If you want to gauge how government will respond to the Ebola epidemic, look no further than the response to Hurricane Katrina.
The media likes to say massive and unprecedented government negligence during Katrina was the fault of “policy failures.”
The Department of Homeland Security, according to Robert Block in Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security, was purportedly designed as a response to terrorism, not natural disaster.
It can be argued, however, that the DHS is in effect a massive boondoggle, yet another specialty of government – establishing lumbering bureaucracies designed to enrich corporate partners and further governmental agendas, in the case of DHS establishing a domestic secret police (there is ample evidence, primarily after the fall of a misguided Occupy movement, that the DHS, in collaboration with the FBI and the CIA, routinely work to undermine any serious political challenge to the establishment).
In the aftermath of Katrina, government excelled atconfiscating legal firearms, shooting unarmed civilians, and preventing firefighters and rescue workers from aiding victims.
Like DHS, FEMA was not established not to help Americans during hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, but as a principal vehicle for martial law. “FEMA could not respond immediately to the Hurricane Katrina disaster — humanitarian efforts were no longer part of its job description under the Department of Homeland Security,” writes Allen Roland.
Written by KURT NIMMO
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