Time for a bit of tinfoil (can't let the global warming skeptics have all the fun) - Cryptogon points to an article about a US military disaster relief system test that coincided with the Haitian earthquake (with the linkage presumably being to similar exercises that took place at the same time as 9/11, 7/7 etc) - PENTAGON DISASTER RELIEF EXERCISE FOR HAITI WENT LIVE AFTER EARTHQUAKE HIT. One commenter points to this conspiracy theory about Haiti having lots of oil, another to this article at AlterNet about the history of US invasions of the country and the latest bout of "disaster capitalism".
As personnel representing hundreds of government and nongovernment agencies from around the world rush to the aid of earthquake-devastated Haiti, the Defense Information Systems Agency has launched a Web portal with multiple social networking tools to aid in coordinating their efforts.
On Monday, Jean Demay, DISA’s technical manager for the agency’s Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, happened to be at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami preparing for a test of the system in a scenario that involved providing relief to Haiti in the wake of a hurricane. After the earthquake hit on Tuesday, Demay said SOUTHCOM decided to go live with the system. On Wednesday, DISA opened up its All Partners Access Network, supported by the Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, to any organization supporting Haiti relief efforts.