Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy

September 11, 2005
Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy

The governor of Louisiana was "blistering mad." It was the third night after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans, and Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco needed buses to rescue thousands of people from the fetid Superdome and convention center. But only a fraction of the 500 vehicles promised by federal authorities had arrived.

Ms. Blanco burst into the state's emergency center in Baton Rouge. "Does anybody in this building know anything about buses?" she recalled crying out.

"Reconstruction" of NOLA = "Reconstruction" of Iraq?

"Reconstruction" of NOLA = "Reconstruction" of Iraq?
By Murshed Zaheed
Posted on Fri Sep 09, 2005 at 12:21:08 PM EST

So the "Shaw Group" lands two $100 million contracts for NOLA reconstruction. Apparently this company is client of Allbaugh (according to TPM). The contract is same as controversial Halliburton contract in Iraq (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) whereby company just bills govt as it goes with profit determined as percentage of costs (gives company incentive to increases costs):

BATON ROUGE, La., Sep 08, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Shaw Group Inc. (SGR) today that is has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to aid in the recovery and rebuilding efforts. Shaw will provide supervision, equipment, materials, labor, logistics, and all means necessary to provide the Corps of Engineers an immediate response for construction contract capability. The contract will provide construction and related services including program planning, scheduling, design, engineering, transportation, construction management, and quality control. Under this contract, Shaw has received its first task of pumping floodwater from the city of New Orleans out and over the levees. Shaw is using temporary pumps and is repairing and restarting the existing pump stations. The $100 million contract has a base period of one-year, with an additional one-year option. Shaw announced earlier today a $100 million ID/IQ contract award by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide support services in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, including housing assistance for displaced residents.

'This Is a National Disgrace'

'This Is a National Disgrace'
Opinion: A civil-rights leader mourns an African-American population left behind.
By John Lewis

Sept. 12, 2005 issue - I was headed to New Orleans as a Freedom Rider in May of 1961. It would've been my first visit, but we were arrested in Jackson, Miss., and never made it. In happier times, though, I have been able to visit New Orleans over the years. It's one of my favorite cities, one of the great Southern cities. The people are friendly, warm, helpful. In the old part of the city, there's so much history when you walk down Canal Street or Royal. One of my favorite places is a shop on Royal, where they have lots of art posters by African-American artists. After Katrina, there's a loss of the music, the restaurants and the character in addition to the unbelievable loss of lives. Maybe we will never know the number of people who have been lost.

Bring them Home Now Tour--Savannah, GA Sept 12- Sept. 13

Savannah, GA
Mon, Sep. 12th - Tue, Sep. 13th
Event Description:

Monday, September 12th
7:30 PM
Candlelight Vigil
Forsyth Park

more events being planned, check back for updates and email contact if you would like to help

Local Event Contact:

Kathy Bush, MFSO, 912-713-3075
Murem Sharpe 912 247 4255

Ann, 808-741-1141
Lisa, 213-840-1972

Local Press Contact:

Katya: 703-304-5075


Bring them Home Now Tour--Pittsburgh, PA, Sep. 11- Sep. 14

Pittsburgh, PA
Sun, Sep. 11th - Wed, Sep. 14th
Event Description:

Sunday, September 11th
4:30 PM
CAMP NEIL Speak Out/Pot-Luck Picnic with Musical Perfomances
Flagstaff Hill (Schenely Park, Oakland)

7:00 PM
Candlelight Vigil and MARCH
From Flagstaff Hill (Schenely Park, Oakland) to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial

Monday, September 12th
11:45 AM
Truth in Recruiting Press Conference/Protest
Oakland Military Recruiting Station (3712 Forbes Ave., Oakland)

Truth in Recruiting
Friends Meeting House (4836 Ellsworth Ave, Oakland)

Tuesday, September 13th

National Guard, the Gulf Coast and the War in Iraq

National Guard, the Gulf Coast and the War in Iraq

by Nancy Lessin and Charley Richardson, Military Families Speak Out
by Nancy Lessin, Military Families Speak Out

"Stay at home and serve your country" was the slogan used to attract men and women into service to their communities and their country in the National Guard. The promise to the men and women of the Guard was also a promise to citizens of the various states that they would have a force available to them in time of emergency.

