New Orleans Tragedy
Elderly 85-year-old New Orleans Woman Could
Lose Her House Over FEMA's Lack of Assistance
Clothilde Mack of Orleans Parrish provides a stark example of how levies probably were wired and detonated, leading to a catastrophe of racial cleansing and property takeover.
By Greg Szymanski
The nightmare in New Orleans isn't over by a long shot and the on-going tragedy of 85-year-old Clothilde Mack is a stark example of the misery still blowing in the wind after Hurricane Katrina.
It is well-known Washington dragged its feet in responding to Katrina and FEMA's initial recovery efforts made the Keystone Cops look efficient. In fact, FEMA is still causing more harm than good, according to many victims seeking relief.
But it's Ms Mack's personal story that really gets to the heart of the government's folly concerning Katrina, highlighting in human terms - with facts and real human emotions - what's really going on behind the political curtain of silence draped over the Crescent City.
Although it's rarely questioned in the media, there's an awfully good chance the levies were blown up, the disaster response time pathetic and the recovery effort abysmal as a planned scheme in order to maximize damage, leading to racial cleansing and a gambling haven with Las Vegas like hotels and casinos.
However, the ability to prove such charges is going to take a Herculean effort similar to the effort going on in the 9/11 truth movement. But, in the meantime, Ms Mack's story provides a solid legal foundation, as she makes a credible and strong character witness, that the above accusations leveled against the government are true beyond a reasonable doubt.
A sudden surge of water after the storm: Ms Mack is left up to her neck in water when she least expected it and when expert meteorologists least expected it, adding more circumstantial evidence that the levies were wired and detonated.
Ms Mack is an elderly Black woman who lived in New Orleans for almost 50 years, living in the same Orleans Parish house for 47 years and owning the modest single family dwelling free and clear of any lien or mortgage.
After the night of the hurricane, her home weathered the storm with minor damage and she remembered going out onto her porch the next morning, finding a few trees down in the front yard and thinking she was out of harm's way.
In Ms Mack's mind, the skies were clearing and the storm was over.
And as she surveyed her neighborhood, the storm had taken its toll with downed trees and power lines, but she thought "nothing several weeks of cleanup and little hard work couldn't fix" until life returned to normal.
But that was before the levies exploded in more than a half-dozen places at the same time, raising two important questions:
If a levy truly erupted at one particular weakened point from a storm surge, wouldn't it have relieved the pressure from the other points of eruption, causing those sections of the levy to remain strong?
And if the levies erupted from a storm surge, wouldn't they have erupted just prior to the storm when the surge is the strongest, since expert meteorologists will testify there is no storm surge after a hurricane?
As an aside, it must also be asked who would benefit the most from relocating the poor and rebuilding the poorer neighborhoods like Orleans Parish? Of course, the answer is the government and its partners in rebuilding, the rich financiers.
With these questions leading to a reasonable person concluding that there exists reasonable doubt as to the actual cause of the levies breaking "at once" in numerous places, as well as providing a financial motive for the perpetrators, it is also logical to draw the following conclusion:
A conclusion that Navy Seals or covert operatives, trained in demolition, were used to place underwater detonations at strategic locations to wipe-out the poorer, mostly Black New Orleans' neighborhoods. Although this conclusion is couched in a simple sentence, once proven, it is the beginning step of sinister plan that sets out to change the face, complexion and financial base of one of America's greatest cities.
And now listen to Ms Mack's testimony, laying further credibility to the above conclusion and the levy blast theory, as she explains a sudden 'Niagra Falls' like surge of water when it was least expected ­ after Katrina had already passed.
"I walked outside the next morning and I thought I was safe. The sky was clearing, the wind was low and there were some trees down, but I really thought I had weathered the storm. My house was in good shape and there wasn't a speck of water on the floor.
"My car was still in one piece and the neighborhood looked like it could be put back into shape in no time. I stayed because I didn't have anywhere to go and I didn't want to leave my house.
