Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Friday, September 02, 2005

Article II, Section 4


Negligent homicide: In 2005, the Bush Administration drastically slashed--by 85 per cent--a spending request of $27.1 million from the US Army Corps of Engineers for levee improvement in New Orleans. The administration reduced the amount to $3.9 million, which Congress later augmented to $5.7 million. The remainder of the request was diverted to the war in Iraq and to Homeland Security.

Deceit: Jefferson Parish Emergency Preparedness Director Walter Maestri said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency reneged on a promise to begin relieving county emergency preparedness staffers 48 hours after Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans metropolitan area. Relief was never provided.

Public Endangerment: Without relief and speedy evacuation, the affected areas were turned into breeding ground for serious health problems: rabies, gastro-intestinal infection, tetanus, West Nile virus. Spread of disease as victims are evacuated without medical evaluation and triage to various shelters.

Abandonment of Responsibility: 6,000 people abandoned to their fate at an Exxon-Mobil refinery in Plaquemines Parish. Thousands more left on an I-10 causeway without shelter in New Orleans.

Dissimulation: Plaquemines, St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes declared no-fly zones to prevent press coverage and revelation of the damage.

Willful harm to the citizenry: Refusal to accept immediate disaster and rescue assistance offered by NATO, Canada, France and Spain.


Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

Add to that using the same criteria for staffing a crucial federal that they used for Coalition Provisonal Authority and getting the same results

3:33 AM  
Anonymous mark from ireland said...

Nur take a look here:

apropos Lenin's tomb - he takes great care to get his facts right

5:06 PM  

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