8/29 Katrina: "Building back better opportunity", part 2, Black Africa and the U.S. Black Movement Strategy, Brzezinski

"We need food and water and they sent us men with guns", a Katrina survivor

digest commentary: Haiti, Acheh, Pakistan, New Orleans ... the sickeningly familiar 'building back better' mantra as U.S. uses 'natural disasters wherever soft 'humanitarian' imperialist 'aid' serves its geostrategic world domination agenda

Dynamic Dialectics of Class and Race: U.S. Strategic Vulnerability and Fear
Obama mostly said and did nothing about Katrina --- until he returned today to celebrate the 5th. anniversary of amerika's success 'building back better'.

North amerikan class-based capitalist system, is historically and inseparably intersected by 'race' (a social-political construct with no scientific biological basis). Since the invasion and occupation by european colonialist settlers, amerika's 'manifest destiny', constructed on genocide and slavery, has fostered the fascist mythof white supremacy to 'justify' racist state terror, genocide, slavery, hyper-exploitation oppression and wars of conquest.
In amerika, and throughout its blood-soaked empire, the slavemasters make 'preemptive' preparations for what they fear most: revolution -urban guerilla warfare -- in their 'planet of slums'. As the survival of world enemy #1, depends on ever more global destruction to seduce 'partners' and defeat rivals and potential revolutions - including the 'homeland slums' The selection of a Black president reveals the strategic vulnerability and fears of this ruling class, not a 'change' in its agenda for global domination -- at literally any cost. The 'bottom'-feeding predators are gambling they can use 'race' from both 'top' and 'bottom', as both carrot and stick, to pacify and unify the most brutally oppressed under the amerikan flag to advance the u.s. agenda. The ruling gangsters know better at this point than we do that those on whom its bloody empire is most dependent will play the pivotal role in leading the overthrow of its barbaric tyranny. Preventing the rise of political leadership based on political consciousness is their only hope. Black face on fascist agenda, Obama is their hope, not ours.

'Our' enemy knows its enemies. We need to know ours. Obama's speechwriter's emphasis on ending 'isms' and 'stale ideologies' was directed against the revolutionary minded: especially against what the u.s. fears most: revolutionary Black leadership informed by revolutionary nationalism and marxism, that, broke through deep class - race divisions, bringing this country to the brink of revolution. From chattel slavery until today, socialist revolutionary leadership has always been the greatest threat to the dictatorship of capital. The Black Liberation movement of the '60's'-early 70's was as close as this country ever came to revolution. The Black Panther Party's young leaders, built on the legacy of great revolutionary forefathers like Malcolm X, Mao, Lenin and Marx, understood that consciousness not only reflects material reality, but becomes a material force when organized into action. The BPP taught millions how class and race functioned at the 'top' with class-race privilege, and at the 'bottom' with class-race oppression. It trained, organized and way beyond its own numbers influenced millions. The Black Power movement brought genuine possibilities and hope to the oppressed everywhere that world 'people power' could destroy and replace this monstrous imperialist destroyer. U.S. rulers feared the game was over. The FBI COINTELPRO massacred over 30 young BPP leaders, spreading filthy lies and tricks, infiltrating the party with hundreds of agents and drugs to wreck from within and destroy the BPP leadership that had proliferated into Brown, Red and white revolutionary groups across the country. 'Black Consciousness' leadership was murdered by 'hard power' warfare, plus 'soft power' political-cultural and psychological warfare: 'cultural Black nationalism', fascist 'entertainment' promoting Blacks as 'hos, pimps' and 'gangstas', not revolutionaries, 'diversity training', 'multicuturalism' and 'moderate' Black preachers with the age-old 'turn the other cheek' message in hip drag. Amerika began putting a few 'Black faces in high places', mostly local governments. As the BPP said, on every corner of every ghetto, preachers, pushers and poverty pimps -- helping numb and cool things out -- until the next police murder -- then 'moderate' 'Black leadership' like Jesse Rainbow Jackson (see below) pushed front and center, running twice for president in earlier dangerous days for the u.s.

Surges of revolutionary nationalist anti-u.s. imperialist struggles burned through the 60-70's across the 'third world' -- and in amerika. Killers like Kissinger and Brzezinski (see Brzezinski's "Black Africa & the Black U.S. Movement: below) -- went back to the drawing boards with their fellow imperialist architects and strategists, with the same arrogant ignorance, convinced a few bloodsuckers could forever hold back the 'sands of time' and billions of people.

National oppression is not an optional partisan 'policy', it is the foundational lynchpin of amerikan capitalism built on the backs and blood of the indigenous peoples and Black slaves. And 'globalized' to conquer the world. Finance capitalist gangsters preside over global genocide today --- wrapped in think-tank generated 'strategic communication', e.g. propaganda called 'news'. Institutionalized racist amerikan fascism in the 'homeland' as 'justified' police murder, pretexts of 'homegrown terrorism', to massive genocidal 'surges' like Katrina witnessed by the whole world which resists u.s. 'liberation' because 'they hate our values' -- exported and enforced by state terrorism.

"If you look at the World Trade Center [911] collapsing, it'll be like that, but add water… There will be debris flying around, and you're going to be in the water with snakes, rodents, nutria and fish from the lake. It's not going to be nice."

