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preciousdove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:39 PM
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Response from Red Cross re: Blackwater in Algiers
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 05:42 PM by preciousdove
----- Original Messag -----
From: Info
To: PreciousDove
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2005 2:02 PM
Subject: RE:'CaseID=598-977'Red Cross Inquiry-URGENT Disaster Relief

PreciousDove,

American Red Cross is partnering with a network of nearly 50,000 financial locations nationwide and around the world, where those who lived before the storm in ZIP codes presidentially declared Hurricane Katrina areas can receive emergency financial assistance.

The respective institutions will handle security at those locations, just as they routinely do to protect all of their customers.

Sincerely,
American Red Cross Public Inquiry

-----Original Message-----
From: PreciousDove
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2005 04:41 PM
To: info@usa.redcross.org (info@usa.redcross.org )
Subject: Red Cross Inquiry-URGENT Disaster Relief

<snip personal contact info>

inquirytype: URGENT Disaster Relief

questions: This is guaranteed to slash your donations. It will take no time at all to go around the internet. We have not had mercenaries operating on American soil since 1774 and now the Red Cross is entertainting Black Water mercinearies in NOLA. Is there anybody left there with at least half a brain? Please forward this message to them. RC is to good to have ruined by stupidity.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

"Blackwater Security is now providing security to the Red Cross! That's right, you heard correctly. Armed mecenaries are providing security to a (supposedly) humanitarian relief organization. I spoke with three Red Cross volunteers about what was going on with their distribution and pointed out that Blackwater is a group of armed mercenaries - corporate contractors who have a very bad reputation. I offerred the question - who are they accountable to?"

A well meaning volunteer from Vermont said that the Blackwater guys were very nice and they offered protection. I asked, "Who do you need protection from?" The conversation ended."

on edit: corrected title to indicate location
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:41 PM
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1. So is this where the donations are going to?
Blackwater's coffer?
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:52 PM
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2. Wow. More money being pooled by this Administration for military.
Why would that not surprise me?
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:53 PM
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3. The prez of the Red Cross is a Bush crony. Has anyone
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 05:53 PM by katinmn
ascertained what Blackwater's connection to Bush is?

There has to be one.

I, too, will write to the Red Cross and let them know money earmarked for Katrina/Rita victims must not go to mercenaries!
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:58 PM
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4. Blackwater is a subsidiary of Halliburton
:think:
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:58 PM
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5. No kidding? Well, then.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:33 PM
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7. Yep.
They are finding new & inventive ways to loot $$ directly from the treasury and right into the coffers of Halliburton. Dick must be laughing his cheney off. Those indictments from Fritz can't come soon enough.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:30 PM
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6. The Red Cross is PAYING Blackwater Security?
If that's true, many donors are likely to be unhappy. Who wants to pay mercenaries, soldiers of fortune, when residents of New Orleans are in desperate need? Imagine someone asking if you would like to contribute money to pay the salaries of Blackwater Security.
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I Have A Dream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:53 PM
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8. OK, I've finally been convinced -- no more of my money to the Red Cross.
Too bad that it's the only organization for which my company matches donations in emergency situations.
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