development of a base catastrophic hurricane disaster plan has urgency due to the recent start of the annual hurricane season which runs through November." [James Lee Witt Associates, LLC, established in 2001 by the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is a leader in public safety and crisis management. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Atlanta, Chicago and Sacramento... nice reward for covering up Bush's 9/11 terrorist attacks, etc.]
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