Katrina: The Facts

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Although the hurricane could not have been avoided, the disaster that has materialized could have been avoided. The blood is on the hands of the government at many levels. Here are some articles in the lead-up to Katrina. This did not have to happen and the writing was on the wall.

Dear Colleague: I thought you and your readers might find useful this short collection of historical articles detailing the impact of the Iraq war on hurricane preparedness in the United States: "Background articles on Iraq & New Orleans: A perfectly avoidable catastrophe"

Carl Conetta
Project on Defense Alternatives


jj said...

They heard bombs in New Orleans
New Orleans evacuee; via Boing Boing:

CA. EMS workers in NOLA As we approached the bridge, armed Gretna sheriffs formed a line across the foot of the bridge. Before we were close enough to speak, they began firing their weapons over our heads. This sent the crowd fleeing in various directions. As the crowd scattered and dissipated, a few of us inched forward and

A must See news Clip
This video clip Hannity & Colmes shows Geroaldo and Shepard Smith in New Orleans at the Convention Center. They go off script and are furious that people are NOT allowed to take a Short walk over the bridge to safety.
They talk of a Government road block that locked people in the city. They ask "WHY not let them walk the hell out"?
Hannity tries to minimize what Shepard and Geraldo say in the clip.
MUST watch and share

The following evidence from mainstream news sources and/or credible witnesses demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that the federal government's handling of the New Orleans disaster has been -- literally -- criminal:

Helicopters were scheduled to pick up and drop massive 3,000-pound sandbags in the 17th Street Canal breach, but were diverted by the military on rescue missions, according to the Mayor of New Orleans (which allowed the flooding to continue and kill many more people)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deliberately cut the city's emergency communications lines, according to Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard in an interview on Meet the Press

According to a former high-level government official, FEMA withheld aid, cut emergency communication lines, and otherwise blocked an efficient rescue effort

High-level former FEMA officials stated that government disaster officials had an action plan if a major hurricane hit New Orleans, but they did not execute it when Hurricane Katrina struck

Navy helicopter pilots were REPRIMANDED for saving people, are were instead ordered to watch animals in a kennel; and see this article

FEMA chief Michael Brown waited until hours after Hurricane Katrina had already struck the Gulf Coast before doing anything

FEMA refused Amtrak's offer to use its trains to evacuate people

FEMA turns away experienced firefighters; and see this article

FEMA: "First Responders Urged Not To Respond"

FEMA Made 1,000 Firefighters Take 'Sexual Harrassment' Class While New Orleans Drowned

Highly-trained firefighters prevented from rescue work, and were instead ordered to hand out PR fliers for FEMA

FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board

FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks

FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel

FEMA won't let Red Cross deliver food

FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans

FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid

FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck

FEMA turns away generators

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