Shoot to Kill...Americans?

Frontline, The New Orleans Times-Picayune and ProPublica are reporting that in the jumbled days after Hurricane Katrina an order circulated allowing the New Orleans police to shoot looters, according to present and former members of the department. Some officers who were aware of the order say they refused to carry it out. Some viewed it as fundamental change on the use of deadly force, which only allow police to fire in protect themselves or others from clear physical threat. The accounts of orders to "shoot looters," "take back the city," or "do what you have to do" are fragmentary and it remains unclear who originated them. So far, no officers implicated in shootings have used the order as an explanation. What is clear is that when local government, was wiped out, and state government was paralyzed, by a massive hurricane, the "authority of last resort" - the federal government - was ignoring the horrors while President George W Bush first went to a birthday party in Arizona and then a country music concert in California. By the time Bush's advisers finally sat him down and forced him to watch a DVD of news coverage they had assembled, 4 days of horror had passed and almost 2000 American citizens were dead. During this first nightmare week the mostly black citizens of New Orleans hit hardest by the flooding received from all levels of government neglect and bullets rather than food, water and shelter.

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Brenhin's picture
Brenhin 13 years 43 weeks ago
#1

These kind of clues are how we know how far down the slippery slope of Freedom vs. Security we have slid. It reminds me of a quote from, Orwell Rolls In His Grave, where people recoil from tragedy's and accusations like this in a general failure of imagination, and nerve.

All we have are whistle-blowers now. Were trapped in a corporate media bubble, and masses will never know from them what is actually happening, and as such we are all headed for an abrupt stop.

It reminds me of a little known theory in physics having to do with how order arises from chaos; A complex system (society/civilization) creates more complexity to deal with the entropic ever changing universe, until it collapses under the weight of its own complexity. It's why empires fall.

However given Natures desire to conserve energy/matter, a new system always arises out of the ashes of the old, and begins it ascension up the ladder of complexity, in an attempt to outrun the ever rising tide of Entropy.

I know I sound like Prof. Falken here, but untill a large enough majority of us recognize whats happening, we're only sliding faster.

The, "I just can't believe that could happen" crowd, Right and Left, are about to be the death of us all.

WindHarps's picture
WindHarps 13 years 43 weeks ago
#2

What your post immediately brought to mind:

"I could not believe that the president of the United States, staged by Karl Rove himself, had come down to the city of New Orleans and basically put up a stage prop. It was like you had gone to a studio in California and filmed a movie. They put the props up and the minute we were gone they took them down. All the dump trucks were gone. All the Coast Guard people were gone. It was an empty spot with one little crane. It was the saddest thing I have ever seen in my life. At that moment I knew what was going on and I've been a changed woman ever since. It truly changed my life."

How Karl Rove played politics while people drowned:
http://www.salon.com/books/excerpt/2008/06/06/rove_katrina

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