Interview with Paul Craig Roberts – 2005-09-23 07:54:39
Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Regan administration. He has held a number of academic appointments and has contributed to numerous scholarly publications.
(September 6 2005) — Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury on New Orleans: “Americans Are Being Brainwashed” Mentality is “like that of the brown shirts that followed Hitler.” Roberts followed up his commentary, “Impeach Bush Now, Before More Die,” with an interview on The Alex Jones show on September 5, 2005.
The former Assistant Secretary had noted of the New Orleans disaster: “If terrorists had achieved this result, it would rank as the greatest terrorist success in history.” and went on to spell out how the disaster was left to happen. He succeeded these comments on Monday by laying out the facts again and asserting that the Federal government has been criminally negligent and should be held up to accountability.
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Mr Roberts believed that such comments would bring him much criticism from so-called Patriots (the flag-waving kind), yet he was surprised at the amount of people who agreed and even informed him that it was far worse then what he’d gone on record with.
Roberts reviewed the way in which the federal government had slashed funding for flood prevention schemes and pumped everything into the war in Iraq and the war on Terror. He also went on to admit that the military was turning on the people, treating them as subjects, overturning the Posse Comitatus Act.
Roberts agreed that FEMA has deliberately withheld aid, and cut emergency communication lines, and automatically made the crisis look worse in order to empower the image of a police state emerging to “save the day”. He even insinuated that the shoot to kill policy was part of the overall operation in order get an awful precedence set to aid the military industrial complex takeover of America.
“The power of the Federal Government is now greater than at any time, it’ll never go back and the Posse Comitatus Act has been eroding ever since it was passed in 1878…” Roberts asserted.
Roberts further commented “There is no excuse for this, we have never had in our history the federal government take a week to respond to a disaster…this is the first time ever that the help was not mobilized in advance. The proper procedure is that everything is mobilized and ready to go”
Mr Roberts commented that the American people are being “brainwashed” and no longer believe what the founding fathers said over and over, that your worst enemy is always your own government and never confuse Patriotism with support for the government. He asserted that the mentality is “like that of the brown shirts that followed Hitler” and that the government is deadly dangerous, “you can’t let the military take over policing”.
On the question of where this is all leading and what the government is gearing up for, Mr Roberts suggested that “It does look like there is a push coming from inside the bowels of the police authorities and it seems to be independent of whoever the President is or who or whatever party is in office. It just gets worse and it’s hard to say that it’s Bush doing it, he may not even know what’s going on… it’s enough for us to say that New Orleans demonstrated massive federal incompetence, if it were laid on private people would be tantamount to criminal negligence… some kind of accountability has to be exercised”
The private corporations own and run everything and are turning America into a third world police state, when questioned as to how we can stop this Mr Roberts stated:
“The longer it goes on it will be harder and harder to stop…It depends on how much resistance or what kind of resistance they meet, but I think one thing we can do is demand accountability for this failure, do not buy the Karl Rove lie that this was a failure of State and Local Government”
Roberts urged listeners to look at the Patriot Act, which suspends Habeas Corpus, where they can now suspend you indefinitely, a massive erosion of civil liberties. He was quick to point out though that we should not assign the government omnipotence, we can make people aware of the situation and try to explain illogical actions that have no reasonable explanation.
Roberts read out an email from an emergency management official who said that the feds are involved in everything they do, everything has to be approved by the feds. FEMA sets the table, Mr Roberts suggested, every major agency in New Orleans has been federalized, the State and Local officials have no authority.
“They might screw up occasionally but why is it that NOTHING that was supposed to be done was done?” Roberts questioned.
“The whole problem is…failure, massive unacceptable failure, criminal negligence… it has caused the US it’s largest and most strategic international Port through which 25% of all our oil and gas comes… look at the price of gasoline, this is a tremendous impact… I don’t see how a recession can be avoided… We have lost our most influential port through what appears to be INTENTIONAL incompetence, it’s very hard to understand”
Roberts went on to stress that this event is WORSE than 9/11 because it was announced days ahead of the event and contingency plans were intentionally ignored. The officials on the scene have said there was a complete stand down of the government and intentional incompetence.
Furthermore they did nothing ON PURPOSE in order to provoke the resulting chaos and anarchy so they could say “look how out of control everything is – we have to have limits on freedom and troops on the streets.”
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