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UPDATE: Good God. Laura Rozen passes along the following report from a Dutch reader:
There was a striking dicrepancy between the CNN International report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports of the same event by German TV.
ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.
The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF.
This goes beyond stage management. This is criminal.
UPDATE 2: Over at Respectful of Otters, Rivka posts a more definitive translation of the ZDF report. It turns out the ZDF reporter was talking about the staging of cleanup and corpse removal in Biloxi, not food distribution points in New Orleans.
Originally posted by wecomeinpeace
Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
Wanna get more powers [to be], all you have to do is incite fear amongst the public at large.
The whole "gangs shooting at rescue helicopters" preventing rescue efforts came across as a big propaganda spin to me, as Subz has so eloquently emphasized. The purpose of the propaganda? Next time there's a major disaster, the feds sending in troops to maintain order before aid and relief are sent in will be granted wider acceptance. Martial law will be met with open arms by many.
Originally posted by subtle
- The shooting of the helicopter was over exaggerated by the media. The helicopter was trying to land, and a mob formed yelling for help, the helicopter backed off then people fired in the air but not at the helicopter. They were trying to get its attention and for it to come back. My cousin witnessed this.
- A National Guardsman told my cousin to do whatever he has to do to get out of NO. He didn't recommend him going to the SuperDome or Convention Center to wait for the buses as help was to be days away.
Also the military were driving around looking for people to rescue but their priority was to rescue and take white people out of NO first, not the poor black people.
- As my cousin and his friend were leaving NO, they arrived at a checkpoint. Checkpoints are setup at all entry/exit roads to NO. The military police extensively questioned the car in the front of them. The car was some sedan with a group of black men. They were asked for ID, registration, where they were headed to, etc etc. When they couldn't come up with ID or registration, they were asked to step out, then the military cops pushed them onto the ground and arrested them. When they questioned my cousin, who is hispanic, and his friend who is white, they said that they had no ID, no registration and going to Houston, they were let through. All those being questioned extensively and/or arrested happen to be black.
- The help, relief and transportation buses were in the city the entire time. They were all just parked there and the people were ready to go but couldn't. The National Guard troops told my cousin that they were waiting for orders from FEMA/Homeland Security/Bush to begin the evacuation of New Orleans, which did not come down until Friday morning.
Maybe I should have voted for Gore in 2000 or Kerry in 2004.