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The liars and thieves have shown themselves for the genocidal criminals they've been all along. Yes, this is "just" another repost, "just" another dreary, appalling story. Read it, remember it, and think about it. (Think about whether or not you want to pay your federal taxes to support these parasites upon our earth - maybe you'd rather give that money to a better group.
>"So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged
>anyway. This is working very well for them." Barbara Bush from the beladen
>Houston Astrodome 9-5-05
>Dear Friends -- The following first hand account was written by
>paramedics Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky, who are friends of
>our friend. Lorrie and Larry were in New Orleans attending a
>conference for Paramedics and EMT's when Hurricane Katrina hit. Their
>first hand story follows. It is riveting, and would be unbelievable if
>it were not true. Barbara Bush needs to read this. But since I can't
>get it to her, I am sharing it with you. I highly encourage you to read
>it. ________________________________________________________________
>Hurricane Katrina - Our Experiences
>Note: Bradshaw and Slonsky are paramedics from California that were
>attending the EMS conference in New Orleans. Larry Bradsahw is the
>chief shop steward, Paramedic Chapter, SEIU Local 790; and Lorrie Beth
>Slonsky is steward, Paramedic Chapter, SEIU Local 790.[California]
>Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreen's
>store at the corner of Royal and Iberville streets remained locked. The
>dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now
>48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing. The milk,
>yogurt, and cheeses were beginning to spoil in the 90-degree heat. The
>owners and managers had locked up the food, water, pampers, and
>prescriptions and fled the City. Outside Walgreen's windows, residents
>and tourists grew increasingly thirsty and hungry.
>The much-promised federal, state and local aid never materialized and
>the windows at Walgreen's gave way to the looters. There was an
>alternative. The cops could have broken one small window and
>distributed the nuts, fruit juices, and bottle water in an organized
>and systematic manner. But they did not. Instead they spent hours
>playing cat and mouse, temporarily chasing away the looters.
>We were finally airlifted out of New Orleans two days ago and arrived
>home yesterday (Saturday). We have yet to see any of the TV coverage or
>look at a newspaper. We are willing to guess that there were no video
>images or front-page pictures of European or affluent white tourists
>who also had to loot the Walgreen's in the French Quarter in order to
>We also suspect the media will have been inundated with "hero" images
>of the National Guard, the troops and the police struggling to help the
>"victims" of the Hurricane. What you will not see, but what we
>witnessed, were the real heroes and heroines of the hurricane relief
>effort: the working class of New Orleans. The maintenance workers who
>used a fork lift to carry the sick and disabled. The engineers, who
>rigged, nurtured and kept the generators running. The electricians who
>improvised thick extension cords stretching over blocks to share the
>little electricity we had in order to free cars stuck on rooftop
>parking lots. Nurses who took over for mechanical ventilators and spent
>many hours on end manually forcing air into the lungs of unconscious
>patients to keep them alive. Doormen who rescued folks stuck in
>elevators. Refinery workers who broke into boat yards, "stealing" boats
>to rescue their neighbors clinging to their roofs in flood waters.
>Mechanics who helped hot-wire any car that could be found to ferry
>people out of the City. And the food service workers who scoured the
>commercial kitchens improvising communal meals for hundreds of those
>Most of these workers had lost their homes, and had not heard from
>members of their families, yet they stayed and provided the only
>infrastructure for the 20% of New Orleans that was not under water.
>On Day 2, there were approximately 500 of us left in the hotels in the
>French Quarter. We were a mix of foreign tourists, conference attendees
>like ourselves, and locals who had checked into hotels for safety and
>shelter from Katrina. Some of us had cell phone contact with family and
>friends outside of
>New Orleans. We were repeatedly told that all sorts of resources
>including the National Guard and scores of buses were pouring in to the
>City. The buses and the other resources must have been invisible
>because none of us had seen them.
>We decided we had to save ourselves. So we pooled our money and came up
>with $25,000 to have ten buses come and take us out of the City. Those
>who did not have the requisite $45.00 for a ticket were subsidized by
>those who did have extra money. We waited for 48 hours for the buses,
>spending the last 12 hours standing outside, sharing the limited water,
>food, and clothes we had. We created a priority boarding area for the
>sick, elderly and new born babies. We waited late into the night for
>the "imminent" arrival of the buses. The buses never arrived. We later
