Skip to comments.Camp Casey III Admits Hasnít Spent Any Money On Katrina
Posted on 10/05/2005 2:59:21 PM PDT by Sam Hill
If this email is legit, the Veterans For Peace admit that as of the 27th of last month they had yet to spend one red cent on Katrina aid, despite raising at least a half million dollars purportedly for that purpose.
(Patrick Tate is the head of the VFP's #116 local chapter, who are the folks running this Katrina scam. He also owns the "Impeachment Bus.")
From: "Patrick Tate" <pjtate@...> Date: Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:01 pm Subject: Re: [VFP-116] VfP-116 Meeting Notes 050926 at FB VetsHall pjtate56 Offline Send EmailJust so everyone is aware. Due to the need to act in a timely manner we are already moving the money to the Gulf Region and it is being spent on relief projects that VFP-116 here, VFP National and others on site have found appropriate. We are working with other 501c3's, AIDSAIL, Saving Our Selves and Community Mediation Services in Algiers (NO). All three organizations have in place active plans for delivery of services to the communities hardhit by Katrina. We promised immediate relief and that means now. National VFP has responsibility to ensure that we deliver ASAP and they are working closely with us. Our hope is to expend most of the funds within the next 7 days.
This is not being done as an attempt to subvert process, it is necessary to ensure that we do not face charges of fraud.My apologies if this conflicts with anyones view of the process, but time is of the essence.Pat Tate----- Original Message ----- From: BC Macdonald To: Veterans for Peace Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 1:30 AM Subject: [VFP-116] VfP-116 Meeting Notes 050926 at FB VetsHallVeterans for Peace #116 - Meeting notes; September 26 meeting in Fort BraggAttending: Zac Zachary, Tom Cahill, Bernie Macdonald (notetaker), Bob Shattuck, Dan Lowden (VP) (chair), Bob Wilkinson (treasurer), John Pitts, Anne Marie StenbergMeeting convened at 1900 hrs at the Veterans Hall in Fort Bragg with Zac opening and Dan chairing.Treasurers Report (Bob Wilkinson) - $59,000.00+ in checks ready to be deposited in the Redwood Credit Union 9/27. Large amount due to Michael Moore web posting and post office overflow with late pickup. Other deposits amount to $484,000.00+ via Paypal and direct deposit. Actions required are 1. reply to donors and 2. decide how to best move the cash into the Katrina relief effort. Actions:1. Meeting called for 10/10 (or 10/17) in Willits VFW or Environmental center at 1900 hrs to respond to questions on Pats return by 10/8. Agreed by Consensus.2. Request to meeting that cash be withdrawn from RWCU account and deposited in a Katrina Relief account and a VfP-116 account in the Banks of Willits. Also request that 5 signatories (including coast) be assigned to the account which must require two signatures per check. M/S by Zac/Bernie and after discussion the motion passed by consensus.Ukiah VfP meeting will be arranged by Zac in November if possible. RV resolution (Zac) Desired to get vehicle to disaster area for use. Pat contacted and desired to put resolution off until 10/10 meeting. Impeachment (Bernie) Need new efforts to bring action levels up to speed. Dan suggested showing video 9/11-In plane site"; tom will get video and John will do showing in Boonville. Other appropriate videos available from the Coast Alliance for Democracy library available at http://www.mcn.org/a/omni/AFDVideos.htmHomeless (Anne Marie) County needs facilities and outreach; many street folks are veterans and we should continue and improve our awareness for action opportunities.Mendocino Draft Counselors (Bob W) First public event on 9/29 at Methodist church in Willits at 1900 hrs.
Adjourned at 2100 hrs
BC Macdonald 9/26/05
In a nutshell, a month after Katrina hit the VFP are still trying to figure out what to do with the half million dollars they raised to help the victims.
And as the email implies, they wouldn't even be doing this if they weren't being investigated for fraud.
Remember all those thousands of people who were (in their words) "f**king dying" because of the incompetence of Bush, the National Guard and the Red Cross? All that has been forgotten.
Note too that they are trying to rope other organizations into this, to try to help cover their tracks. Of course the one they list are just as shady as they are. And (as we've queried before) what the hell does AIDSail have to do with helping Katrina victims?