One weekend a month, two weeks each year, those who signed up to serve in the state militia known as the National Guard trained to protect Country and Constitution and to provide aid in times of local emergencies such as forest fires, floods, hurricanes, blizzards, and civil unrest. National Guard soldiers have specifically been trained to assist in emergencies such as the one that Hurricane Katrina brought to the Gulf Coast on August 28-29, 2005.

War critic Cindy Sheehan to appear in Albany

War critic Cindy Sheehan to appear in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan is making a pit stop in the Capital Region next week.

Supporters are setting up a symbolic Camp Casey in Capitol Park West in honor of those who have died in Iraq. The camp is named for Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, who was killed last year.

Sheehan began a cross-country bus tour late last month after several weeks of a vigil near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

The tour will culminate with a peace rally in Washington, D-C on Sept. 24.

A Bitter Anniversary

September 11, 2005
A Bitter Anniversary
There's a ceremony taking place this morning at Ground Zero: a commemoration of the fallen of September 11th. For the families of the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center, the arrival of this day will always be the cause of profound anguish. I wonder, however, if it’s possible that there will come a time for the rest of us, both here in New York and across America, when this day will become less an occasion of grief and anger, and more a day of thoughtful reflection?

So long as Osama Bin Laden and his lieutenants remain free, this day must remind us of our unfinished business. Treachery cannot be allowed to go unpunished. We owe it to our dead to see that justice is done. In a very real sense, by focusing United States' efforts on occupying Iraq, rather than dismantling al Qaeda, President Bush has only exacerbated the pain and suffering of New Yorkers.

9/11 and Manipulation of the USA

By Norman Solomon

Traveling from New York City in late September 2001, on a pre-scheduled
book tour, author Joan Didion spoke with audiences in several cities on the
West Coast. In the wake of 9/11, she later wrote, "these people to whom I
was listening -- in San Francisco and Los Angeles and Portland and
Seattle -- were making connections I had not yet in my numbed condition
thought to make: connections between [the American] political process and
what had happened on September 11, connections between our political life
and the shape our reaction would take and was in fact already taking. These

Holding Bush accountable

Editorial: Holding Bush accountable
The Capital Times (Madison, WI)
An editorial
September 9, 2005

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, appropriate attention is being given to the question of whether President Bush and his aides will be held accountable for his plodding and disengaged response to an enormous natural disaster and the chaos that followed.

But as members of Congress return to Washington next week, they must remain conscious that the immediate disaster is not the only one that demands an accounting from this administration.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, understands better than most the necessity of maintaining a dual focus on hurricane-related issues and the lingering questions raised by presidential statements and actions before the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Detroit Free Press Acknowledges Conyers' Work, Pretends Majority Positions Are "Fringe"

Conyers rises to take on Bush
September 10, 2005

WASHINGTON -- At age 76, U.S. Rep. John Conyers -- long a hero to civil rights activists -- has grabbed a new torch: darling of the antiwar, anti-Bush far left.

Conyers, arguably President George W. Bush's harshest congressional critic on Iraq policy, openly proclaims that his goal is nothing short of impeaching the president.

That kind of rhetoric is fueled by his embrace of the Downing Street memos -- the eight British intelligence reports that activists from Rochester Hills to London believe are the smoking gun that proves Bush misled Congress about the case for war against Iraq.


By Mel Goodman
U.S. Tour of Duty
September 10, 2005

Mel Goodman, co-author of "Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives Are Putting the World at Risk," is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy.