"I remember it was still morning the day after the storm and I walked back into my kitchen. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere the water rushed in like Niagra Falls broke loose. It was up to my waist in a matter of minutes and if I didn't hold on to the furniture for dear life, I would have never made it.
"The water just kept rising and before long, I was forced into my attic with the water up to my neck. I remained there for 10 days and by the grace of God I survived on two cans of green beans and several small water bottles."
Besides Ms Mack's compelling testimony of an unusually strong surge of water after the storm when expert meteorologists will also testify that a storm surge doesn't exist, it is interesting to note only the poorer communities were flooded and wiped-out, the systematic breaks in the levies suspiciously leaving the more affluent communities, certain business districts and the French Quarter relatively high and dry.
Ms Mack is left 10 days in a major American city without help and without even a means of communication. Why? Did the government purposely delay to maximize casualties and damage for a "racial and ethnic cleansing" of New Orleans?
The government's foot-dragging is well-documented, reminiscent of an old Keystone Cops movie or a scene out of a Charlie Chaplain comedy. The fact is, though, Ms Mack's story is all too real, all too revealing.
It documents on a day-by-day basis how the slow response of the government nearly caused Ms Mack's death, as well as killing many others who weren't as lucky.
Before hearing Ms Mack's testimony, let's hear from Wendy Owens, a social worker in the Tennessee County of Greene, where Ms Mack is now residing. It is worth mentioning, Ms Mack is residing against her will without adequate FEMA assistance.
Regarding the government's late response, leaving Ms Mack stranded for 10 days, Owens said:
"The only answer I have is that the government delayed things on purpose. First, it was a disgrace and outrage that it took our military and government so long to get into New Orleans, leaving many people like Ms. Mack to die.
"If our military can get to Baghdad in one day, why did it take them so long to help people in a major American city? Why? Maybe the delay was orchestrated."
It is also well-documented the Bush administration and military brass provided lame and inadequate excuses for their late arrival in New Orleans, as America's response in the past to disasters on foreign soil were orchestrated in a much more efficient manner.
And Ms Mack 10 day life or death ordeal demonstrates the inexcusable rescue effort mounted by the mightiest military and government in the world, quick to the trigger in Iraq and Afghanistan but slow to mount a serious rescue when it comes to its own citizens.
It should also be noted that a failure to act in a manner so grossly negligent as displayed the Hurricane Katrina response is another clear indication that the slow response was orchestrated to again benefit the culprits whose mission was to maximize damage and wipe-out the poorer neighborhoods in New Orleans in order to pave the way for profit and capital gain.
Although Ms Mack is only alive today by the grace of God, her 10 day ordeal illustrates the unnecessary suffering caused on one individual, which of course can be multiplied by thousands more who have not been able or allowed to tell their stories.
"I broke a window to get some air when the water was still very high for the first couple of days," said Ms. Mack in an extended telephone conversation from her room in a living facility in Greene County, Tenn. about 500 miles from New Orleans. "I didn't have anything to eat up in the attic or any water. After calling 911 until my cell phone gave out and nobody coming to rescue me, I never thought I was going to make it. I made peace with everyone and everything, really thinking I was going to die up there in the attic.
"But by the grace of God I made it through those first couple of days and then the water started going down. I kept calling for my cats but they didn't come as they didn't make it up to the attic. I haven't seen them for three months and really don't see how they could have survived. They were really the only family I had left and I miss them more and more each passing day."
FEMA's lack of assistance may cost Ms Mack her house. The living facility where she is staying is about to attach a lien on her property since FEMA has not picked up the tab. This is nothing less than disgraceful!
Since Ms Mack was rescued, her follow-up story is even more agonizing then her 10 days fighting for her life in her attic. After surviving against incredible odds, she now claims FEMA has been more of a thorn in her side than anything else, refusing to honor her wishes of returning home and even refusing to provide her with needed medication.
