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Drowning victims now being looted
WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/31/04 | WorldNetDaily

Posted on 12/31/2004 3:37:23 PM PST by wagglebee

While the world responds to calls for help in the wake of Asia's tsunami disaster, authorities say looting of victims is now taking place, with some accusations involving a rescue team.

According to the Nation newspaper in Thailand, rescue workers, or people disguised as rescue workers, have been stealing from those who drowned, as well as area shops.

Police in Phuket "have received complaints that a supposed rescue worker stole [$77,000 worth of jewelry] from a safe, while a man spotted another man trying to haul away his four-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle," the paper stated.

The owner of Mother Gems on Patong Beach, said the safe was crushed under wreckage from her department store.

A security officer, Thaweewong Wongthong, told authorities he saw a man "wearing shorts and white T-shirt with the word 'police' on its back opening the safe box."

The suspect reportedly arrived with 200 rescue workers from a foundation, and when police tried to call the group to form a lineup, the head of the team became angry and led his group to another town.

Police also found looted items on some rescuers on Phi Phi island.

A hotel manager reported "some rescue workers were spotted taking away valuable goods from dead bodies. Police later searched and found that some 20 of the workers had valuables looted from the dead," according to the paper.

One suspect, Winai Cholthan, was found with 33 items, including rings and earrings. He reportedly admitted he and four friends traveled by boat to loot the island.

Thieves also stole donated goods slated to be distributed to villagers in Takua Pa's Tambon Khao Lak.

Hundreds of extra police have been sent to areas where looting is reported to be heavy, according to Agence France-Presse.

At least 13 Burmese migrant workers have been arrested so far for stealing items including television sets.

"Many looters were arrested in Phuket," said Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. "The ATM has been hit. It's really bad. We must consider these people very bad guys."

The process of identifying many of the victims remains difficult because wallets containing identification are missing, said Krabi police chief Sermphan Singthong.

"We are not sure whether the wallets were stolen or washed away by the waves," he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: asia; earthquake; ghouls; looting; tsunami; youdidntneeditanyway
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This is absolutely disgusting!
1 posted on 12/31/2004 3:37:24 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

This is an example of why, as the founders of this country pointed out, self-government is ultimately impossible without the firm support of Christianity and a Christian worldview.

These people have no internal restraints.


2 posted on 12/31/2004 3:40:28 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Shaking nine point oh - With a deadly wave goodbye - oh four departed...)
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To: wagglebee
But some guy who lives there that was interviewed last night on Fox News said that looting is "below" these people. "It's not in their culture" he said. This was B.S. Trying to say the people in that part of the world are better than everyone else. Unfortunately, there are people in every culture that will do this despicable act!
3 posted on 12/31/2004 3:40:42 PM PST by frog_jerk_2004
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To: frog_jerk_2004; EternalVigilance

My guess is that the UN bluehelmets will be major participants in the looting in the days to come.


4 posted on 12/31/2004 3:42:41 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: wagglebee

I'm sure the bureaucrats at the UN, led by Annan, are finding the most efficient looting mechanisms possible. Without getting their hands dirty, of course.


5 posted on 12/31/2004 3:44:06 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Shaking nine point oh - With a deadly wave goodbye - oh four departed...)
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To: wagglebee

Dude, I'm not lying- I just posted the same article. I tell you, you are my posting clone.


6 posted on 12/31/2004 3:46:00 PM PST by ovrtaxt (I find your inoffensiveness offensive.)
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To: wagglebee
A security officer, Thaweewong Wongthong,

Like I said on MY thread-- I have found my new FReepname.

7 posted on 12/31/2004 3:46:47 PM PST by ovrtaxt (I find your inoffensiveness offensive.)
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To: frog_jerk_2004

He said that on TV because he knows that Americans and others will find it difficult to dig deep into their pockets if we think one dollar will go to a criminal...shame one bad apple spoil the whole bunch (breaking into a Donny Osmond song)....despite the current Asian castastrophe, I wish you and yours a blessed New Year!


8 posted on 12/31/2004 3:48:22 PM PST by antivenom ("Never argue with an idiot, he'll bring you down to his level - then beat you with experience.")
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To: EternalVigilance

When Kofi's bluehelmets get there they will head straight for the banks and national treasuries.


9 posted on 12/31/2004 3:48:35 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: wagglebee
Looters should be shot on sight.


On a lighter note, I think I've found a new screen name: Thaweewong Wongthong. (Not trying to make light of the situation, just overwhelmed by all this sadness....need something to make me smile a little.)
10 posted on 12/31/2004 3:48:59 PM PST by EggsAckley (..............blog pimping is impolite..................)
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To: EggsAckley; ovrtaxt

Thaweewong Wongthong sounds like a good name for a stripper if you ask me!


11 posted on 12/31/2004 3:51:21 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: wagglebee
Yes if they can hurry up and get there before all the good stuff is gone.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

12 posted on 12/31/2004 3:52:38 PM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: wagglebee

Funny thing about that name. When I did a spell check, it disputed "Wongthong" but NOT "Thaweewong."


