2Millionth Web Log/Suspect Device: Told to Stay Quiet Despite What Was Witnessed
Read this from 2Millionth Web Log. I dig the "Southern Strategy" assertion and I agree 100%.
And then this from Suspect Device (the second part of the post specifically, as the first part doesn't pertain to New Orleans, but is worthwhile reading because it illustrates yet another example of the habitual lying).
The most notable part of the original WWL content that both above posts link to:
The video they shot of the levee breach was used in the recently completed Congressional investigation. And while they testified, they were told to stay quiet about what they saw until it was over.
TOLD TO STAY QUIET?????? WHY? Because the reality didn't match the contrived story circulated as the truth. So for those first several crucial months from August to say, November or so, the reported ironclad truth was that the overtopping of the 17th Street Canal floodwall and London Avenue Canal floodwall led to most of the catastrophic flooding of the City of New Orleans. Not a design or not a structural failure--not a MANMADE failure, but that the Lake Pontchartrain-fed lateral canal water simply rose above the height of the floodwall and overtook it. Under this false assumption, the resulting wasteland the majority of our city became is specifically no one's fault because the flooding was simply an unstoppable natural disaster. This company line is reported for months and months and in the mind of that asshole cab driver in Detroit there is no individual culpability for the destruction of New Orleans. Its no one's fault. And Mr. Cab Driver (cue the Lenny Kravitz) dismisses Orleanians as being stupid for living here (not caring or understanding the geopolitical relevance or importance of New Orleans and its location) and moves on to the new news cycle and/or the latest Distraction du Jour.
But yet, here we have videotape taken by several NOFD firefighters on the morning of 29 August 2005 high above West End in a multi-story building that directly contradicts that story--the myth. They were told to stay quiet until the Congressional inquiry intending to determine what happened was complete. What? Huh? Can you think of other incidents in our country's history where people (er, witnesses) perhaps with contradicting information to the official story were told to "keep quiet?" I certainly can.
The City of New Orleans drowned because of inadequate flood protection--mostly dealing with poorly concieved, designed, and constructed floodwalls, not because the natural forces were beyond the limits of protection. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District is the federal agency with the duty of providing the flood protection of New Orleans--since 1892. They are (now admittedly) responsible for the flooding of the City of New Orleans, however, it is not that their staff are complete incompetents or their rationale is completely flawed. There are many factors that affect Corps-constructed projects from concept, to design, and to implementation and TBNO Contributor I.D. Reilly discussed this in a post in April. He is correct and without getting into specifics, trust me--Mr. Reilly knows what he is talking about. For instance, the repeated slashing of funding for the Corps in recent pre-KTMB years earmarked for flood control projects certainly didn't help New Orleans.
Now granted, the truth of what really happened (design failures) has come out in the past several months thanks to independent, scientific-based (reality-based) research teams. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to their credit, has publicly admitted their culpability, but the announcement by Lt. General Carl Strock didn't quite get the fanfare it should have received. I heard the crickets chirping upon its announcement . . . But because overtopping and a uncontrollable natural disaster was the story-line in the months proceeding 29 August 2005, the vast majority of our fellow countrymen reached their conclusion a long time ago. Reality has nothing to do with it.
TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Flooding, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Levees