Racist Genocide in New Orleans Continues: "Like 911 But Add Water"
by liz burbank
[edited. original published 9/3/05 "A Catastrophic Success": A Holocaust Shaped by Race]
Katrina was no accident, no surprise, no act of 'mother nature', 'gods' , or 'bureaucratic incompetence' and 'poor communication'. The human and environmental impact on New Orleans of a hurricane of this magnitude had been scientifically studied and calculated. Rescue and recovery were deliberately withheld, working class Black people militarily imprisoned, forcibly dispersed and murdered by the armed state's violence.
National oppression and its ideological engine racism, are the lynchpin of u.s. capitalism, established and fattened by genocide and slavery. Katrina is a major intensification of America's historical genocide, a premeditated physical and psychological attack on the Black Nation, part of U.S. strategy to destroy the strength, pride and political-cultural cohesion that has been at the forefront of revolutionary resistance against this system...

A renaissance of Black resistance leadership, historically the leading edge of revolutionary resistance in the U.S., is what postmodern slavemasters fear will derail their imperialist terror war, giving rise to a movement in the 'homeland', in solidarity with international anti-imperialism to defeat its global "new world order" agenda. Thus, Katrina and its brutal aftermath was engineered to serve the capitalist agenda in two interrelated ways: by uprooting, dispersing and destroying the Black Nation, simultaneously inflaming deeply-embedded, indispensable, american racist support for fascist state capitalism's global war of terror -- under the pretext of "rescue, relief and recovery” from a “natural disaster.” [...]
full article at http://lizburbankdigest.blogspot.com/2006/03/racist-genocide-in-new-orle...

“They want them poor niggers out of there and they ain’t had no intention to allow it to be reopened to no poor niggers, you know? And that’s just the bottom line.”

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
- George W. Bush, September 1, 2005

White House was Told Hurricane Posed Danger
The internal department documents, which were forwarded to the White House, contradict statements by President Bush and the homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, that no one expected the storm protection system in New Orleans to be breached. "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," Mr. Bush said in a television interview on Sept. 1. "Now we're having to deal with it, and will."
Other documents to be released Tuesday show that the weekend before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, Homeland Security Department officials predicted its impact would be worse than a doomsday-like emergency planning exercise conducted in Louisiana in July 2004. In that drill, held because of common knowledge that New Orleans was susceptible to hurricane-driven flooding, emergency planners predicted that in a Category 3 storm, one million people would be forced to move away, 17 percent of the nation's oil refining capacity would be knocked out and as many as 60,000 lives might be lost. "Exercise projection is exceeded by Hurricane Katrina real-life impacts," the Aug. 27 department report said, two days before the storm hit New Orleans.

Hurricane Center Director Tells Paper He Briefed Brown & Chertoff On Danger Of Severe Flooding ... briefings included information on expected wind speed, storm surge and
all those briefings were logged in the hurricane center's records.
www.allbusiness.com/ services/ business-services-miscellaneous-business/ 4681812-1.html

Katrina Relief Aid
"It's Not That the Government Isn't Responding, They are Obstructing the Response"

FEMA Blocking Relief Efforts - An Amazing List: "First Responders Urged Not To Respond"

Soldiers, Cops Muzzle Reporters in Wake of Katrina

Drowning New Orleans
By Mark Fischetti, October, 2001, "Scientific American" Magazine
A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands. Human activities along the Mississippi River have dramatically increased the risk, and now only massive reengineering of southeastern Louisiana can save the city...

"Hurricaine Katrina" Exercise
July 2004
"Hurricane Pam" Projected by 2004 Studies and computer exercises were "anticipated" and not made public
Massively attended by all govt. levels it projected detailed results of a hurricane, especially the deadly impact on low-lying, poor, predominantly Black working class areas...both a planning workshop and a scenario-based exercise.... The 300+ workshop participants at the Hurricane Pam workshop July 2004 were provided with a catastrophic hurricane scenario, a set of consequences that would result from that scenario, and assumptions designed to stress the emergency management system and force thinking on critical planning topics...[and]a copy of Louisiana’s Emergency Operations Plan, 12 parish emergency operations plans, the City of New Orleans’ Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, emergency plans and related documents from Louisiana Department of Transportation, Louisiana State Police, the US Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA Region VI....
Massively attended from all govt. levels it projected the detailed results of a hurricane in detail, especially the deadly impact on low-lying, poor, predominantly Black working class areas...