Over the past three years, we have been watching the gradual unraveling of the integrity and credibility of President Bush and his entire administration. In the winter of 2002-2003, there was the calculated misuse of intelligence collection and analysis to justify the invasion of Iraq, the first preemptive war in the history of the United State. Then, there was the war itself with President Bush donning a flight suit on the USS Abraham Lincoln to make a premature declaration of ³mission accomplished.² The post-war period revealed the absence of any coherent plan, let alone strategy, for U.S. forces in Iraq. Finally, we have the tragic events of the past two weeks on America¹s Gulf Coast, marked by the loss of a great American city and thousands of lives in the poorest and most powerless reaches of New Orleans. The president actually defended the government¹s response to Hurricane Katrina, and his mother declared it a success for the evacuees who ³were underprivileged anyway, so this is working well for them.²

Publications of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

40. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
October 2, 2016

39. MEMORANDUM FOR: Secretary of State Kerry & Foreign Minister Lavrov
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
SUBJECT: A Call for Proof on Syria-Sarin Attack
December 22, 2015

38. U.S. Intel Vets Decry CIA's Use of Torture
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Sept. 19, 2015

37. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
SUBJECT: Releasing an Intelligence Report on Shoot-Down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Blackwater Mercenaries Deploy in New Orleans

By Jeremy Scahill and Daniela Crespo
t r u t h o u t | Report
Saturday 10 September 2005

New Orleans - Heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm, infamous for their work in Iraq, are openly patrolling the streets of New Orleans. Some of the mercenaries say they have been "deputized" by the Louisiana governor; indeed some are wearing gold Louisiana state law enforcement badges on their chests and Blackwater photo identification cards on their arms. They say they are on contract with the Department of Homeland Security and have been given the authority to use lethal force. Several mercenaries we spoke with said they had served in Iraq on the personal security details of the former head of the US occupation, L. Paul Bremer and the former US ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte.


One of our coalition's organizational members is planning an advertising campaign and needs a high-resolution photo of Bush with no copy right problems. Do you have a photo you've taken? Do you know a photographer or a good source of such a photo? Or is there perhaps a photo from Bush's AWOL days that's public? Please post here.

Commemoration, Compassion & Community

Commemoration, Compassion & Community:
A Day-long Fundraiser for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina
Poetry, Music, Film, Theatre, Food

Sunday, September 11, 2005, 9 AM to 11 PM
Busboys & Poets
14th & V, NW, Washington DC
U Street/Cardozo Green line Metro

To benefit the People's Hurricane Fund/Young People's Project and the Southern Relief Fund of the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, organizations led by and working directly with low-income communities of color in the effected areas.

All are invited to bring a poem to read - one of your own or any poem that speaks to you in these difficult times. The organizers will also have poems available to choose from, if you like.

The Man who ate his fingers

The Man who ate his fingers :: A Fictional Story About the Stupidity of War and the Idiots Who Glorify It ::
by William John Cox
(Sunday August 28 2005)


"The future remains unsettled. With Sam’s notoriety and disability, he can no longer live on the street. A number of substantial offers have come in for him to sell his television, movie and book rights. He’s a survivor; I’m sure he will figure it out."


I can’t recall the first time I met Sam. I had seen him around the Times building for the past 15 years or so, and from time to time when he would see me on the street, he’d tell me one of my columns “was a good one.

Toons o' the Day

Bill Maher: 'America Must Recall George Bush Now'

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Here are a few video highlights from the latest edition of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.

In particular, Maher's weekly rant made the case for the removal of George W. Bush from the Office of President. Instead of calling for impeachment directly, Maher suggests a "California-style" recall election...

URL (Both Windows Media & Real video links):

Brad Friedman
THE BRAD BLOG - The uprising continues...
VELVET REVOLUTION - The revolution begins...

Magnetic Ribbons

Send This Letter to Your Friends

Dear Friends,

Vote in Congress Wednesday on Inquiry into Bush War Lies

A Resolution of Inquiry into Bush's war lies (H Res 375) now has 70 co-sponsors. It will come to a vote in the House International Relations Commitee on September 14th, where it has the co-sponsorship of most of the Democrats and one Republican. To pass, it needs all the Democrats and three Republicans. The more Congress Members not on the committee who co-sponsor, the more likely some committee members are to vote yes. A substantial debate on the issue is expected. The committee meets in Room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building, at 10:30 a.m. this Wednesday.

