It's all there, Jeff, on the Meet The Press Broussard video...
Sunday, September 4, 2005
Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard announced on
WWL-TV Saturday Night that residents would be allowed back in the Parish
on Monday, but must re-evacuate by Thursday. Broussard had promised earlier
in the week that residents would be allowed back on Monday, and seems to
have managed to cut a deal with the feds to allow this happen.
Earlier reports on this site have shown that FEMA has barred rescue
teams from entering New Orleans. And now the feds are dragging
people out of the city by gunpoint. And back in Jefferson, Broussard explained
on NBC's Meet the Press this morning that FEMA is making war even on local
authorites [VIDEO] :
RUSSERT: You just heard the director of homeland security's explanation
of what has happened this last week. What is your reaction?
BROUSSARD: We have been abandoned by our own country. Hurricane Katrina
will go down in history as one of the worst storms ever to hit an American
coast. But the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will go down as one of the
worst abandonments of Americans on American soil ever in U.S. history. Whoever
is at the top of this totem pole, that totem pole needs to be chainsawed
off and we've got to start with some new leadership. It's not just Katrina
that caused all these deaths in New Orleans here. Bureaucracy has committed
murder here in the greater New Orleans area and bureaucracy has to stand
trial before Congress now.
"Three quick examples. We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water.
FEMA turned them back. They said we didn't need them. This was a
week ago. FEMA, we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast
Guard vessel docked in my parish. When we got there with our trucks, FEMA
says don't give out the fuel. Yesterday - yesterday - FEMA
comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They
cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects
the line. He posts armed guards and said no one is getting near these lines"
Broussard ended the interview pleading for help with the moving story of
how Jefferson Parish Emrgency Director Walter Maestri's
mother died in a nursing home after being promised rescue repeatedly for
five days. No wonder he said earlier this week that Jefferson Parish would
be better off right now if it were its own country.
Earlier in the week, Maestri explained how FEMA broke signed agreements
to have sufficient assets on the ground within 48 hours of an emergency.
FEMA assets are blatantly wreaking havoc and making
war on the people of Southeast Louisiana. As residents "temporarily"
stream back in tomorrow, they should bring with them generators, gasoline,
weaponry, and weeks or months worth of provisions.
Sherriff Harry Lee needs to deputize every able-bodied male
of Jefferson Parish who returns to patrol key infrastructure and keep
an eye on all federal thugs who may be provocateuring, sabotaging infrastucture
or withholding supplies.
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