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