- It's all there, Jeff, on the Meet The Press Broussard
- Sunday, September 4, 2005
- Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard announced
on WWL-TV Saturday Night that residents would be allowed back in the Parish
on Monday, but must re-evacuate by Thursday. Broussard had promised earlier
in the week that residents would be allowed back on Monday, and seems to
have managed to cut a deal with the feds to allow this happen.
- Earlier reports on this site have shown that FEMA has
barred rescue teams from entering New Orleans. And now the feds are dragging
people out of the city by gunpoint.
And back in Jefferson, Broussard explained on NBC's Meet the Press this
morning that FEMA
is making war even on local authorites [VIDEO]
- RUSSERT: You just heard the director of homeland security's
explanation of what has happened this last week. What is your reaction?
- BROUSSARD: We have been abandoned by our own country.
Hurricane Katrina will go down in history as one of the worst storms ever
to hit an American coast. But the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will go
down as one of the worst abandonments of Americans on American soil ever
in U.S. history. Whoever is at the top of this totem pole, that totem
pole needs to be chainsawed off and we've got to start with some new leadership.
It's not just Katrina that caused all these deaths in New Orleans here.
Bureaucracy has committed murder here in the greater New Orleans area and
bureaucracy has to stand trial before Congress now.
- "Three quick examples. We had Wal-Mart deliver three
trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn't need them.
This was a week ago. FEMA, we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast
Guard vessel docked in my parish. When we got there with our trucks, FEMA
says don't give you the fuel. Yesterday - yesterday - FEMA comes in and
cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice.
Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts
armed guards and said no one is getting near these lines"
- Broussard ended the interview pleading for help with
the moving story of how Jefferson Parish Emrgency Director Walter Maestri's
mother died in a nursing home after being promised rescue repeatedly for
five days. No wonder he said earlier this week that Jefferson Parish would
be better off right now if it were its own country.
- Earlier in the week, Maestri explained how FEMA broke
signed agreements to have sufficient assets on the ground within 48 hours
of an emergency. FEMA assets are blatantly wreaking havoc and making war
on the people of Southeast Louisiana. As residents "temporarily"
stream back in tomorrow, they should bring with them generators, gasoline,
weaponry, and weeks or months worth of provisions. Sherriff Harry Lee needs
to deputize every able-bodied male of Jefferson Parish who returns to patrol
key infrastructure and keep an eye on all federal thugs who may be provocateuring,
sabotaging infrastucture or withholding supplies.