Saving Ourselves seems to just be some front the VFP have thrown up. (Aptly named, perhaps.) And of course Community Mediation Services in Algiers (NO) is most likely felony ex-con former Black Panther racist Moslem Rastafarian, Malik Rahim's "medical center" scam.
The VFP seem to be trying to lay off some of their ill-gotten cash onto their fellow leftwing lunatic pals.
Anyway, it's clear the VFP realize that they have stepped in it big time. It will be interesting to see a proper accounting. Especially since the VFP's erstwhile attorney and one of the keepers of their Paypal accounts both said they have been raising more than $100K a day.
I wonder what to make now of all of Michael Moore's claims, about how the VFP have spent untold sums of money and delivered untold tons of supplies.
He couldn't have been lying, could he?
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Dear God let this be true!
" Our hope is to expend
most of the funds within the next 7 days.
This is not being done as an attempt to subvert process, it is
necessary to ensure that we do not face charges of fraud."
If this email is legitimate then it was a really stupid thing to put in writing.
Also if legit it means they are just gonna dump the money quickly to prevent prosecution rather than spending the money thoughtfully maximizing how to help people. What a waste on top the crookedness.
Let's not forget this site either, who are getting donations, claiming on their blog to be distributing food, and getting checks cashed by VFP because they aren't a legit charitable donation. http://www.getyouracton.com/blog/
Andrea Garland is the name, another sheeman pal.
My staff has been down in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast for nearly a month now setting up and running our own relief effort with Veterans for Peace. The overwhelming response from so many of you has directly affected the lives of thousands of people. Here's what we've been able to do with your help:
** Over 500 tons of food, water, clothing, medical supplies, baby products, feminine hygiene products, cleaning supplies, power tools, and a boat and trailer for reaching those still flooded by water have been distributed directly to those in need
** Over 10,000 aid packages have been sent by you via UPS and FedEx to our camp and distributed
** Over two million dollars in donations, food, water, and supplies have been sent and distributed
** Tractor trailers, dozens of 20 foot trucks, six school buses, and other vehicles arrived loaded with supplies. Most stayed on to help distribute donations
** Over 200 chainsaws, 100 generators and 2,000 gallons of bleach have been distributed
** Over 100 people were walked through the FEMA application process
** Doctors, Physician's Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Registered Nurses, LPNs, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Social Workers have volunteered from across the country and joined forces to create several mobile medical units providing prescription medication, first aid supplies, diabetic testing equipment, insulin and tetanus shots for those digging through the rubble of their homes
** 14 people were reunited with their families
But beyond all these statistics are the personal testimonies of what my staff has witnessed. Electricity was provided to a family whose young son suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, allowing him to continue his treatment until electricity in his neighborhood was restored. A 60 year old woman on a respirator was found, still in her home despite a gaping hole in the roof. We patched the roof and gave her food and water. Supplies were delivered to the Houma Indians, who had received no help (not even a visit) from the Red Cross or FEMA. A roof was put on their Cultural Center in Golden Meadows and a generator was provided to keep a years supply of seafood from spoiling in the sun. A man in Lefitte was found sitting on his porch, the house surrounded by four feet of water. A canoe-load of supplies was paddled to his doorstep by two of our volunteers. New Orleans evacuees joined our efforts. They served as our guides, leading us through now decimated communities and taking us to the areas of greatest need.
You can read more of these in the diaries on my website.
The harsh truth that I must report to you is that the federal government and Red Cross relief efforts are still a disorganized, embarrassing mess with little or no help reaching most people -- this more than a month after Katrina. It is the freelance guerilla efforts like ours that are getting through. We aren't waiting for approval and we aren't stopping. We will make sure Bush and Co. pay for their failure later, but right now hundreds of thousands are homeless, hungry and in need of medical attention. And the rest of us have a responsibility to help them.
We have joined forces with Saving Our Selves Katrina (S.O.S.), an organization that began as a temporary coalition of pre-existing community organizations. They are doing amazing work with volunteers and believe that concrete aid from community church-based organizations must fill the gaps when the government fails us. They have become, with your help, a bright light offering immediate relief to the families who have lost everything. Find out what SOS and other similar relief groups need, right now, from you.
Thanks again, everyone, for lending a hand. We won't give up and we know you won't either.
For those who are following these Sheehanigans.
Yeah, isn't that funny Michael Moore is claiming that when none of it appears to be even slightly true.
