The Katrina disgrace just gets worse and worse...and now to deflect attention away from the money that was diverted away from protecting the city...to deflect attention away from the lack of preparedness exhibited by the gov't....to deflect attention away from the fact that with all the money and resources that went into 'homeland security' now it's clear that if there had been an attack on the country the gov't would not have been able to handle the injured and the refugees and the damage...because an attack would have been much worse than slowly rising water..to make you forget all that and that victims are still dying in the flooded waters, the biggest story is suddenly 'looting'??
A station reporter also posted a message saying: "Stories of armed, roving gangs going around town looting every business they come across have been exaggerated by the national media."Science Daily
When people who have had everything they own sink and disappear the national guard is told to SHOOT TO KILL people who are taking things from stores...these people have been hungry for 4 days now...have we forgotten that when Iraqis were looting and going into museums and hospitals and taking tv sets and fridges and cultural artifacts etc...that the administration said that that 'stuff happens'
"Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things," Rumsfeld said."CNN
What are the hurricane victims supposed to do, start eating their own arms?? How 'bout a shoot to kill policy for white collar criminals who stole billions of dollars from the American People.. Is a bottle of water for a thirsty victim more of a crime than a fat cat getting millions more than he needs..pffft
Of course there will be people who take advantage of the situation and commit robbery and theft...but poverty in America is a cruel thing...and remember when the Rodney King riots took place? The press kept focusing in the 'looting', so you would forget the bigger story which is the disgrace of the LAPD and the racism and the poverty and bitterness that holds huge numbers of American citizens hostage..
Airamericaradio.com this morning quoted a survivor who said she walked up to a cop and asked for help and he told her to 'go to hell'...Of course many rescue workers and police are also doing a damn fine job considering their lack of funding, lack of staff and lack of preparedness..
Bush is finally touring the region today..
"On Thursday, President Bush told Diane Sawyer, "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." Not true, at least according to a pre-9/11 FEMA assessment listing a hurricane hitting New Orleans as one of the three biggest threats facing the United States. "
The Rachel Maddow Show
Be sure to visit DailyKos--The Gurdian's Photos--Democracy Now
And if you watch anything watch Anderson Cooper lose his temper at the Senator Landrieu who shamed herself in these desperate times for the victims by using the interview to thank other politicians and the president as if she were at the Oscars..