13 posted on 12/31/2004 3:53:17 PM PST by EggsAckley (..............blog pimping is impolite..................)
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To: wagglebee; EggsAckley

Sounds like a Monty Python character-

Pontius Pilate in the Life of Brian: "Bwing him to Wodewick!"


14 posted on 12/31/2004 3:53:29 PM PST by ovrtaxt (I find your inoffensiveness offensive.)
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To: All

Off subject but just say commerical on Fox of Fox's Sunday show and wouldn't you know? Richard Lugar is guest!!!

I guess that means that McCain, Biden, Carl Levin will be spread out over the rest of the shows..


15 posted on 12/31/2004 4:03:20 PM PST by Txsleuth (Proud to be a Texan)
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To: EternalVigilance
And no behavior like this happened after the Hurricane's in Florida?
16 posted on 12/31/2004 4:10:49 PM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman, Specter ! developing)
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To: antivenom

Thank you. The Happy New Year to you and yours as well.


17 posted on 12/31/2004 4:12:47 PM PST by frog_jerk_2004
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To: rocksblues

I don't know. Did it?


18 posted on 12/31/2004 4:12:55 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Shaking nine point oh - With a deadly wave goodbye - oh four departed...)
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To: Txsleuth
I guess that means that McCain, Biden, Carl Levin will be spread out over the rest of the shows..

And they'll all probably be saying that if Bush had shown he cared and had "put boots on the ground" in the areas hit by the tsunamis, none of this looting would be taking place.

19 posted on 12/31/2004 4:20:24 PM PST by CFC__VRWC
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To: wagglebee
This is absolutely disgusting!

Golly, this news story can't be true. Since the 1960's rock stars, big-time
movie folks, and genius university professors have told us how much more enlightened
all the cultures of Asia are...compared to us stingy, materialistic 'Muricans.

(end sarcasm ponted at the poohbahs of American media and culture...and kindest wishes
to all the suffering people)
20 posted on 12/31/2004 4:20:42 PM PST by VOA
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To: ovrtaxt

"Like I said on MY thread-- I have found my new FReepname

"Phuket" is the name of this city pronounced like I think it is? If so, I may use this as my new name here.


21 posted on 12/31/2004 4:21:31 PM PST by squidward
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To: wagglebee

Why are we supposed to be shocked over this? It happens right here in the good ole U.S.A when there is a disaster. People don't automatically turn moral when disaster strikes. Morality takes a change of heart not a change of situation.


22 posted on 12/31/2004 4:29:46 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: EternalVigilance
This is an example of why, as the founders of this country pointed out, self-government is ultimately impossible without the firm support of Christianity and a Christian worldview.

Not a very politic way to state it, but I have heard it said without reference to any specific religion:

For a free society to exist, it must be composed of a strongly moral society. Democracy will surely fail otherwise. Even the Constitutional Representative Democracy variant.

23 posted on 12/31/2004 4:33:10 PM PST by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.)
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To: wagglebee

On foxnews one of the people who was gushing "reportage" from the scene said that it is not in the Thai culture to loot. I guess theft is ok, though.


24 posted on 12/31/2004 4:34:02 PM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: squidward

Phuket" is the name of this city pronounced like I think it is?
No, it's more like foo-keet.


25 posted on 12/31/2004 4:35:08 PM PST by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I didn't see it in my rearview mirror.)
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To: wagglebee

When Kofi's bluehelmets get there they will head straight for the banks and national treasuries.
 

Yep.

 

26 posted on 12/31/2004 4:36:03 PM PST by Fintan (Shamelessly posting irrelevancy since 1998...)
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To: wagglebee

Shoot 'em on sight.


27 posted on 12/31/2004 4:37:21 PM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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To: wagglebee

These people deserve to be killed.


28 posted on 12/31/2004 4:39:22 PM PST by Kurt_D
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To: wagglebee

Those looters that are caught will not do well.


29 posted on 12/31/2004 4:40:05 PM PST by RightWhale (No dead animals)
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To: Ciexyz
Shoot 'em on sight.

After you shoot 'em, the rest'll loot 'em...

30 posted on 12/31/2004 4:40:59 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Shaking nine point oh - With a deadly wave goodbye - oh four departed...)
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To: taxesareforever

"People don't automatically turn moral when disaster strikes."

No, and in fact, I'd say that oftentimes, primal survival instincts rise to the fore when disaster strikes.

Not for everyone ... but those who are generally not restrained by an internal moral code have a prime opportunity to let loose when chaos reigns.

On a side note, I join with the whole world in prayers for these people.

We're watching a videotape of the 2000 New Years celebration--it was so amazing how the world came together in celebration.

And now, the world is doing the same, in tragedy.


31 posted on 12/31/2004 4:44:23 PM PST by proud American in Canada
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To: BipolarBob
Phuket" is the name of this city pronounced like I think it is?
No, it's more like foo-keet.