Preparing for a Catastrophe: The Hurricane Pam Exercise
Statement before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Madhu Beriwal, President and CEO, IEM
Chairman Collins, Senator Lieberman, and members of the committee
...Organizations like the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense routinely rely on our company to function as an independent evaluator of emergency planning strategies and tools. We are called upon to perform independent validation and verification for mission-critical systems and to conduct comparative analyses of various protective options, often in politically charged environments. ...
Hurricane Pam IEM, with a team of three subcontractors, competed for and received a FEMA contract for catastrophic planning for Southeast Louisiana and the New Madrid Seismic Zone on May 24, 2004. Because of the urgency associated with the project, IEM personnel met with FEMA Region VI officials and State officials from the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP) within 18 hours after verbal notice of contract award.... In contrast to the traditional planning and exercise process, Hurricane Pam allowed both planners and operational personnel to collaborate in developing a plan based on a specific scenario. Hurricane Pam focused on developing plans for a specific catastrophic hurricane striking Louisiana. Thus, it was both a planning workshop and a scenario-based exercise.... The 300+ workshop participants at the Hurricane Pam workshop in July 2004 were provided with a catastrophic hurricane scenario, a set of consequences that would result from that scenario, and assumptions designed to stress the emergency management system and force thinking on critical planning topics. In addition, they received a copy of Louisiana’s Emergency Operations Plan, 12 parish emergency operations plans, the City of New Orleans’ Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and emergency plans and related documents from Louisiana Department of Transportation, Louisiana State Police, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and FEMA Region VI.
The IEM Team developed detailed consequence assessments for Hurricane Pam over a scant 53 days. Many of these consequences were eerily echoed in the impact of Hurricane Katrina....
Table 1: Comparisons between projected consequences for Hurricane Pam and actual results produced by Katrina....u
The IEM Team developed detailed consequence assessments for Hurricane Pam over a scant 53 days. Many of these consequences were eerily echoed in the impact of Hurricane Katrina....
Table 1: Comparisons between projected consequences for Hurricane Pam and actual results produced by Katrina....u

Image is capital in wake of the storm: It's very hard to "convey a positive image" when the "general public" sees you stacking corpses like cordwood. Business executive James Reiss helicoptered in employees of an Israeli security company to guard his house and those of his neighbors. Reiss told the Journal that New Orleans must be rebuilt with fewer poor people. "Those who want to see this city rebuilt want to see it done in a completely different way — demographically, geographically and politically … or we're out."

Katrina's unequal toll 'Miss, with great respect for your race, I don't see no white people here' 

Drowned city cuts its poor adrift
Peter Beaumont, December 11, 2005
Miss Mildred's piano lies where the water knocked it down three months ago, amid ruined photographs and clothes. Her favourite chair is jammed in a corner; the wooden tiles of her tiny clapboard house muddy and peeled loose. There is nothing to salvage from a thrifty, industrious life, so she has come to see her home in New Orleans' devastated Ninth Ward for one last time.
'I don't have anything to come home to. No food, no water or electricity,' said the 74-year-old, whose family has been scattered. 'I can't afford to live in the French Quarter and there is nowhere else to rent. I have three more years on the mortgage to pay for this.' She will not sell the property, she says, but she also will not return. And Mildred W Franklin is angry. In a city where the wealthy areas are buzzing with reconstruction, her neighbourhood, one of the worst affected, is silent and ghostly. 'They want us to be disgusted. They don't want us to return.'
She is not alone in thinking this. When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans it was the city's poor - almost exclusively African Americans - who were left to fend for themselves as the city drowned in a lake of toxic sludge. Now, three months on, the same people have been abandoned once again by a reconstruction effort that seems determined to prevent them from returning. They are the victims of a devastating combination of forced evictions, a failure to reopen the city's public house projects, rent gouging and - as in the case of Mildred - a decision to write off whole neighbourhoods. They are victims too of a reconstruction effort that... left to the care of the private sector... rapacious free market has come to dominate the rebuilding of the Louisiana city... reconstruction as survival of the wealthiest.
A young black man in his twenties in dreadlocks and a Veterans for Peace T-shirt in the back of the pick-up truck, union activist Jim Prickett, Aaron is on fire with anger... 'My grandpa died at the airport [during the evacuation]. Now me and my mama can't get into our home. There is a notice on the door. If we try, we are looting. Do you understand how that must feel?' he shouts. 'Do you understand? It is genocide and ethnic cleansing. It's the return of Jim Crow.' [...]

Many 'missing' don't want to be found
December 9 at 09:45 am CT by Brock Meeks
this story 'voluntarily disappears' the 1/2 to one million Black people who already dehumanized, tortured, drowned, uprooted & disappeared forever from New Orleans -- many with no I.D., and no official histories-- no legal existence-no right to return even if they could afford to. Another criminal Big Lie compounding the savage crimes, is further evidence and continuation of U.S. genocide against the Black nation

500,000 to 1,000,000 Blacks forcibly dispersed
“Ethnic cleansing” in New Orleans
By Ghali Hassan, June 26, 2006
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." - Congressman Richard Baker, September 09, 2005.

"The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead revolutionaries"
J. Edgar Hoover,FBI Chief, re:COINTELPRO against the Black Panther Party

in case you still cling to the 'hope' that US geopolitical strategy is a matter of partisan politics and/or bureaucratic bungling...read otherwise

SUBJECT: Black Africa and the U.S. Black Movement
Zbigniew Brezinski

This Document is Exhibit 10 of U.S. Supreme Court Case No.00-9587
MARCH 17, 1978
Presidential Review Memorandum NSCM/46
TO: The Secretary of State
The Secretary of Defense
The Director of Central Intelligence
cc: The Secretary of the Treasury
The Secretary of Commerce
The Attorney General
The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff

Objective of our policy toward Black Africa is to prevent social upheavals which could radically change the political situation throughout the area. The success or failure of our policy in the region depends on the solution international and internal issues whose importance of the United States is on the increase.
II. A. U.S. INTERESTS IN BLACK AFRICA A multiplicity of interests influences the U.S. attitude toward black Africa. The most important of these interests can be summarized as follows:1. Political 2. Economic (...)

