In the days after 9/11, as the true horror of the attacks unfolded, millions of Americans sat glued to their TV. The Red Cross immediately capitalized on this and went to work calling for donations to help the victims of the largest terror attack of our lifetime. The outpouring of financial support for the victims was tremendous. Sadly, most of the money meant to go to victims of the horrific attacks actually went to the organization itself. (This according to their own President) Family members of the victims actually had to publicly fight the Red Cross to access even portions of the funds.
A 2009 investigation by CBS News uncovered a small tidbit of the possible corruption and fraud carried out by the Red Cross in regards to the 9/11 victims funds.
In the hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, a record-breaking amount of donations started pouring into more than 1,000 local American Red Cross chapters. What donors didn’t know was that some of the chapters entrusted with all that money had been identified by Red Cross headquarters just a few weeks before for having poor accounting procedures, inaccurate financial reports and for keeping national disaster contributions that should have been sent to headquarters in Washington. That according to internal documents obtained by CBS news. The Red Cross isn’t known for keeping a tight rein on its chapters. But now, it was suddenly crucial for headquarters to find out what chapters were doing with the millions in Sept. 11 donations. So the Red Cross leadership rushed special investigative auditors out to conduct surprise inspections. The results were startling. According to documents obtained by CBS News, a dozen of the Red Cross chapters audited were marking, or “coding”, donations as local funds. This means chapters like San Diego, Southwest Florida, and Gateway Area, Iowa would keep the money instead of sending it in for Sept. 11 victims.An article published in 2005 by Paul Joseph Watson gave a stern warning to those who were considering donating to the Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “The Red Cross, under the Liberty Fund, collected $564 million in donations after 9/11. Months after the event, the Red Cross had distributed only $154 million. The Red Cross’ explanation for keeping the majority of the money was that it would be used to help ‘fight the war on terror’.