What the Heck is This? (Vol. 1)

7 Oct

By: Colby Martin

Welcome to “What the Heck is This?’ where we cover random topics around the world, the web, and in a community near you.  Today I cover a little known House Bill recently proposed in the big city of Washington D.C. This bill isn’t for local government, but is a national bill for the country. This Bill is H.R. (House Resolution) 6566: Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act.

What is this bill you might ask? From the looks of it, it is a bill to tell FEMA to prepare for an extremely large amount of deaths at once. Or, as the bill says, in the event of natural disaster, terrorist attack, or man-made disaster.

Hold on, did I read that last part right?  

“Man-Made Disasters”? What does this mean? Is our national government planning for a man-made disaster that they don’t consider a terrorist attack? Also, why is this added to the Patriot Act of 2002? This Act has caused nothing but issues of national security and invasion of individual privacy through methods of phone and wire tapping, access to all internet conversations (either through email, instant message, or voip). and most recently has been an ongoing argument between progressives and conservatives.

So why add this resolution to this? Do they think all we’ve done in the past 10 years has done nothing to halt or slow down terrorist attack, or do they plan on something far more extreme? Regardless, this Bill is scary to some degree, and while I hope the text isn’t the indication of anything to come, it is easy for a lot of people to consider this.

Also, since I know this article will be on your watch list, I hope you enjoy reading it. I saw a list awhile back that the CIA listed as words that put people on the internet watch list. That list of words was interesting, and I’m certain my name pops up in their feed often as my friends an I like to discuss the world and current events. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I do think something’s going on in Washington. A lot of anger is coming from there, and it’s creating a lot of anger around the country. This election will set the tone for the next 4-8 years. Romney wins, people are going to be suffering if they aren’t already successful. If Obama wins, it’s going to be 4 more years of dirty anger that will only cause even more anger.

The full text of H.R. 6566 is listed below:

HR 6566 IH

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6566

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 28, 2012

Ms. RICHARDSON introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Emergency preparedness often plans for how to prepare and provide for survivors of a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster, but fails to plan for how to prepare for and respond to mass fatalities that result from such an incident.

(2) Funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries could be overwhelmed should mass fatalities arise from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster.

(3) Different religions have different customs surrounding death; for example, the Jewish and Muslim religions call for burial of the deceased not later than 48 hours after death.

SEC. 3. PREPAREDNESS FOR MASS FATALITIES RESULTING FROM A NATURAL DISASTER, ACT OF TERRORISM, OR OTHER MAN-MADE DISASTER.

Section 504 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 314) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

‘(c) Preparedness for Mass Fatalities- In carrying out this section, the Administrator shall provide guidance to and coordinate with appropriate individuals, including representatives from different communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations, to prepare for and respond to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster that results in mass fatalities.’.

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