March 17, 2012
March 17, 2012
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” Barack Obama, 2008
Homeland Security has announced the creation of a new FEMA corps to tap volunteers for disaster/emergency responses. The program is a partnership between FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), itself managed under the Homeland Security umbrella.
The Department of Homeland Security plans to start with 1,600 volunteers dispatched across the country and specially trained to provide “critical disaster services” during an emergency response. Volunteers are not FEMA employees, but will wear branded uniform clothing and will be directed by FEMA. DHS boasts that the entry level positions will prepare these trainees for careers in the ever-bloating disaster response bureaucracy.
While this new unit may seem innocuous and even advisable in the context of helping after natural disasters (despite the abuses seen after Hurricane Katrina), the FEMA Corps takes on much more ominous overtones when one considers their likely roles under Homeland Security’s plans and provisions for responding to other disasters– states of emergency over man-made disasters (false flags for instance), economic instability, pandemics, social unrest or the like.
Further, greater federal control through FEMA has proved disastrously inefficient in its own right. The failures of the feds at Hurricane Katrina are legendary. Less known are other cases, such as the fires that spread across Bastrop, Texas last year. FEMA was caught preventingnumerous local bonafide fire fighters and emergency responders from giving aid or helping locals.
Yet, the Washington Times praises the Bastrop fires response as an example of what federally-directed volunteer corps can do:
The germ of the idea formed last year after FEMA’s deputy director Richard Serino observed AmeriCorps volunteers performing disaster relief work following a tornado in Joplin, Mo., and a fire in Bastrop, Tex.
Candidate Barack Obama promised a civilian security force powerful enough to address national security objectives, but what objectives does that mean? Is it just cleaning up after tornadoes, as in Joplin, MO or something more? What agenda would these minion-volunteers, like the newly created FEMA corps, serve?
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