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Originally posted by JustMike
the dearth of reporting in this case has left me puzzled.
because I had thought that the USA's authorities would do better when it came to helping their own people.
So I have been waiting for some detailed and honest reports about what has really gone on and what is being done about it, and there has been so little coming out that it's frankly disturbing. It's like it never really happened. As several have said, you can't hide the effects of a hurricane. However, if you clamp down on the mass media you can certainly slow down the release of that information and reduce its impact.
Is that the reasoning? I don't know. But it seems from what I have seen (via the links to press conferences) that the media are being restricted.
Sorry for snipping your post in my quote.
In my opinion the situation is this, FEMA etc does not want people to see what is taking place, the way to keep this from happening is to shut down the flow of information. Control the information, control the people.
As Americans seem to have a very short attention span give this another week and no one will be asking "well what did take place?" We will be off to work, doing laundry, taking our kids to school and not even remembering that Ike took place or that our government shut down the flow of information.
In six months or less the government will release a report that explains what happened, ie what they want us to know, and they will write the history books to their advantage.
I have friends that live down their, when I spoke to them last Thursday the plan was for them to leave early Friday morning, from the reports I have read their is a large possibility that they could not get out by Friday morning. I have still not heard from them and am very concerned. When I do hear from them I will post back here.
Move along, nothing to see here, your friends? They moved to (insert any far off place).
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuckAccording to the information which I received from my own sources within the National Guard, the figure I was quoted when I was down there was 5,280-something. And they were quietly disposed of in incinerators that were hurriedly put together by both the National Guard and FEMA..."
Originally posted by darkbluesky
Why would anyone try to hide the fact that 5,280 people died as a result of a terrible natural disaster?
Unlikely IMO. Impossible to hide.
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
Well, that's why I brought it to the attention of the thread...so that they could read the piece, give it some thought, poke around on their own for some web-based corrabaration...you know, present a reasoned response.
Kinda the same way that I dug something up that had relavence to the issue of covering up the extent of a natural disaster.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has hired Kenyon International to set up a mobile morgue for handling bodies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana following H urricane Katrina, RAW STORY has learned. Kenyon is a subsidiary of Service Corporation International (SCI), a scandal-ridden Texas-based company operated by a friend of the Bush family. Recently, SCI subsidiaries have been implicated in illegally discarding and desecrating corpses. Louisiana governor Katherine Blanco subsequently inked a contract with the firm after talks between FEMA and the firm broke down. Kenyon's original deal was secured by the Department of Homeland Security. In other words, FEMA and then Blanco outsourced the body count from Hurricane Katrina -- which many believe the worst natural disaster in U.S. history -- to a firm whose parent company is known for its "experience" at hiding and dumping bodies.
Originally posted by darkbluesky Johnny, I though my response was reasoned. I employed logic and came up with a question in response to your information. Would you care to speculate as to why any Govt would want to hide the true number of fatalaties from a Hurricane?
Frankly, I am seeing what looks like partisan politics rearing its ugly head as the reactions of the government of the day are being scrutinised. If I misread your skeptisism, excuse me. You see a lot of nuance from the outside looking in, as a previous poster noted.
That's great, but why be annoyed when someone raises a question regarding what you dug up?
I had a question, which you ignored, and an opinion which you dismissed and ridiculed.
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
Why cover it up? In Katrina we had "Heck of a job, Brownie." That was the official response to what had been a screw-up of colossal proportions. Why lie? 65 deaths are a footnote worthy of a response akin to "Well, there ya go." 5000 dead demands accountability...something politicians are notorious for avoiding.
I will apologise for being snippy.
Originally posted by darkmaster
Not to sound too cold blooded here, but they did tell the citizens of Galveston Island to evacuate before hand.