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FEMA cut New Orleans communication lines after Katrina

The president of Jefferson Parish said on Meet the Press that FEMA was cutting down the communications lines just after Katrina blew over. He had to tell his chief of police to arrest any FEMA personnel caught near the communications lines. The host of Meet the Press simply ignored the explosive charge, and went on to another question.

Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard as he was interviewed by Tim Russert on Sept 4 05, Meet the Press.-"FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency comminication lines. They CUT THEM, without notice."



Why cut down communication lines during a major crisis? Maybe it was to keep secret the fact that Israeli commandos were patrolling the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit that town.

JEREMY SCAHILL: Well, I mean, the math on this stuff is always complicated. And Erik Prince and his men are very good at drawing up charts and sort of, you know, just saying, well, there's this detail and this detail. The Department of Homeland Security then did an internal review and they determined that it was the best value to the taxpayer, at a time when the poor residents of New Orleans were being chastised for how they used their two thousand dollar debit cards that often didn't work, the ones provided by FEMA. But what was even scarier than seeing the Blackwater operatives on the streets of New Orleans was, I encountered two Israeli commandos who had been brought in by a wealthy businessman in New Orleans and set up an armed checkpoint outside of his gated community. And they were from a company called Instinctive Shooting International. ISI, which is an Israeli company. I mean, and I went up and I talked to them. And they tapped on their automatic weapons and said, you know, over in our country, when the Palestinians see this, they're not so afraid because they're used to it. But you people, you see it, and you're very afraid. They were almost proud of the fact that I was sort of in awe seeing Israeli commandos patrolling a US street, operating in fact an armed check point.

Bill Moyers interviewing Jeremy Scahill

3 Comments:

At Saturday, July 18, 2009, Blogger Musique said...

Cutting things and some israhelli company was involved?

Hmm... even a simpleton like me can solve this puzzle.

Blackwater requirements on the job application:

• " You must have experience in mohelling and that's a must. Our job requires all sorts of cutting things. The more perverted, sadistic & Talmudic you're -- you'll have a bright future with us.

• We done give a sh*t about your other skills."

 
At Saturday, July 18, 2009, Blogger Musique said...

• We don't give a sh*t about your other skills."

Blackwater Changing Name To Rebrand Image

Xe

Xe ... that rhymes with satan. How lovely!

 
At Sunday, July 19, 2009, Blogger andie531 said...

I'm not so sure about Broussard:

The most famous of Broussard's post Katrina interviews was one on the television program Meet the Press. In the course of that interview, he was critical of the disaster-response effort. He finished with a tearful account of the death by drowning of his emergency services manager's mother.[2] Broussard's account of that incident was subsequently shown to be inaccurate, in that the long sequence of telephone calls to the mother that he described as having taken place in the aftermath of the hurricane could not have happened, since she apparently drowned before the dates in question. In an appearance on Meet the Press three weeks later, Broussard was questioned about his account. He said that the story had been relayed to him by his staff, and that he had chosen not to ask his emergency manager for the exact circumstances of her death.

Many Jefferson Parish residents joined in a class action lawsuit against Broussard after he followed a years-old "doomsday plan" in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and evacuated more than 200 drainage pump operators north to Washington Parish. The pumps remained off for more than two days and sections of the parish, including Metairie and Kenner, experienced severe flooding as a result of rain water, backflow from Lake Ponchartrain and flood waters from the broken 17th Street Canal. Broussard defended his actions, saying that he wanted to protect the pump operators' lives, even though some pump operators were willing to stay. Other public officials, such as police and fire departments, did not evacuate. Water department workers also stayed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Broussard

 

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