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Copy of an Email I received

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After seeing "Ant's" post, I decided to share this with everyone. 

Please keep in mind,  I am not the originator of this,  I only received this email.  I don't know how much of it is true, but, we need to keep our minds OPEN and wait for all the facts.  The subject title is:

The Truth is out There-But Media cannot find it

 

This is a post from a fellow over in Merritt Is, FL, a reporter who's been
researching what went on before the storm hit the GulfCoast.


I think all of Mayor Nagin's pomp and posturing is going to bite him hard in the
near future as the lies and distortions of his interviews are coming to
light.

On Friday night before the storm hit Max Mayfield of the National Hurricane
Center took the unprecedented action of calling Nagin (Mayor of New Orleans)

and Blanco (Governor of New Orleans) personally
to plead with them to begin MANDATORY evacuation of
New Orleansand they said they'd
take it under consideration. This was after the NOAA buoy 240 miles south
had recorded 68 ft waves before it was destroyed.

President Bush spent Friday afternoon and evening in meetings with his
advisors and administrators drafting all of the paperwork required for a
state to request federal assistance (and not be in violation of the Posse
Comitatus Act or having to enact the Insurgency Act). Just before
midnight
Friday evening the President called Governor Blanco and pleaded with her to
sign the request papers so the federal government and the military could
legally begin mobilization and call up. He was told that they didn't think
it necessary for the federal government to be involved yet. After the
President's final call to the governor she held meetings with her staff to
discuss the political ramifications of bringing federal forces. It was
decided that if they allowed federal assistance it would make it look as if
they had failed so it was agreed upon that the feds would not be invited in.

Saturday before the storm hit the President again called Blanco and Nagin
requesting they please sign the papers requesting federal assistance, that
they declare the state an emergency area, and begin mandatory evacuation.
After a personal plea from the President Nagin agreed to order an
evacuation, but it would not be a full mandatory evacuation, and the
governor still refused to sign the papers requesting and authorizing federal
action. In frustration the President declared the area a national disaster
area before the state of
Louisianadid so he could legally begin some
advanced preparations. Rumor has it that the President's legal advisers were
looking into the ramifications of using the insurgency act to bypass the
Constitutional requirement that a state request federal aid before the
federal government can move into state with troops - but that had not been
done since 1906 and the Constitutionality of it was called into question to
use before the disaster.

Throw in that over half the federal aid of the past decade to NO for levee
construction, maintenance, and repair was diverted to fund a marina and
support the gambling ships. Toss in the investigation that will look into
why the emergency preparedness plan submitted to the federal government for
funding and published on the city's website was never implemented and in
fact may have been bogus for the purpose of gaining additional federal
funding as we now learn that the organizations identified in the plan were
never contacted or coordinating into any planning - though the document
implies that they were.

The suffering people of NO need to be asking some hard questions as do we
all, but they better start with why Blanco refused to even sign the
multi-state mutual aid pack activation documents until Wednesday which
further delayed the legal deployment of National Guard from adjoining
states. Or maybe ask why Nagin keeps harping that the President should have
commandeered 500 Greyhound busses to help him when according to his own
emergency plan and documents he claimed to have over 500 busses at his
disposal to use between the local school busses and the city transportation
busses - but he never raised a finger to prepare them or activate them.

This is a sad time for all of us to see that a major city has all but been
destroyed and thousands of people have died with hundreds of thousands more
suffering, but it's certainly not a time for people to be pointing fingers
and trying to find a bigger dog to blame for local corruption and
incompetence. Pray to God for the survivors that they can start their lives
anew as fast as possible and we learn from all the mistakes to avoid them in
the future.

Entry #20

Comments

1.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 9, 2005, 8:58 am
Excellent post. Thanks.

But for the moment there aren't any people of NO, to speak of. Might never be again. If they ask themselves something I'd suggest they begin by asking why they elected those people to office. Why they've been electing their clones for generations.

The rest of us can learn a valuable lesson here and ask ourselves the same questions.

Jack
2.
MollyGComment by MollyG - September 9, 2005, 9:50 am
Thanks for the comment, Rip [Jack]. You are right-on-the-money, as usual Reading your blog is always a treat. My wish is that everyone here will take the time to read your work.
3.
ToddComment by Todd - September 9, 2005, 2:20 pm
Excellent post, you are helping to spread the word. Bloggers get the real news out these days.

In my opinion, New Orleans should become a commercial district, mainly used by the energy companies and such. I don't believe in rebuilding all the residential sections, because the city is literally sinking, and it's only a matter of time before it happens again.

-Todd
4.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 9, 2005, 8:58 pm
Thanks MollyG. I enjoy yours also.

Good luck,
Jack

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