Apart from the above-mentioned factors adverse to U.S. strategic interests, the nationalist liberation movement in black Africa can act as a catalyst with far reaching effects on the American black community by stimulating its organizational consolidation and by inducing radical actions. Such a result would be likely as Zaire went the way of Angola and Mozambique.

An occurrence of the events of *1967-68 would do grievous harm to U.S. prestige, especially in view of the concern of the present Administration with human rights issues. Moreover, the Administration would have to take specific steps to stabilize the situation. Such steps might be misunderstood both inside and outside the United States.

In order to prevent such a trend and protect U.S. national security interests, it would appear essential to elaborate and carry out effective countermeasures.
1. Possibility of Joint Action By U.S. Black and African Nationalist Movement.
In elaborating U.S. policy toward black Africa, due weight must be given to the fact that there are 25 millions American blacks whose roots are African and who consciously or subconsciously sympathies with African nationalism.
The living conditions of the black population should also be taken into account. Immense advances in the field are accompanied by a long-lasting high rate of unemployment, especially among the youth and by poverty and dissatisfaction with government social welfare standards.
These factors taken together may provide a basis for joint actions of a concrete nature by the African nationalist movement and the U.S. black community... renewal of the extremist national idea of establishing an "African Republic" on American soil. Finally, leftist radical elements of the Black community could resume extremist actions in the style of the defunct Black Panther Party. ...
Basically, actions would take the form of demonstrations and public protests, but the likelihood of violence cannot be excluded. There would also be attempts to coordinate their political activity both locally and in international organizations.

In the context of long-term strategy, the United States can not afford a radical change in the fundamentals of its African policy, which is designed for maximum protection of national security. In the present case, emphasis is laid on the importance of Black Africa for U.S. political, economic and military interests.

1. Specific steps should be taken with the help of appropriate government agencies to inhibit coordinated activity of the Black Movement in the United States.
2. Special clandestine operations should be launched by the CIA to generate mistrust and hostility in American and world opinion against joint activity of the two forces, and to cause division among Black African radical national groups and their leaders.
3. U.S. embassies to Black African countries specially interested in southern Africa must be highly circumspect in view of the activity of certain political circles and influential individuals opposing the objectives and methods of U.S. policy toward South Africa. It must be kept in mind that the failure of U.S. strategy in South Africa would adversely affect American standing throughout the world. In addition, this would mean a significant diminution of U.S. influence in Africa and the emergence of new difficulties in our internal situation due to worsening economic prospects.
4. The FBI should mount surveillance operations against Black African representatives and collect sensitive information on those, especially at the U.N. who oppose U.S. policy toward South Africa. The information should include facts on their links with the leaders of the Black movement in the US, making possible at least partial neutralization of the adverse effects of their activity.

(a) to enlarge programs, within the framework of the present budget, for the improvement of the social and economic welfare of American Blacks in order to ensure continuing development of present trends in the Black movement;
(b) to elaborate and bring into effect a special program designed to perpetuate division in the Black movement and neutralize the most active groups of leftist radical organizations representing different social strata of the Black community: to encourage division in Black circles;
(c) to preserve the present climate which inhibits the emergence from within the Black leadership of a person capable of exerting nationwide appeal;
(d) to work out and realize preventive operations in order to impede durable ties between U.S Black organizations and radical groups in African states;
e) to support actions designed to sharpen social stratification in the Black community which would lead to the widening and perpetuation of the gap between successful educated Blacks and the poor, giving rise to growing antagonism between different Black groups and a weakening of the movement as a whole.
(f) to facilitate the greatest possible expansion of Black business by granting government contracts and loans with favorable terms to Black businessmen;
(g) to take every possible means through AFL-CIO leaders to counteract the increasing influence of Black labor organizations which function in all major unions and in particular, the National Coalition of Black Trade Union and its leadership including the creation of preference for adverse and hostile reaction among White trade unionists to demands for improvement of social and economic welfare of the Blacks;
(h) to support the nomination at federal and local levels of loyal Black public figures to elective offices, to government agencies and the Court.

"The same rebellion, the same impatience, the same anger that exists in the hearts of the dark people in Africa and Asia is existing in the hearts and minds of 20 million black people in this country who have been just as thoroughly colonized as the people in Africa and Asia."
Malcolm X

Blackwater Issues Mercenary Call For Hurricane Gustav
Blackwater Worldwide: Security for Hurricane Gustav 29 Aug 2008 Blackwater is compiling a list of qualified security personnel for deployment into areas affected by Hurricane Gustav. Applicants must meet all items listed under the respective Officer posting and be US citizens. http://www.blackwaterusa.com/

martial law to enforce racist genocide
Soldiers and policemen seemed omnipresent in the city's empty streets Sunday. Nearly 2,000 guardsmen based at the New Orleans Convention Center blocked streets in a two-block radius around that facility. Soldiers toting assault rifles blocked intersections with armored vehicles.On Sunday morning, patrol cars across the city guarded intersections with lights flashing to make passersby aware of their presence. The Louisiana governor said all 64 parishes had now declared a state of emergency and that 50,000 National Guard troops had been activated and are available for efforts along the coast. "There are 1,800 additional troops from other states headed to Louisiana," Jindal said. "We've requested 16,000 extra National Guard troops who will arrive in the next 24 to 48 hours for response, rescue and recovery." Jindal said several states are sending aircraft to help..."Once the curfew [from dusk to dawn] kicks in, anyone who is on the street will be arrested," Nagin said....http://www.wapt.com/news/17353364/detail.html


Officials said those whom the city and state evacuate...would not have a choice in where they went ...“Because they don’t have the means, they have to use my process, so they don’t have a choice,” said emergency preparedness director Jerry Sneed....

