Bush Calls for Broader Military Disaster Response Role 17 Sep
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
17 September 2005
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Bush Calls for Broader Military Disaster Response Role 16 Sep 2005 The
military will have a broader role in disaster response, based on
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dictator Bush said in a nationally televised
address Sept. 15.
Friday morning (power) line By Brian Williams 16 Sep 2005 "And yet last
night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights
went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to
audible groans. It's enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed
it... jump to certain conclusions. It is impossible to over-emphasize the
extent to which this area is under government occupation, and portions
of it under government-enforced lockdown. Police cars rule the streets.
They (along with Humvees, ambulances, fire apparatus, FEMA trucks and
all official-looking SUVs) are generally not stopped at checkpoints and
roadblocks. All other vehicles are subject to long lines and snap
judgments and must PROVE they have vital business inside the vast roped-off
Doctor says FEMA ordered him to stop treating hurricane victims 16 Sep
2005 In the midst of administering chest compressions to a dying woman
several days after Hurricane Katrina struck, Dr. Mark N. Perlmutter was
ordered to stop by a federal official because he wasn't registered with
the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "I begged him to let me
continue," said Perlmutter, who left his home and practice as an orthopedic
surgeon in Pennsylvania to come to Louisiana and volunteer to care for
hurricane victims. "People were dying, and I was the only doctor on the
tarmac (at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport) where
scores of nonresponsive patients lay on stretchers. Two patients died
in front of me."
Katrina aid from Cuba? No thanks, says U.S. 14 Sep 2005 In separate
Washington press briefings, both the White House and State Department
spokesmen this week downplayed the Cuban government's offer to send some
1,600 medics, field hospitals and 83 tons of medical supplies to ease the
humanitarian disaster. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack
asserted last week that the Cuban medical brigade would probably not be
needed since there has been a "robust response from the American medical
Higher-than-expected death toll seen in clustered New Orleans corpses
16 Sep 2005 Tentative optimism that New Orleans' death toll from Katrina
might be far lower than first projected has given way to somber reality
over the past 36 hours as search and rescue squad turn up bodies by the
dozen in the hardest hit areas of the city.
FEMA under fire as delays hit Katrina recovery 16 Sep 2005 The U.S.
agency that made a mess of rescue operations when Hurricane Katrina
ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast now is coming under fire for slow
distribution of aid to storm survivors.
Displaced oil workers get new homes 15 Sep 2005 Compared with many
others forced from their homes by Hurricane Katrina, residents of
Sugarville have comfortable new houses, complete with amenities like soft beds,
DVD players and full refrigerators. St. James, LA "Sugarville" is
actually a huge dirt lot on the grounds of the Royal Dutch Shell Sugarland
Terminal in this southeastern Louisiana town. The "houses" are Fleetwood
Enterprises trailers supplied by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency to house oil workers and their families displaced by the storm that
devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast.
44 oil spills found in southeast Louisiana --Largest is nearly 4
million gallons, most big ones are on Mississippi River 16 Sep 2005 More than
500 specialists are working to clean up 44 oil spills ranging from
several hundred gallons to nearly 4 million gallons, the U.S. Coast Guard
said in an assessment that goes far beyond initial reports of just two
Gov't Increases Medicare Premiums Again 16 Sep 2005 Senior citizens and
the disabled will have to pay a monthly Medicare premium of $88.50 next
year for doctor's visits and other services. The $10.30 increase
amounts to 13.2 percent. [Boy, that should be a real *help* to the poor
people in the Gulf Coast! ***NOT.***]
Not the New Deal By Paul Krugman 16 Sep 2005 "It's a given that the
Bush administration, which tried to turn Iraq into a laboratory for
conservative economic policies, will try the same thing on the Gulf Coast.
The Heritage Foundation, which has surely been helping Karl Rove develop
the administration's recovery plan, has already published a manifesto
on post-Katrina policy. It calls for waivers on environmental rules, the
elimination of capital gains taxes and the private ownership of public
school buildings in the disaster areas... There's every reason to
believe the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast, like the failed reconstruction
of Iraq, will be deeply marred by cronyism and corruption."
Follow the money for the real story By Molly Ivins "...[T]he first
winner out of the gate on Katrina is Halliburton Co., whose deserving
subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root already has been granted a $29.8 million
contract for cleanup work in the wake of Katrina... Since Joe Allbaugh,
who was Bush's campaign manager in 2000, announced that he was leaving
FEMA in December 2002, it appears he has been busy making sure
reconstruction contracts in Iraq go to companies that give generously to the
Series of attacks kill 25 in Iraq 16 Sep 2005 At least 25 people died,
including 13 worshippers fatally injured by a suicide bomber outside a
mosque, as violence erupted in Iraq Friday.
U.S. Marine Killed in Explosion in Iraq 16 Sep 2005 A U.S. Marine was
killed in an explosion in the volatile western province of al-Anbar, the
military said Friday.
