Tuesday, September 06, 2005

How To Get FEMA To Help You: The FEMA-Halliburton-Rove Connection Revealed


What the hell IS FEMA thinking?

That's what one reporter asks, who has documented the process by which FEMA is "helping" evacuees.

First, they announced that evacuees should simply call their 1-800 number or go online to find out how to file a claim.

Red Cross relief workers at shelters are boggled, since, they explain, most hurricane victims and evacuees in the Gulf Coast region do not have ACCESS to phones or the internet.

But it gets worse. What happens when you actually call the number?

They take your name and address and MAIL THE CLAIM FORM TO YOUR HOME ADDRESS. Only then can you fill out an application for help.

Which makes a whole lotta sense, if you think about it. The MSNBC reporter thought about it long and hard and concluded that the FEMA procedure creates an impassible, impossible Catch-22 for hurricane victims. Even if they CAN make the call to request a FEMA application, he explains,

"Since the evacuee is in a shelter, mail service has been suspended in many of the hardest hit areas and some of the homes are likely still under water, it seems clear that those claim forms won’t be mailed back any time soon."

I'm starting to think that what FEMA really stands for it "Federal Emergency Myopic Atrocities?"



Course, while it's all but impossible for the victims of Katrina to get help from the federal government, what they don't understand is that, if they'd bothered to schmooze with the people who MATTERED, working for Bush's campaign, buddying up with Karl Rove, and kissing the Cheney Halliburon butt, why, they wouldn't have to fill out an application at all! Tens of millions dollars would just be thrown at them. Silly wabbits.

You see, also in this morning's news, Halliburton once again is the proud recipient of a multi-million dollar contract with the federal government, this time making big bucks off the rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast. No surprise there.

What WAS a surprise to me was learning of a pretty interesting twist on the usual Halliburton nepotism.

Halliburton got THIS particular multimillion dollar contract thanks to the man who was the FEMA director George W. Bush *originally* appointed. Serving as FEMA director for the first two years of the Bush administration, Joe Allbaugh now works as a LOBBYIST for Halliburton's subsidiary company that just scored the big Gulf Coast contract.

Huh! Imagine that.

But how did this man get to be director of FEMA in the first place?'

Seems George W. Bush is developing quite a track record of appointing people to the most important job in our country in dealing with federal emergencies who have NO EXPERIENCE doing so... unless you count working on Bush's campaigns and political team (side-by-side with Karl Rove) as working on a disaster.

Allbaugh's cv, as the website Halliburtonwatch reports:

""Allbaugh managed Bush's campaign for Texas governor in 1994, served as Gov. Bush's chief of staff and was the national campaign manager for the Bush campaign in 2000. Along with Karen Hughes and Karl Rove, Allbaugh was one of Bush's closest advisers.

""This is a perfect example of someone cashing in on a cozy political relationship," said Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington watchdog group. "Allbaugh's former placement as a senior government official and his new lobbying position with [Halliburton subsidiary] KBR strengthens the company's already tight ties to the administration, and I hope that contractor accountability is not lost as a result.""


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