"They already have a bracelet with a barcode," Captain Akin said. "They will walk through the scanner and it automatically loads into the computers. We have a list of where they need to go."

The Northwest Arkansas chapter of the Red Cross has already deployed about a dozen trained volunteers to Louisiana to assist with shelters and the possible recovery in that area. The organization says those workers are prepared to meet the needs of the thousands of evacuees. http://www.wapt.com/news/17309343/detail.html

no such honest reporting by u.s. capitalist media
The Disneyfication of New Orleans
By Anna Hartnell
Three years after Hurricane Katrina, a more glamorous image of black America is presenting itself to the world in the person of Barack Obama. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, America's story of black urban poverty is still unfolding, largely beneath the radar of the global media.
In August and September 2005, areas like the largely black Lower Ninth ward, almost entirely invisible to the hordes of tourists who flock to New Orleans every year, attracted worldwide sympathy as the levees broke. Now they have been all but forgotten. While tourists long ago repopulated the French Quarter, 57% of New Orleans' black population – against 36% of whites – have yet to return to the city. Many never will. This is because since Katrina, developers have clubbed together with the authorities to complete New Orleans' makeover into a playground for wealthy tourists. As house prices soar and homelessness rises, the authorities are quietly doing away with the city's remaining stocks of affordable housing in moves that the UN has recently claimed constitute human rights violations. The fact that these demolitions will overwhelmingly affect black people has led some to call this ethnic cleansing.

Looking back, these developments should come as no surprise. The sympathy that met Katrina's immediate aftermath was short-lived. In August 2005 it was poor African-American residents, statistically the least likely to have the means to evacuate the stricken city, who bore the brunt of the storm damage. Viewers all round the world watched in horrified fascination as conditions in the convention centre and Superbowl deteriorated. News reports did focus on the government's apparent abandonment of its own people, but a hysterical and arguably racist undercurrent was almost compulsively drawn to rumours of rape and murder – nearly all of which turned out to be untrue.

As residents evacuated the city, and before the floodwaters had even receded, the future of New Orleans and its residents was being spoken about in no uncertain terms. "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans", declared congressman Richard Baker soon after the storm. "We couldn't do it. But God did." Alphonso Jackson, the then US secretary of housing and urban development, made the racial implications of the gentrification process perfectly clear when he predicted that the reconstructed New Orleans would be a whiter city.

In the three years since, race and class stereotypes have paved the way for New Orleans' so-called "revitalisation". "We don't need soap opera-watchers right now", claimed the city council president, Oliver Thomas – perpetuating the view that New Orleans' high unemployment rate can be tracked to individual laziness as opposed to the systemic discrimination affecting most of America's inner cities. At the same time, those same forces that demonise poor and particularly black families – for their apparent "dysfunction" – are actively preventing the regrouping of some of the most close-knit black communities in the US.
The city is now in the process of phasing out the low-cost housing, public transportation system, and public health facilities that supported the existence of low-income residents in New Orleans for decades. The US department of housing and urban development and the housing authority of New Orleans say that they wish to de-concentrate poverty in areas that were previously hotbeds for crime and drug abuse. Currently though, there are only plans to replace one-third of the units available for low-income renters. And as Audrey Stewart of the Loyola Law Clinic explains, the result is: " ... thousands and thousands of homeless people camping out, under bridges, we have folks staying with relatives and friends – I see that all over my neighbourhood, five, six, seven, eight people living in these tiny houses. We have people getting kicked out of Fema [Federal Emergency Management Agency] trailers with nowhere to go."

Many displaced New Orleans residents, black and white, are now demanding the "right of return" – and are in the process creating a dynamic grassroots movement that threatens to disrupt the relative calm that has eased the passage of the city's controversial reconstruction programme.... This time last year, Obama expressed concern that New Orleans would once again become the scene of the nation's broken promises, and told residents, "I can promise you this: I will be a president who wakes up every morning and goes to bed every night with the future of this city on my mind." He said: "... racial discord, poverty, the old divisions of black and white, rich and poor, it's time to leave that to yesterday." But as the presidential campaign intensifies, Obama is increasingly under pressure to "transcend race"....Three years on from the storm, during an election year that has focused attention on a spectacular symbol of African American success... once again, no one is looking in the direction of a black America that has experienced only the rough end of the American dream. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20650.htm Anna Hartnell is lecturer in American literature & culture at the University of Birmingham, a.hartnell@bham.ac.uk

