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  •  Has Aaron Broussard commented??? (none)
    An earlier comment, from the "Shocking Story in UPI" diary, from yesterday ("Gretna City--Jefferson Parish?"):

    Is Gretna City part of Jefferson Parish, or did I misunderstand? The Parish in which Aaron Broussard presides/is President? I'd be interested to hear his take on all of this.... Given his emotional testimony last Sunday on MTP, it WOULD SEEM as though this story would all-too-conveniently be used by the right-wing-types to deflect the shitstorm howling around FEMA/BushCo./et al.... (All hands on deck! Incoming!)

    ALTHOUGH, with the events here having unfolded as they're reported by these EMTs, then it actually supports Broussard's contention that FEMA had cut the communication lines--it doesn't seem likely that the actions of the Gretna law enforcement would be condoned by the parish president, and the emergency management guy (whose mother drowned in that nursing home on Friday), tasked with the coordination of these life-and-death situations, as well as the more mundane administrative matters attendant to the position. The best defense of these Gretna SOBs seems to be that they "didn't know" that the people desperate to get out of NOLA were being told to hoof it over the only dry bridge in the area, which happened to lie within their turf. If they didn't know, why not? If not total communication breakdown, then what's left? Gross insubordination? Pure evil?

    There's NO EXCUSE for their reckless and callous disregard for the lives of their fellow human beings under these times of extreme duress, so the mechanical inability to communicate with each other does not absolve them of guilt.

    Forgive my lack of knowlege of how all of these administrative units work with each other (or not), and I've never been to NOLA--so I don't know the "lay of the land." But I can't help but think that Mr. Broussard may offer some interesting details here, the kind of stuff that may very effectively counter the Rovian Spin Machine working overtime (and on overdrive) lately, and render the closest thing to the truth we're ever likely to get....


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