Katrina testimonies


Richard Moore

Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 20:20:14 -0500
To: •••@••.•••
From: Cameron McLaughlin 

My neighbors are lifelong New Orleanians. Most of their family
has evacuated to here, but one nephew who had a broken leg was
trapped in New Orleans and was only able to leave a few days
ago. I talked to his uncle today about these allegations that
the levee was deliberately blown. His nephew was nearby and
confirms that residents heard a series of explosions before
the levee "failed".

Another deliberate act of sabotage was the opening of
floodgates in another location that was announced in advance
by radio. Such an act to sacrifice a poor neighborhood in
order to spare an expensive one is not unprecedented in New
Orleans history.

I spent most of my teenage years in NO and have spent much
time there since. The rest of the world really can't
comprehend the depth of racism and class disparity in New
Orleans. I have no doubt that Rep. Baker's recent remark that
the public housing problem has been solved by God when it
couldn't be accomplished legally any other way is entirely
reflective of the rapacious developer mentality in the region.
They have wanted to rid NO of its poor for years in order to
snap up desirable real estate. As with everything else in
America, it's about depopulating the unwanted so that the
rich-boy powermongers can do what they want. Such is the
South. Such is the US.

Cameron McLaughlin
Pensacola, Florida

From: "Westaway" <•••@••.•••>
To: "Westaway" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: The 17th street levee was bombed, food not being provided, we are 
trapped like prisoners, 20 rapes a night in stadium - Evacuees in Astrodome
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 17:56:07 -0700


Evacuees in Astrodome: The 17th street levee was bombed, food
not being provided, we are trapped like prisoners, 20 rapes a
night in stadium

bellaciao.org | September 10 2005

Report from the Houston Astrodome...

10:23: Joel just got removed. Almost arrested. Fox News is
down on the floor. I'm in dome, hiding in seats. They're
allowing some media on the floor, not others.

10:31 Just met members of the Polish press, they are being
stopped from entering floor. Says this is like the former

10:57 Raw transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee : "The 17th
street levee was bombed by the Army Corps of Engineers to save
the more valuable real estate in the city... to keep the
French Quarter protected, the ninth ward was sacrificed...
people are afraid to speak out... everyone who was near there
heard the bombings... they bombed seven times. That's why they
didn't fix the levees... 20 feet of water. Gators. People
dying in water. They let the parishes go, not the city center.
Tourist trap was saved over human life. A six year old girl
was raped in here.. 9 year old boy killed. A man in the shower
beaten. No hot food. No help for elderly."

Another evacuee: "Over 20 rapes per night happening inside
this place. They bring in national guard for media purposes.
Bush wants us to stay here to raise his ratings. Some workers
are stealing the good stuff, like shoes."

11:16: Rough transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee, male: "We
are treated like prisoners here. Placed under mandatory
curfew. We are citizens!"

11:22 Now I'm speaking to someone else, another woman, who
says some people report having witnessed "bomb sounds,"
believe 17th street levee and others were blown up to manage
water flow and protect more valuable portions of real estate.

Evacuee: "They blew the levee to save the city..." Saying a
barge broke the levee. She is from St. Bernard Parish. "More
expensive places were saved at the expense of the
neighborhoods that aren't as valuable... Rebuilding Bourbon
Street matters more to the government... that's what mattered
to Governor Blanco..."

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