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General: Feds Won't Enforce Evacuation
AP ^ | Sep 11 9:45 AM US/Eastern

Posted on 09/11/2005 8:03:20 AM PDT by Brian Mosely

WASHINGTON

The commander of active duty troops involved in hurricane relief efforts said Sunday his soldiers will not enforce New Orleans' order for residents to evacuate the flooded city.

Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore said military units are continuing to provide food and water and other aid despite the order, which he indicated is the responsibility of state and local authorities to enforce.

"Federal troops will not be involved in the direct evacuation in any way, of any one, from their home. That is a local and state law enforcement task not to include federal troops," Honore told CNN's "Late Edition."

He added that local officials and the National Guard also are providing food and water to people who have stayed.

Thousands of residents are defying orders to leave the city, but security forces were not physically forcing anyone to go. The mayor, Ray Nagin, had warned that residents could be forcibly removed, but authorities have been reluctant to take that step.

Honore, who heads the military's Joint Task Force Katrina, said that over the next three days, officials should learn how many people died in New Orleans. He said the preliminary figure of 10,000 offered last week by some officials was "a number we'd be very happy to be wrong about."

Honore also addressed the issue of media access during recover efforts. The Bush administration, challenged in court by CNN, agreed on Saturday not to prevent the media from following the effort to recover the bodies of Katrina victims.

On Thursday, Honore said the media would be allowed "zero access" to recovery efforts. But on Sunday, he said reporters and photographers have "total access" to the area.

"I can't swing a dead cat without hitting a reporter," Honore said.

He said his concern had been that news media would report deaths before family members had been notified. Reporters also were denied a seat on rescue craft because of concerns for overcrowding, he said.

The government is not permitting photographers to join rescuers in boats or helicopters during the mission to recover bodies from flooded homes.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: evacuation; honore; katrina
"Federal troops will not be involved in the direct evacuation in any way, of any one, from their home. That is a local and state law enforcement task not to include federal troops," Honore told CNN's "Late Edition."

Smart move. Keeps them out of the lawsuits coming down the pike.

1 posted on 09/11/2005 8:03:21 AM PDT by Brian Mosely
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To: Brian Mosely

They need to return the already displaced persons to their homes (if they choose to return) with their WEAPONS. Somebody will own Compass's a$$ for the fool order he issued to disarm the populace.


2 posted on 09/11/2005 8:08:30 AM PDT by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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To: Brian Mosely

"I can't swing a dead cat without hitting a reporter," Honore said.



I suspect there's plenty of dead cats there and if there aren't maybe PETA can send some of theirs along. Keep swinging General! Every dead cat strike on a reporter is a blow for common sense.


3 posted on 09/11/2005 8:11:18 AM PDT by Arkie2 (Mega super duper moose, whine, cheese, series, zot, viking kitties, barf alert!)
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To: Brian Mosely
Smart move.

No, it's the Law.

4 posted on 09/11/2005 8:13:39 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: Mike Darancette
My point is that the state and local officials haven't cared too much about the law these past few days.
5 posted on 09/11/2005 8:17:11 AM PDT by Brian Mosely (A government is a body of people -- usually notably ungoverned)
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To: Brian Mosely

When Gen. Honore is finished with this mammoth task, I vote he replace Scott McClellan. I'd pay to watch him conduct press briefings. I love this guy!


6 posted on 09/11/2005 8:18:21 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: Brian Mosely

With all the pontification I see on TV, this is almost never brought up by the MSM. Go figure.


7 posted on 09/11/2005 8:19:28 AM PDT by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Brian Mosely
Thousands of residents are defying orders to leave the city, but security forces were not physically forcing anyone to go.

Except in the case of that 80-year old woman that everyone saw dragged out of her home by a SWAT team last week...

8 posted on 09/11/2005 8:28:22 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: Brian Mosely

Agreed, and also flash images of U.S. soldiers dragging private American citizens kicking and screaming out of their homes would be a public relations nightmare for the Army, not to mention a real dteriment to recruiting.


