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Bush Calls for Broader Military Disaster Response Role 17 Sep 
2005

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 
regions here."

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 
community." 

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 
significant spills.

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 
Republican Party."

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 
Syria.

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 
planes. 

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 
learned.

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 
reconstruction effort. 

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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