I wonder if there are any laws against such things? Moore has been asking for donations to the VFP. Making the claims you posted and plenty more.
And now it turns out that none of what he is claiming appears to be true.
Isn't that some kind of fraud?
Hopefully the IRS and the appropriate State Tax Boards have been notified of this bs.
It was a beautiful thing to see just how people have tied New Orleans in with the global struggle against war, poverty, injustice and the like at the big march this weekend - and very disconcerting. I planned to come to D.C. for the anti-war protests months ago, but never in my life could I have imagined how very personal it would end up being. Its always been fun being from New Orleans - when you tell someone you are from New Orleans, they usually get an excited look on their face and start talking about all the great things theyve seen and done there or heard about the city. Now when you say you are from New Orleans, people get a tragic look on their face and barely know what to say. I dont blame them - I wouldnt know what to say either - its pretty much the same as trying to figure out what to say to someone who has just lost a loved one.
Everywhere in D.C. we saw places collecting money for the Red Cross and so took it upon ourselves to break it to all these well intentioned individuals that sending the Red Cross money is as good as putting a match to it. Just in case you havent caught this bit of info yet, here is what the Red Cross is doing in New Orleans: feeding the National Guard and the police and site seeing. We have not seen one Red Cross person doing one thing for any citizen of New Orleans. They do not bring us food or water (the Salvation Army has done this, tho, and we give them many kudos for being the ONLY official disaster relief doing ANYTHING in the city of New Orleans) or medical care or anything. I have only seen two Red Cross vehicles in New Orleans - one perusing our Toxic Art exhibit outside our house (Jeffrey asked them where theyd been all this time and then told them in no uncertain terms to get lost) and one by the levy break in the lower 9th ward taking pictures. Thats it. So please, people, spread the word - DO NOT give the Red Cross your money if you really want to help. They already have millions, and Im sure that is plenty enough to feed the National Guard.
On top of the lack of services provided by the Red Cross, Ill tell you about Jeffreys latest experience with the Red Cross shelter we were staying outside of in Covington (the one we were buying toiletries and over the counter medications for the residents as the Red Cross does not provide such things) as registered guests. We left the shelter to do relief work with the Vets for Peace while waiting to get back into the city. Before we left, wed signed up for our Red Cross debit cards, the little amount of money they give you to get by on. These cards took over a week to arrive. Jeffrey went back to the shelter to get our card and check on Daniel who was still there and look for our two missing cats that escaped out of the tent and into the woods. Upon driving up to the shelter, he was stopped by a sheriff who informed him that he was not welcome on the property. Apparently someone forgot to inform us when we left that once you leave the shelter you can not return, and that if you set foot on the property you will be arrested. Thats the kind of thanks you get for leaving to help take care of others. And a very nice way to keep people victims - wed been trying to help some of the shelter residents get back home - they have FEMA checks to go pick up, but no gas money to go get the checks so they can cash them and buy gas to get home. But they arent allowed to leave the shelter. Its a disgusting and abhorent Catch-22 situation designed to keep people victims and prevent them from helping themselves or others.
So now we are on our way back to New Orleans - Jeffrey stayed on through Rita and was apparently spotted on 48 Hours as the last man standing in the Bywater. While parts of the city reflooded, it was in areas still completely abandoned. Other than some wind and rain, the Bywater fared well, as we expected. Our hearts go out to those in other areas who lost their homes and businesses to Rita and we wish you a speedy recovery.
I heard today that NOPD has established its own checkpoints after the National Guard checkpoints into the city - that should add another level of fun to getting into the city. I also heard from Jeffrey today that all the French Quarter now has power, along with the Central Business District. Were glad to hear that the city has its priorities straight - making sure that corporate interests are being well taken care of. Meanwhile, there is still nothing being done in our neighborhood and many others. Leenie cornered a worker for Entergy last week who explained to her that there are currently no plans to restore power to our neighborhood. Get that NO plans. Nor have we heard anything about if and when residents will be allowed to return to our area, still cordoned off with bales of razor wire. Most of the houses in our neighborhood are pretty much fine and those that were flooded are in more and more danger of becoming inhabitable as the mold continues to grow, unchecked. If people were allowed back in they could be cleaning their houses up, saving them from the toxic mold - but no, Im sure the developers and corporate interests have better plans in store for us.
