more katrina links

Time for a Truth & Justice Commission: Back Inside New Orleans (CounterPunch) Interesting first hand witness accounts about the potential “credibility” of the supposed “mayhem”. It’s unclear exactly what’s going on as also highlighted here (Ballpoint Wren), here (BoingBoing) and here (Hullaboo) which list the contradictory eyewitness reports. Significantly, however, you notice who is reporting what: those in positions of authority (police, military) versus more ordinary citizens on the spot. However CNN ran a story showing photographs of dead and mutilated people presumably from the convention center, although I can’t find a direct source online (though plenty of commentary from people who saw the same clip I did). So…??? On the one hand, I can’t imagine that you could cram 10-12K people under desparate conditions and not expect there to be some lunatics, as with any such large group, black, white, rich, poor, etc. On the other, I have no doubt that there’s more than a whiff of racist and classist fears exaggerating and/or actually making up incidents.

Right-Wing Myths About Katrina, Debunked (ThinkProgress) Amazing the number of lies that are getting propagated.

Did They Really Say That? ( Tip from Sidra Good lord, all those quotes are real. But I must say I do love Maher’s.

Katrina body counting duties given to firm tied to Bush family (Pam’s House Blend) Pam’s got a really disturbing collection of info on the firm finally hired to do the hurricane body handling.

Governors handle crisis in own ways (USA Today) Or, A Tale of Two Governors. Notice that Blanco has to call Bush multiple times to get ahold of him; Barbour never has to call Bush because he’s calling him, several times a day.

God Bless the CRS (This Is Not Over) A research committee shows that Blanco took all and every necessary steps to authorize FEMA’s operations in LA and NOLA before the hurricane hit. So FEMA’s sitting around “waiting for authorization” is absolutely incorrect.

As bodies recovered, reporters are told ‘no photos, no stories’ (SFGate) Evidently the soldiers haven’t been told of this court ruling. Note the dates.

Say that again? ‘Things are going relatively well’ (Chicago Sun-Times) An amazing and appalling collection of quotes.

Cover-up: toxic waters ‘will make New Orleans unsafe for a decade’ (The Independent). Toxic sludge effects in NOLA and Gulf region…

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