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FEMA diverting Hurricane Katrina victim dollars to Pat Robertson

Posted by soldierservant on January 28, 2008

alternet.org/blogs/themix/24934

The disgraced assassination-monger’s group stands to reap big bucks from the Hurricane Katrina tragedy.

Suppose you want to donate money to help all the millions of people who are suffering horribly
because of the hurricane in Mississippi and Louisiana. Suppose you
decided to start your search of likely organizations by going to the
Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website.

Suppose, once there, you followed the helpful banner from the front page to the donations page.
Once there, you’d see that the 3rd group listed under “Cash donations,”
after the Red Cross and Operation Second Harvest, is Operation
Blessing, the organization founded by none other than Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson.

Sploid credits privacy watchdog Bill Scannell for the tip, who says, “It’s an outrage. Operation f**cking Blessing? And it’s right underneath the Red Cross link!”

[Note:
Since Sploid posted, FEMA has changed the donations link (the link
above is accurate as of 3pm PST) and moved Operation Blessing to the
third position on the list.]

Another outraged AlterNet reader sent an email to FEMA that read, in part:

I
was aghast when I clicked on the link to donate and saw that FEMA is
suggesting that people give their money to Pat Robertson’s “Operation
Blessing.” Just last week, he was suggesting that we should assassinate
democratically elected world leaders — there is no way he should be
endorsed at this time of crisis in our own nation. We need
compassionate leadership, not vengeful, hysterical politics.

Amen to that. As Sploid writes:

Robertson’s
shell organizations have already collected more than $25 million from
the federal government under various “faith based” federal-handout
programs. And with millions of distraught citizens looking to FEMA for
help in finding reputable organizations to help Katrina survivors,
Robertson stands to profit magnificently from the horror that has
fallen on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Plus, who could say that Robertson won’t use all this dough to “take out” a world leader?

[Update: Richard Walden has more on this at the HuffPo.]

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Matthew Wheeland is an Associate Editor at AlterNet.

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