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  •  Did the Federal government ever have decision (1+ / 0-)
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    making authority?  Meaning was NOPD operating under the authority of FEMA, National Guard or some other agency?

    I really didn't follow this on that level, this is not rhetorical.  Thanks in advance.

    People, not corporations. Democracy, not totalitarian capitalism.

    by democracy is coming on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:49:55 PM PDT

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    •  There is a lot of confusion over that point... (2+ / 0-)
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      democracy is coming, luckydog

      Many NOPD seemed to be under the impression that they were under Martial law, and that the "shoot to kill" orders came directly from the federal government. We still do not know exactly how they got that impression-whether there was instruction from the feds, or if it was just a rumor. NOPD itself was completely overwhelmed, and received no help for almost a week. Many of the officers went for days without sleep, the storm knocked out their radio systems, and their stations were flooded. It was an absolute mess.  There was a complete breakdown in communication, and very little coordination between federal agencies and the city government. We will probably never know exactly what happened.

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      by SwedishJewfish on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:54:25 PM PDT

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