Bush blackmailed New Orleans officials


Richard Moore


Our main article today documents how Bush withheld aid from
New Orleans until Gov. Blanco agreed to sign over New Orleans
- and its reconstruction contracts - to the Feds.

But first here are several links to the Bush-Nazi connection.
Several of you noticed that the link I supplied earlier to the
video was not valid. You can find that video by going to this
link, and then hitting the link near the bottom of the page,
entitled "VIDEO on Bush family Nazi links..":

Translation from the Polish of the Newsweek article on
Prescott Bush and the Nazis: 
    "The Bush family reaped rewards from the forced labour
    prisoners in the Auschwitz concentration camp. "

CIA Confirms Nazis Worked for US 

How Bush's Grandfather Helped Hitler Rise to Power 

Nazis in the attic, part 6 
By Randy Davis 

And here we see Bush grabbing more funding, based on the sympathy of the moment,
not to be used to help the people who suffered:
        BBC news
        7 Sep 2005
        Bush seeks $50bn hurricane relief 
                Most of the new aid package will go to the Federal Emergency
                Management Agency (Fema), with $1.4bn for the military and
                $400m for army engineers repairing floodwalls in New Orleans. 


Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 17:14:22 -0400
From: Carol <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Dispatch from the Trenches (New Orleans)

From: •••@••.•••
Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 16:47:57 -0400
Subject: [studioc] Dispatch from the Trenches (New Orleans)

I agree almost totally with this analysis (except for the part
about letting Gov. Blanco off the hook near the end. She did
many, many things that were wrong although her refusal to cave
in to Bush was very important).

Thanks to Dan Kinch for finding this.


Wednesday, September 07, 2005
The New Orleans hostage crisis
From an important posting in Dispatch from the Trenches:

"OK, let's get this straight: Michael Brown is most likely an
incompetent stooge but the fact of the matter is that when he
refused to release supplies, National Guard troops, and
construction equipment, and then ordered the Superdome locked
and checkpoints set up along the roads leading out of New
Orleans to turn back anyone trying to escape the destruction,
he was following orders. None of it was accidental, none of it
was a matter of poor decision-making or the wrong priorities.
It was a deliberate attempt by the Bush Administration to
blackmail the state of Louisiana into handing the city over to
the Federal government.

On Friday, four days after Katrina hit, National Guard troops
finally arrived, supposedly bringing food and water to those
trapped in the Superdome. It's true that there was an initial
delivery of emergency supplies, but it was hardly adequate.
Everyone assumed more would be coming. But the NG came armed,
supposedly to defend itself against bands of looters with
handguns and rifles. Soon after, it became clear that the NG's
real orders were to lock down the Superdome and prevent anyone
from leaving.

Between Wednesday morning and Friday night, ships loaded with
food, water, and medical supplies arrived. FEMA refused to
allow them to be off-loaded. Michael Brown then ordered the
communications lines cut that tied emergency workers together.

Shortly before midnight, the Bush Administration essentially
delivered an ultimatum to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco:
before they released the emergency supplies, they wanted her
to sign the city of New Orleans over to the Federal

Note that the link is to the infamous article in the
Washington Post, the one in which the Post reprinted the lie
told to them by a 'senior administration official' (presumably
Karl Rove or someone working for him), that Blanco had not
declared a state of emergency as of Saturday, September 3,
when in fact, as the correction at the top of the article
says, Blanco had declared the state of emergency on August 26
(many feel the Post has an ethical obligation to reveal the
name of the 'senior administration official', as any promise
of confidentiality was rendered inoperative by the lie, and
the fact of the lie is now part of the news). The spinning
that is going on is part of the blame-shifting exercise by the
White House, but, as Dispatch from the Trenches points out,
has a darker purpose as well. Based on Bush's supposed
authority to use the National Guard to quell civil
disturbances under the Insurrection Act, Bush wanted to
declare martial law and take over the city of New Orleans.
Why? Dispatch from the Trenches gives four reasons, the most
important ones being the third and fourth (emphasis in the

"Declaring martial law would give the Federal government total
control of the city: the Army would be brought in to police it
and - perhaps most important to this corporate president - the
Federal government would have charge of all the rebuilding
contracts, giving it $$$billions$$$ to hand out to its
corporate sponsors.

There's also the little matter of taking decisions about how
and what to rebuild out of the hands of the people of New
Orleans and putting them into the hands of people who see New
Orleans as 'Sin City', effectively ensuring that New Orleans
would never again be the Big Easy."

Bush used the starving people of New Orleans as hostages to
blackmail the Governor into turning the city over to his
troops so he could:

1.. hand out all the reconstruction contracts to friends of
the Bush Crime Family such as Halliburton; and

2.. use his soldiers to control the exit and return of the
inhabitants of New Orleans, to ensure that 'undesirables' -
blacks and poor white race traitors who like living in a
predominantly black culture - never come back so he can
rebuild the city as an amusement park for white tourists. The
lie told to the Washington Post was just part of the pressure
put on the Governor. Bush's plan explains why available troops
were left out of the city when they could have been useful and
were only installed as the city was being evacuated (they now
serve as overarmed security guards), and why FEMA took active
steps to prevent aid and aid workers from getting to the city.
It also explains why the mainstream press spent so much time
reporting on looting, rapes and murders, all in an attempt to
force Blanco to agree to Bush's demands. The looting stories
were almost entirely cases of people foraging for the food
which Bush had ensured they couldn't have, and the rape and
murder stores were largely fictional. The entire scenario was
an attempt by the Bush Administration to make money off the
tragedy caused by Katrina, an attempt that was partially
foiled by Blanco's refusal to be blackmailed into handing the
city over to Bush.

The struggle continues, and we must not allow them to get away
with their evil plans. It would be a social, architectural,
and cultural crime to let Bush destroy New Orleans. New
Orleans needs to be brought back to life in its existing
buildings, most of which can be saved, and with its former
inhabitants. Did the Italian government contemplate rebuilding
Florence someplace else after the 1966 floods? Does anyone
ever seriously contemplate moving Venice, a very similar
ecological disaster of a city that is also slowly sinking? The
idea is laughable. Let's face it. There are only five
culturally important places in the whole country: New York,
Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and . . . New Orleans. You just
can't give New Orleans up so that some rich Republicans can
make money. If the American political system were working
properly, Bush's attempt to use the lives of the starving and
dying citizens of New Orleans as hostages should lead to his
impeachment and removal from office. This wasn't just total
incompetence and negligence; it was a criminal act.

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Richard Moore (rkm)
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