New Orleans Two Years After by Greg Palast

“They wanted them poor niggers out of there.”

“We needed an answer to a weird, puzzling and horrific discovery. Among the miles and miles of devastated houses, rubble still there today in New Orleans, we found dry, beautiful homes. But their residents were told by guys dressed like Ninjas wearing “Blackwater” badges: “Try to go into your home and we’ll arrest you.””

14 thoughts on “New Orleans Two Years After by Greg Palast

  1. But their residents were told by guys dressed like Ninjas wearing “Blackwater” badges: “Try to go into your home and we’ll arrest you.”

    I find this interesting. Under whose authority can these private mercenaries from Blackwater (or any of them) arrest anyone? Did the governor of Louisiana bring them in? Or are they on the federal payroll? Under what law can the federal government bring in privarte mercenaries to threaten citizens with arrest?

  2. “It’s two cities. You know? There’s the city for the white and the rich. And there’s another city for the poor and Blacks. You know, the city that’s for the white and rich has recovered. They had a Jazz Fest. They had a Mardi Gras. They’re going to have the Saints playing for those who have recovered. But for those who haven’t recovered, there’s nothing.”

    This to me is the most important quote, as this is exactly what we said they were doing, when Bush didn’t show up for 4 days.

  3. I changed the subheading. Should I have left it? Don’t want to offend anyone.. I thought that guys quote (and the title of his blog) was pretty impacting.

  4. nwmuse,

    The quote is fine. I get those newsletters from Palast, too, and it was a prominent part of his story. Besides, it pretty much boils the whole thing down, doesn’t it?

    Bush’s response to Katrina was criminal, and his appointment of Rove to oversee the recovery efforts was a giant F.U. (and I don’t mean “Felix Unger”) not only to the poor residents of NO, but to all of America.

    New Orleans is an American city. Not a Democratic or Republican one, not a conservative or a liberal one, but an American city. As such, its full recovery is an American concern, not just a state or local one.

    I hope the WH has the sense (I’m dreaming, aren’t I?) NOT to nominate Chertoff to be the new AG. There is no reason in the world to “reward” him by giving him a promotion. He has not served this nation well, but he has served Bush, personally, well.

  5. Well Wayne, I read up some more yesterday on Mr. Chertoff. He wrote most of the Patriot Act. That is my main reason to want him gone. His connections with Giuliani also make my skin crawl.

  6. I’m from New York State, and just the name Giuliani makes my skin crawl. When the rest of the country learns what a phony he is, they’ll drop him, probably when Fred “Sometimes I’m Dalton Sometimes I’m Not” Thompson “officially” joins the race next week (or month)

    Rudy’s constant fear-mongering and incredible belief that we really are in danger of being taken over as a nation by advocates of radical Islam are almost laughable, or would be if he wasn’t dead serious. (And he’s scary-looking when he laughs.)

  7. I have lived in Dutchess County up the river from NYC for about 25 years. As Mayor, Rudy morphed from a ray of light to lecherous monster. He canned the recovery effort for victims’ remains immediately after the world bank gold was found. Such empathy!

  8. Shayne, here is an article with Chertoff and Giuliani:
    It doesn’t say anything bad. It is just that they are connected that bothers me. Especially when you throw in Kerik too. I just think Giuliani is slimey.
    There is a very interesting section on Bernie Kerik in the book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City” (I can’t recommend this book enough..). It exposed one very creepy corrupt guy.

  9. nwmuse,

    I was never all that impressed with Kerik, but for me, he lost all rights to any government position whatsoever when he admitted that he used the apartments set-up for the 9-11 rescue workers to have an affair. That was disgusting, and an incredible insult not only to the memory of those who died, especially his fellow police officers, but to the people who were busting their asses trying to recvier the remains of the fallen. And Rudy supported him right to the end, even nominating him to Bush to be the head of DHS.

    To even call Giuliani “slimey” may be an insult to slime. That’s how bad he’s become.

  10. Honestly, read the book I mentioned (if you haven’t). Every page seems to be an OMG moment. The part about Kerik was unbelievable.

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