9/13/2005

Daily Kos: The New Orleans POW / MIA

The New Orleans POW / MIA
by lawnorder
Tue Sep 13th, 2005 at 11:07:07 CDT

"Official" Katrina death count is around 400 today.


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I have just returned from Europe, where the Dutch TV declared 10,000 died in New Orleans last Thursday. British and German press told of a dutch floating cemetery with 25,000 coffins sailing to aid Bush's Federal Government in New Orleans last Friday. The request for 25,000 coffins came from US authorities. And TPM had spoken of 40,000 coffins being sent to the area


Something smells here, more offensive than the NO floodwaters!


Naming the dead: Not just to shame Bush

The sheer tragedy of the victims death will get compounded if no one remembers who they were, what they did, who loved them... And besides, without a death certificate the surviving relatives will not be able to own the house, land or beaten up boat that they would inherit, or worse, they will never know for sure what happened to their brother, sister, wife, parent... At least they can mourn properly. Yet I doubt we will see those poetic and poignant Jazz Funerals anytime soon



Enron Accounting for the dead

We all know the games Bushies use to make numbers more friendly to their PR schmeal.  How can 80,000 people be stranded in a city that got at least 12 feet of water for days, w/o food or drinking water and the death count be so low ?


I'm positively suspicious that the death count is being manipulated! But where's proof ? How can we make sure all death and devastation that just happened in our own country is not just swept under the rug by Bushies ?


A New Orleans Mass Grave ?

The dead tell no tales, particularly when no one knows about their death. We must not let Bush hide the thousands of victims of Katrina under a manicured new city built to spec by Halliburton.


Radical Makeover to hide the carnage

Nature is already being pretty helpful to Bush on destroying evicence of any victims by Katrina. With rats and alligators eating bodies in plain view, plus the days those bodies are spending in open air, available to predators, water damage, etc.. it seems we will never find most of the bodies. But it gets worse: As soon as reconstruction begins, the chance of someone not on Bush's payroll finding any evidence of victims will be pretty nil if Iraq serves as a precedent.


In Iraq, the devastation and bodies that appeared after the cluster bombs were neatly hidden from view with brand new cement and landscaping, one of the few reconstruction projects that really got done. I know of at least 3,000 dead from a bombing near the Baghdad Airport in the beggining of the war that got promptly buried under new earth, cement and landscaping (gotta dig the link). Stories like that in Iraq are a dime a dozen And we do know the same was done in Afghanistan in Mazar-I-Sharif and Sheberghan recently made mass graves

The remains of three individuals were recovered from a shallow grave and were subjected to an autopsy examination. The indications are that all died from gunshot wounds, mostly to the head and back. One body was found with its hands bound, indicating summary execution.. showed surface indications of the use of heavy machiney and indicated a large grave area of recent origin. The team .. exhumed three bodies from those for autopsy.. Other observations at the site, the conditions of the bodies, absence of fly activity, indicated time of death within the past few months after the onset of last fall.


United Nations - Islamabad



A Katrina POW / MIA task force

Thanks to people who never gave up, the US Government was forced to spend the last 30 years digging for scraps of DNA to identify and locate all Vietnam's POW. Why not make a similar effort for the people missing after Katrina hit ? If we list the missing, Bush will be forced to come up with some explanation of their whereabouts.


And make no mistake, the Katrina victims ARE war victims: A war waged by greedy GOPigs on the poor and downtrodden:

Toxic chemicals in the New Orleans flood waters will make the city unsafe for full human habitation for a decade, a US government official has told The Independent on Sunday. And, he added, the Bush administration is covering up the danger.


"I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving." - Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sept. 6, 2005    


"A young [black] man walks through chest deep floodwater after looting a grocery store in New Orleans..."


"Two [white] residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans..." -captions at Yahoo News, Aug. 30, 2005

Tallitsch For Congress 2006



Daily Kos: The New Orleans POW / MIA

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