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Some looters who should perhap...,
the government that governs best:
does not undermine the governeds' efforts to help themselves and eachother. File under: Katrina; tales of the official obstruction of solidarity and mutual aid; the spontaneous Federal endorsement of thugocracy to justify its own existence.
update: The WSWS suggests something in the way that the reason the state basically cordoned off the area from civillian, volunteer and NGO response was because they were treating it as a target of chemical or nuclear attack. Maybe, I have a hard time believing they didn't have a response planned for a natural disaster, even if one of the first things FEMA did was deliver equipment for a chemical warfare response. At least in an institutional sense it was decided to treat the poorer, trapped residents of New Orleans like guinea pigs for a military wargame. Either way they got a large number of Americans killed by refusing outside relief that they either couldn't or refused to provide.
Navy Pilots have been reprimanded for disobeying orders and rescuing 100 people, while at St. Bernard parish Canadians are helping out 5 days before the feds show.
In any case now they're actually attacking photographers, rather than just blocking access as they have since they got there.
plus: Ahh! Sweet Joementum!
Mr. Brown, you have extensive management experience. For this job,
you will need it. You will need to redouble FEMA's strengths,
strengthen its weaknesses, and work with the reorganization effort to
allow a seamless transition that only enhances our government's
emergency response network.
--Senator Joe Lieberman (D), Michale Brown nomination hearings. June 19th, 2002
Extensive management experience? Joe must have been reading a different resume.