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From the Publisher's Desk
October 2005

"Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."
- Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis



"To Protect & Serve"
Police looting, picture taken New Orelans, September 2005

Sad as we are to report, as the death toll mounted from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, chaos and lawlessness hampered the rescue and evacuation of people in New Orleans during late August and early September. State and local officials struggled to reverse the anarchy as armed looters roamed the streets, bodies floated untouched in stagnant floodwaters, and food and water supplies were little or nil for thousands of trapped and desperate people.

Goes to show that even with martial law declared, when events overwhelm the powers to be, or the population gets angry or worked up enough about something, there isn't much the authorities can do about it except start shooting or bring in massive numbers of troops to quell looters and the rioting or until matters simmer down of there own accord.

Whilst watching "ABC World News This Weekend" in early September, they showed footage of a black family being rescued from some highway above the waters and put on a military helicopter. Before the family was allowed inside, everyone was frisked, including a little boy that was around ten years old! ABC assured TV viewers that your military leaders insisted this was necessary. Yes, everyone standing politely by and waiting to be rescued needs to be treated like a criminal and frisked.

Was there one example of someone asking to be rescued who then turned on their rescuers? No. Is there anyone who thinks a little 10 year old boy hungry and crying IS A SECURITY RISK? Who lifted the old people out of their wheelchairs so they could be frisked?

Who frisks the bodies on the side of the road and floating in the water in case they've been booby-trapped? Who frisks the babies hungry for milk that might be swaddled in explosives? This is the final humilation for these poor, abandoned people.

Whist I'm thinking of it, ask yourself why the US main stream press didn't bother to report that martial law had in fact been declared in both Mississippi and Louisiana? I certainly didn't read it in any US newspapers, nor heard it on CNN or 'fair and balanced' Faux news. Interesting isn't it?

Our hearts (and money) goes out to the victims of this disaster. However this sad event brought to mind the time when I first visited the united States (correct spelling) many years ago, during winter. Whilst on the east coast there was a terrific (snow) blizzard. One meter of snow fell in a few hours time, something I had never experienced previously or since.

In any event the police couldn't get out on the streets to 'control' the crowds looting everything in site because the roads were blocked and covered in 2 feet of snow. However the TV news station's helicopters were flying about and showing live on TV hundreds, if not thousands of people, including very young children, looting stores, hauling off goods and services including TV's, stereo equipment and musical instruments. Live TV news coverage caught 4 people, two men, a child around nine, plus an elderly woman, carting off a huge refrigerator.

I was shocked, but not surprised. The something for nothing mentality had taken hold over Amerika long before that event.

Fast forward 35 years and the TV coverage of the Hurricane Katrina debacle was alarming and in fact, outright racist! I must admit the footage of two New Orleans Police Department ladies looting a Wal-Mart was priceless, but the sanctimonious and unmistakably racist tone of the (US) news correspondent was appalling.

Stealing food and supplies necessary for survival is one thing in a catastrophe such as the recent hurricane in the US Gulf area. I don't condone such looting, but if it's a matter of survival then one must do what one must do for their loved ones. However, looting non essential merchandise is totally unacceptable and nothing but lawlessness.

I was also in Los Angles in late April 1992, when the all white jury in Ventura County, California acquitted all four of the (white) police officers charged with using excessive force whilst subduing Rodney King.

Within hours the serenity of a warm Los Angeles afternoon was shattered by violence. I missed my return overseas flight home as a result, and spent that time at the airport watching TV in horror, as Los Angles and even famous Hollywood burnt to the ground.

Maybe it was a coincidence, but two trips to the US and two riots with looting and mayhem going on?

Least you forget, 27 years earlier, again in Los Angeles, there were the Watts riots in 1965, and the rioting mayhem nationwide as a result of the 1968 murder/assassination of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. as well.

Amerika has had and still has a racist's problem. Minorities in the US and elsewhere vent their repressed anger during 'opportunities' like these events, man made or otherwise. Regrettably I predict that you haven't seen anything … yet!!!

God forbid; what would happen in the event a horrific and catastrophic event occurs, like some predict, i.e. a terrorist small nuke attack? What would and wouldn't happen? The consequences are nearly unthinkable. If New Orelans is any guide, certainly the authorities are not prepared for such an event. Even if they thought they were, it would be New Orleans, Watts, Rodney King and Dr. M.L. King, Jr. riots all rolled into one. A horror show would be a mild understatement of what would happen.

The point of this missive is that in spite of your government's best efforts to protect and serve, the reality is they can't save you or your property when push comes to shove. They can't handle it. They're unprepared and unable to deal with the immediate events after a catastrophe strikes. This was true as well in London during the underground bombing attacks of July 7th, 2005. The authorities were and remain ill prepared and the public suffers as a result.

YOU and only you must be able to defend yourself, your loved ones and your property.

Are you prepared thoroughly?

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