THE Thad Allen of BP spill infamy, promoted to civilian all the better cover his state-corporate ass
9/11, Katrina, and the Future of Interagency Disaster Response
Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant, United States Coast Guard
Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution
A recent article on our guest speaker in U.S. News and World Report was entitled "Always Ready for the Storm," and that about says it all about Admiral Thad Allen. He is the 23rd Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and he's going to lead us today in a discussion of disaster response interagency operations.... a discussion of what the role is for the Coast Guard in the 21st century because it's really those issues that he's touching on right now....they might involve issues of homeland defense, in other cases, disaster management, in other instances, immigration control or, in other cases, counter-narcotics operations.... Admiral Allen has first-hand experience with the challenges of interagency collaboration. In 2001, he led the Coast Guard Atlantic Area operations in response to the 9/11 attacks, and in 2005, he was the principal federal official for Hurricane Katrina response...

white supremacist capitalism's worst nightmare & target: resistance & revolution led by criminalized "second class citizens"
In a Generation, Minorities May Be the U.S. Majority
Census Bureau projections show that changes in racial distribution are occurring faster than anticipated just a few years ago... racial and ethnic minorities now account for43 percent of Americans under 20.

'US' potential resisters worldwide are the targets of U.S. terror war
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff On "Confronting The Threats To Our Homeland"
April 7, 2008, Yale University
I've laid out what some of you may think is a grim scenario about what we face in the world. On the one hand, the Cold War is gone; we don't have to worry about a Soviet Union with whom we are eyeball-to-eyeball, poised with weapons of mass destruction ...On the other hand, we have a much more disorderly set of threats, much more networked, much more widely distributed, much more difficult to deter and, unfortunately, much better enabled to carry out acts of violence because of what modern technology affords in terms of weapons, in terms of the ability to operate over the Internet, and in terms of the means of travel around the globe and communication around the globe, literally in real time or less...beyond immediate tactical measures that will make us better able to assure that we can regulate who exploits global tools in order to carry out acts of violence or destruction, we have to engage at the level of the ideology itself.
We have to enable those who struggle against dangerous ideologies to have a voice. We have to encourage the communities that are communities of moderation and belief in the rule of law to get out there and get into the battlefield of ideas, because if we cede the battlefield of ideas only to those who are extremists, then we are giving them the most powerful weapon to recruit the next generation of terrorists...Some of what we can do is send our people abroad, and send our aid abroad. Secretary Gates has observed that one of most powerful weapons we have in fighting against terrorism is our foreign aid. And when we go into Africa and we fight against malaria or HIV/AIDS, we're actually striking a positive blow for the kind of ideology that we believe in, in the West, which is an ideology of toleration, which is an ideology that values human life and values human freedom.

The U.S. fears the next September 11-style attack on America could be launched by Muslims from Britain or Europe who feel like "second-class citizens" alienated by a "colonial legacy", according to US Homeland Security chief. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Michael Chertoff...said the US was determined to build extra defences against so-called "clean skin" terrorists from Europe... "The fear has always been the so-called 'clean skin' --- a person whose documents are completely legitimate, are not forged." America is "unquestionably safer and more secure" than it was on September 11 2001 but there was a danger of complacency because it had not been attacked for more than five years. "Where you find some softness is in some elements of the media or in some elements of the intellectual class who convince themselves that this is our fault, or that there's an easier way to avoid the problem if we can just figure what price we have to pay. That is a plea to the sensibility of exhaustion and history has shown that's a very damaging and very destructive impulse." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1547645/Britain-%27could-stage...

Bush, Cheney Will Not Attend GOP Convention Due to Hurricane
...After a briefing Sunday from FEMA officials, Bush urged residents to heed local officials’ order to evacuate.“Do not put yourselves in harm’s way or make rescue workers take unnecessary risks...And know that the American people stand with you. We’ll face this emergency together.” Bush said he had been assured New Orleans’ levees are “stronger than they have ever been,” but there is a “serious risk of significant flooding” across the Gulf Coast, especially in that city. Bush pre-emptively declared states of emergency for Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. The declaration clears the way for federal aid to supplement state and local efforts and formalizes coordination. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and FEMA chief David Paulison visited the region to monitor developments; Chertoff was returning there Sunday.... In a telephone call to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Bush said he was “checking in and getting ready to go through this again with him,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. Nagin told Bush the forecast did not look good, but that he was pleased so far with the coordination with the federal government.Nagin also told Bush that residents were heeding the evacuation notice...

Eugenics and the Nazis -- the U.S. Connection
Edwin Black, November 9, 2003
Hitler and his henchmen victimized an entire continent and exterminated millions in his quest for a so-called Master Race. But the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn't originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States, and cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power...(with) extensive financing by corporate philanthropies, specifically the Carnegie Institution, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harriman railroad fortune... in league with some of America's most respected scientists from such prestigious universities as Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Princeton. These academicians espoused race theory and race science, and then faked and twisted data to serve eugenics' racist aims.
Stanford President David Starr Jordan originated the notion of "race and blood" in his 1902 racial epistle "Blood of a Nation," in which the university scholar declared that human qualities and conditions such as talent and poverty were passed through the blood.
In 1904, the Carnegie Institution established a laboratory complex at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island that stockpiled millions of index cards on ordinary Americans, as researchers carefully plotted the removal of families, bloodlines and whole peoples. From Cold Spring Harbor, eugenics advocates agitated in the legislatures of America, as well as the nation's social service agencies and associations.
The Harriman railroad fortune paid local charities, such as the New York Bureau of Industries and Immigration, to seek out Jewish, Italian and other immigrants in New York and other crowded cities and subject them to deportation, confinement or forced sterilization.
The Rockefeller Foundation helped found the German eugenics program and even funded the program that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz. [...]
Edwin Black is author of the award-winning "IBM and the Holocaust" and the "War Against the Weak" (published by Four Walls Eight Windows), from which this article is adapted. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/11/09/ING9C2QSKB1.DTL This article appeared on page D -1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