>learned that the minute the arrived to the City limits, they were
>commandeered by the military.
>By day 4 our hotels had run out of fuel and water. Sanitation was
>dangerously abysmal. As the desperation and despair increased, street
>crime as well as water levels began to rise. The hotels turned us out
>and locked their doors, telling us that the "officials" told us to
>report to the convention center to wait for more buses. As we entered
>the center of the City, we finally encountered the National Guard. The
>Guards told us we would not be allowed into the Superdome as the City's
>primary shelter had descended into a humanitarian and health hellhole.
>The guards further told us that the City's only other shelter, the
>Convention Center, was also descending into chaos and squalor and that
>the police were not allowing anyone else in. Quite naturally, we asked,
>"If we can't go to the only 2 shelters in the City, what was our
>alternative?" The guards told us that that was our problem, and no they
>did not have extra water to give to us. This would be the start of our
>numerous encounters with callous and hostile "law enforcement".
>We walked to the police command center at Harrah's on Canal Street and
>were told the same thing, that we were on our own, and no they did not
>have water to give us. We now numbered several hundred. We held a mass
>meeting to decide a course of action. We agreed to camp outside the
>police command post. We would be plainly visible to the media and would
>constitute a highly visible embarrassment to the City officials. The
>police told us that we could not stay. Regardless, we began to settle
>in and set up camp. In short order, the police commander came across
>the street to address our group. He told us he had a solution: we
>should walk to the Pontchartrain Expressway and cross the greater New
>Orleans Bridge where the police had buses lined up to take us out of
>the City. The crowed cheered and began to move. We called everyone back
>and explained to the commander that there had been lots of
>misinformation and wrong information and was he sure that there were
>buses waiting for us. The commander turned to the crowd and stated
>emphatically, "I swear to you that the buses are there."
>We organized ourselves and the 200 of us set off for the bridge with
>great excitement and hope. As we marched pasted the convention center,
>many locals saw our determined and optimistic group and asked where we
>were headed. We told them about the great news. Families immediately
>grabbed their few belongings and quickly our numbers doubled and then
>doubled again. Babies in strollers now joined us, people using
>crutches, elderly clasping walkers and others people in wheelchairs. We
>marched the 2-3 miles to the freeway and up the steep incline to the
>Bridge. It now began to pour down rain, but it did not dampen our
>As we approached the bridge, armed Gretna sheriffs formed a line across
>the foot of the bridge. Before we were close enough to speak, they
>began firing their weapons over our heads. This sent the crowd fleeing
>in various directions. As the crowd scattered and dissipated, a few of
>us inched forward and managed to engage some of the sheriffs in
>conversation. We told them of our conversation with the police
>commander and of the commander's assurances. The sheriffs informed us
>there were no buses waiting. The commander had lied to us to get us to
>We questioned why we couldn't cross the bridge anyway, especially as
>there was little traffic on the 6-lane highway. They responded that the
>West Bank was not going to become New Orleans and there would be no
>Superdomes in their City. These were code words for if you are poor and
>black, you are not crossing the Mississippi River and you were not
>getting out of New Orleans.
>Our small group retreated back down Highway 90 to seek shelter from the
>rain under an overpass. We debated our options and in the end decided
>to build an encampment in the middle of the Ponchartrain Expressway on
>the center divide, between the O'Keefe and Tchoupitoulas exits. We
>reasoned we would be visible to everyone, we would have some security
>being on an elevated freeway and we could wait and watch for the
>arrival of the yet to be seen buses.
>All day long, we saw other families, individuals and groups make the
>same trip up the incline in an attempt to cross the bridge, only to be
>turned away. Some chased away with gunfire, others simply told no,
>others to be verbally berated and humiliated. Thousands of New
>Orleaners were prevented and prohibited from self-evacuating the City
>on foot. Meanwhile, the only two City shelters sank further into
>squalor and disrepair. The only way across the bridge was by vehicle.
>We saw workers stealing trucks, buses, moving vans, semi-trucks and any
>car that could be hotwired. All were packed with people trying to
>escape the misery New Orleans had become.
>Our little encampment began to blossom. Someone stole a water delivery
>truck and brought it up to us. Let's hear it for looting! A mile or so
>down the freeway, an army truck lost a couple of pallets of C-rations
>on a tight turn. We ferried the food back to our camp in shopping