Ms. Mack has repeatedly asked to be returned home, asking for  a small FEMA travel trailer to live in beside her house while she tends to needed repairs. But instead of moving her quickly out of Tennessee, FEMA and other agencies have not given her a trailer and, in fact, have encouraged her to remain in an expensive living facility called Morning Pointe located in Greene County.
Instead of giving her a travel trailer or letting her stay in a free Red Cross Skills Shelter, something never even mentioned as an option, Ms Mack has been literally forced into an expensive living facility that is now seeking payment.
And to add inexcusable insult to injury to this sad state of affairs, Ms Mack never wanted to stay there in he first place, always being under the impression FEMA was picking up the tab on Morning Point.
But according to Wendy Owens, who is assisting the elderly Ms Mack, this may not be the case.
"One thing which has concerned some of us trying to help Ms. Mack is, since Sept. 29 she has been living at Morning Pointe which is an assisted living facility," said Owens in an extended conversation from Tennessee. "Red Cross stated FEMA would pay for this while FEMA says the Red Cross will pay.   So far no one has paid. Ms. Mack does not know this.  Another evacuee couple who owned a home was sent to Durham Hensley Nursing Home while all the evacuees who rented or lived with some else were sent to the Days Inn on the 30 day Red Cross voucher.
"Call us distrustful, but we fear the government may let these facilities attach Ms. Mack's and the other couple's homes for payment.   If you talk again with the Mayor, would you please get a clarification on this issue so it is matter of record?"
Owens reference is to Mayor Roger Jones of Greene County, Tennessee, who in the past has promised to help Ms Mack with getting her FEMA trailer and, in fact, promised to have her home by Christmas, as Ms Mack requested.
Besides Mayor Jones, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La) has been notified about assisting Ms Mack, but to date has not been able to free up a FEMA trailer so she can return home.
Although both politicians have promised to help, Mayor Jones has repeatedly not returned phone calls from the media and Owens, phone calls trying to clarify the trailer issue and also the issue regarding the lien being attached on Ms Mack's house.
A sad state of affairs. But hopefully a happy ending if Ms Mack keeps her house and finally gets home for Christmas.
It is easy to see the sad story going full circle here if somebody doesn't come to Ms Mack's immediate assistance, ending in her never returning to Orleans Parrish and eventually losing her house once Mount Pointe attaches a lien on her property in the absence of FEMA's payment.
And it all started with the levies most likely being sabotaged, causing Ms Mack to spend 10 days up to her neck with water. At this point, Ms Mack's statements help to back up the solid evidence previously mentioned that the flooding was manipulated by a controlled underwater detonation.
Further, Ms Mack's 10 ordeal demonstrates how the government for its own benefit and the benefit of its financial partners maximized the property damage, as well as increasing the number of those killed and those forced to evacuate.
Next, Ms Mack's statements illustrate how FEMA has manipulated and encouraged evacuees to remain outside of New Orleans, again increasing the possibility they will never return home and increasing the risk of losing their property.
Finally, the refusal of FEMA to pay Ms Mack's living facility bill could bring this sad full circle, causing Ms Mack to be nearly killed, evacuated and kept out of New Orleans against her will and finally left facing the fact she may lose her home on top of everything else.
Although the outcome is unthinkable and criminal, it isn't the first time and it won't be the last time the present Bush administration, with its many tentacles of evil, have destroyed the lives of good American people.
Hopefully, Ms Mack won't be the next one.
Editor's Note:
As of today, Ms Mack is becoming more depressed and despondent over the fact she is not going home. FEMA and every other agency of assistance have dropped the ball, leaving Ms Mack without any viable recourse but to remain trapped in Tennessee, amassing huge bills without any government assistance or payment thus far.
Ms Mack's wish is to get home by Christmas. To date her only chance is a Motor Home being offered by the Arctic Beacon. However, since the Beacon's funds are limited in comparison to the New York Times and other corporate news services, we are in need of gas money from Idaho to New Orleans as well as a driver who can transport the Motor Home to New Orleans.
If you can help or know someone who can make Ms Mack's wish come true in any other viable way, please contact us at



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