The War on Errorism

Published on Saturday, September 10, 2005 by
By Blair Bobier

The Errorists have struck again. This time it was New Orleans; next time it could be your city.

Make no mistake about it: these insidious Errorists are deadly and determined to destroy the American way of life. They are the greatest threat to our nation’s survival.

Do not give the Errorists aid and comfort. Do not buy their lies and excuses. By no means should you vote for them.

George Bush is an Errorist. Dick Cheney and Karl Rove are, too.

International Terrorists have been blamed for the destruction of the World Trade Center where two thousand people died. But it was the Errorists who ignored the warnings of the impending attack, who failed to protect thousands of people in the Twin Towers and who let Osama Bin Laden slip away despite launching two wars and spending billions of dollars in pursuit of the “mastermind

2005 = 1/1965?

By Steve Cobble
Huffington Post

It was the worst of times, for right-wingers. Pundits were wondering if their political influence had faded completely, gone for good.

Their golden boy had just been trounced, extending a liberal reign that had begun with JFK's close, disputed presidential election.

The Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and the Warren Court was in full stride.

LBJ & Dr. King & the liberals had pushed through the Civil Rights Act the year before, and in one short stretch in the summer of '65 also passed the Voting Rights Act and Medicare.

Liberal power was at its peak.

Republicans despise Cindy Sheenan because she undermines one of their dirtiest rhetorical tricks.

From the article Martial Flaw by Jonathan Cohn for The New Republic 09/02/05

(, subscription required):

the day Cindy Sheehan, mother of a fallen American soldier, began her
vigil in Crawford, Texas, President Bush left the job of attacking her
to his henchmen in the Republican Party and his sycophants in the
press. Instead, Bush has largely confined himself to one modest,
respectful response: that Sheehan's opposition to the war in Iraq is a
relatively lonely one within the military community. "I met with a lot
of families," Bush explained at a late August press conference. "She
doesn't represent the view of a lot of the families I have met with." 

Bush may be right about that. Sheehan's appearance on the national
scene doesn't prove that most military families oppose the war any more
than it proves that immediately withdrawing soldiers, the policy she
has advocated, is the one the United States should now pursue. But
Sheehan's value isn't as a barometer of public opinion or as a source
of foreign policy wisdom. It's as proof of one very simple point: that
a person can criticize the war and still support the troops. 

Judge supports CNN request to cover Katrina's toll

Judge supports CNN request to cover Katrina's toll

Saturday, September 10, 2005 Posted: 0533 GMT (1333 HKT)

At the request of CNN, a federal judge in Texas Friday night blocked emergency officials in New Orleans from preventing the media from covering the recovery of bodies from Hurricane Katrina.

Attorneys for the network argued that the ban was an unconstitutional prior restraint on news gathering.

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison issued a temporary restraining order against a "zero access" policy announced earlier Friday by Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who is overseeing the federal relief effort in the city, and Terry Ebbert, the city's homeland security director.

Hiding Bodies Won't Hide the Truth

Hiding Bodies Won't Hide the Truth
By Terry M. Neal Staff Writer
Thursday, September 8, 2005; 9:46 AM

Cadavers have a way of raising questions.

When people see them, they wonder, how did they get dead?

When a lot of people see a lot of dead bodies, politicians begin thinking of damage control.

Echoing a Defense Department policy banning the photographing of flag-draped coffins of American troops, representatives from the much-maligned Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Tuesday that it didn't want journalists to accompany rescue boats as they went out to search for storm victims, because "the recovery of the victims is being treated with dignity and the utmost respect." An agency spokeswoman told Reuters, "We have requested that no photographs of the deceased be made by the media."

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