There were two kinds of Negroes. There was that old house Negro and the field Negro. And the house Negro always looked out for his master. When the field Negroes got too much out of line, he held them back in check. He put 'em back on the plantation....
Malcolm X

Obama Tells Fellow Blacks: ‘No Excuses’ for Any Failure
Speaking to the N.A.A.C.P., President Obama delivered a fiery sermon to black America, warning parents and children that they must accept their own responsibilities.

Barack Obama and the “End” of Racism
Juan Santos
...We stay silent as a rule, in the white world. Barack Obama is the living symbol of our silence. He is our silence writ large...a muzzled Black emperor. A Black man at the head of the White Amerikkkan State – unwilling to speak truth to power, but more than willing, like Condi Rice or Colin Powell, to become that power and launch wars of aggression against other peoples of color... Keep your Black/ Brown mouth shut and you can “succeed.”... Obama plays the role of a Black Cinderella. He does for Black folks what Cinderella does for girls, shows oppression and silence can be good for you – if you are the one the prince chooses, or the one who gets to be prince. It’s total fantasy... a glass slipper that will break at the arch and turned on us like a broken beer bottle or a jagged-edged knife; the same knife Obama has threatened to turn on the people of Iran and Pakistan...
He knows how to make white Amerikkka feel good about the status quo, here and abroad. If he told the truth, if he stood up for justice... he couldn’t be president... more likely he'd be dead. Like Malcolm. Dead, like Steven Biko of the Black Consciousness Movement of Azania / South Africa, like Fred Hampton ......It’s not that racism is over. It’s that whites imagine they can now be at peace about it – that the race war in Amerikkka is over as a two-sided affair...In the white imagination, Barack Obama represents, not the “End of Racism” (racism has an experiential, existential meaning for only the barest sliver of the white population), but, the end of the struggle to end racism...
The point is to see him in context, within the limits of the system, the matrix, the cultural and political environment in which he arose and in which he operates... it’s that none of the dreams in us he speaks to can be fulfilled under the system of oppression he is an expression of and his candidacy concentrates in visible form...
Obama doesn’t represent peace – he represents an expansion of war and the power of Empire. He’s even more extreme on this than Bush himself, except in his public rhetoric. He doesn’t represent the real and legitimate needs, desires and hopes of Black people - he refuses to speak openly of the most fundamental issues affecting Black people. He doesn’t represent the “end of racism,” but the perpetuation of oppression in a new guise...
Attaining authentic freedom requires, as its starting point, naming what keeps us subjugated. What keeps us subjugated is the very system Obama wants to rule. The system, even with Barack Obama as its first Black emperor, is not our hope. It’s our enemy, the enemy of the world, and, because this system is rapidly undermining the ability of the planet to foster and sustain life, it is the enemy of all Life on Earth. http://the-fourth-world.blogspot.com/2008/02/barack-obama-and-end-of-rac...

Losing What We Never Had: White Privilege & the Deferred Dreams of Black America, Part 2
04 July 2007 by BAR contributing editor Dr. Edward Rhymes
Modern political mythology, also believed by Blacks, maintains that Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and the post-World War Two college and housing benefits for veterans were unmitigated boons for African Americans. However, in many ways, the opposite is true. The New Deal, largely shaped to appease racist southern lawmakers, actually codified Black inferior status, while elevating poor whites. And returning Black veterans got only a tiny fraction of the benefits of the GI Bill. President Johnson's Sixties War on Poverty effectively lasted only three years –  at the end of which, the hopes of the Black poor were smashed.

1984 Jackson first run for the Democratic Nomination for president -- the 1984 campaign brought in 2 million new voters
1988 Jackson second runs for the Democratic Nomination for president.... millions more
from Jesse Jackson's Address before the Democratic National Convention 7-18-84
...Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow - red, yellow, brown, black and white...
We must expand our Party, heal our Party and unify our Party. That is our mission in 1984. My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected, and the despised. They are restless and seek relief. They've voted in record numbers....What does this large black vote mean? Why do I fight to win second primaries and fight gerrymandering and annexation and at-large elections? Why do we fight over that? Because I tell you, you cannot hold someone in the ditch unless you linger there with them. We should never short-circuit enforcing the Voting Rights Act at every level. When one of us rises, all of us will rise. Justice is the way out. Peace is the way out....Our time has come. We must leave the racial battle ground and come to the economic common ground and moral higher ground...

