[FoRK] Why didn't they just walk out?

Strata R. Chalup strata
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.

SRC

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).
> 
> rst
> 
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