9 posted on 09/11/2005 8:30:51 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: Brian Mosely

This reminds me of:

"Off again, on again, gone again, Finnigan."


10 posted on 09/11/2005 9:11:36 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Mike Darancette

Smart move.

No, it's the Law.

It might be the law, but it's a smart move telling everyone in advance.


11 posted on 09/11/2005 10:16:12 AM PDT by chainsaw
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To: Brian Mosely
Smart move. Keeps them out of the lawsuits coming down the pike

Not smart move, the law...Their still restricted under Posse Comitatus

12 posted on 09/11/2005 10:39:57 AM PDT by tophat9000 (This bulletin just in:"Chinese's Fire Drill's" will now be known as "New Orleans' Hurricane Drill's")
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To: Brian Mosely
Funny I heard a OK national guardman talk excitedly about shooting Americans after a long discussion of Gun seizures and forced "evac's".

I hope Honore is an honorable man. He appears so. However he should enforce the Constitution.

13 posted on 09/11/2005 11:43:35 AM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Except in the case of that 80-year old woman that everyone saw dragged out of her home by a SWAT team last week...

THAT IS BLATANT HYPERBOLE. She only looked 70-years old or so.

14 posted on 09/11/2005 11:45:47 AM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: Nov3
However he should enforce the Constitution.

You did mean "defend" the Constitution. yes?

15 posted on 09/11/2005 11:47:59 AM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: don-o

Enforce - Defend. I mean he ought to start arresting the police and National Guard that are violating it. Of course that would be violating it - I think.


16 posted on 09/11/2005 11:50:08 AM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: GW and Twins Pawpaw

.....Somebody will own Compass's a$$ for the fool order he issued to disarm the populace......

It is far worse than disarming. I heard a first hand account where a black brother and sister were ordered out. They gathered what they thought important..... drivers license, SS cards all their money and put it in a plastic bag with spare clothing. They traipsed through the water and on emerging had the bag confiscated. The bag and contents including soggy money was said to be contaminated and disallowed in the evac processing areas and plane.

They arrived here with nothing, no ID, no money.


17 posted on 09/11/2005 11:51:57 AM PDT by bert (K.E. ; N.P . I smell a dead rat!)
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To: bert
It is far worse than disarming.

I find your priorities out of place.

18 posted on 09/11/2005 11:57:37 AM PDT by Nov3 ("This is the best election night in history." --DNC chair Terry McAuliffe Nov. 2,2004 8p.m.)
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To: bert
While you say first hand - do you have names, location and time on this? If true it is an absolute outrage!

This has gone well beyong politics. What we have here is a a huge catrosphe with an mind boggling mix of heroism, courage and sacrifice; right along side unlelievable inertia, stupidity and incompetence.

I thought the adults had taken charge, but I'm starting to wonder. I hope they got a receipt for their contaminated property.

19 posted on 09/11/2005 12:02:56 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: Brian Mosely
"I can't swing a dead cat without hitting a reporter," Honore said.

There's the money line. Thanks, General.

20 posted on 09/11/2005 12:08:53 PM PDT by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: don-o

I can't say when it happened with absolute precicion. The folks came here on an evac plane Friday evening. Most on the plane left their NO homes Thursday and early Friday.


21 posted on 09/11/2005 12:12:47 PM PDT by bert (K.E. ; N.P . I smell a dead rat!)
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To: bert
Here’s mine

Sounds like what happened here. We have a very nice place ready. They landed a plane at the TRI on Friday, mostly single men, and took them to a 4-H camp in Greene County.

22 posted on 09/11/2005 1:57:03 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: bert
They traipsed through the water and on emerging had the bag confiscated. The bag and contents including soggy money was said to be contaminated and disallowed in the evac processing areas and plane. They arrived here with nothing, no ID, no money.

By that reason, the people should have been disallowed (not that I agree with this). Come on, people! We have decontaminants!

23 posted on 09/12/2005 8:04:57 PM PDT by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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