Iraq's Costs Worry Americans, Poll Indicates 16 Sep 2005 With Hurricane
Katrina already costing the federal government tens of billions of
dollars, more than 8 in 10 Americans are very or somewhat concerned that
the $5 billion being spent each month on the war in Iraq is draining away
money that could be used in the United States, according to the latest
New York Times/CBS News poll.
U.S. rejects Syrian statement, threatens "serious consequences" 16 Sep
2005 A Syrian government statement that Syria is doing all it can to
police its borders with Iraq was rejected on Friday by State Department
deputy spokesman Adam Ereli, who threatened Syria with "serious
consequences" On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said time was
running out for Damascus to stop insurgent incursions into Iraq from
Chavez: U.S. Plans to Invade Venezuela 16 Sep 2005 Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez said Friday he has documentary evidence that the United
States plans to invade his country. Chavez, interviewed on ABC's
"Nightline," said the plan is called "Balboa" and involves aircraft carriers and
Venezuelan leader lashes at US in UN speech 15 Sep 2005 Venezuela's
President Hugo Chavez called the United States a "terrorist state" and
said the United Nations headquarters should be moved away from New York.
Chavez littered his speech to the UN world summit with anti-US comments
which were strongly applauded.
Chavez Takes Bush to Task Over Iraq War 16 Sep 2005 Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez took Dictator Bush to task in front of a global summit
for waging war in Iraq without U.N. consent and won rousing applause for
his critique. "There were never weapons of mass destruction but Iraq
was bombed, and over U.N. objections, (it was) occupied and continues
being occupied," Chavez said.
Ex-Taliban officials, warlords on Afghan ballot 16 Sep 2005 The
presence of warlords and ex-Taliban officials on the ballot when Afghans vote
Sunday is raising fears that figures from the past will sabotage
efforts to build a stable democracy. [No worries, Bush and Halliburton has
already done that.]
House Republicans Block Bid for CIA Leak Data 15 Sep 2005 Two U.S.
congressional committees on Wednesday rejected Democrat-backed resolutions
that would have compelled the Bush regime to turn over records relating
to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Cheney Slated for Surgery to Treat Aneurysm 16 Sep 2005 Vice pResident
Dick Cheney will undergo an elective surgery next weekend to treat an
aneurysm in an artery behind his right knee.
MPs may force retreat by Clarke --Cross-party concern over detention
and definition --Compromise expected to avert Commons revolt 17 Sep 2005
Charles Clarke, the home secretary, is braced to make further
concessions on his latest anti[pro]-terrorism bill in the face of guaranteed
resistance to its most sensitive clauses from MPs and peers who are
determined to amend or - if necessary - defeat it... The shadow home
secretary, David Davis, said he was also keen to defend the ancient Magna Carta
privilege of habeas corpus - that a prisoner be brought to court
quickly, not held for months on end.
Backlash will scupper anti-terrorism Bill in the Lords, say critics 17
Sep 2005 A legal and political backlash was growing last night against
the Government's new anti[pro]-terrorism laws, which include provision
for jail for "glorifying" terrorists. [Glorifying terrorists? Oh. I
guess Karl Rove and the executive producers of Faux News would be locked
up for a very long time.]
Police carry out three raids in July 7 investigation 17 Sep 2005 Police
pressed ahead yesterday in their investigation of the London bombings,
searching a home and two shops in Leeds, where three of the four 7 July
'suicide bombers' lived. Officers raided the idooPC computer shop and
the Plum Tree hat shop [LOL!], and a nearby flat. There were no arrests.
Britain detains 7 foreigners 16 Sep 2005 British authorities detained
seven foreigners yesterday for deportation as threats to national
security, and the government backed a police proposal to hold terror suspects
for up to three months without charge.
2 Terror Suspects Ordered Kept in Solitary Confinement 16 Sep 2005
Miami, FL --Two men awaiting trial on charges of recruiting soldiers for
worldwide radical Islamic holy war were ordered Friday to remain in
solitary confinement after prosecutors said they could continue spreading
Muslim extremism if allowed into the regular jail population.
Here's a big *bleeping* surprise: Anthrax Probe Growing Cold --FBI
officials have sharply reduced the number of agents investigating the
deadly 2001 attacks. 16 Sep 2005 Four years after the deadly 2001 anthrax
attacks, one of the most exhaustive investigations in FBI history has
yielded no arrests and is showing signs of growing cold as officials have
sharply reduced the number of agents on the case.
Avian Flu: Is the Government Ready for an Epidemic? 16 Sep 2005
Already, officials in London are quietly looking for extra morgue space to
house the victims of the H5N1 virus, a never-before-seen strain of flu.