>carts. Now secure with the two necessities, food and water;
>cooperation, community, and creativity flowered. We organized a clean
>up and hung garbage bags from the rebar poles. We made beds from wood
>pallets and cardboard. We designated a storm drain as the bathroom and
>the kids built an elaborate enclosure for privacy out of plastic,
>broken umbrellas, and other scraps. We even organized a food recycling
>system where individuals could swap out parts of C-rations (applesauce
>for babies and candies for kids!).
>This was a process we saw repeatedly in the aftermath of Katrina. When
>individuals had to fight to find food or water, it meant looking out
>for yourself only. You had to do whatever it took to find water for
>your kids or food for your parents. When these basic needs were met,
>people began to look out for each other, working together and
>constructing a community.
>If the relief organizations had saturated the City with food and water
>in the first 2 or 3 days, the desperation, the frustration and the
>ugliness would not have set in.
>Flush with the necessities, we offered food and water to passing
>families and individuals. Many decided to stay and join us. Our
>encampment grew to 80 or 90 people.
>From a woman with a battery powered radio we learned that the media was
>talking about us. Up in full view on the freeway, every relief and news
>organizations saw us on their way into the City. Officials were being
>asked what they were going to do about all those families living up on
>the freeway? The officials responded they were going to take care of
>us. Some of us got a sinking feeling. "Taking care of us" had an
>ominous tone to it.
>Unfortunately, our sinking feeling (along with the sinking City) was
>correct. Just as dusk set in, a Gretna Sheriff showed up, jumped out of
>his patrol vehicle, aimed his gun at our faces, screaming, "Get off the
>fucking freeway". A helicopter arrived and used the wind from its
>blades to blow away our flimsy structures. As we retreated, the sheriff
>loaded up his truck with our food and water.
>Once again, at gunpoint, we were forced off the freeway. All the law
>enforcement agencies appeared threatened when we congregated or
>congealed into groups of 20 or more. In every congregation of "victims"
>they saw "mob" or "riot". We felt safety in numbers. Our "we must stay
>together" was impossible because the agencies would force us into small
>atomized groups.
>In the pandemonium of having our camp raided and destroyed, we
>scattered once again. Reduced to a small group of 8 people, in the
>dark, we sought refuge in an abandoned school bus, under the freeway on
>Cilo Street. We were hiding from possible criminal elements but equally
>and definitely, we were hiding from the police and sheriffs with their
>martial law, curfew and shoot-to-kill policies.
>The next days, our group of 8 walked most of the day, made contact with
>New Orleans Fire Department and were eventually airlifted out by an
>urban search and rescue team. We were dropped off near the airport and
>managed to catch a ride with the National Guard. The two young
>guardsmen apologized for the limited response of the Louisiana guards.
>They explained that a large section of their unit was in Iraq and that
>meant they were shorthanded and were unable to complete all the tasks
>they were assigned.
>We arrived at the airport on the day a massive airlift had begun. The
>airport had become another Superdome. We 8 were caught in a press of
>humanity as flights were delayed for several hours while George Bush
>landed briefly at the airport for a photo op. After being evacuated on
>a coast guard cargo plane, we arrived in San Antonio, Texas.
>There the humiliation and dehumanization of the official relief effort
>continued. We were placed on buses and driven to a large field where we
>were forced to sit for hours and hours. Some of the buses did not have
>air-conditioners. In the dark, hundreds if us were forced to share two
>filthy overflowing porta-potties. Those who managed to make it out with
>any possessions (often a few belongings in tattered plastic bags) we
>were subjected to two different dog-sniffing searches.
>Most of us had not eaten all day because our C-rations had been
>confiscated at the airport because the rations set off the metal
>detectors. Yet, no food had been provided to the men, women, children,
>elderly, disabled as they sat for hours waiting to be "medically
>screened" to make sure we were not carrying any communicable diseases.
>This official treatment was in sharp contrast to the warm, heart-felt
>reception given to us by the ordinary Texans. We saw one airline worker
>give her shoes to someone who was barefoot. Strangers on the street
>offered us money and toiletries with words of welcome. Throughout, the
>official relief effort was callous, inept, and racist.
>There was more suffering than need be.
>Lives were lost that did not need to be lost.
>Sep 6, 2005, 11:59 pm
>By Parmedics Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky
>"So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged
>anyway. This is working very well for them." Barbara Bush from the beladen
>Houston Astrodome 9-5-05

