By Martin Bosworth
Sunfell linked to an interesting bit of news that slipped under the radar a few weeks back–the Bush regime has issued its new continuity of operations plan in case of a national emergency or disaster.
If this were any other administration, at any other time, we’d probably just nod and be impressed that the Feddie Gov has it shit together enough to be concerned about such a thing. But the Bush regime has made it a life goal to ensure that the government is as close to a dictatorship as could humanly be achieved in this country without mass rebellion, so this sort of thing deserves closer examination.
The Rogue Government site outlines the major trouble points in this plan–specifically that the Presidency seems to now occupy a “first among equals” position in a post-disaster tripartite government, and that Homeland Security has been elevated to become the coordinating agency to handle affairs in the event of a catastrophe. There’s more on this over at KOS’ place.
Given that Homeland Security can’t go a week without trampling on our rights in some fashion, and that the very concept of this agency should send chills up the spine of anyone who can recognize its Teutonic/fascistic outlook for what it is, I feel it safe to say that placing them in charge of any disaster recovery effort is a recipe for, well, disaster. Remember, this is the agency that subsumed FEMA into its umbrella, and that worked out so well.
I tend not to believe that the Bush regime engineered 9/11–their years of ceaseless stupidity and incompetence have proven them incapable of such a Machiavellian scheme–but I have no doubt in my mind that they used the horror of that day to push forward their agenda for a unitary executive, military hegemony in the Middle East, and so on. All it would take is one anthrax envelope or one dirty bomb in a downtown thoroughfare, and this plan would trigger, turning our country into a “disaster area” with no end.
And that is something we all have to be afraid of with yahoos like Bush and his cronies at the helm. Because what if they decide the emergency is serious enough that they don’t want to give up their power?
What will you do then?