FEMA and Blackwater
Now Playing: "One Hand Washes The Other"
Topic: FEMA & FAILURE
So yesterday after work, I decide to check into my favorite web cam site
from New Orleans, I have been using the num.3 mirrored site with the best luck.
Well then, how did I know they were going to be blogging about one of my favorite subjects? yep.. FEMA! Oh this is interesting, cause I have been reading-looking at lots of first hand info from these guys web site all throughout the flood!! They have passed on some great pictures and stories now a FEMA story.....
... within a few paragraphs I notice "Ha-ha! A first hand account, that those FEMA bastards
are rolling in the luxuries of the tax payers money and.., wasting that money that should be going to help those that really are needing help in that crises." (more on this sorry group latter)
Now from that web-cam-blogThe Interdictor
I read, And I will quote a paragraph from their site on September 26 2005 at 7:49 "Please Don't Tell Me That FEMA Pays $500 Per Hammer!
Post by Sigmund Solares
Chief Executive Officer
Intercosmos Media Group, Inc.
300% of "Rack Rate" a Night for Hotel Rooms at the W
I tried in vain to obtain a hotel room for an employee downtown so that the employee would not have to sleep on an air mattress every night. It turns out that FEMA has rented the 190 available rooms from the W hotel by paying 300% of "rack rate." Rack rate is the ordinary price for a hotel room without any discounts. This is the standard rate that a hotel will quote you when you ask for a room.
Let's make some assumptions here... I am assuming that rack rate for the W in New Orleans this time of year is at least $200 a night since the convention season has already started. That would put the rooms at $600 a night per room. That comes out to $114,000 per day for 190 rooms at $600 a day each. With costs like this I can see how rebuilding New Orleans will be insanely expensive. I would imagine that the rates should come down some in the not too distant future, but, I am not holding my breath. Assuming a rack rate of $251 and the cost would be $1 million a week for 190 rooms.
Anyone know of any good deals on hotel rooms in downtown New Orleans? Any word on when additional hotels will be back in action?
Gee wizzz is this the same FEMA subject I had I just read about? and it was RIGHT HERE
in the 'main' indymedia.us website that said quote
"Others have been hired by the wealthy elite, like F. Patrick Quinn III, who brought in private security to guard his $3 million private estate and his luxury hotels, which are under consideration for a lucrative federal contract to house FEMA workers."
Well the FEMA workers are living good from judging what I have been reading here in this blog, at least when it comes to their lodging at the W in NewOrleans
and its ritzy accommodations.
And ya know the security companies like Black Water
and ISI or BATS (Alabama company called Bodyguard and Tactical Security) all which seem to be pretty well dug into this type of biz-nez with mercenary style of paid protection for the wealthy who, most likely seem to be, by a large part GOP supports, as are the founder and owners of Blackwater, themselves.
or BATS, The highly paid Blackwater guys are operating under a federal contract (Really? I am surprised?) (?) to provide 164 armed guards for FEMA reconstruction projects in Louisiana. Blackwater's success in procuring federal contracts could well be explained by major-league contributions and family connections to the GOP" Now these ISI and BATS guys ? ....whoaaaa where did they say these bad -asses came from? I mean take those guys names down for a private security company if you ever need one. Oh ya I remember, they were the veterans of the Israeli Special Task Forces
thats who those ISI guys are! Yep! they probably are damn good hired killers! Now who was it that was hiring them? Do I got to look that up again.....?
But the part in the very last paragraph of the Indy article which I guess is really a Nation Article
, is this comment, that describes the link as to how all this fits together, quote "After the killing of four Blackwater mercenaries in Falluja in March 2004, Erik Prince hired the Alexander Strategy Group, a PR firm with close ties to GOPers like DeLay. By mid-November the company was reporting 600 percent growth. In February 2005 the company hired Ambassador Cofer Black, former coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department and former director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, as vice chairman. Just as the hurricane was hitting, Blackwater's parent company, the Prince Group, named Joseph Schmitz, who had just resigned as the Pentagon's Inspector General, as the group's chief operating officer and general counsel."
And then later it goes on to say ,"In May Blackwater's Jackson testified before Congress in an effort to gain lucrative Homeland Security contracts to train 2,000 new Border Patrol agents, saying Blackwater understands "the value to the government of one-stop shopping."
" end quote.
oh brother you get what I'm smelling?
So these Right Wing supporters are now FEMA festeringing their services by being hired mercenaries un/(?)supported by our legal justice department? One hand washes the other or at least washes the stolen money fingerprints from the hands of the corporate feeding frenzy and our dis-honest government paws.
..so training for the Border patrolling ??hmmmmmm.., I have for the sheer interest in a Good Protest
provided a link to see how one type of "border training session" was going, or should I say "not going"!
This training is not the same as the Blackwater one, this is a Minuteman
Although this protest was done to, stop their training session, there was some type of throwing stuff around and somewhat of a (?) disruption, which for my self let me say "I'm non-Violent"
Well non the less it was interesting to see Racism Training being stopped abruptly...rudely yes! but as I said abruptly!!
Smelly Minuteman were sniffed out since it was suppose to be a secret-private training session shhhhhhhhhh! Friends(sic) of the Border Patrol Training Sessions
were not planning to have some loud protestors calling them "Racist" etc show up and disrupting their train-a-thon.
This was suppose to be a secret Training! Ha!
Looks like class is cancelled. LISTEN
to some people speak who were involved in this "direct action against the Minuteman Racism Training Session by closing it down. Their short audio MP3 download is I what I would say first hand reporting
where the speakers-protestors tell why
they were there, at the Scottish Rite and shutting down the training for that day.
Did I hear a tear drop?
Posted by joe-anybody
at 9:05 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 27 September 2005 12:56 PM PDT