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Genocide??? Yeah, right! Try Sheer, Bumbling Incompetence! 14.Sep.2005 21:19

Ben Douglass

Your post was very disturbing in its detail and we all should be outraged at the things said. It was not "genocide" but sheer, bumbling incompetence at the highest levels of our government that caused so much needless death and dying.

Genocide implies "intent." What happened in the Gulf States was the result of a non-caring, stupid, incompetent President and his cronies. That is all. Some may take your posting more seriously if you left the "shrill" out of it, my friend.

Honey, I didn't mean to hit you. I'll never do it again. 15.Sep.2005 00:25


They would like you to believe they are bumbling.

Dubya may be an idiot. However, he only needs to be smart enough repeat what the voice in his ear tells him. Barbie may be a dust-bunny. She is only supposed to gaze rapt in admiration at hubby.

For all the public circus, the corporate agenda leaps from handout to handout, from record profit to record profit.

The real bumbler are those who continue to insist that the clowns are the ringmaster.

Slonsky and Bradshaw 15.Sep.2005 06:41


This story has even hit the corporate media - they were interviewed on CNN Online, and the Gretna police keeping "those people" from New Orleans out of their dry city was the lead story on CNN Online yesterday.

Good work, everyone, for getting this story so even the MSM runs with it!

Incompetence, i don't THINK so!! 15.Sep.2005 09:25

the REAL revolutionary

those pirates running this show would like us all to THINK that they are that dumb. do NOT believe it! they are not as stupid as they seem. everything they did and did not do in new orleans was quite deliberate and on purpose. c'mon sheeple of amerikkka wake the f**k up!! if they can get away with this sort of thing in new orleans they are capable of ANYTHING in the furthurance of their agenda.

They'd like you to think 9-11 was incompetence, too 15.Sep.2005 10:18

Jody Paulson

But incompetents don't get promoted. Incomptents don't get told by the president of the United States, "Great job!" Incompetents don't get no-bid contracts only weeks before they become truly valuable.

Blackwater merceneries and genocide of Africans 15.Sep.2005 13:34

GW Bush = war criminal

The presence of Blackwater mercenaries trained as hitmen roaming the streets of New Orleans with refusal of professional doctors follows the patterns of the Bush regime's escalation of genocide against Africans..

"A related threat are the armed mercenaries of Black Water and other contractors who are patrolling downtown New Orleans. Internet reports indicate they have been particularly brutal in the handling of storm survivors."

Blackwater trains merceneries currently in Iraq as professional hitmen. Rescue training is minimal and not better than the Cuban, Swedish or other foreign aid doctors who were available immediately after the disaster but were denied entry by the Bush regime..

What is the motivation on FEMA's part to deny professional doctors access to the wounded yet simultaneously send in professional Blackwater mercenaries trained to assassinate people??

The incident in Fallujah where Blackwater personnel were killed by an angry mob was a result of Blackwater's reckless suicidal actions of riding through Iraqi towns shooting people randomly. This sort of behavior by Blackwater personal even resulted in them accidentally shooting at Marines in Iraq and then being detained by the Marines. Based on Blackwater's actions they should be prevented from operating in Iraq and definitely not allowed to operate in New Orleans..


"Blackwater is a highly connected mercenary corporation--based in North Carolina, but with offices in McLean, Virginia, near CIA headquarters. They operate a 5,200-acre state-of-the-art commando training ground in North Carolina's Great Dismal Swamp--basically a private military base. It provides privatized training for U.S. military personnel and police.

Privatized corporate military operations now draw an estimated $100 billion in business worldwide each year -- much of it going to top U.S. corporations like Halliburton, DynCorp, Lockheed Martin, Grumman, and Raytheon. The military-industrial companies that once just created the guns and warplanes now provide mercenary forces for "privately" carrying out the military attacks and defoliation-- especially in Colombia where large numbers of "contractors" serve as agents and trainers for the U.S government.

"I would like to have the largest, most professional private army in the world."

