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Posted on 09/08/2005 1:16:11 PM PDT by Politicalities

Folks, I'm sorry for the semi-vanity post, but THIS NEEDS TO GET OUT THERE. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell perfect strangers. Tell everyone. Frankly, I'm absolutely stunned that this isn't the top article on every single news site. I'm stunned that the blogosphere isn't buzzing about nothing else. Why hasn't this gotten the attention it deserved?

In short: the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security BLOCKED THE RED CROSS from bringing desperately needed food, water, and supplies to the Superdome and the Convention Center. This was done to deliberately make conditions worse. Why? Because they wanted people to evacuate, and I guess they figured that if the people there had the luxury of, say, CLEAN WATER, they'd be less likely to leave. So they made a willful decision to starve and dehydrate the people in the Superdome so they'd be miserable enough to leave... or, if they were weak, miserable enough to die, as a few of them did.

I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. Check the Red Cross site:

Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?

Governor Blanco doesn't deserve electoral defeat. She doesn't deserve impeachment. She deserves to sit in prison for the rest of her life... or to hang by the neck until dead for inflicting on Americans what would be considered an atrocity if Americans inflicted it on anyone else.

And while this was going on, both the Mayor and the Governor were crying, "Where is the food? Where is the water?" The food and the water were sitting on trucks which were prevented from delivering them by the State of Louisiana.

Tell everybody.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: blanco; cary; conventioncenter; katrina; louisiana; neworleans; redcross; superdome
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1 posted on 09/08/2005 1:16:13 PM PDT by Politicalities
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To: Politicalities

Rush mentioned this today. And of course, Hannity is all over it since Rush talked about it.

2 posted on 09/08/2005 1:18:21 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Politicalities

It's so much worse than even that one issue.

There was water and food delivered to the Super Dome BEFORE the storm. But we've all heard the press say that the feds weren't prepared.

3 posted on 09/08/2005 1:18:54 PM PDT by Peach (South Carolina is praying for our Gulf coast citizens.)
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To: Politicalities

The reason it isn't being reported by the old media is because
FOX broke the story. They hate FOX. Plus, it doesn't put the blame on Bush.

4 posted on 09/08/2005 1:18:58 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: Cobra64

Hannity tends to do that.

5 posted on 09/08/2005 1:18:59 PM PDT by commonguymd (My impatience is far more advanced than any known technology.)
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To: Politicalities

We've only just begun...

6 posted on 09/08/2005 1:19:24 PM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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7 posted on 09/08/2005 1:19:27 PM PDT by zot (GWB -- four more years!)
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To: Politicalities

stupid people f-d up, that is all. Happens all the time. I am sure these elected officials will all be running for office again next term. Gotta blame the people. If I hire a moron to do an important job, its my fault.

8 posted on 09/08/2005 1:19:32 PM PDT by InsureAmerica (the only free cheese is in a mousetrap)
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To: Politicalities

Rats need victims to stay in power. If they don't have enough, they create a few.

9 posted on 09/08/2005 1:20:01 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Politicalities

Well, that's very nice, but your quoting from the Red Cross site is a little selective. The bit further down where it says:

"# As the remaining people are evacuated from New Orleans, the most appropriate role for the Red Cross is to provide a safe place for people to stay and to see that their emergency needs are met. We are fully staffed and equipped to handle these individuals once they are evacuated"

doesn't really seem to support your conclusion.

10 posted on 09/08/2005 1:20:13 PM PDT by Canard
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To: Lee'sGhost

exactly... watching the alphabets and cnn and msnbc they still paint all their stories with how this ties back to the fault of the federal gov and Bush..... They are going to get caught with their pants around their ankles for not following up on the Blanco issue... just further making themselves irelevent...

11 posted on 09/08/2005 1:21:17 PM PDT by Americanwolf (Gov. Blanco it is negligent for you not to enforce the evactuation of New Orleans!!!!!!!!)
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To: Politicalities

MSM gives it no air time because it does not hammer Bush...It certainly needs to gains traction.

12 posted on 09/08/2005 1:21:17 PM PDT by MadeInAmerica
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To: Peach

The day BEFORE the storm... they had the RC offer.

13 posted on 09/08/2005 1:22:05 PM PDT by johnny7 (“And now, little man, I give the watch to you.”)
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To: Politicalities

The Major Garrett story is also very telling.

