(EXCLUSIVE - Washington, D.C.) Photographic evidence leaked to ecoEnquirer shows what are claimed
to be Texas Air National Guard jets flying in formation in and around the eyewall of Hurricane
Katrina twenty-four hours before it devastated New Orleans.
The photograph was e-mailed to us by a National Security Agency employee who provided the information
of anonymity. The employee's e-mail contained a claim that one of the nation's spy satellites was tasked to the Gulf region
to help monitor and guide a squadron of Texas Air National Guard jets that were used to influence the movement
and intensity of the hurricane.
The employee said that, while NSA workers were not told the specific reason for the operation,
code-named 'Windfall Profits', "we're pretty good at putting two and two together.
The theory circulating here within the NSA is that the Bush Administration saw an opportunity
to disrupt petroleum
supplies by damaging oil rigs and coastal oil refineries. Such disruption would reduce supply,
leading to a
sharp increase in gas prices, and thus to increased profits by oil companies."
EcoEnquirer showed the evidence to Shell Vice-President for Petroleum Production, Adam Smith, who
disputed the claim, telling us "..give me a break! Hurricanes contain far more
energy than we could ever influence, even with nuclear weapons, let alone with a few little jets!
Besides, this photo looks like it has been doctored...and it doesn't even look like a very good job."
(UPDATE): ecoEnquirer has now traced the e-mail containing the NSA employee's claim to a local D.C. environmental
lobbying firm, Nature's Defense Fund. Upon being pressed about the validity of the evidence, an
unnamed representative of the firm said they had received the photo anonymously in the mail, and not
from the NSA. The representative nevertheless defended their motivation for adding the fictitious NSA details,
stating, "The validity of any particular piece of evidence doesn't matter anyway. What matters is that
the Bush Administration still needs to explain why their buddies in the oil industry should be allowed
to receive such obscene levels of profits after Hurricane Katrina."
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