Jesse Jackson - "from sharecroppers to shareholders"
Jackson's 1988 campaign for the Democratic nomination... attracted over 6.9 million votes--from urban blacks and Hispanics, poor rural whites, farmers and factory workers, feminists and homosexuals, and from white progressives wanting to be part of a historic change...In 1997, Jackson shifted his focus from the nation's political capital to its financial capital. Seeing a need for a stronger minority presence on Wall Street, Jackson founded the Wall Street Project. The organization lobbied companies to provide more business and employment opportunities for minorities....
Jackson told Ebony, "So we have gone from sharecroppers to shareholders. We say to corporate America: We don't want to be just consumers and workers, but investors and partners."...
In 2000, Jackson and son, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., published It's About the Money!: How You Can Get Out of Debt, Build Wealth, and Achieve Your Financial Dreams!

Jackson Seen Winning a Solid Place in History
...Jackson, initially critical of the "Third Way" or more moderate policies of Bill Clinton, became a key ally in gaining African American support for Clinton and eventually a close advisor and friend of the Clinton family. Clinton awarded Jackson the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor bestowed on civilians.Mr. Jackson has done much to help himself, moderating his tone... making clear his desire to be considered part of the Democratic mainstream. ''He has shown himself to be the most powerful communicator in either party,'' Mr. Mondale said. ''His greatest asset is his skill as a speaker. This is the cleverest, most touching, most engaging orator we have in America -- who can take an issue and make it sing as if it had legs.''...''The fact is...without Jesse's support within the party no white Democrat can accomplish much on a national scale.''...Whether or not he is elected President, whether or not he is even nominated for Vice President, whether or not he wins more primaries, the world is likely to remember 1988 as the Year of Jackson - the year when, for the first time in American history, a black made a serious bid for the White House and was taken seriously by the electorate. 'The Highest Compliment'. ''Jesse Jackson is too smart to get himself into the position of being blamed if we don't prevail this fall,'' Dodd said. ''He's not going to create havoc, either at the convention or after it, and he's not going to make a lot of demands or issue any ultimatums... http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE4DC173CF93AA15757C0A...

"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything." --
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th US President Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858 (The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-146.) http://www.learner.org/channel/workshops/primarysources/emancipation/doc...

"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.
Abraham Lincoln - (1809-1865) 16th US President Source: Letter to Horace Greeley, 8/ 22/1862 http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/greeley.htm

Having established global supremacy through WW2, the U.S. immunized itself from the international codes & institutions it created to serve its world domination

The international legal definition of the crime of genocide is found in Articles II and III of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.

Article II describes two elements of the crime of genocide:
1) the mental element, meaning the "intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such", and
2) the physical element which includes five acts described in sections a, b, c, d and e. A crime must include both elements to be called "genocide."

Article III described five punishable forms of the crime of genocide: genocide; conspiracy, incitement, attempt and complicity.
Excerpt from the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide (For full text click here)

"Article II: genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Article III: The following acts shall be punishable:
(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide. "

It is a crime to plan or incite genocide, even before killing starts, and to aid or abet genocide: Criminal acts include conspiracy, direct and public incitement, attempts to commit genocide, and complicity in genocide.

Punishable Acts The following are genocidal acts when committed as part of a policy to destroy a group’s existence:
.Killing members of the group includes direct killing and actions causing death.

.Causing serious bodily or mental harm includes inflicting trauma on members of the group by widespread torture, rape, sexual violence, forced or coerced use of drugs, and mutilation.

.Deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to destroy a group includes the deliberate deprivation of resources needed for the group’s physical survival, such as clean water, food, clothing, shelter or medical services. Deprivation of the means to sustain life can be imposed through confiscation of harvests, blockade of foodstuffs, detention in camps, forcible relocation or expulsion into deserts.

.Prevention of births includes involuntary sterilization, forced abortion, prohibition of marriage, and long-term separation of men and women intended to prevent procreation.

.Forcible transfer of children may be imposed by direct force or by fear of violence, duress, detention, psychological oppression or other methods of coercion. The Convention on the Rights of the Child defines children as persons under the age of 18 years.

.Genocidal acts need not kill or cause the death of members of a group. Causing serious bodily or mental harm, prevention of births and transfer of children are acts of genocide when committed as part of a policy to destroy a group’s existence.

The law protects four groups - national, ethnical, racial or religious groups.

The crime of genocide has two elements: intent and action. “Intentional” means purposeful. Intent can be proven directly from statements or orders. But more often, it must be inferred from a systematic pattern of coordinated acts.

Intent is different from motive. Whatever may be the motive for the crime (land expropriation, national security, territorrial integrity, etc.), if the perpetrators commit acts intended to destroy a group, even part of a group, it is genocide.

The phrase "in whole or in part" is important. Perpetrators need not intend to destroy the entire group. Destruction of only part of a group (such as its educated members, or members living in one region) is also genocide. Most authorities require intent to destroy a substantial number of group members – mass murder. But an individual criminal may be guilty of genocide even if he kills only one person, so long as he knew he was participating in a larger plan to destroy the group.

Principles of the Nuremberg Tribunal 1950 -excerpts

Principle VI
The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:
1. Crimes against peace:
(1.) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
(2.) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).

2. War crimes:
Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labor or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or illtreatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.

3. Crimes against humanity:
Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime

Principle VII
Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as set forth in Principles VI is a crime under international law.