On the Fox News Channel just a little while ago, Major Garrett, one of Fox's star reporters, and author of The Enduring Revolution, broke a very disturbing story for those on the left that want to play the blame game regarding the reaction to the Katrina. Here's his interview with Hugh Hewitt moments ago:

HH: Joined now by Major Garrett, correspondent for the Fox News Channel, as well as author of The Enduring Revolution, a best seller earlier this year. We talked about that. Major Garrett, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

MG: Hugh, always a pleasure. Thanks for having me.

HH: You just broke a pretty big story. I was watching up on the corner television in my studio, and it's headlined that the Red Cross was blocked from delivering supplies to the Superdome, Major Garrett. Tell us what you found out.

MG: Well, the Red Cross, Hugh, had pre-positioned a literal vanguard of trucks with water, food, blankets and hygiene items. They're not really big into medical response items, but those are the three biggies that we saw people at the New Orleans Superdom, and the convention center, needing most accutely. And all of us in America, I think, reasonably asked ourselves, geez. You know, I watch hurricanes all the time. And I see correspondents standing among rubble and refugees and evacuaees. But I always either see that Red Cross or Salvation Army truck nearby. Why don't I see that?

HH: And the answer is?

MG: The answer is the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security, that is the state agency responsible for that state's homeland security, told the Red Cross explicitly, you cannot come.

HH: Now Major Garrett, on what day did they block the delivery? Do you know specifically?

MG: I am told by the Red Cross, immediately after the storm passed.

HH: Okay, so that would be on Monday afternoon.

MG: That would have been Monday or Tuesday. The exact time, the hour, I don't have. But clearly, they had an evacuee situation at the Superdome, and of course, people gravitated to the convention center on an ad hoc basis. They sort of invented that as another place to go, because they couldn't stand the conditions at the Superdome.

HH: Any doubt in the Red Cross' mind that they were ready to go, but they were blocked?

MG: No. Absolutely none. They are absolutely unequivocal on that point.

HH: And are they eager to get this story out there, because they are chagrined by the coverage that's been emanating from New Orleans?

MG: I think they are. I mean, and look. Every agency that is in the private sector, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Feed The Children, all the ones we typically see are aggrieved by all the crap that's being thrown around about the response to this hurricane, because they work hand and glove with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. When FEMA is tarred and feathered, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are tarred and feathered, because they work on a cooperative basis. They feel they are being sullied by this reaction.

HH: Of course they are. Now Major Garrett, what about the Louisiana governor's office of Homeland Security. Have they responded to this charge by the Red Cross, which is a blockbuster charge?

MG: I have not been able to reach them yet. But, what they have said consistently is, and what they told the Red Cross, we don't want you to come in there, because we have evacuees that we want to get out. And if you come in, they're more likely to stay. So I want your listeners to follow me here. At the very moment that Ray Nagin, the Mayor of New Orleans was screaming where's the food, where's the water, it was over the overpass, and state officials were saying you can't come in.

HH: How long would it have taken to deliver those supplies, Major Garrett, into the Superdome and possibly the convention center?

MG: That is a more difficult question to answer than you might think. There were areas, obviously, as you approached the Superdome, that were difficult to get to, because of the flood waters. And as the Red Cross explained it to me, look. We don't have amphibious vehicles. We have trucks and ambulance type vehicles. In some cases, after the flood waters rose as high as they did, we would have needed, at minimal, the Louisiana National Guard to bring us in, or maybe something bigger and badder, from the Marines or Army-type vehicle. They're not sure about that. But remember, Hugh, we were transfixed, I know I was. I'm sure you were and your listeners were, by my colleague, Shep Smith, and others on that overpass.

HH: Right.

MG: ...saying, wait a minute. We drove here. It didn't take us anything to drive here.

HH: Right.

MG: Why can't people just come here?

HH: I also have to conclude from what you're telling me, Major Garrett, is that had they been allowed to deliver when they wanted to deliver, which is at least a little bit prior to the levee, or at least prior to the waters rising, the supplies would have been pre-positioned, and the know, the people in the Superdome, and possibly at the convention center, I want to come back to that, would have been spared the worst of their misery.

MG: They would have been spared the lack of food, water and hygiene. I don't think there's any doubt that they would not have been spared the indignity of having nor workable bathrooms in short order.

HH: Now Major Garrett, let's turn to the convention center, because this will be, in the aftermath...did the Red Cross have ready to go into the convention center the supplies that we're talking about as well?

MG: Sure. They could have gone to any location, provided that the water wasn't too high, and they got some assistance.

HH: Now, were they utterly dependent upon the Louisiana state officials to okay them?