Meanwhile, we are ready to roll back into town and continue our relief efforts. Food Not Bombs will continue feeding people and delivering food and other supplies during its mobile runs around town. We are working on setting up computers and free internet access to help people apply for their FEMA aid and reconnect with friends and loved ones. We hope to be working on setting up solar panels and other sustainable technologies to keep us from being so dependent on hard to come by fuel to run generators to keep a few lights on and keep people in touch with the world. BTW, if you work for FEMA you get free fuel. If you are merely a resident of the city, you get well, if you can you get to drive somewhere outside the city and pay for fuel and then hope you can get back into the city.
Joe and his friend are on their way back down from Massachusetts with another truckload of supplies - food and water and things to clean with. Joe is one amazing fellow, and a big thanks again to Nicky in MA for helping gather these supplies. Joe and his friend will be staying with us for a week and helping out - we think this week more people will start to return to the neighborhood, permission be damned - and so we will be ready to help them start cleaning up the mess and introduce them to the finer points of existing without power or drinkable/bathable water and with military and police constantly patrolling the streets.
With any luck, Ill be able to start bringing you all daily updates once that new broadband card arrives and is retrieved from Baton Rouge. By the way, Algiers, where our city council women - Jackie Clarkson - lives in a gated community, has had power, drinkable water and cable TV for the last week or so. Hey Jackie - what about us? Can we all come live with you?
Oh, one more bit about upcoming plans - in a couple of days Jeffrey will be driving to Dallas to get Sylvester Francis, proprietor of the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Treme, home of most of New Orleans cultural history. Sylvester has been pretty much stranded in a hotel in Dallas and is eager to get back into his home and the museum and establish his presence. We look forward to working with him to try to figure out what to do about all the African American neighborhoods disbanded and dispersed and otherwise wiped completely out of existence, how to bring back the soul of our city.
In case this email is too upbeat, Ill leave you with some details of my last experience in New Orleans before taking off for D.C. A couple of hours before leaving, our documentary film maker friends were headed into the Lower 9th Ward and so Jeffrey and I decided to go with them. The place we hadnt dared set foot yet for fear it would finish the job of breaking our hearts - and it did. The outer bands of Rita were starting to roll in, and the big black clouds and falling rain only heightened our already overly busy imaginations unwillingly reliving the unspeakable horrors that happened there.
We rolled into a scene of unimaginable devastation. Thick black caked but now re-liquefying sheets of mud over everything, still over a foot deep in some places. We started over on our side of St. Claude and visited the home and recording studio of my good friend Mike West (mikewest.net). The back door was open and I stepped in to the horrible stench of toxic sludge and spreading mold. Possessions strewn everywhere, nothing where it should be, everything wet, beyond salvation. Even with a bandana over my face, remaining in the house for more than a few minutes was impossible. Ever present in my mind was Mikes friend Terry and Mikes three dogs stranded on that roof amidst the rising waters.
Pathetic liars stealing relief money.
Sweetness & Light
Who are these guys?
Whoever they are, theyre doing great work.
ping for I hope they fry their sorry backsides
Liberals are liars and frauds.
"Need new efforts to bring action levels up to
speed. Dan suggested showing video 9/11-In plane site"
I hope everybody realizes that this is really what the VFP are doing with the money they have raised "to support the Red Cross" in Katrina relief.
This is a film that claims 9/11 was an inside job by Bush and the Neo-Cons. It is an article of belief with Mother Sheehan and the VFP.
This is where the money is going that should have gone to the victims of Katrina. They are using it to try to destroy our country with the most outrageously big lies they can dream up.
No surprise about that, I am sure the 'Camp Casey Group' lived high off of those donations.
spread it around to make as many aware of this scam as you can
"You can always donate online via Paypal at http://www.getyouracton.com."
Some people have asked for a physical address to send money to, so here are two places you can do this. Our good friend Ward Reilly, who will act as our Baton Rouge liason and staging ground, can cash checks for us (we will not have access to bank machines in New Orleans to cash checks!). The best and easiest thing to do is send a check or money order made out to Ward Reilly and note on the check that it is for Get Your Act On.
Please send to:
645 Kimbo Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Checks and money orders can also be sent to my sister in Philadelphia - they can cash checks for us and paypal us the money. So you can also send donations to:
824 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Meanwhile they are crusing around going to 'anti war protests' buying themselves state of the art PC equipment, living it up.
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