Actually, we know some people who live there. They pronounce it poo-ket.

32 posted on 12/31/2004 4:46:26 PM PST by Entropy Squared (The Rush to Chaos)
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To: BipolarBob

"No, it's more like foo-keet."

I like the other way better.


33 posted on 12/31/2004 4:48:27 PM PST by squidward
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To: Fintan
I doubt the thugs at the U.N. like competition.

Anyone want to take a guess at what percentage of the hundreds of millions in aid goes to a) layers of Thai, Indonesian, Sri Lankan, etc., politicos and bureaucrats, from the national down to the local level, and b) United Nations-related agencies, where it's skimmed at every level of the U.N., top to bottom, and used to fund the U.N.'s obscene salaries, bureaucracy and operating costs.

34 posted on 12/31/2004 4:56:21 PM PST by gg188
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To: rocksblues

I forgot to add Hagel to my previous post---I remembered that because I read your tagline--Thankx,,But,

why did you include Coleman in your Rinos list in your tagline? I agree on all of the other ones, great tagline.

I haven't noticed any noticeable rinoness from Norm Coleman, but I am open to being convinced. What have you noticed?


35 posted on 12/31/2004 5:03:47 PM PST by Txsleuth (Proud to be a Texan)
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To: wagglebee

Gee, who would have thought....


36 posted on 12/31/2004 5:04:55 PM PST by Dallas59 ("A weak peace is worse than war" - Tacitcus)
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To: wagglebee

That is LOW.


37 posted on 12/31/2004 5:06:57 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: CFC__VRWC

No they will be saying that if Bush had managed the Iraq war properly, they wouldn't have minded the money spent on the tsunami victims, BUT, as was pointed out repeatedly on MSNBC, what had been offered yesterday was only a half-a-day's worth of Iraq spending.

You are right about the boots, though. I don't understand how Biden and McCain can complain all the time about not enough troops but then turn around and complain about Defense spending---and weren't they both in Senate when Clinton was destroying the military?


38 posted on 12/31/2004 5:07:28 PM PST by Txsleuth (Proud to be a Texan)
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To: squidward

Afraid it is pronounced with an "oo" sound, not an "uh" sound. Sorry, besides I like your screen name!!!

Are you as cantakerous as you namesake? Ha!


39 posted on 12/31/2004 5:10:33 PM PST by Txsleuth (Proud to be a Texan)
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To: rocksblues

There was no looting of bodies after the Hurricanes in Fl.

There was some minor looting of property.


40 posted on 12/31/2004 5:12:55 PM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: Rebelbase

Looting of bodies? Steal their Gold Watch?


41 posted on 12/31/2004 5:36:59 PM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman, Specter ! developing)
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To: wagglebee

World Net Daily . . . . hmmmm . . .


42 posted on 12/31/2004 5:38:43 PM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
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To: EggsAckley

The probable reason thaweewong did not disturb your spell checker is that it looks like just another one of those onomatopoeic words; that is, it sounds like what it means. Can't you just hear all those european tourists yelling thaweewong, thaweewong, thaweewong!!! as the Thai stripper's act draws to a close and she loosens of her last items of clothing?


43 posted on 12/31/2004 5:41:52 PM PST by balls
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To: EggsAckley

.. Wongthong, on the other hand, is just plain disgusting.


44 posted on 12/31/2004 5:47:06 PM PST by balls
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To: wagglebee

Disgusting, but predictable -- human nature being what it is.


45 posted on 12/31/2004 5:49:56 PM PST by hershey
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To: rocksblues
And no behavior like this happened after the Hurricane's in Florida?

In some the desire is there, but that pesky 2nd Amendment tends to get in the way of efficient looting.

46 posted on 12/31/2004 5:54:36 PM PST by Freebird Forever (HAPPY GNU YEAR !!!)
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To: hershey

Now don't try to change the subject to Wagglebee!


47 posted on 12/31/2004 6:04:51 PM PST by balls
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To: rocksblues
And no behavior like this happened after the Hurricane's in Florida?

I know of several plane crashes in America where the victim's bodies and luggage was looted. The looters were probably Christian.

48 posted on 12/31/2004 6:14:53 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (There are 2 types of people in this world: those who like Neil Diamond and those who don't.)
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To: wagglebee
This is absolutely disgusting

Unfortunately, people needing emergency/trauma care in the U.S. often exit the facilities missing cash and jewelry.

49 posted on 12/31/2004 6:19:51 PM PST by fso301
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To: wagglebee
This does not surprise me at all. As awful as it is to loot a corpse, the real question is, what happens to these items if they're not taken by someone, like the local authorities and counterparts.

When whole generations of people die in such a situation, who actually ultimately receives the personal effects of the dead? The Government? And when the dead cannot be identified, what then?

All of this is heartbreaking to the core, no matter which way it goes.
It's just plain sad..

50 posted on 12/31/2004 6:39:54 PM PST by MaxMax
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