Gary Jackson, president of Blackwater USA"

Blackwater merceneris are not the most qualified to rescue or help people in New Orleans. Let the international doctors into New Orleans, FEMA camps, or elsewhere to provide help as needed. What reasoning does the Bush regime have in denying well prepared international doctors the chance to help? FEMA intentionally shooting at journalists and destroying film provokes reasonable accusations of an intentional class/race based genocide of the lower income and primarily African population of New Orleans. This following an execution of Frances Newton, a potentially innocent African woman by the state of Texas indicates the Bush regime's army of the religious right politiicans has declared war on African-americans. To not even give someone one more day of breathing to review the new evidence of potential innocence is a criminal act. There have been several people wrongfully executed and proven innocent after they were murdered by the state..

Even the Republican governor of Illinois George Ryan had the wisdom to suspend the death penalty in the face of overwhelming evidence that many people were on death row were wrongfully convicted and in fact not guilty. To execute a person who is potentially not guilty is a criminal act, defined in international law as murder. Frances Newton was murdered by the racist administration of the state of Texas..

Center on Wrongful Convictions;

Hip-hop performer Kanye West is correct in his statement that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Not only does George W Bush not care about black African people, he is intentionally creating a hostile environment for African people with exposure to toxins in the cities like petrochemical megaplex Houston, racist imprisonment and militarization of the ghetto. In other words, send the young Africans in the city over to Iraq to control their oil that lines the profit hungry pockets of Cheney/Bush regime. Expose US soldiers to depeleted uranium in the tank armor and shells. Then take the petroleum product and create clouds of petrochemical smog that enters the pink lungs of African children living in the urban environments of north america like Houston, LA etc. European immigrants in north america usually live in the middle class suburbs further away from the intense inner city smog and also contribute to additional smog formation by dependency on long commutes to work with little or no public transit use to alleviate this problem..

The petrochemical toxic residue in New Orleans is another factor in this controlled genocide of Africans in america. New Orleans and Baton Rouge for years was nicknamed cancer alley for the higher rates of cancer found in residents living near the petrochemical refineries and industrial complexes. The US government was aware of the potential for future hurricane crisis yet Bush regime purposefully diverted the funds for emergency evacuation and levee repair to support the military occupation of Iraq..

Though environmental racism against people of color/low income was an ongoing problem decades earlier, the continuation and noticeable escalation of oppression by the Bush regime against the African population needs to be discussed in an international forum. The Bush regime already turned its back on human rights violations in Iraq, and they continue this pattern in New Orleans. Ordering FEMA to shoot residents for "looting" survival food is only one example. There is no excuse for the intentional harm inflicted onto people of color, immigrants and Africans in north america and in Africa. The same regime utilizes puppets like Condi Rice to exploit the petroleum reserves in the Niger river delta, home of the Ogoni peoples. Ken-Saro Wiwa and many other Ogoni activists were murdered and abused by the Nigerian government embedded with Chevron. For Ms. Rice's support of the petroleum heirarchy (kissin up to the white slaveowner, shame on u Condi!) she got an oil tanker with her name on it. The indigenous Ogoni people who previously enjoied the nutritional bounty of a healthy tropical rio delta ecosystem now struggle to clean up the petrochemical toxic mess left by decades of ongoing occupation by Chevron and Shell..

In New York there's a talk given on the struggle of the Ogoni people with a hostile government embedded with petroleum executives..



Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP)

Returning to from Ogoni's home on the Niger delta to New Orleans, the most cruel and brutal weapons of the Bush regime's military cadre is now roaming the streets of New Orleans? And this is supposed to help people how??

Clean-up of New Orleans petroleum residue pollution is something that other nations are better prepared for. The Bush regime never prioritized investing in any research for clean-ups of oil spills, so other nations may be better able to to this. Since GW Bush has up to this point ignored the war crimes tribunal at the Hague, it is unlikely he will be willing to let people help. Halliburton has already expressed interest in the contract for clean-up, so Cheney can profit from the hurricane's disaster. This could be considered simply some opportunistic behavior on the part of the Bush regime, but evidence exists that the hurricane crisis and rebuilding by Halliburton may be more deliberate than previously thought. Following Halliburton's pattern from the US occupation of Iraq now involved in the occupation of the petroleum reserves near New Orleans and the delta...

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