Turmoil Within FEMA
On April 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed two executive orders that created the Federal Emergency Management Agency, whose primary purpose—at least on paper—is to coordinate disaster relief that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities. Back then, FEMA remained dormant until the governor of a state in which a disaster occurred formally requested federal assistance. In 2003, the Patriot Act allowed the Department of Homeland Security, an octopus agency with tentacles stretching in every direction, to absorb and repurpose FEMA; what was once ostensibly a relief organization became a full-fledged militarized arm of the DHS.
FEMA has been mired in controversy since its inception, and with each passing year citizen watchdog organizations have unearthed troves of evidence proving FEMA anxiously anticipates a declaration of Martial Law, at which time it will wage all-out war on the American public.
After President Trump resoundingly spanked Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, many of his supporters had hoped he would sign an executive order to dissolve FEMA, making it to a dark footnote in American history. But that never happened. Rather than severing the hydra’s heads, Trump inadvertently strengthened it by appointing—at Vice President Pence’s recommendation—Brock Long as FEMA’s new director.
Underlings have privately called Long a two-faced, maniacal fiend whose unquenchable thirst for power threatens to erode the Constitution and transform law-abiding citizens into slaves. On the surface, Long appears affable: he speaks eloquently, he ingratiates himself to the president at disaster relief conferences, and he spins a convincing yarn about how FEMA benefits disaster-stricken people. Beneath the surface dwells a different Brock Long, a capricious individual whose wanton decisions and suggestions are almost too outrageous to be believed.
Last year, Long ordered 16,000 guillotine blades from a Mexican metal manufacturer. This year, he suggested dropping nuclear weapons in the eyes of hurricanes—at 10 miles offshore—and wrote a letter to President Trump requesting access to “MOAB” bombs. He laments Obama’s exit from the Oval Office, and has been quoted as saying, “Obama knew how do things right. If he were still here, our mission would be so much easier.” At private meetings, he castigates and threatens to punish subordinates that disagree with his policies and procedures.
“He is off his rocker and thinks all Americans are FEMA’s enemy,” our FEMA sour said. “He thinks he untouchable, unstoppable.”
However, every cloud has a silver lining, or at least lighter shades of gray. Our source said Long’s demeanor has sparked a dissident movement—or Fifth Column—in FEMA’s organizational structure, and that a growing number of ranked officials, including persons from the agency’s offices of Policy & Program Analysis, Mission Support, Field Operations, Logistics, and National Continuity, have clandestinely petitioned for Long’s resignation.
“Not everyone in FEMA is evil. 11,000 of 11,000 people are not bad. Many are just earning paychecks to feed our families. It’s the upper tier—where trouble starts. But that tier holds the most power, and they cling to it. One regional administrator is onboard, but we need much more support. We’re a minority, but a growing one. More and more people are questioning his leadership,” our source said.
He recounted a recent episode in which Long erupted in a prolonged burst of unrelenting anger, chewing out Logistic Management Deputy Director Carla Gammon over a seemingly benign disagreement. Long proposed that senior staff attending FEMA’s 2018 Washington Christmas party each pay fifty dollars to cover event expenses. When Gammon likened him to Dickens’ fictional Scrooge, Brock Long hammered his fists on a table, and his voice thundered, “I’m the decision maker around here, like it or leave it. We need our budget for more pressing issues and can’t waste resources on frivolous parties.”
Our source said that was merely one example of Brock’s behind-the-scenes quintessential behavior. Ousting Brock Long, he admits, is easier said than done, as he still has the president’s support, and an overwhelming majority of FEMA brass steadfastly backs his every move.
“In the meantime, we will keep at it. Only after gather signatures of sixty senior officials will we attempt bring this to the president’s attention. If it happened, I have no idea who might replace him. But right now many of us are hoping for a lesser of two evils, if that’s possible,” our source said.