MG: Yes.

HH: Because you know, they do work with FEMA. But is it your understanding that FEMA and the Red Cross and the other relief agencies must get tht state's okay to act?

MG: As the Red Cross told me, they said look. We are not state actors. We are not the Army. We are a private organziation. We work in cooperation with both FEMA and the state officials. But the state told us A) it's not safe, because the water is dangerous. And we're now learning how toxic the water is. B) there's a security situation, because they didn't have a handle on the violence on the ground. And C) and I think this is most importantly, they wanted to evacuate out. They didn't want people to stay.

HH: Now off the record, will the Red Cross tell you what they think of Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin?

MG: No.

HH: Will they tell you what they think about FEMA director Brown?

MG: No.

HH: Will they tell you any...will they give any advice of how to make sure this doesn't happen again?

MG: Well, there is something, Hugh, that I think we have to be honest with ourselves about. New Orleans is a situation, because of its geography, utterly unique in America. We don't build cities in bowls, except there. This complicated the Red Cross efforts, and the FEMA efforts, from the start. In the mid-90's, the Red Cross opened a shelter in South Carolina that was eventually flooded. And there was a big controversy about that. After that, the Red Cross made a policy decision that it would never shelter, or seek to shelter, any evacuee from any hurricane, anywhere where flooding was likely to occur. High ground is where they were going to be, and where they were going to go. Well, that basically rules out all of New Orleans.

HH: Sure. Does the Red Cross, though, assist in evacuation, Major Garrett?

MG: Not under the state plan in Louisiana. And not very many other places, either, because again, the Red Cross is a responding private charity. It is not an evacuation charity. It does not assume, as you can well imagine, Hugh, the inevitable liability that would come with being in charge of evacuating.

HH: How senior are your sources at the Red Cross, Major Garrett?

MG: They're right next to Marty Evans, the president.

HH: So you have no doubt in your mind that they have...

MG: Oh, none. None. And I want to give credit to Bill O'Reilly, because he had Marty Evans on the O'Reilly Factor last night. And this is the first time Marty Evans said it. She said it on the O'Reilly Factor last night in a very sort of brief intro to her longer comments about dealing with the housing and other needs of the evacuees now. She said look. We were ready. We couldn't go in. They wouldn't let us in, and the interview continued. I developed it more fully today.

HH: And the 'they' are the Louisiana state officials?

MG: Right.

HH: Now any in the 'they' the New Orleans' mayor's staff involved as well? Or the New Orleans police department?

MG: Not that I'm aware of, because the decision was made and communicated to the Red Cross by the state department of Homeland Security and the state National Guard. Both of which report to the governor.

HH: Do they have any paper records of this communication?

MG: I did not ask that. It's a good question. I'll follow up with them.

HH: I sure would love to know that. And if you get it, send it to me. We'll put it up on the blog. Major Garrett, great story. Please keep us posted. Look forward to talking to you a lot in the next couple of weeks on this story. Thanks for breaking away from the Fox News Channel this afternoon.

14 posted on 09/08/2005 1:22:09 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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"A Red Cross official, Carol Miller, said on NPR's Diane Rehm show this morning that the Red Cross was told not to provide aid at the Superdome by the Louisiana, not U.S., Department of Homeland Security. Audio here: (click link on left side of page) the comment is about 35:40 into the show."

15 posted on 09/08/2005 1:22:26 PM PDT by Republican Red (''Van der Sloot" is Dutch for ''Kennedy.")
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To: Politicalities

Shows the length the liberals will go to have propeganda against Bush. They spread lies of caring, but there actions are very loud. Turth and right are foreign so long as they can hate the right more

16 posted on 09/08/2005 1:22:28 PM PDT by Jbuza
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To: InsureAmerica
I am sure these elected officials will all be running for office again next term.

And you can bet that the stupid people eho elected them in the first place will re-elect them. Even if they died in the flood.

17 posted on 09/08/2005 1:23:08 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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Stay upwind of the fan. Downwind is going to get s*#@ty! And the Dems are gonna get a thick coating!

18 posted on 09/08/2005 1:23:48 PM PDT by airborne
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I'm in stitches over here!

19 posted on 09/08/2005 1:24:32 PM PDT by American Butterfly
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To: Jbuza; All

Why didn't the red cross simply tunnel under the superdome to get the supplies there? Has no one any impetus anymore??

20 posted on 09/08/2005 1:24:49 PM PDT by InsureAmerica (the only free cheese is in a mousetrap)
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