Scientists say this virus could pose a far greater threat than smallpox,
AIDS or anthrax. http://www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities.html
Camp Casey Memorial Stolen --Casey Sheehan's Boots Are Gone 15 Sep 2005
The Camp Casey Memorial on Prairie Chapel Road was removed by thieves
earlier today. Not a single item is left at the memorial site.
Bacharach Blasts Bush 15 Sep 2005 Singer/songwriter Burt Bacharach, 77,
has attacked US pResident George W Bush for his handling of the
Hurricane Katrina rescue operation. "Instead of pushing the funding up, they
took most of it away to fight this stupid war, and that's unforgivable.
I think Bush is just about the poorest president [sic] we've ever had.
You'd have to go back before I was born to find a worse one."
Lawmaker: Gas price gouging evident 16 Sep 2005 In the days immediately
after Hurricane Katrina, refineries were charging as much as 80 cents
per gallon more for non-branded gasoline than for name-brand gasoline.
Judge Orders Release of Jailed Grandmother 16 Sep 2005 A 73-year-old
diabetic grandmother and church elder who fled Katrina's floodwaters for
the safety of a hotel ended up in prison instead for more than two
weeks - all over a bite of food.
Durbin writes Justice Department on Hilton, Dem hackings 16 Sep 2005
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) penned a letter to Bush Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales Wednesday asking why the Justice Department was able to
successfully prosecute a teenager for hacking into Paris Hilton's cell
phone, but has yet to fully investigate two Republican staffers who hacked
into the Senate Democratic Judiciary computer system, RAW STORY has
Schwarzenegger Says He'll Seek Re-[S]election 16 Sep 2005
[GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed an open secret Friday, telling
supporters that he's running for re-[s]election next year - an early
announcement designed to re-energize his sagging political momentum. A
nonpartisan Field Poll released last week found that just 36 percent of
California voters are inclined to re-[s]elect Schwarzenegger.
Delta can pay Giuliani firm but not pilots' pensions 17 Sep 2005 The
bankrupt US carrier Delta Air Lines has told 3,500 retired pilots it does
not have the money to pay their pensions next month, according to its
initial plans to restructure its finances. But, in a move likely to
anger its pensioners, the company has asked for permission from a court to
pay $400,000 a month to a financial advisory firm set up by New York's
former mayor [and 9/11 unindicted co-conspirator], Rudolph Giuliani.
Report: $87 billion deficit looms for pension agency 16 Sep 2005 The
agency that insures pensions for millions of workers may have a shortfall
of almost $87 billion during the next 10 years, the Congressional
Budget Office (CBO) said.
US poultry giant under fire after segregation scandal is revealed 16
Sep 2005 A group of black workers is suing the world's largest poultry
meat producer, accusing it of tolerating a racist workplace where African
Americans were routinely abused and a "whites only" sign was pinned to
the lavatory door.
Son of Florida Gov. Bush Arrested 16 Sep 2005 The youngest son of
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was arrested early Friday and charged with public
intoxication and resisting arrest, law enforcement officials said.
Severe Hurricanes Increasing, Study Finds 16 Sep 2005 A new study
concludes that rising sea temperatures have been accompanied by a
significant global increase in the most destructive hurricanes, adding fuel to an
international debate over whether global warming contributed to the
devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
Tests Find High Mercury Levels in Fish 15 Sep 2005 Store-bought
swordfish contained mercury levels above the legal limit in a study released
Thursday by environmental groups.
[16 Sep lead stories:] Karl Rove in charge of $200 billion post-Katrina
reconstruction effort 15 Sep 2005 In a primetime speech tonight from
the flood zone, pResident Bush will commit the federal government to what
many predict will become the largest reconstruction effort ever on U.S.
soil. Republicans said Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff
and Bush's chief political adviser, is in charge of the $200 billion
Senate Kills Bid for Katrina Commission 14 Sep 2005 Senate Republicans
on Wednesday scuttled an attempt by Sen. Hillary Clinton to establish
an independent, bipartisan panel patterned after the 9/11 Commission to
investigate what went wrong with federal, state and local governments'
response to Hurricane Katrina.
Virtual martial law in the Big Easy By Peter Fimrite 08 Sep 2005 "I did
not actually count the number of automatic weapons pointed at me, but
there were at least five, and I was certain they were all locked and
loaded, or whatever that military phrase is signifying that a gun is ready
to blow a hole in somebody. "Step out!" commanded the black-helmeted
man in the middle of what appeared to be a tactical formation. He was
pointing a laser-like flashlight attached to his machine gun at me...
There are National Guard, police and Army checkpoints every few blocks.
SWAT teams, soldiers and military squads from as far away as Puerto Rico
patrol the downtown streets, stopping anyone they see... It is
essentially martial law in the Big Easy and being outside without a press pass
can be dangerous, if not deadly. Hearst Corp. hired six armed military
contractors, led by former Navy SEAL Chris White, to protect the house
and journalists, presumably from looters, but also from arrest by police
or the military." [A must read]
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