This is a hard read, but it is a MUST read:
'It Was as if All of Us Were Already Pronounced Dead'
Convention Center Left a Five-Day Legacy of Chaos and Violence
By Wil Haygood and Ann Scott TysonWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, September 15, 2005; Page A01
But even without those numbers, what happened in the convention center stands as a harsh indictment of government's failure to help its citizens when they needed it most. That futility was symbolized by the presence in the convention center for three of the most chaotic days of at least 250 armed troops from the Louisiana National Guard. They were camped out in a huge exhibition hall separated from the crowd by a wall, and used their trucks as a barricade when they were afraid the crowd would break in.
The troops were never deployed to restore order and eventually withdrew, despite the pleas of the convention center's management. Louisiana Guard commanders said their units' mission was not to secure the facility, and soldiers on the scene feared inciting further bloodshed if they had intervened. "We didn't want another Kent State," said Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore, commander of the active-duty military forces responding to Katrina. "They weren't trained for crowd control."
A Jefferson Parish police deputy had appealed to SWAT team Capt. Jeff Winn for help in bringing out his wife and a female relative from the center. "He knew they were there and was hearing nightmarish stories," said Ganthier, who declined to identify the officer for security reasons.
Winn approved the mission.
When the SWAT team entered at 11 a.m., the Jefferson Parish officer called out his wife's name. She heard him, and along with the relative rushed to his side. The SWAT team put the women in the middle of the team, then backed out the door.
Once it became clear that the SWAT team had come with the single goal of rescuing two white women, anger exploded.
"Racists!" one man cried out.
"Some people were upset we weren't rescuing them," said Ganthier. "It's hard to leave people behind like that, but we were aiding an officer."
The article details utter inhumanity and desperation that existed in the Convention Center. Also tonight after finally listening to the presidents speech I heard Sean Hannity wax with envy. He said that Bush is lucky (as in fortunate) to have been president during 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina. When called on it by the usually quiet, liberal token window dressing, Combs, Hannity qualified his statement saying that he meant that George Bush was lucky because he could do something about it. Yeah, Freud we know what you really think. And how did Hannity think all of Bush's proposals were going to be paid for? Why more tax cuts of course, to grow the economy. Except that in reality not much has been trickling down (there are more in poverty now than when Bush took office the first time). Trickle down seems to be "outsourced" too.
I know that the president "talks" about providing education and assistance for education for those who have been displaced. But his party is already talking about cutting money out of student loans.
This is truly "Voodoo Economics" maybe it's apropos that this is all swirling around NOLA.
Many on Larry King Live, liberal and conservative, believe that we will just borrow more money. With such a high deficit already this places the futures of my children and someday, grandchildren in jeopardy.