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FEMA Kicked out Local Staff
by jessica, Arizona Indymedia Thursday, Sep. 08, 2005 at 3:33 PM

Eric Barrow, an investigator for Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, said that FEMA told the local staff to leave saying that "they'd take care of it." Barrow, after spending nine days doing hurricane relief, is now at the Red Cross Shelter in Tucson, Arizona. He says he's leaving as soon as possible so he can get back and start working.

FEMA Kicked out Loca...
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Within twenty-four hours of being whisked away in a helicopter, Eric Barrow was looking at satellite images of his flooded city, rather than sifting through the waters saving lives and dealing with dead bodies.

Barrow, an investigator with the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, said that FEMA told the local staff to leave saying that "they'd take care of it." Barrow, after spending nine days doing hurricane relief, is now at the Red Cross Shelter in Tucson, Arizona. He says he's leaving as soon as possible so he can get back to the city and resume working.

"For the first three days, there was only the local emergency response staff," Barrow said. "FEMA didn't show up until day five," he said.

"They told us to focus on getting the living people out, and to worry about the dead later," Barrow said. "But, leaving the dead causes diseases."

Barrow said that they were tying dead bodies to trees to keep them from floating away.

Other evacuees in Tucson recalled the stench in the city. One woman said, "I never want to smell that again."

Barrow spent part of the day in the Tucson shelter looking up flights and contacting some of his co-workers, who are currently at a shelter in New Mexico. "We are going to get together and try to get back and work."

Barrow said that he knew of one New Orleans police officer that committed suicide after he returned to his house and found it flooded and his wife and two children drowned.

He said that as of Sept. 7, only three pumps were currently working in the effort to drain the city. The day after the hurricane hit, three sections of the levies broke. In some areas, flood waters one foot every half-hour.

He said that the Orleans Parish had just received new police cars and fire trucks, which are all now underwater.

Tucson Convention Center is currently the home for 80 Katrina evacuees.

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There is an explanation for all of this.
by @ Thursday, Sep. 08, 2005 at 4:01 PM

FEMA's goal under Bush appears to be the murder of poor Americans. Local FEMA workers are less likely to follow out orders which would result in increasing deaths among their local poor. The solution is to send in outsiders, whether FEMA outsiders or National Guard outsiders.

Welcome to Bush's Final Solution.

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Actually this is FEMAs goal...
by Wake up Thursday, Sep. 08, 2005 at 4:54 PM

"FEMA has only spent about 6 percent of its budget on national emergencies, the bulk of their funding has been used for the construction of secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency, foreign or domestic," writes Harry V. Martin. "General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA's Civil Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA's role as a 'new frontier in the protection of individual and governmental leaders from assassination, and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or attack, as well as prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion, or a global audience in times of crisis.'"

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no civilians allowed
by . Friday, Sep. 09, 2005 at 5:26 AM

The government's next coup-de-grace: making sure that most bodies take a certain route, never to be found again. Official reports will not present the actual number of dead.

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