September 08, 2005

There Goes The Conspiracy

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has- quite rightly, in my view- taken the brunt of criticism stemming from the catastrophic government failure in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But it wasn't until today that I remembered the first time I'd heard of FEMA- in the 1998 "X-Files" movie.

As revealed in the movie, FEMA had a central role to play in the show's conspiracy mythology, because in the event of an alien invasion, FEMA would be granted emergency powers to suspend the constitution and Bill of Rights, declare martial law, and ultimately assume total control of the federal government itself. This meme has also crept up repeatedly in real-life (if you can call it that) conspiracy literature.

So I suppose if there's any silver lining of what's happening in New Orleans, it's that we now know we have nothing to fear from FEMA- because if they're not able to deal with a hurricane, they sure as hell aren't up to the task of conspiring with space aliens in the subjugation of the human race.

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 8, 2005 02:00 AM

Steve...that's just what FEMA wants you to think! They're intentionally blowing this in order to keep their true abilities under wraps.

Posted by: Bill McCabe at September 8, 2005 07:19 AM

i guess we at least have nothing to fear from FEMA ... except if there is an actual emergency.

where's your Aristocrats review?

Posted by: LilB at September 8, 2005 09:41 AM

Keep it coming BLOGGER! Your statements regarding the hurricane keep more and more enlightening >:I

Posted by: A at September 8, 2005 02:01 PM
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