By Martin Hill
November 4, 2012
In a dramatic change of course, the U.S. Federal government is repeatedly stating that "CASH IS BEST! and is "the most efficient method" of helping disaster victims in the wake of hurricane Sandy. This despite the fact that same government has been demonizing cash for years as "SUSPICIOUS" terrorist behavior and has been accusing those who keep cash on hand as being criminals who need to be turned in to the FBI and police. "For Those Who Want to Help, Cash is best: the best way to support survivors of Hurricane Sandy", states the FEMA website.
If power is out throughout the east coast and ATMS are down, how are people supposed to use, or even access, their cash? What if they had obeyed the governments admonitions to not hoard cash at all? The government now wants to people to use the cash which they've consistently claimed that only dangerous extremists keep on hand?
FEMA's Update 5 dated Nov. 2 states "Dinero en efectivo es la forma mÃ -s eficiente de donar"- (Whoops! That's the Spanish version.) FEMA's English version states "Cash is the most efficient method of donating - Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover."
Yet another FEMA page goes on to discourage individualism and donations of food or clothing. The Tips for Donating and Volunteering Responsibly page states "Remember, unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors."
I guess people digging through trashcans for food and hungry 80 year-olds screaming about miniscule sized sandwhiches is better than having real people donate food, according to the feds.
FEMA goes on to state "Donate through a trusted organization - At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors... these organizations are the best place to start." The problem is that even CNN has run stories outling the disastrous credibility and trust gap that the Red Cross caused for itself after "mismanaging" funds, such as when they collected $564 million dollars from sincere donors who wanted to help the 9/11 victims, but then doled out less than one third of the money, $154 million, to victims.
FEMA then encourages people to join establishment groups instead of helping
on their own. "Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming
to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become
easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting
and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you
are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way."
But as Staten Island NJ Borough President James Molinaro recently pointed out, the Red Cross wasn't effective at all until he screamed at them on television. This past Thursday, Molinaro called the Red Cross an "absolute disgrace" and urged the public to stop giving them money. After Molinaro's "outburst", the Red Cross was shamed into action and had 10 buses finally deliver some soup to residents in need.
The very preparedness items that FEMA pictures on their website and encourages people to buy after a disaster are items which FBI lists on pamphlets as "Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities". The FBI wants surplus stores to spy on customers and the official FBI flyer states that "paying with cash" is suspicious. The FBI also noted that bulk purchases of meals ready to eat are suspicious, and those who "make extremely religious statements" are to be considered suspected terrorists.
The FBI's own declassified internal material actually claims that something as ordinary and innocuous as paying cash for a cup of coffee is a 'Potential Indicator of Terrorist Activity'. Those who "always pay cash" are suspected "potential terrorists," according to the government.
After listing a cornucopia of ordinary things as suspicious terrorist activity and urging busibody snoops to snitch on their fellow citizens, the feds throw in a disclaimer that "It is important to remember that just because someone's speech, actions, beliefs, appearance, or way of life is different; it does not mean that he or she is suspicious."
One woman who tried to use cash sued Wal-mart after they ripped up her $100 bill and claimed she was a counterfeiter. Of course the paranoid cashiers at Wal-Mart had been recently indoctrinated into participation with Homeland Security's "See something, say something" snitch campaign, which may be partly to blame. A Tennessee man was once charged and jailed by police after he used an old $50 bill to pay for goods at a convenience store.
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Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Economic Policy Journal, Strike The Root, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, National Motorists Association, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, FreedomsPhoenix, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com