[FoRK] Why didn't they just walk out?
Strata R. Chalup
Fri Sep 9 11:55:21 PDT 2005
What's even worse about this is that they made an assumption that everyone was
equally tainted, and made no attempt to sift people, to establish a checkpoint,
etc etc. Just a "stay on your side and die".
How marvelously humanitarian.
rst at ai.mit.edu wrote:
> As a footnote to the conversation of a few days back about all the
> lazy people who didn't just walk out of New Orleans --- we now have
> confirmation that the bridges were blockaded by suburban cops,
> directly from the police chief that gave the order, who turns out to
> be one Arthur Lawson, Chief of the City of Gretna Police Department:
> "If we had opened the bridge, our city would have looked like
> New Orleans does now: looted, burned and pillaged."
> But -- in an example of the chaos that continued to beset
> survivors of the storm long after it had passed -- even as
> Lawson's men were closing the bridge, authorities in New Orleans
> were telling people that it was only way out of the city.
> "The only way people can leave the city of New Orleans is to get
> on (the) Crescent City Connection ... authorities said," reads a
> Tuesday morning posting on the Web site of the New Orleans
> Times-Picayune newspaper, which kept reporting through the storm
> and the ruinous flooding that followed.
> This confirms several earlier eyewitness accounts from people who were
> turned back at the bridges (including one rather widely redistributed
> clip from Fox News, of all places).
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