The death toll is being kept rather concealed. A New Orleans Police Commander was on National Public Radio yesterday stating that he expected 20,000 fatalities. Thirty thousand body bags have been ordered. This is going to be the disaster of the century. Where was the President during this time of national emergency. He was attending parties Wednesday and Thursday.

President Bush, at an RV resort and country club in Arizona, said: "I want the folks there on the Gulf Coast to know that the federal government is prepared to help you when the storm passes."

 http://www.progressivetalk1260.com/script/headline_newsmanager_alt.php?id=429684&pagecontent=local&feed_id=59

A greater disgrace was that money for the repair and maintenance of the levees was cancelled in June of this year stopping all work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. $71.5 million was eliminated leaving barely enough to pay staff. The war war for oil may have its merits, but infrastructure projects in a clearly vulnerable area are just as important. A former President named Truman stated that "The Buck Stops Here" - signifying his desk. In Mr. Bush administration the buck stops with Halliburton Corporation. They get all the contracts in war and disaster. In a Sept. 1st article the navy was negotiating a contract with Halliburton not rescuing survivors. It's a national disgrace.

Sept. 1, 2005, 8:30PM


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Halliburton hired for storm cleanup
The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

 http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.mpl/business/3335685

Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen? 'Times-Picayune' Had Repeatedly Raised Federal Spending Issues




By Will Bunch

Published: August 31, 2005 9:00 PM ET
 http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001051313




It gets worse. The Toronto Globe and Mail reported Sept. 5th 2005 in an article entitled 'We thought we'd be fine this time' that a loud boom was heard at the levee. Someone was going to relieve the pressure. Pressure - do you have any idea about how much pressure was involved.

"Then we heard a loud boom," says Mr. Anderson, a juvenile detention officer. "We thought it was a generator at first but then we later learned that it was a levee. That someone was trying to put a hole in it to relieve some of the water pressure or divert some water or something and that led to a much bigger one.

"Someone was trying to do the right thing, I think, and it created a much bigger problem. It's going to all come out, what happened. I don't think you can blame it on rascism."

 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050905/STORMEVACUATE05/Columnists/Idx

There are serious smells coming from New Orleans. The city survives the storm. Someone 'relieves' the pressure on the levee. The Bush Administration's untendered contract darling gets another juicy contract. QUI BONO Mr. President?