- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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