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  • Their mission, simply is to turn New Orleans into a police state to "regain the city"

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...adlines-nation

    Met by Despair, Not Violence
    # As they begin to patrol the chaotic city, troops are surprised by what they don't find.

    By Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer

    NEW ORLEANS — Forty-four troops pressed together in their truck, swaying as one at every bump and turn like reeds in a river.

    As they plunged into the dark water engulfing the business district of New Orleans, their wake pushed the body of a woman onto the steps of the Superdome. The floodwater had ripped her pants down to her knees. She was facedown in the muck, a red ribbon still tied neatly around her graying hair.

    The troops, members of an elite Special Response Team from the Louisiana Army National Guard, were the first convoy out of what was rapidly becoming a massive military staging ground.

    Their mission, simply, is to turn New Orleans into a police state — to "regain the city," 1st Sgt. John Jewell said.

    The truck lurched through the streets, past buildings burning unabated and MPs in gun turrets. When they stopped to gear up for their arrival at the New Orleans Convention Center, where more than 15,000 people had been living in squalor since Katrina, these words echoed — for the first time, one would imagine — through the intersection of Poydras Avenue and Carondelet Street: "Lock and load!"

    "Sixteen in the clip!" one Guardsman shouted, a common refrain used to indicate that rifles are fully loaded.

    But when they arrived, they did not find marauding mobs. They did not come under fire. They found people who had lost everything in the storm and, since then, their dignity.

    The troops were part of the Superdome team that came to town before the hurricane. For days, they had been cut off from news reports, sleeping and working among the refugees and the vicious rumor mill at the Superdome.

    Their Superdome duties left them with a terrible image of the city. They knew that out on the streets, a police officer had been shot in the head, that looting was widespread, that snipers were taking shots even at boaters trying to rescue victims from rooftops and attics.

    Now assigned to patrol the streets, they headed for the New Orleans Convention Center, in the city's central business district. Many had wads of tobacco in their bottom lip and emitted long, dense streams of spittle into the streets below.

    Their mission was to establish a command post at the center, which officials have increasingly turned their attention to, particularly as the evacuation of the Superdome nears its end. They would then build a staging area to bring in food and water. Finally, they would send in teams to seize control of a massive and lawless facility.

    The troops braced for the worst.

    "Is this the calm before the storm?" one asked as they rolled through the streets.

    "There are a lot of gangs out here in the water," said Sgt. 1st Class Maris Pichon, a 26-year veteran of the National Guard who served in Afghanistan last year. "This is not going to be a cakewalk."

    Two trucks pulled beside them, one carrying water and one a massive pile of ready-to-eat military meals in boxes.

    "Tell me they're not letting the food go in before the troops," one Guardsman said.

    "That's called bait," another said.

    They pulled into a parking lot next to the convention center in full battle mode. They spilled over the sides of the truck, formed a tight circle and began walking ******d, stepping over the detritus of the refugees. Dirty underwear. A CD that included the song "Thank God I'm a Country Boy."

    A troop carrier rolled over an empty water bottle, popping it like a balloon. The troops yanked their weapons to a firing position before realizing what it was.

    "No civilians in this parking lot!" a sergeant shouted. "Hold your perimeter!"

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    ..........i dont understand how a few people with handguns could disrupt rescueing\feeding the people, if anything we could air drop supplies. the government\army is suppose to be able to handle things like this(the people)......

    "damn theirs a hurricane, damn theirs a flood, better take my pistol with me so i can shoot at people who try and save me"
    honestly i dont believe anybody was shooting esp at ONE hellicopter,i hate how it was used as an excuse for the people not being helped...and bush does deserve to be critisized, because he is a leader and if state\federal governments arent organized in the response, then he is responsible to deal with things like that

    plus bush was talking about how sad it was that senator trent lot lost his home.....a senator with money loses his home, how unfortunate
    http://d12world.com/board/showthread...a2c42&t=247875

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      is it wrong for ppl to try and steal things IF THEY DONT HAVE ANYTHING??? like the first days after the hurricane there were reports of ppl trying to steal things and bush was all like "we need to deal those ppl" i believe they even mentioned jailtime and troops having orders to shoot and kill,dont you think that's a bit too much? the primar concern should be clothing and feeding ppl,not dealing with ppl that steal things cuz they don't have anything.
      if you give me a rep PLZ LEAVE YOUR NAME so i can know who you are,especially if you leave me a bad one,have the damn guts to leave ur damn name!

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        Originally posted by Bely
        is it wrong for ppl to try and steal things IF THEY DONT HAVE ANYTHING??? like the first days after the hurricane there were reports of ppl trying to steal things and bush was all like "we need to deal those ppl" i believe they even mentioned jailtime and troops having orders to shoot and kill,dont you think that's a bit too much? the primar concern should be clothing and feeding ppl,not dealing with ppl that steal things cuz they don't have anything.
        Plasma tv's and Nike's are going to feed your family and keep you warm? Give me a break, there's a difference between looting to survive and looting to steal.
        http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

        “if somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him” (Bukhari, vol. 4, bk. 52, no. 260).

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